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It Looks Like a Smudge. But Its Significance Is Huge

Mummy tattoos among the oldest ever found, say scientists

(Newser) - The ancient Egyptian mummy has been a favorite attraction at the British Museum since it was discovered a century ago in Gebelein, but only keen-eyed passers-by would've wondered at the dark smudges on the male's upper arm. Turns out, they were worth noticing. Infrared scans have revealed them... More »

Actors' Bet Ends With 'Leo Knows All' Tattoo

Photo indicates Tom Hardy actually went through with it

(Newser) - Let it be said that Tom Hardy is a man of his word. A 2016 Esquire UK profile opened with an anecdote about how he had to add a fresh tattoo to his tattoo-heavy body because of a bet he made and lost with Leonardo DiCaprio. His Revenant co-star thought... More »

He Escaped Capture for Years. Then Facebook Saw His Tattoos

Shigeharu Shirai was arrested Wednesday in Thailand

(Newser) - A Japanese yakuza boss who's been a fugitive since allegedly committing a 2003 murder was done in by his extensive tattoos. The BBC reports Facebook photos of Shigeharu Shirai, variously reported as being 72 or 74, showed the frail and elderly man doing what frail and elderly men might... More »

Suspect's Social Security Number Tattooed on Forehead

Houston robbery suspect may not be hard to spot

(Newser) - If a performance artist did it, people might consider it a bold choice. On a robbery suspect, however, "bold" might not be the word. Police in Houston say 40-year-old Robert Wooten has his Social Security Number tattooed on his forehead, reports KPRC . The "why" is not clear, but... More »

SNL Actor Now Proud Owner of Hillary Clinton Tattoo

'Thanks for being such a badass'

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have the presidency, but but does he have prime real estate on the body of a Saturday Night Live cast member? ABC News reports SNL's Pete Davidson revealed a new leg tattoo depicting Hillary Clinton Friday on Instagram . "Wanted to get @hillaryclinton a Christmas gift... More »

Doctors Vexed by Patient's Highly Unusual Tattoo

'Do Not Resuscitate,' the man's chest read

(Newser) - “We’ve always joked about this, but holy crap, this man actually did it,” Florida physician Gregory Holt tells the Atlantic . Holt and a team of emergency room doctors were preparing to treat a 70-year-old man who was brought into Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital unconscious, with... More »

She Thought It Would Be a Tattoo. It Was a Branding

Women recount bizarre initiation of secret group within Nxivm self-help organization

(Newser) - It's called Nxivm, pronounced Nex-e-um, and thousands have gone through its various self-help and executive training seminars since the 1990s. As the New York Times explains in a lengthy story about the group, most people take a few classes and leave after that. But others become devoted adherents to... More »

A Model Let Her Boyfriend Tattoo Her Eye. It Didn't Go Well

He's now her ex-boyfriend, while she's hoping she gets her sight back

(Newser) - Catt Gallinger isn't one to shy away from body alterations. The 24-year-old Canadian model is covered with tats and even has a split tongue, and she tells Vice that "body modifications are part of who I am." But Gallinger now concedes she may have unwittingly gone too... More »

Clean Needles Aren't the Only Tattoo Concern

Ask about the chemicals in the ink—your lymph nodes could be tainted from them

(Newser) - Besides getting stuck with a Hello Kitty tattoo for life, there's another downside to getting skin ink: Microscopic particles can taint your lymph nodes. A new study found that after a person gets a tat, nano traces of the ink containing preservatives and contaminants work their way into the... More »

Women Wait for Hours to Get 'Nevertheless, She Persisted' Ink

Blogger accidentally creates public event, dozens show up

(Newser) - "Nevertheless, she persisted" has become a rallying cry among liberals since Mitch McConnell used the words to silence Elizabeth Warren during Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing. And on Tuesday, more than 100 women, as well as a few men, packed a Minneapolis tattoo shop to get those words permanently inked... More »

