la vida loca

The topic of dress code is still present online, especially in Germany.

tattoos on footballers

Footballers are not only allowed but also expected to show off their tattoos although not always they face social acceptance.

Tattoo sleeves as a hipster habit? This article says so. Another one shows clearly how tattoos have become not only a life style but also a kind of accessory – ‘how to wear a watch with tattoos?’ not only focuses on fashion but also mentions Mo Coppoletta and his collaboration with a watch designer (it’s actually a little gem!).

Tattoo artists around the Western world: Oliver Lonien from Germany, Michael Rose from the UK, Quori Senyon, Rudy Hetzer and Kat Von D from the US and a short interview highlighting the job itself.

book why i love tattoos

Tattoos and their meanings from Germany: four moving tattoos and a new book on tattoos. A tattoo museum (worth a visit?) in Germany.

Can Jews have tattoos?’ is a frequently asked question.

pain for sale

Modified charity: Pain For Sale shop hosted a fund raiser for animals! A cool name of the shop, too!

Two very interesting ones for dessert: ‘getting tattooed in Japan’ and ‘hanging out with the body suspension crew’ from Ireland. In the latter a very interesting question was asked:

‘It’s not for the squeamish, but calling people who practice body suspension “idiots” and belittling what they do for kicks, seemed out of proportion. Is it any more absurd than golf?’

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it’s a new tech world out there ;)

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Seeing how much I love my smartphone (and it shows even on here), I just had to read about tattoo apps and even try one; Alas, turned out the choice of the ‘tattoos’ is very limited and not really to my taste. You can play with them if you want to, though!

The new tech world is coming, though, as these articles show: 3D printer turned into a simple tattoo machine and  smart ’tattoos’ storing medical data. Rather interestingly, however, Maori tattoos apparently can be seen as therapy.

The Boulder Tattoo Project is both interesting and reminding me of the Skin Project.

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Tattoos make you fat’ is hard to believe, especially if you take a look at a heavily tattooed David Beckham who just launched his swim wear collection for H&M.

Yakuza is becoming very tech, too – Yamaguchi-Gumi have their own website now and want to improve their public image.

Tunisia and how tattoos are perceived there.

Finally, a very interesting one from Bastian, ‘the ancient and mysterious history of tattoos.’

losing the edge?

A leading motif in today’s update as it seems! Interesting, however, how limited is the info and images we get in the mass media!

Rihanna and her tattoos will be proudly featured in the March issue of the Vogue magazine. Will they mention that Rihanna got at least one cover up which means that she wasn’t really satisfied with her tattoo(s)? She looks glamorous and rebellious in a tamed way, so why not to show how original *not* she is?

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Colin Kaepernick and his wonderfully fit and ripped body is featured in the video below. He’s proud of his tattoos and media also use his image to get some clicks and better rankings.

But when celebs flaunt their ink and inspire ordinary people to get some, too, will they try to warn those poorer than them about the risk and price that go with cheap tattoos? ‘botched tattoos‘ and ‘unlicensed shops‘ (two different countries in this case but it goes further, of course). And let’s not forget about the infamous piercing guns and the risks that go with them.

It’s all about being smart, patient and educated. It’s cool to kow that you can discuss tattoos and dress code related to them in school settings.

With the tattoos so omnipresent now and with their meanings narrated, explained and discussed about, now it’s time for a pendulum swing: ‘getting a tattoo has lost its edge,’ ‘only cool tattoos survive’ and ‘the existential anguish of the tattoos.’

Before tattoos lose their edge completely, however, let’s use it for a bank ad!

It’s a multifaceted subject, though, and that’s why I’m in for good! 😉

With tattoos you can change your image and solve your problems in many ways: ‘cosmetic tattoos a growing trend among Japan’s senior citizens,’ ‘it’s never too late to get a tattoo,’ ‘tattoos help breast cancer survivors’ and – a sign of time – Getty Images presenting new images of women, a.o. also these with tattoos and other body modifications!

