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Does The Weeknd Have Tattoos? – Cosmopolitan10.08.21

Much like those of us who decided a lower-back tattoo was a good idea in college (me/it wasnt), many celebrities are hiding a few slightly questionable tattoos on their bodies. Emphasis on *hiding*.

Many models and actors opt to get tiny tattoos (unless theyre Ben Affleck) so that their ink isnt visible on the runway and doesnt need to be covered up onscreen. Meaning: Its impossible to tell if tattoo-less celebs are actually tattoo-free or if theyre just really good at hiding them. Which brings us to The Weeknd, whose tattoo status the internet is very curious about. Especially since a ton of The Weeknds fans have XO tattooed on their bodies (a reference to his record label), prompting speculation that he also has it tattooed somewhere on his body.

But heres the thing. A deep dive tells us that The Weeknd is completely free of tattoos, which is slightly unusual for musicians, who have a lot more leeway than actors/models when it comes to using their bodies as a canvas. Example: Blink-182 drummer and person who is somehow relevant in 2021, Travis Barker, has more than 88 tattoos and counting. Oh, and his BFF Machine Gun Kelly has 71 tattoos that we know of, including an anarchy sign in the middle of his chest. (Edgy!)

TBH, finding an artist with literally zero tattoos is kind of a rarity these days, which begs the questionis The Weeknd just hiding his? Lets examine the evidence:

Since youre probably already in the midst of scrolling The Weeknds Google Image results, please take a moment to notice that theres nary a tattoo on him. Not on his hands, not on his neck, not on his face.

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And a quick trip through the vast archives of Getty Images pretty much proves that The Weeknd has never stepped out in public with a tattoo showing. However

In other words, The Weeknd isnt wandering around shirtless, so its definitely possible he could have a massive Ben Affleckstyle back tattoo of a giant phoenix and wed never know. That said, we were able to find some pics of The Weeknd performing at Lollapalooza wearing a T-shirt all the way back in 2018, and there are no visible tattoos on his arms. So at the very least, we know for sure he doesnt have a secret sleeve hiding up his, er, sleevesor he didnt as of four years ago.

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Chances are, The Weeknd is aware that you want to know about his tattoo status, and chances are, he prefers to keep you in the dark. As he once told Harpers Bazaar, Im not in a rush to let people know everything about me. Mystery is always great.

But if The Weeknd does have secret tattoos, he wouldnt be the first celeb. Tons of fans realized Billie Eilish had a tattoo only when it peeked out of the slit in her gown at the Met Gala:

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And theres ongoing speculation (like, its been a rumor for years) that Dolly Parton is covered head to toe in tattoos, which is why she always wears long sleeves:

And then theres Kendall Jenner, who got a tattoo on the inside of her lip:

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So, like, just saying, The Weeknd could be working with some tats that we simply dont know about!

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Saba Ali Khan reveals why Ibrahim Ali Khan got matching tattoos with brother Taimur – Hindustan Times10.08.21

Saba Ali Khan took to Instagram on Wednesday to share photos of her nephews Taimur Ali Khan and Ibrahim Ali Khan. In the photos, which were clicked at her niece Inaaya Naumi Kemmu's recent fourth birthday party, the half-brothers flaunted their matching temporary tattoos.

While the picture was shared online by Ibrahim and Kareena Kapoor Khan last week as well, Saba has now revealed what Ibrahim had said as he got the tattoo made. TWiiiiiNninG Brothers! Tattoos together..brothers in arms! Literally Ibrahim...chose to have the same as Tim... saying , I want what my brother has! Love the bond...Mahsha'Allah. Big brother. Photography: ME Please tag if used, she said.

Ibrahim had shared the picture on his private Instagram account, with the caption, Only person I'd get matching tattoos with. Kareena reposted the image with the sticker big brother on it.

Ibrahim is Saif Ali Khan's son from his first marriage to actor Amrita Singh. The two also have a daughter together, actor Sara Ali Khan. From his second marriage to Kareena Kapoor, Saif has sons Taimur and Jehangir Ali Khan.

