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From stick-and-poke sets to sessions with the professionals, tattoos can make great gifts – New Times SLO12.14.19

In need of an out-of-the-box gift idea for your edgy friend or spunky aunt? Get the gift that lastslike, forever.

A tattoo! That's right y'allink.

From cheap stick-and-poke tattoo sets to personal tattoo guns to sessions with San Luis Obispo's professional artists, tattoos of all kinds make for thrilling and customizable gifts.

Tattoos are becoming increasingly popular across the globe, and according to a Dalia Research survey conducted in 2018, roughly 38 percent of the 9,054 individuals surveyed in 19 countries said they had at least one tattoo. And it's not just the young 'uns, according to Eric Jones, tattoo artist and owner of True West Tattoo.

"Everyone gets tattooed now," Jones said. "It's crazy."

He might be biased, but Jones thinks tattoos make for great gifts.

Large tattoos can cost hundreds of dollars, but he said the price flexibility inherent to gift cards allows buyers to spend within their means. Some customers go all out and put hundreds on gift cards, he said, and others do $50 or somoney that couldn't cover an entire tattoo but could definitely contribute to the cause. With True West's minimum price for a single tattoo set at $80, which is enough to buy what Jones calls a "college Pinterest size" tattoo, he said most customers stay somewhere within the $100 to $150 range.

The gift of a tattoo is also a great way to incentivize those on the fence, Jones said of those wary individuals who might want a little ink but are nervous about the pain or bothered by the cost. Better yet, True West is giving out one free item of apparelshirts, hats, patches, etc.with every tattoo this holiday season.

But, Jones said, this kind of present has to go to the right person.

"I'm not buying lingerie for my grandma," he said.

At San Luis Tattoo Company, owner and tattoo artist Daniel Derrick offers private, one-on-one sessions at a $200 an hour minimum, and his wife and business partner offers cosmetic tattooing services at varying prices. It's a higher than average rate, but Derrick said it's worth it for the highly personalized experience. And, he said, gift cards are available online, so you don't even have to leave the house to buy one.

If you want your loved one to unwrap something a little more exciting than a gift certificate, however, maybe homemade tattoos are the present for you.

Home tattooing kitswhich typically include ink, needles, gloves, a tattoo gun, and a power sourceare available on Amazon for as little as $46. Home stick-and-poke kits cost even less.

Like all things DIY, these kits require a lot of research into safety practices and tattooing techniques, but if you think your giftee has the patience and creative skill to tattoo, home tattooing can be the hobby of a lifetime. Literally.

New Times Staff Writer Kasey Bubnash has tattoos of all kinds, including those in the "regrettable" category. She can be reached at

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See All the Tattoos Miley Cyrus Has Gotten Since Her Split From Liam Hemsworth – Us Weekly12.14.19

Miley Cyrus has had one whirlwind of a year and shes commemorated a lot of it through some fresh and wild body art.

Since her split with Liam Hemsworth back August this year, shes taken to tattooing certain memorable things on her body. From vacations with new flings like Kaitlynn Carter to special dates like her dads birth year, shes continued to permanently mark her body in honor of her year of growth, adventure and new loves.

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One of the first major designs she got post-split was the Visconti of Milan Coat of Arms, which was a tribute to her trip to Italy with Brody Jenners ex, Carter. The steamy PDA-packed trip took place just days after it was announced that she and the Australian hunk were calling it quits and that tattoo happened only a week or two following.

Then, just days later for the 2019 VMAs, she stepped out with two more new tattoos, which were later seen close-up in Instagram posts. One was lyrics from a Pixies song and the year her dad was born, 1961.

Her desire for new tattoos has really picked up since getting together with now-boyfriend Cody Simpson. In fact, shes taken to showing off her new tats alongside him and his new designs in nearly-naked mirror selfies.

Celebrities That Covered Up Tattoos Linked to Their Exes: Pete Davidson, Ariana Grande, Angelina Jolie and More

One of her most recent ones, though, may hold the most direct message to her divorce. On December 7, artist Winter Stone shared a picture of the Wrecking Ball singers new ink, which has freedom written across the bottom of her knuckles.

To see all of Cyrus tattoos since her split with Hemsworth, keep scrolling.

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The Eight Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend – Miami New Times12.14.19

One of the hottest tickets in town (and maybe on the planet) can finally be scanned this week. After months of anticipation, Madonna's Madame X Tour lands at the Fillmore Miami Beach for its weeklong stint this Saturday. Just before Madonna mania takes over Miami, Buskerfest will present local musicians at the Metromover's Inner Loop stations this Friday. For those who have tired of the Chick-fil-A versus Popeye's debate, there'll be a $1,000 Chicken Sandwich Battle this Saturday, and if you make a yummy chicken sandwich of your own, you can enter it in the competition to be judged by the masses. To close things out this weekend, more than 100,000 pairs of sneakers will be on sale at theSneaker Games Interactive Culture Convention at Hard Rock Stadium. Go get yourself some new kicks you deserve 'em.

