On this episode of Daily VICE, we accompany a sex trafficking survivor to get a tattoo removed. A pimp had given her the tattoo as a mark of ownership.
Local governments want to crack down on "illegal" tattooists, so we asked our friends to show us their best illegal tattoos.
"I thought it would be hilarious to get a gang tattoo with a picture of an uzi, but now I can't take my shirt off on the beach. Joke tattoos are only funny for a little while."
All it takes is a domino, a shoestring, and a sharpened plastic spoon to get a DIY penis implant.
There's a lot of baggage that comes with having a face tattoo—people may see you as a "freak," think you've been involved with some shady stuff, or assume you've been to prison. That's not always the case, though.
Diamonds are forever, garbage tattoos don't have to be.
For people living with eyeball tattoos, reactions can range from "cool contacts!" to being mistaken for the devil.
From alleged ripped-off designs to massive cover-ups that don't cover up, the UK tattoo community is rallying against the reality TV show.
Teachers and nurses are being turned into part-time spies with the bare minimum of "training."
The exhibit includes wax models of grotesque skin diseases, strips of preserved tattooed skin, and an entire jar of skin pickings.
We spoke to people at Clay Dragon Tattoo Studio, where you can get a Donald Trump tattoo for free, about why they would put the presidential candidate on their body.
"Looking in the mirror always takes some getting used to the day after a show," says frontman Fyl.
Why make precious Christmas memories when you can watch a documentary about an Albanian tattoo artist who works out of an abandoned bunker?
The Swiss-born body modification pro Yann Brenyak has developed an innovative style of tattoo that he describes as "graphic skin removal."
They just want to make sure no one gets murdered by their parents.
If the Labour party loses, a brief moment of hope will live on forever, etched into Kieran Horsfield's flesh.
For his latest series 'Born Too Late', Sydney photographer Jesse Lizotte spent time with the infamous Japanese gangsters.
There's no such thing as an objectively bad tattoo, just idiots with dumb ideas.
"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.