Wanted Sex Offender Probably Can Blame Tattoos for Capture

Matthew Ezekiel Stager was recognized as he roamed DC

(Newser) - US Marshals say a convicted sex offender with extensive facial tattoos who was at large has been arrested after he was recognized in the nation's capital. Deputy US Marshal Chris Leuer said in a statement that Matthew Ezekiel Stager was spotted about 4pm Wednesday, the AP reports. His arrest... More »

A Most Macabre Art Form on This Man's Back

Not the tattoo itself—what's going to happen to his back when he dies

(Newser) - It was a plan two years in the making, and it took 40 hours to execute, but Tim Steiner has finally fulfilled his dream: to become a walking, talking piece of art. Harry Low reveals Steiner's story for the BBC , which started when Steiner, a 40-year-old Swiss man who... More »

6 Things an Analysis of Prison Tattoos Found

'Economist' study of clink ink offers fascinating revelations

(Newser) - Located a half-mile from the Los Angeles County prison known as the Twin Towers lies Homeboy Industries , one of the country's largest gang-rehab groups. One of the duties Homeboy has assumed to help ex-gang members and inmates re-enter society is a seemingly quirky but often necessary one: erasing their... More »

Cops: 'Macabre' Tattoo Key to Solving Woman's Murder

Police found unknown date of death on boyfriend's arm

(Newser) - Spanish police had not yet identified the date a 20-year-old woman had been murdered in her apartment in Freyung, Germany—until they noticed her boyfriend had tattooed a date of death on his arm, along with the woman's name, reports the BBC . Thanks to that apparent clue, authorities now... More »

There's a Story of Fraud Behind This Bank of America Tattoo

Gabriel Patterson pleads guilty to bank fraud

(Newser) - You'd think a man wouldn't soon forget all those times he stole from a bank, but Gabriel Patterson apparently wanted to remember his fraud forever—hence the tattoo of the Bank of America logo on the inside of his left elbow. Now he'll also have the memory... More »

Artist Takes Strangers' Tattooed Secrets to His Grave

Most of the secrets inked onto Andrew Henderson's body weren't even his own

(Newser) - Andrew Henderson knew he didn't have long to live due to his lymphoblastic lymphoma, which doctors told him was incurable. And so he held a "living funeral" last weekend, per the CBC , and the "Taking It to the Grave" event was a testament to the "ebullient... More »

Taxpayers Funding Robbery Suspect's Makeup Artist

Judge orders cover-up of Bayzle Morgan's swastika, 'Most Wanted' tattoos

(Newser) - Each morning this week, Bayzle Morgan will be transferred from the Clark County Detention Center to a Las Vegas courthouse where a makeup artist will spend two hours making his skin look unmarked and natural—and taxpayers are footing the bill. After numerous potential jurors said they couldn't give... More »

Murder Suspect's Mugshot Shows Tattoo of Victim's Name

Adam Plaeger is charged with killing his girlfriend

(Newser) - A jarring police mugshot out of Connecticut shows the victim's name tattooed on the suspect's neck. Police in Waterbury have charged Adam Plaeger with strangling girlfriend Melanie Heuberger after an argument, reports the WTNH . A friend of the 40-year-old victim speculates that Plaeger "just snapped" and explains... More »

Johnny Depp Has Another Tattoo Tweaked

Remember 'Wino Forever,' anyone?

(Newser) - Back in the day, Johnny Depp loved Winona Ryder so eternally that he had "Winona Forever" tattooed on his body. When that love turned out to have an expiration date in 1993, he had the tattoo changed to have a boozier note: "Wino Forever." Apparently not one... More »

120 Kids' Suicide Notes Lead to This Musician's Inked Arm

Robb Nash wants to show other teens that they're not alone

(Newser) - Robb Nash and his band are known for not only playing concerts in schools and detention centers across Canada, but also for digging deep with teens about mental illness and self-harm. After he performs, the Winnipeg musician is often approached and handed suicide notes by young listeners who relate... More »

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