Here are the eight best things to do in Miami this weekend:


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Friday, December 13

Buskerfest has become a can't-miss Miami cultural institution. Each year, various performers, ranging from musicians to dancers, converge on the Metromover's Inner Loop to serenade crowds and passersby. Among this year's eclectic group of artists are Lady of Harp, the fire-master Rock n' Roll Jones, and the Jacob George Band. After rocking the Inner Loop, the party will move to Bayfront Park for a massive finale. 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Metromover Inner Loop stations and Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Admission is free.

OK, Man doesn't have a big U.S. tour planned for 2020 just yet. But an awesome Tribute to Man will land in Wynwood this Friday evening in the magical form of Tony G and Membrana. If you haven't caught them live just yet (they've been touring around South Florida this week), now is your chance. It might be your last opportunity this year to sing your favorite Spanish rock tunes, including "Labios Compartidos" and "Rayando El Sol." 11 p.m. Friday at Barter Wynwood, 255 NW 27th Ter., Miami. Admission is free, but premium tickets (including a special standing area and cocktail) cost $20 via

Saturday, December 14

Iron your Santa costume and start hydrating now: It's time for another wild and boozy SantaCon. Among the many SantaCons taking place around the country, the big one in Miami is set to happen in downtown. Bayfront SantaCon encourages you to wear red, maybe grab a beard, and absolutely don that Santa hat. A number of vendors from Corona to Maker's Mark will sell libations. Pro tip: Arrive before 5 p.m. for a free drink. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday in Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Admission is free.

For soccer fans, the Clevelander will host Premier League Mornings Live, with live game feeds, activations, and other fun all weekend.


Miami is slowly but surely evolving into a soccer hot spot. The city sees premier matches periodically at Hard Rock Stadium (such as Colombia versus Brazil, and FC Barcelona appearances), and Inter Miami will soon kick off its inaugural season. This weekend, at the Clevelander South Beach, a unique soccer experience arrives in the form of Premier League Mornings Live. Created by the folks at NBC Sports, this fan fest will boast live feeds of Premier League games, exclusive merchandise, mascot visits, airbrush tattooing, and other cool activations. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Clevelander South Beach, 1020 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-532-4006; RSVP via

Winner, winner, chicken dinner? This Saturday, a $1,000 Chicken Sandwich Battle will go down in the 305, and odds are that Chick-fil-A or Popeye's won't be crowned the winner. The contest is sponsored by the local food blog Hungry Black Man, and anyone can enter (chefs, restaurants, or even you, the average joe) and take home some prize money. 3 p.m. Saturday at a Space Called Tribe Co-Work and Urban Innovation Lab, 937 NW Third Ave., Miami; General admission is free; competitor and vendor fee is $50 via


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Madonna will kick off the first gig of her residency at the Fillmore Miami Beach this Saturday evening. After that, the icon will perform six more gigs at the venue through Sunday, December 22, as part of her Madame X Tour. In addition to tunes from the tour's namesake (her 2019 number one album), count on all the classics she's released over the decades, including "Vogue," "Like a Prayer" and "Frozen." 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and select dates through December 22 at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; Tickets cost $197 and up.

Sunday, December 15The Dolphins aren't scheduled to play this Sunday, so things are already off to a winning start at Hard Rock Stadium! Instead, the Sneaker Games Interactive Culture Convention is setting up shop for an afternoon affair for enthusiasts of fly kicks. The convention will host more than 200 vendors (displaying more than 100,000 pairs of sneakers), and a "Gaming District" will offer competitions and tournaments. Each paid entry includes a ticket to the Dolphins' December 22 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens; 305-943-8000; Tickets cost $35 to $179 via

It's time for a Festivus for the rest of us. If you have no idea what Festivus is, you've never seen Seinfeld or you've somehow slept through the previous three decades of pop-cultural conversations. This Sunday, the Abbey Brewing Company will host a holiday Abbey Festivus Party, loaded with food and drink specials. In addition to delicious beer, there will be an airing of grievances, feats of strength, and anything and everything you love about this totally made-up holiday. 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday at the Abbey Brewing Company, 1115 16th St., Miami Beach; 305-538-8110; Admission is free.

Jesse Scott is a freelance writer for Miami New Times covering culture and entertainment. He moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2016 and previously resided in (and played ungodly amounts of roulette in) Sin City. He is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and has covered entertainment for his hometown newspaper, the Free Lance-Star, for more than 15 years.

