Uncomfortable in His Own Skin ‘Your Face in Mine,’ by Jess Row, a Novel About Changing Race: [New York Times]
"When literary fiction dares examine the issue of race at all, it is usually done in an exceedingly tone-deaf way (think William Styron’s Confessions Of Nat Turner or Kathryn Stockett’s The Help) or from a somewhat safe remove (think Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue). It always seems as if the story is accompanied by a blaring announcement that it’s time for this (white) protagonist to learn something. Sometimes the pedantic drum-banging can get so excessive it drowns out everything else, including the inclination to tell a good story. If nothing else, the debut novel from Jess Row, Your Face In Mine, is a refreshing plunge into the deep end of the race conversation." [A.V. Club] [more inside]
Indelible Ink: The Deep History of Tattoo Removal
By the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, documentation of tattoo removal was often found in accounts of Europeans in contact with cultures overseas—particularly, although not exclusively, societies in the New World. The failed effort to remove the English pirate’s facial tattoo was not the only attempt at such a procedure in the early modern Atlantic world. A number of French, Spanish, English, and Native American sources suggest that people of the period could regret their permanent body modifications just as much as modern people do.
Tattoo removal in the past, however, reflected something more powerful than transient personal taste. [more inside]
In this month's issue of Nature
, Haruko Obokata and colleagues have made a breakthrough in the field of stem cell research, where they describe a unique cellular reprogramming phenomenon in which skin and blood cells could be converted into stem cells without the need to physically manipulate the nucleus or over-express reprogramming genes. Rather, the researchers subjected them to stress "almost to the point of death", by exposing them to various events including trauma, low oxygen levels and acidic environments. One of these "stressful" situations was simply to bathe the cells in a weak acid solution for about 30 minutes. Within days, the scientists found the cells had not only survived but had also recovered by naturally reverting into a state similar to that of an embryonic stem cell.
The research suggests human cells could in future be reprogrammed by the same technique, offering a simpler way to replace damaged cells or grow new organs for sick and injured people. [more inside]
Microbiomes & Health
"We conducted a study during a flat track roller derby tournament, and found that teammates shared distinct skin microbial communities before and after playing against another team, but that opposing teams’ bacterial communities converged during the course of a roller derby bout.
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Designer Sruli Recht creates ring made partly of himself
watched some friends skin a roadkill'd fox, and illustrated the process.
Academic, writer and tattooist Gemma Angel is in the final year of her doctorate: researching the three hundred preserved, tattooed pieces of human skin
in the Wellcome Collection
. Check out her website, Life & 6 Months, for writing on the tactile experience
of handling the skins, how to find out which part of the body a sailor's "unseen" tattoo was on
, and tattoo collectors in fiction
. [more inside]
are a system of classification of colors represented by an alphanumeric code, allowing accurate recreation in any medium. Humanae
is a project from Spanish artist Angelica Dass that applies the alphanumerical classification of the PANTONE® coloring system to human skin tone, communicated through a photographed portraiture series. The exact shade is extracted from a sample of 11x11 pixels from the face of the people portrayed. The ongoing aim is to record and catalog human skin tones through scientific measurement.
of a Chicago milk-truck driver's face. What we're seeing
is called photoaging
UK/DK - A Film About Punks And Skinheads
(SLYT) 1983 documentary about the tail end of the British punk scene including The Exploited, Vice Squad and The Damned and unfortunately Gary Bushell
Many people are familiar with computer case modifications
, thanks to the photogenic nature of mods
. On the software side, most operating systems feature some potential for customization, though this is often limited to tweaking the colors and sounds. For some, this isn't enough. Enter "skinning
," the casual term for interface customization. To a degree, the history of the media player Winamp
(YT, 7:03; transcript with pictures
) mirrors the history of skinning. From a version 0.2, a visually dull app in June 1997, to easy user customization in version 2 in September 1998, and the complexly customizable Winamp3 in August 2002. Wired captured something of the excitement at its peak
in an article from 2000, before computing began shifting to more closed devices. Now approaching a post-WIMP (windows, icons, menus and a pointer) era
, where skinning is done with alternative launchers
. But for those still using traditional computers of one sort or another, it's not too late to modify your interface. [more inside]
Exposing our skin to the sun's ultraviolet rays unfortunately can give rise to a multitude
of adverse health effects. Our skin's ability to produce melanin
serves as buffer by absorbing those nasty UV rays. But how exactly does our skin know when it's being exposed to UV light? Well, apparently it can see
it. [more inside]
Dr. Jörg C. Gerlach
has developed a new device for applying a regenerative skin and stem cell slurry onto burn victims in an airbrush-like spray - providing astounding results
in mere days. (Warning - mildly graphic images of severe burns being remedied with SCIENCE!)
