warning needed when I’m getting reflective?

Tattoos, and body modification in general, becoming more and more mainstream is not a new trend, of course, but it’s definitely one of favorite topics to write about for journalists. Here we have an example from CA where journalists talk to the local tattoo artists and stress the obvious yet again: ‘TV, celebrities give tattoos high profile.’

TV is an important factor here and this short article about Karen E. Olson, the author of ‘Tattoo Shop Mystery’ series, shows it quite nicely. I haven’t read her second ‘tattoo mystery’ yet (although I didn’t like the first one much), so I can’t say anything about it but her own words on the reasons behind having gone for such a series are quite telling: “The editors were looking for a tattoo shop mystery, because of the shows on TV. I decided I would try it.” Is it how body modification becomes cheaper and shallower?

The ‘emotional’ trick in the context of tattoos is used not only by TV people; it’s also, unsurprisingly, newspaper and other media people. Here we have a sort of new series started by a CT newspaper: ‘Tat Tales’ with one such a ‘tale.’ I can admire the girl and her fight against her serious disease but since I’ve already seen such stories on TV and read them both in the newspapers and in books, I am not even moved much. Again, it’s kind of sad that the exploitation of body modification for a meager profit and short-lived popularity stats is so common these days.

On a way different note, here you have an English  ‘summary’ of the articles about the Polish sniper dismissed from the army since his tattoos made him unable to serve, ‘5 incredibly stupid tattoos’ and ‘Harry Potter tattoos.’

Something very interesting for dessert, though: ‘Defining moment: refining the art of criminal identification’ about a French policeman who started using tattoos as a way to identify criminals in the 19th century France!

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dress code battles

Dress code strikes yet again in another article from UT, ‘In Ogden tattoos, piercings break the rules,’ and – surprise surprise – in a handful of Polish ones on a similar topic (since all of them say basically the same thing, I’m linking to only one of them). To sum it up (keeping in mind Bastian’s request), an excellent sniper was dismissed after the doctors saw his tattoos and decided they make him unable to serve abroad. The article makes a pretty good point, though, drawing our attention to the fact that soldier tattoos are often a means to deal with very traumatic experiences and stressful situations. And really, how tattoos can show under his uniform? I can understand that there may be cultural differences between the Westerners wearing tattoos and the locals being against tattoos due to their religion/ cultural background but after thousands of heavily tattooed American/ English/ Scandinavian/ etc. soldiers having stayed there for years now (Afghanistan), one tattooed soldier from Poland would hardly make a difference!

A different way of looking at tattoos in this CNN video about ‘Thailand’s superhuman tattoos’ (see? The power of positive thinking associated with body art!)

Tattoo removal in ‘study suggests a more personal approach to tattoo removal.’

A tad of humor never hurts, so here’s a German slide show of fast food tattoos.

banned, graced and other stories

Dress-code related news in ‘new air force policy disqualifying tattoos’ only to read about ‘grace policy on tattoo ban’ a little later.

Some local shops and artists in ‘Steel City Tattoos,’ ‘permanent ink becoming art’ and ‘needle feeds permanent ink obsession.’

 Interesting news on a different note from the UK, though: ‘Tatts Off 2010.’

 A Polish accent in an article ‘an artist turns people into his marionette’ discussing various art performances, one of them include a concentration camp number tattoo.

tattoo regulations and some more

A demand for more regulations for the industry coming from Belgium (quite understandable now but well, how you can save people from themselves?) and a small wave of articles about the need of industry regulations and risks posed to and by minors in three articles from Singapore: ‘tattooists: regulate industry!’ ‘if parents find out, I’m dead!’ and ‘too scared to remove tattoos.’

Another case of teens and regrettable tattoos but in a more positive and even sensible light from CA where ‘young Hispanics erase tattoos to begin a new life.’

An odd piece of news from TN: ‘tattoo parlor tosses personal info

Tattoos and sport again, not NBA though: playing ball aside, sometimes it’s also a ‘battle of tattoos’ on tennis court.

Something ‘indirectly related’ and recalling a discussion Bastian and I have going at times: body building and body modification.

expanding a little

Let’s start today’s post with the news about several tattoo conventions taking place (or going to happen) around: mini tattoo fest in IL, Fresno Expo in CA (the title ‘Lifestyle on display’ made me laugh because my lifestyle choices are pretty much always under the cover!) and a funny piece from Sweden, ‘a tattoo too far.

