Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 4, 2016
Roll up your sleeves: There’s a new tattoo artist in town
by Pierre Chauvin
Whitehorse, Yukon -- Steve Morin started small, tattooing a simple cross on his arm. Today he is the latest professional tattoo artist to open up shop in Whitehorse. Pale Pony Tattoos and Piercings opened a month ago and has enjoyed a steady flow of customers ever since. “Whitehorse has been very welcoming,” Morin said. The name, he said, is from an old nickname for the Yukon capital that no business in town uses.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, December 3, 2016
Kangaroo-bone nose piercing is oldest body jewellery ever found
by Alice Klein
That trend for nose piercing? Turns out it’s so 44,000 BC. A crafted piece of bone found in Australia looks as if it were designed to be worn in the nasal septum – making it the oldest bone jewellery belonging to Homo sapiens to be identified anywhere in the world. The finding shows that the first humans to reach Australia 50,000 years ago were as culturally advanced as their counterparts in Africa and Europe.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, December 3, 2016
11 Constellation Piercings That’ll Instantly Upgrade Your Ear Game
by Lindsay Cohn
There’s a new trend in the world of piercing, and it is definitely out of this world. Constellation piercings are a thing, and we gotta say, we love it. This galaxy-inspired style is glamming up the lobes of fashion darlings from coast to coast. As the name would suggest, this starry trend takes shape as a group of piercings — typically three or more — consisting of sparkly studs, huggies, dainty drops or ear jackets scattered throughout your ear. From eye-catching clusters to linear formations, we simply can’t get enough.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 28, 2016
Watch the Oldest Hand-Tap Tattoo Artist in the Philippines at Work
by Mariana Zapata
Apo Whang-Od, aged approximately 97, keeps a steady pulse and entrancing rhythm as she completes her tattoos. She is not only the oldest tattoo artist in the Philippines, but the only surviving Mambabatok (tattoo artist that follows the hand-tapping tradition) in the country’s Kalinga province. The Last Mambabatok, a short film that is part of While I’m Still Here Legacy Project by Foster Visuals, takes us into the world of Whang-Od and her great grandniece, Grace Palicas.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 28, 2016
Are Tattoos Vegan? A Tattoo Artist Explains
by Phoebe Waller
When contemplating your next piece of ink, your initial thought might not be, "Are tattoos vegan?" But, if you're an animal lover or an herbivorous human, you'll likely be very interested in finding out the answer. The reality is, nowadays animal derived ingredients appear to be in almost everything. As consumers, we're becoming increasingly aware of what goes into the products we buy, and the internet makes it much easier to directly contact companies to ask all of the nitty gritty questions you want to know the answers to.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 27, 2016
7 Beauty Vloggers With Body Modifications
by Jack Qu'Emi Guiterrez
While less uncommon now, tattoos and piercings were once very rare and taboo. Still today, many consider visible body art to be unprofessional or scary, and sometimes it can feel like it's the last thing it's associated with is the beauty industry. Thankfully, that mindset is changing with the growing visibility of beauty vloggers with body modifications. Women and femmes in particular are for participating in "bod-mod" culture. Tattoos and piercings have often been hit with plenty of societal disapproval, either because they are considered "masculine" or because they are associated with a degenerate subversion of social norms.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 27, 2016
Aspiring to become a tattoo artist? Here’s what you need to know
by Varsha Roysam
The best training you can receive will be through an apprenticeship programme with professionals. Many skilled artists today recommend the same path because, frankly, there is no better way to get a holistic and a realistic picture of the business. At least two to three years of experience with a professional is necessary in order to acquire the skill set. Most people tend to open their own studios after a few months of training, but this isn’t the wisest decision because without sufficient experience, you’ll be putting your clients and your business at risk.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 27, 2016
A tattoo artist on finding meaningful work with cancer patients
by Nikki Wiart
After a while, after doing brows and lips and eyes, you’re not bored, but you want to give a better meaning to your work. I like my clients’ reactions after getting my tattoos. When you start with a breast that has nothing but scars, then when it’s done you have a more natural breast, that’s very rewarding. I’m helping people. I don’t save lives—I’m at the end of the nightmare.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 20, 2016
How To Clean Body Jewelry Properly
by Lindsey Rose Black
When was the last time you cleaned your nose or belly button ring? If your answer is, "I can't remember," it's definitely time for you to learn how to clean body jewelry so you don't get an infection! Even if you clean your piercing, an unsterilized piece of jewelry could still cause trouble. If you're new to the world of body piercing in general, I've broken down a quick refresher on how to clean your piercing itself.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, November 19, 2016
MIT Researchers Make Interactive Gold-Leaf Temporary Tattoos
by Haniya Rae
Soon, every concert, street performance, and crowded beach might have crowds of people adorned with tiny glowing lights inside of a temporary tattoo, which throbs along to music or heart rate. An invention by researchers at the MIT Media Lab, DuoSkin is a customizable wearable that flaunts the wearer’s personality through programmable thermochromic pigments that change color when they're heated. “We wanted to move away from all-in-one wearable devices with this project, and we were really interested in pieces that didn't need to last forever or could be changed from day to day.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, November 18, 2016
Putting a Ring on It: Septum Piercings Decoded
by Caroline Gentile
“Do you ever get snot on that?” my little brother, to my mother’s dismay, asked a woman with a septum piercing at the supermarket. She smiled sweetly, ignoring his question. It was a valid, albeit socially inappropriate, question. Not having a septum piercing myself, I had always wondered about them—I guess it runs in the family. Is it hard to blow your nose? Do people judge you if you have one? Does it hurt to get it done? It wasn’t until one of my close friends decided to get one that I learned the answers to these hard-hitting questions.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, November 18, 2016
Can I Visit the Dentist With a Piercing?
