Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Meet The Tattoo Artist Who Thinks Blackwork Is The Future
by Jen Ripper
In recent years, blackwork has achieved a great success in the tattoo community and has now reached the attention of the general public. After all, it is one of the most ancient practices of body art. However, it's also been getting some mixed reviews from the public with a recent example coming from the UK where tattoo artist Belle Atrix was accused of blackface for covering her body in elaborate opaque ink. The argument blew over soon and many sided with Atrix saying a blackwork tattoo cannot be racist.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
These Are the Most (and Least) Painful Places on Your Body to Tattoo
by Taylor Markarian
It’s not the same for everyone. While spots like the ribs and the throat are generally very painful, in reality, every person you meet with ink will likely give you a different answer as to what hurts most. After all, pain level and pain tolerance are subjective, and what’s killer for one person might be a blip on the radar for another. That said, there is some consensus about what areas hurt more than others. Read this before you get a tattoo.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 21, 2017
13 Colorful Tattoo Ideas that Will Inspire You
by Devon Ableman
We don't limit our wardrobes or makeup to just black and white, so why do so with tattoos? (Well, most of us, at least.) Some of the best tattoos we've found while scrolling on Instagram are made up of some of the brightest colors in the rainbow. A colorful tattoo is exactly the same as a black-and-white tattoo — except tattoo artists use the brightest, borderline neon inks they can find. (It should be noted that none of the tattoos you're about to see aren't done with glow-in-the-dark or UV-reactive ink, though. All of these are considered unsafe and have not been approved by the FDA.)

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 21, 2017
"PB and J Hair" Is the Nostalgic New Hair-Color Trend Inspired by Food
by Devon Ableman
I can't remember the last time I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but the latest hair-color trend taking over Instagram is making me seriously crave the elementary school stape. Megan Schipani, a hairstylist based in Rockville, MD, just dubbed one of her latest rainbow-hair creations "PB and J" hair, and the description is surprisingly accurate. Instead of giving her client her usual subtle balayage, Schipani gave her client's hair a hefty dose of nostalgia with berry- and caramel-colored highlights. "She couldn’t have full-blown rainbow hair but was open to playing with deep reds and purples," Schipani tells Allure. "She gave me complete creative control and that made my brain go crazy."

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 21, 2017
"PB and J Hair" Is the Nostalgic New Hair-Color Trend Inspired by Food
by Devon Ableman
I can't remember the last time I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but the latest hair-color trend taking over Instagram is making me seriously crave the elementary school stape. Megan Schipani, a hairstylist based in Rockville, MD, just dubbed one of her latest rainbow-hair creations "PB and J" hair, and the description is surprisingly accurate. Instead of giving her client her usual subtle balayage, Schipani gave her client's hair a hefty dose of nostalgia with berry- and caramel-colored highlights. "She couldn’t have full-blown rainbow hair but was open to playing with deep reds and purples," Schipani tells Allure. "She gave me complete creative control and that made my brain go crazy."

