mom tattoos, iDermals and more

Mother’s Day means mom tattoos and, sure enough, there’s some coverage on that: tattoos for mother’s day and a new book by Henk Schiffmacher focused on – that’s right – mom tattoos (it’s a beginning of the series, though, so hopefully there will be other motifs covered as well!).

Politicians doing well in the news, too, and thanks to the Huffington Post we can learn about some American politicians and their body art.

Sad news about M. Sendak, so here’s some tribute paid to him and his famous book.

Tattoo conventions: Baltimore and upcoming NYC one.

An interesting article from Australia discussing a proposal of tattoo service in the Australian prisons and obstacles on its way to be approved.

For those interested: how to become a tattoo artist (in German) and an interview with a guy who made it.

This one hit the news in a really spectacular way and you can read about the idea of iDermal here and here and here and here and here and here !

Miscellaneous: Tom Cruise looking weird (and tattooed) in his new movie, tattoos for dogs (and from Bastian some information on a German campaign against animal branding), tattoos of the dead (it’s pretty interesting, actually!) and Ami James talking tattoos and turbulence.

fit and back!

I finally finished the whole ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ book set I treated myself with and which engulfed me pretty much completely for last few weeks (I had the second volume with me at the running camp and kept reading it whenever I had some free time!), so now I can focus on other things! 🙂

This one came as a shock: ‘TLC cancels LA Ink’ – quite surprising! Ami James also appeared in an online article under a heading ‘Empire of Ink.’ Quite modest seems this short article about Don Ed Hardy but it’s interesting to a degree anyway.

Big World also in a few articles focused on ‘Garage,’ a new magazine focused on fashion and art which has tattoos on the covers of its first issue.

I seldom post here about celebs but this one seems reasonable: ‘Peaches Geldof: why was I allowed to have tattoos at 14?’ Think before you ink, huh?

I ink therefore I am’ describes a local tattoo contest and mentions a local entrepreneur who hires people with tattoos and claims that they make good employees!

 Books: ‘tattooed covers’ by Penguin and a novel focused on tattoo(s): ‘Indelible Ink.’

And interesting news from theUK where branding seems to be getting popular among some people and worrisome for others.

book review: body art

 The book draws body mod enthusiasts ‘attention with the cover on which Kat Von D is half-smiling, put right next to smaller images of such ‘scene’ icons as The
Enigma, The Katzen, Samppa Von Cyborg and Bear Big Ears. If the cover promises
interesting contents, later on the book definitely fulfills this promise.

Of course, there are more and more books on body modification, mainly tattoos, and some of them just exploit the popularity of the ‘scene’ and don’t present anything new. If you look at the contents of this book, you could say the same thing but what
makes a huge difference here is that ‘Body Art’ discusses various forms of body
modification in details and offers many great pictures of the procedures and
modifications (Shannon Larratt is listed as a contributor for ‘Body Art’ and
those of us who had been reading his Modblog back in the old days can easily
recognize many pictures).

The book covers á brief history of body art’(some interesting images of tribal scars and … foot binding which isn’t that common in books on the subject), ‘getting
inked’(advice for those eager to get tattooed), information and pictures
focused on implants, ‘scarred for life’ discussing the painful art of scarification,
corset piercings filed under ‘sexy back,’ ‘feel the burn’ shedding some light
on branding, the art of ear stretching, a chapter on ‘functional implants’ and
finally a chapter discussing the UV ink tattooing. After each chapter you can
browse through tiny images and short info on various types of tattoos
(bio-mech, old school, symbolic etc.). A reader should be careful, though – the
book contains both basic information and decent images of various forms of body
modification but it doesn’t cover aftercare and possible risks, so you better
not try it at home!

I must say that I really enjoyed reading this one! The chapters are nicely written,
practitioners chosen for interviews and advice reputable and knowledgeable,
interviews with ‘big names’ bring something new about them instead of repeating
the things I’d read somewhere else and, above all, the content is more
interesting and broader than most other books on the subject. I’m quite looking
forward to reading ‘Body Art 2’ now!


Body Art, Titan Books 2011

Edit: posting from my red laptop, so some problems with layout might happen!

in/directly related

An interesting read-up provided by two articles discussing ‘piercing through fetishes’ and ‘plastic surgery as a new religious rite of passage.’ And a real gem here, courtesy of Bastian: a slide show and text describing beginnings of plastic surgery.

One and only Lizardman featured in ‘Masterclash discussing bod mod.’

A feeling of amazement in ‘Calgarians pay to be scarred, left hanging’ about more extreme forms of body modifications (‘extreme’ being quite relative here, that is).

A new ‘invention’ trying to capitalize on popularity of tattoos: ‘hygienic wipe that keeps tattoos fresh and colorful.’

Weird and hipster tattoos’ as an eye treat.

good actions, bad laughs

Key words for today’s post would be ‘charity’ and ‘making fun of fan tattoos’ as there’s a high number of articles devoted to just these these topics.

Let’s start with this more interesting one: tragedy in Haiti is yesterday’s news by now but there are people who remember that help is still needed; sure enough, *in*famous ‘low-life’ tattooed people jump to help, too: WA, AZ and, much earlier, a nice action in Australia.

Free tattoos are also offered to celebrate museum opening in Greensboro, NC; I used my meagre Google skills to learn more about the reason for celebration and it seems like it’s acool one: the Greensboro Four.

An interesting photgtaphy exhibit described in this blog from Chicago: ‘Baby, is that a new tattoo?‘  The concept behind the exhibit seems thought-provoking.

Less thought-provoking are these articles about *cough* branding performed on one of TCU students.

Thaipusam festival in Singapore’ is a slide show of the event.

And finally the whole streak of fan tattoos: ‘Manchester City fan blue,’ ‘Saints’ fans in black and gold,’ ‘Chad Kroeger tattoo easily hidden,’ ‘Mom gets a tattoo to secure her daughter free tickets to the shows’ and one ‘Chicago Bears tattoo.’ Maybe a waste of time but also a lesson not to take things too seriously all the time.

brands, records and t-shirts

Branding isn’t featured often in the online newspapers, so this one, ‘a different brand of body art,’ is worth some attention; not to mention that it’s a good opportunity to remind of a huge figure in the body modification movement (if there is any), Fakir Musafar.

The southern hemisphere represented by two articles on two different subjects: serious problem about rising number of backyard tattooers in Australia and another one about cultural differences experienced by New Zealand athletes visiting Japan.

The topic of Church and tattoos appears again: a bit more info on the English vicar who’s a fan of tattoos (previously mentioned here) and a German article about a local church in Hamburg using temporary tattoos as a way to attract people (as they said, ‘church can be fun!’).

Body modification and world records (or just attempts at them): the most pierced man in the world (interestingly enough, no word about Elaine Davidson) and a failed attempt at world record in CO (noble reason behind).

 Something lighter to end today’s post: Pink’s new clothing line inspired by tattoos (how original!) and a few Harry Potter tattoos.