Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 23, 2014
Modified assault victim believes attack was a hate crime
by Andrew Seymour
Ottawa, Ontario -- Calvin Nicol is accustomed to having people stare at him because of his appearance. He’s just not used to getting attacked over it. The 31-year-old piercer and artist was walking home from work along Rideau Street at about 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 when he was attacked by at least four males who Nicol believes singled him out because of his unique look. Nicol has extensive tattoos, numerous facial piercings, eyes that are tattooed black, a split tongue and silicone horns implanted on his forehead — all part of his belief in the art of body modification.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 23, 2014
Why is My New Tattoo Peeling and Flaking?
by Jodie Michalak
I just got my very first tattoo. It is an awesome dragon design. I am so excited to have this new thigh design, but over the past few days I have noticed the tattoo is beginning to peel and flake. I'm not sure if this is normal? My tattoo artist never mentioned anything about tattoo aftercare, or what I should do about a peeling and flaking tattoo. What's even worse, is that now I see some bright red ink coming off on the peeling skin. Does this mean my tattoo is rubbing off and already fading? I have no idea how to take care of my new tattoo. I spent a lot of money (not to mention a tip) and besides the fact that my tattoo artist did a phenomenal job, I still think she should have discussed tattoo aftercare instructions.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, November 21, 2014
Hair, makeup and me: Piercings
by Julia Laude
People with piercings are often the victims of dirty looks and ignorant stares. Piercing enthusiast, Mark Buggie, has become accustomed to the stares as his piercing collection has grown. Since getting his piercings, Buggie has had to deal with negativity from others on a daily basis. People have confronted him about his piercings both at work and home. He eventually had to remove a piercing because it was disliked among the people he encountered every day. “That’s the reason I had to take out my lip piercing because some people were not approving of it...”

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, November 21, 2014
Tell Us How You Feel About: Stretched Ear Piercings
by Hayley Hoover
I recently met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in two years, and after catching up and freaking out the details we’d picked up about each other’s lives from Facebook stalking, she said she was excited to show me something. She pulled her hair up into a ponytail and revealed that her ears were significantly larger than I’d remembered them. She had giant gauges, probably big enough to shove a quarter through them, and she was beaming. “Do you like them?” she asked.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 20, 2014
Metallic tattoos are commitment free
by Lisa Liddane
From across the room, they appear to be gold and silver bracelets that fit snugly on a wrist or necklaces that rest against the collarbone. But up close, you realize you're looking at optical illusions: The jewellery is actually a stack of temporary metallic tattoos, one of the biggest accessory trends of the year. Designs include feathers, twisted ropes, Greek keys, geometric shapes, Egyptian and Native American motifs and words in cursive.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 20, 2014
Hug Life: Four Days in a Hello Kitty Convention Tattoo Parlor
by Devon Maloney
Hello Kitty actually began as a marketing strategy in Japan in 1974, when the then-fledgling maker of small gifts realized it would be cheaper to create its own characters than license others’ intellectual property. Her first appearance was on a tiny coin purse. Today, she may represent the ultimate intersection between design and commerce. Even after a recent sales slump in Japan, Sanrio continues to rake in roughly $7 billion annually, mostly off Hello Kitty.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Montreal woman claims tattoo-removal treatment resulted in 2nd-degree burns
by CTV News
Montreal, Quebec -- Magalie Courtemanche wanted to remove a large tattoo on her arm, but says she instead ended up with painful second-degree burns after visiting a Quebec tattoo-removal business. Courtemanche says she was told the tattoo-removal treatment wouldn't hurt or leave a scar when she visited "Bye-Bye Tattoo" in St-Eustache, about 40 kilometres north of Montreal. But a horrified Courtemanche now has a forearm covered with vines of swollen scar tissue that perfectly match the tattoo she wanted removed.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
How to DIY Your Perfect Rainbow Hair Colour
by Danielle Odiamar
It seems like every other day someone is dying her hair a different color of the rainbow. From Katy Perry to Kate Hudson to Lena Dunham and even our own editors, the colorful trend has found its way to the masses. After seeing Kylie Jenner’s bright greenish blue hair, I knew that this was the color I’d been waiting for. And though I am embarrassed to admit my new look was inspired by a 17-year-old, I am proud to say that I successfully took my hair from black to ombré to blue all by myself for less than $35. (And I swore I’d never dye my hair again after a professional ombré cost me more than $250 last year.)

