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Sunburnt in the name of art

While we’re all slathering ourselves – and our tattoos – in factor 50 during the summer sunshine heat, others appear to be burning “art” onto their skin in a strange, and dangerous, new social media phenomena: #sunburnart. Also called a sun tattoo or sunburn tattoo.

Search the hashtag #sunburnart and over 80 images come up that feature intricate art sunburned onto people’s skin. One guy has even created the Mona Lisa.

The hashtag has caused concern amongst dermatologists, and Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, the Skin Cancer Foundation’s senior vice president, released the organisation’s official position on sunburn:

The Skin Cancer Foundation strongly advises the public to avoid sunburns at all costs. A sunburn is not only painful – it’s dangerous, and comes with consequences. Sunburns cause DNA damage to the skin, accelerate skin aging, and increase your lifetime skin cancer risk. In fact, sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent. On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends adopting a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade, covering up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use.

Guys, our advice to you: Be safe, don’t burn. Get quality tattoos instead – they look cooler too.

Wim Delvoye: Tattooed Pigs

Wim Delvoye is a Flemish contemporary artist, whose work breaks boundaries and challenges notions of ethics. His art aims to be provocative and that is certainly what Tattooed Pigs and Art Farm does.

He started tattooing pig skin in the early 1990s and wrapped his art work around polyester moulds. It wasn’t until 1997 that Wim started to use live pigs as his canvas and in 2004 he bought a farm near Beijing, where animal welfare laws are not as strict as other places.

Art Farm sees the piglets cared for by specialists who clean the pig’s wounds and moisturise the pig’s newly tattooed skin regularly. The animals are anaesthised and tattooed by up to three people at a time, with images including Disney Princesses and fashion brand logos.

Buyers can choose whether to buy the tattooed pigs alive or as taxidermy specimens when they die of natural causes. The pigs are not killed for their skin but they live and grow to be older pigs, in order to produce the live canvas that is their skin. The tattoos grow as the pigs do, images stretch and get bigger as does their value and desirability.

The animals skin is has been known to sell for more than £55,000, skin was sold to Chanel to be made into two exclusive handbags. Animal rights campaigners have complained that the pigs are put under unneccassary trauma and being abused for commercial profit.

Wim has also tattooed a man’s back in 2006 with a mixture of Japanese koi fish and Christian iconography. The piece was sold and the buyer will collect the piece when the wearer has died.

What do you think about Tattooed Pigs, is it art or animal cruelty?


Tattoo Inspired Leg Braces

Hope Laliberte is an eight-year-old Disney lover who has cerebral palsy, a condition she has lived with since birth.

She has to wear leg braces and has always had them decorated with skulls or superheroes.

When it came to getting her leg braces redecorated she dismissed the pre-made designs offered to her by the hospital, instead she wanted Disney Villains.

Her mum decided to contact family friend – tattoo artist and owner of Up in Flames Tattoo, in Massachusetts – Aaron Guillemette, who faced the challenge of customising Hope’s leg braces.

The braces are made from resin and acrylic plastic so instead of painting them Aaron decided to create huge stickers with Ursual and Cruela de Ville on them. The polyurethane surface will protect the designs aiding their durability.

Images from Herald News

American Tattoo Flash Day at Occult Tattoo

On 4 July 2015, Occult Tattoo Studio in Worthing will be paying homage to the roots of American Flash. From 11am, tattoo artists @mymorg@fede_borgia and @wulfbaron will tattooing american flash all day at heavily discounted prices.

Join the Facebook event!

About the artists:

@mymorg – Morg was born and raised in Philadelphia,  she used to tattoo at AKA Berlin, her super solid heavy traditional style features wry observations, surreal situations and respectful twists on traditional tattooing.

@fede_borgia Rome/Brighton based Federica is an Italian tattooer and genuine rude girl. Loves american and Japanese traditional. Simple bold and cheeky tattoos.

@wulfbaron Charlie grew up in New Zealand and splits his time between making grim and brutal black metal influenced tattoos and illustrative slightly surreal pieces. Tongue fully in cheek.


Things&Ink The Fruity Issue starring Jody Dawber

This is our favourite time in the Things&Ink calendar! The cover star reveal… and this issue we are super excited to showcase our fruitiest cover star of them all, the amazing tattoo artist and queen of the fruity tattoo JODY DAWBER.

Issue 11 is THE FRUITY ISSUE and is available to buy now from our website: It features an exclusive interview with Jody and the full set of fruity, Carmen Miranda vibes photos. Enjoy all the fruity goodness.

Photography by Stuart McCarthy
Hair, makeup and styling by Keely Reichardt using MAC Cosmetics
Art direction and styling by Adrianna Veal
Assisted by Maisie Jo Manning
Cherry head piece by Le Château des Gâteaux


Mum banned from breastfeeding in Australia after she gets a tattoo

In a decision that has shocked breastfeeding supporters, a judge in Australia has banned a mother from breastfeeding her 11-month-old son because she got a tattoo. A court in Sydney has ruled that the woman’s decision to get it done has exposed her baby to harm.

The child’s dad raised concerns about the  tattoo in an ongoing parental dispute. The ban was ordered by the Federal Court in Australia despite the mother testing negative for hepatitis and Aids/HIV.

Judge Matthew Myers said there was “still an unacceptable risk” to the baby because the tests were inconclusive.

However breastfeeding supporters are shocked. “I think if it were reasonable then we would have very, many women in Australia who would be quite horrified and perhaps child protection authorities should be taking action because many mothers who are breastfeeding get tattoos – very often of their children’s names,” said Dr Karleen Gribble from the University of Western Sydney.

An appeal against the ruling is due to take place in a family court in Sydney on Friday.

What do you think? Have you breastfed and got tattooed?

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The printer replaces the tattooist

Would you get a tattoo from a 3D printer?

The printer has been combined with a tattoo needle to create any design onto skin. The needle punctures the skin at up to 150 times per second.

Perhaps it would be more accurate than a tattoo artist, but would it be able to cope with twitching skin or wriggly customers? It would also feel like much more of a mechanical and sterile process, losing part of the heart that goes into every tattoo. You couldn’t have a chat with the printer, it wouldn’t make you a nice cup of tea or put you at ease.

The machine could possibly work for logos and graphic designs that are not hand drawn by tattooists. Or for designs that customers have drawn themselves.

The short video below shows a printer tattooing fake limbs.


What do you think? Would you get a tattoo from a 3D printer?

You’re never too old to get some fresh ink

Great grandmother, Gwladys Wiliams, is the oldest person in the UK to go under the needle at the ripe old age of 94.  She got two hearts and the words ‘Leri & Nain forever’ tattooed on her arm, as a tribute to one of her great grandchildren, next to a bunch of daffodils, which she had tattooed on her arm seven years ago.

Gwladys has a total of 58 grand children, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She only became interested in tattoos in her later life. Her tattooist, Sascia Angel Marques, of Inkvasion in North Wales said that Gwladys was “hard as nails” and “hadn’t flinched once.”

Surrounded by pictures of her family in the comfort of her own home, Gwladys said that the tattoo had been surprisingly un-painful and said she was “happy” with the tattoo. When talking about why she wanted this tattoo as a tribute to her great grabddaughter: “I decided to have it done because I love her so much and I might not be here for so long.” Let’s hope this is a sign of more to come for Gwladys!

Artifical Skin Book

Tattoo Artist Magazine has created a book of artificial skin for budding tattoo artists to practice on. Many apprentices use fruit, pig skin and their friends to hone their craft before moving onto paying customers.

The book aims to closely mimic real skin, giving artists a diary to document their progression. Although the artificial skin is not a perfect replica for real skin, it still allows artists a vital place to improve.

The Skin Book Project is not available for sale and it is uncertain whether it will be released to the public in the future.

Watch the short video below to see the book and tattooists in action:

Are you a tattoo apprentice or tattooist and would you  consider using the book to practice on?

“Call Me Caitlyn” Caitlyn Jenner On The Cover Of ‘Vanity Fair’

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has made her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair. 

The first portraits of Caitlyn were photographed by Annie Leibovitz. In the cover image Caitlyn wears a corset by LA shop Trashy Lingerie, with the cover line: “Call Me Caitlyn.”

Jenner came to international attention as a track and field athlete, winning the gold medal in the men’s decathlon event at the 1976 Summer Olympics, and setting a world record not beaten until 1980. Jenner was married to Kris Jenner (formerly Kardashian) for 23 years, and the couple and their children appeared on the TV reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Following their divorce in 2015, Jenner came out  as a transwoman in a TV interview, initially preferring male pronouns until her transition was more complete. In June 2015 and with the launch of the Vanity Fair cover, Jenner revealed her new name, Caitlyn, and the change to using female pronouns.

“I was a dyslexic kid, I was suffering from gender dysphoria, I had all these other issues in life, but when I latched onto this thing called sports.I probably latched onto it harder than most kids did,” revealed Caitlyn Jenner in her Vanity Fair interview.

Caitlyn broke also Twitter records, becoming the fastest growing account ever – beating previous record-holder Obama. She reached 1 million followers in just four hours and three minutes. Her bio reads:

I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.