It’s sad to watch a culture waning in front of our eyes, but it’s uplifting to see efforts to save as much of it as possible: Photos of Manx tattoos needed for heritage project. You can read more about the Isle of Man and Manx triskelion here
If you happen to be in San Diego area, consider checking out an exhibition about tattoos in Oceanside museum: O’side museum displays tattoo artwork and ‘It would be a great forum.’ There’s also another exhibition about tattoo art in Austria (this one’s in German)
Visiting a museum exhibition is one option but you can also try to read a book on the subject: New Book gives ink to tattoos (more here) or, just to balance things up a little, In pictures: the most ridiculous tattoos ever (more)
Looks like there is a lot of things going on in the “law department” – Body art licensing takes effect soon in NM, more focus on tattoos and body piercing in the UK and South Portland weighs tattoo parlor moratorium. And let’s not forget about Australia where teens face extreme body art ban.
Educating ourselves and others seems a better solution. Lexci Million, only briefly mentioned in this article, says more on the subject: “we tour that talk year-round to multiple schools and organizations. It definitely makes an impact as we gear it towards junior and senior high school kids who are just starting to look to body modification as a new form of expression. We give them simple, easy-to-remember information on what to look for in a reputable shop. (Present spore tested autoclave, cleanliness, jewelry quality, appropriate conduct from the piercer, dangers of home piercing and piercing guns etc) so it’s not necessarily a tour to promote the shop I work at. If you’re running a reputable business, you’ll benefit from it too! It is very well received. The talk itself is 1/2 and hour to about 45 minutes depending on our alloted time, leaving the Q&A period as long as possible. The kids love it! We get a lot of the “Did that hurt?” questions mixed in, but a lot of them are really interested to learn the things they thought were normal”.
If you crave for a new tattoo and yet have to deal with lack of acceptance from your mother, consider getting a “mom tattoo” as, apparently, on Mother’s Day some say it with ink. Since this holiday is still ahead for some of us, it’s worth giving it some thought.
A few celebs either got or decided to remove their body art but the statement “bad tattoos happen to naive people” seemed more interesting.
IAM members can submit links to articles related to body modification here.