The fascinating thing about tattoos, across the time and cultures, is that they always tell us stories – about our identity, social standing, opinions, life experiences. In a way, they are like an open book, not always written in an easy to understand language but out there for us to read and learn about! Two interesting posts in this vein: tattoos in a library and one man’s stories!
What I love about everyday-ness is its endless possibility to bring sth new, uncover a potential, show us sth interesting. And the same goes for ppl – at first they seem totally “normal,” (whatever it means) – without a spark of interest about them – and then, suddenly, we are able to uncover sth unique about them! Tattoos make it happen for us, so …
A few tattoo stories on seemingly unusual, “normal” ppl!
A day in a tattoo artist’s life – urban legends of the rock’n’roll lifestyle surround an everyday struggle to make things right, esp. those far from being glamorous!
Simple and some of them stunning – small pieces of the black-and-white tattoo art.
An interesting article about a painter/ tattoo artist – it’s a great upside of living here and now as it allows many people combine their passions.
The exhibit “The Designs of Duty” focuses on military tattoos and gives the visitors a glipmse into experiences, thoughts and feelings of those whose tattoos are on display. Such exhibits are not very new but they are very important as they add context both to the tattooed and tattoos themselves and change the way tattoos are perceived! Tattoos and their eternal magic!
A great local initiative to help out – a fundraiser for Down Syndrome Association. It’s not cool to just have tattoos, it’s way cooler to have tattoos and be a decent person! 😉
Arab Ink Project was already mentioned here but it’s so interesting that it’s worth another mention. “Arabic is one of the most beautiful languages. There’s a lot of depth and poetry and really great expressions. As a language it’s a lot more deep and sophisticated than English for example,” – it’s fascinating to watch a new quality arising when a language and skin meet.
The subworlds are meeting and intertwining also here, on a semingly unlikely junction – skin art and culinary art. And yet, strange as it seems at first, both these worlds have some things inc ommon.
Finally a sign of our times – take sth beautiful and radical and made it cheap and mainstream for those not commited enough!
it’s been a while but seeing how I just miss reading on the subject and I actually sorted out my Internet access here in my “middle of nowehere,” I might actually get back to reading and occasionally posting interesting things. Funny as it seems, there’s even a local tattoo shop here and I’m kinda itching to check it out! 😉 Anyway …
Roch’n’roll life which is usually associated with tattooing comes at a cost and no one actually talks about it. Here you have “pains and strains” of the job!
“is extreme body modification even legal” touches on the British law but the issue is very valid in all other countries as most more exttreme body modifications (tongue splitting, scarification, branding, eyeball tattooing etc.) are usually done after hours and discreetly. Def. loads of food for thought!
Fillip Leu and his new endeavour – a limited sneaker collection for Puma. Very *not* underground! 😉
Another museum and tattoos in Mexico; since there’s still no fence on the border … yet 😉
Finally, a modern and touching story of personal tattoos!