Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tattoo project wins council arts grant
by Carolyn Webb
Is tattooing the new graffiti? A woman has won a coveted City of Melbourne arts grant to document and present an epic tattoo on her back as art. Performance artist and cancer survivor Sandra Minchin-Delohery is having 17th-century Dutch artist Jan Davidsz de Heem's still life painting Vase of Flowers inked on her body. The $7000 grant will go towards videoing the process for a DVD and website, printing a book and holding unveilings, and an artist talk with Dr Gemma Angel, an international expert on tattoos on preserved human skin.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Video: The evolution of tattoos at the 2014 Portland Tattoo Expo
by Jamie Hale
Like a hive of buzzing bees, tattoo guns hummed a uniform chorus that filled a hall of the Portland Expo Center on Friday. People everywhere reclined on their backs, sat upright against walls, lay flat on their stomachs and even stood up, keeping as still as possible as skilled artists injected ink into the layers of their skin.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 27, 2014
Is job denial over tattoos, piercings discrimination?
by Lethbridge Herald
Look at your friends, observe people on the street, flip on a television screen, and you will likely see a person who is inked up or has a piercing of some sort. What was once the domain of sailors, bikers and sideshow performers, body modification has taken off and has, dare we say it, become mainstream. What was once surprising and shocking is now so commonplace that we don’t think twice when one of our friends or co-workers shows up with some fresh ink or a new piece of metal in their ear or eyebrow.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 26, 2014
Kat Von D's Tattoo Shop Catches Fire
by Inquisitr
Kat Von D’s tattoo shop caught on fire in West Hollywood on Thursday. The former L.A. Ink star lost much of her shop as the inferno ripped through the strip mall at the 1200 block of North La Brea Avenue, according to The Daily News. Firefighters worked to put out the flames for a few hours and there was significant damage done. According to the report, Von D’s shop, High Voltage, was “red-tagged,” which means authorities have determined that the structure is unsafe for people to go inside.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 26, 2014
Cally-Jo reveals new tattoo trends
by Leanne Bayley
Glamour's Leanne Bayley caught up with Cally-Jo, a stunning 25-year-old tattoo artist who has inked Rihanna, Tim Howard and Sienna Miller. The fine-art graduate - who is a bit of a celebrity on Instagram - gave Leanne an insight into what her job as a tattooist entails, the tattoo trends for women, and being asked to recreate celebrity tattoos - especially the lion on Cara Delevingne's finger.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 23, 2014
New piercing fashion
by Morwenna Ferrier
Forget septum hoops, nipple rings and belly button jewels. Piercings are going low-key and traditional, with constellations of ear studs becoming popular as people wear their metal to work. If the first half of 2014 saw the statement tattoo peak – from Dr Woo’s fine line drawings to Rihanna’s Maori-inspired hand stamps – then body adornments are taking a slightly non-committal turn this season. This winter and moving into next spring, expect to see a return to piercings, particularly those of a traditional bent.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 23, 2014
The 15 Most Insane Piercings You Can Get
by Jeffrey Rindskopf
Normally when we think of piercings, we think of the most basic of piercings — your ear piercings, along with the occasional belly button or even one’s tongue. If you do the research, however, you discover a disturbing fact: you can pierce anything. No, you don’t understand. When we say anything, we mean ANY. THING.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The tattoo foundation that will frame your body art after you’ve died
by Homa Khaleeli
What’s hanging on your walls – a nice print from Ikea, some arty photographs? Your granny’s tattoo? It may not have made it into Home & Gardens yet – but thanks to a Dutch entrepreneur, dead relatives’ tattoos could one day be household style statements. Peter van der Helm, who owns Amsterdam’s Walls and Skin – a tattoo and a graffiti supplies shop – is offering a service that promises to preserve tattoos after their owners die, and allow them to be passed on as works of art.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Artist Valentina Ryabova Hyperrealism Tattoos
by Katherine Brooks
Valentina Ryabova is a self-taught tattoo artist from St. Petersburg, Russia. She tends to ink familiar designs -- images that involve faces of loved ones, elaborate animal homages and decadent floral arrangements. The subjects of her tattoos are not what sets Ryabova apart though. One look at her work and it's easy to see that she has a unique grasp on hyperrealism, a mastery so intense that her inked imaginings often look like paintings or strangely saturated photographs.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Impermanent piercings and temporary tats
by Peyton Dix
Fashion statements that were once permanent are becoming easier and cheaper, with temporary tattoos and fake septum rings being the new perfect adornments for anyone who treads a fine line between badass and basic. Temporary tats, or flash tattoos, are an easy way out of having to commit to the permanency and cost of a real tattoo. Septum piercings—just under the cartilage on the wall between the nostrils—can also be done temporarily, which eliminates the pain and cost of a real piercing. Because tattoos and septum rings are peaking in popularity, there is no better time to try out—or simply fake having—either.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tattoos, piercings okay at Starbucks
by Lisa Wright
Tattoos are in, pink hair is out. That’s part of the new employee dress code implemented Monday at Starbucks in Canada on the heels of an announcement overhauling employee policies from the Seattle-based coffee giant last week. In a nod to the changing fashion tastes of its young clientele, the chain will now allow baristas to display tasteful tattoos (meaning no swear words or hateful messages) while serving beverages, and as long as they’re not located on the face or throat. Nose studs are now permitted but nose rings are not. And the two earrings per ear maximum remains in effect.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 19, 2014
Needles and spin: inside the world of the US’s top tattooist
by Morwenna Ferrier
It’s midnight in mid-September, the night before what turns out to be the hottest day of the year, and a small group of valley girls has gathered outside West Hollywood’s Shamrock Tattoo parlour. The air is licking an unseasonable 30C and the girls are scrambling to get a glimpse of the celebrity inside. Justin Theroux and two of One Direction are reportedly floating around the area tonight, but these girls are not here for them. They’re here to get a glimpse of a man called Dr Woo, who is currently inside, tidying away his needles.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 19, 2014
Girl volunteers for ‘surprise’ tattoo by freestyle artist
by Alison Lynch
Would you let a tattoo artist freestyle on your body? No? Well, Deni Kirkova did. Jay Freestyle is an Amsterdam-based tattoo artist, who’s pioneering a new form of body art: a fusion of graphic, watercolour, abstract freehand art. He calls his customers ‘collectors’ and, to be inked by him, you must allow your body to become his canvas. Gulp.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Saskatoon tattoo artist using breast cancer scars as canvas
by Kelly Malone
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan -- In a tattoo parlour located downstairs in a strip mall on Broadway Avenue, women bring the remnants of their battle with cancer to make works of art. Mastectomy scars are the canvas for Eye of the Needle tattoo artist Baillie Fruson. "My mother had breast cancer and she has horrible scars," Fruson said, of her personal connection to the cancer. Tattooing for around 11 years, Fruson has combined her desire to help others with her work before.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Calgary Tattoo and Arts Festival inks up Cowtown
by Lucy Haines
Calgary, Alberta -- It seems like everyone has a tattoo these days — grandma, your teacher, the bus driver — but what’s it like on the other side of the needle? Innovations in ink quality and low-vibration machines make the job easier, but tattoo artists still spend hours on their feet (14-hour days aren’t unusual), focusing on intricate design details that can take a toll on the eyes and wrist. But those who make a living at it aren’t complaining — they’re riding the wave of popularity right into the BMO Centre for this weekend’s tattoo show.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
How to Get a Tattoo Apprenticeship
by Jodie Michalak
Are you wondering how to get a tattoo apprenticeship? Congratulations on your interest in an expressive and artistic career. Before you can earn a good living honing your craft, you'll need to learn the basics of tattooing, and be trained under a reputable artist. Otherwise you might be labeled a "scratcher" who does poor-quality tattoos. Who wants that? Here's a few tips on how you can get a tattoo apprenticeship...

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 13, 2014
30 Extreme Piercings That Put Single Studs To Shame
by Alexis Bendjouia
Once upon a time, simple, single pairs of stud and hoop earrings reigned supreme, and dramatic piercings were strictly for punk girls who talked about Dead Kennedys a lot, and got detention more than was advisable. But, now, more ladies than ever are dipping a toe into the multiple-piercing trend -- which means it's become less bad-girl and more just-plain-badass. It can even be really, really pretty.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 13, 2014
Nose piercings can be part of cultural expression
by Shirin Chowdhury
A shiny little piece of jewelry glinting off the noses of my cousins, my aunts, my grandma — I grew up accustomed to seeing women with pierced noses. The women in my family always seemed to wear jewelry with such elegance. As a child, I held deep admiration for their nose piercings, and I looked forward to getting one of my own when I got older. Having parents who come from two completely different backgrounds, I’ve never really been able to identify with any single culture.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 9, 2014
Caring for Pierced Ears: Tips from Dermatologists
by Food Consumer
Although ear piercings are more common and can be less risky than other body piercings, they can still cause complications if not handled safely. For anyone thinking about getting their ears pierced, dermatologists urge people to take care of their pierced skin to avoid infection. "It's important to remember that pierced skin is skin that has been wounded, leaving it vulnerable to infection," said board-certified dermatologist Elizabeth S. Martin, MD, FAAD, who maintains a private practice in Hoover, Alabama. "To minimize the risks, always go to a trained professional for piercing, use hypoallergenic earrings, and keep your newly pierced ears clean."

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 9, 2014
Edmonton woman's tattoo petition gaining ground
by CBC News
An Edmonton woman is advocating for Ottawa and Canadian employers to make it illegal to discriminate potential employees because of body modifications like piercings, tattoos and hair colour. Edmonton woman's petition supports piercings, tattoos at work. Kendra Behringer has collected nearly 1,200 signatures for her online petition posted on Change.org, but hopes to amass at least 3,000. "Discrimination laws officially protect those of a certain race, religion, age, gender, marital status, family relation, and more recently sexuality has been added to that list. Let's add physical appearance to that list, including piercings, tattoos, and hair choice with the exception of threat to health and safety..."

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