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!

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

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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.

Submit news stories.

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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ModBlog News of the Week: February 27th, 2015

Body modification in the news…
* Parents Get Tattoo Of Daughter’s Birthmark So She Won’t Feel Different
* Alec Falkenham, Dalhousie student, develops tattoo removal cream
* Tattoo whisperer helps cancer survivors
* Dad preserves young son’s drawings by making them into tattoos

and, of course, celebrity news…

* Benji Madden inks ‘Cameron’ tattoo across his chest for new wife
* Brantley Gilbert Gets Double-Pistol Back Tattoo

Feel free to submit news stories and I will try to make this a weekly feature again.

Strangely, I don’t hear Lady Gaga calling

As you may have already seen, as it’s become viral news on Reddit (which is how I was tipped off) and elsewhere, a guy with a mountain of skull-related tattoos (and even a little Zombie Rick-aesthetic) and an eyeball tattoo just got himself in trouble for, among other things, serial burglary and shooting a cop in Anchorage, Alaska. Not to joke about cop killers (tonight we get even), I have to admit that it is at least mildly amusing to me seeing eyeball tattoos being “endorsed” by criminals — I mean, I don’t think you could possibly come up with a better FUCK THE WORLD and NO FUTURE tattoo than a fully black eye. And as far as I’m concerned, anything at this point that stops the gentrification of tattooing the better. Scare away the yuppies that think body modification is a fashion choice. It’s not. It’s a lifestyle. Duh, it lasts for your whole life — fashion is transient, and when people get that confused, hello tattoo removal and coverups. Of course I generalize, but you know what I mean. Anyway, for my dead homies, on to the tattooed cop killer.

Best booking photo ever.

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These pictures below are snagged from the Anchorage Daily News. Click to zoom in. If you’d like to learn more about this case, maybe lose what little hope you had left for humanity, you can follow this link to the story on ADN.

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PS. For any dummy that wants to complain, no of course I am not endorsing this guy, and no I don’t think he or his actions are “cool” in any way. So don’t waste your fingers typing a complaint. Also he only grazed the cop, and didn’t kill him like he wanted to, so I don’t feel too bad speaking lightly of the event.

A Good Deed Never Goes Unpunished

Tam Mayer (of Bells Ink Tattooing & Body Piercing in Victoria, Australia) has managed to get herself in some hot water, all because she tried to do the right thing. As a part of a fundraiser for a local boy — in which they raised $3,000 to help him (the whole event raised $15,000) — she tattooed her friend Luke Coleman with this image of Buddha. At first everyone was happy, and thought they’d done something really special, and I’m sure they were even happier when some of the big tattoo rebloggers picked it up, featuring it because it’s unusual to see a tattoo like this on the sole of a foot (and I have to admit I have some doubts about how it will heal). Anyway, the problems began when Thai Buddhists saw the tattoo and took offense at the tattoo’s location — that someone was walking on the face of Buddha, which they thought was deeply disrespectful. Immediately the comments changed from congratulating Tam for a unique tattoo and more importantly, raising $3,000 for a child in need, to threatening to murder her if she ever showed her face in Thailand. Comment after comment insulted and berated her. Did Tam make a tactless mistake? Perhaps, by some interpretations of Buddhism. But by other interpretations of Buddhism, she did something wonderful. To my way of looking at it, this is just another example of extremist interpretation of religion poisoning everything. As far as I’m concerned, Tam’s got nothing to apologize for. If Buddha and Jesus existed, I’m sure they’d give her a high five for helping others, and then punch the religious radicals in the nuts for spreading hatred in their name.

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Edit: I wanted to add one other thing — as soon as Tam found out that what she’d done was potentially offensive, she apologized profusely to anyone she might have offended (as did Luke), and said they wished they’d known in advance so they could have avoided the situation. It was very clear that they’d acted only with the best of intentions — and I want to be clear that the above comments are mine, not hers.

Changing industry ethics?

When you first look at these tattoos, maybe the first thing you say to yourself is, “wow, I didn’t know tattoos could shift that much with age!”

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But then you realize that the chestpiece is on well known tattoo artist Toni Moore (of Broad Street Studio in Bath) by Tim Kern, and the neck piece is a knock off by Marcel Daatz at Extremetattoo in Munich. I know, not a line-for-line copy, but close enough that if you didn’t look at the pieces side-by-side you could easily assume they’re the same tattoo.s I often have more permissive feelings about copying than many of my friends in the industry, because it’s my opinion that tattooing has always been an artform that is built on appropriation, but this example of tattoo plaigiarism really upset me.

The reason this piece upset me so much is that Marcel Daatz appears to be a talented and capable tattoo artist. There is no need or excuse for him to be knocking off his peers’ work and claiming it as his own. It makes me very sad, and it’s an unfortunate comment on how many of the traditional tattoo culture ethics have been lost as this industry ages. I’m used to crap artists aping the pros. But for talented artists to rip each other off? To have so little respect for each other, for themselves, for the industry? It’s really heartbreaking.

What do you think? Where is the line? Is this an example of a professional backstabbing a peer? Or am I overreacting, and it’s been changed enough, and is instead an example of someone simply drawing inspiration from a well-known tattoo and getting “their own version”?