Saba and Soha Ali Khan are Saif's sisters. Soha is married to actor Kunal Kemmu, with whom she has daughter Inaaya. The family celebrated Inaaya's birthday together last week. Kareena, Taimur, Jehangir, Ibrahim, Saba were all part of the celebrations. Sara and Saif could not make it to the party.

Also read: Saif Ali Khan's advice to sons Ibrahim, Taimur and Jeh for their acting careers: 'Make sure its entertaining'

In a recent interview with RJ Siddharth Kannan, Saif spoke about all his three kids. They are all different. Ibrahim is assisting on a Karan Johar movie and sharing that, and talking about what his ideas and dreams are. Sara is older and we have a very different equation and of course, Taimur is looking to you for guidance and all that, Jeh is just smiling and drooling (laughs), much more my mental age than any of them. He's the newborn of course. They are different, luckily and interestingly, as Sara said, every decade of my life has had a kid. From the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, so that's what it is. I'm different too," he said.

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‘Salaar’ actress ‘Shruti Haasan’ flaunts a tattoo on her bareback – Times of India10.08.21

Shruti Haasan, the daughter of veteran Tamil actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika, has starred in several Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi films. She is also a proven singer who has shown her talent several times in films as well as in concerts.

The Salaar actress took to her Instagram story and shared a picture of her tattooed bareback. Its a new tattoo that has her name on it. It is in Tamil script. Sharing the pic, she wrote, say my name say it out loud.

She also shared a video showing off her overly nice tattoo on her left foot. She has shown different tattoos in different pics in her Insta posts. Soon the social media started calling her a tattoo queen and fans and followers of the actress flooded her Insta profile with comments with heart-emojis and compliments.

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Torn jeans, tattoos and parental taboos J. – The Jewish News of Northern California10.08.21

Growing up, I chafed under three parental fashion edicts no tattoos, no pierced ears and no jeans with frayed edges or holes.

It wasnt, I admit, as stringent as living under the Taliban, but as a teenager, it seemed harsh, unjust and unreasonable. Not quite grounds for running away from home, but still, fodder for endless sighs and complaints about how uncool and cruel my parents were especially my mother.

These days I understand the no tattoos and the no-holey-jeans rules were byproducts of my Jewish faith. Although there is some debate about whether tattoos are kosher or not, they clearly are not something most Jews are comfortable with.

In my family, one of my children used to come home each semester from college declaring, Ive got bad news and more bad news.

What? Id say, not knowing what to expect this time.

I got a tattoo.

Whats the more bad news? Id ask in a shrill voice.

It says I love Dad.

I fell for this joke each and every semester.

As for the torn jeans? I thought that was just my mother being fastidious. Uncool. Unhip. Not getting the way of hippies. But, of course, I didnt realize she was just shuddering and whistling past the graveyard thinking about the tradition of Kriah the rendering of cloth when a loved one dies.

Kriah is an ancient tradition. When Jacob believed his son Joseph was dead, he tore his garments. When King David was told of Saul and Jonathans deaths, he and his men tore their clothes.

Kriah today usually is performed at the funeral home before the service begins, and instead of tearing our clothes, we wear a black ribbon provided by the funeral director.

I still have the ribbon from my fathers funeral. I keep it, along with his yarmulke, a black vest and yellow sweater he wore, plus a cigar box that still carries the stinky scent of his beloved Macanudo Prince Phillip cigars.

And, like my mother, I was obsessed that my children never wear holey clothes. If I spotted a shirt even a favorite one with the slightest tear, if it couldnt be patched, it was gone. This led to fights, to tears (when they were little), but I didnt care. I was frightened of the symbolism, and I was superstitious that it might bring bad luck kinahora.

Recently, however, aging hipster me proudly bought a pair of holey, frayed jeans. Even my non-Jewish husband was shocked when I put them on for the first time. What would Mom say? he asked. I mean you look cute, but

And about that pierced earring prohibition? Where did that come from? Not clear. All I know is that when I was 12 and all the cool girls were going to The Mall to get their ears pierced, my mother said no. Why? Because pierced ears looked



Somehow, to my first-generation American mother daughter of a Hungarian and a Rumanian looking European was bad.

