Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 1, 2014
From The Designers Of Fitbit, A Digital Tattoo Implanted Under Your Skin
by Mark Wilson
For Co. Design's Wearables Week, NewDealDesign created a concept for a digital tattoo. But they think they can actually build the thing. From the Jawbone Up to the Apple Watch, wrist-based designs have become the de facto form factor for wearable technology. But we’re already wrist-banded out. So what’s next? We asked NewDealDesign, the design consultancy behind projects like the Fitbit line of activity trackers, and Google’s modular Project Ara smartphone, what things might look like when technology and fashion reach beyond the wrist. In response, they created Project Underskin. It’s a concept for a smart digital tattoo which would be implanted in your hand and interact with everything you touch.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Toronto tattoo vending machine dispenses random designs
by Nancy J. White
Toronto, Ontario -- At a cost of $80 per tattoo, customers at the Okey Doke Tattoo Shop can let a gumball machine select their ink for them. Karly Madill is waiting her turn at the Okey Doke Tattoo Shop to get a new design inked onto her ankle, but doesn’t know yet what it will be. She’s letting the gumball machine decide. Usually people put some careful thought into a tattoo. After all, they may wear it for life. But at the Dundas St. W shop, for $80, a customer can insert a token into the gumball dispenser and out spits a capsule containing a design. If the customer doesn’t like it, tough.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 29, 2014
Pierced and Prejudiced: The Rocky Relationship Between Body Modification and Employment
by Anna Belitskaya
The college experience is the time that students explore their creativity, widen their cultural knowledge, and calculate their assets. The world is our oyster and the capital city has a buzzing atmosphere which only enhances the sense of change and novelty of study at third level. It’s the times when, on a normal day out, one can go for three completely different types of coffee, attend an academic talk on ancient forms of contraception and spontaneously get two piercings and a micro dermal. The latter of which this writer has done, more than once.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 29, 2014
Things Every Good Piercing Place Does Well
by Waterloo Region Record
Waterloo, Ontario -- Anybody looking to add a little edge to his or her look should consider getting a piercing. Sporting a nice piece of jewelry on your ears, face or body can really be the embodiment of your self-expression and if done right, can add a little bit of swagger to the way you feel and the way you look. Before you go off to get your piercing, there are a few factors that should be considered when finding a good place to go and get the job done.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, September 27, 2014
South Surrey tattoo parlour lacked sanitary procedures: Fraser Health
by Tracy Holmes
A South Surrey tattoo parlour is the subject of a Fraser Health public-safety advisory. In a news release issued this morning, the health authority is recommending clients of Theatre of Pain Custom Tattoos and Airbrushing – at 26-15531 24 Ave. – who received services between June and August see a doctor, following an inspection in which the facility "was found to have inadequate equipment for hygienic operation and lacked sanitary procedures for safe handling of tattooing materials."

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 26, 2014
Piercings and tattoos do not desecrate, but adorn
by Catherine Streng
“You look like a pig.” “How dare you stick a needle into your body like that.” “I don’t like it. It’s not very lady like.” The above phrases illustrate comments directed at me at one time or another. Given the incredible number of ways people choose to modify themselves, such as skin bleaching, skin implants, or saline injections, my 15 piercings and single tattoo appear fairly conservative. And yet, I still receive nasty looks and jibes.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 26, 2014
Disney Princesses given rebel makeover with tattoos and piercings
by Kara O'Neill
Disney Princesses have been given their fair share of makeovers and their new hip look is like nothing you've ever seen before. Italian artist Emmanuel Viola has turned the depictions of the classic fairytale characters around to give the princesses a gothic edge with glamorous make-up, striking tattoos and a bold attitude. Striking images of the much-loved leading ladies have been used recently to promote awareness for a variety of different causes including sexual and domestic abuse and disability.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Bird Tattoo Trend
by Jodie Michalak
Currently one of the most popular tattoo trends for girls inspired by many celebrities is a small flock of birds tattoo. Often placed on the shoulder blades, chest or on an intimate curve of the back, the designs are dainty and also send the message of freedom and flight. Are you considering a bird tattoo? Let's take a look at the bird tattoo trend, and decide whether or not you're ready to make these feathered designs permanent.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Top 5 Animal Tattoo Designs
by Jodie Michalak
From pet memorial portrait tattoos to old school wild cat and sparrow designs, the following top 5 animal tattoo designs lead the pack for wild inspiration. There are many reasons people choose to tattoo animal designs. Whether to depict legend and myth, honor sacred pets or to embrace zodiac and astrology symbols, animals have universal lure. Before you tattoo your favorite beast, take a look at some of the more common meanings and associations of the top 5 animal tattoo designs and avoid any danger ahead.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 21, 2014
Corporate dress codes relax in an age of tattoos, piercings
by John Kell
Starbucks, Wal-Mart and PetSmart ask themselves whether letting workers dress more casual will help with retention – or scare off customers. If your Starbucks barista had an arm tattoo, would it stop you from ordering your daily espresso? Probably not, but Starbucks, at least for now, won’t allow baristas to have tattoos that are visible to customers. But the coffee giant is considering relaxing its dress code in the coming weeks in recognition that fashion tastes have changed.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 18, 2014
15 Incredibly Talented Tattoo Artists You Should Follow On Instagram
by Priscilla Frank
So you want a tattoo. Or you want to dream about maybe, possibly, someday getting inked. Or perhaps you just want to spice up your Instagram feed with dazzling colors, sharp lines and a taste of the immortal potential of body art. Either way, we're here to help. Behold, dear readers, our 15 favorite tattoo-themed Instagram accounts. Some work in monochrome palettes while others go wild with color. Some opt to rework traditional tattoo styles for a contemporary set while others stretch the collective vision of what a tattoo can be.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
My Trendy Cartilage Piercings Will Not Heal. Help!
