"I remember this guy came into the studio with no tattoos and wanted a sperm coming out of each corner of his mouth."
From butterfly wings around vaginas to four-leaf clovers on some dude's junk—these artists have seen it all.
One of them was really, really tired of clocks. "Clocks in eyes, clocks in roses, clocks in bigger clocks. It's become insane."
Charles Hamm, founder of the National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art, believes that displaying your relatives' tattoos on your walls is no weirder than putting an urn of cremains on your mantle.
VICE Serbia went to Rijeka, Croatia to explore the ancient art of using handmade hooks to pierce the skin as well as the city's tattoo and body modification scenes.
Instead of covering scars up with long sleeves, some choose to reclaim their scars or repurpose them into tattoos.
We talked with the shop's artists about how they got started, jealousy from male peers, and their love of permanently marking people's bodies.
We had a walk down the strip and asked people why they got the tattoos they got.
Inked bodies can become permanent pelts after a person is carefully skinned and then covered in preservative chemicals, like an animal hide.
"It certainly looks to be paternalistic," said an Australian law professor.
We met the legendary artist for a chat about his prominent role in the history of tattoo art.
Our recent profile of him led to the man formerly known as Billy Gibby getting $3,200 in donations, which he's using to remove his facial tattoos.
We talked to academic Annie Irish about how tattooed women have been objectified and fetishized since the days of the 19th century.
Plagued by poverty and mental illness, William Gibby sold his face to internet companies. Now he's trying to get it back.
Clichéd tattoos are "kind of like a safety blanket to give your life meaning," says Dr. Kirby Farrell.
Tattoos in the 80s were still somewhat unique to alternative lifestyles.
I'm not talking ironic hipster tattoos of bacon or Rambo; I'm talking praying hands pressed together holding a machete or an Uzi in preparation for a holy war.
The teacher screened Spanish-speaking segments for her Spanish class, despite the film featuring graphic violence, gore, faeces, strap-ons, 9/11 tattoos, and a dogfight.
Nicolae Minovici's collection of tattoos is being exhibited in Bucharest's Sutu Palace until March. And yes, some of the pieces still have hair on them.
I spoke to the publisher of a new book about Soviet prison ink about what tattoos would brand you a thief, a homosexual, or a high-ranking criminal.
Some guy is getting a quote of something I wrote tattooed on his body. This is a dream come true for a younger me, but now I'm not sure if I'd call this success.
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I talked to a lawyer who said that it probably wouldn't be treated as one in the courts.