Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, March 09, 2014 Inked: Hannah Aitchison talks body art
by Jerry Nunn
Hailing originally from Chicago, Hannah Aitchison is known for her body art and judging skills on TLC's LA Ink and Oxygen's Best Ink. Now completing its third season Ink is hosted by Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and gives tattoo artists a voice to display their unique art form while competing for $100,000 and a cover story in Tattoo Magazine. This pinup specialist worked at Deluxe Tattoo for years in Illinois before relocating to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to work at a private studio called the Curiosity Shop.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, March 08, 2014 Tattoos may help ID man who died on B.C. ferry
by The Canadian Press
Nanaimo, British Columbia -- The B.C. coroners service and police are hoping three distinctive tattoos will help identify a man who collapsed and died aboard a B.C. ferry heading from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay. The man was seen walking around the Departure Bay terminal in Nanaimo and talking to people for about an hour before the last sailing at 9 p.m. on Feb. 19. The coroners service says the man, who was between 50 and 60 years old, sported tattoos of a large wolf-like animal with bared teeth on his right forearm, a Celtic band on his right upper arm and a Thumper rabbit on his right pelvic area.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, March 07, 2014 10 Reasons the Tattoo Community Doesn't Respect Tattoo Reality TV Shows
by Dawn Cooke
I am speaking to you from deep within the trenches of this silent war. I reside inside of the tattoo community. I'm deep within the middle ranks of those that have lasted over 10 years in the trade. There is a war between the real traditionalists who are true to their craft and the tattoo rock and roll super star wannabes. This is more of a mentality than it is a style, per se. What I mean is that there are those of us who love tattooing for its rich history and the purity of the art form and then there are those of us who only care about what tattooing can get them.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, March 06, 2014 Explore the Art of Needles and Modification
by Jodie Michalak
There are many different locations and types of body piercings; some of which trace back to the Bible and various cultures. What many seem like a simple puncture wound may have a very emotional and personal significance to the bearer. Body modification is just one way you can express your personality and make a statement so be sure you pick the piercing that fits.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, March 05, 2014 Women embrace body art
by Mike Desotell
Times have changed. Tattoos are no longer just human oddities or something a sailor comes home with on his arm. Today, tattoos are works of art. The colors are vivid, the themes are varied and they are by no means just for men. "I would say probably about 80 percent of my clients are women," said Ryan Mireau, owner of Main Street Electric Tattoo in Marinette. "You've got women coming in getting everything from an infinity symbol to a skull and anchor."
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, March 04, 2014 America’s Worst Tattoos
by Maxine Page
A tattoo can be a beautiful thing. Like a stamp on a passport, they are often a reminder of places we have seen and people we have loved. But then there are the true monstrosities, the embarrassingly awful homages to Daffy Duck or Marilyn Monroe that can take months, if not years, of painful laser treatments to remove. Which brings us to TLC show "America’s Worst Tattoos", season two of which premieres March 27—and Popdust has a sneak peek.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, March 03, 2014 Do tattoos make celebs cooler? This artist thinks so
by Samantha Highfill
With popular movies and shows like Divergent and Star-Crossed featuring characters with prominent tattoos, it begs the question: Does the mere presence of a tattoo make a character (or celeb) cooler? Well, if you asked Seattle-based artist Cheyenne Randall, the answer would probably be yes. In fact, Randall has an entire Tumblr, Shopped Tattoos, dedicated to taking iconic images of celebs, movie characters and the like, and using Photoshop to add tattoos to their bodies.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, March 02, 2014 Proud to be a female piercer
by Laurent Sewell
Poking holes through human flesh is not a job for the squeamish. Luckily, body modification enthusiasts have Danielle Rae Gracia who’s been practicing the ancient art of sliding needles through skin for the last six years. “It was something I’ve always been interested in,” the 28-year-old said, sitting on the piercing table in her studio, which is decorated with large, brightly colored paintings. “Body modification drew me to (this career). I loved it. It was the most beautiful taboo ever.”
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, March 01, 2014 After Tattoo Skin Care Tips
Skin care after you get a tattoo is a concern for many people who get a new tattoo or are thinking of getting one. The pigment colour becomes faded if the skin is not taken proper care of. The skin might get irritated, dry, flaky and red because of the tattoo ink. In this article, we will discuss some skin care tips that will prevent any skin infection after getting a tattoo.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 28, 2014 Body piercing risks and how to minimize them
by Lauren Hise
Those tiny little piercings can trigger big consequences that include allergic reactions, infection and hepatitis, according to a new research review by Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. The American Journal of Clinical Dermatology published their report this month. Dr. Anne Laumann, professor of dermatology, and Dr. Jaimee Holbrook, a clinical research fellow, talk about staying safe and smart when it comes to self-expression.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 27, 2014 Inked: Tattoos tell personal stories of London Lightning
by Dave Langford
London, Ontario -- The first thing you notice when you attend a London Lightning basketball game is the pure talent level of the Group of 12. Outside of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, it is the next best basketball played in this country. Even the Canadian university keeners will admit that. But right after that, you can see another common thread on the Lightning court: Tattoos and lots of them. The players, almost to a man, are adorned with tats — here, there, and ahem, everywhere.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 3-D Tattoos Take Over
by Zoe Schlanger
A zipper runs over the curve of a man's bare shoulder. It is unzipped over his deltoid, almost to his neck. Skin appears to bunch around the seam. Where the zipper parts, the ruddy red grain of muscle is exposed. At first glance, it looks like a grizzly replacement for stitches, like a macabre surgical joke. Look a little longer, and the sketch lines become clear. It's a very convincing tattoo. Yomico Moreno, the Venezuelan tattoo artist responsible for that unzipped shoulder, is one of the rising stars of a relatively new genre in tattooing. Dubbed "3-D tattoos," they emphasize contrast and shadow to create the illusion of dimension.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Now Trending: Stacked Cartilage Piercings
by India-Jewel Jackson
The '90s are well and truly back. In addition to girls going grunge and rocking crop tops, slipping into slip dresses, and masterfully mixing prints, the cool kids (Emma Watson, Miley Cyrus, Cara Delevingne, Nicole Richie, and Sienna Miller) are stacking earrings all the way up their cartilage, too. It's usually just two or three glitzy hoops worn on the helix, but occasionally? you'll see the look taken to the max via four or more—sometimes on both ears. (That's what we call pretty in punk.)
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 24, 2014 Cancer ribbon used for St. John's tattoo fundraiser
by CBC News
St. John's Newfoundland -- A St. John's tattoo parlour staged an unusual marathon this weekend, raising thousands of dollars to help families battling cancer. Trouble Bound Studio on Water Street put a tattoo of the cancer ribbon on 77 participants, raising more than $9,000 in the process. The money is going to Daffodil Place, the Canadian Cancer Society's residence for cancer patients and caregivers who need to travel to St. John's for treatment.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 23, 2014 Oral Piercing: It’s smart to know the potential issues beforehand
by Dr. Stephanie McGann
If you are sure that piercing is right for you be sure to choose a professional to do it. Make sure they are using sterile equipment to prevent the spread of infections. Be sure that the location you choose is following all regulations set forth by the state. Minors may not be pierced (or tattooed) without parental consent. If you already have piercings here’s what you can do minimize the risk...
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 22, 2014 Tattoo artist creating snow sculptures around Halifax
by Haley Ryan
Halifax, Nova Scotia -- Gordon Sparks says he likely wouldn’t have discovered his newest hobby if it wasn’t for a snowstorm and a machete. Sparks, a local tattoo artist, has been making large snow sculptures since last year when a client cancelled their appointment due to the rough weather. He shoveled the driveway and then decided to re-create his dog, Harley, out of snow after looking at the huge pile he’d built up.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 22, 2014 Your Cool Tattoo Makes You Unique, Just Like Everybody Else
by Erin Gloria Ryan
It's been decades since having a tattoo meant you were a member of a dangerous prison, biker, or circus gang, and thank goodness. Because if tattoos were still obtained nearly exclusively by filthy sailors or social deviants, that would mean that three-quarters of people between 18 and 40 were inclined to commit crimes and cause general mayhem at the drop of the hat. New research from Pew shows that not only do three out of every four Amurricans born between 1973 and 1995 have ink, of the tatted youthful-ish masses, 59% of them are women.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 21, 2014 Elayne Angel Talks Genital Piercings
by Jodie Michalak
If you have questions about genital piercings there is no one better to ask than APP President and author of The Piercing Bible Elayne Angel. With over three decades of experience and 40,000 performed piercings under her belt, Elayne knows the pleasure and pain of body modification and opens up about the world of intimate piercings.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 20, 2014 Valentine gives her husband a unique gift — removes old tattoo
by Terri Trembath
Calgary, Alberta -- Tamara Lowe grasps a tension ball as a laser technicians pass over a tattoo that reads "Rob." As a Valentine's Day gift to her new husband, Lowe decided to finally remove the seven-year old tattoo, a dedication to her ex-husband. "He had my name tattooed on his arm so suggested, and I accepted, the suggestion to have his name tattooed on me," said Lowe, 32. Years passed, they divorced, she re-married -- but her ex husband "Rob" was always with her.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 20, 2014 South Park inspired tattoo wins Hamilton man Kanye West tickets
by Stacey Escott
Hamilton, Ontario -- What do you get when you combine Kanye West and South Park? Fish sticks. You'll have to catch the episode that featured the mega pop super star's character to really understand the odd reference and get in on the joke — but Art Commisso, a fan of both the animated television show and the American rapper, now has Kanye West kissing a fish over the words "fish sticks" tattooed across his right calf. All for a pair of concert tickets and some free ink.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 French tattoo artist inked 25 limited edition bottles of rare whiskey
by Emma Hutchings
To celebrate the origin of J&B Rare scotch blend whiskey, the brand decided to tattoo 25 limited edition bottles. After covering them with a latex skin, which was slim enough to fit to the bottle shape but strong enough to withstand the tattooer’s needles, they colored it like human skin “to strengthen the tattoo perception and create something intriguing.”
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Love Inks Them Together: See The World’s Most Tattooed Couple
by Wana George
Tattoos are permanent, and so is the love Gabriela and Victor Peralta have for each other. The Argentinian lovebirds are the world’s most modified couple with a total of 77 bodily alterations that also include four microdermals, 11 body implants, five dental implants, four ear expanders, two ear bolts and one forked tongue. And they hold the official Guinness World Record for the most modified married couple to prove it. Gabriela, 42, and Victor, 43, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, have been together for 13 years and say they are ‘perfect’ for each other.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Tattoo, piercing parlour inspection reports to be available online
by Elizabeth Payne
Ottawa, Ontario -- Ottawa Public Health will soon begin posting health inspection reports from tattoo parlours and other “personal service settings” online in an attempt to take some of the risk out of potentially high-risk practices. A public health spokesperson said the reports — similar to inspection reports currently posted for restaurants — should be online beginning in June. The city’s health department is also looking at licensing tattoo parlours, piercing salons, barbers, hairdressers and other businesses that provide personal services as part of a push to improve infection control and enhance public safety.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 The Existential Anguish of the Tattoo
by Dan Brooks
Somewhere between the release of “Reality Bites” and the closing of MTV’s sports bureau, my generation got tattoos. We were not the first Americans to do so, but we were the first to do it en masse. Now, two decades later, we are becoming the first to carry them into middle age. It turns out tattoos are permanent, even when little else is. Like many important signifiers of the 1990s, tattoos began as a gesture of rebellion and became so ubiquitous as to carry no stigma at all.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Job discrimination based on body modification is outdated
by Elise Martorano
I can’t even begin to estimate how many jobs I’ve applied to whose dress codes included a phrase like, “No visible tattoos or piercings.” This mandate always rubbed me the wrong way for several reasons, but I think the most important reason is the perceived difference between a visible tattoo and a non-visible tattoo. Employers want to put a face on their company that inspires trust and confidence in its clients. Fair enough. But what is it about a pierced or tattooed face that causes people to view the company in a negative light? The answer to this question is so outdated it’s embarrassing.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 16, 2014 Piercings, body modifications go to next extreme
by Jasmine Maki
Whether it’s the location, number or type, piercings are becoming more intense with the years. It’s evolved from simple ear piercings to nose and navel piercings, to various facial piercings. In general, piercings are becoming more socially acceptable as well, said Samuel Cory, head artist and shop manager of Daktyl Tattoo Gallery in Grand Forks. “The old rebellion is the new conformity,” added Roy Ramirez, tattoo artist and piercer at Darkside Tattoo. “When something becomes the norm, you have to push it to the next extreme.”
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Dermal punches and dodgy extensions
by Caroline Westbrook
Having foisted all manner of inkings upon the viewing public in My Tattoo Hell, the folks behind Channel 4's Bodyshockers series are at it again. This week it was piercing – and other forms of bizarre body modification – which came under the spotlight in My Piercing Hell,as the willing subjects showed off stretched lobes, punctured septums and the gruesome-looking ‘dermal punch’ procedure. The avid piercers, meanwhile, were joined by a host of people praising – or regretting – other procedures, from extreme dimples through to the tattoos they wished they could forget.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 10, 2014 'I don't regret a single one of my tattoos': Grandmother, 64
by Katy Winter
Grandmother Sheila Jones has given her body to art - and covered it with nearly three hundred tattoos. The 64-year-old had her first DIY mark as a schoolgirl when she put a boy’s name on her arm with a sewing needle and pot of Indian ink. She then had six done over an 18-month period in her late 30s after she married and started her family. They included roses on each forearm and left leg, a Celtic-style band on her left upper arm and crosses on both her arms.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 09, 2014 Nursing student told to cover up tattoos
by Beth Brown
Halifax, Nova Scotia -- He had only ever worn makeup for Halloween. This changed when Dalhousie nursing student Jeremy Wheeler was asked by his instructor to cover his neck and wrist tattoos for a five-week clinical placement at a nursing home. “I have a screaming face on my neck. I can understand covering it up in the context of a dementia unit,” says Wheeler. Wheeler has an image from Pink Floyd’s The Wall on his neck, Batman and Deadpool symbols on his wrists, the symbol for the band Mudvayne on his right shin and the Star Wars Rebel Alliance and Empire logos on his hips.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 08, 2014 Vogue's nose ring cover nudges body piercing into the mainstream
by Lauren Cochrane
It's the first time a nose ring has appeared on the cover of this most premium of glossies but it's not the first thing you might notice – that would be the bright orange type, the tumbling waves or the fact that she's wearing look 13 from Prada's collection. The nose ring is delicate and discreet, but it is there – a sign that piercings beyond the earlobes, once only taken up by card-carrying members of alternative culture, are now properly mainstream.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 07, 2014 Creating is the point for tattoo artist
by Brian Baker
Toronto, Ontario -- Morgan MacDonald traded in his acetylene torch for a tattooing machine. He gave up his welder job 10 years ago for a chance to follow his artistic dreams. Now, the 34-year-old North Toronto artist sits snug in one of the studios of Seven Crowns Tattoos on Yonge Street. It’s chilly outside. Inside, among the staring eyes of skulls, serpents and Japanese Oni on the walls there’s an inviting aspect to such caricatures.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 06, 2014 Face to Face With the Tattooed Women of Chin
by Jacques Maudy & Julie Andre
Burma -- I was told, before setting off for Chin State, that it was one of the poorest and most isolated regions in Burma. I thought I was prepared. But as is often the case in life, facile descriptions failed to do justice to the reality on the ground. My purpose was to document the tattoo-faced women of Chin. The women we met belonged to six tribes in the southeast of the state, concentrated around the townships of Mindat and Kanpetlet. There are some 12 Chin tribes that once practiced facial tattooing, spread between the north of Arakan State and southeastern Chin State. The tattooing survived long after the Burmese government officially forbade it in 1960.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, February 05, 2014 Graffiti body art: Teens draw on themselves to boost self-esteem
by Meghan Kavanaugh
Some creative teens gave themselves Sharpie tattoos last week at the Cumberland Public Library as a way to express their positive attributes and build self-esteem. The Teen Body Graffiti program was created by Jennifer Cournoyer, the library's young adult and reference librarian, who said she had been thinking recently about the number of times people use language to insult others, as well as themselves.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 04, 2014 Regretful 20-somethings look to undo extreme piercings
by CBC News
Gauging involves stretching the ear lobe and requires reconstructive surgery to reverse -- Sigouin is one of many young people now seeking reconstructive surgery to undo gauging. But only a few plastic surgeons specialize in earlobe reconstruction, a procedure that usually costs hundreds of dollars. "The gaugers, they can look quite pretty," said Calgary cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristina Zakhary. "If you go into a field that requires a more conservative look then it might not fit your vocation."
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 03, 2014 People Always Say The Same Thing About Tattoos
News just in – tattooing is no longer the preserve of bikers, sailors and convicts. More than that, celebrities are getting tattoos. And women too. But hang on, haven’t we heard all this before? “Tattooing is on increase: habit not confined to seamen only,” proclaims one headline, while a second article declares: “Tattoos are no longer the trophies of rockers, sailors, bikers…” The first appeared in the New York Times in 1908, the second appeared on this website two years ago. The story – that tattooing has “entered the mainstream” – is just one of a number of tattoo tropes recycled relentlessly over the decades, suggests Dr Matt Lodder, art historian and tattoo expert at the University of Essex.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 02, 2014 For Restless Pioneer of Modern Tattoo Art, a Life Beyond Ink
by David Gonzalez
Visitors to the cluttered studio inside Thom DeVita’s Victorian house marvel at the artwork that covers the walls, his drawing table, even his hands. The images reflect not just his interests, but his skills, which he honed as a tattoo artist on the Lower East Side for some 30 years; a storied era to aficionados. The accomplishment was all the more remarkable because it was illegal in New York City at the time. Nowadays, it seems everybody has a tattoo. If there is someone to thank for the art’s increased acceptance and visibility, it might be Mr. DeVita.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 01, 2014 New regulations for tattoo salons to begin in Newfoundland
by The Canadian Press
St. John's, Newfoundland -- New regulations banning the use of tanning salons for those under 19 years of age are poised to take effect in Newfoundland and Labrador at the end of the week. Beginning Friday owners of personal services establishments and tanning facilities will also have to register with Service Newfoundland and Labrador and post health warning signs. The provincial law also focuses on infection control practices at tattoo and body piercing shops.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 31, 2014 Body Jewelry for Initial Piercings
by Association of Professional Piercers
Choosing jewelry for a new piercing is obviously quite different from shopping for a ring to wear on your finger. Because body jewelry is worn inside a wound and is in contact with your internal tissues, only certain products are suitable. The look of the jewelry that is placed in your fresh piercing must be secondary to aspects that affect safety and compatibility with your body. The size, style, material, and quality of the initial piece of jewelry all affect your ability to heal.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 30, 2014 Hit Reality TV Show Inks a Monthly Urban Magazine
New York’s hottest tattoo reality TV show has just inked its biggest project to date. Viewers have fallen in love with the crew’s incredible creativity and artistic ability but this time they’re putting their artwork on your newsstand instead of your skin. On Sunday January 26, 2014 the Black Ink monthly tattoo magazine became available all across America. The full color publication features celebrity tattoos, editorial features, and updates from your favorite characters from the Black Ink Crew.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 30, 2014 Your Guide to TV’s Current Tattoo Obsession
by Margaret Lyons
Keep your pawn shows, your swamp shows, your home-décor shows. I'll happily never watch anyone else house-hunt, or say yes to a dress, or have a kitchen nightmare. But dear God, please, don't take my tattoo shows away. My obsession with tattoo shows started a thousand years ago in reality TV time, with the 2005 debuts of Miami Ink and Inked. That fondness carried over to New York Ink, L.A. Ink, London Ink, even the lukewarm Tattoo Highway. And now we get to enjoy the golden era of ink shows — it's sort of a boom genre right now.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Stretched Ear Lobes With Gauges
by Karen L. Hudson
Stretched ear lobes and gauges, is it possible to remove the jewelry and have your ear lobes shrink back? That depends on a few variables, such as: how it was stretched, how much it was stretched, and how long it has been healed. First, how it was stretched. If you stretched slowly and carefully, not causing any tearing or scarring, that will increase your chances of your ear going back to its normal size and shape. If you used a dermal punch, stretched too quickly, used heavy weights that stretched an abnormal shape or caused any scar tissue to form, then your liklihood of it going back is greatly diminished.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 27, 2014 Tattoo aftercare brand aims to appeal to tattoo fans
by Gillian West
Under Your Skin has engaged Robot Food for a branding project - including name, packaging and illustration - as tattooing moves into the mainstream. The tattoo aftercare brand hopes to appeal to everyone with fresh ink to protect as tattooing becomes more mainstream than ever before, both as a means of personal expression and as a lifestyle choice.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 26, 2014 Seattle Seahawks fan gets head tattoo; asking for Super Bowl tickets
by Darla Hanger
Seattle Seahawks fans are proving they will go the distance for their team at any cost. The latest and perhaps craziest Seattle Seahawk fan has nerves of steel and a tattoo to prove it. The fan decided to enter a contest to win tickets and to do that she shaved the side of her head and got a 12th man tattoo. According to Bleacher Report on Saturday the fan didn’t win the event even though the ink is permanent.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 26, 2014 Piercing is passion for Minnesota man
by Hannah Jones
Jayston Seeling gets recognized everywhere he goes. The professional piercer at Winona’s Third Eye Tatu cuts an imposing profile with his long, lean figure - and his eight-inch fan of a mohawk. It may be part of why his clients often remember him. “This is a small town,” he said. “Twenty-seven thousand people, and I’m pretty sure I know them all.” Seeling is a self-proclaimed townie, born, raised and settled in Winona. He got his first piercing when he was 16 - on his tongue - and had many more before undertaking an apprenticeship to become a piercer himself.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 23, 2014 Pete Wentz Has Piercings Everywhere, Still Won't Tattoo His Hands
by The Huffington Post
Pete Wentz is currently the host of Oxygen's "Best Ink," which pins top tattoo artists against one another in head–to–head challenges. The host isn't shy about his affinity for tattoos, in addition to his previous piercing experimentations. He recently told Wendy Williams on her show that he has "a bunch" of tattoos. However, the daring star draws the line at inking up his hands, neck and face.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Heavy fine for unsanitary home-operated tattoo parlour
by Daryl Slade
Calgary, Alberta -- A Calgary couple has been fined $48,000 under the Public Health Act for unsanitary conditions at a home-operated tattoo parlour in Huntington Hills. Provincial court Judge Heather Lamoureux fined homeowners Celeste Moran and Bruno Labreque $24,000 each for nine infractions, following a public complaint. In her decision rendered Wednesday Lamoureux said there was danger to public health if tattoo parlours do not meet the requirements of the regulations in the Act.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Michael Bublé's New Tattoo Is So Sweet
by The Huffington Post B.C.
Ever since the birth of his son in August, crooner Michael Bublé has been a smitten dad, showing off photos of the baby on his social media accounts and swooning about his growing family. On Monday, Bublé, 38, shared a photo of his new tattoo on Instagram: "Noah," his son's name, inked on the B.C. singer's wrist.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 20, 2014 Extreme Body Piercing at Thaipusam in Malaysia
by Ella Morton
On January 17 this year the Hindu Tamil populations of Malaysia, South India, Singapore, and Sri Lanka celebrate Thaipusam, a day of thanksgiving and penance. Thaipusam honors Murugan, the Hindu god of war and victory, and participants go to extreme measures to show their gratitude. The traditional way to celebrate Thaipusam is to bear a kavadi, or physical burden. In offering their kavadi to Murugan, devotees inflicting pain on themselves in order to be granted protection against misfortune. More striking forms of kavadi involve piercing the cheeks, chest, back, or tongue with skewers and suspending oneself from hooks embedded in the flesh.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 19, 2014 Victoria dermatologist uses laser to get rid of unwanted tattoos
by Richard Watts
Victoria, British Columbia -- Tattoos have been around for centuries. They have been found on ancient mummies. The so-called Iceman, the preserved body of a 5,000-year-old man discovered in the Italian Alps in 1991, was found to have 50 tattoos on his body. Victoria dermatologist Dr. Mark Lupin, who removed Skillings’s tattoo, said he knows of no negative medical issues associated with tattoos, although risks exist. “I’m not an anti-tattoo person,” Lupin said. “What is remarkable is so many of the tattoo artists are really quite gifted,” But he said a few people develop allergies to the ink, usually the reds, and have them removed.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, January 18, 2014 Delicate Jewelry 101
by Sophia Chabbott
On Choosing Multiple Earrings to Wear: "I like to layer my earrings with multiple styles," says Melissa. "I tend to put a stud in the top hole and a small huggie hoop in the second. I then wear the largest earring in the lowest hole. Having a second and third hole allows a lot of creativity in jewelry—you can mix and match however you want! I'm also into wearing a matching pair in one ear and then a complete single stud mismatch on the other.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 17, 2014 Native tattooing enjoys a revival
by Larry Pynn
New life for an ancient practice: a Canadian living in Austin, Texas is at centre of tattoo revival in coastal B.C. native communities -- Kwiaahwah Jones pulls down the back of her T-shirt to expose a small black map of Haida Gwaii tattooed along her spine. The curator of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver says she was 18 years old at the time and hasn’t received any more since. “I wanted to know exactly what I wanted. I didn’t want anything frivolous.” Today, at age 30, Jones is finally ready for her next tattoo, only this time she has put more consideration into it.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 17, 2014 Haida used tattoos to express status, spirituality
by Larry Pynn
Vancouver, British Columbia -- According to Simon Fraser University’s Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies, the Haida practised tattooing for generations before European contact. “The tattoo marks themselves were indicative of status, spiritual devotion and decoration,” the centre explains on its website. Individuals expressed their part in a social unit, a moiety, or a lineage through body art and adornment. In this sense, tattoos put a person’s identity and spiritual connections on display through the use of crest figures and/or guardian spirits.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 16, 2014 Modern tattoo culture started as high art
by Joanne Shuttleworth
Guelph, Ontario -- Tattoos are the latest, emerging fad — and they have been 'emerging' for more than 100 years. Or put another way, while tattoos have come in and out of fashion, they have been around for centuries — as a way to identify as belonging to a group, as status symbol, as personal expression and as art. Matt Lodder is a lecturer at the University of Essex who came to the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Wednesday evening to talk about the noble history of the tattoo.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 TOP 10 body art of 2013
by Nina Azzarello
Whether intricately painted, painstakingly sewn, crudely drawn, or dramatically sculpted, 2013 saw a number of international artists using human bodies, limbs, hair, and skin as the canvas in their creative projects. these atypical mediums have been the basis of works like 'the double faced girl' -- drawing directly onto the face -- and 'a woman’s work is never done' -- embroidering into the skin -- to sculptures and art objects that appropriate bodily attributes in their materialization, as in the skin furniture series and eyelash jewelry.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 13, 2014 Brooklyn tattoo artist uses ancient tebori skin art method
by Taylor Wofford
Tebori is Japanese for “hand-carved.” It refers to the Japanese method of tattooing by hand using a sharpened bamboo stick called a nomi. Holding the nomi like a pool cue, artists insert the ink with a repeated stabbing motion. Due to associations with the Japanese mafia, many tebori artists remain underground. Only a handful still live in Japan and according to Takashi Matsuba, there’s only two practicing the art form in New York. He’s one of them.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 12, 2014 I finally got my ugly tattoo covered up
by Johanna DeBiase
I got my first tattoo when I was 19 years old. My best friend, M, and I were about to embark on a cross-country road trip and in order to mark the occasion of our newfound youthful independence, as well as further establish our bond as besties, we decided to get tattoos. I spent a long time designing mine; I was into drawing in pen and ink back then. My design was inspired by a combination of my freshman Eco-Feminism class and one summer night of hallucinatory intoxication.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 10, 2014 Should You Stretch Your Earlobes?
by Jodie Michalak
Lobe stretching, also known as gauging, has become a very popular body modification amongst both men and women. Harkening back to the African tribes, stretching has proven the elasticity of skin. Worn in conjunction with other jewelry pieces, such as a nipple, eyebrow, nose or lip piercing, stretched earlobes help to define personal style. Whether or not you are of tribal descent, gauging has gained social acceptance.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 09, 2014 The Sacred Story of Sak Yant Magic Tattoos
Do you believe in magic? The folks that tough it through the pain of getting a bamboo tattoo just might. Or, here’s another question for you: would you let another person — a stranger, no less — pick out a tattoo design for you without even speaking to them? Again, the brave people who opt to be marked forever with a magic Sak Yant tattoo do. I was first introduced to Sak Yant tattoos when I saw Angelina Jolie’s hah taew magic tattoo. I thought it looked quite beautiful, but I was curious what it meant...
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 08, 2014 Health and safety information now available for body art businesses
by Kathlene Campbell-Conlon
Waterloo, Ontario -- The Region of Waterloo is now offering insight into your favourite beauty parlours, tattoo shops, or piercing studios with their “Check It! We Inspect It!” website. The online tool has been providing information on resteraunts in the region for ten years, and is expanding this service for consumer protection and public health. Councillor Sean Strickland told 570's Gary Doyle Show this allows everyone to know if the establishment they are visiting is safe.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 07, 2014 Ear Tattoos: When tattoo lovers get a buzz in their ear
by Gabrielle Lipton
Although the space confines of the ears demand simplicity in design, ears frame the face, making them bold choices for ink placement. Some ear tattoos, such as the two Grape-Nut-sized stars that model Cara Delevingne got on the front of her right ear, look like piercings from a distance. But others, such as the spider web that fills the entire top portion of the model Catherine McNeil's right ear, take a certain stylish gusto to pull off.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 06, 2014 The Freaky, Bioelectric Future of Tattoos
by Adam Clark Estes
America loves tattoos. From tribal designs to tramp stamps, this country can't get enough ink. Last month, a Pew study showed that tattoos grace the bodies of nearly 40 percent of Americans under 40, a massive number of customers in a $1.65 billion industry. Like any industry, however, the tattoo industry must innovate. But what on Earth does tattoo innovation look like? What are we going to do next? Make them light up, or monitor our health, or turn into computers? What is the future of tattoos?
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 05, 2014 Anti-Tragus Removal for Stretched Ear Piercings
by Shannon Larratt
This procedure is quite rare in our body modification culture, but it does happen. For example, Jacob Lawson recently had Brian Decker remove his anti-tragus. He tells me that the journey started with his inner conch removal, inspired by saivite yogis cutting their inner conches “to open up spiritual channels”. He found that having weight on my his inner conches influenced his mindset during meditation, grounding him.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 03, 2014 Women With Tattoos Photography Project Challenges Double Standards Around Femininity
by Poorna Bell
Ever notice how the words 'tramp stamp' are never used in conjunction with male celebrities? And that while men are viewed as being rugged and cool, women with tattoos are often viewed as being unfeminine or portrayed in a certain way? Fed up with the negative connotations surrounding women with tattoos, two photographers - Christina Theisen and Eleni Stefanou undertook a project to show the many faces of women who choose to be inked. And according to the two women, it's a conversation that needs to be had considering that in the US, tattooed women outnumber the men.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 02, 2014 How to Choose a Body Piercing Parlor
by Naomi Sarah
Getting a body piercing is no small matter; it requires forethought and extensive research on which piercing parlor is the safest. If you're absolutely certain that this is what you want to get, then we're here to help on how to choose a body piercing parlor, without regretting the experience. Heavily-pierced individuals are usually eccentric, unconventional people, who view the act of body piercing more as an art form than a fashion accessory.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 The Art of Tattoos – Part 1: The Basics
Tattoos can be a pretty controversial form of art — in fact, it is even debatable as to whether they are a type of art at all. I’ve always felt a deep connection with tattoos: embodying the creative spirit, ink etched permanently into skin is one of the most intimate artistic statements one can actually make. Choosing to make a design a long-term part of ourselves can require years of deep thought, or mere moments of a single spontaneous, intuitive feeling; either way, getting inked is as rebellious as it is dependable — after all, being tattooed is one of the biggest commitments we can make in life.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 The Art of Tattoos – Part 2: Reasons
Have you ever considered getting a tattoo? Does your skin already display one — or more! — inked works of art? I have a tattoo (a heart), done years ago, and I plan on getting more at some point. But with most art-related things, the timing needs to feel right. Wandering into a random tattoo shop might seem like a fun, spur-of-the-moment adventure, but the consequences of having something you regret embedded into your skin for years to come is enough to deter from jumping the gun. - See more at: http://ignite.me/articles/culture/art-tattoos-part-2-reasons/#sthash.KNKbQgmt.dpuf
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 TV Review: 'Tattoos After Dark'
by Amy Kuperinsky
Venice Beach. 9:54 p.m. Georgia wants a tattoo. Georgia really likes Jimmy. Naturally, this means she must get his name tattooed somewhere on her body. A recipe for regret, says tattoo artist Asaru, one of the stars of "Tattoos After Dark," a series premiering tonight on Oxygen. The ink might be regrettable, sure, but what about the relationship, he asks? "You're bound to break up after you get it done," he says, watching as the half-hyper, potentially altered Georgia calls Jimmy on her cell phone. Another woman picks up.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 29, 2013 Metal Allergies: Why So Sensitive?
by Derek Lowe
As piercers, we have lots of clients who come in to the studio and tell us things like, “My ears always get infected when I wear jewelry” or “I can only wear gold because my ears are sensitive.” or “I’m allergic to all types of jewelry.” We hear these things from people who are very young as well as our older clients. While sensitivity to jewelry is not uncommon, fortunately it is usually easy to deal with...
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, December 27, 2013 Top Five Spots a Tattoo Artist May Refuse to Ink
by Jodie Michalak
You can forget all the trendy photos you've found on Pinterest or Tumblr. While the following top five spots a tattoo artist may refuse to ink look innocent (or not so innocent) enough, there's fair reasoning behind their distaste. If they are worth their weight in the industry, they won't make these permanent marks on you without full disclosure.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 26, 2013 Entrepreneur to preserve tattoos of the dead
Amsterdam, Holland -- When Floris Hirschfeld's mother died two years ago, he had her portrait tattooed on his back to honor her memory. One day he hopes the image, skin and all, will adorn the wall of an art collector's home. It might sound like a macabre Roald Dahl story, but could soon be reality with the help of a Dutch entrepreneur who has set up a business to preserve the tattoos of the dead. "Everyone spends their lives in search of immortality and this is a simple way to get a piece of it," Peter van der Helm, the tattoo shop owner behind the concept, said in an interview.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 26, 2013 All You Want to Know about Labret Piercing
by Great Living
Often considered to be a form of lip piercing, labret is not exactly attached to the labrum or the lip. It is actually a form of body piercing located directly under the bottom lip and just above the chin. The piercing is both facial and oral since it pierces the area horizontally from front to back. It is also called the tongue pillar.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 23, 2013 Tattoos and Breastfeeding
by La Leche League
Breastfeeding and tattooing are enjoying resurgence in popularity. You may be wondering if it safe to breastfeed your baby if you already have a tattoo. You might be thinking of getting a tattoo or having a tattoo removed and wish to continue breastfeeding without interruption. This FAQ is intended to answer your questions about Tattooing and Breastfeeding.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 22, 2013 Tattoo re-creations of famous paintings
by Mikey Smith
Amazing tattoos of famous works of art have become an online sensation - with body art re-creating the work of Da Vinci, Michaelangelo and Van Gogh -- From Da Vinci to Dali - these amazing pictures show the latest trend for tattooed recreations of the world's most famous works of art. People have uploaded pictures of their intricate body art to the internet in what has become an online craze for ink which mimics the masters.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 22, 2013 Why You Should Always Be Extra Careful With That New Facial Piercing
by The Huffington Post
Anyone getting a Monroe piercing should clean it regularly (but not too much, since you could irritate the wound), use mouthwash after meals and sleep with clean sheets. Touching the new piercing should also be avoided, as should swimming, taking baths and consuming drugs, alcohol or spicy foods.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, December 20, 2013 Darina Carlson: Tattoo artist and model extraordinaire
by Carter Lee
Darina Carlson is one of Houston’s most demanded tattoo artists and her popularity, similar to the art itself, is growing daily. [...]Many tattoo artists take years to build a reputation or cliental, many never reach a level of true success, yet Darina seems to be a prodigy in this industry. Her apprenticeship was short lived do to her natural ability for tattooing, and she became a professional in 2012. She quickly built a reputation based on her quality of work with detail, shadowing, and coloring; and has a genuine passion for the industry and care for her clients.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 19, 2013 City set to license body piercing shops and tattoo parlours
by Chris Clay
Mississauga, Ontario -- Mississauga businesses that provide services such as body piercing, tattoos, manicures and pedicures will require a licence from the City of Mississauga as of next April 1. The municipality has made changes to its business licensing bylaw to include personal services, which are businesses dealing with esthetics where there's a risk of exposure to blood. The hope is that licensing these businesses will result in higher health standards and decrease the risk of infections or blood-borne diseases.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Needles to say, a tattoo makes a unique personal gift
by Kathryn Hunter
How about giving someone a tattoo as a gift? You don't have to be a sailor on leave or a criminal to get a tattoo. Now, they are routine embellishments for people of all ages on a more mainstream level. [...]“What's great about giving a tattoo for a gift is the person gets to pick something that is meaningful and beautiful to them, and they have it forever,” said Alki Beach Tattoo artist Chris Hunter.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Your relationship will end, your tattoo will last forever
by Miss Lonelyhearts
My partner wants us to get matching tattoos as our Christmas present to each other. This has brought up an inconvenient truth: I love him, but not enough to marry him. This relationship is not a lifer for me. I don't want to get stuck with any one partner forever and I think this relationship with him has about a six-month shelf life left. What do I tell him? -- No Tats For Me, Winnipeg
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 16, 2013 Insane Ink: The Most Outrageous Rock Star Tattoos Of 2013
by Jordan Runtagh
2013 was a big year for getting inked, because it seems like rock stars of every stripe stopped by the tattoo parlor for some brand new body art. Perhaps they were inspired by our very own Black Ink Crew? You never know… While there were an incalculable number of small hearts, flowers, stars and all that good stuff, several of examples of bod-mod are etched in our minds for all time (yes, like a tattoo). These daring celebs decided to go the alt-route with some pretty questionable tattoo choices
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 16, 2013 Avoid Complications From Sketchy Piercings By Following These Practices
by Gail Ingram
So you want to get a piercing without the hassle of infection or other complications? Be prepared to do a little investigating and some meticulous aftercare. Please don’t pick a studio or body artist on a whim. Check to see if the individual is licensed (individual piercers are licensed, not businesses) with the Department of Health. Using a licensed piercer gives you some recourse in the event there are complications. However, the only time piercing and tattoo studios are inspected is when a complaint is registered with the state.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 15, 2013 Painted ladies: why women get tattoos
by Jenn Ashworth
The first tattoo I ever saw belonged to my grandad. He had it done in Scotland during his national service in the 50s, so the tattoo must have been more than 30 years old when I became fascinated by it. I used to ask him to roll up his shirtsleeve and I would use my finger to follow the outline of a woman cheekily reclining in a margarita glass. The shading that was supposed to indicate the flirty curl of the woman's toes had become a faded, bluish blur.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 12, 2013 Tattoos are a Part of Latino Tradition
by Nicole Akoukou Thompson
The dermis layer of the skin is met with a hand-held device that utilizes electromagnetic coils to move an armature bar, which is connected to a barred needle that penetrates the skin, leaving behind permanent markings; known as tattoos. While tattoos have only been trendy in Western fashion since the 1970's, that in no way indicates that tattoos are a new concept, or are without a rich history. Aztecan, Incan, and Mayan ancestors adorned their body with tattoos, also scarring and piercings, which has to lead to the contemporary adoration of tattoos by Latinos.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Google patents lie-detecting, mobile-connected throat tattoo
by Jennifer Dunning
Welcome to the future. The creepy, creepy future. Google has put forth a patent application to create a device for "coupling an electronic skin tattoo to a mobile communication device," or "MCD," the patent reads. The function of the tattoo is to reduce background noise while one is using a mobile phone in a loud environment -- and, seemingly as a bonus, to act as a lie detector.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 09, 2013 Surgically Implanted Eyeball Jewelry Is the New Piercing
by Sydney Lupkin
Lucy Luckayanko was at a night club in New York City when a man approached her and said, "Oh, your eye is so shiny!" "Yeah," the 25-year-old blonde responded in her native Russian accent. "I've got platinum in my eye."The platinum heart glimmers from the corner of Luckayanko's right eye every time she looks up, allowing the light to catch it away from the shade of her long lashes. Dr. Emil Chynn surgically implanted the eye jewelry a few weeks ago on Park Avenue in Manhattan for $3,000 as local news cameras captured the moment.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 08, 2013 The Force is with tattoo-shop owner
by Regina Leader-Post
Regina, Saskachewan -- In The Flesh moved to a new location in February after a tile and granite store moved out of the space at 1320 St. John St. Oh wanted to make sure the décor of his shop reflect his emphasis on creativity and style. Since the retailer that used the shop before installed new lighting and high-end floors, all Oh was left with was to paint and decorate. “Whenever I move into a new space, whether it’s a house or a business, I look at the whole mojo of the place and how it feels on the inside and the outside,” he said.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 08, 2013 Tattoo shop robbery strikes nerve
by Aaron Beswick Truro Bureau
Nova Scotia -- Jamie MacKay doesn’t look like the type of fellow you should rob. The large, bearded, tattooed man was wearing a skull and crossbones bandanna Sunday as he looked around his Havre Boucher, Antigonish County, business, Sacred Temple Tattoo and Design. It is when MacKay speaks that appearance-based stereotypes melt away. “What really shocked me is that they stole the IWK donations box. It probably only had $30 to $50 in it, but it’s the point of it, and just before Christmas at that. It had a picture of my daughter on it just after she got out of the IWK.” On Friday morning, MacKay arrived at work to find about $4,000 worth of tattooing equipment stolen, along with the donation box on the front counter for the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, December 06, 2013 Piercer: “If you can pinch the skin, we can pierce it”
by Lisa Benoit
Kaila Wallace got her first piercing when she was 15. Six years later she's had close to 30. "I've had my ears, nose, lips, arms and even my collarbones pierced," Kaila said. Although she's taken some of her piercings out over the years, she still has 17 at the moment. While some piercings can hurt, Kaila said it was worth it in the end. Not surprisingly she said piercings could be addictive. "My first piercing was the middle of my nose, and I've wanted to have a job in piercing ever since," she said.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, December 06, 2013 Sacred Skin Documentary Explores the Last Traditional Tattoos and Body Modification
Sacred Skin is a series of documentaries, where Maellyn will travel through different continents in search of the last indigenous communities who still use body modification as part of their culture. She says, "I believe indigenous communities hold a wealth of knowledge. Their customs are often dismissed as primitive, but looking closer, they have a lot to teach us in the modern world."
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 French tattooists needled by ban of coloured ink
by France 24
For French tattoo parlours life is about to become a lot less colourful. The French government plans to follow a recommendation by the ANSM, the French National Agency for the Safety of Health Products, that 59 products used in creating coloured tattoo inks should be banned because they could increase the risk of infection, allergy and cancer. The ANSM called for the ban as a precaution “for reasons of safety.” It, in turn, was reacting to a report in January by the French organisation of dermatologists which said some tattoo inks were "dangerous for the skin" because they contained "toxic metals" and hydrocarbons "the majority of which are carcinogenic."
