An illustration of Japanese courtesans by Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825), with one courtesan showing another the
tattoo on her upper arm.
Prints of Japan
The curse of the tattooed ex was well-known in 18th-century Japan.
Court ruling casts shadow on Japan's tattoo industry.
Melanoma transfer tattoo.
Doctors are taught how to treat skin cancer – but not necessarily how to empathise with those who have it.
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The law isn't clear on whether someone can even consent to eyeball tattoos, skin implants, tongue splitting or ear pointing.
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Food tattoos run the gamut of knuckle tattoos to cake mixers.
From images of knives to cupcakes, foodies are increasingly etching their identity on their skin. And for chefs, tattoos are markers of non-conformity, self promotion and resilience, as a new book testifies.
But it’s unclear what that means for cancer risk.
Of the 49 inks tested, only four complied with the European standards. Carcinogens were found in more than one-fifth of the samples, and in 83% of the black inks.
Think twice before copying Tyson’s tattoo.
Copyright and trademark law mean that the body art inked into your skin may leave you open to an infringement lawsuit.
What’s not to like?
Now in its 70th year, the Scottish capital's arts spectacular is almost as big as the Olympics.
This could come to blows.
There's something every Scot should know about those caterwauling pipes.