Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 19, 2018
8 Things You Didn't Realize Can Happen To Your Body When You Get A Tattoo
by Carolyn Steber
Once you decide to get inked, you'll likely be more focused on what you want your tattoo to look like, and where you want it to be placed, than what happens when you get a tattoo. It's such a positive, fun, and fulfilling process, that thoughts of infections, allergic reactions — and even the psychological impact a tattoo can have — are easy to push to the back of the brain. But it is worth it to pause, take a second, and consider all of the above, before getting a tattoo. "Tattoos have become an almost integral part of the millennial culture, but many people don't do all their homework before sitting under that needle," Caitlin Hoff, a Health & Safety Investigator at ConsumerSafety.org, tells Bustle.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 19, 2018
Asymmetrical Piercing Trend: A How-To Guide
by Zoë Weiner
For anyone who has an abundance of mismatched earrings, this one's for you: asymmetrical ear piercings are one of our favorite ways to get more mileage out of our jewelry collections — and they're showing up more than ever. Brian Keith Thompson, owner of LA’s Body Electric Tattoo and the man behind Beyoncé's ear art, recently talked us through the upsurge in piercings that veer away from the symmetrical. “It's more exciting,” he says of the technique (but makes it a point to note that this doesn’t mean he thinks traditional styles are boring in comparison). "It gives the person wearing it two different looks, so that different sides of the head can look completely unique.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 19, 2018
Everything You Need To Know About Getting A Neck Tattoo
by Samantha Sasso
We first started noticing them on Instagram, then Kanye West announced his plans to get one on Twitter, and now we're sure they're about to become a full-fledged trend: Even if the mere thought of bringing a buzzing needle that close to your ear makes your head spin, neck tattoos are officially happening. But before you book your appointment, there are a few things you should know. So, what's the pain really like? Well, there are a few variables. First, the kind of art matters: Thinner lines might not sting as much as bold designs requiring a fill-in.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 14, 2018
How This Latina Became One Of New York's Top Tattoo Artists
by Vivian Nunez
Michelle Santana started her career as a tattoo artist from her bedroom in Colombia. Her first designs can be found drawn on everyone from her cousins’ skin to her very own. While she has become a professional tattoo artist, with a following that is inspired by her designs, the passion she started with still holds true. “My start in tattooing was out of curiosity and the respect for artists that are permanently marking bodies,” explains Santana. “It’s hard work, a lot of focus and a lot of trial and error. When I decided to grab a machine for the first time, I never wanted stop. I had just started college for a future my mom decided for me, so I made the most of it and used students there as canvases.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 14, 2018
This May Be the Oldest Tattoo Kit in the World
by Megan Gannon
Tattooing is an ancient art, but it has left only ephemeral traces in the archaeological record. Examples of mummies with ink-decorated skin do exist—such as Ötzi the Iceman and the Siberian Ice Maiden—but they're rare. And archaeologists are only just beginning to distinguish tattoo needles from other tools that were used for tasks like working leather or weaving baskets. Despite those challenges, a pair of researchers thinks they've identified what could be the world's oldest tattooing toolkit: a set of pointy, ink-stained needles that were carved out of wild turkey bones and then buried in a Native American grave at least 3600 years ago.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 5, 2018
Tattoo artist taps into Inuit heritage with stick and poke studio in St. John's
by Katie Breen
One of the newest tattoo parlours in St. John's can trace its beginnings to a party in Toronto. Fredericka Coffey, who goes by Jessica both personally and professionally, saw people hand poke tattooing each other at a party and her interest was piqued. "It was new to me because I was just familiar with machine tattoos at the time," Coffey said. Two years later, she has her own stick and poke studio, Bespoke Poke, in downtown St. John's. The method she witnessed then, and now practices professionally, doesn't use a tattoo gun — just a pot of ink and a single needle. Colour is laid down by hand, dot by dot.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 5, 2018
Using DNA In Tattoo Ink To Make The Art More Personal
by Simplemost
The tattoo. An indelible mark on the body. And for most who choose one, it’s a very personal and sometimes emotional choice. But now there’s another layer making body art a deep, personal connection with a loved one, using their DNA in the ink of your tattoo. It’s a distinct idea on an art form thousands of years old. “Probably 90 percent of the people who are on this journey with us now start off saying, ‘This is a gimmick,'” says Everence Co-Founder Patrick Duffy.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Not all ear piercing techniques are the same
by The Island Now
Having your ears pierced is a common cosmetic procedure, but not one that shouldn’t be treated lightly. Ear piercing involves creating a hole in the lobe or the cartilage to create a place to wear earrings. Learn safe piercing techniques before making your decision. Although this is a relatively common procedure, complications such as a piercing infection can develop. For this reason, it is useful to know about recommended piercing locations and what to look for in terms of safety and cleanliness.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Body Piercings and Rash: How Do You Know If It’s a Nickel Allergy?
