Body Anomaly Tattoos

More people than you realize have some condition that makes their physical bodies different from the majority. Many try to hide those differences out of self-consciousness, even though the anomaly might be something you'd never notice anyway. Then there are some who celebrate their differences with a clever tattoo that provokes smiles and puts people at ease.

Amputee Tattoos

Something tells me that this tattoo of a shark on what's left of this man's arm was inspired by the shape of the stump rather than the reason for the amputation. Still, how cool it must be for him to let people assume that's how he lost the arm!

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One little piggy is missing in action here, but not the tattoo owner's sense of humor.

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A motorcycle accident in 1997 left Alan Macias with a non-functional arm which he eventually had amputated. He now has a eye-catching "cut along dotted line" tattoo on his stump.

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Australian tattoo artist Brad Bako created this tattoo he calls The Digit. One giant finger replaces five small ones.

Mastectomy Tattoos

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After mastectomies due to breast cancer, some women opt not to undergo reconstruction surgery. Instead of hiding their experience, a few decide to celebrate it by tattooing a beautiful and/or significant design on their chests. Some links in this section may be considered NSFW. This photo shows cancer survivors Marcia Rasner and Pam Huntley with their tattoos. More examples can be seen here and here.

Tattoo artist Pat Fish posted some examples of women who had nipples tattooed on after surgery in lieu of reconstruction, including Beth who loved the nipple tattoo so much that she had her entire breasts adorned eventually.

Syndactyly

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Syndactyly is a condition where two or more fingers or toes are fused. Heather got this dotted line tattoo on her toes as "a sarcastic way of embracing my "˜deformity.'"

Baldness

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Going bald? There are a couple of ways you can use a tattoo to deal with baldness. The British company HiStyl uses tattooing as a way to disguise baldness, Tattooed hair follicles will make you look like your head is recently shaved instead of hairless.

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The alternative is to use your sense of humor to embrace the growing bald spot, as in this classic image. It takes a certain amount of self-confidence to accentuate a body anomaly instead of hiding it, but the rewards include respect -- and smiles!

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A Rare Copy of Audubon's Birds of America Could Break Records at Auction
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American artist and naturalist John James Audubon published The Birds of America in the first half of the 19th century, and his massive “double-elephant” folio of life-size bird illustrations remains one of the most ambitious nature books ever produced. On June 14, a rare edition of the four-book set is hitting the auction block, and it's expected to fetch up to $12 million—more than any Audubon book ever sold.

This edition of The Birds of America was owned by the dukes of Portland from around 1839 to 2012. Because it was stored on the shelves of the family's Nottinghamshire, England estate for nearly a century, the set's prints of watercolor drawings have remained remarkably well-preserved.

In 2012, the copy was auctioned off to philanthropist and businessman Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. for nearly $8 million. Knobloch donated the books to the Knobloch Family Foundation (KFF) before his death in 2016. Now, the KFF is sending the books to auction once again. This time, all proceeds of the sale will go to nature conservation.

Set of red leather-bound books.

New York City auction house Christie's describes the set in a listing as "among the finest copies in private hands of this icon of American art, and the finest color-plate book ever produced." Each of the 435 double-elephant folio pages measures 39.5 inches by 26.5 inches, the largest sheets Audubon could get his hands on at the time, and they feature 1037 birds from 500 species. The books are bound in red Moroccan leather with gold detailing on the borders and spines. The four-volume set also comes with the Ornithological Biography, a collection of five books describing the specimens in The Birds of America and their habits.

Christie's estimates the set will sell for $8 million to $12 million when the final bid is placed later this month. To date, the most expensive copy of The Birds of America was a first edition acquired from Sotheby's in London for $11.5 million. That sale also broke the record for the most expensive printed book ever sold at auction, a record held until 2013.

Illustration of American birds.

Illustration of American bird.

Illustration of American birds.

Illustration of American birds.

Illustration of American birds.

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Artist Makes Incredibly Detailed Drawings of Famous Buildings Around the World
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They say patience is a virtue, but for some artists it’s a necessity. Emi Nakajima’s detailed ink drawings of famous architectural sites, which recently appeared on My Modern Met, typically take about a week to complete. However, her most ambitious undertaking yet—a rendering of Thailand’s Wat Rong Khun (White Temple)—was a five-month endeavor.

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The Japanese-Thai artist told Mental Floss that the White Temple was particularly difficult to draw. She typically uses A3-sized paper (11.7 by 16.5 inches) for her projects, but she decided to draw the ornate temple on a much larger scale. The paper covered her entire desk—and getting each arch and spiral just right was no small feat. She took her time on the details, chipping away at the drawing after returning home from her day job as an administrative officer in Thailand.

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Details of the drawing
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Details of the drawing
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The completed temple drawing
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She’s amassed nearly 39,000 followers on Instagram, where she documents the progression of her projects from start to completion. Although her prints aren’t available for purchase online, she does sell her drawings locally.

European architecture features prominently in her work, with past projects including drawings of London’s Big Ben, Barcelona’s Sagrada Família basilica, and France’s Gothic churches. She occasionally branches out from architecture, creating 3D images of food and drawings of superheroes, movie characters, and animals.

Keep scrolling down to see more of Nakajima's architectural drawings, and check out her Instagram page (@emi_nkjm) here.

A drawing of Big Ben
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Drawing of a cathedral
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A pagoda drawing
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Details of a drawing
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A cathedral drawing
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[h/t My Modern Met]

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