Better late than never news…

Hello there Modbloggers!  It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?  Well, I didn’t forget about you and I’m here to bring you another edition of news from around the globe.  We’ve had quite a few reader submissions of news stories which is great!  So without further ado, here’s the news!

An Ohio man was arrested for tattooing a baby.  I don’t even know what to say about that…

From Australia, we have a response piece about comments made by the Deputy Prime Minister who felt heavily tattooed women were “making a mistake”.  Also out of Australia, Chayne Hultgren, a sword swallower, sets a world record.  Are tattoos every mother’s worst nightmare?

Drunken face tattoos ruin man’s funeral director dreams.  How’s that for a news story title?

Augmented reality and tattoos go together like…?

Hell hath no fury like a lover scorned.  In Michigan, a man has turned in his ex-boyfriend for performing circumcisions on other men without a medical license.

I’m not sure how common knowledge this is, but in addition to working for BME, I’m also a licensed teacher.  I also happen to be tattooed.  Here’s a story about another tattooed teacher who questions the administration’s dress code policy prohibiting teachers from having visible tattoos.  In other school news, a mom is demanding an apology from a school after her daughter got into trouble for getting a nostril piercing.

Steig Larsson’s novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been made into a film in Sweden.  A review and a preview for the film can be found here.

Tattoos really do seem to be a popular news item these days.  Here’s a piece talking about the increase of women who are getting tattooed.  In a similar vein, here’s a little piece on a female tattoo artist.

Here’s a piece out of Vancouver talking about magnetic implants and the questions these types of modifications raise.

Celebrity fluff coming your way!  Is this newsworthy?  Tiger Woods likes pierced women.  In more celebrity news, David Beckham got another tattoo but maintained his modesty!  Travis Barker got a new tattoo memorializing the late DJ AM.

Wow, that’s a lot of links!  Have a great weekend folks and remember, if you have a news item you’d like to share, you can send it my way!

39 thoughts on “Better late than never news…

  1. Ugh. That article about Tiger Woods and the comments on it… I don’t know. It unsettled me a bit. It kinda grossed me out to be honest. I can’t quite put my finger on why. Well, I feel like I know why, but I can’t really explain it.

  2. Where to start.
    Tattooing a baby? I can’t even begin to say how horribly wrong that is.

    Someone should tell that the guy wanting to be a funeral director about derma blend, trangender friend of mine swears by the stuff.

  3. @Manda Same here. It really aggravates me when people are so close-minded and judgmental, but I’m trying to learn to let it go. They’ll likely never understand, so if they can’t go at it with an open mind, it’s not worth my breath.

  4. I hope the good readers of ModBlog do not take that crap taken from the Herald-Scum (as it is locally known) as indicative of the intelligence or attitudes of Australians generally.

  5. Can modblog post the ‘tattooing a baby’ story anymore? really? look in your archives… it’s there three times! same people!

  6. I’ve never had a problem with any of my tattoos when I’ve taught. Granted I don’t have my face/hands/neck done, but you can definitely see my sleeve, especially if I’m wearing a short sleeve shirt.

  7. Celebrity fluff coming your way! Is this newsworthy? Tiger Woods likes pierced women. In more celebrity news, David Beckham got another tattoo but maintained his modesty! Travis Barker got a new tattoo memorializing the late DJ AM.

    Come on, Modblog…

  8. “Celebrity culture has normalised tattoos and young women in particular are vulnerable to them.”
    Are you KIDDING me? Celebrity culture? WHAT?! Christ people are so fucking dumb. And sexist. Hahahaha.

  9. One of my friends is a very heavily (and visibly) tattooed and pierced teacher, and her students love her. I myself am a reasonably heavily tattooed doctor, and often have the bottom of my half sleeve visible below the sleeves of my scrubs and wear 1/2in tunnels (along with other ear piercings) with no repercussions. However these are easily hidden if required, but due to the ‘bare below the elbows’ hygiene policy I can’t extend arm tattoo my into my desired 3/4 sleeve, as I would have no option but to appear ‘unprofessional’ at work.

