A real gem showing the history of tattooing: an article about the world’s first tattoo convention in 1976 linking to an article written 40 years ago about the said convention! Kind of priceless and amazing to look back and wonder how much things changed during these 40 years!
Slawek is quite special to me as he created most of my tattoos and showed and taught me a lot about tattoos. He may be one of the pioneers of the Polish scene but to me he’s just a humble, very open-minded guy always on the lookout for new things to spot and master. He may be perceived as the “king” but I’m sure he scoffed at the very idea and the title of this article. And he’s really good at cooking 😉
As the year nears to its end, we all come to think of things we did and what we hope to do next year; new year, an end and a new beginning … symbolism perfect for a tattoo 😉 For some of us it’s the end – the most tattooed French woman passed away a few days ago (ridiculous as it is to describe ppl as the most tattooed in their countries, think about her life stroy, all the stories behind her tattoos and the courage to live and look the way you want which isn’t that easy even now!).
2015 was supposedly very much about hatred and this article is set to prove it; true or not, it’s a fact that tattoos are still considered ugly and a sign for one’s moral corruption, so let’s be more open-minded in 2016! and let’s not forget that body modification is here to stay, also because it lets us celebrate our life.
The same goes for Islam and the great culture and history behind. Arab Ink project again as it’s never enough to remind ourselves that a bunch of fanatics shouldn’t make us think the way they do!
It’s the ppl and their stories that are always the most fascinating, so take a look at these cool portraits from this year’s Dublin Tattoo Convention. I chose this dude for “my” poster guy not because of him flipping a bird but rather because he seems to be positive and full of life!
As one of my own tattoos says, ‘everything begins/ everything ends’ and that’s the coolest thing, huh? 😉 let’s wait and see what’s the new year will bring!
on a sidenote, I lost a Wi-Fi access, so I bet there are many other interesting articles out there that I didn’t come across. Here’s to hope that soon I’ll have the Wi-Fi access again – these days no phone/ net is equal to the lack of a hand or sth! 😉
While the tattoo artists and visitors are proudly showing their ink off in Poland, other people are not so lucky – in Chandler, AZ local police officers should cover their tattoos at work. Visible tattoos allegedly equal to an unprofessional image; nothing new!
If you’re into body modification, you know who Fakir Musafar is! You should know his early experiments with corsetry, his modern primitive incarnation, his involvement into the modern body modification scene. It’s always interesting to see him featured in the news, so I loved reading this article on a Suscon that just took place in Dallas and what Musafar had to tell participants about body suspension:
“I want the kids at Suscon to really understand what they’re doing. This is not part of scientific culture. It came from somewhere, you’ve borrowed it, you’ve acclimated it, you’ve adapted it, without understanding where it came from, you miss out on parts of the experience,” Musafar says. “It’s an old and honorable tradition and this is what they did and why they did it. And now here’s what we’re doing today.”
here’s a video of Musafar and Jim Ward doing their (own version of ) Sundance. It’s very interesting to watch, especially if you are coming from the modern way of looking at body suspension. Reading the comments is also interesting as it shows from how many POV it can be perceived.
I’ve never heard about James Hall a.k.a. Blue Man and stumbled upon this tidbit of info only thans to an article about a tattoo convention in Baltimore. Another article is quite old (2009) but the link still works, so enjoy reading it and meeting Mr. Hall! He seems a very fascinating person. Not only he went for a total body suit but also is an Ivy League graduate, a retired city planner and sems a nice man! He’s one of these people who show you, no matter how critical towards body modification you may be, that being modified (and really heavily at that) doesn’t mean you are an idiot and that you never know how modified may be all these people you come across in your life! Life is full of surprises and that’s the best about it! 🙂