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A nice string of film-related tattoos:

PLL tattoos

The PLL series isn’t maybe overly ambitious and profound but ut’s still fun and the German version might be quite helpful if you know how to use it!

Jurassic Park tattoos i

The Jurassic Park is about to expand into the Jurassic World movie, so the dinos are gonna be a hit for some near future.

triathlon tattoos

Thriathlon tattoos don’t give any new tips which is a bummer!

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Finally back in Poland and here you have two Polish articles about tattoos – one in ten Poles has a tattoo now and many others want to have it and, an eternal question, how much it costs in this country!

pop culture tattoos

Also, wallowing in pop culture, so a nice slide show focused on pop culture-related tattoos.

working together

If this article about a medical use of eyeball tattooing procedure, it gives a niceexample of cooperation between an eye surgeon and a tattoo artist.

Also along somewhat medical lines, tattoos and skin cancer in the Washngton Post and an article about earlobe reconstruction (not necessarily because the said earlobes were stretched).

A trailer and an article promoting ‘Tattoo Nation” doc.

And straight from the Modblog (it’s nice when they update) about a documentary about Mark ‘Little Swastika’ whose work has been admired by many for years.

Tattoos and religion(s) here.

modern Rembrandts

This year’s London Tattoo Convention is over but a lot of things was happening!

A new book dealng with my favourite tattoo questions (what, why, what does it mean to you) – ‘Pen and Ink.’

the Crow pic

Horror tattoos and some of them not bad at all!

Dress code-related – musings on whether firing over tattoos should be illegal and new rules in turkish schools. On the upside, Korea is considering legalizing tattooing.

the new Popeye


The pop culture recycles motifs and characters over and over again whether we like it or not. For me, Conan the Barbarian will always look like Arnie even tho Jason Momoa is so much more handsome. Frank Langella seems to me a better Dracula than Gary Oldman even tho I liked the refined, dandy-like look of Oldman, with a slight touch of modernity and an attempt to deepen the old vampire story.

So whats’s about the new Popeye? Sony Pictures Animations plans a new reincarnation of the sailor to appear in the movie theaters in 2016 and now they are teasing us with some pieces of news. As it seems, the new Popeye won’t have a pipe (definitely understandable!), he won’t chomp on spinach (altho it might change as veggies are trendy more than ever) and so far he doesn’t have his trademark anchor tattoos which is very hard to explain.

Since the comments sections are always the most interesting, going thru them shows that it may be really difficult to many people to accept a tattooless Popeye. As one of the commenters stated: ‘sucks if the pipe isn’t there but I can understand why… however, no tatoos?

Every new version of well-known motifs says a lot about its times and people. A tattooless sailor in the age of omnipresent ink seems a bit off to say the least 😉

edgy looks with a pop culture twist


Another week of ‘Divergent’ frenzy. This time you can read about Eric’s tattoos (he’s a villain in the book), who inspired the look of the Divergent tattoos and even upgrade your reading taste thanks to the Inked Magazine’s  input on the subject.

Human Rights Tattoo Project a few letters closer to completion thanks to their visit in Berlin.

Private piercing, serious sacrifice’ recalls the traditional Sun Dance.

Way less serious and interesting: a Polish tattoo artist selling his skin (after his death, of course), a Norwegian kid taking his *cough* love for McDonald’s further than anyone else and a very important question: ‘are women over 40 too old for body piercing?’ Everyone should read it! 😉

why be normal when you can be yourself?’ goes to Suicide Girls and tries to be affirmative about uniqueness and edgy look. What the author forgets to mention is that the edgy look sooner or later becomes just another kind of uniform and eventually has nothing to do with being ourselves. Another serious question to ponder 😀

beautiful and banned


‘Divergent’ still going strong and since it’s a real pleasure to see interesting tattoos on fit bodies (no perv feelings here, mind you! Just pure aesthetics!), let’s play with it some more: behind the Four’s tattoos and a slide show from the movie.

Quite an interesting interview with an editor-in-chief of the German tattoo magazine on tatoos in movies and how they usually appear on negative characters (worth noting, however, how it changes, too – who doesn’t like Lisbeth Salander after all? The Divergent/ Dauntless pack will also help with the image).


