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Blood-Powered Digital Tattoos Are Some Futuristic Freakiness

For anyone who has ever been freaked out by the idea of getting a tattoo, here’s a new invention that will really make you squirm: the Digital Tattoo, an implant which sits beneath a layer of your skin and shows up as a tattoo-like electronic interface. Here’s where things get really weird—this gadget can work as a phone or computer. So, yes, you could literally press a button on your skin and answer a call. Or, explains Geekologie, it can just look like a “traditional tattoo by downloading a picture of a unicorn from the internet.” Whaaaa??? What’s more is that it is powered by your very own blood. That can’t be good for you.

Is this for real? It seems like something out of a science-fiction movie, and we can’t quite wrap our heads around it. [Gizmodo via Geekologie] Keep reading »

Thoughts From Guys On Our IM: What Do You Think Of Women With Tattoos?

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I have two mildly unfortunate tattoos. Annika just got a new tat, bringing her grand total to eight pieces of ink. The reasons for our ink could not be more different — I got mine when I was young and stupid and I totally regret them. If I could, I would go back in time and scream at myself, “Amelia, you are not Chinese! What’s with the characters?!” But Annika, on the other hand, is totally passionate about her body art and is very choosy and thoughtful in deciding what she wants to get inked on her body. Still, there are assumptions made by everyone — bosses, parents, and, yes, men — about women with tattoos. To find out what those assumptions are, I went to the guys on my IM. Keep reading »

Quote Of The Day: Kat Von D Talks Clients Out Of Stupid Tattoos

“People bring in pics of Pam Anderson['s tattoo of] barbed wire, but I like to encourage individuality.”

Kat Von D of “L.A. Ink” will talk you out of making poor life choices. Too bad she wasn’t around when Megan Fox got her Marilyn Monroe tattoo! [Fox News] Keep reading »

File This Under “Stupid Things Only Men Do”

Pete Wentz got drunk last night, made a “gentleman’s bet” with his friend Gabriel Saporta (of Cobra Starship), lost, and then paid up, in the form of a TATTOO OF SAPORTA’S FACE on his arm leg. [DListed] Keep reading »

Can Tattoos Make You Ugly And Trashy?

There are few things men complain about when ogling George Clooney‘s Italian girlfriend, Elisabetta Canalis, in a photo spread on Maxim.com. But what would life be without complainers? Several people posted comments saying Elisabetta, or Eli, as she is sometimes called, ruined the beautiful landscape of her body with tattoos. One commenter put it this way: “Tattoos can turn the most beautiful woman from ‘classy’ to ‘trashy.’” So what do you think on the subject? Would Elisabetta, and women in general, be prettier without the tattoos? Let us know in the comments. Keep reading »

Subverting The Dominant Paradigm, One Bloody Word At A Time

In “Blood Script,” Washington, D.C. artist Mary Coble had 75 hateful epithets “tattooed” onto her body. No ink was involved, so the words looked as if they were written in blood. The ornate lettering Coble chose was intended to create “a dichotomy between the beautiful visual form of the words and the ugly meanings they convey semantically.” As the artist bled, pieces of paper were spread over each word, “printing” its mirror image in blood. The selected words were taken from a previous performance in which Coble invited viewers to write hateful words they had heard or used onto her body. The words include anti-female lingo: “bitch,” “slut,” and “c***.” [Mary Coble] Keep reading »

Halloween No-No: Bad Tattoo Costumes

Marisa at Needles and Sins, who we interviewed yesterday, has a terrific post on the most horrid of Halloween costumes: bad tattoos. If this Lydia the Tattooed Lady getup doesn’t disturb you, perhaps this Tattooed Dog costume will. “[W]hat’s really bugging me here [isn't] that companies are making a buck mocking our art,” says Marisa. “What it comes down to is this: the tattoos in these costumes suck.” Check out more bad tattoo costumes at NeedlesandSins.com. Keep reading »

Can Temporary Tattoos Be Elegant?

In fashion, it’s all about the details — from the choice of buttons to the hemline — and designer Karl Lagerfeld is a master of the little things. While much of the talk about the Chanel spring 2010 show has been about the barnyard setting and Lily Allen‘s live performance, we noticed an interesting-yet-subtle element: Some of the models sported Chanel bracelet and garter temporary tattoos. Layered on their wrists and upper thighs, the fake tattoos resembled chic chains, rather than tacky tribal bands. Wanna try out a similar look for a few bucks? Pick up a few temporary inks from a 25-cent vending machine at the grocery store. Keep reading for closeups and online purveyors that sell similar faux ink. Keep reading »

Ed Westwick Got Two New Fugly Tattoos!

This feather seems to be the perfect blend of Ed’s real-life rocker image and his dandy “Gossip Girl” alter ego, Chuck Bass. See the second, somewhat NSFW tat, after the jump. Hint: “She’s A Pinup!” [via Oh No They Didn't!] Keep reading »

Got Ink? No Drink! Swedish Nightclub Doesn’t Serve Tattooed Women

A Swedish nightclub refused entry to two women because they had visible tattoos. The Swing Inn, which has a policy of turning away people with tattoos, allowed the women to enter on different occasions over the past few years, one of the women said. But on this particular night, they were showing too much ink. “They told us that they don’t let in women with visible tattoos. But if we put on a sweater it would be alright,” Jessica Brotherton said. Here’s what the club manager, Gabrielle Holst, had to say: “We want to have a well-groomed clientele with neat clothing. We think that tattoos look distasteful.” Whoa! I guess the Swing Inn doesn’t cater to celebrities because most of them have at least one tattoo. Rihanna would surely have a difficult time trying to hide all her tattoos. This story brings to mind the debate we had a couple of weeks ago: Are Tattoos On Women (Gasp!) Trashy? Some tattoos are and some aren’t, but that doesn’t give anyone the right to shame anyone for their tattoo. [UPI.com via Fashion Indie] Keep reading »

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