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 02, 2013 Guide to Monroe Piercings
by Karen L. Hudson
Monroe piercings are one of several facial piercings that are meant to simulate a beauty mark or mole, as often seen on some well-known beauties. Monroe, Madonna, Chrome Crawford - whatever you want to call it - usually refers to the particular location worn by the icon bearing its name. It's adorned with a piece of stud jewelry rather than a ring, again simulating the appearance of a facial mark.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, November 30, 2013 Hand,Neck, Finger & Face Tattoos and Why I Won't Tattoo Them
by Electric Alivia
Tattoo ink remains a liquid underneath your skin, that’s how it is able to move/grow with you (any hard/raised parts of your tattoo are scar tissue) the ideal placement for this pigment is right between the epidermis and dermis, seems simple right? It’s really not. The tissue on your face/hands/feet is so thin it takes skill and practice to “float” the pigment in the perfect spot. Too shallow and pigment will fall out when your skin naturally regenerates, too deep and your tattoo will appear blurred, blobby, or permanently bruised.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, November 29, 2013 Taking body modification to the extreme
by Stephanie Coombes
Remember when tattoos and nose piercings were extreme? Today they’re passé compared to what’s happening in the body modification scene. In piercing parlours across the country you can have your tongue split in half, silicone shapes inserted under your skin, tattoos on your eyeballs and designs cut into your flesh. Stephanie Coombes went under the knife herself, getting a magnet implanted under her fingertip.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 28, 2013 Laser tattoo removal: not for the faint-hearted
by Jessica Martin
Think before you ink. It's an adage designed to prevent people from getting tattoos they may later come to regret, but with 34 per cent of tattooed Australians admitting they wish they hadn't been permanently stamped, and one in seven of that group considering removal, it's a saying that seems to be falling on deaf ears.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Tongue Piercing Controls Wheelchair
by Jesse Emspak
In many places, tongue piercings are the very emblem of the edgy and the hip who hang out at the local tattoo parlor. Soon they might be more than a fashion statement: they’ll give mobility to people confined by paralysis to wheelchairs. A team at the Georgia Institute of Technology led by Jeonghee Kim and Maysam Ghovanloo, invented a wheelchair control that uses a headset and a barbell tongue piercing. The work appears in this week’s issue of Science Translational Medicine.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 I Ink, Therefore I Am
by Kaavya Chandrasekaran
India -- It prevented the soldiers from deserting the army in ancient Rome, and marked the identity of prisoners. Today, a tattoo is a badge of coolness. "It is seen as a fashion statement," says Mo Naga, owner of Headhunters' Ink Tattoo School. "It must be the fastest growing industry, but it is going unnoticed." Naga's school, attached to a tattoo studio, in Guwahati, Assam, opened last December, and charges about Rs 1.2 lakh for a 10-week course. Many studios offer training programmes, and typically accept no more than five students at a time.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Tattoo History: Fineline Tattoo and the Legacy of the Moskowitz Clan
by Allison B. Siegel
Marvin Moskowitz and his family are iconic the world of tattooing. In the 1920s, William Moskowitz, a Russian immigrant, opened a barbershop on the Bowery. By the late ‘30s, he learned to tattoo, thanks to a little help from his friend Charlie Wagner. In pursuing both trades, he quickly realized that tattooing was way more lucrative than hair-cutting. With a wife and three children to support, the choice was a no-brainer; thus a family dynasty was born.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 25, 2013 Fun with lip art
by Irene Seiberling
Regina, Saskatchewan -- Temporary lip tattoos, anyone? Checkerboard lips, perhaps, or green-andwhite to celebrate Rider game day? How about some decorative eye appliques? Or, maybe designer nail foils are more your style. They're fun, inexpensive, nonpermanent ways to change your look. "We get the double looks," chuckled Linda Burton, owner of Regina-based Temporary Lip Tattoos, sporting checkerboard lips during our interview.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 25, 2013 Steel and canvas – the art of body modification
by Jocelyn Beaudet
Montreal, Quebec -- In the world of expressive art forms, painting is one of the longest standing practices used to showcase the beauty of nature, humans, architecture and religious ideology. The concept of body modification, while not new by any means, has garnered a significant degree of popularity as the new millennium unfolded. No longer was the generation gap between those seeking to become a canvas for their artistic venture stuck in the single digits.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, November 23, 2013 Body suspension: why would anyone hang from hooks for fun?
by Kim Kelly
Rock guitarist Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction is just one fan of hanging by hooks from the ceiling to relax. Isn't it dreadfully dangerous? Not at all, its aficionados claim. "You know, I'm an ex-adrenaline junkie," Dave Navarro begins, dark eyes gleaming intently. "I'm an ex-heroin addict. I've done a lot of crazy things in my life, and none of it has given me what this craft has given me. It's almost as though I had to try all these other avenues before I arrived here, to know that they don't work."
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, November 23, 2013 New thinking on inking
by Josefin Lindström
Cher has a butterfly tattooed on her butt cheek as a sign of freedom. Theodore Roosevelt had his family crest inked on his chest. My uncle, a retired captain, collected tattoos on his body to always remember the places he explored around the world. Personal inscriptions on the skin is a form of art as old as humanity itself. In 1992, when the remains of a 5,300-year-old Ötzi, “The Iceman,” was found in the Alps, more than 50 tattoos were discovered on his body.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 21, 2013 How Do I Choose the Best Body Piercing Courses?
When selecting body piercing courses, you should consider the laws regarding licensure or registration as a body piercer in your area, your own experience as a body piercer, and whether taking a particular course or courses is something that you can afford. While body piercing is often taught in the context of an apprenticeship, it is also possible to attend body piercing courses at schools, workshops, and even online.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 More senior citizens turning to tattoos
by Anne McDonald
It turns out that it’s his star sign and, rather unfortunately, has six legs instead of the required eight. And it’s there to stay on the 75-year-old presenter’s back, courtesy of a tattoo artist’s pen and ink. With more miles on the clock than might be the norm for most daring to venture into the local ink studio for their first ever stamp, the Question Time presenter seems an unlikely type to embrace the increasingly popular world of the tattoo addict – never mind the equally startling revelation that he seems to be a follower of horoscopes.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Why Four Guys Got East York Tattoos
by Carly Maga
Toronto, Ontario -- It’s not the tattoos themselves that set the four founders of Team East York apart from their peers. A lot of skateboarders have tattoos, after all. But not many have tattoos of the pre-amalgamation East York flag. When Nick Pierre, Nick Fulton, Gerrard Whittaker, and Andrew Cavalier—all aged between 25 and 33—first met over 15 years ago, East York (located between the Don River and Victoria Park, north of the Danforth) remained Canada’s only borough, still semi-autonomous from the City of Toronto.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Leaving their mark: Tattoo artists express themselves through ink
by Christina Sampson
Jose Hernandez always wanted to be an artist, but he didn’t set out to become a tattoo artist. “I kind of fell into it,” he said. “I would have loved to have known I wanted to do this when I was 19,” the 47-year-old Hernandez said. Hernandez, along with Angel Lizarraga, owns Ink Addiction, a tattoo and piercing shop that opened in 2010. And though he loves it, tattooing still isn’t the kind of art he had envisioned for himself while growing up in Casa Grande.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 All About Sea Salt Soaks For Body Piercing Care
by Karen L. Hudson
Who Needs Them, When and How to Do Them, and Why They Work -- 1. Wash your hands thoroughly with liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap (Satin and Provon are best). 2. Place a pinch of sea salt in the bottom of a small disposable cup. About 1/8 teaspoon. 3. Add hot tap water - no hotter than a drinkable hot beverage - to the salt. Use about 3 ounces of water - which is just over half-full in a 5 ounce cup.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 18, 2013 Body art aficionados flock to Gatineau for annual tattoo expo
by Doug Hempstead
Gatineau, Quebec -- Dimitri Petkov is finding the job hunt a little difficult. The 25-year-old Estonia-born Russian immigrant is covered from head to toe in tattoos, many of them rather dark in their theme. He worked for several years at a Tim Horton's coffee shop, but that ended and ever since -- he's finding people aren't too keen on hiring a charismatic, muscular foreigner with a shaved head and so many tattoos he's lost count.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 14, 2013 Performer does cheeky piercing presentation
by The Province
Vancouver, B.C. -- Gruesome pranks and costumes can be a Halloween highlight for many, but others may find the antics as horrifying as a fork in the eye — or, maybe, two hooks in the cheeks. Sweet Pepper Klopek, a man who has set many Guinness World Records, managed it again by lifting a 5.4-kilogram, or 12-pound, sledgehammer suspended from two huge fish hooks plunged through his cheeks.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Couples say 'I do' in ink
by Leslie Mann
Instead of jewelry, some celebrate commitment with tattoo on ring finger -- Before they got married, Brent Larson, a proofreader for an advertising agency, and his wife, Melissa Jacobson, a teacher, had been to one too many "traditional weddings with traditional customs," Larson said. So, they preceded their wedding with a trip to a tattoo parlor. Instead of buying wedding rings, the Chicago couple had images of atoms tattooed on their ring fingers.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Breast cancer survivors offered free nipple tattoos
by CBC News
Halifax, Nova Scotia -- A Halifax tattoo studio is now offering nipple and areola tattooing, free of charge, to breast cancer survivors who have received mastectomies — a move that's being applauded by Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia. Newcombes Ink, located on Sackville Street in downtown Halifax, announced the initiative earlier this month. "I feel like it's the very least that we can do as a business to try to help someone feel comfortable in their own skin because that's what we do every day is try to make people's skin what they want to live in," said Helena Pelletier, an artist at the studio.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 10, 2013 Edmonton jewelry maker inspired to be on the cutting edge of design
by Marta Gold
Curoe comes by his affinity for jewelry naturally. He worked for years with his mother, who makes body-piercing jewelry out of stainless steel and titanium. She comes from a long line of gold and silver smiths in Mexico, so “it’s kind of in my blood, I would say.” About seven years ago, Curoe started making silver jewelry on his own. “I like to think I’m pushing the limits of what jewelry can be. What can a ring be? How do you define what jewelry really is, and kind of playing with that idea.”
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, November 08, 2013 Newcombs Ink to offer free nipple tattoos to survivors of breast cancer
by Jacob Boon
Halifax, Nova Scotia -- While women fight a battle to stay alive, their struggle against breast cancer is often diminished in patronizing media campaigns that aim to “save the boobies.” But being sexualized is a hell of a lot different than being able to feel sexy. Which is why for many women, reconstructing their bust can be an act of individual empowerment. Helping along that process is Newcombes Ink. The Sackville Street tattoo and piercing studio announced last week it will offer nipple and areola tattooing, free of charge, for breast cancer survivors who have received mastectomies.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, November 08, 2013 Toronto man gets tattoo of Rob Ford smoking a crack pipe
by William Wolfe-Wylie
Toronto, Ontario -- It almost seems too ridiculous to be true. But a Toronto resident named Keven Ledo has been photographed getting a tattoo that portrays the mayor, Rob Ford, smoking from a crack pipe. The photo was snapped by Globe and Mail reporter Josh O’Kane on Thursday evening. “I have investigated the scene and confirmed that yes, a dude is getting a Rob Ford Pipe-Smoking tattoo”...
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, November 06, 2013 All About Body Jewelry Materials
by Karen L. Hudson
There are a lot of different raw materials that can be used to make body jewelry. They come in a wide variety of substances such as metals, glass, plastics and organics. Some materials even come in different grades and qualities. When putting something on or through your skin, a subject of decoration also brings about the subject of health and safety. Some materials are more conducive to healing a new piercing, while others are only recommended for well-established piercings or short-term wear.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 05, 2013 How Brides Are Dealing With Tattoos
by Sandy Malone
As tattoos, piercings and other body art have grown in popularity, so have wedding tattoo dilemmas. Yes, I said dilemmas. Why dilemmas? Tattoos are clearly becoming the norm, not the exception, so why would there be dilemmas? But really, think about it. Body art has created a whole host of issues for brides and grooms all over. And lately it's been coming up more and more in wedding planning.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 04, 2013 Scars are the new tattoo
by Amanda Gallo
Scarification gaining popularity as new means of personal expression -- Whether it’s the result of a fall you took perfecting a difficult trick on your skateboard, a surgical procedure, or an experiment in cooking gone terribly wrong, scars always have a story behind them—contributing to our own personal history and making us unique. They do so much in the same way that the ancient art of tattoos provide meaning and create individuality for those who choose to wear them.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 03, 2013 No regerts? Well, not before I was saddled with a misspelt tattoo
by Rosa Silverman
The woman who had “no regerts” tattooed on her arm was forced to confess that she now had one, while the man with “Jenius” inked on his forehead soon had others begging to differ. These were just two of the examples of poor spelling by tattoo artists that led to a warning to “think before you ink” Thursday. At a time when body art has never been so popular, cases of carelessness among customers are all too common, said Veritas Language Solutions, which claimed that poorly translated foreign words or phrases were a particular problem.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, November 01, 2013 Ottawa man has become a walking canvas
by Chelsey Burnside
Dmitri Petkov's belief system is written all over his face. It's a map of moments and memories - the word "courage" is inked below one piercing brown eye, "honour" below the other. "Life" and "pain" run vertically down either side of his nose. "True Love" is scripted from temple to temple, flanked by two doves. "I've always wanted to be different. I was surrounded by a lot of negativity and wanted to put some positive words on my body," he says.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 31, 2013 11 Spooky Halloween Tattoos
by Jenni Miller
Here are two pin-up witches for the price of one! The black and grey gal has her broom and bats at the ready, while her more colorful counterpart has a kitty and bubbling cauldron. New York Adorned's Brad Stevens has a portfolio full of spooky tattoos (like these ladies in their Halloween costumes), so peruse to your heart's content.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Are women being forced to choose sexy Halloween costumes?
by Caitlin Cozine
As a teenage girl, the idea of choosing a Halloween costume fills me with dread. Browse any Halloween costume website, and you’ll see that for girls who have outgrown children’s sizes, selections are limited to costumes with names such as Bad Kitty, Teenage Runaway Schoolgirl, Maid of Lace and Sweet Suga Mama Sexy Adult Pimp/Ho. In case you think you’ve accidentally clicked on a porn site, be assured you haven’t. These are actual names of costumes. Halloween used to be my favorite holiday. I loved the opportunity to dress up and act silly with my friends. I still love the holiday, but now I agonize over the lack of costume choices.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Fall is actually the best time to get your tattoo or piercing done
by Sara Pokorny
All thoughts of swimsuits have been pretty much tucked away since next summer, but you can do something to prepare yourself for next season right now – something you might not have thought was best to do come fall. According to Steve Gulbin of Marc’s Tattooing, this is actually the prime time to get that tattoo or, especially, piercing you’ve wanted, though many people don’t tend to see things that way.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 27, 2013 Translation errors make for some hilarious tattoos
by Rosa Silverman
The woman who had “no regerts” tattooed on her arm was forced to confess that she now had one, while the man with “Jenius” inked on his forehead soon had others begging to differ. These were just two of the examples of poor spelling by tattoo artists that should have all of us heeding the warning to “think before you ink.” At a time when body art has never been so popular, cases of carelessness among customers are all too common...
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 27, 2013 How ash tattoos help the living remember the dead
by Jake Edmiston
Trish Rodgers filled a small bottle cap with her dead aunt’s ashes and emptied it into a vial of black ink. In her apartment, the tattoo artist used the combination of human remains and tattoo pigment to draw the outline of a rose into her cousin’s shoulder. At that point, this was a practice that only tattoo artists used amongst themselves, Ms. Rodgers says. But since that evening in 2008, it has garnered attention of sociologists across the world and Canadian tattoo parlours are seeing requests for the procedure grow. But it remains largely underground, says Ms. Rodgers, and many artists refuse to offer it to the public, citing the “unknown risks.”
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, October 25, 2013 Why Do Hindus Pierce Their Nose?
Elaborate decoration of Hindu women (well, brides in particular) is a tradition from ancient times. Hindu women often have many beautiful pieces of jewelry. In ancient times and still through modern times for some people, a woman’s wedding jewelry was hers to keep while everything else became her husband’s. A woman’s family would provide her with expensive jewelry as a form of savings account. If times were hard, a woman always had valuable jewelry she could sell if she needed help. A nose ring is also one of the several symbols of a married woman.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 24, 2013 The brave new world of biohacking
by Jessica Firger
PITTSBURGH — In the basement of a suburban two-story house on a quiet road just outside Pittsburgh, six mostly self-taught scientists tinker with an assortment of computer parts and electric equipment. They plan one day on becoming cyborgs — a future that may be closer than you think. They are Grindhouse Wetware — three men and three women — and they describe themselves as a "ragtag group of programmers, engineers and enthusiasts" who build cybernetic devices. They find inspiration in both current technology and science fiction.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 24, 2013 What is Scarification?
by Phil McLaughlin
This next story is about a body art technique that you may find hard to believe people pay to have done to them as well as to watch. It’s called “scarification” and it’s not easy to find places that will do it. But basically, the “artist” uses a scalpel to pierce the flesh to make a permanent scar that’s like a three dimensional tattoo without the ink. As Cindy Csordas explains, there are a lot of risks involved in the process. And again, a warning some of our more sensitive viewers may find this difficult to watch.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Tattooed and pierced moms make a pin-up calendar to fight traditional stereotypes
by David McCormack
A group of self-confessed ‘non-traditional mothers’ are putting out a calendar to help spread the word about their organization and to help tackle people’s perceptions of what a mom should look like. The Tattooed Hippie Pirate Mommas movement was formed in July 2011 and describes itself as a group for ‘anyone who is or loves a tattooed mom.’ It was founded by Stacy Willingham, a mother of two from Denton, near Dallas. From humble beginnings it has rapidly spread to include branches in San Antonio, Austin, Denver, California, Missouri, New York and is even going international with two branches launching soon in London.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Pink ink: Tattoos transform mastectomy scars into beauty
by Diane Mapes
After mastectomy, women usually have two choices: Learn to love your flat chest or surgically reconstruct the breast (or breasts) that were taken away. But some breast cancer survivors are choosing a third option, adorning their scarred chests with intricate and colorful tattoos, transforming what can often be a landscape of pain into something beautiful, powerful and unique. Perhaps the most well-known example of the post-mastectomy tattoo belongs to Inga Duncan Thornell, a 50-year-old Seattle life coach who chose to have a prophylactic double mastectomy in 1993, shortly after her stepmother died from the disease and her mother was diagnosed with it.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Ancient tattoos may have been used as medicine
by Annalee Newitz
We know that many ancient peoples practiced tattooing, based on the body art we see represented in figurines and wall carvings. But these tattoos found on the skin of the mummified 5,000-year-old body of Ötzi the Iceman reveal that body art wasn't just ceremonial. Over at Archaeology magazine, there's a fantastic article on ancient tattoos, many of which were incredibly elaborate. But perhaps most fascinating are the tattoos on Ötzi. Partly that's because they are our only examples of real-life ancient tattoos.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 21, 2013 Nipple Piercing Questions and Answers
by Jodie Michalak
Nipple piercing is by far one of the most popular forms of body piercing and is often considered the sexiest, leading the way before genital piercings. This ancient form of body adornment provides sexual pleasure upon stimulation and also looks pretty interesting too. If you're considering a nipple piercing, read these FAQ first and discover if it's a natural pair for your body art style.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 20, 2013 Halloween Tattoos Demonstrate That Yes, Some People Really, Really Like Halloween
by The Huffington Post
Wearing a costume once a year for Halloween is for wimps - true diehard fans celebrate it 24/7, 365 days of the year by getting a tattoo inspired by all kinds of witchy, eldritch things. We wanted to see what real lovers of Halloween liked to tattoo on themselves and the results really do vary. They range from delicate witches on broomsticks to a frankly pants-wetting giant portrait of Chucky, the doll with serious anger management issues.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 17, 2013 A tattoo can make work life challenging
by Meghan Greaves
The influx of millennials into the workforce and the potential for age gaps between co-workers can result in mixed opinions on what is considered appropriate office wear. Gen Y is often viewed as having a more casual approach to office appearance. That’s not to say all millennials want to wear their sweatpants to work. It just means that younger hires are perceived to have open minds when it comes to what is acceptable in the office. Kim Holt recently graduated from McMaster University and entered the workforce with tattoos.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Scarification: Canadians Pay for Cuts, Burns and Scars
by Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Scarification is an extreme body modification process catching on rapidly in Canada. It involves cutting, etching, burning and branding the skin to create a design with inkless scars which look like normal tattoos. According to experts, the fashion trend is growing popular in the country to hide or camouflage scars which are already present on a human body.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 14, 2013 Tattoos for shoes focus of park fundraiser
by Andrew Matte
Regina, Saskatchewan -- Regina tattoo shops, musicians and skateboarders are joining forces next month in a unique fundraiser for a new indoor skateboard park for the Queen City.The event, called Kicked Out, is slated on Nov. 8 at The Exchange and came about after Regina’s indoor skateboard park was demolished this summer. And since the skateboard community often overlaps with communities of musicians and tattoo artists, this combination auction/rock show was organized.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 13, 2013 The hand-tap tattoo revival
by Ime Morales
Jonathan Cena and wife Jean Sioson put up Katribu Tatu in Buting, Pasig only last year, bringing their art closer to Metro Manila residents. Previously, the couple ran a tattoo shop in Paranaque for a year, and in Boracay for 3 years. Jonathan has been inking skin (traditional hand-tap) since 2003, and Jean, inspired and encouraged by her partner, began to take up the art around 4 years ago. Katribu Tatu specializes in Philippine tribal designs, either done through the traditional way of hand-tapping or with the use of a tattoo machine.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 13, 2013 Scars! Some people will pay for them
by Erica Lenti
Toronto, Ontario -- When Holly Mosienko decided to cover up an unsightly scar on her leg, she strayed away from typical solutions, like plastic surgery or makeup. Instead, she opted for more scarring — this time, in the shape of a tribal dragon. The procedure, known as scarification, is a form of extreme and permanent body modification that is offered in many tattoo and piercing stores across the country and is gaining popularity.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, October 11, 2013 Phuket Piercings!
by Paula Bronstein
Phuket, Thailand -- Vegetarian festival devotees parade through the streets of downtown Phuket, Thailand on October 10, 2013. Ritual Vegetarianism in Phuket Island traces it roots back to the early 1800's. The festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days. Participants in the festival perform acts of body piercing as a means of shifting evil spirits from individuals onto themselves and bring the community good luck.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 Creating body art on older canvases
by Washington Post
More older Americans are ignoring the raised eyebrows and getting tattoos. Dave Forties, 65, of Churchville, Md., spent 28 years in the Army, which frowned upon getting new tattoos. After retiring, he started thinking about it. He based his tattoos off the Japanese porcelain he collects. Dave Forties said he’s glad he waited to get his tattoos. As a young man, he said, he probably would have gotten typical military-style designs rather than the fanciful, colorful ones he has now.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 Temporary Tattoos Eye Makeup
by Maegan Tintari
I stumbled upon these awesome temporary tattoos for your eyes just in time for Halloween. They are so fun and so easy, I just can’t stop raving about them! They are temporary tattoo eye makeup transfers available in simple shapes like winged liners (that are always so hard to get right by hand), and extravagant lace designs, floral, and even leopard print. They’re a fun way to get a great makeup look for Halloween with very little know-how or skill, and little cost as well.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 07, 2013 The fad, history and undying presence of body modification
by Sarah Catalfu
You've seen them: someone with a hoop in their nose, a name written down their arm, a stud through their lip. I think it’s pretty safe to say that in today’s day and age (especially in a college town like Gainesville) we all know at least one person with a piercing or a tattoo. Think about it. When was the last time you saw Miley Cyrus on the cover of a magazine? Recently, I’m sure. My last count was 19 tattoos for Miley, and those are just the ones I've been able to see in pictures.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 06, 2013 Tattooed Accountant has it all figured out
by Kashika Tunstall
The ink spreads out from her shoulders and above her shirt collar. Bright bursts of colour ride along her arms, the sides of her hands, bleed on to her neck and down to her thighs. A mishmash of images: lolly bracelets, cupcakes, a roller derby girl, an intricate portrait of a cat. It's a safe bet that when her skin is on show, Ceilidh Evemy gets a lot of looks. But the 26-year-old accountant doesn't hide her ink, not even at work. She has set out to break social stigmas and, as a bonus, has created a lucrative business opportunity, her accountancy brand, the Tattooed Accountant. She's trying to change two outdated modes of thinking. The first being that if you have tattoos, you can't be professional. The second, that all accountants are uptight and conservative.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 06, 2013 Finding a Job When You Have Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Body Mods
by Karen L. Hudson
The current economic situation of the world can very well be called a “stormy present.” Unemployment and poverty are at an all-time high, and even those who are fortunate enough to still have a job are feeling the sting of reduced wages. The amount of available jobs versus the amount of people desperately seeking work is a staggering ratio of unbalanced proportion. Unfortunately, that often means that people with body art who seek work often find their applications and resumes at the bottom of an employer’s pile.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 03, 2013 Permanent Makeup: Is Tattooing The New Beauty Trend?
by Kim West
Imagine you went to bed with your makeup on. Now picture the next morning and you can skip adding a drop of lipstick or an ounce of eyeliner and mascara to your face. You could sleep in and pop outta bed ready for the day with your makeup perfectly in place. Sound like every beauty junkie's fantasy? Well this life could be yours thanks to the art of permanent makeup. Got a favorite color or signature makeup look? Permanent makeup could mean never having to part with your favorite shades ever again.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 03, 2013 Tattoo Shaming, Sexuality and Cheryl Cole
by Harriet Williamson
Cheryl is shamed for having 'spoilt' her bum with a tattoo whilst a study cited in the Daily Mail in July 2013 suggests that men are more likely to approach women with tattoos, believing them to be more sexually promiscuous. The terms 'tramp stamp' and 'slag tag' are almost exclusively attributed to women with ink, rather than men. Tattoos on women make them 'easy' or 'ugly', but both labels are sexually motivated and completely arbitrary. In its most basic form, a tattoo is writing or a picture that goes somewhere on your body and because the words or image can be and mean a myriad of different things, the idea that a tattoo makes a blanket comment on female sexuality is entirely ridiculous.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 Video: The changing face of female tattoos
by Neil Meads
In past decades, if a woman had a tattoo, it was likely to be discreet or hidden from public view. Multiple, prominent tattoos were more likely to be seen on men. But now anecdotal evidence suggests the number of women getting large amounts of ink on their bodies is sharply on the rise. BBC News spoke to artists and visitors at the International Tattoo Convention in London to find out about the latest trends in female body art.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 30, 2013 Stretched Ear Lobes With Gauges
by Karen L. Hudson
Stretched ear lobes and gauges, is it possible to remove the jewelry and have your ear lobes shrink back? That depends on a few variables, such as: how it was stretched, how much it was stretched, and how long it has been healed. First, how it was stretched. If you stretched slowly and carefully, not causing any tearing or scarring, that will increase your chances of your ear going back to its normal size and shape. If you used a dermal punch, stretched too quickly, used heavy weights that stretched an abnormal shape or caused any scar tissue to form...
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 29, 2013 Tattoo shop offers support for family that lost mom to cancer
by CTV Winnipeg
Winnipeg, Manitoba -- A local tattoo shop is inking out a plan to help a Winnipeg woman left to care for her four siblings after their mother passed away from cancer. For the month of October, Yolo Ink in Osborne Village is donating all the money it receives from tattoos or piercings to Kaitlyn Bell and her family. Bell's mother Tamara Gunn died from cancer in August, a month after being diagnosed. Her sudden death means 20-year-old Bell is now caring for her four siblings as well as her three-year old daughter Ava.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 29, 2013 Tattoos: Beyond the cover
by Chelsey Burnside
Ottawa, Ontario -- Dmitri Petkov’s belief system is written all over his face. It’s a map of moments and memories — the word “courage” is inked below one piercing brown eye, “honor” below the other. “Life” and “pain” run vertically down either side of his nose. “True Love” is scripted from temple to temple, flanked by two doves. “I’ve always wanted to be different. I was surrounded by a lot of negativity and wanted to put some positive words on my body,” he says. “I never thought it would go this far.” Petkov, 25, is an aspiring model. Originally from Tallinn, Estonia, he moved to Russia before settling down in Canada with his family in 1997.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 27, 2013 Bushido: Legacies of the Japanese Tattoo (Book Review)
by Gabino Iglesias
There's a very fine line between a mainstream book that's very well researched and informative and an academic text that turns readers away because it's full of information but lacks an engaging prose. Bushido: Legacies of the Japanese Tattoo is a beautifully illustrated tome that manages to walk that line. The Kitamuras researched the history of tattooing in the country that has become synonymous with superb skin art...
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Niagara Region watching tattoo, beauty shops
by Dave Johnson
St. Catharines, Ontario -- Inspecting tattoo parlours, piercing facilities, hair salons, barber shops and beauty parlours, and putting results of those inspections online levels the playing field for those in the industry, said Niagara Region public health department’s director of environmental health. Bjorn Christensen said historically there have been some problems and each industry welcomes the unannounced inspections. “Any time we go in, we may find certain things and ask people to correct them or have an understanding of what is required,” said Christensen.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Teen piercing trends: Earlobe gauging, stretching and body piercing
by Mary Fetzer
When done properly, piercing is safe. Elayne Angel is the author of The Piercing Bible – The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing and the Medical Liaison for the Association of Professional Piercers (APP)[...]. Tongue and nose piercings are pretty common among today's teens. And while many parents are over the shock factor, they still worry that tongue and nose piercings are unsanitary. Contrary to popular belief, Angel says oral piercings are not especially prone to infection. The mouth and nose have tremendous defensive strategies. In fact, the mouth is one of the fastest healing sites in the body. A tongue piercing can heal in six-to-eight weeks, says Angel, while a navel piercing can take up to nine months to heal.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 23, 2013 Toxic Tattoo Ink Could Increase Risk Of Cancer, Experts Warn
by The Huffington Post
Toxic ink used for tattoos could seep into the body and increase the risk of cancer, experts have warned. According to The Sunday Times nanoparticles enter via the bloodstream and settle in major organs - such as kidneys - causing them to stop functioning normally. As many as five percent of tattoo studios are believed to use ink that contains carcinogenic compounds - such as colbalt and mercury - according to "Times Of India". Scientists are calling for greater regulation of tattoo dyes and Tattoo Ink Manufacturers of Europe group are campaigning to remove all carcinogenic ink from use.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 22, 2013 Tattoos not always ‘job wreckers’
by Vanessa Guthrie
We’ve all seen them here in Durango – the waitress serving us a hot plate of food while adorned with an intricate display of flowering ink, and the retailer with the embellishing tribal piece dancing down the curves of his leg. Researchers have documented that humans have been decorating their bodies in such ways for thousands of years, so how has this ancient art form modernized in the Wild West?
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, September 21, 2013 Guide to Labret Piercings
by Karen L. Hudson
Labret piercings are located directly under the center of your lower lip. They're decorated with stud jewelry (not a ring); otherwise it would just be called a lip piercing. Because it pierces the lip horizontally front to back, it's both a facial and oral piercing, meaning you have to care for it two different ways. Lowbrets are just like labret piercings, but they rest lower down the chin, being pierced just above the connective tissue that attaches your lower lip to the bottom of your gum line.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 19, 2013 Temporary Tattoos That Aren't For Kids
by Morgan Shanahan
Test the tattoo waters before taking the permanent plunge -- It isn’t a secret that I’ve already been daydreaming about the designs for my next tattoo. Though, it’s really hard to commit, y’know? And two of the three tattoos I currently have were conceived of and inked in the same day, so I’m really trying to take my time with this one. Feel it out. I want to cover my upper back and shoulder, so it’s no small decision. (While we’re on the topic, are text tattoos supposed to face you or the person looking at you? I’m not planning on getting one, but I always wonder about that…)
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 19, 2013 Hey, Pro Athletes: Your Tattoo Is Going to Get You Sued
by Ira Boudway
Four years ago, Christopher Escobedo, a tattoo artist in Phoenix, inked a large tattoo of a lion into the ribcage of a mixed martial arts fighter named Carlos Condit. A year later, the fighter and his lion tattoo appeared in the video game UFC Undisputed. Now the tattoo artist is suing the game’s maker, THQ, for copyright infringement. “It’s an exact replica of my art,” says Escobedo. “That’s like a $5,000 tattoo that I got no recognition for.” Tattoos are a largely uncharted territory in copyright law. “There’s not really been any cases where this has been litigated by courts,” says Timothy Bradley, an intellectual-property lawyer in North Carolina who has written about tattoos and copyright.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Micro Dermal Anchors
by Karen L. Hudson
I was really intrigued when I first heard about micro dermal anchors and the more I learned about them, the more I knew I wanted at least one. It took me a while to decide exactly where to put them, but I finally settled on using a couple to accentuate my chest tattoo.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 16, 2013 Tattoo Etiquette: Stop Touching My Tattoos Without Asking
by Jathan Sadowski
I’m a fairly tattooed guy, but a simple t-shirt hides most of my tattoos. Both of my upper arms, though, are covered with colorful, intricate pieces, and these are only partly obscured by short sleeves. And this is a problem—not because I don’t want people to see this body art; of course I do. But curiosity gets the better of many otherwise sane people’s social sensibilities. If you have a tattoo that peeks out into the world, I’m sure you instantly know what I’m talking about. For those who are still in the dark, let me give you a few examples...
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 15, 2013 Skin as archive of history, culture, identity
by Maurice Malanes
Luzon, Phillipes -- After much prodding, a university professor researching about tattoos got herself tattooed, enduring the pain from a lemon thorn dipped in charcoal, which a 92-year-old Kalinga woman, Whang-ud, used in leaving a permanent snake figure on her left shoulder. Grimacing in pain, Analyn “Ikin” Salvador-Amores was able to endure the one-hour session somehow, thanks, she says, to Whang-ud’s comforting “ullalim” (a Kalinga chant). Although her eyesight is poor, Whang-ud has been known in international media as the “last” and “oldest” practitioner of Kalinga tattooing...
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 15, 2013 Scarification: Ancient Body Art Leaving New Marks
by Sharon Guynup
Until the 1870s, Maori men of New Zealand etched deep tattoos over their entire faces. Patterns were chiseled into the skin to create parallel ridges and grooves, much like designs cut into wood. This painful process created raised tattoos that made Maori men look fierce in battle and attractive to women. Since no two patterns were alike, the raised facial tattoos also marked identity. Today in the U.S. and other Western countries, ever growing numbers of people are expressing their identity by marking their bodies.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 13, 2013 Body Piercing Tips and Precautions
by Ariba Kaliq
Apart from the nose and ear piercing, tongue piercing, naval piercing, snake bites and gauged ears are a few exotic piercings one may opt for. An even more adventurous as one may put it so, would be the genital piercing. Despite the appealing looks and various erotic, or even religious and sub cultural identifications, these body piercings can have adverse impacts...
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 12, 2013 What Art Tattoo Montreal 2013 taught us about the current state of tattooing
by Barbara Pavone
Montreal, Quebec -- Montreal’s tattoo convention rolls into historic Windsor Station at the start of September and this year was no exception. Over three days this past weekend, tattoo lovers got together and celebrated the unique art form with help from over 150 local and international artists. The convention also played host to seminars, an art exhibit/silent auction, live painting, body painting, burlesque performances courtesy of ACME Burlesque and more. Basically, there was something for everyone to enjoy, as well as a few lessons to be taken away from it all.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 12, 2013 Couples swap wedding rings for tattoos
by Ruth Styles
Getting a new tattoo isn't the obvious way to celebrate getting married but for one Swansea couple, getting inked proved to be the perfect way to remember their big day. Paul James, 26, a leak technician, and his new wife Andrea Leahy-James, 28, a senior support assistant, popped out during their wedding last weekend to have 'I do' etched onto their ring fingers. The tattoos were inked on at a nearby tattoo parlour called Everlasting Inc by tattooist Henry Todd and also included the date of their nuptials.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 09, 2013 How to Diagnose a Rejecting Piercing
by eHow Health
The human body has a natural tendency to reject foreign objects, including purposeful piercings. Sometimes piercings might become obviously infected, but sometimes the body might simply reject the piercing, forcing it out slowly and quietly with limited irritation. It is important, however, to diagnose a rejecting piercing as soon as possible, because rejecting piercings can lead to a build-up of scar tissue.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 08, 2013 The role of tattoos in grieving
by Kim V. Goldsmith
Names, faces, feet and handprints, dates and symbols – all are common subject matter for the tattoo artist designing a memorial tattoo. Inking up in the memory of a loved one who has died is not a new concept in some cultures, yet recent research into the grieving process and mainstream acceptance of tattoos is now seeing memorial tattoos accepted as a natural and healthy way of grieving in western society.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, September 07, 2013 Tattoos as a Meditation Practice
by Stasia Bliss
I knew if I ever got a tattoo it would have to be meaningful. I just couldn’t see putting Bugs Bunny or a commercial logo on my body in ink forever just because it was cool. Having grown up in a strict religious setting where tattoos were basically forbidden, the decision to get a tattoo came surprisingly not out of rebellion, but out of a desire to integrate the understandings and life lessons I had reached in my life thus far. The act of getting a tattoo became more of a conscious meditation in action...
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 06, 2013 The return of punk
by Leanne Delap
Punk fashion makes a comeback this fall, with studs, grommets and zippers embellishing shoes, belts and handbags. Great finds in the fast-fashion market means you can try on a little transgression without breaking the bank. The safety-pin, arse-kickin’ punk esthetic has slam-danced its way into stores for fall. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Museum of Metropolitan Art’s summer exhibit of all things punk came on the coattails of the international runway shows, which presented the return of punk fashion in February and March.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 05, 2013 A piercing dilemma
by Rose Marthis
Imagine you are getting ready for a job interview. Not just any job, this is the make-you-or-break-you job that can launch your dream career. You’ve rehearsed your introduction in the mirror 100 times. You’re ready; you’re going to ace this interview. You walk into the office and shake the hiring managers hand. Warm smiles are exchanged. The first question is asked and as you say your perfectly-developed answer, you notice that the manager’s eyes drift from yours and land on your nose ring and then on your tattoo that peeks out around your collar.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 05, 2013 Copyrighting tattoos
by Stuart Whitwell
When you decide to get a tattoo you consider the desired design and where to have it on your body; the legal implications of a tattoo are rarely envisaged. However, recent copyright infringement cases have brought the fashion statements to the fore of legal discussions, especially with regards to celebrity tattoos. Can tattoos be considered intellectual property and if so who owns the copyright of a tattoo, the tattoo designer or the person who receives the tattoo? These questions raise some interesting legal questions and discussion.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, September 04, 2013 I want to get a tattoo. How safe is it these days?
by Dr. Sheila Wijayasinghe
We all have things that we wish we could reverse, and when it comes to tattoos, many can feel regret for one that is too large, in the wrong location or may be the name of an ex-partner that is inked on your skin forever. A tattoo is permanent body art, so if you’re already thinking that you may want to have it removed later in life, give yourself some time to reflect and consider if it’s the right choice for you.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 02, 2013 Back-to-School and Body Piercings
by Rae Schwarz
Back-to-school time brings a whole different set of rules and conditions from whatever was happening during the summer and it can be a bit of a conflict for the teen who decided to get a new piercing over the summer. Some schools don't allow certain piercings (most of the facial ones) and these rules can be even more restrictive for high school athletes. Piercings and School Dress Codes: Go to any body art site on the web and it won't take very long to find a teenager asking what to do about their new nose piercing since their school doesn't allow them. My best advice is, if it's not allowed, don't do it. That's the cheapest and easiest solution.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 01, 2013 Book Review: Mommy's New Tattoo
by Jodie Michalak
Levi Greenacres resides in Portland, Oregon and works as both a Writer and a Tattoo Artist at the Skeleton Key Tattoo Shop in Portland, Oregon. Prior to perfecting his tattooing craft, Greenacres worked in the circus and also on the psychic phone lines. I bet he never saw his success coming! What a stellar book that's certain to top the New York Times Best Sellers list.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, August 31, 2013 Tattoo library being assembled by York professor
by CBC News
Toronto, Ontario -- York University professor Deborah Davidson is creating an archive of what she calls "memorial tattoos," in a bid to catalogue the stories behind various symbols people ink into their skin. Davidson describes her project as an effort to collect the types of tattoos that are "in memory or honour of persons living or dead, animals, [or] events in a person's life course that have particular meaning to them." The tattoos and stories behind them will become part of a website that launches next year...
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 30, 2013 Abbotsford tattoo studio steps up for food bank
by Jean Konda-Witte
Abbotsford, B.C. -- Anchor August has become such a popular event that Memento Mori Studios' Chris Gauthier has had to cap the tattoo benefit at 45 clients. It's all part of their third annual fundraiser on Aug. 30 for the Abbotsford food bank. "Supporting the community is a big part of what we stand for," said Gauthier, co-owner/manager of the Abbotsford studio. "We want to present tattoos and tattoo people in a positive light. Supporting causes that we feel are important is a great way to help stock the shelves [of the food bank] in a drier time." Gauthier's tattoo studio in Abbotsford Village Shopping Centre is offering an anchor tattoo for $50. With 45 pre-paid customers, they will have raised $2,250 for the food bank in one day. Although their client list is now full for the event, they are hoping folks will still stop by and drop off non-perishable food or cash for the local food bank.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 29, 2013 Yes, Please Put Hooks Through My Body and I'll Swing Back and Forth
by Jessica P. Ogilvie
When the hooks go into his body, Cameron Bameron doesn't flinch. "Deep breath," says Sarah Conforti. Bameron inhales. On his exhale, she plunges a sharp, massive piece of metal through the skin just above his nipple. Bameron, 29, is lying shirtless on a towel on the floor of an abandoned, graffiti-covered warehouse. It's a Sunday, and afternoon light streams through the wooden beams overhead. Unsuspecting hikers stroll by just yards away as Conforti, a professional piercer, pinches the flesh on the other side of Bameron's chest, pulls it up, and repeats the piercing process a second time.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 29, 2013 Man has micro chip planted in hand for his art
by Ellie Zolfagharifard
In the name of art, New Yorker, Anthony Antonellis has undergone a gruesome procedure to implant a ‘digital tattoo’ in his hand. Other than a scar, you can’t see his tattoo. But hold a smartphone against the incision, and Mr Antonellis' latest masterpiece is revealed. The effect is produced using a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip, around the size of a grain of rice, and equipped with a tiny antenna.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Skin is the new canvas
by Mary Katherine Keown
Sudbury, Ontario -- Jessee Bombardieri, 21, winces as the needle -- like a high-powered mosquito -- pierces her thigh repeatedly. The buzzing drone does little to distract her from the pain. Taryn Gadde, the owner and tattoo artist at Precision Ink on Paris Street, is hunched over her client with the focus of a heart surgeon. "I just love the pain," Bombardieri says, describing the sensation as a scratching cat or a sunburn. She got her first tattoo -- a treble clef on her inner wrist -- at the age of 17 and was hooked. "Music gets me through anything," Bombardieri explains. "I know it's cliche and everyone says that, but where I have it is really personal."
