Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, July 25, 2015
5 Piercings You Can Hide Easily,
by Rose Black
I grew up in a really conservative town where piercing anything beyond your ear lobes basically meant you were all sorts of shady shade. While I can’t stand needles and never personally wanted additional piercings, my friends that did always ended up getting ingenious piercings you can hide easily and no one ever noticed. One of my best guy pals even had a septum piercing for three years before I finally saw it!

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, July 25, 2015
Oral piercings can be risky, dentist warns
by Alexandra Zabjek
Edmonton, Albert -- When Amy Hewko was 17 years old, she was writing an exam and — as she often did at that time — playing with and biting her lip ring. Then she heard a crunch. “I haven’t known anybody who’s had an oral piercing that doesn’t play with it,” said Hewko, now 25. “There would be times when I would bite down on my lip ring quite hard. It would hurt, but the time I chipped my tooth there was no real pain, no real hard bite. I just remember hearing a crunch. My tooth had essentially buckled.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, July 18, 2015
The Chic Girl's Guide To Piercing
by George Driver
No more sitting in high street shop windows, this is everything you need to know about the chic way to get your ear (and face) bling on… Always check the marking is where you want the piercing to be. Don't be afraid to ask them to move it slightly if you're not happy. You're putting a hole in your self so now is the time to be fussy!

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, July 18, 2015
9 Things People With Nipple Piercings Understand
by Chloe Mackey
I find myself talking about my nipples a lot. That sounds really strange, but when you have nipple piercings, you find yourself discussing the ups and downs of having your nipples pierced to anyone and everyone else around you that has gone through the process. From the actual act of getting them pierced to the resulting soreness and dependence on sea salt to the eventual mastery of living with the piercings: the result of my many conversations about the subject, I have found, is that everyone that has taken the plunge with nipple piercings have the exact same brags — and complaints — about the little things.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 17, 2015
Thieves of Towers
by Kara O'Neil
These amazing tattoo designs take the concept of body art to a whole new level. Tattoo artist Houston Patton has collaborated with Creative Director Dagny Fox to create company Thieves of Towers, producing a portfolio of breathtaking skin art. Using infrastructure and landscape as their inspiration, the pair produce intricate inkings, often using two body parts to create the impressive tattoos.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 17, 2015
Project Semicolon asks Winnipeggers affected by depression to get inked
by CBC News
A Winnipeg mom is teaming up with a tattoo shop to get people inked and talking about depression. Della Steinke developed depression after her son, Dustin Vernie, was seriously injured in a 2010 crash caused by texting and driving. Now Steinke and Dead Man's Hands Tattoo Shop on Main Street are bringing Project Semicolon to Winnipeg, an international tattoo movement intended to raise awareness and de-stigmatize the conversation surrounding depression.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 17, 2015
Get some colour at the Okanagan Tattoo Show this weekend
by InfoNews.ca
Kelowna, BC – Fans of counterculture from around the world are gathering at Parkinson Recreation Centre this weekend for the third annual Okanagan Tattoo Show. The event, which runs Friday to Saturday, features 70 tattoo artists from across Canada and the world as well as merchandise booths, food, live music and events. There will also be a car show outside and a play area for the kids as well as a silent auction benefitting the Boys and Girls Club Downtown Youth Centre.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Lasering away bad (tattoo) decisions
by Anna Rumer
Justin Ramos is a talented tattoo artist with a bad tattoo. Ramos started getting work done when he was 15 or 16 while hanging out with some older guys whose art he admired. He loved the world of tattoos, the artistry behind them and the designs' deeply personal meanings, but at the time he planned on being a mechanic. He filled in his sleeve with industrial imagery to match what he thought would become his future. Then his future changed.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The 11 Most Geeky Comic-Con Tattoos
by Alex Zalben
San Diego Comic-Con may be all about the cosplay, but don’t forget about the hardcore nerds who don’t just dress up to show their devotion: they permanently etch it into their skin. Here’s 11 San Diego Comic-Con goers that went the distance, and showed off some of the most insanely geeky tattoos of all time.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, July 9, 2015
How To Apply Lipstick With A Lip Ring
by Vanesa Pacheco
Both lip rings and lipstick can take a plain Jane look to a whole new level of awesome. A bold red or a subtle pink can accent your outfit perfectly, while an infinity ring or a horseshoe ring can add a bit of flare to the traditional accessories. However, pairing both of these together can be a challenge, and learning how to apply lipstick with a lip ring in the way can become an even bigger problem than avoiding lipstick on your teeth! I’ve had my lip pierced for almost seven years, and ever since then, I’ve struggled to apply any kind of lipstick or lip balm. If I’m doing my makeup in a rush, I’ve ended up with dented lipsticks or uneven looking lips.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 8, 2015
I’m Getting My Nostril Pierced – I Think…
by Barbara Bishop
I think I’m going to get my nose pierced. Yes, my nose, my right nostril. I thought about it for a long time. I’ve done my research, and I’m ready. Why do I want to so this? I think it’s really pretty and it has an edge to it. I like that combo. I’m going to get a tiny diamond. The great thing about it is I can take it out whenever I want (maybe to a new client meeting?) and if I decide it’s not for me, I can take it out permanently and it will heal with no signs of being pierced.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, July 6, 2015
Got a New Tattoo? Here's When You Can Go Swimming Again
by Karen L. Hudson
Tattoos should be allowed to heal for a minimum of 2 weeks - until all flaking and peeling is finished and all scabs have fallen off. Even then, you're taking a risk getting in a chemically treated pool or bacteria-infested pond or lake, especially if you stay for an extended period of time. A tattoo is not considered fully healed until a new layer of protective skin has grown over it - this process usually takes about 3 months.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 5, 2015
9 Cliche Quote Tattoos That You Should Avoid
by Suzanne Samin
For many of us, tattoos are deeply personal. As someone with 10 of them can attest, the images and words we choose to permanently etch onto our bodies are often carefully chosen and thought out; and yet cliche quote tattoos still seem unavoidable at times. When it comes to myself, I personally wait a year after having a tattoo idea before going through with it. In my mind, if I still like it in a year, I’ll still like it 20 years from now.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 5, 2015
The Art of Preserving Tattooed Skin After Death
by Simon Davis
In 2009, retired school teacher Geoff Ostling was showing his tattoos at a seminar at the National Museum of Australia when he was approached by a curator with an unusual request: Would he be open to donating his skin for posthumous display at the museum? Nearly all of Ostling's body is covered with floral tattoos, the result of a creative collaboration between him and Australian artist eX de Medici.

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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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