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Brow lamination what is it, and how does it work? – Marie Claire UK12.14.19

Move over, microblading...

Its the hot new treatment thats rivalling microbladings popularity brow lamination are the two words on every beauty enthusiasts lips at the moment. So why are we so obsessed?

The results speak for themselves, with eyebrow lamination promising (and delivering) fuller-looking brows without the need for tattooing or your best eyebrow make-up products. The before and after pictures are kind of unbelievable, leaving you wondering how on earth the after shot is the same persons natural brows.

I decided to put the treatment to the test in the name of beauty journalism and booked myself an appointment at Thea Beauty in Marylebone through Treatwell. Keep reading for everything you need to know about brow lamination, and how my own brows got on with the treatment

Brow lamination involves straightening and lifting the hairs using a chemical solution, which allows the hairs to have more flexibility to move them into your desired shape, therefore covering any gaps or stray areas, my therapist Thea explains.

A fixing solution is then applied to keep the hairs straight for around six weeks, as well as a tint if desired.

Before the treatment, its imperative that you do your research to ensure you get the eyebrow lamination results youre after. Social media stalking is your friend here I chose Thea based on her Instagram pictures of her work.

Brow lamination can cost anywhere between 45 and 100. Prices vary depending on who performs the treatment and if they charge extra for any add-ons, such as a tint.

Looking at my before brow pictures, Id never have guessed that I had enough eyebrow hairs to result in the after shot. (Side note: the redness around my brow in the right-hand picture is from having stray hairs tweezed and waxed.)

For the first 24 hours after your treatment, its important to keep your brows completely dry and avoid touching them too much. After that, Thea advised me to keep the area moisturised using an oil or cream.

For someone who is usually pretty low-maintenence with her brows, Ill definitely be going back for more brow lamination treatments in future to keep my brows looking full and feathered. Theres no denying those results!

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NYC photographer captures telling moments with Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari and other comics – FOX 5 NY12.14.19

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You could say that photographer Marcus Russell Price has a hilarious gig. He photographs comedians. He has worked with Amy Schumer, Pete Davidson, Aziz Ansari, Hannibal Buress, and more, capturing their biggest moments and also small, unguarded ones.

NEW YORK - When Marcus Russell Price works a camera, there's usually laughter involved. Price is a photographer of comedians. And having worked with the likes of Amy Schumer, Pete Davidson, Aziz Ansari, and Hannibal Buress, he is quickly becoming one of the industry's most sought-after talents behind a lens.

"I travel with these comics, and I take a lot of pictures during the show like stage shots," Price said on a recent afternoon between headshot sessions in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. "But the most interesting photos are the things that happen in between shows, like offstage, backstage, on the car, in the bus, on the plane."

Price recalled one of his favorite moments when he standing in the rear of the stage at Madison Square Garden and Amy Schumer got caught up in the gravity of the moment.

"Right before she went on stage, she looked at me and goes, 'I grew up hereit's amazing,'" Price said. "She got to perform in her home town in New York City at Madison Square Garden."

"I think she was just taken by the moment, and she turned around and looked right at my lens and I snapped that photo," he added.

He remembers touring in Mumbai, India, with Aziz Ansari.

"The times we weren't on stage, we were just mobbing through the streets of Mumbai, like eating food and taking pictures because he's a photographer as well," Price said. "And he's a darn good one."

And he has more than a few photos from his time spent chilling in Pete Davidson's Staten Island basement, and often Davidson is getting a new tattoo at the same time.

"He's friends with a couple of tattoo artists, so his friend Ryan came over and was tattooing him while we watched a movie, which is not uncommon for us to do," Price said. "He was getting a unicorn [that time]."

When FOX 5 NY caught up with Price, he was working on promo shots for The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng, who described why he enjoys working with Price.

"He's super easy to work with, he's super talented," Chieng said. "Everything he touches just turns to gold.

That was followed by a headshot session for Paul Virzi, who met price through their mutual friend, Pete Davidson.

"It was just one of those things where it was like, 'Oh yea, I like this guy, I trust this guy, he's friends with my friends' and that's how it worked out," Price said.

Virzi also spoke of the importance for a comedian to have good-quality headshots.

"You have to because the comedy clubs have it all over, all over their internet, all over their ads when you're performing there, social media has it," Virzi said.

Price's success is no joke. And in fact, he now sees it as a responsibility.

"You see all these legendary photos of people like Steve Martin and Richard Pryor and you think, 'Thank god someone was there to take that picture,'" Price said. "And in a lot of cases that person is now me, and that doesn't fall on me lightly."


