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Denver tattoo artist goes viral for her take on the wildly popular Bernie Sanders meme – The Denver Channel01.26.21

DENVER Bernie Sanders is popping up just about everywhere memes show him on a chairlift in Aspen and on the patio of local restaurants.

Memes might be fleeting, but a tattoo is forever.

"I just dont think all tattoos need to be the most significant profound deep thing youve ever thought of. Lets be silly. I like to be silly, why not? Especially in todays world, you find your happiness where you can," said Sam Kuhn, the artist behind a now viral tattoo of the meme.

The tattoo is instantly recognizable, depicting the Vermont senator wearing that blue surgical mask and mittens made out of a recycled sweater.

Its a good, silly, little tattoo," Kuhn said. "You cant hate it. You can not like Bernie, and thats fine. Its just fun."

What ended up as a viral tattoo started off as a joke. Kuhn works at Copperhead Tattoo Parlor, which is located next to a barbecue restaurant.

"My neighbors at Owlbear Barbecue asked me to print out a meme for them to put into the window," Kuhn said. "I made the joke that, 'one of yall should get this.'"

James McFaul took a break from his job running the smoker at the barbecue joint, and in less than an hour, he had a brand new tattoo. Kuhn was so pleased with the work that she posted a picture on her Instagram account, and it took off almost immediately.

"Im almost at 10,000 likes, which is about eight times the likes that Ive received on any other picture," said Kuhn.

McFaul has been friends with Kuhn for about three years. She has done other tattoos for him in the past, but they continue to be surprised by the reaction of his latest tattoo.

"Yeah, that doesnt make any sense," McFaul said. "I mean, I figured people would like it, and people would hate it, but I didnt think it would get as much attention as it has."

When asked if he was a Bernie fan, McFaul said, " I mean, it would be a weird thing to get otherwise."

Kuhn said it's not at all political for her, but, then again, she's not one to take things too seriously.

"Its an old guy in some mittens. Everybody is arguing in the comments in my Instagram, and its hilarious 'cause its just silly," Kuhn said. "Im still able to draw silly stuff for a living, so I couldnt be more stoked."

She said most of the comments have been positive, and she's already received a few requests from others who want the Bernie meme to live on with their own tattoos.

Oh, its a great tattoo," McFaul said.

Although, you could say he's feeling the 'Bern,' McFaul wonders what Sanders himself would think of the new ink.

"What did he say? He was like, 'Im happy that we know they make good mittens in Vermont,' or something like that thats pretty cool," McFaul said. "Well now they know we make good tattoos in Denver."

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Tattoo artist Les Bowen reflects on 61 years inking bodies and change from underground to art form – ABC News01.26.21

A few sewing needles tied to a cork, a bottle of Indian ink and plenty of ego gave Les Bowen his start as a tattoo artist.

It was 1959 and the then 17-year-old was practising tattooing skulls and letters on his friends.

"You go around and graffiti all of your friends and get banished by their parents," he laughed.

Sixty-two years later, Mr Bowen is one of Australia's most well respected and awarded tattoo artists with honorary membership to international tattoo associations including the exclusive Japan Tattoo Club.

Despite six decades in the business, his passion for tattooing has not faded and his skill is unwavering.

"I'm still fascinated by tattooing.

"I always wondered whether I would, as I got older, have shaky hands, but it has gone the opposite way I think, I'm more steady in the hands than I have ever been.

"I have been in control of the movement of my hands for so many years that I can keep them very still indeed."

In 1960, the tattoo industry had a pretty seedy reputation, tattoo artists were very secretive and parents warned their children job prospects would dry up if they got a tattoo.

It was in 1960 when Mr Bowen ordered his first proper tattoo equipment from an American mail-order catalogue.

He had no knowledge of how to use it and tattooists were tight-lipped about the trade but Mr Bowen used his skill as an illustrator as a bargaining chip.

"I ran into another tattoo artist who started talking to me about the actual process of tattooing which was a thing that tattoo artists didn't do at the time.

"I used to draw designs for him, because I was one of the few tattooists that could draw and he used to impart little snippets of information to me."

Mr Bowen was living in a house next to the Brisbane showgrounds, and the day before show day he put a sign out advertising tattoos.