She stuck to her guns on this odd edict for two decades, until she lost an expensive diamond clip-on earring my father had bought for her. Then, suddenly the idea of the more secure pierced earrings seemed smart. The next week, we both got our ears pierced.

Today, writing this column, I questioned my late-life decision to wear torn jeans. I belatedly realized it wasnt fashion motivated, but cynical, even sad. Having lost so many loved ones, I figured tempting fate no longer held sway. I was wearing them in defiance. Take that, tradition! Take that, fate! Youve claimed my parents, two of my brothers and my best friend. I often feel in a state of mourning.

So, why not wear torn clothes?

And with that flash of self-realization (and unflattering self-pity), I concluded my hipster jeans werent so hip and fun anymore. I walked to the closet, took the jeans off the hanger and threw them away.

Some taboos stick even when our parents arent around to enforce them.

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Tattoos have a long history going back to the ancient world and also to colonialism – Jacksonville Journal-Courier09.04.21

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(THE CONVERSATION) While most of us would likely care to forget the pandemic as soon as is possible, a few have opted for a permanent reminder of the health crisis in the shape of a tattoo. Some of these tattoos are meant to serve as a reminder of the year gone by, depicting motifs around toilet paper shortages, social distancing and other pandemic-related messages. But those who lost loved ones to the disease are also using tattoos to create memorials.

This is not a recent phenomenon tattoos have long served as a way for people to express their emotions.

As a tattoo historian, I often enjoy asking people where they think tattoos originated. I hear the mention of countries such as China, Japan, somewhere in Africa or South America, or Polynesia. What is interesting is that in the past five years of holding these conversations, no one thus far has answered that tattoos could have originated in Europe or North America.

What geographical areas these answers include, and what they miss, speak to a deeper truth about the history of tattoos: What we know and think about tattoos is heavily influenced by oppression, racism and colonialism.

History of tattoos

Tattooing practices were common in many parts of the ancient world.

There were tattoos in both ancient Japan and Egypt. The Mori of New Zealand have been practicing sacred Ta Mko tattooing for centuries as a way to indicate who they are as individuals as well as who their community is.

However, no one culture can lay the claim to first inventing the art form. Tattooing practices were known in Europe and North America since times of antiquity. The Greeks depicted their tattooed Thracian neighbors, the Indo-European-speaking people, on their pottery. The Picts, the indigenous people of what is today northern Scotland, were documented by Roman historians as having complex tattoos.

The oldest preserved tattoos come from tzi the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummified body frozen in ice discovered in the mountains of Italy in 1991. In 2019, researchers identified 2,000-year-old tattoo needles from southeastern Utahs Pueblo archaeological sites. The cactus spines bound with yucca leaves still had the remnants of tattoo ink on them.

Colonization and tattoos

Tattoo historian Steve Gilbert explains that the word tattoo itself is a combination of Marquesan and Samoan words tatau and tatu to describe these practices. The sailors who explored these Polynesian islands combined the words as they traded stories of their experiences.

The question then arises, if tattoos existed in Europe and North America since times of antiquity, why did Western cultures appropriate and combine these two words instead of using words that already existed in their own?

As I found in my research, somewhere around the 1400s tattoos became an easy way to draw a line between European colonizers and those colonized, who were seen as uncivilized.

Tattooing was still being practiced in Europe and North America, but many of those tattooing practices had been driven underground by the time European colonization was in full swing.

That was in part the result of attempts to Christianize parts of Europe by purging towns and villages of pagan and nonconformist, nonreligious practices including tattooing. As Catholic churches expanded their influence via missionaries and campaigns of assimilation beginning in A.D. 391, tattoos were frowned upon as un-Christian.

Not like us

As Western colonizers pushed into places like Africa, the Pacific Islands and North and South America in the 1400s and 1500s, they found entire groups of native peoples who were tattooed.

These tattooed individuals were often pointed to as proof that the untamed natives needed the help of good, God-fearing Europeans to become fully human. Tattooed individuals from these cultures were even brought back and paraded through Europe for profit.

