Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 17, 2014
10 Things You Need to Know Before You Get a Tattoo You'll Regret
by Askmen.com
A well-done tattoo is a beautiful thing. A cheap impulse tattoo? Not so much. AskMen sat down with professional tattoo artist Billy Gray and found out the top 10 things you should know before getting your first tattoo. Whether it's choosing the right shop and artist, or picking the right design, you'll know just what to do, and what to expect for your first tattoo experience.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tai Woffinden overcomes pain through body art
by Gary Morley
"Pain is weakness leaving the body." It's written large in ink on his upper torso, and, at the age of just 23, Tai Woffinden knows all about pain -- and the strength needed to overcome it. As a speedway rider he has broken virtually every bone on the way to becoming world champion in what is surely one of the most visceral types of racing -- hurtling around a gravel track on a motorbike with no gears and no brakes.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Why a tattoo artist may talk you out of an inner lip tattoo
by Sheryl Ubelacker
Seeing Miley Cyrus show off her latest tattoo — on the inside of her lower lip — may prompt some young fans to emulate the twerking singer by getting their own inner lips inked. But before going under the needle, experts suggest the super-moist skin inside the mouth is not the ideal spot for a tattoo, no matter how tempting its apparent cool factor may seem.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Fakir Musafar on Spiritual Side of Suspension
by Lauren Smart
The hooks slip in to your skin, like a fish caught on a line. Each hook aligned with a particular area of your body to keep a secure grasp on you without ripping out flesh. It takes years to get it right. It takes a practiced hand and a knowledgeable eye, but for this community to exist, it takes people interested in tapping into a new level of consciousness. Or so I'm told by visitors to the Suspension Convention.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 12, 2014
Saskatoon Tattoo Expo attracts most artists ever
by CBC News
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan -- This year, the Saskatoon Tattoo Expo attracted 160 artists from across Canada. The city is no stranger to tattoo trade shows, with the annual Ink Alley Tattoo and Art Show running for the past decade, but this year was the first it saw the show re-branded as the Saskatoon Tattoo Expo. Jody Spychaj, a 16-year veteran of tattoo artistry, planned the ink-centric event this year. "It's been revamped. I took it over and we changed a lot of things," Spychaj said. "It is a different show, something more geared towards the artists.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 11, 2014
Getting my daughter's ears pierced: the mall loses out to tattoo parlor
by Kristine Henry
My 8-year-old daughter had been begging for a few years to get her ears pierced and I recently decided to let her go ahead with it. It seemed important to her, she's pretty responsible, and -- as she has pointed out to me numerous times -- many of her friends have pierced ears. When I got my ears pierced some 30-plus years ago it was done with a gun at some random store, although neither I nor my mom can remember which one. It stung for a few minutes but was no big deal. So I figured my daughter and I would probably just head to the mall and get it done at one of those jewelry stores aimed at the kid and tween set. Then I did a Google search and changed my mind.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Artist Scott Ferguson talks about the tattoo experience and lifestyle
by Nathalia Vélez
Colorado native Scott Ferguson has always been an artist, but what drew him to the tattoo industry was the rugged lifestyle. Ferguson has been hanging out a tattoo shops since he was a teenager and tattooing professionally since 1996; he currently works at Thick as Thieves Tattoo. Westword recently caught up with Ferguson to talk about the tattoo lifestyle and giving his clients a good experience.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 10, 2014
The 3D printer that can give you a tattoo
by Sarah Griffiths
Some people perceive tattoos to be a unique work of art on the skin, etched by skilled artists But now a group of students have modified a 3D printer to prove that robots can tattoo humans too. One volunteer is the proud of owner of what is thought to be the first tattoo etched by a machine – a perfect circle on his forearm. A group of three French design students modified a MarkerBot 3D printer as part of a challenge set by France's Cultural Ministry, which challenged people to remix images and sounds in the public domain.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Forget Tattoos—Gold-Leaf Body Art Might Be Coming For You
by Beth Shapouri
is morning, this shot of a piece of gold-leaf body art sent me on a chase that lead me to my newest obsession: Flash Tattoo's metallic body transfers. I'll explain. First, I saw this shot of the star of the upcoming TV show 12 Monkeys (as well as doesn't-have-great-feet Jody of Center Stage) Amanda Schull on Instagram and immediately started on a hunt to find out what exactly it was I was looking at.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 07, 2014
Confusion Over U.S. Army Tattoo Policy Continues But Canadian Forces Confident Its Policy is Okay
by David Pugliese
The U.S. Army has been having ongoing problems surrounding its new policy on tattoos. I’ve put in links from a new Army Times article – U.S. Army officers hope to cut through the confusion. The Department of National Defence is confident its own policy is problem free. Here is what DND spokeswoman Maureen Lamothe told Defence Watch last year: “The Canadian Armed Forces is confident that the policy currently in place reflects Canadian and military values.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 06, 2014
Tattoos and body piercings accepted into the workplace
by Elise Gabriele
In recent years, the commonality of tattoos and body piercings has increased greatly. Body modifications have even become more accepted in the professional atmosphere, which is known for the stigmatization of people with altered appearances. Despite no direct correlation between a person’s ability to perform a task and the amount of ink or metal in his or her skin, visible tattoos and (non-earlobe) piercings have been a problem for people who go on job interviews.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 06, 2014
Students share body modification stories
by Jessica Schlegelmilch
Much of the tattoo and piercing culture we find in America today come from traditions all over the world. Americans may have been the first to popularize tattoos and piercings in a pop culture context, but the body modification trend extends far beyond the United States. Foreign exchange students at San Jose State gave insight on body modification in their cultural and religious contexts.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 04, 2014
Tattooed Vegan 101: You May Be Vegan, but is Your Tattoo?
