Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 26, 2015
These Montreal Tattoos Will Impress You
by Hannah Korbee
This city has some of the best artists in the world. Montreal, you’ve got some great Ink. Seriously, we wouldn’t post so many articles about incredible tattoo artists or insane pieces if we didn’t believe it! It seems like everyone has some kind of skin adornment these days. And obviously with so many people getting tattooed, you’re going to get some repeats. Not that it’s a bad thing, I mean people get tattoos for different reasons and meanings. No hate here.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Produce Pride: Showing The Love With Vegetable Tattoos
by Eliza Barclay
If you really love vegetables and want to tell the world, there are many ways to do so. You can join a community supported agriculture group, or CSA. You can plant a garden in your front yard. And you can broadcast your passion with t-shirt or sticker slogan like "Eat More Kale" or "Powered By Plants." Now, there's also the option of adorning your body with vegetable body art. Jenna Weiler, a farmer and food entrepreneur from Michigan, has a Kickstarter underway to raise money for Tater Tats, a temporary vegetable tattoo business.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Septum Piercings from New York Fashion Week That'll Inspired You to Get Your Own
by Kara McGrath
Ah, yes, the septum piercing. Just like colored hair and tattoos, this once for-the-edgiest-punks-only accessory has suddenly bounded its way into the mainstream — much to the chagrin of strict parents everywhere, no doubt. It wasn’t much of a shock when Rihanna showed up to a basketball game rocking a faux hoop, but once Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, and Shay Mitchell jumped on board, suddenly everyone wanted in on the nose ring action.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 23, 2015
15 Problems Only People With Piercings Will Understand
by Rob Thubron
Making the decision to get a major piercing is a big one. Not only is there the discomfort that comes with getting it done, but there’s also the problems that can appear afterwards – and not just the obvious ones. The saying used to go “If it dangles, it can be pierced”, but today even that isn’t true. You can now stick a piece of metal through pretty much anywhere on your body.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 22, 2015
How Can You Distinguish a Good Tattoo Artist From a Bad One?
by Quora
This is easy and difficult at the same time. The first thing you have to do is look through the portfolio of the artist. As with a lot of things, a person's previous work speaks volumes. Make sure there is a large variety of different work in the portfolio: color, black and gray, traditional, realism. If a portfolio is filled with pieces of flash art (small, common, money-making pieces picked from off the wall), I would call that person a tattooist and not a tattoo artist. Original designs of great detail are a sure sign of an artist who does tattoos as his medium of choice. And as silly as it sounds, price of the artist determines a lot.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 21, 2015
Vancouver tattoo parlours want 'scratchers' closed
by Michael Mui
Vancouver, B.C. -- They’re known as “scratchers” — residential businesses that offer inking services on the cheap. Vancouver Coastal Health says those are the places to avoid — but there really isn’t any proactive health enforcement of the matter. Michelle Gilmour, who opened Adorned Precision Body Arts in Vancouver three years ago, knows this well. The Commercial Drive business owner said she’d often hear of residential “underground” tattoo premises being closed in her home province of Alberta, but it seems like local authorities aren’t nearly as vigilant.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 21, 2015
I want to be a tattoo artist. What will my salary be?
by Jared Lindzon
The responsibilities of a tattoo artist begin long before they pick up a needle, and end long after they dispose of it at the end of the day. While the actual application of tattoos is a vital component of the job, so is consulting with clients, sterilizing equipment, setup, cleanup and homework. “Most artists will draw at home. I’m drawing anywhere from an hour to five hours a night,” said Mark Prata, a tattoo artist and the owner of Toronto Ink Tattoo and Laser.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 20, 2015
Gauges: Ancient ritual to modern style
by Zeynab Day
What started out as an ancient type of body modification is now a trend in modern-day accessories. A number of Eastern students have undertaken the long and sometimes painful process of ear lobe stretching to wear accessories such as gauges and plugs. “People should not take the decision to stretch out their ear lobes lightly,” said Bison Diblasi, 28, owner and piercing specialists at Art Attack Tattoos in downtown Richmond. Although relatively safe if done patiently and maintained properly, it can leave lasting scars if rushed or improperly maintained, Diblasi said.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 20, 2015
Does everyone who gets flesh tunnels regret the decision?
by Adam Boult
Plastic surgeons have recently reported a sharp rise in the number of people seeking operations to repair earlobes, thanks to the growing popularity of flesh tunnels – hollow, tube-shaped jewelry inserted into stretched, over-sized ear piercings. We asked readers who have had flesh tunnels to share their experiences. Had they regretted their decision, or did they still like their body adornment? Below are a selection of the responses we received...

