Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Would you tattoo your eyeballs?
by Independent
Extreme fans of body art and modification are colouring the whites of their eyes with ink injections in a new bid to shock. The inking is performed with a syringe by injecting the ink beneath the membrane on the eye's surface. It has been classified as 'body modification' as opposed to tattooing. Veronica 'Roni' Blades, a 29-year-old trans-sexual body piercer working in London coloured her own eyes black.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Ötzi the iceman's hidden tattoos uncovered with new camera
by Macrina Cooper-White
Researchers in Italy announced this week that they had discovered a strange new tattoo on the ribcage of the 5,300-year-old mummy known as Ötzi the Iceman. The find raises to 61 the number of Ötzi's known tattoos, and it came as a big surprise. "We didn't expect to find a tattoo on the thoracic, as all the other tattoos are mainly close to joints and on his lower back and legs," Dr. Albert Zink, director of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano and one of the scientists behind the discovery, told The Huffington Post in an email.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 25, 2015
Exquizeet Tattoo & Body Piercing
by Brampton Guardian
Brampton, Ontario -- Exquizeet Tattoo & Body Piercing is the Brampton is the place to go if you are looking to have a tattoo retouched, a new tattoo, piercings and more. The success of this upscale tattoo shop has been based in creative design and expert artwork, applied by passionate professionals. Drop in today to discuss your next tattoo or your first. The team are happy to look at drawings you have and ideas that might suit the style you are looking to achieve.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 25, 2015
Jobs For People With Septum Piercings Definitely Exist
by Amy Sciarretto
If you haven’t heard, septum piercings have become incredibly hip in the past six months or so. They look cool, they can be easily concealed when flipped up, and celebs like Rihanna and Jessica Biel have faked the piercing both on and off the red carpet. While the septum piercing has infiltrated the mainstream and the celeb world, one can’t help but wonder what kind of jobs for real people with septum piercings are out there. After a bit of research, I’ve come up with some good news: Despite what your parents may say, having a septum piercing does not make you completely unemployable.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 23, 2015
Tattoos May Be The Next Great Generational Divide
by Ann Brenoff
While tattoos and body piercings have become more mainstream, they still cause some to blanch. And where there's blanching, there may also be some employment discrimination. A few years ago, Texas A&M business professor Brian Elzweig reported that discrimination in employment decisions based on tattooing and body piercing was actually not illegal. According to what Elzweig wrote, courts have consistently rejected public employees' constitutional claims, the most common of which is that the tattoo or piercing is protected by the First Amendment (freedom of speech or expression). Tattoos and piercings are considered to be alterable; therefore, they do not automatically receive any special legal protection, the article said.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 22, 2015
What is Tattoo Flash?
by Jodie Michalak
If you've ever gotten a tattoo when you were young, intoxicated, or both, you probably have a piece of tattoo flash art. Flash art are common designs, usually drawn on paper or cardboard and displayed prominently on the walls or in binders in some tattoo shops. The selection at tattoo studios can be quite mesmerizing. Tattoo flash art comes in all sizes, but is typically found on 11x14 inch prints. Sometimes it includes a separate line drawing, which is drawn on a different sheet and used to keep the artist from needing to draw his own new outline with each tattoo.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Picattoo Turns Your Favorite Instagram Photos Into Temporary Tattoos
by Michael Zhang
Picattoo is a new service by INK361 that turns your Instagram photographs into temporary tattoos that you can decorate your body with. The tattoos can be created by logging into your Instagram account through the Picattoo website and selecting 12 photos that you’d like to see printed. The images are then printed on high quality tattoo transfer paper and will last for a week once applied.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 19, 2015
The History Of Tattoos, In One Entertaining Animation
by Dominique Mosbergen

Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 18, 2015
South Korea's outlaw tattoo artists
by Giles Hewitt
Seoul, Korea -- When Suh Hyun-woong showed his mother his first tattoo, she burst into tears. “She couldn’t understand why I would want to do that to myself,” Suh laughed. “But now she’s pretty much accepted it.” Which is probably just as well given that the 19-year-old student’s body is a growing, monochrome canvas of fantasy designs. Once associated almost exclusively with organized crime members, tattoos are going mainstream in South Korea, championed by sporting heroes, K-pop stars and other celebrities with passionate fan bases.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 18, 2015
This Supremely Badass Tattoo Is The Feminist Ink You Need In Your Life
by Rachel Paoletta
What makes a person truly “supreme”? Intellectual prowess, leadership, confidence – all of these qualities tend to fall under the umbrella of that word. All of these things, plus being an associate justice on the SUPREME Court of the United States are what make Ruth Bader Ginsburg just that – “supreme.” Her universally-acclaimed badassery has earned her a growing fanbase, a tumblr, a fan-baby (or baby-fan?), and of course, the nickname “Notorious R.B.G.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 16, 2015
Why would anyone want an eyeball tattoo?
