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Every known Paul George tattoo on the Clippers stars body – ClutchPoints07.09.20

Paul George may be the most popular two-way player in the basketball industry at this moment. After so many years and in an emotional fashion, the 30-year old, 6-foot-8 forward has found his way back home to LA with the Clippers. Today, though, were going to take a look at some Paul George tattoos.

George was the tenth pick overall in 2010 thanks to the Indiana Pacers. Since then, George has taken the defensive end of the floor by storm. Throughout his tenures with the Pacers, Thunder, and Clippers, he has put up impressive numbers averaging 19.9 points, 5.5 defensive rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game.

His high scoring numbers are propelled by his catch-and-shoot 3-point plays. In the 2018-2019 season, he put a spectacular field-goal percentage of 39.9%.

Along with his athletic versatility and smart defensive plays are his stunning body inks.

In the summer of 2012, the then-Pacer forward, flaunted his new ink on social media. His left hand showed a ferocious tiger while his right showed a majestic lion.

In an ESPN interview with Jared Zwerling, he is quoted:

I got two tattoos: one of a lion on one hand, and one of a tiger on the other hand. They are my favorite animals, and they represent who I feel I am on the court. They are silent, but they are beasts.

This tattoo refers to Georges birthday: May 2, 1990. He was born in the small town of Palmdale in California.

George has an enchanting image of an angel on his right shoulder and just above it are the words: My Guardian Angel. A little below this tat is a rather cryptic symbol of a diamond with horn-like structures attached to it. No word for George yet what this means, but maybe hell let us in on it in the future.

On the opposite end, George inked this beautiful and fierce knight on his left shoulder. Just above, if you look closely, is a silhouette of a character in robes holding a staff. Perhaps it is another one of Georges mysterious inks.

Ingenious and stunning. Those are the two words that describe PG-13s Crown Me tattoo. Just below the words: Crown Me are chess pieces with the Kings piece in the middle. While the King moniker has already been taken by Lebron James, George certainly doesnt shy away from the same level of dominance on the floor.

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Moving a little closer to the sharp shooters wrist is a number of inks with chessboard designs, numbers, and the words Pack Gang

This tattoo was hard to spot. George loves to wear arm bands during games so this one is almost always covered up. But a closer look at the picture shows the words elegantly written in script: Walk by faith. Is it an homage to Georges Christian heritage? Well have to wait for his confirmation to find out.

George also has an ink of some street signs on his right forearm and the number 61 on a banner on his wrist. However, there is no word yet on whose address this is and what 61 signifies.

George often introduces himself as someone from LA especially if you arent Californian. In an interview for The Undefeated he is quoted:

People dont know where Palmdale is or know nothing about Palmdale. So if its somebody from California, I will tell them Im from Palmdale. If its somebody from Oklahoma, Im from L.A. just because they dont know where Palmdale is. So, you know, its just easier than to explain it to them.

Palmdale is actually an hour away from LA. California State Route 14, the sign immortalized in his forearm, is the highway that connected Palmdale with the greater Los Angeles area, where George grew up watching both the LA Clippers and Lakers at a distance.

A lot of athletes would want to play for their homes, represent their country, and bring them pride. The six-time All Star forward with a feels the same way. Theres a good chance that the City of Dreams on his arm refers to LA.

George is quoted in a conversation with then-fellow free agent Dwayne Wade:

In a way its like, I want to come here (Los Angeles), I want to play for the home team and put a Laker jersey on. Thats always gonna be something that I want to fulfill.

In 2018, he was rumored to have been in the talks with the Lakers for a trade. But George fell in love with OKC and his dynamic with Russell Westbrook. Last year, he was traded to the Clippers, joining forces with 2019 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. Indeed, a wonderful trip back home for George.

While difficult to spot, theres a good chance this George tat writes: Mama. Surrounding it is a basketball with some playing cards in the background. In a cover story feature by ESPN, Ramona Shelburne writes:

George has always been close to his mother. As a kid, he was her sidekick, he says, holding her hand as they went on errands around Palmdale, California. She called him Man because he was bigger than all the other kids his age, and because, of her three children, he was her only son.

The biggest threat to any athletes career isnt a trade of free agency, its injury. No one knows this better than Paul George. As he was in pursuit of James Harden in a friendly game for Team USA, the then Indiana Pacers forward suffered a severe tibia fracture which put him out of commission for 76 games in the 2014-2015 season.

No word yet about this tat, not even a clear image of it, but even so, Georges story of recovery is definitely one for the books.

Paul George is a six-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA Team selection and four-time member of the All-Defensive Team. His inspiring display of brilliance, versatility, and resilience shines through his tenure in the league. Now, dont get me wrong, all stories are special but a wondrous comeback story is always loved.

Which of these Paul George tattoos happens to be your favorite?

