Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 21, 2014
What it's like to get your ears pierced at Claires as an adult
by Amy Sciarretto
I’ve had my ears pierced since I was an infant, thanks to my mom. By the time I hit my teens, I wanted a row of piercings halfway up the ear and in the cartilage. I remember seeing the girls in TLC with cartilage earrings and coveting one of my own. So I got plenty of ear piercings over the years. I added tragus piercings and cool, non-lobe piercings. But since I always wear my hair down as a security blanket, no one saw the piercings and when the hoops and posts fell out — as they often do from brushing, blowdrying, tossing and turning, and other activities — I somehow got lazy about replacing them.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 21, 2014
Corporate dress codes relax in an age of tattoos, piercings
by John Kell
Starbucks, Wal-Mart and PetSmart ask themselves whether letting workers dress more casual will help with retention – or scare off customers. If your Starbucks barista had an arm tattoo, would it stop you from ordering your daily espresso? Probably not, but Starbucks, at least for now, won’t allow baristas to have tattoos that are visible to customers. But the coffee giant is considering relaxing its dress code in the coming weeks in recognition that fashion tastes have changed.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 18, 2014
15 Incredibly Talented Tattoo Artists You Should Follow On Instagram
by Priscilla Frank
So you want a tattoo. Or you want to dream about maybe, possibly, someday getting inked. Or perhaps you just want to spice up your Instagram feed with dazzling colors, sharp lines and a taste of the immortal potential of body art. Either way, we're here to help. Behold, dear readers, our 15 favorite tattoo-themed Instagram accounts. Some work in monochrome palettes while others go wild with color. Some opt to rework traditional tattoo styles for a contemporary set while others stretch the collective vision of what a tattoo can be.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
My Trendy Cartilage Piercings Will Not Heal. Help!
by Ramona Emerson
Last summer I got two cartilage piercings in the upper part of my left ear. They're actually required by law if you live in Williamsburg, and they also seemed like a good way to stop being embarrassed about the fact that my left ear sticks out significantly more than my right one. I referred to them in private (and public) as the Take Back the Ear Movement™. I had it done at a pricey Manhattan piercing mecca, and they sent me home with instructions to wash the piercings twice a day and not sleep on my left side until they healed. Trouble is they never really healed.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
11 Things We Need to Stop Saying to People With Tattoos
by Eliel Cruz
Around the world, tattoos serve as important symbols of a person's religious beliefs, commemorate achievements and mark rites of passage. In all these spaces, tattoos are typically respected as something deeply intimate. Yet in the United States tattoos are still too often seen as irresponsible and a sign of rebellion.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tattoo enthusiasts gather for weekend event
by Tijana Martin
Lethbridge, Alberta -- Kyle Friesen, who considers himself a tattoo collector, was excited to add to his collection. Friesen was one of the many attending the Windy City Tattoo Weekend, which wrapped up Sunday at the Exhibition Park West Pavilion. Tattoo enthusiasts gathered at the event, many of which could be spotted getting tattooed right then and there. The event hosted over 80 artists from Alberta and across Canada, all offering their own unique style.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 14, 2014
Piercings – Everything you need to know
by Kay Bush
In today’s culture, it’s not uncommon for people to have multiple piercings. The present generation has broken through a barrier of wariness towards special piercings by experimenting with dermal (which is punched into your skin and the backing opens up underneath the skin), ear, and other body piercings. This development is fairly new and different from the status quo previous generations experienced. Unique piercings are rising in popularity and gaining acceptance from younger and older generations alike.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, September 13, 2014
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Nipple Piercings
by Jodie Michalak
Nipple piercing is by far one of the most popular forms of body piercing and is often considered the sexiest, leading the way before genital piercings. This ancient form of body adornment provides sexual pleasure upon stimulation and also looks pretty interesting too. If you're considering a nipple piercing, read these FAQ first and discover if it's a natural pair for your body art style.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 12, 2014
Starbucks Baristas Fight To Show Tattoos
by Alexander C. Kaufman
Starbucks baristas who've long been forced to hide their tattoos may soon be able to show off their ink. In an internal email to employees last week, Starbucks said that it's reviewing its dress code, including its long-standing policy forbidding workers from displaying their tattoos. The move comes as baristas mobilize against the coffee chain, demanding the freedom to let their tattoos be seen. A petition to overturn Starbucks' tattoo policy has gathered nearly 23,000 signatures since Aug. 20.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 12, 2014
Manicure, spa and tattoo health violations disclosed
by Robert Cribb
Toronto, Ontario -- City of Toronto website begins chronicling inspection results with sometimes serious breaches. The city’s BodySafe website, launched last year amid a Toronto Star/Ryerson University investigation detailing public health violations inside esthetics studios, tattoo parlours, barber shops and electrolysis clinics, now publishes the inspection histories of Toronto’s 3,000 “personal service settings.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Once frowned upon, body ink is becoming more mainstream
