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Tattoo by Paul Aherne of Spilled Ink Tattoo

Flavorwire's music editor, Tom Hawking, put together "The Most Beautiful Song Lyric Tattoos We've Seen," which go beyond lettering and combine "artistic flourish" to the music tributes. He picked fifteen tattoos, from odes to Nick Cave to Michael Jackson to Tori Amos (shown above). Would've loved to see the tattoo artists credited, but there are a number of watermarks on the images as sources.

If you have music tattoos of your own you'd like to share, post them on the Needles & Sins FB group page or Tweet at me.
11:49 AM
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I like to think of myself as a bit of a Brooklyn badass ... but then there are things that bring me back to reality. The embodiment of badassery in my borough can be seen in this fascinating slideshow on Flavorwire of a gang "of 'troubled teenagers coming of age' in 1959 Brooklyn." Legendary photographer Bruce Davidson captured these kids getting into fights, making out with tough looking girls, and naturally, getting tattooed (as shown above). It's all very sexy. Hit up Flavorwire for more photos.
02:12 PM
love_hate_tattoo.jpgToday on culture blog, Emily Temple offers the illustrated list Marked Men: The 10 Coolest Tattoos on Film, which include some of my classic and newer favorites.

It starts off with the most iconic knuckle tattoos on film:  the "Love" and "Hate" on serial killer Reverend Harry Powell in the 1956's movie Night of the Hunter. I was also happy to see the inclusion of Ray Bradbury's 1960 film The Illustrated Man in which the tattoos on Rod Steiger's dreary character come to life in different stories. [It's not a perfect movie but I still recommend it. And like in most cases, the book holds a better story.] Of course the list includes more contemporary films like Memento, Harry Potter and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Naturally, it's impossible to list every tattooed character in film, but there are some notable ones I would've added:  George Clooney's neo-tribal sleeve and neck work in From Dusk till Dawn, which inspired tons of copies on fans. Then there's Sylvester Stallone's character in The Expendables, who gets tattooed by Mickey Rourke. In fact, many of Stallone's existing tattoos were incorporated into the faux designs. In Eastern Promises, Vigo Mortensen looked super fine in his Russian prison tattoos. Who could forget the killer backpiece on Ralph Fienes' psycho character in the Red Dragon? And don't get me started on the Mike Tyson facial tattoo copy on Ed Helm's character in The Hangover 2 that sparked a law suit.

While many of the tattoos in movies are created by design teams with make-up artists, more and more productions are using actual tattooists to create them -- and with that comes more realistic and hopefully more artful ink on the big screen.

Thanks to all who sent me the Flavorwire link!

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