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Every known tattoo on Carmelo Anthonys body – ClutchPoints07.09.20

Since being drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 2003, Carmelo Anthony, then from Syracuse University eventually shot up to the ranks of NBA icons as one of the most feared scorers in the league. Back in 2003, Lebron James was the first pick overall, Melo was the third. Today, however, were going to talk about Carmelo Anthony tattoos.

He played his highest scoring number with the Nuggets in the 2006-2007 season as he averaged 28.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. But this was only the beginning for Melo. In 2014 as a Knicks forward, Carmelo Anthony shot a career high of 62 points against the Charlotte Bobcats, setting the single-game scoring record in Madison Square Garden history

The 10-time All Star and the 3-time Olympic Gold medalist is indeed one of the most-decorated players in the league. With more than 20 tattoos on his body, Melo definitely doesnt hold back with his statements.

Melo started getting tattoos even when he was young. The first version of this tat was simply a basketball with Melos initials C and A. He eventually added flames to the ball perhaps to signify his undying love for the game. Maybe its also an allusion to him setting many arenas on fire with his scoring versatility.


This Melo tattoo is often confused with the Warner Brothers logo. But really, The WB actually stands for West Baltimore thus Melos homage to childhood home.


Another more noticeable ink on Melo is the bulldog. This tat is perfect for Melo as he is definitely one of the bigger dogs to watch out for in the league despite his veteran status.

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Like many NBA players, they choose to dedicate some inks to their families. This one is dedicated to Melos father who was Puerto Rican

Melo has two tattoos for his son Kiyan. On his right pec is Kiyans full name Kiyan Carmelo Anthony, followed by his birthdate, March 7, 2007. To complete the package, Melo also inked his sons footprints beside them.

Melo also has a more exposed tattoo of his sons name on his left elbow. On both elbows, Melo also has inked spiderwebs.

This is one of the darker tattoos on Melo. On top of the snake it reads: NO ONE WILL EVER BE ABLE TO FEEL MY PAIN. In fact, this is only the first of Melos tattoos that greatly depict the 6-foot-8 veterans priority of trust.

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Cryptic and mysterious thats the message this tattoo is sending. But let that not scare you off, the 16-year veteran is a natural floor leader and this ink is just among his many tats which represents his respect for the virtue of loyalty.

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Melos trust tattoo is on his left hand while loyalty and honesty are behind his arms. Now these words, like the previous tattoos mentioned, may not allude directly to particular NBA teams. But they can surely be tied back to the veterans topsy-turvy career and free agency in the past two years.

Melo played for many teams since 2003 with his longest tenures as a Nugget and as a Knick. He eventually found his way to the Houston Rockets but after only 10 games, he was immediately booted out of the franchise.

The move stunned the league but most of all it shocked Melo as he found his career out-of-balance and unsure. After a year-long hiatus and free agency, he made his debut as a Trailblazer in the last season.

As mentioned, Melo has a lot of statement tattoos and these just prove his tremendous work ethic on the floor. For Melo, hardwork as immortalized in his decorated career and body, definitely pays off.

Melo has a tat of the comedy and tragedy masks with the phrase: Live Now, Die Later denoting a smile now, cry later mantra. When his career screeched to a halt, the scoring champion and his fans were devastated. But given his strong character in and out of the game, we all knew he was coming back someday.

In a comeback feature for The Undefeated, Marc J. Spears writes:

When Anthony was asked what he learned about himself during his layoff, he told The Undefeated: How Im able to motivate people. I think overall the way that I stayed strong in the fight. I stayed there. Burning and all, I stayed there. I never wavered. I stayed strong and I hope that is motivation for everyone else.

This is a beautiful piece of ink which includes a city landscape along with the words, 410 and City of Birds written in front of it. Just below it is a tattoo of a bird with open wings.

Melo is also God-fearing as he inks on his left pec the Bible verse:

Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!

Inked in solid black on Melos abs is Against the North.

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Melo used a lot of flame patterns in his arms tattoos. He also used dices and chessboard designs as backgrounds to some of his tattoos. These patterns are usually on Melos wrapped around the Blazer forwards arms. But worth noting too, are his neck and back inks.

Given his tremendous experience on the floor, the 36-year old veteran definitely has some inspirational words to impart. On the inside of his left bicep is a lone eye with a tear and below it, reads the words: Life is What You Make it.

Tattoos, decorative and ornamenting as they seem, can serve as blueprints and maps for someones life. And despite recent, and rather seismic, blows to his basketball tenure, the 2013 NBA Scoring Champion with over 26,314 career points, proves that his love for the game, his commitment to his family, and his focus on character rises above all.

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Every known tattoo on Scottie Pippens body – ClutchPoints07.09.20

Scottie Pippen is known for many things: a basketball Hall of Famer, a retired seven-time All-Star, a six-time NBA champ, and of course, the Robin to the great Michael Jordans Batman. What he is not known for, however, is being a tattoo aficionado. Nevertheless, today were going to look at some Scottie Pippen tattoos.

