Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, October 3, 2015 A Pro Piercer Answers All The Questions You’re Way Too Nervous To Ask
by Emily Arata
Planning for a piercing can be a dubious task, mainly because everyone has an opinion. Your work bestie complains her ear cartilage hurts every day, while a frenemy on Instagram raves about her nipple piercing. There are also trendy piercings that seem stylish in the moment but may not last through the years. For example, the septum — the tissue between your nostrils — has come a long way, currently enjoying a near-ubiquitous place in music festival crowds and nightclubs.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, October 3, 2015 Hang Out With Extreme Body Modifiers At Colombia's Freakiest Tattoo Festival
by Andres Jauregui
In a heavily tattooed crowd, it takes a lot of effort to stand out. Colombian body modifier Damian Carnicero managed to rise above the crowd at the Cali Tattoo Festival. The gathering of tattoo enthusiasts took place in the southwestern Colombian city of Cali from Sept. 11 to 13, 2015, drawing 250 tattoo artists from around the world. Attendees included body modifiers who donned tattooed eyeballs, facial spikes, piercings and surgically altered tongues.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, October 3, 2015 9 Cartilage Piercing Truths To Know Before You Go Under The Needle
by Jen Schildgen
Of the wide range of body modifications and piercings, cartilage piercings (in their many variations) are some of the most common mods outside of basic ear lobe piercings. But they are a unique experience in comparison to having an ear lobe pierced, so as a newcomer to piercings (or a veteran who simply hasn't tackled the upper ear region), you may be wondering what to expect when you get a cartilage piercing.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 5 Weird Ways Tattoos Affect Your Health
by Sara G. Miller
Tattoos are very common, but they do bring certain health risks, said Dr. Marie Leger, a dermatologist at the New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City who has studied adverse reactions to tattoos. "I love tattoos," Leger told Live Science. But it's important to be informed of the risks associated with getting inked, too, she said.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Regina tattoo shop overwhelmed with turnout for Project Semicolon
by Teri Fikowski
Regina, Saskatchewan -- Tattoos can be a good conversation starter and a local tattoo shop is taking advantage of that to help raise awareness on mental health issues. Project Semicolon is a movement that started in the United States where people get a tattoo of the punctuation mark in hopes of starting a conversation about depression, suicide, addiction and other mental health issues. “It’s about an author not ending a story. He puts a semicolon there because he lets you do it yourself.”
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, September 26, 2015 The Sacred Tattoo Artist of Cambodia
by Leslie Nguyen-Okwu
Barefoot, cross-legged and shirtless, 28-year-old Say Teven looks like he just stepped out of an ancient Hindu carving. Although the afternoon monsoon rain beats down around us in Siem Reap, the meditative Say ignores the noise and chaos that surrounds him. Yet calm as he is, tattoo artist Say is mentally preparing to dole out some hard-core pain from his long bamboo rod and razor-sharp steel needle onto my exposed spine. It’s a slow, excruciating combination that makes gun-tatting a whole sleeve look downright Zen.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 25, 2015 Helix piercings are in. Here's your need to know.
by Chemmie Squier
To tell you the truth, I didn’t really know what a helix piercing was until about two weeks ago and now, but it turns out every Tom, Dick and Harry is getting it/has got it done. And by Tom, Dick and Harry I'm talking Scarlet Johansson, Miley, Jennifer Anniston and Kylie Jenner, to name a few. I’ve already got a few piercings, some of which you already know about like my 90s-style belly bar and tragus piercing, and I also have two in both ear lobes.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 Kitchen ink: Three Montreal chefs dish on their tats
by Susan Semenak
Montreal, Quebec -- Lobsters, knives, whisks, chili peppers, pork chops. There’s plenty of ink in the kitchen, and plenty of food in the ink. The tattoo has now overtaken the starched white toque as standard chef attire, it seems. Once the domain of sailors, ex-cons and bikers, body art is almost mainstream now, nowhere more so than at the stove or on the prep line. Tattoos in the restaurant kitchen are nothing new. The chef-as-renegade archetype took off after Anthony Bourdain published his book Kitchen Confidential in 2000, describing a world of inked and out-of-control misfits.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Are Tattoos Toxic?
