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tattoos in films – a pretty nice video featuring such titles as ‘the girl with the dragon tattoo,’ ‘fight club,’ ‘natural born killers’ and some others!

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ink likes women ;)

Ink for Autism is a nice idea to help out those affected by the disorder and it’s cool to see the tattoo industry getting involved – Ontario, Oregon, Australia!

Dress code: a tattooed midwife doesn’t cover up her tattoos and wants to change the way people look at tattooed women, Denver Police Department considers a new dress code requiring covering up tattoos after all and both defiant and naïve article ‘I’ll never cover up my tattoos for anyone ever again’ (which makes a mouthful ;)).

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Tattooed seniors here – both beautiful and daring! 🙂

Tips from tattoo artists all over the world – a German old school artist discusses animal tattoos, some words of wisdom from an American tattoo artist, tattoo care tips and a bit controversial article quoting extensively Junior of Junior Ink in Poland who says that people tend to copy others’ designs instead of trying to be themselves.

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A weird project by an American illustrator – have you ever wondered how a person would look if they have tattoos owned by famous soccer players? Me neither but here’s the answer (plus a shot above).

Bastian sent me a very interesting article about sadomasochism and how it may lead people who practice it to altered states of consciousness. Interestingly enough, there’s also some info on ‘energy pulls’ here and I like it quite a lot: ‘The effect might not be so different from what people experience when they push their bodies during yoga, or even during meditation. People who complete the energy pull ritual also report feeling more connected to others.

Finally, some tattoo entertainment: Rob Zombie is going to be a guest judge on Ink Master this coming week, so let’s listen to one of his songs in preparation for the big day 😉

beautiful and banned

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‘Divergent’ still going strong and since it’s a real pleasure to see interesting tattoos on fit bodies (no perv feelings here, mind you! Just pure aesthetics!), let’s play with it some more: behind the Four’s tattoos and a slide show from the movie.

Quite an interesting interview with an editor-in-chief of the German tattoo magazine on tatoos in movies and how they usually appear on negative characters (worth noting, however, how it changes, too – who doesn’t like Lisbeth Salander after all? The Divergent/ Dauntless pack will also help with the image).

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Some more on ‘Bled for Boston.’

Also, more articles on the Perseverance exhibit in Los Angeles! One of the artists quoted in here noticed: ‘There is pain, but then you heal and the art remains’ which is both simple and profound 😉

Modified charity: helping raise awareness of kidney diseases and autism awareness.

Dress code: ‘can a company ban tattoos at work?’ and new U.S. Army groom rules – tattoos are a big no-no now!

Do parents with tattoos make for bad role models?’ some food for thought although do not expect intellectual fireworks from this one. Also thought-provoking is this one called ‘tattoos are corny and degrading’ (and it’s not as bad as it sounds ;))

Very interesting: a new academic book on tattooing traditions in North America and a Russian inventor who is able to read tattoos as sheet music.

you can praise the Lord with tattoos, too!

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Job seekers still have to hide their tattoos’ says this article and there really is sth to it. According to the article, the USA is kind of divided in this regard: “On the West Coast, the tattoo lifestyle is extremely strong, and it’s supernormal,” […] “On the East Coast, it’s strong. Probably the central states are more like an issue.” “We know that tattoos and piercing represent an important mode of self-expression, and we don’t want to stifle that, as long as they’re not considered offensive,” says Jackie Ferman, a spokeswoman for Children’s [Hospital in St. Louis]. “I’m sure it’s a relief for a lot of people.” Oh yeah, it sure is! 😀

Despite the possible problems that go together with being tattooed, apparently ‘more people are getting tattooed.’

More tattoos, especially these people don’t pay much thought to beforehand, means more bad quality body art. It can either get lasered off or covered up and here we have another opportunity for the entertainment biz – America’s Worst Tattoos show is about to start its second season on TV. (the video below is a lil old-ish, though).

I may be a little cynical and disillusioned when it comes to the ways the modern world works but I’m still sensitive enough to love articles I dubbed ‘modified charity.’ Here’s another one: the 13th annual tattoo-a-thon in San Francisco with profits going to the local Children’s Hospital. The shop that stands behind the event promotes tolerance and acceptance and is all for a friendly atmosphere!

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Scott Campbell and his art projects!

Tattoos and religion: ‘tattoos reign in Israel,’ temporary Bible tattoos and tattoos as a tool for Christian ministry. The Christian God has always been about including and reaching out to the social outcasts; it’s only his followers who started to exclude these who didn’t fit their imagined God’s image 😉

losing the edge?