Nonetheless, Pippen does have a couple of interesting pieces inked on his body. Without further adieu, below is every known tattoo on Scottie Pippens body. Dont worry, this is going to be a (very) short list.

Pippen played in the NBA between 1987 and 2004. Especially during his early years, tattoos were more taboo than they became a couple of decades later.

For his part, Pippen decided to get himself inked. It was not however, what most folks would consider to be one of the best body art pieces in the history of tattoos. Pippen got his nickname, Pip, inked on his left arm. It may not be the smallest tattoo youve ever seen, but you may need to really zoom in on the photo below to be able to see it.

Despite how wildly popular Pippen was during his playing days, there are very few photos available online of his rather minuscule tat. Then again, cameras were not as widespread than as they are today. Also, Pippens tattoo is not exactly of the mind-lowing variety, which is probably why not many cared for it much.

Its not uncommon for players and every other person who decides to get a tattoo, for that matter to have ones name or initials or maybe even a representation of the same permanently inked. After all, it is your body, so what better way to brand yourself than with your own name.

In this regard, we cant fault Pippen for getting his moniker tattooed. However, perhaps he could have committed to it more, and maybe gotten in a bit bigger than it is? This way, people can actually see the piece of art. After all, thats one of the main reasons why most folks get inked, right?

At any rate, Pippen decided to get another piece years later. By this time, he was already retired, and had already amassed quite a fortune. He could afford to hire a world-class tattoo artist at this point.

Here is a photo of Pippen getting inked. He shared this photo himself on his own social media pages, and clearly, you can see how excited he is about his new tat.

Pippen also shared a closeup of the finished product, which turned out to be a very detailed image of a lion. As

As Pippen described in his caption, he got the piece to honor his alma matter, Hamburg High School in Arkansas. The basketball teams mascot is a lion, so thats a pretty straightforward representation there. No need to find a more substantial representation whatsoever.

For a bit of trivia, Pippen actually played point guard in high school. As a senior, he led the team to the state playoffs, and even earned all-conference honors. Nevertheless, the scouts did not think much of Pippen back then, and he was not offered any college scholarships.

Pippen eventually went to the University of Central Arkansas, where he did not get much nationwide recognition. Then again, he grew to 6-foot-8 by the time he was a senior, and averaged over 20 points a game, which eventually drew the attention of NBA scouts. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Blake Shelton Said He Has the ‘Crappiest Tattoo’ and Fans Get It Wrong – Showbiz Cheat Sheet07.09.20

Celebrities arent always proud of their tattoos. Blake Shelton has a famous one and he wasnt afraid to diss it. Find out why he thinks its the crappiest tattoo and how Gwen Stefanis kids had it copied.

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Fans have probably noticed the country singers barbed wire tattoo on his forearm. There are then deer tracks between the wires. He drew the deer tracks tattoo, but his drawing doesnt come across well to his fans.

This is what I drew him for a deer track, he told GAC TV. To this moment, people still come up to me and say, Man, ladybugs thats cool. What does that mean to you? I probably have the crappiest tattoo not only in country music but maybe the world.

He still hasnt changed it. Shelton told Oprah Winfrey that the tattoo doesnt mean crap. But there is probably a reason why he picked deer to be part of it.

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The country singer enjoys hunting and prefers bow-hunting. My hobbies are deer hunting and fishing, he told The Boot. What people probably dont take me seriously [about is] when I talk about gardening. I actually do have a garden that I grow that has sweet corn in it, scallop squash, zucchini squash, watermelon, cantaloupes, okra, cucumbers.

He later shared his tips for getting a deer. The best tip is to leave your truck windows rolled up while youre sitting in the truck and then turn the truck off and wait until the deer is walking out there in the open, the singer said. Then slowly, slowly roll the window down and then put the gun out and [shoot]. Dont be in a hurry.

Stefanis sons had fun by getting temporary tattoos that look just like it. Fans pointed out one thing that made them look different.

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Stefani posted a picture of Shelton showing off his tattoo on Twitter in 2017. Her sons, Kingston, Apollo, and Zuma joined in with temporary tattoos.

Oh my god!! This is the cutest thing Ive ever seen!! one fan tweeted with ladybug emojis. Another one wrote, Theirs look more like deer tracks than lady bugs. Good job whoever did those.

Stefani has talked about how the country singer is part of the family. He is a good dad, she told Hollywood Life. Hes been helping me out a lot. Its hard; Ive got three boys. I have a 13-year-old (Kingston), an 11-year-old (Zuma), and the baby (Apollo) is going to be 6 in February and started kindergarten. Shelton might not like his tattoo but it was good enough to be copied at least temporarily.

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Tattoo artists happy to have clients back | Community – The Triplicate07.09.20

Growing up, Moises Montanez never liked much being in class. Hed rather sit in the back and draw.

The teacher looked at my drawings and said Id never amount to anything in life with that, Montanez said.

