Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 21, 2017
'Every tattoo comes with a story'
by Sabine Chen
Four female artists tell of tattoo empowerment, dealing with stigma and odd customers -- More than 160 international and local tattoo artists will take part in the inaugural Singapore Ink Show, which runs from today to Sunday. The event is the latest here to focus on tattoo art. The Singapore Tattoo Convention and Singapore Tattoo Art and Culture Show were held in 2009 and 2010 respectively. While the body ink industry is still dominated by men, female tattoo artists are no longer a rarity. The Straits Times speaks to four local female artists who will be at the show.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 21, 2017
Foreign Disciples Flock to Shanghai Tattoo Master
by Mark Andrews
Shanghai, China -- Daniel Whitford is deep in concentration as he hunches over a sheet of silicone practice skin at Zhen Cang Tattoo. Sporting a black baseball cap, the American apprentice holds his focus as he inks a tattoo he designed himself. Each precise stroke is followed by the dab of a cloth. His teacher and the parlor’s owner, Shao Gang — or Just Shao — nods his approval, giving infrequent guidance in simple English. “Just Shao is a tattoo monk,” Whitford tells Sixth Tone with a smile. Shao’s shaved head, round face, and calm, serious demeanor could well see him mistaken for a monk if he were to don flowing robes. Instead, his waistcoat and hand-carved pipe betray a life devoted to the aesthetic, not the ascetic — though he approaches his work as a spiritual calling.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 20, 2017
Spring's Newest Hair Color Trend Is "Slime Roots"
by Eman Idil
I have watched far too many mermaid-hair-gone-wrong videos to trust just any product with my curls. But a striking new look straight from Tasha Spencer at Bleach, the famous London salon specializing in the brightest and boldest hair hues, is making me reconsider my status as a hair color virgin. It's called "slime roots" and it is glorious. It’s exactly you could possibly want: a slimy green-and-magenta look that will make all those mermaid hair photos on your Pinterest board possible.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Is the Internet Ruining Tattoos?
by Rachelle Bergstein
I wanted a simple black line, representing the crest of a wave, inside my wrist. The year, like the ocean, had been a series of ups and downs: I’d had my first child, published my second book, and dealt with a health scare. At the end of it all, I felt surprisingly buoyant. If this wasn’t the moment to reward myself by indulging a long-held wish, then when? The appointment took less than an hour, and the tattoo was done in a matter of minutes. I showed the artist a picture of what I wanted on my phone, and he kindly and dutifully copied it. When I left the shop, my mind buzzing and my wrist wrapped in cellophane, I was proud of myself. But there was also a question nagging at me from the moment I got back into my car. Did I just get a Pinterest tattoo?

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Scarification: The extreme body art that’s making a mark
by Erica Lenti
When Holly Mosienko decided to cover up an unsightly scar on her leg, she strayed away from typical solutions, like plastic surgery or makeup. Instead, she opted for more scarring – this time, in the shape of a tribal dragon. The procedure, known as scarification, is a form of extreme and permanent body modification that is offered in many tattoo and piercing stores across the country and is gaining popularity. It involves a process in which one’s skin is cut, etched, burned or branded into a design to create a inkless tattoo-like scar. Though it is not as widely practised as tattooing or piercing, it has been around for just as long.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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. Let's face it, when you go under the piercing needle, you are literally puncturing a hole in your body. Now don't get me wrong, piercings are awesome, but just like tattoos or other body mods, piercings change your natural body and can lead to infections if you don't look after them properly.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 17, 2017
Getting Inked for the Resistance
by Clara Chaisson
This tattoo studio is responding to Trump’s attacks on people and the planet with body art. Berkeley, California, might just be the only place on the planet where you could spot lagoon-loving vaquita porpoises, Arctic polar bears, delicate inflorescences of Texas wild rice, and honeybees all at once—in tattoo form, at least. Since the presidential election, Modern Electric Studio has been holding monthly fund-raisers to benefit organizations that support causes threatened by the Trump administration. On these Flash Fridays, artists create a selection of tattoo designs thematically related to the organization’s work for $100 to $200 a pop. Offering up skin-and-ink versions of endangered wildlife, their March event raised about $2,400 for NRDC.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 17, 2017
