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.


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.