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01.20.15 Rhett Jones

Illma Gore is a self-proclaimed street artist who wants your name on her body. For the introductory price of $10 she’ll permanently tattoo a name or one to two words on her skin. After briefly being taken down without explanation, her crowdfunding campaign was reinstated last week and it has passed its $6,000 goal. A […]

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12.16.14 Rhett Jones

Governor Andrew Cuomo officially signed legislation that bans the ridiculous and cruel practice of tattooing and piercing pets. The bill was passed by state lawmakers earlier this summer and it is now officially a law. Governor Cuomo had this to say: This is animal abuse, pure and simple. I’m proud to sign this common-sense legislation […]

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06.04.14 Sophie Weiner

Vinnie Myers was once a regular tattoo artist, but has now become world-renowned for his skillful nipple tattoos for breast cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomy. In a short New York Times video report, we follow breast cancer survivor Caitlin Kiernan, who is traveling hours to Finksburg, Maryland for her tattoo appointment. Many have travelled from […]

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05.06.14 Sophie Weiner

GueT Deep‘s video of tattooing in slow motion demonstrates that the process is both more sensual and more creepy than we can see with our normal-motion eyes. See the needle punch in and out of skin, as it undulates in fleshy waves, the still-wet ink shining through. The sounds at this level are on par […]

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05.01.14 Marina Galperina

US Army soldiers are rushing to get really, really tattooed before the new army regulations kick in, The New York Times reports. Issued on March 31st with a 30-day window of unit-by-unit enforcement, the new rules outline what ink is and isn’t appropriate, among other things. (See the PDF here.) Some rules are reasonable, like […]

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04.03.14 Andy Cush

If you’ve been yearning for a more precise hand to give you your next tattoo, a group of French students may have the answer: have a robot do it for you. Pierre Emm, Piotr Wedelka, and Johan da Silveira hacked a Makerbot 3D printer as part of an electronics workshop at Paris’s ENSCI-Les Ateliers design school, […]

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02.25.14 Marina Galperina

Here are some classic vintage mugshots of “all round thieves,” “warehousebreakers” and “bad characters” from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums via the World’s Best Ever. Their general olde timey-ness is amusing, but the fanciful descriptions of their “marks” are fascinating: “Heart, clasped hands, Ture Love, Evelyn;” “extensively tattooed forearms and hands;” “8 dots tatt. left forearm;” “blue dot between […]

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01.06.14 Andy Cush

In the above video, Jan Schekauski the human crawls around on the floor while Dasha the rhesus macaque crawls around on his back. Also, Dasha has paint all over his or her little monkey-hands, and so Jan gets paint all over his back. Then, Jan gets a tattoo of the marks Dasha made. Why? Because “human dignity […]

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09.05.13 Andy Cush

Joey Jordan lives in San Francisco. Amarildo lives in Brazil. The two have never met and know virtually nothing about each other, but Jordan has a small, realistic portrait of Amarildo–sunglasses on, arms crossed, and smirking, with a cigarette hanging from his lip–tattooed squarely on his right butt cheek. Why? Because of “human connection and […]

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07.08.13 Julia Dawidowicz

For Scott Campbell, what began as a trip to Mexico to photograph inmates’ tattoos turned into a quest for originality in a sea of the tattoo-culture banality. “Tattooing is something that I’ve loved my whole life, but in the past few years, it has been hijacked by reality TlV [sic] and mall culture,” the Brooklyn-based artist […]

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