Pin-up Friday

Here’s Kristie California for your Friday BMEGirl ogling.

Tattoos are credited to Anthony Stith, Rick Anders & Kevin Kowalski, from both DV8 Tattoo & Leviathan in Roseville & Rocklin Ca.  Photo by Savir Photography, Hair by Laura Milo, and Makeup by Jen Siqueiros.

And just because I can, here she is in a vinyl pencil skirt.  (Photo by Rodney San Photography)

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Strange Birds

From the talented hands of Jackie Rabbit comes this piece called “Strange Birds”.  It’s got a fallen angel vibe to it, especially with the mask looking so much like a plague doctor’s mask.  And you can never go wrong with a plague doctor.

Update:  This piece by Jackie is based off a piece of work by Samantha Mash entitled “Fix Me or Conflict Me”.  You can check out the original here.

Jackie works at Star City Tattoo in Roanoke, VA

Bound by ink

Part of creating a portrait tattoo is capturing the physical details of the subject, the other part is breathing life into them through the poses and expressions.  Pawel Stroinski from Self Sacrifice in London knocks this portrait out of the park with just how unbelievably intense this portrait is.  You can almost hear the woman’s cries from below the surface of the skin.  As to whether those cries are of agony or ecstasy, that’s up to you to decide for yourself.

What’s better than a pin-up girl?

The answer is simple, a zombie pin-up girl!!

zombie pin up

Alright, so I realize the whole “zombies are cool” thing is getting a little overplayed in the media lately.  It seems every week there are at least 3 zombie walks across North America, a new zombie movie is released every other week, and everywhere you go someone is talking about the walking dead.

I honestly think a bit of overexposure may be good for the genre.  And I’m not saying that because I think everyone should be prepared for the upcoming zombie apocalypse, but more that when something hits the point of over-saturation in the public eye, it has no choice but to fade away into obscurity for a time.  It is during this time that those who are really devoted to the idea get a chance to re-evaluate the subject matter, and work on it without scrutiny.  Think about the whole zombie phenomenon.  While the zombie movie has been around for decades, it really didn’t hit it’s first major peak until the late 70s and early 80s.  By the mid-80s zombie movies were everywhere and people were just sick of them, which led to the not being popular in the mainstream media.  Between the mid-80s and the early 00s, the zombie devotees were basically on the back-burner, never going away, but also never becoming popular.  During this time a new wave of creative minds got behind the zombie genre, which lead to it’s recent resurgence.  So yes, there may be a lot of crappy zombie movies/books out there, that lapse has also given us books like World War Z, and The Walking Dead, as well as films such as Zombieland.  I’m sure in the next few years interest will wane again, and it will fade into obscurity, and be replaced by some other popular fad, but until then we’re riding the wave of the undead which it hitting it’s crescendo this fall with AMC and Frank Darabont adapting The Walking Dead into a television series, which looks like it will probably out-do every zombie film/show that came before it.

The same of course can apply to all popular trends. They will reach a point where the public tolerance will hit it’s limit, and then be replaced with something new.  While in obscurity, the artists, writers, whatever, have an opportunity to take what they love and refine it without restriction until it eventually becomes popular again.

So, all that said, let’s take a look at this tattoo by Gonzofreelancer from the Pinup Tattoo gallery.  This tattoo is actually a perfect example of how something old has become fresh and new, while still holding true to its roots.  The pinup girl is a classic tattoo image, that for a time was exceedingly popular.  It never went away of course, but other trends emerged and pinups weren’t the first choice for people for a time.  So while the pinup girls themselves also faded away from the public eye, so did the tattoos of them.  During the time that they weren’t on the forefront of popular culture, those dedicated to them kept their images alive and worked to keep them modern, while maintaining their classical beauty.  Sure enough, as things changed, eventually what was now old, became new again, and the pinup girl (and the subsequent tattoos) became popular again.  Only this time it wasn’t just a simple picture of a girl in a swimsuit painted on a plane, now we have strong beautiful tattooed and pierced women, posing in all sorts of outfits, making the idea of a pinup girl fresh again.  The tattoos followed suit, with modern interpretations of old-school tattoos.

So when looking at this great tattoo of the zombie pinup girl, you’re not only looking at a tattoo, but also the long legacies of tattoos, pinup girls, and zombies, merged together into a single image.

Damnit Lliezel!

LlIezel Ellick, you make my life difficult. I don’t want to feature any one person too often on modblog, and picking through all of your amazing submissions to BME is proving quite difficult!

In all seriousness though, Lliezel from Wildfire Tattoos in Cape Town Africa, has submitted so many beautifully photographed pictures recently, she deserves some sort of award. Since I pissed off the trophy shop guys next to my shop, I probably can’t get a good deal on a trophy, so this post will have to suffice.


In case you were wondering, yes, those buttons are sutured on!

I Hope I Didn’t Brain My Damage

Well, folks, let’s wrap things up with some good old fashioned nightmare fuel. The piece you see above is worn by Dee, and it looks like someone took an old-school wall of flash, threw it in a blender with a few ounces of peyote and let nature take its course. In an excellent way, of course. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take a cold shower. The coldest.

Until tomorrow, ModBloggers.

(Tattoo by Ian Oliver at Velvet Grip in West Hollywood, California.)

Aye, the Hot Pants

I’ve never served in the Navy but I like to think I know a thing or two about seamen, and I just don’t think this pinup by Sean Polland (at Creative Visions in Monterey, California) is wearing her uniform correctly. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of a single ship on which this would be acceptable attire. I’m just saying…maybe a little more attention to detail would benefit everyone in the future?

(I’m kidding! I’m kidding. Make with the sexy dames, now and forever, kthx.)

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