by Rachel Grabenhofer
Never, in all my planning and preparation for my tattoo, did I worry over ingredient safety or reactions. To me, these issues seemed unreal. Perhaps that's because I already had a tattoo, or because I've never had a bad reaction (to date). Yet, being privy to the cosmetics R&D industry, I feel these very real concerns are worth considering
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 21, 2015 Can I Keep My Belly Piercing During Pregnancy
by Jodie Michalak
Pregnancy comes with many questions and concerns, the foremost being the health, wellness and development of your baby. In addition, most women wonder how their body changes many affect their appearance, including any tattoos or body modifications that are preexisting, which may include belly piercings. Often expectant moms are reluctant to remove their body jewelry, knowing that body piercings close relatively quickly, and repiercing over scar tissue can be difficult.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 20, 2015 More than ink: Traditional tattoos roar back in Alaska
by Zachariah Hughes
More and more Inuit women are getting face tattoos. The traditional practice dates back centuries but was banned by 19th and 20th-century missionaries. Now it’s coming back. Though the techniques and customs were nearly lost, a new generation is using tattoos to reclaim what it means to be a Native woman in the 21st century. In the backroom of a small Anchorage tattoo parlor, Maya Sialuk Jacobsen uses a thin needle to pull an inky thread through the skin on her friend’s wrist.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 20, 2015 A nose for fashion. Septum piercings are the latest trend
by Lucy Lyon
Tattoos, ear stretchers and multiple piercings used to only be indulged by those looking to proclaim their individuality. But inked skin, nose rings and all sorts of body modifications are now so mainstream that it was only a matter of time before something else became the fashion. And now it has. Once the sole province of punks and drifters, septum piercings have left their grungy origins and, via the catwalk, hit the high street.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 17, 2015 This is why women get inked: Feminism, tattoos and the new politics of body art
by Beverly Yuen Thompson
To become heavily tattooed, one must first be exposed to the idea by seeing a tattooed individual in the media or in her personal life. When interviewing participants, I asked them about this initial moment of exposure to the world of tattooing. In Spokane, Washington, I met Sparkillicious, a thirty-one-year-old mother of a toddler, a student, and a participant in Roller Derby (hence her use of her Roller Derby name). Her chest-length brown and blond hair cascaded over her shoulders, hiding the tattoos on her neck.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 17, 2015 Inkbox: Tattoos for commitment haters
by Luke Elisio
Brothers Tyler and Braden Handley have raised over $275,000 in funds aimed towards improving their “two-week tattoo” ink formula on Kickstarter after originally seeking only $20,000. A startup based out of Ryerson’s Fashion Zone, Inkbox boasts new technology in the tattoo market that allows users to sport a tattoo that lasts only about 14 days, rather than the rest of their lives.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 7 Ways To Close A Piercing Properly With As Little Scarring As Possible
by Maxine Builder
Part of the appeal of body piercings is that they seem like a relatively non-committal form of body art. If you don't like it, you can always take the piercing out, after all. But if you do decide it's time to give up that nose ring, it's important to know how to let a piercing close up properly. When you get a piercing, you should remember that taking it out and letting it close won't mean that all traces of the piece of metal or plastic once stuck through your skin are gone forever.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 These Stunning Watercolour Tattoos Take A Full Day And You Can See Why
by Lewis Potton
Sometimes you see something that really grabs your attention, and it’s safe to say that Ondrej Konupcik’s watercolour tattoos definitely do that. The 31-year-old Znojmo, Czech Republic native goes by the name ONDRASH, creating some of the most fabulous examples of body art that I’ve ever seen. Konupcik’s skills is only matched by his professionalism; taking real care and attention in his work, he only sees one client per day, in order to give them his sole focus.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 13, 2015 From the ashes of a dead tradition, tattoo artists look to make a global name for Sabah
by Julia Chan
Mention the words “tattoo” and “Borneo” in the same sentence, and chances are that body art enthusiasts will think of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. By stubbornly sticking to their tradition of inking their bodies, the Ibans — who make up the state’s largest ethnic group — eventually put Sarawak, and by extension the entire island, on the global tattooing map. And that distinction is not lost on tattoo artists in the adjacent state of Sabah, who admit to enjoying the good reputation affixed to Borneo when it comes to the art courtesy of their southern neighbours.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 13, 2015 Halifax tattoo artist learning traditional First Nations art
by Shelley Steeves
Halifax tattoo artist and sculptor Gordon Sparks will spend the next few weeks learning traditional First Nations art from master aboriginal sculptor Ned Bear in Fredericton. Sparks says he is learning more than a new art form, he’s learning about himself. “It does feel like it was meant to be. It feels like the spirits guided the whole thing together.” Sparks was recently awarded an $11,000 grant through Arts Nova Scotia to study alongside his mentor in Fredericton.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 11, 2015 Oil Slick: the Rainbow Hair Technique for Brunettes
by Jessica Cruel
Everywhere you look this Summer, blondes have been sporting colorful hair shades — pastel pinks, vibrant blues, and even gray. But what about the ladies with mahogany manes? For a long time, we've been jealous of our fair-haired friends, who can easily dye with Manic Panic while we're stuck with blasé brown. So you'll be happy to know that celebrity colorist Aura Friedman of Sally Hershberger Salon has created the ultimate dye technique for ladies with darker hair. It's called the oil slick (or duck feather).