A tattooed Indigenous mother and son, kidnapped by explorers in the late 1600s from an unknown location in Canada, were two such victims. An advertisement handbill of the time read: Let us thank Almighty God for this beneficence, that he has declared himself to us by his Word, so that we are not like these savages and man-eaters.

People would pay to gawk at these enslaved human beings, making their captors a healthy profit and reaffirming in the minds of the audience the need for European expansion, whatever the human cost.

This kidnapping of tattooed persons had destructive effects on the cultures they were taken from, as often the most tattooed individuals, and therefore the most likely to be taken, were the leaders and holy persons.

It is worth noting that most captives did not live longer than a few months after arriving in Europe, succumbing to foreign illness or malnourishment when their slavers did not feed them.

This tattooed savage narrative was pushed even further as tattooed individuals began to display themselves in carnival and circus freak shows.

These performers not only pushed the narrative of tattoos being savage or othering by performing as freaks, they also invented tragic backstories. The performers claimed they were attacked and forcibly tattooed by marginalized people, such as Native Americans, whom the public at large regarded as savages.

One such performer was the American Nora Hildebrandt. Nora weaved an account of being captured by Native Americans who forcibly tattooed her.

This was a more harrowing tale than the reality that her longtime partner, Martin Hildebrandt, had been her tattoo artist. Her tale was particularly baffling, as Nora Hildebrandts tattoos were mostly of patriotic symbols, like the American flag.

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The voices of colonizers echo into the present. Tattoos carry a certain amount of stigma in Western societies. They can often end up being called a poor life choice or trashy. Studies as recent as 2014 discuss the persistence of the stigma.

I see tattoos as art and a way of communicating identity. In answering the question where do tattoos come from? I would argue that they come from all of us, regardless of what early colonizers may have wanted people to believe.

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Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention is a big draw, but is ink still taboo in the mainstream? – Bucks County Courier Times09.04.21

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Tattoo collectors, fans and artists alike have a mantra in common: Love the skin you're in.

And that old adage will come into vibrant focus as the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention comes to the region this month, bringing with it thousands of tattoo aficionados and dozens of tattooists over the three-day convention that starts Sept. 10.

"I will be there and I plan on having a booth there as well," said Joe Thomas, owner and lead artist of Philly Joe Tattoo Studio in Bensalem. "It will be extraordinary to see all the people that have tattoos and want tattoos."

As trendy and fashionable as tattoos have become, the ink-on-skin subculture still has many obstacles in the business world and academia to overcome before it can enjoy mainstream acceptance.

Ivona Hideg, associate professor andAnn Brown chair in organization studies at the internationally top-rated Schulich School of Business at York University, said overall, tattoos are embraced more in some fields and less in others.

"Mainstream society has indeed become more accepting of tattoos and thats especially true in some industries such as more creative industries and arts where tattoos may be seen as a sign of ones creative identity," Hideg said. "Moreover, tattoos are more common and more accepted in blue collar versuswhite-collar jobs.

"As such, tattoos are still not widely accepted in particular in white collar professional jobs and occupations," Hideg added."White collar professions are also more conservative and in more conservative spaces tattoos are less accepted."

The sporting of tattoos was and is generally regarded as habits of counterculture expressionism, and perhaps as such,the exhibiting of tattoos has never gained much of a foothold in the business world.

Now tattooing professionally for six years and operating his shop at 2339 Bristol Road for the previous three, Thomas said he has tattooed individuals from a wide range of professions, including nurses, teachers and law enforcement officers.

For him, the professional and mainstream worlds are slowly embracing employees with tattoos.

"It is now a new era and a new world that continues to get more advanced and grow. So it isn't thathaving tattoos are 'OK,' it's just became more acceptable," Thomas said. "If I were [before] a judge and walked in with a tattoo on my neck, I know what it does and looks likefor me, especially to older.

"But there's not many [instances] like that anymore; now, people are more open to tattoos because of style, character and one's own free will."

Fellow tattooistDon "Don Juan" Salleroli, the owner and lead artists of Floating World Tattoos in Philadelphia, agrees, but adds that tattoos that display hate and criminal activity are and should be considered taboo.

