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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.

Anonymous submission to BME

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

Sweet pussy

Thanks to Ekaterina Split_mini-LDG for the submission of her with her sweet pussy. No info on any of the mods was included but maybe she’ll let us know more about the (what I assume are custom made) plugs she’s wearing.

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PS I apologize to both her and you, dear reader, for my lack of imagination when it comes to titles.

Artist Campaign

I was asked to share the following from an artist who is running an IndieGogo campaign:

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Aloha! My name is Rose Adare, I’m an evocative artist disabled by a muni train in 2005. To get through the hard times, I began painting truly inspiring, brilliant, out of the box people, and now I have solid offers for shows guaranteed in Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, AND Brooklyn, NY! But I need your help to get there!

I’m not asking for plane tickets or hotels. I’ll sleep on couches and eat ramen. But I need help with shipping and production costs.

I’ve had three amazing shows already, at the Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art, The J+ Gallery in Holualoa, and the prestigious Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Schaefer Portrait Gallery, but now it’s time to reach the mainland.

Hawai’i is 75 miles across and is 2,467 miles from California. That’s a long distance to move 31 paintings, 5 plexiglass shadowboxes, and 35 plexiglass descriptions—especially when some of the paintings are 10 x 7 feet! The powerful success behind Restraint & Revolution “took a village,” and now it’ll “take a continent” to move across the ocean.

http://igg.me/at/adare/x

More about her art and samples of her work after the break.
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Isobel Varley 1937-2015

It is with sadness that we share the news that Isobel Varley has passed away. Our thoughts are with Isobel’s family and friends.

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The following was taken from her official Facebook page:

It is with deep sorrow that we must announce the passing of Isobel.

Shortly before 7 this morning Isobel passed peacefully onto her next adventure.

The Varley family would like to express their thanks to everyone for their support, their friendship and kind words expressed to, and about, Isobel and her numerous achievements during her time.

We would like to invite everyone to share their experiences and photographs with her on here as a tribute.

Heaven has a gained a new Angel.

ModBlog News of the Week: May 8, 2015

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Here is your news roundup for May 8, 2015:
* DNTO admires “body art” (Apr. 25, 2015) – This is an hour long radio show discussing different kinds of body art.
* Some Tattoos Interfere With Apple Watch, Company Confirms
* Dad kicked out of restaurants ‘because of neck tattoo dedicated to his daughter’
* Mega extreme tattoos: Scarification slices away top layer to leave open bloody wounds (Ed. Sacrificial branding? *lol*)

In celebrity news…
* It Took 11 Hours To Apply Cara Delevingne’s Custom Met Gala Tattoos (Ed. They aren’t real tattoos)
* Country Singer Brantley Gilbert Gets Giant Gun Tattoo in Support of the 2nd Amendment
* Demi Lovato Finally Gets Her Vagina Tattoo Removed


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

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