Meet Datingink, it was created by reality TV star Jemma Lucy, and its purpose it to connect tattooed hopefuls and people who are seeking tattooed partners.
Datingink is not only for those with ink, it’s also directed at individuals who are interested in people with ink. A statement from the apps founder reveals her true intentions:
“You get bored and switch off. When you join Dating Ink you know that you’re going to see loads of profiles of people with tattoos.
You don’t need to have tattoos to use the site, you just have to love them! My mission is to bring tattoo lovers together!”
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Like most dating apps (Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid) Datingink allows users to swipe between the opposite (or same sex) in search of someone that catches your eye. If both users like each other a chat window is provided for conversation. The app is geo-located and lets you find people in any given geographic region.
Apparently the idea came to Lucy after a friend told her that she was “unlucky in love.” A normal feeling for most of us, the goal with this app is to hopefully reduce the barriers to communication based on a likeminded preference, in this case tattoos.
Miley Cyrus and her ink are often in the news, her latest addition to the collection is a weed inspired tattoo right on her foot.
Posting the latest image on Instagram, along with a caption of six christmas trees, Miley showed off her a special type of “tree”, this one made entirely from marijuana.
The tattoo is placed high on her ankle just above an older smiley face tat. Miley has not revealed who the artist was.
Take a look at her post below:
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After escaping years of sexual slavery, Jennifer Kempton could not look in the mirror without being taken back to her dark, traumatic past.
On her neck was tattooed the name of one of her traffickers along with his gang’s crown insignia. Above her groin were the words “Property of Salem” – the name of the former boyfriend who forced her into prostitution nine years ago.
“Slaves have been branded for centuries and it’s just evolved into being tattooed. It’s happening all over the world,” said Kempton who suffered horrific brutality during six years working on the streets of Columbus, Ohio.
Today the tattoo on her neck has been transformed into a large flower “blooming out of the darkness”. Three other brandings have been masked with decorative, symbolic motifs.
Two years ago Kempton, now 34, set up a charity called Survivor’s Ink to help others who have escaped enslavement get their brandings covered up or removed.
“It was very empowering for me so I wanted to pay forward that liberation to other girls in my area who had been branded like cattle, just like I was,” Kempton told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Most requests for help come from women in the United States, but the grassroots project increasingly receives applications from other countries including Canada, Britain, Australia and Croatia. Some of the stories are very disturbing.
Kempton said they recently helped a woman in Britain whose mother had carved the word ‘whore’ into her leg when she was a child and sold her. Every time the word faded it was recarved.
Globally some 4.5 million people are trapped in sexual exploitation, according to the International Labour Organization, generating an estimated $99 billion in illegal profits a year.
SOLD AND RESOLD
Kempton says there is a major misconception that women trafficked into prostitution are brought in from poor countries.
In the United States an estimated 80 percent of women trafficked into prostitution are U.S.-born citizens, Kempton said, ahead of the Trust Women conference in London this week which will focus on human trafficking and slavery.
Kempton wants tougher penalties for traffickers and improved training for police to better identify and help victims.
She is also an advocate of an approach adopted by Canada and some European countries which criminalises men who buy sex rather than the women trafficked into prostitution.
Describing her downward spiral, Kempton refers to a dysfunctional background in which she was raped at the age of 12. In her 20s, after a series of abusive relationships, she thought she had finally met her “Prince Charming”.
But he soon got her addicted to heroin, put her on the streets and plied her with crack cocaine so she could work longer hours.
At one point she was kidnapped by armed men who locked her in a hotel room to have sex with a stream of men.
After escaping to her “boyfriend” she discovered she was pregnant with his child, but when her body grew and her earnings shrank he sold her to a couple of drug dealers.
After the birth she was sold again “to the most violent gang in Columbus”.
The turning point came in April 2013 after a brutal rape.
During a prolonged attack she was beaten beyond recognition and raped with a knife. As she fled the house bleeding she begged two men for help but they laughed and locked their door.
“The sound of the door locking just echoed in my mind. I was locked out of society, I was not seen as worthy of help,” said Kempton. Afterwards she tried to hang herself, but the rope snapped.
In her despair, she heard a voice telling her she had a purpose in life “and it wasn’t to die in the basement of a crackhouse”.
Survivor’s Ink has so far provided grants to help around 100 women cover up their slavery brandings.
