Penn State players asked to remove message-based T-shirts
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Penn State players were asked by team staff to remove T-shirts reading "Chains, Tattoos, Dreads, & WE ARE" before their game Saturday at No. 17 Iowa.
Coast Guard loosens rules on tattoos to boost recruiting
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is loosening its tattoo policy, reflecting increased acceptance of tattoos.
The Virginian-Pilot reports the change announced Thursday is intended to...
Correction: TV-Black Ink Crew-Compton story
COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about the docu-series "Black Ink Crew: Compton," The Associated Press reported erroneously that the eighth season of "Black Ink Crew: New York" airs on...
Lawsuit claims race bias by ATF supervisor with Nazi tattoo
SEATTLE (AP) — A black employee alleges her career as a federal law enforcement agent was impacted after she filed a complaint against a white supervisor with a Nazi-themed tattoo, according to a...
Officer alleges discrimination over facial tattoos
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police officer says in a lawsuit he was discriminated against by his department because of his facial tattoos.
Samoa’s tattooed rugby players to cover up at times in Japan
YAMAGATA, Japan (AP) — Samoan rugby players will wear skin suits to cover their traditional tattoos during some training sessions at the World Cup in order not to offend their Japanese...
Sheriff: New evidence confirms ID of Missouri woman’s body
PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say dental records and a tattoo support an earlier tentative identification of a body found on a hillside in southwest Missouri.
Not a ‘tattooed guy’: Larry Bird mural will be changed
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Bird likes the mural but not the tats.
An artist says she'll remove most tattoos from a large painting of the former NBA star on an Indianapolis multi-family...
Regret your tattoo? Here’s advice on how to get rid of it
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Does your tattoo sport your old flame's name? Or the one you got on a whim no longer fits your image?
You're not alone. Many people have "tattoo regret" and are opting...
Mexican army finally allows recruits to have tattoos
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican army and air force are finally allowing recruits to have tattoos, but they still bar perforations, at least for men.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State prison officials say inmates in Ohio prisons may soon be offered tattoo removal services.
The Dayton Daily News reports that Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and...
Champ Stamp: Wallace says he’ll get tattoo of Richard Petty
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Bubba Wallace is committed to getting a "champ stamp " of Richard Petty.
Wallace says he'll get a tattoo somewhere on his body of an autograph of Petty's signature...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A proposal to ban tattooing on scarred skin will fade away after Kentucky health officials backed off the proposed regulation.
Officers’ tattoos share personal meaning, help them connect
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Amid the silhouetted flames, an angry spark plug, realistic deep burgundy roses, a four-leaf clover and other ink on Cpl. Scott Musselman's arms, The Little Engine That Could and...
California exhibit paints Ed Hardy as artist, tattoo pioneer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When people hear the name Ed Hardy, they likely think of the flashy, tiger- and skull-emblazoned clothing that rocketed to popularity in the 2000s, appearing on the likes of...
Alabama inmate with swastika tattoo escapes
LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's prison system says an inmate with a swastika tattoo has escaped from a work-release center in south Alabama.
A statement from the Department of Corrections says...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Future Vermont state troopers will be allowed to have arm tattoos, if they cover them up.
In the past, applicants with tattoos that were visible when wearing short...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — First responders in one Alabama city are now allowed to grow facial hair and show tattoos while in uniform.
WSFA-TV reports the Montgomery Public Safety Department...
Central Arkansas tattoo artist returns to reality TV contest
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas tattoo artist headed back to New York recently to coach contestants around the country for the upcoming reality TV competition Ink Master, with this season's...
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts authorities say a group of Jewish teens played a key role in saving the life of a drowning man with a tattoo of a swastika.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Health has proposed banning artists from tattooing on scarred skin and is holding a public meeting on the proposal next week.
AP Photos: In Mexico, prejudice fades around tattoos
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Lalo Aguayo still remembers the shock of seeing his uncle leave prison decades ago with a green arm. He was 13 at the time and asked his mother about it.
State budget proposal seeks licensing for tattoo artists
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's proposed two-year budget seeks to require tattoo artists and body piercers to register with the state and pay a $250 fee.
