Rick Walters, grizzled sage of Southern California tattoo culture, dies at 73

Rick Walters, grizzled sage of Southern California tattoo culture, dies at 73

Rick Walters, manager at Bert Grimm’s World Famous Tattoo in Long Beach for 25 years, later had his own shop in Sunset Beach. (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles) It wasn’t his first. At 10, he poked out “Born to Raise Hell” on his leg. He had already scrawled out so many hearts and crosses… Read More

'World's oldest' complete tattooing kit dating back 2,700 years found in Tonga contains tools made from HUMAN bones

‘World’s oldest’ complete tattooing kit dating back 2,700 years found in Tonga contains tools made from HUMAN bones

The world’s oldest-known tattoo kit has been discovered and it includes tools made from human bones, scientists have confirmed. Multi-pronged tattoo combs that look similar to some modern tattoo artists’ tools were found in Tonga, in the Southern Pacific Ocean. The kit dates back 2,700 years and pushes the dawn of human tattooing to the… Read More

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From Bears Ears in Utah, a 2,000-year-old tattooing tool is rediscovered

From Bears Ears in Utah, a 2,000-year-old tattooing tool is rediscovered

In the same week that Democrats announce they’ll hold hearings to probe why Trump’s Interior Department shrank Bears Ears National Monument by 85%, the internet is abuzz with this image. Archaeologists have identified this artifact as a 2000-year-old tattooing instrument, unearthed from Bears Ears in Utah. New findings published in the Journal of Archaeological Science:… Read More

Here are 5 of Thailand’s most sacred tattoos and the ancient meaning behind them

Here are 5 of Thailand’s most sacred tattoos and the ancient meaning behind them

Tattoos are considered spiritual in Thailand. Unlike other places where tattoos are obtained based on the hype or trend, tattoos in Thailand are a form of protection to ward off evil spirit. They’re also believed to boost a person’s luck, a certain trait or personality along with health and wealth. These tattoos – believed to… Read More

Most Apollo Astronauts Had Tattoos

Most Apollo Astronauts Had Tattoos

My Gemini-Rogallo wing tattoo. Pretty sure none of the Apollo astronauts took this one to the Moon! When we think of Apollo astronauts, we think of hot-shot pilots who dared to ride rockets to the Moon! But who, at their core, were straight-laced military men who followed the rules. So it might come as a… Read More

Athens tattoo parlor provides free cover-ups to survivors of sex trafficking

Athens tattoo parlor provides free cover-ups to survivors of sex trafficking

Jim Mellor and his wife Devon Mellor opened 3 Ravens Tattoo & Piercing one year ago in Athens, Georgia. The couple will cover up sex trafficking victims’ tattoos free of charge. (Photo/Ashley Soriano) When walking into 3 Ravens Tattoo and Piercing, the first thing that strikes you is how bright everything is. Light beams filter… Read More

Milwaukee zookeepers show passion for animals by getting tattoos of them

Milwaukee zookeepers show passion for animals by getting tattoos of them

Several Milwaukee County zookeepers have tattoos. Check them out! Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Buy Photo Two poison dart frogs crawl up Shawn Miller’s left forearm, but he doesn’t seem to mind. He put them there. One is a colorful Ranitomeya imitator; the other an equally stunning Oophaga histrionica. They’re better known as a… Read More

9 Ways Tattoos Can Cause Complications Later In Life

9 Ways Tattoos Can Cause Complications Later In Life

Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock For the most part, having a tattoo is an enjoyable experience. It’s art you get to wear every single day — something that holds meaning, expresses your style, and becomes a permanent part of your body. But in some cases, tattoos can cause complications later in life. And knowing what to look for is… Read More