"Mainstream society has certainly become more accepting of tattoos in general, but there are some narrow-minded people that look down upon them, not realizing that a tattoo is not going to change your work performance in any way shape or form," Salleroli said. "Obviously if you're wearing something lewd or some kind of blatant anti-Semitic tattoo, that would be a case where I as an employer wouldnt hire you, but as for artistic tattooing, I believe you should be able to have it with no judgement by anyone."

Still, the lingering stereotype applied to tattooed individuals is hard to shake, especially when tattoo collectors are now embracing bolder designs and getting inked on parts of the body such as the face, forehead and on a bald head that were once off-limits to all except those in thehardest of hardcore tattoo circles.

Salleroli, a veteran artist who has dozens of tattoos and has inked thousands of clients from his shop on South Street, said he still has to deal with the shock, awkward glances and second looks he receives.

"I think you will always have people that associate tattooing with criminals or sailors or a million other stereotypes.Ive had people clutch their purses when I get on an elevator or walk by them on the street, and Ive been followed in stores by security guards," Salleroli said. "But I just laugh to myself and think how narrow-minded people can be.

"I chose to tattoo myself so Im willing to deal with narrow minds, and quite frankly I just try and be a normal courteous person and not really let it bother me."

Helping the cause, Salleroli said, is that pop culture has embraced tattooing by literally "bringing it into your living room" with several television shows and reality TVprograms that focus on the word of tattoos.

"Tattooing used to be mystical and almost magical and dangerous to me growing up;when I got into tattooing it certainly wasnt mainstream at all," Salleroli said. "And Ive watched it change over the years, and its definitely not mystical or dangerousanymore, but I still find it to be magical and amazing."

Hideg and other leaders ofbusiness programs say more students with tattoos are enrolling in business and law programs, but those fields aren'tnecessarily pivoting towardtattoo acceptanceat the rate of society on the whole.

Andrew R. Timming, professor of human resource management and interim director of theDepartment of Management, International Business, and Entrepreneurship at RMIT University, said he is noticing a loosening of societal norms regarding tattoos.

"Universities are seeing more and more students with visible tattoos, although these tend to be concealablewith a long sleeved shirt," Timming said."It is rare, but not unheard of, to see students with tattoos on the face and hands. Generally speaking, there is an increase of visible ink at both universities and within the workforce."

Angela Hall, associate professor of theSchool of Human Resources andLabor Relations at Michigan State University'sCollege of Social Science, saidin some of theprofessions in which tattoos were historically taboo, like law enforcement, "we are increasingly seeing more" workers with visible tattoos.

"I believe that the reason is two-fold. First, we are seeing more millennials in the workforce. In fact, millennials are now the largest age demographic in the U.S. workforce," Hall said."This generation does not share the same attitudes toward tattoos as those from previous generations. Second, there has been more of an overall societal acceptance of tattoos."

Hall though, noted thestigma of tattoos is hard to break, especially when they are judged by older eyes or looked at through the scopeof illegal behavior.

"Having the wrong type and/or excessive tattoos can be associated with the stereotypes of being from a lower class and/or being related to criminal activity," she said.

Timming mostly agreed, but added the caveat that the world of tattooing itself has counterculture roots.

"Even front-line retail employees can display tattoos these days. However, there will always be certain genres of tattoos, including those with explicit sexual or offensive imagery, that will always be frowned upon," Timming said. "Tattoos still signal a risk-taking and anti-social personality, but these perceptions are changing rapidly. Gone are the days when tattoos were only displayed by delinquents and deviants."

Jonathan Warnerworks as a paralegal in Philadelphia and has "more than a dozen" tattoos. Hesaid the general workforce doesn't mind tattoos, but that in his arena of law and jurisprudence, tattoos can telegraph a sense of negatively and lawlessness.

"My tattoos never get in the way, but I often cover them up with a long-sleeved button-down. And that works for me, since in my job I never wear short sleeves. I also have a tattoo on my neck that I cover. I know what I bring and my worth, but I don't want a client or my bosses to get the wrong idea or impression," Warner said. "I guess there has to be a line; one can express themself, but I'd give pause before getting a tattoo on my face or on a shaved part of my head.

"But I will never knock anyone who does decide to get that [type of work] done; just that if you are getting those types of tattoos, you have to accept what comes with it, including the reaction from so-called mainstream society."

The Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, now in its 23rd year, runs Sept. 10-12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where it is expected toe bring in thousands of patrons, dozens of tattoo artists doing on-the-spot tattoos (reservation required formost) and a handful of special appearances by renown tattoo aficionados.

Renown tattoo artists joining host Villian Arts Tattoo for the three-day affair will be"Skizzy" Scott Barker, Vegas Dixon/Ladies of Ink Tour, Aaron Diaz,Aaron Reyes Antonio, Ali Kat, Alicia Thomas and many others.

Friday's session will feature performances and appearances byMagic Brian,James Maltman, theSnow Cone Burlesque, Captain and Maybelle Sideshow and will close with a performance by burlesque performer and instructorAngelica Lavalier.

Saturday's lineup includesMagic Brian,James Maltman,Captain and Maybelle Sideshow,Magic Brian,James Maltman, Snow Cone Burlesque,Captain and Maybelle and closes once again with Angelica Lavalier.

Magic Brian,James Maltman andCaptain and Maybelle will close out the convention on Sunday. There will also be various tattoo prizes award for tattoo of the day.

"I am looking forward to attending this convention in particular, because I started attending just as a fan of tattoos and culture," said Jacob Stallion, and independent tattoo artist from Bensalem. "There is always something for everyone. Not everyone likes burlesque, but everyone there likes tattoos, and it will be good to see other artists and talk with them and exchange ideas."

Stallion said newbies are welcomed at the convention, but should be prepared for some possible sensory overload.

"It can be intimidating for a first-timer to absorb the sights and sounds; it is a little 'in your face,'" Stallion said. "But everyone there will be on the vibe. It will be a glorious time for our world."

Pandemic precautions will be in place, including astate-of-the-art automated escalator handrail sanitation system and a touch-free bathroom system and an upgraded HVAC system that goes well beyond industry standards at the convention center, said Kelvin Moore, the regional general manager for ASM Global,the agency contracted for the general management of the convention center.

"We worked closely with the Philadelphia Convention and VisitorsBureauin developing a plan to think ahead as best as anyone could for what the building would need to have to welcome people back and make them feel safe," Moore said, noting that the convention center has already hosted several high-profile events, including the ballot count for the most recent presidential election and various Grand Jury seatings. "During the shutdown, we were able to demonstrate our capabilities to the local health department, and the Department of Health reviewed our plan andtrusted our plan...we have hospital-grade health and safety protocols, and we feel very confident in our infrastructure and capital improvements."

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On the Town: Tattooing’s history and more to explore in OKC – Journal Record09.04.21

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If you need ideas for some fun things to do Labor Day weekend, check out this partial list of happenings in Oklahoma.

You have until Tuesday to be transported to see both Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition and The Worst-Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Guide at the Science Museum in Oklahoma Citys Adventure District. These two exhibits are great fun to walk through. Youll be transported to 221B Baker Street where the fictional Sherlock Holmes lived and test your crime-solving skills and learn a bit about real-life forensic science in the first one. In the second, youll learn all about how to survive challenging situations with some hands-on practice. Theyre both included in a small add-on fee to regular admission. For information, go to or call 405-602-3760.

See the compelling new exhibit exploring the history of tattooing in North America at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Tattoos: Religion, Reality and Regret explores the cultural traditions of tattooing in Native American cultures and traditions that are practiced globally today, a news release noted. The exhibit includes items and images from the museums permanent collection and the Dickinson Research Center. Theres even an area set up for live demonstrations from time to time.