Tattoos, some book-themed, offered in support of library
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — More than three dozen people in Lawrence got their kicks from a different kind of ink at the town's public library this week.
Minnesota tattoo artists raise awareness for mental health
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A line of people snaked up the stairs from the Cream City Tattoo counter and nearly out the door one recent morning, as dozens waited for their semicolon...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill to prevent people from getting tattoos on the whites of their eyes.
The measure won first-round approval Wednesday on a 38-0...
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WSU researchers discover oldest tattoo tool in North America
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Scientists from Washington State University have discovered the oldest known tattooing tool in western North America.
Tattoo parlor among town’s increasingly diverse tenants
OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — While Sara Gutierrez waited for her chance to be heard by the Old Bridge Township Zoning Board on a variance to let her open a tattoo parlor, someone in the audience told...
Central Minnesotans’ tattoo art to be collected at museum
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Grace Duxbury keeps an art collection on her at all times.
It's a series of tattoos that chronicle her interests, including a portrait of her favorite poet Oscar Wilde and a historic stamp of St. George slaying a dragon.
Columbia artist offers henna to those coping with illness
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — When a friend approached Columbia artist Sue Giger for a henna tattoo, Giger had never heard of it.
Giger, who conducts her part-time art business under the name Midnight Museum, has experience in printmaking, watercolor and acrylic painting and face and body art. When her friend told her about henna, she was immediately intrigued to learn a new art form.
After researching, buying supplies and experimenting with a number of pastes, Giger was hooked.
Tattoo studio finds new beginning after destructive crash
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — This past summer, the lives of Jack and Della Gorbey were turned upside down.
At 2:24 a.m. on July 25, a tractor-trailer crashed into their business, Derma Doodlezz Tattoo Studio, formerly located on Meadowdale Road. With their tattoo studio reduced to rubble, they lost everything.
Europe Ryder Cup captain fulfils promise of victory tattoo
LONDON (AP) — Europe captain Thomas Bjorn has lived up to his promise to tattoo their winning Ryder Cup score on his bottom.
Bjorn made the promise at a news conference before the event in September in France, where Europe was the underdog against the United States.
Survivors, moms get tattoos for suicide prevention
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — People wearing hats and coats huddled and chatted, sending condensation from their breath and words into the air.
The small crowd was waiting for Taku Tattoo to open its doors at 10 a.m. and begin scheduling appointments for a suicide prevention tattoo special. For Friday, Nov. 30, business card-sized tattoos were $50 with half of the proceeds going toward Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition.
"The response has been incredible," said shop manager Amy Ridle.
AP PHOTOS: Iraqis seek tattoos to cover scars of war
BAGHDAD (AP) — The tattoos across Saad Khudeir's body conceal the Iraqi soldier's scars and reveal his unseen wounds.
The face of his fiancee, who was killed in a car bomb near his Baghdad home in 2008, looks up from his right arm. Four years later, a suicide bomber rammed his army convoy in Fallujah, leaving burns across 70 percent of his body.
He survived both bombings, but was left with gruesome scars.
Dad gets skull tattoo to share son’s pain
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — As he climbed onto an examination table, preparing to have his head sliced open ear-to-ear for the 10th time, the realization of the journey ahead washed over 12-year-old James Nolan.
He gripped his yellow toy duck, tugged on his ear and began to cry.
Ezra Miller shows off Killing Curse ‘tattoo’
Democrat Ojeda looks to win vacant congressional seat
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democrat Richard Ojeda, a retired Army paratrooper known for his tattoos and populist message, looks to break through Republican dominance in Trump-loving West Virginia in a showdown with a fellow state lawmaker for a vacant congressional seat.
Standing in his way is Carol Miller, a member of the GOP leadership team in the West Virginia House of Delegates.
Their campaign in the 3rd District highlights Tuesday's contests for West Virginia's three congressional seats.
Caravan artist tattoos loved ones’ names for fellow migrants
JUCHITAN, Mexico (AP) — As he traveled with several thousand other migrants through southern Mexico this week with dreams of making it to the U.S. border, Gerson Rivas didn't want the memory of the mother he left behind in Honduras to be carried only in his heart.