  10. I had a teacher in 7th grade who had a visible tattoo. He was in the Navy as a young man, and it was a military emblem. Was it distracting to my education? Not at all. In fact, he was the best math teacher I ever had. His tattoo was in the same place as this English teacher’s, and about the same size. Teachers give us more than a syllabus, they often mentor us… if you’re lucky enough to have a good teacher, that is.

  11. I see nothing wrong with a dress code for teachers prohibiting the display of tattoos.

    As for the 8th-grader who got her nose pierced, again, I see no problem with having a dress code for students. What really got me with that one was the question by the student’s mother “if the principal lets adults wear nose rings, why can’t students do the same thing?” How about because teachers are adults and students are children? When I was in school students weren’t allowed to wear any jewellery except a watch, but teachers were; we never found that strange or unfair.

  12. With respect to the Stieg Larsson novel, it’s actually a trilogy of crime novels commonly known as the Millenium Trilogy. He wanted to make it into a ten-volume series but died of a heart attack before he could finish the fourth installment. Film adaptations have been made for all three volumes and the last one is set to be released in theaters this year. The two first adaptations are in Swedish with French subtitles.

    The story is about Lisbeth Salander, a heavily tattooed and pierced young hacker with very poor social skills and a photographic memory, who is hired by Mikael Blomkvist, a well-known journalist, to track down the supposed killer of Harriet Vanger, the niece of a rich Swedish businessman. I won’t tell you the rest of the story but these are definitely very entertaining novels.

  13. The story about an 8th grader being unable to have a nose piercing baffles me. I had to look up the age group for that (it’s all different here in England) and discovering that I had a, “Big deal..?” moment.

    At the age of 13-14 I knew five students of the same age wth nose piercings, three with eyebrow piercings and two with tongue piercings. Two of the three students adhered to the “take them out in school/bandaid them” policy and their piercings rejected in a spectacular way. One girl kept taking her stud out to the point she got a massive bump from the irritation.

    I think if it isn’t effecting their education – which short of piercing their eyes shut I don’t see a modification doing – to leave them be. By creating an issue for these things it’s opening up more student’s eyes to ways to get out of school (which many love to do) and to modification as a whole.

    If it was a 13/14 year old coming into school with a sleeve of tattoos I might be a little more, “Goodness me!” but a nose piercing doesn’t strike me as the end of the world XD

  14. “At the age of 13-14 I knew five students of the same age wth nose piercings, three with eyebrow piercings and two with tongue piercings . . . I think if it isn’t effecting their education – which short of piercing their eyes shut I don’t see a modification doing – to leave them be”

    Well… If your grammar is an indication of the educational outcomes of a school that permits 13-14 year-olds to wear body piercings, then it just proves the point.

    Look, I don’t mean to get personal, but where do people get the idea that letting kids do whatever they want is a good thing? A school is supposed to be a professional environment, a fact that seems to have been largely forgotten. I have attended and taught at several schools, some requiring uniforms or having a dress code and some not. Consistently, in those schools where students are required to conform to certain rules about appearance there are fewer discipline problems and students tend to do better academically. Studies have even been done that show that people’s performance on tests improves when they’re not worried about how they’re dressed or thinking about their appearance.

    Also, where has this idea come from that children should be permitted to dress however they like, or worse, to modify their bodies? I’m all for kids experimenting with their appearance, but there’s a time and a place, and there are limits: someone who isn’t considered mature enough to drive, to drink, to vote or to hold a full time job can’t be considered mature enough to make every decision about their body either.