"The sign hadn't even been out there an hour when there was a knock at the door and there were about 100 people at the door every sideshow and ride operator from the showgrounds had seen the sign and passed the message on.

"And there I was, with no knowledge or skill but plenty of ego so that's really how it started."

When Mr Bowen opened his Second Skin Tattoo shop in Townsville in 1980, tattoo studios outside capital cities were rare.

He said he had seen tattoos change from the realm of "gangsters and knockabouts" to an accepted art form.

Despite many positive changes, he laments the loss of the underground mystique of the industry.

"I sort of miss the bad boy thing, I miss the design sheets on the wall, I miss the simplicity of it, it has become a very complicated business.

"At the time when I started really artistic ability wasn't a pre-requisite, now it is pretty much a pre-requisite to be a good or at least a reasonable artist because demands are so high for the quality of the artwork."

Mr Bowen has worked on many famous bodies including Australia's most well-known tattooed woman Cindy Ray.

He has several pieces on Tom Waits and does not deny the rumour he has tattooed former AC/DC frontman Bon Scott.

"I pick and choose what I do now, I only do the jobs that I want to do and I pick the people that I want to tattoo on.

"I feel I am semi-retired but I could never walk away from it completely."

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Integrity Ink Provides Fast, Effective, and Affordable Full-Spectrum Laser Tattoo Removal in Crosby, TX with the Astanza Trinity Laser – GlobeNewswire01.26.21

Crosby, Texas, Jan. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Integrity Ink, Crosby, Texas newest laser provider, delivers advanced laser treatment for removing unwanted tattoos. The up-and-coming clinic has invested in the Astanza Trinity laser to perform full-spectrum tattoo removal on tattoos of all colors, including stubborn green and blue pigments. Integrity Ink also uses the Zimmer Cryo 6 cooling machine for premium skin numbing and maximum patient comfort. In addition to laser tattoo removal, Integrity Ink also offers aesthetic laser services including pigmented lesion removal and vascular lesion removal.

Before I founded Integrity Ink, I worked as a tattoo artist and encountered many individuals looking to cover-up their unwanted tattoos. One experience in particular impacted me greatly and showed me how life-changing removing or modifying an unwanted or regretful tattoo can be, said Andy Cordell, woner. That moment led to the creation of Integrity Ink. Our mission is to change lives through complete tattoo removal, selective tattoo removal, fading for cover-ups, and even skin blemish removal for spider veins and age spots.

The Astanza Trinity used at Integrity Ink consists of two full-powered systems, a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser and Q-switched Ruby laser. Together, these technologies produce three versatile wavelengths for removal of the widest spectrum of tattoo ink colors. The Trinity is widely regarded as the most powerful triple-wavelength tattoo removal system on the market thanks to its removal capabilities, ultra-fast pulse duration, and high peak power. Furthermore, the Trinity can safely treat all skin types, including darker skin types IV-VI.

Andy and the Integrity Ink team are dedicated to great results and genuinely care about their customers removal journey, said Garrett Rossero, Astanza Sales Representative. We are excited for Crosby residents to experience the Trinitys unparalleled results and have no doubt that Integrity Ink will become a top laser provider in their area.

About Integrity Ink

Integrity Ink is a laser studio located in Crosby, Texas that specializes in laser tattoo removal, pigmented lesion removal, and vascular lesion removal. They are a judgment-free practice that aims to change lives by transforming the skin. All laser technicians received expert training from New Look Laser College, the worlds leading tattoo removal training program, and are skilled in performing safe laser treatments and operating advanced Q-switched lasers.

To schedule a free consultation, call (832) 992-1300 or visit Integrity Ink is located at 14026 FM 2100 Suite A, Crosby, TX 77532.

About Astanza Laser

Astanza is the leader in lasers for tattoo removal, hair removal, and additional aesthetic procedures. In addition to delivering cutting-edge medical laser devices such as the Duality, Trinity, MeDioStar, and DermaBlate systems, Astanza offers its customers a complete range of training, marketing, and business consulting services to achieve success in this growing field.

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Face tattoos give Indigenous woman a chance to reclaim traditional form of self-expression – CBC.ca01.26.21

Tattoos are popular for people of all ages and genders even on the face but for Indigenous women, it's not about being trendy. It's about reclaiming atraditional form of self-expression.