by P. Silva
Well, suffice to say, most vegans, at least those of us that have been sporting ink for a decade(s), are more likely than not, parading around with ink that may not exactly be kosher. We may not be able to undo the sins of yesterday, but we can move forward courtesy of the information we have at our fingertips today.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 03, 2014
Piercings done the right way
by Jerica Lowman
A body piercing is exactly that — piercing or puncturing the skin with a needle and, according to the piercers at Pierced Out, is not very dangerous. Jay Zogg, a professional body piercer, has a variety of piercings on his face and said that he is used to the misconceptions people have about piercings. He said that piercings can only really get infected if the tools used are unsterilized.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Couple opens new art gallery and tattoo shop combo in Hintonburg
by Jen Traplin
Ottawa, Ontario -- Alex Néron and Marta Jarzabek figured they would go into business together at some point but, when Jarzabek lost her job last October, the couple’s five-year plan quickly accelerated. “We didn’t have all the checks in the boxes but we knew we wanted to do it, and that was our starting point,” explains Jarzabek. In February, with the help of crowdfunding, the pair opened Railbender Studio, a tattoo shop and art gallery, in trendy Hintonburg.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Health and safety tips to consider before getting a tattoo
by Caley Ramsay
Edmonton, Alberta -- Health officials in Alberta are strongly encouraging anyone who’s considering getting a tattoo to do their research first. “Body art is something that should be done in as safe an environment as possible and as clean an environment as possible,” said Dr. Chris Sikora, a medical officer of health with Alberta Health Services (AHS). Concerns about health and safety at tattoo parlours came up earlier this week after AHS shut down a home-based operator in Edmonton due to unsanitary conditions.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, March 31, 2014
Tattoo artist 'empowers' breast cancer survivors
by Annalise Klingbeil
When Stacie-Rae Weir puts down her needles and a client lays eyes on their new artwork for the first time, there are often tears and hugs. As the client looks carefully at her own chest, emotional words of praise - "Oh my gosh, it's beautiful" or "I just can't believe it" - are uttered. Then, silence overtakes a room that for nearly an hour was noisy with buzzing needles and, in many cases, nervous chit-chat from a woman who never imagined she would get a tattoo.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, March 31, 2014
Are Women Over 40 Too Old For Body Piercings?
by Barbara Bishop
Are we too old for body piercing? I say no! And it’s not like a tattoo; if you don’t want to wear the piece of jewelry, or bone or ring or whatever you put in the area of you body that’s been pierced, you can just take it off when you don’t want it. Or put it back in if you do. Ear piercing was the first thing I was exposed to; I got my ears pierced for my birthday one year. I think I was 10 years old. I had all these cute little ladybugs, flowers, tiny hanging hoops, and the pearl studs that my boyfriend Randy got for me.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, March 29, 2014
New ways to wear punk
by Lauren Smith
Punk is back but it looks a whole lot different from before. From ripped tartan trews to studs and patent leather, see our guide to the new grown-up take on fashion's most rebellious trend.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, March 28, 2014
Health warning issued over Edmonton tattoo artist
by Catherine Griwkowsky
Edmonton, Alberta -- Those who were tattooed by Steve Tazz Devilman in an apartment should get tested for viruses, including hepatitis and HIV, urges the province. Alberta Health Services says anyone who got inked at the 10724 105 St., suite #301, location should be tested. AHS says the site was not inspected because the business -- operating for over 10 years -- has no licence.

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