Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Niki Returns with a New Tattoo by Dr. Lakra

I think I'm within the statute of limitations for Thanksgiving, so let me say I am also thankful for past contributors sending me photos of new work that they want to share with the Tattoosday community.

Take Niki, for example, who I met in the summer of 2010, and whose tattoo appeared here. Out of the blue she recently sent me this e-mail:

"about a year ago, you featured my beautiful cat memorial tattoo (by John Reardon, who was at Saved Tattoo at the time). i follow your blog regularly.  you always feature beautiful work with interesting stories attached. i just got a crazy new tattoo that i thought i'd send along, in case you think it's worthy of sharing.  it was done by the incredible dr. lakra in oaxaca, mexico."

That's pretty darn cool, if I do say so myself. Skulls are common tattoo themes, so it is exciting to see a spin on that idea, and what better way to honor getting inked by a famous Mexican artist than by getting a skull with a tattered lucha libre mask?
Thanks to Niki for staying in touch and sharing her new tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

You can see more art by Dr. Lakra here in his Google photostream.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

In recent issue of GQ magazine (US edition), I came across this ad for The Art of Shaving:



The Chinese translation of "The Ambassador of Smooth" as 平稳大使 is contextually incorrect.

平稳
refers to stability, not related to physical surface condition, which shaving is about. Nor the American English slang usage of "smooth" in terms of finesse.

平稳大使 would be better suited as ad slogan for a physical therapy clinic, than hawking male grooming products.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Tattoosday Book Review - Science Ink

If you’re still recovering from a day of camping out and fighting the crowds for Black Friday holiday gifts, might I suggest one more item for your list?



Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed was recently published by Sterling Press and it rates as one of the finer titles on tattoos that I have seen in while. Science Ink is written by Carl Zimmer, a science writer with great credentials and whose blog rates a spot on my blogroll shortlist.

I have been a fan of Carl Zimmer’s Science Tattoo Emporium since 2008, even warranting a mention in a stand-alone post here.

I was excited to hear last year that he was compiling a book on the subject of scientific tattoos, as, unlike a lot of the work in London Tattoos (my last review, which appeared here), the ink is drenched in meaning.



As a storyteller and a writer, I’ll admit to favoring tattoos that have stories and/or specific meaning behind them. Not that I don’t appreciate a fine work of  body art that is beautiful for beauty’s sake. I just find myself more intellectually stimulated by tattoos that pack a narrative punch. This is also why I dig literary tattoos.



All that being said, Zimmer should be commended for compiling a whole slew of scientific ink, and organizing it in such a thoughtful and pleasing way. Chapters are divided up by category (Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Earth Sciences, etc.) with photos of the contributors work, along with a paragraph or two devoted to explaining the accompanying pieces. These are not tattoos that resulted from walking in to a shop and picking flash off the wall. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Rather, we’re treated to tattoos that were clearly thought out and executed with the purpose of connecting to the individuals passion for their intellectual stimuli.


Tattoo purists may look at this book and cringe at the quality of some of the tattoos depicted. But the quality is not the point, and there is a lot of fine work, nonetheless. With a few exceptions, we are not seeing work contributed by tattoo aficionados. Instead, we get a glimpse of tattoos from people that you don’t normally associate with ink: scientists, doctors, university professors, and anthropologists. For that reason, Science Ink succeeds in drawing in the reader to the individual narrative behind the tattoo. What makes someone who is uninked take the leap and go under the needle?

Ultimately, it is the answer to that question that propels the mini-narratives forward and make Science Ink such a compelling read. Above and beyond the appreciation of tattoos, the book speaks to a larger audience, those who are steeped in the sciences and those who don’t consider themselves part of a “tattoo culture”. Ultimately, not everyone who is science-minded gets a tattoo related to their field, but a mathematician may understand someone’s desire to get an interesting equation inked on their forearm more than they would, say, getting a flaming skull or a scattering of cherry blossoms.

