The History of Tattoos in New York, from Bowery Sensation to Banned Art

From Bowery Sensation to Banned Art – The History of Tattoos in New York,

Andreas Feininger, “Bowery Tattoo Parlor” (1940s) (courtesy New-York Historical Society) Tattooing in New York has been a sideshow attraction, a banned underground practice, and an elite society trend. Performers in the early 1900s Bowery dime museums boasted wild tales of forced tattoos at the hands of “Indians,” while in the late 19th century, they were… Read More

Japan Is Trying To Destroy Tattoos [Update]

Is Japan Trying To Destroy Tattoos?

Right now, there are some people in Japan who appear to be doing their best to kill off tattoos. This guy is one of many who wants to stop that. For the past two years plus, I’ve been working on a tattoo book called called Japanese Tattoos: History * Culture * Design . It’s about… Read More

The FBI’s Studying Prisoner Tattoos—And Pissing Off Privacy Hawks

The FBI Is Studying Prisoner Tattoos – Privacy Hawks Are Pissed

RGA/REA/Redux In 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with the FBI, started studying how effective tattoo-recognition systems are, using tattoo images collected from inmates and arrestees to create a database that acts as a standardized metric. With the research set to expand dramatically, privacy advocates have raised serious concerns over… Read More

Tattoos hit the NZ workplace mainstream

Tattoos hits NZ workplace mainstream

Former mayor of Otorohanga, Dale Williams. Photo / NZ Herald Kiwis companies seem to be liberal on the idea of employees with visible tattoos. The latest Environmental Risk Management Authority survey on tattoos found one in three New Zealanders under the age of 30 have body art. The Huffington Post reported last week, that well-known… Read More

Judge tosses lawsuit challenging CPD policy on tattoos

Judge tosses out lawsuit challenging CPD policy on tattoos

Chicago police officers salute during a 2014 graduation ceremony at Navy Pier. In a 1976 case, the Supreme Court held that law enforcement agencies could enforce a grooming standard. "Similarity in appearance of police officers is desirable," the court’s opinion said. (Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune) A federal judge this week threw out a lawsuit filed… Read More

Why the over 60s are getting tattoos

Why People over 60s are getting tattoos

Helen Mirren says her tattoo is a daily reminder of the importance of tolerance. Declaring to the world that you’re considering a tattoo is likely to come with a smugly uttered "you’ll regret it when you’re older" or "what willit look like when you’re 50?" from close friends or family. In the article Borrows lambasts… Read More

‘Beautiful’ tattoos cover breast cancer scars

Beautiful tattoos cover up breast cancer scars

(Photo: Photo by Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Staff) Cancer not only took Dana Kasse Donofree’s breasts, it marred her body with permanent reminders of pain and loss. “I didn’t want to look in the mirror every day and see the scars. I wanted to see something beautiful,” said the 33-year-old Philadephia woman, a good friend… Read More