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Piercer not your typical law student
by David Gruber
Regina, Saskatchewan -- Like many, Chris Clarke made a few stops along the way before he got to law school. Almost 10 years ago, Clarke picked up an unusual hobby — face and body piercing. He even set up his own business making house calls for those who want a piercing but might be reluctant to stroll into their neighbourhood tattoo and piercing parlour. Though it’s taken him some time to get there, Clarke says he never let go of his hopes of studying law. When the call centre he was working at closed, he took it as an opportunity to head back to school full time.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Gatten tattoos at Divine Alchemy wins online Star competition
by Kirsten Hildebrand
Nelson, B.C. -- Josh Gatten has won the online Nelson Star competition that had people select their favourite West Kootenay tattoo artist. Pegged against Colin Millar of Wolf’s Den in Castlegar and Aza Samchuck of Cymatica, Gatten got the most votes during the month-long contest. Gatten has come far despite not moving far. He attended Kootenay School of the Arts right across the street from his current shop at #204, 602 Josephine Street. He got his start in the industry helping out the previous owners at this shop on odd projects.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Danger: Earrings Ahead!
by Susan Joy
Hey, lady, is that a bee behind your ear? Oh, buzz off. If you haven’t noticed by now, earrings are everything these days: hoops that look as if you have multiple piercings, spikes that appear to run through your ear, chains that sweep across them, baubles that rest behind them. And the fashion pack can’t get enough. Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea, an art director and girl about town, likens the bad-girl Repossi ear cuff she has been wearing to “adding a leather jacket to your look.” If your outfit is super-dressy, she explained, “a leather jacket makes it feel more relaxed and gives it more attitude.”
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 22, 2013 Guelph to put salon, tattoo parlour health inspections online
by CTV News
Guelph, Ontario -- Like many municipalities, the City of Guelph posts results from public health inspections of restaurants on the internet for all to see. But officials in the Royal City plan to take things one step further, and add results of inspections at other facilities – like barbershops, tanning salons and tattoo parlours – to the online list. “The decision seemed to be a natural flow from having our food inspections online,” says Janice Walters, the city’s manager of infectious diseases.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Employers require evidence to support restrictions on tattoos and piercings in the workplace
by Norton Rose Fulbright
A recent arbitral decision invalidating the Ottawa Hospital’s restrictions on employee piercings and tattoos is yet another reminder that employers must have objective evidence to support the implementation of professional dress standards in their workplaces. The Ottawa Hospital implemented a new dress code policy in March 2011. The policy required that hospital employees cover any large tattoos and remove any excessive, visible body piercings.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Nike Tattoo Leggings Pulled After Racism Accusations
by Huffington Post Canada
It seems that Nike is the new Urban Outfitters. Michael Jordan's favourite shoe company is embroiled in a new controversy thanks to a pair of, yep, leggings. The mega sportswear brand has been forced to pull their black and white tattoo leggings from shelves after the design was criticized for being racist. Nike's Pro Tattoo Tech Tights (which can't be found on their website anymore) have caused distress in Australia and New Zealand for its resemblance to pe'a, a traditional tattoo that is usually found on men of Samoa.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 19, 2013 The Tattoo Industry
by Mike Faille, Jake Edmiston
With analysts questioning whether the popularity of tattoos has reached its peak, the National Post takes a look at the current state of the tattoo industry, who gets them, how they’ re applied and what to do when you want to get rid of them.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 19, 2013 Two Studs Up: The Grown Up’s Guide to Getting Your Ears Pierced
by Shayna Rose Arnold
If your parents didn’t have your ears pierced before you left the hospital where you were born, chances are they let you—after a solid year of begging—get small studs or hoops put in once you were a teen. Chances are also that that was a long time ago, and you’ve moved on to lusting after other, more expensive accessories. But what if you haven’t? What if, at the age of 31, you realize that your 15-year-old wish for piercings hasn’t gone away? What do you do? And more importantly, where do you go?
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 19, 2013 Peak Ink
by Joseph Brean
Once a tribal rite of passage, a signifier of dangerous associations, or a mark of freakish deviance, the tattoo is now commercialized, ironic, often tacky or maudlin, rarely edgy, and widely available at low cost, all of which bodes ill for the future of ink. “On a global scale, tattoos are more common now than they ever have been before,” said Nina Jablonski, professor of anthropology at Penn State, and author of Skin: A Natural History.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 On 'Bad Ink,' artists fix body art gone wrong
by Christopher Lawrence
They're professionals, among the best of the best, called in to rescue a damsel in distress at a hotel pool. After some small talk and plenty of reassurances, they charm the curvy, bikini-clad 22-year-old into letting them assess the damage. Then Dirk Vermin and Rob Ruckus burst into laughter. The duo have seen plenty during their decades in the Vegas punk scene. Things that would haunt lesser men. But this is a first even for them: Jacqui, their mortified client, swears she has no idea how a portrait of Pamela Anderson ended up tattooed on what could charitably be described as her lower, lower, LOWER back.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 The Walking Dead
by Misty Harris
Lost loved ones live on through tattoos marked on those left behind -- Moments after Deborah Davidson gave birth, her premature babies - both of whom died post-delivery in the mid-1970s - were brusquely taken away. She never got to see them, to hold them, or even to say goodbye. Today, the York University sociologist honours their brief lives with two butterfly tattoos on her leg, and is fascinated by the vast number of Canadians who have inked similar tributes on their own flesh.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 12, 2013 It's forever, Big Ears ... hole lotta money to fix stretched lobe once the fashion attraction wears thin
by Lisa Power
IT'S the lobe-stretching tribal trend loved by teens - but surgeons reveal the true legacy of gauging will be anything but music to their ears. Gauging, where ear lobes are progressively stretched with tunnels or plugs, are becomming a more common sight with DIY kits available online from just $10. However plastic surgeons say the trend is sparking a surge in "regret'' surgery when the bizarre body modification is no longer wanted. And turns out gauging is harder to reverse than people think.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, August 11, 2013 The owner of “Ink addiction” says his tattoo shop is safe
by Kim Tams
Lethbridge, Alberta -- Alberta health services says when it went to “Ink Addiction” for a routine inspection it questioned the shop’s procedures. Officials say a piece of equipment failed a spore test and later, it was discovered the shop didn’t keep customer records on file. “There was a failed spore test,” says Sean Robison a health inspector with AHS,” It is a test that is done for autoclave’s and because of the fatal spore test we investigated further and the record keeping was not there.” Evan Lewicki the owner of Ink Addiction says the piece of th equipment that AHS tested has not been used in years. Lewicki says they use disposable equipment and follow strict sanitation procedures, but does admit his filing was not up to standards.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, August 10, 2013 Popularity of tattooing and piercing calls for safer practice
by Information Daily
Far from its original association with side-lined subcultures, body modification such as tattooing and piercing has gone mainstream. Popular with a host of household names, it was estimated in 2010 that 29 per cent of UK 16-44 year olds have been under the needle. To supply to this demand, the range of tattooing and piercing procedures has increased, with body modification parlours popping up in almost every town and city. Whilst these parlours must adhere to general standards, there is still no legal requirement for proper qualifications or training of practitioners on strict health and safety guidelines.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, August 10, 2013 How Do They Pierce Your Ears With Gauges?
by Maude Coffey
You can stretch an existing ear piercing into a large-diameter ear piercing. If you do not have pierced ears, you can pierce your ears at a large gauge. Typical ear piercings, from a piercing gun, are a small gauge, such as 20. Professional piercings, done with a sterile needle by a piercer, start as small as 18 gauge and can be pierced as large as 0 gauge. You should have a consultation with a professional piercer before receiving an ear piercing. Ask the piercer to show you piercing jewelry at specific sizes, or gauges, so that you have a good understanding of the size of the piercing.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 08, 2013 Tattoos: Body art is bigger, bolder running rampant down arms, legs and backs
by Patrick Langston
Ottawa, Ontario -- Look closely and you’ll spot purple clematis and colourful touch-me-nots among the tattoos covering Jessica Arthur’s left arm from shoulder to wrist. Those flowers commemorate her father, who died last year of cancer. “When I was little, my dad showed me the touch-me-nots and how they burst if you do touch them. Also, he always grew purple clematis,” says Arthur. When she decided to add the plants to the tattoos already on her arm, she knew they would be “special.”
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 08, 2013 Burn survivor using tattoo techniques to help others
by Angela Mulholland
Toronto, Ontario -- It was a horrific accident in her own childhood that spurred 27-year-old Basma Hameed to want to learn tattooing so that she could help others. When Hameed was two, a pan fell off a stove in her childhood home in Iraq, spilling hot oil down her face. She endured third-degree burns that plastic surgeons spent years trying to repair. With every painful operation, Hameed hoped doctors would be able to erase her scars.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 07, 2013 Alberta Health Services issues notice to tattoo customers
by Lethbridge Herald
Lethbridge, Alberta -- People who received at tattoo at Ink Addiction on 2 Avenue South in Lethbridge between Sept. 1, 2012 and July 25, 2013 are being advised to get tested for viruses. “To prevent the spread of infection from one person to another, equipment used in tattooing must be cleaned, disinfected and sterilized according to health standards,” said Dr. Ada Bennett, Medical Officer of Health – South Zone in a news release. “Ink Addiction in Lethbridge did not have these proper sterilization processes in place, meaning individuals who received tattoos through this operation may have been exposed to viruses including Hepatitis B and C, and HIV.”
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 05, 2013 History of the Corset Piercing
by Jodie Michalak
The world of body modification embraces all sorts of subcultures and genres. From steampunk to freaks, there are some body alterations such as the corset piercing, that take their inspiration from a bygone era. As an erotic trend that emerged in the mid 1990s, a corset piercing is mostly worn by women. It consists of as few as four body piercings located symmetrically up the back, the neck or the legs, so that a ribbon can be laced between them and tied into a bow at either the top or the bottom of the piercing.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, August 04, 2013 Peek Into The Past:Tattoos
by Brittany W. Verge
As many of you have probably noticed, tattoos are very popular right now. To those who don’t know the history, tattooing may seem like some sort of fad but tattooing has been around for a very long time. Otzi the Iceman, who would have been alive in 3300 B.C., had 57 tattoos. Tattooing is thought to date back as far as 10,000 B.C. in Japan. Ancient Egyptian paintings show women with abstract tattoos. However since this is a very broad topic, I’ll be focusing mainly on the adoption of tattooing to Europeans and North Americans.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, August 04, 2013 Could Melanoma Be Lurking Under Your Tattoo?
by Brian Krans
Experts agree that tattooing over a mole could someday cover up a major health concern. Never tattoo over a mole. That’s one of many things tattoo artist Joseph Anderson learned early in his apprenticeship. Now that’s he’s been tattooing for more than two years at the Body Shop in Appleton, Wis., he inspects each canvas before picking up his tattoo machine. “I look over the area pretty well to check for moles and scar tissue, obviously. I have to avoid moles, so sometimes I will consider that in the design of the tattoo so any major line work will avoid going through them,” Anderson said.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 02, 2013 Body Modification Still Popular Despite Stigmas
by Xander Peters
Although stigmas regarding body modifications still exist, more and more college students and graduates are gravitating toward tattoos as a means of permanent self-expression. Tattoos, piercings and other body modifications are becoming more prevalent in society than ever before. According to a Harris poll from 2012, approximately 20 percent of Americans have at least one tattoo. Under Title VII of the United States Civil Rights Act, companies maintain a large amount of discretion when enforcing their dress code policies as long as they do not discriminate on the basis of religion, sex, race, color or national origin.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 01, 2013 Piercings that Leave Permanent Scars
by Andrea Arterbery
People always say that (unlike tattoos) you can simply remove piercings. But sometimes, even when you take out the jewelry, you're left with an ugly reminder of your mistake. And Lady Gaga, you could be next. Clad in an off-the-shoulder shirt and virtually no makeup, the pop star posted a video of herself getting a hole punched through her nasal septum last week. Though most of the septum (the wall that divides the nasal cavity into your two nostrils) is made up of cartilage, it's usually the small area between the bottom of the nose and where the cartilage begins that's pierced.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Think Ink
by John Semley
Toronto, Ontario -- Not just for sailors, bikers and gang members – ink is for soccer moms and lawyers now, too. Toronto’s tattoo trade is bigger than ever, but can the culture weather new city-wide scrutiny? In a blinding-white back room near Richmond and Church, Isabelle Pelletier sits upright in a plasticky medical recliner, the kind you’d squirm around in while getting dental work done. She’s holding a bandage to her right arm, pinprick dapples of blood leaching through it. “She’s one of our hardcore clients,” says Mike McLaine, who owns the place.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 The Beauty And Art Of Body Modification
by Jessica Catalano
Body modification has existed since the beginning of time in different cultures across the world. Tattoos, nose rings, septum rings, earrings, lip rings, tongue rings, navel rings, gauged piercings and genital piercings span the globe in history and every cultural background in existence. Each piercing had specific religious, rite of passage, class structure or adornment meanings. The Greeks, for example, wore earrings shaped like demigods or revered birds that were reserved for nobility. While the Native Americans, Aztecs and Mayans wore gold septum rings for adornment to symbolize wealth and sexual fertility.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Inaugural tattoo show makes its mark in Okanagan
by Wade Paterson
Kelowna, B.C. -- Mike Sperling looked relatively relaxed as Nick Matovich tattooed the back of his right leg Saturday at the 2013 Okanagan Tattoo Show. Although Sperling's body already has "about 20" tattoos on it, he admitted his newest ink was causing him a bit of pain. "It pretty much sucks every time, man," Sperling responded when asked if he's gotten used to the feeling yet. But for Sperling, as well as the hundreds of others who have visited the tattoo convention that began Friday at Parkinson Recreation Centre, the short-term pain is well worth it.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 28, 2013 Body piercing myths and dangers
by Tele management
Can some piercings cause paralysis when done improperly? Although there are certain risks involved with getting a piercing, paralysis is an incredibly small possibility. The first and most important way to avoid this problem is to seek a professional and experienced piercer. There are certain major nerves in areas of the face and tongue that could result in loss of sensation or even paralysis if pierced. However, these nerves are located in very specific areas and an experienced piercer will know how to perform a safe and harmless piercing without getting anywhere close to these nerves. In fact, despite the growing misconception that paralysis from a piercing is fairly common, there has yet to be one report of this kind of damage cause by a professional piercer.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 28, 2013 Lady Gaga Gets Septum Piercing
by Dusten Carlson
If Lady Gaga’s septum piercing hurt, you wouldn’t know it from the photo. The Mother Monster looks calm as ever, shooting Bennett a little bit of glare out of the corner of her eye while he smiles humbly for the camera. Lady G’s various body alterations always make for good news. Back in 2011, she came out of a Vanity Fair shoot in New York wearing two-foot red platforms and a matching dress. The slit in the dress went up so high that photogs were able to get a lens-full of another, secret piercing Gaga has.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 26, 2013 Pinoy brings Kalinga-style of tattooing to Canada
by Cecile Docto
Vancouver, B.C. -- Body art goes back to basics after a Pinoy artist shows an indigenous way of getting ink during the recent tattoo and cultural show in the city. It was a first for the Vancouver Tattoo and Cultural Show. Pinoy ink master Mayo Landicho brought traditional art of tattooing, known as hand tapping, to the event. "Kasi sa cultural show, everybody represents different culture and I want to represent ours and this is something that's really unique and very original," Landicho said. Landicho showcased the Kalinga-style of tattooing which is similar to the Hawaiian and Polynesians style of body art.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 26, 2013 The story of Algeria’s traditional tattoos
by Yasmin Bendaas
A fading tradition, now only carried by the elder generation of women in the Aurès Mountains district, Yasmin Bendaas visited the region to search for the meaning behind the ancient Algerian tattoo ritual. When I interviewed Masouda Ibrahimi last summer she was 78 years old. Sitting in her home in El-Madher, Algeria, she tried to recollect what she could of the tattoos still visible on her face. She received the tattoos at the age of five, but she does not even know their names.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Fashion Dare: Wear Your Earrings One At a Time
by Caitlin Petreycik
Who'd have thought that one day, earrings would be sold solo instead of in pairs? Well, it's happening, and we're totally into the asymmetrical look. It's completely versatile, too. [...]Leave the other ear bare, or fill in the opposite piercing with the simplest stud in your jewelry box. How cool would your mismatched earrings look with crisp summer whites and flat metallic sandals?
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 21, 2013 Your next tattoo artist could be a robot
by Jason Gilbert
Would you rather your tattoo artist be a robot or a human? It's a serious question! Eventually, we're told, many traditionally human occupations could be replaced by automation, and if the work of one Auburn student is any harbinger, the tattoo artist could be one such victim of the so-called robotic revolution. Luke Gehron is a student at Auburn University's architecture school, and he is creating a "Digital Tattoo Artist" machine that automates the process of getting a tattoo.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 21, 2013 Avoid uninspected tattoo artists
by Sudbury Northern Life
Sudbury, Ontario -- The Sudbury and District Health Unit wants to remind people to avoid unsafe tattoo and body piercing practices. Body art should be done only by professionals who take the proper steps to protect their customers and themselves from infections. Clients should ensure that their provider is inspected by the health unit and trained as a body artist.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 19, 2013 The crazy world of tattooing at a glance
by Andrew Bloss
Tattooing seems a weird concept at first, having something drawn on you which will stay on you for the rest of your life. But it is a concept which has been with us for thousands of years and stretches back to ancient history. There is proof that cavemen had tattoos on their bodies, as well as the ancient Egyptians and in many countries in Asia such as India and China. Fast forward another thousand years into the 1500s and even some of the Anglo-Saxon kings got inked up. Captain Cook’s voyages to the South Pacific in the mid 1700s was where the term tattooing originated from after tribes from Tahiti used the phrase Tattow to describe the paintings on their bodies.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, July 18, 2013 Not Feeling the Ear Piercing Trend? Allow Me to Convince You...
by Laurel Pantin
Full disclosure: I'm into piercings. I've been seeing the famous Colby Smith at New York Adorned for years—he pierced my septum, and my ears roughly five times. I know this is news to absolutely nobody who reads fashion/beauty blogs, but piercings are IN! Yesterday, Sophia turned me on to the insanely good Montaigne Market Instagram, and whoa, doggie, are there ever some good piercing inspiration pics!
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Body Modifications and Breastfeeding: What You Need to Know
by Robyn Roche-Paull
Body Modifications include branding, scarification, tattooing, piercing, and other body art. They've been around nearly as long as breastfeeding. Archaeologists, historians and body art practitioners note that tattooing and body piercing have been performed, in one form or another, worldwide for over 5000 years! However, within the last 20-30 years, body modifications have exploded in popularity, with people both young and old getting body mods. More than 20 million Americans, half of whom are women, have one or more tattoos, up to 30% have piercings, and many have both. This surge in body modifications shows no signs of slowing down in the near future.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Wedding Ring Finger Tattoos
by Jodie Michalak
Wedding ring finger tattoos are a popular and permanent token of love. Often worn in lieu of jewelry, ring finger tattoos make a beautiful and artful choice. While there are several things to consider including the proper healing of a hand tattoo, you should also decide if you think it's bad luck, and determine whether your partner will wear a matching lovers tattoo, and take part in the unique symbolism.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, July 15, 2013 First Okanagan tattoo show
by Jim Judd
Kelowna, B.C. -- And now, for something completely different..... The First Okanagan Tattoo Show will take place July 26-28 at the Parkinson Recreation Centre in Kelowna and will feature more than 60 tattoo artists from across Canada and even as far away as Germany. The esoteric event, which gets underway Friday at 4 pm, will feature a silent auction and all proceeds from this event will be donated to KidSport, an organization across Canada which provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 14, 2013 Body Piercing Opens a Whole New Realm of Self-Expression
by Robert Burns
Guns 'n Roses' Axl Rose wore a discreet nipple ring on tour last year and guitarist Izzy Stradlin has a nose ring. Rachel Bolan, bass player for Skid Row, wears a chain from nose to ear. For metal musicians, these are pretty mild fashion statements. But it's another thing to see your bank teller with a ring through her septum or a store clerk with a small barbell through his eyebrow. After being fashionable among '80s punks (remember safety pins through the cheeks?) and '90s clubsters, body piercing is gaining popularity as a fashion statement and a means of self-expression, especially among people under 25.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, July 13, 2013 Lessen the risk of infections in tattoo parlours with proper training
by Toronto Star
Tattoos and piercings were once a symbol of rebellion, but given their popularity among middle-class kids, body art has become mainstream. Nothing wrong with that, but as a Star/Ryerson School of Journalism investigation shows, there’s a risk of serious health problems when embracing that trend. After all, in Ontario, anyone can open a tattoo or piercing parlour, whether or not they’ve been properly trained in artistic techniques — and, more importantly, health risks.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, July 11, 2013 Nova Scotia introduces plan for body art regulation
by Carsten Knox
Legislation proposed by the province today, November 23, will regulate and provide technical guidelines to tattoo artists and piercers. The Body Art Act would require establishments that offer body art services to meet standards for infection control and disease transmission. "Government recognizes the growing demand for body art services in the province, but we also recognize the risk to health that these services pose to customers and employees," said Maureen MacDonald, minister of health and wellness...
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Turn Up The Color: The Best Unexpected Hair Dye Hues To Do At Home
by Gabrielle Korn
We think summer is the best time to try a new hair color — yes, much better than right after a bad break-up, though we believe in that, too. And, it just so happens that this summer's coolest shades are unexpected twists on the classic colors we all know and love. By taking a natural hair color and giving it the kind of spin that only comes in a box, it says to the world, "I may not be born with it, but we both see how I am owning this hair hue like the boss that I am." Or something like that. After all, we don't need people to think we emerged from the womb with Black Cherry hair, we just need them to recognize how awesome it looks.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 To Your Good Health: What are the risks of tattooing?
by Keith Roach
Victoria, BC -- Tattoos do have health risks, but they can largely be managed. The biggest risk is of infection. Amateur tattoos are very risky. Reputable tattoo parlours use good technique: sterile water to clean the area, alcohol to disinfect, gloves for the tattoo artist. Tattoo needles should be sterilized, individually wrapped and opened in front of the person getting the tattoo. If you are going to get one, get a tattoo from a well-established parlour. The second medical risk is an allergic reaction to the dye. Serious reactions are rare. I have not read of liver or kidney problems from professional tattoo pigments.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, July 08, 2013 Tattoo, piercing technicians often lack hygiene training
by Robert Cribb
Toronto, Ontario -- A Toronto Star/Ryerson School of Journalism investigation has found that a lack of mandatory training for tattoo and piercing practitioners, along with sometimes lax enforcement against repeat offenders in Toronto, poses serious health risks. Two weeks after Toronto inspectors documented serious “health hazards” at New York New York Accessories & Body Piercing, Carleigh Milton walked in to get her tongue pierced. She knew nothing of the potentially bacteria-spreading concerns detailed in Toronto Public Health inspection reports — violations including no functioning sink and missing sterilization tests — when she stepped inside the Queen St. W. shop in June 2011.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 05, 2013 Toxic inks in tattoos a concern
by Talia Shadwell
There is still much research to be carried out as the risks associated with tattooing are poorly understood, but the probability of harm from tattoo ink ingredients was a ‘‘ likely theoretical risk,’’ according to the report. Allergies, skin inflammation, and systemic diseases could result from exposure to certain levels of the chemicals the Environmental Protection Authority ( EPA) tested for, but researchers do not yet know whether tattoo ink is absorbed into the body through the skin, the report said.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 05, 2013 Do you have a tattoo tale to tell?
by Brampton Guardian
Brampton, Ontario -- Got tattoos? PAMA want to hear from you. Whether it was a tribute, a rite of passage, or a mistake, behind every tattoo there is a story— what’s yours? If you or someone you know has a tattoo, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) wants to hear the story behind it. From July 2 to Sept. 13, tattoo enthusiasts in and around the Peel community can submit a photo of their tattoo or henna and share its story at pama.peelregion.ca/tattoos. Submissions may be featured in PAMA’s new photography exhibition Inked: Tattoos and the Stories They Tell, which explores the individuality of tattoos and asks the question: Why do we ink?
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 03, 2013 Microdermals versus Surface Piercings
by Rae Schwarz
With the increase in popularity of body piercing, different forms of piercing have been created. Rather than just pierce through loose areas of skin, some people have decided they want to have piercings in areas that are much more flat. These desires are what have driven explorations in surface piercing and newer forms of piercings known as microdermals or dermal anchors. Although each type of piercing can be done so as to appear identical, they actually function very differently and have different concerns for long-term wear.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 03, 2013 Our Bodies, Our Ink: ‘Bodies of Subversion’ Explores Women’s Tattoos
by Dwight Garner
(Book Review) Among the first mainstream American celebrities to openly wear tattoos was Janis Joplin. On her left wrist, she had a Florentine bracelet. On her chest, she wore a small heart — the size of a candy heart. “Just a little treat for the boys,” she told Rolling Stone, “like icing on the cake.” It seems like only yesterday that tattoos were rarities, like certain crows. They were worth commenting upon, either for their beauty or their banality. Now tattoos creep like vines along the arms, legs and torsos of nearly everyone you meet. If print is dead, ink is undead — and on the move.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 03, 2013 How to Keep a Piercing from Rejecting
by Sondra C, Flickety
Rejection, when your skin pushes a foreign object out by killing the tissue on top of it, is a risk with any piercing. In order to reduce this risk, you must take good care of your piercing, and plan it well. Good placement is just as important as good aftercare. Find a piercer that is experienced in the type of piercing you want. Check their portfolios for healed piercings in addition to fresh ones. Ask about their experience and qualifications.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, June 29, 2013 Tattoo Artist Bang Bang Shares The Stories Behind His Own Tattoos
by Priscilla Frank
"That's where my name came from," Keith McCurdy says, describing the hyper-detailed gun tattooed on his neck, with "Bang" inked beneath it. McCurdy mustered up the courage to get the neck tat at 18 years old, the same age he bought his first tattoo gun. It wasn't long before McCurdy was known as Bang Bang, quickly becoming one of the biggest names in the tattoo world today. Rihanna was Bang Bang's first celebrity client, with other big names like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Rita Ora and Cara Delevigne following suit.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, June 29, 2013 Power gays: Tattoo artist Louis Molloy
by Gareth Johnson
Louis Molloy has been working as a tattoo artist for over three decades, inking some of the world's most famous people, including soccer star David Beckham and British Olympic and Tour de France champion cyclist Bradley Wiggins. He told us what trends are cool, why you shouldn't always follow in celebrity's footsteps and some tattoos you should never get.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Rich Lee Implants Invisible Headphone In His Ear
by Betsy Isaacson
Rich Lee, who might be the first person to have ever implanted an earbud in his ear, explained the process this week in a post on Humanity+, a nonprofit that "advocates the ethical use of technology to expand human capacities." Lee, who is part of a subculture of body modification artists, had a small magnet embedded into his tragus, the stiff flesh directly outside his ear. He then built himself a device, resembling a chunky necklace, that "creates a magnetic field causing the implant to vibrate and produce sound," as Gizmodo reports.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Rockstar Body Piercing’s Jef Saunders
by Stephanie Hayes
Today’s trender is Jef Saunders, a professional piercing technician and founder of Rockstar Body Piercing on Thayer Street, Providence. His blog, “Confessions of a piercing nerd: body piercing, rationally,” aptly sums up his approach to piercing: a realm where passion meets consideration. He currently wears 6 piercings (lobes, daith, forward helix, two nostrils) but has had dozens in the past. He says he likes to be pierced regularly so he can experience the piercing and healing processes, which “can help [him] to better relate to and assist [his] clients.”
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, June 24, 2013 Tattooed women fight bad reputations with good works
by Erin Nicole
They are community conscious women with a unique commonality. They are ‘The Modified Dolls.’ “We’re breaking down the stereotypes of modified and tattooed women. We are the different making a difference,” says Lamb Tchop Doll, Jennifer Johnston. This international non-profit organization raises money and awareness for local charities, they volunteer and occasionally, they get “inked.” “I have more waves on my back and a lotus on my back, a Celtic knot on my back, some Mandarin symbols that mean a lot to me on my arms,” says Johnston. Modifications include tattoos, piercings, dermals, subdermals and beyond.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, June 24, 2013 German risk institute warns of nickel in tattoos
by Chemical Watch
The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has called for a reduction, or even elimination, of nickel used in tattoos, during the first conference on tattoo safety, which took place in Berlin on 6-7 June (CW 15 May 2013). As nickel is highly sensitising, people with a nickel allergy who get a tattoo can develop severe lesions, according to the BfR. The organisation says it is hard to collect data on nickel allergies caused by tattoos, or the use of permanent make-up, since there are no reporting requirements on the issue in Germany.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, June 20, 2013 Ear cuffs are the newest in bling
by Mel Cuevas
If we aren’t fixating over how many knuckle rings or bracelets are too many, now, ear cuffs are the latest craze in fashion. Though not exactly new (ear cuffs were earlier seen in mummified bodies), they were all the rage in the ’80s with Goths, punks, rock stars and even bohemians. And as seen in the shows and on some A-list celebrities, they’re making a comeback in 2013.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Pretty Girls Get More Likes: The Life Of A Female Tattoo Artist
by Joanne Martian
“Oh, you do tattoos?” This is a question I get a lot. Today, actually. Yes, I am female, and yes, I do tattoos. Quite well, in fact. Better than a lot of my male counterparts. I am heavily tattooed and I own the shop where I work now, and somehow this question is still up for debate. Maybe it would be easier if I looked like Kat von D. We’ll get to her in a minute. After a lifetime of being an artist and slinging coffee to support myself, I started tattooing at the tender age of 30. I was simply not exposed to full-on tattoo culture until I had been living in Portland for years.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Getting skin-deep with DIY tattoos
by E.k. Chan
Two tattoo artists of different stripes offer thoughts on the craft -- A cursory glance around at the patrons of most Montreal bars is all but guaranteed to catch a few tattoos, as they continue to rise in popularity among people from all walks of life. For those appreciative of the art, but hesitant to shell out the hefty fees, DIY or “stick-n-poke” tattoos (so named for their method of delivery – by hand rather than machine) are a common alternative, especially among students. Technically speaking, machine-free tattooing has a long and diverse tradition worldwide.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, June 16, 2013 What were they inking? An illustrated guide to tattoo trends across Canada
by David Rockne Corrigan
Tattoos — and their place in society — have changed quite a bit over the last 20 years. For one thing, they’re everywhere: arms, chests, feet, necks, knuckles, ribs, even inside some people’s ears. Young, old, men, women — it doesn’t matter. With some help from a celebrity culture in which all of the actors and pop stars seem to be getting ink, body art is exploding in popularity right now (sometimes literally— ‘feathers exploding into birds’ is a very trendy design). One reason, according to some artists, is that getting a tattoo is now an act of self-identification rather than an act of rebellion. People are using tattoos as a way of connecting with themselves and others; the practice has become something akin to religious experience.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Removing rejecting surface piercings safely
by Tara Swadley
Normally when you receive a body piercing, the hollow piercing needle is pushed through the skin and stopped before it exits. The body piercing jewelry tip is then inserted into the hollow end of the needle. The needle is pulled through and the jewelry goes with it, stopping when it hit’s the base. With traditional barbell shapes there is little, if any, resistance to the barbell as long as the needle was the correct gauge. But when you put the 90 degree posts of a surface piercing on an otherwise straight barbell? You have entered an entirely new territory. The post will enter smoothly enough behind the needle, but then it’s up to the piercing artist to maneuver the bar the rest of the way in.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 What men really think of women with lower-back tattoos
by Peter Scowen
Men think women who have a tattoo on their lower back are more likely to have sex with them, according to selfless French researchers who studied human mating habits on a beach in the south of France using attractive women in bikinis as their test subjects. The brave researchers carried out two separate experiments using 11 women considered to be of above-average attractiveness. The “confederates,” as the study refers to them, lay face down on the sand wearing a bikini and reading a book.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Tattoos of 'Star Wars Celebration'
by Digital Spy
Tattooist Matt Difa has talked about his love for Star Wars Celebration ahead of this summer's Europe event in Essen, Germany. Difa, who started doing Star Wars tattoos more than 12 years ago, told Digital Spy that the popular fan gathering is always a lot of fun. "It's absolutely insane," he said. "You'll be sitting there tattooing, and suddenly someone will scream because these people come up and see you're tattooing a big Boba Fett on somebody, and everybody goes absolutely mental.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Chicago tattooist spills the ink on the science of body art
by Sepideh Nia
Dale Grande got his first tattoo at the age of 16 with the help of an 18-year-old friend’s I.D. The tattoo - two hearts with a ribbon that said, "Mom and Dad," was one of more than 10 tattoos that Grande would get since. And he tattooed several of the designs on himself as well as creating countless tattoos for customers at his store, Chicago Tattoo and Piercing Co., Inc., 1017 W. Belmont Ave. He started his career little more than a block away. The Brooklyn native began tattooing in 1973 at age 21. Grande moved to Chicago on April Fools' Day in 1973 and started an apprenticeship with Cliff Raven and Buddy McFall at Cliff Raven Tattooing, a neighborhood icon, at 900 W. Belmond Ave.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, June 08, 2013 High-Tech Tattoos Redefine Health Care Solutions
by Elena Watts
In the not-so-distant future, patients with heart disease won’t have to strap brick-size Holter monitors to their arms or waists, with webs of electrodes connected to their chests to monitor their hearts. Those unable to speak will communicate by muscle movements in their throats, and the blind will read with finger tubes that “poke” their fingertips with programmable electrotactile stimulations in place of bulky brail. The technology enabling these advances is called bio-integrated electronics, and it is expected to revolutionize health care.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, June 08, 2013 Piercing world record attempt spiked
by Angela Thompson
A Wollongong man who was poised to claim a place in Guinness World Records says he is devastated at the book's decision to "rest" the record he was going to break. Body piercing specialist Brendan Sawczuk spent $3500 on materials ahead of his June 16 attempt on the record, for the most people body-pierced in one hour by one person. He planned to pierce 120 nostrils in 60 minutes at his Wollongong salon, Pierce Xpress, to beat existing record-holder Rhonda Polley, who pierced 64 people in Melbourne on September 18, 2010. Guinness approved Mr Sawczuk's application in January but by late May, when he wrote again to check if Ms Polley's record still stood, he was told the record had been rested.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, June 03, 2013 Tattoo rules in Nova Scotia
by Charlene Davis
You need a licence to cut hair in Nova Scotia, but don't need one to be a tattoo artist. Strange? Plenty of people think so, and The Coast has agreed in such articles as a 2006 look at government discussions of tattooist regulations. Now it's the end of 2011. "We're just in the middle of considering all options right now," says Gary O'Toole, director of environmental health at the Department of Health and Wellness. "We've spent a significant amount of time looking at the industry."
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, June 02, 2013 Nipple Piercing Pricing
by Jodie Michalak
Nipple piercing pricing varies based on the cost of the piercer and the body jewelry purchased to initiate the piercing. Because of variances, this is a brief overview on what you can expect your nipple piercing to cost and provides merely a ballpark on the general fees associated with the procedure. Professional body piercers have to maintain sterile equipment and protect your safety. It's their job to have the right instruments to perform body piercings and an autoclave machine to sterilize them.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, June 02, 2013 Tattoo culture - not numbers - changing
by John Casey
Contrary to popular belief, the number of people with tattoos is not soaring - it's just that body art is now displayed more overtly. At least that's the opinion of 35-year industry veteran Stephen "Warbo" Warburton whose clients have included priests, lawyers, solicitors, doctors, mine workers, plumbers and "just about everyone else". "The only person I have never inked is a nun - and I'd like to tick that box before I finish," Warbo smiled. Reliable statistics detailing the numbers of people with tattoos are difficult to find with data skewed depending on which part of the industry is producing the results.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 30, 2013 Body art stereotypes misrepresent tattoo and piercing culture
by Adrian Rodriguez
It wasn’t until the artist lifted his handheld machine from my skin — as it buzzed like a dental drill — and wiped my ink and blood splattered arm clean that I realized I had just made a decision that would affect me for the rest of my life. I was shaky and fatigued. I looked down at my forearm, swollen and red from the irritation and I thought to myself the old cliché, “There is no turning back now.” I had just gotten tattooed. Although it wasn’t my first, this one in particular — a traditionally stylized portraiture of the Greek god, Poseidon — was definitely the most bold.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 30, 2013 Man Surgically Attaches iPod To His Arm
by Anna-Megan Raley
Houston, Texas -- Phone, keys, wallet are on the short list of things you don’t want to leave home without. But Dave Hurban, a 21-year old Dynasty Tattoo artist from Newfield, N.J., made sure his iPod would be something he’d never forget to grab. After surfing the web and researching other outrageous piercings, Hurban decided his new lightweight iPod Nano 6 deserved a permanent place to live on his body; and he learned he’d be the first to do so. Hurban has worked in the piercing industry for more than three years and is certified through the state of New Jersey. With the same technique he’d use to pierce his clients, he mapped out the placement on his arm and inserted four magnetic dermals into his arm to match the four corners of the iPod.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Written on the body: Tattooists at pains to point out their artistic credentials
by Sarah Morrison
Welcome to the modern art museum, where hundreds of illustrators, graffiti taggers and fine artists offer up their services – with only one rule: you must take their work home on your skin. Thousands of people visiting the Great British Tattoo Show this weekend in Alexandra Palace, north London, are happy to oblige. Around 250 tattooists from all over the world fill the bustling exhibition space; it is thought they will take home more than £350,000 in two days. But please don't ask them for skulls, British bulldogs, or dolphin tattoos. They are here, each one insists, to sell art.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Cara Delevingne gets initials tattooed on hand
by Winnipeg Free Press
Cara Delevingne has had her initials tattooed onto her hand. The 20-year-old model went back under the needle of celebrity tattoo artist Bang Bang on Monday (20.05.13) for the second time in a week to have the letters 'CJD', including her middle name Jocelyn, etched on the side of her right hand in italic writing.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, May 26, 2013 Thai Magic Tattoos The art and Influence of Sak Yant
‘Thai Magic Tattoos the Art and Influence of Sak Yant’ is the first illustrated book dedicated to the art and history of sacred tattoos in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar that attempts to provide some understanding by which a tattoo may change the life of the bearer. During the last twenty years, tattooing has experienced a real renaissance in modern societies. For hundreds of years before this, however, Buddhist monks, using magical incantations and spells, have been covering people’s bodies with indelible ink in the belief that the markings will bring luck, wealth, and blessings.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, May 25, 2013 Ink flows in celebration of body art
by Glenda Luymes
Vancouver, B.C. -- As a child, Erin Smillie promised her mother she'd never tattoo her head or neck. The promise did not extend to the Australian's arms and legs, which are wrapped in swirling tattoos that look like landscape paintings. Chilliwack's Kevin Sexsmith has a portrait of his mother on his head, along with his wife and his father. Andie Aichholz plans to one day be "covered" from the neck down. The Vancouver woman added her seventh tattoo - a "black magic chick" - at the Vancouver Tattoo and Culture Show on Saturday. Her favourite is the octopus on her hip.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 24, 2013 14 Celebs With Naughty Piercings
by Ami Angelowicz
It appears that Demi Moore’s new boyfriend, 30-year-old Will Hanigan, is dipping his pearl in her oyster. And that’s not some weird euphemism for them doing Kundalini yoga together (but they are doing that too). According to The New York Daily News, the Australian pearl diver (yes, that’s really his profession) has a precious treasure hidden in his penis. “He had a pearl inserted in his penis when he was in his late teens. It is pearl farming tradition and he would always joke about it in Australia.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 23, 2013 Inspectors crack down on unsafe tattoo parlours in Alberta
by Dietrich Neu
Alberta Health and Safety is ramping up health inspections of home-based tattoo shops around the province. AHS has already shut down two home-based tattoo shops this year, and another has been asked to cease any future services until further notice. “I’ve definitely done inspections of home-based tattooing [studios] that are completely inappropriate,” said Jason MacDonald, an environmental health officer for AHS. According to MacDonald, Edmonton has over 100 home-based studios, and that number is growing every year.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Female tattoo artists make their mark
by Tracey Lindeman
Montreal, Quebec -- Years before becoming one of Montreal’s most well-respected tattoo artists, Nat Jean tattooed honeydew melons in her apartment with a machine fashioned out of a Walkman motor, a Bic pen tube and a pedal. It wasn’t much, but it was also 1995, and procuring professional equipment meant coaxing a written referral to a tattoo machine manufacturer out of an already established artist. The industry wasn’t merely a boys’ club then — it was a secret society, and in Montreal, it was mostly a collection of biker hangouts on Ontario St.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Scott Campbell’s Jailhouse Tattoo Rigs
by Julie Baumgardner
In a world where Dave Navarro hosts the competition reality show “Ink Master” and every mall has its own tattoo parlor, where does a true believer in tattoo culture go for inspiration? For Scott Campbell, the answer was Mexican prisons. “I was looking for a way to fall in love with tattooing again,” said Campbell, the Southern-born, Brooklyn-based founder of Saved Tattoo, who is renowned for both his artwork and for having inked the likes of Marc Jacobs and Terry Richardson.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 All About Nape Piercings
by Karen L. Hudson
Nape piercings are named thus because of their location on the body. Your nape is located at the back of your neck along the cervical spine. Thinking in terms of animals, the nape is the "scruff" that mothers grab onto to carry their babies in their mouths. Humans don't have the same amount of loose skin at their napes, but it's usually enough to comfortably insert a piercing. A Nape piercing is usually a straight, horizontal surface piercing; the balls on each end are the only visible part, while the connecting material is hidden underneath the skin.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Examining body modification
by Turi Ryder
How permanent is a tattoo, or an ear piercing that has been stretched to the size of a nickel? Turi consults Steve Truitt, founder and owner of Ascension Body Mod in Albuquerque, on whether you can fix such bodily “damage.” Truitt also chats about the reasoning behind modifying one’s own body, why he had several tattoos removed and how tattoos of foreign letters and symbols can go terribly wrong.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Tried the Goth fashion craze, yet?
by Ismat Tahseen
The style is quirky, fashionable and works well on a night out. Here's how you can transform into a Goth gal today... It was Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride, that brought the spotlight back on macabre. But today, the look is everywhere. Sexily-clad vampires in corsets, velvet gowns and Victorian jewellery make for the backdrop in many serials and movies of late, take series like Twilight and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or even The Woman in Black. Images of fashion-meets-brooding is also increasingly seen in books, on the ramp and other popular culture, making the Gothic aesthetic one of the most talked about trends.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Which Comes First, the Tramp Stamp or the Tramp?
by Anna Breslaw
Back when I was in middle school and dinosaurs roamed the earth, the cultural signifier of a girl's so-called "sluttiness" was a belly button piercing, especially in the shape of an animal — like, say, a dolphin acquired during a boozy after-prom trip to Wildwood — which is now basically obsolete. (Praise Yeezus.) Similarly, in the last ten years, tramp stamps — the now-infamous lower back tattoos that mark supposedly-promiscuous ladies, now 23 percent strong in America — have been relegated mostly to suburban Hooters girls or contestants on VH1's Rock of Love.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 What Your Piercing Says About You
by Jennifer Wright
Where are you pierced? Remember those really cool kids who got pierced in their belly buttons when they were about 16? And that was also a time when you could wear midriff tops? Right, I was not one of those kids. Not even close. And I’m still mystified by a lot of facial piercings. I am pierced in my ears. I bet you can guess what that says about me. Nonetheless, I will spell it out...
