August 1, 2013 |
Beth and Jimmy McMillan will never forget their anniversary. After all, the Oaklyn couple share a permanent reminder of their wedding date, Nov. 11, 2011: a pair of matching tattoos, reading "11 11 11" in a tidy, inch-high serif. Many brides still cover up their tattoos for the big day, layering on heavy concealer or professionally airbrushed makeup. But a growing number not only are selecting gowns that showcase their body art, they're also augmenting their ink with new wedding tattoos that serve as modern, elegant (and, yes, permanent)
May 24, 2013
By Susan Jaffe I have no tattoos, not even one that is tiny and pretty and discreet. But I see plenty of them as the city warms up. It is May. Flowers, trees, and shrubs are blossoming everywhere. The soft green adds to the fabulous architecture of the city and enhances many neighborhoods. When the warm weather arrives, the clothes disappear. Guys and gals of a certain age, mostly 30 and under, are covered like the budding trees. No face, neck, arm is unadorned. A walk in the city means seeing all kinds of tattoos, and many aren't tiny or pretty or discreet.
August 30, 2012 |
Temporary tattoos were once relegated to children's party favors and Cracker Jack boxes. Now, several companies hope that adults - men and women - will apply warm water and a bit of colored stickum to their bodies before they go out for a night on the town. The newest breed of temporary tattoos are produced by hip designers and high-fashion houses for a nostalgic population that appreciates fine body art without the permanence or pain. There's Tattly, which offers tattoos of everything from bicycles to booze bottles drawn by hot artists such as Jessica Hische, Oliver Jeffers, and James Victore.
May 3, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: On a recent airline flight, a tall man who sat behind me had his left leg out in the aisle during most of the trip. He was wearing shorts, and you could see his large tattoo of a naked woman on his thigh. The drawing was very explicit, and there was no way to avoid seeing it because passengers had to cross over his leg to reach the bathroom. How do you explain this kind of "art" to children? Would the airline have the right to ask him to cover the tattoo if it was objectionable?
September 3, 2010 |
The modern football game, with its pass-rushing specialists and situational running backs, bears only a passing resemblance to one-platoon football. Although he is, in many ways, the most contemporary of athletes, Penn State's Chaz Powell also could be considered a throwback to a time when football was played in leather helmets and without face masks. His versatility is his link between then and now. If this were, say, 1950 (the year Joe Paterno arrived in Happy Valley as a 23-year-old assistant coach)
April 28, 2009 |
Throughout American history, sailors have branded themselves and one another with permanent "markings" commemorating battles or comrades or the names of women waiting back at home. Marking that history, the Independence Seaport Museum has opened "Skin & Bones: Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor," with the tagline: "If you have a tattoo, thank a sailor. " "The whole idea behind the show is these guys are getting tattooed not because they are pretty, but because they felt strongly" about what they were honoring, said Craig Bruns, the show's curator.
October 29, 2008 |
In the recesses of the Sub Octo gallery, where the light was as smudgy and dark as the eyeshadow on the models, four women and one man sat for hours in a stylized pose while dozens of strangers gawked. There was plenty to gawk at, because each individual was heavily tattooed, from neck nape to ankles. Aptly named Stare, this art installation was one of more than 90 events in the weeklong DesignPhiladelphia celebration that ended last Wednesday. A form of art that flirts with the boundary between public and private, tattoos are rarely offered up for everyone and anyone to see, said Hilary Jay, executive director of the Design Center at Philadelphia University.
July 3, 2007 |
SUMMER IS HERE, and, naturally, tattoos are in evidence almost everywhere. Do you tattoo? If so, why? Trying to make a statement? Part of an emotional commitment? Remembering someone who passed away? Or did you just decide to get tattooed on a whim or a dare? Whatever the reason, I don't get it. Still, it's obvious to me that others are into the tattoo craze and the movement seems to be growing, especially among young people. A recent Northwestern University survey indicated that 36 percent of Americans 18 to 29 and 24 percent of those 18 to 50 have tattoos.
April 20, 2006 |
As a former hippie and career liberal, I think it's my duty to support the younger generation and their various trends and fashions. So, if I'm walking around town and happen to see a young person wearing a brass ring through his nose, rubber plugs in his ears, and The Last Supper tattooed on his upper body, I make a point of smiling warmly, as though I were in complete sympathy with his fashion and political statement. The secret truth is I am not. I simply cannot understand the need to so drastically alter the body to make a statement, when you could just as easily walk into Bloomingdale's, buy a marabou vest, wear it with a kilt and chains, and there you are - and you are not married to it for life.
January 15, 2002 |
It was Margate in August, the end of a long summer at the Shore. Liz Felten of Haddonfield and four girlfriends decided to visit a local tattoo and piercing parlor. It just seemed to be the thing. Felten emerged with a hoop in her right eyebrow. Two weeks later, she got something extra - a nasty eye infection. Body-art industry issues - such as sanitation and training - were addressed by New Jersey health regulators yesterday with first-ever state rules that require parental permission for minors, rigorous sterilization procedures, uniform training programs, and local approval.