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divorce-tattoos-2According to California divorce attorney, Myra Fleischer, nothing says, “I don’t love you anymore!” like a little post-nuptial tattoo action.  Women have been the fastest growing segment of the tattoo community for more than a decade and according to Fleischer, the latest post-celebratory cutting the knot act for many women is to get a tattoo commemorating that fact.

“Divorce coach Cindy Holbrooke of Ridgecrest, California says celebrating your divorce with a tattoo (or any other way) is a show of love and compassion for yourself.”

Read more at Communities Digital News

For the better part of the last century hand tattoos and face tattoos have been the defining demarcation line between the tattoo enthusiasts and the truly hard-core tattoo crowd. You can be covered in a traditional full-piece Japanese kimono body suit, but throw on a suit and you can pass for an ink free civilian.  Hands and feet?  Not so much.  And to be hard-core meant not giving a damn about whether or not the world knew you were tattooed and to caring even less about what said world thought about those tattoos.  Hand tattoos were usually reserved for tattoo artists, merchant seaman outside of the Navy, and men with a hard past.

In the past five or six years, there has been an explosion of tattoos on hands and necks in particular.  It’s not an action to be taken lightly, as many employers, not to mention most armed services around the world, still frown on visible tattoos.  When you think of hand tattoos, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is the “knuckle duster”, a tattoo that spells out a personal philosophy inked over the fingers of two hands and positioned on the tops of the fingers just below the knuckles. A classic of the nautical tattoo genre has sailors with “HOLD  FAST” inked across the tops of their fingers.  A reminder when working in the high rigging that letting go could well result in death.  The tattoo served as a talisman, an amulet of protection, to ward off a sailor plunging to his death to a deck far below, or worse yet, into an icy sea.

Nowadays you can find knuckle dusters on hipsters, bartenders, baristas and even the occasional model, such as Daniel Bamdad.

These are the Top Ten ways we’ve found for individuals to express themselves in eight letters, on eight fingers.

Hold Fast Knuckle Tattoo1. HOLD and FAST

First done by sailors. A reminder and a superstition, a tattoo that was inked as a talisman to keep from falling out of the rigging of a sailing ship. Such a fall might well have been crippling or meant death.

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Nigel Palmer has been identified as the unwitting inspiration behind the futuristic tattoos in the new movie ‘Divergent‘. Apparently Nigel didn’t know that his distinctive, geometric black and grey portfolio had caught the eye of Divergent production designer, Andy Nicholson until the press came calling.

With tattoos now an important part of the costume design for many TV series and films the question is – why are the true and talented artists like Nigel Palmer just “inspiring” them? Should the film studios be hiring top tattoo artists to create custom designs? And would the artists actually want to?

As Nigel himself explains on his website he “doesn’t design tattoos” but something tells us that if Summit Entertainment came calling before they start shooting ‘Divergent II, III etc that might all change.

“No. I don’t design tattoos. The details and overall look of the work is a result of the tattooing process, with much of the ‘design’ work being done as the tattooing proceeds.”

If you’ve got time on your hands, here’s a long painful scene where the stars’ tattoo gets revealed. Although in our opinion, you’d be far better off checking out more of Nigel Palmers’ much more detailed and intricate work like the head piece below, over on his site at http://nigelpalmer.com

Nigel Palmer Futuristic Tattoo

Art historian Burkhard Riemschneider and the world famous needle master, Henk Schiffmacher have created a 25th Anniversary Special Edition of their book 1000 Tattoos – An exploration of tattoos past and present.

1000 Tattoos 25th Anniversary EditionIf you are considering a tattoo or just curious about what others have done its a must see book packed full of inspiration.

For many, tattoos are a way of life. From lovers’ names to elaborate dragons, anything and everything has been inscribed on the skin in the name of passion. Whether you’re thinking of getting a tattoo or just want to see to what lengths others have gone in decorating their bodies, this is the book to check out. This special 25th anniversary edition of 1000 Tattoos explores the history of the art worldwide via designs and photos—from 19th century engravings to tribal body art, from circus ladies of the 20s to classic biker designs—giving a fascinating insight into the art form that has become a cultural institution the world over.