small tattoos make a difference!

Semicolon tattoos in Christchurch, New Zealand – small and cheap but they mean a lot to all ppl who either battle the suicidal thoughts or want to to support their family members or friends.

good-action

Artists 4 Israel and their wonderful initiative for soldiers and terrorism victims. It’s so true that “You can even produce beauty and freedom out of loneliness and suffering.

cat-tattoos

Finally, something light and in Spanish as I’ve begun to be serious about this language. Cat lovers and their tattoos!

Tattoos on the Sylt island!

I def. love and hate how surprising my life tends to get and the silence during the last few weeks was caused by me living on an island called Sylt, a narrow stripe of land on the North Sea.

sylt-island

I was working in gastronomy there and was told to keep my tattoos covered. Given that most of the customers were old-ish and quite conversative, it def. made sense and I didn’t make any fuss about it. No one had anything to say about my ear jewelry, so I wore my Kaos eyelets all the time (as a matter of fact, one old guy commented on them, said that he never saw anything like this and asked if it hurt – why do ppl always ask about that is beyond me – it’s pierced, stretched, healed, taken a proper care of, end of story!). I do strongly believe (despite some very unpleasant experiences in the past) that I’m nice, good and smart enough to make ppl see past my appearance and come to respect me for my integrity, life and work attitude and generally trying to be a nice person.

As it happened, I got to work side by side with a woman whose son was a piercer in the only tattoo studio on the island. She actually promised to take me to the studio, so I could check it out, maybe talk to the piercer and so on but it didn’t happen. From what she told me, tho, looks like this island isn’t very tattoo-friendly (altho it isn’t openly hostile, either). The piercer works two jobs to make both ends meet (at the studio and as a security guy at a local snobbish night club – Sylt is famous for its nightlife full of local celebs and wannabes) as – let’s face it – well-off pensioners living on or visiting the island aren’t going to get tattooed or pierced very often, are they?

I got to see some tattoos on ppl – monochromatic bad work from scratchers, colorful better done tattoos on younger ppl, some old school small pieces. There were also some heavier pierced individuals – a few ppl with stretched lobes, septum and other facial piercings. No one tho seemed to be knowledgeable about body modifications and my microdermals kept stunning ppl and they asked me all the time how the micros work. As it often happens, ppl with some small tattoos showed me their tattoos when they saw mine – kind of “kindred spirits us” thing! 😉

Overall, a good thing is that most Germans seem not to care about the way other ppl look. If they do, they don’t say that aloud and don’t show they don’t like or appprove of such things. And – as Shannon Larratt always cared to point out – work hard, do your job as best as you can, try to make a difference and show others that “modified” doesn’t mean “bad.” 😉

 

the headlines

tattoos at hopsitals

Tattoos and work make for a very sensitive issue! And even tho one always should fight for their right to self-expression, sometimes a neutral image is a must as this story shows!

the oldest tattooee

How old is too old to get a tattoo? The sky is the limit – the world’s oldest tattooee is 104!

tattoo exhibit in Potsdam

And sure he must remember the old times when tattoos really were mostly on sailors and bikers! “Flesh and Ink: Tattoo Histories” is a new museum exhibit in Potsdam, NY.

Tiamat transformation

Tiamat is yet another person aiming at a full body transformation!

Finally, a great reminder that April is a autism awareness month and a great time to gather some funds to support the noble cause!

tattoos and people behind them

Tin Tin

I’ve already posted about Tin Tin and his recent fight to make tattooing recognized as a form of art. Here’s another one as it’s definitely worth some pondering.

This tattoo artist, as many others like him, proves that Tin Tin is right not only on the definition level but also on HR level – more and more tattoo artists have a very profesional, educational background and they should be called artists. Not to mention the fact that they are trying to give back to their local communities!

son of anarchy

Tattoos convey who we are. Here’s an interesting article focused on an actor discussing tattoos as a tool to build a film character.

all’s relative!

Two interesting texts from the Daily Mail!

knuckles

I definitely love knuckle tattoos! They can express so much by means of so little and they look very cool, too!

eyebrows

A lil more about cosmetic eyebrow tattooing and WAY more about human cruelty and lack of empathy! You may like or not but why to attack someone just because they chose a look you don’t approve of?

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.

 

 

miscellaneous

Certainly interesting is this article about an ink with an unusual ingredient, i.e. human hair. We’ve already seen ppl using their dear deceased’s ashes but hair, from a living person too, is sth new.

reconstructive surgery

If you decide stretched ears are not your thing anymore, ear reconstruction might be a good option. It’s been performed not only by plastic surgeons but also by skilled body mod practitoners.

Memento remake

The movie “Memento” about to be be remade.

tattoo charity event

A great thing to do – charity event at a local tattoo shop!

let’s express ourselves!

a means of self-expression

The Guardian seems to be on a roll with all the tattoos-related articles but I don’t mind it at all. this one may be not outstanding but still shows what tattoos can be about!

indigenous ink

I enjoyed reading this one – tattoos are WAY more than fashion, individual self-expression or a whim. They were born to show inclusion, belonging to a tribe, creating a sense of more than self-identity. It should be kept in mind.