there’s a lot to express!

womens tattoos

A photo project “Women with Tattoos” shows what’s behind the colorful skin and what impact sucha  choice has on women. Great and interesting as it is, I think it would be awesome if similar projects concerned also males!

cool gesture

Because men have also a lot to express, share, deal with. This father’s gesture shows clearly that male tattoos are not only about boasting manliness or drawing ppl’s attention to muscles or trying to look tough!

I like this depth behind tattoos – with tattoos we never know!😉

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!

a coping mechanism?

A new study focused on tattoos claims that women with four or more tattoos have a higher self-esteem. It’s up to us to decide whether it’s true toa  degree or not but at least it points out that tattoos may/ do have a positive impact on one’s life (either that or it’s just an assumption on my part cuz I’m so biased ;))

tattoos in New Zealand

Here’s sth from New Zealand about their local tattoo supply and demand so to speak.

tattooed and tattooing

It’s a way to show emotions and moral support when needed – Paris tattoos.

political tattoos

It’s a way to make a political stand – Aung San Suu Kyi tattoos.

It’s a way to create our own identity and aesthetics and be who you really think you are – gender fluidity tattoos.

men's thoughts

It’s also a way to stop caring about what others think – what men really think about tattoos and piercings on women.

Audobon bird society tattoos

It’s a way to show what we are passionate about, even if it’s so “innocent” as birding.

Bundespolizei

It’s a way to have problems to get your dream job, unless the rules loosen somewhat.

It’s a way to find your way in life and maybe make a living from it.

 

 

angles

There’s always a great mix of topics on the Net and I actually enjoy switching form one subject to another. You can approach body modification from many angles, too!

MS ribbon tattoo
An important, food-for-thought angle: MS and medical tattoos.

A kind of social angle: a tattoo artist who really is just a normal guy, far from the *in*famous rock’n’ roll lifestyle of many tattooers, who actually tries to change the way ‘normal’ people usually think about heavier tattooed people.

A gender/ entertainment angle: an interview with a tattoo model and septum piercing and celebrities.

A satirical angle: unbelieveable body modifications (let’s have some laugh at these ppl’s expense, shall we?).

A ‘that’s so cool, man’ angle: 26 amazing body art pictures (not all of them are that amazing, tho).

high brow!

Only three today but interesting ones.

Pigment Library Project

From Ireland, a photo exhbition called ‘Pigment.’

Maud_Stevens_Wagner

From South Africa an interesting list of trivia focused on ‘famous firsts for women,’ tattoos included (Maud Wagner mentioned).

Winston-Salem tattoo museum

From the US, an article about the Tattoo Archive in Winston-Salem, NC. Always good when someone passionate tries to save the past for the future!

devil in the details!

vinnie myers

The New York Times published a very interesting article about a tattoo artist specializing in nipple tattoos on breast cancer patients after mastectomy. According to the article, many women after mastectomy aren’t fully satisfied with their breast reconstruction surgeries as reconstructed breats lack nipples which takes away from the experience and attempts to regain what was lost. Many surgeons perform nipple tattoos but they lack skills to create a good tattooed rendition of a nipple. The tattoo artist described in the NYT article is Vinnie Myers. He started specializing in nipple tattooing in 2002 and been working in this field ever since.

Interestingly enough, in another newspaper/ magazine there appeared article stating that plastic surgeons usually responsible for doing nipple tattoos on breast cancer patients could learn from tattoo artists.

don’t let others mold you ;)

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It’s hard to be yourself (whatever it means) these days, so maybe we shouldn’t even try? In case of doubt we can always use some ‘great’ advice from the mass media: tatoos for men, tattoo artists we should follow on some social site, we should change our way of thinking about nerds, finally, it’s so old-fashioned to take a selfie with your camera (it’s about phones, kids!).

In case you doubt your own judgment, you can always see how others perceive you and your esthetics: ‘do piercings make women attractive?’ (because men are always attractive, right?). If you get angry at others for judging you and your tattoos, you can always state how proud of them you are but it will come at a price – others have the right to express their opinions about you as it’s shown in ‘Toowoomba ladies proud of their ink (while others not so much :D).

Job seekers with body modifications don’t have it easy: UK and the USA. Surprising, eh?

Much better it is when it comes to be just a colorful and good human being: an American soccer player for PETA, a tattoo-a-thon for Cancer Sucks in Tulsa, OK and marketing joining the alternative lifestyle against skin cancer!

A female tattoo artist based in New Orleans and another one from there showing tattoos on the locals.

Finally, more news coverage on the recent and still going tattoo exhibition in Paris, France.

girl power!

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In a way, Lisbeth Salander personifies the girl power concept with this intriguing edgy look (as not all of us have to look like overphotoshopped supermodels, right?)

But here we have regular everyday superwomen with lots of talent and hard work invested in their work and passion: 10 good female tattoo artists from the US and Europe being represented by two sisters from Austria (their website).