A leading motif in today’s update as it seems! Interesting, however, how limited is the info and images we get in the mass media!

Rihanna and her tattoos will be proudly featured in the March issue of the Vogue magazine. Will they mention that Rihanna got at least one cover up which means that she wasn’t really satisfied with her tattoo(s)? She looks glamorous and rebellious in a tamed way, so why not to show how original *not* she is?

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Colin Kaepernick and his wonderfully fit and ripped body is featured in the video below. He’s proud of his tattoos and media also use his image to get some clicks and better rankings.

But when celebs flaunt their ink and inspire ordinary people to get some, too, will they try to warn those poorer than them about the risk and price that go with cheap tattoos? ‘botched tattoos‘ and ‘unlicensed shops‘ (two different countries in this case but it goes further, of course). And let’s not forget about the infamous piercing guns and the risks that go with them.

It’s all about being smart, patient and educated. It’s cool to kow that you can discuss tattoos and dress code related to them in school settings.

With the tattoos so omnipresent now and with their meanings narrated, explained and discussed about, now it’s time for a pendulum swing: ‘getting a tattoo has lost its edge,’ ‘only cool tattoos survive’ and ‘the existential anguish of the tattoos.’

Before tattoos lose their edge completely, however, let’s use it for a bank ad!

It’s a multifaceted subject, though, and that’s why I’m in for good! 😉

With tattoos you can change your image and solve your problems in many ways: ‘cosmetic tattoos a growing trend among Japan’s senior citizens,’ ‘it’s never too late to get a tattoo,’ ‘tattoos help breast cancer survivors’ and – a sign of time – Getty Images presenting new images of women, a.o. also these with tattoos and other body modifications!

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Tattoos also equal big money coming from the entertainment industry: ‘Tattoo Titans’ is a new Ink Reality TV show but Ink Master is also going strong. Pretty cool video below:

And here 3D ‘tattoos’ that turn out to be ‘just’ very cool examples of body painting skills (Hikaru Cho and Znag).

a touch of humor, a bit of thought

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A local contest offering tickets for Kanye West’s concert if you get a tattoo related to West makes one think how popular and lightly taken tattoos have become (at least in certain countries).

I did some digging as I remembered the uproar caused by 30 Seconds to Mars’ call to their fans for tattoos of the band. It also turned out that exactly the same thing did the very popular One Direction band. When they realized (because others told them) how irresponsible this idea is, given their fan base, they quickly pulled the offer.

Other, less popular, bands also have tattoos and some of them approach them with some humor. Here you have a band called Eagulls (a word play on the Eagles?) and how they won Bill Murray’s love. Less humorous, but still bearable, is this article about a band called Against Me! and their tattoos (a sample of their music).

‘Every body has its story’ was quoted by me quite often here. A few more samples of this saying: teen tattoos (meanings, dangers, legal issues), ‘tattoo stories – diverse and intriguing as the people who wear them’ and college students from NE discussing their own ink.

This upcoming event will certainly make for a great story: Scottish independence referendum (going to happen on September 10, 2014) and how people express their feelings toward Scotland and the UK.

A Polish article on dangers of tattoos (mainly because of the ink(s) used for tattooing) seems to confirm, in a way, a statement from the Polish book on tattooing I’m currently reading ([there is] some cultural lag/ delay in our country [Poland] in comparison to other, already individualized Western societies [when it comes to tattooing and other body practices] – this topic certainly isn’t new and there were many articles published on the subject years ago (here just one example from last year!). It shows how even  respectable newspapers go for the big headlines to attract our attention and feed us with the recycled goods!

Something really positive for dessert:

It’s been a while since I posted anything about ‘modified charity,’ so it’s only proper to do so now: a Canadian tattoo shop has been organizing a fund raiser for cancer hospice for a few years now . A recommendable idea and a great example how no matter what color you are, you still can be a good human being!

It’s going to be my first embedded video here: are tattoos sinful? A very old topic but a verey interesting take on it by Jefferson Bethke!

cultural and social contexts of tattoos

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We have our bodies but it’s the media and consumerism that dictate us how our bodies should look and we all know that. Is this new imperfect mannequin trend going to change anything and allow us to accept our imperfections? I doubt it and see it more as yet another way to get into our pockets and wallets but still, it’s interesting to see.

