Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 28, 2014
Amazing modifications: horns, fangs and whole body tattoos
by Herald Sun
Horns, fangs and whole body tattoos are among the amazing body modifications you have to see to believe. What about a hole in your cheek so you can poke your tongue out the side of your mouth? If there is body art that can be done then there will be someone crazy enough to endure the pain. Recently the world’s most pierced man was refused entry to Dubai because of how he looked. Here are some others that might also struggle to get in.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 28, 2014
How tattoos went from cool to corporate
by Benjamin Voyer
How far are consumers ready to go to show their love to brands? As the BBC recently noted, tattoos representing brands are getting more and more common. But why? And what does it tells us about the psychology of consumers and brand identities? One simple way to explain this phenomenon is the changing perception people have of tattoos. They have been “de-marginalized” and have gone from being a sign of rebellion to acceptance by the masses. They are now an almost ubiquitous part of pop culture, just like the brands that have worked so hard to get there.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Get inked! This tattoo shop is ready to colour your world
by Waterloo Region Record
Waterloo, Ontario -- Uptown Ink Tattooing and Body Piercing in Kitchener wants to colour your world! Delivering quality and professional tattoo artistry and piercing services, Uptown Ink, owned by April and Mike, can make your vision a reality. With more than 26 years of experience, tattoo artist Mike truly listens to what you want in a tattoo and can advise you on colours, size and placement.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Ear compositions: the subtle new way to adorn your ears
by Bibby Sowray
There's something wonderfully rebellious about getting an ear piercing. Quick, inexpensive and only as permanent as you want it to be, it's the ultimate non-committal statement. They're also having something of a renaissance, with multiple piercings losing their 'aggressive' connotations and gaining hoards of fashionable fans. New York piercer J. Colby Smith seems to have sparked the trend with his 'ear compositions' - an arrangement of perfectly-placed piercings that suit your ear shape and personal style.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 22, 2014
Septum Rings Are Having a Moment
This has been a big year for piercings. Celebs expanded their earring horizons with ear cuffs, ear waves, two-sided earrings and more. But there are some stars for whom a funky earring is not enough, so they’ve brought a funky edge to the jewelry scene with their septum rings — in the case of these three celebs, all in the past week. Lady Gaga is always boundary-pushing, but she opted for the most traditional version of the ring — the one that all of the skateboarders in your freshman year homeroom had, with the captive bead.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 22, 2014
15 Pretty Ear Piercings That'll Inspire You to Add More Studs
by Sara Tan
It has been exactly 26 years and some months since I last pierced my ears. Yes, I was one of those barely alive babies rocking studs that looked like they could anchor me down. And while I have dabbled with nose piercings and been poked and prodded in the name of beauty many times since then, it wasn’t until recently that I thought hey, ears, what do you think about getting some more holes? Perhaps it’s because I’m hitting my quarter-life-crisis stride or I’m just getting bored with my lackluster one-holed ears. The NY Times, however, would suggest another reason: it’s because piercing are back, baby.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
German man with record piercings denied entry to Dubai
by Adam Schreck
A heavily tattooed German man whose face is embellished with horn implants and more than 100 piercings said Sunday he was refused entry to Dubai without reason, forcing him to skip a planned appearance at a nightclub. His look may have been a step too far for the Gulf’s most liberal city, where a carefully cultivated reputation for tolerance and cutting-edge cosmopolitanism occasionally clashes with the region’s conservative Islamic values.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 18, 2014
Cat + Tattoo = 'Cattoo' Purrfection
by Kimberly Yam
Those tattoos bearing your significant other's name aren't fooling us. It's time to put in ink your feelings for the one you really love most -- your kitty. These cat tattoos, better known as "cattoos," kind of have us saying "Meow-ouch," but we all know true love is pain.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 18, 2014
Where bad tattoos go to die
by Gord Kurenoff
Vancouver, B.C. -- Gastown Tattoo Parlour is one of only a handful of tattoo outlets in Metro Vancouver that use lasers to remove tattoos -- Rifling through his morning emails last week, Ed Miller unintentionally served up one of those “You might be a redneck” moments that made comedian Jeff Foxworthy a household — or at least trailer park — name in the early ’90s. While methodically listing the dos and don’ts of joining Generation Ink for a customer, the 38-year-old co-owner of Gastown Tattoo Parlour said that “getting cousin Jimmy to try his untested amateur artistry on you means I’m likely going to see you downstairs in the future.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 15, 2014
Tattoo artist uses hand poke technique without machines
by Emily Stroud
It's a studio where you won't get a manicure or massage."We have a very spa-like environment. We try to be more relaxing and a little bit more calming than other studios can be," Bryan Thomas said. Welcome to Born This Way Body Arts. It is owned by a longtime professional body piercer who has explored other forms of art, Bryan Thomas. "I began painting and really fell in love with doing pointillism," he said. His pointillism art displayed on the wall is made up of thousands of tiny dots. That evolved into an interest in Tebori tattoo also called hand poke tattoo.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 15, 2014
These Tattoo Artists Are Giving Us a Colorful New Reason to Love Instagram
by Elyssa Goldberg
One in five Americans has a tattoo. Deciding what marking deserves a lifetime on your skin can require a lengthy discovery process. Should you go with a traditional style or modern? Black and white pencil drawing, or saturated colors? Which parlor? Which artist? Thanks to a thriving and active community of talented tattoo artists and their hundreds of thousands of followers (or in Kat Von D's case, millions), Instagram makes answering those questions a whole lot easier.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 14, 2014
How to Fake Multiple Piercings with Ear Cuffs and Crawlers
by Andrea Cheng
imilar to arm parties, stacked rings, and layered necklaces, there’s an art to mastering a beautifully cuffed (or in some cases, multi-cuffed) ear. The goal? To elegantly fake piercings that, as a whole, would read more downtown cool with a sophisticated uptown spin and less Girl with a Dragon Tattoo-scary. Take Emma Watson for instance—she gave her red carpet look an edgy twist with a diamond-studded Ana Khouri ear cuff that crept from her lobe all the way up her helix.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 14, 2014
If body piercings could harvest human energy...
