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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 »

Why the FBI Wants to Collect 100K Images of Tattoos

Opponents are concerned about profiling

(Newser) - The FBI plans to compile a database of some 100,000 tattoo images, sourced from the Michigan State Police, Tennessee Department of Correction, and Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in Florida—and the Electronic Frontier Foundation believes the effort is "so fraught with problems" and such a threat to... More »

Actress's Apparent Tattoo Causes Uproar in Iran

Is it real? She's not saying

(Newser) - Iranian social media recently was consumed by two questions: Does Taraneh Alidoosti have a tattoo, and is she a feminist? To the latter, the 32-year-old "Natalie Portman of Iran" says via tweet , "Keep calm and YES I'm a feminist." But as for the tattoo, Alidoosti is... More »

His 'Cops Suck' Tattoo Amuses Cops

All ended with a laugh in Maine

(Newser) - The Bangor Police Department posted an unusual Facebook photo Monday: It shows a smiling officer next to a man displaying a "cops suck" tattoo on his knuckles, reports the AP . It seems police approached Russell Johnson over the weekend and asked him to "move along from his chosen... More »

Burglary Suspect Gives Shoutout to Fla. With Face Tattoo

But it was his neck tattoo that busted him

(Newser) - A Florida man who's either seen The Shining one too many times or is being paid by a rum distillery to promote product was arrested Monday for a burglary reported in March—and it was his body ink that did him in, the Sun Sentinel reports. Cops say surveillance... More »

Navy to Let Sailors Have Neck and Full Sleeve Tattoos

'This policy change is about being honest with ourselves'

(Newser) - The brave men and women protecting our waters are now free to get all tatted up. The Navy announced Thursday it's easing tattoo restrictions for sailors, the Virginian-Pilot reports. Under the new guidelines, which go into effect April 30, sailors will be allowed one small tattoo on the neck... More »

Cops: Drunk Mom Lets Sex Offender Tattoo Her Kids

She's facing up to 3 years in prison

(Newser) - A 31-year-old Texas woman is in jail after police say she got hammered and let a sex offender tattoo her three underage children, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The children—a 13-year-old boy, 10-year-old girl, and 9-year-old girl—were at their mother Ashley Weir's home Monday when she allegedly... More »

Man Buried Under Face Tattoos Faces Gun, Drug Charges

Anyone under there?

(Newser) - Some people see their face as, well … their face, while others see it as a blank canvas. Khamprasong Thammavong is apparently in the latter group, as evidenced by his mugshot making the rounds after the California gang member was arrested Monday on gun and drug charges, KMPH reports. The... More »

Tattoo Artist Offers Free Tattoos to Cover Self-Harm Scars

Response is so overwhelming she has to limit number to 50

(Newser) - A 22-year-old Australian tattoo artist is making headlines after offering free tattoos to people with scars from self-harm, BuzzFeed reports. "I want you to be able to look down at the scars that bring you pain, embarrassment, shame, and be able to put those feelings behind you and instead... More »

'F--k Cops' Tattoo Helps Nail Oklahoma Robbery Suspect

The horns on the suspect's head didn't help, either

(Newser) - It wasn't that difficult for cops to track down two suspects after an Oklahoma man called in a robbery attempt on Friday: one suspect was the victim's ex-girlfriend, while the other sported face tattoos that are hard to miss, the Tulsa World reports. The unnamed victim told cops... More »

Death Camp Tattoo Could Send German to Jail

It's legal to have it, but not to display it, prosecutors say

(Newser) - German prosecutors say they're investigating whether a man violated the country's prohibition of the public display of Nazi symbols by appearing at a swimming pool with a tattoo of what appeared to be the Auschwitz death camp on his back. A spokeswoman for prosecutors in Neuruppin says another... More »

Guy, 42, Says It Might Be Time to Ditch His 29 Miley Tattoos

Turns out not even Cyrus finds them cute

(Newser) - If you get 29 Miley Cyrus-themed tattoos and you somehow think the pop star is going to find that charming, well ... chances are you'll end up disappointed. Such is the tragic story of 42-year-old Carl McCoid, a UK father of three who says he's spent more than $4,... More »

Tattooed Mom Wins Her Battle to Breastfeed

Judge ridicules previous ruling forbidding it

(Newser) - The mother of an 11-month-old baby in Australia can once again breastfeed her child, but it took the intervention of a court. Sydney's Family Court today overturned a previous decision barring the woman from breastfeeding because she had gotten a tattoo a month ago, reports 9 News . The earlier... More »

Tattoo Risks Greater Than Thought

Study: 1 in 10 have a skin reaction, and it can last for months or longer

(Newser) - A new survey of those who have gotten tattoos suggests that more people than realized suffer a nasty skin reaction as a result. NYU researchers determined that 10% of people suffer short-term complications such as a rash, infection, or swelling that last for days or weeks. But the scarier stat... More »

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