Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 21, 2015
Girls Rocking Septum Piercings
by Roger Krastz
As of late, Septum piercings have become a trend among females. The piece of jewelry suspended from the nose, is a sexy and attractive accessory that flatters the shape of a females nose. While some may find the piercing unattractive, the septum rings look great on a variety of ladies, which helps make them more appealing and more popular.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
All The Mad Max Sister Wives Got Matching Tattoos
by Joseph Baxter
There was certainly no shortage of noteworthy bells and whistles looking to grab your attention in Mad Max: Fury Road. However, amidst the explosive mega-battles and guys with flamethrower guitars, the film also focused on the group of rescued women who were unwillingly betrothed to the film’s creepy post-apocalyptic overlord, Immortan Joe. It seems that the bond shared by their characters was mirrored in a real life friendship, as the group actually chose to venerate the experience with a special tattoo.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Tattoos disrupt key Apple Watch functions
by Matt Siegel
Early adopters of the Apple Watch, Apple Inc.’s first new product in five years, are complaining that a number of its key functions are disrupted by their tattoos. Owners of Apple Watch - including this reporter, who bought a 42mm version with stainless steel case and black classic buckle for $822 (U.S.) in Australia - have found that their inked skin confuses the sensors on the underside of the device. Users of the watch, which went on sale last week, took to social media on Thursday under the hashtag #tattoogate to air their frustration with the flaw from Apple’s renowned design house.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, May 18, 2015
A Brief History Of The Septum Ring
by Meg Zulch
In the past couple of years, septum rings and piercings have been all the rage, so perhaps it’s time to consider the history of septum rings. If you’re like me, almost everyone you know has either gotten a septum piercing or has at least talked about getting one. Urban Dictionary has described it as a piercing that “entitled first-world fauxhemians often get to seem ‘unique,’ ‘edgy,’ and/or ‘outrageous,’” and warns you to “arm yourself with caution, as they may bore you to death with diatribes about ‘cisgendered norms,’ ‘the patriarchy,’ and how monogamy is wrong if you enter their proximity.” This particular definition is offensive, but not entirely incorrect. Before the septum ring was a look owned by the feminist and punk populations, it had beginnings in multiple cultures around the world.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, May 18, 2015
Do You Still Need to Hide Your Tattoos and Piercings for Interviews?
by Laura McMullen
On paper, your résumé shows the perfect job candidate. On skin, your arm shows an anchor, some flowers and a cursive quote. For your interviewer, these two displays may give mixed messages. But it's not like your interviewer hasn't interacted with inked up folks before. Given the statistics, there's a good chance she's sporting a little something under her sleeve, too. A 2014 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of 1,000 adults asked if someone in their household had a tattoo. In 1999, 21 percent said "yes." In 2014? 40 percent. In fact, a 2012 Harris Interactive poll shows that 1 in 5 U.S. adults is tatted.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 15, 2015
The In-Your-Face-Fasion Trend to Make Your Mama Cry
by Melissa Pandika
Shhh, don’t tell Mom — nose piercings are having a fashion moment. Actually, it’s more a movement. OK, a quick update. After years of being the style staple of spiky-haired emo kids and sullen Goths, nose rings hit mainstream a few years ago as haute fashion for the professional millennial. But those were on the tame side of nostril jobs. Now we’re talking about a major migration to smack in the middle of the face: in the septum. Ouch! Right through a thicker chunk of flesh. And they are everywhere.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 15, 2015
Are facial piercings hitting the mainstream?
by Catherine Rodie
While facial piercings were once a sure-fire way to achieve a unique look, these days they are bordering on mainstream. Givenchy used models with elaborate facial piercings in its AW15 Paris fashion show. Celebrities such as Rhianna and Abbey Lee Kershaw have been seen sporting nose metal and even nipple jewellery. So are facial piercings losing their edge? Executive fashion director Nicole Adolphe from Cosmopolitan says that while facial piercings have become more popular, they are still a bold fashion statement.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 15, 2015
Tattoos can mark the end of breast cancer ordeal
by Erin Ellis
Port Moody, British Columbia -- Picture someone who’s loving their new tattoo: A woman who’s recently had a mastectomy is unlikely to leap to mind. Just as unexpected is a registered nurse who runs her own tiny tattoo clinic out of Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody. Yet Sandi Saunier sounds like any ink perfectionist when she talks about getting just the right pink or brown tone to create the illusion of a nipple on the reconstructed breasts of cancer patients.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, May 10, 2015
15 Mother Daughter Tattoo Ideas
by Tyler Atwood
hough bouquets and perfumes are considered perfunctory Mother’s Day gifts in some circles, there is nothing quite like a mother-daughter tattoo to declare your unerring love for an avant-garde parent. If you feel flowers are too staid and a card is far too conventional for your taste, a bit of ink can create a Mother’s Day memory no one is likely to forget. Though saying yes to ink is an undeniably dramatic manner of expressing gratitude to your mother, sometimes a smaller gesture isn’t quite enough to convey exactly how you feel about the woman who inspired your sense of confidence and self-worth...

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, May 10, 2015
10 Things You Need To Know About Piercing Your Vagina
by Danielle Page
Some brave women have tried something more permanent in order to make sex extra satisfying: clitoral piercings. But, how does having a clit piercing affect your sex life? Sure, nowadays body piercings are pretty mainstream. Around 83 percent of women in the U.S. have their ears pierced, and 33 percent are still rocking the belly ring. However, the purposes of those piercings are strictly aesthetic — we get them done because we like the way they look (and shopping for earrings and rings to put in them). But are we all missing out on the genital piercings that intensify sexual encounters?

