Welcome to the mid June edition of the Bellaonline Body Art Newsletter.
Summer is time for vacations and outdoor activites. Take care of the ink you have when you're outside as sunburn is the number one way to fade and age the appearance of a tattoo. I'm testing out a sunscreen that I found that's 70 SPF, up from my usual 45-50 SPF. The best protection is to wear clothing that covers the ink during peak sun hours and if you have to show off, do it later at night when the sun has gone down.
If you've just gotten new ink, it's no pools and hot tubs for you until the entire thing has healed, about two weeks for most people. And with a body piercing, it can be months. You can really cramp your own vacation style by getting a new tattoo or piercing right before or during the trip so think twice before you decided to commemorate your trip with body art.
Some cultures practiced the stretching or enlargement of body piercings. Done slowly, this can be a different way of exploring piercing.
The Body Art of THE X-MEN
Whereas most of what makes the mutants look different in the X-MEN is involuntary mutation, some of it is chosen. Heres a closer look at the body art of the X-Men..
BUSHIDO: LEGACIES OF THE JAPANESE TATTOO not only shows modern Japanese tattooing, but also explores the connections to ancient samurai honor codes and ethics.
- The Tattoos of David Beckham - it's World Cup time
- The Tattoos of Angelina Jolie - how long do you think it will be until she gets a tattoo for the new baby?
- Japanese Tattoos - here's another web page I put together on Japanese tattoooing. This one incorporates some video so you can see traditional hand tattooing at work.
We've also got an online forum all about Body Art that you can visit. It's a great place for discussing the latest developments in body art and getting an answer to any questions you might have. Recent topics include famous tattooed women, dealing with offense over your tattoos and advice for neck tattoos. Please drop on by and show your colors!
I enjoy your feedback and welcome your questions, so if you have something to tell me, please send an e-mail or drop by the message boards! Feel free to pass this message along to family and friends who you think might be interested.
Body Art Editor
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