watch, envy, get your own!

This week started with the news on new rules for US army concerning tattoos. Apparently tattoos below knees and elbows won’t be allowed. You can shed your blood but you can’t express yourself?

The next piece of news sounded quite shocking – tattoos can give you cancer. Am I miserable and afraid now? Nope! Seeing how polluted this planet is, leaving the house and breathing may give me cancer, too. And even though not all of us know ‘how we’re gonna die…,’ we should at least have some fun while here, no? 😉

This weekend this place is certainly a lot of fun and it gets a lot of media coverage, too – 9th London Tattoo Convention.

Other interesting tattoo events – Dutdutan in Phillipines and a convention in Hong Kong plus Solo Tattoo Solidarity from Indonesia.

Also from Hong Kong a very interesting interview with Joey Pang of the Tattoo Temple shop. The galleries are worth checking out!

Other tattoo artists: Lal Hardy and his new business endeavor, an Irish tattoo artist working in Cairo, Egypt and 5 very promising tattoo artists according to some Chinese magazine (a Pole, Davee Blows, included).

This shop, called Prison Break, reminded me of the famous TV show also called Prison Break. These were the days when I admired Michael Scofield’s tattoos and wanted to have my own set of sleeves!


Entertainment: The Lizardman Down Under (in New Zealand to be precise), banana tattoos and a very temporary doodle body art.


There are more and more TV shows and movies exploring/ using tattoos to their own ends and seems like the movie ‘Divergent’ may be one of them (it’s based on books about a dystopian city divided into 5 factions; the Dauntless faction members are stereotypically tattooed, pierced and clad in black risk takers 😉 ). But sometimes tattoos are frowned upon – Ridley Scott doesn’t want people with large tattoos on his Moses film set.

I love when modified people are generous and caring – here another example that the modified bunch has big hearts: almost 9.000 bucks for a boy with terminal illness.

News from Poland: one of tattoo shops in Poznan, Poland, a local contest ‘Tattoo of the Year’ (also from Poznan) and Silesia-themed tattoos.

Thou shall (not) …

There’s still a lot of commotion about the proposed 24-hour waiting period in Washington D.C. Even the Fox TV has put its two cents on the subject. The poll shows that majority of people are against it. In the meanwhile, a MI senator proposed a tattoo ban for minors. There may actually be something to it as this short article from TX shows, where high school students revealed their secret tattoos in their year book. it should not be about banning, though, it should be about educating!

But tattoos are also about beauty and life affirmation as this great P.INK campaign shows!

As they say, every body tells a story and, even though cliché as it sounds, it actually does.

More on the Bled for Boston project.

Tattoos may be frowned upon and people deemed not to be trusted about them but no one can deny that tattoos are more and more popular. This article from the Washington Post shows, yet again, that you are never too old to get a tattoo. Pretty much the same message you can get from a Polish article about a growing number of Poles adorning their skin.

Also from the Washington Post, an awesome, interactive tattoo guide!

Tattoo Conventions: the BIG one in London and a local one in Katowice, Poland (this one also shows that suspension shows are a staple of tattoo conventions now).

More on Japan, how Japanese view tattoos and how it may be a problem during the future Olympics.

Tattooers and their thoughts: a Chinese artist from Beijing (here‘s his Instagram) (“Tattoo is similar in that way [to painting] but at the same time I think it’s more than that. It’s alive, it’s got blood, it’s got pain and it will always stay with you. It is a very unique and rare art form.” and “A good tattooist must have a thorough understand of history, culture and humanity. It’s not just about picking up a machine and finishing a pattern.“) and an Australian whose faith makes him believe that ‘”Jesus loves [him] with or without [his] tattoos.” The latter line may be handy next time we run into people thinking along the ‘if God wanted us to have tattoos ….’ lines.

Finally, tattoo etiquette or why it’s not a good idea to touch our tattoos without asking first!

hide-and-show game

Friday the 13th came and went and hopefully no one had bad luck then. A nice tradition at some tattoo shops is quite well established by now, though, so here a few examples of it.

The 24-hour-waiting-period idea in D.C. is still making rounds on the Internet and many opinions are expressed, shared and exchanged. An interesting voice in the discussion is the one juxtaposing tattoos, abortion and the waiting period (not)required.

Tattoos as not the best investment ever are presented here, followed by Polish articles discussing work environment and self-expression.

Sometimes the more tattoos, the better, though, as you can see in the texts focused on famous side-show performers.

Festivals around the world: India (more about the festival), Indonesia and a tattoo convention in Montreal, Canada (Steph sent me lots of freebies from this event a few years back J)

Hooks-related: Tattoo Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa and a very detailed, interesting to read text focused on the suspension at this event on hooklife (thanks to Bastian for referring me to this one).

Museum exhibitions and tattoos: Sea Ink 2013, Tattoo: Flash Art of Amund Dietzel (more on Dietzel). Also, one of the living legends of the industry, Lyle Tuttle making an appearance at Ink for the Cause.

Widely discussed: one of the current Miss America contestants, Miss Kansas, and her tattoos.

Nirvana tattoos!

Japan: no entry to a Japanese spa for a Maori woman wearing a traditional moko design on her face. Outrageous? I don’t think so! It’s fascinating how cultures differ. When in Rome, do as the Romans do!

Fort Worth/ Dallas area and 13 best shops there.

Art-inspired tattoos – even if you’re not into body art, it still may serve as a short lesson in art history!

Tattoos: job market, jail and more

Quite a lot of articles on tattoos and job market. It started when I came across this one about a young woman removing her old tattoos to be able to move on and then it just went downhill. Interestingly and funny enough, I also read this one about a new technique that allows to reveal removed or covered-up tattoos. Apparently, we can’t escape from ourselves 😉

I’ve already written about it some time ago but since it’s interesting enough and some new info popped up, here Lexington Tattoo Project again. Of course, you just can’t stop thinking how similar it is to Shelley Jackson’s Skin Project but these days it’s actually hard to come up with something really new.

Another one resembling the Skin Project if the Human Rights Tattoo project that got some press again. As a matter of fact, I was SOOO ready to be part of it but alas, it’s not gonna happen any time soon due to their rather strict rules! Too bad! Since I like to think about myself as a flexible person and an activist, I adopted some bees instead!

Don Ed Hardy – a book review.

Popularity of tattoos and a suggestion that we don’t know when to stop juxtaposed with a D.C., USA proposal for a 24-hours waiting period for tattoos and body piercings!

Tattoos in prison as seen from a few different angles.

Couples tattoos – apparently they always go wrong!

Some pics: ’22 tantalizing tattoos’ and not that good a Game of Thrones tattoo (here only b/c I like the books!).

Hand-tapping tattoos in New Zealand and some history of tattoos in Japan.

Is it me only or the Huffington Post is getting a lil weak? This article about facial tattoos kinda proves it.

An article about one of the L.A.-based suspension groups.

In this weekend’s ‘High Heels’ edition (a weekend extra for the Wyborcza newspaper) there’s an interesting article about Vampira whose image found its way into the tattoo world. The pic below was spat out by the Google Images but it seems to origin from this website.