serious and funny

With Fat Thursday already behind us and a period of fasting right in front, let’s get to read about some Christianity-related things, spiced up with some ink, of course: Lenten tattoos becoming popular in Houston Christian circles and there’s also an article about a Christian tattoo shop based in Houston.

Two sides of the dress code coin in an article about university professors not being very shy/ secretive about their tattoos and an update on tattoo ban for policemen in Australia (first posted about it here).

The eternal growing popularity of tattoos proved once again in new results of the Harris Poll but also by a new online community for the tattooed (mySkindustry) and an interesting array of tattooed Olympians.

I do miss the old BME with its experience sharing system, so I read this very interesting tattoo experience (of sort) with a great pleasure! That’s what it should be all about – sharing and enjoying body art on ourselves and on others as well!

Don Ed Hardy ventures into the art world (again? or he’s always been a part of it?) with his solo exhibit ‘Paintings and Small Sculptures.’

Finally, a facebook ‘treat’ although I cannot guarantee it’s true (facebook-free here, thank you very much!) but even if it’s fake, it could still teach us a few things – ‘think before you ink’ indeed and keep imortant things to yourself – no need for the new gossip in the global village!

book review: temporary tattoos for girls

These days ‘think before you ink’ adage serves not only as a warning or a reproach (told you so!) but also as a piece of good advice and that’s how it usually appears in articles on the subject of tattoos.  And that’s where ‘Temporary Tattoos for Girls’ pick up and do the job for you.

Does the title sound wacky? It actually does and makes you not expect much from it. But then again, why you should expect much from temporary tattoos? They are temporary after all!

So what’s worth some of your time (and possibly money) about this one? First of all, it contains a few sheets of not bad quality temporary tattoos. They offer a wider choice of designs than your ordinary bubble gum ones. The designs also illustrate the chapters of the book, so if you decide you like animal or symbol tattoos the best, you can apply a tattoo of animal or symbol of your choice and just see if you are going to like it for more than just a few hours.

Secondly, the book is addressed for young women (and girls), so it offers more feminine designs (there is also a similar book offering temporary tattoos for guys, though, so it’s  an equal gender opportunity). It consists of short chapters on 10 most common designs and each chapter is illustrated with decent pictures of women with tattoos. Each chapter also provides some information on the meanings behind a given design and most popular placements (seeing as it’s all about expressing your individuality;)).

Sadly, as it’s been the case with other books on the subject published by Chartwell Books, there’s no bibliography listed, so you can’t use it as a pointer toward more detailed research in case you decide to get tattooed after all.

I’m not really satisfied with the contents of this book information-wise but seeing as I bought it only because of its choice of temporary tattoos, it’s not that bad after all. To sum it up, if you want more information, look somewhere else; but if you would like to play with some fake tattoos (just for fun or you have a kid with a tiny obsession with tattoos), this book may actually be an acceptable purchase.



A.      Rattigan, B. Badwater, Temporary Tattoos for Girls, Chartwell Books, Inc. 2010;

(un)popular enough

I haven’t seen the season 1 yet and here there’s news about prospects for season 2 of the Ink Master show.

This notorious growing popularity of tattoos leads to: a dating site (the site itself), tattoo apps and tattees. Pretty interesting signs of the times!

I liked this one about seniors getting tattooed; at least in their case the question ‘how your tattoo will look when you re 80’ is sooo off!

Are tattoos popular enough to make such bans are these in Australia and IA, USA totally undoable?

Speaking of bans, here’s a pretty interesting Q&A focused on tattoos.

Thanks to Bastian for an article about Thai monks and their tattoos! Always interesting to read about it.

And something in Polish: a short article about a tattoo festival in Lodz and another one about a doll ‘tattooed’ with traditional Polish designs.

ink, scars and logos

Some time no post and during this time I managed to watch ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,’ so let me start with links to articles devoted to this movie as they are quite interesting, even if they refer more to pop culture than to tattoos. As for the movie itself, I’m still a fan of the Swedish version.

Speaking of films, here’s a documentary on a local tattoo artist.

Tattoos and photography in ‘I heart Ink’ gallery exhibit and ‘brides in ink.’

Teachers’ dress code in two perspectives: an American one that’s all about the professional look and a British one about encouraging something different (or so it looks).

Pretty cool tattoos: 21 tech brand tattoos and ‘Tattoo Infographic’ by a Polish artist (more here).

A Canadian piece on scarification.

Thanks to Bastian for this cool ad featuring Zombie Boy.

Finally, not really about tattoos but done by a really tattooed and smart guy: another interview with Mark Benecke!