Walter Meyerle was a tattoo artist, but no matter how good he was at his craft, his absence from the ranks of the body art world will not be missed, now that he could spend the rest of his life rotting in prison. Mr. Meyerle stands accused of molesting, raping and otherwise sexually assaulting 15 children, ages 4-17 since 1998. The stories of his alleged crimes are horrific, and it's certainly hard to imagine this guy is being wrongly accused with so many possible victims coming forward, but he is currently having his day in court and all we can say is that we hope justice is done in this case.
Elyssa Szkirpican has an interesting opinion column in The Oklahoma Daily about the changing attitudes toward tattoos in society. Check it out!
Ukok, the Pazyryk Ice Princess is getting some new press, as her mummified remains are set to go on display in the Altai Republic where she was discovered, along with two warriors burried with her, who were also extensively tattooed. The Pazyryk people were a nomadic culture who lived in Southern Siberia near the Mongolian border. 2,500 year old mummified remains, well-preserved by the high mountain ice they were discovered in, have revealed a lot about mankind's tattooed past. To this day, the intricate designs of real and mythical creatures that adorned the bodies of the Pazyryk are revered as some of the most beautiful tattoos in history.