Body Art

The Beautiful Restorative Art of Mastectomy Tattoos

mastectomy tattoos

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s how artists are using ink to heal souls with mastectomy tattoos. Have you ever stood in the cosmetics aisle staring at the rows upon rows of bottles, jars, compacts and powders with names like “buff beige” and “sienna,” wondering whether you’re more of an olive or if the light in here is just weird? This was going to be the time you remembered to write down the number on the last bottle you bought and used even though it was off by a shade, so that you would remember to buy the one just a step darker / lighter / warmer / cooler. But you forgot again, and now you’re wondering what color you even are. Now ask yourself: what color are my areolas? Yes, seriously. Like foundation, temporary areola tattoos are sold in shades from peachy “cream” to a deep-brown “mahogany.” Actually,        …read more

The Sacred Art of Maori Tattoos

Maori tattoos

Maori tattoos connect the indigenous people of New Zealand to their sacred heritage and attract the world to their ancient artistic expression. Maori, indigenous people of New Zealand, exhibit a sacred Polynesian form of body art known as tā moko, commonly referred to as Maori tattoos. Because Maori perceive the head as the most sacred part of the body, the facial tattoo is the most common. Arch shapes and coil-like patterns cover the whole face as “a form of identification, rank, genealogy, tribal history, eligibility to marry, and marks of beauty or ferocity and much more,” according to Tahaa: Ta Moko Studio and Maori Arts Gallery. Most Maori tattoos are made up of repeating patterns and symbols, commonly used as background decoration. Superficially, these patterns seem to be merely geometric designs, but most have a specific meaning. While tā moko most recognizably appear on the face, other parts of the        …read more