always more than skin!

tattooed-and-employed

Not the latest news but apparently having tattoos may actually help you get hired. Is there a catch? Sure, there is – companies will gladly ride your coat tales and try to rub off the cool image you allegedly sport.

the-project-why

Cool or not, these portraits are simply beautiful – one should amdire ppl ready to create their own beauty standards without caring what the rest of the world thinks!

Finally, a very interesting portrait of an American tattoo artist turned Japanese and some insight into the Japanse culture and its attitude towards the tattoo art. An interesting read for sure!

life is fight!

peoples-stories

A great story I stumbled accidentally upon – a story about overcoming obstacles, passions, life and – unfortunately – illness. Tattoos are like life and life is like tattoos – colorful, unpredictable, both beautiful and ugly, something one must experience to trully appreciate!

a lil update!

It’s Halloween and let’s enjoy it!

booths-captive-fetus

The first piece of news is a lil creepy indeed – the *in*famous and amazingly creative and talented Paul Booth is launching a jewelry line with some of his best pieces on the front line! Booth certainly has a dark army of followers!

Dress code again – as it seems, English/ British police officers are quite tattooed under the covers and maybe there’s a time to rethink the dress code policy. Nicely put, too: ‘Having a design inked on your body, even if it is clearly visible, has no bearing on someone’s ability to carry out their duty to serve the public and as our survey found in some cases it can act as a great icebreaker and a way of breaking down barriers, particularly with young people.

On a side note, I actually got hired despite my ear adornments and – as it seems – many employees at this particular establishment don’t follow the dress code and the employer is pretty lenient in this regard, too. At least a few female co-workrs have small ear projects with multiple ear piericngs and one guy sports a stretched lobe. We’ll see how it goes but one thing is sure – NO ONE should make us feel bad about our own choices and tastes!

plus-size-and-tattoos

Finally, an interesting subject regarding both body modification and body issues – plus size women and their tattoos. Big is beautiful after all!

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!

never a phase!

I actually admire the Russian scientists’ eye – noticing a (potential) very old-school labret jewelry among tens of small stones/ rocks/ whatever. They look quite different from the modern labret pieces but they prove a few interesting and important points:

  1. an urge to decorate our bodies is quite primal and ancient – it’s not a teen angst-driven phase;
  2. different cultures have different standards of beauty and we should respect that;
  3. ways and means of body modification constantly evolve;
  4. what we do and how we look is not only about our own self-expression but also sth inherited from the generations from the thousands of years ago – totally fasicnating!

 

neolithic-labrets

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!