an obstacle?

a dress code case

The headlines screamed this week! First there was this woman having passed a phone interview only to be dismissed after having revealed she has visible tattoos (what’s about this dream job thing, tho? looked better in the title?). and then the policemen being discriminated against if they have tattoos. How reliable these sources are? what we don’t know only because it looks better to simplify a case? No question that there is sucha  thing as disciminating someone only because they have tattoos and have enough bad luck to run across narrow-minded people but things are usually more complex than it seems at first.

tattoos and plice force

One thing is true, tho:

good point

and now for something entirely different – maybe not all these reasons are that good but temp tattoos are fun anyway!



“Blindspot” seems to be based on a cool (even if not that new) idea of searching for something by means of tattoos. Of course, there has been a lot of talking about the main character’s tattoos and their coolness factor but such is the way of the modern pop/ pulp culture, no? No talk, no sales after all.

Cosmo headline

Quite interesting, and also similar to a degree, is this story from another TV show. The headlines sell but there’s so much more behind this and many other stories. The late Shannon Larratt used to say that our bodies are the only thing that really belongs to us. But do they?

Cosmo tattoos-related

One sentence gives much food for thought, tho: “It’s very easy for a lot of people to assume the worst in their parents” [or any other people for that matter!]

more and more tattoo contexts

artists with Down Syndrome and tattoos

An interesting article on the Huff site about an episode of the reality ink TV featuring tattoos designed by people/ artists with Down Syndrome.

the world atlas of tattoos

More about the book “The World Atlas of Tattoos.

Traditonal tattoos in Alaska – more about it.

Be a tattooed and good wo/man – ‘get a tattoo, help a baby.’

dress code and tattoos in Polish

A bunch of Polish ones: a modified look and job search, a calendar project focused on tattooed profesionals plus two interesting ones from a pretty unexpected source (thank you sent your way! 😉 ): tattoo regrets *not* and interesting tattoo projects based on individual anatomy.

fuer immer und immer …

tattoo preserving

the title is a reference to a cool song by Henzel und Gretyl but tattoos operate on the same level of permanence, don’t they? Once we are dead, they are not so permanent anymore but Americans from OH want to change it and preserve the tattoos after the death of their owners. Was the idea develope independently (along the great-minds-do-think-alike lines) or somehow inspired by Henk Schiffmacher and his wish to preserve his and others’ tattoos for their cultural and personal value’s sake? And let’s not forget these guys!

Temporary tattoos are a hit, too; here some Alice in Wonderland tattoos.

so what

A big shocker or just an ordinary thing? Everything depends on our openmindness and exposure to other ppl’s taste, I guess.

tattoos for food

Finally, a cool thing being done for others – tattoos for food!

behind the tattoos

I enjoy stuff that makes me think, question, ponder. And here we have a few things along these lines:

pastor and tattoos

Should your pastor have tattoos?‘ is not as pointless a question as one may think. It’s about being an individual despite being a leader of a flock, it’s also about taking fragments of the Bible totally out of context and using them as we please. Should a priest have tattoos, too? A very interesting, open-minded and inspiring pastrix is heavily tattooed and yet she worships God as best as she can, so why not?

women and their tattoos

The reasons women get tattooed – again, worth reading as it may make us think on our own reasons and how we fit bigger patterns.

tattoo life book project

Finally, an ordinary guy trying to create something extraordinary – ‘Tattoo Life’ book project!

the power of tradition

traditional tattoos

A very interesting initiative in Anchorage, AK, where a local museum organised workshops focused on traditional tattooing. Ignorance leads to prejudice and not knowing your own cultural background makes you feel inferior and out of place. As always, knowledge is power (and fun!).

books-related tattoos

Words have power, too, as these tattoos focused on lyrics and literary characters show!


Brian Switek's tattoos

It’s not like I know the guy in question or anything but, seeing how I have a tour guide around the dinosaur park stunt in the job department under my belt and I really like books by him, I was quite excited when I came across this piece in which Brian Switek, a science writer for National Geographic, shares his thoughts on tattoos and, you guessed it, dinosaurs! Tattoos reflect our passions after all! A good read! 🙂


job refusal

Not judging a book by its cover is such an old adage that one may think everyone knows better by now. Sadly, that’s not the case! If even a fraction of the claims of the guy in question here is true, then it’s quite outrageous!

inked mommas

On the other end of the spectrum (and there’s always the opposite end of it!) we have tattoos as a means to honor, remember, cherish: inked Mommas honor and cherish memories of their lost kids, police officers and their families commemorate the fallen or traumatic events quite common in this line of job.

And there are those inked “good-for-nothing monsters” who put lots of thoughts and efforts to help their local communities like this recent example nicely shows!

How is it possible that there are people who see only unconventionally colored skin and are totally blind to the souls living inside?

Portraits taken at the Icelandic Tattoo Expo 2013 in Reykjavik, Iceland. September 14, 2013. Copyright © 2013 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved

Portraits taken at the Icelandic Tattoo Expo 2013 in Reykjavik, Iceland. September 14, 2013. Copyright © 2013 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved

Finally, nothing related to the links above but still interesting – a tattoo convention in Iceland!

live and let live!

tattoo shaming

It’s hard to believe that these days ppl can still be awfullu narrow-minded and oblivious to not only others’ feelings but also/ above all their humanity! Tattoo shaming is as horrible as fat/ age/ gender/ etc. shaming. In the end, we are all humans and we should treat everyone with kindness and respect, no? As one of the great Poles said, it’s worth it to be a decent wo/man! 😉