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Yeah, hail Satan!

The Pulp Zine explains how to do a stick and poke tattoo.

Pink Tapes does stick and poke tattoos of whimsical subjects such as pretzels, pizza, ghosts and treasure maps, and kitties.

Marissa Paternoster of the band Screaming Females talks about drunkenly giving DIY tattoos in comic form.

posted by Juliet Banana on Jul 15, 2014 - 29 comments

Hippie punching through the ages

"In the fall of 1970, sixteen-year-old Chesley Karr returned to Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas, after a summer spent harvesting wheat in the Midwest. During his working vacation, he had let his hair grow out over his ears and collar. Later he asserted that his long hair, which he referred to as a "freak flag," was both "a cultural statement and a practical matter." Culturally, he believed his hair identified him as a supporter of the "peace or hippie movement"; practically, haircuts had been a low priority on the wheat farm. To his surprise, the high school gym coach refused to admit him to class; the issue then ascended through the principal's office to the school board, which told Karr he could not return to school without a haircut. Rather than acquiesce, Chesley Karr took his school to court." -- Flaunting the Freak Flag: Karr v Schmidt and the Great Hair Debate in American High Schools, 1965 - 1975 or a history of uptight authority figures overreacting to trivial fashion changes, sort of relevant again now Arkansas is attempting to ban tattoos and piercings. (Via.)
posted by MartinWisse on Aug 27, 2013 - 85 comments

"generations of killer ink"

Bristol Tattoo Club & the Skuse Family - Awesome vintage photos from the studio of legendary Champion Tattoo Artist of all England, Les Skuse, who opened shop in 1928 and founded the Bristol Tattoo Club. After his death in 1973, son Danny ran the business and son Bill had his own shop. See Bill and his celebrated wife Rusty in Famous Couples in Tattoo History. Grandson Jimmie Skuse runs the Les Skuse Tattoo Studio today.
posted by madamjujujive on Mar 28, 2013 - 4 comments

"The tattoo changed my mastectomy scar into my shield."

In Celebration of a Scar: 25 Amazing Mastectomy Tattoos
posted by Wordwoman on Mar 16, 2013 - 38 comments

Life & 6 Months: Investigating the Wellcome Trust's Tattoo Collection

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]
posted by daisyk on Dec 14, 2012 - 13 comments

Hello Sailor!

The Nautical Roots of the Modern Tattoo
posted by exogenous on Dec 11, 2012 - 21 comments

Ancient Siberian Tattoos

In Siberia, several frozen human burials dating to 2,500 years ago have intact skin with elaborate tattoos. Warning: link contains graphic pictures of dead people.
posted by Rumple on Aug 23, 2012 - 36 comments

Tattoos, Piercings, and Alcohol Consumption

According to research recently published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research[DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2011.01711.x], tattooed people drink significantly more than their peers (as well as other risky behaviours).
posted by wilful on Apr 19, 2012 - 63 comments

(Disney) Princesses Gone Wild

Princesses Gone Wild is a tumblr blog of Disney princesses re-imagined with tattoos, piercings, dyed hair and band t-shirts. [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy on Jan 1, 2012 - 37 comments

Science, Skin & Ink

Science, Skin & Ink A slideshow of science tattoos from Carl Zimmer's new book Science Ink at the New York Times. See more at Zimmer's tattoo emporium. Carl Zimmer’s tattoo emporium previously.
posted by OmieWise on Nov 9, 2011 - 17 comments

Erasing Hate

A reformed skinhead, Bryon Widner was desperate to rid himself of the racist tattoos that covered his face - so desperate that he turned to former enemies for help, and was willing to endure months of pain in a journey from racism to redemption. [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Oct 31, 2011 - 161 comments

Rick Genest covers his full body tattoo.

Twenty-six-year-old fashion model Rick Genest, who starred in Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" video and walked Thierry Mugler Men's Fall 2011 runway, puts Dermablend's concealers to the test in the brand's "Go Beyond The Cover" campaign.

A team of three makeup artists worked in just one day using about 4 tubes of Dermablend Professional Leg and Body Tattoo Primer and Leg and Body Cover to conceal Genest's skeletal tattoos from the waist up. In the jaw-dropping, three-minute clip, we see the final result.
posted by Leisure_Muffin on Oct 21, 2011 - 95 comments

The Borneo Blog

The Borneo Blog - fascinating photographic journey from the late 1960s of life and culture in Kapit, Sarawak, Malaysia* via Mefi Projects. [slightly NSFW - some topless locals]
posted by peacay on May 31, 2011 - 11 comments

The Mark of Cain

"The Mark of Cain" is a 73 minute documentary by Alix Lambert about Russian prison tattoos and the "Thieves-in-law" who often wear the tattoos. [more inside]
posted by selton on Apr 23, 2011 - 22 comments

Yantra Tattoos

Yantra tattooing is a traditional Thai, Khmer, Lao and Burmese practice using beautiful and intricately designed yantras for good luck, fortune, strength and protection. [more inside]
posted by Ahab on Oct 20, 2010 - 11 comments

The Two Dollar Tattoo Project

The Two Dollar Tattoo Project "All artists participating will be expected to create unique works of tattoo art executed with only a single needle...The size of the final product will be expected to fill the space of a 'toonie', a Canadian two-dollar coin..." [more inside]
posted by The Straightener on Mar 24, 2010 - 17 comments

Exactly What it Says on the Tin

30 Awesomely Bad Unicorn Tattoos [nsfw]
posted by Navelgazer on Jun 2, 2009 - 89 comments

Rotten ink

Tattoos that really just aren't very good at all.
posted by mudpuppie on Mar 17, 2009 - 100 comments

Biker puppy rescue

Awww-Filter: Tattooed bikers, puppies, and tiny kittens. What's not to love? The New York Times goes for a ride-along with Rescue Ink, complete with awww-inducing slideshow. [more inside]
posted by Forktine on Aug 24, 2008 - 20 comments

Who owns your ink?

