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Naturally, tattoos have not escaped the madcapness.
In Australia, heavily tattooed rugby hottie Sandor Earl got club sponsor Huawei's logo on his right thigh, or that's what some thought, considering his extensive collection. The news made Twitter go atwitter, but then we all just became transfixed staring at his thighs and nothing else mattered in the world.
My favorite tattoo April Fool was the moodINQ: Programmable Tattoo System by ThinkGeek -- a scientific breakthrough in tattoo ink that lets you change your tattoos to fit your mood. If you read the comments to the April Fool post, you'll see that most people were more concerned with my repeated use of the word "tats" (also a joke), than the lack of commitment.
And there have been a host of others: the Tattoos4Toddlers hoax in 2003 -- a supposed tattoo shop created for kids -- got people's diapers in a bunch before they realized that some "wacky DJs" had concocted it for their morning show.
Even National Public Radio got in on the action in 1994, on their All Things Considered show, and reported that teenagers who got the logos of companies, like Pepsi, tattooed on their bodies would receive a lifetime 10% discount on that company's products.
I completely geek out over body suits-in-progress blogs, especially when the work is done by tattoo phenomena. [And it seems many of you do too considering the popularity of John Mack's series on getting tattooed by Horiyoshi III.]
One such blog is Munewari Minutes where Brooklyn's own Mike Crash posts on the progress of his Japanese backpiece and munewari. As Mike explains in one of his first blog posts,
"Munewari (literally 'chest dividing') is a tattoo style which covers the front of the torso while leaving the center of the chest untouched...The shape is meant to conceal the tattoo when traditional clothing such as a kimono is worn. As a matter of practicality, I confess the shape has become an anachronism. You're not likely to see many folks in kimono outside of the rare formal occasion. But the style is unique to Japanese tattoo and I think quite stunning visually, which no doubt has contributed to it's longevity--it is still a commonly tattooed style."
It's this information on Japanese tattoo, combined with Mike's own personal experience, that makes Munewari Minutes such an interesting read.
The artist creating the work is the renowned Horizakura, aka Shinji, of the Horitoshi Family. Horizakura has been tattooing Mike--by machine and tebori--for six years at NY Adorned.
The artists of NY Adorned have inspired other tattoo bloggers whom I love like my friend Sarah whose site Evolution of a Backpiece (which we posted here) relays her experience getting tattooed by Stefanie Tamez. Sarah was inspired by the blog (one of the first tattoo-in-progress blogs) of another dear friend, Keith Alexander, who died in July 2005. While his site is no longer online, you can see here on BME his backpiece, which was tattooed by Chris O'Donnell, also of Adorned.