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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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The Getty Center, Surrounded By Wildfires, Will Leave Its Art Where It Is
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The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state. While art lovers worried when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news. According to museum officials, the priceless works housed inside the famed Getty Center are said to be perfectly secure and won't need to be evacuated from the facility.

“The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty,” Ron Hartwig, the Getty’s vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times. According to its website, the museum was closed on December 5 and December 6 “to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region,” but as of now, the art inside is staying put.

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's currently facing. The air throughout the gallery is filtered by a system that forces it out, rather than a filtration method which would bring air in. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

There is also a water tank at the facility that holds 1 million gallons in reserve for just such an occasion, and any brush on the property is routinely cleared away to prevent the likelihood of a fire spreading. The Getty Villa, a separate campus located in the Pacific Palisades off the Pacific Coast Highway, was also closed out of concern for air quality this week.

The museum is currently working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel. So far, the fires have claimed more than 83,000 acres of land, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people and the temporary closure of I-405, which runs right alongside the Getty near Los Angeles’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

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This 77-Year-Old Artist Saves Money on Art Supplies by 'Painting' in Microsoft Excel
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It takes a lot of creativity to turn a blank canvas into an inspired work of art. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi makes his pictures out of something that’s even more dull than a white page: an empty spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

When he retired, the 77-year-old Horiuchi, whose work was recently spotlighted by Great Big Story, decided he wanted to get into art. At the time, he was hesitant to spend money on painting supplies or even computer software, though, so he began experimenting with one of the programs that was already at his disposal.

Horiuchi's unique “painting” method shows that in the right hands, Excel’s graph-building features can be used to bring colorful landscapes to life. The tranquil ponds, dense forests, and blossoming flowers in his art are made by drawing shapes with the software's line tool, then adding shading with the bucket tool.

Since picking up the hobby in the 2000s, Horiuchi has been awarded multiple prizes for his creative work with Excel. Let that be inspiration for Microsoft loyalists who are still broken up about the death of Paint.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process in the video below.

[h/t Great Big Story]

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