I am here to provide an insight into my research, my thoughts and opinions on matters, regarding embodied identity, culture and self-realization. But more than anything, my expertise lies in tattoos; I hope to help the world accept tattoos, to help people think before they ink and to, through everything I do, help people accept difference as a good thing.
Get to know the man behind this website, the tattoo sociologist himself and why he does what he does.
Celebrities get away with a lot more than the rest of us when it comes to tattoos, yet they also help create more acceptance.
Tattoo Regret; When You Lose the Connection to Your Ink: Tattoo regret is at the same time quite a lot simpler and still a fair bit more complicated, than most people would think. At least what I have found through my own research on the topic (these last 8-9 years) within sociology (social sciences in… Continue reading Tattoo Regret; The Disconnect
Realizing; I May Never Become a Professor: I recently found out after many years focusing on my academics more than anything, even while working in the tattoo community. That my PhD dream may (probably wont) never happen. It is mainly because of bureaucratic rules, certainly not a lack of sociological theories to work on. Of… Continue reading Realizing Certain Things:
The Nature of Normal: We all know the expression or rather, the word normal. Usually, in just about any science or context, it refers to something that occurs most often. However, the way we use it socially and culturally, doesn’t necessarily mean that. Admittedly, it is derived from the more basic definition, that I just… Continue reading The Ambiguity of “Normal”
Tattoos; It’s Okay For Them To Age: This post is in part inspired by a post on Instagram by @Yallzee, an awesome tattoo collector and lover, as well as by some of my own experiences and ideas. First to explain the post by Yallzee and what inspired me in it: In the post Yallzee shows… Continue reading Tattoos; A Piece of History In Your Skin
Tattoo Logia helped me define and develop my tattoo idea. I had spent a long time thinking over motives, but I had never arrived at anything satisfactory on my own. I have a great love for Finland, Finnish music and everything else Finnish, including the band Nightwish, so I had to combine it all into an Idea/motive. It became a map of Finland (an outline) with a conch within it. I am very satisfied and now I just look forward to having it permanently inked on my arm.
Mads is exceedingly knowledgeable about tattoos.
-“What is there to know?” You may think to yourself.
-“Isn’t it just paint on skin?” You might find yourself asking; as I once did.
Little did I know that once opened, the Cornucopia of knowledge, would flood the gates of imagination, as rich and detailed stories of the serial and parallel development of the art of tattooing, the historical, political, religious and philosophical ramifications on humanity, interspersed with personal observations, in-depth research and much more in colorful details. (pun intended)
Mr Kristensen is knowledgeable, skilled and imparts his knowledge in a manner that peaks the interest whilst educating.
10/10 – Would be educated by again. (Be forewarned though; soon after the lecture on tattoos, I found myself with my own permanent artwork.)