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Tattooing Makes Transition From Cult to Fine Art
by Emily Randall
London, England -- Late last year, the British model Kate Moss revealed a personal fact that intrigued not only the fashion and celebrity media, but also the art world. The revelation went beyond the acknowledgement from Ms. Moss, one of the most photographed women in the world, that she had tattoos. It included the claim that the swallows on her haunch were the work of the German-born British artist Lucian Freud, who had died the previous year. In a rare interview published in the December issue of Vanity Fair magazine, Ms. Moss pondered the financial value of that tattoo: “It’s an original Freud. I wonder how much a collector would pay for that? A few million? I’d skin-graft it.”
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Jerusalem pilgrims get ink by same family that has been tattooing the faithful for centuries
by Daniela Berretta & Ian Deitch
Jerusalem, Israel - Orthodox Christians visiting the Holy Land often return home with more than just spiritual memories. Many drop by a centuries-old tattoo parlour in Jerusalem's Old City, inking themselves with a permanent reminder not only of their pilgrimage but also of devotion to their faith. The same Jerusalem family has been tattooing pilgrims with crosses and other religious symbols for hundreds of years, testament to the importance of the ancient ritual. While Catholics can get a written certificate of their pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Orthodox Christians opt for a tattoo, a permanent reminder of their visit.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 09, 2013 State Assembly bill would ban pet tattoos and piercings as animal abuse
by Glenn Blain
A Manhattan pol is trying to stop tattooing and body piercing from going to the dogs. Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat, has introduced legislation to ban the piercing or permanent tattooing of companion animals. “These are living beings and they should not be subject to human whims and fashion choices,” Rosenthal told the Daily News Thursday. Rosenthal said subjecting pets to body piercing or tattooing is cruel and “just like any other abuse.”The bill has the support of the Humane Society of New York.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 09, 2013 Developing thick, and colorful, skin
by Bill Thomas
You have to have thick skin to make it in the world of body art. Piercing needles and tattoo guns aren't the only things that sting. That's the lesson Austina Obscure learned when she opened Holier Than Thou Tattoo & Body Piercing (318 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming) in 2007. Though she originally started out doing just piercings, expanding into tattoos simply made sense. Besides, she said, she'd always wanted to learn. Too bad no one wanted to teach her. “It's a male-dominated industry. That was a problem back then. It's still a thing, but it's starting to open up more to women,” Obscure explained.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 09, 2013 Modern Punk Models: The 5 Dark Angels
When we hear the word “punk,” we think Sex Pistols, Siouxsie Sioux, lots of leather, safety pins, fishnet stockings, mohawks, and anarchy! And with all the excitement in the run up to the opening of the Met Costume Institute exhibition "PUNK: Chaos to Couture," the FashionTV style panel have picked out our top 5 dark model angels of modern day culture, who -- despite many not having even been born in the punk era -- still carry the rebellious punk attitude, style, and non-conformist disposition.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 03, 2013 An Ode to Everyone With an Embarrassing 'Trendy' Tatoo
by Chris Spags
(Video) Noted song parodist Stephen Lynch — who had songs go viral before that was a thing — performed his song “Bad Tattoo” on SiriusXM’s Opie and Anthony. It’s a fitting tribute to all of the regretful tattoos out there in the world.
Somewhere, a guy with a barbed wire tattoo is…probably not watching this because they don’t have a functional wi-fi connection in his trailer park. But still.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 03, 2013 Tattoo Underground
by Jessica Mees
Regina, Saskatchewan -- In a generation where tattoos are the new norm, the thought process before getting ink has become more deliberate. Although it is still frowned upon amongst some employers, the labour world is quickly becoming more accepting. The tattoo industry is now looked at as an art, and its canvases often display the work proudly as fashion statements. In the same way that an item of clothing is either loved or hated, a tattoo often is the cause of discussion.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 02, 2013 Raising The Bar: Why Are Facial Piercings Deemed Unprofessional?
by Gabrielle Leimon
Here I am finishing my university degree and finding myself once more in the tedious ceremonial that is the job hunt. The constant string of CV printing, interviews and searching. This is a fairly unpleasant process for most, but for someone with facial piercing it's always a bit more uncomfortable. We're always told to not get piercings because they are 'unprofessional' and will apparently hold us back from jobs but I'm still unsure why this is even a problem.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 02, 2013 A Delicate Piercing Craze Sweeps the Fashion Set
by Leah Chernikoff
I’ve never wanted to get a tattoo because I’m too afraid I’d regret it later. It seems lately, that I’m one of the only people who feels that way–and that all of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn (specifically the East Village, Williamsburg) is wallpapered in skin ink. But, still, when I turned 30 this year I wanted something. So I went to J.Colby Smith at New York Adorned, the piercer to the fashion set, and pierced my helix–that’s your ear cartilage, for the uninitiated. (Into the Gloss has an awesome, comprehensive guide to piercings, if you want to know more). I knew to go to Colby because it seemed like everyone I worked with had gone to him and had delicate arrangements of gold studs, spikes, and hoops adorning all parts of their ears and noses.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 29, 2013 Tattoos becoming bigger and more colourful as people parade their individuality
by Glendy Luymes
Vancouver, B.C. -- As a child, Erin Smillie promised her mother she’d never tattoo her head or neck. The promise did not extend to the Australian’s arms and legs, which are wrapped in swirling tattoos that look like landscape paintings. Chilliwack’s Kevin Sexsmith has a portrait of his mother on his head, along with his wife and his father. Andie Aichholz plans to one day be “covered” from the neck down. The Vancouver woman added her seventh tattoo — a “black magic chick” — at the Vancouver Tattoo and Culture Show on Saturday. Her favourite is the octopus on her hip. Tattooing entered the mainstream more than two decades ago, as taboos around body modification relaxed in North America.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 28, 2013 Thunder Bay tattoo artists welcome stricter regulations
by CBC News
Thunder Bay, Ontario -- CBC news has learned the Thunder Bay District Health Unit is looking at the feasibility of licensing tattoo parlours — and some tattoo artists in the city like the idea. At Central Body Art, where three staff members each tattoo as many as four clients a day, manager Beth Bennett said she's happy to tell customers how equipment is sterilized. But people are more interested in the price. “Cheap is not always good,” she said. “Good tattoos aren't cheap. Cheap tattoos aren't good.”
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 26, 2013 Vancouver Tattoo and Culture Show 2013
by Tiffany Kaczmarczyk
The 5th annual Vancouver Tattoo and Culture Show returns to Vancouver from April 26 to 28, 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Passes are available at the door, only $20 for day passes and $45 for a weekend pass. It will be one very ‘inked’ weekend featuring Canadian and Japanese tattoo artists such as Horimasa, John the Dutchman, Ryan Halter and Katia Somerville. Check out the Vancouver Tattoo and Culture show website for a complete list and profile of featured artists. There will also be tattoo contests to honour the best portrait, cover-up, flash, lettering and much more.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 26, 2013 In Times of Tragedy, People Get Boston-Themed Tattoos
by Steve Annear
What seems like endless amounts of charities, fundraisers, and efforts to generate money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings have cropped up in the days since April 15, including $20 million in donations to the city’s “One Fund,” which will go toward those most affected. But in this time of tragedy, as people look to help and bond together, others look to solidify their support in the form of permanent tattoos—something Carmen Vanderheiden, owner of the tattoo removal business Tataway, says can be risky. “It all boils down to—and this is what I’m finding in my own experience—is that the underlying component is that emotional decisions and emotional tattoos are more often taken off,” she says.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 26, 2013 Guide to Nostril Piercings
by Karen L. Hudson
Nostril piercings penetrate the soft cartilage that surrounds the outside of the nasal passages (nose). The piercing can be placed anywhere on the nostril, even in the dimple, but each person's nasal anatomy will make different locations look better or worse, so it's important that you're absolutely sure about the placement before making it official. Your piercer should place a small dot on your nose to show where they're going to insert the needle, and it's your job to really look at it and decide if that location is good or not.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 22, 2013 Thunder Bay tattoo artist's clients may be at risk
by CBC News
Thunder Bay, Ontario -- A Thunder Bay tattoo artist has been ordered to stop offering services. The health unit said it issued the order to Dale Doucet because he was providing uninspected home-based tattooing. A public health inspector with the health unit said Doucet's clients may have been put at risk of infection. “If he was, perhaps, performing a tattoo on an individual who had a blood born pathogen ... [and] he didn't adequately clean and disinfect and sterilize that equipment and, then started tattooing someone else ... those pathogens, bacteria and viruses could be passed from person to person,” Anita LaPointe said.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 22, 2013 A Look at Eyeball Tattoos and Extreme Body Modifications
by La Carmina
At underground parties, it's not unusual to see people in novelty contact lenses, which can re-create the golden glare of a tiger or the blue-in-blue of a Dune Fremen. Some body-modders, however, wish to have their eyes permanently colored -- and are experimenting with a technique that makes this possible. "Eyeball tattoos" (technically, ink injections into the sclera or whites of the eyes) are a relatively new extreme body modification. They have garnered more controversy than Japanese Bagel Heads because the look is striking and irreversible, and the long-term effects on vision are unknown.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 22, 2013 Scleral Tattooing: What Are The Risks Associated With Tattooing Eyeballs
by Ansa Varughese
Scleral tattooing progressed from the eyeballs of pigs in butcher shops to people looking for iris-popping artwork, if that doesn't sound painful enough maybe the fact it temporarily turns your tears black wouldn't keep you from crying. The daredevil artwork was pioneered by artists after trial and error procedures and is categorized as a rising star in the extreme body modification art world.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 19, 2013 Hooked on a feeling
by Louis Fowler
Quick, picture somebody hanging from hooks. For some, that’s likely to conjure up grotesque images from a Hellraiser sequel. In actuality, however, body modification and suspension is an ancient art used to test the limits of human endurance. It’s an art that the crew of The Captain’s Sideshow proudly continues to this day. “Captain’s Sideshow is an oldschool, Coney Island sideshow that does old-school sideshow tricks like bed of nails, bed of glass and human blockheads,” said Dustin Mathis, group ringmaster. “But we’ve changed it up and put our own twist on it. We do body suspension, and we also have put in hook play, which is putting hooks in our body and doing various things with that.”
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 19, 2013 A Neo-Aztec in Mexico City
by Kurt Hollander
[...]Our next stop was the Sangre de Fuego, Blood of Fire, tattoo parlor, which promotes a popular neoprimitive Aztec aesthetic (their card depicts a guy slicing a thick slab of skin from his cheek). Aztecs were obsessed with body modification: they would jab thorns of maguey into their ears on religious holidays and pierce tongues and penises. Aztecs kids were initiated into adulthood at the age of eight with ear expansions, usually made from wood, leather, ceramics, or bone. Lip plugs were trendy for both men and women, but only nobles were allowed to wear gold or silver plugs or have rings hanging down from their noses.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 19, 2013 Brazilian Man Has Eyeballs Tattooed Black
by Sara C. Nelson
What’s the next step after you’ve had 70 per cent of your body covered in tattoos? Getting your eyeballs tattooed, obviously. So that's exactly what Rodrigo Fernando dos Santos did. “I cried ink for two days. Only now is the color of my tears lightening up. I think they are still half gray,” the 39-year-old, who is also a tattoo artist himself, told Brazil's The Local. He paid fellow inker Rafael Leao Dias nearly £350 to do the eyeball darkening.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Are Belly Button Rings Making a Comeback?
by Nora Crotty
As evidenced by the Fall 2013 runways, the Nineties are back with an absolute vengeance. Flannels, babydoll dresses, tiny backpacks, and Doc Martens have returned to our radar in full force. But one late-20th century trend in particular completely blindsided us when we spotted it cropping up under, well… crop tops in the past several days–yep, we’re talking about (drumroll please) belly button rings! You may be feeling a bit of anxiety over this one–we get it. It’s nearly 20 years since a pre-Clueless Alicia Silverstone had her navel pierced in front of the world in the video for Aerosmith’s “Crazy,” skyrocketing the style into a sort of right of passage for girls.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 15, 2013 Tattoo cover-ups rising in popularity
by Roxanne Blackwell and Erica Pollock
Calgary, Alberta -- Alternative to tattoo removal transforms old ink -- Remember that "awesome" band back in 1988? They were so awesome, you were compelled to tattoo their logo on your back? Twenty five years later, you're older, wiser, and pondering the wisdom of inking the words "Def Leppard" between your shoulder blades. Your faded tattoo is "bringin' on the heartbreak," but removal seems like a painful and lengthy process. Fortunately, there is another option: the tattoo cover-up.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 14, 2013 Comforting Skin’s twitchy tattoo still bewitches
by Glen Schaefer
Vancouver, BC -- The B.C.-filmed indie psychological thriller Comforting Skin returns to a Vancouver screen this Sunday (9:15 p.m., the Rio, Tickets $10 Adults, $8 Students, $6 Seniors)[...] Vancouver stage actor Victoria Bidewell stars as Koffie, a lonely and self destructive woman who comes to be possessed by a new tattoo. The tattoo speaks to her while migrating around her body. Hers is a brave, raw performance, with the actress essentially playing two characters.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 14, 2013 Sudbury far from being infected tattoo capital of Canada
by Arron Pickard
Sudbury, Ontario -- Greater Sudbury is not the infected tattoo capital of Canada, says Statistics Canada. On Twitter, people have been retweeting a post from @stats_canada that “Sudbury, ON is the infected tattoo capital of Canada.” However, the Twitter account, @stats_canada, states that it is a satire site, and that it’s “100.6% not affiliated with Statistics Canada.” Satire or not, the account is popular — the Twitter account has amassed more than 168,000 followers and its Facebook page has 809 likes.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 14, 2013 Chest tattoo covers woman's scars from 3 bouts of cancer
by CBC News
Ottaway, Ontario -- An Ottawa woman's elaborate tattoo across her chest, where her breasts used to be before a mastectomy, has attracted the praise of thousands online. Kelly Davidson, 34, has battled three bouts of cancer. After surviving Hodgkin's lymphoma, breast and thyroid cancers she had a double mastectomy and opted for a tattoo instead of reconstructive surgery. She said she's delighted to hear people are drawing inspiration from her tattoo, which was posted on the Facebook page, "Why We Ink."
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 12, 2013 In pictures: Goa's 'Nomads'
by BBC News
An exhibition of photographs taken by well-known Indian fashion photographer Rohit Chawla was recently held at the Religare Art Gallery in the capital, Delhi. Titled "Goa Style", the exhibition showed pictures of foreign travellers visiting the holiday destination of Goa. He says the "nomads" he met came from countries such as the US, Easter Island, Chile, Spain and Russia. The men and women - with tattoos and body piercings - came dressed in dramatic outfits made with lace, leather, fur and feathers and immediately attracted attention.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 12, 2013 New Brunswick Dental Society warns of oral piercing dangers
by CTV News
The New Brunswick Dental Society is taking aim at oral piercings, saying there must be more education and regulation around the industry to cut down on disease and other dental problems. Body piercer Becca McCabe does about a dozen tongue piercings a month. She says she always tells her client to practice good oral hygiene to prevent infection, and informs them about potential risks associated with oral piercings. “We also tell them not to play with it, which is difficult,” says McCabe. “A lot of people develop oral fixations. People like to play with their jewelry, especially when it’s in their mouth, and it gets hard not to.”
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 07, 2013 You Show Me Yours: Tattoo Nation's Corey Miller
by Catherine Green
The former L.A. Ink star tells us what he thinks of the mainstream appeal of his beloved artform -- Once reserved for society's more unseemly characters, tattoos have in the last two decades become acceptable for anyone above voting age. Peer around any weight room, college campus, or grocery store checkout line, and you’re bound to see ink ranging from meaningful memorials of loved ones to ill-advised tramp stamps. (Sometimes, they're one and the same.)
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 07, 2013 Know What You’re Doing: Tattoos and Piercings with Some Extras
by Suzy Cavalier
Every year I get the urge for a new tattoo, new piercing or hair color just to mix things up a bit. I have six tattoos, more than eight piercings and dye my hair at least once every year or two. Having learned a few things here and there I’m going to share with you some tips on what to look for and consider in body modification. Regardless of your location or job, if you are considering any form of body modification there are a few things you should really keep in mind. Hair dying isn’t as serious as tattoos or piercings, but I will say a few things about it. Try to avoid ammonia and/or peroxide in the dye itself, for it can really fry out your hair without you being able to see the damage. Also, make sure you aren’t allergic to any ingredient used in the product for obvious reasons, so you don’t break out in a rash or have any other harsh reaction from it.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 06, 2013 Health warning for tattooing in Hamilton
Hamilton, Ontario -- Hamilton residents who had tattoos done by an unlicensed artist working out of a private residence, on 932 King Street East or 307 Barton Street East, are being advised to get immediate medical attention. Public health services say the tattooing equipment was not cleaned or sterilized between clients. Those who've had tattoos done in these locations may be at risk of getting blood borne infections like Hepatitis C, or HIV.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 06, 2013 Justin Bieber Could Be Fined For Tattooing Without A License
by Malene Arpe
Neighbourhood troublemaker? Check? No-shirt-haver? Check. Monkey abandoner? Check. Illegal tattoo artist? Yes, it looks like Justin Bieber can add that to his impressive resume. According to The Daily News, Justin inked New York tattoo artist Bang Bang after he was tattooed last June. The problem is that you can’t just go around tattooing without a license. The fine is $2,000 so it’s not going to break his piggy bank. Bang Bang, who has a real name that’s Keith McCurdy, has a habit of asking celebrity clients for tattoos, and has body art by Katy Perry and Chris Brown.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 04, 2013 Tattoo artists hang on the walls
by Peter Simpson
Otttawa, Ontario -- The Atomic Rooster is a bar and bistro that’s making an effort to have real art on its walls. The latest show is titled Ink and Oil, and it features works by Ottawa tattoo artists including Glen Paradis, Joel Conroy, Julie Card and others. The vernissage is 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, and the show continues to April 28. What I’ll be looking to see is which of the artists are simply transferring their tattoo art to other surfaces (canvas, board, etc.), and which are pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone to less-familiar, non-tattoo places.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 04, 2013 Good people, bad tattoos: New television special shines spotlight on America’s worst tattoos
by Jacob E. Osterhout
Many bad tattoos spring from a combination of youth and inebriation, according to tattoo artists. In honor of the upcoming TLC show, 'America's Worst Tattoos,' New Yorkers show off their worst ink and experts dole out tips for getting a tattoo you'll love forever. Piercings can be removed, but tattoos are forever. But that doesn’t stop people from getting bad tattoos. In fact, there are so many regrettable tattoos that on Thursday, TLC will air the two-part special “America's Worst Tattoos,” a compendium of unfortunate ink stories and transformations.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 04, 2013 'Alt scene' praises move to record attacks on punks, goths and emos as hate crimes
by Jerome Taylor, Nabeelah Jaffer, Nick Renaud-Komiya
United Kingdom -- Attacks on subcultures will be treated with the same seriousness as offences against race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity -- Attacks against goths, punks, emo kids, metallers and other followers of alternative music scenes will be recorded as hate crimes by Manchester Police. The move has been hailed by campaigners as a much needed drive to tackle a form of prejudice that causes misery to thousands every year but rarely receives much attention. It is the first time a British police force has classed attacks on subcultures with the same seriousness as offences against race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, March 31, 2013 Stretching: A Brief Look
by Ali Pope
Gauging, stretching, weighing – whatever you would like to call it, the concept is the same: making a hole in the body bigger in diameter in order to insert jewelry of a wider diameter. Wandering the crowd at any rock or metal concert there is destined to be at least one person with more metal in their earlobe than skin.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, March 31, 2013 Tattoos, body modifications represent more than they let on
by Sarah Soenke
Considering the vast expansion of body modifications among mainstream Americans within the last several decades, you’d think they would earn a better rep. According to a study by author Derek John Roberts, estimates on the amount of Americans with tattoos range from 1 in 10 to 1 in 5. No longer solely attributed to societal deviance, spiritual expression or both, body modifications are being viewed as positive contributions to identity formation and fashion. Altering one’s appearance — whether by tattoos, piercings, hair dye, etc. — has become an acceptable form of expression among youth culture, ranging in reasons from simply being cool to reminders of personal value.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, March 29, 2013 Tattoo Nation: Film Review
by John DeFore
Tracing the family tree of one type of tattoo artistry back to its roots in prisons and other places of ill repute, Eric Schwartz's Tattoo Nation proves more serious about history than expected, spending ample time on light sociology before putting its most mindblowingly intricate body art onscreen. Enjoyable face time with the grandfathers of "black-and-gray" tattooing makes the doc a colorful ride even for non-fanatics, but those serious enough to attend conventions and subscribe to tattoo mags will be its most reliable audience.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, March 28, 2013 Four hooks and some rope: Not your typical piercing
by Gary Musson
Thunder Bay, Ontario -- It’s not every day when you hear someone say they want to hang from hooks pierced through their own flesh, although I suppose I’m not exactly the most conventional person in the first place. Nonetheless, I recently saw myself standing with a friend of mine at the foot of a run-down - frankly, abandoned looking - building, wondering if I was in the right place. The address seemed correct, the email said “studio two,” yet there wasn’t much to go on to determine which door was which.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 5 Body Modifications That Can Give You A Sixth Sense
by Betsy Isaacson
Body modification has taken on vastly different meanings over the years, from wearing makeup and piercing our ears to getting tattoos and going to tanning salons. As the Verge and futurist blog i09 have reported, body modification now even covers "biohackers" who seek to make changes to their bodies so they can gain additional senses. This new form of body modification may be heading mainstream -- and fast.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Surface vs. dermal piercing
I was asked recently what the difference was between a surface piercing and a dermal piercing. While each has their own appeal, there are very distinct issues that ned to be considered. Here is my answer hopefully demystifing the process for you. The textbook definition of a surface piercing is where the jewelry enters and exits on the same surface plane of the skin. A popular surface piercing is the naval piercing. In simple terms the migration of surface piercings are greater because the jewelry bar does not go 'through' the skin but rather 'under' it.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, March 25, 2013 Man's Netflix tattoo scores free year's service
by CBC News
A man who permanently inked his body with the Netflix brandname has received a year-long free subscription to the online streaming service. A man using the Twitter account TheRealMyron, later identified by media reports as Myron Robinson of Kokomo, Ind., sent out a message with a photo of his recent tattoo — the Netflix logo on his upper torso. The message was directed at Netflix, with Robinson telling the company he "loves them" and that it should feature him in a commercial.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, March 25, 2013 Unlicensed tattoo artist prompts health warning
by CBC News
Hamilton, Ontario -- Hamilton Public Health Services is advising people who received a tattoo from an unlicensed artist to seek medical attention. Public health says the tattoos were given at a private residence at 932 King St. East or 307 Barton St. East and there is evidence that the tattooing equipment used by this artist was not cleaned and sterilized between clients. This could put people at risk for blood-borne infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV. Public health recommends anyone who may be affected speak to their physician about the need for testing.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, March 01, 2013 ‘Ink Master’ and the Tattoo Culture: Does mainstreaming tattoos ruin art form?
by Amanda Eldreth
When I first heard about “Ink Master” before its premiere season two years ago, I could not wait to watch it. I had just gotten my first tattoo a few months before the season began and I was curious to see if I would learn anything new from watching the show. Then I began noticing a trend in social media and other sites from the subculture of the tattooed: they were not pleased. Many artists boasted they would not support a show that glorified the artists over the art in a way that was disrespectful and negative to the culture.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 28, 2013 Inking script into skin the latest tattoo trend
by Marta Gold
Edmonton, Alberta -- Megan McGregor is a hard-working Grade 12 student in Sherwood Park, dreaming about a career in medicine and the tattoo she plans to get as soon as she turns 18. She and her friend, Hannah Kirchenbauer, an aspiring writer who hopes to one day get her PhD in English, will likely go with a couple of friends this fall to get tattoos together, once they’ve all turned 18, the age at which they can get inked without their parents’ consent. Not that their parents don’t approve. Kirchenbauer’s folks are buying her a tattoo as a gift for high school graduation and her 18th birthday. McGregor’s mother has nothing against tattoos — she has one of her own that reads “famille” (French for family), on her wrist.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 28, 2013 Nine tips before getting your body pierced
by Cari Nierenberg
Women once got their ears pierced simply to wear a wider variety of jewelry. But these days, more and more women and men are getting other parts of their bodies pierced -- from eyebrows and noses to navels, tongues, and genitals -- as a popular form of personal, cultural, or artistic expression.
By one U.S. estimate, 49% of women and 19% of men aged 18 to 50 had piercings in their earlobes in 2004. And 21% of women and 8% of men had piercings in other places.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 P.Ink Launches Pinterest Tattoo Ideas and Inspiration Post-Mastectomy for Breast Cancer Survivors
by Jodie Michalak
To showcase the healing potential of reconstructive ink, today P.INK debuts a video documenting one survivor's experience. The video chronicles Los Angeles breast cancer survivor Molly Ortwein getting a seven hour scar coverage tattoo. Through a beta version of P.INK, Ortwein connected with Miami-based tattoo artist Colby Butler, who inked her two-year-old mastectomy scars this past January. "I was the last person you'd expect to get a tattoo," said Ortwein. "But I rethought my options after my doctor told me that I wouldn't get my nipples back. My coverage tattoos gave me the confidence to close that chapter and move forward."
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 24, 2013 Celebrity tattoo artist Megan Massacre explains why people get tattoos
by Chris Clark
Megan Massacre knows why some people see their skin as a canvas. She is the featured tattoo artist at this weekend's Skin Deep Body Art Expo at The DeltaPlex. "Some people look at their body and think, 'I should have been born with a tattoo right here,'" she said. Massacre also works as a tattoo artist on the TLC reality TV show "NY Ink," and works as an alternative model in New York. "People get tattooed for any reason from it's cool to they're drunk and it's a bad idea. It really is endless," she said.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 24, 2013 The Point of Piercing
by Stacey Chien
Hoops, posts and metal studs are hardly startling finds on the bodies of college kids. Body piercings have become increasingly common among 16 to 25-year-olds during the last decade. In 2009, CBS News reported that over half of college students have piercings beyond lobe earrings for women. With the growing trend of body art, the appeal of piercings, though varied from individual to individual, can’t be denied. For some, like Muir College junior Liz Edelman, piercings are a form of self-expression. Edelman has a total of eight piercings on her ears, nose, lip and navel...
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 22, 2013 Breast cancer survivor’s chest tattoo photo goes viral after Facebook tries to remove it
by Nadine Kalinauskas
When Ontario-based tattoo design collective Custom Tattoo Design posted a photo on their Facebook wall of a tattoo that covered the bare chest of a breast-cancer survivor, Facebook removed it. It was reposted. And then it was removed again. Facebook officials claimed the image violated the nudity rules in its terms of service. Apparently post-mastectomy tattoos falls short of the Facebook nod. "We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding," the social media company states. To protest the repeated removals, the tattoo group asked that people share the photo — and share they did. "We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding," the social media company states.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 22, 2013 Bruce Campbell will pay for your Evil Dead tattoo
by Lilian Asante
How dedicated are you to The Evil Dead? Last night, the cult classic film’s star put out a challenge on his Twitter feed claiming he will reimburse the first lucky (or unlucky) person willing to get inked in celebration of his production of the film’s 2013 remake. Sounds easy enough, but there are a few ground rules: the tat must be inspired by the new Fede Alvarez remake coming out this April, and it must beat out this maniacal masterpiece...
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 22, 2013 Toronto’s tattoo parlours, hair salons to face tougher licensing rules
by Laura Kane
Toronto, Ontario -- City council is expected next week to require tattoo parlours, piercing shops, hair and nail salons to hold licences and display health cards in windows. If the city has its way, you could soon be seeing red, yellow and green pass/fail signs in the windows of close to 3,000 more businesses, from barber shops and nail salons to acupuncturists and tattoo parlours. Sweeping new licensing rules to be debated by council next week will require all facilities that risk exposure to blood to hold licences, at a cost of $319 plus $210 annually, and post inspection results in the window.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 22, 2013 Inksanity Open
by Robert Barron
Nanaimo, B.C. -- Anyone looking for a new tattoo or body piercing in Nanaimo can check out the Inksanity tattoo shop at A-1483 Bowen Road which officially opened on Jan. 1. The business is located in the same spot as Inside Out Tattoo, which closed about a year ago. Currently the tattoo and body piercing shop has one main artist, who goes by the name Sugar and brings years of experience in the field to his first business, as well as assistant Tanya Simpson. Simpson said that after the first few weeks in operation, the shop is drawing a steady stream of new customers.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 21, 2013 Artists use skin as a canvas
by Caroline Zentner
Lethbridge, Alberta -- canvases and a unique art show in Lethbridge features those who work on skin. Epic Dermis is an art show and sale celebrating tattoo art forms in a variety of media. The show is the brainchild of Todd Lacharite, a concert and arts promoter in Lethbridge. With more than 10 tattoo shops in the city Lacharite figured their work should be highlighted. "I purchased a whole of bunch of practice skins. They're for tattoo artists that are apprenticing just to practise. It's like tattooing on real skin except you're not tattooing on someone," Lacharite said.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 21, 2013 Smart questions to ask to ensure a safe, positive tattooing experience
by Jakki Thompson
As tattooing grows in popularity in American culture, many people know what they want in a tattoo but still have questions about how to ensure a safe and positive experience. Though tattoo culture might appear confusing to the uninitiated, a few insider tips can shed some light on the process. An important part of getting a tattoo is deciding where to get it done. Picking a shop could be the best or worst decision you make when getting a tattoo. It can be an incredibly simple process for those with previous experience, but making the right choice can prove difficult for first-time clients.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 21, 2013 Got Piercings? Plan on Taking Your Jewelry Out Before Surgery
by Jennifer Heisler, RN
It may sound like an annoying rule that some hospital dreamed up just to make your life more difficult, but taking your piercings out before surgery is just plain smart. Piercings in general are not dangerous, and pose minimal risk for infection, but you still need to take them out before a procedure. Plan on putting spacers in prior to your procedure so you don't piercings don't close. Same with regular jewelry, take it off before surgery. If you are having imagine studies (xray, MRI, CT scans) of a part that is pierced, same thing goes... take out the piercing.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 21, 2013 More than just poking holes
by Eric Ginsburg
You would think that if needles made you squeamish, being a piercer wouldn’t exactly be a natural career choice. Not so for Mackie Hunter. When Hunter started her piercing apprenticeship with Seven Sagas in Greensboro a few years ago, she wasn’t sure she could actually stomach pushing a needle through skin. She already had several piercings of her own, now totaling six, and has been drawn to the bodyart industry for as long as she’s known tattoos and piercings existed. Fortunately it didn’t take too long to get over her fears, and now Hunter takes a clinical approach to her profession.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Suspension: Taking Piercings to the Extreme
by Brittany Patterson
It seems as though everything can be taken to the extreme: extreme sports, extreme eating, even extreme couponing. Those who participate often say it is "for the rush." But what about taking piercing to the extreme? Piercing is a common enough practice, but some people are looking for more. “People are into piercings, body modifications, different things," said suspension artist Bradde Hamman. "People like to push themselves to the limit. And this is one way people push themselves.” It's called "suspension." Participants hang the human body from various hooks pierced directly through the flesh.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 I've got you... blunder my skin!
by Becky Evans
Hilarious photos of misspelled tattoos reveal why you should take a dictionary when you get body art -- Misspelling a word in an email is one thing but permanently tattooing it onto your body is quite another. Unfortunately, as these hilarious pictures prove, many tattooists did not bother doing a spell check before inking their hapless clients. One man's 'awsome' tattoo was sadly less awesome than he intended when a crucial letter was missed out. A drama fan attempted to pay tribute to their favourite art form but had a bit of shock when their tragedy mask was spelt 'tradgey'.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Adele’s New Tattoo: A Tribute to Son?
by Suzy Byrne
For someone who doesn’t want to publicly reveal her baby boy’s name, Adele sure is dropping a lot of hints! While picking up the Grammy for Best Solo Pop Performance on Sunday, the “Set Fire to the Rain” singer – who gave birth to a son in October – flashed a new tattoo: a script “A” behind her right ear, which was only noticeable because her strawberry blond locks were styled in an updo. While the British songstress said in January that she’s “not ready” to share the name of the child she welcomed with her entrepreneur beau Simon Konecki because it’s “too personal and intimate,” the latest clue gives more credence to reports that her wee one is named Angelo.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 10, 2013 Casting directors shouldn't punish actors with tattoos, piercings
by Alexandra Le Tellier
Were you bothered by Daniel Day Lewis’ pierced ears in “Lincoln” because it threw off the film’s historical accuracy? Never mind all of the praise Lewis has received for transforming into the 16th president in mind and body. The minuscule holes in the actor’s earring-less ears were enough to distract some history buffs, writes The Times’ Rebecca Keegan. Seriously. That reaction probably didn’t come as much of a surprise to Hollywood casting directors who’ve been tasked more than ever with finding actors whose natural looks fit in seamlessly in period pieces.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 10, 2013 Are Penis Piercings Safe?
by Laura Anne Stuart, MPH
All piercings contain some degree of risk—infection, irritation, or the body rejecting the piercing (which means that the jewelry in the piercing gradually migrates closer to the skin’s surface and may eventually fall out). This is true no matter what part of the body is pierced. You can minimize these risks by choosing a qualified, experienced piercing professional who maintains a safe and sterile work environment and by practicing good piercing aftercare.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 10, 2013 ’56 Star’ Artist Tattoos Name Across Teen Girlfriend’s Face
by Samantha Escobar
Anybody remember the Belgian teen who claimed she fell asleep in a tattoo artist’s chair, then woke up with 56 stars on her face, only to later let everybody know that, no, she had totally requested the design and was just scared of her angry father? Unfortunately, the artist who tattooed her, Rouslan Toumaniantz, still had his career ruined by the fandango and actually fled to Russia in order to start over. After he was there, he began to date an 18-year-old named Lesya online. The pair eventually met in person and, 24 hours into knowing each other IRL, Lesya asked Toumaniantz to tattoo his name on her face.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 08, 2013 The Power of Piercings
by Sam Prance
The piercing is something of a university phenomenon: a uni-life crisis, if you like. Before university, few piercings exist beyond the traditional earlobe. Some people do break the trend with the odd addition but, for the most part, ‘different’ piercings are rare — avoided, even. There are some obvious reasons for this. Schools often ban piercings, and for others the mere suggestion of a piercing would send their parents into some kind of coronary trauma. In contrast, university is a place of freedom — a place where many of us, for the first time, gain the independence to take control of our lives; in many ways, the piercing is a physical representation of this. It symbolises choice.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 08, 2013 Tattoos’ Impressions in Print and in Film
by Eve M. Kahn
“Certainly the history seems to be more legitimately documented now,” said Margot Mifflin, who recently updated her 1997 study, “Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo” (powerHouse Books). Reality television programs like “Ink Master” and “Permanent Mark,” she added, “seem to have raised people’s consciousness about the quality of tattooing you can get, and also the meaning.” For the new edition Ms. Mifflin added discoveries about Jessie Knight, who ran tattoo shops in British seaports from the 1920s to the ’80s. Knight attached her needles to doorbell mechanisms, and offered designs including Disney characters and Queen Elizabeth.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 03, 2013 Tattoo and earring photos released in effort to identify woman's body
by Times Colonist
Victoria, B.C. -- Coroners are asking the public to help identify a woman whose body was pulled from the Burrard Inlet Thursday. According to the B.C. Coroners Service, the woman appears to be Caucasian and between 25 and 40 years. She has an olive complexion, dark brown hair, with brown eyes. She is about five-foot-one, and weighs about 112 pounds. She has Asian characters tattooed on her right inner calf and left forearm, and a tattoo of lilies and a bumblebee on her right shoulder. She was wearing size small black leggings and a size small pink sweater. An earring with a purple gemstone was found in her right ear.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 02, 2013 Earlobe gauges: Stretching the bounds of fashion
by Beth Brelje
Piercing and stretching ears, sometimes to an extreme, is moving from edgy body modification to mainstream as the practice becomes more common. Gauges — the jewelry put inside a stretched lobe — are now being sold in many specialty stores. They come in a variety of colors, patterns and sizes. Gauges even come in a flesh tone, in case you want it to blend in and cover the holes. C.J. Lastella and Krista Slack of Controlled Abrasions tattoo and piercing parlor on Route 6/209 both have gauges in their ears. This week they answered a few questions about the practice of wearing gauges.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 02, 2013 The Future of Extreme Body Mods: A Chat With Steve Haworth
by La Carmina
"Let me show you something," says Steve Haworth. Grinning like a kid, he places a small magnetic ball on the tip of his right ring finger. He lets go and rotates his wrist. The ball sticks. The force is with Steve, thanks to a neodymium magnet in his fingertip that attracts objects and detects fields -- a feeling he describes as a sixth sense. When he turns on an electric can opener, the metal dances. Steve Haworth is one of the world's best-known body modification artists. Flesh is his medium, and his works expand the creative possibilities of human appearance and ability.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 31, 2013 The Modified Dolls erasing negative stereotypes of tattoos and piercings
by Dustin Schoof
Don't judge a Doll by her cover. That is the attitude shared by members of The Modified Dolls, a worldwide nonprofit organization of women who have "modified" their bodies with tattoos and/or piercings. The Dolls' goal is to erase negative stereotypes about piercings and tattoos through monthly fundraising events in its chapters' communities. The group has chapters in more than 25 states and overseas chapters in Australia and England.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Tattooing Religious Figures
by Adriana de Barros
It is always risky drawing over sacred images, because it may be viewed as a lack of respect to a religious group. But Ramon Maiden is ballsy enough to ink over Jesus Christ and Saint Teresa of Avila. His work is influenced from Classical European and Mexican art, and Polynesian and American old-school tattoos.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Intrepid Women Celebrated in Tattoo Exhibit
by Jordan Green
The latest exhibit at Tattoo Archive in Winston-Salem celebrates female tattoo attractions — provocative and daring women who performed in circus sideshows as human canvasses beginning in the late 19th century. The visual objects of gawkers, their predecessors were tattooed tribesmen from the South Pacific brought back to Western Europe by explorers for presentation to royals and other members of high society and treated as exotic specimens for pseudo-scientific examination. The female tattoo attractions share a lineage with early burlesque performers, and their poses betray a hint of flirtation that points towards the Hollywood pinup girls of the 1940s and 1950s.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 28, 2013 Why I Wear What I Wear:'I feel very lost when I feel normal'
by Jessica Gray
Great Falls, Montana -- It’s hard not to notice Amanda Rothweiler. With her bright green mohawk, multiple piercings and large tattoo on her skull, she stands out in a crowd. But unless people are rude, she doesn’t pay attention to their awkward stares. “Honestly, I wear what I wear because I like it, that’s simply why,” Rothweiler said. “I would rather be stared at for looking like a weird person than look like everyone else. I guess in some ways you could say I do it for attention but not entirely. I do it because I generally like the way it looks.” Rothweiler is wearing leopard-print leggings and a black Deviantart hoodie. Her boyfriend found her Army-issue leather boots outside a Dumpster and she personalized them by adding colorful laces.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 28, 2013 Seriously crazy tattoos
by The Windsor Star
Mary Jose Cristerna known as The Vampire Woman poses for a photo at the 3rd annual Venezuela Tattoo International Expo in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. As many as 300 tattoo artists from a variety of countries are expected to attend the 4-day event, sharing their skills including under the skin implants and body piercings.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, January 26, 2013 Shamanic Skin: The Art of Magical Tattoos
by Lars Krutak
It has been estimated that 500 years ago perhaps 1,000 indigenous cultures practiced tattooing. Today, most of these groups have completely vanished from the face of the earth, and only a few continue to persist in the remote hinterlands of Asia, South America, Africa, Melanesia, and Polynesia. Only fragments of this once rich heritage of body art remain in our modern world, but they allow us to gain a glimpse of a culture that connected tattoo, ritual, religion, myth, and nature from which indigenous tattoo culture ultimately sprang.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 25, 2013 Tattoo historian follows ink trail of art
by Vancouver Courier
Vancouver, B.C. -- Local tattoo artist Nick Wasko comes by his love of ink naturally. "My grandfather was a carnie and he had a lot of tattoos," said Wasko. "I've seen pictures of him and some of his tattoos look a little homemade, but some of the other ones look professional." Wasko is concerned that the history of North American traditional tattooing isn't being recorded and archived. According to Wasko, "traditional" tattooing in North America includes subjects popular in the 1920s through 1940s, including eagles, flags and pinup girls. In an attempt to preserve as much history as he can about traditional tattooing in Vancouver, Wasko is looking for anyone who was tattooed, or had family members involved in tattooing, before the 1970s.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 25, 2013 How to Become a Licensed Tattoo Artist in Canada
You've spent your life making artistic doodles and drawings, and maybe you dream of displaying those creations on a human canvas. Yes, we're talking about tattoos. No longer relegated to the seedy underworld, the tattoo artist (or permanent cosmetics professional) is now a career path held in high esteem, especially in Canadian society, where the government is debating public funding of tattoo parlors inside of prisons to prevent the spread of disease from using unclean needles. Here's a quick guide to some of the steps you might need to take if you're considering a future in "doing ink."
