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Brazilian tattoo artist Flavia Carvalho

Brazilian tattoo artist Flavia Carvalho has come up with a way to mask the physical scars that life leaves on us. Through a project she calls ?A Pele da Flor? (The Skin of the Flower), Carvalho is changing the lives of women in Brazil by giving them tattoos free of charge to cover up their old scars.

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In search of the Helen Clark tattoo


Absurd headline? ? Think again.

If you get a tattoo, the general wisdom is that you’ll regret it later. Especially if you’re the kind of weirdo who wants to decorate themselves with some political message. People tend to get more conservative as they age; the red fist that shines from an angry teenager’s bicep doesn’t look as good when it’s sinking into the rubbery rhytides of a numbed and defeated 50-year-old loan manager. Don’t do anything permanent, for the sake of the callous old cynic you’ll inevitably become.

Like most general wisdom, this line neatly skids over a mess of buried presuppositions. Why shouldn’t your future self have to suffer constant embarrassment if they’re going to grow up to be boring?

So what am I talking about? ? This guy Read more »

The Mark of the Beast?


A convicted child sex offender has cut off his ankle bracelet and is on the run from police in Wellington.

Police have grave concerns for Daniel Livingstone, who is subject to an extended supervision order following his release from prison in 2014.

They were called to his Upper Hutt address this morning by Corrections staff when the tamper alarm on his monitoring bracelet was activated. Officers gained entry to the address and found the bracelet.

He may be in possession of a medium-sized dark blue suitcase with a hard shell, or a large maroon suitcase, but is not thought to have access to a vehicle.

Livingstone was convicted in 2006 for the abduction and rape of a 10-year-old girl in Whangarei.

A real poster boy then. The fact he cut his ankle bracelet off is one thing, but at least this caused an immediate response. ?Didn’t it? ? Read more »