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.


Getting a tattoo has lost its edge

I thought this was a great article. The idea that tattoos have lost their edge only seems to bother people without tattoos. I have never heard anyone use words like edgy or cool when describing their own tattoos, yet I constantly see anti-tattoo rants talking about how they aren’t edgy. Nobody is still trying to claim they are are, so move on.

Getting a tattoo doesn’t have to mean a lot these days. I think it used to mean something – it was edgy, a sign of the counter culture. Now it’s just … a tattoo. Nothing more.

Anything that’s cool will be cool for a while, and then it becomes normalised. That doesn’t make it s***, it just means it wasn’t what it was. Punk was punk, but then punk bands started to get in the charts. Rock’s the easiest example – it was alternative, but now rock bands are the main pop acts.


Erasing the idea that tattoos must come with pain

How did you come up with the idea for this product?

As a doctor widely involved in sports and as the ringside doctor for boxing and UFC events, my interest in meticulous tattoo artwork and the deep emotions and stories behind tattoos only grew stronger. After years of hearing fighters and friends discuss the severity of pain involved in many of their tattoo procedures, and statements that getting hit was less painful than getting a tattoo, I knew that I could resolve this dilemma.

I don’t think this is a product that I would personally use because I haven’t found tattoos to be that painful. It’s been a while, but I sort of enjoy the process and have heard the same from others with tattoos. For someone who can’t sit still through the pain, I would rather see them use a product like this than wind up with shaky lines caused by movement during the tattoo.


D.C. Proposes 24-Hour Waiting Period For Tattoos And Piercings

Feeling an urge to get some body art in D.C.? You may soon have an extra day to mull it over.

A set of regulations for tattoo artists and body piercers unveiled today would mandate a 24-hour wait between when a customer requests a tattoo or piercing and when they can actually get it.

I don’t think it’s the governments place to step in and tell people how long they need to wait in order to get a tattoo, but I also think that getting a tattoo less than 24 hours after meeting your artist is probably not the best idea either. People are going to make a huge deal over this, but it will most likely stop a fair amount of people from making stupid tattoo decisions.