Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 23, 2016
Piercing aftercare, ideas & trends: the complete piercing guide
by Rebecca Fearn
As much as we love tattoos, piercings are a great way to express yourself and have a much more temporary feel. Even better, piercings have never been more on trend. While the celebrities love them, Instagram users are also going mad for piercings, from ears to noses, nipples to tongues. We chatted to Maria Tash, whose pop-up piercing lounge has just opened in Liberty, about piercing maintenance, aftercare, trends and styles. Scroll down for your ultimate piercing guide...

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 23, 2016
Pumpkin-Spice Hair Color Is the Hottest Trend of the Season
by Elizabeth Denton
It seems like every year pumpkin fever hits earlier and earlier in the season—before it's even fall. Starbucks rolled out its popular Pumpkin Spice Latte the first week of September, Dunkin Donuts started selling its pumpkin offerings in August, and let's not even talk about how early grocery stores have consistently put pumpkin-spice treats on the shelves. (Hint: It's still hot out.) The fever is not just about food, either. There's pumpkin-spice highlighter, as well as Bath & Body Works's new pumpkin-scented collection. Are you pumpkin'd out yet? Now the trend has gone to women's heads with pumpkin-spice hair color showing up all over Instagram.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 22, 2016
Quebec's College of Physicians calls for better rules around cosmetic treatments
by CBC News
Quebec's College of Physicians is asking the province to tighten rules around cosmetic treatments, including tattoos. A working group's report, made public Wednesday, says there are no set rules around hygiene or preventing infection for procedures such as tattooing and tattoo removal, piercing and scarification in this province. The group consulted existing standards and guidelines in order to come up with its recommendations, which target Health Canada, the province and the College itself.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 22, 2016
The unexpected rise of 2016's biggest trend: The nipple piercing
by Hayley Wilbur
"I swear I had the idea first," Kendall Jenner said in a post on her app in July when discussing the nipple piercing she and her younger sister Kylie both have. The trend, that placing studs or rings into one or both nipples, might be popular among today's young trendsetters, but it is definitely not new. In fact, it dates all the way back to the first century B.C. "Nipple piercings are a lot like septum piercings in the sense that they'll be popular for a period of time, then it dies out, then it blows up again, usually once a celebrity gets ones," Cassie Lopez, a piercer at New York Adorned said in an interview.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 9, 2016
Clients of Ontario tattoo shop encouraged to get tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and C
by The Canadian Press
London, Ontario -- Health officials in London, Ont., are warning patrons of a home-based tattoo shop to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. The Middlesex-London Health Unit says inspectors were sent to a residence following a tip and found an unlicensed tattoo shop. The health unit says the risk of contracting the blood-borne diseases is low, but recommends those who went to the tattoo shop to consult with their doctor about the need for testing.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 9, 2016
Breast Cancer Survivor Opts for Ornate Tattoo Instead of Nipple Reconstruction
by Gabrielle Olya
Last September, Alison Habbal was diagnosed with breast cancer attached to her right nipple. The jewelry designer, 37, underwent a lumpectomy to remove the cancer, and lost her nipple as a result. Rather than undergo a traditional nipple reconstruction, Habbal decided to get an ornate tattoo covering her right breast.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 8, 2016
Do You Have To Use Salt Spray To Heal Piercings?
by Phoebe Waller
When it comes to taking care of new piercings, don't leave it to fate and hope that your piercing will heal all on its own. Like any body modifications, new piercings need TLC too. So the big question is: Do you have to use salt spray to heal piercings? If this is something you've heard about but you're a little unsure of, you probably want to get your facts straight before making any hasty decisions.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 8, 2016
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Multiple Ear Piercing Trend
by Rebecca Cope
Multiple ear piercings have replaced ‘It’ bags as the new status symbol for the fashion set. The trend, pioneered by pierceist to the stars Maria Tash (she counts the lobes of Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba as her happy clients) has been quietly gathering steam for the past year, with fashion editors on the front row and the A-list on the red carpet fully embracing the look. The key thing that stops this look from being too punkish is the jewellery worn; dainty, delicate jewels are the norm, rather than oversized, garish trophy danglers, making for a pretty, girly aesthetic. We caught up with the lady who started it all to find out everything you ever wanted to know about getting your ears pierced multiple times.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 8, 2016
Tattoos, piercings and other body modifications
by Paul Martiquet
Typically, a tattoo is created using a handheld machine that acts much like a sewing machine, with one or more needles repeatedly piercing the skin. With every puncture, the needles insert tiny ink droplets into the dermis, the second layer of skin below the epidermis. Another popular form of body modification is piercing. These can be done on almost any part of the body: ears have long been an accepted location, but other spots including the nose, tongue, eyebrows, navel, lips and even nipples and genitals are getting pierced.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 5, 2016
Michael Phelps Death Stare Tattoo Designed By Toronto Artist
by Jesse Ferreras
Toronto, Ontario -- Michael Phelps became a frightening meme when TV cameras caught his game face before the 200-metre butterfly semi-final on Monday. Now, the dominant Olympic swimmer's "death stare" will beam bad vibes from the leg of a manager at a Toronto tattoo studio. Phelps' so-called "death stare" has become a work of art by Livia Tsang, a tattoo artist who works at Chronic Ink. She tattooed the gold medallist's face on to the leg of her boss, Ricky Fung, who plans on covering the limb with other inspirational athletes, Global News reported.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 5, 2016
