How to Catch the Sartorialist's Eye

Fashion world darling Scott Schuman, better known as the man behind "the Sartorialist" blog, sat down with Big Think to talk about how he built one of the best-known fashion photography blogs on the web. He also explained that he originally got into style because it was an in with women.


Schuman, who has forged a business out of photographing ordinary people on the street in moments of chicness, offered advice on how to take a great picture and explained the difference between style and fashion

The "Sartorialist" is a favorite with fashion doyens at the helm of top magazines and design houses, along with lay faithful who rely on him for captivating photos and fresh takes on old looks. His stylish following, like the blog itself, is truly international, and growing. Schuman also got personal, divulging that hubris caused him to struggle in corporate America: "That’s not a good thing to think, that you always know better than the people that are your bosses, and it always created a problem for me."

Schuman also spoke about how the recession has helped people "find a romance in shopping in their own closet again...We’ve become such consumers, I think people kind of forget what humongous closets we have, full of more clothes than what they could ever wear, so I think it’s maybe opened people’s eyes again to really look into what they have and kind of reengineering it and reworking it, and I think that’s good."

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Scientists study tattooed corpses, find pigment in lymph nodes

It turns out, that tattoo ink can travel throughout your body and settle in lymph nodes.

17th August 1973: An American tattoo artist working on a client's shoulder. (Photo by F. Roy Kemp/BIPs/Getty Images)
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In the slightly macabre experiment to find out where tattoo ink travels to in the body, French and German researchers recently used synchrotron X-ray fluorescence in four "inked" human cadavers — as well as one without. The results of their 2017 study? Some of the tattoo ink apparently settled in lymph nodes.


Image from the study.

As the authors explain in the study — they hail from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment — it would have been unethical to test this on live animals since those creatures would not be able to give permission to be tattooed.

Because of the prevalence of tattoos these days, the researchers wanted to find out if the ink could be harmful in some way.

"The increasing prevalence of tattoos provoked safety concerns with respect to particle distribution and effects inside the human body," they write.

It works like this: Since lymph nodes filter lymph, which is the fluid that carries white blood cells throughout the body in an effort to fight infections that are encountered, that is where some of the ink particles collect.

Image by authors of the study.

Titanium dioxide appears to be the thing that travels. It's a white tattoo ink pigment that's mixed with other colors all the time to control shades.

The study's authors will keep working on this in the meantime.

“In future experiments we will also look into the pigment and heavy metal burden of other, more distant internal organs and tissues in order to track any possible bio-distribution of tattoo ink ingredients throughout the body. The outcome of these investigations not only will be helpful in the assessment of the health risks associated with tattooing but also in the judgment of other exposures such as, e.g., the entrance of TiO2 nanoparticles present in cosmetics at the site of damaged skin."

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