Young, queer, and non-White tattoo artists are exploring how the artform can complement the body’s natural curves and colors.
The deputy mayor of New Paltz, New York, tweeted that she would get a 14-year-old’s design tattooed if it won Ulster County’s “I Voted” sticker contest. She actually did it
TATTOO: 1730s-1970s. Henk Schiffmacher’s Private Collection is strong on the presentation of images, but says very little about their meaning.
“It’s a terrific affirmation, not only for myself, but for a lot of the old bandits and pirates that helped me in the business.”
The findings lend insight into ancient Native American inking traditions.
For her tattoo designs, Doreen Garner mined the Reanimation Library, a collection of obscure books, finding hand signals and “the occasional escalator going up into a vagina.”
The 5,000-year-old mummies, which have been at the British Museum, have tattoos of a wild bull, sheep, and alphabet-like motifs.
Ukiyo-e artists produced woodblock prints incorporating depictions of tattooed bodies that told personal stories of their own.
The New-York Historical Society explores three centuries of Gotham’s relationship to the tattoo through vintage images, electric pens, and live demonstrations.
You may find stick-and-pokes an intense form of tattooing, but the use of needles, safety pins, or other common sharp objects doesn’t look quite so rough when you consider that ancient Melanesians inked themselves with volcanic glass.
When hikers in the Alps stumbled upon the mummy known as Ötzi the Iceman along the Austrian–Italian border in 1991, the body was so well preserved that they feared they’d discovered the corpse of a fellow mountaineer.
Since the beginning of the Quantified Self Movement, designers have struggled to create wearable tech that people actually want to wear, and that doesn’t make the wearer look like a raging Glasshole.