I rarely use the term beautiful, I think it’s a word that gets thrown around a little too much, but when I first saw this tattoo it’s the only word that I could think of to accurately describe it.
I saw this on Bloody Elbow and felt compelled to post it. Apparently this is from a Sumo based reality TV show in Japan.
Sometimes when I see a tattoo which includes an animal dressed as a gentleman, I find that I end up creating a name and back story for the fellow.
For instance this one is named Reginald Tarquin Crawford who was a successful government spy before retiring as a gentleram of leisure.
Tattoo by the delightfully ‘tached Crispy Lennox at Black Garden Tattoo, London, UK.
ONE FC holds their next event in two days. If you are pondering whether or not you will watch it, then here are seven violence ridden reasons why you should…
Felipe Enomoto, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Eduard Folayang, Yuya Shirai, Melvin Manhoef, Eddie Ng and Masakazu Imanari.
MiddleEasy are covering the event and have made a great trailer for it. Their involvement in Battle of Heroes last month ended up in some very slick videos. I will likely end up sharing whatever ones they make for this event at some point.
They have also held a poster competition and narrowed it down to the top 15. My favourite is this beast below, featuring two Lion-man hybrid creatures smashing each other in the face. I can’t wait until technology is advanced enough to provide us with fights like this.
I’ve been looking forward to the new book Yellow Beak Press are producing, called Milton H Zeis: Tattooing As You Like It. The general idea is that as well as being an in depth biography of the legendary tattoo artist/supplier, it includes reworked Zeis designs by 95 of the world top tattooers. I know, sounds freaking awesome!
Well the book is available for pre-order now! So buy one, and while you’re at it buy me one too! Check out this video if you need further encouragement.
Note: I saw this video on Tattoosday UK, which is run by Total Tattoo columnist Mel Noir, check it out here.
Ryan Mason is one of those guys whose blog is right at the top of my bookmarks. Although he only updates it every couple of months, I check it regularly for his latest visual feast.
His most recent post contains more awesomeness than Mr T and Chuck Norris’ imaginary love child. These 2 are my favourites, the dragon/tiger piece was completed in 12 hours over 2 consecutive days. And the owl is just totally badass. Check out the rest here.
Ryan Mason tattoos out of Scapegoat Tattoo in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Jon Fitch has been rather quiet following his loss to Johny Hendricks at the end of December last year. It turns out he has been cultivating his face.
Jon Fitch’s twitter account recently shared evidence which adds support to the theory that facial hair is contagious. Infection of what medical professionals call ‘hairy badass disease’ is caused by the exposure of one’s chin to the fists of a much more epically bearded man.
One issue that Fitch’s case has raised with Doctors is how having been completely knocked the fuck out in under 12 seconds seemed to have increased his susceptibility to the ailment.
Hopefully the moustache offers padding to his jaw for the next time he fights a true badass like Johny Hendricks.
Photographic evidence below.
Follow Fitch on twitter – @jonfitchdotnet
I know I posted about Bloody Elbow’s MMA Origins series yesterday, but they only went and published another article! The scoundrels!
MMA Origins: UFC 1 is a Ronseal article if I ever did see one. It explores the circumstances in which the worlds number one MMA promotion was formed, and looks back at the legendary inaugural event.
I don’t know whether or not this will be their final article in the series, but I sincerely hope not. So if you’re reading this Bloody Elbow, get on it!
I’ve been pretty crappy at posting links to the MMA Origins as they’re posted, there’s been 3 since the last time I updated you chaps.
Birth of Japanese MMA takes a look at JMMA’s pro wrestling roots and the transition from predetermined bouts to full contact shoot matches.
Brazilian Warfare looks into the rivalry between BJJ and Luta Livre, and some of the goings on in the early days of the gracie legacy.
And finally, The Gracie Challenge Comes to California, surprisingly enough, is about BJJ’s pilgrimage from its homeland to California, where Rorion Gracie set up their American base.
Each of these articles has a load of cool pictures and videos for you to gawk at if you’re that way inclined. There’s also lots of other cool MMA history articles on there, but I can’t do all the work for you.