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Beautiful scars: an extreme form of body modification
by Jessica Skelton
Nanaimo, B.C. -- Every scar has a story. It might recall past struggles and pain, courage and bravery, or mistakes and sheer stupidity. It could be the result of an accident, a life-saving procedure or the birth of a child. It can even be the physical expression of a hurting spirit. Scars often draw powerful and visceral reactions from their observers, whether sympathy, concern or machismo respect and admiration. That’s because most people view them as violations of an unwilling body. Others, however, choose to have patterns, symbols and words carved into their skin in order to be meaningfully and permanently marked. This is scarification, a form of body modification that originated in equatorial cultures but is now attracting adherents in Western culture.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Natural & Organic Body Jewelry - History, Types & Care
by Tim Turner
For those that want to learn about the history of natural and organic body jewelry, I'll take you back 4,000 years ago during the days of the Egyptian Pharaohs. Body jewelry during these times were only for the royal family. In these days, only the royal family and the wealthy were allowed body piercings. But only the Pharaoh was allowed a belly button piercing. Anyone who had a belly button piercing, besides the Pharaoh, was executed. But the Egyptians loved their body jewelry and it put people in a different social class. It even was thought to bring luck or even special powers to those who wore it.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 21, 2013 Ottawa mulls infection safeguards for spas, tattoo parlours
by CBC News
Ottawa's board of health is meeting Monday and it is expected to approve a motion ordering Ottawa Public Health to explore ways to better improve infection prevention and control practices at personal service settings, a broad category of businesses that includes everything from tattoo parlours to spas. (See sidebar.) Marotta said she agrees with the idea of increased inspections and tighter control on infection prevention.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 21, 2013 Tattoo tolerance: older generation must embrace body art
by Rebecca Rashid
Most grandparents in this country would probably shake their heads with disdain at the idea of their teenage grandson tattooing his entire left arm or piercing his lip. My parents in particular describe tattoos as unprofessional and tasteless, even as likely to destroy one’s chances of ever being taken seriously. Although I’ve always been the type to obey everything my parents say, I think this judgment is ignorant. As our generation comes of age and begins to preach new moral standings, the stigmas associated with tattoos begin to fade, and rightfully so. In a time when the new generation is breaking social barriers and combating conservative ideologies, discrimination against body art is simply unreasonable and outdated.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, January 19, 2013 Guide to Cheek Piercings (Dimples)
by Karen L. Hudson
Cheek piercings are exactly what they sound like. They are located on the (facial) cheeks, either in pre-existing dimples or in the same approximate area in order to simulate the look of a dimple. Typically, this is a symmetrical piercing, meaning that both cheeks would be pierced at the same time so they match. This is a popular piercing because there's something about dimples that symbolizes childhood. When a person smiles and has natural dimples, there's an element of innocence that remains even when the person is older.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, January 19, 2013 Tattoos, piercings OK for Ottawa Hospital staff, arbitrator rules
by Tom Blackwell
Ottawa, Ontario -- The Ottawa Hospital’s pioneering attempt to impose a dress code on its staff has been struck down by a labour arbitrator, who ruled there was no justification for ordering workers to cover up their tattoos and remove their piercings. Defending a policy considered unique in Canadian health care, the hospital had argued the body art could be disturbing to patients who need all the help they can get to recover.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 17, 2013 Are facial tattoos still taboo?
by Bim Adewunmi
A tattooed face hasn't held back the Czech presidential hopeful Vladimir Franz. Are facial tattoos finally acceptable – and what drives people to ink their faces? Vladimir Franz has a face you remember. As well as being an opera composer, a painter and a professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he is currently in third place in the presidential race in his native Czech Republic. He is also covered from head to toe in tattoos.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 17, 2013 Inked: Tattoos can prove harmless, harmful or helpful
by Athena Ponushis
Beautiful Women and Dead guys are always popular. Barbed wire and butterflies may have passed. Pirates are back, with their ships and their swords and their wenches, scantily clad. Skulls still come adorned with roses; eagles with the backdrop of the American flag. Marvel superheroes and NFL mascots seem unrelenting. Angel wings spread across backs. Devil horns peak over hips. Christ appears, crucified or ascended. Koi fish flit by. Octopi are big. Unicorns exist. Praying hands and winged hearts, impulsive acts and long-thought-out commemorations, so go the tattoo trends passing through the parlor door.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 African Women Tattoo Their Gums Black for a More Beautiful Smile
by Julee Wilson
Senegal, Africa -- There's a new page in the ever-growing book of bizarre beauty procedures. Joining the list of treatments like extreme butt implants and Japan's "bagel heads" comes gum tattooing. More specifically, tattooing your gums black to achieve a more beautiful smile. While it may sound extreme to most, women in the country of Senegal have been doing it for years. The West African country inherited the custom from their ancestors and believe it will help women attract men. We're now learning about this unique beautification method thanks to a video that has surfaced following a young woman named Marième as she undergoes the procedure.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Up to his ears fixing damage from piercing
by Ewa Kretowicz
Canberra, Australia -- Maturing Canberrans who stretched their ears in their youth with extreme piercings are turning to plastic surgeons in increasing numbers to have the damage reversed. Plastic surgeon Tony Tonks performs the half-hour surgery under local anaesthetic at least once a month in Canberra. "Perforated ears or cleft of the ear, depending on how they do it, the cost in my operating theatre here is $350 and there is a small Medicare rebate on that,'' Dr Tonks said "The excess [skin] is excised and the bits that are left are reshaped to form an ear lobe.'' Dr Tonks said skin had an amazing capacity to snap back into shape and surgery was only necessary when the hole was larger than 10 millimetres.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 10, 2013 Hello, Sailor Jerry — tattoos, rum and a cross-country Airstream
by Leanne Delap
Toronto, Ontario -- Arron Thomas won’t go so far as to say his looks got him the job. There is the moustache, which he calls: “An out of control Fu Manchu, with a modified Lemmy,” meaning the lip coverage doesn’t quite connect to his sideburns. And then there are the tattoos: his left arm is a tribute to The Big Lebowski; on his right is a fake Rolex set to two minutes to midnight, an Iron Maiden call out. Tattoo-edness is pretty much a prerequisite for the ambassador to the Sailor Jerry rum brand.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 10, 2013 How to Gauge Your Ears Without Getting a Blowout
So some of you "gauge" (stretch) your ears, or other piercings, correct? But many people don't know how to do this correctly and use guages, screw end fittings or other items that can damage the health of their skin. This article will teach you how to stretch your earlobe with tapers. This is considered appropriate for 00ga and smaller. Beyond that, the taping method is recommended.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 07, 2013 Tattoo Inks Pose Health Risks
Tempted to get a tattoo? Today, people from all walks of life have tattoos, which might lead you to believe that tattoos are completely safe. But there are health risks that can result in the need for medical care. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is particularly concerned about a family of bacteria called nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) that has been found in a recent outbreak of illnesses linked to contaminated tattoo inks.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 07, 2013 Justin Bieber gets another tattoo
by Toronto Sun
Justin Bieber took to Instagram to show off his newest tattoo. The already inked 18-year-old singer added three roses to the already existing praying hand from March on his lower left calf. This isn’t his first set of tattoos, or his first Internet reveal. He posted a shirtless photo that showed off a new crown tattoo on his upper chest in September.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 06, 2013 Getting a (Slightly Geeky) Tattoo at 30
by Ariane Coffin
A few of weeks ago, I turned 30. While some people get totally bummed out at the idea of becoming so old, I am actually more excited than anything else. Thirty feels not like an important number, but an important milestone. As such, I am using it as an excuse to evaluate where I am, pat myself on the back for the things I am proud of, and adjust my attitude towards the thing that I am not.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 06, 2013 Dave Navarro gets real about tattoos and how music saved his life
by Eneida I. DelValle
Hot off the second season of “Ink Master,” host and Jane’s Addiction lead guitarist Dave Navarro has signed on to do a third season. The tattoo competition show, which airs on Spike TV, has become a surprise hit by showcasing tattooing, not just as a form of self-expression but as another form of art all together. “I’m excited about season three. I think it’s nice to be able to highlight an art form that used to be frowned upon, yet it’s something that takes tremendous skill, a lot of talent and a lot of care,” says Navarro. ”A lot of people have come up to me and said they didn’t realize how much went into the craft,” adds Navarro.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, January 05, 2013 Shooting at B.C. tattoo parlour injures woman
by Martin van den Hemel
A woman was shot Friday night at a tattoo parlor on Capstan Way near No. 3 Road. According to Richmond Mounties, they responded to a call of shots fired at Floating Shop Tattoo Parlor, 8388 Capstan Way, around 8 p.m. When investigators arrived, they found a woman had been shot, and she was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect or suspects fled the scene prior to police's arrival.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, January 05, 2013 Nipple Piercing: Is It Compatible with Breastfeeding?
by Jahaan Martin
Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaton, Roman Centurions and some Victorian society women have a striking connection with many mothers of today. The tie that binds them is body piercing: each has pierced a navel or a nipple. Body piercing has enjoyed a resurgence over the past 20 years. People young and old are piercing their eyebrows, noses, navels, lips, tongues, genitals, hands and nipples. Leaders working with breastfeeding women are seeing more mothers with pierced nipples. Phone log entries reflect this trend as calls from women curious about the effect of nipple piercing on breastfeeding continue to increase.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 04, 2013 Modified skulls from 1,000 years ago found in Mexico
by Rob Waugh
An archaeological dig in Mexico has uncovered strange elongated skulls from more than a millenia ago. The skulls have been seized on by UFO enthusiasts as evidence of 'aliens' - with one poster on David Icke's site asking, 'Does this look human to you?' The burial site contained 25 individuals, 13 with elongated skulls - reminiscent of the monster from Ridley Scott's Alien. Five of the skulls also showed signs of dental mutilation. The remains were found 1,000 feet from the village of Onavas, south of Sonora in Mexico. The 'cranial deformation' in the skulls is actually intentional - carried out by binding the heads of babies to produce the bizarre effect.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 04, 2013 Henna - Nature's Own Body-Art Ingredient
by Amitabh Sharma
Deepika Lal holds a cone made of plastic bag, filled with henna paste. Grasping it with artistic perfection, she uses subtle, meticulous strokes to draw out lines on the palm, converging to create an intricate design. The process, to the bystander, looks more like putting icing on a cake, but Lal is practising the ancient Indian and Middle Eastern art of applying 'Mehndi' (the name for Henna), which, over the years, has become a fashion statement as well as a mystic Eastern charm. Even after centuries, the rudiments and fundamentals of this art of adornment are based on the skill-set, imagination and creativity of the person applying henna.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 03, 2013 Surface vs. dermal piercing
I was asked recently what the difference was between a surface piercing and a dermal piercing. While each has their own appeal, there are very distinct issues that ned to be considered. Here is my answer hopefully demystifing the process for you. The textbook definition of a surface piercing is where the jewelry enters and exits on the same surface plane of the skin. A popular surface piercing is the naval piercing. In simple terms the migration of surface piercings are greater because the jewelry bar does not go 'through' the skin but rather 'under' it.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 03, 2013 Animal-lover tattoos pictures of five dead cats on her back
by Metro News
Animal-lover Fran Bailey knows a pet is for life – so has had the faces of her five dead cats inked on her back. She had the puss picture tattoos to ‘always remember’ pets Tinky, Woody, Mr Brush, Mr Spock and Bella. And each design reminded her of her pets’ personalities, she said. ‘I love my cats and I love my tattoo,’ said the 23-year-old. ‘A lot of people who have lost pets can relate to it.’ But the tattoo artist has her limits and won’t be adding more faces to the memorial marking.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Tattoos After Trauma - Do They Have Healing Potential?
by Suzanne Phillips
Whether you have many tattoos or would never consider getting one, you may be surprised to learn that 40% of Americans between the ages 26-40 and 36% between ages 18-25 have at least one tattoo. Once associated with marginalized, oppressed, victimized or transient groups in the population, tattoos are increasingly part of mainstream culture. Americans spend $1.65 billion dollars annually on tattoos.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Think Ink! Meet Alexis Kovacs
by Nicole Pearo Taylor
On January 10, Alexis Kovacs will be making the pilgrimage from Bethlehem, PA to Washington, DC for the DC Tattoo Expo. Alexis’ bright and bold tattoos may have won her a spot on Oxygen’s Best Ink, but she made it to the finale by playing it cool, pushing herself, and making lots of friends along the way. On Tap sat down with Alexis to hear about some of her own ink.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 30, 2012 Temporary Tattoo Gauges Body's Metabolic Stress
by Huffington Post
A temporary tattoo-like sensor that looks like a smiley face could help to monitor metabolic stress in the body, according to new research. The sensor is applied just like a regular temporary tattoo -- where it's transferred onto the skin with a warm water-soaked paper towel -- and works to monitor metabolic stress in the body as a result of physical exertion, according to the research published in the journal Analyst.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 30, 2012 How to Safely Stretch a Piercing: Stretching or Gauging Up
by Karen L. Hudson
If you’re interested in stretching a piercing, there are safe ways to do it and then there are unsafe ways. Knowing what your options are and what the differences are between them will help you figure out which way is the best for your piercing. What Is It? Stretching, also known as gauging, is the process of increasing the size of a piercing hole (fistula). It is typically a gradual process that can take many months or even years to reach the desired gauge size.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 30, 2012 We Have What in Our Belly Buttons?!
by Meagan Morris
And now for your daily dose of gross: Researchers recently discovered that your belly button contains more than 2,000 different species of bacteria. During the study, researchers asked participants to swab the inside of their belly buttons. Once analyzed, scientist discovered some new types of bacteria, along with others not previously found in humans. [...]There is one thing doctors are worried about when it comes to belly buttons: Piercings.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, December 29, 2012 Ke$ha's symbolic body art
by Bang Showbiz
Ke$ha's tattoos symbolise her life. The Die Young singer has numerous inkings all over her body and she says each etching represents something important or meaningful to her. She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: “I mean they're all silly little stupid tattoos, but I consider them to be like scars, you know? They symbolise my life. It was amazing. “I'll have more. I have a tattoo gun. I give tattoos as well.”
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, December 29, 2012 'Ink Master' finale 'Ink Master Live' on Spike
by Diane Zoller-Ciatto
On tonight's season finale, the final four tattoo artists were brought down to three when Tatu Baby was eliminated in the semi-final. The presentation was a live elimination hosted by Dave Navarro, with finalists, Sarah Miller, Steve Tefft and Sebastian Murphy. Each one had a master canvas with 24-hours to complete a tattoo on their canvas. This had to be the tattoo of their lives and a tribute to their dedication to details. They would do the tattoo of their choice in three 6-hour sessions in their hometowns.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 27, 2012 Nova Scotia unlikely to put age limits on tattoos
by The Chronicle Herald
Nova Scotia passed legislation earlier this month governing the tattoo and piercing industry, but no age restrictions are enshrined in the new law. The regulations — the specific rules connected to the spirit of the Safe Body Art Act — have yet to be developed. But the Health Department’s ministerial assistant, Gary Ramey, said it’s unlikely those rules will ban tattoo parlours from inking anyone under 18. The reason being, Ramey said, is that doing so would also prevent children from “going with their parents” to get their ears pierced. It’s unclear why piercings and tattoos could not be treated separately under the regulations.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 27, 2012 Mom wants parental consent for tattoos
by Frances Willick
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia -- A Dartmouth woman is calling for stiffer regulations governing the tattoo industry after her 14-year-old daughter came home inked this month. Bonnie Speight said her daughter told her on Dec. 14 that she was staying after school to get extra help with math. It wasn’t until the next Tuesday that she confessed she had gotten a tattoo that day. “I was sick to my stomach,” Speight said. “I needed a couple of days to just comprehend that.”
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 17, 2012 Whistler Film Festival Roundup: American Mary
by Btandon Barrett
I've heard it said before that surgeons are simply reformed psychopaths that have found a way to channel their sadism into productive careers. If that's the case, Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle), the chilly star of Jen and Sylvia Soska's gory new horror flick, American Mary, took that theory to new extremes in this intriguing look at the world of hardcore body modification and underground surgery, which played at this year's Whistler Film Festival and opens in theatres everywhere this January.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 17, 2012 6 Celebs who Have Multiple Ear Piercings
by Opposing Views
Ear piercings don’t only go as far as punching one hole in each ear on the earlobe. There is a whole world of other places to pierce, and some of them can even connect and be worn together with a long bar or chain. These 6 stars all have more ear piercings than just the standard, adding more holes along the ear or even the tragus on the other side. Experimenting with an array of jewels to show off their new piercing proudly, here is a look at some stars who’ve gone to town on their ears, adding hole after hole and then accessorizing with their favourite earrings on display and getting creative with the look!
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 16, 2012 Tattoo artist Kat Von D engaged to boyfriend Deadmau5
by Daily Mail
They split up last month after a whirlwind romance, with Kat Von D proclaiming it was a 'no-brainer' to end her relationship with DJ Deadmau5. But the pair have now not only reconciled - they're engaged. The celebrity tattoo artist very proudly accepted her boyfriend's proposal on Saturday night, after he asked her to marry him on Twitter. 'I can't wait for Christmas so.... Katherine Von Drachenberg, will you marry me?' the 31-year-old DJ wrote. Deadmau5, real name Joel Thomas Zimmerman, also posted a picture of the ring, a diamond flanked by two skulls which is being customised for his bride-to-be.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 16, 2012 The girl with the monkey tattoo: Woman to ink Ikea monkey on her stomach
by Lindsay Jolivet
That was fast: A woman says she's getting a tattoo of Darwin the monkey, after he became an international celebrity at a Toronto Ikea this week, and she already has the stencil drawn on her stomach. A Reddit user posted an image on the site that shows a tracing of the little macaque, now known as Darwin, wearing his cozy shearling coat. The post has 325 comments and counting, including one from a user who says it's a photo of her.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Want to Get Pierced in an Odd Place? Here's What to Expect
by Kristen Chase
I'm not exactly sure what possessed me last week, but I decided that I wanted to get my tragus pierced (the part of your ear closest to your cheek). I have a bunch of tattoos and I've had my ear lobes and belly button pierced, so I thought I was pretty familiar with the process. But after watching a bunch of tragus-piercing videos on YouTube, I started to get a little nervous. Lucky for me, I had a great experience, and it's healing up fine. So if you've wanted to get your own tragus or other unusual body part pierced -- or think you might in the future -- I've got all the gory (or really, not so gory) details for you ...
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Is gauging for you?
by Bree George
Stretching, also known as gauging, is a form of body modification. Gauging is when a healed piercing is slowly expanded to accommodate larger jewelry. People stretch their piercing(s) for many reasons; some people just enjoy the process, and others love the beautiful and varied jewelry that can be worn in a larger gauge piercing. [...]Since stretching isn’t a natural process you need to be careful and take your time. If you gauge up too fast, you could cause a blow out. A blow out is when you have an extra flap of skin that pops out when you gauge. If you gauge slowly and properly, you shouldn't have this problem.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 10, 2012 Get to the point — start piercing
by Emma McCarthy
While most of us mere mortals are still trying to wrap our heads around the fact that it’s actually December, Planet Fashion already has its mind rooted firmly in next year. So as January’s issue of Vogue touches down on news-stands today, it’s time to start thinking about the inevitable: what’s en Vogue for 2013? While I’ll leave the matter of what length of trouser leg we’ll be wearing to a day when we’re not all exhausted by the prospect of present shopping, one prediction within the style bible’s pages is somewhat harder to leave undiscussed — body piercing. It’s in.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 10, 2012 Medical tattoos can hide unsightly scars and give new confidence
by Debra M. Smith
Calgary, Alberta -- Changing people’s lives is all in a day’s work for Jody Stoski a medical tattoo specialist at Cinnamon Girl Clinic. One of only a handful of certified professionals in Canada, she helps more than 1,000 clients a year, both men and women, with scars from accidents, burns or surgery and hair loss due to alopecia or cancer treatments. Medical tattooing, also called micropigmentation, is often combined with a process called “needling” that stimulates collagen and helps old scars heal. Then a neutral palette of colours is applied using more traditional tattoo techniques to gently restore the skin’s original tones.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 10, 2012 'Love You Forever' leaves indelible impression of artist Tobias Wong’s work
by Zoe McKnight
Vancouver, B.C. -- Tattoos can be appreciated for their design and esthetic, but most have a deeper meaning and a personal story below the surface. The same goes for the art and design of Tobias Wong, and at the Museum of Vancouver on Saturday, the late enfant terrible of the design world was celebrated for both. At Love You Forever: A (pop-up) Tattoo Spectacle, seven participants got inked with Wong-inspired body art in the first known pop-up tattoo parlour held in a Canadian museum. A tattooing station was set up in the foyer of the posthumous retrospective exhibit of Wong’s work, which blended high art concepts with the utility of design.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, December 04, 2012 Daring hair tattoos back in style
by Ivy Fleming
Hair tattooing has been around for a while, but the trend is rising in popularity again as people look to ways of expressing themselves without the pain and the permanent marks. Tribal swirls, zig-zags, lines and stars are the popular patterns men and women, young and old, are asking hairdressers to shave onto their heads. Hair tattoos are based upon tattoo designs, but are created by using an assortment of clippers to shape and cut the hair into designs, sometimes followed by using paint brushes to apply colours to the design.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 03, 2012 Beauty Trends From History: Have You Ever Considered A Lip Piercing?
by Erin L. Thompson
I am a total body modification wuss. No tattoos, no piercings – I don’t even have pierced ears. Which does not stop some boyfriends from buying me earrings. I’m sure that a healthy percentage of my readers are more ballsy about these things. But just like I look at pierced ears and think “ouch, no thanks.” I’m sure that even the most inked and pierced of you have the same type of reaction to more extreme body modifications.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 02, 2012 Father of bullying victim Amanda Todd gets tattoo to commemorate daughter
by CTV News
Before friends and family gather to remember bullying victim Amanda Todd at a public memorial in Coquitlam, B.C. on Sunday, the teen’s father honoured her in a more permanent way. Norman Todd decided to get a tattoo. “I figure this is the best reason I could think of for getting my first tattoo or any tattoo,” he said. Hundreds are expected to join the mourning Todd family to celebrate the young girl’s life, which was cut short after the teen took her own life last month. The 15-year-old committed suicide in October after months of torment, verbal abuse and blackmail. The troubled teen became an icon of the growing anti-bullying movement, after she posted her plea for help to YouTube. Her video has since been viewed more than six million times.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 02, 2012 Tattoos form missing ink between dying art and the art of dyeing
by Samantha Selinger-Morris
Is handwriting set to ''vanish from our lives altogether?'' Are emails and texts robbing us of ''the most powerful sign of our individuality?'' So asks Philip Hensher, author of the new book The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting. But Lauren Winzer would beg to differ. A tattoo artist with Sydney's Hunter and Fox, she says a growing number of people over the past year have requested their loved ones' handwriting be permanently marked on their bodies. ''It's definitely more popular, it's always something meaningful that they want to get tattooed in handwriting,'' Winzer says. For instance, she has had mothers request their own names, as written by their kindergarten-aged children, be inked on them.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, November 30, 2012 Revolution translates into big business for Egyptian tattoo parlours
by Omar El Akkad
Cairo, Eygpt -- The real estate on her body is up for debate – perhaps somewhere along the upper back, or near the collarbone – but the young Egyptian woman who visits Laurice Matta’s shop knows what she wants: a profile illustration of the pharaonic Queen Nefertiti, wearing a gas mask. In the back of her small beauty salon in the Cairo neighbourhood of Zamalek, Ms. Matta provides a rare service in this mostly conservative country. As the owner of one of Egypt’s very few tattoo parlours, she has seen the steady evolution of what was once a nearly non-existent subculture in the Middle East.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, November 30, 2012 Tattoos and piercings – what you should know
by Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
If you are thinking about getting a tattoo or body piercing, you are not alone. For many people, piercings and tattoos are a way to express their individuality and personal style. However, these procedures may increase the risk of contracting a number of serious blood-borne diseases. Blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis and HIV can be spread from one person to another through unsafe tattooing and piercing. The best defense against disease and infection is to carefully choose where you get your piercing or tattoo.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, November 30, 2012 Kat Von D Tattoos 12 Birds on Demi Lovato
by Zach Johnson
Three months after Demi Lovato considered getting some of her tattoos removed, the X Factor judge got inked again Nov. 25. Lovato shared pictures of her new body art via Twitter Nov. 25. "Thank you so much, Kat Von D, for my new ink! I think it's beautiful and I love it," she wrote. The "Give Your Heart a Break" singer also tweeted two pictures of the 12 black birds drawn on her right forearm. In addition to the "birdies," Lovato has a feather behind her ear, "Stay Strong" on her wrists, a cross on her hand, "Peace" on her finger, "Faith" on her arm and lips on her wrist -- among many others.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Five tips to help you get a great tattoo
by Jenna Diubaldo, The Manitoban
Recently I watched a show on the TLC network called America’s Worst Tattoos, which featured some of Amurikuh’s most prized inhabitants displaying some of the most poorly thought-out and terribly executed tattoos I have ever seen. As someone who is fairly new to the tattoo world—I have seven tattoos in my collection so far— I know firsthand that getting a tattoo can sometimes be a pretty scary and intimidating experience, especially if it’s your first time getting some work done. So, to help make your tattoo experience a bit less painful (see what I did there?!), I’ve put together a few tips based on lessons I’ve learned through getting tattooed myself.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 26, 2012 Skin City: Tattoos come of age
by Patrick Yeagle
Why would someone voluntarily undergo several hours of a needle stabbing them several thousand times per minute? The simple answer is for the sake of art, but the long answer is a bit more complicated. Thanks to athletes, celebrities and TV shows, tattoos have gone from taboo to typical over the past 20 years. What started as a form of rebellion in the United States has become more of a personal fashion statement and, despite Springfield’s reputation as a holdout against style, this city is well stocked with both the inked and the inkers.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 26, 2012 Hooked on you
by Daily Mail
We've heard of suffering for your art, but these people have taken that to new heights. Fans of extreme body art came from around the world to show off their extreme tattoos and piercings at the third annual International Tattoo Convention. Some of the shows at the convention, in Medellin, Columbia, are certainly not for the squeamish. A favourite performance with the crowd was a red-haired woman in a leather corset being suspended with two metal barbs through her back. Not to be outdone, another performer at the festival of the most extraordinary - not to mention eye-watering painful to look at - body art joined her on the tenterhooks.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 25, 2012 Jews and Tattoos: The Body Wholly
by Viva Hammer
My rabbinic father-in-law and my lay leader mother agree on one thing: no body piercing. Ears, nose and bellybutton, all are sacred property on loan from God. No girl in either my family or my husband's had her ears pierced in childhood, although one girl on each side did make the cut during her rebellious teens. I was not one of the latter: my father relinquished me to my husband under the huppa whole and unpierced. The united family front was disturbed by my daughter while still a pre-teen. Every girl in the world was getting earrings she claimed; she wanted them too.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 25, 2012 Models with tattoos - Is it a make or break career choice?
by Precious Mills
It is said that skin tattooing is an ancient practice and has been in existence for more than 35 000 years. The practice of tattooing symbolises different things in different cultures, but the most common is that of decoration…an expressive form of human body art. Today, some people see it as a fad and designs of various forms expressively emblazon muscular arms and other parts of their body. Among these people are athletes, gang members, students, teachers and a host of professionals, including models. However, for models or those desirous of pursuing a career in the modelling and fashion industry, the decision to get ‘inked’- as the popular saying goes - can either make or break a their career.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 22, 2012 Ink artist pushes the boundaries of tattooing
by Kris Kosaka
The skin as canvas, inks and needles replacing the palette: tattoos by Khan transcend mere decorations. Whether he is depicting eye crinkles in a portrait of the Dalai Lama or the leer of a supernatural ghoul, his rich color and technical realism redefines the boundaries of art and pop culture. Born Park Sung Gyun in South Korea, Khan, 40, gave up a promising career as an architect 10 years ago to learn traditional Japanese tattooing. He explains about the professional name he uses as a tattoo artist: "I am Korean, but I started this art in Japan, so I wanted to mix both together." The kanji he uses is pronounced "kan" in Japanese and means "Korea." In the Korean language, it is read as "han." Khan's work has been featured in tattoo magazines and venues all over the world, but for Khan, it's about the challenge to create beauty, whatever the form.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 22, 2012 CUPE battles Ottawa Hospital over dress code’s tattoo coverup
by Don Butler
Ottawa, Ontario — The union that represents about 3,400 employees at The Ottawa Hospital is challenging a dress code implemented by the hospital last year. And tattoos are one of the most contentious issues. The hospital dress code covers everything from the shoes employees wear to the condition of their fingernails. It also mandates that large tattoos, if visible, must be covered, and bans “visible, excessive” body piercings.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Dennis Avner, 'Stalking Cat,' Dead At 54: Body Modification Enthusiast May Have Committed Suicide
by Dominique Mosbergen
Dennis Avner, better known by his Native American name "Stalking Cat," died on Nov. 5. He was 54. Avner, who underwent extensive body modification to transform himself into a big cat, is believed to have committed suicide in his hometown of Tonopah, Nev., the New York Daily News reports. The cause of his death has yet to be confirmed, however. The Nye County Sheriff's Office confirmed Avner's death to The Huffington Post but was not able to provide additional details. According to Jodie Michalak of About.com, Avner, who is of Native American descent, had "felt his spirit…called to the wild and [had] made it his goal to modify his body in honor of the tiger," his totem animal.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Piercing European market
by The Star
One in five British adults has one and, if you are aged between 16 and 44, it’s almost one in three. It is a tattoo and it’s big business for Barber of Sheffield. The Chapeltown medical products specialist is the biggest UK distributor of tattooing and piercing products and is opening up new markets abroad after its recent acquisition of Montpellier-based Northstar Tattoo Supply. Barber has also clinched a deal with a Spanish distributor, is on the lookout for potential partners in Italy, Germany and Holland and is keen to find a distributor in Russia. [...]Today the company supplies tattooing and piercing studios with everything from piercing products and jewellery to tattoo machines, inks, aftercare products and medical gloves and is the European distributor for leading brands like Tattoo Goo and Eternal Ink.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 18, 2012 Tattoo artist starts ink removal business with location in Cambridge
by Jennifer Hough
Toronto, Ontario -- The pain is “excruciating.” It’s feels like white heat slapping her skin, it gives her blisters and is unlike anything she’s ever experienced. But for Stephanie Gorchynski, 32, the discomfort is worth it to get what she calls those two black “death angels” off her back. Gorchynski, a pastry chef and owner of Sweet Revenge foods, has spent thousands of dollars and about 12 months removing what she describes as “bad art” from her body. Hovering ominously on either side of a crest featuring flowers and a large S, the offending cherubs are part of an extensive art piece she got on her back during 2007 and 2008. They are, she says, “scary and creepy” — not the look she was going for.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 15, 2012 How to Keep a Piercing from Rejecting
Rejection, when your skin pushes a foreign object out by killing the tissue on top of it, is a risk with any piercing. In order to reduce this risk, you must take good care of your piercing, and plan it well. Good placement is just as important as good aftercare. Find a piercer that is experienced in the type of piercing you want. Check their portfolios for healed piercings in addition to fresh ones. Ask about their experience and qualifications.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 15, 2012 Surface Implants: Anchors, Dermals, and Micro-Dermals
by Karen L. Hudson
Microdermals are the newest and most popular form of dermal piercing. Dermal implants used to be reserved for only the most extreme body modifier--spikes, horns, and other protruding metal objects could be worn almost anywhere on the body, including the head. While those larger implants are still available, the newer microdermals or dermal anchors have quickly become a favorite across the board in the body art community. They're small, decorative, easy to implant, and still have the advantage of almost limitless placement options.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Tattoo gives Toronto Argonauts veteran W.R. Barnes proper perspective
by The Canadian Press
Oakville, Ontario -- When adversity rears its ugly head in Jason Barnes's football life, he doesn't have to look far to gain proper perspective. The Toronto Argonauts receiver bares a tattoo of a heart with angel wings on the left side of his neck featuring the phrase, "Never Give Up." But the significance of those words is real: Barnes got the tattoo for his mother, Ann, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and succumbed to the disease less than a month later.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Scarlett Johansson shows off lucky horseshoe tattoo
by Toronto Sun
Scarlett Johansson is feeling lucky after having a horseshoe tattoo inked on her torso. The Avengers beauty visited French graffiti writer and tattooist Fuzi Uvtpk during a trip to Paris, France last week, and had the new design inked on her side along with the words, 'Lucky You'. A snap of the blonde showing off the tattoo appeared online, with the star pulling up her top to unveil the artwork. It is Johansson's fourth time in the tattooist's chair - she has a landscape picture on one arm, the initial 'A' on her ankle and 'I Heart New York' on her wrist.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 12, 2012 Zombie Boy, Fox TV settle body art copyright dispute
by Eva Friede
Lawyers for Rick Genest, best known as Zombie Boy, and 20th Century Fox Television have settled a legal dispute over copyright infringement of the tattooed Montrealer’s body art. Genest, a local hero and model who has appeared in Lady Gaga’s Born This Way video and catwalks from Paris to Toronto, has copyrighted his skeletal body tattoos. Actor Evan Peters sports similar body makeup in FX’s American Horror Story and his character goes on a shooting rampage. Copyrighting the body art was a process that began last year, said Genest’s Montreal legal counsel, Colin Singer. “When someone has an extensive creation, it is intellectual property.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 12, 2012 Tattoo Psychology: Art or Self Destruction? Modern-Day Social Branding
by Reef Karim
Body art, body bling, self-graffiti, walking billboards, fashionable ink accessories... Each of these expressions depict the physical nature of the tattoo. What's often NOT discussed, however, is the emotional side of tattoos. I vividly remember the first time I saw a "tramp stamp." A woman was reaching for something in the front row of a large auditorium and a few rows of men and women witnessed her walking artistry. Everyone had a reaction. And once she left the room, we all talked about it. It was like group therapy. The responses ranged from "She's definitely a party girl, probably drinks a lot, has a lot of sex and a rough childhood," to "She's probably really creative, edgy, a leader and an independent thinker." Some liked her more, some liked her less and many guys were more interested in her because of the tattoo. Whatever the response, we were all intrigued, and each of us conjured up our own personal version of her story -- all from the sight of a well-placed tattoo.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 12, 2012 The real Magneto men
by Stephanie Coombes
Pulling a pair of small, round magnets from his pocket, Morris Umali smiles. “I carry them everywhere with me,” he says. Umali is sometimes called ‘Magneto,’ after the comic book villain who can control metals. It may sound like a joke, but he has more in common with the character than one might expect. Placing the magnets on his left palm, Umali hovers his right fingertip over them. Like magic, they fasten onto the pad of his finger. He doesn’t have superpowers, but it’s almost as weird; Umali has a magnet implanted under his skin.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 08, 2012 Tattoo artists use skin-colored ink to hide scars
by Dr. Joette Giovinco
From the simple to the elaborate, tattoos are as unique as those who proudly wear them. But some are getting tattoos they hope no one can see: medical tattoos that are used to hide scars from surgery. Suzanne Herzner is hoping to mask a scar with skin-toned ink. "I'm not comfortable wearing v-neck shirts, it's hard during the summer wearing a bathing suit because it's a topic of conversation at the pool club, people always ask me, oh what's that, how did you get that? I always try to cover it up as much as I could, and it just doesn't work," she said.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 08, 2012 Body piercing trends always changing
by Carlie Walker
surprises Maryborough's Mary Jensen when it comes to requests for body piercing. Mary works at Under the Gun Tattooing and Body Piercing as a consultant and she can never predict what each new day will bring. From tongue piercing to eyebrow or belly button piercing, each day brings fresh requests. She has seen lots of new trends become popular, including skin divers, which are piercings that are implanted almost anywhere on the body, but particularly the chest and back. The lobes of the ears are traditionally a popular place to get pierced but more and more Mary is handling requests for other areas of the ears to be pierced.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 05, 2012 Ink on, ink off: the shady side of the tattoo removal industry
by Bjarke Smith-Meyer
Fine black lines on white skin immediately catch the eye as she pulls down her sleeve to reveal the empty birdcage on her arm. “I don’t like where it is. The size is wrong and it’s too exposed. The design doesn’t suit me either.” The list goes on. “It felt wrong from the start, and I constantly asked people what they thought of it, because I just wasn’t convinced.” Andrea Skovgård seems lost in her thoughts of regret as her stern eyes examine the tattoo. “Yeah, I dunno.” She slides her sleeve back over her arm. “I just want get rid of it.” Fortunately for Skovgård, there’s a way out. Unluckily for Skovgård, it’s an expensive way out.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 05, 2012 Tattoo professionals want tougher licensing standards for practitioners
by Michael Burke
In Wisconsin, getting licensed to work as a tattoo artist requires no more than updating your vehicle registration — you simply send in an application and a fee. But local tattoo studio owners — as well as city and state regulators — say that raises a host of health and quality issues. Tattoo studio owners Sean Fletcher and Johnathan Zbinden say their shops are inspected and held to high standards, but the weak regulatory link is the ease of obtaining a Wisconsin individual practitioner’s license, with no training or education requirements. “I think there needs to be some formal education, because we’re dealing with blood,” said Fletcher...
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 01, 2012 Erik Sprague proudly ink-lined to be freaky
by Nathan Klein
HE is tattooed from head to toe in green scales, has sharpened teeth and a forked tongue - but to Erik Sprague, the 700 hours of pain were all worth it. "Pain is not a reason to not do something if you really want to do it,'' he said. "Exercising can be painful. I find jogging more painful than tattooing. I'm told childbirth is extremely painful and yet people keep having kids. It's all about whether it's worth it to you and this is worth it to me.'' Affectionately dubbed "The Lizardman'', the 40-year-old said his obsession with body modification began when he was a young boy - drawing on himself while sitting in the classroom. "Some of the kids draw on paper, some of them draw on the walls, some of them draw on themselves - guess which one I was,'' he said.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 01, 2012 HMV criticised over tattoo ban
by Tiffany Holland
Staff at entertainment retailer HMV are up in arms after a new policy bans them from displaying tattoos and having long hair. An open letter to new chief executive Trevor Moore calls the new appearance policy, which demands “high standards of personal grooming”, “upsetting” and a “slap in the face”. The anonymous letter urges HMV to rethink the policy, The Sun said. The letter adds: “I wouldn’t expect to be greeted by a tattooed punk in my bank, I wouldn’t expect to be welcomed into my underwear shop by a nun and I certainly would not expect to be met by a shop full of identical, corporate aut
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, October 28, 2012 Modern electric tattoos
by Jenna Diubaldo
Winnipeg, Manitoba -- Rebel Waltz Tattoo, located in the heart of the inner city on Notre Dame Avenue, is one of Winnipeg’s most versatile tattoo shops, providing modern electric tattoos to willing patrons since 2009. Each resident artist specializes—but is not limited to—a different style of work; whether it be Bram Adey (with his stick-and-poke style tattoos) or Chris Stans (who excels at more modern designs) one thing is for certain – if you’re looking to get a traditional tattoo in Winnipeg, Don Ritson is the guy to talk to.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, October 26, 2012 Inked cops in Calgary A-OK
by Nadia Moharib
Calgary, Alberta -- While some police forces ban visible tattoos, the thinking on inking in Calgary is much more relaxed. Up until 2010, the local force didn’t even have a policy for officers. “It used to be bikers and sailers who had tattoos, now it’s become more mainstream,” said Regimental Sgt. Maj. Mike Inglis, who is in charge of dress and deportment for the service. “I would say as long as it doesn’t go across that line, we’re not discouraging it, we’re not punishing it.”
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 25, 2012 Body piercing trends always changing
by Carlie Walker
Nothing surprises Maryborough's Mary Jensen when it comes to requests for body piercing. Mary works at Under the Gun Tattooing and Body Piercing as a consultant and she can never predict what each new day will bring. From tongue piercing to eyebrow or belly button piercing, each day brings fresh requests. She has seen lots of new trends become popular, including skin divers, which are piercings that are implanted almost anywhere on the body, but particularly the chest and back. The lobes of the ears are traditionally a popular place to get pierced but more and more Mary is handling requests for other areas of the ears to be pierced.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Daredevils' roller-coaster tattoo stunt admittedly 'stupid'
by Omar Rawji
Vancouver, BC -- Don’t try this at home, if perchance you have a roller-coaster in your yard and a tattoo gun lying around. Stunt performer, The Great Orbax, attempted to tattoo a smiley face — complete with lolling tongue — on his brother’s bare leg while riding Playland’s bump-riddled roller-coaster Tuesday. He and the freshly tattooed Sweet Pepper Klopek are known as the Monsters of Schlock. The daredevil duo usually performs painful stunts in the name of entertainment. They hold five Guinness world records, including “most mousetraps set off on the human tongue in one minute,” and “farthest distance to pull a vehicle using fishhooks in the back.”
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Latest body modification trends—beyond ‘bagel head’
by Hope Gillette
In a world filled with millions of people, it’s no wonder a sense of individuality can be hard to come by. For people who aren’t content limiting their passions to common-place piercings and tattooing, other forms of body modification have generated appeal. Recently on the news, the ‘bagel head’ trend made headlines. However, bagel heads are by no means the only nor the most extreme methods of body modification—and definitely not the most dangerous when it comes to health issues. The side effects of many of the body modification procedures have yet to be determined, but as more and more people strive to stand out in the crowd, the medical complications associated with body modification are sure to come to light.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Guide to Unusual Piercings
by Aysha Schurman
If you've got an inch to pinch on your body, you can probably pierce it. While many people go for conventional piercings, there is a strong part of the piercing culture that elects more unusual piercing locations. Ear: Don't limit your thoughts of piercing to the lower lobe. The rim, inner fold and ridges can all be pierced. Even the concha, the little tab in front of the ear canal, can be pierced. Basically, you can cover every inch of your ear with piercings; chains can even be hooked from piercings to create a web of body art.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 22, 2012 ‘Bagel head’ body modification has roots in Canada
by Lorianna De Giorgio, Toronto Star
An extreme form of body modification that is gripping parts of Japan has its roots in Canada. “Bagel head” is a technique where a person’s forehead is injected with 300-400cc of saline to create a temporary bagel-like shape. The procedure takes two hours and lasts up to one night, according to the National Geographic Channel’s Taboo TV series, which recently featured the phenomenon in the episode “Extreme Bodies.” Photographer and journalist Ryoichi “Keroppy” Maeda brought the technique to Japan after meeting Montreal-based photographer Jerome Abramovitch, who pioneered the technique, at a Modcon convention in 1999, Maeda told VICE Magazine last year.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 22, 2012 Forever Ink Tattoo Products
by Female First
As a permanent expression of self-expression, tattoos have graduated from something fun and rebellious to a chic and contemporary art form. Who doesn’t admire David Beckham’s ‘Guardian Angel’ or Megan Fox’s portrait of Marilyn Monroe? However, a tattoo is only as good as the skin it’s on. Therefore it is essential to take care of a tattoo, just as you would the rest of your skin.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, October 19, 2012 Genital piercing is good sex
by Ashley Jung
As someone who happens to have quite a few piercings, people always assume I have some that are “hidden” below the belt. I don’t. But that doesn’t mean I’m closed-minded about the topic. Like many, I’m open to discussing things I’ve never tried or experienced. But then again, a “private piercing” is something I’ve never considered. Jasmine Zeboski, body piercer at The Exotic Body, said she’s seen almost everything done for the purpose of pleasing a partner.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 18, 2012 Tattoos: From sailors and convicts to the mainstream
by Lisa Wilton
Calgary, Alberta -- There was a time when an arm covered in tattoos meant you were either a weirdo or a criminal — at least in the eyes of the more conservative members of the populace. But with the annual Alberta Bound Tattoo & Arts Festival attracting thousands of people each year, tattoo culture has become just about as mainstream as hockey. “I think Calgary has definitely matured a lot, especially during the past five years,” says Nick Luit, a tattoo artist with Bushido Tattoos on 2 Street and 17th Avenue South East. “Because I tattoo for a living, I have the liberty of having tattoos on my hands and neck or whatever. I’ve never been embarrassed by them, but I definitely notice a difference between wearing these tattoos now as opposed to five years ago.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Artist shares tattoo, piercing smarts
by Amanda Wilkinson
A local tattoo artist urged students to think before they ink. Randy Stuff, owner and tattoo artist at Wea Ink, has 52 tattoos, but said it is important to take appropriate time before getting a piercing or tattoo. The “A Living Canvas: Tattoos and Piercings” presentation was a part of the University Board’s “Cultural Arts: Teach Me Tuesdays.” Stuff said he is a self-taught tattoo artist and has been tattooing since 1990. Stuff said getting a tattoo should be a thoughtful and planned out decision.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 The 10 Worst Celebrity Face Tattoos
by Radar Staff
It’s hard to hide a tattoo, when it’s plastered on your face forever! While several stars get inked in places where they can hide their body art if needed, others are more fearless and bold about their permanent etchings – going under the needle and marking their mugs. [..]Mike Tyson was one of the first high-profile stars to boldly get a face tattoo and the professional boxer’s facial marking is so famous, that it was even parodied in The Hangover 2.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Fox Settles 'American Horror Story' Legal Spat Over 'Zombie Boy' Tattoo
by Matthew Belloni
Twentieth Century Fox Television, producer of FX's American Horror Story, has settled an under-the-radar copyright fight with a model who claims his tattoo artwork was stolen for a key scene in the Emmy-winning series. Rick Genest, a Canadian model who appeared in Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" video and has been called "Zombie Boy," is known for his distinctive skeletal body art, which he has copyrighted. An early episode of the first season of FX's hit series American Horror Story featured a scene in which a student played by Evan Peters dons extremely similar skeletal body makeup and goes on a shooting rampage in a high school before committing suicide.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 15, 2012 Mom Arrested After Giving Her 11-year-old a Tattoo
by Lylah M. Alphonse
If your pre-teen wanted a tattoo, would you let her get one? A North Carolina mom who moonlights as a tattoo artist figured it would be fine, and now she's in trouble with police for giving her 11-year-old daughter a tattoo. "She asked me to do it," 30-year-old Odessa Clay, who sports plenty of her own body art, told WCTI-TV. The tattoo is of a small heart near the girl's right shoulder. Clay told the TV station that she thought minors could get tattoos as long as their parents approved; given that she's the girl's mother, she didn't think it would be a problem.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 15, 2012 Lawmaker wants to crack down on human branding
by Eyana Adah McMillan
A father's plea has lead to legislative action to ban human branding.
State Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-Springettsbury Township, is sponsoring legislation which would prohibit human branding procedures on anyone under the age of 18. The his legislation, known as House Bill 2673, would amend the Pennsylvania Crimes Code regarding tattooing and body piercing of minors without their parents' consent. Human branding would be added to the code, Gillespie said. The bill currently has 24 co-sponsors. "The legislation comes out of a case that was referred to my office," Gillespie said. "Anyone who has had this done to them is essentially physically marked for life, in addition to having had to undergo what I can only imagine to be a very painful experience." Gillespie said he started working on the bill about two months ago after a conversation with a father of a 14-year-old boy who branded himself twice on the torso with a red-hot three-inch nail under the instructions of an 18-year-old man during a sleepover.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, October 12, 2012 Tattoo Nation
by Erika Thorkelson
When Cecilia Lancelloti told her family she was getting her first tattoo, her father was appalled. “In my house, I was the first to get a tattoo and my father didn’t like it. He was like, ‘oh, what are you doing to your body,’ ” she remembers. “But then I explained to him that it has a meaning. When I explained why I was getting it. He said, ‘OK, go ahead.’ ” To Lancelloti, the lotus flower she has inked on her back symbolizes resilience. Now the 21-year-old cooking student from Brazil is commemorating her move to Canada with another piece of art, her third.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, October 12, 2012 New body modification styles becoming popular
by Jillian Aramowicz
In recent decades, the public has become more accepting of tattoos and body piercings than in the past. What was considered taboo or unusual 40 years ago is now considered a common form of self-expression. In fact, the majority of Americans have engaged in body modification of some sort, even if it is something very simple and small. According to the June 17, 2004, article “Health Risks of Tattoo and Ear or Body Piercing” from medicalnewstoday.com, between 73 and 83 percent of women in the U.S. have their ears pierced. Additionally, a 2006 Pew Research survey found that 40 percent of Americans over the age of 18 have at least one tattoo.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 11, 2012 Calgary Tattoo and Arts Festival
by Jon Roe
Who Will You Meet There? Probably not Grandma. A 2006 Pew Research Center survey found that 40 per cent of people between the ages of 26 and 40 and 36 per cent of people between the ages of 18 and 25 have had a tattoo. That number dips to 10 per cent for people between the ages of 41 and 64. People older than 64 weren’t surveyed. The Highlight Tattoo-artist booths featuring Dan Smith of L.A. Ink, Megan Massacre of NY Ink, plus Liz Cook, Paul Jeffries, Robert Egbert and others.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 11, 2012 The flesh is evil and must be punished! Your guide to body horror from page to screen
by Steve Balshaw
Grimmfest Film Programmer Steve Balshaw offers a quick guide to Body Horror, ahead of next weekend's horror extravaganza. A few months ago, I was sent a review copy of The Mammoth Book of Body Horror: Twenty-Five Stories of Transformation, Mutation and Contagion, an excellent and comprehensive compendium of corporeal chillers, edited by those master anthologists Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan. A series of side-tracks, digressions and distractions meant that I never actually did get around to writing the review, for which I owe both authors a sincere apology, and a bit of positive publicity here. Because it really is an excellent and astute collection, one that nobody interested in horror fiction should be without.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, October 11, 2012 Extreme Body Modification Trends Show Individuality
by Zoe Fowler
Extreme body modification is not a brand new trend. In fact, it has been practiced for thousands of years in different cultures around the world. Individuals who modify their bodies do so for various reasons. In some parts of the world people view it as a rite of passage into certain stages of life. For others, it is seen as a form of beauty or self-expression in order to shock mainstream society.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 08, 2012 Pierce of the action
by Vogue Australia
I collaborated with LA-based jewellery designer Amanda Thomas of Luv Aj to create a 21-piece line named the Septum, drawing inspiration from 1990s body piercings. We channelled the toughness of those accessories and translated it in a much more wearable way with simple brass collars, bracelets and rings with spike details inspired by the bull ring, septum piercings and nipple rings.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 08, 2012 The Tattooed Body Politic: Czech Aims to Be First Tatooed President
by Jilian Fama
Vladimir Franz, 53, is a Czech drama professor, a talented painter and a prolific opera and theater composer. But Franz wants to move out of the arts and into politics. If he can win his longshot bid to become president of the Czech Republic, he'd go down in history as the world's first head of state with a fully tattooed head. Franz has tattoos covering 90 percent of his body, a variety of body piercings and dyed, blue hair.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, October 05, 2012 Female tattoo artists make their mark
by Anita Bhagwandas
A huge increase in the number of female tattoo artists is changing the business. Why are they so popular? Some of the top names explain -- I've been trying to get an appointment with Valerie Vargas, one of London's best-known tattooists. I'm told that she's not taking any new customers. I've been scouring her Twitter feed on a near hourly basis for the slightest whiff of a cancellation but, so far, my attempts have met with failure. I also try Claudia de Sabe, Nikole Lowe and Saira Hunjan, but their waiting lists are so long that, by the time they bestow their colourful gifts on my skin, men might be able to give birth. "Female tattooists are definitely more sought after now than when I started tattooing 16 years ago," Hunjan tells me.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 02, 2012 Bagel Head: Saline Injection Body Modification Trend On the Rise in Japan
by Katie McFadden
National Geographic's show "Taboo" shed some light on a new fad in Japan called Bagel Head. The process requires injecting saline into the forehead, then pressing a thumb into the swollen area to create a bagel shape. The trend is a new extreme way of modifying the body and it is growing popular among piercing and tattoo fans. National Geographic shows three people in Tokyo go through the process. John, Marina and Scorpion have needles inserted into their foreheads. They then sit for two hours while 400 cc of saline drips into their skin which causes their foreheads to swell up.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, October 02, 2012 Too Old to Wear Body Piercings?
by Cynthia Nellis
Now that 50 is the new 30, we're seeing plenty of aging celebrities proudly wear their piercings later in life. Dennis Rodman, 51, has just about everything pierced (and this is just the parts we see); lovely Tia Carrere, 45, wears a pierced nose. What do you think about piercings? Is there an expiration date on them or should they be okay for any age, like tattoos?
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 01, 2012 Some B.C. artists want stricter regulations
by Phoebe Ho
Maria Leoczko, a Nanaimo tattoo artist for more than a decade, has seen her fair share of teens showing up at her door hoping to fix a tattoo they got on impulse. “The name of our shop should be the Janitor, that’s what we do is clean up people’s sh*t,” says Leoczko, co-owner of Sandra’s Inks and Labyrinth Tattoo Studios. “They don’t know it’s going to be thousands of dollars to remove it. They have uneven lines, fat lines on the left hand side, skinny lines on the right…it looks like they had a seizure. So we get an influx of people that are really unhappy, people are crying.”
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 01, 2012 Teens skirting tattoo rules, says Winnipeg industry insider
by Vera-Lynn Kubinec
At least one tattoo industry insider in Winnipeg says teenagers are often getting tattooed without their parents' consent, either by going to someone working from a home or by going to parlours willing to bend the law. "There's lots, and I mean lots, of underage people getting things done," said Eric Johanson of Soul Survivors Body Art in Winnipeg. Johanson lobbied for years to get the City of Winnipeg to bring in tougher rules. "The age was a big one," he said. "We had people coming into our shop that had been to other locations that had procedures done terribly wrong." In most Canadian cities, there are no laws preventing teens from getting tattoos, only guidelines recommending teenagers obtain parental consent.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Is a tattoo for you? The ins and outs of getting inked
by CBC News
Body art long ago moved into the mainstream, away from the seedy tattoo parlours and outlaw image of years past. Roughly one in five Canadians has a tattoo, according to a recent survey. The customer in the artist’s chair could just as easily be a suburban soccer mom as a burly biker. So is a tattoo for you? The interactive guide below covers the basics of body art, from the science of getting inked to the ways a regrettable decision can be undone.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Tattoo culture making its mark on millennials
by Matt Kwong
More urbanites going under the needle as tattoo taboos fade, artists and sociologists say -- "I have to be honest. I didn't put a hell of a lot of thought into that first one. But now there's a cultural expectation that if you have a tattoo, there has to be some story behind it." It's an indication of how the industry has grown up in the decades since then, artists and their clients say, with popular perception of tattoo culture shifting to serious art movement from deviant behaviour. Atkinson — whose arms, chest, ankle and lower neck are inked — describes tattooing as part fashion, part communicative act in a consumer culture that encourages swapping the old for the new.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 B.C. teens getting tattoos without parental consent
by CBC News
A CBC News hidden camera investigation reveals some B.C. tattoo parlours are inking teenagers without parental consent — despite a recommendation from the province that minors should obtain the permission of a parent. Artists at Fetish Ink in Prince George say this tattoo, done on a 15-year-old girl, is not their work. CBC News sent a 17-year-old volunteer to three tattoo parlours in the Lower Mainland, where the teen made her age known. An artist at Geronimo’s Tattoos in Burnaby initially said he believed parental consent was only required for those under the age of 16.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 24, 2012 The Therapeutic Experience of Being Suspended by Your Skin
by Wyatt Marshall
A woman lies face down on a massage table. She is tended to by five men wearing surgical masks and gloves. The men aren't wearing scrubs, though, and elaborate tattoos are visible on three of the men's arms. They insert large fishhooks under the woman's skin: in her calves, thighs, and lower, middle, and upper back. They work quickly and with practiced efficiency, grabbing a good sized piece of skin, pushing the hook into the skin until -- pop -- it slides in and out the other side. There is no blood...
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 23, 2012 B.C. NDP, some artists seek stricter rules on tattoos for teens
by Krista Bryce
Nanaimo, B.C. -- Sarah Windsor regrets using up her prime body real estate with four “crappy” tattoos she had inked before her 17th birthday. Windsor, 36, got her first tattoo at the age of 15. The tribal scorpion on her right shoulder was an impromptu, “that’s kind of cool” decision from an image she picked out from the wall of the studio where her boyfriend’s brother worked as a tattoo artist in Campbell River. Her parents were livid when they found out, but that didn’t stop the teenager from going under the needle three more times. An image of Pegasus spreads it wings across her left shoulder blade, a vine with two roses creeps up her right calf and a puzzle piece with a Japanese symbol marks her left calf. All were done in the comfort of the same tattoo artist’s home. Twenty-one years later, Windsor now uses the body art to teach her teenagers what not to do.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 23, 2012 Tattoo removal still a long, slow process
by Genevra Pittman
Certain types of tattoos - including those done with yellow or blue ink, or older and bigger tattoos - are harder to remove than others using traditional laser treatment, a new study suggests. But even smaller tattoos done with black ink can take multiple years to erase, researchers found. Of 352 people getting a tattoo removed with the so-called Q-switched laser, just under half had their ink successfully eliminated after 10 sessions, and three-quarters after 15 sessions, in research from Italy. Smokers, as well as people who had their treatment sessions less than two months apart, were less likely than others to see their body art disappear.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, September 17, 2012 Sex Confession: I Got Pierced Below the Belt to Spice Up My Sex Life
by Michele Zipp
With three kids and 10 years of marriage, it's kind of hard to spice things up when you've kind of tried everything already and ... well, have three kids running around never giving you any free time to really get creative ... sexually with your husband. I've always liked piercings on women -- nose rings, lip rings -- but never had any except for my ears. I had never even thought about getting any kind of kinky piercing before because I was worried about how it would heal and how bad it would hurt. But you know what hurts worse? A dwindling sex life.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 16, 2012 Japanese tattooist draws the line between art and the underworld
by Antoine Bouthier
For tattoo artist Horiyoshi III, the skin into which he sinks his ink-infused needle is a canvas for the myths and legends of Japan – where body art is indelibly linked to the criminal underworld. The mountains and waves of 18th century art and the fabulous mythical creatures are a far cry from the stylised designs in the West that usually draw disapproval from parents and teachers. But the tattoo in Japan has a much worse reputation. It is associated with the violent gangsters of the yakuza criminal underworld – an association that tattoo proponents argue is unfair.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, September 16, 2012 Gaga follows live tattoo with eccentric outfit for new perfume launch
by Hello Magazine
Never one to do things by halves, Lady Gaga has treated her fans to several displays of her wackiness for at the launch of her new perfume: Fame. The Bad Romance singer arrived at Macy's New York department store on Friday by horse and carriage and emerged clad in a black latex outfit and gold headdress which masked her eyes. Gaga completed the look with enormous black platform heels, adorned with figures of gold men, echoing the fragrance's campaign which depicts miniature people walking on the star. Earlier on Friday Gaga had sparked excitement about the event by tweeting "Macy's here we come!" and let slip a few teasers about her dramatic entrance when she said "I wonder if the horse is rehearsed? Princess high."
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 13, 2012 Body Modification and the Workplace
by Erinn Streckfuss
As she slowly removes various components of surgical steel body jewelry from her face, 27-year-old Nadine Surja lets out a deep sigh. Surja is originally from Romania but has lived in Eugene for five years now. She proudly veils her body with various forms of body modification including tattoos, piercings, branding, and even scarification. With certain extreme modifications (including double stretched nostrils at an eight gauge and a facial tattoo), it is very difficult for Surja to find work in the United States. Originally an art student, Surja had to start school over again. But in order to make her way through school, she must work. Surja says, “I’ve had several different jobs while I’ve been here. And I have had most of my body mods since before I moved to the states.” In Romania, Surja was often stared at for her appearance. But in Eugene she is treated better:
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, September 13, 2012 Piercing heats up in town
by Immaculate Wanyenze
She has pierced her eyebrow, ear lobe, navel and nostril. How loud is the beep when she is under inspection at a checking point? Does the policewoman or guard frown hard because of the noise the detector makes from all those accessories? I bet she spends a chunk of her income buying rings for each piercing. Why did she do it? “I did this for adventure and I am planning to pierce my chin and lower lip,” Anita says. When she was young, her mother pierced her ears and Anita has taken it further. But are piercings, like hers, a good or bad thing?
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Calgary shop owner calls for scarification regulations
by CBC News
A Calgary piercing shop owner is pushing for more regulations for an extreme form of body modification. Scarification continues to grow in popularity, but Keith Kennedy of Tribal Expressions says it's not always being done safely. A quick search of scarification on Youtube pops us some pretty graphic images — a scalpel digging into the skin carving out an image, with blood all over the place. Something tattoo artist Steven Peace says he would never do. "I just don't think it's safe at all," he said. "That's a medical instrument, not a needle — which is what we use, so it goes too far over that line." Scarification uses a scalpel to cut about a 16th of an inch into the skin to create a permanent design, and can also include burning or branding.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 7 Pierced Women So Pretty You'll Want a Piercing Too
by Michele Zipp
There is something about a piercing that can change everything about a woman -- and it's different for each woman. Sometimes it can make her look magical or mystical with a hippie feel. Or it can add a punk and rebellious edge. All of it gives off the feeling that the woman is daring, carefree, even spiritual. I love how it can be big and bold or small and subtle. And it suits some women so well you can't imagine them without it. A piercing is more adaptable than a tattoo in that it's body modification that you can change.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 10 Body Hacks That Will Be Available By 2025
by Keith Veronese
As witnessed with today’s success of the iPhone, technology advances quickly and without much advance notice if driven by market demand and commercial backing. The next wave of the future could go beyond the technology we’re holding in our hands and extend to what’s embedded inside our hands. There is experimentation with bio-technological hacks going on today both in the lab and in an unsanctioned underground of fanatics that could result in body implant “upgrades” being as ubiquitous in 2025 as smartphones are now.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 07, 2012 Computer ID's Culprits with Tattoo Recognition Program
by Francie Diep
It's a plot point in countless detective shows and movies. An investigator finds fingerprints at a crime scene, scans the prints into a computer, and automatically finds matches in a huge FBI database. Now, researchers are working on technology making it just as simple for law enforcement to scan in and find not only matches for suspects' photos, but also their body ink. The face might be the obvious place to start for Facebook, homeland security and other groups interested in automatically identifying people in photos.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 07, 2012 Experts want more oversight of tattoo industry
by Carly Weeks
Once the exclusive domain of bikers, sailors and prison inmates, tattoos are now so popular that parlours are sprouting up in malls, and suburban moms are lining up to get inked. But an outbreak of skin infections in the United States may give tat-hunters pause. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning last month after receiving reports of about two dozen people who developed skin infections after getting tattooed. An additional 30 people had suspected cases. The outbreak spread to several states, including New York, Colorado and Iowa.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, September 07, 2012 How to clean your new piercing
by Taryn Davies
Body piercings are always in fashion, but whilst they may look good they do need some caring after. The piercer will most likely explain to you how to take care of it, but if that information manages to slip your mind here’s exactly what you need to do. Avoid touching the piercing for up to 24 hours later – even after those 24 hours, make sure your hands are clean before you touch the piercing. Dirt and hand oil can aggravate the healing process and eventually lead to infection.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Tattoos, turtles his passion
by Hank Daniszewski
London, Ontario -- Tattoos and turtles are the twin passions of London artist Mike Austin. Austin, 44, is one of the city's most experienced and sought-after tattoo artists. Booked for a year in advance, he and his brother John have run Austin Custom Tattoos for 20 years. But for the last five summers, the Austin brothers have scoured the banks of the Thames River searching for the spiny soft-shelled turtle, a native species threatened by loss of habitat, natural predators and poachers.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Body Piercer Gives Himself Magnetic Arm Implants To Hold iPod
by Jeff Saginor
Taking his love of body piercing and his love of tech to the natural extreme, Dave Hurban had an Apple iPod Nano attached to his wrist — we asked him why. The pantheon of bodily devotion to tech just got a new hero: Meet Dave Hurban. He’s the guy that embedded 4 magnets in his left wrist in order to attach an iPod Nano to his body. The project is called iDermal, and Hurban can now simply rest an iPod on his arm and be on his merry way — that is, until Apple inevitably redesigns the diminutive music player, which is now on its sixth iteration.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 27, 2012 Body Piercing Rejection and Migration
by Karen L. Hudson
When it comes to body piercings, unfortunately, migration and rejection sometimes become an issue that can frustrate and even frighten the person experiencing it. I've had 3 piercings migrate on me and I'll admit, it's not a pleasant thing to endure, but with knowledge and understanding also comes the ability to handle these situations without fear. The first thing you need to know is what rejection and migration are. Some people tend to confuse the two or think that they are one in the same, but that is not actually the case.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 27, 2012 Police have policy for body art
by Nick Kuhl
Lethbridge, Alberta -- Lethbridge police officers won't be following suit with their Medicine Hat counterparts in regards to new tattoo regulations as the local force already has a policy regarding body art. It has been in place for just more than a year. Negotiated by the City of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Police Association, the policy changes came about as part of a discussion looking into relaxing overall appearance standards, specifically dealing with facial hair. A decision was made to allow facial hair within a defined length and grooming standard. "For years we had a policy that forbid that (facial hair at all)," said Tom Kramer, Lethbridge Police Association president. "Our membership expressed it as an issue and so we approached the executive on it. We started looking into tattoos, piercings, all those type of things, and then we put it under one policy."
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 27, 2012 Investigators trace nasty tattoo infections in 4 states to ink
by The Associated Press
An outbreak of infected tattoos has led to an unlikely source: the ink. With the growing popularity of tattoos, health officials say they are seeing more cases of a nasty skin infection caused by a common bacteria traced to the ink. In the largest outbreak, 19 people in Rochester, N.Y., ended up with bubbly rashes on their new tattoos, researchers reported Wednesday.
Infections from tattooing are nothing new. Hepatitis, staph infections and even the superbug known as MRSA have been tied to tattoos. Dirty needles and unsanitary conditions are often to blame. But all the New York cases were linked to an unidentified artist who wore disposable gloves and sterilized his instruments. The problem, investigators concluded, was in the ink.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 20, 2012 The original painted ladies
by Daily Mail
Vintage photographs reveal incredible head-to-toe tattoos on women in the Twenties, Thirties and Forties -- From bike gangs, to star-crossed lovers and rebellious teenagers, tattoos are often thought of as modern day markings, usually of the wayward and tough. However tattoos are far from a new cultural phenomenon. Decades before Jimmy Buffet sang 'It's just a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling', women all over the world were proudly adorning their entire bodies in defining ink. Whether it was 1926 in the Bronx, the Thirties in England or 1946 in Japan, these incredible vintage photographs reveal how tattooed ladies paved the way in tattoo design for the rest of the world.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 20, 2012 Siberian Mummy Tattoos Amaze Researchers
by Cavan Sieczkowski
A Siberian mummy with intricate tattoos decorating her body has been revealed in Russia. Researchers estimate the mysterious woman, known as the Ukok princess, was probably 25 years old when she died nearly 2,500 years ago, ABC News reports. She was most likely a member of the Pazyryk tribe, nomads who lived in the Altai mountains of Siberia. Her mummy was discovered in 1993. It was kept preserved in the permafrost, which is why her tattoos are still visible.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Olympics fan marks London 2012 with surface piercing
by Sarah Malm
A Sports-mad Olympics fan kicked the celebrations off in style by having the iconic rings pierced to her leg. Laura Thornton has had five interlocking rings threaded to her right thigh in a painful tribute to the Games. The 27-year-old’s body decoration is only one-inch wide and features five Olympics style rings. The painful procedure took just 30 minutes to complete and was carried out by Laura’s younger sister Natalie, 23, who works as a professional piercer. The rings were attached using a technique known as 'surface piercing'.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Dave Navarro To Use Flesh Piercing’s For ‘Theatre Of The Escapists’ Suspension Show
by Mike Hohnen
When Jane’s Addiction announced their Theatre of the Escapists tour, they made no secret that they were searching for something new and fresh. But when the band put out the feelers for people who could do ‘outlandish’ things, no one knew just how far they were planning on taking it, with guitarist Dave Navarro donating his body to the concept. The band has posted a video of the axeman himself getting pierced and suspended with hooks from chains. So the footage isn’t for the weak stomached. Suspension shows aren’t meant to be pretty but to showcase the discipline and also to give testament to the human body and mind. It’s an artform, albeit a graphic one.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Medicine Hat police must hide tattoos, piercings
by CBC News
Medicine Hat, Alberta -- A new policy banning visible tattoos and piercings for police officers is creating a stir in Medicine Hat, Alta. Chief Andy McGrogan says he's pleased with the changes, which prohibit his officers from revealing any tattoos, piercings or wearing unnaturally coloured hair. The changes are well researched thanks to a 2011 community survey that showed residents favoured appearance standards for police, McGrogan said. “It’s not what I think, it’s what members of the community think,” McGrogan told CBC News. “At the end of the day, our community has spoken and we just changed our policy to reflect that.”
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Ottawa Hospital awaits ruling on tattoo, piercings dress code
by Kelly Roche
Ottawa, Ontario -- Management at the Ottawa Hospital have “eased up” on tattoos and piercings for now, according to the union. “It seems as though everything has been put on hold,” said Rob Driskell, executive chief steward with CUPE Local 4000. The matter is currently in the hands of an arbitrator following a grievance against the hospital’s revised dress code policy which was implemented in March 2011. It bans excessive body piercings and staff must conceal large visible tattoos while working.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 09, 2012 What It's Really Like To Be A Tattoo Artist
by Huffington Post
It's not every day you see a woman hammering skulls and snakes and daggers into people's flesh, to a heavy metal soundtrack. "I was definitely a novelty," Jess Fitzgerald says, when at age 18, she began her career as a tattoo artist, working as an apprentice, inking Harley Davidson eagles at a biker parlor in Connecticut. Now, six years later, Fitzgerald is even more of a novelty, as the 24-year-old owner of a tattoo shop in Valdez, N.M. All the artists at her Talisman Tattoo and Body Piercing shop are female.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 09, 2012 Beyond ‘Mom’: Tattoo Artists Talk Trends vs. Custom Work
by Jackie Bischof
When customers eager to get inked walk into a Williamsburg or Greenpoint tattoo parlor with a design in hand, chances are the artist has seen it — or something like it — before. So the busy Brooklyn tattoo artists profiled in the Journal Thursday admit tiring of trends like Chinese characters and Japanese lettering, getting a bigger kick out of inking customers with their own designs. In an ideal world, artist Jeb Maykut would create designs for all walk-in clients at Flyrite Tattoo in Williamsburg. “It would be, ‘I want a rose,’ and that would be all the input. When you come and you see it, you say ‘OK, that’s great,’” Maykut says. “The worst client you can get is an art director in a graphic design firm, because, they’ll drive you crazy.’”
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 08, 2012 The Twisted & Surgical ‘American Mary’
by Mr. Disgusting
Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska are back with their second indie feature, American Mary, which will star both Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, Freddy vs Jason) and Paula Lindberg. “Starring Katharine Isabelle, this metaphor for the Soskas own journey through the independent film industry follows medical student Mary Mason as she becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted. The allure of easy money sends Mary into the twilight world of body modification and underground surgeries where obsessed flesh artists will pay anything and go through any pain to get their unusual procedures done. But Mary soon finds that her new ‘profession’ leaves more marks on her own psyche than on her freakish clientele.”
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 08, 2012 Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers
by Ben Popper
With the advent of the smartphone, many Americans have grown used to the idea of having a computer on their person at all times. Wearable technologies like Google’s Project Glass are narrowing the boundary between us and our devices even further by attaching a computer to a person’s face and integrating the software directly into a user’s field of vision. The paradigm shift is reflected in the names of our dominant operating systems. Gone are Microsoft’s Windows into the digital world, replaced by a union of man and machine: the iPhone or Android.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, August 04, 2012 'New ink new album': Lady Gaga unveils new tattoo
by Louise Saunders
With nine tattoos already adorning her body, it's fair to say Lady Gaga is a big fan of skin etchings. But the 26-year-old singer's new inking seems to be much more than just a piece of attractive body art. The Born This Way hitmaker revealed her new addition on her social networking account Littlemonsters.com, and in the process teased fans with the name of her new record. Posting a link to the image on her Twitter page, Gaga can be seen holding her right forearm towards the camera with the word 'Artpop' neatly etched down it in black ink.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 02, 2012 Olympic ink: Olympic athletes with tattoos
by Donna Sundblad
Olympic inspired tattoos have become like a rite of passage for Olympians. Mike Bruner who took home two gold medals in 1976 said, “It’s like being a member of the Army Special Forces.” Back then people associated tattoos with bikers not swimmers and gymnasts. He didn't get his Olympic rings tattooed until the 2008 trials when he saw so many swimmers sporting the tattoos. Now swimmers who don't have the Olympic rings tattooed somewhere on their bodies are in the minority. So where did this trend start? It is suggested the first Olympic rings can be traced back to Olympian Chris Jacobs, in the 1980s. He won three gold medals in the 1988 Seoul Games.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 02, 2012 New York Governor signs teen body piercing law
by Gillian Burdett
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that requires minors in New York have parental consent before obtain body piercings. New York joins thirty-one other states in mandating parental consent for this popular form of body art. "Body piercing can result in severe health risks and it is our obligation as New Yorkers and parents to make sure that our teens are taking every precaution to remain healthy and safe” – Governor Andrew Cuomo
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 Tattoos replacing medical-alert bracelets for those with diabetes, other ailments
by Aisling Swift
The first time Jimbo Carriero died, it lasted only a few minutes. "I didn't see the white lights everyone talks about, but I sure got an overwhelming feeling of total bliss," Carriero said of complications following a stent procedure after a heart attack in September 2008. "It was beautiful, just a beautiful feeling, like all my bills had been paid." So the next time, he wants to stay there. The 52-year-old owner of Body Branding Tattoo Emporium in Naples had "Do Not Resuscitate" tattooed on his chest a year later.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 Polish Rapper Gets Eyeballs Tattooed
by Michael Baggs
Polish rapper Popek has had his eyeballs tattooed as part of a new mini-documentary. See the video below. The video includes graphic scenes of the eyeball tattoo. Popek is a Polish rapper and martial artist who has achieved success in his homeland at both. He agreed to be videoed as his eyeballs permanently tattooed for a new short film by documentary maker Will Robson-Scott. The longterm implications and risks of tattooing eyeballs are unknown.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, July 30, 2012 Tattoo you and me? Body art can be good to share
by Matt Lodder
Tattoos are permanent reminders of temporary feelings – at least if you believe the report in Thursday's Daily Mail, which looked at "embarrassing" matching couple tattoos – designs that complement or complete each other across two, romantically involved bodies. Yet there are millions of people who feel no embarrassment about the tattoos they share with their friends, lovers and even exes. Moreover, as with most perceived "new trends" in tattooing, this practice is one with a history far older than the current generation; it's a phenomenon that provides both an insight into human beings' fundamental relationships with their own bodies and the bodies and lives of those close to them.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, July 30, 2012 Ink Fresh
by Bibi Nurshuhada Ramli
Tattoo artist Ami James tells Bibi Nurshuhada Ramli how he is kept on his toes when it comes to his craft -- artist Ami James had his first tattoo when he was just 13. And it was “home-made”. “Back then, in the cool 1980s punk era, tattoos were a norm for youngsters,” he says in an phone interview from New York. “We were too young to get them done professionally, so we found a way to do it ourselves. Not in a smart way, though.” He adds that children used to have their tattoos in areas that were not in full view of people. “I have mine — it says ‘Miami Punk Scene’ — 18cm up from my knee, so I never wear short shorts. My mum never knew about it.” However, when he got his first professional tattoo two years later, it made him want to become a tattoo artist.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 27, 2012 Tips on caring for organic body jewelry
by Heather M. Davis
Organic body jewelry -wood, bone, horn, stone, amber- are often worn in stretched piercings, such as the ears, labret, or nose. They are generally considered healthier for the healed piercings, as the porous and somewhat rough texture encourages thicker skinned, less smelly piercings, and allows the skin to breathe. The downside to organic body jewelry is that it is somewhat higher maintenance.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 27, 2012 DIY Piercing - Brilliant or Brainless?
by Karen L. Hudson
Why Body Art Ought to be Left to the Professionals -- D.I.Y. or Do It Yourself is becoming a household phrase. Why pay someone when you can do it yourself? Of course, it's not just a cost issue, but also a matter of pride! To do something with your own two hands brings a sense of self-worth and satisfaction. DIY book sales have soared in recent years, featuring handyman instructions for everything from small craft projects to building your own home. However, tattoos, piercings, brandings, scarifications and other body modifications are not do-it-yourself projects.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 27, 2012 Tattoos and piercings: How young is too young?
by Sarah LeTrent, CNN
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's 11-year-old daughter, Willow, was recently given a tongue-lashing on social media after posting a picture of herself sporting a tongue piercing on Instagram. [...]Though she later revealed that it was in fact a fake, magnetic tongue ring, people were already whipping their opinions back and forth about whether young people are too vulnerable to make permanent (or potentially scarring) decisions about their bodies. The issue: What is classified as "too young"?
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Our annual roundup of Winnipeg's tattoo trends
by Carolin Vesely
There are many reasons a person would pay to have someone stab them repeatedly with a needle and then fill the puncture wounds with ink. From ancient art form to modern expressionism, tattoos have acquired a lot of lore and culture on their way to becoming the ubiquitous badge of individuality they are today. One in five adults has at least one tattoo, up from 14 per cent in 2008, according to a recent Harris Poll. Most (86 per cent) have never regretted getting inked. Three in 10 say their tattoos make them feel more sexy, while a quarter reported feeling more rebellious.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 What age is too old for a tattoo?
by Amanda Kwan
You turn 70 years old and to celebrate the milestone, you decide to buy yourself a piece of art – marked permanently into your skin. Is it respectable for a septuagenarian to get a tattoo? Lady Judy Steel, the wife of Scottish peer and former Liberal Democrat leader, David Steel, didn’t have any hesitations when she decided to treat herself to a tattoo of a three-inch pink jaguar on her left shoulder. “I saw someone with a tattoo that I really liked, and I realised that tattooing can actually be an art work so decided to give one to myself for my 70th birthday,” Lady Steel, now 72, told The Sunday Telegraph.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Surface Piercings – Your Body Hates Them
by Pounded Ink
Surface piercings are any body piercings that take place on the surface of the body through areas which are not particularly concave or convex, where the piercing canal transverses a surface flap of skin, rather than running completely through a piece of body tissue from one side to another. A surface bar follows the plane of skin, while a standard piercing is pierced through the plane. Basically this is any piercing that enters and exits the skin on the same side of the body.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 What does a body modification artist do?
by Ces Vitan
Last June 16, the GMA Network program “Day Off” featured Leo Roque, a body modification artist. He has 15 years of experience in tattooing, a profession that can be likened to painting except that it entails the use of needles instead of paint brushes, and human skin instead of canvasses. Tattooing is only one example of the different types of body modification in which Leo specializes. He also performs body piercing, transdermal implantation or the process of placing objects beneath the skin, and branding or burning the skin to leave decorative scars.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 I Have Really Stretched-Out Earring Holes; Should I Get Them Fixed?
by Carrie Murphy
I begged and begged to have my ears pierced. I remember it very clearly, the pediatrician with a walrus-like moustache, the clear piercing gun, the shiny orange Naugahyde of the exam table. I was four years old, and I was dying to wear the tiny Minnie Mouse post earrings someone had gotten me as a present. Now, over twenty years later, the holes in my earlobes are pretty decimated. It’s not even accurate to call them holes; they’re basically lines, completely stretched out.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 13, 2012 Book: "Spiritual Skin: Magical Tattoo & Scarification" by Lars Krutak
by Marisa Kakoulas
In this second post on upcoming titles by Edition Reuss, we share our great excitement over Dr. Lars Krutak's new book "Spiritual Skin: Magical Tattoos and Scarification." The 400-page, large format hardcover looks at healing, protective and shamanic tattooing and scarification across the tribal world -- a world that Lars has explored in his 15+ years researching tattoo traditions and rituals (a number of which he has experienced himself).
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, July 12, 2012 Interview with Tattoo Artist Jon Sanford
by Rocky Rakovic, Inked Magazine
Q: You have a lot of strong, bold work. How important is black to your palette?
A: Black is extremely important, for sure. The amount of black used can make or break the tattoo. I use a lot of black in my tattoos because I feel that it gives them a dark, solid, tough look. Not only is the look it gives important for aesthetic purposes, but a tattoo with a good amount of black used in the right places is going to make your tattoo hold up and look nice over time.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Aurora tattoo artist celebrates ancient art form
by Chris Traber
Aurora, Ontario -- It is an eclectic emporium populated by artisans and their art; a magnet for people whose lifestyles range from alternative to average.
Parked outside the Aurora strip plaza storefront are clients’ rides: from a squat, muscular Harley Davidson motorcycle to a sporty import to a family van. A window poster promotes an upcoming Punks Against Racism concert.
Inside, there’s a lively cacophony of music, chatter and laughter. The sound reverberates off walls resplendent with diverse art, Warholesque paintings of pop icons, tribal masks, Japanese panels and exquisitely whimsical prints. The canvas of choice for the artists, however, is skin — live, thin human tissue, offered willingly and frequently to the artists and their electric brushes at Fatcat Tattoo.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 How to remove a henna tattoo
by Sleek Gossip
Okay, so, you’ve decided you want in on this fabulous form of art, you find a great mendi artist (or maybe not so great) and you have your design done, you let the henna stay on for as long as you’ve been told by the artist, and when it’s time to reveal the design, you love it, or hate it! Either way, there will be a time when you want it gone! If you love your design, that’s great, but when it starts to fade, you may find that you just look like you have dirt on yourself – and you will want it off! If you hate your design from the beginning, you will also want it off, so here are some great ways to rid yourself of unwanted Henna tattoos!
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, July 09, 2012 Life Is Wild on the Outlaw Fringe of Body Modification
by Francisco Alvarado
The crowd hoots and whistles as Jose Eduardo Alvear, better-known as "Coco Stabs," saunters onto the stage. His bushy blond hair is pulled into tight buns, Björk-style. The blush on his cheeks softens his imposing 350-pound, six-foot-three frame. His gut hangs over white-and-green boxers, and a baby's bib covers the Sacred Heart of Jesus and eagle's wings inked on his broad chest. On his left hand, an outline of brass knuckles rises from his flesh thanks to a subdermal implant, a type of jewelry surgically placed beneath the skin.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 08, 2012 New tattoo service helps cancer survivors
by Kendra Wong
Coquitlam, BC -- For many, tattoos are a way of remembering loved ones we've lost, identifying who we are or expressing emotions. But for surgical nurse Sandy Saunier, tattoos are etched on to one's body for a different purpose - they are a symbol of courage and strength in the face of a life-threatening illness and are a way of healing thereafter. Saunier is one of only two trained areola tattooists in the province who provide a unique service to breast cancer survivors in the Lower Mainland who have undergone reconstructive surgery.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 08, 2012 Tattoos: Good, Bad, and Covering Up with Megan Massacre
by Valerie Milano
Outside of tattooing, Megan has been working as an alternative model since 2007, and has been featured in a many national and international publications, including 15+ magazine covers. She also works as a DJ and has recently created a new DJ project called “Letz Massacre” with her boyfriend Joe Letz from the band Combichrist. TLC ran a show called “America’s Worst Tattoos” that focused on people with ‘Tattoo-regret’: the syndrome that occurs when someone gets themselves inked with something truly unfortunate. Whether the decision was made because they were too young, or drunk, or just trying to give a gift to a lover (or ex-lover), tattoos are forever, right?
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, July 05, 2012 A New Piercing Trend to Get Under Your Skin
by Lindsey Ashcraft
Summertime has arrived and skin is in... "All the kids are out of school, everybody's going on vacations, parties, things like that," said Tattoo Artist and Piercing Pro Christopher Sobey. Sobey... who works at "Otto Matick Tattoo and Piercing"... knows how to get under your skin. "People nowadays love to express themselves. They want everybody else around them to know exactly how they feel of what their message is," said Sobey. As more El Pasoans enjoy the pleasures of the flesh... Sobey adds a new piercing trend to his body of work... dermal implants.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 04, 2012 Fans of body art attend tattoo festivals and conventions across the US
The hobby of collecting tattoos has exploded into the mainstream of society in the US with tattoo conventions and festivals held year-round across the country. Above, artist Greg French works on his client, Brittany Keylon at the Hampton Roads Tattoo Festival in Virginia. Brittany has recently separated from her husband, overcame a battle with cancer and the death of her father. She considers Greg her therapist during their sessions and says that each piece of work done on her represents her life story.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 03, 2012 Your First Tattoo
So you’ve decided to get a tattoo. But before you get inked, it’s important to do your homework and be prepared. Kings Cross Ink Tattoo has some helpful tips to get you started. Beautiful skin art is being adorned on all walks of life and when carried out properly will stand the test of time. Here are some points that will help you start the next phase of your life.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 03, 2012 Bedazzle Me
by Suzanne Hegland
I spent last Saturday morning at a tattoo parlor with my teenage daughter. But don't worry; we weren't there for a tattoo. (I do have some standards.) We were there to pay someone to shove a 16-gauge needle through the cartilage of her ear. A month before this day, my soon-to-be 15-year-old asked if she could get a piercing for her birthday. We were in the car, idling at a stoplight and I was scrolling through work emails on my phone. "Sure," I said, figuring I'd fight this particular battle at a more convenient time. But given that this is the same kid who emailed me a Power Point presentation of her Christmas list -- complete with live links to the requested merchandise -- I should have been prepared for the marketing blitz that ensued.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 03, 2012 Ear Gauging: Safe Ways to Stretch Your Ear Piercings
by Carly Wickell
It's trendy right now to wear pierced earrings fashioned from plugs or with thick, decorative posts and rings. Even if your ears were pierced to a standard size, you can stretch the holes using a gradual process that is commonly referred to as gauging or simply gauge. Piercing pros will tell you that is not the correct term, but it's become the word most people use to describe the stretching process. It will take time to gauge (or stretch) your pierced areas, but if you do it carefully you'll be able to wear thicker body jewelry and keep your ears healthy.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, June 29, 2012 Jewellery To Flaunt Your Pierced Nose
Cartilage or nose piercing for the purpose of wearing jewelery is a fashion statement these days. It is the most common form of piercing to be found in women after earlobe piercing. But what might bother you more is what kind of jewelery to wear in your nose piercing so that it makes you look sexy. Well there is nothing to bother about for we are going to offer a plethora of choices of nose jewellery out of which you can take your pick and see what suits you the most.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, June 28, 2012 My Strike Branding Experience
by Body Modification Ezine
I had been a fan of BME for about a year before I decided to look into getting a scarification of my own. In everything I read and all the photos I saw I realized a few things. Getting a skin removal scar was not going to happen, the first reason being nobody in my area was attempting this type of modification and I wasn't sure I could handle a skin removal process. This led me to the branding area of scarification so I did my research, watched videos, looked at pictures of the healing process and pretty much knew what I was in for, (or so I thought). I knew the designs had to be simple so I decided on a rather large artistic heart and a simple for of my zodiac Taurus, the locations were easy to decide. The heart would go on my upper right should and the zodiac my lower back.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Ke$ha's new lip tattoo
by Rebecca Macatee
Some pop stars pretty up their pouts with red lipstick. Others show us how badass they can be by getting tattoos inside their lips! On Wednesday, one of Hollywood's edgier ladies debuted her sick new ink on Twitter. In the picture, this gold-toothed girl pulls down her lower lip to show "SUCK IT!" tattooed on the fleshy part of the skin. She'll probably wash that mouth out later with a bottle of Jack…So who is she? Ke$ha, of course!
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Abbotsford teen gets corset piercings for her legs for prom
by Christina Toth
Abbotsford, BC -- Women (and men) have gone to great lengths for beauty ever since humans have been around. Some want to blend in to current culture, while others want to kick it up a notch and lead the way. That may have been on Aimee Fauteux's mind when she decided to have her calves pierced with 20 rings for her prom night, which took place on Saturday. Originally the 17-year-old thought she'd do it down her back with a backless dress, but instead she decided on her legs. Her idea was to have two rows of five steel loops on each calf, then lace them with ribbon, like one would do on a corset.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, June 25, 2012 Making a living on 'living' canvas
by Chris Koehn
Nanaimo, BC -- "Good tattoos aren't cheap, and cheap tattoos aren't good," said Relegation Tattoo artist Cory Farrell on Saturday as he set to work laying down some turquoise base colour on a client's torso. Kris Love, sitting across the studio at work on a forearm muttered a solemn "amen" in response to Farrell's well-known, and wise words. There's a lot that people don't know about tattooing outside of what's depicted in shows like L.A. Ink, or the Learning Channel's Tattoo School. What airs on television is mostly unrealistic and misleading, both agreed. "Part of this job is about education," said Love, who opened Relegation in 2010. "We need to help people understand what it is they're about to do."
