(not only) Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

Obviously a big deal as with all other Friday the 13th’s, so there’s no wonder that so many tattoo shops decided to use this opportunity to play with it. It’s quite cool that some Polish shop(s) did it, too, and with a good cause in mind at that!

More about Scott Campbell’s tattoo performance!

literary tattoos

Literary tattoos are always a good choice IMHO, so take a look at these suggestions (altho I’d never use any of it – I have my own favs).

Berber women's tattoos

Finally, a wonderful idea and lots of hard work put in this tattoo book!

New Zealand

tattoos and dress code in NZ

One could think that in a country so blessed with such a strong background of traditional tattoos, tattoos wouldn’t be so looked down upon. People are people, tho, so it’s not the case. As everywhere else, ppl’s perspectives on the subject vary and some are for, some against and some don’t really care. However, it’s still interesting to read how tattooed New Zealanders live and work, so here you have an article about the NZ workplace and tattoos.

Maori tattoos

Concidentally, German websites also ran some articles focused on NZ and tattoos, so take a look at this (some info on native New Zealanders between the lines) and also at a meagre few lines about Maori tattoos.

complex stories behind tattoos

refugees' tattoos

For or against refugees? Above all, we should see people like us in them, so I think it’s a really good idea to show some of the refugees’ tattoos and tell, very briefly, about stories behind these tattoos. Suddenly, refugees aren’t just nameless intruders but people with stories, background, families, past and present traumas, overall worth to be welcomed and helped. A bit in the same vein are these traditional tattoos on Kurdish women.

Tattoo art hitting the auction block‘ shows the work so good that it’s considered Art!

Ausdruck der Personlichkeit

Jochen Auer, the founder of the Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe – an interesting interview.

Finally, for all of us who kind of think that looks really matter – how to dress to complement our tattoos. Not surprisingly, black is always a good color! 😉

let’s try to be color-blind!

what's underneath

The Guardian published a cool slide show of heavily tattooed ppl with and without clothes . And even tho not all the bodies shown here are stellar according to today’s standards, that’s not important. I absolutely love how words and tattoos tell these ppl’s stories and show that tattoos are so much more than the narrow-minded ppl usually think!

Justin Trudeau

The same goes with the tattooed country leader buzz now as is it really such a big deal that a failry young PM has a tattoo? Does it change anything about him? His skills and political instinct (and his family ties which are important in this “scene”, let’s be honest about that!) are unaffected by his tattoo “blunder,”, aren’t they? This article sharing the Haida leader’s thoughts on the subject is actually more interesting!

Vladimir Franz

And he’s not the only one plitician with a tattoo, of course and it can be even taken to a way higher level as Vladimir Franz (altho he’s not a politician per se) showed us a few years back!

As usual, let’s stay open-minded and pay attention to things way more important than a piece of colored skin 😉

old and new side by side

bodymod grinders

A pretty interesting article on more extreme forms of body modification and people who decided to undergo such procedures. As with everything, it’s actually unwise to ask why as the reasons are endless and yet everything can be summed up with simple ‘why not?’

body suspension in Sri Lanca

This photo appeared in the newest issue of the Polish NG. It’s nicely traditional and shows that there is way more more to body suspension than the mass media want us to think!


native tattoos

Another story focused on Native American tattoos in Alaska (with Greenland also playing an important role). “Permanence is why tattoos carry so much weight: For Nordlum and the growing number of Alaska Native women getting traditional tattoos, it’s about showing the world a permanent, proud Native identity.” More than one may think at first.

tattoo process 1

An interesting college class focused not as much on the looks and appearance  as on the process behind the tattooing (not only thoughts, feelings, emotions involved but also logistics and things behind the stage). Again, more than it seems at first.

tattoo process 2

A photo project focused on ppl during the process of acquiring a tattoo. I’m not sure if it’s such a good idea – not everything should be at display and some of the pics put off, at least at first and not that many ppl tend to think things over, esp. when they get to see it on the Internet.

The most unusual tattoo requests in Dutch – ppl are so weird, ain’t they? 😉

made in Poland …

This ad has been around for some time now.

not freaks

We have tattoos. We are not freaks!” a sort of grassroot movement trying to show ppl that ‘tattooed’ doesn’t really equal “weird,” “anormal” or “bad.”

camo colors

Camo colors‘ about tattoos covering mastectomy scars in this weekend’s issue of the Polish “High Heels” edition.

Open your eyes, open your minds!

more and more tattoo contexts

artists with Down Syndrome and tattoos

An interesting article on the Huff site about an episode of the reality ink TV featuring tattoos designed by people/ artists with Down Syndrome.

the world atlas of tattoos

More about the book “The World Atlas of Tattoos.

Traditonal tattoos in Alaska – more about it.

Be a tattooed and good wo/man – ‘get a tattoo, help a baby.’

dress code and tattoos in Polish

A bunch of Polish ones: a modified look and job search, a calendar project focused on tattooed profesionals plus two interesting ones from a pretty unexpected source (thank you sent your way! 😉 ): tattoo regrets *not* and interesting tattoo projects based on individual anatomy.

fuer immer und immer …

tattoo preserving

the title is a reference to a cool song by Henzel und Gretyl but tattoos operate on the same level of permanence, don’t they? Once we are dead, they are not so permanent anymore but Americans from OH want to change it and preserve the tattoos after the death of their owners. Was the idea develope independently (along the great-minds-do-think-alike lines) or somehow inspired by Henk Schiffmacher and his wish to preserve his and others’ tattoos for their cultural and personal value’s sake? And let’s not forget these guys!

Temporary tattoos are a hit, too; here some Alice in Wonderland tattoos.

so what

A big shocker or just an ordinary thing? Everything depends on our openmindness and exposure to other ppl’s taste, I guess.

tattoos for food

Finally, a cool thing being done for others – tattoos for food!


job refusal

Not judging a book by its cover is such an old adage that one may think everyone knows better by now. Sadly, that’s not the case! If even a fraction of the claims of the guy in question here is true, then it’s quite outrageous!

inked mommas

On the other end of the spectrum (and there’s always the opposite end of it!) we have tattoos as a means to honor, remember, cherish: inked Mommas honor and cherish memories of their lost kids, police officers and their families commemorate the fallen or traumatic events quite common in this line of job.

And there are those inked “good-for-nothing monsters” who put lots of thoughts and efforts to help their local communities like this recent example nicely shows!

How is it possible that there are people who see only unconventionally colored skin and are totally blind to the souls living inside?

Portraits taken at the Icelandic Tattoo Expo 2013 in Reykjavik, Iceland. September 14, 2013. Copyright © 2013 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved

Portraits taken at the Icelandic Tattoo Expo 2013 in Reykjavik, Iceland. September 14, 2013. Copyright © 2013 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved

Finally, nothing related to the links above but still interesting – a tattoo convention in Iceland!