Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 25, 2017
Ukrainian Artist's Tattoos Bond People With Nature
by Jen Ripper
At first sight, the tattoos of Oshin Timoshin (@oshin_ink) look frivolous. Indeed, the work of this Ukrainian tattoo artist doesn’t seem to have super deep meanings, nor one-of-a-kind aesthetics. His art is minimalistic and miniature, yet it meets the need of contemporary human beings to bond with nature. The artist explains to Konbini: "In these times of uncertainty, nature is our only fulcrum left". His name is Sergey, and he is known as Oshin Timoshin. At only 23 years old, Oshin is living in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, a country in crisis. Creating art in this context is always delicate, yet, it allows creators to come back to the essential.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 25, 2017
Meet the High Priest of Hollywood Tattoo Artists
by Gary Baum
Johnny Depp calls him brother. Adele and Angelina are clients. After 40 years of body ink, Mark Mahoney, whose style now dominates the craft, has become an icon of the Sunset Strip. A life spent injecting ink into flesh has taken Mark Mahoney, Hollywood's most influential and respected tattoo artist, across the human experience. He began tattooing drunk Hell's Angels beneath a swastika flag in a Massachusetts motorcycle club, then made his way for a time to Manhattan, where he set up shop at the bohemian Chelsea Hotel.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, May 22, 2017
Faux Lip Rings Are the Next Big (Temporary) Piercing Trend
by Sam Reed
Listen up, commitment phobes. You've adorned your ears with piercings along your lobe, cartilage — maybe even your tragus or rook. So now what? The next trendy piece of real estate is shaping up to be the lips, with stars such as Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne, Erykah Badu and more sporting skinny metallic rings on their full pouts. But there's good news here for those afraid of the pinch (or the side-eye disapproval of modest grandmothers). The look of the pierced lip can be achieved sans needles, thanks to faux lip jewelry.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, May 22, 2017
15 Tiny Ear Tattoos That Are Even Better Than Piercings
by Kara Nesvig
Are you yearning for a tattoo, but don’t necessarily have the surface area of skin to spare? Or perhaps you want to keep your tattoo a secret so you don’t have to worry about it peeking out while you’re at work or under the watchful eye of anti-tattoo parents? That’s why tiny tattoos exist — the microscopic designs have been steadily gaining in popularity, especially with celebrities and models, whose jobs sometimes deter full-body ink. Now, you can get teenier and tinier with ear tattoos.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, May 22, 2017
Manic Panic Hair Dye Is Coming To Give You The Best Unicorn Hair Of Your Life
by Amy Sciarretto
Unicorns, unicorn hair, and the '90s are all things pop culture is absolutely obsessed with right now. Beloved '90s hair dye brand Manic Panic is making unicorn hair more accessible and professional, as the brand's Manic Panic Professional Hair Color Collection is headed to salons through the spring. So unicorn hair and the '90s are colliding in an epic way. Yes, you can fully commit to DIY unicorn hair with Lime Crime's Unicorn Hair dye collection, which looks absolutely fantastic.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 19, 2017
Getting a Tattoo? Here's What You Need to Know About Moldy Ink
by Lindsey Lanquist
Looking to get inked? You'll definitely want to check out the Food and Drug Administration's updated tattoo consumer recommendations before going under the needle. The FDA recently released new information about the potential risks of getting tattooed—pegged to 363 incident reports recorded between 2004 and 2016. The reports include mentions of scarring, allergy-related rashes, and—perhaps most concerning—moldy or contaminated tattoo ink. So if you're not careful about where you go, you might end up with an artist who uses non-sterile equipment or ink that has bacteria or mold in it.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 19, 2017
The Surprising History of Piercings
by J.R. Thorpe
Whether you're a piercing virgin or have 400 different hoops and barbells hanging off your body, today is a prime time to get into the history of sticking pieces of metal through our skin: it's National Piercing Day. Trends in piercing are often rapid-shifting; today's septum rings have replaced the Marilyn piercings (above the upper lip) of several years ago, and will probably be superseded by pierced nails or something else very soon — but piercing as a concept has been with us for a very, very long time.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 19, 2017
Will Pregnancy Ruin My Tattoos, Or Can My Ink Stretch?
by Mishal Ali Zafar
Pregnant moms face a lot of changes. From lifestyle logistics to a new pant size, the changes are significant. The most obvious thing you'll notice is your growing belly and your skin stretching over it. If you're a mom with a tattoo, you might wonder, "will pregnancy ruin my tattoos?" Turns out, it really just depends.According to Skin Artists, pregnancy can change the appearance of your tattoos depending on where they are placed, because in areas where your skin stretches more, you'll note more of a change.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 19, 2017
New Soundwave Tattoos
by Cady Lang
Tattoos can often carry a sentimental or personal significance — one only needs to look at the multiplicity of "Mom" tattoos or Justin Bieber's face ink as proof. However, if you're looking to get a tattoo that goes to the next level, consider the audio tattoo, which is exactly what it sounds like — ink that actually plays back sound. L.A.-based company Skin Motion is working on an app that allows you to record or upload an audio clip that will then make an audio file design.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, May 13, 2017
Watch: 100 years of piercing and tattoo trends
by Rebecca Fearn
We're obsessed with Allure's Beauty Evolution videos. From brows to lipsticks, they are excellent at showing how beauty has changed over the years. And now our friends over at the mag have shared their latest fascinating evolutions: tattoos and piercings, and we're OBSESSED. First, check out how tattoos have changed in the past 100 years...