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, November 14, 2014
Tattoo Skincare Guide for Healthy Skin and Body Art
by Digital Journal
Getting a tattoo is a big decision, not only because of the permanence of the design but also in the responsibility of smart skincare. Before going in for a tattoo appointment, it's helpful to understand potential complications and the best ways to care for tattooed skin in the days and years to come. The latest article by Skincare-News.com, The Ultimate Tattoo Skincare Guide: What You Need to Know About Caring for Inked Skin, presents a comprehensive guide to ensuring the best possible tattoo experience and smooth, healthy skin.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, November 14, 2014
Telling tattoos: Veterans' body art speaks for itself in War Ink
by Angela Hill
U.S. Army combat engineer Jonathan Snyder came home to the Bay Area from Afghanistan in 2010 with the weight of the world on his shoulders -- so he got a tattoo across them. It reads "Fallen But Not Forgotten" in careful script above a full-back battlefield cross, a traditional military image honoring lost comrades with a helmet atop a rifle supported by empty boots. "We had it pretty rough. Had a lot of us die there," said the 26-year-old Gilroy man, baring his back and his personal tales at an Oakland office building Friday during a preview of the War Ink exhibit -- an online museum and forum for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans revealing poignant stories behind their memorial tattoo art through video and audio interviews.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 13, 2014
Let professional tattoo artists cover-up old and unwanted ink
by Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton, Ontario -- Wicked Inx based in Hamilton, Ontario is the premier spot for people to get tattoos or body piercings. The shop specializes in almost any kind of tattoo or piercing you can imagine – including cover-up tattoos. Everyone who is a fan of tattoos knows that there are some instances of ink that they wish they could take back or get rid of. Even a tattoo that was once loved can come to be resented by people. It may be the name of an old girlfriend or boyfriend, or an elaborate image that seemed cool at age 18 but is not so cool at age 36.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 10, 2014
Piercing the norm
by Amanda Low
Students talk about how body piercings add to their personal style -- When Jayralin Herrera got her piercings, she needed them to have bilateral symmetry. Her septum piercing with a blue-jeweled clicker ring shows right beneath her nose and her philtrum piercing lies above her lips. Both lay directly in the center of her face, while her 7/16-inch stretched earlobes on each side balance out her face.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 9, 2014
Pharaohs Tattooing Shut Down Over Unsanitary Conditions
by Michelle Butterfield
Calgary, Alberta -- Pharaohs Tattooing in Calgary has been shut down, and anyone who may have had ink work done at the home-based parlour is being urged to get tested. Alberta Health Services (AHS) ordered the shop's closure, located at 3519 Centre Street N.W., on Oct. 30. On Wednesday, they issued a warning to clients. “This particular home-based tattoo operation did not have these proper sterilization or sanitation processes in place, meaning individuals who received tattoos through this operation may have been exposed to viruses, including Hepatitis B and C, and HIV,” said Dr. Judy MacDonald, medical officer of health for the Calgary zone, in a press release.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 6, 2014
Lincoln natives with body modification find varying levels of acceptance
by Hannah Eads
Lincoln, Nebraska -- Last week, a man reached over The Mill’s counter and touched barista Melissa French-Sloan’s light purple hair without her permission. The barista and Le Quartier front-of-the-house employee said she receives comments on her seven tattoos and eight piercings nearly every day, many of them negative. Some customers tell her they don’t approve, some say they don’t agree with her choices and some tell her she simply doesn’t look good with that many tattoos and piercings, she said.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Home-based tattoo shop in Calgary shut down
by CTV News
Calgary, AB -- Health authorities have shut down a home-based tattoo parlour in Calgary, and are advising anyone who got inked there to get tested for infections. Pharaohs Enhancing Body Art had been operating out of an apartment on Calgary’s Centre Street North. Alberta health officials shut it down on Oct. 30, citing unsanitary conditions that may have exposed customers to blood-borne viruses like HIV and hepatitis. Pharaohs’ owner, Cecil Reddick, denied that his work put people at risk.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Personalize your body art at established tattoo studio
by Oakville Beaver
Oakville, Ontario -- Good Point Tattoos in Oakville, Ontario, is not your stereotypical dark, cramped, dingy tattoo studio. Here, you walk in to a bright, spacious and clean environment. There are no flash-covered walls; the focus is on custom work – giving you exactly the personalized tattoo you want. You’ll be greeted by friendly and helpful staff that will answer all your questions. This is the tattoo experience you want to have.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 3, 2014
How Much Does a Tattoo Cost?
by Jodie Michalak
Many people wonder "how much are tattoos" before heading to the shop to get inked. While it is normal to keep an affordable budget in mind, if you're solely basing your tattoo artist and design decision on your pocketbook, you may end up paying even more with regret. How Much Are Tattoos On Average? Depending on the tattoo artist's experience and skill, the cost of a tattoo can vary greatly. For example, a professional tattoo artist who has won awards in his craft and earned a recognized reputation for his expertise will charge much more than a new tattoo apprentice who has just entered the industry.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 2, 2014
Tattoos are more than just artwork
by Karen Durrie
Calgary, AB -- Tattoos go beyond skulls and butterflies. Find out how ink can fill out eyebrows and disguise injuries -- Jody Stoski remembers the 6-foot-4 soldier who accessed her expertise in cosmetic tattooing. “He burned his eyebrows off in an accident in the military. This big burly guy kept a brow pencil in his pocket, and was very self-conscious. He’s thrown it out now and has a new lease on life,” Stoski says. Although many are familiar with cosmetic tattooing for permanent makeup such as eyeliner or lip colour, it has a wider variety of applications. It can be employed to camouflage scarring, hair loss, wrinkles and even to re-pigment nipples and areolae after post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 2, 2014
A tattoo artist is making his mark in an Oak Bay enclave
by Cindy E. Harnett
Victoria, BC -- Victoria was clean, quiet and full of nice people. It was everything a rebellious private school youth named Voodoo didn’t want. So, to the dismay of his doctor parents, he ran off to Spain to become a tattoo artist. That was then and this is now. A Queen’s University psychology graduate, Voodoo waxes philosophical about everything from life to art and why, at age 50, he’s back with a shop in — of all places — the heart of Oak Bay. His plan is to leave an indelible mark on the city he rejected, and now embraces for its beauty. “At 25, I didn’t want to live in [Greater] Victoria. It was too quiet and people were too nice,” Voodoo said. “When you’re young, you don’t want happy, smiley people. But when you’re 50, that’s exactly what you want. “So what drove me away at 25 is what’s brought me running back at 50,” he said. Voodoo Tattoo opened in Monterey Mews at 2250 Oak Bay Ave., in June 2013.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, November 1, 2014
How to Care for Body Piercings
by Kristine Crane
On the main drag in Adams Morgan, the storied neighborhood in the District of Columbia for things hip, Tattoo Paradise is appropriately snuggled between a West African cafe and a roofer’s union. On one side of the shop are floor-to-ceiling tattoos of butterflies, skulls and roses. On the other side sits a display case with brightly colored gems, along with mini silver crossbars and little balls of steel.

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