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

Skin Deep: Sparrowhawk makes getting a tattoo like a day at the spa

Skin Deep: Sparrowhawk makes getting a tattoo like a day at the spa

Cori James Amy Bransford and Juliana Ramus outside Sparrowhawk Studio at Studioplex in the Old Fourth Ward. While some tattoo parlors can be grimy affairs, a trip to Sparrowhawk at Studioplex in Old Fourth Ward makes tattooing feel more like a day at the spa. The self-proclaimed intimate, feminist-inspired studio is an amalgamation of many… Read More

5,000-year-old tattoos discovered on ancient Egyptian mummies

5,000-year-old tattoos discovered on ancient Egyptian mummies

(Courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum) (CNN) — The world’s oldest figurative tattoos have been discovered on two 5,000-year-old mummies from Egypt. Tattoos depicting a wild bull and a Barbary sheep were found on the upper arm of a male mummy, while the shoulder and upper arm of a female mummy bore "S"-shaped… Read More

Toronto chefs' tattoos, captured in photos

Toronto chefs’ tattoos, captured in photos

Charlotte Langley, chef at Scout Canning: “The mackerel is her favourite fish. She’s an east coast girl, so she loves seafood, and is passionate about sustainable fishing.” Some folks see ample tattoos as a service industry cliché; instead, photographer Brilynn Ferguson spotted a world ripe for documentation. Her Industry Ink project features portraits of chefs,… Read More

Meet the Instagram Star Whose Tattoos and Neon Hair Won Her a Breakthrough Role in The Florida Project

Meet the Instagram Star Whose Tattoos and Neon Hair Won Her a Breakthrough Role in The Florida Project

According to Instagram, Bria Vinaite—with her heavily inked skin and ponytails in varying degrees of neon colors, from blue to orange to purple—was posting a lot of videos of herself smiling, smoking weed and dancing to the likes of Future, 2 Chainz and Rae Sremmurd when director Sean Baker DM’d her about auditioning for his… Read More

Tales From the Tatted: Tattoo Conventions and Why They’re Important

Tales From the Tatted: Tattoo Conventions and Why They’re Important

Tattoos have become a norm for younger generations, but older generations can’t seem to shake the negative stigma against tattoos (Image via Haaretz) Long gone are the days when tattoos were permanently inked on only the meanest, toughest dudes and the rare female. The year is 2017 and tattoos have begun to crop up just… Read More

The Fans With the Free Chargers Tattoos

The Fans With the Free Chargers Tattoos

The Chargers gave out free tattoos on Tuesday at Shamrock Social Club on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. You are forgiven if your first thought was something on the order of Oh, right, the Chargers play in L.A. now. Except they don’t. Not really. Not if we’re being honest about the geography. The Chargers play… Read More