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Japanese City Cracks Down on Tattoos

Robert Ginn/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Tattoos are not the sign of rebellion that they once were, but they might get you demoted in Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city.

Mayor Toru Hashimoto, a rising political star, launched a full-scale crackdown on tattoos last month, demanding that public employees, including teachers, own up to their ink stains in a mandatory survey.

Of more than 32,000 city workers, 113 admitted to having tattoos. Ten of 17,000 teachers confessed, according to results released on Tuesday. The city was quick to point out that one of the tattoos belonged to an elementary school teacher.

Tattoos, especially large, intricate designs, have traditionally been associated with yakuza, or gang membership, in Japan. Body art is largely banned from swimming pools, gyms, popular onsens (hot springs) and some major companies. Even places that are more accepting ask people to cover up their ink to avoid any speculation.

But younger Japanese have become increasingly accepting of tattoos, using body art to make a fashion statement.

The Osaka survey asked employees to disclose any tattoos on their body, both visible and concealed. They were also required to detail how long they had had them.

A welfare officer “inspired” the mayor’s crackdown earlier this year after he repeatedly showed up to work in a T-shirt, baring a large tattoo on his shoulder, Eiji Miki of Osaka’s personnel department said.

“It made a lot of his co-workers uncomfortable, especially because he worked closely with young children,” Miki said.

With the poll results in, the city is now considering what to do with all the tattooed workers.  Miki said those in positions that require daily interaction with members of the public will be relegated to a “behind-the-scenes” role.

The city has no plans to expel the teachers and has instead asked them to remove any designs that are visible to students.

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Animal Lovers Outraged at Cat Tattoo

Comstock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Hundreds of animal lovers have expressed outrage after a video surfaced of a Russian tattoo artist inking a large tattoo across his hairless cat’s chest.

Timur Rimut, a 24-year-old man from Tatarsan, a city near Moscow, tattooed a necklace-like design, with cursive script and a large diamond-shaped pendant, on his Spynx cat while the animal was placed under anesthetic.  It’s similar to a tattoo the artist sports across his own chest.

But while the artist probably meant to tattoo the words “Carpe Diem,” which means “seize the day” in Latin, on the cat, a closer look at the video posted on YouTube shows he might have accidentally spelled it “Carpe Deem.”

In the video, Rimut appears to have first drawn the design on the cat’s chest in blue ink. Then a woman stretched the cat out on a table and administered an anesthetic injection to its leg as Rimut got the tattoo needle prepared. Once the cat was sedated, the artist went to work, pressing the buzzing tattoo needle into the cat’s bare skin.

In a statement to, Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society of the United States called the act ”clearly uncessary and inhumane.”

“Tattooing a cat for vanity’s sake is a frivolous practice that has a very real risk of causing needless suffering and dangerous side effects.  Animals don’t choose to subject themselves to painful procedures for appearance’s sake, and we consider tattooing an animal for aesthetic reasons to be clearly unnecessary and inhumane,” the statement said.

The video, posted by the Russian news outlet PROKazan, has more than 106,000 hits on Youtube, at last count and more than 200 people have expressed their anger through posted comments.

“Thats horrible! The cat can’t speak for himself, it is the same as a father tattooing his baby.  He can love his cat but that’s stupid and cruel,” said one user with the handle MissSiul.

“Someone should take that poor cat away from him, he doesn’t deserve it,” said AndreCrow.

NewLifestyleMentor posted: “This is the ultimate in animal cruelty. I can’t understand how an animal owner could do this to their pet. Totally sickening!”

However, others argued that the tattoo artist did it out of love, not to be cruel.

“It doesn’t seem to be suffering much, judging by the pictures. …  I’m sure he loves his cat. And I’ve seen way more cruel things done to animals,” wrote the user with the handle douvil.

This isn’t the first instance of a cat being tattooed, or receiving what’s called a “cattoo,” in Russia. In 2009, Oksana Popova of Moscow had her cat’s chest tattooed with an image of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen.

“We live in interesting time and this is a tattoo for such times,” she told Russia news channel RT at the time.

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