Some more on ‘Bled for Boston.’

Also, more articles on the Perseverance exhibit in Los Angeles! One of the artists quoted in here noticed: ‘There is pain, but then you heal and the art remains’ which is both simple and profound 😉

Modified charity: helping raise awareness of kidney diseases and autism awareness.

Dress code: ‘can a company ban tattoos at work?’ and new U.S. Army groom rules – tattoos are a big no-no now!

Do parents with tattoos make for bad role models?’ some food for thought although do not expect intellectual fireworks from this one. Also thought-provoking is this one called ‘tattoos are corny and degrading’ (and it’s not as bad as it sounds ;))

Very interesting: a new academic book on tattooing traditions in North America and a Russian inventor who is able to read tattoos as sheet music.

cultural and social contexts of tattoos


We have our bodies but it’s the media and consumerism that dictate us how our bodies should look and we all know that. Is this new imperfect mannequin trend going to change anything and allow us to accept our imperfections? I doubt it and see it more as yet another way to get into our pockets and wallets but still, it’s interesting to see.

Another, even worse example of creating false images of people is photoshopping and recently Lena Dunham created some uproar (with a little help from jezebel blog – this post shows changes in the pictures). Pic doctoring demands some serious thinking process – we all do that, we all play with the way we look, we all pretend who we are(at least to a degree). What is right, what is wrong? Are we manipulated totally? To what degree we are also manipulators?

A big tattoo convention in Philadelphia is just taking place and it’s a huge performance and game to create a certain image as well. The industry is booming, though – over 800 artists from all over the world, thousands of visitors and lots of entertainment!

In another place of the world, Caracas, another tattoo convention is taking place and it also celebrates not only self-expression but also a human ability to re-create ourselves for many reasons. Stereotypes aside, the Bild magazine put is quite nicely: “doch hinter den Farben auf der Haut und dem Stahl darunter verbergen sich Geschichten von Menschen, die brutal aussehen, aber zärtlich lieben und ihre inneren Kämpfe außen tragen.

Tattoo artists: a Sarawakian Chinese artist fascinated with the Dayak culture and creating something new in his work and a well-known tattooist and buseinessman Chris Nunez on his own turf.

Tattoos on TV: an interesting guide to the ink reality TV shows, a critical text about Bodyshockers (plus a link showing what Bodyshock program has featured so far) and an article about the Black Ink Crew (also TV stars) branching out by means of a new tattoo magazine.

A Japanese clerk punished for having tattoos in Osaka plus an editorial on tattoos at work from the US. Different cultures, different approaches.

A warning aimed at teens and young adults – what you should know about tattoos. It’s not new but still worth mentioning. An inner lip tattoo trend is kind of related to it. Always be careful and think twice before you go for some ink!


With the Oscar ceremony fast approaching, take a look at this Belgian film nominated in the best foreign language film category – a story about a female tattoo artist and a male musician over the years.

it has a loong tradition, so it must be right ;)


The picture above comes from a very interesting website devoted to tattoos and their history across time, space and cultures. The Haida people and their culture were also featured in this article about their body art and meaning behind it. Here’s a slide show focused on modern Haida-inspired body art.

Mo Naga and his fight for preserving traditional tattooing in India.

An interesting discovery in Corpus Christi, TX where a trove of old tattoo flash was found!

Historical figures and their tattoos’ and, the Laubachs, a German family whose history and life are connected to tattoos very closely (the shop).

A report from a lecture about modern tattoo culture coming from high art.

People and their tattoos: Takashi Matsuba and his NYC-based shop where he tattoos tebori way, Dee Crowner, an IA librarian who’s not afraid of showing her wild side, Bill Kaufman, a tattoo artist also from IA, an American tattoo artist living in Germany who creates his own army (the shop’s website) an interview with a tattooed Dutchman, a rapper Kid Ink and his tattoos and finally David Cata who makes incredible things with his skin.

This guy deserves a separate paragraph as he seems to be doing amazing things – a doctor who saves tattoos post-op!

A German article discusses what drives ‘body modders’ to doing to their bodies what they do but I found it too simplistic to my taste. I dare to think our reasons are more complex!

And a documentary from Japan about a Japanese right-wing activist who happens to have quite extensive tattoo work done.