“It’s always amazing to see the look on their face when they no longer have to look at this dehumanising mark of ownership and violence,” Kempton said.
“Sometimes I’ll get a call a few days later with someone just bawling their eyes out saying ‘Oh my gosh, I can actually look at my body. It’s my own again.’.”
(Editing by Belinda Goldsmith; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, which covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change. Visit news.trust.org to see more stories.)
A New Breakthrough in Technology: Digital Tattoos
It was going to happen sooner or later – the push towards an even more invasive wearable. Today, we have smartphones, smart watches and other smart wearables, but these are already getting pretty old. As we look ahead at what’s next in this genre, we see something straight out of a sci-fi movie – digital tattoos.
What is a Digital Tattoo?
A digital tattoo is a tattoo that allows digital data to be transmitted to and fro. Imagine having a digital tattoo on your hand that allows you to unlock your car or home door. Or, when you shake someone’s hand, information is shared (public info, of course). This is the concept tech companies are rolling with as they streamline their efforts towards the newest tech trend.
How Digital Tattoos May Work
According to NewDealDesign – the design consultants behind Fitbit and other activity trackers – this new technology will be more personable. People will be able to choose where to insert their data chips and tattoo, such as in the wrist, palm or arm. Your tattoo will be unique to you, pretty much like a fingerprint. It will interact with your body’s electro-chemical energy, allowing it to read your blood sugar levels and temperature, among other things.
The data will, of course, be encrypted, so as to protect your personal data. The implant will be used to protect your other belongings, such as credit cards, which can be programmed to only work when it’s in your hand.
This super tattoo would be able to track your movements and contextualize your gestures. It could distinguish between a handshake with a business partner and a hand-hold with a lover or child. The hands are intimate parts of our body, so it makes sense that this type of device would be placed here. Let’s face it – putting it on our foreheads or the back of our neck would feel a little too cyborgish.
The Probability of this Coming to Life
NewDealDesign has already talked to various entrepreneurs who are looking into Underskin devices, so it’s a very real concept that can come true as soon as the next five years. The technology is already there, it just needs to be created. What would be the hardest part of the project would be the flexible display. The communication, implantation, siphoning of your body’s energy and sensor would be the easy parts. That goes to show how close we likely are to integrating this into our everyday lives very soon.
Are You Ready?
The great thing about the digital tattoo concept is that it does a great job of fitting right into our lifestyle. This will make it more acceptable to the general public, especially if it can convince us that our data will be secured from hackers.
If you thought Walmart was bad – wait until you see what Whole Foods markets potentially have in store for its customers. We know Walmart as being the go-to place for just about anything you can possibly need – from groceries and clothes to fast food and haircuts. Now, imagine shopping at Whole Foods and seeing people in the store with fresh new ink somewhere on their bodies.
For some reason, Whole Foods thinks that customers would like the idea of shopping for organic produce and then hitting up the tattoo parlor for new arm work.
Will this Be Everywhere?
Not just yet – so far, the Whole Foods that’s opening up in Silver Lake will have joint shops, which include tattoo parlors and record stores inside of its market. The idea is obviously to appeal to the younger, budget-minded customers, which may actually work. There’s also talk of food vendors, body care products, services and lifestyle brands also being a part of the new Whole Foods market. If Walmart can do it, why can’t anyone else? This is going to be a new thing for the Whole Foods 365 chain it’s planning to open throughout the U.S.
The Pros and Cons
Some people will fancy the idea of being able to get a new tat, while knocking out their weekly shopping list. Then there will be others, likely the older generation, who may find this to be a bit appalling. Folks with small children may not like the idea of a tattoo shop being in the midst of them, or seeing the sometimes inappropriate tattoos some people decide to wear.
But if they don’t like it, they can easily find regular Whole Foods to shop at. The 365 chain is geared toward the younger generations, and will more than likely attract them in droves.
Hopefully, the prices for these tattoos will be a whole lot cheaper than what you’ll find for the food sold at Whole Foods. The store is infamous for selling overly-priced produce and products. Thankfully, the tattoo parlors are separate entities and will likely charge fair prices. Because let’s face it – the millennials are cash-strapped and won’t settle for anything less.
What Do You Think?
So are you going to check out the new line of 365 chains Whole Foods is planning to open up? And more importantly, are you willing to get a tattoo from one of its parlors? If the artists are great and the prices are right, the answer to that question is likely a resounding yes!
