Tattoos at Towson

The Tattoo Arts Convention came to Baltimore once again this past weekend. The convention was hosted at the Convention Center located near Camden Yards The convention is hosted by Villain Arts Organization.

The convention hosted many artists and vendors from all around the country, including many artists local to the Baltimore area. Artists there held many flash deals in order to get a lot of customers and maximize getting their art out there. It is essentially a huge tattoo party. This skull tattoo was a flash piece done at the convention.

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In honor of the convention,  I decided to take a look at the tattoos that people in the Towson University community have and why they have them, specifically memorial tattoos.

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Priyanka, a junior at Towson explains that her tattoo represents a mixture of all the things that are most important to her. “The two feathers are symbolic for my parents because without them my life is incomplete.”

Taylor, a sophmore described the reasoning for getting her tattoo, which is pictured below. “This tattoo is for my sister. She has always been my inspiration. She uses her past as motivation for her future. She always is doing so much to help others and help women in abusive relationships. She’s my hero.”

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Trish, a junior at Towson explained that her tattoos are mostly memorial pieces to her brother and family. “I had a a brother named robert that passed away when I was about 3 years old so my dad used to tell my other siblings and I that the airplanes flying over my house were Robert saying goodnight to us. This was just something that stuck with me and still to this day makes me smile.”

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Tattoos and Copyright Laws

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Tattoos are something you get for a variety of reasons, whether it be for the love of art or a way to memorialize a loved one. Tattoos, for the most part, involve a lot of planning to create a piece you will be happy with for a very long time. Many people work at length with their artist to come up with a well crafted design that pleases the person getting inked and something practical that the artist can actually execute.

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Recently, tattoo artist Catherine Alexander filed a lawsuit against WWE star Randy Orton and 2k Games for using her designs without her consent.

As it stands right now there are no actual copyright laws in place for tattoos that are original works.

With all that goes into a tattoo for the artist and the fact that it is being represented on someone else’s body, an issue of who owns the tattoo design comes into play.Since tattoos are art they are subject to copyright protections even if it’s on your body you may not necessarily own the tattoo.

Posting you new tattoo all over the internet is okay but you have to ensure that others know the protocol and won’t take your design. Most all artists know the unspoken rule not to take another artist’s work and reuse it on another person. If you gp into a shop wanting an already created piece your artist will more than likely tweak the piece and make it original while still giving you the concept you want.

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In addition to original work being subject to copyright laws, cartoon characters, other art, logos and so on may also be subject to copyright law infringements, especially since the artist is making a profit from doing the piece. If the artist or the person getting the tattoo did not get explicit permission to use the character or logo they could be seen as stealing the work from another artist.

I would love to hear what you guys think about original works and copyright laws! Or I would love to see pictures of your original works! (I promise I won’t take them for myself!)

Temporary Tattoos Could be Here to Stay

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Temporary tattoos seem to be making somewhat of a comeback, they are not just party favors for children’s birthdays anymore, they are a little more… sophisticated?

One day I was scrolling through Instagram, where I follow several tattoo shops and artists and I came across a sponsored post advertising temporary tattoos. After seeing this post, I decided to do some more research.

I came across this blog post, that then lead me to this Etsyshop that sells temporary tattoos that couples can make personalized, they had individual ones, but sadly they are sold out (I guess being single is very common).

I also came across Momentary Ink, another website that sells temporary tattoos. Honestly it was very tempting to order something from this site, the tattoos come in a variety of style and are meant to look real. The concept seems great for someone who wants a tattoo for a special occasion, maybe for aesthetic posts on Instagram, or to even test out what a tattoo would look like, without the hassle of getting a tattoo and then finding out it’s not for you. Which is something I personally would be into. Momentary ink also offers a feature where you can create your owntattoo design. One thing that stands out from this company compared to other temporary tattoo companies is their “Real Teal solution”. The solution claims to be some sort of oil to apply after applying the tattoo that will prohibit the ink from being glossy and peeling away. However, the website is very vague on what this stuff actually is, they are just really insistent that it is the latest technology.

There seem to be plenty of sellers and companies that sell these temporary tattoos, but I am still left wonder (as I am sure you are too) are they really worth the money? Do they stay vibrant on the skin? And are they friendly for those with sensitive skin?

Overall, the consensus is that temporary tattoos are friendly to the skin, because of course they have to be okayed by the FDA. As far as money is concerned, many online reviews seem to rave the most about Momentary Ink and their tattoos. They last long and even for some customers; many people could not even tell they were fake! Of course, thinking long term, the best bang for your buck would be a real tattoo!!

Personally, speaking I would totally look into getting one of these temporary tattoos as a way of testing out potential permanent tattoos’ style, placement etc. I would love to know what you guys think about them or any experiences you have had with temporary tattoos, feel free to comment below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rethink Ink

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The FDA has recently claimed there may be some changes to the way you think about your tattoo ink.

Currently tattooing ink is considered a cosmetic product which means it can be subject to regulations. Generally, the FDA hasn’t messed with regulating the ink as much. Not to say they don’t enforce regulations for ink at all, the agency is just careful not to fix something that is not broken.

However, that mindset is shifting. The FDA is considering something that the European Chemical Agency has looked into in the past.

The pigments in tattooing ink has color additives, which by FDA laws makes it subject to premarket approval, therefore placing new regulations on materials in the tattooing industry. Some of these additives are believed to be carcinogenic when exposed to laser treatment removal, causing the big push for the agency to revise things. These regulations could include changing the ingredients in ink or diluting the ingredients down to have less potency. Changing or diluting the ingredients could lessen the vibrancy or longevity of a tattoo, which would lead to tattoos that fade faster, and/or artists having to rework their skills to compensate.

Ink Master: Angels co-host Nikki Simpson called out this issue on an Instagram post, where she stated, “their solution, outside of trying to outlaw tattooing again, would be to take every ink company and reduce and dilute every ink into barely any traces of pigment so they will eventually fall out over time and be easy to laser out.”

While The industry should be looking into ways to benefit safety of everyone who gets inked, I find it counterproductive to prepare for the fact that tattoos could be laser removed when many people do not get laser removal, or may get cover-up piece or even use ink removal cream like this shop in the Baltimore area specializes in, which is a safe and affordable way to remove pigments of ink.

Another issue at hand is that there Is not enough evidence to prove that ink mixed with laser removal could cause cancer. The FDA released an article listing what to consider before getting inked. The article calls to attention several points, but it also acknowledges that there are some answers that remain, stating “We don’t know the short- or long-term consequences of how pigments break down after laser treatment. However, we do know some tattoo removal procedures may leave permanent scarring.”

In Nikki’s previously mentioned Instagram post she tagged Tattoo Ink Safety, which is an organization that gives the tattooing industry a voice when it comes to their materials and how their safety is perceived versus how it actually is.

The organization is hosting its first event this fall in Las Vegas and will collaborate with several ink and pigment manufactures, as well as many celebrity or well-known artists.