God bless Moana for actually having a scene in which a person is tattooed! Body art was represented so positively, Maui’s tattoos are a plot point, a device to introduce his backstory, and they’re referred to as a work of art on a few occassions. Moana’s Grandmother was tattooed as well, and the stingray on her back was another important plot point. I hope that if they revisit Moana they show her getting her first tattoo. It seems to be an integral part of their collective cultural identity. 

Tattoos don’t have to be big and elaborate to be awesome. Imgur user raingoose shared this photo of a clever tattoo of a tiny muted speaker symbol that she got as a friendly way to indicate that she’s deaf in her left ear.

Shortly after she posted the photo another Imgur user, pawsed, responded with a photo of their own tattoo that they’d gotten for the very same reason:

[via Bored Panda]

Honestly it makes me feel so much better when I see staff and shops and restaurants with piercings and tattoos or other body mods because I know that the higher-ups and managers and such are less likely to be snotty twats who force their employees to cover up or take out something they love and paid for to express themselves in the name of so-called ‘professionalism’ and it makes me way more likely to go back there in future.

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Tattoo History: Skin Stitching

Marjorie Tahbone practices skin stitching, an ancient art and technique of Inuit tattooing, to instill pride and a sense of identity in the origins of her community. via @greatbigstory

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