Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 15, 2017
How To Care For New Ear Piercings
by Ashley Miller
Trying new styles of makeup, changing perfumes, dyeing hair and adding a peculiar accessory to your appearance is fundamental giving a different look as well as experimenting with fun. You might have done all of these in your life. Most of the people start early in middle school while others get interested in other stages of their lives. It depends on the person and on his area of interest not just on his overall appearance but particular parts of it. Getting piercings is another example of such practices. Most people start with one piercing on both ears from middle school but later on many choose to get multiple piercings on both inside and outside an area of the earlobe as well as on the tragus.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 15, 2017
Can a tattoo on human flesh be copyrighted?
by David Kravets
There's a tattoo as a design, and then there's that same tattoo after it's inked on the human body. Tattoo artists often copyright their tattoos. But does that copyright stick once the image is inked on the human body? So far, no US court has ruled that it does, despite several lawsuits on the topic that have settled out of court or have been dropped. But barring a settlement, we might soon get our first ruling on the topic, and we have video games to thank.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 15, 2017
The Fine Line Tattoos of Nal
by Barbara Kang
Cultural Image Tattoo in Koreatown, Los Angeles, founded by celebrity tattoo artist Nene Gonzales, also known as Tat2Nene, houses his apprentice, Noah Lee. Under the alias, Nal, the Los Angeles-based young artist is a master of highly detailed black work. His instagram, nal_tattoo, is flooded with his fresh micro designs, to his jaw-dropping compositions on subjects from elegant lion sculptures, to Penny Dreadful’s tormented figure. By combining his exposure to the fine arts and Nene’s guidance, he elaborately executes fine shading and line work resulting in astounding tattoos.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 14, 2017
Tattoo Ink May Stain Your Lymph Nodes Read more
by Jason Daley
But more research is needed to determine whether this is actually a bad thing. Getting a tattoo has always come with risks. There’s the possibility of an allergic reaction, infection or even diseases like hepatitis or tetanus if the equipment isn’t properly sterilized. And there's always the risk of second-day doubt about your choice of everlasting image. But a new study shows there might also be broader health consequences of getting inked. As Agence France-Presse reports, researchers have found that potentially toxic metals from tattoo ink circulates in the immune system, staining lymph nodes.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 14, 2017
3D Printed Biomaterial Sleeves May Reduce the Risk of Body Piercing Infections
by Sarah Saunders
I got my first ear cartilage piercing when I was a freshman in high school, and had already removed it before I began my sophomore year – it had gotten infected, and after spending weeks using the alcohol cleaning solution the store had given me to no avail, my mother and I talked about it, and decided that the best thing to do was take it out. My situation was not unusual – while it’s estimated that the human body piercing industry is worth roughly $722 million, lots of people with piercings have minor complications, like skin reactions and localized infections, and even more serious issues like tearing, bacterial infections, and viral hepatitis.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 14, 2017
A P.E.I. company aims to make body piercings safer
by Sarah MacMillan
A P.E.I. company is trying to make body piercings safer, and reduce the risk of infection. BioPierce Canada Ltd., based in Souris, is working to create a thin, biodegradable sleeve which will cover piercing posts, and slowly release antiseptics. "We're driven by the possibility that we might really make a difference in making ... something that's a universal custom — which is piercing — into something that's much safer than it has been..."

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
12 Empowering Feminist Tattoos You Need to Get Inked
by Brit Co
At a time when fighting for our rights as women is more important than ever, it's nice to have a constant reminder to stay strong. Getting inked with a sweet lady power tatt can give you (and all the women that surround you!) just that. From ideas like "GRL PWR" to "Self Love Club", these women empowerment tattoos are perfect for feminists everywhere.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Scented herb and flower tattoos are a thing and they sound delightful
by Jess Edwards
Temporary tattoos are a wonderful thing. But scented temporary tattoos? Well, that's another level of awesome. Which is why we're bowing down to Tattly, a New-York-based tattoo company, and their ingenious floral and herb-scented transfers. The best bit is these tattoos aren't just your standard Sainsbury's pack of bunched coriander, they're delicate, water-colour-inspired herbs and flowers designed by artist Vincent Jeannerot .

