kottke.org posts about tattoos
Arkady Bronnikov is an expert when it comes to translating the tattoos of criminals in Russia. To date, he's collected over 20,000 tattoos, and he's compiled a "jail slang" dictionary with over 10,000 terms.
The Siberian Times reports:
"Some general rules: crosses often depict the thief's level of authority. Thiefs are the ones ruling in jails, not murderers.
"Tattoos with knives mean those jailed for hooliganism. Tattoos with beasts - lions, wolves, tigers - mean those jailed for violent robberies. Spiders and syringes indicate drug users.
"The church is another frequent symbol, the number of domes means the number of jail terms, just like rings. Often they have to add extra domes, even though they do not look right for the design.
"There is a lot of text in tattoos. For example, 'Damn those who decided to improve a man with the help of jail' or 'Jail is not a school and prosecutor is not a teacher.'"
Marisa Kakoulas at Needles and Sins has a cool post on "Star Wars" tribute tattoos.
The one you see here is by A.D. Pancho.
Leslie Rice (whose work you see here) is a second-generation tattoo artist who's been tattooing for twenty years, and here's the number one thing he's learned: "Women are tougher than men."
"Women and men have a very different approach to traumatic things like getting tattoos. Women are far more willing to accept it and go with the flow, whereas men will try and fight it, so you end up in this horrible situation where men end up vomiting and passing out and falling on the floor, and the women don't tend to do that."
(via Needles and Sins)
People who are struck by lightning are sometimes left with tattoo-like markings called Lichtenberg figures or lightning flowers. This guy was out tending to his garden when he was struck and left tattooed, Potter-like.
Using a modified iPhone and a fluorescing nanoparticle tattoo, researchers at Northeastern University have found a way to monitor chemicals in the blood without drawing blood.
The team begins by injecting a solution containing carefully chosen nanoparticles into the skin. This leaves no visible mark, but the nanoparticles will fluoresce when exposed to a target molecule, such as sodium or glucose. A modified iPhone then tracks changes in the level of fluorescence, which indicates the amount of sodium or glucose present. Clark presented this work at the BioMethods Boston conference at Harvard Medical School last week.
The tattoos were originally designed as a way around the finger-prick bloodletting that is the standard technique for measuring glucose levels in those with diabetes. But Clark says they could be used to track many things besides glucose and sodium, offering a simpler, less painful, and more accurate way for many people to track many important biomarkers.
Tattly is selling "designy, cool, typographic" temporary tattoos from designers including Frank Chimero, Jessica Hische, and Chris Glass.
More about Tattly at Swissmiss:
After applying many bad-clip-art tattoos on my daughter Ella, I decided to stop complaining and take matters into my own hands. I was ready to put designy, cool, typographic tattoos on my daughter, or myself for that matter. The idea for Tattly was born.
Tattoos for blind people can be made by placing implants under the skin to create embossed text on the skin.
Update: Somewhat related is braille graffiti. (thx, jake)
Infrared photography of some NBA players. In the photos, the uniforms are almost completely white and tattoos "pop" quite a bit, particularly on some of the more darker skinned players. (via th)
Barcode tattoos + mobile phones with cameras = business card (or, say, a list of your sexual preferences) on your arm.
Tattoo copyrights and lawsuits. David Beckham is being threatened with a lawsuit by his tattooist should he and his wife "go ahead with a promotional campaign highlighting their body art".
I made a decision a couple days ago. I'm going to stop using all lowercase text in my writing (except for here because the style has already been established and I don't care to change it).
Why change? It's getting old, and it is harder for people to read. I'll still use it occasionally, when it is warranted, but for the most part, I'll be using capital letters again, just like most of you.
So, if you receive a piece of personal correspondence from me that's written in lowercase, feel free to kick my ass.
Things have been happening. No, let me rephrase that: Things have been happening. That's why I've been less than punctual in updating this journal, and to a lesser extent, this Web site. Here's what's been going on:
The first Thing is that I quit my job. Finally. I worked at Imation Internet Studio/Imaginet for almost two years...and it was fun...for a while. Then, I figured out that it just wasn't the place for me...in almost every way one can imagine. So I quit. I'm going to take two or three weeks off to walk the earth and then figure out what I'm going to do next: freelance Web design or sign on with another (better) Web shop here in Minneapolis. Decisions, decisions.
As for the second Thing....no comment.