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My Removal Diary. Part two.

Things and Ink music writer, Jen Adamson (@knifeintheheart), shares her tattoo removal experience. Part two, read part one here.

Jen feeling the nerves

Wayne started on the bottom half of my forearm this time. The colours we tackled were mainly black, reds and blues. This time round was much easier than the first. I was amazed that it wasn’t making me jump and I could take the laser for longer. Also the after effects did not hit my body hard at all. The healing process is turning out to be the most important. I kept my arm covered up with gauze and bandage for a week and kept it dry, with nothing but Vaseline to keep it moisturised. The colour has already faded remarkably.  Keep an eye on the blog for progress and a video coming soon.

My removal diary Straight after the treatment


Chatting to Wayne before she gets zapped

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

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?


Jona Weinhofen


Dave Navarro


Antoine Bethea


Tim Howard


Ami James


Dennis Rodman

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A World of Beauty – before and after

Different Nationalities Photoshop The Same Woman To Make Her “Beautiful”

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and this photography project clearly proves that.

In a new photographic series, Journalist Esther Honig took a photograph of herself and sent it to 40 different people in 25 different countries. She asked them to make her unedited and make-up free face “beautiful” using Photoshop.

My objective since the beginning has been to examine how the standards of unobtainable beauty vary across cultures on a global level.

Take a look at the – sometimes terrifying – results… do you think she looks more beautiful in the “after” shots? It’s certainly an interesting project and the editors are clearly influenced by personal and not just cultural factors, as some editors from the same countries have produced drastically differing results.










What do you think? How does this make you reflect on your own standards of beauty?

Esther is quoted from and the images are from

Noodles Galore

Kingdom of Wenramen

By Wendy Pham Australian tattoo artist and cover star of The Identity Issue

Wendy Pham’s book debut, published by Clandestine Republic, holds an impressive collection of never before seen illustrations. The assortment of mini prints take you on a Ramen-fuelled journey, elevating the everyday noodle to new mystical and mythical heights. Animals, people and creatures come together to take delight in the simplistic sustenance of Ramen. It will come as no surprise to you that this is Wendy’s favourite food, a subject that not only influences her artwork but the tattoos she creates too. The humble noodle is made sexy with half-dressed, lavishly-displayed Geishas, and none of the other characters within the book are able to resist this glorious feast. I found myself hankering for a steaming bowl of noodle broth as I turn the pages and discover more intriguing illustrations.

If you’re a fan of her vibrant Japanese-inspired tattoos you will adore her book filled with hamster explorers and sneaky noodle stealing foxes. The vibrancy of the illustrations, printed on high quality round edged paper, will leave you in two minds as to whether to frame each piece or leave the integrity of the book intact.

Both Illustrations from Kingdom of Wenramen

Tabloids, Tattoos and Tinfoil Hats: Hannah Mosley at TEDxManchester

Tabloids, Tattoos and Tinfoil Hats: Hannah Mosley at TEDxManchester


Our columnist, tattoo artist Hannah Mosley, recently did a talk at TEDxManchester, and for someone who claims to have taken up illustration because they’re “not good with words” it is an eloquent, incredibly interesting and well-paced talk on tattoo culture and media misrepresentation. 

If you missed it, don’t worry, it was caught on film, check it out below.



We asked her some questions about the talk and how she feels now…

> How did you feel when you were asked to do a TEDxManchester talk?
Pretty damn good! Some of the organisers had seen me speak before so it was a great vote of confidence that they wanted to include me in the program for TEDxManchester. I was a little awestruck by some of the other speakers.
> How did you decide what to talk about?
I knew I wanted to talk about something that the whole audience could relate to. This led to the main focus of my talk being more about how discerning we are about the media we consume, using my experience as a tattooist to illustrate how even fairly innocuous seeming articles can really be pushing an agenda, rather than talking exclusively about tattooing. I figured if you’re at a TED talk you’re certainly going to be affected in some way, shape or form by media, even if you aren’t into tattoos at all. Hopefully tackling the topic this way also gave people who aren’t into tattoos an interesting insight into our industry without making them feel totally alienated.
> Were you nervous? What did you focus on?
I was climbing the walls a little beforehand, but a fellow speaker, author Anthony Lishak really talked me down so I went out on stage really excited. The audience were very keen, and I had a couple of very close friends in the crowd too, so I felt pretty relaxed once I got going.

> How did you feel after? Also how do you feel about watching the recording?
Aside from kicking myself for going over time by about four minutes, I felt pretty good. It’s useful to see the recording – hindsight is always 20/20 and it’s allowed me to refine my views and delivery a bit more. For instance, I felt a point that didn’t really get across in the talk was that I don’t believe the shaming of tattoos, even when they *are* celebrity-inspired, is helping anyone either. It could be seen in the video that I’m making the case that all tattooed people are getting work done for academic or deeply personal reasons, and that the nasty media keeps saying we just like celebs. That’s patently not true, lots of clients are heavily influenced by the portrayal of tattooed celebrities. Regardless, I still don’t think these clients personal decisions about their bodies should be fodder for shock-docs and patronising lifestyle articles.

Artwork by Hannah