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
What to Know Before Getting a Genital Piercing
by HelloFlo
Thinking about getting a piercing down there? Read this first. People are curious about genital piercings. That’s why you’re here, isn’t it? Curiosity. Whether you’re debating getting one for yourself or your inquisitiveness has just gotten the best of you, we chatted with both a licensed physician and an American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists-certified sex educator to get the lowdown on all things genital piercings.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 4, 2017
How Does Tattoo Removal Work?
by Jake Rossen
You may have felt the regret that sometimes accompanies a mixture of alcohol, impulsive behavior, and a conveniently-located tattoo parlor. Or maybe your artist fudged one of 2015’s trendy watercolor tattoos. If the time has come to erase a dermatological mistake, laser tattoo removal is the answer. But how does it work? It helps to understand how tattoos become permanent fixtures under your epidermis in the first place.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 31, 2017
Tattoos That Change Color Could Help People with Diabetes
by Elizabeth Pratt
Tattoos of the future may be much more than just decorative statements. They may be able to tell you what’s happening inside your body. A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Harvard Medical School, have developed tattoo ink that changes color in response to changes in the body. Three different inks have been developed that change color in response to changing pH levels, sodium levels, and blood sugar levels.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 31, 2017
Punch vs. Poke: More parents turn to tattoo shops for safe ear piercing
by Nina Criscuolo
A growing movement suggests tattoo shops may be the safest place to pierce your child’s ears. It comes down to who is doing the piercing and what materials they’re using. Professional piercers in tattoo shops use different equipment than jewelry stores or kiosks and are held to higher health standards. So, many piercers are speaking out to educate the public and it seems parents are listening.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 31, 2017
South Korean tattooists break the taboo of body art
by Barbara Miller
Technically, only medical doctors are allowed to do tattooing. Mirae and Yo-Yo, two 25-year-old tattoo artists living and working in the capital, Seoul, are certainly not that. Mirae is a part-time model with a keen interest in fashion; Yo-Yo used to work in clothes shops, before taking a working holiday to Australia, where she began to consider training as a tattoo artist. "I used to draw from time to time while I was in Australia, and some of my friends who I met in Australia or while travelling asked me to draw for their tattoos, or they got a tattoo from my drawing," she said. Yo-Yo decided she could not only draw the tattoos but give them, too. "I think it's more meaningful," she said.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 31, 2017
Photographs Preserve the Vanishing Tradition of Female Facial Tattoos
by Alexxa Gotthardt
In the West, facial tattoos often have severe associations—a teardrop etched next to the eye, for instance, can signify a long prison sentence or desire for revenge. But in other areas of the world, tattooing the face is a part of a long tradition equated with beautification, spirituality, and female empowerment. Photographer Yumna Al-Arashi would know. At a young age, she saw her great grandmother’s tattoos for the first time: a constellation of delicate markings that filled the space under her bottom lip.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 23, 2017
How To Turn A Bad Piercing Into Ear Candy Envy
by Hafeezah Nazim
I got my ears pierced for a second time when I turned 13. My mother took me to a piercing kiosk at our local mall and explained my ear situation to a girl who looked no older than 20. She dotted my damaged lobes with a pen and proceeded to use a piercing gun to punch two new holes in my ears. I didn’t know better then, but because I was pierced unprofessionally with a piercing gun, (aka the number one thing you should never use while administering a piercing) eventually, my second holes became just as crooked and problematic as my first pair.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Pravana's Heat-Changing Vivids Mood Hair Colors Are Coming Soon
by Donna Freydkin
Think of this as the Tinder of hair color. You can keep swiping (or in this case, dipping) until you meet your perfect hue. Pravana Vivids Mood Color just launched the first-ever color-changing shades for your head. It's not dye. It's a temporary overlay that changes colors depending on the heat level around you. Meaning, if you put it on and hit the beach, it'll lighten. If you go back into your frigid workplace, it returns to its dark base.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Old ink: Senior tattoos gaining popularity
by Graham Womack
Tom Frame sat in a north Roseville fast food restaurant, a fresh bandage on his left arm. After many years of consideration, the 72-year-old Sun City Roseville resident had just gotten his first tattoo, a depiction of “End of the Trail,” a Waupun, Wisconsin sculpture showing a dead Native American slumped on a horse. “I finally said, ‘The end of trail ain’t very far off for me, so I might as well go for it,’” Frame said.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, August 22, 2017
13 Colorful Tattoo Ideas that Will Inspire You to Think Beyond Black and White
by Devon Abelman
We don't limit our wardrobes or makeup to just black and white, so why do so with tattoos? (Well, most of us, at least.) Some of the best tattoos we've found while scrolling on Instagram are made up of some of the brightest colors in the rainbow. A colorful tattoo is exactly the same as a black-and-white tattoo — except tattoo artists use the brightest, borderline neon inks they can find. (It should be noted that none of the tattoos you're about to see are done with glow-in-the-dark or UV-reactive ink, though. All of these are considered unsafe and have not been approved by the FDA.)

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Get Ready for the Elfie
by Laren Stover
Holly Black, an author of the best-selling "The Spiderwick Chronicles" fantasy series, believes that everybody would look better with pointed ears like those on fairies and elves. Last Novemer she visited Lindsay Wood of the Elven Caravan, a company that sells custom latex elf ears for $20 to $40, at FaeriCon in Hunt Valley, Md., to try on a pair. Ms. Black, 45, had been mulling over getting her ears surgially modified since a New Year's Eve party she threw with a fairy theme, and she was pleased with the way the latex looked that she decided to go ahead with the procedure.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, August 20, 2017
Why Couples Get Tattoos For Each Other -- And What Happens If They Break Up
by Brittany Wong
Forget socks or some new kitchenware: When Christmas rolled around two years ago, Katherine Gutierrez and her now-wife Emily decided to give each other the gift of ink. More specifically, the Guiterrezes got matching tattoos that spoke to both their individual identities and their identity as a couple. “We saw an quote on Pinterest that said, ‘I’ll keep you safe. You’ll keep me wild,’ and it spoke to us,” Katherine told HuffPost. “Emily is the calm, level-headed one and I’m more spontaneous and carefree, so we instantly knew the quote was the perfect one for Emily.

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