Amid the rush of summer action flicks are several new tattoo themed entertainment offerings, including TLC’s divisive
special Tattoo School
and VBS TV’s answer to LA Ink
, Tattoo Age
. Viewers will be treated to behind-the-scenes perspectives ranging from questionable student works
to the creations of some of the best traditional artists
. Meantime, new ways of getting inked are continuing to emerge onto the scene.
: Last year’s crop of temporary tattoos
, which manifested a conspicuous upgrade in Cracker Jack box-style body art, proved that one needn’t submit to the needle to fulfill tattoo yearnings. An extension of the trend, Tattly
is a new online store that specializes in temporary tattoos for the types of people whose first online stop of the day is not Facebook but FFFFOUND
. The bold, graphic tattoo concept was conceived by esteemed
design blogger swissmiss
when she grew frustrated with the limited selection of “bad-clip-art” tattoos with which to adorn her daughter. She reached out to her vast network of design compatriots for contributions, and the store was born.
Manicures have long been considered a girlish pursuit. And though this summer’s nail trends
eschew formality in favor of novelty, they still bear an air of high maintenance. A more punk rock way to deck out one’s claws is the nail tattoo
. Although it employs a tattoo gun, the procedure won’t force one to stock up on painkillers; rather, the sensation is a mere vibration. The result is similar to stick ‘n’ pokes
, minus the regret (and strong chance of infection.) And, unlike skin tattoos, these tattoos last only as long the nail itself, meaning all that’s needed for erasure is new nail growth—or a coat of polish.