by Jesse Chambers
Tattoos — once a symbol of rebellion and used almost solely by bikers, prison inmates and sailors on liberty — are now quite common. They are seen on kids from the suburbs, as well as celebrities and famous jocks. Over the past two decades, the process of injecting ink into skin as a means to self-expression has entered the American mainstream, with one in five Americans now having tattoos. And the trend has hit Alabama in full force.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 7, 2014
Septum Piercings 101: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go Under the Needle
by Amy Sciarretto
Celebs ranging from Jessica Biel to Lady Gaga and everywhere in between have rocked faux and real septum piercings in recent months. So we’ve established that the septum piercing is having a moment. If you are thinking about taking the plunge because a fake septum piercing, like Rihanna’s isn’t doing it for you, here’s all the critical intel. I’ve basically assembled a rundown of pretty much everything you need to know about getting a septum piercing, since that space between your nostrils ain’t no joke.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 7, 2014
Tattoo frees burn victim to bear scars
by Greg Taipari
There's not a day goes by Napier woman Melinda de Vos isn't burdened by scars received as a child from a chemical burn. But she is hoping the generosity of others may change that. At the age of 4, Ms de Vos was in a chemical fire explosion leaving her with third degree burns to her hands, arms and face. Between the ages of 4 and 16, Ms de Vos had operations to repair the damage, including grafting of skin from her leg. But she was left with significant scarring. It's something she is self-conscious about and will not wear any clothing revealing her scars.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 5, 2014
Artists Work Their Magic on Offensive, Ugly Ink on Tattoo Nightmares: Miami
by Carina Ost
Think back to summer 2005, when the notion of tattoo reality television was a novelty with the smash hit Miami Ink. Since then, artist and reality stars like Kat Von D have emerged and spin offs like LA Ink, London Ink, and Madrid Ink have emerged from virgin TV viewing flesh. Fast-forward to today where Ink Master is hosted by Dave Navarro and the underbelly of Tattoo Nightmares has been brought to the public light. Well, in a full-circle, yin and yang or tribal tattoo kind of way, last night premiered a new spin-off Tattoo Nightmares: Miami.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 4, 2014
Niagara tattoo artist featured on TV show
by Kris Dube
Niagra, Ontario -- Niagara tattoo artist Katie Hollow appeared on last night's episode of 'I Hate My Tattoo,' on the Slice Network. Photo courtesy Katie Hollow. Everyone makes mistakes in life. If it involves a tattoo, it can usually be remedied, says one local tattoo artist. Niagara-based tattoo artist Katie Hollow is more than familiar with this reality and she explained her experience on last night's pilot episode of 'I Hate My Tattoo' on the Slice Network.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Katy Perry shares her latest piercing on Instagram
by Andrew Ryan
Katy Perry took sharing with fans to the next level with a painful-looking video of her recent nose-piercing. As reported by People, the Dark Horse singer had people cringing over the weekend with a video of a long needle going through her nose to her Instagram account. In the 10-second clip, you can hear Perry exclaiming, “Owww” as the piercer performs his grisly task.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 3, 2014
That's my look and I want it back
by Nicola Cooper
From the underground clubs of New York City to South Africa's fashion-forward forums, a look that amalgamates diverse styles and breaks cultural rules has bounded onto centre stage. Coined in 2009 by Venus X, a New York underground DJ, the term ''GHE20 GOTH1K" (pronounced ghetto Gothic) initially applied to ''angry kids, who play weird music and dress unlike anyone else". The look discards gender stereotypes and religious symbolism, and revels in embellishment, Latin influences and exoticism.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 2, 2014
“Best Montreal Tattoo” Contest Event To Be Held On Saint-Catherine Street
by Roberta Costa
Montreal, Quebec -- Are you ready to show Megan Massacre your tattoo, in person? Megan Massacre is a tattoo celebrity and she will choose the best Montreal tattoo this September 16th. This is your chance! It’s not everyday you can say you’re going to meet one of the most known tattoo artists and model in the tattoo business. Besides, the winner will get 500$. How awesome is that? Don’t miss out on this one!

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 1, 2014
What Hurts the Most - Tattoo Outlining or Shading?
by Jodie Michalak
Whether you're considering your first tattoo or adding to an existing design and are wondering how much discomfort you can tolerate, you may be asking what hurts the most- tattoo outlining or shading? Both tattoo outlining and shading are necessary to create most tattoo designs, except for simple script or symbol tattoos. While pain variances and experiences will always vary, here's a brief overview of both steps, and how one or the other may feel the most painful.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, August 31, 2014
Montreal Art Tattoo Show celebrates a body of work
by Tracey Lindeman
Montreal, Quebec -- Walking into Windsor Station during Montreal’s annual tattoo convention, the Montreal Art Tattoo Show, is like walking into an explosion of colour and electricity. Tattoo artists line the aisles, portfolios detailing past work carefully placed on tables swathed in black cloth. People covered in colourful ink and those without a single tattoo mull over pre-drawn tattoo designs, prints and merchandise. Rock, punk and heavy metal music wafts through the hall, overdubbed by jovial chatter and the impenetrable hum of 200 tattoo machines vibrating at once.

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