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Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz and the Fierce Jab of Emotions – Sports Illustrated12.14.19

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DIRIYAH, Saudi Arabia Depending on who you wereAnthony Joshua or Andy Ruiz, Eddie Hearn or Manny Roblesinside the ring on Saturday night, with specially made placards commemorating the Ruiz-Joshua rematch raining down like confetti, your emotions ran the gamut.

For Joshua, ecstasy. Last June, Joshua lost. He was humiliated, knocked down four times in what was supposed to be a showcase fight against Ruiz in his U.S. debut. He was publicly humiliated, with social media tattooing him as a quitter and peers dissecting his performance. He was encouraged to fire his trainer, change his camp, even pass on an immediate rematch in favor of a few softer touches to rebuild his confidence.

He didnt do any of it. His chief strategist, Rob McCracken, whose history with Joshua dates back to his amateur days. McCracken served up a perfect game plan, a jab-filled strategy that saw Joshua hammer Ruiz from the outside while never giving Ruiz a stationary target to load up on. His camp was flawless. Joshua dropped nearly 11 pounds since the last fight, allowing him to be a more mobile, agile fighter. And against a fighter some believed had his number, Joshua put on a boxing clinic.

I can knock people out when I want to and I can box when I want to, Joshua said. Tonight was just about winning and trusting my process. I know maybe I could have done more at times. But sometimes simplicity is genius. And that was the motto. Keep it simple because it is going to lead to a genius performance. Every time I step in the ring if Im prepared, no one can beat me.

For Ruiz, disappointment. For months, we wondered: Was Ruiz Buster Douglas 2.0? The signs were there. In 1990, Douglas, in his first fight since upsetting Mike Tyson, tipped the scales 15 pounds heavier for a title defense against Evander Holyfield. On Friday, Ruiz weighed in 15.7 pounds thicker than he did in June. The weight clearly saddled Ruiz, never the most mobile big man, who was unable to deal with Joshuas movement. In the final 30 seconds, Ruiz stood in the center of the ring, waving Joshua in, daring him to trade. Joshua, knowing he was up on the scorecards, could only laugh.

I should have trained harder, Ruiz said. I should have listened to my coaches more. Maybe I shouldnt have put on all this weight. I would have been faster and I would have thrown more. I had him hurt a few times and I let him survive. I should have pressured him more. Its not an excuse, but the weight. I weighed in too heavy. Theres no excuse besides me not training hard.

Inside Ruizs locker room after, Robles and Ruizs father, Andy Sr., admonished Ruiz. You should have listened, they said. You shouldnt have put on all this weight. I kind of tried to do the training on my own, Ruiz said. At the postfight press conference, Ruiz draped an arm around Robles and apologized. Robles, visibly frustrated, looked like he wanted to be anywhere else.

As a coach, you have to be with your fighter 100%, Robles said. Im not the first coach and Andys not the first fighter where situations happen in camp. Im there for him, through good and bad, thick and thin. I have to apologize to him too, because this is a team effort Im right here, sitting next to him so he knows I have his back. Im with my fighters 100%.

Long after the final bell, Joshua remained in the ring, shaking hands, taking pictures, soaking in the moment. Hearn was with him. As much as Joshua had at stake, Hearn did, too. Joshua is Matchrooms tentpole fighter. A loss would have put him on a long path to rebuild, or even retirement. A win restores Joshua to the ranks of the heavyweight elite and reignites talk of Joshua facing the winner of the rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, slated for early next year.

Hearn, though, says Joshua wont be chasing them anymore.

Hes been chasing them for years, Hearn said. It will happen. Maybe [Wilder] was right to walk away from the fight. Its worth a lot more now than it was back then. But [Joshua] just wants the legacy. He created a legacy here in Saudi Arabia. This isnt a guy that goes in selling seven or eight thousand tickets. This is a guy that is selling football stadiums, 80 or 90 thousand tickets. Madison Square Garden, completely sold out. Saudi Arabia, completely sold out. This is a guy that is transforming boxing. These other guys cant lace his boots like that. And hes going to get better and better. Hes 24 fights inthe best is yet to come.

Whats unlikely to come is a third fight with Ruiz, at least not in the near future. Ruiz clamored for it repeatedly after the fight, but his performance in the rematch will close that door quickly. With his belts back, Joshua must now deal with the mandatory challenges. The IBF, which has installed Top Rank promoted Kubrat Pulev as its top contender, says Joshua must face Pulev by next May while the WBO announced that Joshua has 180 days to face its mandatory challenger, former cruiserweight kingpin Oleksandyr Usyk. Hearn wouldnt commit to any course of action, though a likely scenario is for Joshua to accept the IBF challenge and seek a waiver from the WBO. Even if Joshua is forced to drop the WBO belt, Usyk is promoted by Hearnmaking it easy to create an opportunity to get it back.

