Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 24, 2016 Tattooing over trauma: one woman's journey to reclaim her body
by CBC News
Try this: close your eyes. Now focus on your left ankle. Your right ear. Your teeth. When was the last time you really noticed your teeth? Most of the time it's easy to take the bits and pieces that make up our bodies for granted. Until one of them stops working. Or, through disease or accident, goes missing. Try to stop thinking about it then. When Jessica Grillanda's mother and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer, she decided it was time for drastic action.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 24, 2016 How to Deal With and Prevent a Painful Piercing Infection
by Ani Palen
As a full-blown skin-care junkie, one who keeps a stack of index cards filled with the names of ingredients and their benefits next to her bed, I have an embarrassing admission to make. I almost landed myself in the emergency room because I failed to recognise that two of my piercings had become badly infected. I'd never had cartilage piercings before so I thought it was normal to wake up to pain and discomfort five months after the fact. Did I question why they were still bleeding every time I cleaned them? Yes. But not as much as I should have, and trust me, I should have.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Brian Keith Thompson talks new trends and piercing
by Brittany Martin
Brian Keith Thompson, 44, is a piercer and the owner of Body Electric Tattoo and Piercing in Los Angeles. We spoke with him for our October-December 2016 issue of Time Out Los Angeles about his work adorning Angelenos with edgy and fashionable piercings—and why he's betting that navels are the new nipples.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Constellation Piercings Will Make Your Ears Shine Bright Like Stars
by Minou Clark
Celebrity piercer extraordinaire Brian Keith Thompson is reaching for the stars with the latest trend, constellation piercings. Instead of sticking to symmetry, why not spice up your ears with a more abstract, constellation-inspired look? For those who are hesitant, this guy pierced Beyoncé’s sacred lobes, so he knows what he’s doing. And that’s just one of the many celebrity ears he has graced with his artful piercing talents. One of the most appealing aspects of constellation piercings is that it can all be done on your lobes.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 17, 2016 Facebook bans technician who tattoos nipples and areolas for breast cancer survivors
by CBC News
Margeaux Collyer, a cosmetic tattoo technician, has been permanently banned from Facebook. The social media site says it's policy doesn't allow images of women's nipples (this doesn't include photos of women breast-feeding). Collyer is a London, Ont. technician who's certified to tattoo areolas and nipples on breast cancer survivors. For years, she's been posting photos of her work online. As It Happens host Carol Off spoke with Collyer about her work and why she thinks Facebook should overturn the ban.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 17, 2016 Calgary tattooists talk personal tattoos ahead of Tattoo Fest
by Aaron Chatha
Calgary, Alberta -- Calgary tattoo artist Alix Ow loves snakes. She loves snakes so much she got an old lady full of snakes tattooed on her left arm, just above another snake. “That’s who I’m going to be one day, just an old lady full of snakes,” she said, with a deadpan seriousness. Ow, an artist with Immaculate Concept Tattoo, and her snakes will be featured at this weekend’s Calgary Tattoo and Arts Festival.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, October 14, 2016 Snakebite tongue piercings are where one expert draws the line
by Sarah Young
A piercing expert says a popular procedure is "incredibly unsafe" and he would never carry it out. While getting a piercing may seem like a relatively simple way to accessorise yourself, according to TJ Cantwell, a piercer from Studio 28 in New York, a "snakebite piercing" can be potentially harmful. It refers to a curved barbell that’s put horizontally through the tip of the tongue leaving just the ends visible.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, October 14, 2016 A breast cancer survivor is using stunning body art to reclaim her body
by Rachel Thompson
Cancer can leave survivors feeling as if their bodies are no longer their own. After breast cancer surviver Sue Cook reached her five year remission hurdle, she wanted to do something to reclaim her body, something that would show cancer doesn't always have to leave the last mark. "It had always been my choice not to wear prostheses and it was also my choice not to have reconstruction," Cook told Mashable. "I decided the a tattoo would transform my scars into art. Now, every morning I can wake up to see a beautiful piece of body art," said the 62-year-old art teacher from Wrightington, near Wigan.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 13, 2016 Modified Perspectives: Safe Tattoos and Piercings
by Carolyn Hinman
You are an adult. This is college. You go to bed when you want, eat what you want, and go to class if you want. No curfew, no parental accountability (unless yours are the helicoptering sort), and for the first time in your life, you make the decisions about what goes into, or onto, your body. Cue the intoxicating rhythm of a tattoo machine, needle strobing at hummingbird speeds. Body modification: the final frontier of personal expression. Whether you are coveting the triple forward helix piercing or white ink infinity sign finger tattoo you have been ogling on Pinterest, there is a lot to consider when putting needle to skin.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 13, 2016 How Long Should A Piercing Be Sore? A Pro Piercer Tells All
by Phoebe Waller
Whether you've just got a new body mod, or you're thinking about getting one, you might be wondering: How long should a piercing be sore? It's a simple enough question, but the answer isn't quite as straight forward. There are so many different types of piercings from the classic ear lobe, to the belly-button, to the tongue; not to mention all the other "naughty" ones like playful nipple piercings. As different body parts contain an array of flesh thicknesses, it's easy to see how one freshly pierced anatomical area might feel more sore than another.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 13, 2016 The unexpected rise of 2016's biggest trend: the nipple piercing
by Hayley Wilbur