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 8, 2015
How Legendary Tattoo Artist Jonathan Shaw Became the Next Bukowski
by Alex Morris
Jonathan Shaw traveled the world and inked up Johnny Depp's crew before turning his life into a stunning memoir -- Forty years ago — long before he was a world-renowned tattoo artist, or a beloved cult author — Jonathan Shaw was a teenage heroin addict and part-time hustler, "raised by wolves" on the streets of Los Angeles. He was also writing for an offshoot of the Los Angeles Free Press, where poet-novelist and lowbrow icon Charles Bukowski had a column. "We were both screaming-drunk one time," Shaw, now 61, says, "and Bukowski said to me, 'You're just a fucking punk kid living in Hollywood. Who wants to read about that? You need to get a fucking life so you have something to write about.'

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, May 4, 2015
The Story Behind the Most Viral 3D Tattoos Ever
by Meg Carter
Tony Booth earned the attention of Banksy, and the world, with a tattoo creation that seemed to turn a man into a cyborg. Booth talks about the combo of creativity and happenstance that yielded the mind-bending look. In just four weeks it became the most viral tattoo of all time—a 3-D cyborg-style hexagon sleeve tattoo by British tattoo artist Tony Booth, whose striking creation has so far charted almost 30m online views thanks to social media … and a little help from Banksy.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, May 4, 2015
Corset Piercing: women flaunt their laced-up boobs, bums and backs
by Laura Mitchell
etal rings are inserted into the desired area and coloured ribbons are weaved through to create a corset affect. And although the barmy body decoration looks a little painful the intricate designs are beautiful. The quirky trend, which can cost up to £500, can be applied to any area of the body where the skin is loose enough to pinch. Popular areas include the back, boobs and legs – but some even opt for throat-threading.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, May 4, 2015
Ink, Piercings, and the Workplace: Oh My!
by Royal Purple Staff
Throughout our younger years, we are told we are unique and we should embrace our differences from one another. We are taught that self-expression is a good thing, and we should be individuals and be proud of who we are. Once we get to college, however, the messages change. “Be yourself” changes to “be someone who can get hired” and “express yourself” becomes “do things that build up your resume.” This is just something that comes along with many of the bitter realities delivered with a “that’s just the way the world is” message from older generations. [..]There is no better example of this dilemma than tattoos and body piercings.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The body art of Bae Norita Gabao
by Bobby Lagsa
CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines – Deep in the forest hills of Malasag EcoPark in Barangay Gusa, lives the last Pangutob tattoo artist of the Tigwahonon Manubo tribe of Bukidnon province. Pangutob is the art of traditional tattoo of the Manubo tribe and there is now only one of these artists who is alive and still actively practicing the art of storytelling using the human body as canvas. Bae Norita Gabao lives with her granddaughter Payang in a small hut on the slopes of this watershed park.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Updated: Behind the ink
by Alex Mitchley and Refilwe Modise
Tattooing is an art form that takes years to master. It is not simply ink and needle, the reality is in the difficulty of creating works as flawless as a Rembrandt on a moving, elastic canvas. In layman’s terms, the process of tattooing involves inserting pigment (ink) into skin, however, it is not as easy as it sounds. Tattoo artist Ze from Fallen Heroes in Parkhurst explains that the process of tattoo is using a machine which punctures the skin as a needle moves rapidly up and down, with each puncture of the skin an insoluble ink is deposited into the second layer of the skin.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Senior Citizens Reveal How Body Art Still Looks Amazing On Aging Skin
by Lizette Borreli
To get a tattoo or to not get a tattoo, that is the question. The decision to go under the needle and adorn your skin with symbols of beauty, strength, and rebellion is usually driven by beliefs you hold (at the time). But it becomes a permanent mark on your skin — a canvas that is continuously aging — which for some leads to tattoo regret. In the U.S, one out of every five adults — 21 percent — has at least one tattoo, according to a recent Harris Poll. This number is closer to 40 percent among those ages 18 and 19. The rising popularity of tattoos means a large portion of this generation will grow old with skin art.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 22, 2015
How to recreate metallic body art, Coachella-style
by AFP-Relaxnews
Among the style statements inspiring Coachella envy across the web this past weekend were some of the particularly amazing body tattoos and makeup on show. Inking, painting, or simply sticking glittery sprinkles onto your skin has never been a more stylish way to make a summer makeup statement. From the whimsical to the geometric, face and body painting is hot news right now.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Dear fellow tattooed people: Lighten up
by Craig Hlavaty
Admittedly, I'm not the world's most tattooed person. I've not gone past my neck or wrist when it comes to artwork, and I've barely touched the surface of my legs. I won't be adding anything to my hands, face, neck, or head. It hurts like hell, I hear. I learned long ago, as my arms filled up with hearts, stars, cats, bats, numbers, phrases and assorted creepiness that I wore the tattoos, not the other way around. I controlled how people perceived me, and it wasn't these seemingly foolish modifications that would do the talking for me.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Tattoos Do's and Tattoos Don'ts: Booking Your Appointment
by Andrew Poitras
As a casual student of the arts for the last 20+ years, and an avid tattoo collector for the past nine years, I prefer to think of tattooing as if it were an extension of the humanities. In many ways, tattoos (especially traditionally styled ones) retain the essence of Paleolithic cave drawings, of which the oldest known to man are presumed to be dated over 35,000 years. And while it's impossible to know exactly the finer details behind what communication purposes the cave drawings served, it's painfully clear that humans have always carried an innate need to share stories with one another about our surroundings, our rituals and ceremonies, our backgrounds, and our journeys.

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