symbols, meanings, stories

Burma/ Chin Volksgruppe/ Tattoos

A very cool story in Spiegel, a German newspaper, tells about Chin women from Burma whose facial tattoos show the long tradition that’s been dying out right in front of our eyes!

reclaiming swastika

Guido Baldini of the Lost Cowboy tattoo studio has been trying to reclaim the swastika symbol. His efforts are commendable but it’s worth mentioning that he isn’t first as ManWoman was fighting for the same thing way earlier. It’s all about mutual efforts, education and persistence!

new tattoo museum in New Orleans

Finally, a new tattoo museum will be open very soon in New Orleans!


Cindy Ray

I love coming across articles about tattoo history! Here’s an article about Cindy Ray, the first female tattoo artist in Australia. A def. good read.


A bit kinkier but still interesting is this report from a tattoo convention back in 1986. A pic of the young Stalking Cat is an added bonus!

body mods have been and still ‘R us!


Oetzi craze is still going strong but another ancient star is emerging – Ukok who’s been alive 2,500 years ago. She was tattooed, apparently quite special and now her face was reconstructed! Using this occasion, let me also remind all of us about other interesting examples of the very old human love for body modification – a woman from 1,300 years ago and the Wari culture from South America (700-1000 AD) whose preserved artifacts show that the Wari people stretched their ears.

tattoos in North Korea

And now for something entirely different but from a land where the time seems to be passing very slow: tattoos in north Korea!

Freedom Tattoos on the web

The Freedom Tattoos project from Poland hit also German headlines which is quite cool!

take a stroll, learn a thing

museum exhibit

An interesting project can be seen and experienced by means of “Skin Datain one of museums in NYC; the process of tattooing is going to be translated/ transformed into visual images combining technology, art, perofrmance and neuroscience. The person behind it is Amanda Wachob, a tattoo artist herself.

Something more traditional from Poland – an exhibition devoted to Thai tattoos.

It actually goes without saying that it’s important to know our roots and roots and meanings of the symbols we are using. Not always obvious, tho. It’s great, however, that so many native (to a given cutlure) tattoo artists appreciate and protect their tattoo art and start organizing tattoo conventions focused solely on indigenuous tattoo art – here ‘Indigenuous Ink‘ and a few words about Mo Naga and his efforts to protect and develop his native tattoo art.

Finally, a few interesting articles about the very first Scottish tattoo artist, Prince Vallar.

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?’