by Ramona Emerson
Last summer I got two cartilage piercings in the upper part of my left ear. They're actually required by law if you live in Williamsburg, and they also seemed like a good way to stop being embarrassed about the fact that my left ear sticks out significantly more than my right one. I referred to them in private (and public) as the Take Back the Ear Movement™. I had it done at a pricey Manhattan piercing mecca, and they sent me home with instructions to wash the piercings twice a day and not sleep on my left side until they healed. Trouble is they never really healed.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
11 Things We Need to Stop Saying to People With Tattoos
by Eliel Cruz
Around the world, tattoos serve as important symbols of a person's religious beliefs, commemorate achievements and mark rites of passage. In all these spaces, tattoos are typically respected as something deeply intimate. Yet in the United States tattoos are still too often seen as irresponsible and a sign of rebellion.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tattoo enthusiasts gather for weekend event
by Tijana Martin
Lethbridge, Alberta -- Kyle Friesen, who considers himself a tattoo collector, was excited to add to his collection. Friesen was one of the many attending the Windy City Tattoo Weekend, which wrapped up Sunday at the Exhibition Park West Pavilion. Tattoo enthusiasts gathered at the event, many of which could be spotted getting tattooed right then and there. The event hosted over 80 artists from Alberta and across Canada, all offering their own unique style.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 14, 2014
Piercings – Everything you need to know
by Kay Bush
In today’s culture, it’s not uncommon for people to have multiple piercings. The present generation has broken through a barrier of wariness towards special piercings by experimenting with dermal (which is punched into your skin and the backing opens up underneath the skin), ear, and other body piercings. This development is fairly new and different from the status quo previous generations experienced. Unique piercings are rising in popularity and gaining acceptance from younger and older generations alike.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, September 13, 2014
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Nipple Piercings
by Jodie Michalak
Nipple piercing is by far one of the most popular forms of body piercing and is often considered the sexiest, leading the way before genital piercings. This ancient form of body adornment provides sexual pleasure upon stimulation and also looks pretty interesting too. If you're considering a nipple piercing, read these FAQ first and discover if it's a natural pair for your body art style.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 12, 2014
Starbucks Baristas Fight To Show Tattoos
by Alexander C. Kaufman
Starbucks baristas who've long been forced to hide their tattoos may soon be able to show off their ink. In an internal email to employees last week, Starbucks said that it's reviewing its dress code, including its long-standing policy forbidding workers from displaying their tattoos. The move comes as baristas mobilize against the coffee chain, demanding the freedom to let their tattoos be seen. A petition to overturn Starbucks' tattoo policy has gathered nearly 23,000 signatures since Aug. 20.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 12, 2014
Manicure, spa and tattoo health violations disclosed
by Robert Cribb
Toronto, Ontario -- City of Toronto website begins chronicling inspection results with sometimes serious breaches. The city’s BodySafe website, launched last year amid a Toronto Star/Ryerson University investigation detailing public health violations inside esthetics studios, tattoo parlours, barber shops and electrolysis clinics, now publishes the inspection histories of Toronto’s 3,000 “personal service settings.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Once frowned upon, body ink is becoming more mainstream
by Jesse Chambers
Tattoos — once a symbol of rebellion and used almost solely by bikers, prison inmates and sailors on liberty — are now quite common. They are seen on kids from the suburbs, as well as celebrities and famous jocks. Over the past two decades, the process of injecting ink into skin as a means to self-expression has entered the American mainstream, with one in five Americans now having tattoos. And the trend has hit Alabama in full force.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 7, 2014
Septum Piercings 101: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go Under the Needle
by Amy Sciarretto
Celebs ranging from Jessica Biel to Lady Gaga and everywhere in between have rocked faux and real septum piercings in recent months. So we’ve established that the septum piercing is having a moment. If you are thinking about taking the plunge because a fake septum piercing, like Rihanna’s isn’t doing it for you, here’s all the critical intel. I’ve basically assembled a rundown of pretty much everything you need to know about getting a septum piercing, since that space between your nostrils ain’t no joke.

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