museums and meanings

tattoo-museum-in-nyc

Tattooed New York” is a new exhbition in NYC. It’s fcused on the history and tradition of tattooing and the role NYC has played in the art and industry. Sounds def. interesting!

Another museum and tattoos in Mexico; since there’s still no fence on the border … yet 😉

mummies-and-tattoos

The tattooed mumies from Siberia!

touching-tattoos

Finally, a modern and touching story of personal tattoos!

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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-insight

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!

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!

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!

 

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?

timeless

The recent discovery of an over 3-thousand-year old mummy with tattoos in Egypt shows how old tattoos actually are and how important they are for various cultures around the world.

horinao japanese tattoo artists

Japanese artists visiting Canada amaze ppl with their skills and beuty of their tattoos. Another Japanese tattoo artist is fighting for his art in his native country!

Jobs tattoos

He’s still alive in memory and on skin – Steve Jobs and tattoos devoted to him.

Facial ink – mainly on the ppl from the industry, tho!

female ink power

ROM Kalinga

Another article about the tattoo exhibit at ROM in Toronto, Canada. This time it’s focuses on the last Kalinga tattoo artist.

tattooist

From Australia a short interview with a (modern and Western) female tattoo artist. different approaches, different experiences, different background but the art unites ppl across the time, space and culture!

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!

 

 

bodies talk!

tattoos on Torontonians

The upcoming tattoo exhibit at the museum in Toronto presents a great opportunity for ordinary ppl to present their own tattoos and show what a great and meaningful form of art tattooing is. Torontonians’ tattoo stories are interesting no matter how big or tiny their tattoos are!

Army and tattoos seem to have a love/ hate relationship going for quite some time. Here a piece of news about a new tattoo policy in the US. Navy!

lots to show, nothing to hide!

ROM tattoo exhibit

A Toronto-based ROM launches a very interesting exhibit on April 2. The exhibit is based on the famous French tattoo exhibition and the museum’s own resources. Yet another reason why it’s time to officially recognize tattoos as an art form? 😉

hand tattoo pics

An upcoming book on hand tattoos is called “Nothing to Hide” (or “Nichts zu Verbergen”). The photographer behind the book has, judging by his name, some Polish roots!