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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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 9, 2014
Ink or Swim: Tattoo-themed cruise to set sail next year
by CTV News
There’s likely to be much leering and staring. At times, a bit of disrobing and probably some touching. But that’s to be expected on the first tattoo-themed North American cruise that will set sail next year. Tattoo lovers looking for both a novel, new vacation idea and a fresh tat may be interested in Ink or Swim, the latest thematic, hyper-niche cruise package to come out of the cruising industry. Produced by tattoo lifestyle magazine Rebel Ink, guests will be able to get inked onboard by some of the top tattoo artists in the U.S., including Tatu Baby from Spike TV’s “Ink Master”; Amy Nicoletto on “La Ink”; and Chris Torres, described as the “bad boy of the tattoo industry,” known for his old-school style at Red Legged Devils in Brooklyn.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 6, 2014
Lady Gaga’s Hideous New Monster Claw Tattoo
by Madeleine Davies
Lady Gaga got some monstrous new ink. The artist posted images of the tattoo — a claw poised in the "Little Monster" hand sign as a tribute to her fans— on Instagram yesterday, along with the hashtag #Monster4Life. Remember when rock stars treated us non famous people with open contempt rather than excessive appreciation? I miss those days.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 6, 2014
A brief introduction to tattoo etiquette
by Karen Silver
Tattoo culture is arguably more popular now than ever. Tattoos don’t carry the same stigma that they once did, and are commonly accepted by the general public. With that being said, someone’s tattoos should not be mistaken as invitations to touch that person, invade their personal space, or interrogate and lecture them about their life choices. Once, while I was getting groceries, a man came up behind me, grabbed me by the shoulders, and commented on one of my tattoos. I did not know him, yet he didn’t think he was crossing a line by physically grabbing a stranger. People usually get tattoos for themselves, not to please strangers to whom they owe nothing.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, October 4, 2014
A Field Guide to Safer Poking
by Kelli Dunham
The 90s are technically over and much of the rest of the world has given up on industrial bar ear cartilage piercings. But the queers? We aren't inclined to give up a fad just because it's no longer a fad. We've got staying power, goshdurnit, and younger queers stick to body modification the same way the older generation has remained loyal to the non-ironic use of the fanny pack. My sarcasm implies I'm judgemental of the piercing-love but this is not the case. I've got some standard and less than standard piercings myself.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, October 4, 2014
Stories of discrimination from tattooed workers
by BBC News
Readers have been getting in touch about their experiences of terminated job interviews, losing out on promised promotions and leaving jobs because of their tattoos. It followed a Magazine article which asked whether discrimination against people with tattoos should be banned in the workplace. Here are some of their stories...

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, October 4, 2014
A guide to getting tattooed or pierced in Eugene, Oregon
by Andrea Harvey
Jarrod McClung, a senior majoring in social science, estimated that a fourth of their body is covered in tattoos. They eventually want that to be three-fourths. McClung has spent roughly $5,000 on tattoos so far. To McClung, the tattoos symbolize control over their body and mind. “I guess the reason I get tattoos is it just feels weird to look down at my body and see bare skin,” said McClung. “It just doesn’t feel like myself. So when I get tattoos, I start to feel more like myself, happier.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 1, 2014
From The Designers Of Fitbit, A Digital Tattoo Implanted Under Your Skin
by Mark Wilson
For Co. Design's Wearables Week, NewDealDesign created a concept for a digital tattoo. But they think they can actually build the thing. From the Jawbone Up to the Apple Watch, wrist-based designs have become the de facto form factor for wearable technology. But we’re already wrist-banded out. So what’s next? We asked NewDealDesign, the design consultancy behind projects like the Fitbit line of activity trackers, and Google’s modular Project Ara smartphone, what things might look like when technology and fashion reach beyond the wrist. In response, they created Project Underskin. It’s a concept for a smart digital tattoo which would be implanted in your hand and interact with everything you touch.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Toronto tattoo vending machine dispenses random designs
by Nancy J. White
Toronto, Ontario -- At a cost of $80 per tattoo, customers at the Okey Doke Tattoo Shop can let a gumball machine select their ink for them. Karly Madill is waiting her turn at the Okey Doke Tattoo Shop to get a new design inked onto her ankle, but doesn’t know yet what it will be. She’s letting the gumball machine decide. Usually people put some careful thought into a tattoo. After all, they may wear it for life. But at the Dundas St. W shop, for $80, a customer can insert a token into the gumball dispenser and out spits a capsule containing a design. If the customer doesn’t like it, tough.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 29, 2014
Pierced and Prejudiced: The Rocky Relationship Between Body Modification and Employment
by Anna Belitskaya
The college experience is the time that students explore their creativity, widen their cultural knowledge, and calculate their assets. The world is our oyster and the capital city has a buzzing atmosphere which only enhances the sense of change and novelty of study at third level. It’s the times when, on a normal day out, one can go for three completely different types of coffee, attend an academic talk on ancient forms of contraception and spontaneously get two piercings and a micro dermal. The latter of which this writer has done, more than once.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 29, 2014
Things Every Good Piercing Place Does Well
by Waterloo Region Record
Waterloo, Ontario -- Anybody looking to add a little edge to his or her look should consider getting a piercing. Sporting a nice piece of jewelry on your ears, face or body can really be the embodiment of your self-expression and if done right, can add a little bit of swagger to the way you feel and the way you look. Before you go off to get your piercing, there are a few factors that should be considered when finding a good place to go and get the job done.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, September 27, 2014
South Surrey tattoo parlour lacked sanitary procedures: Fraser Health
by Tracy Holmes
A South Surrey tattoo parlour is the subject of a Fraser Health public-safety advisory. In a news release issued this morning, the health authority is recommending clients of Theatre of Pain Custom Tattoos and Airbrushing – at 26-15531 24 Ave. – who received services between June and August see a doctor, following an inspection in which the facility "was found to have inadequate equipment for hygienic operation and lacked sanitary procedures for safe handling of tattooing materials."

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