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Told to Cover Up, Beauty Queen Turns in Her Crown

Sierra Leyde says tattoos are the new normal

(Newser) - A beauty queen in the Southern California desert community of Phelan has given up her crown rather than cover up her tattoos, the AP reports. Sierra Leyde didn't have tattoos when she was named Miss Phelan at age 17. But she celebrated her 18th birthday with tattoos of flowers... More »

'Zombie Boy' Death May Not Have Been a Suicide

Family thinks Rick Genest leaned too far back on a balcony while smoking a cigarette

(Newser) - His death Wednesday was widely reported to be a suicide , including by Lady Gaga , whose music video "Born This Way" helped make his tattooed face famous. But the family and manager of model Rick Genest, aka "Zombie Boy," are telling everyone to pull back on the conclusion... More »

Ariana Grande: I Have PTSD From Concert Attack

Her new tattoo honors Manchester

(Newser) - Ariana Grande says she suffers from PTSD in the aftermath of a bombing that killed 22 people at her concert in Manchester, England, last May. "It's hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it's a real thing,"... More »

Ben Affleck Finally Speaks on His Enormous Back Tattoo

'Garish,' is how he described it on Twitter

(Newser) - If you've been wondering what's up with what Time calls Ben Affleck's "very large, very colorful" back tattoo, well … so has everyone else. His uncontained tat (see a pic here ) of a phoenix ascending out of the ashes has spurred exes Jennifer Garner and... More »

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 »

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