Another, even worse example of creating false images of people is photoshopping and recently Lena Dunham created some uproar (with a little help from jezebel blog – this post shows changes in the pictures). Pic doctoring demands some serious thinking process – we all do that, we all play with the way we look, we all pretend who we are(at least to a degree). What is right, what is wrong? Are we manipulated totally? To what degree we are also manipulators?

A big tattoo convention in Philadelphia is just taking place and it’s a huge performance and game to create a certain image as well. The industry is booming, though – over 800 artists from all over the world, thousands of visitors and lots of entertainment!

In another place of the world, Caracas, another tattoo convention is taking place and it also celebrates not only self-expression but also a human ability to re-create ourselves for many reasons. Stereotypes aside, the Bild magazine put is quite nicely: “doch hinter den Farben auf der Haut und dem Stahl darunter verbergen sich Geschichten von Menschen, die brutal aussehen, aber zärtlich lieben und ihre inneren Kämpfe außen tragen.

Tattoo artists: a Sarawakian Chinese artist fascinated with the Dayak culture and creating something new in his work and a well-known tattooist and buseinessman Chris Nunez on his own turf.

Tattoos on TV: an interesting guide to the ink reality TV shows, a critical text about Bodyshockers (plus a link showing what Bodyshock program has featured so far) and an article about the Black Ink Crew (also TV stars) branching out by means of a new tattoo magazine.

A Japanese clerk punished for having tattoos in Osaka plus an editorial on tattoos at work from the US. Different cultures, different approaches.

A warning aimed at teens and young adults – what you should know about tattoos. It’s not new but still worth mentioning. An inner lip tattoo trend is kind of related to it. Always be careful and think twice before you go for some ink!

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With the Oscar ceremony fast approaching, take a look at this Belgian film nominated in the best foreign language film category – a story about a female tattoo artist and a male musician over the years.

popular, so (un)cool

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Tattoos still going strong in the mainstream pop culture as this pic from a Victoria’s Secret show shows (it’s from 2012, mind you but seeing how active some celebs/ models are in this department, it’s still valid).

New ink reality TV shows also profit from popularity of tattoos although they seem to be turning in the ‘think before you ink’ direction: ‘Bad Ink’ and ‘Undo Me’ (which is going to cover much more than just bad tattoos).

Eyeball tattooing in Jamaica – in this case it really is better to think before, especially if you’re going to hit the DIY way.

Memorial tattoos became very popular thanks to the Ink TV but this one is worth reading, it’s a part of a bigger work (a chapter from ‘American Afterlife. Encounters in the Customs of Mourning’).

Modblog seems to be a lil better than its usual boring post-Shannon self; an interesting post from there about an upcoming documentary about Marc a.k.a Little Swastika (the website of the makers here).

Tattoos try and fail to reclaim swastika symbol’ offer much food for thought. Is it really possible to change the associations we have had with this symbol ever since the Nazi times? Is it worth fighting for?

The 21st century is an amazing time to live in – ‘people may be the next step in technology’ and e-whiskers.

‘the subculture of body suspension’ from New Zealand (thanks to Bastian who’s going to the hot climates right now ;))

Some Q&A with one of my fav body modifiers, the Lizardman!

New rules in the German army were also brought to my attention by Bastian. Here also a little bit about new rules in the American army,way  less draconian than in Germany.

Finally, a very harsh treatment of a tattoo artist in Iran. No radicalism is good!

wear your ink

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This pretty cool photo for another PETA ad shows not only that wearing your own skin is better than wearing animal one but also what a great combo body fitness and body modification are in one package! More of the PETA’s ‘ink not mink’ here!

One may find PETA controversial, of course, but using tattoos to give women their self-confidence back is definitely a good thing (unless you are a conservative sexist with some psychotic traits that is), so let’s feature another article about nipple tattooing that helps cancer survivors not only on purely physical/ aesthetical level!

Women and tattoos in a photography project!

And women with tattoos on TV – a new ink reality TV show features Friday Jones herself. In other news, Shanghai Kat is going to visit a tattoo convention in Minnesota real soon.

Spend the day with a tattoo artist’ is from Australia and about an old-timer which makes is quite interesting (plus putting people in a tattoo shop and watching/ reading about them is almost like a conducting a psychological experiment ;))

It may sound a little rough at first but has good points and should be read and pondered on – ‘hand, neck, finger, face tattoos and why I won’t do them!

It works for some people – tattoo ideas taken from celebs and pop stars; in this case it’s mostly ear tattoos.

What Islam has to say on the subject of tattoos – interesting and elaborate to a degree.

Finally, a nice gem showing the Sinner Team (a Russian suspension group) in action – a video included!