by Joanna Jolly
The sentencing of a convicted criminal with an eyeball tattoo in an Alaskan court has drawn attention to an unusual form of facial decoration - one that is less than a decade old, but winning new converts all the time. Jason Barnum, 39, who pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of a policeman, has ornate tattoos on his head and part of his face - teeth on his cheek, an eyeball in middle of his forehead. But even more dramatically, the white of his right eye has been tattooed jet black.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 15, 2015
What tattoos and piercings reveal about parents
by Lane Filler
'If my daughter ever got a tattoo like that, I'd kick her out," one of my dining companions told me recently, gesturing at a waitress who boasted a fair amount of visible ink. "Same for all those piercings." And it struck me: I've never heard anybody say, "If I ever hear my kid use a racial slur, they'll be on the street." I've never heard anybody say, "If I ever saw my kid bully someone fat or unpopular, their crap would be out at the curb by sundown." I've never heard a parent threaten to cut his or her kids out of the warm bosom of family for being mean or snobby or disrespectful or rude to waiters or uncharitable or, really, anything consequential.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The story behind the tattoo
by CBC News
Charlottetown, PEI -- Photographer Lorne Miller and painter Pamela Detlor are hosting a show about tattoos called INK. It opened at the The Guild in Charlottetown on the weekend. The idea for the show featuring portraits of people and their tattoos came from Miller’s own tattoo. “I started paying attention to other people’s tattoos and I thought there must be a story behind it.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 12, 2015
New York Makes Tattoos and Piercings on Pets Illegal
by Rishi Iyengar
Offenders could face up to 15 days in jail or $250 in fines If you live in New York and were planning to get matching tattoos for you and your cat, think again. Body art like tattoos and piercings on pet animals will soon be a crime across the state following a law passed on Monday, the Associated Press reported. Assembly member Linda Rosenthal sponsored the legislation, which was signed by the state’s Governor Andrew Cuomo and will take effect in 120 days. “It’s simply cruel,” said Rosenthal, adding that unlike humans, animals do not have the ability to choose the pain that comes with body art.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 12, 2015
Classy, not trashy: America views piercings
by Amy George
Big hair. Loud colors. And, of course, the first-of-its-time piercing “craze.” Ever since the 1980s, when multiple earrings hanging off one ear was a fashion first, extra piercings on ears and body have grown to be a more common sight on men and women. Whether they symbolize maturity for ancient tribes, rebellion against society or simply fashion, extra piercings date back to ancient times. The type of piercings considered in style constantly change, but the motives for piercing have generally stayed the same throughout the decades, inducing multiple stereotypes.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 11, 2015
Drake Gets New Tattoo To Represent Toronto
by Andres Writes
Drake has new ink to represent Toronto. The rapper reportedly received the CN Tower tattoo on his inner bicep. The Tower that the Canadian rapper now has on his bicep is a landmark of his beloved Toronto, which he often references in his music. Dr. Woo, a famed tattooist based in Los Angeles, California, inked the MC. This isn’t the first tattoo Drake has received from Woo, who works out of the Mark Mahoney’s Shamrock Social Club shop. Other rappers, including Mac Miller, have also recently been inked by Woo.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 8, 2015
Messing with nature: this is the cutting edge of biohacking
by Adi Robertson
In some ways, we're all cyborgs, fusions of human and technology. We put on artificial skins to protect us, store our knowledge on hard disks, and replace our voices with text on a screen. Some of us are melded in more literal ways — I have magnetic and NFC implants in one hand, and there's a community of "biohackers" pushing the limits of DIY body modification with built-in earbuds and health monitors. But there's only so much you can do in a home lab or workshop. Instead of revisiting them for this week's Top Shelf, we looked for companies on the cutting edge of design and biotechnology, figuring out how to fix and improve our bodies.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 8, 2015
Lessons About Piercing in the Dead of Winter
by Leah Finnegan
A few weeks ago, my friend Jenna and I met up to get various parts of our heads pierced. She got a glittery rose-gold hoop put in her septum, very chic, and I got a gold hoop through the conch of my left ear. A new piercing, for the uninitiated, makes you kind of high. We teetered out of the shop, laughing, into the cold rain, trying not to disturb our new jewelry as we went to find vegan tacos to soothe our chosen wounds.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Twin Cities Chefs Explain Their Tattoos
by Tom Horgen
Tattoos have become a badge of honor among local chefs. We offer a look and share the stories behind these permanent markings. J.D. Fratzke still dreams about a tattoo he saw on the arm of a fellow chef: a radish. And then there was the full sleeve of vegetables — heirloom vegetables, in fact — covering the skin of another restaurant star. “The most amazing piece I’d ever seen,” Fratzke said. Fratzke, chef and co-owner of the Strip Club Meat & Fish, is well-known for his own ink: A rendering of his late grandmother’s boning knife covers the length of his forearm. Guests at his St. Paul restaurant get a glimpse of it whenever he brushes the sweat from his brow.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 7, 2015
7 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Tattoos
by Katherine Giesen
1. Skin Allergies: Skin allergies could develop at any time after you get inked. Some people may think that an allergic reaction would happen immediately after getting the tattoo. That’s not true. Skin allergies such as rashes or scars can occur years after you’ve gotten the tattoo.

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