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News by MisterH posted over a year ago
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THIS IS VERY URGENT AND NOT A JOKE! ALSO DON'T GOOF OFF!!!!

I really mean it! What would you be able to do if SOPA/TPP censors the internet? What would you be able to do if writing fanfics and drawing fanarts become illegal? What would you do if it's illegal to do a cover of your favorite song on YouTube? What would you do if downloading things from the internet (music, movies, TV episodes, etc) became illegal? What would you do if SOPA/TPP wins the war and takes away internet freedom? Net Neutrality is already dead so far, we can't risk the freedom of internet from getting killed by SOPA/TPP!


SOPA may have been stopped, but large companies with many copyrights are trying to re-institute portions of it under other names and policies. This attempt to limit protected speech in the name of copyright is unacceptable, and must be resisted.
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Review by Dark-Blood posted over a year ago
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Tattoos No Longer A Kiss Of Death In “Now you’re never going to get a job!” Almost everyone in the 14% pool of tattooed Americans has heard something like this from a relative or friend. But as the number of inked Americans grows, is the traditional assumption that tattoos and jobs don’t mix really true in 2013?

Workplace tattoo policies vary among and within industries. But with many contemporary companies stressing commitments to diversity and inclusion, tattoos are becoming increasingly unproblematic across the board. Lax tattoo policies for blue-collar and art-related jobs aren’t shocking, but the increasingly tolerant outlook of frontrunners in corporate, educational and medical industries are more surprising.

As consulting firm CEO John Challenger explained, most employers today would agree that a person’s appearance is nowhere near as important as his or her professional skills. “Even in this tight job market, most companies aren’t going to view tattoos too harshly. Companies have a vested interest in hiring the most qualified candidate.”
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Opinion by Dark-Blood posted over a year ago
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Humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years. These permanent designs—sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate, always personal—have served as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, adornments and even forms of punishment. Joann Fletcher, research fellow in the department of archaeology at the University of York in Britain, describes the history of tattoos and their cultural significance to people around the world, from the famous " Iceman," a 5,200-year-old frozen mummy, to today’s Maori.

What is the earliest evidence of tattoos?

In terms of tattoos on actual bodies, the earliest known examples were for a long time Egyptian and were present on several female mummies dated to c. 2000 B.C. But following the more recent discovery of the Iceman from the area of the Italian-Austrian border in 1991 and his tattoo patterns, this date has been pushed back a further thousand years when he was carbon-dated at around 5,200 years old.
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Review by Dark-Blood posted over a year ago
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The Rose Tattoo is a Tennessee Williams play. It opened on Broadway in February 1951, and a film adaptation was released in 1955. It tells the story of an Italian-American widow in Louisiana who has allowed herself to withdraw from the world after her husband's death, and expects her daughter to do the same. The Broadway play starred Maureen Stapleton and Eli Wallach both of whom recreated their roles for a 1953 hour-long radio adaptation on the program Best Plays. Recordings of the radio drama exist in archives and private collections.

The film was adapted by Williams and Hal Kanter and directed by Daniel Mann, starring Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan and Jo Van Fleet.

On May 12, 1957, The Pike Theatre staged "The Rose Tattoo" with Anna Manahan as the lead and the Irish scenic artist Reginald Gray as the set designer. After a short run the theatre was invaded by the Irish police and director Alan Simpson was arrested for producing "a lewd entertainment" for miming dropping a condom onto the floor. Williams' script calls for a condom to fall out of a pocket during the show but the Pike staging mimed the act, knowing it would cause conflict. An...
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Review by Dark-Blood posted over a year ago
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Be extremely careful when getting Kanji characters as tattoos if you've found the design on the internet or tattoo parlour wall. You may think it means "Peace, love, harmony" but for all you know the characters could be straight off a soy sauce packet, or worse.
Most tattoos will need touch-ups through your life. Using sunscreen and moisturizing daily will help your tattoo look new for years. After 10-30 years, expect to need touch-ups to combat blurring. If the thought of doing this over wrinkles when you're 75 grosses you out, this could be enough of a reason to not have one.
Think about it. Dwell on it. This is repeated often because tattoos are so permanent!
Tattoos can get infected, and should be washed and treated as wounds. Follow your artist's aftercare instructions.
Don't forget that if you chose to get someone's name, that person might not be around forever. They could leave, and you would have their name on your body.
Some people are against cultural appropriation, where someone takes a meaningful aspect of another's culture and uses it for fashionable reasons. If you're getting a tattoo of a traditional symbol, you should know...
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Guide by Dark-Blood posted over a year ago
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The darker and more filled-in a tattoo is, the longer it takes to remove. Which means more money, more pain, and more time. Multi-coloured tattoos will take longer to remove as they will require multiple treatments with different wavelength lasers for each pigment type. Completely black ink however, is easiest to remove by laser as it absorbs the beam on all wavelengths, breaking up the pigment with greater ease.
Often members of a family will get matching or complementary tattoos. Often, younger generations will incorporate elements of older family members tattoos in their own designs.
Asian characters are a popular choice, as it is a way to get a meaning in a design. However, the tattoo studio walls are not the place to trust when looking for a character––many have double meanings, nuances, things that may give an impression that wasn't intended. Ask a friend who is fluent in the relevant Asian language to help you know whether the design might be misinterpreted in any way. Or go to online forums and ask nicely.
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List by Dark-Blood posted over a year ago
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Avoid making any rash decisions. The bad body art comes from making spontaneous decisions to go and have a tattoo done on a spur of the moment. If you're getting a tattoo because you're drunk or high, rebellious or your friends are goading you, then you're getting a tattoo for all the wrong reasons and the choice you make is likely to reflect this lack of forethought. Things you will regret include:



