Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Punk Isn't Dead, But There Is A New Way To Do It
by Alyssa Coscarelli
Thanks to a few buzzy pieces and new streetwear designers, things like clashing prints, oversized silhouettes, shoulder-padded blazers, and fishnets are making their way back into the style zeitgeist, and combined with the skyrocketed return of vintage band tees and those white Kurt Cobain-esque sunglasses, punk is being democratized as something anyone can experiment with. Punk isn't dead — we're just seeing fashion's new take on it.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Adrian Castillo Explains the Delicate Art of Piercing
by John Chesler
For those who still believe that all piercings are more or less the same, the amount of people willing to wait and travel for highly sought after piercers like Adrian Castillo might seem ridiculous. After all, while tattoos are generally considered an art form, piercing is much more often viewed as simply being able to put a hole at the right place in someone’s skin – something just as effectively done in a high school bathroom as a high-dollar shop. But for the real masters of the craft, piercing ears, noses, and other body parts is just as much of an art as creating tattoos or music.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 15, 2017
How Tattoos Help Sexual Assault Survivors Reclaim Their Bodies
by Sophie Saint Thomas
For years, sexual assault survivors have been getting tattoos to heal and reclaim their body. Marlo Kaleo'okalani Lualemana, a Hawaiian tattoo artist at Earthbound Tattoo Studio in Monterey, California, specializes in giving tattoos to many sexual assault survivors. "I am touched by each survivor I've had the pleasure to tattoo," she says. "I feel in some small way I've helped them to see past the pain and begin anew. I tell them I will never forget them and they are not alone.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 15, 2017
Amazing David Bowie tattoos to inspire you
by Thomas Smith
One year ago today, music, fashion and culture icon David Bowie died, just days after his final album ‘Blackstar’ was released. Recent tribute concerts have been remembering his arsenal of hits, and documentary The Last Five Years was a heartbreaking insight into Bowie’s last two albums. But if you want to remember Bowie in a more permanent way, you may have considered an inking inspired by the great man.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 12, 2017
This guy turned Apple AirPods into plugs for his gauged ears
by Phillip N. Tracy
After a few months’ delay, Apple AirPods are now available. Early reviewers are mostly content with the wireless earbuds’ sound quality, battery life, and convenient UX, but some early adopters are struggling with a deal-breaking concern: They just don’t fit in some ears. An appropriate response would be to get angry at the world for paying $159.99 on earbuds you can’t use or to just return them and look for something else. Andrew Cornett on Twitter came up with a more ingenious solution, one that will ensure you never doubt human determination again.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Weird and wonderful body modifications
by Bianca Pindral
Contemporary culture has in recent years shocked many people, as new and dangerous body modification trends have started to take hold in society. Modern medicine and tools have made the impossible possible as dangerous procedures are now performed without the risks they used to present. While some seem cringe-worthy, others may create benefits for the person who had them ‘installed’.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Millennials looking to fix overpiercing
by John Petrick
Dr. Harris Sterman is all for young people expressing their individuality. But just how many piercings can you put into one ear, anyway? "Some people get really carried away," says Sterman, chief of plastic surgery at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck. The multiple holes are one thing. But then there's the many large and heavy objects hung from all those holes — and we're not just talking regular old diamond stud earrings or tiny crucifixes anymore — before the poor ear is literally stretched to its outermost limits.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 11, 2017
You May Dye Your Hair "Ice" This Year
by Rachel C. Weingarten
Remember how exciting it was when you dyed your hair pink or lavender or rose-gold for the first time? ?Everyone oohed and aahed at your perfectly tinted ombre, and and admired your quirky taste and sense of daring. Then, everyone else started to show up with their own version of pastel hair. And before you knew it, you felt less like Kelly Osbourne and more like My Little Pony. But fear not. If you're not quite ready to go back to your roots, Mirza Batanovic, Style Director at Eufora International, a salon brand of color, predicts next year's hair will be brighter and bolder than ever.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Weird But Normal Things That Happen To Tattoos
by Kristin Collins Jackson
Despite warnings of my elders circa 2000 against tattoos (my skin will fall off, I'll look terrible in a wedding dress, and that they'll look like hell as I age) I never gave into the scare tactics and keep getting ink on my bod. Of course, what non-tatted those elders didn't let me know was that there are weird things that happen to a tattoo that are totally normal — but they can definitely freak you out at the time. To determine why these weird things happen, I found Samantha Danesi, RPA-C, of Sadick Dermatology, a fellow tatted up beaut who just happens to be in the dermatology industry, to share the scientific and completely random reasons for our tats doing those weird, amazing things while healing and when completely healed.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 10, 2017
9 Things To Know If You Get Your Ears Gauged
by Phoebe Waller
Getting your ears gauged can be a tricky business. Over time, you’re basically stretching the pierced hole in your lobe to a desired size. Thus, there are certain things to know if you get your ears gauged that differ from regular piercing maintenance. Gauging isn't something that will happen overnight — and it will likely take a lot of time and patience. However, if you’re a fan of the aesthetic, the results will hopefully be more than worth it. Once the territory of emo and pop punk kids, ear stretching has seemingly hit the masses and undoubtedly looks great on anybody.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 10, 2017
