Stigma and legal battles show Japan still has tattoo complex even as Olympics loom

Stigma and legal battles show Japan still has tattoo complex even as Olympics loom

Tattoo artist Noriyuki Katsuta, a member of Save Tattooing in Japan, displays his tattoos at his studio in Tokyo on Nov. 15. | AFP-JIJI When Mana Izumi got her first tattoo at 18, she wasn’t trying to rebel or shatter any taboos — just copy pop diva Namie Amuro’s beach-bronze “surfer chick” look. In Japan,… Read More

That time a sailor screwed Edison out of creating the first tattoo machine

That time a sailor screwed Edison out of creating the first tattoo machine

Though Thomas Edison is known for giving the world a number of fantastic inventions, you’ll always see an asterisk next to patents for which he’s credited. Sure, the history books give him praise for inventing the phonograph and the incandescent lightbulb, but not without mentioning that he had limited involvement with his other 1,093 patents… Read More

Texas tattoo artist gets 10 years for luring women with cheap prices, then raping them

Texas tattoo artist gets 10 years for luring women with cheap prices, then raping them

A North Texas tattoo artist who lured women with cheap prices and then raped them has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexual assault in Denton County. The same tattoo artist went to trial in 2008 on sexual assault charges in Tarrant County, but that ended in a mistrial. He eventually pleaded guilty… Read More

How Women Are Rethinking the Tattoo Parlor

How Women Are Rethinking the Tattoo Parlor

Nice Tattoo in Brooklyn bears little resemblance to an archetypal tattoo parlor. Chic décor and a comfy lounge are more suggestive of a day spa than a tattoo parlor, but a new shop in Brooklyn aims to change that perception. At Nice Tattoo Parlor in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn, the concept — a… Read More

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