Any tattoo that looks like genitalia. Think about that, very carefully but not too long because the answer is simple: Just don't do it.

Anything misspelled (mostly because you were too drunk or high to notice till later).

Anything to do with high school or college (you do realize that it's over soon enough, right?)

Anything that mars your wedding dress, upstages your honeymoon, or gives your children an odd impression of you...

Anything written in a language you're not fluent in. Those Chinese characters might look sexy until a native Chinese speaker tells you what it really means is "object for sale", "I like mold for breakfast" or "horny goat"
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Review by Dark-Blood posted over a year ago
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Tattoos Chronology

May. 5, 2013

Louise Rafkin Booming essay on tattoo that she got 36 years ago, a constant reminder that some things in life are hard to undo.


Apr. 18, 2013

Research suggests that over a fifth of American adults have tattoos, but many of the tattooed are careful to hide their body art in the workplace.


Feb. 16, 2013

Many cancer survivors and fighters who got tattoos bearing name of Lance Armstrong's Livestrong organization do not regret their decision following his doping admission.


Dec. 29, 2012

Q&A with New York Knicks guard J R Smith, who has more than 70 tattoos.


Dec. 16, 2012

Some brides, whether for reasons of aesthetics, religion or family harmony, are covering up their tattoos on their wedding day; description of several techniques, including cosmetics or permanent lasers, that can hide or remove tattoos described
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Review by Dark-Blood posted over a year ago
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Tattoos and Piercings in the Workplace

Tattoos and piercings are becoming more accepted as a form of art and expression. They are a big part of the cultural landscape in cosmopolitan cities like Los Angeles. To give you an idea of their rise in popularity here are a few figures. Thirty years ago, 1 in 100 people in this country had tattoos. Now 1 in 10 Americans have them, and one-third of those aged 25 to 30 have tattoos. While society is becoming more liberated and expressive, and piercings and tattoos become part of mainstream culture, some employers are still having a hard time wrapping their heads around body art in the workplace.


What are my rights?


If your company tells you that you can’t wear piercings or reveal your tattoos at work, they aren’t doing anything illegal. Don’t look to the legal system to protect workers who have body art. The law covers discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, age, nationality, origin and gender. The one exception may be if you’re a Hindu with a nose ring, which could be a religious observation.
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Article by DarkSarcasm posted over a year ago
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When people search for a tattoo design, it's not something to take lightly. It's something that's going to be imprinted on their bodies for the rest of their lives... usually. But how long does it take to find a satisfactory design? Some find theirs right away. I am not one of those people.

The idea of a tattoo had always disgusted me - it's how I was raised to think. The summer of 2007 brought lots of changes for me - some good, like making new friends and feeling accepted and somewhat normal for the first time in my life. Others weren't so good, such as fighting with my mother about aforementioned changes.

I decided that I wanted to do something big; something different, something that could signify me breaking free of my old, quiet, nearly nonexistant life. And yes, something to piss off my family a bit, but that was a very minor reason. I decided in July that I wanted a tattoo.

From the start, I knew I wanted a shamrock of some sort. I'm Irish, I've always loved the Irish culture, always had luck with finding four-leaf clovers (jinx, knock on wood) and shamrocks are just cool. I searched through July and August and still found...
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