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Tattooing over my scars
by Ruth Evans and Craig Langran
Rina Chauhan was in a abusive relationship for 18 years and has scars from both abuse and self-harm. For women who have been victims of domestic violence, these scars can be a permanent reminder of a time in their lives they would rather leave behind. Most tattooists shy away from tattooing over scar tissue, but Rina has found an all-female run local tattoo parlour who are happy to help.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 9, 2017
Top Ink Artists Share Their Worst Work Nightmares
by Josh Chesler
Whether it's an overly picky expert (complete with references from Pinterest) or a hungover mess who didn't feel the need to shower beforehand, every tattoo artist has at least one client they'd like to forget. Even when picking from the worst of the worst, there are different levels of nightmarish experiences. Having someone briefly pass out from fear or exhaustion isn't nearly as terrifying as a client turning blue in the face and falling unconscious or losing control of their bodily fluids.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 9, 2017
What Are AstroFrecks? They're The Newest Tattoo For Astrology Lovers
by Kali Borovic
Freckles have been a huge trend in beauty this year. There's been stick-on freckles and makeup freckles, but the latest take on the freckle trend goes above and beyond — literally. AstroFrecks, which are the creation of cosmetic tattoo artist Jessica Knapik of Depot Town Tattoo in Ypsilanti, Michigan, are the beauty look that you've been waiting for. Knapik is tattooing star signs in her clients' freckles — and it's the most magical thing you'll see all day. With the semi-permanent face art, Knapik hides any star sign in the design, making it look exactly like natural freckles. The tattooed freckles even fade over time to make them look more and more realistic.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, November 4, 2017
Piercing Questions Answered by Brian Keith Thompson
by Sarah Wu
The first time we saw Brian Keith Thompson’s piercing-packed feed, we instantly fell in love with his work. From dainty cartilage piercings to his cool takes on the constellation trend, he clearly has a knack for body art. And we aren’t the only ones who think so, either; he’s worked with Beyoncé and Bella Thorne — and more recently, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone. Brian has made a name for himself by keeping his celeb clients’ piercings secret — but he did drop a few hints about the new ear jewelry that Jennifer and Emma have yet to reveal.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, November 4, 2017
"Daith" Piercings Are L.A.'s Most Surprising Beauty Trend
by Lexy Lebsack
“If you’re only going to have three piercings right now, I would do your lobes, your tragus, and your daith,” L.A.’s "It" piercer Brian Keith Thompson told me on the phone this week. “The daith is really popular right now — and [they] look cool all together.” And if this piercing oracle says it's true, you better believe it. The Body Electric owner/artist is responsible for constellation piercings, L.A.’s obsession with nipple adornment, and even the latest uptick in the labret (the center of the bottom lip) and the philtrum...