And Wilder? Fury? Standing in the ring, Joshua appeared resigned to the reality a unification fight was a long way off.

What can I say? Joshua said. Ive been speaking about these guys for a long time. You can see this time, when I had this opportunity to focus on Andy, my head was in the right place. So when Wilder and Fury are really, really ready, they will make the call. But until then, I respect what they are doing and I am not going to continue to call these guys out. Im making my own history in my own lane. If they want to come and be part of thatlook at what happened to Andy when he beat me the first time. He created his own legacy. If these guys want to create a legacy, Im here, Im ready to fight anyone.

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Friday the 13th: The tattoo tradition you’ve never heard of – WTMJ-TV12.13.19

MILWAUKEE Amidst the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa holiday festivities there is one more holiday taking place this year you may not know about. It's an 'if you know, you know,' kind of thing.

Friday the 13th. It's not just about werewolves, full moons, and Jason Voorhees. It's about getting cheap (and sometimes free) tattoos.

"It's like a Black Friday kind of for tattoos," Joe Roethel, a tattoo artist at Atomic Tattoo, said.

Every Friday the 13th, he said long lines form hours before the store opens up. It's a tradition for many.

"Friday the 13th collectors that come every year and kind of get a little piece," he said.

It's all about the discount, though.

"Some designs will be $13 and that includes a $7 mandatory tip," Roethel said. "Otherwise, we have slightly bigger designs that are going to be $31 with a mandatory $9 tip."

Pretty good deal for a tattoo. The catch? You only get to pick from a select number of designs.

"Each artist will do like a preset design sheet of like 20 different designs," Roethel said while looking at this design sheet. "We kind of print sheets off the day of, so it's kind of a surprise when they show up.

According to a New York Times article, this tradition was started by a guy named Oliver Peck, who owns Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, back in 1996. The tradition stuck and is now celebrated at tattoo parlors throughout the country.

Not everyone is a fan of the unofficial holiday. Atomic Tattoo is one of the few places that does it around Milwaukee.

"I guess having people that arent normal clients of your shop that come just for the deal," he said.

Another issue Roethel said is that it sometimes becomes too trendy and loses its special meaning for tattoo enthusiasts.

However, Roethel likes giving back to the customers and giving them a deal.

"I'm one of the newer artists, so I really look forward to it."

Atomic Tattoo is open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00/9:00 p.m. on Friday. Get there fast: lines form around 10:00 a.m.

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How tattoos became fashionable in Victorian England – The Conversation AU12.13.19

Thomas Whitton was a labourer and shoemaker from Shoreditch, east London. He was just 13 in June 1836 when he was convicted at the Old Bailey for shoplifting printed cotton. His sentence was transportation to Van Diemens Land (Tasmania).

When he arrived on the shores of Australia a year later, the brown haired, blue-eyed Londoner had acquired some interesting tattoos on his long voyage. On his right arm there was a tribute to a girl with the words love to thy heart and on his left, images of two men with a bottle and glass, a mermaid, an anchor and the initials R.R.

Whitton (who was eventually freed at the age of 20) was just one of 57,990 Victorian convicts whose tattoo descriptions we found as we data-mined the judicial archives. At the time, some commentators believed that persons of bad repute used tattoos to mark themselves like savages as a sign they belonged to a criminal gang. But our database reveals that convict tattoos expressed a surprisingly wide range of positive and indeed fashionable sentiments. And convicts were by no means the only Victorians who acquired them.

These records allow us to see for the first time that historical tattooing was not restricted to sailors, soldiers and convicts, but was a growing and accepted phenomenon in Victorian England. Tattoos provide an important window into the lives of those who typically left no written records of their own. As a form of history from below, they give us a fleeting but intriguing understanding of the identities and emotions of ordinary people in the past.

To study these questions, we carried out the largest analysis of tattoos ever undertaken, examining 75,688 descriptions of tattoos, on 57,990 convicts in Britain and Australia from 1793 to 1925. We used data-mining techniques to extract information embedded within broader descriptive fields of criminal records, and we linked this information with extensive evidence about the personal characteristics and backgrounds of our subjects. Because the meanings of tattoos are often so difficult to fathom, we used visualisations to identify patterns of use and juxtapositions of particular designs.

Tattooing has taken place throughout human history. Evidence from bodies preserved in ice indicates the existence of the practice as early as 4,000BC. And, while it is impossible to trace a continuous history, there is evidence of tattooing in most cultures, sometimes as a form of forced stigmatisation (on slaves and criminals in the Greek and Roman empires) but in many cases as a voluntary practice used to express identity.

