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For some people, tattoos are a way of saying something, while for others, they are a way of covering things up. For few – they are a way of doing both. And one year on from launching The Scars Project, Brisbane artist Whitney Develle says her commitment to offering tattoos to the latter group is as strong as ever, having now helped over 50 people cover their self-harm scars.
“Jay, a base jumper from Melbourne, travelled to Mexico a few months ago to climb and jump off a crane with a few of his buddies, but when the weather took a turn for the worst they ended up going on a 3 day bender. Apparently 50 cent Corona’s were too good to refuse. Anyways, after 72 hours of partying the trio woke up and Jay, being none the wiser, started having a good laugh at his friends who had covered their legs in amateur tattoos, until they started pointing and laughing at him. Pretty quickly he realised he had “PARTY 2 IMPACT” tattooed on his eye lids. Full ‘hangover’ moment. And now he finds himself here. Bless you Mexico. PS Jay has special lenses over his eyes to protect them from the laser.” – @megbakerpeach from @mjdriverlasertattooremoval
“Most of the homeboys/girls hadn’t seem themselves without tattoos for decades, so during the interviews I presented before and after portraits. There was a deep emotional response by the subjects. They revealed very personal sometimes shocking details about the abuse, violence and drug addiction they had suffered for most of their lives. With help from the Homeboy Industries organisation in downtown Los Angeles, they fought against the odds to find something better; hope.” – @stevenburtonphotography.
In case you feared we were running out of things to get outraged about, along comes another one that’s getting Dallas all worked up today: Little Woodrow’s, the Texas sports and beer bar franchise that recently opened a location on Ross Avenue, apparently does not allow patrons who have face or neck tattoos.
On Episode 2 of UFC 205 Embedded, lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and featherweight Frankie Edgar get some motivation in the form of a custom Conor throwing dummy. Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley reveals that he’s earned a second belt during his latest training camp; his opponent Stephen Thompson puts in an appearance at a first birthday party.
Benjamin Lloyd asked for 50 likes on Facebook when he floated the idea to visit children at Starship Hospital and offer them temporary sleeves on Sunday night. Instead, he got more than 416,000. “I woke up and it had just gone viral. Now it has popped up on about 20 million people’s pages,” he said. Mr Lloyd has been airbrushing “everything on anything” for 10 years, mostly working with adults who are unsure whether to get permanent tattoos. But when his stepson one day asked for a temporary tat, he found the reaction intriguing. “When I was doing children, the reaction was just amazing,” he said. “After they had it they would walk around, chins up, so confident and so proud. “You can’t help but just love that, so I just thought I want to go where there’s heaps of kids and do that.”
As tattoos become more popular than ever, making yours more unique involves not just an interesting design but an interesting story about how it ended up on your body. And we’re not talking sob stories about dead goldfish or wild bachelor parties in Las Vegas—we’re talking something along the lines of Casey Lubin, answering an ad seeking someone who would be cool with getting 11 tattoos in one week to showcase 100 years of Americana tattoos.
Comparable to the meticulous artistry behind tattoos, animators Oskar and Gaspar don’t shy away from the smallest details as they make these folks’ tattoos come to life. The creative pair are claiming that this is “the first live event of Tattoo Video Mapping. No post-production was used.” Check it out!