A few years ago, Stacey Fayant, a Regina artist, decided to explore the art of traditional tattooing because it piqued her interest.

"All my art is centred around my identity and culture and exploring how trauma from colonization has affected our identities," said Fayant. "I never knew that my people tattooed, so when I found out, there was a real strong pull to find out more about it and I knew I had to be involved in reawakening it here in Saskatchewan."

Fayant, who is of Cree, Saulteaux and Mtis descent, was professionally trained in the stick-and-poke and skin-stitch methods. These two forms of tattooing existed on this continent prior to contact, which is why she wanted to learn these specific techniques.

Initially, Fayant thought she would share her knowledge with just her family, but has been overwhelmed by the response from the Indigenous community. Waiting lists for her tattoos, prior to the pandemic, were at least six months long.

"People seem to know that they need this and it's for the right reasons," she said. "They are coming to me specifically for a traditional tattoo that connects them to their identity and their culture."

Fayant said face tattoos such as chin and temple tattoos are not viewed as taboo among Indigenous cultures around the globe, so she's not surprised Indigenous women are choosing to get such markings.

For Nina Wilson, a Saskatoon resident and co-founder of Idle No More, the decision to get her forehead tattoo seemed natural.

"I was always a part of [Indigenous ceremonies]for at least 25 or 30 years and we always had paint," she said. "Indian paint was always used to mark us for certain things we were about to do, certain things we did, certain things we were known for."

Traditional paints are extracted from the minerals in rocks, soil and plants and are mixed to createhues.

"What I chose to do was permanently mark my face, so I wouldn't have to keep putting it on and taking it off and putting it on," said Wilson.

She has recently added a chin tattoo.

Wilson realizes such markings are considered unconventional in today's society, but says they are rooted in a history older than Canada.

"They are not your average tattoo.They make people stop and stare," she said.

Wilson believes these ancient markings serve a purpose and has no regrets about getting them. Most times she forgets she has them because they are a part of her now,until she notices the stares or when someone stops her and asks about them.

Wilson saidthe tattoos are there to remind people of the old customs and rituals, which were deliberately erased through colonialism, so they shouldn't be feared.

"The way it was explained to me by different ceremonial people, it's almost like a protection that you wear different," she said.

Kat Worm, wholives inPunichy,north of Regina,had her own reasons for deciding to get a chin tattoo, and like Wilson, she felt like it was meant to be there.

She waited almost two decades before getting her tattoo last year. Initially, she wanted to get the tattoo after she graduated from university, but at that timeface tattoos were rare. Worm did some research, but said there was limited information available.

"I found out that some Cree women did have face tattoos and always below the chin," said Worm. "I was brought up on the reserve so I was raisedalways looking at my Indigenous side. So I started looking at my Celtic side and [found out]they would use face paint that also went below the chin."

Born to a Cree father and Irish mother, she embraces both bloodlines equally, so when she did get her tattoo, she wanted it to symbolize that identity and chose to get two parallel lines down her chin.

"Physical appearance is the first thing you notice about somebody, I've never been a big makeup person so I think I needed this type of statement for my own individuality," said Worm.

Although her family supported her decision, the reaction she receives from strangers varies. While many Indigenous women admire her tattoo, strangers in the small town where she lives are more apprehensive towardher now, she said.

Worm takes both reactions in stride because she knows face tattoos can carry a negative stigma for some people.

However, she believes this is not a trend and it will become more common among Indigenous women.

For TashaBeeds, the decision to get a traditional temple tattoo is complex because ofwhat it symbolizes for her.

Beeds is a university professor at two Ontario institutions the University of Sudbury and the University of Windsor college of law.Sheis also a water walker.She takes both roles seriously, and they are interwoven in her decision to get a face tattoo.

Water walkers, who are also known as water protectors, are a group of primarily Indigenous women who prayfor the health and preservation of water, embarking on walks to do that and celebrate the resource.

Prior to a walk a round Lake Superior in 2017, Beedshad a dream of impending doom. Although frightened, Beeds said, the water spirit she heard in her dream told her she would be helped. "In my dream, she gave me a marking."

