Unlock your phone with your tattoo

Watch this short video to see new technology that allows you to unlock your smart phone with a digital temporary tattoo.

The ‘tattoo’ stays on the wearer’s skin for five days once it has been stuck on. It has been created to work exclusively with Motorola’s Moto X Smartphone and is on sale in America for $10.

The What’s Underneath Project: Meredith Graves

This video of  Perfect Pussy‘s Meredith Graves forms part of StyleLikeU‘s ”What’s Underneath” project.

The project features a select group of individuals who remove their clothes to show that style is not the clothes you wear…


Meredith Graves

Quote after quote, we love this woman. How do you feel about your own tattooed body?

I have no idea where this guy got off thinking it was acceptable devoting one paragraph to my politics and three to my appearance.”

“My body is the only home I will ever have… Home is where love happens… Home is where you’re supposed to be comfortable.

Meredith Graves

Meredith Graves

 

Meredith Graves

Read more about the project at stylelikeu.com

Welcome to The Wildness – Incandescent Artistry

Interview with Stefania Crasta, owner of The Wildness Jewellery.

StefaniaHow did you get into jewellery making?
I have been into jewellery all my life, when I was a child I loved to adorn myself and make jewellery out of leaves and flowers. From childhood to teen and adult age, I believe that jewellery has always been present in different forms and shapes – decorating myself and my feelings. Like all the early passions in life, it developed into a way of being, into a research of the different techniques in the making and design process.

What inspires you?
The main inspiration for my designs is nature in its wildest principle.
Only nature contains perfect shapes, shades, scents and colours, emotions and sensations. It’s life and death, it’s unchangeable, but in some ways changing, it’s stable but alterable – an eternal contradiction. My love for poetry, philosophy and art transcends into each pattern of design and it reflects the sinister rebelliousness of my emotions.

Part of The Wildness Collection Part of The Wildness Collection

 

What draws you to jewellery?
Jewellery has marked a fundamental part in the history of designing in different eras and cultures. I believe that jewellery is an extension of beauty and the expression of its power.

Part of The Wildness Collection Part of The Wildness Collection

 

What is your favourite piece that you have created?
My favourite piece that I have created is the skull and butterfly ring part of ‘Les Fleurs du Mal’ jewellery collection inspired by Baudelaire’s poetry. It’s a skull ring blinded by a butterfly, it’s love and death… Another of my favourite pieces is also the Dante Alighieri ring – the author/genius behind the journey to hell (Divine Comedy).

Skull and butterfly ring Skull and butterfly ring

 

Dante Alighieri ring Dante Alighieri ring

 

Is your work inspired by tattoos?
My work is definitely inspired by art, and different combinations of art such as tattoos. I think that jewellery and tattoos follow a parallel meaning of expression in body adornment. It’s a very similar statement in my opinion. I love ornamental patterns, that are also used on tattoos and sometimes I incorporate them into my designs.

Stefania’s tattoos

 

Can you tell me about the tattoos on your body?
My back is fully tattooed with paisley, flowers and geometric ornaments. This back piece was done by Matt Black at Divine Canvas. My sides are a work in progress by Silvia Zed from Shall Adore, it’s a beautiful Victorian filigree pattern. I also have two symmetric tribal tattoos done a long time ago by Silvia Zed on my upper arm, old Love and Freedom scripts on my wrists and lines/rings around my ring fingers. My aim is to have most of the back of my body tattooed…

Stefania's back by Matt Black Stefania’s back by Matt Black

 

Who are your favourite tattoo artists?
I’m totally in love with Victorian filigree, (designs and shades) of ornaments done by Silvia Zed and also her black and grey roses designs, she is definitely one of my favourite tattooists and also a dear friend of mine. I also love the geometric work of Xed LeHead and the amazing fine work of Philip Milic.

By Silvia Zed By Silvia Zed

 

Part of Stefania's collection Part of Stefania’s collection

 

Do you think there is a relationship between tattoos and fashion?
Tattoos have became more and more common. I believe that, in our days, tattoos are one of the most popular forms of self expression and definitely related to the fashion world. The aim of fashion, in my opinion, has always been to create a form of statement and that’s exactly what tattoos are about. I think there has always been a strong link between art and fashion that in the modern society has finally extended into the world of tattoos and body modification.

What’s next for The Wildness?
I believe that the steady path between imagination and creation of The Wildness will evolve into many more creations. I’m also working on different collaborations with fashion designers. The ‘Next’ for the Wildness is to keep and progress with the wild pattern of designing and to adorn the best corners of the world with handmade creations…

Check Stefania’s full collection on The Wildness website, www.thewildnessjewellery.com

 

Guinness World Record Tattoo

Lee Weir has forty-one tattoos of Homer Simpson in different positions, ages and expressions. His sleeve has set a new Guinness World Record and the twenty-seven year old from New Zealand has been awarded the record for the most tattoos of the same cartoon character tattooed on a single body.

Which cartoon character would you choose?

Image from Guinness World Records’ Twitter 

PETA’s ‘Ink, Not Mink’ campaign

PETA’s “Ink, Not Mink” campaign has recruited fur-free male celebrities whose sleeves will always made of ink — and never covered in mink.

What do you think of the ‘Ink, Not Mink’ campaign and their use of men’s inked bodies? PETA has been previously known for their sexist advertising campaigns, and often only using the bodies of young, thin white women in their campaigns, notable in their ‘I’d Rather Go Naked’ campaign.

After many reports of misogyny from PETA, is it possible to see positives in their campaigns?

Read more at peta.org

Jona Weinhofen

 

Dave Navarro

 

Antoine Bethea

 

Tim Howard

 

Ami James

 

Dennis Rodman

Read more: www.peta.org

Artistic Disney Princesses

Artist jirka väätäinen has created images of how Disney Princesses would look in real life. Of course they are a beautiful reflection of patriarchal ideals.

Innocent and curious Alice

Whimsical and delicate Snow White

Jasmine has a Kim Kardashian look about her

Youthful and alluring siren of the sea Ariel

Fiercely sexual Pochantantis

And then there’s Ursula in all her villainous glory

 

phantasy homes

Hey, my name is Keely and when I’m not the make-up artist for Things&Ink, I am creating kitsch phone covers for Phantasy Phones.

This is my Mexican inspired back piece by Paula Converse:

I also have a fondness for homewares and interiors, and in this blog post I have collated a selection of some of my favourite finds. Tattoos seem to translate well when used in ceramics, fabrics and arty objects for the home, and, it seems, any avid tattoo collector also likes to have their home looking as beautiful as their body art.

Homewares

Katie Spragg creates beautifully illustrated ceramics that would stand proud in any crockery cabinet. My stand-out pieces are the wonderful collection of mugs she creates featuring animal illustrations. £15

I also love the large ‘African Queen’ plate featuring parakeets and some illustrations of Battersea Park. £25 www.katiespragg.com

 

Rockett St George is an online interiors shop offering a selection of homewares, art and gifts. Launched in 2006, they now have three warehouses full of wonderful, unique and curious products, which can be explored on their website.

My favourite item is the kitsch Bear Side Table at £125 its a real conversation starter. www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk

 

Who knew the grandfather clock could look as modern and cheerful as it does with Studio Cloggy? This Dutch-based company offers a contemporary twist on a traditional design, and they do it very well.

With prices starting from £1,377 for a single-colour design, they’re not the cheapest on the market, but they’re worth every penny. www.cloggyclocks.com

 

Find my full article and more hand-picked homewares in Issue 4 The Art Issue