Today, the walls of Starboard Tattoo Parlor are adorned with samples of his drawings, and Montanez has successfully inked them onto human canvases over the last decade.

He and other tattoo artists in Crescent City are back at their craft thanks to the state lifting the social distancing ban on the industry. The State Health Department (CDPH) and the governors office now allows Del Norte and some other counties to further relax restrictions, allowing more businesses to reopen. In addition to tattoo businesses, the order allowed massage, facial and manicure services to resume June 19.

Levi Prince, owner of another Crescent City shop, Fine Line Design, said he was surprised the ban was lifted on tattoo parlors.

Shocked, to be honest, Prince said. I didnt think wed see any work until next year.

Both Prince and Montanez said because there are already so many regulations on the tattooing industry to keep a sterile environment, just about the only thing theyve had to add is to have the artists and customers wear masks.

Prince said social distancing guidelines have been implemented, with only one artist and one client allowed per workstation and no bystanders. The lobby has also been set up to keep those waiting six feet apart at all times. Montanez works solo in the tattooing area, but has plans to expand in the upcoming months.

Both shops are also only taking clients by appointment, although Prince said hes willing to work with walk-ins if they have no symptoms of the virus.

Matt Pincombe came down from Brookings to be one of Montanezs first customers since the reopening.

I was stoked, Pincombe said as Montanez worked on his second tattoo, this one on his shoulder. I messaged Moises every couple of weeks, asking, Are you open? Are you open? Are you open?

Annelise Huppert was excited to get back into a Fine Line Design chair so her fiance Shaugn McEvoy could finish her 12th tattoo, another on her left arm dedicated to their son Odin.

I was happy he went back to work, Huppert said.

McEvoy, new to Fine Line, had just set up a client list and finished two tattoos when the shutdown went into effect. He spent the downtime with family and working on planning future projects.

Prince, whos owned Fine Line Design for more than 11 years, said since tattoo artists are independent contractors, they were ineligible for regular unemployment (although they may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance).

Luckily, the building owner hadnt charged me rent. Ive got great landlords, really understanding, Prince added.

Also, luckily for Montanez, he had a second job as a life coach for the mentally disabled to help keep up with out of pocket payments for his shops bills.

Montanez is looking at the bright side of the shutdown. With a full schedule, he reevaluated his priorities and decided to commit full-time to his first love.

I just gave my two-weeks notice at my other job, he said. I know this is what I want to do. I told myself I should have done this a lot sooner.

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Washington police officer says he will remove tattoo resembling insignia of Nazi SS – Cleveland Jewish News07.09.20

(JTA) A police officer in Walla Walla, Washington, said he will remove his tattoo resembling the insignia of the SS, the Nazi paramilitary force.

Nathan Nat Small said in a statement Wednesday that he decided to remove the tattoo in an honest effort to bring healing and unity to the community that I serve, in a time of great division.

Small was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marines in 2011. He said the tattoo, which hes had since 2010, is an early and heartfelt memorial to a fallen teammate.

The tattoo bears the name of his fellow sniper Claudio Patino IV, who was killed by my side in Afghanistan in 2010. Small said his unit adopted the insignia believing it stood for Sniper Scouts and was not aware of its Nazi origins. The military banned the symbol in 2012.

Photos of the tattoo appeared last month on social media. The local police department defended Smalls tattoo on its Facebook page, citing his service. Following expressions of outrage, the department said it understood the connotations of the symbol and said that Small wears long-sleeved shirts to cover it.

But a local synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, called on the police department, its chief and Small to issue a public apology acknowledging our concerns about the symbols history and their dismissal of its connection to genocide.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which got involved in the case, said late Wednesday that it would refrain from filing a lawsuit against the Walla Walla Police Department until it sees what the new tattoo looks like. It has also asked for a time frame for the tattoos removal.

I understand why some people have concerns, and I am unwilling to tell anybody that their concerns are invalid, Small also said in his statement. Historically targeted minority groups especially have a right to be offended by, what based on their interpretation is a hate symbol.

I regret that I have been an unwitting cause of division in the community that I seek to serve.

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Every known tattoo on Rajon Rondos body – ClutchPoints07.09.20

Unlike a great number of his compatriots in the NBA, Rajon Rondo is not clad in full arm-sleeve tattoos, nor does he have a substantial amount of pieces all over his body. As a matter of fact, theres only two that we know of.

A thorough review of Rondos body at least the parts of it that are accessible to our view reveals a very clean set of arms and legs. There are also no visible tattoos on his hands, feet, and neck (and his face too, of course). Here are some photo evidence:

Clearly, Rondo hasnt spent much time inside a tattoo parlor. He was probably too busy working on his game (and his body). He may not look it, but the 6-foot-1 point guard is actually pretty ripped. See an image of a young Rondo below for reference:

Looks like a cover from a body building magazine, right? This photo should give any one person second thoughts about messing with Rondo. Were looking at you, Chris Paul.