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, June 25, 2012 Rheumatism patients should take extra tattoo care
by Paddy Wood
Rheumatology patients taking immunosuppressants may be less able to fight off infection after getting a tattoo and should choose their tattoo artist carefully, rheumatologists have advised. After reviewing data on tattoo-related complications, the pair said they were unable to definitively advise such patients against going under the needle. However, their reduced capacity to fight off a range of infections means those on immunosuppressants should “receive their tattoo from an expert tattoo artist in an established licensed studio,”
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, June 24, 2012 Horihide still practices the dying art of hand tattoo
by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore
Gifu, Japan -- Hand tattoo artist Horihide is one of the few tebori practitioners who remain, as body ink carries a stigma in Japan and young apprentices are few. Hidden away in the backroom of a modest apartment in this central Japanese city, one of Japan's last remaining hand-tattoo masters is preparing his tools. Over the last four decades Oguri Kazuo has tattooed notable geisha and countless yakuza, members of Japan's notorious mafia. Today, the 79-year-old artist, known professionally as Horihide (derived from "hori," meaning "to carve"), is working on a client who is a little more subdued.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, June 24, 2012 Glass as a material for body jewelry
by Brian Skellie
Glass should be considered safe for body piercing jewelry, and I don’t think this is a matter of opinion. The science supporting the use for glass is well established. From protective encapsulantion for electronic implants and RFID tags to tissue cultures and skin grafts contained in petri dishes, glass has been proven virtually non-reactive to human tissue.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, June 23, 2012 Your body is canvas for talented Comox artist
by Renee Andor
Comox, Vancouver Island, BC -- Imagine donning jewelry, lace or plaid — that's 100 per cent paint. Local artist Lisa Marshall, 30, specializes in realistic 3-D face and bodyart, and at the end May, she won an international award for her work. The Up and Coming Artist Award was presented to Marshall for her skills, instruction and interaction with fellow painters at the Face and BodyArt International Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, June 23, 2012 Healthy Living: Piercings
by Casey J. Bortnick
Piercing can be seen as an art form for those who choose to express themselves that way, however, it comes with responsibility. "If you're not going to take care of your piercing the way you should, there's a risk of infection," said Courtney Colon. She works at Extreme Graphix in Greece. According to her, the upkeep is very important. Piercings are restricted for anyone under the age of 16. Those who are between the ages of 13 and 15 can only get certain body parts pierced and they must have parental permission.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, June 22, 2012 Tattoo health warning
by London Free Press
London, Ontario -- People who received a tattoo at a private residence in the area of Trafalgar St. and Clarke Rd. should get tested for HIV and hepatitis, the Middlesex-London Health Unit said Friday. In the meantime, they should prevent the possible spread of disease by using condoms and not sharing injection drug equipment, razors, nail clippers, toothbrushes or other personal items. Though the risk of spreading blood-borne infections from inadequate sterilization of tattooing equipment is considered low, infections may go unrecognized because some people do not have initial symptoms.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, June 22, 2012 Temporary tatts take off
by Northern Star
Celebration and commemoration of life's events is a serious business. And for those looking for a unique way to mark a significant stage in their life, henna tattooing is proving a popular choice. Owner of Henna Harem, Oriel Paterson is seeing increasing numbers of people opting for this traditional method of temporary tattooing. Henna is a naturally-derived plant paste that stains the skin for about two weeks after application. The henna dye is applied using a small bottle and nib with the full effect coming on after 48 hours.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Much ink spilled over tattoo crackdown in Japan
by The Economist
It is easy for outsiders to admire those in Japan who sport tattoos. First, think of the pain: The body art known as irezumi is inflicted on a wearer's torso with wooden needles and charcoal ink. During as many as 50 sessions, the irezumi master brooks no tardiness, insobriety or whining. Then there is the lifetime of pariah status that follows. Bathhouses and hot springs usually forbid entry to tattoo wearers. So do swimming pools. Men may believe that their swirling, ornate body engravings reflect a roguish masculinity, but many Japanese women disagree.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 A tattoo artist's take on summertime body art
by Emanuella Grinberg
Summer can be high season for tattoo artists, a time when people bare more skin than usual and the parade of body art tends to spark inspiration.
But it's not necessarily the best time of the year to get inked. "The skin is very sensitive when the tattoo is still fresh," Atlanta-based tattoo artist Kurt Fagerland said. "You need to keep a new tattoo out of the sun and the pool. The healing process needs it to be covered, and that's not the easiest thing to do in the summer."
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Expressions of art in intimate places
by Helen Mounsey
Body adornments and sex tattoos, once the hallmark of a small but specific group in society, are now seen by many as chic and cool. Reliable statistics reported by the American Academy of Dermatology found that 24 per cent of people between the ages of 18 and 50 have tattoos and 14 per cent have body piercings. It is much higher for those aged 18 to 25, who have between 35 per cent and 50 per cent more piercing - and this figure does not include the ears. Although tattoos are an ancient form of adornment, many of us are quite challenged by them. Getting a tattoo is considered by many to be a rather sexy move, but going down this track requires serious thought and research. Apart from the cost, consideration has to be given to the style, the kind of ink used and the time the skin needs in order to heal. Remember, a tattoo is forever.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Love of body ink tattooed on my...heart
by Mike Strobel
Toronto, Ontario -- Tattoos will soon go the way of jazz, mullets and hula hoops. Our kids will wrinkle their noses at all our body ink and sneer: “Ewwww. That’s so old.” Then they will rebel in their own way. They will paint their teeth pink, maybe, or — shudder — walk without texting, or God knows what else. Anything but tattoos. No one wants to look like their parents. But, for now, we rule the world and tattoos are hot, hot, hot. I just strolled back from sunny Dundas Square — two blocks — and spotted: A unicorn, a skull, reams of Celtic script, a sword, a maple leaf and several items too small or indistinct to identify without getting arrested. Tattoos are like tulips. A surefire sign of summer.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, June 17, 2012 Tattoo artist undeterred by would-be firebomber
by CBC News
Conception Bay, Newfoundland -- Police are investigating what may have been an intended firebombing at a tattoo parlour, in what the business owner calls a deliberate attempt to shut him up. "They were serious. They were not kidding around," said Ken Power, who runs a tattoo business in Conception Bay South, describing how someone last week threw an incendiary device through his company's front window. Damage was limited, as the object that Power believes was a Molotov cocktail failed to set much on fire at his business, Ken Power Tattoo Company.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, June 17, 2012 Do's & Dont's Before Piercing Navel
You have worked hard to get that flat, toned stomach and now you are thinking of getting your navel pierced. It does look sensuous and is very attractive, but there are a lot of things to consider before and after you have it pierced. Firstly you have to mentally prepare yourself that navel piercings take around 3-4 months on an average to heal and in certain cases almost 9-12 months depending on your skin, health, weight and other facts. Secondly and most importantly you have to remember that you will have to make many changes in your daily lifestyle to take care of it.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, June 17, 2012 Students get red square tattoos in Montreal
by Roberto Rocha
Montreal, Quebec -- If a tattoo is a permanent proof of temporary insanity, scores of tuition hike opponents don’t mind having the memento. A red square “tattoo-o-thon” advertised on Facebook drew a sizable crowd to Émilie Gamelin Park on Thursday evening, offering $10 for a permanent mark of the Quebec student protest symbol. “I’m part of the student strike, and it’s an historic movement in Quebec,” said Jennifer Pawluck, her Achilles tendon freshly tattooed. “I want a mark of it for life.” Anyone who wanted a tattoo had to fill in a consent form and show proof that they are over 18. A diesel generator on a pickup truck powered the tattoo machines handled by three artists.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Punk Hairstyles - From Rebel Culture to Fashion Statement
by Michael Barrows
Punk hairstyles - those bizarre, colorful things that you see in high streets, villages and black-painted teenage bedrooms! I'm not a punk and have never been one, but I have always been fascinated by the whole punk look and ideology - probably because I was a teenager at the very time that punk exploded, kicking, screaming, swearing and spitting, into popular culture. Punk took off as a mainstream fashion and music trend during the mid-1970s, largely due to the efforts of high profile English fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood and the crown princes of punk - The Sex Pistols. The Pistols were managed at the time by Malcolm McLaren, who was Westwood's partner (personally and professionally) and the crazy mixture of these 3 forces gave rise to what would become a global phenomenon.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 How to Safely Stretch a Piercing: Stretching or Gauging Up
by Karen L. Hudson
If you’re interested in stretching a piercing, there are safe ways to do it and then there are unsafe ways. Knowing what your options are and what the differences are between them will help you figure out which way is the best for your piercing. What Is It? Stretching, also known as gauging, is the process of increasing the size of a piercing hole (fistula). It is typically a gradual process that can take many months or even years to reach the desired gauge size.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10 Tattoo Virgin Tips
by Emilie Sennebogen
Getting your first tattoo is a rite of passage. The air of walking on the wild side can be intoxicating, because you know your parents likely won't approve. They still think tattoos are for bikers and sailors. But you see this beautiful art on all kinds of people and you want to join the ranks of the alternative kids. Maybe you want to make a statement, or simply commemorate an event or something personal to you. But before you get your guitar gently inked on your bicep, it's important to do your research and know what you're getting into. Here are 10 tips for the tattoo virgin.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 Interview with Tattooist Chris Garver
by Nick Fierro, Inked Magazine
Chris Garver is a reluctant rock star of the tattoo world. Being celebrated in tattooing’s inner circle is one thing but being a reality star was another, so he’s tried to skirt the limelight since Miami Ink. Although little has been heard from the man in the flat cap, he has much to share. On his blog, he regularly posts new tattoos and art, from his dragons and irezumi work to black-and-gray pieces and a simple Superman logo tattoo that he somehow made pop. Even the big, beautiful, intricate pictures on his site are accompanied only by a spare line or two of explication. Graciously, Garver gave INKED some of his time and artwork—and more insight into his life than ever before.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 Why You Should Choose Organic Body Jewelry
by SEO Article Hub
Do you know that the word organic is more often used in jewelry than in food and clothing? Organic jewelry is actually one of the most fashionable jewelry types nowadays. Aside from the fact that these jewelries are made of natural materials that are not treated in any way, these are also sourced from sustainable resources with correspondingly reasonable practices. In other words, organic jewelry uses materials that come from natural sources like wood, stone, bone, and horn among others.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, June 10, 2012 Celebrity Tattoos For Exes: Stars Who Got Inked For Love
by Huffington Post
Getting a tattoo in honor of a significant other almost always seems like a good idea at the time. Nothing says "I love you" like a little ink that will likely last a lifetime, right? Casper Smart disagrees, for now at least. Rumors were making the rounds this week that the dancer and current beau of Jennifer Lopez had decided to show his love for the singer and "American Idol" judge by getting her named tattooed above his, uh, private parts.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, June 10, 2012 Personal Branding
by Jessica Skelton
Nanaimo, BC -- Every scar has a story. It might recall past struggles and pain, courage and bravery, or mistakes and sheer stupidity. It can be the result of an accident, big or small, of a life saving procedure, or the birth of one's child. It can even be the physical expression of a hurting spirit. Some people, however, choose to have symbols and words carved into their skin on purpose, in order to be meaningfully (and permanently) marked. This is the practice of scarification, a form of body modification that originated in equatorial cultures but is increasingly attracting practitioners worldwide.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, June 10, 2012 New laws to regulate tanning, piercings, tattooing
by CBC News
The Newfoundland and Labrador government has introduced legislation to regulate a range of "personal service" industries, with the changes aimed at protecting public health. The new law will affect services from tattooing to body piercing to indoor tanning in Newfoundland and Labrador. Health Minister Susan Sullivan says voluntary guidelines that many businesses followed weren’t sufficient. "Obviously we felt that they weren’t stringent enough, they weren't strong enough, and for us, we wanted to see the overall protection of our young people,” Sullivan said. Industry representatives applauded the initiative.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, May 26, 2012 Childhood scars spur tattoo artist to help others
by CBC News
Toronto, Ontario -- After a horrific childhood accident left Basma Hameed badly scarred, the Toronto tattoo artisan took matters into her own hands. She taught herself the tattoo techniques to conceal her scar and is now offering free help to those with similar scars but no money for expensive surgeries. Her story began when she was just two years old. While playing with her brother in the kitchen of the family's home in Iraq, a pan filled with hot oil fell from a stove top onto Hameed’s face. The accident left the left side of her face badly burned. Raw, red tissue extended from her left eyebrow to her jaw line and her eye was seared shut.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, May 26, 2012 Safe suspension depends on gear
by Nicole Perez
Suspension, like any other form of body modification, requires strict sanitation and caution. Steve Truitt, founder of the suspension group Ascension, operates under a stricter set of rules than the state of New Mexico requires. Fishing hooks are the cheapest hooks of choice for suspension, and Truitt files down the barbs so they are usable. He said sometimes multiple people suspend from each other, meaning they are attached to the primary suspender by hooks and ropes. For these types of suspension, the group uses hooks designed for suspension. He said they have never broken any of these hooks.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 25, 2012 Nostalgia and nose piercings
by Leslie Toy
Body art and multiple piercings can carry deeply personal or spiritual implications. They can be done in honor of a loved one or commemorate a moment that is special enough to be carried forever. Then there are other motivations. On the last day of class my freshman year, I dragged some friends with me and smiled through the sting as a needle was shoved through my nostril. In short, I pierced my nose to look cool. There is a strange sort of statement many of us make when we come to college in general and Berkeley in particular. I was no different.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 25, 2012 Tattoos in Japan
by The Economist
Tokyo, Japan -- It is easy for outsiders to admire those in Japan who sport tattoos. First, think of the pain. The body art known as irezumi is inflicted on a wearer’s torso with wooden needles and charcoal ink. During up to 50 sessions, the irezumi master brooks no tardiness, insobriety or whingeing. Then there is the lifetime of pariah status that follows. Bathhouses and onsen (hot springs) usually forbid entry to tattoo wearers. So do swimming pools. Men may believe their swirling, ornate body engravings reflect a roguish masculinity. But the worst of it is that many Japanese women disagree. And so body-art narcissism takes place mainly among other tattooed men. Such groups of even innocent men immediately take on the air of gangsters, for yakuza and irezumi are inseparable.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 25, 2012 True Confessions: I Pierced My Nose
by Patricia Biesen
My first piercing experience began in the third grade via Spencer's at the Mall. It hurt but was worth it. In my early 30s after a big breakup I got my belly button pierced which was painful too but was worth it at least for a while. I let it close up as it was always getting in the way of sit-ups and working out. For the past few months the feeling of wanting to get my nose pierced came up. Its funny how once you decide you want something you see it everywhere. I started noticing how many people have nasal piercings in this city!
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 18, 2012 Beauty and pain: How far are you willing to go?
by Adam Hooper
Tattoos are one of the oldest forms of body modification, dating back thousands of years. This body art form is still in practice today. Rodney Clark, owner of Sacred Temple Tattoo in Shreveport, has been in the business for 17 years. If you can imagine it Clark can design it. Many of his customers say a tattoo is more than a right of passage or kind of look. Each tattoo represents something special. "The first one [tattoo]was right whenever I was 18. They mean something to me, I guess you could say," says Brandy Joe.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, May 18, 2012 Jewelry store, owners fined for illegal piercings
by Daryl Slade
Calgary, Alberta -- A northeast Calgary jewelry story and its co-owners have been fined a total of $8,625 for seven charges for illegal body piercing, in which one woman contracted hepatitis B after having her nose pierced there. Provincial court Judge Ken MacLeod imposed the fines Tuesday for the Public Health Act offences after Rashmi Bhalla and her husband Naresh Bhalla pleaded guilty on behalf of themselves and their two companies — Avon Apna Jewellers Inc. and Apna Jewellers Inc.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Public health looking for tattoo patrons
by The Fountain Pen
Guelph, Ontario -- Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is asking anyone who has ever received a tattoo at a private residence on Harris Street in Guelph by Shannon Moss or Chris Haines to call WDG Public Health for information. Testing is recommended for hepatitis B & C, and HIV. The location is an unlicensed establishment and has not been inspected by Public Health. They have been unable to provide evidence that required infection control measures were followed. It is possible that expired, pre-sterilized equipment may have been used.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Tattoos announce medical conditions
by Misty Harris - The Vancouver Sun
Having your medical condition publicly announced is rarely welcome, as anyone with an indiscreet pharmacist can attest. But for a growing number of Canadians, advertising illness can be a matter of life and death, and they're choosing a decidedly permanent way of doing so. The Canadian Medical Association Journal reported Mon-day that medical tattooing "appears to be a trend on the rise," with people inking every-thing from chronic conditions to emergency health directives onto their skin.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, May 13, 2012 Nipple piercing to rack up cash
by Milton Keynes Citizen
A HOSPITAL fundraising drive to help breast cancer patients is set to receive a wacky boost – by encouraging people to get their NIPPLES pierced.
The Touch of Pink appeal has joined forces with city tattoo and piercing parlour Bloodline Ink, which they have promptly re-christened Bloodline P’ink. And from May 18 it will be running a two-week breast cancer promotion, with £5 of the cost of each nipple piercing being donated to the appeal.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, May 12, 2012 Not for the faint hearted: Man embeds magnets in arm to mount iPod
by Eileen Marable
It's a sign of true love when you never want to be without each other. Dave Hurban clearly feels the love for his iPod Nano — taking the unusual step of drilling holes in his arm to house magnets that will keep his Nano ever ready.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, May 10, 2012 Childhood scars spur tattoo artist to help others
by Marivel Taruc at CBC
After a horrific childhood accident left Basma Hameed badly scarred, the Toronto tattoo artisan took matters into her own hands. She taught herself the tattoo techniques to conceal her scar and is now offering free help to those with similar scars but no money for expensive surgeries.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 Safe suspension depends on gear
by Nicole Perez
Suspension, like any other form of body modification, requires strict sanitation and caution. Steve Truitt, founder of the suspension group Ascension, operates under a stricter set of rules than the state of New Mexico requires.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, May 07, 2012 A New Form of Discrimination: Why Body Modification Does Not Reflect Your Character
by Rene Kiss
Every citizen of the United States is supposedly guaranteed freedom of expression due to the First Amendment; however when it comes to body art, freedom of expression is commonly overlooked, especially in the work place.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer by Sephora
by Alex Carter
Have a special event coming up where you need to fake a flawless look? The Kat Von D by Sephora Tattoo Concealer is the perfect solution for all of those important dates from weddings to job interviews; your tattoos should be the last of your worries! Watch as Kat Von D covers up her tattoos and achieves a perfectly bare complexion, just as you can with this new concealer available at Sephora...
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 30, 2012 Indelible mark of a craftsman
by John Demont
Halifax, Nova Scotia -- speak for others who type for money. For me, the great thing about writing about factual matters is the research. In fact, the only way the whole process could be any better is if I did not have to write down what I had seen and try to impose some order on it afterwards. Then I would be left with the pure joy of wondering, for instance, what the inside of a tattoo parlour is like and then just going off to find out. The visit was way overdue. Halifax is a port town. Port towns are the natural habitat of hard-looking practitioners of the dark art of etching disturbing lines and colours into human flesh. Do I romanticize? Andy Ferrier, the owner of Utility Tattoo and Piercing and the Coast’s perennial choice as tattoo artist of the year, doesn’t think so.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 30, 2012 Body piercing myths and dangers
by News Olio
Although there are certain risks involved with getting a piercing, paralysis is an incredibly small possibility. The first and most important way to avoid this problem is to seek a professional and experienced piercer. There are certain major nerves in areas of the face and tongue that could result in loss of sensation or even paralysis if pierced. However, these nerves are located in very specific areas and an experienced piercer will know how to perform a safe and harmless piercing without getting anywhere close to these nerves.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 28, 2012 Body-Mod King
by James Doorne
Regular Bizarre readers will recognise the name Pauly Unstoppable. He’s cropped up in dozens of articles we’ve written about body modification, and he was all over the Body Art book we published last year (still available in good book shops, since you ask.) Love body mods and tattoos? Take a peek at our Bizarre Body Art 2 book He even appeared on our cover, with two knives sticking through what were once the largest known nostril stretchings in the world. But until now we’ve never written anything exclusively about Pauly, despite the fact he’s one of the most recognisable faces on the body modification scene, and someone Bizarre readers clearly admire. We’re sorry. Enjoy.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 27, 2012 Should I let my daughter get a piercing?
by Dr. Michael Dickinson
The teen years are challenging times in which, as a parent, you need to protect your child’s health while respecting their emerging independence and desire to make decisions about their own body. Generally, if there is minimal risk involved, letting your teen make her own choices is usually the best option, even if that choice rubs you the wrong way. Teens who want to dye their hair purple or get a brush cut (or even a Mohawk!) would be some examples.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 26, 2012 West Coast Tattoo show leaves its mark on Coquitlam
by John Kurucz
It's a big commitment, it's fairly expensive and it hurts. Tim Lajambe's characterization of the tattooing process doesn't necessarily sound like a ringing endorsement to get inked up, but that hasn't stopped thousands of people from flocking to the annual tattoo shows he's organized over the past four years. Having previously staged the West Coast Tattoo and Culture Show in Abbotsford, Langley and Vancouver, the 37-year-old Port Moody native is now gearing up for this weekend's fourth rendition of the show, which runs from Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29 at the Boulevard Casino.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 26, 2012 Don't trust study that finds people with tattoos drink more
by Danielle Carpenter
Researchers in France say people with tattoos drink more than those who don’t, and now American newspapers are trying to tell the public this is a fact and happening in the U.S., too. Coming from someone who has a tattoo, these results are outrageous. Researchers from the Universite de Bretagne-Sud, in Morbihan, France, went to 21 bars on four Saturday nights, in Brittany, France, and asked roughly 3,000 people as they were exiting if they could Breathalyze them. Out of those who agreed, apparently the people with tattoos had consumed more alcohol than those without.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Industrial Piercing
by Piercing Community
Industrial piercing is a special type of piercing where two (or sometimes more) pierced holes are connected with a single jewelry- most of the cases with a long barbell while occasionally with a curved one. Industrial piercing is frequently performed on ear, though it is possible to make it in any other part of the body. This sort of piercing was first introduced by a Californian piercer Erik Dakota in “Body Play Magazine” #4 (1992), where it was titled as “industrial ear project.” Industrial piercing is nowadays becoming very popular among the youngsters throughout the world and especially in western countries. It is also known as- Crossbow piercing (in Canada), Construction piercing (in Alaska), Scaffold piercing (in the UK and Australia), and Transversal piercing (in Brazil).
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 23, 2012 Not just 'grinding ink' anymore
by Jeremy Warren
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan -- Now that tattoos are becoming more mainstream, the ink industry is hoping to keep growing and improving with the rise in popularity. "I don't know if the trend is going to continue, but I hope so," said Patrick Burke, owner of Saskatoon's Rites of Passage tattoo shop and organizer of the Ink Alley Tattoo and Art Show, which ran during the weekend at Prairieland Park. "(Increasing popularity) will help the industry become cleaner and more professional." Burke said Saskatoon tattoo artists are working to establish a guild for their profession, partly to help the industry navigate and improve health regulations.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 23, 2012 Experts call for greater regulation of the body modification industry
by Madeleine Brindley
Wales -- Experts have called on the Welsh Government to take steps to regulate the whole body modification industry rather than just cosmetic piercing. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health in Wales believes new rules should be introduced to cover all forms of body modification, including piercing, cosmetic fillers and the extreme practice of scarification. The call comes as the Welsh Government is planning to introduce a new law, which would mean all children under 16 must have their parents’ permission before they can get a piercing. A consultation revealed widespread support among piercers, the public and young people for such a move.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 21, 2012 Natural & Organic Body Jewelry - History, Types & Care
by Tim Turner
For those that want to learn about the history of natural and organic body jewelry, I'll take you back 4,000 years ago during the days of the Egyptian Pharaohs. Body jewelry during these times were only for the royal family. In these days, only the royal family and the wealthy were allowed body piercings. But only the Pharaoh was allowed a belly button piercing. Anyone who had a belly button piercing, besides the Pharaoh, was executed. But the Egyptians loved their body jewelry and it put people in a different social class. It even was thought to bring luck or even special powers to those who wore it.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, April 21, 2012 When ink stinks
by Chase Olivarius-Mcallister
Tattoos have long been crucial to human beautification. They adorn the back, right knee and ankles of Ötzi, a German-Italian better known as the “Iceman,” whose mummified corpse is 5,200 years old. After England's defeat at the Battle of Hastings, King Harold's body was identified by his tattoos. According to a recent Harris Poll, tattoos have become only more popular since then. Whereas 14 percent of U.S. adults reported having a tattoo in 2008, the number jumped to 21 percent this year. Tattoos appear particularly prized in the West, where 26 percent of adults reported having at least one tattoo in 2012 – compared with 21 percent in the East and Midwest, and 18 percent in the South. But local tattoo artists say the real boom is not in tattooing, but in tattoo removal.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 20, 2012 Tough crowd: Scientists found link between tattoos and heavy drinking
by National Post
PARIS — French scientists said Monday they have found evidence proving the stereotype that people who sport tattoos and piercings are heavier drinkers. Alcohol tests performed on nearly 2,000 young men and women frequenting bars in the west of France showed a strong correlation between body art and boozing, they said. “Pierced and/or tattooed individuals had consumed more alcohol in bars on a Saturday night than patrons in the same bars who were non-pierced and non-tattooed,” said a study for the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 20, 2012 Human Branding Body Modification
by Pounded Ink
Today we’ll look into perhaps the most painful of all body modifications, human branding. Branding is a process that involves burning the skin in a manner that will result in a permanent scar or mark, usually in a pattern or the shape of a specific symbol. Branding works through the process of controlled injury and should never be considered “Safe”. Although if applied by a professional with experience in branding the risk could be considered acceptable.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 19, 2012 Gauge your tribal quotient
by Tenzin Dechen
After piercings and tattoos, extended earlobes seem to be the next level of cool. Inspired by celebrities and music icons, youngsters in the city are going for tribal style gauge earrings — involving a long, often painful process of gradually stretching the size of the earlobes to the desired level. While some go for the real deal, fake gauge earrings are also popular. Student Ankit T, who has been wearing a taper in one ear for the past three years, adds, “I got it done by a friend in college and I’ve just been slowly pushing it in further by myself. Now it’s reached the maximum level and people always do a double take when they see me the first time.” That, he admits, is exactly the reason why he wears the earring.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 19, 2012 Ink link to loved ones
by Kieran Banks
Ipswich inkers are opting to have a permanent reminder of a loved one's passing etched on their skin. Commemorating passed family members and brandishing the names of children are the latest tattooing trends to hit Ipswich. Tattooist Tina Johnson said getting the names and birth and death dates were the most common requests. She sees more and more Ipswich people sitting in her tattooist chair at Heritage Custom Tattooing on Limestone St making the same request.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 19, 2012 Atomic Tattoo conquers mall taboo
by PR News Channel
Atomic Tattoos has done something that is virtually unheard of in the tattoo industry; the company has opened parlors inside shopping malls. In the past, having a tattoo shop in a mall was rather taboo. However, with a newer, younger audience to cater to, and malls struggling to rent their space, they’ve allowed select tattoo companies to open mall locations. With the added locations, the older audience has also joined in to the tattoo crowd. “My 54-year-old mom came with me to get my tattoo at the Atomic Brandon Mall studio,” said customer D’Anna Fiorelli. “After seeing that it wasn’t a ‘back-alley, sketchy’ location, she set up an appointment for herself.”
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 12, 2012 Think before you ink, says top tattoo artist
by Tom Bennett
Geelong tattoo artist Jason Stewart presents as the responsible face of the ink business. He said not everyone who came into his parlour received the body art they ask for. "I believe we have a duty of care to our prospective customers," he said. "We don't do racist slogans, Swastika designs, drug paraphernalia or anything profane." He said he often refused to do neck and face tattoos, especially on the young. "I try to suss people out and where they are going with their lives," he said. "I recently had a young bloke come in who wanted a dagger tattooed onto his neck and face. "He was an engineering student, so I told him to come back when he knew where his career was going." Mr Stewart also advised people against having the name of a lover imprinted on a visible part of their body because "the romance may be over within a few months and then the whole tattoo thing becomes an embarrassment".
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Rihanna Reveals Her Style Icons And Talks Tattoos
by Lucia Binding
The ever evolving style of superstar Rihanna is almost as talked about as her music, and in the May issue of Company magazine, the singer reveals who her fashion icons are and why she likes getting inked so much. The 23-year-old is known to experiment with her style, fleeting from boyish and trendy looks to downright raunchy, and changes her hair colour more often than most people have hot dinners. But it may come as a surprise to you that RiRi's style icons aren't exactly... conventional. The singer has revealed that her many daring outfits could be inspired by the only and only, Rod Stewart.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Eye Liner Temporary Tattoos
With nail designs all the rage, here comes the next phase in beauty art: temporary eye liner tattoos. I first heard about the concept back in October when Dior launched a line of velvet eyeliner patches made to mimic the look at their Spring Couture show. Dior’s eyeliner patches “velvet eyes” come in all different sizes- from thin to thick to bedazzled ones. The patches are applied directly to your lids and are secured best by using eyelash glue.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 09, 2012 'Game of Thrones' Fans Pledge Family Loyalty With Tattoos
by Amy Corr
Does your loyalty lie with the Stark, Greyjoy, Baratheon, Lannister or Targaryen family? It’s a question that fans of the popular HBO series, “Game of Thrones” can answer without hesitation. But is your loyalty steadfast? Dedicated enough to make a permanent pledge on your body? To promote the April 2 premiere of season two of “Game of Thrones,” HBO put fan loyalty to the test with “Pledge Your Allegiance,” a Facebook app that allowed fans to preview five videos -- one for each family -- and pledge their loyalty prior to the premiere.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, April 08, 2012 Tattoos a form of communication
by Erica Bajer
Niagra, Ontario -- The ink owls on her arm are a memorial tribute to her grandparents. Perched among tiger lily’s, the owls take up most of the top of Jessica Ciaramelle’s right arm. She wears them proudly. “They helped raise me and I learned a lot from them,” the 30-year-old Brock University communications student said. Ciaramelle’s tattoo, one of many, inspired her to explore body art as a form of communication for a poster project in her media analysis course. She discovered through her research, a survey of tattoo shop customers and interviews with tattoo artists, that most ink means something to the people whose skin it’s on.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 06, 2012 Piercing in Iowa: There are no rules
by Joanne Boeckman
Christina Brandt of Waukee made a point of watching the professional piercer sterilize the needle he used while piercing her belly button last summer. But even so, within a few weeks her navel was swollen, red, tender and pus-filled. Brandt, now 21, sought the advice of another piercer who removed the silver ring she had purchased from a local mall shop. He showed her that the ring was not the right quality or size to allow for swelling in a fresh piercing. “It was faded and losing its color, and he told me, ‘All of that is going into your body.’ It was very scary,” Brandt said.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, April 06, 2012 Columbus body piercer hooked on suspension
by Caitlin Farkas
Colorful tattoos, gauged ears and horns are all physical modifications that grace the body of 32-year-old Jared Anderson. If you passed Anderson on High Street, you might be quick to judge the horns implanted on his head as satanic in nature, but you’d probably be off-base. He’s not going to steal your kid’s candy or even open the gate to the underworld. Anderson will, however, fascinate you with his hobby: suspension. Suspension performers hang themselves from hooks that pierce through the skin in various places.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 05, 2012 Kimberly Caldwell talks tattoos, 'Best Ink'
by Brian Mansfield
Kimberly Caldwell was inkless when she competed on American Idol in 2003. Now, though, she's host of Oxygen's Best Ink tattoo-artist competition, and she's got seven tattoos of her own. The first one came not long after Idol -- a music note with an angel wing, a design she'd created in high school, that she had put on her left shoulder blade. "My best friend in high school passed away, so that's the angel wing, and, of course, I love music, so that's the music note," she says. "I used to draw it on every single binder that I had."
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, April 05, 2012 A Tattoo for Beverley
by Sarah Payne
Coquitlam, B.C. -- Beverley Klein was many things in her 73 years. A doted-on little sister to two brothers. A devoted mother to four boys. A wife, three times over. A sweet little girl who adored her Air Force father, and never dreamed of disobeying him. That is, until recently. Klein was dying of cancer and spending her last days at Crossroads Hospice. It was hospice volunteers who hatched a plan to fulfill a lifelong dream of Klein’s — a bit of giddy rebellion for a woman who has always played by the rules. Klein got a tattoo. It came nearly 60 years after she first asked her father for permission to get one, and was promptly refused.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 02, 2012 More Than Just a Jewel: Body Piercings As Outlets of Expression
by Amanda Piccolino
Many are reviving an old tribal practice as a means of personal statement.
Whether used to resist conservative society, symbolize a subculture, or simply look cool, body piercings are marks of individuality and expression for many. For Brianna Theodore’ 12, who has a belly button ring and nine distinct cartilage piercings that cover nearly the entire length of her ear, they are a mark of rebellion and personal empowerment. “My parents don’t know about my belly button,” Theodore said. “But finally this year I decided it was my body, and I was going to get it done at some point regardless of their opinion.”
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, April 02, 2012 Vibrating tattoo alerts patent filed by Nokia in US
by BBC News
Vibrating magnetic tattoos may one day be used to alert mobile phone users to phone calls and text messages if Nokia follows up a patent application. The Finnish company has described the idea in a filing to the US Patent and Trademark Office. It describes tattooing, stamping or spraying "ferromagnetic" material onto a user's skin and then pairing it with a mobile device. It suggests different vibrations could be used to create a range of alerts.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, March 31, 2012 The Evolution of Tattoo Art
by Joe Capobianco
While it's not entirely known what spurred early man to tattoo their bodies, we do know that the proof of tattoos dates way back to frozen tribesmen and ancient mummies. Mankind has always seemed to have some need, or love, of the tattoo art form. Many cultures throughout the ages have used hand-poked tattoo techniques for their religious and tribal beliefs. Certain tribes in Somoa and Borneo use tattooing as a rite of passage for the individual to this day, honoring all of the ceremony and tools of their history. In Japan, a few master tattooers still use tools whose conception is nearly as old as the myths and legends of the stories and characters they portray on the skin of their clients old and young. Both of these ancient styles are even being handed down and used by a few of the newer generation of tattooist today.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, March 31, 2012 Oregon Piercing Test Pioneer -- But Few Takers
Salem, Oregon -- Ever on the leading edge of body art regulation, Oregon regulators are now waiting for practitioners to catch up --- judging by the lack of candidates for what is probably the nation's first body piercing practical examination. The Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) instituted both a written and practical examination on January 1 as qualifiers for both new applicants entering the body piercing field and as a condition of renewal for existing body piercing licensee. Even though OHLA is offering the examinations at no cost to existing body piercers whose licenses are up for renewal, only a handful have taken the agency up on the offer.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, March 31, 2012 Tattoo artist helps cancer survivors
Few tattoo artists tell their clients they could win a wet T-shirt contest. Then again, few tattoo artists are quite like Vincent "Vinnie" Myers. In his shop in a modest strip mall in Finksburg, a half-hour drive from Baltimore, Myers specializes in tattooing nipples and areolas onto women who have undergone breast cancer surgery. Using precisely mixed pigments, he creates a perfect 3-D illusion of the real thing - and in doing so, enables women who have undergone mastectomies to feel fully like women once again. "It's far more rewarding than anything else I have ever done," said Myers, 49, who has dedicated the last decade of his 28 years as a tattoo artist concentrating on post-op cosmetic tattoos.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, March 26, 2012 Boomers embracing their bodies as canvas
by Krista Siefken
Cowichan Valley, BC -- Linda Baldwin has a bumper sticker that really sums up the new attitude on body art. "Tattoos — not just for sailors and whores anymore." And that's a growing consensus — even among the 50s-and-older crowd. In fact, more and more baby boomers are viewing their bodies as an art canvas. They're ready and willing to try a bold new hair colour or style — think a purple streak, or a chic cut — or finally get that tattoo they've always wanted. "It's definitely changing," says Richard Hickey, owner and tattoo artist at Primal Urge Body Art.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, March 26, 2012 A Day In The Life: Body Piercing Artist
by Nick Waldner
Body piercings are ways that people can accent their physical features in their own way. Shaun Saylor has been doing piercings for 7 years. Saylor enjoys working with his customers at Marked 4 Life along Eastern Boulevard in York. Saylor says there isn't a piercing he hasn't done and he loves to make people happy with his work. Saylor prides himself on providing customers with the safest and most visually pleasing piercings.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, March 25, 2012 Women going bigger, bolder with their tattoos
by Vanessa Brown
Regina, Saskachewan -- Nearly half of Amanda Crews’ body is tattooed. One of her biggest features an aqua-coloured diamond entwined in a bed of roses that stretches across her chest from shoulder to shoulder. Two others sit just above the piece, creeping up each side of her neck and landing near her ears. For those who don’t like what they see, Crews is unapologetic. “I remember a time when women didn’t want to get elaborate tattoos because they thought it would take away their femininity, take away their beauty,” she said.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, March 25, 2012 Let’s Customize: Bikes and tattoos a popular combination
by Jim Leggett
Montreal, Quebec -- Quebec has had a long and tumultuous history when it comes to bikers, and with good reason. But with any group or association, you should avoid painting everyone with a wide brush because you will likely miss out on meeting some people who are very passionate about the art of the custom motorcycle. A similarly judged community is that of the tattooists and their clients. Some of today’s most talented artists are creating their works of art on the temporal surfaces of the human body. These masterpieces have finite lifespans, those of their patrons. When they pass from this earth, so does the artwork.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Students follow new piercing trend
by Ricky Solomon
For many teenagers, college is the first time that they get a glimpse of freedom. Many take advantage of this newly found independence and begin to experiment. Some dabble with alcohol, some resort to drugs. Others, however, find comfort in getting piercings. The sense of autonomy that many college students have causes them to take part in activities, such as body piercing. Body piercing seems to be all the rage as of late, with many people, old and young, participating in this craze. Standard ear piercing has become obsolete with the many different options and body parts to choose from in this day and age. Dermal perforation has become one of the most popular types of piercings in pop culture.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, March 18, 2012 Toronto Fashion Week: Rick Genest ‘Zombie Boy’ creeps for Montreal’s Mackage
by David Livingstone
Toronto, Ontario -- Rick Genest, who also goes by Rico the Zombie or just plain Zombie Boy, is one head-to-toe tattoo that depicts living death in record-holding numbers of images of bugs and bones. But within all that freaky ink resides a modest soul. Asked what he thinks his talent is, he answers with a good-natured, honest laugh, “My talent? It’s hard to say. I mean, everything I can do, I’ve seen someone do it better, so I don’t know if you’d call it talent.” In international fashion circles, Genest, a 26-year-old Montrealer, has been a star since early 2011. Discovered by Nicola Formichetti, creative director at Mugler and stylist to Lady Gaga, he appeared on the Mugler catwalk and in Gaga’s “Born This Way” video.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, March 18, 2012 Body suspension a painful art
by Emma Beer
It would ''hurt like hell'' but body suspension is beautiful, says skin puppeteer Richard Barker. Mr Barker and his partner, Sylvia Regan, are the co-founders of Christchurch-based group Skin Puppets. ''We're an extreme sports performance group,'' he said. The couple recently travelled to Wellington where they performed seven ''lifts''. They are returning next week, and will be performing at the Capital Fetish Ball in Wellington in August. Although some people associated lifts with bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism and masochism (BDSM), it was not done as a sexual thing, he said. ''The serious practitioners won't see it as a sexual outlet. ''People do it for a number of different reasons. Some do it for personal reasons, some because they want to prove themselves, some think, 'Wow, that's exciting' and some see it as a form of spirituality.''
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, March 17, 2012 Tatooing: A craft handed down from master to apprentice
Forget Chinese characters and the Southern Cross, there is much more to tattoos than following kitsch trends. Tattooing is considered a craft by many in the industry and rightly so. "It's an informal apprenticeship. It's a craft that's handed down from master to apprentice," says Kian Forreal from Inner Vision Tattoo in Sydney. Forreal says it takes years of practice before you develop a skills set. The drawing he does at home is only one aspect of the process, he says, "but the craft of getting the art onto the skin is the real technical stuff".
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, March 17, 2012 Adoring the human canvas
by David Stout
Humans have adorned their bodies since the earliest recorded times. In some ancient cultures these embellishments were primarily temporary decorations, like the use of make-up by the Egyptians (as early as 3500 B.C. according to archaeological evidence) or the art of mehndi, in which a henna-derived ink is used to draw intricate designs on the skin, in India. For other societies, however, gilding the body meant permanent modification of its form. Examples of these alterations span from the widespread practices of tattooing and piercing to more exotic customs such as neck stretching by the Kayan women of Burma, Chinese foot-binding for girls, cranial shaping within numerous Native American tribes and much more.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Body Piercing 101
Are you thinking of getting your ears pierced? What about other parts of your body? If you're considering it, here's the lowdown on what you need to know to make an informed decision. How is body piercing done? A professional inserts a hollow needle through the body part getting pierced. Then a piece of jewelry is placed into the hole. What can you get pierced? Earlobes, nostrils and bellybuttons are pierced most often. You could also get your eyebrow, cheek, lip, tongue or other fleshy body parts pierced.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, March 12, 2012 Fox's tattoo removal 'painful'
by Toronto Sun
Actress Megan Fox struggled to sit through her first tattoo removal procedure to erase a Marilyn Monroe inking - because the laser sessions are "incredibly painful". The Transformers star grew tired of displaying the face of the late Hollywood icon on her forearm and turned to experts to get rid of the prominent piece of body art. But the first session left Fox wincing in pain, with the star likening the ink removal to "little kernels of popcorn popping up" from her skin.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, March 12, 2012 'Glee' Star Lea Michele Is No Rachel Berry & She Has the Tats to Prove It
by Jeanne Sager
Ever since she became a bona fide star, it seems like Lea Michele has been haunted by comparisons to Rachel Berry, the character she plays on Glee. Which wouldn't be so bad, except, well, Rachel isn't all that likeable, is she? Speaking as a Gleek, I'm going to go ahead and admit she's kind of prissy and way into herself. But Lea seems much more fun. So I was glad to hear the actress dishing about all her body art this week to Prestige magazine. And by all her body art, I mean A LOT of body art. This does not sound like a Rachel Berry moment at all!
