Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
No sympathy for the Buddha tattoo tourist
by Amantha Perera
The arrest and pending deportation of a 37-year-old British nurse, Naomi Coleman, from Sri Lanka for sporting a tattoo of a meditating Buddha on her right arm has once again raised the issue of tourists being woefully unaware of religious and cultural sensitivities in places they visit. Coleman was still being held a day after her arrest and deportation order. She told the media that she had visited the country twice before and had had no problems regarding the tattoo.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Stolen Vancouver tattoo shop pup reunited with owner
by Michael Mui
Vancouver, B.C. -- A 10-month-old French bulldog named Chloe is being reunited with its owner after being brazenly taken from the owner's tattoo shop. Police said the woman was captured on surveillance video running from the downtown Vancouver store and into a getaway car last Thursday. The video was put online, and police began receiving numerous tips about the identity of the alleged thief.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 20, 2014
Tattooed Seniors Prove They Just Get Better With Age
by Huffington Post Canada
Ever seen a tattoo on someone and thought, "But what about when they get old?" Us too. But we think we might be able to change your tune. In a series of photos posted on imgur, user cheezeburgerholddacheeze proves that old people with tattoos look just as bad-ass as any twenty-something covered in ink.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 19, 2014
Tips for handling tattoos and piercings in the workplace
by Shayna Balch
While it may be tempting to have a hard and fast rule on all forms of body art, outright bans on employees having tattoos and piercings can become very problematic for employers. Not allowing employees to have some form of self-expression can lead to driving off talented prospects, create low employee morale and possibly discrimination claims.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 19, 2014
11 Things You Should Know About Piercings
by Sarah Klein
Despite what your grandma thinks of kids these days, piercing is nothing new. Bedazzling the ears dates back thousands of years. Testament to the fact that everything old is new again: Dangling, chandelier-style earrings were particularly popular in the 18th century, the Chicago Tribune reported. One of the oldest mummies ever discovered, Otzi the Iceman, had stretched ear lobes, according to the BBC. Nose piercing is mentioned in the Bible.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 17, 2014
10 Things You Need to Know Before You Get a Tattoo You'll Regret
by Askmen.com
A well-done tattoo is a beautiful thing. A cheap impulse tattoo? Not so much. AskMen sat down with professional tattoo artist Billy Gray and found out the top 10 things you should know before getting your first tattoo. Whether it's choosing the right shop and artist, or picking the right design, you'll know just what to do, and what to expect for your first tattoo experience.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tai Woffinden overcomes pain through body art
by Gary Morley
"Pain is weakness leaving the body." It's written large in ink on his upper torso, and, at the age of just 23, Tai Woffinden knows all about pain -- and the strength needed to overcome it. As a speedway rider he has broken virtually every bone on the way to becoming world champion in what is surely one of the most visceral types of racing -- hurtling around a gravel track on a motorbike with no gears and no brakes.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Why a tattoo artist may talk you out of an inner lip tattoo
by Sheryl Ubelacker
Seeing Miley Cyrus show off her latest tattoo — on the inside of her lower lip — may prompt some young fans to emulate the twerking singer by getting their own inner lips inked. But before going under the needle, experts suggest the super-moist skin inside the mouth is not the ideal spot for a tattoo, no matter how tempting its apparent cool factor may seem.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Fakir Musafar on Spiritual Side of Suspension
by Lauren Smart
The hooks slip in to your skin, like a fish caught on a line. Each hook aligned with a particular area of your body to keep a secure grasp on you without ripping out flesh. It takes years to get it right. It takes a practiced hand and a knowledgeable eye, but for this community to exist, it takes people interested in tapping into a new level of consciousness. Or so I'm told by visitors to the Suspension Convention.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 12, 2014
Saskatoon Tattoo Expo attracts most artists ever
by CBC News
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan -- This year, the Saskatoon Tattoo Expo attracted 160 artists from across Canada. The city is no stranger to tattoo trade shows, with the annual Ink Alley Tattoo and Art Show running for the past decade, but this year was the first it saw the show re-branded as the Saskatoon Tattoo Expo. Jody Spychaj, a 16-year veteran of tattoo artistry, planned the ink-centric event this year. "It's been revamped. I took it over and we changed a lot of things," Spychaj said. "It is a different show, something more geared towards the artists.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 11, 2014
Getting my daughter's ears pierced: the mall loses out to tattoo parlor
by Kristine Henry
