Twilight superfan, 52, spends £8,500 on movie tattoos

Twilight super-fan Cathy Ward has spent almost £8,500 covering her entire top half with tattoos linking to the hugely successful vampire novels.

But not only do the tattoos serve as a striking tribute, they also remind the 52-year-old of her incredible six stone weight loss.

Cathy, who works as a baker at her local Morrisons supermarket in Reading, began to pile on the pounds after the shock death of her mother in 1999.


A Male Perspective on ‘The Childfree Life’

The Childfree Life, a phrase that has not been around very long, has made its way to the cover of TIME Magazine. When I first saw the magazine I was excited that this topic was getting the attention of mainstream media. I had mixed feelings about the cover itself, but I’ll get to that later.
The fact that this was chosen as the cover story of TIME means people are talking about it, A LOT of people. The story was covered on just about all of the major news networks and now dozens of reaction stories are being published. If it wasn’t for the TIME article, I would not be writing this post or talking about anything childfree (CF) related on this blog.

Why does the choice to be childfree need to be openly discussed?

The opening paragraph of the TIME story gives one very important reason.

“One evening when she was 14 years old, Laura Scott was washing dishes in the kitchen with her mother when she decided she didn’t want to have a child. “You might change your mind,” said her mother…”

Anyone, especially a woman, who has decided not to have children has most likely heard this response when informing someone of their decision to not have kids. Other common responses are, “It’s different when it’s your own”, “It’s all worth it”, “People who don’t want kids are selfish”, and “but you’d make a great parent”. The CF communities commonly refer to these as “bingo’s” and there are plenty more where those came from.
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One Woman’s Choice Expected To Be Talk Of Tattoo Convention

Double Mastectomy Patient Opts To Have Her Reconstructed Breasts Decorated On The Floor Of Expo Center This Weekend.

On Saturday, Bernice Julius is having a floral display tattooed on her reconstructed breasts. Julius, whose sister and mother had breast cancer, last year had a preventative double mastectomy after her own risk of breast cancer was diagnosed at 98 percent.

Julius is not only having the tattoo done, she’s having it done right there on the convention floor. She wants women to feel as empowered as she did when she took control of her health by having a surgery many women would be afraid to have.


The tip on tatts – think before you ink

Between the cliche “think before you ink” line in the title and the opening line, “I don’t have any tattoos so I’m probably taking a bit of a risk here…” I was expecting an article full of misinformation and anti-tattoo ranting. To my surprise I found some really useful tattoo tips and have to say that I agree with almost all of them.

The one tip I cannot agree with is never getting a tattoo if you are grandparent or over the age of 45. I see no reason to put an age limit on tattoos and love hearing stories of an 85 year old grandmother getting tattooed for the first time. It might not look as great as it would on young skin, but if you made it that far in life and want to go out and get inked, who am I to tell you not to?


Movie review: ‘Tattoo Nation’ doc studies art form’s mark on U.S.

The first reviews of  ‘Tattoo Nation’ are rolling in:

Decidedly more celebration than exposé, the movie bypasses such practical issues as health risks, tattoo addiction and remorse, and the pain and expense — and increasing popularity — of tattoo removal.

I have not yet seen this movie, so my comments are purely in response to the reviewer. But perhaps the filmmakers decided not to cover a “practical issue” like tattoo remorse because the statistics show a low number of people with tattoos have any remorse. Perhaps they skipped over the issue of health risks because tattoos done in a reputable shop carry very little risk. Maybe they skipped the topic of tattoo addiction because very few people are truly addicted. Or that just simply wasn’t was this movie is about as you can easily learn by reading the synopsis.

Tattoos used to be a sign of rebellion. A middle finger salute to the rest of the world. Outlaw bikers got tattoos. Sailors on leave in Singapore got tattoos. Lifers in the joint got tattoos.

Now, your mother’s got a butterfly on her ankle and your kid’s sporting a tramp stamp.

What happened? How did tattoos go from the renegade, readymade, carney cartoons inked as fast as possible to the art form they’ve become today?

That transformation is the subject of the new documentary film, TATTOO NATION.