Jul200906
Tattoo News Review
05:13 PM
rihanna tattoo.jpgPhoto: INFDaily.com.

The Michael Jackson tribute tattoos dominated the headlines while Rihanna created some buzz of her own by tattooing three people at East Side Ink in Manhattan, home to her favorite artist Bang Bang. Tattooists at the shop got Ri's signature umbrella with the letter 'R' underneath it. But the biggest treat was for the paparazzi: see more photos on INFDaily.

Alas, the sweet press for the studio has backfired because now the NYPD and the NYC Health Department are looking into Rihanna tattooing without a license -- a misdemeanor offense that could mean fines and loss of license for East Side's owner. It's not confirmed, however, whether the city has opened an investigation into the unlicensed tattooing.

In more illegal ink news, this dude was jailed for tattooing minors but it should've been for his "online tattooing school." Note to self: ask my next tattooist to see license and diploma from Bob's Tattoo School.

The problem with unlicensed tattooing is the risk of severe infection, never mind shitty umbrella art.

Perfect example: this tattoo gone wrong law suit [via NSFW Modblog] where three friends walked into a Morgan Hill, California shop and walked out with massive staph infections. One posted this puss-filled tattoo (below) on HelpMeSue.com, also noting they researched the studio and found it was not yet licensed by the health department. It would have been better, of course, if such research was done prior to dirty tattooing. The image is a reminder to do our homework on the artist and shop opening our skin.

infected tattoo.jpgInfection may be common at unlicensed shops but I wouldn't go as far as ex-MTV veejay Jancee Dunn's fear of "rampant hepatitis" -- the argument she gave her over-60 mom who decided to get tattooed. But the super cool mom ignored such drama and gave the best reason for wanting a tattoo -- simply because she liked it:

"I've passed midlife. Your generation thinks every action has to be fueled by some major psychological motive. You know what? I just want some art on my body. And I like ravens."

They went to Shotsie's Tattoo in Wayne, NJ, a long time tattoo staple in NJ (fully licensed of course), and the Ink Shrink worked a raven on her wrist, which she loved. The rockin grandma's next plan is to head to Burning Man, and while her daughter remains horrified, I'm inspired. Jancee's book Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?: And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask is now out.


Ok, now to cleanse that icky tattoo image from ya head, behold the Beckhams:

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I just licked my screen. Their Armani ad is hot. Less so, The Beckhams: 10 years of tattoos, Tom Cruise and malnutrition.

Further celeb hotness, Mena Suvari shows off her '13' tattoo.

But I gotta ask, What would prompt someone to get a Lady Gaga tattoo?


In more important news ...

Quebec Superior Court judge has ruled that a dress code for day care workers forcing employees to cover-up tattoos was in violation of their rights.Supported by the daycare worker union in Quebec, Nadine BĂ©lisle can now show off the snake tattoo on her shoulder blade. The union president said "We agree that if a tattoo is sexist, racist or violent it should be camouflaged. But I don't see how children are going to be traumatized by a flower on someone's ankle." The lawyer for the daycare argued the board put the general ban in place so they did not have to make the decision of what tattoos are deemed suitable. The judge didn't dig that argument and found that the ban "rests on prejudices." The Globe and Mail further quotes the Judge Jean Bouchard:

"Tattooing nowadays is a phenomenon that cuts across all levels of society," he wrote. "If it was once associated with delinquents, that's no longer the case."

The daycare's policy forced an employee with a tattoo of a butterfly or flower on her forearm or calf to wear pants or a long-sleeved shirt, even while working under a hot summertime sun, he wrote.

"This is, in the opinion of the court, ridiculous and outrageous."

Yeah, judgy!


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Another reason to love Canada: 

Their hot tattooed dads, like Eric Vanderkooi  featured in Canadian Family's Big Hearted Dads with Badass Tattoos.

Eric has been getting tattooed for over 20 years but saved room on his upper arm to mark the birth of his beautiful daughter Hayden (both shown right). And as Hayden was born on a full moon, he added one behind her name and above it a rose with a pink diamond in it. Ok everyone, time for a group "aaawww."

Another note to self: add Eric to our growing N+S "objectified tattooed men." 


Not to be objectified: This dude with the Stooges backpiece and facial ink!


Perhaps he'll be inducted into Australia MSN's world's worst tattoos hall of shame.  A group rivalled by those featured in this blog: Most unfortunate tattoos for a mugshot.

Check Jenni Miller's Seven Terrible Movie Tattoos for big screen tattoo snafus.

And finally, the cherry on the unfortunate tattoo cake:  the art of inmate penis tattoo designs.





4 Comments

Gahh! That star almost made me lose my oatmeal.
I don't think I'd ever recover from that.



Eating breakfast while trying to rush through the text accompanying the pus-filled star was rough. However, the Big Hearted Dads with Badass Tattoos article was really nice. Perfect start to a Wednesday.



that infected star was discusting it looked rank i think id loose my mind if that happened to me lol.



i have had atattoo on my right hand of what is serposed to be VINE,,,,the vine that runs down my index finger looks more like a splodge,,,i have gone back to the tattooist witch i wont name just yet/ to get rectified....and now its even more noticable as a splodge,,,,,,he said because it was on my finger and with the movement of---he coudent do anythink about it,,,,,im not a happy bunni and want some sort of justification,,,,any reply welcome,,,,,,,northampton





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