Once the walkers crossed the Canada-U.S., border Beeds fell severely ill and sought medical attention.After a series oftests at hospital in Baraja, Mich.,doctors discovered a tumour in the middle of her chest.

Although she was both shocked and worried, she remembered her dream. Against thedoctors'advice to go home and seek treatment, she continued the walk.

While on the walk,Beedsand the otherwomen were joined by Indigenous artists ChristiBelcourtand IsaacMurdock.

"They were just starting to do the ceremonial tattoos and Isaac was going to have one done and I said, 'I want one, too, and I shared with them my dream.' "

BelcourtandMurdockimmediately agreed to do the tattoo.

Although it was a painful experience, Beedssaid sheknows it was meant to be.

Today, she said,her face tattoos spark curious questions from students and she uses those conversations to educate others about the importance of protecting the water.

Fayant has also recently added a temple tattoo and like other women with facial markings, she believes they are powerful because they provide a connection to the past.

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Cowboys Fans Have Fewer Tattoos Than Fans Of A Super Bowl Team – mix931fm.com01.26.21

Is your newest tat a Cowboys star? You've really got to be a fan to be inked with your team's logo or colors, and some NFL fans have gone all out this season. Cowboys fans are in the top half for having the most tattooed fans in the NFL.

Getting a tattoo in honor of your favorite NFL team takes fandom to a whole new level. You can throw a Cowboys jersey into the washing machine and blue andsilver facepaint washes off, but a tattoo is a commitment. There will be no switching to cheering for theGiants once you ink yourself with a Cowboys star. And which body part gets it? The hip is a popular spot, but then no one sees it at the game (at least as far as we know). There's so much to think about.

Pickwiselooked at Instagram to come up with its list of the most inked fans in the NFL, and it wasn't a Super Bowl team that came out on top.

The Philadelphia Eagles have 5764 posts by dedicated fans showing off team tattoos, and there are two main reasons for it. The things that move a fan to get a team tattoo, according to Pickwise, are recent and historic success, along with a general following.

Team Name, followed by Number of Posts showing tattoos

Philadelphia Eagles -5764

Chicago Bears -5638

Las Vegas Raiders -4797

New England Patriots -4343

Denver Broncos -4268

Buffalo Bills -3671

San Francisco 49ers -3634

Kansas City Chiefs -2300

Minnesota Vikings -1921

Dallas Cowboys -1791

Pittsburgh Steelers -1236

Green Bay Packers -1075

Cleveland Browns -724

Seattle Seahawks -611

Houston Texans -377

Washington Football Team -367

Los Angeles Chargers -265

Los Angeles Rams -233

Arizona Cardinals -205

Carolina Panthers -186

Jacksonville Jaguars -92

Atlanta Falcons -90

New York Giants -74

Miami Dolphins -63

Cincinnati Bengals -44

Indianapolis Colts -43

Detroit Lions -32

Baltimore Ravens -26

New York Jets -17

New Orleans Saints -15

Tampa Bay Buccaneers -9

Tennessee Titans -7

It's surprising that Buccaneers fans don't have more team ink, but after a season like this, give them time and new fans might logo up. And February 8th -- the day after the Super Bowl -- might be a big day for tattoo artists in the winning team's city.

Would ya? Maybe you've already done it andhaven't hashtagged yet. That thought puts a whole new twist on the list! Maybe theCowboys are actually number 1.

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Sight of devil horn tattoos on Devaughn Johnson causes disruption of Zoom hearing for man charged in connecti – MassLive.com12.31.20

The Zoom hearing for a man charged in the connection with the stabbing death of a 26-year-old Haverhill man quickly fell into disarray after the defendant appeared on video revealing devil horn tattoos on his forehead.

The Eagle-Tribune reports Devaughn Johnson had been allowed to be shielded from view during his arraignment last month in connection with the stabbing death of 26-year-old Jose Vasquez of Haverhill. But when he appeared on video Tuesday, revealing devil horns tattooed on his forehead and a cross tattooed between his eyes, some observing the hearing electronically began disrupting the hearing, prompting the judge to ask the court clerk to mute attendees.

