Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Best First Tattoo Ideas
by Kaleigh Fasanella
The first time you get a tattoo, it's a lot like falling in love for the first time. It's liberating, exhilarating, it can hurt a little bit, and most of all: it usually makes you crave more. However, unlike significant others that may come and go, tattoos are forever. Some people prefer to go all in with their first ink — deciding on something that spans their entire arm, leg or back — while others fancy racking up small and dainty designs over time. There's no right or wrong way to enter ink territory, but for your first tat, it most definitely can't hurt to start off small and work your way up to something bigger down the line.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 13, 2017
Freckles are forever … when they are tattoos
by Zoe McKnight
When thick, full eyebrows became a mainstream beauty look, microblading — a form of semi-permanent tattooing using tiny needles stacked in a line to create a “blade,” rather than a traditional tattoo gun — became the hot new way to dress up a face. That now seems fairly tame. After all, most people have eyebrows and want to keep them. But freckles are emerging as the latest tattoo trend. Women — so far it’s mostly women — are paying around $250 per session for that distinct dusting of cute across their noses and cheekbones.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 11, 2017
5 Ways To Add Colour To Naturally Dark And Black Hair
by Zoe Dubs
Would you love beautiful pastel highlights and jewel tones, but want to avoid bleached, porous, split ends? With a huge range of at-home hair dye and DIY colour treatments available, changing the colour of our hair is as ingrained in our beauty routine as painting our nails. Colouring really dark hair, however, is not always as easy as it is for our fair-haired sisters. There are enough bleaching horror stories out there to put anyone off trying. But fear not, because beautiful, pastel-toned highlights are not a million miles out of reach.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 11, 2017
9 Things To Know If You Get Your Ears Gauged
by Phoebe Waller
Getting your ears gauged can be a tricky business. Over time, you’re basically stretching the pierced hole in your lobe to a desired size. Thus, there are certain things to know if you get your ears gauged that differ from regular piercing maintenance. Gauging isn't something that will happen overnight — and it will likely take a lot of time and patience. However, if you’re a fan of the aesthetic, the results will hopefully be more than worth it.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 11, 2017
What To Do If Your Piercing Is Bleeding
by Lindsey Rose Black
If you just got a new piercing, you are probably full aware of how important aftercare is to make sure that your piercing heals correctly. However, if you found a bit of blood near your new jewelry and are not sure what to do if your piercing is bleeding, take a breather. I'm here to help. The most important thing to remember is that regardless of the cause of your bleeding, it's going to be OK! A little bleeding is part of the natural piercing healing process, and you really don't need to do anything special about it.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Who Is Kelsey Rogers From 'Tattoo Girls'?
by Alaina Urquhart-White
There are a lot of tattoo shows floating around in the reality television world right now. At any given time there is sure to be a show that will satisfy any body art enthusiast. What the genre has seriously lacked though, is a series that focuses on the women that are succeeding in this male-dominated profession. Well, fear not because TLC is releasing a brand new reality series called Tattoo Girls, which will follow Springfield, Missouri Tattoo Girls shop owner Kelsey Rogers and her Ink Ink crew.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Tattoo Artists Host Pop-Up Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood
by Anni Irish
In the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, a group of tattooers from the renowned shop Magic Cobra Tattoo Society, have banded together with the organization Party to Protect to create a unique fundraising opportunity for Planned Parenthood. Tattooers Adam Korothy, Ashley "OL Ash" Strout, Kati Vaughn and Todd "Woodz" Woodward have teamed up with Magick City, a local entertainment venue, to host “Tattoo to Protect Your Parts: A Planned Parenthood Benefit.” The event, which is taking place on Wednesday, February 8th from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m., will feature a pop-up tattoo shop with original tattoo designs and a concert planned afterwards...

