Tattoo News Review
I got a double dose of news for ya, from post-mortem tattoos to literary ink to celebs tattooing, so no foreplay today, let's get to it...
First, my fave headline: "Man freed thanks to penis lizard tattoo." Ok, maybe a little foreplay. [Thanks, Scott!]
The biggest news item was Chris Brown putting down his fists and picking up a tattoo machine. The singer was at East Side Ink last week, home to tattooer of his ex Rihanna, Bang Bang -- a man who consensually makes her bleed. After getting a forearm tattoo earlier in the week, Brown returned to East Side to put his own tattoo (see above) on Bang Bang.
You may remember that we blogged about Bang Bang getting in trouble for letting Rihanna tattoo him and others in the shop last month as only licensed artists can tattoo in New York, but I guess the press and subsequent biz from the celeb tattoos will pay for the fines he may face. Problem is that someone, Bang Bang or East Side's owner, could also lose their license as well. Worth it?
While the Chris Brown story made me roll my eyes a bit, this story of a post-mortem tattoo brought tears to them:
Patrick Conley, a 29-year-old husband and father who was dying of leukemia had one last wish: to get a tattoo. Upon his death, he reiterated this wish to his hospice nurse. He had the design all ready to go. But never made it. The nurse wanted to see his final desire fulfilled so she told another hospice nurse, the mother of tattoo artist Matt Sawdon. Sawdon, of Sunken Ship Tattoo in Everett, WA, agreed to do his first post-mortem tattoo after Conley's family agreed. The article details what Sawdon experienced in doing this tattoo, but it was the final part of the article below that broke my heart:
In the tumult of Conley's last few hours, his wife found one last gift.
I needed a laugh after that story, and this one did the trick: 22 Fan Tattoos of Comedians, including Bill Cosby as a puddin pop.
More tattoo tributes...
An embroidery design tattooed to look like grandma's needle work.
And another? Did this Italian actress really get a Berlusconi tattoo?
If your own tributes on skin are of the bookish kind, hit up LA Times bloggers who are seeking literary tattoos for a book project.
It's not the first to honor text tattoos. Ina Saltz put together a great collection in her 2006 book Body Type: Intimate Message Etched in Flesh but this new project goes beyond funky fonts to all skin lit from "a line from an e.e. cummings poem (above), an image from a picture book or maybe even a drawing of an author we love." Read more here to contribute to the project.
Cool article in SF Gate on how tattoos are replicated on wax statues of celebs at Madame Tussauds. Here's how they do it: "...If a celebrity has a tattoo, it will be photographed and duplicated -- or the appropriate body part will be sent to the tattoo artist so it can be done by the original."
For more cool stories, it's quick and dirty link time: