Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 23, 2014
New piercing fashion
by Morwenna Ferrier
Forget septum hoops, nipple rings and belly button jewels. Piercings are going low-key and traditional, with constellations of ear studs becoming popular as people wear their metal to work. If the first half of 2014 saw the statement tattoo peak – from Dr Woo’s fine line drawings to Rihanna’s Maori-inspired hand stamps – then body adornments are taking a slightly non-committal turn this season. This winter and moving into next spring, expect to see a return to piercings, particularly those of a traditional bent.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 23, 2014
The 15 Most Insane Piercings You Can Get
by Jeffrey Rindskopf
Normally when we think of piercings, we think of the most basic of piercings — your ear piercings, along with the occasional belly button or even one’s tongue. If you do the research, however, you discover a disturbing fact: you can pierce anything. No, you don’t understand. When we say anything, we mean ANY. THING.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The tattoo foundation that will frame your body art after you’ve died
by Homa Khaleeli
What’s hanging on your walls – a nice print from Ikea, some arty photographs? Your granny’s tattoo? It may not have made it into Home & Gardens yet – but thanks to a Dutch entrepreneur, dead relatives’ tattoos could one day be household style statements. Peter van der Helm, who owns Amsterdam’s Walls and Skin – a tattoo and a graffiti supplies shop – is offering a service that promises to preserve tattoos after their owners die, and allow them to be passed on as works of art.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Artist Valentina Ryabova Hyperrealism Tattoos
by Katherine Brooks
Valentina Ryabova is a self-taught tattoo artist from St. Petersburg, Russia. She tends to ink familiar designs -- images that involve faces of loved ones, elaborate animal homages and decadent floral arrangements. The subjects of her tattoos are not what sets Ryabova apart though. One look at her work and it's easy to see that she has a unique grasp on hyperrealism, a mastery so intense that her inked imaginings often look like paintings or strangely saturated photographs.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Impermanent piercings and temporary tats
by Peyton Dix
Fashion statements that were once permanent are becoming easier and cheaper, with temporary tattoos and fake septum rings being the new perfect adornments for anyone who treads a fine line between badass and basic. Temporary tats, or flash tattoos, are an easy way out of having to commit to the permanency and cost of a real tattoo. Septum piercings—just under the cartilage on the wall between the nostrils—can also be done temporarily, which eliminates the pain and cost of a real piercing. Because tattoos and septum rings are peaking in popularity, there is no better time to try out—or simply fake having—either.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tattoos, piercings okay at Starbucks
by Lisa Wright
Tattoos are in, pink hair is out. That’s part of the new employee dress code implemented Monday at Starbucks in Canada on the heels of an announcement overhauling employee policies from the Seattle-based coffee giant last week. In a nod to the changing fashion tastes of its young clientele, the chain will now allow baristas to display tasteful tattoos (meaning no swear words or hateful messages) while serving beverages, and as long as they’re not located on the face or throat. Nose studs are now permitted but nose rings are not. And the two earrings per ear maximum remains in effect.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 19, 2014
Needles and spin: inside the world of the US’s top tattooist
by Morwenna Ferrier
It’s midnight in mid-September, the night before what turns out to be the hottest day of the year, and a small group of valley girls has gathered outside West Hollywood’s Shamrock Tattoo parlour. The air is licking an unseasonable 30C and the girls are scrambling to get a glimpse of the celebrity inside. Justin Theroux and two of One Direction are reportedly floating around the area tonight, but these girls are not here for them. They’re here to get a glimpse of a man called Dr Woo, who is currently inside, tidying away his needles.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 19, 2014
Girl volunteers for ‘surprise’ tattoo by freestyle artist
by Alison Lynch
Would you let a tattoo artist freestyle on your body? No? Well, Deni Kirkova did. Jay Freestyle is an Amsterdam-based tattoo artist, who’s pioneering a new form of body art: a fusion of graphic, watercolour, abstract freehand art. He calls his customers ‘collectors’ and, to be inked by him, you must allow your body to become his canvas. Gulp.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Saskatoon tattoo artist using breast cancer scars as canvas
by Kelly Malone
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan -- In a tattoo parlour located downstairs in a strip mall on Broadway Avenue, women bring the remnants of their battle with cancer to make works of art. Mastectomy scars are the canvas for Eye of the Needle tattoo artist Baillie Fruson. "My mother had breast cancer and she has horrible scars," Fruson said, of her personal connection to the cancer. Tattooing for around 11 years, Fruson has combined her desire to help others with her work before.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Calgary Tattoo and Arts Festival inks up Cowtown
by Lucy Haines
Calgary, Alberta -- It seems like everyone has a tattoo these days — grandma, your teacher, the bus driver — but what’s it like on the other side of the needle? Innovations in ink quality and low-vibration machines make the job easier, but tattoo artists still spend hours on their feet (14-hour days aren’t unusual), focusing on intricate design details that can take a toll on the eyes and wrist. But those who make a living at it aren’t complaining — they’re riding the wave of popularity right into the BMO Centre for this weekend’s tattoo show.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
How to Get a Tattoo Apprenticeship
by Jodie Michalak
Are you wondering how to get a tattoo apprenticeship? Congratulations on your interest in an expressive and artistic career. Before you can earn a good living honing your craft, you'll need to learn the basics of tattooing, and be trained under a reputable artist. Otherwise you might be labeled a "scratcher" who does poor-quality tattoos. Who wants that? Here's a few tips on how you can get a tattoo apprenticeship...

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 13, 2014
30 Extreme Piercings That Put Single Studs To Shame
by Alexis Bendjouia
Once upon a time, simple, single pairs of stud and hoop earrings reigned supreme, and dramatic piercings were strictly for punk girls who talked about Dead Kennedys a lot, and got detention more than was advisable. But, now, more ladies than ever are dipping a toe into the multiple-piercing trend -- which means it's become less bad-girl and more just-plain-badass. It can even be really, really pretty.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 13, 2014
Nose piercings can be part of cultural expression
by Shirin Chowdhury
A shiny little piece of jewelry glinting off the noses of my cousins, my aunts, my grandma — I grew up accustomed to seeing women with pierced noses. The women in my family always seemed to wear jewelry with such elegance. As a child, I held deep admiration for their nose piercings, and I looked forward to getting one of my own when I got older. Having parents who come from two completely different backgrounds, I’ve never really been able to identify with any single culture.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 9, 2014
Caring for Pierced Ears: Tips from Dermatologists
by Food Consumer
Although ear piercings are more common and can be less risky than other body piercings, they can still cause complications if not handled safely. For anyone thinking about getting their ears pierced, dermatologists urge people to take care of their pierced skin to avoid infection. "It's important to remember that pierced skin is skin that has been wounded, leaving it vulnerable to infection," said board-certified dermatologist Elizabeth S. Martin, MD, FAAD, who maintains a private practice in Hoover, Alabama. "To minimize the risks, always go to a trained professional for piercing, use hypoallergenic earrings, and keep your newly pierced ears clean."

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 9, 2014
Edmonton woman's tattoo petition gaining ground
by CBC News
An Edmonton woman is advocating for Ottawa and Canadian employers to make it illegal to discriminate potential employees because of body modifications like piercings, tattoos and hair colour. Edmonton woman's petition supports piercings, tattoos at work. Kendra Behringer has collected nearly 1,200 signatures for her online petition posted on Change.org, but hopes to amass at least 3,000. "Discrimination laws officially protect those of a certain race, religion, age, gender, marital status, family relation, and more recently sexuality has been added to that list. Let's add physical appearance to that list, including piercings, tattoos, and hair choice with the exception of threat to health and safety..."

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 9, 2014
Ink or Swim: Tattoo-themed cruise to set sail next year
by CTV News
There’s likely to be much leering and staring. At times, a bit of disrobing and probably some touching. But that’s to be expected on the first tattoo-themed North American cruise that will set sail next year. Tattoo lovers looking for both a novel, new vacation idea and a fresh tat may be interested in Ink or Swim, the latest thematic, hyper-niche cruise package to come out of the cruising industry. Produced by tattoo lifestyle magazine Rebel Ink, guests will be able to get inked onboard by some of the top tattoo artists in the U.S., including Tatu Baby from Spike TV’s “Ink Master”; Amy Nicoletto on “La Ink”; and Chris Torres, described as the “bad boy of the tattoo industry,” known for his old-school style at Red Legged Devils in Brooklyn.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 6, 2014
Lady Gaga’s Hideous New Monster Claw Tattoo
by Madeleine Davies
Lady Gaga got some monstrous new ink. The artist posted images of the tattoo — a claw poised in the "Little Monster" hand sign as a tribute to her fans— on Instagram yesterday, along with the hashtag #Monster4Life. Remember when rock stars treated us non famous people with open contempt rather than excessive appreciation? I miss those days.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 6, 2014
A brief introduction to tattoo etiquette
by Karen Silver
Tattoo culture is arguably more popular now than ever. Tattoos don’t carry the same stigma that they once did, and are commonly accepted by the general public. With that being said, someone’s tattoos should not be mistaken as invitations to touch that person, invade their personal space, or interrogate and lecture them about their life choices. Once, while I was getting groceries, a man came up behind me, grabbed me by the shoulders, and commented on one of my tattoos. I did not know him, yet he didn’t think he was crossing a line by physically grabbing a stranger. People usually get tattoos for themselves, not to please strangers to whom they owe nothing.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, October 4, 2014
A Field Guide to Safer Poking
by Kelli Dunham
The 90s are technically over and much of the rest of the world has given up on industrial bar ear cartilage piercings. But the queers? We aren't inclined to give up a fad just because it's no longer a fad. We've got staying power, goshdurnit, and younger queers stick to body modification the same way the older generation has remained loyal to the non-ironic use of the fanny pack. My sarcasm implies I'm judgemental of the piercing-love but this is not the case. I've got some standard and less than standard piercings myself.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, October 4, 2014
Stories of discrimination from tattooed workers
by BBC News
Readers have been getting in touch about their experiences of terminated job interviews, losing out on promised promotions and leaving jobs because of their tattoos. It followed a Magazine article which asked whether discrimination against people with tattoos should be banned in the workplace. Here are some of their stories...

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