Up until now, tattoos have been somewhat a lifetime commitment. We say somewhat because there has been an influx of people getting them removed in droves. In fact, data collected from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery shows that in 2015, tattoo removal in America has risen by 39 percent.
This treatment can run you $350 per session, requiring upwards of 10 sessions, if not more. If people are willing to dish out that kind of money to remove a tattoo, that could say a lot about their level of commitment.
For this reason, it’s very likely that biomolecular engineer by the name of Seung Shin is about to become a very wealthy man. Why? Because he may have a solution to this dilemma – the not-so-permanent tattoo ink that only lasts one year. This ink is designed to fade evenly over the course of 12 months and can also be removed sooner – in just one session.
The Pros of One-Year Tattoo Ink
There are many pros to point out with this type of ink. For one, it allows people who have commitment issues to join in the tattooing fun. They can test out the concept of a tattoo without worrying about the long-term effects.
Another positive is that you can have more than one tattoo over the course of your life, without breaking your wallet. Let’s face it, trends come and go, so what may be popular today won’t be in a few years. This allows you to stay within the trends of the tattoo industry without getting married to any one design in any one location.
And how about the money being saved if you decide to remove it, or better yet, wait out the year? Thousands of dollars are being saved here for those who decide to back out early. Who knows, you may land yourself a job that abhors tattoos and need to remove it quickly and affordably. Or you may end up breaking up with the guy or gal whose name you tatted on your chest. At least with this option, the tattoo would fade away by the time the relationship is over.
The cost of a temporary tattoo isn’t so bad, and is slated to cost between $50 and $100 for an average sized tattoo.
Right now, there are only two colors you can choose between, and that’s blue and red ink. That severely limits any type of imagination you have to conjure up some really cool tattoo ideas.
Those who fall in love with their tattoo will be sad to see it go. And the idea of paying for a tattoo that won’t last past a year could seem like a waste of time and money to some. But then again, it all depends on the person.
You can expect this new type of ink to become available in the fall of 2017.
There’s nothing as hot as great body art. But when good ink goes bad – there’s truly nothing worse – or more painful! Removal is a bitch so let the following 15 Celeb Tattoo mistakes remind you to think before you ink!
The 15 tattoos that celebs got wrong are:
#15 – Kat Von D’s Jesse James Tattoo
Kat von D is the real queen of the tats. From Miami Ink to LA Ink and countless celebrities in between, this woman knows her stuff. She literally wrote the book on tattoos. Actually, two of ‘em. So perhaps she should’ve known better than to have her cheating ex Jesse James immortalized on her side. A 10-year-old boy version of Jesse James. Awkward. And, luckily, removable. It’s gone…
Looking at trending photos of tattoos on sites like Instagram or Pinterest is something we can all easily do, but not all of these artistic creations are readily approved by tattoo artists. While many of these tattoos appear innocent, the artists have their reasons for disapproving. Let’s look at the top 5 reasons artists refuse to ink.
Tattoo artists don’t like inking on a client’s face and will often refuse to do this. The main reason is that, in addition to making a bold statement and becoming your identity, these tattoos will hinder your potential for future employment in a significant way. No one believes this is fair, and the judgments are wrong, but it’s reality nonetheless.
You’re going to have a hard time locating tattoo artists who will tattoo feet because this ink is difficult to heal and you’ll have to keep shoes, as well as socks, off your feet for days. If you can manage to find an artist who will tattoo your feet, you must take careful consideration and planning where the tattoo will go.
Your hands are in constant motion and, like feet, this area is difficult to heal. Therefore, tattoo artists tend to refuse to ink in this area. For several days, everyone will have to do everything for you if you want your tattoo to heal correctly–and the chances of that occurring are slim. Because tattoo artists don’t want to deal with the drama of clients returning because their tattoo didn’t survive the frequent hand motion, they often refuse to work on hands.
While the tattoo phenomenon has grown into an accepted pop culture trend, those who get them on their neck are still regarded as associated with criminal activity, gangs, or adverse lifestyles. The appearance of this tattoo will weigh on all future life decisions. Therefore, the refusal of this tattoo by an artist is more likely than not.
