Bartender takes up NBA legends challenge

A US bartender has taken the challenge set by an NBA legend to get a very unique tattoo.

Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal set the challenge on national television, for the first person to get a tattoo go Charles Barkley kissing a referee during the NBA All-Star game in 2007. The first person to get the tattoo would receive $1,000 from O’Neal.

Emmet Bentley, a bartender at The James Joyce, has been the first person to publicly state that he has got the tattoo but now his challenge is to let the big man know.

Bentley signed up to twitter in order to get the O’Neal’s attention, however still no word from the basketball player as to wether the bartender is the first.

While trying to get O’Neal’s attention, he tweeted: “@SHAQ $1000 please. Thanks!!”

Most recently Bentley tweeted through his account @TheEmmet: “no word from @SHAQ but it looks like he is on vacation from those tweets. Might be getting some local news action. We’ll seeā€¦.”

Shall we all help him get Shaq’s attention?

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a tattooed New Year

Happy holidays T.A.R fans,

Everyone here would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We would like to thank you for contributing to the site with your comments and the photos you have been posting on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The T.A.R team is looking forward to 2012 and its not just because of the London Olympics and Euro 2012 (but if you do get some related tattoos, we want to see them).

Every year in the tattoo industry, you see fresh new ideas and designs and we cannot wait to see what 2012 will bring.

We hope you all have an awesome Christmas and we shall see you in the New Year.


Video game fan inks Miyamoto autograph on arm

A video game fan has had the autograph of a legendary designer permanently tattooed on his arm.

The man in question goes by the name of Joel Zimmerman AKA Deadmau5 and due to his massive passion for the legend of Zelda games, he wanted the man responsible for the games to have a place on his body.

Deadmau5, who is a musician, wrote on his Facebook page after the tattoo saying: “Yey! Shigeru Miyamoto’s signature now permanently etched on my arm! achievement unlocked. can die happy.”

Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto, who was also responsible for characters such as Mario and Donkey kong, was more then happy to sign his autograph on Deadmau5’s arm, in order for him to get it inked.

After meeting his hero, Deadmau5 got the signature permanently inked on his left arm and posted the results on his Facebook page.

Indian Army place tattoo ban

The Indian Army has announced that it is placing a ban on tattoos.

Under the strict new rules, the Army will not recruit anyone with a permanent tattoo after stating that they are a health hazard and help carry diseases.

The rules are actual not that new at all but have made media headline after a recent recruitment camp turned away 30% of young men because of their tattoos.

The young men actual had no idea that tattoos were not allowed in the army with several stating they would never have got them if they had known this information.

Many tattoo artists in India are upset with the rules but understand the Army’s stance on the matter. This is due to the country having some unprofessional tattoo artists who have been known not use clean and sterilised needles. Tattoo artists in India have defended their craft and called for a more action to be taken in regulating the profession.

However, even know the Army’s ban, tattoos are still a popular as ever in India.

Toys for Tattoos

(Above) – Cameron McConnell, a body piercer at Enigma Tattoo, holds a stuffed animal as he takes part in “Toys for Tattoos

US tattoo shop’s take part in the fantastic ‘Toys for Tattoos’ event this December.

The event sees members of the public come in and donate a brand new unopened toy in exchange for a tattoo of a similar value. The event has captured the heart of communities across the US at tattoo shops participating in the event.

Reports from various news outlets have saying people have actually been forced to stand outside the store due to overwhelming participation.

The toys are donated to children and family charities, were they will be distributed to families who really need them.

We would like to congratulate all tattoo shops who took part in such a great event and would like to see it catch on here in the UK in the the future.

The world of science tattoos

Author and prolific writer Carl Zimmer is usual writing about hard-hitting scientific subjects.

However, his latest book is looking at the world of scientists and their body art.

The book entitled “Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed”, looks at the world of scientists and their surprising obsession with body art.

The book came to light when Zimmer posed a question on his blog asking: are scientists hiding tattoos of their science?

The results showed that there were hundreds in the science world that had decided not to show off their tattoos. But thanks to Zimmer’s help, scientists came forward to talk about their tattoos and allow fro them to be published in this book.

Zimmer’s book assembles his favourite images from his blog, along with previously unpublished ones, with writing about the “science behind the pictures, and the scientists behind the science”.

For more information on his book, click here for his website

Unusual tattoos on the agenda for Vatican University conference

Tattooed Egyptian mummies and New Zealand Maori warriors were the talking point for a conference at Vatican University on Tuesday 6th December.

The conference,”Into the Skin: identity, symbols and history of permanent body marks”, was to talk about the role that tattoos play in shaping identity.

This conference marked the first of its kind and participants were surprised by how much research had been done considering the study of tattooing is a relatively new field of serious academic research.

The presentations enlightened guests to the wide-ranging use of tattooing throughput history.

The talk explained how tattoos on mummies unearthed in Egypt, which said they had been married to Nubian chiefs or high-ranking officials, made them ‘living trophies’ that increased the chief’s prestige.

While warriors of the 11th century First Crusade branded crosses on their foreheads or shoulders before a battle to show support for the mission ahead.

The talk wrapped up with a speech on how many players of the current New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team sport traditional tattoos of the country’s Maori indigenous peoples.

The conference has surely created more interest in tattoos from years gone by and therefore enable more conferences to be held in the future.

Woman gets RnB stars name on her forehead

A woman from Los Angeles has been the brunt of a social network battering on the world wide web for her dedication to her favourite RnB star.

For some reason the young woman loved Drake so much that she had his name tattooed on to her forehead.

The man who was responsible for tattooing the design was Kevin Campbell from Los Angeles tattoo shop Will Rise, who in an interview with various online publications has stated he had no idea that drake was an RnB star.

Campbell actual thought it was her partner or something to do with her family. He then even went on to criticise the font she choose and admitting he tried to persuade her to get the tattoo on some where else, even making the size of the tattoo smaller on the printed out version, only to be told she wanted to go even bigger.

Is this the most dedicated fan in the world? who is she?