Beautiful and Inked: An Introspective Look Into the Real Meaning of Tattoos

Well said, although I am a little bit uneasy about throwing around the word deviance so freely.

Tattoos separate us from each other while simultaneously giving us an emotional connection to the millions of fellow tattoo veterans. Modern, westernized tattoos are used to help people heal wounds, express ones’ artful imagination to the world, and they allow people to find an inward appreciation for their strength and resilience as individuals. We are expressing our deviance while healing our souls and creating a beautiful network of art.


Cara Delevingne’s fake Met Gala ink took 11 hours to apply

It has been difficult to avoid this story and while I usually stay away from celebrity tattoo news, I thought this was worthy of sharing after taking a closer look. Bringing tattoos, even if they are fake, into the spotlight of a major fashion event is a great thing in my eyes. The work was beautifully done and whether done with markers or a tattoo machine, sitting for 11 hours takes dedication.


Tattoos be gone: Removal grows among millennials

This headline caught my attention, but the article contained absolutely no data to back it up. It tells the story of one man who is removing a very small part of his tattoo that extends above the collar in order to meet military regulations. There is mention of a survey that found 86% of students polled felt that tattoos would hurt their chances of finding a job, but no mention of tattoo removal.

I find in very suspect that every article I read that makes claims about increasing tattoo removal always reads like an advertisement for a specific removal center.


Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo

This looks like a great book.

Bodies of Subversion was the first history of women’s tattoo art when it was released in 1997, providing a fascinating excursion to a subculture that dates back to the nineteenth-century and including many never-before-seen photos of tattooed women from the last century. Newly revised and expanded, it remains the only book to chronicle the history of both tattooed women and women tattooists.