chosen and given

choose-wisely

Body modification and work is a touchy subject for many of us and always valid as many of us feel insecure with our mods in the market place. Here two perspectives on the subject: a tattoo artist and a former athlete who suddenly got confronted with the harsh reality.

tattoos-given

An interesting article in German about a modern tattooist practising a traditional form of art!

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tattoo discrimination at work – stories

tattoos-at-work

A very important issue and – sadly – still not resolved! The Guardian has an interesting idea and hopefully they’ll get not only quite a few responses from the readers but also will be able to bring it back into the spotlight to discuss it. Sure, there are more important issues in the world but discriminatiing others on basis of their personal aesthetic choices is not right at all and why not to try to change the world one step at a time?

always more than skin!

tattooed-and-employed

Not the latest news but apparently having tattoos may actually help you get hired. Is there a catch? Sure, there is – companies will gladly ride your coat tales and try to rub off the cool image you allegedly sport.

the-project-why

Cool or not, these portraits are simply beautiful – one should amdire ppl ready to create their own beauty standards without caring what the rest of the world thinks!

Finally, a very interesting portrait of an American tattoo artist turned Japanese and some insight into the Japanse culture and its attitude towards the tattoo art. An interesting read for sure!

a lil update!

It’s Halloween and let’s enjoy it!

booths-captive-fetus

The first piece of news is a lil creepy indeed – the *in*famous and amazingly creative and talented Paul Booth is launching a jewelry line with some of his best pieces on the front line! Booth certainly has a dark army of followers!

Dress code again – as it seems, English/ British police officers are quite tattooed under the covers and maybe there’s a time to rethink the dress code policy. Nicely put, too: ‘Having a design inked on your body, even if it is clearly visible, has no bearing on someone’s ability to carry out their duty to serve the public and as our survey found in some cases it can act as a great icebreaker and a way of breaking down barriers, particularly with young people.

On a side note, I actually got hired despite my ear adornments and – as it seems – many employees at this particular establishment don’t follow the dress code and the employer is pretty lenient in this regard, too. At least a few female co-workrs have small ear projects with multiple ear piericngs and one guy sports a stretched lobe. We’ll see how it goes but one thing is sure – NO ONE should make us feel bad about our own choices and tastes!

plus-size-and-tattoos

Finally, an interesting subject regarding both body modification and body issues – plus size women and their tattoos. Big is beautiful after all!

how it reflects my life … sometimes

tattoos-work

A German article discussing the so-called professional appearance and tattoos at work suddenly became more relevant as maybe I’m about to lose a very interesting job opportunity due to my aesthetic choices (“one piercing per ear” for female employees vs. my two stretched piercings per ear). Painful? Sure enough! Better to say now that later? Definitely as I remain an honest and professional potential employee regardless of my looks and choices!

On the side note, do tattoos influence how we think? No! Do our mods make us less intelligent? No! Does the number and size of our piercings make us less honest, reliable and professional? Definitely no!

Personally I love the way my ears look, especially when I’m wearing clear eyelets and my ears look clean and natural! I love the combo of tattoo sleeves, white shirts and ties! I love being surprised by ppl of various age, background and looks proving that intelligence and goodness know no boundaries!

professional and private sides of our lives

tattoos and work

The job market hasn’t been treating the tattooed ppl too well. Sometimes I get to hear that it’s only a Polish issue but these articles from Wales and Canada show clearly that the dress code and so-called professional image apply to all kinds of places around the world!

Olive Oatman

A cool old story, well-known but worth some mention anyway: Olive Oatman!

wytatuowani 2016

Finally, a cool idea in one of the Polish online magazines: the tattooed in 2016! Lots of individuality!

interesting!

interface tattoos

A recent invention combines temporary tattos and the digital age! What the future holds in store for us? It’s quite exciting to watch how fast and dynamic the world changes around us!

Old-school music passion and love for a particular band – U2 and U2-related tattoos!

Good news from Germany – tattoos are not so much frowed upon in the work environment. I cana ctually confirm it from my own experience!

Finally, a pretty cool vidoe showing “antics” of a suspension group from NY!

vanishing and removing

vanishing ink dance

A fascinating dance project focused on a vanishing art of indigenous tattoos by an iban dancer! It’s new, it’s refreshing, it’s his own voice!

to earn

A German tattoo artist discusses his road to tattooing and declares that ‘tattoos should be earned,’ which is – more or less – true!

Others think the opposite, tho – a new upstart wants to revolutionize the tattoo industry with their dissoving tattoos – vanishing on their own and from different reasons as the traditional tattoos.

no red flag

Finally, a piece from Canada about tattoos at work. I like the statement of one of the ppl interviewed for it: “show up for work, and do a good job — which is how it should be. I know how hard I work. I know what I’m worth.

old times and new ppl

the Mayas

A new exhibition focused on the Mayan culture reminds us that various forms of body modifications have been around for centuries if not thousands of years.

vintage tattoo flash

A new book about vintage tattoo flash shows clearly what a long and fascinating history the tattoos have.

tattoo survey

A survey conducted by the German police is supposed to tell the officials how the tattoos on policemen/ women are perceived by the public.

tattoos on the catwalk

Also from Germany, an aspiring male model whose international success may depend on his body modifications and a young modified woman working as a receptionist (too bad it’s “only” a tattoo shop!).

Finally, a touching story from New Zealand about a man who’s coped with the loss of his loved one by means of tattoos!