Earlier this year, Josh Rothman posted a fun BRAINIAC item about the history of tattoos — specifically, the history of tattoos in advanced western societies. He notes that in the 19th century, tattooing was a novel pastime among the very wealthy in London’s most fashionable circles.
Both Josh and previous BRAINIAC blogger Christopher Shea have noted that, try as they might, they were unable to construct a Brainiac post capable of attracting more readers than a 2008 post I did about tattooed celebrities (“Tattoo You, Netters!”). Josh Rothman concluded his leaving-BRAINIAC announcement with a "To the next Brainiac, I can only say: good luck!" Good luck, indeed — tattooed celebrities?! What was I thinking.
Well, I'll give it a try, anyway. Here's a tattoo item — from Geekologie — to get the ball rolling. The photo seems to have been first posted to the Facebook page of UFUNK.net ("Gadgets japonais et arts insolites") this past Friday. It shows an attractive young woman with a Photoshop toolbar tattooed on her arm.
I, for one, think that this woman has much better taste in tattoos than any celebrity, so... let's drive some traffic to this BRAINIAC post, people!
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