Tattoo News Review
Got some interesting tattoo headlines for ya, from Nazi tattoo links to hacked prison guns to "kinky" tattoos and lots more. Here we go:
The big story centered on what is described as a "Nazi tattoo" on a Philadelphia police officer. Photos, like the one above, of Ian Hans Lichtermann circulated around social media after the cop was snapped on July 26th at a Black Resistance March held during the Democratic National Convention. The tattoo in question is the word "Fatherland" above a large eagle with outstretched wings, which resembles part of the official insignia of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party. The Philadelphia Police Department is investigating; however, as Philly.com writes, there is no official tattoo policy for its police officers. The article explains: "Existing officers who want a tattoo on a forearm, neck, or face must obtain approval from a review board [...] The process includes submitting the tattoo's design for consideration, and offensive or lewd images almost certainly would be rejected." In an official statement, the Philly PD wrote: "We must ensure that all constitutional rights are adhered to while at the same time ensuring public safety and public trust aren't negatively impacted." It will be interesting to see if a policy is drafted after this incident.
On the criminal tattoo tip, there's this cool hack of a prison-made tattoo gun, in which a machine is fashioned out of a pen, a Walkman, paper clips, rubber bands, and a set of batteries.
Vice (of course) has the salacious headline "Kinky couples tattoo each other" for its piece on tattooing and other body modification in people's sex lives and the interplay of pain and pleasure. Here's more on the appeal:
They like the interaction,' says Dulcinea Pitagora, a New York-based kink-friendly therapist. 'They like the intimacy of that experience. Another reason could be the permanence of it, the bonding aspect in terms of making a long-term commitment.' According to Pitagora, tattooing is the 'most common' way for a domme to mark a sub today, with 'scarification' as a close second.To me, the sexiest articles involve tattoo law. Don't judge! Following my discussion on the latest tattoo copyright case in the US, The New Zealand Herald talks about copyright issues that face tattoo artists (and celebrities) in their own country. There are key distinctions between tattoo copyright in the US and New Zealand, as the article points out: "Copyright goes further in New Zealand than in the United States as tattoo artists there do not have moral rights in their work. In New Zealand, a tattoo artist could sue for breach of their moral rights if changes are made to their design by a second tattoo artist." It's a fascinating read, especially for my fellow law nerds.
There were also some really interesting tattoo artist profiles:
The OC Weekly talked to Carlos Torres, realism's finest (and super cool dude). In it, Carlos discusses the San Pedro tattoo scene and his thoughts in the global explosion of tattooing. Most interesting to me is his fine art approach to creating new tattoo references by going as far as staging shoots with costumed models and photographing them himself for clients wishing completely original large-scale custom work. See more of Carlos' work on Instagram.
One of the godfathers of Black & Grey tattooing, Freddy Negrete, is profiled in LA Weekly, with the hook being his book "Smile Now, Cry Later: Guns, Gangs, and Tattoos-My Life in Black and Gray," which was recently released. The LA Weekly article offers a glimpse into the book, discussing Freddy's 40 years of tattooing, from prison to celebrity clients. Here's a taste from Freddy on his legacy:
In the '60s and '70s, tattooing was controlled by bikers, and they weren't about to let any Chicano gangster just start tattooing," Negrete says. I was the first prominent Chicano gangster tattooer in East L.A., and I brought this style from the prisons that was different than they were doing. It didn't involve any color, so it seemed like it was easier, but when Ed Hardy brought me into the shop, people started to see it wasn't so easy because of how much detail went into it.In another installment of The Stir's Lady Tattoo Artists We Love, the wonderful Rose Hardy is featured, talking about her start in tattooing in New Zealand, her work on mastectomy and C-section scars, and her tattoo life today at Kings Avenue in NYC. Check Rose's work, including the backpiece below, on her Instagram.
And Nicaraguan artist Juan Carlos Mendoza is the subject of a written profile and video interview on Newsy.com for his work influenced by contemporary art and how he adapts it to the body.
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