Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Senior Citizens Reveal How Body Art Still Looks Amazing On Aging Skin
by Lizette Borreli
To get a tattoo or to not get a tattoo, that is the question. The decision to go under the needle and adorn your skin with symbols of beauty, strength, and rebellion is usually driven by beliefs you hold (at the time). But it becomes a permanent mark on your skin — a canvas that is continuously aging — which for some leads to tattoo regret. In the U.S, one out of every five adults — 21 percent — has at least one tattoo, according to a recent Harris Poll. This number is closer to 40 percent among those ages 18 and 19. The rising popularity of tattoos means a large portion of this generation will grow old with skin art.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 22, 2015
How to recreate metallic body art, Coachella-style
by AFP-Relaxnews
Among the style statements inspiring Coachella envy across the web this past weekend were some of the particularly amazing body tattoos and makeup on show. Inking, painting, or simply sticking glittery sprinkles onto your skin has never been a more stylish way to make a summer makeup statement. From the whimsical to the geometric, face and body painting is hot news right now.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Dear fellow tattooed people: Lighten up
by Craig Hlavaty
Admittedly, I'm not the world's most tattooed person. I've not gone past my neck or wrist when it comes to artwork, and I've barely touched the surface of my legs. I won't be adding anything to my hands, face, neck, or head. It hurts like hell, I hear. I learned long ago, as my arms filled up with hearts, stars, cats, bats, numbers, phrases and assorted creepiness that I wore the tattoos, not the other way around. I controlled how people perceived me, and it wasn't these seemingly foolish modifications that would do the talking for me.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Tattoos Do's and Tattoos Don'ts: Booking Your Appointment
by Andrew Poitras
As a casual student of the arts for the last 20+ years, and an avid tattoo collector for the past nine years, I prefer to think of tattooing as if it were an extension of the humanities. In many ways, tattoos (especially traditionally styled ones) retain the essence of Paleolithic cave drawings, of which the oldest known to man are presumed to be dated over 35,000 years. And while it's impossible to know exactly the finer details behind what communication purposes the cave drawings served, it's painfully clear that humans have always carried an innate need to share stories with one another about our surroundings, our rituals and ceremonies, our backgrounds, and our journeys.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 20, 2015
Who To Bring When You Get A Tattoo
by Rachel Simon
two years ago, when I asked a few of my friends to come with me when I got my tattoo, I expected nothing but support. Instead, I got wide-eyed stares, cringes, and even a few ill-timed gasps. In other words, not the best things to witness when you’re getting ink permanently scrawled into your skin. Thankfully, I’ve learned from my experience, and if I ever get a second tattoo (sorry, mom), I’ll know exactly who to call and who to leave at home. Here are the six people you should bring with you when you get a tattoo.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 20, 2015
Want to Pierce Your Tragus? Read This First
by Amy Sciarretto
Piercings are having a moment and not just the standard earlobe or cartilage piercing, either. Septum piercings, most which are faux, have been adorning the noses of celebs from Rihanna to Jessica Biel to Jordin Sparks as of late. But you don’t have to move to other parts of the body to have non-boring piercing — you can always have fun with your cartilage. One super easy and not-very-painful ear region piercing is the tragus piercing. The tragus is that little triangle shaped bit of cartilage connected to your face that helps collect sound from behind you.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 19, 2015
Female tattoo artists no longer rare
by Sean Trembath
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan -- In the six-and-a-half years since she first picked up a tattoo machine, Sam Smith has seen more and more women do the same. "I'm noticing nowadays that every apprentice I meet is a young, creative woman," the Calgary-based artist said. Smith was in Saskatoon over the weekend for the Saskatoon Tattoo Expo, an annual convention at Prairieland Park. She and her contemporaries put in long hours showing off their work and adding to their portfolios.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 19, 2015
Stick and poke tattoos concern public health officials
by Haydn Watters
Halifax, Nova Scotia -- No fancy machinery to it. The tip of a needle is dabbed in ink and pierced into the skin. A more back to basics, do-it-yourself approach to tattoos is growing in Halifax, but not without concern and criticism from the traditional tattoo parlour industry, as well as officials from public health. Hand poked tattoos, or stick and poke as they are commonly called, are done with just a needle and a bottle of ink. There's no fancy machinery to it. The tip of a needle is dabbed in ink and pierced into the skin. The tattoos are made up of tiny ink dots.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 15, 2015
20 Cool Finger Tattoos That Will Inspire You
by Miki Hayes
In the world of body ink, cool finger tattoos have become increasingly popular — and understandably so. Everything from cute, little designs to fun, quirky pictures to meaningful messages look so at-home on digits. And if you like to see your art, you have a much better vantage with your hands than, say, your back. I mean, even celebs are loving finger tattoos. But before getting too hyped about this mini art, there are some logistics to consider if you’re planning on making a finger tat your first piece.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Don’t bash tattoos – they’re about so much more than ink
by Mary Stringer
I’ve always wanted a tattoo of a meaningful, life-affirming lyric or quote – a permanent reminder that for all its challenges, life’s rewards await us. Unfortunately with so many excellent writers searching for meaning in the world, I’ve never quite settled on one favourite excerpt for long enough to get it inked. Depressive F. Scott Fitzgerald (‘The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in your mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless yet be determined to make them otherwise.’) was a strong, if lengthy, contender.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 13, 2015
What Should You Do If Your Ear Piercing Closes Up?
by Vanesa Pacheco
If you’ve ever had a piercing, you know that sometimes they have to be removed, whether it was because they got in the way of the sports you played or because you just grew tired of them. But then you decide after weeks (maybe even months) that you want to put your earrings back in, only to find that your ear piercing has closed up. Now what? You’re sitting there with some beautiful jewelry and it seems that you no longer have a piercing!

