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Illustrating just how artful and interesting a family tribute tattoo can be is this sleeve (in progress) by the wonderful Stefano Alcantara of Paul Booth's Last Rites Tattoo Theater.
The work is on native New Yorker Cesar who began the sleeve -- his very first tattoo -- with a reflection of himself being put together by demons (shown below) on the top portion of his arm. The work then moves down to his forearm with a portrait of his 6-year-old son (above), to be followed by another portrait of his other son. Cesar will also add a work commemorating his French bulldog that passed.
Looking forward to seeing how Stefano brings it all together.
Yes, yes I know. It's been a while since I've done a review, but really I've been shielding your eyes from the ugliness of the tattoo headlines, a veritable ten-car pileup.
Rubberneckers may slow down for wrecks like reality show juice-heads bawling over tattoo pain, clown-face criminals, tributes to OD'd celebs (ala Corey and DJ AM) alongside tributes to booze, and of course, the incessant coverage of "Nazi tattoo models." Ok, the Tina Fey bit on Michelle McGee was really funny.
But not all news items have necessitated air bags. Here are my less painful picks:
First up, Dallas Observer photographers, Patrick Michels and Kevin Todora, offer an extensive slideshow of photos (like the one above) from the MusInk Festival this past weekend. It's a sweet mix of rockstars, Miss Tattoo contestants, and views from the convention floor.
The Down East Tattoo Show in Maine, a smaller convention this past weekend, had an interesting twist on its tattoo competition: the judges were art scholars from the University of Maine (and not one had a tattoo). Organizers of the show say that the professors are unbiased and decide strictly on the art (and not if their buddy tattooed it), but they also are aware of good technique like strong line work and smooth shading. As one judge said, "A well-designed but badly executed tattoo just doesn't cut it." [Also check the video interview of one collector from the show.]
On the tattoo law front (my fave!):
South Carolina, the last US state that required parental permission to get tattooed for those under 21 years of age, has now lowered the age requirement to 18. Considering you don't need parental consent to go to war at 18, this seems more logical.
And while the military has certain tattoo prohibitions itself, the number of heavily tattooed soldiers continues to grow.
Connecticut marshals fought a ban on visible tattoos and won. The tattoo policy said that "visible tattoos could pose a threat to safety and security" of the marshals. Huh? Happy that the Connecticut judiciary had the same reaction and nixed it.
And Canadian tattooists with poor spelling can relax now: a small claims court in Nova Scotia ruled that a woman who sued a studio for a misspelled tattoo was the "author of her own misfortune" as she had a chance to view the stencil before it was tattooed on her. She also didn't give the artist time to correct the work before suing. The misspelled word? "Beautiful" in the phrase "You're so beautiful." I know, it's a toughie.
Even dumber: Chicago law makers spending time and money crafting a ban on eyeball tattooing. I'll say this again: just because a couple of inmates and bod mod artists do it, does not mean tattooing your eyeball has become a trend. *primal scream*
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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."
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While putting together a monster tattoo news review for y'all, I'm seeing tons of stories on Michael Jackson tribute tattoos, and so to ensure this ponderous event in tattoo history doesn't get lost in the fray, I'm making it a special post here.
The most hyped MJ tattoo tribute is on The Game, revealed in the music video above that he did with Chris Brown and Diddy. You can also see a close-up of the tattoo at the end of this video interview. [Turns out MJ called The Game to try and broker a peace deal between him and 50 Cent in 2005 -- a beef to rival that of the Mid East.]
Then there's this glove that claims to be the first post-death Michael Jackson memorial tattoo!
Equally competitive are the people of Tampa, Florida who are reporting the most Michael Jackson tribute tattoos per capita, like this one below dedicated to the Thriller video. [Photo by Kainaz Amaria for the St Petersburg Times].
But it wasn't just Americans showing their MJ love. The Brits got in on the Jackson tattoos from London to Lincolnshire.
Like Jodie Marsh, the most widely spread of the MJ tattoos linked online is one inked before his death: This fine art rendering depicting his legal woes. Bad!
Unlike the mainstream media, however, I do acknowledge that other events are taking place beyond Neverland, so the tattoo news review is up next.