Anyway, weve digressed a bit. Let us now proceed to the much awaited part of this groundbreaking article: his actual tattoos.

As mentioned earlier, there are two known tattoos on Rondos body. First is a huge piece he has on his back that bears the Rolls Royce logo. When you hear anyone say that Rondo has the Rolls Royce of back tattoos, thats actually not a figure of speech he literally has the RR logo inked permanently on his back.

Were not entirely sure if Rondo is a car enthusiast, or if he actually owns a Rolls Royce. Then again, he could certainly afford one (or five), given how he has earned more than a hundred million dollars throughout his NBA career.

The more logical explanation for Rondos back piece is that it spells out his initials. Having ones own name in all forms and fashion is perhaps one of the most overused tattoo designs, and Rondo decided to jump on the bandwagon.

Rondo has another piece that has revealed itself discreetly in some photos that are available online. Take a look at the snap below and see if you can make it out.

In case you didnt see it, the tattoo is right under his left arm. It seems to be partly located on his back, which is why we cant really see what it says/shows. It does look like a word, though, and that appears to be a big R right smack in the middle. Then again, we could be wrong. What do you see?

It appears that Rondo got this piece a while after he got his first one on his back. If you examine the first image of his RR tattoo, this new piece of ink is not there yet.

I guess well need to ask Rondo himself what the tattoo is and what it means.

Be that as it may, what we are certain of is that Rondo will go down in history as one of the great playmakers in league history. For those who have a short memory, he actually played a pivotal role for the Celtics in their 2008 championship run. He was perhaps the fourth member of the Big 3 of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen.

Rondo was easily a Top 10 (dare I say Top 5?) point guard in the NBA during his prime.

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The Tattoo Industry Is Facing ‘A Reckoning’ – VICE UK07.09.20

Accounts of abusive behaviour in the tattoo industry are typically confined to whisper networks. A close-knit community with a hierarchy that sees the most influential artists positioned and protected at the top, allegations of sexual assault and racism often become open secrets and stop there, lingering in a liminal space of accountability. But just like the film, tech and gaming industries, the world of tattooing now faces its own reckoning.

At the end of May, countless women began to speak out about being sexually assaulted and harassed by male tattoo artists in the UK. Sharing their experiences mainly on Instagram, similar accounts came up again and again of men repeatedly using their position to take advantage of their clients, cross boundaries, send sexually explicit messages without consent and act abusively within romantic relationships.

Set up in March, an Instagram account called Tattooists Sexual Assault Survivor Support (TSASS) began to receive hundreds of messages from women coming forward with allegations. Artists from all over the world assembled under the name "Tattoo Me Too Recovery Artists" offering to fix, rework and finish pieces for victims of abusers in the industry. After being called out publicly, two Norwich-based artists acknowledged their behaviour in Instagram posts on the 4th of June and announced their intent to leave the industry. Many other artists who'd had allegations levelled against them went quiet, or simply shrugged them off.

As all this unfolded, conversations about systemic racism also began to take place within the tattoo industry, in the wake of George Floyd's killing and the ensuing international protests against racism and police brutality. Glasgow-based tattooist Charissa, who works under the name Rizza Boo, launched Shades Tattoo Initiative in June as an educational platform and support network for Black and POC tattoo artists in the UK. High-profile UK tattooists like Grace Neutral also used their Instagram accounts to host conversations between Black tattooists like Charissa and Montana Blue, addressing the current climate in tattooing and racism in the industry in general. Meanwhile, New York-based artist Doreen Garner called for people to discuss their experiences of anti-Blackness in tattooing, such as Black clients being turned away, overcharged or told tattoos "dont look good on their skin".

Tattooing has become increasingly diverse over the last decade, due to its mainstream popularity and accessibility via social media platforms like Instagram. Growing numbers of women, Black, POC and trans artists have been able to enter the industry by working around the more "traditional" and gate-kept pathways to success. However, while the landscape of tattooing may have changed, the dominant culture and attitudes have remained largely the same. Artists advocating for change are frequently met with resistance from those keen to hold on to a western perception of tattoo "tradition" that revolves predominantly around whitewashed imagery of the military, motorcycle gangs and prisoners all commonly associated with the "white male outcast". While there is a longstanding tradition of borrowing from other cultures within tattooing that can lean towards cultural appropriation, Charissa says the bigger issue is when "folks from those cultures are then not given a voice or a proper place within the tattoo community".

"The narrative that tattooing is a white male industry is only partially true, and I think we need to start re-reading the story," Charissa explains over email. "The industry would not be what it is without people of colour. Historically, tattooing came from us, brown people! Tattooing does not belong to white men, it belongs to all of us, so this shift that is happening is absolutely necessary."

"They're scared of things changing," Fidjit Lavelle, a 30-year-old artist based in Glasgow, says over Skype. A long-time advocate for survivors of rape and domestic abuse, Fidjit is best known for her designs of figures with their heads partially underwater, symbolising anxiety, depression and PTSD, which have come to be referred to as "The Drowning Girls Club".

