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Laurence Michael Dillon in monk garb

[MetaFilter.com] A really wonderful set of links here all dealing with the story of Laurence Michael Dillon (nee Laura Maude Dillon), one of the first documented female-to-male transsexuals in the West to undergo a modern phalloplasty procedure. After his well-known brother began to receive more attention from the press and Dillon’s secret was revealed, he fled to a Tibetan monestary and lived as a novitiate Monk. A fascinating and very sad story.

[Zshare.net] This probably won’t last long, but check it out while it’s there: It’s a segment of a History Channel program about tattooing, and it’s surprisingly well-done and quite watchable. The first half of the piece focuses on Marine and Navy tattoos, while the latter goes into more “gonzo” territory as the host meets with the manufacturers of UV tattoo ink and sits in on Howie tattooing the eyeballs of CutThroat and Josh. In a fancy bit of convergence, Howie reveals during the piece that he’s actually been experimenting with using UV ink in eyeball tattoos. Yowza.

[Bostonist.com] With the Boston Tattoo Convention set to run from September 12-14, Bostonist is running a set of interviews with some of the artists involved, this one with Joe Boo. Choice quote:

[On the effect of shows like Miami and L.A. Ink:] “It also takes a lot of the mystery out of tattooing, so people who are typically afraid of tattoo shops can see we are not so scary. The bad thing is now we have a whole new crop of young people who want to be tattoo artists, more than ever. Some of these kids may actually become great tattoo artist, the other 97% will just become a huge monkey wrench in a machine that is just starting to get the respect that it has worked so hard for. That and I have to hear how everyone is going to go get a Kat Von D tattoo… sure you are buddy, me too.”

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