Can you copyright a tattoo? Yes, you can. But there's more to it. The idea raises a lot of questions and concerns—for the artists, the inked-skin owners, and certain parties seeking to represent or showcase the work. Shortly after Marisa Kakoulas wrote The Tattoo Copyright Controversy guest article, featured at BMEZINE.com, she encountered a small legal battle of her own. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jul 28, 2008 - 32 comments

I'M AWSOME

The 10 Greatest Misspelled Tattoos, according to The L Magazine.
posted by beaucoupkevin on Jul 17, 2008 - 71 comments

Military tattoos in the age of Iraq

The Skins They Carried. Military tattoos in the age of Iraq. [more inside]
posted by thatwhichfalls on Jun 22, 2008 - 32 comments

Chocolate Retard

World's worst tattoo? World's worst tattoo.
posted by jonson on Apr 8, 2008 - 120 comments

Silicon implants for your Tattoo

Any idiot can tattoo a busty woman on his flesh. It takes committment to give your tattoo silicon implants.
posted by jonson on Dec 26, 2007 - 83 comments

stretchable electronics

Electronic, animated tattoos [scroll down to video, which is nsfw]. The latest body jewelry, Skintile Electronic Sensing Jewelry. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Oct 24, 2007 - 47 comments

Just Say No to Forked Tongues

Top 10 Physically Modified People -- A list of those who have gone to extreme lengths to modify their body for decorative purposes. Let the squeamish beware (especially the videos embedded in the page).
posted by fallenposters on Aug 24, 2007 - 68 comments

What do you get when you cross a nerd with a bad boy?

Geek tattoos. Gamer tattoos. Science tattoos. Medical tattoos. Assorted nerdiness. More. Not ready to commit? Get bar coded, sans ouch. (Previously)
posted by desjardins on Aug 18, 2007 - 29 comments

Awesome science tattoos

Awesome science tattoos.
posted by GuyZero on Aug 8, 2007 - 50 comments

Eye Yai Yai...

Eyeball Tattoos (nsfw, via)
posted by bardic on Jul 10, 2007 - 129 comments

Get lost

Lost Art is the fascinating site of Brazilian Mefite Ignacio Aronovich and Louise Chin. It's a deep vein of adventurous, quirky, and kinky photo essays from around the globe. Scroll down on the main page to see a text menu or browse the visual index. Much content is NSFW but - stick with "adventure" and "travel" if that's a concern - or view the SFW slide show Our Year in Pictures 2006 (with sound) or without sound.
posted by madamjujujive on Jun 25, 2007 - 5 comments

Inked Pork

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 or skinned. More images: 1, 2, 3, 4.
posted by jack_mo on Apr 14, 2007 - 25 comments

Blacklight tattoos

Look, a dancing skeleton!
posted by koenie on Apr 23, 2006 - 37 comments

Ink That Stinks

Bad tattoos. More bad tattoos. Bad tattoos - don't let this happen to you! And, uh, this. And previously: Hanzi Smatter. Some pics, though no direct links, are NSFW.
posted by milquetoast on Jan 28, 2006 - 59 comments

Hardbody Art

Athletes and their tattoos. If you've got it, flaunt it.
posted by mono blanco on Jan 5, 2006 - 21 comments

Tattoos and the world's

How many of the world's top 100 sexiest women have tattoos?
posted by mediareport on Jan 30, 2003 - 44 comments

japanese tattoos

When I was nine, I saw a woman in a traditional Japanese bath house, covered with a full-body tattoo.[more]
posted by hama7 on Nov 30, 2002 - 29 comments

When pigs fly

When pigs fly - This journal by the artist Andy Feehan details his work with tattooed hairless animals. Regardless of your immediate reaction to the art, Feehan's compassion and love for the animals is sure to win you over. Normally, I disprove of weblog cross-posts, but I couldn't resist sharing after finding this via memepool.
posted by dirtylittlemonkey on Oct 10, 2002 - 8 comments

Get paid for living. Get paid up to £800 or $1270 for having a unique, non-permanent advertisement tattooed on your body using Timed Tattoo Technology ™. Join here. (or not...)
posted by ColdChef on Aug 5, 2002 - 33 comments

Lord of the Rings stars get tattooed.

Lord of the Rings stars get tattooed. "The nine stars who made up the fellowship in the blockbuster movie trilogy were tattooed with the same symbol by Wellington tattooist Roger Ingerton at his Roger's Tatooart studio. Sunday News can reveal the symbol is a number nine in Elvish - a language spoken in the films."

And no, that isn't a spelling mistake. They got inked by at a tattoo parlour that seems to be missing a 't' in the name.
posted by animoller on Dec 22, 2001 - 16 comments

was: Computer Programmer, now: Tigerman.

was: Computer Programmer, now: Tigerman. In San Diego, some jerk spent $150,000 to tattoo his face, file his teeth into points, etc. Why, you are clearly asking? Because he wants to be a cat. Dude. Spend your dot-com cash on something constructive, like jackelope ranches or x10 cameras.
posted by rev- on Aug 29, 2001 - 34 comments

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