  15. look, I’m only sixteen and have around nine facial piercings. Where I go to school there is no dress code rule against piercing or even tattoos. It’s not effecting my education in any negative way, and in my personal opinion it shouldn’t be a big fucking deal. I’m young, but I’m not too young to know how much I enjoy and love my freedom of expression. Piercings can come out. So on that note, take a fucking chill pill. Levels of maturity differ. A lot of people are able to make stable decisions at a very young age and I know that for sure. Yeah, maybe I’ll change my mind about things once I’m older, but atleast I realize that. But really, I don’t see my love for body modification changing (I don’t care how naive I sound). Also, did you ever consider that maybe it’s a good thing that children are able to get pierced with their parent’s consent? I mean think about it…if they want a piercing that bad they’re just going to do it themselves with a safety pin or something dumb like that. Why not take them to a shop where they can have it done properly?

  16. Wob, your first comment were exactly my thoughts. What a stupid statement for a mother to make! On a related note, a lot of kids in my old middle school had facial piercings, and i remember showing up with my bridge pierced. Idk i guess it really comes down to the districts policy. But if i were that little girl i would have just got it pierced over break and took it out during school.

  17. “Good morning class. It’s good to see you all sitting at attention in perfectly straight rows, dressed exactly alike, for this special session on human diversity.”

  18. Personally, ooglymoogly, I think 16 is too young to be getting 9 facial piercings. If you’re that much a devotee of body modification it won’t kill you to wait until you’re an adult. And if, as you say, it’s a good thing for children to get pierced with their parents’ consent, just how young is old enough? Certainly, someone who resorts to shoving safety pins through their face would only be demonstrating that they’re not mature enough to have piercings.

    Look, kids grow up fast, but as a society we generally agree that children are not capable of making certain kinds of decisions for themselves. At 16 you can’t even consent to having sex in parts of the US. You can’t enter into contracts, buy stocks, vote, drink, get married, do certain jobs or even make decisions about your health. In other words, children your age lack all kinds of freedoms, and nobody objects. Why should it be any different when it comes to the way you must dress while in school?

  19. ahaha at the druken face tattoo what a load of shit he was well sober because all the tattoos he got are fukin pretty boy bollocks and if he was sooo drunk he would of been like err can i have the kellogs ceral logo on my 5 head

  20. Well whatever the case, when it comes down to it, it’s really just a matter of opinion. I agree that between the time you’re born and the time you’re around 11, maybe it’s not such a good idea. But if you have someone with you that says it’s legally okay, then it shouldn’t be a huge issue. I feel that once you know how to properly care for a piercing and once you know that you REALLY want it, it’s totally okay. Regardless of whether or not they should wait because of the whole safety pin thing doesn’t matter. Because honestly, the kids don’t care and they’re gonna do it anyway.

  21. When I was 15, I wanted an eyebrow piercing. So I asked my mom, who said simply, “No. You’ll have to wait until your 18.” When I was 16, I wanted my labret pierced. I asked my mom, who replied with the same answer as before. When I was 17, I wanted a bridge piercing. Asked, got the same answer.

    Now, I’m almost 24, and I have never had a facial peircing. I took the time to think about why I wanted those peircings and asked myself year after year if they would actually look good on me. Thank goodness my mom made me wait, because obviously those years of thought made me hesitate.

    And surprise surprise, I didn’t drive a safty pin through my face because I knew the dangers of infection. That would have just been silly.

    Wob has a damn good point. Oogly, when you reply, you merely validate it further.

  22. i attended school in auburndale FL my middle school had the same policy on body modifications.One teacher hated me for my lip ring and stretched lobes i spent a year in ISS do to them.By the way that teacher was Danielle Jones how was arrested for having sex with four students look her up.

  23. I really enjoyed the article about AR tattoos. It will certainly become every hackers little wet dream to pry open the database that will be needed to realize AR tattoos on a large scale, so if AR becomes the next big it im sure everyone will have /b/ content on their bodies as soon as the project goes online.