Early Christians acquired religious tattoos as a sign of devotion, and to commemorate pilgrimages. Banned by Pope Hadrian in 787, tattooing largely disappeared from recorded history in the medieval West, though we know it was present in many other cultures, notably Polynesia and Japan.

This article is part of Conversation InsightsThe Insights team generates long-form journalism derived from interdisciplinary research. The team is working with academics from different backgrounds who have been engaged in projects aimed at tackling societal and scientific challenges.

The traditional narrative has it that the practice was resurrected in Europe after Captain Cook and his sailors encountered the tattooed inhabitants of Tahiti on his visit there in 1769. But more recently historians, including Jane Caplan and Matt Lodder, have uncovered evidence of tattoos among soldiers, sailors and labourers in the century preceding Cooks voyage. The convict records used in our study date from 1793 and so document a practice which was already widespread.

As a practice for which typically the only record is the body itself, few systematic records survive before the advent of photography. One exception to this is the written descriptions of tattoos (and even the occasional sketch) that were kept of institutionalised people forced to submit to the recording of information about their bodies as a means of identifying them. This particularly applies to three groups criminal convicts, soldiers and sailors. Of these, the convict records are the most voluminous and systematic.

Such records were first kept in large numbers for those who were transported to Australia from 1788 (since Australia was then an open prison) as the authorities needed some means of keeping track of them.

Similar prison records started being kept in Britain from 1816, in part so that escapees could be identified. But the record keeping became even more systematic due to growing concerns about re-offending in the 19th century.

Contrary to contemporary beliefs, convict tattoos included a wide range of subjects and designs and expressed some very positive emotions.

We found multiple records of images relating to British and American identity as well as designs centring on diverse subjects like astronomy, pleasure, religion and sex. Among the most popular were naval themes and expressions of love. But the most popular form of tattoo was written names and sets of initials, which were present in 56% of all descriptions. Dots were also very popular and were found in 30% of descriptions.

The distribution of subjects became more even over time, as some popular early themes notably naval, jewellery and astronomy declined and there was a rise in tattoos depicting religion, nature, national identity and death.

Up to 1850, the evidence comes primarily from convicts transported to Australia, a quarter of whom were tattooed. Although we cant be sure, it is likely that most were acquired during the long voyage. The fact that many had their year of conviction or transportation tattooed on their skin reflects recognition of the fact that their forcible removal halfway around the world, probably never to return to Britain, was a life-changing event.

Naval tattoos were rich in diversity and included mermaids, ships, sailors, flags and related astronomical symbols like the Sun, Moon and stars. But the most popular design was the anchor. Sailors, such as Thomas Prescott, transported to Australia in 1819, bore an anchor mermaid heart and darts sun moon and stars on his right arm. Tattoos that expressed relationships with lovers, friends and family were also very popular (probably since the journey to Australia forcibly separated them from their loved ones). These were more often than not worn in visible areas of the body such as the forearms and hands.

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Where first names were tattooed on a convicts arm, they were much more likely to be names of someone of the opposite sex. The initials i.l. (meaning I love) often preceded other pairs of initials. A 21-year-old William Graham, for example, was imprisoned in the new national penitentiary, Millbank, in 1826 for grand larceny, including the theft of a handkerchief and pair of breeches. He demonstrated his love for his family with their initials and those of E.C. (probably his lover). He also had a heart and crossed arrows on his right arm. His left arm bore his own initials together with E.C. and a bird in a bush. This design was depicted in a rare sketch from the prison register.

As is so often the case, we will never know precisely what William intended to express with these tattoos or who E.C. was. But undoubtedly love was involved.

In the late 19th century, social observers, criminologists, and the press were preoccupied by the notion that tattoos were evidence of criminal character. Social investigator Henry Mayhew wrote in his 1862 book on London prisons:

Most persons of bad repute, said the prison warder, have private marks stamped on them mermaids, naked men and women, and the most extraordinary things you ever saw. They are marked like savages, whilst many of the regular thieves have five dots between their thumb and forefinger, as a sign that they belong to the forty thieves, as they call it.

There is, however, little to suggest that the tattoos from the time frequently expressed a criminal identity. While there is some evidence of the five dots described by Mayhew, the data we found allowed us to debunk this historical myth. In 1828, a series of juvenile thefts in London sparked anxieties about youth crime. The Morning Post complained about:

A gang of no less than 40 juvenile delinquents known as the Forty Thieves, on all the metropolitan roads, where they subsist by their plunder on the coaches and passengers.

The Forty Thieves could allegedly be identified by their tattoos five dots worn between their thumb and forefinger: They recognised each other by five blue spots on the hand, which was made by gunpowder, claimed The London Standard on January 3 1829.

