Belgian band Tat2NoiseAct brings us today's WTF moment by tattooing themselves on-stage.
Music has been in pretty bad shape for a while now, allow us to add to the dung pile...
Welp, here we go again with the kind of shit you find on the Internet these days. A colleague of mine made the grave mistake of sending me this article about a band who has employed GG Allin/Manson-esque shock tactics into their live shows by tattooing and shoving hypodermic needles in themselves on-stage. This ostentatious display is put forth by the members of Tat2NoiseAct, a noise band from Belgium.
The virtually unknown Tat2NoiseAct combine both music and tattooing for a live experience that aims to be spontaneous and unconventional with lots of bleeding, flailing and caterwauling. Among other stage antics, the band have taken to tattooing themselves and each other with improvisational designs based on the rhythm of their music.
Skimming over the fact that the art of tattoo used to be a sacred and protected craft passed down from professional to professional - I'd like to touch briefly on the standard regulations for tattooing including necessary hygiene and safety standards.
A tattooers work station can very quickly become a cesspool of bio-hazardous waste in the amount of seconds it takes to open the skin with a tattoo needle. Typical procedure in a proper shop setting requires every single surface that may come in contact with a clients blood-spatter to be properly covered with protective and disposable materials such as barrier film, or plastic wrap.
Now imagine that work station as a filthy, public music venue teeming with inebriated fans. Total disaster.
Each person involved, cleaning up after, or in close vicinity of the tattooing process can be put in serious risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens or infectious microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, and human immunodeficiency virus. Enjoy this jam with a side of HIV ya'll.
So the next time you find yourself at an amateur live tattooing/music-hybrid show, keep in mind the dangers that surface when imbeciles are left unchecked with tattoo machines. Yeah, I said it.
I'll just leave this here...
Head-nods @ Vice!