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The Vanishing Tattoo is the largest and most critically acclaimed tattoo resource online. Covering the A-Z of the most popular tattoo designs & symbols, and all the tattoo history and tattoo culture that you love, the Vanishing Tattoo will amuse, inspire and astound you.

At-home DIY tattoo kits, otherwise known as ‘stick and poke’ tattoos, are predicted to be one of 2015’s most popular cosmetic trends, despite official warnings from the FDA about the risks involved in at-home inking.

According to fashion website Style.com, stick and poke body art, which is created by repeatedly puncturing the skin with a needle that has been soaked in tattoo ink, is set to be one of the New Year’s biggest crazes, thanks in large part to a range of budget-friendly kits currently being sold through a variety of retailers for just $40.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2890377/DIY-tattoo-kits-predicted-big-thing-2015-experts-slamming-dangerous-inking-trend.html#ixzz3NPPFSTEO

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Once, tattoos were the exclusive territory of “loose women, sailors and prisoners,” Harriett Cohen said.

But that started to change in the 1980s when rock stars and rock-star athletes started sporting skin art. Now, soccer moms and rock fans are equally likely to display skin that is adorned with permanent images – from mothers to monsters, from deities to demons.

Cohen and her partner in life and love of ink, C.W. “Chuck” Eldridge, own and operate The Tattoo Archive and The Book Mistress on Fourth Street. The storefront houses two businesses and a nonprofit organization.

The Book Mistress portion is a book store where you can browse through big, gorgeous, coffee-table books full of tattoo designs and smaller, soft-cover books that show specific tattoo and artifact collections. Many are out of print or hard to find. Cohen sells them in the store and online at www.bookmistress.net.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/23/winston-salem-museum-chronicles-history-of-tattoos/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS#ixzz3BRygBgQT

miley-cyrus-animal-tooth-tattooMiley Cyrus got bit by the tattoo bug — bad.

Ever since she got her first tattoo when she was 17, the popstar has been adding more and more ink to her body every day!

More recently, the 21-year-old added two more permanent pieces of art to her tat collection!

Miles has said before in an interview that all of the tattoos she’s gotten have a meaning behind them!

So, let’s try and decode all of them, shall we??

Maryland officials say two men who tried to forcibly remove a tattoo from a housemate’s arm have been charged with attempted murder and assault.

Wicomico County authorities say the 31-year-old victim was savagely beaten after an argument at a Hebron residence early Monday.

Investigators say 33-year-old Paul Martin Hurst of Hebron and 35-year-old Cary Lee Edwards of Williamsburg, Virginia, then tried to unsuccessfully carve a tattoo from the victim’s arm before dousing his arm with a flammable liquid and setting fire to it.

Authorities say the victim was in critical condition at a Baltimore burn center.

Investigators believe those involved in the incident may be affiliated with Juggalos, a cult fan base of the rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse. The FBI has labeled the Juggalos as a loosely organized gang.

As a Chilean striker inks a tattoo to commemorate his World Cup failure, be careful about mimicking popular tattoos.
We notice body art among sports stars, who are more likely to strip off and reveal their tattoos than the rest of us, but tattoos are not only fashionable among footballers. An estimated 20m people in Britain boast a tattoo and there’s been an explosion in the number of tattoo parlours in the UK over the past decade. read more …

Ink is a thing of beauty in these places, from Angelina Jolie’s birthplace to Kat Von D’s old hangout…
Angelina JolieWell, it’s official. Whether or not you think tattoos are sexy forms of self-expression, Maxim, Playboy, AskMen.com and FOX have all pegged tattooed beauties as some of the hottest in the world. The most recent picks? Britney (yes, she still makes many of the lists!), Angelina, Katy Perry, Zoe Saldana, Megan Fox and Jessica Alba. And, lest we forget the opposite sex: Johnny Depp (People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” two years in a row), Brad Pitt, David Beckham and Hugh Jackman, to name a few, all have several tats. They are but shining examples of the reason tattoos are today’s favorite “beauty marks.”
To find out which towns in America were most tattoo-friendly, we perused chat forums and looked up every state in several public directories, including Yellow Pages, Google listings, Tattoo Yellow Pages and AAA Tattoo Directory, to find those with the most listed tattoo and permanent makeup shops. Then we looked up which cities in those states had the most shops listed per capita with populations based on latest U.S. Census numbers. We also took into consideration the city’s demographics and whether or not it hosted tattoo conventions, remembering that not all tattoo parlors were listed in the directories. See which cities love ink the most!

Who’s got Ovid tattooed on their tummy? Who has the Song of Songs down their spine? And whose tribute to her mother is in bad French? 

Ross BarkleyNo doubt his mind is firmly on the rigours of the World Cup challenge ahead.

So perhaps that’s why England footballer Ross Barkley has got himself a rather inspiring tattoo.

Quoting Aristotle, it reads: ‘No notice is taken of little evil, when it increases it strikes the eye.’

And he’s not alone.

Other celebrities have similarly profound quotation tattoos — be they sayings from Confucius, lines of poetry, great chunks of the Bible and even an excerpt from a speech by Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. president.

So — with the help of some background information from Alison Boshoff — can you match the rather unlikely celebrity to the tattoo?
See the rest of the article and see how many you can guess.

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Who was C.H. Fellowes? An amateur sleuth finds the man behind the designs.

Fellowes tattoo sketchbookWITH A QUARTER of Americans sporting at least one tattoo, it’s become impossible to walk down the street in summertime without navigating a virtual museum of color on skin. But who are the artists? Unlike a painting or a piece of music, which are closely identified with their creators, tattoos are less likely to come with an authorial pedigree. Never mind being able to identify someone else’s piece—many people (including me) don’t know the names of all the artists who produced their own.

The obscurity of tattoo artists has been a theme for as long as tattoos have existed. For every well-known tattoo artist, such as the recently fashionable Ed Hardy, the 20th-century icon Sailor Jerry, or Samuel O’Reilly, the 19th-century inventor of the rotary tattoo machine, there are thousands of others whose stories have been lost to time.

For decades, one of the most intriguing of these unknowns has been a mysterious 19th-century tattoo artist by the name of C.H. Fellowes. This March, some dogged sleuthing by an amateur genealogist helped bring Fellowes’s full identity to light, opening a window into a rarely seen part of the culture, and giving Boston a new claim on American tattoo history.

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