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 13, 2015
The Piercing Trend You Have To Try - If You Dare
by Jess Wood
Ear cuffs have been one of jewellery's biggest recent trends and celebrities including FKA twigs and Rihanna have brought multiple piercings and nose rings into the mainstream. When Scarlett Johansson abandons old-Hollywood glamour for a shaved undercut to show off the series of tiny hoops snaking round her ear, you know it's a trend.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 11, 2015
Age is no barrier for tattoo loving over-50s with ink
by Michael Iwanowski
When David Bath got his first tattoo at the age of 50 he admits his wife wasn’t best pleased. But the 66-year-old has no regrets about his body art – and is proudly showing it off in a new exhibition of photographs of older people with tattoos. The project, called No Regrets, is a six-week exhibition featuring the photography of local artists, providing the study of tattoos on older skin and the inspiring stories behind them.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 11, 2015
How not to piss off your tattoo artist
by Kristin Collins Jackson
Whenever I go into a situation outside my house, I am very conscious of how I can NOT be a douche bag. This includes going to bars and not being “that guy” that asks how much their tab is after every drink, and of course, it includes being aware of things tattoo artists hate. Sure, for most of us, it seems pretty easy to not piss off someone who is going to be giving us a service, but if you have no idea what the code of etiquette is, than you run the risk of pissing someone off who is giving you a drink or permanent piece of art on your body.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Body Modification
by Danielle Carlson
Getting a tattoo or piercing can be exciting, but there's a lot of responsibility involved as well. Before you go under the needle, you should learn what it means to have a body modification done, and precautions to take so that you can have a safe and worthwhile experience with them. Body modification is the deliberate altering of human anatomy or phenotype, such as, and not limited to, tattoos and body piercings.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 8, 2015
8 Times Celebs Tricked us with Fake Body Piercings
by Kristine Hope Kowalski
It's no secret the celebs love getting new piercings, and some of our fave celebs have recently shown off new nose piercings, tongue rings, and other body art. But sometimes, stars love the look of daring accessories without the commitment of permanent piercings - so they get fake clip-in gems that look totally real!

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 4, 2015
26 Unique Ear Piercing Ideas
by Abigail Cardi
When it comes to your ears, the piercing possibilities are endless. If you haven’t taken a look before, grab a mirror. Pretty much every nook and cranny you see can be the home of your new favorite piece of jewelry. But where to start? To give you some inspiration, we’ve put together a collection of 26 photos of ear piercings. But proceed with caution: once you see these beautiful piercings, you’re not going to be able to decide which one you like best.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 4, 2015
Aspiring tattoo artist killed in police shooting
by Jenny Yuen and Dale Carruthers
Officers got into an altercation with a man — identified by family members as Beau Baker, 21, of Kitchener — who was shot and died at the scene, Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit said. “He was aspiring to be a tattoo artist — that was his dream. He was an amazing artist,” Mike Baker, 32, said. “He was trying to get himself some equipment to start.” Baker said he received a frantic phone call from his brother’s roommate Thursday night, urging him to come over right away.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 4, 2015
Saskatoon hosts first ever Tattoo Arts Film Festival
by CBC News
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan -- An original film festival entirely dedicated to exploring the art, history, and culture of tattoos is hitting a Saskatoon theatre this weekend. The Tattoo Arts Film Festival is the first of its kind and is taking place at The Roxy Theatre. The brains behind the operation is Mark Allard. He founded the film festival and was involved in bringing stories of tattoos from right here in Saskatoon and all over the world to the big screen in the Bridge City. He believes tattoo culture has evolved a great deal.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Pacman Piercing Is Retro Awesome
by Mark Newton
When Pacman arrived on the scene in 1980, he was nothing but a yellow flapping mouth. Now in 2015, he's still a yellow flapping mouth. Despite a few attempts to modernize Pacman - and even give him a gender swap at one point - the original classic version of Pacman is the one which remains close to our hearts... and our ears. Take for example, these Pacman inspired piercings by xChrisxPiercerx at Precision Body Piercing.

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