"They feel like something is being taken away from them, or you're trying to strip them of their rights or tell them what they can or cant do, but thats an incredibly intense conclusion to jump to," she says, referring to the industrys usual response to sexual assault. "Theres this whole idea that no ones safe anymore or everyones going to get outed. I think people are just using tradition as an excuse not to step up and do what needs to be done because theyre frightened, which makes me question them. If youve not done anything wrong, then youve got nothing to be afraid of."

The prevailing figure of the "white male outcast" is one that often shuts down conversation in tattooing, as a high proportion of men in the industry come from difficult or working class backgrounds, and generally tend to view themselves as being left-leaning or anti-establishment. Many seem to find it difficult to reconcile whats stacked against them with their capacity to inflict harm on others. When pulled up, they get defensive and so do their fans. The exact same problem can be seen within alternative music scenes, which the tattoo industry overlaps with, as hardcore, punk and metal communities continue to be rife with abuse, and dominated by white men.

Tattooing is predicated on a mutual feeling of trust and respect. Sessions are physically and emotionally draining and, in addition to being in the vulnerable position of having their physical appearance permanently altered by a relative stranger, clients are also more likely to be vulnerable themselves. Studies have noted that one of the first ports of call for people who have experienced trauma, for example, is to get body modification done as a way to regain control of their bodies and their environment.

"Sometimes there is deep emotional attachment to the piece someone is trying to get tattooed," says Charissa. "We are changing their physical appearance, the visible look of the person's skin, and this requires that we speak about skin, skin tone and colour much more often than other workplaces [...] We are then faced with a unique set of issues and specific micro-aggressions, which black and IPOC folks are subjected to within tattoo shop environments."

It takes an admirable bedside manner to make someone feel comfortable for up to eight hours at a time while working with their body so intimately and painfully. But the old school mentality of tattooing is one that puts the artist rather than the client first. Like musicians or performers, people come to them because they like what they do, and therefore theyre in control of the experience. That mentality is still prevalent today, and is further complicated by the deregulated nature of the industry.

Tattooing has no central organised structure, no professional guild, no background checks and nothing resembling a human resources department to oversee employment standards. For many artists, thats part of the appeal (plus: anyone whos dealt with the aforementioned bodies will know they do little to combat abuse of power in workplaces where they do exist). That means accountability has to come from within the industry itself, which it rarely does.

Its no secret that female-identifying tattoo artists, especially Black and POC artists, struggle to gain respect while starting out, especially within male-dominated studios where there tends to be more bravado. Several women contacted for this piece tell me theyve had to deal with apprenticeships where theyve been ignored or made to clean the room 25 times in a row with no advice or instruction on how to actually tattoo, worked in studios where male artists have made derogatory comments about clients or had sex with them behind the screens, or been told they might get further with their work if they posted "raunchy photos or did nudes".

The power imbalances in the industry don't just exist among artists themselves, but also between the artist and the person getting tattooed. Beyond a very clear fuck-up with the actual tattoo, theres little to no recourse for anyone who experiences harm in a tattoo studio or, as is increasingly common these days, a setting where an artist works alone or from home. As a result, predatory behaviour, racist attitudes and abuse of power often go unchecked.

"I really love the fact that its an underground industry, even though its not so much anymore, says Fidjit. Youre free to be your own person and do as you please, and its sad that it looks like thatll have to end, because it really is one of the best parts of it but theres a lot of people walking about blindly in tattooing, not even realising that the way they treat and talk to clients is something they need to worry about."

Lucy Pigeon, a 28-year-old tattoo artist from Surrey, founded TSASS in February initially as a Facebook group, then as an Instagram page in March to address sexist attitudes in the industry, help victims and share resources. Lucy conceived of TSASS as a safe space for people to vocalise their experiences. "Having an anonymous or benign person to hold onto that for you and share the burden can be really helpful for a lot of people, I think," she tells me over Skype. Ive actually been assaulted twice on two different occasions by tattoo artists, and with both of them I was a fan of their work. I thought I wasnt valuable enough to warrant ruining their reputation or their career, and I still feel guilt over it, almost, but it doesnt negate the fact that they should be held responsible. That contributes to people being silent for so long.

A few weeks into May, emboldened by the posts of a few high profile artists, people began to name names. Artists and clients alike started to talk about their experiences of sexual misconduct from men who tattooed them some publicly, some privately, many for the first time. Within the space of a few weeks, the pages for TSASS and Tattoo Me Too Recovery Artists went from having a few hundred followers to a few thousand. Both groups became inundated with DMs from people coming forward to speak about their experiences. At the end of the first week, Lucys screen time showed that shed spent 70 hours on Instagram alone replying to messages to TSASS. "Its overwhelming, but obviously shows theres a massive need for this kind of platform for people," she says.

