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Hey, everyone. Here is an awesome photo of me awkwardly holding my book... Many of you are asking really great questions (and giving me some things to think about)! While many of the answers to your questions can be found in my book, I certainly don't expect you to run out and buy it! Especially if your question can be answered in a couple of sentences... What I can recommend if you are interested is the following: Head over to your local public library, University/College library or your job (if they have a small library) and ask them to order the book for the library. Libraries have funds set aside for purchasing books (makes sense, I guess 🤔), and you certainly can request that they get a copy! It will save you money, and allow you to (hopefully) get some answers! In the meantime, I'll try to answer some of your questions here.
Keep your questions, comments, and tattoo experiences coming! As long as you guys are around, I'll keep posting about forensic science, tattoos, and the rest of my strange adventures! #DoesThisBookMakeMeLookAwkward
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Today's news. Convicted sex offender Matthew E. Stager was just released from federal corrections in Petersburg, Va. He was supposed to self-report from a transitional facility in Texas, but never showed up... Any thoughts on the meanings behind his tattoos? I'm curious about the X with F-A-R-T on his neck... #tattoo #tattoos #police #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins (1911-1973) is an American tattooing icon. After traveling around the US learning to tattoo, Collins settled in Hawai'i in the 1930s, where he established himself as a tattooist for sailors who would come into port there. I read Collins' letters when I was doing my research on tattoos and tattoo inks, and it was interesting to see how Collins would come up with new inks and try them on himself at a time when there were few colors being used in tattooing. Not only interested in coming up with new colors, Collins was also interested in improving existing colors. Collins' tattoo legacy has lived on and his shop in Hawai'i still displays some of his work and memorabilia. #tattoo #tattoos #ink #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

So according to news reports, Ringling Bros. Circus is closing after almost 150 years. The circus played a very important role in the exhibition and awareness of tattoos. Tattoos were on exhibit in the circus beginning in the early 1800s. Some individuals tattooed their entire bodies and went to work for the circus--on display, crowds were drawn in by elaborate tales of kidnapping and tattooing by tribes in far away lands...having nearly escaped, the tattooed vowed to put his/her body on display for all to see. People were so awestruck, they even requested the tattooed man to be put on display at their social gatherings... Does anyone know if the circus still has a tattooed man/woman as part of the show? I've heard that there are some occasional sideshow/'freakshow' acts around, but I don't know much about them. Anyone ever hear of them? #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

So in the last post, many of you correctly picked up on the dentition and the region around the mouth (abscess indication). A couple of you alluded to the overall shape of the skull and how that might impact the physical features of Hummel's face💀 So I thought it would be interesting to mention CRIMINAL ANTHROPOLOGY💀 In the 19th century, criminal anthropology was the "scientific" study devoted to understanding how the physical features of an individual correlated to their criminality. The most famous criminal anthropologist was Cesare Lombroso (Italy, 1835-1909). Lombroso believed that the physical characteristics of an individual would be a predictor of criminal behavior--he defined the 'born criminal' based on the shape of the head, facial features, bone symmetry, etc.💀 In addition, Lombroso also believed that TATTOOS were an indication of degeneracy and atavism, or a reversion to primitive status, which indicated one's propensity for crime and savagery. Lombroso spent time in the autopsy suite recording the physical features of the deceased and measuring their bones. He mainly studied criminal offenders (males and females), but also reported on sailors, prostitutes, and psychiatric patients. Lombroso' work, although largely discredited, has impacted many fields, including criminology, anthropology, psychology, and police science. 👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼SWIPE to see some images from his work...👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼 #forensic #forensicscience #skull #bones #history #crime #science #tattoo #tattoos #ink #inked #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

Just when you thought a Disney princess couldn't get any better... #JustAddASkullAndSomeTattoos. I found this street art in Paris a couple of years ago. I actually think it's great that it was ripped and put back together. I think it adds character. #tattoo #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

Most of you correctly identified Charles Manson. While you have never met him (except for one of you it appears), you recognized his face- many of you made the connection largely based on the swastika tattoo which is prominent (even though it has faded and looks different from when it was first acquired). Both faces in the original post are of Manson. The effects you see that make the photos look different are from lighting effects and perception (Do you remember the drama a few years back from the dress that some thought was black and blue while others thought it was white and gold?- A similar concept is happening here). The other person in the photo is only apparent by the presence of the hand. But here is where tattoos are so important. This individual, Mr. Black Wolf, did not want to be identified in the photo so he did not show his face. But, on the contrary, his hand and wrist tattoos do in fact provide us with enough information to identify (and, I believe, individualize) Black Wolf. #tattoo #tattoos #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks #identity

