Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Arab Ink Project: Exploring the Middle East through tattoos
by Chris Scott
The streets and walls of Beirut are covered with art. Graffiti of all different designs adorn every surface and colors jump out, seemingly trying to escape their cool gray canvases. This is where the Arab Ink Project was born. It's an initiative that explores Arabic culture through art, design and tattoos and shines a light on a culture little known beyond the Arab world -- even to people who visit the region. The project is the brainchild of Bashar Alaeddin, who took inspiration from Beirut's graffiti as a creatively stifled freelancer back in 2013.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Piercings nose their way into mainstream fashion as a form of self-expression
by Vivian Righter
aleria Morales entered a shop on the Venice boardwalk to get her septum pierced and thought, “Why not?” The first-year statistics student already had 10 piercings, including two cartilage piercings and a belly button piercing. Two of Morales’ friends had just gotten their septa pierced and she liked how it looked, she said. Worried she would look like a bull, Morales tested out fake septum rings she bought online to see how they looked on her. She liked the boldness.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, March 21, 2017
How tattoo artists are healing people with medical scars
by Amanda Cashmore
Scars are a reminder of a time that our skin was damaged. In the case of medical scars, they can be a slap in the face for people who have been through a trauma – every time they look in a mirror. Tattoo artists have been offering respite from scars for years now, and Britain has seen increasing numbers of them on our streets – in 2014, Experian reported a 173 per cent increase in tattoo parlours over 10 years. But what is it like to be the person tattooed, and from the other perspective, the tattoo artists? And in what ways can a tattoo artist heal you?

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Arnprior museum's 'evocative' tattoo exhibit draws new visitors
by Robyn Miller
Arnprior, Ontario -- The Arnprior and District Museum is drawing in new clientele with a travelling exhibit that features colourful images of tattoos accompanied by the moving and emotional stories behind the ink. 'My Story, My Tattoo" is a total departure from temporary exhibits the museum would normally bring in, said curator Janet Carlile who described the display as "evocative." "This is somewhat groundbreaking for us," said Carlile. "We would normally bring in an exhibit that would be a very complimentary one to the exhibits that we already have or indeed the history of Arnprior," she added.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, March 19, 2017
All Of My Piercings Made Me Love My Body More, So Stop Asking If I Regret Them
by Rebecca Clark
Unprofessional, trashy, a marker of low self-esteem — these are just a few words that I’ve heard used to describe my many piercings. While our society is fortunately moving toward eliminating that language about folks who choose to pierce their bodies, we aren’t there quite yet. Besides women having a single hole in their earlobes, piercings somehow still carry a stigma. Men with piercings have a sexuality assigned to them or are labeled as “creepy,” while women with piercings are deemed undesirable and unprofessional.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, March 19, 2017
I Used Vegan Hair Dye & The Results Were Better Than I Expected
by Jay Loke Hale
I've been experimenting with my hair color for half my lifetime. First with tame highlights and lowlights, then the occasional salon strawberry blond or box red, and now with a galaxy of pink, purple, and blue thanks to Arctic Fox, the vegan hair dye I used to transform my 'do. Arctic Fox has been on my radar for a few months, ever since a friend of mine, bona fide DIY dye expert Tristina Wright, gave me the lowdown on the do's and don't's of working with brightly colored dyes. When the company offered to send me some products, I jumped at the chance to try them.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, March 18, 2017
Getting a tattoo? Consider removal options and longevity first
by David Bell
The number of Canadians getting tattoos is increasing, but so is the number of people regretting getting one in the first place, a longevity columnist says. "Statistics show that both things are true — more people are getting tattooed and more people appear to want to get them taken off later," Sharon Basaraba told "Homestretch" this week. She says tattoos are far more common today than a few years ago. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau even has one.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, March 18, 2017
Everything You Want To Know About Nipple Piercings
by Lexy Lebsack
Everyone has an opinion on nipple piercings. Maybe you have one of your own. Maybe you want one. Maybe the thought makes you want to cross your arms and protect your breasts at all costs. Or maybe, like us, you just have a voyeuristic fascination with the whole thing. The nipple piercing trend is currently having a big moment, thanks to celebs like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Rihanna, Amber Rose, and Kristen Stewart — all rumored to have it — but given the nature, it’s difficult to get a handle on just how popular it is.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, March 18, 2017
Girl with the fox tattoo: Yellowknife woman uses body art to heal from sexual trauma
by Priscilla Hwang
It was her first tattoo, what she calls her "positive scar." Makenzie Zouboules of Yellowknife says she wanted to leave a special mark on her body following the negative ones left from being a survivor of sexual assault. "Two years ago was the last time that I was sexually assaulted," said Zouboules, a peer leader with FOXY (Fostering Open Expression among Youth), an N.W.T. organization that is helping young women learn about sexual health through expressions of art.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Toronto tattoo artist inking in honour of missing and murdered indigenous women
by Jackie Hong
Toronto, Ontario -- Toronto tattoo artist Jennifer Liles leans over Celeste Toledo’s arm, the distinctive buzz of her tattooing needle blending with the Nas album reverberating through her small west-end studio. It’s Valentine’s Day, but Liles isn’t inking a heart or lover’s name into Toledo’s forearm. It’s a monogram — MMIW — and it stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. This same day, hundreds of people gathered in front of Toronto Police Headquarters on College St. to remember and honour missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, trans and two-spirit people at the 12th annual Strawberry Ceremony.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Alternative ear piercings: shop the trend
by Aimee Grant Cumberbatch
The concept of the curated ear has been around for a little while now - think delicate gold and diamond studs dotted up and down the lobe and peeking out from within the ear. But just because your budget doesn’t stretch to the real thing, it doesn’t mean you can’t adorn your ears in similar style. Plenty of stores are now stocking affordable options to give jewellery-lovers more piercing possibilities than ever. If you’re starting from scratch then adding more lobe piercings is an accessible route into the trend.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Genital piercings aren’t as scary as you think – here’s what to expect from them
by Violet Fenn
So what makes people want to pierce their most sensitive areas? Chelsea Bunz is a professional piercer and also the person who did my own VCH – this woman has seen more of me than pretty much anyone other than my boyfriend. "I think genital piercing has always been popular – it’s just discussed more openly these days, which makes it increasingly acceptable to the mainstream. People from all classes and professions have them – you’d be amazed at some of the outwardly unlikely people who have ‘secret’ piercings."