by Dr. Sandy Skotnicki
Most reactions to cheap metals that touch the skin are to either nickel or cobalt released from the metal object. As well, most people become sensitized to nickel through body piercing. To tell if you’re allergic, you can test the jewelry for nickel. If it contains it, that is likely what is triggering your rash, as this common allergy affects an estimated 40 million North Americans. A nickel spot test can be purchased online. Simply put a drop of the test solution on a cotton swab and rub the metal.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Teen awarded $75Gs after sex assault at Toronto tattoo parlour
by Canadian Press
Ontario’s human rights tribunal says a man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old intern at his tattoo parlour must now pay her $75,000 in compensation. The incident took place in 2014, when the teen was working her first job at the man’s now-shuttered Toronto business. The tribunal said the teen was the daughter of the man’s wife’s best friend and was taking what she hoped would be the first steps toward a career as a tattoo artist.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, March 24, 2018
The Vanishing Body Art Of A Tribe Of Onetime Headhunters
by Kamala Thiagarajan
When Phejin Konyak was a girl, she'd sit on her grandfather's lap in front of a roaring fireplace, with a pot of black tea simmering. He'd tell her folk tales. She was entranced by the stories — but even more by the jet black tattoos that curved over his eyes, nose, upper lip and chin. His neck, chest and body were filled with geometrical shapes and patterns. When she went to boarding school at age 4, she began to realize that her grandfather's tattooed body – and indeed, the tattooed bodies of his fellow tribesmen – were quite extraordinary.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, March 24, 2018
Fredericton Tattoo Expo colours outside the lines
by Joseph Tunney
First-ever tattoo expo in Fredericton brings some of Atlantic Canada's best to New Brunswick capital -- Walking around Fredericton's first-ever tattoo expo, you'll see some sights to remember: Hercules wearing the pelt of the Nemean Lion, mermaid scales spiraling up a woman's leg, and memories of loved ones given physical form right before your eyes. Hundreds of curious locals passed through a crowded conference room at the Fredericton Inn on Friday evening. It was a chance to see Atlantic Canada's best, a networking forum for the body artists and for those brave enough, an opportunity to get some "sick" new body art.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, March 22, 2018
How to Care For a New Ear Piercing
by Klaire Smith
Getting a piercing can either completely change your look or add to your previous style. With the many piercing areas and ear jewelry options, most of the people would go for at least one or two piercings in the ear. However, getting a piercing has sometimes not turned out to be a good experience for people due to some of the things that happen when you either do not care for it properly or make some mistakes before getting it done. So, how can you make sure such things do not happen? Following simple tips and noting things about piercers available can do enough to make your piercings heal as soon as possible.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, March 22, 2018
Ready for Kaleidoscope hair? 2018's prettiest hair colour trend
by Leanne Bayley
e have a new hair colour trend to be obsessed with, and that's 'Kaleidoscope Hair'. Possibly the most Instagrammable hair colour combo we've ever seen, this dreamy look works for blonde hair and consists of every colour imaginable – a kaleidoscope of shades, if you will. The beauty about this look is you can't see where one colour ends and another begins. Granted, rainbow hair isn't new but this look is much more toned down and is almost a subtle take on the look. Portland-based hair stylist Lindsay Wolf chatted to Allure about the trend, which works best on icy-platinum blonde hair. And while she herself calls it 'watercolour rainbow' and 'rainbow river' hair, it's been dubbed on Instagram as 'Kaleidoscope hair' thanks to the constant changing pattern when the hair moves.