Johnson is one of three defendants being held in connection with the Nov. 21 stabbing death of Vasquez, who - along with Johnson, police say - had been involved with gangs in the past.

Johnson has been charged with accessory to murder after the fact. David Trongeau, 19, has been charged with stabbing Vasquez to death. Kaiden Henderson is also charged in connection with the stabbing and is scheduled for a court appearance on Jan. 14, the newspaper reported.

According to the Eagle-Tribune, Johnsons appearance caused a stir, with one observer using profanity and a racial slur to describe other observers. Another shouted at a woman on the call, calling her dog food.

Several times, the judge had to ask the clerk to put observers on mute, the paper reported.

A judge has ordered the impoundment of all police and court reports connected to the stabbing.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is little without its two leads – The Spool12.31.20

Every month, we at The Spool select a filmmaker to explore in greater depth their themes, their deeper concerns, how their works chart the history of cinema, and the filmmakers own biography.With his latest, Mank, now on Netflix, were spending December rifling through the cold, exacting details of David Fincher and the ways his music-video-inspired aesthetics changed American filmmaking.Read the rest of our coveragehere.

David Finchers 2011 adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is both a quite good movie and a deeply frustrating one. At its best, it thrillingly delves into the art of investigation through the eyes of two well-crafted and well-performed protagonists. At its worst, it falls flat on its face and takes its sweet time to get up, dust itself off, and get back into a groove.

When Rooney Maras relentless investigator Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craigs driven journalist Mikael Blomkvist are working together to crack a decades-old mystery, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is magnetic. Fincher and screenwriter Steven Zaillian (The Irishman) grok the enthralling and infuriating the act of searching, of finding threads waiting for a pull, of pushing back against obstinate gatekeepers, of putting everything together so that a scribble becomes a spiral towards the end of play. And thanks to Mara and Craig, Dragon Tattoo has a pair of particularly compelling investigators. Whether theyre working the case alone or together, Salander and Blomkvist are fascinating to watch.

Salander, the Millennium series anti-heroine and iconic character, approaches the investigation as a researcher. She gathers all the data she can and digs into it. She finds connections and brings them together. But she doesnt just assume that she has found the answers because one possible timeline of events checks out. She doesnt stop until shes certain. And then she acts. And when Lisbeth Salander acts, she acts.

Blomkvist, Dragon Tattoos viewpoint character, isnt as prone to thorough, merciless violence as his friend and part-time sexual partner. He is, however, a great deal more comfortable directly interacting with other people. His wide range of contacts provides him with perspectives hed otherwise miss. He can draw answers out of everyone from an elderly, unrepentant Nazi to a big-hearted critical witness who had no idea she had witnessed anything.

Mara plays Salander as cautious, guarded and lonely. Early into Dragon Tattoo, her legal caretaker, one of the few people shes comfortably close to, is incapacitated by a severe stroke. His successor proves to be a sadist and a rapist. Salander exacts vengeance on him and breaks his power over her, but shes still down a friend. And as comfortable as she is alone, she cherishes the friendships she does have.

Craig plays Blomkvist as sweet, disenchanted, and lonely. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opens with a slimy billionaire successfully framing him for libel, destroying his reputation. Blomkvists efforts to shield his magazine from the fallout drive a wedge between him and his long-time lover and business partner, Erika (Robin Wright). He and his daughter, Pernilla (Josefin Asplund), love each other but hold vastly different views on the world. Blomkvist is adrift, rattled by his loss in court. Blomkvist taking Henrik Vangers (Christopher Plummer) offer to investigate the vanishing of his grandniece, Harriet (Moa Garpendal), in exchange for info on the billionaire is as much an attempt to get himself back together as it is a shot at clearing his name.

Fincher and screenwriter Steven Zaillian grok the enthralling and infuriating the act of searching, of finding threads waiting for a pull.

Together, Mara and Craig build Salander and Blomkvist an odd, close relationship. Theyre wildly different people, but they share a mission, a passion, and a need. They want to find out the truth behind Harriet Vangers disappearance. They want a man whos spent decades viciously murdering women to answer for what hes done. And theyre lonely. These commonalities create space for the performers to build trust and, ultimately, intimacy and friendship.