Art for cash: an artist’s guide to selling work’ is an interesting comparison of three different shops, one of them a tattoo parlor that shows what’s important to make people want to keep coming back.

Rock-star tattoo artist advice: find the best person to ink you’ says it all.

News from AZ is optimistic economy-wise: ‘Flagstaff tattoo industry proves to be immune to recession;’ maybe it’s caused by these crazy enthusiasts who are always ready to shell out some money for their ink dreams? Speaking of which, various shades of ink in ‘collecting ink for wearing, reading and writing.’

An interesting article about a very passionate man from Australia: ‘Tattooed Goeff Ostling donating his body to art’ – his body suit design is very interesting and his donation to art is going to be very special, his own skin!

Two interesting articles from Germany: ‘deep belief in spiritual powers’ about the modern Maori (Moko mentioned in here) and ‘resocializing a special art’ about tattoo removal in German prison (thanks to ‘Mark of Cain’ movie I became really interested in prison tattoos!)

On a side note, since Bastian liked my previous ‘not directly related’ post, I’ve just created a new category, ‘somewhat related,’ for articles that discuss subjects related to bodies and art but are not directly related to body modification. Today two new additions to the section: an interview with Derek Mears where he mentions an interesting encounter with a devoted fan who got a scalp tattoo of Jason Vorhees and an article about models, ‘the model as muse’ – we all know what myths and semi-truths surround the fashion industry and how fashion designers and top models have been changing the way we look at the female body.

And on a final for today note, a Polish version of my review of ‘The Piercing Bible’ was posted today on here!

around the world

Today’s post is just how I like it – international.

From Australia articles about ‘tattoos and maternal instincts,’ first-timers getting awards at a local tattoo convention and a pretty interesting article about ear reconstruction (stretched piercings not mentioned here, though).

And while speaking of the east side of the world, an article about China and tattoos: ‘taboo removal: in China, tattoos make a comeback.

South America represented by an article about ‘tattoos in Venezuela.

News from the US: ‘geeky tattoos,’ ‘Chuco Art Project book’ to commemorate a late tattoo artist and an interesting article about a local Detroit shop offering both tattoos and tattoo removal (and let’s mention Allen Falkner’s enterprise also focusing on tattoo removal).

a new item for my collection

Just a few links to close the week:

tattoos – it’s all about the art and meaning’ is general in tone but not bad to read;

tattoos paying tributes’ is definitely more interesting as it shows tattoos on a serious movie buff – nothing better than passionate people with love for body art.

Something to visit and watch: ‘tattoos and piercings in portraits’ in one of museums in Hamburg, Germany and here’s more info on ‘Tattoo Highway’ TV show.

Congressional earmarks’ discuss briefly the tattoo removal program in CA.

And on a personal note: I just got a message from Amazon.com that they shipped my copy of ‘The Piercing Bible’ by Elayne Angel – about the time as it was seriously delayed. I’ll make sure to post more about the book once it’s here and I’m done with reading!

just a few new ones

‘Celebrity’ tattoo artist and the fact he’s HIV-positive would be the biggest ‘scoop’ for today;

Another tattoo artist is not a ‘celebrity’ and has just realized that ‘selling his head space’ might not work out that well after all.

Law-related: in Germany ‘permanent bio-tattoo is considered bodily injury.

News about the Infinitink, supposedly removable ink; a documentary about it will be featured on PBS.

“canvas” is a no-no word on here!

There appeared a few derogatory ‘editorials’ about body art during last few days but I decided against linking to them – such “gems” are usually highly repetitive and never contain anything new.

In other, more interesting news:

A focus on teenagers in the German article “my first time: Dominic’ piercing experience (courtesy of both Bastian and google alert) and American “tattooed teens” and “teen fashion decision can prove costly and painful” (about ear stretching).

The title “tattoo removal: political pork or second chance” speaks for itself.

Sounds kind of weird but thought it might be good linking to it: “man died after leg tattoo.

An interesting one is “tattoos in Islam” – what is Islam’s stand on tattoos and the reasons for it; brief but interesting.

Addicted to ink” touches my personal peeves as firstly, I do not believe that tattoos or other body mods are more addictive than anything else (and since you can get mentally addicted pretty much to everything, assuming that tattoos are more addictive than most other things doesn’t make sense! Not to mention that I’m all for practicing self-control) and secondly, I do hate when people use this cliché “canvas” word whenever they feel like discussing body modifications; I refuse to be “canvas”, period 😉