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Jen is BME's Girl Friday, managing customer support and whatever else has been thrown her way, since 2004.

Yakuza Apocalypse

I recently received an email about a movie that looks pretty entertaining. Check out the trailer and information on the film and its release dates below.

YAKUZA APOCALYPSE
THEATRICAL RELEASE 6 JANUARY 2016

*THE MOST LUNATIC VAMPIRE ACTION FILM YOU’LL EVER SEE*

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Manga Entertainment is excited to announce a UK theatrical release of cult Japanese director, Takashi Miike’s latest cinematic feast, Yakuza Apocalypse. The film, which recently wowed audiences at the London Film Festival and had its world premiere at Cannes Directors Fortnight is coming to UK cinemas January 6.

In what The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin refers to as ‘demented brilliance’, the film is arguably the craziest vampire-gangster genre mashup ever witnessed. Miike’s signature blend of deranged horror, slapstick and action are all on display here, making Yakuza Apocalypse not only his most fun film but also the most bizarre to date.

Yakuza Apocalypse tells the story of Kageyama who is ridiculed for being the only member of the Yakuza clan unable to brand himself with their signature tattoo due to sensitive skin. However, when a dying Kamiura, the most feared boss in the Yakuza underworld, bites Kageyama he is transformed into a bloodthirsty monster who will stop at nothing to avenge his former boss.

“This is definitely the most insane vampire movie you’ll ever see and we are extremely proud to be bringing it to the big screen! For those familiar with Miike’s controversial yet fun work, you’ll be happy to know he is on fine ‘crazy’ form with this action-packed and blood-soaked horror. Yakuza Apocalypse is also from the producers of The Raid 1 & 2 so you know the fight scenes are exceptionally kinetic and the story is a thrilling spectacle!” – Andrew Hewson, Marketing Manager at Manga Entertainment

Director: Takashi Miike

Cast: Yayan Ruhian, Hayato Ichihara, Rirî Furankî

Synopsis: Due to his sensitive skin, Kageyama is ridiculed by his fellow Yakuza clan members for being the only one who cannot be branded with their signature tattoo. When Kamiura, the fearsome Yakuza boss who also happens to be a bloodsucking vampire is brutally killed by a competing clan, he passes on his vampire powers to his loyal lieutenant. Now Kageyama is transformed into a bloodthirsty monster who will stop at nothing to avenge his former boss.

Tattoo Survey

I received the following request for a tattoo survey. If you’re interested in participating, check out the information below.

Are you a tattooed job seeker over the age of 18? If so, you could get a $5 Amazon gift card by participating in our study at the following site, https://msupsych.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_78Onuts5qRiJ6O9. We are a team of researchers from Michigan State University interested in your views on tattooed individuals and the job search process. The survey is anonymous and no one will be able to link your responses back to you. The information is being collected solely for research purposes. In exchange for completing this survey, you will receive a $5 Amazon gift card.

Patches!

People have asked for these for a long time, well that time is finally here. BME patches!

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If you would like to buy your very own Hockey or Calm patches, you can get them here:

Hockey Logo Patch
Calm Logo Patch

You may have heard about the recent flooding in Columbia, South Carolina. Unfortunately, Rachel was affected by this flood. She lost all of her belongings in the flood and the home that she lives in with Ari and her boyfriend David received serious structural damage. Things were lost that money can never replace and during this devastation Rachel has been working hard to help others in her community. FEMA and insurance won’t come close to covering their financial losses and a friend of David’s set up a GoFundMe to help them out. If you’re interested in helping, you can check out the GoFundMe here.

Monsters of Schlock needs YOU!

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21 time Guinness World Record Breaking freakshow and body modification enthusiasts the Monsters of Schlock need your help in reaching their crowdfunding goal of making their sitcom pilot into a TV series!

The great Orbax, longtime BME contributor and emcee of the Toronto BMEFests, along with his brother Sweet Pepper Klopek the barb-wire bat wielding lead singer of the BMEFest fan favourite the Legendary Klopeks, have been traveling the world for the last ten years with their comedy freakshow. They’ve achieved some amazing feats in that time such as Sweet Pepper’s Guinness Record for the most mousetraps released on a tongue in one minute (https://youtu.be/64L5Vz5AaUc) and Orbax’s record for towing a 9000 lb truck for 111.7 metres using two shark hooks in his back (https://youtu.be/USgV62alu1U).

