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…]


Tattoos: Art or mass consumption?

Interesting article showing some modern tattoo styles, but I found the question in the title a little odd. Are art and mass consumption mutually exclusive? I have art from Ikea hanging on my walls at home and I’m sure thousands of other people have the exact same art in their homes.  In the digital age we live in, art can come in many forms and can be consumed by millions of people in a very short amount of time. That doesn’t mean it isn’t art.  I would say tattoos are art for mass consumption.


Denby Fawcett: In Praise of Polynesian Tattooing

Very interesting article about Polynesian Tattooing. I enjoy seeing people change their opinion of tattoos after speaking with someone who finds them so important.

When Tihoti came to speak to our halau about the evolution of tattooing in Tahiti, I dutifully went to hear him because our kumu Keu Ostrem urged us to attend. I have no interest in getting a tattoo.  I grew up in the era when tattoos were considered the purview of convicts and drunken sailors. I was certain Tihoti’s presentation would fail to capture my imagination. But what he told us was fascinating.