As we start digging in to 2012, it's customary to look back at a wild year in our tattoo world, filled with new tattoo technology, even more TV shows, law suits, ethics debates, and crazy beautiful art. I spent some time going the posts of 2011 and amazed at how much we covered, and so much of it is thanks to you for your suggestions and links. Now, let's get to that customary blog review.
In the news ...
The most popular -- and heavily linked -- story was the Tattoo copyright controversy over the Mike Tyson tattoo in the film The Hangover II. The case settled but not without a federal court making note that tattoos are indeed protected by copyright and one can't just go stealing tattoo designs.
Tech & tattoos were also a hot topic. There were Scannable Barcode Tattoos, a Nintendo 3DS Augmented Reality Tattoo, and Karl Marc's first animated tattoo, among others.
Some items in the media sparked debate among the tattooed, including The "Drake Tattoo" Question, over the responsibilities of a tattooist when a client wants a name of a rapper on her forehead. The Scott Campbell Prison Tattoo was cool but should the artist have shown the masses how to make a tattoo machine from garbage?
Other popular posts included:
Military Tattoo Policy: The Mathematical EquationMathematical Model on Aging TattoosFDA Investigating Tattoo InksCremation Ashes Memorial TattooTraditional Tattoos of St. Lawrence Island, AlaskaZombie Boy's fashion riseVegan Tattoos
The TV shows ...
By far the most widely appreciated videos on tattoo artists at work was the Tattoo Age series; nevertheless, the NY Ink Drinking Game was downloaded across the globe. Do we even need to go into the travesty that was Tattoo School?
Tattoo Artist profiles ...
Tattoo by Stephanie Tamez. Portrait of Sarah Wolfe (without border) by Bryce Ward
Needles & Sins stayed true to its purpose this year of showing stellar tattoo art, whether it be full interviews, quick & dirty spotlights, excerpts from my articles for Inked and Skin & Ink mags, or our Proust Questionnaire for Tattoo Artists. Here's a list of those featured:
Ed Hardy Tomas Tomas Alex de Pase Cliff White Oleg Turyanskiy
Orrin Hurley Ed Perdomo Sean Herman Darcy Nutt Nazareno Tubaro
Travis Broyles Yoni Zilber Shane Tan Yushi Takei George Bardadim
Jesse Smith Simon Watts Sara Martin Elson Yeo Caro & Cy Wilson
Lyle Tuttle David Tevenal Horitaka Ron Russo Shannon Archuleta
Iban Tattoo Holly Ellis Genko Dan Henk Mike Rubendall
Eva Huber Electric Pick David Glantz Baba Austin Stephanie Tamez
Michelle Myles Paris Pierides Annette LaRue Mike Mendes Roxx TwoSpirit
Chris O'Donnell & Thomas Hooper
Of course, conventions were covered, either by my own bad camera or links to galleries and reviews in the news:
Ink-n-Iron 2011London Tattoo ConventionHell CityThe 2nd Traditional Tattoo & World Culture FestAtlanta Tattoo Arts FestNYC Tattoo ConventionPhilly Tattoo ConventionStar of Texas Tattoo Art Revival Convention
And then there was the Charlie Sheen Tattoo by Alie K ...
An exciting year, indeed!
As I've said before, Needles & Sins is a blog of love, designed to be "look at this cool tattoo stuff," and in the process, has become a community. In the new year, we hope to keep building the site, bring back the comments and make it easier to navigate. Meanwhile, we've been loving the friendships and discussions that have emerged in the Needles & Sins Syndicate Facebook group. We are grateful for all your support, and hope you'll continue to hang with us in 2012.
Happy New Year!