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Everything You Need to Know About Lip Piercings
by Laura
If you're considering getting a lip piercing, you may have some questions you want answered before you take the plunge. For instance, what lip piercing options are available to you? Can lip piercings harm your oral health? What's the best type of lip piercing jewelry? How long do lip piercings take to heal? If you like large-gauge lip piercings, should you stretch from a smaller gauge, get pierced at a larger gauge, or have your lip punched? What does lip piercing aftercare entail? We answer these questions and more...

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Heartilage Cartilage Piercing Trend Takes Over Instagram
by Sarah Wu
Piercing options have never been as abundant as they are now. If you want to deck out your ears, your choices are practically endless. From simple lobe piercings to asymmetric constellations, there's an aesthetic for everyone. And the latest way to put a unique spin on your dainty bling is the heartilage piercing. According to Popsugar, heart-shaped cartilage (AKA, heartilage) piercings are a genius way to breathe new life into your existing ear jewelry. The technique comes courtesy of West 4 Tattoo's Robbie Milian, who frequently posts heart-shaped daith piercings on his Instagram.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, March 6, 2017
A Tattoo Shop Is The Best (And Coolest) Place To Pierce Your Kid’s Ears
by Christina Marfice
A tattoo shop may be the safest place to pierce your kids’ ears, even if the mall seems more family-friendly. I got my ears pierced a lot later than some kids. I desperately wanted them done, but my mom said no — she hadn’t been allowed until she was 17. Then, when I was 11, I opened my Christmas stocking to see the most exciting gift I had received in my young life: a set of colorful earrings. I remember asking my mom, almost in tears, if it was OK for me to pierce my ears. “If Santa says it’s OK, I guess it’s fine,” she answered. A few days later, we went to the mall to get it done.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, March 2, 2017
Unlicensed tattoo parlour in Owen Sound
by Owen Sound Sun Times
Owen Sounds, Ontario -- An unlicensed tattoo and body piercing business has been found to be operating in Owen Sound. A joint investigation by the Grey Bruce Health Unit and Owen Sound bylaw enforcement department identified the unlicensed and unregulated business that operated as SA Tattooing and Piercing at 360 8th St. E. since at least November. As the business was operating without a license, public health was unaware of its existence and inspections to ensure adequate infection control could not be carried out, it said in a news release from the health unit. The health unit cannot rule out the possibility that patrons of the business may have been exposed to blood-borne infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV...

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, March 2, 2017
Read This Before You Get Dimple Surgery Or Freckle Tattoos
by Alix Tunell
The farther you get past the age of six, the harder it becomes to look utterly adorable to anyone but the person sleeping with you. Beautiful, distinguished, wise — yes. But not cheek-squeezingly cute. (Fine, unless your name is Miranda Kerr.) So what's a Manic Pixie Dream Girl wannabe to do? Well, at one time, she might have bought some cat-eared flats and a ukelele, cut bangs, and called it a day. But we're living in the age of Instagram and truly bizarre beauty treatments, which means surgical dimples and freckle tattoos are procedures that exist — and are seeing a surge in popularity at the moment.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, March 2, 2017
Rare Images From the Early History of Tattoos in America
by Olivia B. Waxman
Getting tattoos can be painful, but did you know they were partly invented to treat pain? In the mid-18th century, Native American women tattooed themselves to alleviate toothaches and arthritis, similar to acupuncture. New York City is considered the birthplace of modern tattoos because it's where the first professional tattoo artist Martin Hildebrandt set up shop in the mid-19th century to tattoo Civil War soldiers for identification purposes, and it's where the first electric rotary tattoo machine was invented in 1891, inspired by Thomas Edison's electric pen.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 27, 2017
Tips to prevent dangling earlobes
by Bhakti Paun Sharma
Are heavy earrings and jewellery sagging your ear lobes? Try these tips. As much as we love wearing the fancy danglers, jhumkas or fancy earrings, it gets quite uncomfortable after a while. A few years down the line you’ll also see dangling earlobes. In fact, a few people have had to get the earlobes stitched to fix this issue. We aren’t saying you stop wearing fancy ear accessories completely but here are some things you can do to prevent dangling earlobes...

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 27, 2017
Body piercing is for all - even ‘cool grannies’!
by Harborough Mail
Body piercing is a comfortable fit with heavy metal fans or, perhaps, the under thirties age bracket. Yet Harborough’s only body piercing studio has dispelled many industry myths two months after opening its doors, writes Roland Graf. All1Tribe on Adam and Eve Street has revealed a cross-section of Harborough locals, including pensioners and office workers, are flocking to the studio looking for funky body art designs. Manager Louise Falcini said: “A body piercing studio has been a long time coming for Harborough, and it’s showed with the variety of customers we see. “When we first opened a lady well into her seventies walked in requesting quite a risqué piercing. She was a cool granny, no doubt about it."

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