Tattoo News Review
Just got back from vacation and catching up on the tattoo news. Here are some interesting reports and features:
Juxtapoz's post "Grandma's Ink" -- featuring our tattoo godmothers -- inspired Flavorwire.com to create a an extensive slideshow of vintage photos of tattooed ladies, which in turn may have inspired this Daily Mail article (although no credit is given). The Daily Mail article begins with the typical cringe-worthy cliches of tattoos belonging to bikers and "the wayward," and follows with some basic tattoo history and more vintage photos. Nothing mindblowing, but if you want to brush up on your tattoo FAQ, it's worth a quick click. In another UK paper, there was a pretty pathetic article about a mother who was "griefstricken" when her son came home with a tattoo. I refuse to link it or comment because it's pure trolling for clicks and comments to attract more visitors, and thus, more ads. I suggest we all abstain from commenting on these type of editorials. It won't stop the bigotry and feeds into their flaming.
Speaking of tattoo discrimination, in the city of Medicine Hat in Alberta, Canada, a new policy was put into effect where police officers must cover tattoos and remove piercings. I get the piercing requirement for safety reasons like rings being yanked from the body in a scuffle. As for tattoos, I'm on the fence. You'll find I'm mellowing from my previous position where I felt that some tattoo bans were acceptable if they impeded the performance of one's job. It gets tricky with cops. One of the main arguments for the visible tattoo ban by the Medicine Hat police force was that they polled the community last year and residents said they want their officers to cover up. As the police must create trust and respect with residents, the ban was then justified. Will tattoos slow officers down when chasing a suspect? Will it affect the way they gather intelligence when investigating crimes? Will it impeded the ability to write traffic tickets? Looking at the big picture, it may seem obvious to us that it wouldn't. However, those with serious prejudice against the tattooed may argue that suspects could claim they were running from cops because they thought they were thugs (if out of uniform); or they would not trust an officer to give possible information on a crime; or they might feel intimidated by officers at the traffic stop. Ridiculous you may think, but stereotypes are generally ridiculous. I've written about tattoo discrimination before here and here on the blog. Feel free to offer your thoughts on this in the Needles & Sins Syndicate Group on Facebook.
In a different vein, the WSJ had this video report on tattoos seen in the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn -- where not having a tattoo puts you in the minority. Talk of tattoo acceptance is a big part of the piece, which brings up the point of location and culture in the discrimination discourse. Also some great shots in the video of local tattooed hotties. Bonus!
Helping to bolster stereotypes is this report on the "Anus Tattoo Trend." I swear I'm not making this up. Cameras at the 17th-annual South Florida Tattoo Expo caught a near-naked drunk girl getting her butt tattooed in the middle of the convention. It's NSFW and just gross on many levels. If you want to get angry, click it.
It thought it was pretty funny that I soon found this Sun Sentinel article touting the convention as a "family friendly event."
Check some photos (like the one above) from the convention by Adam Baron on CoralSpringsTalk.com.
The Seattle Tattoo Expo also took place this past weekend. Ignore the "Tattoos are no longer just for bikers and sailors..." blah blah and check this video below which features an interesting Nordic-themed tattoo, in Japanese "munewara" style, on a molecular biologist. Much better than the butt tattoo.