1. Sometimes people change: US shop covers racist tattoos for free

In Maryland, Southside Tattoo is covering up racist and gang related tattoos for free. The shops owner, Dave Cutlip calls it his Random Acts of Tattoo Project. Read more.

2. Tattooing Freckles On Your Face Is The New Beauty Craze, And They Look Surprisingly Beautiful

Freckle tattoos, otherwise known as "freckling", seem to be quite a big thing these days, and even though the idea of cosmetic tattooing isn't exactly new (eyebrow tattoos anybody?), people seem to like these tiny ink freckles because of their semi-permanent nature. Although they look quite obvious at first, they gradually fade to look more natural over the course of a few months, and they apparently disappear completely after about two years. Read more.

3. One in five tattoo inks in Australia contain carcinogenic chemicals

A report from the Australian government’s National Industrial Chemical’s Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) shows what’s in the ink that’s under the skin of more than 2 million Australians and about 100 million Europeans. And it’s not pretty.

The report found 471 different tattoo inks likely to be used in Australia made up of 89 unique chemicals. They interviewed 22 professional tattoo artists and sourced 49 specific tattoo inks likely to be used in Australian tattoo parlours for detailed chemical analysis. Read more.