    All the people going crazy about someone tattooing a baby should read up on Koptic Christian tattoo traditions. There’s about 8 million Copts in Egypt and everyone gets tattoos to identify themselves as Christians, often while they are still just a couple years old. The tradition dates back at least 13-1400 years from what i know, but im sure someone else around here has better knowledge on the topic.

  24. ooglymoogly on March 14th, 2010 at 4:08 pm:
    look, I’m only sixteen and have around nine facial piercings. Where I go to school there is no dress code rule against piercing or even tattoos. It’s not effecting my education in any negative way


  25. I’m not saying that everyone is dumb enough to stick themselves with a safety pin, but I know plenty of younger people…and even people my age that would. Personally, having piercings hasn’t caused me any trouble in school. I can easily ignore the ignorant comments that other people make. Sure, other people can’t shake it off so easily, but not everyone is the same. To be honest, I don’t really give a shit because it isn’t causing me or any others that sit around me any loss of concentration or time that could be spent learning. I love school, and I love learning. But I also truly, truly love body modification. Do I let the two get in the way eachother? No. I do what I do and mind my own business. Do I think I’ll regret getting the piercings that I have? No, right now I don’t. And if I do, I’ll remove them. The end.

  26. Also, I’m not here to spark a huge argument on Modblog, I’m posting these comments because in MY opinion, I feel that everyone should be free to do with their body what they wish, AS LONG as it’s done correctly and isn’t putting anyone’s life in danger. Now a baby or a very young child is a completely different thing. As far as teenagers and adolescents, I definitely think there are a handful that are wise beyond their years and ARE capable of making their own decisions (I have had to make plenty of decisions that nobody that’s sixteen or younger should have to make), but sadly younger people are often judged and considered naive. I can understand why to an extent, but I don’t think it’s fair for people that have a lot of life experience. Society doesn’t pick and choose. There are laws, rules and reasons for them. It’s just unfortunate for people that do have the capability of doing/making some of those decisions.

  27. I was commenting that in my opinion, and from my personal experience, that it has no effect on a person’s ability to learn. I was making no comment on whether I thought it was right or wrong for those students to get those piercings, or whether their parents were right or wrong in allowing them to do it.

    My point was that more damage is done by schools making a big deal of the situation and forcing students who choose to get these piercings to remove and replace them on a daily basis. It is then these students who are held up as examples of why the policy is in place. This attitude is what I have the problem with.

    Also making the assumption that it’s going to disrupt a class in any way is ludicrus – I personally took no notice of what my classmates looked like and got on with my work. I passed with A to B grades throughout, as did many of the students who had chosen to be pierced and those in the same classes as them.

    If a person doesn’t want to learn, then they will not learn. In my school we had a standard uniform, and in the 6th Form college we did not. Those who worked well in uniform worked just as well wearing whatever they wanted, surrounded by people doing the same. Those who barely scraped through in casual clothing had done the same in uniform.