Five dots was indeed a popular tattoo, but not primarily in the contexts described by Mayhew and the papers. Our data shows the presence of this tattoo in the 1820s, where it was found on 23 convicts. But while five dots grew in popularity into the 1870s, it was found not only on imprisoned male convicts, but also on those who were transported especially women. And while convicts were often imprisoned before they were transported, the widespread use of the five dots tattoo (378 convicts between 1820 and 1880) suggests that any gang could not have been easily identified by this tattoo alone.

As the simplest tattoo to create, dots were hugely popular: over 20,000 convicts wore one or more dots on their arms, hands and even faces. The left side of the body was dominant, suggesting that dots were often self-administered. But the collocations (designs located alongside the dots on the same part of the body) demonstrate that dots, including five and seven dots, were rarely aligned with expressions of criminality or defiance such as skull and crossbones but were often used for purely decorative purposes, like rings and bracelets.

Such tattoos were a form of working class jewellery that was cheap and easy to administer. Sarah Phillips, for example, transported in 1838 for stealing boots, wore a seven dots ring and three dots on her fingers. Other collocations for the seven dot tattoo included the Sun, Moon and stars, which likely meant that dots were used to represent constellations, such as the seven-star Pleiades cluster. They could also represent love. Elizabeth Morgans recorded marks in the transportation records suggest that she used her five dot tattoo as part of an expression of love for a Joseph Bayles.

Rather than expressing a criminal identity, convicts inscribed their bodies in much the same way as today commemorating their lovers and family, coming-of-age and the pleasures of working class life. Some 5% of convicts wore tattoos relating to pleasure. Sixteenth birthdays, for example, were commemorated by tattoos of bottles.

Alcohol, smoking, dancing and cards were the subjects of a range of tattoos. James Allen wore a tattoo of a glass and a man smoking a pipe. Among Marion Telfords nine tattoos was a man and woman dancing on her right arm. Sports were also celebrated.

When William Lindsay arrived in Australia in 1854 his body was decorated with a full boxing match on his chest as well as several other distinctive images, including brig in full sail, whale spouting, mermaid, woman on right arm, sailor and flag, snake and three rings.

Sex was also a theme but Victorian clerks often obscured the level of obscenity from the records, as when part of Robert Dudlows tattoo was described as an indecent word. But images of naked men and women were tattooed commonly on visible parts of the body.

Convicts also expressed an interest in nature. There were many animals, including birds, butterflies, horses, dogs, snakes and scorpions. Flowers were often worn with animals (especially birds) or were wrapped around the wrist or neck to replicate jewellery. Frederick Ash, convicted in 1889 at the Old Bailey of the rape of a 13-year-old girl, was recorded in the Register of Habitual Criminals in 1893 as having 25 designs on his body. The designs included an elephant, mermaid, girl on a donkey, snake, lion and a unicorn (apparently as part of a coat of arms), chameleon, scorpion, another lion and a tree centipede.

It is not clear how the fashion for tattooing spread but the evidence suggests that increasing numbers of men and women not just soldiers, sailors and convicts acquired tattoos over the course of the 19th century. The birth dates of convicts with and without tattoos in the Register of Habitual Criminals shows a clear increase in the proportion of convicts with tattoos; half of the convicts documented possessed tattoos by the end of the century.

Evidence of tattooing outside the convict record is sparse but there are tantalising suggestions that people from a wide range of social backgrounds acquired tattoos. Alongside the thousands of labourers and unskilled workers with tattoos in our records were 60 clerks, 49 dealers, 22 agents, and 20 engineers. Knowledge of tattooing was spread by the tattooed freaks on display in circuses and fairs, and returning sailors and officers from Pacific voyages. There was also the growing publicity accorded to tattoos in print towards the end of the century.

Public awareness of tattooing in the 1870s was spread by the widely publicised court case of the Tichborne Claimant, when an imposter (variously referred to as Thomas Castro or Arthur Orton) claimed to be Roger Tichborne, the missing heir to the Tichborne baronetcy. His claim collapsed in 1872 when it was revealed that Roger possessed distinctive tattoos, while Castro/Orton as our records confirm had none.

And in the 1880s, a tattooing craze developed in elite society after it became known that various members of the nobility and royalty, both male and female, had acquired tattoos, including Edward, Prince of Wales and Prince Albert Victor, Queen Victorias eldest son.

This craze was facilitated by the development of professional tattooists who set up shops, and by the invention of an electric tattooing machine in 1891, by an American, Samuel OReilly. By 1900 tattooing had permeated many parts of British society.