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 20, 2015
What to expect with your first tattoo
by Port Perry Star
Durham, Ontario -- Inked Impressions has a creative team of tattoo artists who have over 25 years of experience in the tattooing industry. If you are thinking about getting your first tattoo, it's important to know what to expect. First, you need to decide what you want your tattoo to be and where you want it. Then you need to make an appointment with your tattoo artist for a consultation. During the consultation, you will meet with the artist and go over your ideas for your tattoo.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 16, 2015
Chest Pains: Body-Piercing Guru Fakir Musafar Helps 21st-Century San Franciscans Find Transcendence by Hook or Crook
by Peter Lawrence Kane
It's my first ritual hook-pull and I am scared shitless. I am one of 15 men who have gathered at Alchemy, a dungeon space in SoMa with exposed brick walls and a skylight. I've been to Alchemy several times before, for kinkster play parties and a commitment ceremony. But this time is different: the group — ranging in age from their 20s up to their 60s — will be pierced, hooked, and pulled by none other than Fakir Musafar, the 84-year-old founder of the Modern Primitives movement and a hero to the temporary body-piercing community.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 15, 2015
Artist Looking To Put The Culture Back Into Getting A Tattoo
by Phylisa Wisdom
Tattoos have a rich cultural history, dating back about 5,000 years. As a person with only three easily-hideable tattoos and who has lived through very few of those 5,000 years, I’ve anecdotally noticed a recent attitudinal shift around tattoo culture. It seems as though more people — in more varied circles — are getting tattoos, and with considerably less attention paid to the significance of symbols. They aren’t just counterculture now; chances are that if your workplace has a dress-code it has stance on visible tattoos, and it probably isn’t as conservative as you think.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 15, 2015
Dalhousie student working on tattoo removal cream
by Tim Callanan
Halifax, Nova Scotia -- When Alec Falkenham was getting his first tattoo, he was already thinking of ways to remove it. Not that the PhD student at Dalhousie University has any regrets about getting inked. But he saw a connection between his pathology work and the tattooing process. “Being a scientist, I was very interested in how a tattoo worked,” he said. Falkenham said he realized he could use the same concepts from his work on heart cells to target cells containing tattoo pigment.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 12, 2015
Scarification: it's not for everyone
by Cameron Cowan
This is the story of how a man goes from almost being against tattoos to getting his first tribal tattoo piece with scarification, one of the most intense and permanent body modifications that you can get. I was working at a tattoo shop where when we first opened, it seemed inevitable that I would be getting some ink. However, I like to take things slowly. The rest of the staff did not. The office had the odor of A&D ointment and aquaphor for the first three weeks we were open. The whining, the pain, and the constant application of various lotions and ointments made me not want to get a tattoo until I changed my perspective a little bit.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Kurdish refugee women proud of their traditional tattoos
by Shirin Jaafari
When you imagine refugee camps, the images that come to your mind, more often than not, are ones of misery. No doubt, they are difficult places to live — people living there have fled war, famine or some other disaster, typically. Photographer Jodi Hilton, however, argues that we should not focus only on the negative. And that's what she did last fall, when she visited a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey that was right on the border with Syria. Among the men, women and children who had fled the ISIS assault on Kobane, Hilton met a number of older women who had a lot of tattoos — prominent ones, too.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Do Foot Tattoos Hurt? 12 Things You Should Know Before You Get One
by J.R. Thorpe
I have a foot tattoo of a door copied from a children’s book, and despite my mother’s best efforts with Spray N’ Wipe, it is permanent. (True story.) For reasons involving scientific interest, a limited budget, and a heavy dose of masochism, I chose to go for a foot tattoo as my first experience of the needle, a distinction that means heavily-tatted people tend to look at me with quiet fear in their eyes. You see, foot tattoos have a reputation, and that reputation is Severe, Searing, Cry-For-Your-Mommy Pain.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Ontario dad turns young son's drawings into tattoos
by Liam Casey
Peterborough, Ontario -- When Keith Anderson looks at the daisy tattoo on his arm that his young son drew, he thinks of his boy's first day of school. He is taken back to that day in 2008: Kai's curly hair, his backpack and his timidity. His father was proud and scared. The memories come easily to Anderson because so many are etched into his right arm -- he has eight tattoos of his son's drawings and more are coming. "It's another deep connection you can have with your kid," Anderson said of his bond with Kai, now 11.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
New tattoo shop opens in Glace Bay
by Sharon Montgomery-Dupe
Glace Bay, Cape Breton -- Anyone who has ever thought about adding a little artwork to their life might want to circle Friday on their calendar. Although the doors to Captain Squid's Tattoo Social Club in Glace Bay officially opened Tuesday, owner Alex Ste-Marie said the grand opening will be celebrated Friday with "mini tattoos" for $50 from 10 a.m.-11 p.m., with all proceeds going to the Undercurrent Youth Centre in Glace Bay.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Tattoo & Piercing School of Canada
by Brampton Guardian
Brampton, Ontario -- The Tattoo & Piercing School in Brampton, Ontario offers creative ways for training new and upcoming tattoo professionals by providing ambitious tattoo artists and aspiring piercers the tools, skills and support needed to achieve their goals as they enter the industry. Individuals across Canada travel to our institute to receive hands-on instruction and training from the best and brightest in the business. Our tattoo and body piercing school is located in the Exquizeet Tattoo & Piercing Studio in Brampton, which is conveniently within driving distance of Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Video: Justin Trudeau talks tattoos
by Rosemary Westwood
If Justin Trudeau has his way, he will be Canada’s first tatted prime minister. That we know of, anyways. But, don’t expect him to mark the milestone with another tattoo. “I have all the ink I’m going to get. I’m not going to get more tatted up,” he said, while admitting tattoos can be “addictive.” The Liberal leader’s shoulder is inked with a globe, a tattoo he got in his 20s, surrounded by a Haida raven, added on when he turned 40.

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