5: Watercolor Tattooing
While tattoo artists aren’t refusing this ink yet, they may begin. The biggest argument so far is that they won’t age well because there are no crisp lines and the ink will start spreading. The tattoos haven’t been around long enough for this argument to hold water–yet–but artists believe the new trend won’t last because, historically, similar tattoos haven’t looked good when aging.
Image: Howard Sandford
No one is perfect, and this includes tattoo artists. While they make every attempt to create their best work, no artist will ever go without making a mistake throughout their career. Some are excellent at covering them up, and others haven’t become masters of that skill yet. Here are 10 bad tattoo mistakes.
Unless you’ve got an eidetic memory or incredible spelling skills, misspellings are going to occur from time to time. Tattoo artists also make mistakes with confusing it’s and its, your and you’re, there, there, and their.
Tattoo artists also make grammar mistakes like with placing commas in the wrong place, for example, or not using them at all.
3: Incorrect Phrases
A client will tell them one phrase, and they’ll tattoo on an entirely different one.
4: Messing Up Requests
When someone comes in with a picture request, like a photograph for example, and it turns out poorly or entirely wrong, this is one of the worst mistakes that can be made.
5: Size of the Tattoo
The customer had a vision about their tattoo being in a particular part of their body, but the art they chose was disproportionate to the location they wanted.
6: Gaelic Blunders
If the tattoo artist doesn’t know Scottish or have a translation handbook, they could be tattooing Gaelic gibberish onto bodies—permanently.
7: They Did a Less-Than-Perfect Job
Some tattoo artists without proper training spend years making mistakes on people and learning the ropes doing a less-than-perfect job, rather than spending a few years getting the right training.
8: Honouring Requests They Shouldn’t Have
Most tattoo artists won’t honour requests for a tattoo on the face, hands, or neck because they’re often pieces of art that will hold regret later.
9: Use of Bold Lettering
While professional tattoo artists know not to use bold lettering, some have started out using this technique and the results turned out as smudges and blobs under the skin later on.
10: Permanent Make-Up Mistakes
Tattoo artists try their best to get these requests right, but mistakes with colour and shape still occur when doing permanent make-up.
What was once a rebellious choice has become as common as getting your ears pierced for the first time–tattooing. In the days of yesteryear, people would have to cover their tattoos to obtain professional work opportunities. Now, covering tattoos is an absurd notion. Therefore, for those who have the talent, beginning a tattoo business is a good move. However, there are many ins and outs of the business tattoo artists aren’t upfront with their customers about and for good reason. Here are 10 behind the scene secrets of tattoo artists.
1: Starting Up is Difficult
Because there is such a tremendous need for tattoos, the industry is booming with tattoo artists. Therefore, it’s difficult to make a name for yourself. It’s going to take years of persistence, as well as working with a well-known artist, to build up your reputation.
2: Practice Makes Perfect—On Yourself
What many not realize is practice with a tattoo gun often occurs on yourself. The tattoo artist you work under isn’t going to let you practice on real human skin—unless it’s yours.
3: Tattoo Artists Are Parent-Like
Even though professional tattoo artists look rebellious because they’re full of ink and piercings, they’re very much like your parents. They know you have a future, and most won’t let you get a tattoo on any part of your body that’s inappropriate—like your face, neck, or hands.
4: It’s a Pet Peeve if They’re Portfolio is Ignored
Professional tattoo artists won’t say this out loud, but they hate it when you don’t look at examples of their work in their portfolios when asking for a tattoo. This reality is akin to asking for a homebuilder to construct you a house without looking at any of their previous jobs.
6: They’ve Seen a Million Infinity Symbols
Yes, you love infinity symbols. Tattoo artists know this–they’ve seen a million of them. Even though they think they’re boring, they’ll still put them on your body.
7: They Cover Mistakes Well
Tattoo artists aren’t perfect, and they make mistakes regularly. They just know how to cover up their mistakes very well. There isn’t a tattoo artist that doesn’t mess up.
8: Women Can Tolerate Pain Better
Men can’t handle having their skin pricked over and over the same way women can. What many tattoo artists have noticed is, the more alpha the male appears, the lower pain tolerance he has.
9: They Say No to Tattooing Names
Professional tattoo artists will not recommend tattooing names unless they belong to a dead relative, your pet, or your kids.
10: Their Bodies Hurt
It’s a tough workout to sit in a tattoo chair all day hunched over a customer. Most tattoo artists complain of bad backs and neck pain.