Between the Lines
: tracing the controversial history and recent revival of Inuit facial tattoos.
The Pulp Zine explains how to do a stick and poke tattoo.
does stick and poke tattoos of whimsical subjects such as pretzels
, ghosts and treasure maps
, and kitties
of the band Screaming Females
talks about drunkenly giving DIY tattoos in comic form
"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
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
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]
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.
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
Princesses Gone Wild
is a tumblr blog of Disney princesses re-imagined with tattoos, piercings, dyed hair and band t-shirts. [more inside]
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
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
. [more inside]
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.
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]
"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]
is a traditional Thai
, Lao and Burmese
practice using beautiful
and intricately designed yantras
for good luck, fortune, strength and protection. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
The Skins They Carried.
Military tattoos in the age of Iraq. [more inside]
World's worst tattoo? World's worst tattoo
Any idiot can tattoo a busty woman on his flesh.
It takes committment to give your tattoo silicon implants.
tattoos [scroll down to video, which is nsfw]. The latest body jewelry
, Skintile Electronic Sensing Jewelry. [more inside]
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).
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
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.
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.
Athletes and their tattoos.
If you've got it, flaunt it.
When I was nine
, I saw
in a traditional Japanese bath house, covered
with a full-body tattoo
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
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.
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.
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.