  28. 16, although it will not make sense to you, or any other minor reading, is young. I can say it ’til I’m blue in the face, and it won’t make sense to you until you are older. End of story. I am only a few years older than you, Oogly, and I already see differently so many situations which I was in while I was younger. I don’t mean to offend you, and I say all of this with the largest amount of sincerity and kindness. Someone above me posted that you are not able to sign into a legally bonding contract, and this, I feel, is relevant to my next point. You don’t really get a say, legally, as an adult, about your own life. Sucks, but it’s true. You have to wait until you are older to make such a decision.
    Also, a piercing is not meant to be viewed as a temporary thing. You should go into each piercing which some idea that it COULD be forever. Although we know that often, most piercings do close, modifications are meant to be taken as changes which can affect you forever, and not necessarily just with their memory. Stretching is not meant to be done with the idea that it is reversible, nor are piercings or tattoos. If you want to modify your body, look at it in the broad picture that is “body modifcation.” You don’t get a tattoo with the thought going through your head, “Boy, I really hope I can get this lasered off someday.” You don’t get a piercing with the intent of taking it out. Certain holes won’t close, and certain things will affect your body much more than you might know now. Forever. Why should you get a say in something which is binding forever in relation to your body, which you only have one of, when you don’t even get a say as far as your own sex life and legal situations go?
    The biggest thing to remember is that the largest sign of maturity and love for the bodymod culture is that your respect goes inexplicably deep, and that it will be part of you forever. Wob is right, truly being devoted means understanding certain limitations.
    Sounds rough, I know, not getting a say in these things. However, children can’t be encouraged to do things which are meant to be decisions made by adults. Let’s face it, new fashion and trends are created everyday. If something as serious as piercings start being taken lightly as maybe painting your nails or sporting a new hairstyle, then we are in for big trouble. The industry, and its partakers, would suffer equally.
    So, in conclusion, adults can wear some body jewelry in school, children can’t? Adults can also star in porn, children can’t. Adults also have to pay taxes, children don’t. Certain responsibilities, and privileges, go with certain parts of our life. Children are meant to observe and learn so that they know what they might like to do with their lives later on. They don’t need to partake to realize a love or appreciation for an art, hobby, or lifestyle. That is what I think.

  29. Ohh great now that celebrities are getting tattoos everyone is gonna have tribal arm bands. I’ve been wanting a magnetic implant for a while now. I’m just wondering if I get them in my finger tips if it would mess up my phone when I use it.

  30. Why would anyone tattoo that guys face knowing he was wasted? Looks like it was pretty well faded…at least he can kinda cover it up.
    The guy tattooing the baby needs to get a tazed a few times for being an idiot.
    Who dreams of being a funeral director?
    As for Tiger Woods….he’s just gross.
    As for Adrian’s comment…doesn’t everyone already have tribal arm bands. It seemed like everyone
    and their mother got the tribal arm band in the 90′s. Yawn…boring.

  31. I think the 8th grader is a little young for facial piercings, in my opinion. If her mom took her to a studio, and got it done correctly, all the power to them. Beats the kid doing it with a safety pin or something.
    I don’t agree with strict dress codes in public schools, or uniforms. (At my high school, it was no bandana’s; gang related thing, no short short skirts/shorts, no tank tops, etc, which is reasonable for that age.. No rules on piercings and tattoos except for band performances, when we weren’t allowed to have any but earlobe)
    As for the teacher, I find it surprising she’s allowed to have a facial piercing.
    For the student, let her keep it.

  32. Just a few points i’d like to make here…1) affect is a verb, effect is a noun, they are not to be used interchangeably. 2) one of the points people seem to be championing is that if a child is young but mature enough, let them get a piercing/modification. The article about the girl getting in trouble for her nose ring states that she got the piercing because a teacher had it and wanted to be just like her. I’m not going to get up on my high horse and say that every piecing has to have a deep meaning, but going out and modifying yourself to imitate someone else (someone you “dont know very well, as the article says) does not strike me as a mature reason for a decision. Therefore, in my opinion, the girl was not mature enough to get the piercing and i dont see any reason the school should not enforce its dress code policy on her.

  33. Actually affect and effect are both nouns and verbs. :) I stole this from a website because it was easier than explaining it myself:

    Affect(1) and effect, each both noun and verb, share the sense of “influence,” and because of their similarity in pronunciation are sometimes confused in writing. As a verb affect(1) means “to act on” or “to move” (His words affected the crowd so deeply that many wept); affect(2) means “to pretend” or “to assume” (new students affecting a nonchalance they didn’t feel). The verb effect means “to bring about, accomplish”: Her administration effected radical changes. The noun effect means “result, consequence”: the serious effects of the oil spill. The noun affect(1) pronounced with the stress on the first syllable, is a technical term in psychology and psychiatry. Affect(2) is not used as a noun.

    Isn’t language fun and insanely confusing?

  34. bluhh this is why i really need to get my butt back in school. thank you for the information ^_^

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