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!

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and start feeling differently about ourselves from the past, so no wonder that our skin souvenirs also may seem a lil outdated.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!

brainy!

An interesting text about Shiite tattoos shows how tattoos help with cultural identity and fighting for it.

Samoan tattoo exhibit

Also about cultural identity, this Samoan tattoo exhibit looks damn interesting! Too bad it’s in L.A.!

Scott Campbell doesn’t have any regrets and recommeds to love without hesitation (which is quite sound a piece of advice!).

tattoos and books

Finally, an idea and example that pretty much every single library should follow – show me your tattoos and I’ll recommend a book for ya!

Tattoos are very seldom only about the skin, more often than not they are first of all about the mind!

 

times and perspectives

evolution of tattoos

Loose observations on tattoos over time make you think how they were and are perceived and what they mean(t).

These days it’s way more about personal meaning(s) and perspectives, so no wonder ppl perceive tattoos in different ways, those shallow and even insulting ones: “things you get asked if you are tattooed” and “rude cashier.”

my tattoos, my stories

But we still attach meanings, memories and power to our tattoos – we are our tattoos, our tattoos are us.

Zombie Boy

Finally, a few days after the gig in question but it’s still good that Zombie Boy is still alive and kicking!

different forms

godna tattoo tradition

An interesting article from India discusses godna, a traditional form of tattooing which has been dying out – a sad reality for many tribal traditions all around the world.

On the other side of the world, “Inked,” a photo exhibit shows how strong the modern form of tattooing has been growing (relatively) recently.

What’s the answer for this “phenomenon”? Maybe the key is our own taste and self-expression? Whens something is regulated by the common norms, long traditions and social rules we are more prone to leave it behind while something that is “our own” deserves cherishing and opposing the others?

making a difference!

japanese geek tattoos

An excerpt from a new book on Japanese tattoos give sus a before taste of the whole thing! My copy is on the way and I’m def. looking forward to reading and, hopefully, enjoying it!

The more we know, the better for us, the more involved in local communities we are, the better for us, the better educated we are, the better for everyone – a local tattoo artist organizing a fund raiser to support a local school in the making! Sure, the slogan “tattooed and employed” is cool but a variation “tattooed, educated, employed” is even better IMHO!😉

meanings

Ancient-Tattoos

Interesting findings suggest that obsidian tools were used to tattooing thousands of years aho on the Solomon Islands. It’s fascinating to watch how the modern science discovers by means of findings and experiments the acts of the ancient ppl, proving over and over again that tattooing is too serious and too important to various cultures aorund the world to dismiss it as a simple trend!

Frida Kahlo tattoos – a great woman, a talented artist, soemone who was courageous enough to have made her own look!

blood and dust

(extra)ordinary ppl with passion – “Blood & Dust” comic series and a related tattoo story!