The watermark is obscuring the date, but I think it’s safe to assume that IAM:Oiter‘s tattoo was done by none other than Freak-Mike. Not only does it bear his name, but it also lines up perfectly with his style, right down to the fully blackened navel.
We’re all familiar with Nail‘s abstract tattoos, as they’ve been featured here several times before. This time Nail is the one getting the tattoo, based on a design he came up with, and tattooed by his girlfriend Zombie Cat, who works with him at Nail’s Tattoo in Hungary.
The gang down at First Blood in Sydney are known for putting out some pretty cool modifications, but did you know that they also have a suspension team? Here’s Cupcakes in an 8pt modified superman, in which her top half is angled downward into a diving pose.
It’s labour day today, which means school should be starting for most of the kiddies out there. So in honour of the start of the school year, here’s your first pop-quiz. Can you tell me exactly what is happening in this photo? (Bonus points if you use the correct technical terminology)
Read ahead to see how you did.
Alright so this piece by geRi has more than 80 dots, but you get the idea. geRi works out of Swastika Tattoo in Budapest, Hungary.
I want to share a couple great tattoos before I take off to go do other work. This first piece really blew me away with it’s subtle and artistic use of colour, almost as if it was done with chalks or pastels or something. I’m sure a lot of people don’t even want to believe it’s a tattoo and assume it’s body paint or something. This surfer is an amazing piece of work by Radu Rusu of Art and Soul Tattoo in Plymouth.
The other piece I wanted to share isn’t quite as mind-blowing — and in fact, it’s not even complete yet — is this super fun Minecraft-themed piece that I know a lot of people will really go crazy for. It is of course by Tom Ruki of Tenacious Tattoo in Sheffield.
I wanted to share this creative and unique nostril project by Dana Dinius at HTC Body Piercing, Phoenix North. Another great example of taking a basic, accessible, mainstream set of piercings and turning them into something special that will turn the heads of both the jaded piercing elite and who don’t know the difference between a daith and a fourchette.
I hope I am not miscrediting this photo that Steve Joyner took, but I believe this masterpiece of rigging is from the recent Suspension MECCA 2012. The level of technical perfection that suspension artists hold themselves to these days is awe inspiring. If you’d asked even the best to perform this static suspension fifteen years ago I’m certain their heads would have exploded — it used to be that in popular suspension you mostly saw Fakir Musafar’s influence, but now I see much more of Stelarc’s influence, with attention not just to personal ritual, but equally to artistry and technical detail.
I like these star-shaped horns that have been perfectly placed underneath the wearer’s tattoos, I think adding some “intentionality” to a tattoo mix that otherwise looks a bit haphazard. This photo is from Ministry Tattoo Studio of Buenos Aires, Argentina at the El Tucuman Tattoo Festival, and the implants were done by Matias at Rata Body Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ask yourself before clicking, “can anyone else see my monitor?”
Giving credit where it’s due, this is by the aforementioned Marcel Daatz (and as you can see if you clicked, he even signed the tattoo, which is unusual and worth mention in and of itself) from Munich. I came across this piece while researching the previous entry, and even though I wouldn’t normally instantly promote someone from a problematic entry, this piece is so hilarious and perfect that I just had to. I’ve seen a lot of hilarious navel tattoos, but this one has to be near the top of the list.