Tattoos Could Be Good for Your Health
by Nicole Briese
We’ve all heard the negatives associated with tattoos — they hurt, they can influence potential employer perceptions, they can lead to regret and painful removal, the list goes on and on. But science just scored one major point for the positives associated with body art that may have you rethinking your doubts. A newly published study in the American Journal of Human Biology by researchers at the University of Alabama has discovered that getting tattoos can not only enhance your outward appearance, but your inner health, as well. The study, which looked at 24 women and five men between the ages of 18 and 47, tested the saliva of participants for immunoglobin (the antibody that helps you fight illnesses like colds) and cortisol (a stress-related hormone that can lower your immune system) both before and after getting body art.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 17, 2017
Meet This Badass 100-Year-Old Tribal Tattoo Artist
by Lydia Morrish
There are few things cooler than people continuing to be a badass into their old pensioner years. And while the term "badass" is totally overused and pretty annoying, we feel that's the perfect way to describe Whang Od, a 100-year-old who has dedicated her entire life to tattoos. The last remaining 'mambabatok' (traditional tattooist) in the Kalinga tribal community in the Philippines, Od has offered her hand-tapped body art from her hilltop hut to everyone in the neighbourhood – where tattoos used to be compulsory – as well as globe-trotting travellers.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 16, 2017
My Piercings Give People Something to Look At
by Candace McDuffie
I was 16 when my mother took me — after weeks of endless harassment — to get my very first facial piercing: my right nostril. I already had my ears done and thought getting my nose pierced would be cute, subtle, and slightly edgy. I was a little worried about the pain, but as soon as I entered the piercing parlor, I knew that there was no point in turning back. And honestly, I’m so glad I didn’t. My mom thought getting my nose done was innocent enough, but ignored my subsequent requests for more piercings. I knew as soon as I turned 18, I would collect quite a few of them. And over the next decade, I somehow managed to accumulate a total of seven body piercings...

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 16, 2017
Temporary tattoos that smell like herbs and flowers
by Ellen Scott
I’ll be honest. Before today, the idea of a scented temporary tattoo had never crossed my mind. But now that I know they exist, they’re all I want. All tattoos should be scented. They can be the new way to do perfume. The geniuses bringing us scented temporary tattoos are Tattly, a Brooklyn based temporary tattoo company. They’ve made scented tattoos before, but their latest collection is extra special. They’re not gimmicky or over the top, but instead feel genuinely grown up and cool. Why? Because the designs and scents are themed around herbs.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 16, 2017
Tattoos after a devastating loss
by Barbara Saunders
St. Thomas, Ontario -- Some of the tattoos are for a special remembering. There is a mom who has a tattoo of two rose buds for the children who have died due to miscarriages nestled next to an open rose for the child who is alive. This is a special reminder for her. People find imaginative ways of permanently remembering their special person with a tattoo. The name, date of birth and date of death surrounded by a heart design, butterflies, dragonflies, tree of life with special indications for each family member, a balloon, fishing rod and more. The choices are endless.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Elder Goths: When Growing Up Doesn't Mean Abandoning Your Favorite Youth Culture
by Stephanie Dubick
Jillian Venters, who also goes by "The Lady of the Manners," has been a goth for most of her life—which means that she's identified as a goth for nearly as long as it's been an identity. She recalls watching the subculture evolve out of its heyday the 80s: "Almost all of the images are of people in their teens and 20s. You have these waif-y, incredibly perfect-skinned little goth girls running around graveyards and looking immaculate." Today, she lives in Seattle and runs the popular goth blog Gothic Charm School, which is billed on its homepage as "an essential guide for goths and those who love them."