My 8-year-old daughter had been begging for a few years to get her ears pierced and I recently decided to let her go ahead with it. It seemed important to her, she's pretty responsible, and -- as she has pointed out to me numerous times -- many of her friends have pierced ears. When I got my ears pierced some 30-plus years ago it was done with a gun at some random store, although neither I nor my mom can remember which one. It stung for a few minutes but was no big deal. So I figured my daughter and I would probably just head to the mall and get it done at one of those jewelry stores aimed at the kid and tween set. Then I did a Google search and changed my mind.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Artist Scott Ferguson talks about the tattoo experience and lifestyle
by Nathalia Vélez
Colorado native Scott Ferguson has always been an artist, but what drew him to the tattoo industry was the rugged lifestyle. Ferguson has been hanging out a tattoo shops since he was a teenager and tattooing professionally since 1996; he currently works at Thick as Thieves Tattoo. Westword recently caught up with Ferguson to talk about the tattoo lifestyle and giving his clients a good experience.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 10, 2014
The 3D printer that can give you a tattoo
by Sarah Griffiths
Some people perceive tattoos to be a unique work of art on the skin, etched by skilled artists But now a group of students have modified a 3D printer to prove that robots can tattoo humans too. One volunteer is the proud of owner of what is thought to be the first tattoo etched by a machine – a perfect circle on his forearm. A group of three French design students modified a MarkerBot 3D printer as part of a challenge set by France's Cultural Ministry, which challenged people to remix images and sounds in the public domain.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Forget Tattoos—Gold-Leaf Body Art Might Be Coming For You
by Beth Shapouri
is morning, this shot of a piece of gold-leaf body art sent me on a chase that lead me to my newest obsession: Flash Tattoo's metallic body transfers. I'll explain. First, I saw this shot of the star of the upcoming TV show 12 Monkeys (as well as doesn't-have-great-feet Jody of Center Stage) Amanda Schull on Instagram and immediately started on a hunt to find out what exactly it was I was looking at.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 07, 2014
Confusion Over U.S. Army Tattoo Policy Continues But Canadian Forces Confident Its Policy is Okay
by David Pugliese
The U.S. Army has been having ongoing problems surrounding its new policy on tattoos. I’ve put in links from a new Army Times article – U.S. Army officers hope to cut through the confusion. The Department of National Defence is confident its own policy is problem free. Here is what DND spokeswoman Maureen Lamothe told Defence Watch last year: “The Canadian Armed Forces is confident that the policy currently in place reflects Canadian and military values.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 06, 2014
Tattoos and body piercings accepted into the workplace
by Elise Gabriele
In recent years, the commonality of tattoos and body piercings has increased greatly. Body modifications have even become more accepted in the professional atmosphere, which is known for the stigmatization of people with altered appearances. Despite no direct correlation between a person’s ability to perform a task and the amount of ink or metal in his or her skin, visible tattoos and (non-earlobe) piercings have been a problem for people who go on job interviews.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 06, 2014
Students share body modification stories
by Jessica Schlegelmilch
Much of the tattoo and piercing culture we find in America today come from traditions all over the world. Americans may have been the first to popularize tattoos and piercings in a pop culture context, but the body modification trend extends far beyond the United States. Foreign exchange students at San Jose State gave insight on body modification in their cultural and religious contexts.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 04, 2014
Tattooed Vegan 101: You May Be Vegan, but is Your Tattoo?
by P. Silva
Well, suffice to say, most vegans, at least those of us that have been sporting ink for a decade(s), are more likely than not, parading around with ink that may not exactly be kosher. We may not be able to undo the sins of yesterday, but we can move forward courtesy of the information we have at our fingertips today.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 03, 2014
Piercings done the right way
by Jerica Lowman
A body piercing is exactly that — piercing or puncturing the skin with a needle and, according to the piercers at Pierced Out, is not very dangerous. Jay Zogg, a professional body piercer, has a variety of piercings on his face and said that he is used to the misconceptions people have about piercings. He said that piercings can only really get infected if the tools used are unsterilized.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Couple opens new art gallery and tattoo shop combo in Hintonburg
by Jen Traplin
Ottawa, Ontario -- Alex Néron and Marta Jarzabek figured they would go into business together at some point but, when Jarzabek lost her job last October, the couple’s five-year plan quickly accelerated. “We didn’t have all the checks in the boxes but we knew we wanted to do it, and that was our starting point,” explains Jarzabek. In February, with the help of crowdfunding, the pair opened Railbender Studio, a tattoo shop and art gallery, in trendy Hintonburg.

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