This is perhaps the closest the UK has come to what happened in North America in January of 2018, when hundreds of women accused men who tattooed them of sexual misconduct. A Jezebel report at the time called it the industrys own version of a #MeToo moment, but nothing on the same level has happened in the UK, where problems within the industry are compounded by strict libel laws that leave those who speak up open to potential defamation.

"I think a lot of these people are afforded rock star status, Lucy says, arguing that certain artists are put on a pedestal and protected by their friends, large followings and influence. Why would you believe Jane Doe compared with this Goliath figure in the community? People are scared of taking down these big names.

People dont want to rock the boat or say something about someone they think is influential, Fidjit agrees. The whole point, though, is that [artists] know theyre in these positions, so they feel like they can get away with anything they want and they do most of the time, because people wont challenge them, and people see them as something far more than they actually are. Theres a lot of abuse of power, where [artists] know full well that young girls look up to them, and maybe want to start tattooing themselves. Thats used and exploited all the time.

Charissa adds: There are just too many stories of people of colour having awful experiences in tattoo studios. One of the main words we are hearing thrown around at the moment is accountability. I think that, within tattooing studios, a large amount of this rests on studio owners and managers to make sure there is a level of professionalism being maintained. Ive worked in a lot of different types of studios and that is not always the case.

Several studios have opened over the last decade including Saved Tattoo and Welcome Home in Brooklyn, and east Londons New Language (co-founded by Philadelphia-born artist Morgan Myers) with a safe space ethos, holding anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia at the centre of their practice.

"I think tattooing is experiencing a reckoning in that the industry can no longer treat clients as interchangeable or secondary to the practice we are being required as a field to demonstrate that we value our clients lives and humanity, not simply their commercial value as clients," Tamara Santibanez, an artist at Saved Tattoo, explains over email. "The practice of expecting all tattooers to approach their craft in the same uniform way can function similarly to assuming that if one treats all clients 'the same' it will result in fair and equal customer service. What this doesnt acknowledge is that each artist and each client brings their own unique set of experiences and identities to the tattoo exchange, and that what might be fair treatment for one client could be wholly unfair to another."

Before the pandemic, Saved Tattoo held events with the Womens Prison Association in New York, offering free cover-ups and reworks of tattoos on women who have been justice impacted. In collaboration with the WPA, Tamara put together a workshop informed by the needs of clients who are trauma-impacted or survivors of violence. It was recently consolidated into a free pamphlet called Trauma Informed Tattooing, which describes ways to integrate informed consent into the tattooing process, practical ways to be mindful of boundaries and tips for active listening.

"I notice a huge disconnect in how tattooers perceive themselves to be doing a fine job and how they might be often inadvertently harming their clients," Tamara says. "The artists perpetuating harm are likely not getting feedback or disclosure of this fact, and the people who are being trusted with that information tend to be women, queer and trans artists, as well as Black, Indigenous and other people of colour, who are then disbelieved or dismissed by the dominant culture tattooers when they try to advocate for change."

These pamphlets have begun to make their way around the industry through word of mouth, and are an example of the kind of educational material that could guide studios and artists in the future. But the power dynamics that cause abuse to go unchecked in the industry can be invisible and difficult to name and unlearn. As Tamara explains, they can extend to "cultural capital, industry seniority, shop favouritism and a culture that prioritises a tattoo artists position as the professional provider and minimises the lived experience that a client has in getting tattooed". Deconstructing that is a long and slow process, but one that is currently underway little by little.

It can be a painful learning curve for some. After interviews for this piece were conducted, some survivors said they received replies from TSASS and Tattoo Me Too Recovery Artists that were dismissive, minimising and contained apologist sentiments in instances where the person responding knew the accused tattooist personally.

Both accounts have since posted apologies. Responding to a request for follow-up comment, Lucy directed VICE to a public statement later published on the TSASS Instagram page: "I have still made mistakes in my effort to provide support, and for that I am truly sorry," Lucy wrote. "Im just a tattooist and a fellow survivor trying desperately to provide a service that is clearly needed." A similar statement was issued by Tattoo Me Too Recovery Artists, which reads: We have since learned a lot about how to deal with these situations and survivors and work closely with charities to be able to help the industry in the future. (Tattoo Me Too did not respond to VICE's initial request for comment).

Perhaps above all else, this highlights just how many people have been affected by abuse within the industry and how few opportunities there have been to vocalise it. While this isnt the first time women in the UK have spoken out, it is one of the most unified efforts to address the issue. There have been several suggestions on how to improve things one being an enhanced DBS check that would flag if someone has been arrested for a sexual offence but Fidjit worries about the impact that would have on people with criminal records in general.

"I also just dont think it would work, because these people generally dont have any legal convictions for this because its so hard to get one," she says. "Most people dont have a conviction for rape, sexual assault or domestic abuse, and a lot of people havent been arrested for it either."