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Everything You Should Know Before Getting A Dermal Piercing
by Lucy Morris
The debrief: Will it hurt? Will it get infected? Where should you get pierced? All your questions answered so you face the needle with zero fear. Unlike a standard cartilage or even belly button accessory, this is what’s known in the biz as a ‘single-point surface piercing’. Jargon aside, this means its trickier to change, clean and care for because it doesn’t pierce through the skin, rather it’s embedded in and sits inside the dermis layer with an anchor keeping it in place. Think no exit point.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 11, 2017
How To Choose A Tattoo You Won't Regret
by Brad Nash
what were once intricate black-and-white pieces have over the years spread into tribal mush on some gym bro’s arm, terrible sports club logos on lads and cursive monstrosities of nationalism plastered across all-too-willing ribcages and triceps. Often the question creeps into your head as to whether the tragic bastard brandishing their inky nightmare regrets their decision. You’ll never know, but we can make sure that should you ever decide to get some ink for yourself, you absolutely won’t. As Clichéd as it is, we’ll eco the sentiment here: ‘Try and take inspiration from the things you’re passionate about’.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 10, 2017
I Colored My Brows Blue and I Loved It
by Sam Escobar
I started working at Allure a few weeks ago, just prior to its spectacular April issue's debut (which you should go pick up ASAP for a multitude of reasons). Not only am I fortunate enough to work in a position that allows me to play around with my hair color and wear green lipstick on camera, I also feel incentivized to experiment with new techniques, trends, and products. What better way to learn than by first hand? And that is exactly why I decided to try coloring my eyebrows a super bright shade, just like a makeup artist did for a model in one of our lovely in-book shoots.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 10, 2017
The Surprising Reason Why Piercings Are So Addictive
by Cory Stieg
You've probably heard someone who has a few piercings or tattoos express that getting one makes them want to have more. They're addictive, they might say, but talking about addiction in any form is way more nuanced than just saying you like doing something. Piercings can be psychologically "addictive," in the sense that many people will continue to see how far they can push their limits once they start getting them, says Stephanie Hutter-Thomas, a professional body piercer and PhD candidate studying the psychology of body art.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 10, 2017
Are Tattoos Bad For You?
by Markham Heid
Tattoos are more popular than ever. Roughly half of millennials have one, as do 36% of Gen Xers, according to a recent Harris poll. The number of Americans with at least one tattoo has jumped 50% in the past four years. This explosion in popularity has led some health experts to take a closer look at the practice. What they’ve found so far raises questions—and some concerns. A study published this year found that tattoos may interfere with the way your skin sweats. Compared to non-tattooed skin, inked skin excretes about 50% less sweat, says study coauthor Maurie Luetkemeier, a professor of physiology at Alma College in Michigan.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Inuit tattoo revival reaches Ulukhaktok
by Mackenzie Scott
After eight months of planning, Hovak Johnston has been able to bring the Inuit Tattoo Revitalization Project to Ulukhaktok, N.W.T. "The oldest woman that I tattooed, she was 73 years old, and it's so powerful," she said. "I've had so many tears already." Johnston arrived Friday and will be in the hamlet of just over 400 people for more than a week, one year after she brought the Inuit Tattoo Revitalization Project to Kugluktuk. The goal is to bring back a tradition that had nearly become "extinct" in the Inuit culture. "It hadn't been practiced in three generations," said Johnston.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 4, 2017
The Raddest Piercing Trends From Around The World
by Erika Stalder
A quick survey of your yoga class or brunch buddies can tell you what piercings reign supreme in your circle. But what if we lived in another part of the world? Would we still see countless constellations dancing across the earlobes of our nearest and dearest? It’s a question we took to an all-knowing oracle (Instagram, of course). There, we spent hours tracking what people in some of the coolest cities, like Verona, Tokyo, Helsinki (and yes, New York and L.A.) are piercing. What we found revealed both inventive options (like edgy dermal piercings) and a few old-school styles that are having a major comeback.

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