two sides

a manifesto

A pretty generic article by a Western woman who states how liberating and great her tattoos are for her! It’s quite personal, a lil revealing and – sorry to say – not very original altho it shows that tattoos/ body modification in general can have a positive influence on us. I’ve been there, too!

Kalinga

And … a very interesting article about a Kalinga female tattooist who fights for passing the torch of her culture and values to other generations and that’s not an easy fight!

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as time goes by …

As time goes by, the meanings behind tattoos and their purposes change!

diabetis kit for kids

Ancient Egyptian tattoos prove how old and meaningful tattos are while the ultra modern and also funny diabetic tattoo kit shows how useful and fun tattoos can be, no harmful stereotypes attached!

museums and meanings

tattoo-museum-in-nyc

Tattooed New York” is a new exhbition in NYC. It’s fcused on the history and tradition of tattooing and the role NYC has played in the art and industry. Sounds def. interesting!

Another museum and tattoos in Mexico; since there’s still no fence on the border … yet 😉

mummies-and-tattoos

The tattooed mumies from Siberia!

touching-tattoos

Finally, a modern and touching story of personal tattoos!

all the stories behind …

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“Daily Mail” about an interesting photography project involving gang members, tattoos and their hope and fight to begin a new life! The book will sure be a fascinating overview of these ppl’s lives.

Chefs and their own stories behind their tattoos – as Anthony Bourdain showed in his “Kitchen Confidential,” it’s quite hard to be firsta  cook and then a chef, so there are lots of emotions put in such tattoos.

biology

Purely biological on the onconscious level? How we perceive ppl’s bodies, tattoos included.

A new exhibit in Chicago and an opportunity to get tattooed – 2 in 1, a good idea!

mon-and-tattoos-in-the-polish-army

Finally sth in Polish – a change of rules in favor of the tattooed in the Polish Army?

the power of tradition

My mailbox is totally clogged with all the Google Alerts from the last few weeks and my phone offers me again newsfeed focused on selected topics. Before I catch up, here are two interesting articles focused on traditional tattooing:

japanese-tattoos-insight

Japanese tattoos with all their traditional and modern complexity and some stunning pictures of modern tattoos!

Ancient Tattoos” gives us a short overview of tattoos over the centuries! Scary that I bought the book referred to 2 years ago and didn’t have time to read it!

never a phase!

I actually admire the Russian scientists’ eye – noticing a (potential) very old-school labret jewelry among tens of small stones/ rocks/ whatever. They look quite different from the modern labret pieces but they prove a few interesting and important points:

  1. an urge to decorate our bodies is quite primal and ancient – it’s not a teen angst-driven phase;
  2. different cultures have different standards of beauty and we should respect that;
  3. ways and means of body modification constantly evolve;
  4. what we do and how we look is not only about our own self-expression but also sth inherited from the generations from the thousands of years ago – totally fasicnating!

 

neolithic-labrets

professional and private sides of our lives

tattoos and work

The job market hasn’t been treating the tattooed ppl too well. Sometimes I get to hear that it’s only a Polish issue but these articles from Wales and Canada show clearly that the dress code and so-called professional image apply to all kinds of places around the world!

Olive Oatman

A cool old story, well-known but worth some mention anyway: Olive Oatman!

wytatuowani 2016

Finally, a cool idea in one of the Polish online magazines: the tattooed in 2016! Lots of individuality!

brainy!

An interesting text about Shiite tattoos shows how tattoos help with cultural identity and fighting for it.

Samoan tattoo exhibit

Also about cultural identity, this Samoan tattoo exhibit looks damn interesting! Too bad it’s in L.A.!

Scott Campbell doesn’t have any regrets and recommeds to love without hesitation (which is quite sound a piece of advice!).

tattoos and books

Finally, an idea and example that pretty much every single library should follow – show me your tattoos and I’ll recommend a book for ya!

Tattoos are very seldom only about the skin, more often than not they are first of all about the mind!

 

times and perspectives

evolution of tattoos

Loose observations on tattoos over time make you think how they were and are perceived and what they mean(t).

These days it’s way more about personal meaning(s) and perspectives, so no wonder ppl perceive tattoos in different ways, those shallow and even insulting ones: “things you get asked if you are tattooed” and “rude cashier.”

my tattoos, my stories

But we still attach meanings, memories and power to our tattoos – we are our tattoos, our tattoos are us.

Zombie Boy

Finally, a few days after the gig in question but it’s still good that Zombie Boy is still alive and kicking!