think not only before you ink ;)

The last post this year!

A new year means a new calendar on the wall, so maybe this one? It’s nice to see tattooed people doing something good for people and animals out there!

More tattooed women shown in an article from Tasmania (a location that’s not very often featured in the news!).

Tattoos in Africa again: Rwanda and South Africa.

 Tattoo etiquette as seen by tattooed people in an article from Portland, OR.

A list of good tattoo placements! And another not-to-take-very-seriously thing: a Yahoo! Mansome episode on tattoos!

May we all have a good year ahead! 🙂

book review: Body Art 4

2012-11-14 21.01.16 With no „Coming Soon: Body Art 5” tip at the back of this volume of the series we may suspect that Body Art 4 is the last installment of a decent series. Before we start to worry about it, though, let’s take a look at the contents of this part.

Once again, it looks familiar thanks to sticking to the well-known by now format with interesting features, body mod classes, the readers’ tattoos and vixen tattoos. As usual, though, the contents are quite surprising and interesting to read as there are always some pieces of knowledge to pick up here.

While reading Body Art 4 we can check out the modern tattoo shops that look very different from these old-fashioned ones that are still present in smaller towns (but even these places really care about cleanness now). The most famous tattoo artists going for a luxurious touch in their shops are allegedly called the “Tatt Pack” (which sounds kind of ridiculous, doesn’t it?) and among them are such names as Dan Gold of London Ink fame, a female tattoo artist Friday Jones and Mario Barth.

Leaving the luxury zone we can focus on much cooler and extreme stuff as there are pages devoted to outdoor suspension (quite shallow, though, so don’t expect any interesting details!), play piercing, Enigma’s facial cutting (with some insight on pain and initial healing from him), traditional methods of tattooing, ash tattoos or flat scars as yet another form of scarification. All of it is basic and short but it’s just a way of introducing many faces of body modification to the general public, so those of us really interested in the subject can take it from here and do a more serious and in-depth research!

In my opinion, the best part of this book is interviews with a few interesting people. It starts with Alan Macias who talks his arm amputation and how he handles it with tattoos and a positive attitude, goes to Amina Munster who is not only a very attractive but also intelligent and down to earth woman who isn’t afraid of saying what she thinks and ends up with Matt Gone who tackles a serious illness in his own way and isn’t afraid of living his life to the fullest. At such moments this book stops being just a colorful book with pictures you could use to freak people out and makes you think on what these people have to say and share!

This serious content aside, there are also some nice ideas to consider to find here! The cyborg eyes article shows what might be possible in the future, white tattoos show a more subtle and personal way to decorate our bodies and dot-to-dot tattoos are a proof that not everything, mods included, should be taken seriously!

It’s an easy read/ flip-through book but it also contains a few pages that make you stop for a while to think. A good choice for these who just started being interested in the subject but also not bad a book for these who are already heavier modified and want to know what is going on out there. The plastic world is here right to the real one and the juxtaposition is interesting enough to take a look at Body Art 4!

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Body Art 4, Titan Books 2012;

and … nothing happened ;)

The end of the world came and went and nothing happened but here you can at least read a little about something that the Maya (and other peoples) practiced: skull deformation (more here).

It’s also a good time to sum up things that happened during the last 12 months, so no wonder we’re getting stuff like ‘top 10 celebrity tattoos of 2012.’

More interesting: ‘tattoos inspired by famous books.’

Egypt’s cool kids and tattoos’ is quite interesting to read.

And this article draws our attention to something that seems to be disappearing quickly: handwriting (and tattoos, of course).

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Not many links this week but they are quite interesting!

Pictures from the remote places, including tattoos and body paint here. And from New Zealand an article about Maori tattoos.

A cool camera tattoo creating an optical illusion from the Netherlands.

Louis Molloy of London Ink introduces a healing cream for tattoo aftercare.

And another example of how active locally can be people usually thought as outcasts: a toy drive to make Christmas more Christmassy!

new pieces of news

Last weekend was spent on running my 6th half-marathon, so the only tattoo I got to see there was my own massive (and running-oriented) calf tattoo. Now I’m back in the game.

How to check if you are tired?  A temporary tattoo packed up with sensors may be used for that quite soon.

Interesting artists: a master of realistic tattoos from Sweden and another one good at portraits.

A special guest at Venezuela Tattoo Expo 2013: Matt Gone.

When life gives you lemons … an elderly woman has no hair but she got an impressive scalp tattoo instead!

Russian prison tattoos.

Straight from NYC a book for kids focused on tattoos.

Celebrity news showing that it’s not smart to get a tattoo of someone you are in love today and but will break up with in a few: Kat Von D’s tattoo’s being removed now.

Finally, Horiyoshi the Third turning into Horiyoshi the Thiiird and using his design to create a clothing line.