BMEtv – Astronautalis

The BME Tour group met up with Seattle based musician Astronautalis while he was touring in Australia. While not the most heavily tattooed musician out there, it seems that Astronautalis has a plan for his collection of tiny tattoos. Check out the interview.

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BMEtv – Kaleidoscope Tattoo

One of our first stops in Australia was Kaleidoscope Tattoo down in Bondi Beach. We spoke with tattooers Luciano Lima, Freddy, Stevie Edge, Cory Ohrman and their piercer Brady Hardin. If you’re ever lucky enough to be checking out the beautiful beaches of Sydney, Australia, there is no doubt you’ll be making a stop to see the world famous Bondi Beach. Don’t forget to visit Kaleidoscope Tattoo while you’re there!

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You’ll have to excuse my silence but my hard drive started failing last week and then went completely.  Now that I’m back up and running, I’m trying to get caught up on moderation again.  That’s just what I was doing when I came across this submission from SaD and I thought it was really cool!  The artist is Roman Fursov from Хорс in Lipetsk, Russia.  One of the best parts of moderating images for BME is getting to see the work that comes out of so many different countries. I’ve definitely noticed a rise in submissions from shops outside of the US and Canada and that’s fantastic!

I can’t place the girl but she’s very familiar to me. The portrait is based on the Wasp Queen doll by artist Virginie Ropars.  I love the shading on the face and in particular around her lips and the furrow of her brow.

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Check out the portrait gallery on BME for more like this.

Not your average medical tattoo

jb7i-untitled-image This photo comes from the vaults of BME and included no submission details but I thought it made a nice lead in to the following news story: Nano Ink “Tattoo” Could Monitor Diabetes. It’s a really cool idea and I know diabetes touches the lives of many people, myself included as my father is an insulin dependent diabetic. It’s almost like those old hyper colour shirts (anyone remember those?) only it detects glucose levels and it’s a tattoo!

BMEshop 30% off sale!

As I have mentioned previously, BME’s world tour is going to be financed through a combination of sponsorships, my own personal income and BME’s income. Since I’m waiting on a couple of sponsorships to come through, I need to get a move on with booking our travel arrangements. Since I’ll be doing that on Friday after I confirm everything with the winners, I figured I’d kick off some fund raising efforts with a HUGE 30% off sale on BMEshop! Use the coupon code “worldtour” to get 30% on EVERYTHING except for needles, punches and anesthetics. Everything else is on sale though from Tshirts to Prints and Books, DVD’s to every kind of jewelry we have in stock! This is a great time to save some cash while getting something that you’ve been wanting and to help finance BME’s tour to bring us to a city near you!

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Brian caught my eye while I was browsing through the Facial Tattooing section over on BME. His work is by Eric Rignal at Inkstop tattoo in New York City.

The sale ends Friday! To recap, 30% off with “worldtour” discount code until Friday at BMEshop!

Things to come..

I mentioned last week that I was working on a video interview series. We’ve filmed 6 video interviews so far and those are sitting on the video editing box as we speak. This is a quick snapshot that I took from my camera on my laptop. Our first interview is with Trevor McStay. He flew all the way from Australia to tattoo me and get interviewed. We then followed him up to the San Jose Tattoo Convention where we were lucky enough to get to do interviews with Bugs, Henning Jørgensen, Mike Rubendall, Jeff Croci and other amazing tattooers. I look forward to posting these video interviews and if you’ve got other amazing artists you’d like to see interviewed, please post their names in the comments section.

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BME needs YOU!

In the past little while, we at BME have received e-mails from many of you complaining about the website at www.bme.com. Your concerns, namely, have centered around the site’s design, and that its links never led anywhere — and certainly not to BME content. This is the most recent version of the website.

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More versions can be viewed here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

This was not our website. We did not authorize it. We certainly did not approve of it. Worse yet, after investigating, we learned that this was a pay-per-click site. In other words, when people went to that site looking for BME, if they clicked on any of the bogus links, they put money into the owner’s pocket. This was a classic trademark infringement/cyber-squatting scam. Evidence that visitors reaching BME.com were often searching for ModBlog or BMEvideo can be seen here.

The site’s owner was a man by the name of Greg Ricks. He gets sued for this kind of thing all the time.

Despite the fact that we could have sued him in court, seeking damages, we tried to resolve this amicably.

When that failed, instead of trying to collect money in court, we filed an arbitration before the World Intellectual Property Organization (view the complaint here). They responded (their response is here), and all three judges, including a judge they hand-picked, ruled unanimously in our favor. (View their decision here.)

Immediately after losing the decision, the cybersquatter tried to shake us down for $100,000 in exchange for not filing a lawsuit against us. When we refused to be intimidated, of all things, he sued us. (View his complaint here.)

Now he claims, ridiculously enough, that he, and not BME, is the “real” BME.

Naturally, the cybersquatter has already begun to manipulate the evidence. He tried to scrub the Internet Archive of evidence and gamed the search engines so that things look much different than they have to this point.

During this fight, we’d like to call upon the BME community to help keep an eye on things.

If you see any evidence that you think might be helpful in showing that we are, have always been, and will always be BME, we’d like to know. We have set up a special email address at legal@bmezine.com. Feel free to send in anything you might find.

We are prepared to defend ourselves against this frivolous lawsuit through all appropriate means. We will keep you posted as things develop. You made BME the great community it is today and we need your help to keep it that way!

Please take the time to place links to BME on any websites that you can. It doesn’t matter if it’s your MySpace or your personal blog. Anywhere that you can put our links and banners are appreciated!

Makeup for the modified!

By Karen Ellis.

“Take advantage of the wonderful services offered by Kim and Karen, and look even more beautiful than you already do!”

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Makeup services include regular or airbrush makeup application.

Cost: $45.00 CAD.

“Like Kim, I will need advance booking. I can take six people between 2pm and 5pm at the hotel. However, if you wish to have your makeup done earlier I can make myself available for you as long as I have advance notice.

I do require a $20 CAD deposit to confirm your appointment.

I work at:

Industry Cosmetics and Beauty Supply,
490 Yonge St,
Toronto.

We’re located in the heart of Downtown Toronto, just steps away from Buddies in Bad Times theatre.

You can call the store with your credit card number at 416-925-0462, or feel free stop by if it’s convenient for you to leave your deposit. Alternatively (if you have a special look in mind) you can or book a consultation!”

Toronto – Walk-in Clinics

Should anyone fall ill, require the morning after pill or be unable to stem the bleeding during the BMEfest weekend here’s a list of walk-in clinics that can help..

Bay Wellesley Medical Services & Walk-In Clinic.

984 Bay (north of Wellesley Street, across the street from the Sutton Place Hotel).
Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Phone: 416-929-1900

The Doctor’s Office.

595 Bay (at Edward Street).
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 416 -598 -1703

Health First.

345 Bloor Street East (at Sherbourne Street, in the Greenwin Mall).
Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Phone: 416-515-0590

And of course there’s The Hassle Free Clinic for all your morning after needs.

If you do not have an Ontario Health Card or travelling medical insurance you will have to pay for your visit, usually about $50 plus whatever medication they prescribe.

Finally, we recommend you telephone a clinic in advance to ensure the clinic will be open and a doctor will be available when you plan to arrive.