As I am excited to go back home again next week and I want to write another post, related to Bulgaria’s tattoo culture, this week I am introducing you to a very close friend of mine. My first tattoo was a gift from him, I’ve watched some of his tattoos being made and I thought it would be interesting to let … More Meet Kosta and his tattoo entourage
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
So I went back to Bulgaria to surprise my best friend for his birthday and we spent the day welcoming a pyromaniac skeleton and his burning house into his tattoo sleeve. Here’s a look!
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
This week it would be great to hear from you guys for a change! Which tattoo style do you prefer?
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?
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
I don’t consider myself a huge social media enthusiast, but if I had to choose the social media platform that I most frequently scroll through, it would be Instagram. As it is purely visual and it doesn’t require reading through unnecessary effusions of speech, I mainly follow the work of favorite artists of mine. Having … More 5 tattoo artists to follow on Instagram
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
There is one question that I have struggled with ever since I got my first tattoo – whether the desire to perpetuate something on your body is driven by the need for self- expression or by the highest level of narcissism, by the arrogant side of us that desperately wants to brag about its aesthetic … More Tattoos – The Craft of Mortality