Tattooing is a form of expression often undervalued in historical research, said Dr. Eric Singleton, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Curator of Ethnology, in the release. For information, go to

As I noted Wednesday, head to the Paseo Arts Festival between NW 30th and Dewey and NW 28th and Walker from Saturday through Monday for arts, food, music and more. Or enjoy a trip to The Paseo Friday night for its First Friday Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. For information, go to

If you like live music, check out two venues in Oklahoma City. One, Tower Theatre, 425 NW 23rd, is hosting a Steely Dan + Grateful Dead Tribute Night featuring Steely Dead at 8 p.m. Friday. For information, go to The Criterion, 500 E. Sheridan Ave, is hosing Mozzy on Saturday night and Dirty Heads and Sublime With Rome: High and Mighty Tour on Sunday night. See for tickets. Or enjoy three days of live rock music at Rocklahoma in Pryor. See the lineup at

In Tulsa, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second, is presenting The Guys in its Liddy Doenges Theatre and Escape to Margaritaville in the Chapman Music Hall through Sunday. The Guys is a play by Anne Nelson that commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with a story about a fire captain. Escape is a musical comedy featuring Jimmy Buffet songs. For information, go to or call 918-596-7111.

Elk City is hosting the PRCA Rodeo of Champions at the Beutler Brothers Arena through Sunday. For information, go to

Next Wednesday, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and first lady Sarah Stitt will host the annual Boots, Bandanas and Barbecue event from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oklahoma Governors Mansion from 6 to 8 p.m., 820 NE 23rd. Proceeds will benefit Friends of the Mansion, which works to preserve the mansion. Tickets are $75 per person and available at

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Can the military boost recruitment by allowing more tattoos? – Military Times09.04.21

Congress wants to know if tattoos and piercings are keeping too many potential recruits out of the military.

On Wednesday, during debate over the annual defense authorization bill draft, members of the House Armed Services Committee unanimously approved language which would mandate a new report on whether tattoos and body modification for potential enlistees have become a deterrent to meeting recruitment goals.

The research, which would be due in March 2022, would include the exact number of potential enlistees per year that are denied access to the military due to tattoos and body modifications and comparison of military rules to private-sector policies.

The measure passed without opposition. It still has to survive negotiations with the Senate later this year before it becomes law.

But the move recognizes changing cultural norms and emerging demographics of the country, and the challenges that presents to recruiters, according to committee members.

A 2015 Harris poll found that about half of millennials (born between 1980 and 1995) have at least one tattoo, and at least a third of all Americans have gotten one.

Rules regarding tattoos or piercings vary from service to service, but most prohibit offensive imagery or tattoos on the face, upper neck and hands.

Military officials have noted in recent years that recruiting has gotten more progressively difficult. Defense Department studies have shown that up to 70 percent of Americans between 17 and 24 are ineligible for military service due to obesity, mental-health issues, past drug use, or insufficient education.

Pentagon officials have also pushed to expand their pool of recruits from non-traditional sources as they try to attract individuals with high-tech skills for cyber operations.

The committees language also asks the military to consider the benefits of offering tattoo removal as an incentive to meet recruitment goals.

The provision is one of hundreds of policy issues including a 2.7 percent pay raise for troops in the annual authorization bill draft, which is expected to come up for a full House chamber vote in the next few weeks.

Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.

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Watch a Mom React to Seeing Her Son Without His Face Tattoos – menshealth.com09.04.21

Drew got his first tattoo when he was 18, and never looked back. Now 29, he has more than 100 tattoos which cover his entire face and body. "The reaction I get when I'm out in public is mostly stares, but I don't care," he says. "The number one assumption people make is that I've been in jail for a long time... I've been rejected from jobs because of my tattoos. But now I model because of my tattoos, and I'm proud of them."

In a new episode of Transformed, Drew agrees to have all of his ink covered up, to see what he would look like without his tattoos. It's also a surprise for his aunt Jackie, who raised him and who he sees as a mother. "When I first started getting the tattoos, she didn't like it at all," he says. "She thinks I'm messing up my face."

Makeup artist Jill uses an airbrush to apply an even base layer of makeup to Drew's entire body, starting with his face. Then she does a series of touch-ups to ensure that the makeup matches his natural skin tone. All in all, the process takes around four hours.

"It's so not me, you know?" Drew says, once he sees the final result. "It takes away my pizzazz, my juice, my sauce." With the tattoos completely covered, there's only one thing left for Drew to do; show his aunt Jackie his new, fresh-faced look.

