kalos kagathos!

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There’s this cool ancient Greek concept called kalos kagathos which I definitely dig (and using slang is just a way to play with languages, really!) and ESPN magazine has been bringing it to life every July for a few years now! And it really doesn’t hurt to see so many athletes are tattooed!

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Human body is beautiful on its own when you start thinking about it but when you look at fit, active bodies, you just have to admire not only the beauty on the outside but also on the inside as it takes a lot of strength, self-discipline, determination and sacrifice to achieve the fitness level of the athletes featured in the magazine!

Beautiful and amazing!

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read, work, help, be

Since I just treated myself with a copy of ‘Bled for Boston’ book (hopefully soon in my mailbox!), let’s start with books: another article, this time in Dutch, about a book ‘Why I love Tattoos’ and a piece of news concerning a new book by Lal Hardy.

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For book lovers who are not that commited to tattoos: temporary book tattoos.

Tattoos in museums: Jessica Harrison and her tattooed figurines plus Henk Schiffmacher lecturing on the history of tattoos next weekend.

Body modifications at work again thanks to a young woman from Canada who decided to fight against the stereotypes. Editorials written in response to her actions don’t let us cherish any illusion about her possible victory. Interestingly enough, enough the famous dr. Mark Benecke seems not to be immune to prejudice although this Bild article sounds very strange.

But there are fascinating stories behind people’s tattoos and we shouldn’t forget about it. A Polish article focuses on just that but a story from the Washington Post about Ian Desmond and his fight against NF is way more interesting.

10 things you might not know about tattoos’ – give it a read.

In Birma there’s a thing #11 you didn’t know about tattoos – with a video and in German.

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‘Modified charity’ from Philippines where tattoo artists supported kids in need and also tried to show their sensitive side.

In Scotland ‘Yes’ tattoos even though there’s still some time to the local Scottish independence referendum.