The biggest fault I find with Science Ink is not an original one. Marisa over at Needles and Sins voiced the disappointment in her review, as well, that the artists who created the body art are rarely named by the contributors. I always ask Tattoosday contributors to disclose their artists’ names to give credit where credit is due. Occasionally I  meet people who do not recall the names of their artists, but that tends to be a smaller percentage. Zimmer includes a thumbnail “visual index” of contributors. It would be nice, if there is ever a Science Ink II, to include an index of artists, as well. As a saving grace, Zimmer does credit the artists on his website here, but I only discovered that by accident.** I’d imagine, however, that to the bulk of the reading audience, the tattooist’s identity  is not as important and may seem extraneous, but for many it is nice to see credit where credit is due.

All in all, however, Zimmer hits the ball out of the park with a wonderful tattoo-themed product that I fully endorse and recommend.

With the holidays just around the corner, this would make a great gift for the science obsessed person in your life!

**After this posted, Carl Zimmer e-mailed me:
"Thanks! I agree that the artists should get credit. My designer and I put together a list, but a change in schedule prevented the publisher from putting it into the book. We'll be sure to get it into the next printing".
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Re-Post: Have a Happy and Safe Holiday!

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for many things, especially my lovely wife and two amazing daughters. You, the readers out there in the world, are also people for whom I am thankful. Mahalo, as they say in my childhood home, for visiting often.

I am also thankful for the month of November, which always seems to be a slowdown month for me and Tattoosday. My posting pace slows significantly, despite still carrying a backlog of posts from the summer. Consider them my tattoo acorns that I'm saving for those cold days ahead when a tattoo sighting in New York generally means someone has removed their gloves or scarf!

Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for a flurry of book reviews, just in time for the holiday shopping season and, in the mean time, enjoy this post from last Thanksgiving, slightly edited, which appeared here.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

In honor of the holiday, I am sharing this, my newest tattoo, located above my knee on my right thigh:




This was done at Hand of Glory in Brooklyn yesterday as part of the shop's $75 Thanksgiving Tattoo Special ...


For those of you just tuning in, check the pre-post here, which includes all the Thanksgiving flash designed for the occasion. I asked readers to vote on which tattoo to get, and this one sneaked out a narrow victory over the traditional Native American profile.


I like this design because it combines a lot of traditional tattoo elements and delivers an image with a sociopolitical subtext. We have the traditional American flag and handshake designs, but the added element of crossed fingers serves as a reminder that, despite apparent good intentions, there was subsequently a historical betrayal of that initial good will.


But that's just one perspective, of course, and the Thanksgiving holiday focuses on the positive in our society. The mere existence of the tattoo reminds me to be thankful, which I alluded to in my original post.


I was fortunate enough to have BJ as my artist again. He had inked my Friday the 13th tattoo last August, and I appreciate that he works quickly and concisely.


BJ at Work
It was nice, also, that this design was one of his contributions to the flash sheet, as he was kind enough to embellish slightly on the original design, and it always seems better when an artist is tattooing his or her own design. As for the idea behind it, he was trying to represent graphically a broken treaty. I'm extremely pleased with the end result.
...

I want to thank all of the readers who voted for designs, and for everyone who reads and supports the site.


And thanks again to ... BJ at Hand of Glory, and to my family, at home in Brooklyn and across the U.S., for their support


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Foto Top Model Korea Hwang Mi Hee








Mark's Dueling Sugar Skulls

On a Sunday back in July, I met Mark on the subway. He chose to share these tattoos among the many he has:



Full disclosure: it was this encounter that taught me an important lesson - my voice recorder doesn't do well on the subway.

I was able to ascertain that these companion pieces were inked with specific meanings. The blue tattoo on the right arm has the subtext of a break-up. Juxtaposed with that is the red piece which represents the rise of artistic expression.

These nearly-mirror image tattoos were credited to Shaun Carroll at Hod Rod Tattoo in Blackburg, Virginia.


Thanks to Mark for sharing these tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!