So he had her name, Esperanza, tattooed in rudimentary, flowing black script on his left forearm. The name in Spanish means "hope."
AP PHOTOS: In Morocco, tribal tattoos fade with age, Islam
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — In Morocco's Middle Atlas mountains, an ancient tradition is fading. The distinctive tribal tattoos that indigenous Amazigh women acquired in a coming of age ritual are slowly disappearing as their bearers age and die.
Strictly observant Muslims and women who want to be modern have shunned the practice, which dates to pre-Islamic times. Today, the tattoos largely are found on older Berber women who farm in rural areas.
Sioux Falls tattoo shop owner remembered after fatal crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — One of the things Jody Little loved best was riding his motorcycle, so it was no surprise when he told his wife that's what he wanted to do on a Sunday night in September.
"It was a full moon that night," Amy Little said, sitting at a table in the Sioux Falls tattoo shop her husband started. "That's how we danced. We didn't go out dancing, but we did when we rode together."
Nipple reconstruction by tattoo shop made all the difference
HAMPSTEAD, Md. (AP) — Manchester resident Jason Lynn, 38, has been an artist as long as he can remember.
So he found it fitting to start his own tattoo shop in nearby Hampstead nine years ago, House of Madness Tattoo Emporium & Odditorium, and continues honing his skills surrounded by the oddities he collects on North Main Street.
In policy change, Scotland Yard gives thumbs up to tattoos
LONDON (AP) — London's Metropolitan Police force is changing its no-tattoo policy for new recruits.
The change announced Wednesday means people with visible tattoos will be able to serve as police officers — although facial tattoos will still be banned.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said the change was made to bring the police "into line with other services." She said many young people had ruled out joining the police because of their tattoos.
Get out the needle: Tattoo artists show off their skills
BERLIN (AP) — Tattoo fans around the world may be wondering just where their favorite artists are.
Wonder no longer: Tattoo experts from 22 countries are showing off their skills at a convention in the Swiss lakeside city of Montreux.
The Montreux Tattoo Convention, which opened on Friday and ends Sunday, features some 160 artists along with concerts and competitions.
Missouri artist covering up racist tattoos for free
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri artist is covering racist tattoos for free to try and give people who've had a change of heart a second chance.
Daughters of Mexican president, first lady display tattoos
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two daughters in Mexico's first family have been photographed at the presidential residence with a tattoo artist and new tattoos.
The tattoos were discrete, small ankle and wrist designs consisting of one or two letters. President Enrique Pena Nieto's daughter by a first marriage, Paulina Pena got one.
So did the daughter of first lady Angelica Rivera, Sofia Castro, who posted an apology of sorts to her mother.
IU Health allows tattoos in new dress code policy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's largest health system has decided to revise its dress code policy to reflect the desires of the many millennials on staff.
Lady Gaga collaborator known as Zombie Boy dead at 32
MONTREAL (AP) — Rick Genest, a Quebec model known for his head-to-toe tattoos and participation in the Lady Gaga music video "Born This Way," has died, his talent agency said.
Dulcedo Management confirmed on Facebook late Thursday the passing of Rick Genest, who was better known as Zombie Boy. Dulcedo said it "was in shock" and called the 32-year-old represented by the agency an "icon of the artistic scene and of the fashion world."
Beauty queen resigns title rather than cover tattoos
PHELAN, Calif. (AP) — A beauty queen in the Southern California desert community of Phelan has given up her crown rather than cover up her tattoos.
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 on her upper arm and shoulder, and a shark on her forearm.
The Phelan Chamber of Commerce then asked her to sign a contract saying she would keep the tattoos covered while in her sash and crown.
Sheriff says guard’s tattoo is not a Nazi reference
WEST BOYLSTON, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts officials say a jail guard's tattoo is a reference to his college football playing days and is not a Nazi symbol.
A partial picture of the tattoo, with the number 88, went viral after a visitor posted it Wednesday on social media and said it was a reference to Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler.