all the stories behind …


“Daily Mail” about an interesting photography project involving gang members, tattoos and their hope and fight to begin a new life! The book will sure be a fascinating overview of these ppl’s lives.

Chefs and their own stories behind their tattoos – as Anthony Bourdain showed in his “Kitchen Confidential,” it’s quite hard to be firsta  cook and then a chef, so there are lots of emotions put in such tattoos.


Purely biological on the onconscious level? How we perceive ppl’s bodies, tattoos included.

A new exhibit in Chicago and an opportunity to get tattooed – 2 in 1, a good idea!


Finally sth in Polish – a change of rules in favor of the tattooed in the Polish Army?

how it reflects my life … sometimes


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!

the power of tradition

My mailbox is totally clogged with all the Google Alerts from the last few weeks and my phone offers me again newsfeed focused on selected topics. Before I catch up, here are two interesting articles focused on traditional tattooing:


Japanese tattoos with all their traditional and modern complexity and some stunning pictures of modern tattoos!

Ancient Tattoos” gives us a short overview of tattoos over the centuries! Scary that I bought the book referred to 2 years ago and didn’t have time to read it!

Tattoos on the Sylt island!

I def. love and hate how surprising my life tends to get and the silence during the last few weeks was caused by me living on an island called Sylt, a narrow stripe of land on the North Sea.


I was working in gastronomy there and was told to keep my tattoos covered. Given that most of the customers were old-ish and quite conversative, it def. made sense and I didn’t make any fuss about it. No one had anything to say about my ear jewelry, so I wore my Kaos eyelets all the time (as a matter of fact, one old guy commented on them, said that he never saw anything like this and asked if it hurt – why do ppl always ask about that is beyond me – it’s pierced, stretched, healed, taken a proper care of, end of story!). I do strongly believe (despite some very unpleasant experiences in the past) that I’m nice, good and smart enough to make ppl see past my appearance and come to respect me for my integrity, life and work attitude and generally trying to be a nice person.

As it happened, I got to work side by side with a woman whose son was a piercer in the only tattoo studio on the island. She actually promised to take me to the studio, so I could check it out, maybe talk to the piercer and so on but it didn’t happen. From what she told me, tho, looks like this island isn’t very tattoo-friendly (altho it isn’t openly hostile, either). The piercer works two jobs to make both ends meet (at the studio and as a security guy at a local snobbish night club – Sylt is famous for its nightlife full of local celebs and wannabes) as – let’s face it – well-off pensioners living on or visiting the island aren’t going to get tattooed or pierced very often, are they?

I got to see some tattoos on ppl – monochromatic bad work from scratchers, colorful better done tattoos on younger ppl, some old school small pieces. There were also some heavier pierced individuals – a few ppl with stretched lobes, septum and other facial piercings. No one tho seemed to be knowledgeable about body modifications and my microdermals kept stunning ppl and they asked me all the time how the micros work. As it often happens, ppl with some small tattoos showed me their tattoos when they saw mine – kind of “kindred spirits us” thing!😉

Overall, a good thing is that most Germans seem not to care about the way other ppl look. If they do, they don’t say that aloud and don’t show they don’t like or appprove of such things. And – as Shannon Larratt always cared to point out – work hard, do your job as best as you can, try to make a difference and show others that “modified” doesn’t mean “bad.”😉


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!


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!

bodies and machines

Scott Campbell again

Scott Campbell saying interesting things yet again! This time he muses on his profession, his relation to tattoos and the way he perceives many things. Funnily enough he claims that “It’s part of the magic for sure,” [he tells me.] “Tattooing’s one of the last things you can’t mass produce, each one is made for a person by hand and I think that’s why it’s so exciting. In a world where so many things only exist digitally or are manufactured by machines, there’s not that many things left that really have the romance of being handmade and tattoos are one of them.”  But in the meantime something fascinating is happening and who knows what the future of tattooing will be like?

robot-made tattoo

The piercing-inspired clothing – as with all novelties, some of it is pretty cool, some of it is barely so-so!

Rio tattoos

The Olympic Games in full swing and tattoos on display!



tattoos from different angles

12 confessions by tattoo artists” – sure, we’ve already seen and read texts like that but since they usually contain a grain of truth …

NYT tattoo article

The New York Times posted an interesting article about outgrowing our tattoos and how we can proceed about that. We all make progress, change over time and start feeling differently about ourselves from the past, so no wonder that our skin souvenirs also may seem a lil outdated. What to do?

A German version about Shiite tattoos – just because it’s interesting!