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Barang - barang Aneh Yang Pernah Di Jadikan Untuk Bisnis Online

Bisnis online adalah cara baru perdagangan yang mulai marak, termasuk di Indonesia. Namun ada saja tingkah orang-orang yang berjualan barang dagangan berikut ini :

1.Tombol bertuliskan bullshit


2. Pembentuk telur rebus bentuk kotak


3. Tirai kamar mandi gambar pembunuh


4. Dompet dari daging babi


5. Air seni serigala

Ngakak : Politisi - politisi Dunia Yang Menor ( Aje Gile!!! )

Iseng sekali kreator foto rekayasa berikut ini. Sejumlah politisi kelas dunia, yang biasa tampil serius dan menghentak audiens, dirubah sedemikian rupa sehingga tampil menor dan centil. Anda pasti pangling dan tentunya kaget dengan perubahan tampilan mereka, seperti terlihat di bawah ini:

1. Silvio Berlusconi (Italia)


2. Fredrik Reinfeldt (Swedia) 


3. Hugo Chavez (Venezuela)


4. Fidel Castro (Kuba) 


5. Kim Jong Il (Korea Utara)


6. Dmitri Medvedev (Rusia)


7. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (Spanyol)


8. Nicolas Sarközy (Prancis)

Unik : Inilah Struktur Bangunan Ramping Yang Ada Di Jepang

Negeri Sakura, Jepang, seakan tidak pernah berhenti berinovasi, bakat seni, ilmu serta pengetahuan yang dimiliki oleh para imuwan, insinyur dan arsiteknya, tak pernah berhenti untuk mengakali segala kendala yang mereka hadapi. Seperti halnya membangung sebuah gedung, rumah, ataupun apartemen, karena biaya yang mahal serta lahan sempit, mereka mencoba membangun sebuah tempat tinggal ataupun tempat usaha dan kantor dengan arsitektur yang ramping dan minimalis. Seperti yang terlihat dalam foto berikut ini :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keren : Instalasi Patung Yang Terbuat Dari Suku Cadang Mobil Tua

Artis asal Australia, James Corbett telah mencitpakan sebuah patung instalasi yang terbuat dari suku cadang mobil tua yang sudah usang dan tergeletak begitu saja di pelataran tempat sampah. Instalasinya tersusun dari gerigi, radiators, busi dan knalpot.

instalasi berbentuk gorilla

instalasi berbentuk mobil balap

instalasi berbentuk mobil balap zaman dulu

instalasi berbentuk kambing

instalasi berbentuk anjing

instalasi berbentuk tupai

 
intalasi berbentuk babi hutan

Inilah Desain Mobil Rumah Yang Paling Mewah Di Dunia

Perkembangan teknologi saat ini berjalan dengan sangat cepat. Banyak para ilmuwan, insinyur, telah mengembangkan sebuah temuan yang nyaman dengan desain produk nan indah menyerupai apa yang selama ini dimimpikan. Teknologi mutakhir membuat kehidupan menjadi lebih teknis dan setiap orang ingin melakukan semua keinginannya secara bersamaan.
 
Sebuah perusahaan terkenal dari Austria, Marchi Mobile, telah menemukan sebuah mobil mewah dengan harga termahal,  memiliki panjang 40 kaki. Mobil tersebut diberi nama eleMMent Palazzo. Mobil mewah tersebut memiliki fasilitas yang menyerupai sebuah rumah dan mobil sekaligus. Palazzo dibandrol seharga 2,9 juta dollar Amerika Serikat. Berikut adalah beberapa foto mobil rumah yang mewah tersebut:


Mobil ini memiliki ruangan istirahat yang besar, dilengkapi dengan televisi sebesar 40 inchi. Anda pun dapat menikmati sejuknya mandi di bawah kucuran shower, bersantai di lounge,  sebuah fasilitas yang terdapat di rumah mewah.


Mobil rumah ini dilengkapi dengan furniture yang mewah dan elegan, dan tata letak sedemikian rupa sehingga terlihat luas.


Anda dapat bersantai setelah lelah melakukan perjalanan panjang di sebuah lounge, di ruangan ini Anda dapat menikmati secangkir kopi bersama rekan dan keluarga anda.


Fasilitas yang dimiliki mobil ini memang sangat memanjakan para penghuninya, hidup seperti seorang rock star dan berkendara bagai pembalap pro’.


Anda dengan mudah dapat mengendarainya di malam hari, karena mobil ini dilengkapi dengan lampu besar, sehingga nyaman dalam berkendara. Bahkan mobil ini mampu beradaptasi dengan segala medan jalan yang dilaluinya.