We Want to See Your Tattoos! (And the Quick 10: 10 Famous Tattoo Artists)

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I got my first tattoo a few weeks ago, which you already know if you follow my meager little blog. Ever since, I seem to be kind of obsessed with them "“ I'm noticing them on other people more, I'm curious about celebrity tattoos, I'm encouraging friends to get them. When people say tats are addicting, they're not kidding. Anyway, this newfound obsession has led to two things:

1) We want to see your (family-friendly) tattoos! We're going to post a reader gallery next week. Send your picture to flossypics@gmail.com and show our flossy community your work of art. Be sure to explain what it is (if it's not obvious, that is) and why you got it. Here's mine: it's some of the music to "Grim Grinning Ghosts" from the Haunted Mansion at Disney World. My husband and I are Haunted Mansion freaks... he has a couple of Mansion-related tattoos too.

2) It's the Q10 today! We're going to talk about famous tattoo artists.

1. Before Ami James and Kat Von D, there was George Burchett. George had a studio in London where he tattooed the rich and famous, including King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King George V of the U.K. and King Frederick IX of Denmark. He's also the guy we can thank for honing cosmetic tattooing.

2. And his American counterpart was probably Sailor Jerry, one of the first major tattoo artists to become well known in the States. Sailor Jerry (AKA Norman Collins) expanded the range of colors available in tattoos by creating his own pigments. He was also one of the first to insist upon hospital-quality sterilization techniques. Even if you're not a tattoo aficionado, you probably recognize some of his work in the Ed Hardy clothing line "“ Ed Hardy was one of Sailor Jerry's protégés. Converse uses some of Sailor Jerry's designs on their shoes.

3. Speaking of Ed Hardy"¦ Ed learned the trade from Sailor Jerry, but really was the first to popularize the old-school sailor tats as pop art (swallows, pinup girls, etc.). He was approached in 2002 to create a line of clothes with his designs on them, and by 2004, Christian Audigier had licensed the rights to make produce his line. And now you can see Ed Hardy everywhere, especially on Bret Michaels and his Rock of Love babes (I use the term "babes" loosely). Another notable fact about Ed Hardy: he was the first to open a custom-only, appointment-only tattoo studio in the U.S. in 1974.

4. Vyvyn Lazonga was one of the first female tattoo artists. She opened her first shop in 1979 (it's still at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, actually) and has been a strong advocate of women getting tattoos to cover their mastectomy scars and celebrate their lives.

5. Horiyoshi III is the tattoo king of Japan. He has perfected the art of irezumi, a 200-year-old Japanese tradition of tattooing, and specializes in full-body pieces. The tattoos are done mostly by hand - large outlines are still done by machine. A full body piece will set you back somewhere in the neighborhood of $20,000.

6. Paul Timman is a celebrity inkslinger who gained notoriety at Sunset Strip Tattoo in Hollywood. Stars who have specifically tracked him down to get their tattoos done include Angelina (of course), Busta Rhymes, Ben Affleck, Mark Wahlberg, Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee and Drew Barrymore.

7. Greg Kulz is the guy who pioneered the UV tattoo that David Israel mentioned a couple of years ago. They'll only show up under certain lighting circumstances, so if you work in a particularly conservative place or aren't sure you want to commit to something you'll have to stare at for the rest of your life, this is perfect. And I think the one pictured here is the perfect use of the black light tattoo "“ awesome.

8. Kat Von D, AKA Katherine Von Drachenberg, is known for her portrait work and her appearances on Miami Ink and L.A. Ink. Like Ed Hardy, Von D is taking her celebrity tattoo artist status further than the studio "“ she has her own makeup line at Sephora and recently released a book about herself, her work and her tattoos. She's currently dating Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue and has tattooed him, in addition to celebrities like Ja Rule, Dave Navarro, Bam Margera and Lemmy from Motorhead.

9. Jonathan Shaw founded International Tattoo Art Magazine and had his own shop, Fun City Tattoo, in NYC. He is known for his tribal tattoos and helped popularize them in the "˜90s. He has put ink on Marilyn Manson, Johnny Depp, Vanilla Ice, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. He's the son of bandleader and jazz clarinetist Artie Shaw.

10. Samuel O'Reilly patented the modern-day rotary tattoo machine in 1891. It was based on Thomas Edison's perforating pen. Speaking of which, Edison himself had a mystery tattoo that no one knows the meaning of "“ five little dots on his forearm. Check out Mangesh's article on other people you wouldn't expect to have tattoos.

And a bit of trivia that I found pretty interesting and strange: Apparently Rodney Dangerfield is the most common celebrity tattoo. Weird.

Anyway "“ don't forget to send in your tattoo pictures! And have a good weekend.

National Portrait Gallery Celebrates Aretha Franklin With Week-Long Exhibition

Courtesy of Angela Pham BFA
Courtesy of Angela Pham BFA

With the passing of Aretha Franklin on August 16, 2018, the world has lost one of its most distinctive voices—and personalities. As celebrities and fans share their memories of the Queen of Soul and what her music meant to them, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery will pay tribute to the legendary songstress's life with a week-long exhibition of her portrait.

Throughout her career, Franklin earned some of the music industry's highest accolades, including 18 Grammy Awards. In 1987, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nearly 30 years later, in 2015, the National Portrait Gallery fêted Franklin with the Portrait of a Nation Prize, which recognizes "the accomplishments of notable contemporary Americans whose portraits reside in the National Portrait Gallery collection." (Madeline Albright, Spike Lee, and Rita Moreno are among some of its recent recipients.)

Milton Glaser's lithograph of Aretha Franklin, which is displayed at The National Portrait Gallery
© Milton Glaser

Franklin's portrait was the creation of noted graphic designer Milton Glaser, who employed "his characteristic kaleidoscope palette and innovative geometric forms to convey the creative energy of Franklin's performances," according to the Gallery. The colorful lithographic was created in 1968, the very same year that the National Portrait Gallery opened.

Glaser's image will be installed in the "In Memoriam" section of the museum, which is located on the first floor, on Friday, August 17 and will remain on display to the public through August 22, 2018. The Gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. and admission is free.

This Wall Chart Shows Almost 130 Species of Shark—All Drawn to Scale

Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab

Shark Week may be over, but who says you can’t celebrate sharp-toothed predators year-round? Pop Chart Lab has released a new wall print featuring nearly 130 species of selachimorpha, a taxonomic superorder of fish that includes all sharks.

The shark chart
Pop Chart Lab

Called “The Spectacular Survey of Sharks,” the chart lists each shark by its family classification, order, and superorder. An evolutionary timeline is also included in the top corner to provide some context for how many millions of years old some of these creatures are. The sharks are drawn to scale, from the large but friendly whale shark down to the little ninja lanternsharka species that lives in the deep ocean, glows in the dark, and wasn’t discovered until 2015.

You’ll find the popular great white, of course, as well as rare and elusive species like the megamouth, which has been spotted fewer than 100 times. This is just a sampling, though. According to World Atlas, there are more than 440 known species of shark—plus some that probably haven't been discovered yet.

The wall chart, priced at $29 for an 18” x 24” print, can be pre-ordered on Pop Chart Lab’s website. Shipping begins on August 27.

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