I have psoriasis
. I am among the 2-3% of the world population has it. It is a skin condition
with a genetic component
(thanks mom and dad). It means that I have white plaques on my skin that itch and shed flakes
. I shed so much that I have to sweep my floors daily. I have plaques mainly on my arms and legs, but they can appear anywhere (some locations linked from this page are NSFW
. I'm lucky, I don't have psoriatic arthritis
which affects about a third of all people with psoriasis. People stare at me or pretend not to stare at me in public. I wish they would just ask me
what it is. It isn't contagious. Sometimes people ask if I have a bad sunburn or a regular burn. Little kids ask about my boo boos. Dogs lick my legs
. There are several different
ways to treat psoriasis
including steroids, light treatment, injectable antibodies, and shampoos but it is a chronic condition. One treatment
was recently withdrawn from the market because of lethal side effects. There are groups
who have psoriasis
. As with many medical conditions, you sometimes get unwelcome
suggestions on how to cure it. When I used to work in a hospital environment, the pathologists showed me what it looks like
under a microscope.
Maybe it was V
, or maybe something clicked when Travolta and Cage did Face/Off
, but at some point some people became fixated on women shedding their skin
(horrible site design warning) to reveal other women
, or sometimes just to create masks, suits or shells
(mostly NSFW, all creepy as hell).
New technology might let you implant LED tattoos which would turn your skin into a screen
As Armistice Day
approaches an exhibition reveals a hidden side to the horror of World War I.
It contains previously unseen images
of British servicemen who suffered terrible facial injuries in the conflict.
The exhibition also tells the story of one surgeon - Harold Gillies
– who through his efforts to help them became known as the father of modern plastic surgery.
WARNING: Some of the following images are of a very graphic nature.
It puts the lotion in the basket. [nsfw]
You know how in that movie, The Silence of the Lambs,
the serial killer they're trying to catch is skinning women because he wants to make a suit out of real girls?
If this product was around, perhaps we could have saved the lives of a lot of fictional victims.
Wim Delvoye makes art out of skin, filming it in extreme close-up
, or, at his Art Farm
in China, by tattooing pigs
which are later stuffed
. More images: 1, 2, 3, 4.
Diseases of the Skin
by Gary M. White & Neil H. Cox. All you ever wanted to know about how bad your skin could be - full of images. Possibly NSFW, as some groin photos are included.
Need a patch of skin
for that burn or perhaps some new brain cells? Print them
. A team of British scientists have shown that cells could survive ink-jet printing. Ink-jet technology moves beyond paper
This is a really bizarre self promotion stunt
. Garry Turner sent this in to
"One Step Beyond" producer Claire Mandile in the hopes of being featured on the show. Garry's "resume" is in the
Guinness book of world records
as the man with the Stretchiest Skin.
Cancer be damned, kids wanna tan
“I know I might get cancer, but sometimes you want to look good no matter what. I’d rather look good that worry about what could happen to me–looks are more important to me sometimes than my health.” (Maclean’s Magazine)
Perhaps cancer is ‘natural selection’ at work trying to weed out all of societies undesirables from the gene pool. I for one think we could do without people this stupid.
Becoming a word.
Just over a year ago, Shelley Jackson
launched the Skin project, which aimed to tattoo a story one word at a time onto other people. Shelley herself has the title
, and here's an essay from a the
. I hope the story isn't set on Anglesey
- looking for that flayed flesh look for your fall fashion statement? Look no further, your epidermic, polysemic clothing and accessories are here.
Tax the tan?
a new study shows more than a quarter of white female teenagers have had at least three sessions in a tanning booth, Forty-seven percent of 18- and 19-year-old females made three or more visits. The overall rate for boys was far lower, around 7 percent. Note to teenage boys: Go hang out at the tanning booth.
Concerned dermatologists made a bold proposal: Slap a $20 tax on every visit to the tanning salon for people under 18, after all, we tax Smokes
for just the same reason.
Needles to say The Indoor Tanning Association
(Don't miss the upcoming ITAWorld Expo
, Huey Lewis and the News show included!), which represents the nation's 6,000 tanning salons, denounced the idea, noting that moderate exposure to ultraviolet light may actually promote health. UV light helps the body absorb vitamin D, which is important in the development of bones. After all Nicotine 'reduces Alzheimer's symptoms'
. Are taxes a good behavior modification tool?
It's not what you think.
Babies teach chemists the secret of soft skin.
The Globe and mail reports the secret to the amazing soft skin of babies is the goo that surrounded them in utero. "One of the secrets to babies' smooth, soft skin is the greasy-looking white substance that covers them in the womb, scientists have discovered."
Now we just need to find a way to bottle it... My elbows are chafed!
Health care and politics seem to be popular topics on MeFi;
here is a story that combines them both. It seems that the Libertarian senate candidate in Montana turned himself blue with a medically questionable remedy. He seems unconcerned; however, this lady
is not too happy about her experience with colloidal silver.
Close. Ok, not really. Not at all. Someone had a little too much time on their hands and deconstructed a bevy of actors and their skin conditions.