Radiotherapy tattoos help ensure a patient is properly placed beneath the machine.
Tattoos might be the norm, but Surface Guided RadioTherapy for breast cancer is both more accurate, and doesn't require a permanent mark.
In the not-too-distant future, tattoos could become medical diagnostic devices as well as body art.
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Researchers are developing tattoo inks that do more than make pretty colors. Some can sense chemicals, temperature and UV radiation, setting the stage for tattoos that diagnose health problems.
In an industry beset by appropriation, the licensing of an Indigenous artwork for use in a tattoo is a rare sign of respect for the intellectual property rights of artists.
Image from ‘Criminal man, according to the classification of Cesare Lombroso’ (1911).
We may think tattooing is a modern phenomenon, but the reasons for its popularity are not dissimilar to those seen in the prisons and convict ships of the Victorian era.
A schoolteacher in the midst of receiving a full pe'a, the traditional Samoan tattoo generally worn by males.
An anthropologist works in American Samoa, taking advantage of the island's longstanding tattoo culture to tease out the effects tattoos have on the body's immune function.
The tattoo tools from Tonga (left to right) made from bird, human, bird and human bone respectively.
Tattooing tools made and used 2,700 years ago include two blades made on human bone.
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A tattooed professor explains how the unconventional became rather, well, ordinary. Will we now see more on show in the workplace?
Necklaces and earrings in traditional Kenyan cultures denote messages about marriage and childbearing.
Why is jewellery so important to the story of human evolution? Because it provides a public message – even to people we don't know.
For thousands of years, women’s tattoos have been permanent records of female power over adversity.
For thousands of years, tattoos have been indicative of the passage from girlhood to womanhood, of female power and female beauty.
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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.
Traditional Japanese tattoo.
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Japanese tattoos have been popular in the UK since King George V. But things are different in Japan.
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No amount of whittling down dating criteria to glasses, beards, or tattoos will allow you to bypass the simple fact that finding someone takes work.
About one in four people regrets having tattoos.
Tattoos often seem like a good idea in the moment, but tattoo regret is common. There is good reason, not the least of which is infection.
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.
Delving into the graphic past of tattoos.
She branded me with science.
Scarification is becoming a popular alternative to tattooing — but there is one big difference.
People with tattoos form part of a rich and meaningful history.
Tattoos are a part of mainstream culture and an everyday expression of our aesthetic impulses. That wasn't always the case, and the history of the tattoo lets us chart changing ideas about the human body.
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