Cave Painting Tattoo

Given how many mummies and ice-men and “primitive” people we’ve unearthed covered head to toe with wonderful tattoos that would win awards at even today’s tattoo conventions, let alone whatever body art celebrations they had ten thousand years ago, it’s surprising to me that we don’t see more neolithic-inspired tattoos. On that note, I’m in love with this cave painting-inspired tattoo by André Cruz in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The motif works so nicely, and not just because I suspect that culturally there is a strong crossover between early cave painting and early body markings when it comes to the history of the human experience.


Leg.. wait for it.. ionary

When it comes to cover-ups, Jackie Rabbit doesn’t mess around.  Take a look at these before and after photos and you can see just how well she was able to remove any trace of the original work.  Plus she was able to take elements of the original design and expand on them greatly to create the portrait that you see in the final photo.

Oh, and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong about the type of soldier this is.  My knowledge of ancient armor is limited to a couple of history classes and Hollywood, so if this isn’t a Roman Legionary, I apologize.

Noh, this is Kabuki

If you’re not familiar with Kabuki, or may have heard the term but never understood it, today is your lucky day.  As a form of traditional Japanese theatre, Kabuki dramas are instantly recognizable by the distinct costumes and make-up the performers wear.  Originally performed by all female casts, the practice was deemed too erotic, and women were banned from performing.  Following the ban, the style continued on with all male casts, until further bans were placed on the actors as the young men playing the female parts were often used as prostitutes.  Eventually both bans were rescinded, and the tradition carried on, and is still being practiced to this day.

With Kabuki theatre, the make-up the performers wear is called Kumadori, and is extremely important as it can instantly let the audience know what character is being portrayed.  This sleeve that was sent in by IAM: MinusAll features a number of Kumadori make-up styles, including Dannosuke, Yakkodako, Modoibashi, Sukeroku, and Shoomaru.


The use of the make-up designs on what appears to be parchment, is a nice nod to the practice of having the designs posted backstage as a point of reference when actors are doing their own make-up.

You can get a better look at it in the oriental-style tattoo gallery.