This fantastic blog exhibits exquisite examples from the history of tattooing based on the archival research and/or personal collection of the interdisciplinary scholar Anna Felicity Friedman.
Tattooed Marquesan from Shillibeer, 1817
(from private-collection Biehler flash, c. 1930s)
One of 4 locksmith’s tattoos in the “occupational” section of Riecke’s 1925 study of tattoos in “Today’s Europe”
All images courtesy of www.tattoohistorian.tumblr.com
With a direct emphasis on fashion in the most painstakingly niche way, Dirty Flaws shows a great emphasis on the contemporary trend of what some may describe as the current ‘neo-goth fashion’. Adorned with anything geometric, matte, mesh or leather (as long as it is black), owner of Dirty Flaws Nikki Moose grabs up the latest sculpted, hooded or layered look books and editorials as well as finding the best garments from young designers to the highest end ones.
Clearly everything within Dirty Flaws hails from some kind of inspiration from a goth aesthetic. This can be seen in the regular references to Rick Owens or Damir Doma and the more recent macabre collections of Givenchy and Rodatre. Perhaps describing these creations as gothic may offend some peoples pronounced theories as what is classified as gothic or not. But one thing that can be closely associated with the gothic aesthetic is very much present here, which is how beauty and subtly vs the sensual and mysterious flow through the blog in a rather engaging way.
Whether Dirty Flaws expresses some kind of gothic ideal or not is up for discussion. Sub-culturally it doesn’t fill that space, it certainly doesn’t embrace any kind of new lifestyle, but in the realms of the ever moving fashion world this vaguely grim but refined style is a haven for anyone interested into buying into this trend. Fashion is obviously fleeting and ever changing but Dirty Flaws can proudly be seen as an originator in seeing this trend evolve over the last six years.
It has also just moved to tumblr so check it out here!
Terrence Koh’s personal online presence has been continually synonymous with his artwork and personality. With the relaunch of his new website you will not be let down. Koh has created an artwork within an artwork for his new website, welcoming you into his world. Where his work is known for his d-i-y sensibilities and zine aesthetic, this feeling smoothly runs throughout.
With an area to personally ask Koh questions, a shop, a diary, a blog of his work as well as his CV. Perhaps the most satisfying aspect is the random and unexpected intercepts of midi music accompanied in his scrapbook cum blog. This set up serves the contemporary internet user in a most fulfilling way.
Our friend and editor Betony Vernon just got interviewed for STYLELIKEU.COM. SICK! Next one is me ;)
I am rarely touched or moved by tattooers. They can be inspiring, impressive, genius, but for many reasons, some good, they often conceal their emotions and weaknesses. I don’t personally know Freddie, but this time around, I have been deeply touched by the blend of modesty, charism and honesty of this man. An other person I felt like this about might be Theo Jak. But that is another story. The last episode of Tattoo-Age is about Freddie. Check this out.
BLACKMETALCYTWÖMBLY / Volumes I, II & III
found on historyofourworld.wordpress.com. Loving this blog.
I am unsure whether there is anything I can say now about this that will not be said 20 billion times in the near future anyway. So I rather not say anything except: <3 (But that's not exactly "saying" something, is it?)