Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 3, 2015
Foodies put their heart on their sleeve with tattoos
by Mia Stainsby
Penticton, B.C. -- To some, a sleeve is a 14-ounce beer glass; to others, it’s a wrist-to-shoulder tattoo. And when those worlds collide, you get something like Bad Tattoo Brewing in Penticton. “Like a true bad tattoo, our brews are handcrafted and leave you with a great story to tell,” the brewery motto explains. All their beers have a tie-in to tattoo culture and according to co-owner Martin Lewis, most of his staff are tattooed somewhere (or other).

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 3, 2015
Have ink? Tattoo convention converges on St. John's
by CBC News
St. John's, Newfoundland -- It will be like Christmas Day for the tattooed and tattoo-curious in St. John's, as dozens of tattooists break out their ink for a convention in the east end of the city. Hosted by Trouble Bound Studio, the convention brings together 39 tattoo artists from this province, the country and one artist from the United States. The convention is the brainchild of owner Dave Munro, who has been waiting for years for there to be enough demand in St. John's for an event of this kind.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, July 2, 2015
There's A Lot More Meaning To The Classic Ink Art Than You Know
by Annie Crawford
You’re loving Demi’s new rose tattoo, and the fragrant flower is perfect for expressing your wild heart ways. But before you go all lifelong and permanent, you want to know what does a tattoo of a rose mean? The first step is learning what the different colors of roses represent symbolically. On a straightforward level, the rose will always represent beauty and nature. But digging deeper, the color of a rose can carry special significance, and can be a way to communicate a message, whether delivered as a gift, or inked on your body for the world to see.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Don't Tell Me I Can't Get A Neck Tattoo
by Jane Marie
A few weeks ago, I was refused a tattoo. At a tattoo parlor. By a tattoo artist. At 1 p.m. on a Sunday, prior to consuming any Bloody Marys. I’m approaching 40, self-employed, and am generally used to doing whatever I want with my own body. (That last one was a joke.) This is my story. A brief historical aside: I got my first tattoo on my shoulder at age 19—my goddaughter’s name, about one inch long. (Yes, I was a godmother at 19. I’m from a special place.) My friend Jeff Zuck did it and he did a nice job and my dad is his dentist so he actually had a (lame) reason to turn me down, but chose not to. Thanks, Jeff.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Here's what's really happening to your skin when you get a tattoo
by Guia del Prado
In order for a tattoo to be permanent, ink has to get into the dermis, the tissue just underneath the outer layer of your skin, called the epidermis. This is done by making thousands of tiny pricks in the skin. To do that, a tattoo artist uses a handheld machine that has a needle affixed to it. The artist dips the needle in the ink, turns on the motor that moves the needle, and applies the moving needle to the skin.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
5 Tips For Piercing Your Belly Button If You're Plus Size
by Courtney Mina
When other plus size women discover that I have my navel pierced after flaunting my own sexy body jewelry (thanks to my many half-naked selfies), I’m immediately realized that there was a dire need for tips piercing your belly button if you’re plus size. When I was 16, I really wanted my tongue pierced. It was the “cool” thing to do back when I was in high school, thanks to the movie Thirteen staring Nikki Reed and Evan Rachel Wood. And like most teenagers, I really wanted to do something rebellious and edgy that expressed my youth and independence.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, June 28, 2015
Maud Stevens and the rise of the female tattoo artist
by Douglas MacGowan
As far back as the late 19th century, the tattooed woman was a staple of circuses and sideshows. In an age where a glimpse of a lady’s ankle was enough to cause outrage, countless men and women flocked to see barely-clothed women covered with drawings and quotations. Olive Oatman — who some consider the first Caucasian tattooed woman in America — fell into the trade of being paraded before eager audiences by circumstances beyond her control.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, June 25, 2015
Quotes For Summer Tattoos That Will Inspire All Year Round
by Terri Coles
There’s nothing like summer: warm weather, lots of sun, good times with friends. Even once summer no longer means two months of vacation, the season still seems carefree — and that feeling can lead to lots of memorable adventures even once you’re not spending every sunny day at the beach or exploring in the woods. And considering that our skin is finally let loose from those winter layers, it's no surprise summer can also mean an uptick in the number of tattoos. If you're the kind of person who looks to words for inspiration, there is plenty to be found by way of quotes that speak to the season.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
16 Women Show The Beauty In Body Modification
by Alanna Vagianos
Body modification includes anything from piercings and tattoos all the way to surgical augmentations such as implants and injections. Photographer Roger Kisby recently captured some of the many women who proudly sport their bold and downright stunning body modifications. Kisby just happened to be walking in Las Vegas on June 7 when he stumbled upon the Association of Professional Piercers Conference and Exposition. Though Kisby told The Huffington Post he himself doesn't have any tattoos or piercings, he said he was drawn to the opportunity to highlight the beauty in everyone's differences.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Healthgoth fashion trend started with an out-of-shape DJ
by Jesse Ship
Toronto, Ontario -- With a nightlife entourage of underground club promoters, bartenders and DJs, Chicago’s Johnny Love and his crew have helped propel a fitness subculture movement that’s become known as healthgoth. With their tattoos, piercings, coloured hair and black mesh workout gear, the healthgoth followers don’t fit the traditional gym rat mode. The success of Love’s viral Healthgoth Manifesto video on YouTube and his underground parties have brought him international fame.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The Origins Of Body Modification
by Justin Caba
A person’s decision to get a tattoo, piercing, or any other form of body modification can come from any number of reasons. However, people who don’t understand body alterations (mainly American) tend to write off this decision as an act of rebelliousness or a cry for attention. While this reasoning may encapsulate what tattoos and piercing have become in mainstream culture for some, those people tend to be unfamiliar with the history of body modifications and their cultural significance.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, June 21, 2015
Rihanna Releases Line Of Flash Tattoos
by Dory Larrabee-Zayas
Designer Jacquie Aiche, who has a very successful jewelry brand, is releasing a line of temporary tattoos with Rihanna! “Creating the tattoos was a really collaborative process between Rihanna and myself, which we feel is so evident in the final designs. There are gothic tattoos, but then we mixed in lots of daintier pieces for layering that are reminiscent of the way we stack our jewelry. The process was so much fun we decided to make another round, as well."