Tamara agrees: "Though I do believe tattooers should have more resources for navigating professional needs, I simultaneously believe that trying to standardise those needs and serve them with a single organisation would leave out and further marginalise many of the people practicing tattooing who arent acknowledged by tattoo artists in shops."

Charissa, Fidjit, Lucy and Tamara all believe that the responsibility for accountability ultimately lies with the artist, but that studios can certainly do more to set community standards, expectations and consequences for bad behaviour. As tattooing becomes more diverse both in terms of its clientele and its tattooists it's more important than ever for all artists to be respectful and sensitive to people's individual needs. Rather than trying to impose a more formalised structure onto an industry that has never had one, though, tattooists seem to agree that the way forward is through better studio diversity, education and a zero tolerance policy.

"Studios can set the tone for the cultural norms that exist within their walls, and can act as contact points for feedback on their clients' experiences," Tamara says. "If tattooing wants to be so individualistic and self-regulating, individuals need to step up to actually being accountable, rather than using those industry qualities to avoid responsible engagement."

"I think that change comes from people adopting a zero tolerance policy," says Fidjit. "Thats how you stop predators becoming successful in the tattoo industry. When youre informed of what they are dont excuse their actions because of their status. Stop letting them in your studios, stop putting them in magazines, stop having them at conventions, stop reposting their work on social media. Call them out on their bullshit and get rid of them. No double standards either, the same rule applies to all predators."

"There must be education for tattooers about how to speak with their clients of colour in a way which is more respectful, and that they are aware of what micro-aggressions they could be inflicting on another person," Charissa adds. "If you cant take the time to see that, then I really dont think you should be permanently altering that individual's body at all."


If you or anyone you know has been affected by the issues raised in this story, please use the following resources for help and support. In the UK Refuge s freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline is 0808 2000 247. The Rape Crisis Helpline is 0808 802 9999 (England and Wales), 08088 01 03 02 (Scotland) and 0800 0246 991 (Northern Ireland).

Editor's note: this article was updated at 00:31AM on July 7th to include an additional quote on zero tolerance policies from Fidjit.

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James Gunn reveals the hidden meaning behind Drax’s tattoos in Guardians of the Galaxy – GamesRadar+07.09.20

James Gunn has recently revealed a few things that were cut from the first Guardians of the Galaxy. First, there was a brief scene that would have extended a joke made by Quill about how he comes from a planet filled with the universe's mightiest outlaws Billy the Kid and Bonnie & Clyde.

Now the director has revealed another segment that didn't quite make the final cut. Writing on Instagram, Gunn addressed how the tattoos took hours of make-up work to apply to Dave Bautista. In short, applying the make-up for the first movie took longer than in Vol. 2, as the team started using a form-fitting "shirt" for the second movie that featured all the tattoos on it. This even helped in post-production, where the visual artists didn't have to help change the tattoos on Drax that had faded due to Bautista's own sweat.

"Another fun fact," Gunn writes. "A cool scene I cut from the first film shows that Draxs tattoos are not about his conquests, but about the memories he has with his family: his mother and father in his childhood, his marriage to his wife, his daughter being born. These things are all in the specific design of the tattoos/scarification."

It's certainly would have been interesting to see the origins of Drax's tattoos, and the sequence doesn't sound anywhere near as laborious as some other tattoo origin stories (looking at you, Lost). Meanwhile, Gunn is hard working on The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, part of Marvel Phase 4.

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Patriots rookie kicker Justin Rohrwasser removes tattoo tied to far-right organization – CBS Sports07.09.20

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New England Patriots kicker Justin Rohrwasserhas removed the "Three Percenters" tattoo he had on his arm that caused controversy after he was drafted in April, TMZ Sports reports. When Rohrwasser was selected with 159th pick at the draft, the tattoo received a lot of attention and he vowed "cover up" the image.

According to TMZ, after the photos of the tattoo hit the internet and Rohrwasser started receiving backlash for it, he began the process of removing the ink. The Three Percenters group -- a right-wing militia named after the roughly 3 percent of colonists who took up arms against the British -- was founded in 2008. The group pushes back on the anti-government label, but says "we will defend ourselves when necessary" and resist what they perceive to be government infringement on the constitution.

Back in April, Rohrwasser spoke with CBS Sports Bostonabout his plan regarding the tattoo:

"As soon as I saw what it was linked to on Saturday, it was exactly that time I knew I had to get it totally taken off my body. I said cover it up [to reporters], but I want to get it removed from my body. It's shameful that I had it on there ignorantly. I'm sorry for all my family that have to defend me. Putting them in that compromising position is one of the biggest regrets I'll ever have, so to them, I'm sorry. I'm going to learn from this."

The 23-year-old said he got the image when he was 18 and was unaware of the message. He says he thought it was in support of the military.

Rohrwasser was named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year in 2019 after converting 18 of 21 field goals with a long of 53 yards, while going 35 of 36 on extra points. He joins the Patriots after the team released long-time kicker Stephen Gostkowski in 2019.

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