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Tattooed hands by Mark of Swatsika Freakshop featured in my upcoming book on blackwork.
I got a mega-tattoo news review update for ya -- headlines that have a hard time beating the latest memes like the Keyboard Cat, Mother Lover and every girl's fave, the Cuchini -- but with world record battles, gang wars, and hardcore tattoo throwdowns, it's a good fight.
In a bout between magazine bloggers on tattoo topics, Missbehave slugs it out with their war on gun and brass knuckle tattoos. Blogger Baby Sinead, personally affected by violence, asks women why they would want to glorify it. I get it, girl. Granted, I have more weaponry bling than anyone I know (thanks mostly to Father Panik Industries), but I see it as a nod to my Brooklyn public high school education in the 80s, pre-metal detector days. I'm not saying I'm badass. I guess I'm saying I'm old.
What is badass is the latest issue of Swedish mag Tare Lugnt inked on skin, not paper. Tare Lugnt is the art fanzine/mag project of Marc Stromberg, a 22-year-old graphic designer in Ume, Sweden. He tells the WSJ about the idea to tattoo this third issue on his leg:
"It seemed like a really untraditional and extreme way to publish the magazine. I think that everyone should explore new mediums, all the time. We should experiment and have the guts to do something that stands out. It would have been boring to do just another magazine on paper. I originally wanted to do a pair of long underwear, with the articles printed on the material, so you could wear them, lie down on the couch and read the magazine off your own legs. It sprung from that idea, taken a little further."
What is not badass: tattooing your 7-year-old with your gang symbol. I wrote about this story a couple of weeks ago, but the cops finally caught the Fresno father, who now faces 40 years to life. The boy's mother was the one who notified the authorities. Police are helping remove the gang graffiti from the child's body.
I fear a similar fate for the child of this couple -- a family portrait more menacing than awkward. [Thanks to Jesper for photo and Sarah for the link].
In consensual tattooing that demands removing ... Mark McGrath's Rolex rib ink. Dumbass, not badass.
And while we're talking asses... Will embossed bums replace the lipstick kiss on the butt as the latest in cheeky body art? [See more photos of the jeweled panties on Trendhunter.]
In the fight over which story got the most coverage this week, it's the Christian Science Monitor's recession-proof tattoo article in one corner and the tattooed body suit museum donation in the other.
The CSM article on how tattoo shops have been thriving was syndicated nationwide, but it wasn't just another simple economy story. There are some brilliant quotes on the draw of tattoo art, in good times and in bad.
For example, Kit Yarrow, a business psychologist at Golden Gate University, said that "the allure of tattoos is more apparent in times of recession," adding "Tattoos resonate with how consumers are shopping now. They look for something that reflects their values, a sense of belonging, and permanence." There's also this great quote from Phuc Tran of Tsunami Tattoo:
"No one feels like a tattoo that they get will be foreclosed on or repossessed. I think that our clients feel like tattoos make them feel better, especially when many other things in the economy and news cycle can be bleak."
But Geoff Hostling of Australia also has been making pretty big headlines worldwide for the past couple of weeks now in donating his tattooed bodysuit to the National Gallery. I mentioned it in last week's review but more info -- like this interview with him -- and new photos of Geoff like the one right above by Getty are regularly surfacing.
MASTERWORKS OF BODY ART EXHIBITION PHOTOS
A couple of weeks ago, I listed the Masterworks of Body Art exhibit at the Oceanside Museum of Art in North San Diego in a must-see events post. James Tran, shop manager and apprentice under Bill Canales of Full Circle Tattoo, was there with Bill and clients of the studio, and sent along photos and a quick review of the show.
Check the photos, including the tattoo above by Rob Benavides of Flying Panther Tattoo, on our Flickr set.
Here's what James had to say about the exhibit:
"There was a gathering of some prominent Southern California tattoo artists at the Oceanside Museum of Art on May 15th for the 2nd Annual Masterworks of Body Art exhibition curated by tattoo artist Chris Winn and hosted by his lovely wife, Jade Winn. With artists such as living legend Fip Buchanan of Avalon Tattoo, Bill Canales of Full Circle Tattoo, Rob Benavides of Flying Panther, Opie Ortiz of World Famous Tattoo and several others, it was sure to be an interesting display of high caliber tattoo works for the mostly untattooed and older crowd--the majority being members of the Oceanside Museum of Art.
It was an intimate setting and actually sold out with standing room only; people were even turned away at the door. The exhibition itself was broken down into three parts: first, Mrs. Winn's presentation on the cultural and symbolic aspects as well as the history behind specific tattoo imagery--ranging from religious to Japanese tattoos. The second portion of the exhibition was the actual display of tattoos via a "fashion runway" catwalk. With over 30 models, each person would step out onto the stage, display their tattoo, and move on to another portion of the stage while the next person steps in to fill in their spot; at anyone one part, there would be three people on stage displaying their work. The last portion of the event was more of a mixer in the lobby of the museum where food and drinks were being served, and the models would walk among the crowd so everyone could get a closer look at the work.
There was also hand-tapping tribal tattooing from Su'a Sulu'ape Freewind of Black Wave Tattoo and live music from Evan Robinson from War Stories.
All in all I would say the event was a success; it ran rather smoothly and placed high quality tattooing in the limelight for the public to see and be educated. There were some amazing tattoos being displayed and the crowd was very receptive of the work and of Jade Winn's lectures, helping bridge the gap between the world of tattooing and the world of fine art."