Emblematic of the popularity of tattooing at the end of the century are the 392 convicts in the database (all male) who had a tattoo of the American showman, Buffalo Bill. The first tour of his Wild West show in Britain took place in 1887 when he performed for Queen Victoria. His London shows alone attracted 2.5 million customers and he returned for further tours over the next 15 years. It appears that tattooists took advantage of his popularity by developing templates of his image and offering the tattoo as part of the experience of going to the exhibition.

Tattoos of a bust of Buffalo Bill were frequently found on convicts with tattoos of women, a womans head and clasped hands as in Charles Wilsons tattoos, which included two hearts (one pierced), clasped hands and an anchor on his right forearm and a bust of Buffalo Bill and the word MAGGIE in capital letters in a scroll on his left forearm.

The frequent expressions of love associated with Buffalo Bill tattoos suggest that men often went to see the show with their lovers and obtained tattoos to commemorate both the visit and their love for each other. The men who had a Buffalo Bill tattoo included a blacksmith, a postman, a shoemaker, a painter and glazier.

Tattoos became more sophisticated around the turn of the 20th century. William Henry Greenway, a habitual criminal who was tried in 1907, worked as a Liverpool photographer. He celebrated his occupation with a tattoo of a camera on his forearm. In 1910, William Parfitt was described as having a tattoo of a propeller on his forearm, as did one of the latest convicts in our dataset, John Miller, who was imprisoned for housebreaking in 1924. Combining both traditional designs and modern inventions to commemorate his lost brother, Miller wore a propeller alongside a setting sun, sinking ship, sailors grave, tombstone, in memory of dear brother RT and a pierced heart.

Convict tattooing was an expressive activity, rarely specifically linked to their crimes and punishments. In their images of vice and pleasure some convicts may have signalled an alternative morality but for most, tattoos simply reflected their personal identities and affinities their loves and interests. As tattooing became more popular and proficient, it became more inventive and creative, reflecting wider cultural trends and fashions.

But in the early 20th century, as a result of its criminal associations and increasing concerns about hygiene, tattooing lost some of its popularity and became a marginal, though still significant, activity (in particular among sailors and soldiers during wartime). And then from the 1950s, according to sociologist Michael Rees, tattooing started to regain popularity, first among marginal groups including gang members, bikers and punks and rockers as symbols of both group allegiance and defiance of conventional society.

It was only with the recent tattoo renaissance, dating from the 1970s, that it started to become mainstream, permeating consumer culture through the media and the exposure of tattooed celebrities. It was eventually recognised as an art form. Today, one in five Britons reportedly have a tattoo.

And our research shows that the motivations for getting a tattoo may not have changed much since Whitton first exposed his skin to ink as he sailed for Tasmania more than 180 years ago.

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Where to get a Friday the 13th tattoo | Dec. 13, 2019 – KTNV Las Vegas12.13.19

Multiple Las Vegas tattoo shops will continue the tradition of offering $13 (plus $7 tip) on Dec. 13, 2019. Most shops will have designs to choose from. Don't forget that shops require customers to be at least 18 years of age or older with identification and not under the influence when getting a tattoo.

Black Sheep Tattoo Co. (West Tropicana Avenue)

Crown Electric Co. (East Charleston Boulevard)

Iron Monk Tattoo (South Pecos Road)

Fool's Gold Tattoo & Piercing (South Eastern Avenue)

Koolsville Tattoo (3 locations)

Last Chance Tattoos (Arville Street)

Mystical Ink Tattoo (East Charleston Boulevard)

Painless Wayne's Tattoo (South Nellis Boulevard)

Revolution Tattoo Parlor

Rock N Roll Tattoos (Boulder Highway)

Sheepdog Tattoo (Western Avenue)

Tattoo Las Vegas (East Tropicana Avenue)

Vegas Val's Tatts (West Tropicana Avenue)

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Stephen Curry sports matching tattoos with wife Ayesha in honor of their kids – AOL12.13.19

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is sporting some new ink with a sweet meaning.

The three-time NBA champion took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a black and white photo of his three newest tattoos on hiscalf, alongsidethe same art on his wifeAyesha'sarm.

The coupleboth showed off theirgeometric tattoos of a wolf, butterfly and unicorn in honor of their children Canon, Ryan and Riley.

Ayesha posted a version of the same photo to her own Instagram with a caption that explained the meaning of each symbol as they relate to her kids.

"Canon will always be our young wolf," she wrote of the couple's youngest child and only son, born last year. She also noted that their "magical"firstborn daughter, Riley, is represented by the unicorn, while middle daughter, butterfly Ryan, makes her mother "cry with joy."

Ayesha was the first of the pair to get the tattoos, having them done back in May, according to the Instagram of tattoo artistDaniel Winter, who goes by the moniker "Winter Stone."

Stephen is currently recovering from a broken hand that he suffered in October, though he says he hopes to play again this NBA season.

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