When TotalBeauty.com released its list of the country's most tattooed cities and San Diego wasn't on it, but Kansas City, Mo., and Flint, Mich., were, we nearly ran out and got WTF tattooed on our foreheads. That way, Total Beauty's editors would have a little clue as to the nature of our hostility when we walk up and head-butt
them on the street.

Seriously, though, San Diego is one tatted-up-and-pierced city, and we thought it was time to give body art the attention it deserves. In this issue, you'll find out how San Diego artists passed landmark body-art legislation, why a UCSD scholar is interested in tattoo culture and what to do if you find yourself stuck with a regrettable
tribal tattoo. We also profile a few tattoos that grabbed our interest and examine movies where tattoos play a starring role.

Mad props go to Rob Benavides of Flying Panther Tattoo, the cover artist who imagined what CityBeat would look like inked on someone's back. Click here to visit the Body Art homepage or click on the individual stories below:


San Diegans led the charge for body-art regulation




UCSD fellow studies SoCal tattoo culture







In defense of the tribal tattoo




Tattoo Gary's life in ink





A list of films in which tattoos play a leading role




A wounded warrior wears his traditional hand-tap tattoo as a bad





Breast-cancer survivors' areola restorations





Justin Hudnall's fishhook roundabout tattoo




Bringing back "souvenir" tattoos




'Do not drink and ink'





Hand-tap tattooing in San Diego (podcast).


Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
See all events on Thursday, Apr 28