Pictures Of Tattoo DesignsSource:- Google.com.pk
Tattoos on Sheriff's Deputies
I read "The Secret Society Among Lawmen" (March 24) with interest. I am a law enforcement supervisor with 23 years on the job and still working "the street." I think I am probably more in touch with young line officers than the senior management quoted. In your article tattoos are given a sinister meaning that is out of touch with today's realities. Using the presence of tattooing by young deputies as evidence of secret societies without more explanation about tattoos is unfair.
I supervise young police officers and notice that many of them, as well as many young adults, have tattoos. In my 44-year-old mind, tattoos are evidence of foolish, drunken behavior or antisocial tendencies. Unfortunately, this paradigm doesn't work anymore--tattoos are as common as shirts with little feet embroidered on the pocket were when I was young.
Truly, I don't like tattoos and probably never will. But they are common expressions of fashion and acceptance today for a different generation.
How can our society expect young people to stay out of gangs when our law enforcement officers are themselves members of gangs? I would consider police gangs to be considerably more dangerous to the public than street gangs, because their activities are protected from the laws which are used to control street gangs. Until the proper authority, be it the state attorney general's office, the FBI or the Justice Department, deals with the problems of unreasonable and oppressive police activity in all law enforcement agencies, the public will continue to lose its trust in the government and its agents.
While I'm writing my monster redux of the Traditional Tattoo & World Culture Fest, I thought I'd give ya a preview of a wonderful experience we had: watching the skin sewing method of tattooing done by the always awesome Colin Dale of Skin & Bone in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Brian entered Colin's tattoo tent just as a reporter from Bizarre Magazine had begun to interview him, and so Brian was able to capture a part of that discussion (about three minutes) where Colin talks about the history of skin sewing. There are also close-ups of the procedure in the video that will make you feel that phantom pain while watching. the video starts off with a quick line where Colin makes fun of my NY accent.]
Skin sewing was practiced by the Inuit people of the Arctic. Dr. Lars Krutak, our favorite anthropologist and Tattoo Hunter, wrote an article called Tattoos of the Hunter-Gatherers of the Arctic, which examines the ancient art. Here's a bit from that article:
"As a general rule, expert tattoo artists were respected elderly women. Their extensive training as skin seamstresses (parkas, pants, boots, hide boat covers, etc.) facilitated the need for precision when 'stitching the human skin' with tattoos. Tattoo designs were usually made freehand but in some instances a rough outline was first sketched upon the area of application."
Yesterday, the Nowness premiered its film on Horiyoshi III: a beautiful collage of tattoos, historical imagery and scenes from Yokohama (home to his studio) surrounding an interview in which the master explains symbolism in Japanese motifs, his methods, the culture of tattooing and how he wants to see greater acceptance of the art.
Entitled Horiyoshi The Third: The Skin Carver, photographer and director Johnnie Shand Kydd's not only looks at Horiyoshi's master craftsmanship, but also "examines the recent influence of tattoos in fashion while taking a look at the tattoo legend's latest clothing and accessories line."