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”


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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

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


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ModBlog News of the Week: April 24, 2015

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Here is your news roundup for April 24, 2015:
* 2,000 Tattoos, 40 Piercings & A Pickled Ear – This is from a TV program that ran in the UK. You can watch the episode for free online right now.
* Stick and poke tattoos concern public health officials
* Challenges in Europe: Refusing racist tattoos in Hungary
* Marine Considered ‘Unfit’ to Re-Enlist Due to Rifle Tattoo
* Drunk dad attempts his own at-home tattoos; spells his son’s name AND nickname wrong

In celebrity news…
* British supermodel Stephen James flashes body tattoos and taught frame
* Ariana Grande and Her Brother Get Matching Tattoos
* Kristen Stewart Turned to Her Mom for Her New Tattoo


Thanks to Emma for submitting a link!

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ModBlog News of the Week: April 10, 2015

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I didn’t think I’d manage to get this up this week because I’ve been really sick but here is your news roundup for April 10, 2015:

* Army Relaxes Its Policy on Soldiers’ Tattoos
* Should medicine take over tattoo removal?
* Tamil ritual of body piercing in Deli Serdang
* Polytech seniors bring attention to the dangers of body piercings
* British man laughs off mate tattooing his back while passed out drunk

In celebrity news…

* Demi Lovato Replaces “Vagina Tattoo” With Giant Rose
* Imran Khan gets his daughter’s footsteps tattooed

If you read any news stories relating to body modification please do send them in. It’s hard to find everything that’s out there on my own and it seems like celebrity news dominates and while BME has always covered body modification in all its forms, including celebrity news, it would be nice to have some regular news stories to share as well.

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ModBlog News of the Week: April 3, 2015

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Here is your news roundup for April 3, 2015:

* Tattoo film festival spreads its ink to mainstream audience
* Video of mom forcing screaming daughter to get ears pierced goes viral
(Just a note about this, the video is very disturbing and you may want to skip watching it if you haven’t already seen it.)
* Biohackers develop night vision eye drops to see in the dark
* Thief spends six hours getting Jesus tattoo – then runs off with £1000 takings from till

In celebrity news…
* Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter seal their love by getting matching tattoos on their middle fingers
* Hilary Duff reveals her secret tattoos
* Miley Cyrus Gets New Tattoo
* Tara Reid accompanies drunk fan while he has her name tattooed on him.

If you read any news stories relating to body modification please do send them in.  It’s hard to find everything that’s out there on my own and it seems like celebrity news dominates and while BME has always covered body modification in all its forms, including celebrity news, it would be nice to have some regular news stories to share as well.

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ModBlog News of the Week: March 27, 2015

Here is your news roundup for March 27, 2015:

* Women with vaginal piercings to be classed as having suffered female genital mutilation says Department of Health
* Seymour gallery explores tattooing as art
* Watch mind-boggling 3D tattoo that’s awesome and unnerving in equal measure
* Outrage as school alters student photos

In celebrity news…

* Lena Dunham Explains Why She Has an Eloise Tattoo, but Will Never Get Her Boyfriend’s Name Inked
* Nick Cannon Wild ‘N Out with New MASSIVE Back Tattoo

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ModBlog News of the Week: March 13, 2015

Here is your news roundup for March 13, 2015:

* Restaurant refuses service to man with facial tattoos
* Body Modification Artist Steve Haworth inspires Bristol animal lover to turn into “parrot man”
* Biohackers and body modification
* Utah House OKs bill banning tattoos on children under 14, requires permission for older teens

In celebrity news…

* This Woman Has Rihanna Tattoos All Over Her Body
* Kanye West Tattoos ‘So Help Me God’ Artwork on Arm during Paris Fashion Week

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ModBlog News of the Week: March 6, 2015

Here is your news roundup for March 6, 2015:

* Microchips for office workers
* Edmonton’s culinary creatives go big with food tattoos
* Soccer star says new tattoos aim to raise famine awareness
* Meet the last tattooed women of Burma
* Mapping 61 Ancient Tattoos on a 5300-Year-Old Mummy

And in the world of the rich and famous:

* Lourdes Leon shows off new septum piercing
* Shia LaBeouf sports new rat tail, eyebrow piercing
* Kanye West Got Roman Numeral Tattoos for North & His Mom

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