Of course it”s not the proper name for the activity you see in the pics in this post but I like playing with words. This summer I got to hear a lot about it and YES, I’d love to try it myself one day. Wyrd geht stets seinen Lauf, so who knows? For now, let’s admire those who have enough courage, skills and a sense of fun to try it!
A familiar face looking at us from the pics attached to an article about a tattoo convention in Berlin.
Sunday is a God’s day, so an article about a Church where tattoos are not looked down.
A handful of spirituality courtesy of Bastian who sent me a link to this text on body suspension.
on a sidenote, I lost a Wi-Fi access, so I bet there are many other interesting articles out there that I didn’t come across. Here’s to hope that soon I’ll have the Wi-Fi access again – these days no phone/ net is equal to the lack of a hand or sth! 😉
The World Cup in full swing, so no wonder that there are still lots of articles related to football and tattoos. Here you can read about footballers with the coolest tattoos, footballers with iffy Asian tattoos, international connections reflected in the players’ tattoos, temporary face tattoos and the biggest fan of one Brazilian football club.
Tattoos and Christians. An American televangelist declared tattoos as a heathen practice; coincidentally, thousands of miles away, a German pastor is very interested in having a group of tattooed people for his community/ parish Sunday celebration. Also, Christian tattoos are getting more and more popular which must be a final proof of the strange charm of Evil!
A book review: ‘Playing With Identity’ book (about tattoos in Poland).
And that’s something I came across yesterday: an interview with a Polish mother-daughter team of tattooers on Polish TV.
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.
For book lovers who are not that commited to tattoos: temporary book tattoos.
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.
‘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.
Old news from last week or so but still worth noting!
Henk Schiffmacher wants to make possible to preserve tattoos after their owner’s death. Allegedly he’s been munching on the idea for quite a while but now he started working on it more dilligently and began consulting with a lawyer. As he says, ‘“Well I don’t want to pull the skin off everyone with a tattoo, really! Hahaha. I don’t want to help the entire population out of their jackets! No, I only want that some highlights are preserved. There are some beautiful tattoos that tell a story about their time and you have to make an exception for that. You have to keep those, I think.”
The idea itself isn’t new but so far it’s been only something very unusual. Wim Delvoye and his tattoo on Tim Steiner comes to mind and, way ealier, pieces of tattooed skin peeled off the criminals in the 19th and early 20th century. Also, the tattoo shop Walls and Skins offers such a service.
Mr. Schiffmacher is a fascinating character and we can only wish him best of luck! 🙂
A British tourist deported from Sri Lanka for a Buddha tattoo made headlines this week. You could read about it all over the Internet. Here you have samples in English, German and Polish. An interesting perspective is, however, presented in this article: ‘No tattoos, please, we’re Buddhists – but casinos no problem!’ BBC also used this opportunity to remind the Westerners where else tattoos can get you into trouble.
Antitattoo class is offered in Germany but it doesn’t seem as awful as it sounds. However, some Cali teachers are expected to cover their tattoos at work which seems too much for them. *sigh* and to think that there are so-called civilized places where apparently you can’t be a teacher and do your work all covered up and , at the same time, be a tattooed person in private as it allegedly violates the mythical ethical code. The world is a very interesting place, isn’t it? 😉
‘Tattoos of memory’ is an American exhibit focused on immigrants and their hard experiences . Modern art also experienced by means of your body in form of tattoos (this time real ones) as a concept from Bytom, Poland. In Canada there’s an interesting exhibit focused on body art and indigenous cultures of Squamish and Lil’wat peoples.
The Washington Post informs that there won’t be a 24-hour waiting period for tattoos and body piercing in Washington, D.C after all which is good news for people from the industry and people interested in body modification. In New Mexico you can learn much from a state ad campaign against unlicensed tattoo artists.
I should use my rudimentary Dutch more often, so here you have an interview with a Dutch hip hop artist who says he’ll be a cool grandpa and talks his tattoos. In case he would like his grandchildren to have his tattoos after his death (a somewhat disturbing idea, I do admit), he can use the service offered by a Dutch tattoo shops called Walls and Skin that has something interesting to offer:
‘Proud of your tattoo? Proud of the moment it represents? Proud of the pain, time and money you put in the making of it and proud of the artist that made it for you?They say tattoos last a lifetime and then some, now your tattoo can really be forever with our service to put your skin as an artwork on the wall (after you died of course).’
The picture above comes from a very interesting website devoted to tattoos and their history across time, space and cultures. The Haida people and their culture were also featured in this article about their body art and meaning behind it. Here’s a slide show focused on modern Haida-inspired body art.
An interesting discovery in Corpus Christi, TX where a trove of old tattoo flash was found!
A report from a lecture about modern tattoo culture coming from high art.
People and their tattoos: Takashi Matsuba and his NYC-based shop where he tattoos tebori way, Dee Crowner, an IA librarian who’s not afraid of showing her wild side, Bill Kaufman, a tattoo artist also from IA, an American tattoo artist living in Germany who creates his own army (the shop’s website) an interview with a tattooed Dutchman, a rapper Kid Ink and his tattoos and finally David Cata who makes incredible things with his skin.
This guy deserves a separate paragraph as he seems to be doing amazing things – a doctor who saves tattoos post-op!
A German article discusses what drives ‘body modders’ to doing to their bodies what they do but I found it too simplistic to my taste. I dare to think our reasons are more complex!
And a documentary from Japan about a Japanese right-wing activist who happens to have quite extensive tattoo work done.
An update on France and its ban of color ink.
Some Dutch stuff: preserving tattoos of the dead (kind of morbid but interesting plus it’s not a new idea after all) and a short interview with Texas Schiffmacher, Henk Schiffmacher’s daughter on her tattoos.
This may be the future of body modification: smart pills, implants and throat ‘tattoos.’
A new underwear line based on an athlete’s tattoos.
There will be way more articles on the subject but let’s just stick to this one: the most talked about celebrity tattoos of the passing year!
Tattoos in Motion – they look really awesome, don’t they?
An interesting anthropology-focused article on Chin facial tattoos.
Don Ed Hardy – I really could listen to/ read this guy quite often.
Another interview in Dutch about tattoos – every body tells a story, right?
An exhibit ‘Modified.’
Tattoos used for health reasons.
Free tattoos of Ataturk’s signature in Turkey.
An interesting interview with a tattooed world traveler in Dutch.
A good idea for very social people – tattoos for more than one body only.