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, June 21, 2015
City of Ottawa moves to clean up tattoo parlours, nail and hair salons
by CBC News
Ottawa Public Health is holding consultations as it calls for more tools to crack down on health standards in hair salons, nail parlours, spas and tattoo and piercing shops. The department says health officials often have a difficult time locating all the personal services businesses in Ottawa in order to carry out annual inspections...

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, June 19, 2015
Why get inked? Body art aficionados share stories behind their tattoos
by Lauren Pelley
Toronto, Ontario -- Once counter-culture, tattoos have gone mainstream – and roughly four-in-ten Millennials have at least one, Pew research shows. At this weekend’s Northern Ink Xposure international tattoo convention, happening from June 19 to 21 at the Westin Harbour Castle, body art is ubiquitous. We asked artists and attendees for the stories behind their ink.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, June 18, 2015
The Be-All, End-All Guide to Dyeing Your Hair At Home
by Tynan Sinks
Coloring your hair at home involves so much more than simply buying a box of color and following the directions. There’s a lot to consider: the strength of dye you’re using, your skin and hair’s natural coloring and undertones, maintaining the color once you achieve it. I’ve taken my own experience, as well as the expertise of some of the coolest beauty editors and colorists in the business, to give you the ultimate guide to home hair color.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, June 18, 2015
Rainbow Colors of the Sand Art Hair Trend
by Kaylin Pound
Over the past few months, we’ve moved on from granny hair to pastel hair, to painted eyebrows and even half-and-half hairdos. If you thought those hair trends were cool, you’ll be glad to know coloring your locks with all sorts of eye-catching colors is about to get even better, since “sand art hair” is the newest trend taking the beauty scene by storm.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Tattoos in Newfoundland
by Karen Silver
Tattoos are arguably more popular, and accepted by the general public now than ever before. According to Dave Munro, owner of local tattoo studio Trouble Bound, tattoos are not just for sailors and convicts—who for some reason always seem to be lumped together in the stereotypical-tattooed-person category. Much of the general public has tattoos. It is not just the younger generations who are enforcing this change. People of all ages and backgrounds are tattooed and interested in the practice.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Things You Only Know if You Have a Nose Piercing
by Stevie Martin
In 2009 I got my nose pierced, and I can’t really remember anything about it except a big lump and loads of blood squirting on my exam paper (Literary Criticism And Theory, or something...). Then I got it re-pierced five months ago and while me and my piercing have had some good times, we’ve also had some shockers. If you’re thinking of getting it done, then someone needs to tell you the truth, and not the ‘Oh, you might get a lump but it’ll go really quickly’ truth. The ‘hard lumps of snot’ truth.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Notebook contains pages made of fake skin for tattoo artists
by Steven Tweedie
The first time an aspiring tattoo artist graduates from sketching in a notebook to actually tattooing a real person, there's always going to be a certain amount of risk involved for the person acting as their human canvas. But what if tattoo artists could get acquainted with the texture and nuances of tattooing skin without having to risk leaving their friend with a botched tattoo? That's the idea behind a new notebook called "The Skin Book" created by Tattoo Art Magazine with the help of Brazilian ad agency Lew’Lara TBWA, according to Gizmodo.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, June 11, 2015
Thousands sign petition calling for ban on children's ear piercings
by Jessica Elgot
United Kingdom -- Ministers will be asked to consider banning parents from piercing the ears of children or babies, because they are unable to consent to the procedure. Labour MP Mark Tami said he intended to raise questions in the House of Commons about a potential age restriction for piercings, after a petition calling for a ban on child piercings has more than 28,000 signatures.

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