Photo by Katarzyna Mirczak.
There have been some interesting tattoo articles in recent news worthy of a round-up:
Yesterday, the NY Times ran an article entitled "Fresh Ink for the Human Canvas," which explores specific styles of tattooing, particularly watercolor-inspired work and hyper-realistic tattoos. It's a fashion & style piece, so there's no deep exploration of tattoo genres and fine art influences, but it's worth a read for some discussion on social media's affect on tattoo choices and stylistic tattoo trends, for which renowned artist Mark Mahoney offers his thoughts. There's also a mention of a company called "Flash Tattoo," which creates temporary jewelry-like tattoos, but it seems disjointed with the point of the article.
NPR has a piece entitled "Honolulu Police Chief's Ban On Visible Tattoos Sparks Criticism," which is a bit different from the usual articles on tattoo bans for law enforcement and military because the appearance-based standards affect largely Hawaiian officers for whom their tattoos attach significant cultural and religious meaning -- thereby, triggering potential issues with Title 7, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Here's more from that article:
Keone Nunes is a practitioner who taps out tattoo designs just as they were done a thousand years ago. He uses a hand-held tool -- a kind of miniature rake with needle-sharp tines made of animal tusks dipped in black ink. Uhi, or the artwork, is secondary to the prayers, protocols and techniques used in the ancient Native Hawaiian practice, he says.In other news, and for a lighter read, Gothamist has photos from the Urban Ink Convention, which took place in Brooklyn this past weekend.
Westword.com interviews 5 Denver tattooists, and they have some thoughful things to say about their craft.
Normally, I regret reading articles about tattoo regret, but this XO Jane article "I Am Getting Half Of My Tattoos Removed And I Still Have No Regrets," raises some insightful points on tattoo decisions made by Generation Y -- a generation who are used to walking into a shopping mall and getting instant tattoo gratification.
Further along the lines of regret, Chile's Mauricia Pinilla memorialized his regrettable soccer play with this tattoo.
Finally, the work of Katarzyna Mirczak is making the Internet rounds again after the Huffington Post article "18 Preserved Prison Tattoos That Are Still Attached To Skin," was published this Sunday. As we wrote about back in 2010, Mirczak's beautiful photographic series, called Preserving the Criminal Code, features a collection of 60 tattooed skins (preserved in formaldehyde) taken largely from dead prisoners. According to Mirczak, the Department of Forensic Medicine at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, collected the skins "with a view to deciphering the code - among prisoners known as a 'pattern language'. By looking closely at the prisoners' tattoos, their traits, temper, past, place of residence or the criminal group in which they were involved could be determined." If you haven't already viewed these powerful images, I highly recommend a look.
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Photo of Rockin Rollers Derby by Natalie Ujuk via Londonist.
I know you've been starved of your tattoo news updates from the old Needled.com times, but please, no Top Model mob behavior please. I appreciate your patience, the way you smile with your eyes, and how you let me talk incessantly about myself ala Tyra, and for this you will be rewarded with an extra-yummy news update. But first, go eat a cookie.
I, for one, prefer beautiful women brawling on skates, like The Broads of London's Rockin Rollers. Check out the fabulous photos of them by Natalie Ujuk on Londonist.
Ok, onto the headlines ...
The biggest news: TATTOO KILLS MAN! Sadly, a UK man died 10 days after his calf tattoo, which had gotten infected, but the cause was actually deep vein thrombosis, when a blood clot traveled to his lung. Granted thrombosis could have arisen from his inactivity in healing the tattoo but that is one of many potential causes. Still, the story will motivate me to get off the couch after my next session.
[Death may be an extreme fear but infections are not uncommon. Read about it here.]
Even the mere fear of infection has sparked a $20-million class action lawsuit in Canada. Lesson here: no matter how clean your studio, make sure that all your inspections, autoclave spore tests, and associated hygiene practices are in order, not just to protect clients but your studio from suits.
The biggest non-news: Suicide Girls get bacon bro tattoos at SXSW! My girls at SG are trendsetters as the bacon tattoo is lookin like the new tribal armband.
The biggest dirtbag news: Roxbury tattooist Jeffrey Dekmar is charged -- for the second time -- with sexually assaulting clients. Read the disgusting details from the arrest report:
"The patron wanting the prayer inked on her skin has alleged that she refused Dekmar's request that she remove her underpants, but that he yanked them down, digitally penetrated her, and then said, 'My bad,' according to an arrest affidavit."