Posted by: Sarah on Friday, December 19, 2014
I Wanted to Break Up. Then He Got a Tattoo of My Name.
by Abbe Wright
“I have a surprise for you,” said my boyfriend, taking my hand and sitting me on his bed. Oh, goody! A gift! I thought. But instead of handing me a present, he lifted the bottom of his T-shirt and pulled it up to reveal a white bandage. I felt my heart begin to beat wildly against my rib cage. Oh God, no. Grinning, he peeled back the tape on the bandage to reveal jet-black curlicue script spelling out my name. Abbe. Inked into his skin. Forever.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, December 19, 2014
Ottawa tattoo shop tells Algonquin College to scrap proposed tattooing course
by Joe Lofaro
Ottawa, Ontario -- A proposed tattoo artistry program at Algonquin College has ruffled some feathers with a local tattoo studio that argues charging students to learn the craft would be nothing more than a “cash grab.” Employees at Living Colour, a downtown Ottawa tattoo studio, started an online petition Friday calling on the college to “cease and desist” the development of a tattoo program. As of Monday afternoon, it had collected more than 720 signatures.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, December 19, 2014
What It's Like to Have a Tattoo Removed
by Stacy Hersher
Although the day I got my tattoo was not well thought out, I had been considering the idea for a long time. I've always loved tattoos. I've seen so many beautiful and inspiring tattoos, and most have a story behind them. I knew that I wanted a tattoo and that I wouldn't get one unless it had meaning to me. When I was 19, one of my dear friends was killed in a car accident. I wavered about getting a tattoo to memorialize her. Three years later, I somehow happened upon the infinity sign as the perfect tribute.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 14, 2014
Sea Salt Soaks For Body Piercing Care
by Karen L. Hudson
Only pure sea salt is to be used. Table salt, kosher salt, epsom salts, and iodized sea salts are not acceptable. Sea salt can be found in many grocery stores and almost all health food stores. If you are not sure about the solution strength, put a dab on your finger and taste it with the tip of your tongue. It should be no saltier than a potato chip.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, December 12, 2014
Vancouver body modification artist attempts to break record for most piercings
by Thandi Fletcher
Vancouver, BC -- A Vancouver body-modification artist is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for most surgical needle piercings in one session. Russ Foxx says he hopes to make history Sunday by performing 10,000 surgical needle-piercings on friend Matthew Mendzyk, who goes by the nickname Can Can. “My strategy is to cram the needles as close together as close as I can,” Foxx told Metro. “I’m going to start with the least painful parts of his body and try to do as much as I can there until I run out space.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, December 12, 2014
Rook Piercing 101: Where It Is, What It Is, and Everything Else You Need to Know
by Amy Sciarretto
The rook is quite possibly one of the coolest piercings you can get, mostly because you probably wouldn’t notice or pay attention to the area without the piercing. The rook is an upper ear piercing and it’s not nearly as common as the tragus piercing. It can be totally versatile, depending on what jewelry you choose to wear, and it’s in such an unusual location — think of it as two cool steps up from your tragus. It could probably even start a conversation.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 11, 2014
Science ink: tattoos of the science obsessed (Book Review)
by Laura Howes
I admit, I was perhaps an obvious person to review this book. I have tattoos and enjoy finding out more about the science and safety behind them. The idea of a scientific tattoo has occurred to me in the past, but unlike the subjects of Carl Zimmer’s book my tattoos don’t relate to the little research I did, nor to my allegiance to the field of chemistry. If I’d taken the idea further, though, I myself might have featured amongst the scientific tattoos collected in Science ink.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 8, 2014
DIY: Temporary Tattoo
by Nandini Sharma
What are we making? A temporary tattoo. Why would we need it? Because tattoos are cool, tattoos are in, but tattoos are painful. Quoting Phoebe Buffay from the hit sitcom FRIENDS, "did you know they do this with needles?" Well, that was 19 years back. Now we all know that they do it with needles, and man is that painful. However, using the below DIY process, you can make yourself a nice temporary tattoo, and that too without any needles.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 7, 2014
21 Designers Show Off Their Tattoos From Nerdy to Sublime
by Tim Nudd
There's a certain amount of pressure on designers when they decide to get tattoos. It's like a hairdresser's hairstyle, or an architect's home—the choices you make seem weightier, more personal somehow, given your background. Creative Bloq recently asked 21 designers to show off their tattoos, and explain what makes them special. And the designs, and inspirations, are varied and fascinating. Facebook designer Russ Maschmeyer and freelance letterer and illustrator Jessica Hische got the tattoos above. His is RGB.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 7, 2014
Christmas Tattoos That Should Never Have Happened
by Chloe Tejada
Christmas is a time for getting together with your loved ones, for eating lots of delicious food and for opening presents. Some people love the festive holiday so much that they get Christmas tattoos to flaunt their feelings for St. Nic. This is all fine and good and who doesn't love a cool "Nightmare Before Christmas" tat, anyway? However, some people take their love for Christmas a bit too far and get tattoos that should never have happened.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 7, 2014
Scalp tattoos restore the look of hair — and confidence
by Jodie Sinnema