"This looks good," she says. "I prefer you looking like this... You know I never liked your tattoos." She adds that she wishes he could stay like this, as he reminds her of the boy she used to know. Drew admits to not being shocked by her reaction, but after washing off all the makeup, states that he definitely prefers the way he usually looks.

"I'm a confident person by nature," he says, "but the tattoos just give me a little more power."

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El Paso artist Pablo Hernandez to share work inspired by Indigenous past at Casa Ortiz

Painter and tattoo artist Pablo Hernandez will be one of the artist featured at Casa Ortiz upcoming group show "An Overwhelming Chemistry."

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After being a tattoo artist for about 10years, native El Pasoan Pablo Hernandez is scaling back on the ink art to dedicate more time to painting.

Hernandez, who has been drawing and painting since he was in elementary school, will be the featured artist for theFirst Friday celebration from 5 to 11p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, atCasa Ortiz, 10167 Socorro Road in Socorro.

"I've been tattooing since I was 20 or 21 and have been dedicating myself to tattooing and oil painting. But I recently left my job in Santa Fe because I wanted to pursue oil painting full time and I'm starting to get into murals," he said.

Hernandez, 30, who stills works on tattoos at Red Skull Tattoos in El Paso, said tattooing was becoming too much of a 9-to-5 job.

"Santa Fe is a big art community and it felt good to be able to make a living at painting. But my foot in the door was going to this tattoo shop. I'm grateful for it because it was good income and a lot of fun, but I felt like I completely put what I went over there for in the back seat and it didn't feel good," he said.

"I guess I realized that marking people permanently on skin has to be meaningful and I haveto be completely in it if I wantto make it a good experience for them they are going to remember me and the experience every time they see their tattoo," he added.

Hernandez said he is going to be more selective in tattoo jobs so that he can devote more time to painting acrylics.

The work that he is featuring Friday will showcase his interest inMesoamerican history and Indigenous people.

"I really liked the COVIDquarantine because I was indoors all day painting," he said. "Usually, I stay up all night, trying to finish a painting."

Some of his pieces reflect the Virgen de Guadalupe and her origins, as well as various Indigenous gods.

"Apparently, the way she was created was almost like theSpanish trying to absorb the religion of the Mexica, the Aztecs. They pretty much told them you have to worship a Catholicgod, but you can make your own version so the Virgen de Guadalupe is what came from that," he said. "She's supposed to be known as the first mestiza."

In the painting, the dark virgin is blocking the sunand is painted in way that makes the rays behind her shinier thanthe rest of the work. The work also includes swords piercing through a jaguar to symbolize the warriors andSpaniards.

Hernandez believes that part of his interest in his heritage is a bit like that scene from "Selena" in which Edward James Olmos' character, who plays Selena's dad,tells his children they are not Anglo enough for the Anglos and have to be more Mexican than the Mexicans.

"Painting this is like discovering myself and my roots. I think we all share that common story where we are not really from here or Mexico ...," he said. "We're more like a bridge, being from El Paso. This is a place where many Mexican immigrants have come and blossomed and prospered. And then I feel like a lot of us are forgetting where we come from, so we have to be that bridge between the two."

Hernandez said heplans to continue living in Santa Fe and cometo El Paso periodically for tattoo work.

More: Casa Ortiz art gallery in Socorro celebrates artists at First Friday event

More: Here's your updated guide of things to do in the El Paso area in 2021-22

Mara Corts Gonzlez may be reached at 915-546-6150;; @EPTMaria on Twitter.

What: First Friday art celebration featuring artist Pablo Hernandez

Where: Casa Ortiz,10167 Socorro Road in Socorro

When: 5 to 11p.m. Friday, Sept. 3. Live acoustic set by Adrian Bautista will start at 7:30 p.m.; followed by Hayley Lynch and Manny Lozano jazz duet and The Other Half

Details: Other artists will include Alejandro Moreno, Angel Cabrales, Christin Apodaca, Miguel Bonilla, and Ricardo Chavarria.

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