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  Unusual hobbies

Waving the Flag for an unusual hobby.
I spy ... another plane

Lt. Col. Devereaux Dunlap Cannon Jr. has a hobby with a name almost as long as his own: vexillology-the study of flags.

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British plane spotters have been charged with spying after visiting a Greek military airfield. Ridicule is not all followers of this unusual hobby risk.

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The Lord of the Hens
A thing called Mountainboarding

Poultry breeder Vyacheslav Komov keeps at his dacha about 400 decorative hens - there are no poultry farms in Russia like his one. He is well known not only in St. Petersburg. Poultry breeds all over the world know his name. The thing is that he managed to recover old Russian breed - Pavlovskaya, which considered to be vanished.

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In the 1970s, to the first crazy skateboarders who were putting big, fat wheels on their banana boards, it was called dirt-boarding, earth surfing, or any other number of names.

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Volcano Boarding
The history of contemporary body piercing

A cool night, best in a long time, and there we were soaking in the soothing hot springs, thinking "it just doesn"t get much better than this", when the moon appeared above the canyon wall. The cosmic rays penetrated our cranial cases and implanted crazy thoughts into our heads - volcano-boarding by moonlight!

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Body piercing is ancient and according to Ted Polhemus "arguably the most widespread of all the permanent (semi-permanent) body arts" (Polhemus 1996). The names and origins of all the types of piercings now practised is a subject covered in more depth in other publications such as Eye of the Needle or Modern Primitives. However, it is worth noting some facts to provide background.

   -  Eyebrow Piercings
   -  The Hazards Of Body Piercing
   -  Specific health hazards
   -  Tongue Piercings
   -  Nose Piercings: Healing and Aftercare

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The History of Tattooing

The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian tatu meaning "to mark something". The art of tattooing itself is surrounded by a great deal of controversy. It is claimed that it dates back to around 12,000 BC. Throughout its history, the purpose of tattooing has varied from culture to culture.

   -  Is Art Just Skin Deep?
   -  Finding Your Tattoo
   -  Does it hurt?
   -  Tattoo After Care
   -  Statistics Show Lower Hepatitis Risk in Tattoo Shops than in Dentists" offices

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