Apologies for the late news post today. I’m currently in northern Ontario on an island looking out over a beautiful lake, and as you can imagine, the internet is a little sketchy. But even that won’t stop me from getting this week’s news to you.
Today’s first story is pretty old, but I don’t remember reporting on it, and given the recent attention to the woman giving her child botox, this seemed pretty relevant.
A Teenage girl who dreams of a show business career has undergone radical beauty treatment and had make-up tattooed on her face.
Sophie Watson has followed in the footsteps of popstar and model idols such as Jordan by having semi-permanent make-up applied.
The 14-year-old’s tattooed eyeliner, eyebrows, lip liner and fake beauty spot will last for up to five years.
I’m just wondering who convinced the mother that a tattoo would disappear in 5 years. I know cosmetic inks are slightly different than traditional tattoo inks, but the last time I checked they still were permanent.
Still more news to come, so keep on reading.
With The Hangover Part 2 in theatres right now, a lot of people are thinking about taking a vacation in Thailand. Of course with a lot of people going, there is bound to be a couple of people who want to get some kind of tattoo. Well, the government is considering a law that will limit the options of tattoos that tourists can get.
Thailand has ordered a crackdown on foreign tourists having religious images tattooed on their bodies while visiting the kingdom. Tattoos with images such as of the Buddha may offend Thai people, Culture Minister Nipit Intarasombat was quoted as telling reporters. He said his ministry had asked regional governors, particularly in tourist hotspots, to inspect tattoo studios and ask them not to use religious patterns, according to the state-run National News Bureau. It said he would push for a law banning people from etching sacred images onto their skin.
However, these laws would only apply to tourists, as Yantra tattooing will still be practiced. If you’re not familiar with this form of sacred tattooing, Pattaya Daily News has a great article on the history and meanings behind this style of tattoos.
Yantra Tattooing or also known as Sak Yant is a form of sacred tattooing commonly practised in Thailand. The tattoos are associated with animist beliefs which were popular in Thailand before the arrival of Buddhism. Sak Yant dates back to Angkor times and the art is greatly influenced by Khmer culture. In fact the blessings are written in a Khmer script called Khom. Sak Yant designs are normally tattooed by Maw Pii or spiritual doctors and Buddhist monks.
Meanwhile, in South Korea, tattoos are steadily increasing in popularity and are becoming more acceptable by the mainstream.
More people in South Korea these days are not ashamed to show a little skin – and ink. The country now has its own annual tattoo convention, which attracts artists from neighboring Japan and the United States. But anyone using needles to penetrate the skin is supposed to be a licensed medical doctor – credentials in short supply at this event and in the thousands of tattoo parlors across the country.
One of the organizers of Ink Bomb 2011, who goes by the professional name of Sun Rat, acknowledges body artists here maintain a low profile to avoid possible fines of up to $10,000. “Massage and tattoo parlors are illegal here, but our goal is to have the tattoo industry become something that is viewed a part of legitimate culture,” he said.
Moving on, we have a couple of stories out of Europe this week, including one that will potentially affect thousands of people. First, a local councilman in Austria may be facing jail time based on a tattoo that someone glimpsed at a meeting.
The tattoo reads “Blut und Ehre” — translated into English as “Blood and Honor, the slogan and motto of the Hitler Youth — and is inked on Leitmann’s upper arm. Local Ebenthal politicians first saw the tattoo at a council meeting last week when Leitmann wore a short-sleeved shirt, the Austrian Independent newspaper reported. Even if he removes it, Leitmann could still face jail time or fines under Austria’s federal anti-Nazi mind-set law, regarded as one of the strictest in the world.
He’s now in a situation where he needs to convince people that he didn’t know the meaning of the tattoo. I’m not sure of Austria’s stance on the swastika, which we all know was perverted into a Nazi symbol, but it appears that they are extremely strict on any other potential reference.