Plus, for fans of Craig, its a bit of a treat to see him poking at the publics perception of Daniel Craig, James Bond. Blomkvist is heroic and good. Hes also a stressed-out dude in early middle age whos decidedly freaked out by the increasingly horrible turns the Vanger investigation takes. Consider this scene, where an unseen assailant takes a shot at him. Blomkvist braves the head wound and makes it home, but hes not someone who can just shrug off pain, nor is he a fan of impromptu surgery.

While Fincher handles Salander, Blomkvist, their investigation and their relationship with aplomb, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo struggles with adapting the additional pieces of the story. This is plainest in the sequences dealing with the extended Vanger clan, who range from a decent person whos estranged herself from the clan (Joely Richardson) to the earlier mentioned Nazi to Blomkvists grieving employer. The cast does good work, but a fair few of their scenes feel more like time marked than progress made.

Likewise, if Dragon Tattoo finds its stride once its protagonists begin working together, then the hour it takes them to meet up crosses from necessary set-up to over-extended delay. Once Fincher gets to the verb, it clicks, but it takes a long, long time and some frustrating creative choices to get there. At its worst, parts of Dragon Tattoo feel completely detached from one another. Blomkvists framing by the slimy billionaire is narratively important, but the potential thematic connections between his actions and the killers crimes are ignored. The same goes for Swedens unresolved history with the Nazis and their successors in bigotry.

When it focuses on its leads and their craft, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an enthralling film. When its scope broadens, it flails. Its beautifully shot and well-acted flailing, but its flailing, nonetheless. Outside of folks who love the Millennium series, itll do the most for folks who dig Mara, Craig, and the not-so-simple art of solving murders.

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Dynamic tattoos promise to warn wearers of health threats – Yahoo News12.31.20

In the not-too-distant future, tattoos could become medical diagnostic devices as well as body art. LightFieldStudios/iStock via Getty Images

In the sci-fi novel The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, body art has evolved into constantly shifting mediatronic tattoos in-skin displays powered by nanotech robopigments. In the 25 years since the novel was published, nanotechnology has had time to catch up, and the sci-fi vision of dynamic tattoos is starting to become a reality.

The first examples of color-changing nanotech tattoos have been developed over the past few years, and theyre not just for body art. They have a biomedical purpose. Imagine a tattoo that alerts you to a health problem signaled by a change in your biochemistry, or to radiation exposure that could be dangerous to your health.

You cant walk into a doctors office and get a dynamic tattoo yet, but they are on the way. Early proof-of-concept studies provide convincing evidence that tattoos can be engineered, not only to change color, but to sense and convey biomedical information, including the onset of cancer.

In 2017, researchers tattooed pigskin, which had been removed from the pig, with molecular biosensors that use color to indicate sodium, glucose or pH levels in the skins fluids.

In 2019, a team of researchers expanded on that study to include protein sensing and developed smartphone readouts for the tattoos. This year, they also showed that electrolyte levels could be detected with fluorescent tattoo sensors.

In 2018, a team of biologists developed a tattoo made of engineered skin cells that darken when they sense an imbalance of calcium caused by certain cancers. They demonstrated the cancer-detecting tattoo in living mice.

My lab is looking at tech tattoos from a different angle. We are interested in sensing external harms, such as ultraviolet radiation. UV exposure in sunlight and tanning beds is the main risk factor for all types of skin cancer. Nonmelanoma skin cancers are the most common malignancies in the U.S., Australia and Europe.

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To help address this problem, we developed an invisible tattoo ink that turns blue only in UV light, alerting you when your skin needs protection. The tattoo ink contains a UV-activated dye inside of a plastic nanocapsule less than a micron in diameter or thousandth of a millimeter about the same size as an ordinary tattoo pigment.

The nanocapsule is needed to make the color-changing tattoo particles large enough. If tattoo pigments are too small, the immune system rapidly clears them from the skin and the tattoo disappears. They are implanted using tattoo machines in the same way as regular tattoos, but they last for only several months before they start to degrade from UV exposure and other natural processes and fade, requiring a booster tattoo.

