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Sturgeon’s Law

I have heard quite a few people say that most or all of the tattoos they see on people are crap. My response to this argument has always been that I agree, but that argument could be applied to pretty much any art form. There are millions of people in the world creating art in many forms, but not all of them are actually good at it. The art we see in museums, the music we hear on the radio, the movies that make the most money, and the tattoos that we see in magazines… These are all top tier of examples in each area respectively, but the other 90% that doesn’t get recognition is most likely crap.

Today I discovered that there is a term for this, and it’s called Sturgeon’s Law, or Sturgeon’s revelation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturgeon’s_Law

I repeat Sturgeon’s Revelation, which was wrung out of me after twenty years of wearying defense of science fiction against attacks of people who used the worst examples of the field for ammunition, and whose conclusion was that ninety percent of SF is crud. Using the same standards that categorize 90% of science fiction as trash, crud, or crap, it can be argued that 90% of film, literature, consumer goods, etc. are crap. In other words, the claim (or fact) that 90% of science fiction is crap is ultimately uninformative, because science fiction conforms to the same trends of quality as all other artforms.

So there you have it. The next time someone claims that 90% of the tattoos they see are crap, I will nod my head in agreement and refer them to Sturgeon’s Law.

Don’t get lumped into that group! Do your research, plan your tattoo with a good artist and you can be part of the 10% with high quality ink.

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Tattoo removal nurse zaps unwanted ink

Another article talking about tattoo removal and just like every other similar story, there are some inflated tattoo regret figures thrown into the mix. This time claiming “Some stats say that half of all people with tattoos eventually want to get them removed.” Which stats? I need a source or else this is just a number that someone pulled out of their ass.

This type of inflated statistic on regret is especially annoying because people who are against tattoos will try to use it as further evidence that tattoos are a bad idea.

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Working underground: the life of an Iranian tattoo artist

Living in the United States, it’s easy to take our freedom for granted. This article is a reminder of just have difficult it can be in other countries.

In Iran, tattoos were long considered only fit for criminals. But in the past few years, they have become popular with the younger generation, which has abandoned the Persian word “khalkoobi” for the western term “tattoo”. However, Iran’s thriving tattoo scene remains underground.

While there is no specific law against tattoos, the Iranian authorities use Islamic law to denounce it, as they do with many other trends considered too “Western”. When they arrest criminals and parade them in public – a common practice in Iran – they sometimes show off men’s tattoos as “proof” of their guilt. Meanwhile, athletes are forced to hide theirs under band-aids during competitions.