Over in Sweden, the rules for potential blood donors have changed, and with the new stricter rules, a large number of people may not be eligible to give blood. (The following quote was translated via Google, so don’t blame me if there are any words wrong).
The basic rule is that if you have had sex with someone who has been tattooed or pierced in the past 365, you become ineligible to donate blood. While this does go along the lines with other EU countries, if you recall, Australia changed their rules in the past year to make it easier for tattooed individuals to donate.
Heading back stateside, survivors of the Joplin tornado have been having difficulties getting the remains of their loved ones released from authorities. This week policies have been relaxed to allow for identification by tattoos and piercings, which will hopefully allow families to move forward.
A Newton County, Missouri, official said authorities would begin streamlining the process of identifying bodies Saturday in Joplin in the aftermath of a killer tornado. “The decision was made that if a person can make a positive ID, let’s say for instance … piercings or tattoos,” said Mark Bridges of the Newton County, Missouri, coroner’s office, ”[Saturday] we’re gonna start the process of allowing those people to view the bodies of the loved ones.”
“We’re going to go ahead and start releasing those bodies,” he said. Already frayed nerves reached a boiling point Friday in Joplin, Missouri, as families trying to retrieve their dead loved ones were stalled by cautious medical examiners meticulously trying to sort remains.
In more positive news, new metal detectors are starting to be installed in hospitals to reduce the number of MRI related injuries.
“If you have any jewelry or any piercings or anything on your body, that’s what they want you to take off,” said patient Gabriel Diaz who was having an MRI on his head. If something metal were left on a person, “there’s a lot of tugging that would occur,” explained University Hospital’s director of radiology Rick Pena. “And it actually could come loose and becomes a projectile much like a bullet.” University is the first hospital in Texas to install sophisticated new detectors with lights and sounds to indicate when a patient or staff member or visitor is approaching a restricted area with anything metal.
I personally haven’t had the pleasure of getting MRI’d with metal in my body, but I’m sure there are some readers out there with stories to share.
The Ohio State football team is currently under investigation regarding allegations of bribery and using team memorabilia to pay for tattoos.
A woman said on Monday that that she saw several Ohio State football players at a Columbus tattoo parlor at the center of an NCAA investigation that led to the resignation of coach Jim Tressel.
She claimed that she saw quarterback Terrelle Pryor and others getting their tattoos. The woman took pictures, including a picture of an autographed football that she said somebody close to the tattoo shop told her that players had just traded for body art. “They had (the autographed football) given to him (and) said they had given it to him earlier in the day,” the woman said. “They got the football for tattoos. I wish I had a football to give them.” The deal allegedly came long after Tressel knew of the problem. Columbus attorney and former Ohio State player Chris Cicero e-mailed Tressel about similar problems in April 2010.
he woman claimed that he told her the shop had even received tickets to Ohio State’s January Sugar Bowl game against Arkansas. “I asked them, ‘Where did you guys get the tickets? How did you get the tickets?’ she said. “And he said, ‘It’s the family members of the players felt they couldn’t win the game and some of the family members couldn’t afford to travel there and stay there and so some of family had given the tickets to the people at the tattoo shop.’”
Note to self: When engaging in activities that could potentially cost me my position on a football team, make sure that you don’t tell a stranger about it and allow them to take pictures.
Finally we’re going to end this week with an announcement that all those crazy kids in Vegas for APP should pay attention to. SwingShift SideShow, CoRE, and cEvin Key will be performing June 8th at The House of Blues! Even if you’re not in town, try to get yourself to Vegas as this is one show you won’t want to miss out on. Having had the chance to meet the SwingShift gang at SusCon, and seeing them perform, I can tell you that if you ever get a chance to see them, do it!
On top of that, CoRE is celebrating their 10 year anniversary in the only way they know how, by hanging people from hooks! Plus, they’ve got Hilary from Operafication performing with them, which means you’re in for a real treat.
You can check out the rest of the details on the event’s facebook page.
And with that, we’re done for the week. Now if you’ll excuse me, the lake is calling me.