Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 24, 2016
How Safe Are Tattoos?
by ACSH
Two generations ago, tattoos were relatively scarce, and primarily only among a few types of people, but their presence has increased from 5% in 2003 to 12% in 2016, and half of those with tattoos have more than one, all without really knowing the safety and regulation of the inks used for tattoos and permanent makeup. In the US, 40% of 16-34-year-olds have at least one tattoo. Though the Navy and Marines have long had tattoos, they recently had to get more lenient about volume, because so many young people had them.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Elaborately tattooed mummy brings archeologists to tears
by Elysha Enos
A Quebec researcher is celebrating the discovery of an intricate collection of tattoos found on the mummified body of a woman who lived more than 3,300 years ago. The markings are the first on a mummy from dynastic Egypt to show actual objects, including lotus blossoms on the mummy's hips and cows on her arm, the scientific journal Nature reported. Cédric Gobeil has been leading a team of experts in Egypt since 2013. They announced the discovery in April.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 24, 2016
How Long Does A Conch Piercing Take To Heal?
by Phoebe Waller
Unusual piercings seem to be taking the reigns when it comes to the body mod race. If you’re considering a new piercing of your own, you might be asking yourself how long a conch piercing takes to heal. The name might sound like a piercing for mermaids, but a conch is actually a type of ear cartilage piercing located in the innermost part of the ear, just before you get to the earhole. According to tattoo and piercing publication Inked, “The inner conch is the cartilage at the center of the ear. The area is normally cup-shaped and gives room for the jewelry, thus it is ideal for piercing.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Home-based Edmonton tattoo parlour ordered to close
by CBC News
Edmontn, Alberta -- Alberta Health Services has ordered a home-based Edmonton tattoo business to close, and is advising anyone who got tattoos there to be tested for viruses that can be spread through unsanitary procedures. Noeyez Tattooz operated from a home at 11508 32 St., AHS said in a media advisory. All customers who received tattoo services at the location are being advised to be tested.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, August 23, 2016
11 Photos Of Gauged Ear Piercings That Prove Bigger Is Often Better
by Phoebe Waller
When thinking about gauged ear piercings, you might conjure up images of alternative folks who are members of a musical subculture, like pop punk fans. Unless you're interested in getting your ear lobes stretched, it's possible that you may not have seen many photos of gauged ear piercings that transcend styles and aesthetics. It's safe to say that gauges seem to be associated with folks who go against the grain of society and want to make a statement when it comes to their body mods — which is awesome, right? At the end of the day, gauges are probably one of the most invasive types of piercings you can get. IMO, that's where their appeal comes from.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Piercing discrimination
by Carmen Weld
Kelowna, British Columbia -- While you cannot legally discriminate against an employee for their gender, race or sexual orientation, there are no rules when it comes to one's looks – and a Kelowna woman is fed up with it. The British Columbia Human Rights Code prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on grounds such as race, religion and disability. However, the code does not mention whether employers can discriminate against employees who smoke or employees who have tattoos and piercings.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, August 13, 2016
Dye Your Hair with Tissue Paper
by Lauren Valenti
The internet has not only reached peak rainbow hair obsession—it now has a hack for dyeing your mane more often, for less. And by less we mean under a dollar. The secret? Beauty bloggers are using crepe paper, as in the material used to create cheap party decorations, to dye their hair crazy colors and the results are impressive, to say the least. Whether you want a dip-dye effect or full head of hair color, all you have to do is cut up the paper into strips, add them to a bowl of warm salt water, then soak the hair in the mixture for 15 minutes before washing it out.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 12, 2016
New Dermal Piercing Turns You Into a Cyborg
by Lauren L'Amie
As wearables become more and more common, everyone seems to be searching for the next innovative way to supplement our frail human bodies with some badass cyborg powers. With tech body modifications like North Sense, your repressed Robocop/Ironman/Darth Vader fantasies could become reality. Or totally freak you out. The makers at Cyborg Nest have created the new product that quite literally becomes a part of you by hinging itself to your skin with barbell piercings.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 11, 2016
What chemicals are in your tattoo?
by Sarah Everts
European regulators worry about the inks used to make body decorations, which can be repurposed from the car paint, plastics, and textile dye industries -- Humans have been tattooing themselves for millennia, motivated by reasons as diverse as the designs decorating their skin. Crusaders tattooed crosses on their bodies to ensure they’d go to heaven, while for centuries, sailors inked their bodies to boast about where they’d travelled. The 61 tattoos on Ötzi, a 5,300-year-old mummy discovered in the Alps, were all located near his joints, leaving researchers to speculate that the tattoos may have been part of an ancient arthritis treatment.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 11, 2016
Would You Let a Robot Give You a Tattoo?
by Kelly Hodgkins
A team of students from well-known Paris design school ENSCI Les Ateliers had an idea that could change the face of tattooing. The team came up with the idea during a recent design challenge hosted by the French Ministry of Culture and worked with other ENSCI students and teachers to bring it to life. Their idea? An industrial robot that could autonomously create a tattoo from a database of images. The idea was conceived as part of the Public Domain Remix, a workshop that encourages students to create new items using a mashup of public domain material.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 11, 2016
The 2020 Olympics Could Change Tattooing In Japan Forever
by Brian Ashcraft
The 2016 Rio Olympics are underway, and athletes from around the globe are competing for gold. Many of those Olympians are inked, as are those spectators who have flocked to the games. All are giving hope to those who want Japan, host of the next Summer Games, to become more open-minded about tattooing. Numerous Olympic athletes get tattoos as a way to (literally) mark the event, and teams also get matching designs as a way to bond. For some, though, it’s more than that.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 8, 2016
Who owns your tattoo? Maybe not you
by Shontavia Johnson
More than 20 percent of all Americans have at least one tattoo, and for millennials that number jumps to almost 40 percent. What could be more intimately a part of you than a work of body art permanently inked into your skin? You probably assume that the tattoo on your body belongs to you. But, in actuality, somebody else might own your tattoo. Recent lawsuits and events have shown that tattoo artists and companies can have intellectual property rights in tattoos worn by others, including both copyright and trademark rights.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 8, 2016
Hair Piercing Is the Cool New Hair Trend You Have to See
by Joane Amay
We’ve just discovered hair piercing and we’re seriously obsessed. The statement-making hair accessories are an edgy way to accentuate your braids, curls or everyday ‘do. Think of them as a modern-day update to the disco hair beads of the late 70s. Just check out Jessy and Taiba of Keash Braids’ fresh Instagram feed for loads of inspiration. The brilliant British duo serve up killer #hairgoals with the perfectly punky accents. By adorning them with metal coils, studs or spikes, these girls know how to make even a humble single braid look cool...