The news is reporting that Stager was caught in DC. I found some additional photos of Stager- it's really interesting (at least to me) to see the progression of tattooing; although his physical features changed over time (weight, hair, makeup choices...) the tattoos remain a really great way to identify and demonstrate an individual's tattoo "evolution". #tattoo #tattoos #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

As a thank you to @mrs_angemi, I'm bringing you a tattoo from the autopsy suite. This tattoo is probably from the 60's and possibly "homemade" due to the design and ink characteristics. Notice part of the tail is actually a scar. Have any of you incorporated a scar or birthmark into your tattoo design or tried to cover a scar with a tattoo? What about the opposite--any of you have a scar on your tattoo that changed the design? And thank you all for the follows! #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

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So in the last post, many of you correctly picked up on the dentition and the region around the mouth (abscess indication). A couple of you alluded to the overall shape of the skull and how that might impact the physical features of Hummel's face💀 So I thought it would be interesting to mention CRIMINAL ANTHROPOLOGY💀 In the 19th century, criminal anthropology was the "scientific" study devoted to understanding how the physical features of an individual correlated to their criminality. The most famous criminal anthropologist was Cesare Lombroso (Italy, 1835-1909). Lombroso believed that the physical characteristics of an individual would be a predictor of criminal behavior--he defined the 'born criminal' based on the shape of the head, facial features, bone symmetry, etc.💀 In addition, Lombroso also believed that TATTOOS were an indication of degeneracy and atavism, or a reversion to primitive status, which indicated one's propensity for crime and savagery. Lombroso spent time in the autopsy suite recording the physical features of the deceased and measuring their bones. He mainly studied criminal offenders (males and females), but also reported on sailors, prostitutes, and psychiatric patients. Lombroso' work, although largely discredited, has impacted many fields, including criminology, anthropology, psychology, and police science. 👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼SWIPE to see some images from his work...👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼 #forensic #forensicscience #skull #bones #history #crime #science #tattoo #tattoos #ink #inked #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

Tattoos and skulls- successful shopping in the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona. [🔎zoom🔍] #art #artist #tattoo #tattoos #ink #inked #skull #bones #princess #spain #barcelona #shopping #gothic #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

🇺🇸A mixture of red, white and blue tattoo inks 🇺🇸The first photo is the mixture on a microscope slide viewed with a stereomicroscope (μ=10x). Notice how the colors interact with one another when they come into contact 🇺🇸The second photo is a microscopic image of the interface where the three pigments from the colors meet on the microscope slide (PLM; μ=100x). Also notice how, although we know the mixture is red, white and blue, our eyes perceive purple in the second image where the pigments mix. Happy Independence Day 🇺🇸 #tattoo #tattoos #tattooed #ink #inked #art #artist #microscope #red #white #blue #color #chemistry #fourthofjuly #america #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

❤️Saw this artwork through the window of an empty storefront in Rome. I have no idea what occupied the space or what will happen to the art when someone moves in ❤️On another note, anyone else think the guy looks like Johnny Depp? #art #streetart #fashion #shopping #love #rome #roma #johnnydepp #tattoo #tattoos #tattooed #ink #inked #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

@Regrann from @deathunderglass - Recognize this tattoo? Contact the NYPD ASAP. And follow @forensic_tattoo while you're at it.

@Regrann from @forensic_tattoo - Tattoos in the News: The tattooed, decomposed torso (from waist to knees) of a woman was recovered from the Red Hook Channel in Brooklyn this week. The tattoo, a word in Sanskrit [reported to translate to "Lily" or "Lilyann"] surrounded in stars, is located on the victim’s right hip. Anyone with information should call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. #ny #nyc #brooklyn #nypd #tattoo #tattoos #tattooed #ink #inked #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks - #regrann #forensic #pathology #autopsy #deathunderglass - #regrann

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@Regrann from @forensic_tattoo - Tattoos in the News: The tattooed, decomposed torso (from waist to knees) of a woman was recovered from the Red Hook Channel in Brooklyn this week. The tattoo, a word in Sanskrit [reported to translate to "Lily" or "Lilyann"] surrounded in stars, is located on the victim’s right hip. Anyone with information should call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. #ny #nyc #brooklyn #nypd #tattoo #tattoos #tattooed #ink #inked #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks - #regrann #forensic #pathology #autopsy #deathunderglass

Stereomicroscopic image of a blue tattoo ink dried on a microscope slide, 10x (US manufacturer). #tattoo #tattoos #tattooink #ink #pigment #art #microscopy #blue #black #light #forensic #forensicscience #science #chemistry #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