10 Classic Wrist Tattoos With A Contemporary Twist
by Phoebe Waller
Perhaps it's my rose-tinted glasses talking, but IMO, wrist tattoos can be terribly romantic. Even if it's just showing your own self-love, this vulnerable spot plays a subtle game of peekaboo, without being overtly provocative. If you're interested in getting inked in this spot, classic wrist tattoos with a contemporary twist will provide you with all of the inkspo you need, so that your elusive tattoo will last the ages, while also being a great representation of who you are as a person.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 5, 2017
The Story Of How N.Y.C. Created Modern Tattoos
by Katharine Schwab
Today, tattooing is a ubiquitous facet of mainstream culture across the country. But New York City has a particularly complex relationship with the art form, as explored by an upcoming exhibit at the New York Historical Society. New York not only gave birth to modern tattooing—it played a role in forming the industry's subcultural roots and its technical evolution. Of course, long before New York ushered in modern tattooing, Native Americans in the region would tattoo their bodies to memorialize victories or even to treat medical conditions like arthritis.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 5, 2017
Dog lovers get tattooed tributes of their best friends
by Azzura Lalani
Toronto, ON -- When Matt Lacrette decided he wanted a sixth tattoo, getting his husky pup Harley inked on his shoulder was an easy decision. “I just figured, why not get a tattoo of my very best friend in the world, who is my dog,” Lacrette, a 25-year-old construction worker, said. Harley, an almost 2-year-old pooch, is a big part of Lacrette’s life. The pair go on longboard runs and enjoy hanging out together. His surprisingly lifelike tattoo is a portrait of his dog’s happy face with his tongue hanging out and the name Harley emblazoned below.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Neolithic chic: body piercing fashion from the Arctic 5,000 years ago
by The Siberian Times
Ancient items of jewellery found by archeologists on Taymyr peninsula are stone labrets which were inserted into the face below the bottom lip. The discovery was made during the summer 2016 archeological season at a location some 600 kilometres above the Arctic Circle. The site in the far north of Krasnoyarsk region is believed to date as far back as three or four millennium BC. Labrets are a kind of jewellery, which can be made of shell, bone, or stone, and is inserted into the lip as an ornament in some cultures.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Body piercer marks the milestones of customers' lives
by Emily Hoard
Zack Weiss, 27, has enjoyed interacting with customers as the body piercer and manager at Roseburg’s High Priestess Piercing & Tattoo. “I just like the personal experience you get with people,” Weiss said. “People get pierced for a lot of different reasons, a lot of mile markers for people’s lives. You never really know what someone is getting pierced for,” he added.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 2, 2017
Amanda Wachob: Portrait of a Tattoo Artist
by Drew Grant
Almost everyone I’ve met in the last eight years has commented on my tattoo by New York artist Amanda Wachob. Her style of abstract watercolors seem more hand-painted than tattooed and are as recognizable in their unique properties as a Van Gogh or Matisse. Often people on the street or subway, in other states (and increasingly, in other countries), will flag me down shouting, “Amanda!” and pointing at my arm. It’s a universal acknowledgement: “You have an Amanda Wachob tattoo!”

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 2, 2017
Post-election, feminists fight back with tattoos
by Rachel Lubitz
On election night, like so many, 26-year-old Nicole Narvaez's feelings "kind of exploded." "I went to bed in tears and woke up to the final news hysterical," Narvaez recalled. "I cried on the train to work, at work, after work and many days since. Following the election I decided I wanted and needed to do something for myself that also meant something bigger." And how she'd do that, she thought, was with a tattoo.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 2, 2017
Making his mark in the world, meticulously and in 3-D
by Barry Gray
Hamilton, Ontario -- Like most kids, Anthony Jenkins used to hide away in his room and draw. Unlike most kids, he knew from a young age that he wanted to be a tattoo artist. "I never wanted to do anything else," Jenkins says. Originally from Guelph, he opened his own shop at 19 after apprenticing for two years. Watching, learning, and slowing working toward putting permanent art on skin.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, December 31, 2016
The Hidden Rainbow Hair Trend Is the Sneakiest Way to Hide a Statement Dye Job
by Lauren Valenti
When it comes to statement dye jobs, the temptation is *real* thanks to a little app—you may know it—called Instagram. From sand art hair to galaxy hair, there are a million ways to turn your head into a mesmerizing, one-woman light show. But if you're gun-shy about going full-on Lisa Frank, worried that bleaching your entire head will present too much of a danger to your fragile strands, or work at an office that's just too buttoned up, there's now a super-sneaky way to get your Manic Panic on but keep it on the DL: Hidden Rainbow Hair.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, December 31, 2016
The cool girl’s guide on everything to know about ear piercing
by Alice Birrell
What do Erin Wasson, Zoë Kravitz and Emma Stone have in common? Aside from possessing the inimitable cool that pretty young things like them have, they’ve all been pierced by J. Colby Smith, the LA and New York-based piercer who has been doing what he does for over 10-years. Introducing himself as Colby when we meet - he’s in Sydney with website The File taking up a short residency at Koda Cutters in Bondi - the calmly assuring Smith guides us to the piercing room which looks nothing like what you’d expect.

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