Needles & Pins – an exploration of the cultural significance of tattoos

Needles & Pins is a new Viceland production that aired in February this year and has since proven itself to be one of the few documentary series to explore the worldwide tattoo culture from tradition to cultural appropriation, hidden subcultures and new wave movements. It is hosted by Grace Neutral – a British hand- poke … More Needles & Pins – an exploration of the cultural significance of tattoos

Stick and Poke Tattoos and the charm of imperfection

This week I’m giving the word to Louiza Krokatsis, who will share a little something about her experience and outlook on “Stick and Poke” tattoos, aesthetics and the charm of imperfection. She is a second year Media and Cultural Studies student at London College of Communications with an eye for visual arts and culture. Check … More Stick and Poke Tattoos and the charm of imperfection

Russian criminal tattoos – the language of cultural hierarchy?

Are tattoos the anchor that holds together the culture in Russian prisons? When talking about culture and society, what we usually have in mind is what is happening in the reality around us, in the “free world” where citizens exercise their rights to free will and self- expression. Our individual perception however, can only scratch … More Russian criminal tattoos – the language of cultural hierarchy?

Authenticity and Uniformity in the Tribal Tattoo of the Contemporary Man

When talking about tattoos in terms of cultural significance, I cannot skip mentioning the incorporation of traditional tribal tattoos in the contemporary trend stage and ask myself whether by displacing a symbol from its original social and cultural context, we risk emptying it from its meaning and value. I consider the modern individual’s search for … More Authenticity and Uniformity in the Tribal Tattoo of the Contemporary Man

Tattoos, Traditions and Trends – The Triple “T” of contemporary London

London is a never- ending carnival of faces, stories and lifestyles and it seems to me that tattoos are the trickster at this carnival, jumping up and down the streets, changing faces and colors and disobeying conventional behavior. If you are not familiar with the concept of the carnivalesque, however, you should know that it … More Tattoos, Traditions and Trends – The Triple “T” of contemporary London