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Old 12 January 2010, 02:04 PM
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This arrived in my mailbox:



I was immediately skeptical, and tracked back to the source. I cannot find the video on MSNBC's site. There is much discussion on the web, and lots of links to this video, but no original story link.

I think this is a hoax.
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Old 12 January 2010, 03:52 PM
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I have no idea if this is a hoax or not, but I think it was shown as a fad a few years ago on one of the CSI's (Miami, I think). That doesn't mean it was actually a fad then, either, only that the writers seemed to think it was.
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Old 12 January 2010, 04:11 PM
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I found this : http://www.baltimoresun.com/sns-vira...9362.htmlstory

It has the same (I think; I didn't watch it all) video and reports it to be snippets from Lockup which is on MSNBC, but might explain why the video is not on MSNBC's website.

A quick Google search will turn up more videos of the actual procedure- which I am not linking because they are icky.

If eye tattooing in general is a hoax, then it is a broad one, whether or not is has become popular in prisons is another matter...
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Old 12 January 2010, 04:28 PM
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Why would it be a hoax?
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Old 12 January 2010, 04:39 PM
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Why would it be a hoax?
The more I read and see about it, the less I believe it to be a hoax (well honestly, I didn't think it was to begin with) so I am not sure what the OP thinks is.

Eyeball tattooing has been around for a while and there are states trying to ban the practice (but it wouldn't be the first time a state has tried to ban against something that didn't exist) but how popular it has become in prison or jails remains debatable.

I did find a discussion about the Lockup episode on another forum (which requires registration) and many other mentions of the particular episode around the net, so I am inclined to believe that was what was really aired, so if the video in the OP is what is considered to be (maybe) a hoax, then it would be an accusation against the Lockup producers more than anything else.
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Old 12 January 2010, 04:41 PM
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Why would it be a hoax?
Does anything about tattooing your eyes sound like a good idea? I think people would be prone to jumping on the hoax bandwagon because it seems so painful. Why would a sane person do it, so the thinking goes. From there it's just a small jump to "Clearly it's a hoax."
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Old 12 January 2010, 04:43 PM
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The procedure was originally done on Shannon Larratt (and a couple of his friends), and is well documented on BMEzine and zentastic.
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Old 12 January 2010, 04:46 PM
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Does anything about tattooing your eyes sound like a good idea?
Not that I think it would be a good idea, mind you, but I do kind of love the special effect contacts for Halloween like these: https://www.coastalcontacts.com/spec...205&zmap=97100 that create the "black out" eyes.

I could see someone who is not as grounded or as obviously right-minded as I thinking it would be a good look to sport 24/7 and wanting to make it permanent.
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Old 12 January 2010, 05:57 PM
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Does anything about tattooing your eyes sound like a good idea?
Personally, no. But then I've never been in prison, where it seems a lot of things that would seem like bad ideas on the outside become intriguing.
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Old 12 January 2010, 06:31 PM
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Was that guy arrested for credit card fraud and pretending to be only 27?
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Old 12 January 2010, 07:13 PM
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I have nothing to contribute except eeeuw, and to welcome Miguelito Loveless and say that I really like your username! [/hijack]
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Old 12 January 2010, 08:02 PM
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As someone who (irrationally) feels cold watching someone insert or play with an earring - or even footage of a surgeon's scalpel cutting skin - that pressed all my ill buttons.

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Old 12 January 2010, 08:49 PM
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Did anyone else eyes start watering profusely watching that? Hoax or not...that was disturbing.
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Old 12 January 2010, 09:16 PM
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"I think the question is 'why not?'"

Uh, because it's painful? Pointless? Will scare your kids and prevent you from getting a job on the outside? Probably will make you go blind?
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Old 13 January 2010, 01:41 AM
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Jeez, if that guy wanted red eyes so bad, I would have gladly swapped my annual bout of conjunctivitis with him.
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Old 13 January 2010, 01:56 AM
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https://exdoc.state.co.us/inmate_loc...earch_form.php

Search for Paul Inman and David Boltjes. Pictures and everything.
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Old 13 January 2010, 03:55 AM
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Search for Paul Inman and David Boltjes. Pictures and everything.
And yet in the description they still say eye color: blue and brown (respectively). Shouldn't they have to change that now to reflect the new color added? I would just love to see it read, "Eye color: blue and black" or "brown and red" (whichever colors they are...they look black to me in the pictures).
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Old 13 January 2010, 07:51 PM
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Why would it be a hoax?
Well, when they seem to be citing a specific news story, yet when you check the source you find no such story, it makes you suspicious.
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Old 13 January 2010, 07:57 PM
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Does anything about tattooing your eyes sound like a good idea? I think people would be prone to jumping on the hoax bandwagon because it seems so painful. Why would a sane person do it, so the thinking goes. From there it's just a small jump to "Clearly it's a hoax."
was that they were saying this was being done in prisons by prisoners. Given that I haven't see a rash of stories about prisoners being blinded (under prison conditions I would guess the rate of severe complications would be 75%+), I though the story dubious.

Also, I have seen contact lenses which produce the exact same result, so why risk your sight when you can get the same effect without being on the receiving end of a meth addict with a needle in your eyeball.
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Old 13 January 2010, 08:03 PM
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I have nothing to contribute except eeeuw, and to welcome Miguelito Loveless and say that I really like your username! [/hijack]
I am a very fond of the founding father of mad science (OK, him and Victor Frankenstein)

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