Lively tattoo artist inks Gord Downie for client
by Casey Stranges
Sudbury, Ontario -- Thanks to the skill of a Sudbury, Ont., tattoo artist, one Tragically Hip fan will now get to see Gord Downie every day. Dale Mathias, owner of Pricked Tattoos, said he was approached some time ago by a client who for years had been planning a Canadiana-themed sleeve tattoo. Mathias — who is regularly booked a year in advance for his services — agreed to take on the project when he had an opening. But, with word that the Hip's frontman had been diagnosed with brain cancer, the project suddenly took on a sense of urgency.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 2, 2016
Everything You Need to Know About Septum Piercings
by Marianne Eloise
Everyone from Rihanna to FKA Twigs to Jessica Biel has rocked either a fake or legit septum ring and that number is only going to rise as the months go on. With that in mind, we've answered all your major septum queries. A septum piercing is exactly what it sounds like! It’s a piercing that goes through your nasal septum, aka that bit between your nostrils. The needle goes through the thin bit of flesh towards the front of the nose, and is then adorned with a ring, a horseshoe or, less commonly, a bar.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 29, 2016
How To Maintain Hair Color
by Sable Yong
When taking the hair color plunge and getting your head painted with a realistic balayage or a strikingly dramatic hyper-real color, it’s best to leave a pro job to the pros. Anyone who has messed up an at-home box dye job and had to have a professional colorist fix it will tell you to just skip the grief and pay up. But it’s not like once you’ve stepped out of the salon with your great new platinum, pastel, or fiery red hair color, it’s going to look like that a month or even a week from then — and it may be due to all the things you’re doing (or not doing) to maintain that expensive color to begin with.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 29, 2016
Jen Kish adds to memory mosaic with Olympic tattoo
by Roberta Bell
The half black, half red maple leaf with a rugby ball in the middle inked on Jen Kish's right calf reminds her of where her journey began. The captain of the women's national squad that won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics got her start at W. P. Wagner High School in Edmonton when she was in Grade 10. She was just 16 years old when she made Team Canada for the first time, in the U-19 division. The tattoo of the Rugby Canada logo was to mark the occasion.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, August 28, 2016
The Prettiest Instagram Accounts To Follow For Ear Piercing Inspiration
by Elle Magazine
When you’re contemplating something kind of radical—a haircut, a piercing, a tattoo—it’s common practice to spend time doing research. And by research we mean scouring Instagram. Thanks to the rise of high-profile piercers like J. Colby Smith and Maria Tash from New York, and Brian Keith Thompson from L.A., as well as the availability of dainty, fine jewellery for freshly-pierced ears, piercings have had a stylish makeover that mean there are endless ways to adorn our ears, and Instagram is the perfect source of Instagram.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, August 28, 2016
10 Daith Piercings That Will Make You Want To Get Pierced
by Sophie Gallagher
You might have heard that daith ear piercings are a great migraine cure, but they look really cool too. Daith piercings pass through the ear’s innermost cartilage fold, the helix, meaning they’re kind of in an awkward position. In fact, it’s so awkward that it is usually pierced with a straight hollow needle instead of a piercing gun... But this position lends itself to adorable daith piercing jewellery, diamonds, studs and lots of ornate gold hoops.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 26, 2016
How Are Dermal Piercings Done? A Pro Piercer Tells It Like It Is
by Phoebe Waller
So you discovered the highly unusual yet sought after art of dermal piercing and fell in love with the style, but now you're probably beginning to wonder, how are dermal piercings done? Technically known as microdermal piercings, they're certainly not your average body mod, so it makes sense that you'd want to learn a little more about the actual procedure before going under the needle. For those who are still unclear as to what a dermal piercing is, BootsWebMD describes dermal anchors as, "...a cross between an implant and a piercing.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 26, 2016
90s Kids: The Tattoo Artist
by Gu Yifan
Shen Yuxin rejected a cookie-cutter lifestyle to become the sole female tattoo artist in her shop. Shen Yuxin began studying the craft of tattooing during her sophomore year of college. But it was not an easy choice. Her family opposed her career ambitions and cut financial support to the young student. Yet Shen was sure about her chosen path, and after finishing her education she began juggling part-time jobs, often surviving on little sleep, as she pursued her dream of becoming a tattoo artist.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 26, 2016
Tattoo fundraiser to help support local cats
by Melissa Schneider
St Thomas, Ontario -- Animal lover Lana Hicks couldn’t sit by and watch the local Animal Aide organization get inundated with kittens without stepping in to help. Hicks, the owner of Lady Unlucky Tattoo in St. Thomas, has started a Tatts for Cats fundraiser that will last the month of August and includes two pages of unique, hand-drawn art that she will be tattooing onto willing residents. In addition to the ink, there will be a raffle with items donated by local businesses and individuals.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 24, 2016
How Safe Are Tattoos?
by ACSH
Two generations ago, tattoos were relatively scarce, and primarily only among a few types of people, but their presence has increased from 5% in 2003 to 12% in 2016, and half of those with tattoos have more than one, all without really knowing the safety and regulation of the inks used for tattoos and permanent makeup. In the US, 40% of 16-34-year-olds have at least one tattoo. Though the Navy and Marines have long had tattoos, they recently had to get more lenient about volume, because so many young people had them.

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