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Tattoos also equal big money coming from the entertainment industry: ‘Tattoo Titans’ is a new Ink Reality TV show but Ink Master is also going strong. Pretty cool video below:

And here 3D ‘tattoos’ that turn out to be ‘just’ very cool examples of body painting skills (Hikaru Cho and Znag).

back!

so behind on the updates but a lot’s been happening! Let’s get started, though, shall we?

The biggest news was certainly Mandela’s death! It was coming, of course, but still, it’s one of these great people who changed the world for better! Soon after, people started getting Mandela tattoos – that’s how the pop culture works!

Mandela did change South African political system and kept trying to change the way people perceive those who differ from them but even in other countries it still matters – race and tattoos in advertising still have a negative impact on people! Unless you are a Rihanna who shows off not only her tattoos but also a lot more, here her new fragrance ad.

In Australia partial ban on tattoos in the police force.

Tattoos in Iran.

When I came across this article about writers and their tattoos I was quite interested. After feeding my Kindle with the books (they are, luckily for me, quite cheap!) my excitement somewhat subsided as the novel and stories proved to be just mediocre romances with tattoos used as accessories. Sure, there some attempts at making it good – multiple POV’s, setting in New Orlean and references to the impact Katrine had on the people living there, there was also one breast cancer survivor trying to reclaim her body, quite a strong BDSM motif etc. but still, there are way better novels about tattoos out there!

The first clip of the upcoming ‘Divergent’ movie. The ideas behind the faction tattoos are pretty cool; too bad soon there will be loads of faction tattoos in the real world! 😉

digital tattoos and quite a real Beckham

Do you like computers, smartphones, tablets and whatnot? Soon they may be a basic tool to appreciate art, also this body one: the Shifting Skin project and a tattoo viewable by phones only.

The City of Angels: a body piercer trying to find her place there, a review of the book by Kat Von D, a self-proclaimed L.A. girl and an article about an L.A.-based suspension group.

Ear stretching in OH.

Ground-breaking news from Austria on popularity of tattoos in this country. Meanwhile, in Arkansas, there are attempts to ban non-traditional forms of body modification (‘non-traditional’ being an interesting statement here).

Fit bodies and tattoos: yet another slide show of athletes in Moscow and David Beckham and his tattoos in H&M ad(s).

London Tattoo Convention coming soon!

hooks and ink

Tattoo conventions: the New York City Urban Tattoo convention and a racial divide that, according to the organizers of the event, exists in the tattoo world and another convention in TX where body suspension made some headlines.

High tech ‘tattoosthat may track vital signs of our bodies!

Tattoos from a different angle: fruit ‘tattoos.’

An interesting interview with Louis Molloy here.

A slide show focused on song lyrics tattoos.

An interesting picture from a T-Mobile ad in Poland: a girl with sth that looks like stretched lobes (which is *not* that common over here!)

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good and bad tattoos.

With Halloween fast approaching, here you have some “Halloween ideas with temporary tattoos.’ Also temporary are new Dior’s gold tattoos although they aren’t that cheap.

Interesting news from Great Britain where Scotland Yard bans visible body art on its employees.

The idea of tattoos used for a good cause in a German campaign focused on paraplegics!

Obama vs. Romney still on, so here an interesting take on Romney with some made-up tattoos involved and an article about tattooed US politicians.

Finally, Zombie Boy and his tattoos in a copy right dispute.

covers, mobile devices and some good spirit

An earlier post (again) as I’m spending this weekend at a tattoo convention.

Speaking of which, here another one about NYC convention with lots of pics. Since it’s focused on women, here’s a text informing us on ‘7 places women should never get a tattoo.’

Another tattoo convention described in this one from New Zealand.

The Huffington Post gives us a piece on spirituality of tattoos this week. Not that spiritual but certainly quite passionate is also this short interview with a local tattoo artist describing his job and calling.

David Beckham landed on a new cover of Elle magazine which is allegedly quite a big thing. Good time also for his regular tattoo artist, Lou Molloy, who’s going to show his work in Sweden.

Instattoo may be your chance if you need a new tattoo idea.

A tattoo artist’s take on summertime body art’ should remind us of taking a good care of our tattoos.

And finally a really cool tattooed lettering by Neil Gaiman!