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Posted by: Lisa on Wednesday, March 21, 2018
13 Best Friend Tattoos To Get Senior Year So You'll Always Be Connected
by Alani Vargas
Senior year of college certainly has its moments, the good and the bad. The good being the fact that you're going on to another exciting, new chapter in life, finally putting your degree to use. The bad includes all of your final projects and saying goodbye to a place you've called home for the past four or so years. It's a bit heartbreaking, even before you think about how all of your friends are parting ways. However, an easy way to keep all of you close when apart is to start thinking of some best friend tattoos to get senior year.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, March 21, 2018
For Indigenous artist, tattooing is a way to heal others
by Patrick Foucault
Regina, Saskatchewan -- From the outside of Jonas Thomson's house on Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation, little reveals that it is home to a colourful tattoo shop. GoodHeart Tattoo is pretty hidden, 100 kilometres east of Regina, but Thomson's basement studio is frequented by 2,000 clients. His customers — Indigenous and non-Indigenous — come from across Canada, and as far as Ukraine and Chile. The studio's walls are covered in movie and rockstar posters: Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley. Between them hang Indigenous symbols, to make sure Thomson is constantly surrounded by imagery representing his culture, beliefs and roots. ''I like these symbols. They represent who I am, where I'm from," he said.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, March 20, 2018
You’ll Only Understand These 9 Things If You Have Multiple Piercings
by Nyma Singh Merchant
Getting a part of your body pierced may not be as big of a decision now as it used to be, but it still requires thought (and permission, in some cases). That being said, men and women getting multiple piercings all over their bodies is now a fairly common phenomenon, and is only getting increasingly popular. It's currently one of the many signs of self-expression and empowerment and we're really digging it. So if you're a member of the over-five-piercings club like us, you're definitely going to relate to these things.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Milk Makeup's Moon & "X" Tattoo Stamps Are Witchy Perfection
by Shea Simmons
It may not be anywhere near Halloween, but that doesn't mean you can't embrace your inner witch. Whether The Craft or AHS: Coven is your inspiration, Milk Makeup's moon and 'x' tattoo stamps will give you the look perfect for conjuring your next ideal makeup product. With a color as black as night and cooler than Halloween's chilly weather, these stamps are the ideal way to add a subtle and unexpected touch to your every day makeup. According to the Milk Makeup Instagram account, the two new temporary tattoo stamps didn't just pop out of thin air. They're actually the result of fans' demand for more of the temporary body art products.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, March 20, 2018
RIP Claire's and Thanks for All the Piercings
by Aimée Lutkin
Claire’s Accessories, the go-to place for powerbeads in every color, is filing for bankruptcy. Bloomberg reports that anonymous insiders have confirmed the company will be solidifying their Chapter 11 filing in the coming weeks. The extreme measure is an effort to ease the company’s debt of 2 BILLION dollars. How has Claire’s gotten into this situation? Is it all the shoplifting I did when I was in middle school? No. It’s the death of malls. Like all our teen franchises that built a brand on bored kids wandering over from the food court, Claire’s has had to contend with “declining customer traffic and online competition.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, March 17, 2018
Rose Brown Is the Subtle New Hair-Color Trend This Spring
by Kaleigh Fasanella
If the first few months of 2018, we've seen a resurgence of rose hair color like never before. For instance, in February alone, we witnessed several fresh and far-from-boring new ways to wear the popular hue, including "desert rose," a combination of pink, purple, and gray tones, as well as arguably the most delicious-sounding so far: "buttered rose gold," a blend of creamy yellow and pastel pink shades perfect for the season ahead.

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