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The gorgeous tattoos are the work of artist Houston Patton and Creative Director Dagny Fox who are known as Thieves of Tower. Each tattoo is done in black ink and is intended take clients back to “a time of darkened beauty” with designs inspired by medieval woodcuts and engravings.

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Turing tragedy into a message of hope, Amy Bleuel began a movement using the semicolon to bring awareness about mental health and to break down their stigmas.

In 2013, Amy lost her father to suicide and wanted to honor his memory by giving hope to those who struggle with depression, addiction, self-injury, and other mental health disorders. To her, the semicolon represented a powerful and clear message.

“A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.”

Hundreds of followers began inking their bodies with markers and tattoos to join in solidarity for these often misunderstood, invisible illnesses—thus starting a movement #ProjectSemicolon.

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If you’re a tattoo enthusiast, you might think that this is a fantastic concept. Everyone else might just shake their head. I’m on the fence myself.

Royal College of Art graduate Jakub Pollág has created a Personal Tattoo Machine that allows the buyer to tattoo themselves in the comfort of their home.

Personal Tattoo Machine is a simple and affordable mechanism that uses a few standard off shelf products, like sterile needles and tubes. The primary goal is to give the user a quality tool that is safe and comfortable to use. The set contains all the parts necessary to create your image straight away. It is a short and simple process to setup the machine and sterilize the surrounding environment, everything else is up to the user.

It’s aimed towards a small group of enthusiasts that would be interested in preserving meaningful memories on their skin with little regard for aesthetics. Pollág stresses that his project isn’t meant to replace tattoo parlors. It’s for people that want a more personal option.

Yes, there are many ways that this could go horribly wrong (just ask this guy).

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tattoo leg braces

Part of living with cerebral palsy means that 8-year-old Hope Laliberte has to wear leg braces. But Hope wasn’t about to wear any boring old braces, so she asked her parents if she could add a design.

She wanted something very special—Disney villains. Specifically Ursula from The Little Mermaid and Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians.

This is where tattoo artist Aaron Guillemette comes in. Guillemette drew up Ursula and Cruella in tattoo style, and his art was then turned into labels which were affixed to the braces and covered in polyurethane. From Today:

“I’m glad to be in a position where I can help the community in any way. When I was first approached about designing Hope’s braces, I thought it would be an awesome idea — especially when I heard what the subject matter would be. Hope wanted Disney Villains on her braces, not princesses,” said Guillemette.

The end result is so fantastic that Hope looks forward to wearing her braces instead of dreading it. That’s pretty awesome, if you ask me.

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nightwing sun

Fashionably Geek reader Michael R. sent us this picture of a Filipino sun tattoo with the Nightwing symbol worked in. A Wikipedia description of the sun’s symbolism reads:

The Philippine national flag has a rectangular design that consists of a white equilateral triangle, symbolizing liberty, equality, and fraternity; a horizontal blue stripe for peace, truth, and justice; and a horizontal red stripe for patriotism and valor. In the center of the white triangle is an eight-rayed golden sun symbolizing unity, freedom, people’s democracy, and sovereignty. Each ray represents a province with significant involvement in the 1896 Philippine Revolution against Spain, These provinces are Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Pampanga, Tarlac, Laguna, Batangas, and Nueva Ecija.[23][a] Three five-pointed stars, one for each of the triangle’s points, stand for the three major islands where the revolution started: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Regardless of the meaning, it’s certainly an awesome looking tattoo.


Another day, another bag I covet. I swear, I have a problem when it comes to my love for all things purse and bag like. This time around, it’s this Disney The Little Mermaid Tattoo Print slouch backpack which combines Disney and tattoos. Pretty much an instant win as far as I’m concerned.

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pooh butt tattoo2

You’ve gotta love people who are willing to get tattoos like this. Bravo sir.

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Johan Lundqvist Mattsson sent us pictures of his “geeksleeve” by tattoo artist Niki Norberg and, wow.

Just WOW.

Johan says this is still a work in progress and he has more to fill in but, as you will see, it’s already pretty jaw-dropping.

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pixel art tattoos

Ankara, Turkey-based tattoo artist Eva Krbdk took her love of cross-stitching and turned it into a brilliant new tattooing style. From Captain America’s shield to a Stormtrooper helmet, Krbdk can make even the simplest design utterly fascinating.

See more examples of her work after the break.

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It seems that Kyle Rowan wanted a unique gaming-themed sleeve, and he went to the right place to get it. The work was done by Cam at Tat-fu in Flagstaff, AZ.

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