Archive for October, 2014

Would You Trust Someone To Tattoo Your Eyeballs?

About six years ago in Ontario, the trend of tattooing one’s eyeballs was born. Shannon Larratt, LunaCobra, Paul Mowery, and Josh Rahn developed and pioneered the realm of “eyeball tattooing”, also known as “scleral tattooing”. Since, very few tattoo artists in the world have begun practicing the procedure, which is still in experimental stages. While practicing on fresh pig eyes from the butcher has helped some artists learn to do the procedure with skill and minimal complications, all who decide to get their eyeballs tattooed face the risk of blindness, or complete loss of the eyes. The fact that long-term risks and effects of the procedure is not making it any more popular.

However, it is catching on around with world with extreme body modifiers, such as 39-year-old Rodrigo Fernando of Brazil, who had the whites of both of his eyes tattooed black. Those who risk it all, like Rodrigo, to have the procedure done, which is actually injection-based, not really tattooing per say, enjoy the “beautiful” effects created by the contrast between ink and the natural color of one’s irises. They often consider it a way to “complete” their body modifications, as they explore the final frontier in tattooing. Could eyeball tattoos be taking the place of facial tattoos as the most taboo tattoo? You decide.

Would You Tattoo Your Pet?

Lately there has been some controversy in the news and on the web about whether or not it is humane to tattoo pets. It all started over one veteran tattoo artist in North Carolina giving his puppy a unique design on its stomach for “identification purposes” about 3 months ago. Many people were outraged at this, and called it animal cruelty. However, others didn’t agree that it was cruel, referencing the fact that many pets are tattooed every year in America with numbers they are then registered with the National Dog Registry with for ID purposes. Rabbits, particularly those that are show rabbits, often get their ears tattooed to prevent theft, or to help them be found if they are lost.

In China, some fish that are to be sold as pets get tattooed with lasers – words for good luck, good fortune, and long life. The fish are sold then at twice the price of non-tattooed pet fish. Also in China, pigs are getting tattooed and sold to “collectors”. The pigs are under sedatives during the process, and it is said that they never even know the tattoos are being done or are there. Many animal activists still advocate the fact that there is a very real difference between giving an animal a very small tattoo under sedatives for identification and registry purposes, and in giving an animal a large, intricate tattoo purely for the visual interest. The debate is ongoing, and doesn’t look like it will be cooling down any time soon.