I served as the first human test subject for these tattoos. I created solar freckles on my forearm invisible spots that turned blue under UV exposure and reminded me when to wear sunscreen. My lab is also working on invisible UV-protective tattoos that would absorb UV light penetrating through the skin, like a long-lasting sunscreen just below the surface. Were also working on thermometer tattoos using temperature-sensitive inks. Ultimately, we believe tattoo inks could be used to prevent and diagnose disease.

Temporary transfer tattoos are also undergoing a high-tech revolution. Wearable electronic tattoos that can sense electrophysiological signals like heart rate and brain activity or monitor hydration and glucose levels from sweat are under development. They can even be used for controlling mobile devices, for example shuffling a music playlist at the touch of a tattoo, or for luminescent body art that lights up the skin.

The advantage of these wearable tattoos is that they can use battery-powered electronics. The disadvantage is that they are much less permanent and comfortable than traditional tattoos. Likewise, electronic devices that go underneath the skin are being developed by scientists, designers and biohackers alike, but they require invasive surgical procedures for implantation.

Tattoos injected into the skin offer the best of both worlds: minimally invasive, yet permanent and comfortable. New needle-free tattooing methods that fire microscopic ink droplets into the skin are now in development. Once perfected they will make tattooing quicker and less painful.

The color-changing tattoos in development are also going to open the door to a new kind of dynamic body art. Now that tattoo colors can be changed by an electromagnetic signal, youll soon be able to program your tattoos design, or switch it on and off. You can proudly display your neck tattoo at the motorcycle rally and still have clear skin in the courtroom.

As researchers develop dynamic tattoos, theyll need to study the safety of the high-tech inks. As it is, little is known about the safety of the more than 100 different pigments used in normal tattoo inks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not exercised regulatory authority over tattoo pigments, citing other competing public health priorities and a lack of evidence of safety problems with the pigments. So U.S. manufacturers can put whatever they want in tattoo inks and sell them without FDA approval.

So far, there is no evidence that tattoos cause cancer, and one study even found that black tattoos protect against UV-induced skin cancer. Still, many tattoo inks contain or degrade into substances that are known to be hazardous, and health complications including infection, allergy and granuloma have been found in about 2% of tattoos. More research is needed to understand the long-term effects of nano- and microimplants in the skin in general.

A wave of high-tech tattoos is slowly upwelling, and it will probably keep rising for the foreseeable future. When it arrives, you can decide to surf or watch from the beach. If you do climb on board, youll be able to check your body temperature or UV exposure by simply glancing at one of your tattoos.

This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.

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Tattoos, scars and the vital details of people hunted by police – Liverpool Echo12.31.20

Officers at Merseyside Police want your help to find these people, many of whom are wanted on recall to prison.

From suspects in investigations to convicted criminals, the list includes people from all over Merseyside.

Each has formed part of this year's ECHO Festive Fugitive campaign as police seek the public's help in tracking them down.

If you know where any of those featured below are, you can contact Merseyside Police via Twitter (@MerPolCC), or by calling the force on 101.

You can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or online here.


The scarred 28-year-old was released from jail in August after serving part of a seven year and 10 month sentence for aggravated vehicle taking.

O'Shea, from West Derby, is now wanted on recall to prison after breaching his licence conditions..

Merseyside Police said extensive enquiries were ongoing to trace him and warned the public not to approach him.

The force described OShea as white, 5ft 6in tall, of slim build, with brown hair and blue eyes.

He is said to speak with a Liverpool accent and has a scar on his lip and forearm.


The 39-year-old breached the conditions of his licence after his release from prison on November 5 and is now a wanted man.

The public has been urged to contact the police if they spot the builder, responsible for two high profile and sickening crimes.

In April, 2017 Case, from Huyton, was jailed for 37 months after he tried to entice a schoolgirl into his van, leading to a high speed police chase across the city.

Case admitted the attempted abduction of a child and dangerous driving, but denied he approached the girl with a sexual motive.

In 2002 Case carried out an horrendous knife attack on a young nursery school teacher outside her Bootle home.

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He was initially charged with attempted murder but pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Jailing Case for eight years, Judge David Lynch said: This was not a sudden loss of will, it was a culmination of intimidation and violence towards the victim.

It was carefully planned and vicious. She needs protecting from you and she needs protecting from herself.

Merseyside Police has urged anyone knows where he is to come forward and described Case as white, 6ft tall, of heavy build, with brown hair and blue eyes.


