The stunning ornamentation of his stump carries so much power. It's a bold, in-your-face statement about owning one's own body, and reclaiming your authentic self. Instead of conforming to the culture of body shame, this Norwegian transformed what others might call a deformity into a living work of art.
Heine Braeck, 33, from Sarpsborg, Norway, has been without an right arm since he lost it during a freak accident when he was 13. Today, his shoulder looks like a dolpin's head - and it's all thanks to the excellent inking skills of Bulgarian tattooist Valio Ska.-- via www.huffingtonpost.co.uk
Interesting perspective and the doctor's trying not to be judgmental but, in the end, still seems to be pretty ambivalent (if not opposed) about the risks v. rewards of tattoos. I've got three tats myself, have never had any problem with them, and freely chose to take the risks. 20+ years since my first tat, I've had NO regrets, nor any problems whatever. But neither have I covered my skin with ink or gotten my tats from people I didn't know and trust to have sterile equipment. That said, I understand a medical doctor's concerns and think everyone who has tats or is considering getting (or adding), should know the current medical perspective on the safety of tattoo inks.
The focus of fears by most public health officials about body inking once concerned properly sterilized needles, spreading infections and unsanitary conditions at tattoo parlors. Scientists now are saying attention needs to be diverted to the very ink inside a tattoo needle.
As the market for tattoos has expanded wildly, so, too, have the types of materials employed, including UV inks that glow in the dark and permanent makeup. How toxic are their components, especially over the long run?
Great read. that touches on points I raised in the section on biological determinism in the Truth About Sex. Biology does not rule human destiny -- culture, circumstances, and constantly fluctating psycho-social forces also shape human sexuality.