Last year they shot a sitcom pilot, entirely funded and produced on their own. You can see it on YouTube (https://youtu.be/GXslnT8HUZk) or watch it below. The concept is Flight of the Conchords meets Super Dave Osborne, but with a freakshow twist.

Their Kickstarter has rewards ranging anywhere from buying the DVD’s to getting your own personalized stunt, to having them show up at your house and do their live freakshow!

The only way the TV series is going to happen is if they can raise the money to pay for production, and that means that the only way you’ll get to see it is by pledging. Head over and help them out (http://kck.st/1F9O4Ut).

Neck tattoos and the power of words

A lot of you have probably seen the article on Jezebel where a woman tells her version of events when she was turned down for a neck tattoo. If you haven’t seen it, you can have a look here.

The artist in question, Dan Blythewood, wrote a very even and well thought out reply to the incident and the article that was written about him.

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The reality is, none of us were there, so we can’t know for sure what went down. The problem, all too often, is that someone has an experience that was negative or that didn’t go their way and they take to the Internet to trash the business or person. All of us has had a bad experience somewhere I’m sure and maybe sometimes we can recognize that we were being unreasonable ourselves. If I’m being honest, I can think of times when I reacted poorly to a situation and the business/worker wasn’t really at fault. Trashing the business or person online can have serious repercussions and that’s something we should all consider before we exact our online revenge for some slight, real or imaginary. We are attacking a person’s livelihood or, in the case of a shop, attacking the livelihood of several people. Our words are powerful and if people choose to react immediate to one version of events, they can seriously harm a business. Sometimes our words are wholly justified but maybe it’s a good idea to think on it and take at least 24 hours to decide if this is worth the wrath of the Internet or if maybe we handled the situation poorly. All that said, I don’t know Dan at all, but I do know that the policy of not tattooing hands, necks and faces on people who are not already heavily tattooed or otherwise set in their life path where visible tattoos won’t hamper their future, is a common policy and one that many professional artists apply to all sexes.  At the end of the day, personally, I’d rather see an artist who has ethics than one who will just take my money and do whatever I want, regardless of how foolish or detrimental it may turn out to be. (Please note, I’m not calling visible tattoos foolish in this instance because I happen to think they’re beautiful however I do believe it’s foolish to not consider the long term consequences of something so visible.)

I’m sure there are many who could write far more eloquently on this topic than I can but those are my thoughts and I have a hard time believing things went down as described by the person seeking a tattoo. At the end of the day, she got her tattoo elsewhere and I’m not sure why she felt it necessary to take to the Internet to not only trash the artist but mock his work as well. Please leave your comments and thoughts below but please also remember to be respectful. Name calling (either way) is not helpful and doesn’t invite further discussion.

Note: The photo at the top of this article is not of anyone involved in either article. The photo was submitted anonymously to BME.

ModBlog News of the Week: June 12, 2015

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Here is your news roundup for June 12, 2015:
* Chicago police union fights policy banning visible tattoos
* Tattoo removal becoming popular for unpopular body ink
* Woman’s Tattoos Mistaken for Cancer on Imaging Test
* Thousands sign petition calling for ban on children’s ear piercings

In celebrity news…
* Miley Cyrus superfan to REMOVE tribute tattoos after singer branded them “ugly”


If you read any news stories relating to body modification please do send them in.

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ModBlog News of the Week: June 5, 2015

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Sorry for the delay, I’ve been having a hard time finding news stories and last week I had a medical procedure and then ended up really sick. But we’re back with more news. Don’t forget, you can help by sending in news stories to share.

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Here is your news roundup for June 5, 2015:

* Texan gets Frankie MacDonald tattoo after dare
* A Sketchbook Full of Synthetic Skin Lets Tattoo Artists Safely Doodle
* Becoming disabled by choice, not chance (this article actually quotes ModBlog)
* Jack Rudy on Tattoos’ Stigma and Why It’s Good They Hurt
* Tattoo removal a booming business now it is quicker and cheaper

In celebrity news:

* Rumer Willis Dishes on How Her New Tattoo Commemorates Her ‘Journey’ on Dancing with the Stars
* Introducing Caitlyn Jenner
* Bengals Tackle Devon Still Dedicates Two Tattoos to Daughter Leah’s Cancer Battle