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You be the judge: should my daughter stop getting tattoos?
Kathleen has never liked Mona’s tattoos and piercings; Mona says she’ll do what she wants with her body. Who should stop needling who?

Interviews by Georgina Lawton

27, Oct, 2023 @7:00 AM

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On my radar: Jamie Lloyd’s cultural highlights
The award-winning theatre director on being stopped in the street to talk about his tattoos, the influence of ​the musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and the ​play he’d love to direct

Jamie Lloyd

16, Sep, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Tattoo tribute to my suffragette heroine
Brief letters: Commemorative tattoos | Fringe first | Bibby Stockholm | Sunak’s trousers

09, Aug, 2023 @5:28 PM

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Ink big: 30 people to get tattoo of one letter of human rights declaration
International art project will visit Manchester, where 30 people will be tattooed with one letter of 1948 UN document

Rachel Hall

06, Aug, 2023 @2:00 PM

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River of ink: the visual histories embedded in tattoos of Australian service personnel
Exhibition by the Australian War Memorial tells the stories of soldiers and sailors for the first time through their body art

Natasha May

17, Jun, 2023 @8:00 PM

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Indigenous tattooist becomes Vogue's oldest ever cover star at 106
Apo Whang-Od appears on front of Philippine edition and is credited with keeping batok form of art alive

Rebecca Ratcliffe in Bangkok

03, Apr, 2023 @9:09 AM

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Whatchamacallit breaks all the rules
Brief letters: Wordiply woes | Hearing aids | Spellchecking Ofsted | Old Testament tattoos | Cheese | Ineptitude for hire

28, Mar, 2023 @5:07 PM

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The Catholic church offering free tattoos? It’s a cross I’d be happy to bear | Bidisha Mamata
A monastic group in Vienna is offering to ink followers: with its cycle of pain and regret, it’s pure Old Testament, says Observer columnist Bidisha Mamata

Bidisha Mamata

22, Mar, 2023 @12:00 PM

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Queensland to ban Nazi swastika tattoos as part of crackdown on hate symbols
Exclusive: State will join NSW, WA and Tasmania in banning tattoos with hate symbols ‘that seek to invoke fear’

Eden Gillespie

15, Mar, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Nothing says ‘We are an item’ like a naked selfie – just ask Eric André and Emily Ratajkowski
The comedian and the actor have just started going out. That didn’t stop an unusually revealing ‘couple launch’ on Instagram

15, Feb, 2023 @4:39 PM

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‘My parents weren’t impressed at first, but now I do my mum’: meet some of the world’s best tattoo artists
Tattooing is constantly evolving and the most-sought after artists are superstars. Here, five of the best reveal what the craft means to them

Michael Segalov

06, Nov, 2022 @12:00 PM

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‘Like being burned with cooking oil’: how tattoo removal became a booming business
As ink surges in popularity, so does regret – but despite improvements to the process, erasing body art remains difficult

Mattha Busby

25, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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