Tattoo artist asserts copyright over customers' bodies


Solid Oak Sketches has filed copyright registrations in the tattoo designs that decorate the bodies of some of basketball's biggest stars (LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kenyon Martin, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe, etc), and has sued Take-Two Software, maker of NBA 2K16 and other basketball video games, for reproducing tattoos as part of the likenesses of the players. Read the rest

READ: Kim Stanley Robinson's first standalone story in 25 years!


Robinson's "Oral Argument" is a fascinating courtroom drama about patents, biotech, and photosynthetic tattooed humans that turns on the Bilski Supreme Court decision about the patentability of business methods. Read the rest

Watch a woman get 11 tattoos representing American tattoo history

Tattoo artist Clae Welch gives Casey Lubin eleven tattoos, in the styles of representative American tattoo artists from each decade in the last century. (WatchCut Video)

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Man with massive Simpsons tattoo on back holds Guinness Record


Michael Baxter, 52, holds the Guinness World Record for the "most tattoos of characters from a single animated series." Jade Baxter Smith of Twisted By Design in Victoria, Australia did the ink.

"I wanted to get something which was unique, which nobody else had or would even think of getting...," Baxter says. "I'm a huge fan of the show. I love the tattoo, and I know lots of other people, including my grandchildren, do too.”

Interestingly, the Guinness World Record for "most tattoos of the same cartoon character tattooed on the body" was set by another Simpsons fan, Lee Weir, 27, of New Zealand. He has 41 tattoos of Homer on his arm, seen below.

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FBI seeking better automatic tattoo recognition tech

Police photograph and manually tag suspects' tattoos as part of the booking process, but the FBI says computers could classify them much better, leading to more "hits" when trying to identify criminals and also corpses. Read the rest

Dad gets tattoo to that looks like his daughter's cochlear implant


Six-year-old Charlotte Campbell of Taupo, New Zealand says she likes her daddy's tattoo. So do I.


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Preserving tattoos after death


Vice's Simon Davies reports on the art of making and maintaining "human pelts." Read the rest

Judge banned mother from breastfeeding because she got a tattoo


A Federal Circuit Court judge in Sydney, Australia granted an injunction forbidding a 20-year-old woman from breastfeeding her son because she got a tattoo. He said she may have picked up a blood-borne disease when she got the tattoo and could infect her baby through her mother's milk. The mother had negative results on hepatitis and HIV tests, but the judge said the tests were not conclusive.

Dr Karleen Gribble, a breastfeeding advocate from the University of Western Sydney] said she had never seen a case like this before. "I'm only aware of one case where somebody contracted HIV from tattooing and that was somebody who'd got a tattoo in Bali, not somebody who'd gotten it in Australia," she said. "I think when it comes to mothers and breastfeeding, we need to consider that mothers are people, they do things. Sometimes there's a risk associated with what they do, but we generally think that they don't need to protect their children from all risk and it [comes down to] considering, is this a reasonable risk? Most people consider that the risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis from using a tattoo parlour, and particularly if they've been careful about checking it out, is infinitesimally small."

The mother appealed the judge's ruling and a Family Court overturned it.

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Dirty Needle tattoo art show opens tonight in Detroit

Mitch O'Connell is curating the the "M.O'C" Dirty Needle, an erotic tattoo art show, that opens tonight in Detroit. Read the rest

Highly specialized tattoos

Link: the artist is Eric Brunning of Vancouver's Adorned (via JWZ) Read the rest

A gallery of Adventure Time tattoos

See them all here. Read the rest

Haunted Mansion leg sleeve tattoo

Redditor Buddytattoo posted these outstanding shots of an in-progress leg-sleeve Haunted Mansion tattoo, created by Tattoo Charlie's in Louisville, KY. Read the rest

Gallery of 3D tattoos

The drop shadows, details, and shading on these tattoos make them look 3D. Read the rest

Tattooing in close-up, slow motion

Smarter Every Day shot close-up, slow motion video of someone being tattooed; inking starts at 3:04. Read the rest

Temporary tattoos by accomplished tattoo artists

Carl sends us, "beautiful, authentic-looking temporary tattoos designed by famous tattooers, including Dan Smith, Dean Sacred, BJ Betts, Dusty Neal, Myra Oh, and many more."

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Finger mugging tattoo

Very clever fingertip tattoo. Read the rest

Accused murderer wants "murder" tattoo hidden pre-trial

This gentleman is Jeffrey Wade Chapman who will soon go to trial in Barton County, Kansas for first degree murder. Chapman's attorney has filed a motion requesting that before the trial Chapman be permitted to have a tattoo artist cover up his client's tattoo -- the word "MURDER" in mirror image -- because it "is irrelevant to the State’s case and would be extremely prejudicial to Mr. Chapman if introduced at trial or observed by the jury.” The State doesn't oppose Chapman's covering the tattoo but will not transport him to a licensed tattoo shop, and it's illegal for a tattoo artist to practice anywhere else. (Great Bend Tribune) Read the rest

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