"Man Dies After Swimming with New Tattoo" 🏊🏽 Facts: "The case highlights the association of chronic liver disease & high mortality associated with infections of Vibrio vulnificus." V. vulnificus is a bacteria; most infections in the US reportedly caused by ingesting raw oysters. "Infections can also occur with exposure of open wounds to contaminated salt/brackish water...this represents an uncommon mechanism of infection." 🏊🏽The decedent, with a medical history of alcoholic cirrhosis, reported to the hospital with severe pain, fever, & reddening of the skin over his legs, including a tattoo. 8 days prior he had received a tattoo on his leg & 3 days prior he had gone swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. Lesions developed & fluid-filled bubbles began erupting over the lesions. V. vulnificus infection was suspected & confirmed with lab testing. Diagnosis: septic shock by V. vulnificus-the bacteria infected the blood leading to organ failure. Amputations were considered (post necrosis), but were too risky due to his liver disease. Death was "due to a myriad of complications related to cirrhosis renal failure & necrotic skin lesions." 🏊🏽Factors to consider: the health of the individual (decreased immune responses, ability of the body to fight infections & clear bacteria from the body, etc. that result from poor health/chronic liver disease/cirrhosis); the water in which the individual was swimming (bacteria presence); the nature of the tattoo (who did it? where? techniques/safety precautions in place?); post-tattoo treatment (open sores from scratching, picking at scabs, etc.?, the likelihood that the tattoo is not going to heal properly because of the medical conditions of the individual). 🏊🏽The authors conclude: all patients with chronic liver disease & haemochromatosis should be instructed to avoid raw oyster ingestion & avoid swimming in seawater with open skin wounds. Unfortunately, the title of the article may be a bit misleading since it only seems to be conjecture that the tattoo was the initial site/cause of bacterial introduction. 🏊🏽Citation/Images: Hendren, et al. 2017. Vibrio vulnificus septic shock due to a contaminated tattoo. BMJ Case Report.

Sailors on the Bowery (NYC), Memorial Day weekend. I took this photo a few years back on the Bowery when the sailors were in town for Fleet Week. 👉🏼👉🏼SWIPE👉🏼👉🏼 for some photos from the tattoo exhibit at the NY Historical Society earlier this year featuring tattooing on the Bowery... The Bowery (Chatham Square) was one of the main NYC locations for tattooing beginning in the mid-1800's. The first tattoo shop reportedly opened in the late 1850's, and soon sailors that came into port would head to the Bowery to get tattooed. Service was often quick, with few colors (black, red/vermilion, green and sometimes brown and yellow) and designs ("flash") available-it allowed tattooists to maximize their clientele and thereby maximize their revenue. ⚓️ #tattoo #tattoos #tattooed #inked #memorialday #nyc #ny #history #art #navy #blackandwhite #forensic #forensicscience #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

Went to the movies today (to see Pirates of the Caribbean-Dead Men Tell No Tales☠️) and saw the trailer for Despicable Me 3. Tattoos make an appearance-looks like the minions head to prison and get tattoos...🍌💀🍌 Any thoughts? #WhatATimeToBeAlive #Minions #tattoo #tattoos #tattooed #film #movies #family #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

A third tattoo reference from the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This reference is from The Red Headed League, which was published in 1891. Here, Holmes utilizes the design and color of the tattoo to "deduce" where the tattooed man has been. A critic of this interpretation by Holmes had concluded that the tattoo was more likely done in Japan than in China based on cultural aspects of tattooing at the time of the story. #sherlockholmes #sherlock #holmes #logic #elementary #detective #book #books #reading #forensic #forensicscience #science #history #tattoo #tattoos #ink #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

My stepdaughter turned 18 this week. So naturally, I gifted her a first tattoo. 🐌 (and I might as well get myself one while I'm here...🕸) #tattoo #tattoos #tattooartist #ink #inked #birthday #weekend #family #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

Bloodstained t-shirt from shooting victim. ⚗️What chemical tests can be conducted on the shirt to look for the presence of gunshot residues? #blood #guns #forensic #forensicscience #science #chemistry #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

🌕Planet or Tattoo Ink?🌕 This is a microscopic image of a bright yellow tattoo ink from a "single use" package (👉🏼swipe to see the color in the packaging)... 🔬Just figured I would take a look at a sample while setting up the optics in my scope (and share it with you). This research project is up and running...Stay tuned for more! (μ=~100x; Ink: US). #tattoo #tattoos #ink #inked #pigment #microscope #yellow #planet #space #art #forensic #forensicscience #science #chemistry #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

Preserved human skin section with tattoos, c.1700s; Museum exhibition, France. #tattoo #tattoos #tattooartist #ink #inked #skin #art #history #museum #forensic #forensicscience #science #forensicanalysisoftattoosandtattooinks

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