"I swear I had the idea first," Kendall Jenner said in a post on her app in July when discussing the nipple piercing she and her younger sister Kylie both have. The trend, that placing studs or rings into one or both nipples, might be popular among today's young trendsetters, but it is definitely not new. In fact, it dates all the way back to the first century B.C. "Nipple piercings are a lot like septum piercings in the sense that they'll be popular for a period of time, then it dies out, then it blows up again, usually once a celebrity gets ones," Cassie Lopez, a piercer at New York Adorned said in an interview.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Cultural lineage: Reclaiming the Indigenous art of skin stitching
by Paul Tukker
Jeneen Frei Njootli, a Gwich'in artist and performer, readily admits that she's no expert in the traditional art of skin stitching, but she's been an eager student. "As soon as I did it, it just felt so natural to me. It reminded me a lot of sewing," she said. It is a lot like sewing, in that it involves a needle and thread, but it's actually a form of tattooing — using the needle to thread trails of ink under the skin and form decorative and permanent designs.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Forbidden Ink: Redrawing the Lines of Japan’s Tattoo Debate
by Jonathan DeHart
As fashion and social context evolves, could attitudes towards tattoos change in the country? According to The Japan Times, there are around 3,000 tattooists doing business in Japan today, up from only some 200 in 1990. John Skutlin, a PhD candidate in the Department of Japanese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, places the number even higher, at somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000. Moreover, social outcasts and gang members are no longer the primary members of society tatting up. Today, Japanese sporting some ink are much more likely to be hip and ambitious. “Many of my clients are self employed, rather than being employees of big companies,” Oshima said.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, October 7, 2016 The Rise of Nipple Piercings
by Amanda Arnold
Iabella of Bavaria, Queen of France, loved a plunging neckline. In fact, she loved them so much that she invented "garments of the grand neckline," which dragged her neckline all the way down to her navel. The fashion statement complimented her jewelry; she had pierced her rouged "little apples of paradise" (her 14th-century euphemism for nipples) with diamonds connected by chains of pearls and gold, which she sometimes even decorated with tiny nip caps. Often credited as the first woman to have worn nipple piercings, Isabella may have instigated the trend's popularity among wealthy women in the late 14th and early 15th century...
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, October 7, 2016 Read This Before You Get Your Next Ear Piercing
by Jessica Chandra
From one freshly-pierced girl to another. I’m the kind of person who spends her spare time looking up ear piercing inspiration the way other people keep an eye out for their next tattoo. After stalking my favourite accounts for months, I bit the bullet and made a semi-spontaneous appointment to add to my five existing piercings—after all, it’s not like I’m making a permanent mark on my skin. It was only after I walked out of the studio with my fresh helix piercing that I realised I hadn’t thought about the aftercare process properly. So here’s what I wish I had thought of before I got my piercing—and what I’ll hopefully remember before I get my next one.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Metallic Hair Dye: The Inside Scoop
by Devon Abelman
"The metallic series has reflective properties that make it glossy and look like tinfoil," Tang tells Allure. "When properly applied to prelightened platinum hair, it can show the iridescent colors pretty well, especially in different lighting conditions." Tang says he's always been fascinated with the way light reflects from objects like diamonds, so he wanted to capture that effect with hair color. The photos on his Instagram show he's really able to make hair shine bright like a diamond.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 When Will Tattoos, Piercings, And Dyed Hair Stop Being Taboo?
by Amanda Cohen
Tattoos are no longer as “taboo” as they used to be in the past. Many of my friends sport small, tasteful tattoos on their bodies, as do my family members. When discussing tattoo placement with my family and my friends, as I want to get a small meaningful tattoo, I always asked about a location that I could put the ink on that I could easily hide for job interviews. So, I guess the question I am asking society and myself is why do I have to even consider how potential employers will view my tattoo? On a related note, why are people afraid to get certain piercings and/or dye and style their hair in a certain way because of potential employers? We are living in the twenty-first century, why is this still an issue?
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Dangling from my piercings makes me comfortable in my own skin
by Times Staff
She tattoos people for a living but considers this her art: having her skin pierced with temporary holes and being strung up by hooks for onlooking crowds. The traveling performance artist, who has participated in shows from the Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention to New Orleans' Voodoo Fest, spoke with Floridian about how she got into suspension, what it feels like and why she loves it. These are her own words...
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Hub City Tattoo Expo wraps up in Moncton
by Jordan Gill
Moncton, New Brunswick -- One of Moncton's more colourful and permanent events wrapped up Sunday at the Moncton Coliseum. The Hub City Tattoo Expo showcased 92 tattoo artists from across Canada and the world. Brad Dawe, the organizer of the expo, said one of the main attractions is the ability to get inked up on site. Dawe said when it comes to the body art attendees got, individual uniqueness stood out.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Canadian develops 'paramedical tattooing' to hide scars
by CTV News
A Canadian woman who suffered serious facial burns as a toddler has made it her mission to help people like her overcome their deepest insecurities through an unorthodox solution: tattooing. Basma Hameed was two-years-old when her brother tripped with a pan of hot oil and spilled it on her face. Hameed grew up without a left eyebrow, serious scars to her face and struggled with devastating bouts of depression.