by Newswire
The title question was recently asked on the Sacramento Dentistry Group website. The simple answer is that dentists certainly want you to visit, whether you have piercings or not. Nevertheless, it’s typically in the patient’s best interest to remove any piercings before dental work begins, as high-speed instruments are often used in dentistry and a collision between oral jewelry and a dental tool could be extremely painful and damaging. The primary complication with piercings is not making a visit to the dentist.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 15, 2016
18 sexy thigh tattoos that'll make you want to show more leg
by Melissa Stanger
If you've never had a tattoo before, the thigh is a great place to get your first one. It's relatively low down on the pain scale, and it's easy enough to cover up with pants or a skirt if you decide you want to hide it — but let's be honest, why would you!? If anything, getting a kickass thigh tattoo will make you want to show it to the world, and we've rounded up 18 sexy thigh tattoos to prove it.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Tattoos Affect Your Health: Long-Term Side Effects of Ink
by Greg Hall
Among the concerns are the long-term effects tattoo inks can have on the immune system, pathology specimen interpretation and other unforeseen health complications. Certain tattoo inks can be toxic, with some containing carcinogenic compounds, a 2012 Danish Environmental Protection Agency found. In fact, one in five tattoo inks contained carcinogenic chemicals, and a vast majority of the inks tested did not comply with international health safety standards for ink composition, an Australian government-sponsored study found. Even more concerning, carcinogens were identified in 83 percent of black inks – by far the most popular color for tattoos.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 14, 2016
Tattoo artists work to stamp out social stereotypes in Egypt
by Menna A. Farouk
In an alley in Cairo’s populous Shubra neighborhood, tattoo artist Osama Ayoub challenges stereotypes by inking people’s bodies in a conservative and religious society that considers body art a taboo. “Despite social pressure and deeply rooted traditional ideas, I have been running a very successful business so far,” Ayoub told Al-Monitor while tattooing a young woman. “The art is getting more and more popular here,” he added. Ayoub, who has been tattooing for about 20 years, said he gets two customers every day on average. “Egyptians love art, and tattoos have a very unique artistic side,” the veteran tattoo artist added.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 14, 2016
How Long Does A Piercing Take To Close?
by Kristin Collins Jackson
If you’ve wondered how long it really takes for a piercing to close, you are not alone. I’ve had my nose pierced for over 15 years, but in every instance I’ve lost my hoop or stud in my sleep, I’ve woken up with my nose piercing seemingly closed. In those moments, I dramatically feel like my nose ring makes up the entirety of my identity and that I am nothing without it. I will leave the house faster than I ever have before to get to the closest open piercing parlor to re-pierce my nose.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 13, 2016
‘Is it ok for student nurses to have tattoos and facial piercings?’
by Rebecca
Is it ok to go to placement with facial piercings? I sort of assumed that as so many people have them these days it would be absolutely fine but my housemates have been winding me up about it and now I’m really worried. I have my nose and lip pierced, but only with studs, and a small tattoo on the inside of my wrist which is difficult to hide particularly if we have to be “bare below the elbows.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 13, 2016
Who Did Your Ink?: Tattoo's narrative evolves over time for Leanne Thief
by Janet McDonald
Who Did Your Ink? is the Straight’s weekly feature, where we ask badass Vancouverites about the talented artists, indelible stories, and, at times, questionable antics behind their most treasured tattoos -- "When I think about the collection I have now, some of them have meaning even if that meaning wasn't apparent at the time I received the tattoo. I think a tattoo's narrative can change and evolve over time. And sometimes, it's more about who did it and where I was physically and emotionally when I was getting tattooed."

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 13, 2016
Ink-stained masses descend on Ottawa Gatineau Tattoo Expo
by Bruce Deachman
The salons at the Hilton Lac-Leamy were abuzz this weekend, and not just with excitement. True, there was an electric frisson as a few thousand like-minded birds of a feather flocked to the eighth annual Ottawa Gatineau Tattoo Expo to admire each other’s body art. But the rooms and booths were also quite literally abuzz, as hundreds of tattoo machines at least temporarily sated attendees’ appetites for more and more ink. We spoke with a few scratchers and collectors about their ink addictions.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Body Modification with Famous Artist Luna Cobra
by Maddison Connaughton
don't have any tattoos. I don't even have my ears pierced, and when I tell Luna Cobra this, his eyebrows dart up, scrunching the crescent moon tattoo on his forehead. He suggests I start with ear pointing, or maybe a subtle scleral tattoo that would wash the whites of my eyes a light blue. In the body modification world, Luna Cobra is a legend. People fly him around the world to split their tongues, place implants under their skin, and tattoo their eyeballs—a technique he invented.

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