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.



Sling TV vs. USTVnow (updated Sept. ’15)

This is a great time to be a cord cutter, but for a long time cable subscriber the lack of live TV can be difficult to get over. Luckily for us there are 2 services aiming to bring back live TV to the cord cutters. Sling Tv and USTV Now. I am currently subscribed to both and will put them to the test before making a decision on which to stick with. Although there is a difference, cost is not a major factor. For the base package Sling costs $20 monthly and USTV is $20 for the first 3 months and $30 from then on.

Channel Selection

The first and arguably most important aspect of this comparison has to be the available channels. I put together a table showing the differences between Sling and USTV. The first thing you will notice is that USTV includes all of the standard US broadcast channels. For someone who can’t receive over-the-air broadcasts the inclusion of these channels is huge. The rest of the comparison is not so clear cut and each service has its advantages over the other. [Read more…]