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RyoHazuki

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I can't see a tattoo without hearing an indulged toddler whining, "Look at me, mummy; look at meeeee!"

I see women with their kids' names and dates of birth tattooed on their anatomy. Let's sum up that thought process:

"You mean to say that an eight-pound human being tore itself out of my body in a tsunami of blood, screams and faeces? Shit, I have to start writing this stuff down... I know: I'll pay a gum-snapping teenaged art school dropout £100 to misspell an aide memoire somewhere on my rind!"

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Or maybe they're just doing something because they want to, and couldn't give a toss what other people think of it? When you see a shapely woman with alluring makeup and a smart outfit, do you assume that they've only gone to that effort because they're desperate for a shag?

I know there are plenty of dolts who are happy to have illiterate slogans and horrific scrawls splattered over their skin for attention, but to throw everyone with a tattoo into that category is incredibly narrow-minded. I know several people who have had some frankly jaw-droppingly good artwork done, and I'm confident that other peoples' opinions were pretty low on their list of considerations.
 

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This discovery pushes back the date range for the earliest figurative tattoos by roughly 1000 years ...

'Oldest tattoo' found on 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummies
Researchers have discovered the oldest figurative tattoos in the world on two 5,000-year-old mummies from Egypt.
The illustrations are of a wild bull and a Barbary sheep on the upper-arm of a male mummy, and S-shaped motifs on the upper-arm and shoulder of a female.
The discovery pushes back evidence for the practice in Africa by 1,000 years. ...

The male mummy was found about 100 years ago. ...

Dark smudges on his arm were thought to be unimportant until infrared scans revealed that they were tattoos of two slightly overlapping horned animals. One is interpreted to be a wild bull with a long tail and elaborate horns; the other appears to be a Barbary sheep with curving horns and a humped shoulder. ...

The female mummy has four small S-shaped motifs running down her right shoulder.
She also has a motif that is thought to represent batons used in ritual dance.
The designs are under the skin and the pigment is probably soot.

Previously, archaeologists had thought only women wore tattoos in the ancient past, but the discovery of tattoos on the male mummy now shows body modification concerned both sexes.
The researchers believe that the tattoos would have denoted status, bravery and magical knowledge.
The mummies were found in Gebelein in the southern part of Upper Egypt ...

Radiocarbon results indicate that they lived between 3351 and 3017 BC, shortly before the region was unified by the first pharaoh at around 3100 BC.

The oldest example of tattooing is found on the Alpine mummy known as Ötzi who is thought to have lived between 3370 and 3100 BC. But his tattoos are vertical or horizontal lines, rather than figurative.
FULL STORY: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43230202
 

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Canada: how a dying man’s wish that his tattoos outlive him came true

Chris Wenzel hoped his children could appreciate the intricate designs that adorned his body after his death. An Ohio-based company made it happen

“He fell in love with art and had such a passion for tattoos,” his wife, Cheryl Wenzel, told the Canadian Press. “He would say he was a slave to the needle because he loved to tattoo so much.”

And in his final months, Wenzel, a well-known tattoo artist, discovered an Ohio-based company that could potentially make his wish a reality.

Operated by father-son team Michael and Kyle Sherwood, the company provides tools, directions and paperwork to ensure the skin is carefully removed and preserved shortly after death. They then use a propriety process to preserve the designs.

In Wenzel’s case, the estimated fee for preserving the many tattoos which covered much of his upper torso, exceeded C$80,000 ($60,635).

“I don’t care what it takes. I’m going to get this done for him,” she told the Canadian Press.

The family plans to present the preserved tattoos to the public at an upcoming tattoo expo in the spring.

Cheryl Wenzel also told Chris before he died that she also intended to preserve her own tattoos, according to CTV News.

“I know one day I’ll be hanging here with my husband,” she said.
 

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When the Skinheads of the '70s settled down and started a family, they let their hair grow to hide the tattoos. They would now be of pensionable age with the hair beginning to fall out - so next time you're bored in a queue at the Post Office, look out for OAPs with the word FUCK stamped on the back of their shiny head.
 
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If you can guess who it's supposed to be there will be a prize.
Would the prize be a free facial tattoo?

By a remarkable coincidence, I have a tattoo of that singer's arse...on my actual arse!

I had to cheat, I first thought it looked like an early Charles Manson without a beard and then thought it looked like the bloke from the Manics who vanished but soon realised that Kelsey Karter[who?] wouldn't have a clue who they were.
 

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Would the prize be a free facial tattoo?

By a remarkable coincidence, I have a tattoo of that singer's arse...on my actual arse!

I had to cheat, I first thought it looked like an early Charles Manson without a beard and then thought it looked like the bloke from the Manics who vanished but soon realised that Kelsey Karter[who?] wouldn't have a clue who they were.
Looks like a young boy of about 5 or 6..
 

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micheal jackson at a guess??

Ive never heard of the guy it is
 

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Yep, i bet there are, and on their faces, so silly
 

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I'm calling bullshit on this. Surely nobody but the most crazed psycho-stalker would think having that tattoo is a compliment?
I know! What an awful tattoo - and on her face too! Some people are happy to throw their looks into a bin.
 
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