Hitchmough, from Roby, is wanted on recall to prison after breaching his licence conditions.

The 30-year-old was released on March 7, 2017 after serving part of a nine-year sentence for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Extensive enquiries are ongoing to trace him.

Merseyside Police described Hitchmough as white, 6ft tall, of medium build, with brown hair and brown eyes. He speaks with a Liverpool accent.


Bennett was sentenced to 13 years behind bars for robbery.

He was released on September 21 after serving part of that sentence but has since breached his licence conditions, police said.

The 32-year-old, from Aigburth, is white, 5ft 7in tall, of slim build, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. He speaks with a Liverpool accent.

The public are warned not to approach him.


Jones was sentenced to three years and four months in jail for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

He was released on July 3 of this year after serving part of that term.

But Merseyside Police say the 22-year-old, from Liverpool, has already breached the terms of his release and is now wanted on prison recall.

The force described Jones as white, 5ft 11in tall, of slim build, with brown hair and brown eyes. He speaks with a Liverpool accent.


Hughes was handed a three year, four month sentence for burglary.

After serving part of that he was released on August 14 of this year.

But within two months the 52-year-old, from Liverpool but of no fixed abode, was recalled to prison after breaching the terms of his release.

Merseyside Police described Hughes as a white male who is 5ft 7in tall, of slim build with brown hair and green eyes. He has a Liverpool accent.


Young was charged with possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.

He was due to attend court on May 7 but did not turn up.

Merseyside Police say extensive enquiries to trace him are ongoing - and officers are appealing for your help in the search.

Young is described as white, 5ft 11in tall, of medium build, with dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He speaks with a Liverpool accent.


Grace, 32, was handed a six year sentence for drugs supply at Chester Crown Court in October 2014.

He was released in April 2019 but has now been wanted on prison recall for more than a year after breaching his licence conditions.

Merseyside Police said Grace is white, of medium build, 5ft 9in tall, has blue eyes, short brown hair, and speaks with a Liverpool accent.

He has connections to South Liverpool, Cheshire, Wigan and Plymouth.


Thompson, 38, was released from an 11-month sentence for wounding on October 15.

By November 3 she was wanted for a return to prison after breaching her licence conditions.

Merseyside Police said extensive enquiries have been ongoing to trace her since.

The force described Thompson as white and of slim build, 5ft 4in tall, with blue eyes, long brown hair. She speaks with a Liverpool accent.


Riley has links to the Netherlands, Spain and Colombia - all major hubs and trading posts for international drugs cartels.

He has been wanted by Merseyside Police since February of last year.

Riley was sentenced to 10 years in jail for conspiracy to supply drugs before his release in December 2017.

The 46-year-old - who has a scar over his left eye - breached his licence conditions 22 months ago and has been wanted on prison recall ever since.

Police describe Riley as a white male, 5ft 6in tall, of medium build, with very short brown hair and green eyes. He speaks with a Liverpool accent.

His last known address was in Bootle but he also has links to Scotland.


Watson was released from jail on December 4 after serving part of a three year sentence for wounding.

The 37-year-old was wanted by December 7 after breaching his licence conditions.

Merseyside Police is now seeking the help of the public as the force attempts to track him down and make him serve the remainder of his sentence.

Watson, who has links to Stockport and Widnes, is described as being white, of a large build, 5ft 8in tall and having green eyes and shaven hair.


Boyer was sentenced to 20 months in jail for drugs supply and released on licence last December.

On December 4 of this year he was recalled to prison after breaching the terms of his release.

Now, Merseyside Police is appealing for the public's help in their search for the 20-year-old, from Huyton.

The force described Boyer as being white and of medium build, with brown eyes and brown hair.


The 31-year-old is wanted on prison recall after he breached the conditions of his release from jail.

Flaherty has been wanted for much of 2020 and officers are urging anyone with details over his whereabouts to contact Merseyside Police.

He has links to Seaforth and to Caernarfon in North Wales.

Flaherty is described as being 5ft 6in tall, of slim build and with brown hair and blue eyes. He has distinctive neck tattoos.

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But rather than following her advice, the man decided to get these wise words inked on his arm forever.


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