Edmonton, Alberta -- For the last few years, Tammy Zielke has applied a layer of eyeshadow to her scalp every week, blending black and brown to create a head of hair. “I love your hairstyle,” strangers would say. “Where do you get your hair done? I wish I could do that.” They change their mind when they find out Zielke is largely bald, having lost her hair to alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition where her body attacks the hair follicles and makes that hair fall out in patches. Zielke, 39, has had a love affair with her hair — and heartbreak over its loss — for her entire life. So recently, she ponied up the cash for what she hopes is a permanent solution: hair tattoo or, more specifically, scalp micropigmentation.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 4, 2014
14 Struggles All Who Dye Their Hair Will Definitely Recognize
by Gina Vaynshteyn
The first time I dyed my hair was my parents’ community pool, because I knew if I dyed my hair in their bathroom, they would have grounded me until the very end of time. I tried going “red” but it really just came out “brown with a hint of dried up orange peel.” That was in 2004, and I’ve often then dyed my hair different colors since. I’ve done stripes of caramel tones (read: orange), purple-black, red-black, brown-red, red, and most recently, black.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The Identity Crisis Under the Ink
by Chris Weller
Americans—particularly Millennials—are getting more tattoos than ever. Is a shifting, increasingly uncertain culture to blame? Some weeks ago, during a bleary-eyed subway ride to work, I found myself staring at a young woman on the other side of the car. She wore business attire with a North Face jacket and flip-flops, and she had an infinity symbol tattooed along the outside of her left foot, only a portion of the loop had been left out to make room for the word Love.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 1, 2014
Survivors Ink: tattoos of freedom
by Annie Kelly
Underneath the feather that stretches across the back of Erica’s neck, the words Sin City are still just about visible. A mark from her time on the streets of Columbus, Ohio, trafficked and controlled by a street gang of the same name. The tattoo meant that Erica belonged to them. They would feed her, clothe her and supply her with whatever drugs she needed to get by, but she was their property and any money she made was theirs as well. Even after she managed to get free, the words on the back of her neck pulled her once again to those same streets.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 1, 2014
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Tattoos Have Begun
by Andrew Steinbeiser
The race for the Ultimate Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan has just begun, and we already have a clear leader. While most fans were content to just make a tribute or spoof trailer, Arizona resident Jordan Breckon went above and beyond by getting the trailer’s new droid forever inked onto his flesh. As BuzzFeed reported, Breckon, 22, wanted to get the droid tattoo “the second” he saw it last Friday morning. Obviously, he wasted little time getting to it.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 30, 2014
Piercings, pacemakers, tattoos and other embedded metal can pose problems during MRI scan
by Helen Branswell
The potential list of metal bits is long: stents or shunts, surgical screws or plates, artificial joints or implanted electrodes, dental posts, body piercings or even so called permanent makeup, eyeliner or eyebrows that are tattooed on. We humans are made of flesh and bone, of cartilage, sinews, muscles and tendons. But a surprising number of us carry around embedded metal as well. The potential list of metal bits is long: stents or shunts, surgical screws or plates, artificial joints or implanted electrodes, dental posts, body piercings or even so called permanent makeup, eyeliner or eyebrows that are tattooed on.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, November 29, 2014
Tattooing the way to better confidence
by Grant Granger
New Westminster, BC -- Cosmetic tattooing allows estheticians to draw permanent eyebrows, eyeliners, lips and nipples. Kovats took the courses to add those skills to her repertoire earlier this year and that long-time client was first in line to get new eyebrows. “It’s given her such a relief that she can wake up in the morning and see herself as normal again,” says Kovats, who was invited to be an esthetician at the 2012 Oscar awards by one of her suppliers. “Those little things can affect a person. Me being able to give her her eyebrows back has made her extremely happy.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 27, 2014
The American Origins Of The Not-So-Traditional Celtic Knot Tattoo
by Ari Shapiro
What is the most cliched tattoo you can think of? Chinese characters? A tribal armband? How about a Celtic knot? Those interlocking lines that look like ropes or basket weaving. Last week I was in Ireland and decided to investigate the roots of this trend. I spoke with Kevin McNamara at the Dublin Ink tattoo parlor. "It would be a weird week in the shop if I didn't do at least, like 40," he told me. "That's not a literal number, but yeah, it's nuts." Without Celtic knots and shamrocks, McNamara said, he would never have learned how to tattoo.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 27, 2014
Tattoos ‘a conversation starter’
by Jennifer Lee
Toronto, Ontario -- It turns out they’re good customer service, he says. Starbucks barista Myron Mayne has tattoos on both his wrists, but until recently he had to cover them up with sweatbands at work. That changed last month. “I had a person come in and ask, ‘What is your tattoo of?’” Mayne said. ‘I said, ‘It means perseverance in Hebrew,’ and then they asked, ‘Why did you choose this?’ It’s a conversation starter.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 24, 2014
'War Ink' blends body art and stories of those who served
by Jon R. Anderson
Former Special Forces medic Jason Deitch is an open book — written in code. It's not just the cryptic Latin verses scrawled on his forearm around the image of a skeleton; he says each of the 10 tattoos that cover much of his chest, back and arms tells an important story. But if you want to know the stories, you have to ask him what they mean. "Tattoos are a record or a journal of a veteran's experience — where they've been, what they've done, what they've seen, who they've lost," says Deitch, a sociologist who works with the Veterans Administration in San Francisco's Bay Area.

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