Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Baby Cage

Times have changed. Remember the days when you could stick a crying baby in a cage and hang it outside the window of tall building? No? Me neither, but apparently you once could.

Invented and patented in 1922 by Emma Read, the "Portable Baby Cage" was designed to provide fresh air and sunlight to babies and small children being raised in crowded cities.

It's hard to say how many people actually used the baby cage but it seems the invention made it all the way to London where the East Poplar borough council proposed to fix the cages to the outside of some of their buildings.  Also, the baby cages were distributed to members of London's Chelsea Baby Club.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Eye Tattooing

Apparently, over the past few years, there has been an increasing number of people tattooing the white area of their eyes.

This fairly new body modification was first attempted back in 2007 by tattoo artist LunaCobra and was performed on Shannon Larratt, Pauly Unstoppable and Josh Rahn. Here is a link to an article written by Larratt describing how it all went down.

Shannon Larratt having his eye tattooed

In this Eyeball Tattoo FAQ, Larratt claims that a great deal of research was done prior to the experiment. Interestingly, he summarizes the history of eyeball tattooing stating that the earliest reference dates back almost two thousand years when a Roman doctor attempted to color white patches over the iris. In the 19th century doctors made many attempts to use tattooing methods to cosmetically correct eye deformities. Larratt goes on to say that in the early 1900's, eyeball tattooing was advertised in newspapers by tattoo artist to change the color of the iris but points out that it is unknown if anyone actually went through with the procedure and that no references to these services exist beyond 1920.

Though I doubt it will become a big thing in the near future, eyeball tattooing has started to gain some popularity. Here are a few examples for your viewing pleasure.

Rodrigo Fernando Dos Santos

Update 01/10/18
Seems like a lot more people have done this since I first made this post.

Vice has written a story about it which you can read here.

Also, here's a story from Newsweek about a woman that is now partially blind after having her eye tattooed.

And here's a video of a guy having his eye tattooed