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 2, 2017
Jeff Goldblum rates Jeff Goldblum tattoos on a scale of 10 possible Goldblums
by Randall Colburn
Like Bill Murray before him, Jeff Goldblum is as much meme as he is man. So distinctive is his personality and cadence, the actor’s every word is met with rapture by his adoring fanbase, making him more suited than most to moonlight as a jazz musician, commandeer a food truck called Chef Goldblum’s Jazzy Snags, or give a 15-minute speech about his own career that somehow isn’t insufferable. His latest display of effortless charm comes via the above GQ video, which finds the actor reacting to tattoos of his own likeness.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 2, 2017
Best Canadian Tattoo Artists
by Mia Shabsove
These days tattoos are becoming much more mainstream and aren't considered a taboo topic anymore. People can feel free to decorate their bodies with permanent art and not be worried about getting hired at their dream jobs. Sure, there might be the odd employer that doesn't appreciate tattoos, but they're becoming more few and far between. I personally think this is great.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 29, 2017
How those Halloween colored contacts could hurt your eyes
by Tom Avril
Want the piercing blue eyes of a “Game of Thrones” White Walker on Halloween, or perhaps the milky “blind” eyes of Arya Stark? Beware of colored contact lenses that are sold without a prescription because they can cause serious – even permanent – damage to the eyes. Health officials and physicians say the lenses can lead to a host of ills: infections, abrasions and ulcers. Some varieties can even lead to corneal hypoxia – when the cornea is starved of oxygen, said Anna P. Murchison, director of the Wills Eye emergency department in Philadelphia. “We worry about this every year,” Murchison said.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 29, 2017
This Artist Created a Locked-Lip Piercing to Make a Statement About #MeToo
by Alaina Demopoulos
Over the past few weeks, the #MeToo movement has taken over social media, with women sharing harrowing stories of sexual abuse and harassment in the wake of the disturbing allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. The hashtag, though well-intended, has also been criticised, with some questioning whether or not the movement pressures women to out themselves as victims. As the writer Alexis Benveniste pointed out, no one "owes" Facebook a personal story. And, while the amount of women opening up is truly staggering, it will never accurately show the full number of victims who choose to stay silent about their abuse.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 26, 2017
Getting a tattoo as a Black person shouldn't be this hard
by Shantal Otchere
Toronto, Ontario -- Local tattoo artists discuss why fears of inking darker skin tones need to fade away -- As an introvert, I’m not often forthcoming about my personal history and interests, so my tattoos allow me to share bits and pieces of myself. For better or worse, tattoos are the language with which many of us tell the story of our lives. But for many people of colour, especially those of us who have darker skin, these visual stories remain untold, since accessing this language of self-expression, understanding and connection is not easily done.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 26, 2017
Toronto stick and poke tattoo artists hit the mainstream
by Michelle de Silva
“I had an open-heart surgery scar from when I was younger, so I put a bow at the bottom it,” D'Angelo laughs over coffee at the Lakeview. “Looking back, I should’ve probably not used a sewing needle but I didn’t know better at the time.” D'Angelo’s first tattoo experience is fairly typical among millennials, which might surprise – and worry – health workers and tattoo aficionados of the old guard. When D'Angelo moved to Toronto to attend OCAD a decade ago, practising stick and poke, or hand-poked, tattoos on yourself and your friends was a popular activity at house parties. In fact, all the other stick and poke artists NOW talked to for this story learned how to tattoo similarly: trial by very permanent error.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Exploring South Korea’s street style revolution: 90s K-pop nostalgia and the new K-punk aesthetic
by Crystal Tai
At Seoul Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018, South Korean designers, models, K-pop stars and celebrities mingled inside Zaha Hadid’s cavernous spaceship-like Dongdaemun Design Plaza – while outside, a whole other scene was unfolding. Blue-pink men’s undercuts, dip-dyed neon tips and a variety of other flamboyant hairstyles were spotted in the event’s unofficial street style area. The boxy bright jackets, cartoonish T-shirts, loud sneakers and bold-coloured Doc Martens creepers indicated the emergence of a new era of style — and perhaps even social attitudes — in South Korea, a country that has experienced much political and social turmoil in recent years.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
11 of the Best Rook Ear Piercings on Instagram
by Tina Ferraro
Nipple piercings may be the look du jour for supermodels like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, but it's far from your only option if you're wondering what to add to your collection. In fact, the most in-demand piercing in L.A. at the moment isn’t as unexpected as you’d initially imagine: the rook, a low-key piercing on the inner, upper cartilage that’ll take your ear candy to the next level. Brian Keith Thompson, a celeb piercer at L.A.’s Body Electric Tattoo, revealed to Refinery29 that while nose, nipple, and belly button piercings are wildly popular these days, he’s seen more customers clamoring for a rook piercing than ever before.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 23, 2017
My love for body art is paying off
by Benson Macharia
In a fairly small room with dazzling lights; paintings, rolling artist chairs, a work table and a few other essentials, 23-year-old Derrick Kunta holds a tattoo gun carefully ready to fulfil a client’s wish: ink a pattern on his hand. “It’s a tough job. One that needs skills and attention to detail.” A few months after high school, Derrick visited Knights Tattoo Shop in Nakuru town ready to fulfil his long-term wish: have a tattoo. Little did he know that his visit to the tattoo parlour would serve as the beginning of an unending love for tattooing.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 23, 2017
Meet the Black Girls of Goth
by Nadra Nittle
ale, thin, and white. In some ways, the aesthetic ideal for a goth isn’t much different from the aesthetic ideal for a ballerina. While ballet has superstar Misty Copeland bringing attention to the lack of diversity in that field, goth culture doesn’t have an African American of similar status as its face. Yet black goths exist. They can be found in Facebook groups like Black Goth Girls Rock. They attend the AfroPunk music festival in combat boots and Wednesday Addams dresses. And they’re buying the new tops illustrator Bianca Xunise designed for indie brand Adorned by Chi.

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