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Something gross to start off your morning

Hope you’ve had your morning cuppa. I don’t know if this is an art form exactly, but the biology behind it is interesting, if not a bit odd.

Grrrl Scientist gives you the latest in prison trends: eyeball tattooing. Or rather eyeball dyeing.

It’s apparently a new fad among imprisoned criminals to inject dye into the whites of the eyes. It’s interesting to realize that criminals — people who wish to blend in with the crowd so they can continue their lives of crime undetected — would be so eager to permanently distinguish themselves in this way.

DamnCoolPics has more information about this erm, procedure:

Because the we had trouble getting the ink under the surface (and were able to “wash” it out of the small needle incisions), we tried the second procedure, on Josh using a 29ga needle and syringe, thinning down the ink very slightly with an antibiotic eyewash. Since the goal was simply to blanket the white of the eye in color, there wasn’t a need for fine detail. The first injection was shallow and appeared to dissipate on the surface, but the second injection was at the perfect level and formed a dark bubble of ink just over the sclera (in the third picture you can see some of the ink running back out of the injection hole).

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.