by Michelle Starr
A conceptual collection of gold and biopolymer jewellery consists of three pieces, each of which pierces the skin: E-pulse Conductor, Blood Bridge, and Blinker. What if you could wear a smartwatch powered by the kinetic energy of your movements, or LED jewels that glow on contact with the warmth of your skin? It's not that far-fetched -- after all, we already have kinetic analog watches, and a high school girl invented a thermoelectric torch last year. Jerusalem-based artist and designer Naomi Kizhner has designed a series of body jewellery called Energy Addicts that is designed to tap into the energy our bodies generate on a daily basis -- but not in the way you might think.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 11, 2014
Burned by bad ink? Tattoo removal service lists top 10 tattoo regrets
by Jacob Morgan
Regina, Saskatchewan -- Regina’s Nu Image Medical Esthetics now offers a state-of-the-art tattoo removal procedure, which proponents say can get rid of unwanted body art without leaving behind any scarring. “After the treatments are done, your skin will look normal as opposed to having varied texture or discoloration,” says medical esthetician Miranda Francoeur. She added that the equipment at Nu Image is known as the Q-Plus laser.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 11, 2014
Residential tattoo parlour in Camrose
by Caley Ramsay
Edmonton, Alberta -- Alberta Health Services has shut down a home-based tattoo parlour in Camrose due to improper sterilization and sanitation processes. AHS is urging anyone who received a tattoo from ‘Dermal Defiance Tattooing’ – located at 123 Mount Pleasant Drive in Camrose – or from the parlour’s operator, Trevor Thompson, to be tested for Hepatitis B and C and HIV. “This particular home-based tattoo operation did not have these proper sterilization or sanitation processes in place...”

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 8, 2014
The Piercing Bible Interview
by Jodie Michalak
Author of The Piercing Bible and Master Piercer Elayne Angel is just the person you'd be lucky to meet if you were interested in getting pierced. After all, she's pierced over 40,000 people in her career and her passion could put anyone at ease. Perhaps it is the tattooed angel wings upon her back (which are registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office) or her love and respect for the industry that puts her in a league of her own. She's passionate, educated, and she's got your back.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 7, 2014
Canadian professor made to leave Burma due to anger over Buddha tattoos on leg
by National Post
Jason Polley says the incident was sparked by a local person, who took a picture of his Buddha tattoos and posted it to Facebook. The photo apparently went viral in the southeast Asian country. On Saturday night, Polley says local officials came and photographed his leg at his hotel before putting him and his Hong Kong girlfriend on a 15-hour car ride to the airport. He says he initially believed he was going to be arrested and deported, but was later told he should leave the country for his own safety. Western tourists with Buddha tattoos, especially those below the belt, have had issues in south Asian countries previously. Thailand’s culture minister considered banning Buddhist tattoos for foreigners, deeming it “culturally insensitive.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Jewelry for Initial Piercings
by Association of Professional Piercers
Choosing jewelry for a new piercing is obviously quite different from shopping for a ring to wear on your finger. Because body jewelry is worn inside a wound and is in contact with your internal tissues, only certain products are suitable. The look of the jewelry that is placed in your fresh piercing must be secondary to aspects that affect safety and compatibility with your body. The size, style, material, and quality of the initial piece of jewelry all affect your ability to heal.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Tattoo and Piercing Combinations
by Inked Staff
One way to make a tattoo stand out even more is by having a piercing near or on the tattoo. When you add a subdermal piercing to a tattoo of an oyster it makes it look like a 3D pearl! Check out this gallery of cool tattoo and piercing combinations.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, August 5, 2014
16 Tattoo Trends Through the Years
by Kiyonna Anthony
Getting inked may have been a taboo thing in the past, but today’s society embraces tats like they’re modern-day birth marks. With that said, anything seen as an act of rebellion almost always becomes something mainstream and trendy over time. With celebrities like Rihanna and Justin Bieber getting inked all over–after all, they’re like the poster children for #TeamTatted–it’s no wonder why fans try to replicate their ink.

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