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, May 13, 2017
What to know about getting your first piercing
by Jess Edwards
Getting your first ear or other body piercing can be an emotional affair- after all, it's usually one of the first times we make an outward sign of ownership over our bodies. But aside from trying to work out the difference between a daith and a helix piercing, what else do you need to know before your first trip to the piercing parlour? We spoke to Kevin, a piercer at Liberty London and world-famous jewellery designer Maria Tash, to find out all the important bits the professionals think you should be aware of before you get a piercing.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, May 13, 2017
What Is Pearl Hair Color?
by Shea Simmons
Between unicorns and mermaids, the world seems to love a good whimsical beauty trend. From unicorn hair to rainbow locks, there's no shortage of fantastical ways to translate the trend to your hair. Now, beauty addicts are wondering what pearl hair color is, and they will soon find that it's perfect for making your mermaid fantasy come true. While not all of us can pull off vibrant red hair a la Ariel or pastel hues, the near holographic look of pearl hair is too fun not to embrace this summer.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 11, 2017
The American Woman Inking ‘Forbidden’ Tattoos in Northern Iraq
by Alsumaria
Two hours away from Islamic State-controlled territory in northern Iraq, where Iraqi forces are closing in, an American woman from Texas, Shara Kenworthey, 28, sits with a needle in her front room bent over a client, tattooing his skin. She has been running her own studio and tattoo business for nearly two years, after first arriving as an English teacher, never thinking her artistic hobby would lead her to a dream career in a place known for being at war. Kenworthey, a lean woman with stretched ear lobes, has the sides of her head shaved and a punky blonde bun piled on her head and a sleeve of tattoos on her arm. She has so far experienced two bombing incidents in Erbil.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Future of Tattooing Is Female
by Zio Baritaux
How fourth-wave feminism and social media are changing the culture’s gender balance. -- According to a Harris Poll, 2012 was the first year that more women in the U.S. had tattoos than men (23% of women compared to 19% of men.) The statistic is less empowering for women working in tattoo shops—according to a 2010 study by Columbia University, just one in six tattooers is female—but it is still a progressive increase.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, May 8, 2017
Read This Before Getting Your Tattoo Removed
by Erika Stalder
It sounds like something from the Dark Ages: As little as 20 years ago, one of the best ways to remove a tattoo called for the actual destruction of the skin. Your first option was salabrasion, a technique that used an abrasive tool to, quite literally, scrap the tattoo off the skin. (Ouch!) Your second, dermabrasion, wasn't much better: a rotary device was used to sand the tattoo away. Neither were all that effective — and they both hurt like hell and left scars. Thankfully, we now have less barbaric means of removing dubious ink — all thanks to lasers...

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, May 8, 2017
Maria Tash on Elevating the Art of Body Piercing
by Emily Farra
Remember when you felt suddenly compelled to get a handful of tiny piercings along your earlobes and cartilage a few years ago? You can thank Maria Tash for that. The jewelry designer and piercing expert has been chipping away at the grungy, unglamorous stigma of body piercing since 1993, when she opened her first shop in the East Village. By 2005, she’d become a go-to piercer and jewelry designer in New York’s fashion, art, and music circles, and upgraded to her current Noho space—but even then, she couldn’t call it a “piercing” spot.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, May 8, 2017
Nipple piercing: Everything you need to know
by Paisley Gilmour
I don't know why, but nipple piercings used to have a pretty bad rep. I guess they were kind of seen as 'tacky' by a few people, but hey, we're all about the tack now and TBH couldn't care less. Plus, even Kendal Jenner's rocking pierced nipples these days. They look cool, can make your boobs feel great and enhance the sensation when touched. Also, they give you a permanent nip erection, which (if you ask me) is super hot. If you're thinking about getting them done, here's everything you need to know.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 5, 2017
Photos Reveal How Tattoos Age Over Time
by Inga Ko
Your new tattoo might look pretty awesome now, but have you ever wondered what it'll look like when you're older? Well check out this list, compiled by Bored Panda, to see for yourself how tattoos change over time. There's a number of reasons as to why this happens. The type of ink can make a big difference for example, with cheaper ink often fading much quicker than higher quality alternatives. The color of the ink makes a big difference too, as the lighter the ink, the faster it fades (remember that next time you're thinking about getting one of those white ink tattoos!).

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 4, 2017
The FDA Just Released Some Scary Warnings About Moldy Tattoo Ink
by Macaela Mackenzie
Getting inked is more popular than ever — as evidenced by the rise and diversity in super artful tattoos and advanced inking techniques. But just because tattooing is becoming way more popular, doesn’t mean there aren’t still serious risks to watch out for, according to the Food and Drug Administration. In a new consumer report released yesterday, the FDA updated their decade-old tattoo guidelines to include some scary warnings from the 363 official horror story reports they’ve received between 2004 and 2016. We’re talking mold-infested ink, allergy-triggered rashes and nasty scars. According to the FDA, there are two major things you need to worry about if you’re thinking about getting ink: less than clean conditions and contaminated ink.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 4, 2017
We're Crushing Hard On Helix Tattoos
by Sabrina Carder
Ear piercings? We've all got em. So there is only so much excitement we can muster about a new stud. Daith piercings piqued our interest for a minute, but the second they're designing high street mannequins complete with daiths, we're outtie. However, our love for ear-embellishments will never die. Forget the tucked-in, behind-the-ear tatt, because there's a new inking in town and we're hopping on this tattoo party train.

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