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 8, 2016
9 Popular '90s Piercings That Are Cool Again
by Phoebe Waller
There's no escaping the fact that fashion is cyclical and, consequently, that we've been trapped in a 1990s style bubble for quite some time now. What with all the crop tops and brown lipliner, it was only a matter of time before we noticed popular '90s piercings that are cool again. Your age in the '90s will likely dictate what piercings you had or lusted after. There's obviously a huge difference between the types of piercings a 16-year-old and a 6-year-old would want. If you were a kid during the ‘90s, you likely idolized child movie stars of the period like Lindsay Lohan and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Thus, you'd beg your parents to let you get any piercings they were rocking.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 8, 2016
Nurse shamed for tattoos and piercings, pens heartwarming letter
by Al Donato
Vivid hair is nowhere near as shocking as it used to be, but one woman apparently did not get the memo. Mary Walls Penney, who has worked as a nurse for eight years, was doing some routine shopping at a nearby convenient store after her shift. While standing in a check-out line, a cashier noticed Penney's full head of tumbling rainbow hair. "I'm surprised they let you work there like that. What do your patients think about your hair?" the cashier asked.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, July 28, 2016
Cutting into a Guy's Face with Luna Cobra
by Maddison Connaughton
I don't have any tattoos. I don't even have my ears pierced, and when I tell Luna Cobra this, his eyebrows dart up, scrunching the crescent moon tattoo on his forehead. He suggests I start with ear pointing, or maybe a subtle scleral tattoo that would wash the whites of my eyes a light blue. In the body modification world, Luna Cobra is a legend. People fly him around the world to split their tongues, place implants under their skin, and tattoo their eyeballs—a technique he invented.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, July 28, 2016
Blood and Bones: Body Modifications
by Leigh Hill
The practice of modifying one’s body through piercing or tattooing is one of humanity’s oldest forms of self-expression. While body modifications take on historically different meanings among various cultures, the contemporary practice has grown as a popular way to forge one’s own aesthetic – a particular draw card for the proud LGBTIQ community. Despite the masses of queer clientele, body piercer and mod artist in training Benjamin Bones noticed a lack of LGBTIQ practitioners, seizing the opportunity to open his own LGBTIQ-friendly piercing and body modification business...

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 27, 2016
How Long Will A Cartilage Piercing Hurt?
by Phoebe Waller
Cartilage piercings are super trendy right now, so you might be contemplating getting one for yourself. However, you may be new to cartilage piercings or you may be totally un-pierced, so you might be pondering, how long will a cartilage piercing hurt? Long gone are the days when you weren't allowed to pierce your ears as a child – your adult bod is yours to experiment with as you please. If you were a '90s kid, you likely lusted after the cartilage piercings of the cool kids, whose parents seemingly let them do whatever they please.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 27, 2016
What Are All The Different Cartilage Piercing Names?
by Jessica Willingham
Like any good '90s kid, I got my first piercing at Claire's. In between frosty pink lipgloss and leopard print snap bracelets, I committed to having a traditional earlobe piercing. Now that I'm all grown up (and a little bored) I've started wondering what are all the different cartilage piercing names? Here's the low down. Cartilage piercings are arguably the easiest "next step" when it comes to body modification beyond ear lobes.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, July 25, 2016
Conch: The Trendiest Piercing of the Moment
by Chelsea Peng
Like Pringles or bath salts, piercings are similarly difficult to stop, erm, popping once you start. I found this out recently when, after the internet decided in real time that I should have a long needle stabbed through the most sensitive part of my ear, I went back and had two slightly shorter sharp implements jammed through my lobes. I not-so-inadvertently got the piercing of the moment—right in the conch. Like anything "It"-y, conch piercings have been around for a while and are experiencing a rise in popularity Right Now—with some slight modifications

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