I happen to think it’s a sin to get a tattoo, especially on your face, so I was intrigued by the new blog my friend Irina Slutsky told me about called Needles and Sins. They don’t really mean it, though: They are having a party and exhibition called Tattoo Orgy on Friday, July 17 at Tattoo Culture, which is the name of a gallery, retail store and tattoo artist hangout in Williamsburg, and will feature the tattoo portraits of tattoo photographer Sean Toussaint, as well as music by members of Lapdance Academy. Tattoo Culture is an easy walking distance from the L train’s Bedford Ave stop. I don’t plan to go.
The lady pictured above, Marisa Kakoulas, is a lawyer. She is listed as one of the contributors to Needles and Sins.
I find her bio fascinating, so let me quote from it:
tattoo4“Born and raised in Brooklyn, Marisa first discovered tattooing as a fine art rather than rebellion after visiting an underground East Village tattoo studio at the age of 17 in 1990 (even though her early pieces were pre-legalization of the art in NYC). Since then, she’s acquired two sleeves, a backpiece, rib and stomach work (among many other tattoos) from acclaimed blackwork specialist Daniel DiMattia of Calypso Tattoo in Belgium (her former husband and lifelong friend).
…Her upcoming book, Tattoo Law, on the laws affecting tattoo business and culture is underway.”

Tattoo Convention 2009, picture by Sean Toussaint for Needles and Sins
Tattoo Convention 2009, picture by Sean Toussaint for Needles and Sins

tattoobonusbeckhamBonus track: Tattoos in the news — One of David Beckham’s young sons — he has three, Brooklyn, 10, Romeo, 6, and Cruz, 4 — asked “How old do I have to be before I can get my first tattoo?”
“A lot older than you are now,” answered the world’s highest-paid footballer (soccer player) whose arms are covered in tattoos.

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