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 6, 2017
A Breakdown of Extreme Body Modification
by Haisam Hussein
The art of tattooing has been around for thousands of years, and we all know at least one person who has one or more tattoos. But what about the more unusual forms of body modication that involve cutting and shaping the body? Traditional tribal practices such as scarication and earlobe stretching have become a part of our culture and can occasionally be seen on the streets. So keep your eyes peeled. As the weather warms up and more skin is revealed, you may catch a glimpse of some of these body mods on display.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 5, 2017
How to Care for Your New Tattoo
by Haley Bosselman
Some time in eighth grade, my sister and I decided we would get matching heart tattoos on the left corner of our left wrists. I’m not sure when we decided this; there was never a definitive moment. However, I suspect it developed when we, and the rest our friends, were really into doodling all over our hands and arms. I always drew three stars on my left wrist — a classic middle-school move — but I knew the permanent ink must be a heart. My sister and I are twins born on Valentine’s Day. It had to be honored.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 5, 2017
How To Fill The Big Ugly Hole In Your Life — From A Piercing
by Kate Sullivan
Whether you need to temporarily hide a piercing for a job interview or you’d like a permanent fix because sweet-Moses-what-where-you-thinking, you actually have many more options than you think. We asked a team of experts — including a dermatologist and two piercers with 35 years of experience between them — for their best tips on hiding a piercing, really making it disappear, or simply improving the look of a hole that’s scarred or migrated over the years.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 3, 2017
How to Maintain Hair Color in the Winter
by Sable Yong
Like fashion, hair color has become more and more of a trend-driven beauty move worthy of seasonal change-ups. It’s great that you can pretty much have any color in the Pantone universe on your head, but doing so can get expensive quickly — not to mention hard to maintain. Over-washing and too much UV exposure top the obvious list of enemies to your hair color, but wait — there are seasonal aggressors as well. Because you don’t want to plunk down half a paycheck for the perfect color only to have it fade after the first wash, here’s a winter checklist of how to keep your color fresher than a light coating of virgin snow.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 2, 2017
How a tattoo artist is working towards saving the rich tradition of Nagas
by Shail Desai
India -- There was a good chance that Mo Naga would never have been associated with the world of tattooing. During his first year in college, he stumbled upon the art and decided to give it a go, more as a hobby than a profession. All that changed towards the end of his education when he discovered the rich tattooing tradition of the Nagas, which was gradually disappearing with time. It was then Mo decided to do something to keep a little piece of his people’s history alive.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 2, 2017
Septum Piercings Are The Ultimate Beauty Accessory
by Nikki Brown
Are you itching to take the piercing plunge? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and for many, nothing is more breathtaking than a facial piercing; especially when it's accented with a piece of seriously ornate hardware. Be it faux or the real deal, septum piercings are the ultimate standout beauty accessory. Although they're typically teeny, the nose piercing adds a certain symmetry to the face and instantly upgrades your makeup look. As someone who loves piercings in general, I'm constantly perusing Instagram for inspo that emulates whatever look I'm debating in my head.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 2, 2017
The Biggest Piercing Trends For 2017
by Phoebe Waller
A new year brings with it a fresh start and the chance to totally transform your personal style. If you're into body mods, you'll likely be interested in the biggest piercing trends for 2017, because piercings are an easy way to keep your finger on the fashion pulse. It's always fun to shake things up when it comes to how you present your personality visually to the world. Of course, you can do this by investing in new outfits, getting a new hairstyle, or experimenting with makeup, but if you're looking for something a little more permanent, piercings are the way to go.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, January 28, 2017
Why women are getting political tattoos in droves since the election
by Alli Joseph
After the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, and the many sister marches around the world, tattoo parlors were packed with women walk-ins, requesting sisterhood messages like “rise,” “Nasty Woman,” the symbol for Venus, the women’s symbol and more. Some wanted to honor the memory of the event itself, and others like me had a more personal connection to history – those stand-up-and-fight-for-your-rights trips my mom took.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, January 28, 2017
The rise of tattoo removal
by Candice Pires
Lying back on a reclining bed, eyes fixed on the ceiling, Dave Fitzpatrick, 42, wiggles his bare toes out of the bottom of his trousers and braces himself for pain. He’s been in this position before, twice; but this time, he’s heard, it will be worse. Thirteen years after first getting tattoos on his feet, he’s about to have them removed. Fitzpatrick is a tall, broad former skater with a neat, grey-flecked beard – he looks as if he can take it, but it’s hard not to want to comfort him.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 25, 2017
How Tattoo Artists Could Help Reduce Skin Cancer
by Rachael Rettner
Tattoo artists may have a role to play in reducing cases of advanced skin cancer, researchers say. That's because tattoos can sometimes hide skin cancers, and make it harder for doctors to diagnose these cancers early, according to a new study. The researchers found that tattoo artists typically don't have a standard way of dealing with the moles that they may see on their clients, and contrary to what doctors would recommend, many will tattoo right over a mole if a client requests it.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 23, 2017
"Blorange" Is The Latest Hair Color Trend To Sweep Instagram
by Samantha Sasso
Dusty rose and coppery red dominated last year, but get ready, because they're something far brighter on the hair horizon. While we saw a handful of celebrities (Elle Fanning, Ashley Tisdale, and Ashley Benson to name a few) jumping on the pastel bandwagon, and others going full redhead in spades, 2017 is bringing us a more whimsical version of these hair trends. Enter: blorange.

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Posted by: Alicia on Sunday, January 22, 2017
8 Things Your Piercer Wishes You Knew Before You Step Into Their Shop
by Vanesa Pacheco
Despite their ever-growing popularity, many people still don’t seem to know much about piercings or the aftercare for them. In fact, there are oodles of things your piercer wishes you knew before heading in for an appointment, especially when it comes to less-usual places, like those stylin’ septum piercings celebs have been rocking. Getting a piercing can seem like a simple, spur-of-the-moment decision to accessorize yourself in a non-traditional way.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 22, 2017
Body piercer says more industry regulation needed
by Kevin O'Connor
A Regina woman who does body piercing for a living says she wants to promote a safer, cleaner piecing culture. Elisa Wallace works at the Gaslight Tattoo Parlour and has been piercing for 12 years. More people are getting piercings, she says, whether it's earlobes, navels or some other part of the body. But the unregulated nature of the industry concerns her and she'd like to see that change.

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