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, March 11, 2012 Women wild about ink
by Pya Sinha-Roy
Think tattoos are mostly for toughlooking men and only a few women? Think again. The fair sex is getting inked more often these days, according to a new poll. The TV network behind the new show Best Ink and Lightspeed Research asked just more than 1,000 people across the United States about their perceptions of body art. It turns out 59 per cent of women have tattoos compared to 41 per cent of men. But women get their ink in different shapes and sizes than men, and the act of putting a piece of art on their skin is often a shared experience. The number of tattooed celebrities and TV shows have increased cultural acceptance and spurred more people to not only get them, but display them openly.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, March 11, 2012 Piercings trend toward quality, uniqueness
by Jess Knight
Like clothing, hair and makeup, body piercing trends evolve and change frequently. The first recording of a body piercing — a nose ring — was documented about 4,000 years ago in the Middle East. “There really isn’t anything that hasn’t been done,” said piercer Leo Ziebol, who owns 5 Point Studios in Clive. “Pushing the envelope with the area you get pierced isn’t happening anymore,” he said. “It’s the jewelry. That’s how you can be unique.” You can choose from titanium, precious metals or surgical steel for rod piercings. Or wood, acrylic, glass, stone, metals, bone and more for ear plugs. Or precious stones, glass designs, wood carvings and more for decorative elements.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, March 09, 2012 People with piercings still facing job hurdles
by Kylie Northover
Amelia O'Reilly has 20 piercings and two jobs: one is her profession, the other a casual job. One of her employers requires her to cover her piercings - but it isn't the one you would expect. She works full-time as a psychiatric nurse at the Austin Hospital - where her piercings are accepted. ''I had most of my piercings when they hired me and I didn't take them out at the interview,'' she says. But as a casual usher at one of Melbourne's biggest concert and sporting venues, she must cover them up. ''The only thing I change when I'm nursing is I flip the septum piercing up, for safety, so nobody grabs it,'' the 23-year-old says.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, March 09, 2012 Unlicensed basement tattoo artist shut down
by Darcy Wintonyk and Lynda Steele
Langford, British Columbia -- Health authorities on Vancouver Island have shut down an unlicensed basement tattoo artist after complaints he tattooed girls as young as 14 without parental permission. Grace Figueiredo contacted CTV's Steele on Your Side after her 14-year-old daughter came home with a Chinese character tattooed on her hip. The teen said she had been inked by Douglas Hughes, who tattoos from his brother's home in Langford. "I was livid," Figueiredo said. "I'm still a bit livid."
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, March 09, 2012 Women Get More Tattoos Than Men
by Catherine Q. O'Neill
When I turned 18, I was dead set on getting a tattoo. I had the brilliant idea of spelling out a Greek word on my side, but thankfully my older sister (who'd had her own experience with bilingual ink) stepped in. "Wait two years," she told me. "If you still want it after that time, get it." Sure enough, two years passed and I couldn't believe I'd ever considered a four-inch tattoo (in a language I don't even speak, by the way). My sister wasn't so lucky: It took her multiple, painful laser surgeries to remove the two Japanese symbols on her back and neck. But according to an Oxygen media poll conducted by Lightspeed Research, we're not the only girls piqued by the idea.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, March 05, 2012 Tattoo guide the CBSA’s newest weapon in the fight against gangs
by Sheila Dabu Nonato
Ottawa, Ontario -- Canadian Border Services agents may have one more tool to help in detecting gang members or members of a criminal organization: a new tattoo handbook. According to the Canadian Border Services Agency, a cat tattoo can represent a prisoner’s “life as a thief.” “A single cat signifies that the criminal acted alone, while several cats together show that the criminal was part of a gang,” the handbook said. The head of a tomcat is considered “good luck” for a thief or serves as a warning “as it signifies a dangerous criminal who hates law enforcement, especially if worn on the chest,”according to the agency.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, March 05, 2012 'Dotted' designs, a new trend in tattoos
by Pooja Kulkarni
If you like geometry, this one's for you. Area, angle, perimeter, circumference; no we aren't talking of studies here, but of inking all these on your body. Surprised? Welcome to 'Dottism' - the latest trend in tattoos which are made of geometrical designs. Made popular internationally by tattoo artists like Xed lehead, Kostas, Amanda Rouse and having entered the Mumbai and New Delhi market a while ago, these dotted little things now feature in the design menu of the city tattoo parlours as well. So what are dotted tattoos? Tatoo artist, Andy Haq explains, "Basically, dotted tattoos are geometrical patterns drawn in shapes like triangles, squares, rectangles. These look very eye catching and the entire tattoo is a multiplication of the same pattern that can go on till eternity.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, March 02, 2012 Mile End ink: Bodkin tattoo has left a mark on Bernard
by Nathalie On'Neill
Montreal, Quebec -- A little over a year ago, Mile End’s Bernard gained a welcome addition for ink enthusiasts. Artist Dominique Bodkin owns Bodkin Tattoo, a neighborhood business with a cozy feel and a sharp approach to body art. Business is growing swiftly for this Mile End parlor, who recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The shop is one large room, with a small, enclosed area at the back for clients who prefer to have ink applied away from curious onlookers. The place feels like an old repurposed Mile End apartment, with vintage wall trim and mouldings. Posters of classic tattoo drawings and inked sailors share the wall with eclectic art prints.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, March 02, 2012 It’s called a tramp stamp, but I call my lower back tattoo a sign of the times
by Corina Milic
Toronto, Ontario -- White-knuckled, I focus on the drawings of well-endowed school girls bursting out of their uniforms on the wall across the room. My eyes travel past them to classic pin-ups and more generic anchors, roses and butterflies before the needle’s first zing, piercing a thin layer of skin in the middle of my lower back. I clench my teeth and see spots. A three-inch high, one-and-a-half-inch wide angel emerges just above my backside. I was 18. In Germany and Australia, they’re called “ass antlers.” In Canada, the term is “tramp stamp.” Mine is rather larger than the usual flower or Disney character, but it still qualifies. And 10 years after first getting inked, I simultaneously love and am embarrassed by my tat.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, March 01, 2012 Love it or loathe it? Send us a picture of your tattoo
by The Toronto Star
Love it or loathe it? We want to see your tattoo. Email a picture of your body art, subject line “tattoo,” to email@example.com. Please include your name, and number and a description of the tattoo and what inspired you to get it. Your story could be featured in the Toronto Star or thestar.com at a later date.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, March 01, 2012 Which body piercings are the most dangerous?
by Kate Allt
Generally, infection is the most common side effect of a piercing, and it all depends on where you get it done. The ear, which is relatively exposed, is a low risk area, while genital piercings are the most high-risk area. It can also depend on what kind of piercing -- a post, ring or loop -- you get in a given area. "There's some things, for example, let's say you get your nose pierced, the nares of your nose. Well, if it's the kind of thing where you have a post, so you have a back to the post, where the back to the post is inside your nose, right? Sometimes what can happen is you're going to inhale that in your airway," said Patricia Quinlisk, State Medical Director for the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 26, 2012 Lasers easing tattoo remorse
by Monica Robins
Tattoo regret is an expression for someone who has "inked" and now wishes they hadn't. With tattooing more popular than ever, getting the artwork removed is growing in demand as well. And today's technology is making tattoo remorse, a lot more bearable. Angel Claudio is the proud owner of 3 tattoos. It's number 4 that he can do without. "As soon as it went on I knew I wasn't happy with it. Sometimes I would find myself wearing a short sleeve shirt in the middle of summer, a t-shirt", Angel says. Not comfortable with older tattoo removal technology, which often involved left painful scarring, Angel waited almost 20 years until he heard about Dr. Lydia Parker, and her success with tattoo removal.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 25, 2012 The lowdown on body piercing: Dermatologists study, offer checklist
by Shari Roan
In one of the most comprehensive health examinations of body piercing, researchers have found that the wildly popular fashion statement is relatively safe although about 20% of piercings become infected. Northwestern University dermatologists analyzed the overall safety, complications and medical consequences of piercings, focusing on the ear, nose, mouth, nipple, navel and male and female genitalia. They found infections, although treatable, were the most common complication, followed by allergies, loss of blood, scarring and interference of medical procedures, such as X-ray or ultrasound.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 25, 2012 Tumblr Takes a Stand; Prohibits Self-Harm Blogs
by Brianne Moore
The internet, and social networking sites especially, have become valuable spaces for people to form communities and share ideas and inspiration. Unfortunately, these sites can be used for ill as well as good, as we’ve seen with vicious crowds gathering to bully someone on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere. Some sites are starting to fight back; most recently, microblogging site Tumblr announced plans to prohibit blogs that promote self-harm, self-mutilation, eating disorders, and suicide. [...]While many applaud it, some decry the move as an attack on free speech and wonder just how far Tumblr will take it—will they remove blogs that promote excessive piercings and tattoos, considering them a type of self-mutilation?
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Women and Tattoos: Part 3
by WKBN News
The popularity of body art, such as tattoos and piercings, have created conversations in the workplace. Do employers allow it to be shown or do employees have to cover up? Tattoos come in all shapes and sizes, and are expressive art right on the body. Industry veterans said hit TV shows with people sporting ink have helped build interest. "Like 'oh wow, everybody and all different races, lifestyles are getting tattooed so it must be OK'," said Debbie Lenz, owner of Artistic Dermagraphics in Boardman. But going big and bold in not so private places could be problematic in the workplace.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 20, 2012 Women and Tattoos: Part 2
by WKBN News
Some consider tattoos a fad, while others feel they are a true appreciation of art. "Every tattoo that I have means something to me. I'm not going to just mark up my body because hey it's the cool thing to do," said Jena Kosinski of Austintown. Kosinski got her first tattoo at 16. Now, at 18, she has five of them. A cross on her left shoulder is a representation of her faith. A vine, which extends from her back right shoulder to her back left hip is a work still in progress. The Youngstown State University freshman notices the popularity of women choosing to get inked.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 19, 2012 Women and Tattoos: Part 1
by WKBN News
Researchers say more women are choosing to get tattoos, and some in places they can't hide. "Thirty years ago, women were getting tattoos, the majority of them were very small like on the hip, the back shoulder, the ankle and mostly hidden," said tattoo artist Debbie Lenz. Lenz remembers inking those dainty designs 30 years ago. Now a veteran tattoo artist, she works her magic at her shop, Artistic Dermagraphics in Boardman. And, she has seen an increase in women choosing to get inked. "But getting larger tattoos, you know, and not being afraid to like hang it out there, show it," Lenz said. "You know what, people hang their art on the wall, I like to walk around with mine," said body piercer Lisa Rouse.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 19, 2012 9 Tips Before Getting Your Body Pierced
by Cari Nierenberg
Women once got their ears pierced simply to wear a wider variety of jewelry. But these days, more and more women and men are getting other parts of their bodies pierced -- from eyebrows and noses to navels, tongues, and genitals -- as a popular form of personal, cultural, or artistic expression. By one U.S. estimate, 49% of women and 19% of men aged 18 to 50 had piercings in their earlobes in 2004. And 21% of women and 8% of men had piercings in other places. When done by a trained professional, body piercing is fairly safe overall. The most common problem is infection, affecting up to 20% of all piercings, according to a new review by dermatologists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 17, 2012 Health unit issues warning about home-based tattooing
by London Community News
London, Ontario -- The Middlesex-London Health Unit is warning people of potential health risks associated with home-based tattoo parlours after inspectors found a shop using unhygienic procedures. After receiving a complaint, health unit inspectors visited the Arbour Glen Crescent residence and found several infractions, including improper cleaning, disinfection and sterilization practices. Given the potential risk of blood-borne infections due to improper practices, the health unit advises anyone who received a tattoo or other body art at this, or any other unlicensed location, to contact their health care provider or visit a walk-in clinic and arrange for blood testing. The health unit emphasizes this advisory is being issued as a precaution.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 17, 2012 Spike orders more Ink Master
by Clive Whittingham
Viacom owned US cablenet Spike TV has ordered a second season of tattoo themed competition series Ink Master, increasing the number of episodes from season one. Spike will air 13 new episodes of Ink Master produced by Original Media with air dates to be announced shortly. The first series premiered on January 17 and is currently halfway through an eight episode run, averaging 1.5 million viewers in its Tuesday 22.00 timeslot. In the show ten of the US’s top tattoo artists compete for a US$100,000 prize, editorial feature in tattoo magazine Inked and the title of Ink Master.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 This will only hurt a bit
by Jessica Pain
A skull of Homo erectus, a strand of DNA wrapping around his leg and an anatomical heart are inked into his skin. The bright light behind his golden hair captures his own work — gauged ears and a pierced chin. Western junior Thomas Hall holds a sterilized needle and pierces it through the skin. “Take a deep breath,” he said. It is over in a matter of seconds. Blood begins to surface as Hall cleans up his client’s newly-pierced ears. Western sophomores Zarina Ismagilova and Emma Destromp went together to get their ears pierced. It is not unusual for friends to go together for moral support, said Hall, a body piercer at Chameleon Ink Tattoo & Body Piercing in Bellingham.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Love Ink'corporated
by Anjali Jhangiani
Tattoo artists from around the city suggest innovative designs for Valentine's Day -- Till death do us apart is an apt slogan for the festival of love. We suggest you and your Valentine get a tattoo as a lasting symbol of your love. If you're sceptical about inking names on your body, you can indulge in tattoos with visuals instead. "Usually, we discourage our customers from tattooing the names of their partners because six months down the line they come back to us to cover it up with another design," explains Nirmal Bihani, tattoo artist at Guns at Work, Koregaon Park. "Instead, we suggest a similar tattoo for both partners such as a star, dove or something that has a more significant meaning for them," he adds.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 13, 2012 Leggings or skinny jeans?
by Marissa Katz
The alarm goes off at 7:15 a.m. and panic begins to set in. That alarm, which rang so lovingly, was over an hour late. And now you have to deal with the rush of picking out an outfit that seems at least somewhat acceptable. So what to wear? Should you stick to a casual look—leggings, or a little bit nicer—skinny jeans? The looks are similar but slightly different. But that one tiny little difference could alter your entire day. With such a hard decision looming overhead, how can you possibly be expected to choose? To start off with the basics: leggings are for longer shirts, i.e. shirts that hit mid thigh. Nobody really wants to see someone walking around in leggings and a short t-shirt, her bottom on display for the whole world to see.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 12, 2012 The Most Tattooed Athletes
by Eric Newman
Athletes get tattoos for a number of reasons: to have a sense of belonging, to alter their public image, to feel powerful, to bring good luck or ward off bad luck, to honor family, to honor their team, to honor their home town, to honor God, to remind themselves of hard times or humble beginnings or just to see how nifty the tats will look pixelated in the latest version of NBA 2K. Some athletes stop at one or two. Some have up to a dozen. Others, well, they fill up the canvas.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 11, 2012 Where adornment meets anthropology
by David Larter
If jewelry is on your Valentine’s Day shopping list and diamonds are out of your budget, you might check out Onetribe Organics’ new location. But instead of rings and bracelets, be ready to consider labrets, spikes, tusks and plugs. After nine years, Jared Karnes, who designs and makes body jewelry that is equal parts adornment and anthropology, has moved his crew to 211 W. Seventh St. from 403 Stockton St.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 10, 2012 “Think Before You Ink” service offered by Tattoos for Now
by Wire Service Canada
For almost twenty years now, permanent body art has been a growing trend in fashion and popular culture and shows no signs of abating anytime soon. Just look around you! It’s not just sailors, heavy metal musicians, or Maori warriors that get tattoos these days. Everyone, from corporate executives, to clergymen, to suburban soccer moms, even senior citizens now seem to be “getting ink” as having a tattoo becomes both more popular and socially acceptable.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, February 10, 2012 Experts answer piercing questions
by Stephanie Geske
For students away from home and free from parental reign for the first time, piercings or tattoos can seem like ways to assert individuality or maturity. But some botched jobs can ruin the fun of having this work done, so here are a few things to keep in mind. Safety first. The easiest way to ensure a safe piercing is to go to a clean shop, said Chris Pollok, a body piercer at Red Room Tattoo. Ask questions about how they sterilize equipment. If they can't come up with answers to basic questions, that's a problem.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 09, 2012 Thinking of a tattoo or piercing?: Get it done safely!
by Prairie Post
Cypress County, Alberta -- If you are considering a tattoo or body piercing, Cypress Health Region’s Public Health Inspection department is encouraging you to ensure that it is completed in a safe and sanitary environment. The region’s Public Health Inspectors have always included all ‘personal service facilities’ in their massive list of organizations that require routine inspections to ensure public safety. These facilities may provide invasive procedures such as tattooing and body piercing which carry a high risk if not done safely. Tattooing injects ink deep into the second layer of the skin (dermis), while piercing breaks the skin and inserts jewelry. With the increased popularity for self expression, Public Health Inspectors want to ensure that practices offered to the public are done safely.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 09, 2012 Rihanna's 'Thug Life' Joins List Of Hip-Hop Tattoo Tributes
by Gil Kaufman
Rihanna has raised a lot of eyebrows this week with her latest body modification: a tattoo that reads "Thug Life", in honor of late hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur. While 'Pac had the words emblazoned across his abdomen, Rihanna opted to write them across her knuckles in what appears to be glow-in-the-dark ink. Say what you will about whether the pop princess is living the kind of rising-up-from-the-streets life Shakur was honoring by splashing the name of his crew across his stomach, but she joins a long list of musicians who've used body art to pay homage to fallen homeys or musical inspirations.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 Illegal tattoo operator shut down; clients sought
by Lethbridge Herald
Lethbridge, Alberta -- Local officials are advising anyone who may have had work done by an unapproved, home tattoo operation be tested for health concerns. Anyone who received tattoos from the Sandra Wiltzen tattoo operation are asked to contact Alberta Health Services at 403-388-6664 to arrange for confidential testing to determine whether they might have been exposed to viruses which can be spread through unsanitary tattoo procedures. "To prevent the spread of infection from one person to another, equipment used in tattooing must be cleaned, disinfected and sterilized according to health standards," said Dr. Vivien Suttorp, South Zone Medical Officer of Health, in a news release Monday. "The Sandra Wiltzen tattoo operation did not have these proper sterilization processes in place, meaning individuals who received tattoos through this operation may have been exposed to viruses including Hepatitis B and C, and HIV."
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 It's Not Just a Tattoo, It's Art
by Michael Hayes
Like their work, Jon Elliot and Ken Adams have been a permanent fixture in the tattoo world for nearly two decades. Together, the pair owns and operates Green Man Studio in West Hartford, an award winning tattoo and piercing shop that first opened its doors back in 1995 and has grown not only in popularity but also in size. GMS now boasts seven tattoo artists who specialize in a wide range of styles centuries old craft. Elliot, a Middlefield resident, and Adams, who lives in New Britain, recently opened the Green Man Tattoo art exhibit at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, a gallery of about 300 images that highlight the history of tattooing.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 06, 2012 Province shuts down piercing parlour
by CTV News
Calgary, Alberta -- Alberta Health Services has closed down an unapproved piercing operation and is encouraging clients to be tested for viruses. The piercing operation was run out of Avon Apna Jewellers, previously known as Apna Jewellers, in the Westwinds Commercial Development at 5120 47 St. N.E. AHS officials learned about the facility during a routine Hepatitis B case follow-up investigation and shut it down last October. Alberta Health Services is advising anyone who got a piercings at the facility to get tested for viruses that can be spread through unsanitary piercing procedures.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 06, 2012 Stretching the envelope
by Anika Clark
Spend some time in downtown New Bedford, stroll into a local high school cafeteria or take one step into Hot Topic and you'll probably find that earlobe stretching in SouthCoast is as popular as ever. These days, stretching (known by many as "gauging," because of how the widths of the jewelry are designated) is "mainstream, definitely," said Davey "Doc" Johnson, master piercer at Sinners and Saints Tattoo and Piercing in Wareham, whose own earlobes are stretched an inch in diameter. Johnson, 40, has been piercing people for more than two decades and said he's seeing more and more locals going bigger and bigger. Over "three or four years — five years, it's gotten huge," he said. The reasons for stretching are as diverse as the people who do it.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 02, 2012 Maori 'considering preserving tattooed heads'
by Dominique Schwartz
A New Zealand professor says that Maori are talking about the possible revival of the ancient practice of preserving tattooed heads. He says some artists have been experimenting with using the technique on the heads of piglets. The debate was given fresh momentum this week after France returned 20 preserved Maori heads and sets of remains, some 200 years after they were taken from their homeland. The tattooed heads and bones of the twenty Maori, collected from nine universities and a museum in France, were given a send-off in Paris this week and a heartfelt welcome home at Wellington's Te Papa museum.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, February 02, 2012 Gay tattoo artist shatters stereotypes in “NY Ink”
by Kurt Niece
Tattoos mean different things to different people. TLC explores the phenomena of tattooing in both the gay and straight world in “NY Ink.” The reality-TV format of “NY Ink” peeks into the Wooster Street Social Club, the premier tattoo establishment of New York City. Of course the club is a gallery of sorts and as such, heaped with canvases of heavily inked skin. Gay tattoo artist and floor manager, RoBear, is no exception. RoBear, aka “RoBeast” on his bad days, took a couple of minutes on a cold, Manhattan afternoon to talk about “NY Ink” and the mixed messaging that face a gay man in the often testosterone poisoned world of tattoos.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Ear lobe speakers are music to your ears
by Jackie Sinnerton
The world's first ear lobe speakers are being trialled in Queensland.
And the mini music blasters look set to turn up the volume on the annoying commuter debate. The novel device is placed in the ear lobe in large holes created by body modification stretchers. "Just 100 of the Music Plugs have been made and we have 50 and the other 50 went off to a shop in LA," said importer Tim Raymond of Piercing Planet in Brisbane City centre. "They were made in Asia and finally the first batch arrived last week," he said. "It's the new big thing but I'm not sure how they will go down on public transport or public places where music may invade other people's space."
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Is this beauty skin deep? Scarification a modern day slice of life
by Misty Harris
Women have long gone under the knife for the sake of beauty. A growing trend in body modification, however, is now seeing them do so in the name of art. Unlike tattoos, which use needles to create a permanent design, scarification involves carving patterns into the flesh with a scalpel. And to hear it from industry insiders, an estimated 60 to 70 per cent of those being cut aren't countercultural thrill-seekers but rather professional women, aged 25 to 50, desiring something more understated than traditional ink. "It can produce the same type of image as a tattoo but it's a lot more subtle and less aggressive," says Keith Kennedy, a Calgary scarification artist for the past eight years.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Get the drop on big earrings: how to wear the trend
by Lois Joy Johnson
After years of necklaces, stacked bracelets and cocktail rings, statement earrings are back in the spotlight. Frankly this is making a lot of women nervous. Heavy dangling earrings are an invitation to damage. If you have pierced lobes you know what I'm talking about: stretched piercings, pain (big earrings rival stilettos) and, at the extreme, splits or tears that require cosmetic surgery repair. Here are tips on how to wear the trend and save your ears. Look for lightweight delicate chandeliers and drops in lacy filigree or woven gold or silver, or choose clip-back styles that won't damage piercings instead of posts and hooks.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 How This Tattoo Artist Became A Tech Entrepreneur
by David Zax
Meet Fred Giovannitti, whose ability to tease designs out of people's brains proves useful in two very different pursuits: tattoo artistry and environmental engineering. Fred Giovannitti is that rarity: a man who divides his time between two extremely disparate careers. Giovannitti makes his living giving tattoos to discerning customers in Las Vegas, but he also spends a considerable amount of time as the creative director at Vor-Tek Recovery Solutions, a young company with a mission to engineer new ways of cleaning the world’s oceans and waterways. Vor-Tek was a finalist in a recent X Challenge dedicated to faster cleanup of oil spills, partly due to Giovannitti’s innovative designs.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 In your face: Front-and-center tattoos no longer just a gang trend
by Phillip Lucas
"LOYALTY" is written in the center of a giant spider web on the right side of Jamar Wheeler's neck, beneath a spider that appears to dangle from his ear. "I get tattoos like a stress reliever," said Wheeler, 23, of Oxford Circle. Below a tattoo of a cross near his right eye is a teardrop tattoo, adorned by a facial piercing. The letters "FOE" line the arch of his hairline - Family Over Everything. The same tattoos and piercings decorate the left side of Wheeler's face - except for the "$OMM" near his hairline, which stands for Money on My Mind.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Celebrity Piercings: 8 Young Stars With Body Bling
by Huffington Post
After Justin Bieber made headlines by showing off his newest tattoo, a large inking of Jesus on his leg, celebrity tats have been all the rage. Even 11-year-old fashion rule-breaker-in-the-making Willow Smith is rumored to have gotten some permanent body art on the back of her neck! And Miley Cyrus not only has a total of nine tattoos, but she's also sporting a number of piercings, including her nose, belly button, and several on her ears. Tattoos and piercings used to be a rebellious form of self-expression, but now they're just the latest way to sport some bling. While some prefer subtle nose studs, other celebs go all-out with eye-catching belly-button piercings.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 How Men Feel: About Your Tattoos
by Jennifer Wright
Last week, Jamie shared that she doesn’t really like people coming up to her and touching her tattoos for no reason. Sane, yes? Yes. This prompted some male commenters to say things like “I see girls with tattoos and all I think is low class …” and “No problem, we all know what they mean any way: You’re easy, you uglied yourself up, and you easily follow shallow trends.” I like the way they used “easy” twice in the same sentence. In any event, this delighted me because it meant we could round up the man panel! And they would seem so enlightened and grammar savvy! And not as awful! Here is how some actual non-troll men feel about tattoos.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Tattoo parlour health reports could be made public
by Jeff Bolichowski
Niagra Region, Ontario -- Tim Hearn wouldn’t think twice about decorating his tattoo parlour’s window with a document declaring a clean bill of health from Niagara Region. Hearn, the manager of Artistic Impressions Tattooing and Piercing in St. Catharines, said he’s all for a proposal being explored by the Region to give the public a look at health inspections for hair salons, tattoo parlours and other such locations. A survey was launched on the Region’s website recently seeking feedback into the program. “I fully support that,” Hearn said. “I believe people have the right to see the results of the health inspection. It should be public record.”
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 23, 2012 San Diegans led the charge for body-art regulation
by Dave Maass
The Safe Body Art Act marks the single greatest legal change in how tattoos are inked and skin pierced -- Imperial Beach-based tattoo artist Mike Martin travelled to Sacramento in 2010 to ask Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign the Safe Body Art Act. He might as well have been going to the Vatican to ask the Pope if he wanted his labret pierced. “His assistant flat-out told us, ‘You’ll have to wait until next year. It’s not going to get signed,’” Martin, who runs Flesh Skin Grafix, recalls. “I thought it was kind of an insult…. Here, the tattoo industry is reaching out to the administration, the government, and trying to get regulations passed that we feel make our industry safer, and we got shut down like that. I thought it was pretty nasty how it went down.”
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 23, 2012 The case against stretching earlobes
by Jeff Strickler
Landon Rochat-Boeser has decided it's time to grow up. In about a week, the 24-year-old is going to have plastic surgery to repair the earlobes that he has spent 10 years stretching through the insertion of ever-larger discs. "It's not that I regret it [stretching the lobes], but this is a different time in my life," he said. "If I want to be taken seriously as a professional, I have to start looking like a professional. Whether you like it or not, or whether it's fair or not, people judge you based on your appearance." He's going to have his lobes repaired by Dr. Ralph Bashioum, a Wayzata plastic surgeon who is hearing from a growing number of people like Rochat-Boeser.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 22, 2012 Body art a spiritual ritual
by Kinsey Sullivan
When Christian Honeycutt talks about surface bars, microdermals, ear gauging, scarification, tattooing and suspension, he glows. His skin, marked with three tattoos, five scars and 17 piercings, is a highly textured map of his journey into the world of body modification. Honeycutt, a religious studies and comparative literature double major who lives in Chapel Hill, is drawn to body modification, or body mod, because it explores the relationship between mind and body, he says. "Body manipulation and pain rituals have been a part of society for as long as we've been people," Honeycutt said. "It's about connecting and disconnecting the mind and body. It's a liminal thing, moving between those poles."
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 22, 2012 Georgia Mom Arrested for Allowing 10-Year-Old to Get Tattoo
by Christina Ng
A Georgia mother who was arrested for allowing her 10-year-old to get a tattoo said she had no idea it was illegal for him to get one, even with her consent. When Chuntera Napier’s son Gaquan Napier asked her if he could get a memorial tattoo for his 12-year-old brother Malik who died after being hit by a car, Napier was touched by the request. “My son came to me and said, ‘Mom, I want to get a tattoo with Malik on it, rest in peace,’” she told ABC News’ Atlanta affiliate WSBTV. “It made me feel good to know that he wanted his brother on him.”
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Ear Gauging - A very “holy” addiction
by Andrew Regan
Walking down an Amsterdam street, 19-year-old Brent Yager embraces the stares he receives by people, and ignores the whispered comments as he strolls by them. He knows exactly what they are talking about: the 2-inch holes in his ear lobes. He has been gauging his ears for over four years. “I don’t see what is so repulsive about gauges. They are just holes in my ears, and people make a huge deal about them every time they see me as if I’m a freak or something. It’s like I’m defined by my ears.”
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 UCSD fellow studies Southern California tattoo culture
by Dave Maass
How did a young, black-metal fan with stretched ear lobes and a fascination with corpse-simulating face paint score the prestigious “Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity” at UCSD? Dr. Todd Honma, the recipient of the honor for his work on body modification, says he doesn’t know—it took him fully by surprise. However, the fact the selection committee contacted him indicates a shift in academic acceptance of tattoos and piercing as a legitimate subject of study. Honma’s work examines and analyzes what tattoo aesthetics reveal about race, class and sexuality in Southern California, particularly among Asian and Asian-American communities.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 100-year-old granny gets her studs
by CBC News
Windsor, Ontario -- Even at 100 years of age, people are still susceptible to peer pressure. Viola Arnold of Windsor, Ont., is turning 101 this year and at the behest of her friends, she pierced her ears for the first time in her life Wednesday. "I got to the age of 100 and they figured I'd better have them done, so here I am," Arnold said before it happened. Several of her fellow Huron Lodge retirement home residents took the short bus trip across town with Arnold so they could be there for the piercings. "I was like a little nervous mother. I was getting a little teary, I really was," Huron Lodge arts and crafts coordinator Susan Novelletto said.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Jersey tattoo artist vies for top spot in Spike TV's 'Ink Master'
by Amy Kuperinsky
Brian Robinson’s eyes are trained on Alex Rosario’s right arm with a laser-beam focus. It’s what Rosario calls his “bad arm.” He rests it atop a white towel under a light. With a gloved hand, Robinson approaches the arm and shaves a length of skin. Rather than attempting to rehabilitate this arm in some way, Robinson adds to the bad, shading the skeleton faces of a pack of ghouls with a buzzing tattoo gun. Rosario calls them “lost souls.” The whole arm is cloaked in a sleeve of intricate ink, flames curling up toward his shoulders.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, January 14, 2012 3 Questions About Facial Piercings
by Jennifer Wright
Do you have facial piercings? No judgement, just curious!
Every time I see a picture like this, I end up wondering three things, which possibly people who actually have facial piercings can explain. 1) Do you have to rearrange the way you do simple stuff once you get them? Like, this guy, I imagine he’s going to have to learn how to see things again. Do you have to rearrange the way you eat with a lip piercing? The way you sneeze with a nose piercing?
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, January 14, 2012 Tattoos, Through Time: A New Museum for Amsterdam
by Ivan Quintanilla
In Amsterdam, which claims to have the greatest number of museums per square mile in the world, few topics are left unexplored. There is a museum that delves into sex, another on war (or at least the Dutch resistance), and a museum dedicated, of course, to marijuana. Last fall, a museum opened with a focus on another topic that rarefied institutions generally avoid: tattoos. Founded by the Dutch tattoo artist Henk Schiffmacher, the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum is dedicated to the art, history and preservation of tattoo culture.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, January 14, 2012 Penis Tattoo Leads to Permanent Erection
by Katie Moisse
A 21-year-old Iranian man has a permanent semi-erection after having “borow be salaamat” (good luck with your journeys) and the letter “M” (his girlfriend’s initial) tattooed on his penis. The man, whose name is unknown, was diagnosed with nonischemic priapism — a condition resulting from the inability of blood to exit the penis. His case was detailed in the latest issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine . “In our case, most probably, the handheld needle penetrated the penis too deep, creating an arteriovenous fistula,” wrote the study authors from Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences in Kermanshah, Iran.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 For the love of God: Christian tattoos and body piercing
by Douglas Todd
Vancouver, BC -- The large Celtic cross tattooed on the small of Amy Bonde’s back testifies to how she sees Jesus Christ as her “lover.” The Hebrew letters encircling the young Vancouver woman’s ornate cross are from the spiritually erotic Bible chapter, The Song of Solomon. They read “I am my beloved’s, and he is mine.” The sentiment captures Bonde’s desire to be in an intimate relationship with Jesus. The lanky 23-year-old, who wears bluejeans and black platform shoes, is one of a growing subculture of evangelical Christians who are flouting their religion’s straight-laced past and adorning their bodies with permanent religious tattoos.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Canadian public health can't keep up with body modifications
by Sarah Boesveld
Public health authorities across Canada are struggling to address the growing popularity of body modifications such as splitting one's tongue like a snake's and surgically altering ears to make them elf-like and pointy, fearing the spread of infection in an unregulated industry. Scarification, which is effectively carving or branding an image into your skin, and suspension, which involves being hung from the ceiling on hooks lodged into your back, are among the more common forms of extreme body modification happening in tattoo and piercing shops across the country.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Justin Bieber shows his higher love with new tattoo
by Vancouver Sun
Justin Bieber has a new tattoo celebrating the love of his life — and, no, it's not Selena Gomez. The Biebz has a big tat of Jesus plastered on the back of his leg, reports Hollywood Life, and proves it with this pic snapped at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, where Justin and his dad were catching some rays. The website speculates that the Canadian heartthrob got the spiritual art around the time a pap snapped him in his bandaged-up glory while vacationing with Selena in Mexico recently.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Kristen Bell Makes Tattooed Funny or Die Video
by Natalia Buia
Fans of Kristen Bell have been begging for a “Veronica Mars” movie ever since the t.v. show got canned a couple of years ago. While it may not happen any time soon, Bell followers can at least bask in the glow of her hilarious Funny or Die video “Body of Lies”. The blonde starlet reveals to Inside Hollywood that she’s actually covered from head to toe in tattoos. The video shows the actress arriving at her trailer at 3:30 in the morning to sit in the makeup chair for twelve hours in order for her Kat Von D-like body art to be covered up.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 08, 2012 Stop order issued to Thunder Bay tattoo artists
by CBC News
Thunder Bay, Ontario -- The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has issued an order to a city couple to stop offering home-based tattoo services until they're inspected. The Health Unit reports Andy Hrycyshyn and Taisha Rose have been providing tattoo services in the city for at least six months at various locations and may have gone to people’s homes as well. The city’s medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams, said tattoo operators don't need a licence, but they do need an inspection.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 08, 2012 Body modifications ‘push the envelope’
by Randy Schafer
Metal and flesh are in harmony — at times. With body modification, a simple prick, slash or burn can be used to ornament or manipulate the body. Some do it for pain. Others for pleasure. And others are just curious. And University student Melody Hansen — who has 17 piercings — understands the visceral connection between steel and skin. “I started as a biology major and I’ve always been really interested in what you can do to your body,” she said. “It’s kind of like a physical manifestation of my imagination, my personality and kind of just how I see myself.”
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 06, 2012 Rick Genest’s dead cool body art
by Amy Verner, The Globe and Mail
Montreal, QC -- Around this time last year, Montrealer Rick Genest received a Facebook message from Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga’s famous stylist sidekick who had been newly appointed as creative director for fashion label Thierry Mugler. Formichetti was curious about Genest’s body art – tattoos covering nearly every centimetre of skin, which make him look like a walking corpse. Think elaborate Day of the Dead makeup – blackened circles around the eye sockets, a smile that extends past the lips to reveal a skeletal jaw – in permanent ink. And that’s just his face.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 06, 2012 Wearing Body Jewelry
by Owen J.
Body jewelry in the form of piercings including earrings is more popular in the West now than at any time for several thousand years. The revival of body jewelry commenced in the early Seventies with the Punks in the United Kingdom. What many people - especially parents - had hoped would be just a passing fad has continued to grow from strength to strength during the last 40 years. In that time, much thought has been put into how and what to use and where to put it.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 02, 2012 HIV danger from Bali tattoos
by Sydney Morning Herald
A West Australian has contracted HIV after getting a tattoo in Bali, prompting the Health Department to issue a health warning. The Health Department was unable to give details of the case but said all evidence pointed to a tattoo the person received in Bali being the cause. The Department's communicable disease control director Paul Armstrong advised against getting body art and piercings done overseas, particularly in developing countries. "This case demonstrates the very real health risk in having this type of procedure done overseas," he said.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 02, 2012 Mother covers 85 per cent of her body in tattoos
by Izzy Ferris
Jacqui Moore, 41, has spent the last eight years getting 85 per cent of her flesh inked with a continuous black and grey ‘full body-suit’ tattoo. Just her left armpit, half her right leg and most of her face has been left uncovered. But she hopes to complete the tattoo by getting the final 15 per cent of her body daubed next Spring. Jacqui, a gardener at a posh private school in Oxford, fell for tattooist Andreas Moore, nicknamed ‘Curly’, 45, after divorcing from her husband Martin in March 2003. She said: ”I went to get a new tattoo to symbolise my freedom and the new chapter in my life."
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 01, 2012 Tattoo removal on the increase in Spain in the battle for jobs
by Stephen Burgen
Barcelona, Spain -- Act in haste, repent at leisure, or so the saying goes, and not just at leisure but in pain and considerable expense when it comes to having a tattoo removed. As job competition increases, what once seemed a cool fashion accessory – the spider web tattooed on your neck, that python encircling your forearm – can be a blot on your CV when it comes to job interviews. The Planas clinic in Barcelona has reported an 81% increase over the past few years in the demand for laser treatment to remove tattoos. "Having a tattoo removed takes longer, costs more and is much more painful than having one done," Rafael Serena, head of the clinic's laser unit, told La Vanguardia newspaper. "It's not something people usually think about when they get a tattoo."
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 01, 2012 Who is to blame for this forehead tattoo of Drake’s name?
by Shelley Youngblut
“Who the hell is Drake?” asked numerous posters on music websites in December after a photo of a fan with the rapper’s name tattooed on her forehead went viral. Even the artist responsible for the tattoo, Kevin Campbell at Los Angeles’s Will Rise, didn’t know who Drake was. “I figured it was her hood ..., not some goofnugget R&B dude,” he told Vice.com. In a Dec. 22 radio interview, Canada’s homegrown ‘goofnugget R&B dude’ fired back, putting the blame for the bold, block-lettered face tat on the artist’s heavily inked shoulders. “You should lose your job and should never do tattoos again,” said Drake, who doesn’t have a face tattoo, but does have a face tattooed onto him (an alleged portrait of the late singer Aaliyah).
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 29, 2011 Ontario salon's unsterile piercings prompt health warning
by The Windsor Star
Windsor, Ontario -- Health authorities are warning customers who received body piercings from a Chatham, Ont., nail salon to get tested for viruses including HIV. A warning issued by the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit Thursday says Easy Nails has been giving unapproved body piercings that failed to meet regulations. As a result, the health unit believes clients risked contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 Chris Nuñez Talks Ink Masters, Tattoos, and Human Canvasses
Like tattoos? Get your single needle guns, sharpened guitar strings, and professional gear ready for Ink Masters, a new tattoo reality competition series where contestants battle for $100,000. We caught up with judge Chris Nuñez, who was on Miami Ink, about why Ink Masters is better, truer to the game, and how he makes people cry when their work sucks. Here's what he had to say.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 Samoan tattoos badges of honour
by Shirley Sinclair
Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap. Pause. Wipe. Brace. Tap, tap, tap. The unmistakable wood-on-wood sound stops momentarily as white-gloved hands use a cloth to wipe away excess ink and blood. This is old-school tattooing - tattooing the way the art began and has always been done in Samoa - and no needle is involved. The deep-blue of the ink is "hammered" into the smooth tanned skin of the young woman. She is undertaking the ritual in full view of the public inside an open hut at the Samoa Tourism Authority's cultural village at the 2011 Teuila Festival in the capital, Apia, on Upolu Island.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 25, 2011 Body modifiers deny risks of procedures
by Vik Kirsch
Guelph, Ontario -- Don’t tell Kimberly Hack body modification is a big health risk. She’s undergone a variety of procedures without infection and considers the risk low, countering a recent warning by the local health unit. “I’ve never had an infection or an issue with any of my body work,” says the Guelphite, 33, a tow motor operator by profession. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health issued a report recently warning body modification, including scarring and ear pointing, is on the rise and poses a risk of serious infection, emphasizing practises in non-surgical settings are unregulated and practitioners self-trained.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 25, 2011 It’s a double standard for facial piercings
by Breanna Franklin
I recently applied for a job and was turned down because of my piercings. The woman explained to me that if I belonged to a religion that encouraged body piercings I’d be allowed to keep them in, but since I’m caucasian with little to no religious background I would have to either take them out or look for a job elsewhere. I have two easy-to-hide facial piercings. Neither have been in long enough to be removed without closing, and both could be replaced with plastic retainers which would be nearly impossible to spot unless someone was searching for them, though I was told these aren’t allowed either.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, December 23, 2011 12 Most Extremely Modified People
by Gracie Murano
Dennis Avner , also known by "Catman" or his native american name of "Stalking Cat", undergone incredible extensive surgery in order to look like his totem animal, the tiger. Modifications include extensive tattooing, transdermal implants to allow whiskers to be worn, subdermal implants to change the shape of the face and the filing and shaping of the teeth to make them look more like a tiger's.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 22, 2011 Who Is The Ink Master?
by Rocky Rakovic, Inked Magazine
Finally. After years of Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model, Top Chef, and Top Valet Parker, Spike TV has given tattoo artists their due with Ink Master, a worthy new addition to the genre of reality competition shows. And that makes perfect sense, since you can judge a finished tattoo through the TV screen much better than you can judge a turbot fillet from Hell’s Kitchen. Speaking of judges, Spike has brought on Jane’s Addiction rocker Dave Navarro, venerable tattooers Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck, and a rotation of guests (including INKED’s creative director) to award one of its 10 competing artists $100,000, a feature in this magazine, and the title of Ink Master.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 22, 2011 Health unit issues piercing warning for business
by Trevor Terfloth
Chatham-Kent, Ontario -- Citing infection concerns, the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit has issued a warning about a downtown beauty salon. Clients of Easy Nails who received a body piercing should consider being tested for hepatitis B, C and HIV, the health unit stated, as the piercings were reportedly provided without prior official approval and failed to meet requirements for infection prevention and control. "We always follow up to ensure measures are in place to decrease the risk of skin and blood-borne infections. If we aren't able to confirm the required infection control practices are in place, we need to let clients know of the risks," said health unit director April Rietdyk in a media release issued late Thursday.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Tattoo regulation welcome, artists say
by Tom Howell Jr.
Tattoo artists told a D.C. Council committee Wednesday they support legislation to regulate their industry for the first time as long as the associated fees and rules do not overburden them. A quintet of tattoo-shop owners told the Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs that any decent tattoo or body-piercing shop should meet or exceed standards in the bill, introduced by committee Chairman Yvette M. Alexander, Ward 7 Democrat, and six of her colleagues. The legislation would require tattoo and body-piercing artists to register with and obtain a license from the city’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. It also establishes minimum health standards for the industry.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Ottawa parents remember son by tattooing his image all over their body
by CTV News
Ottawa, Ontario -- Sheri and Patrick Leighton have decided to carry permanent memories of their son, Eric, with them wherever they go. "It was something I had to do. It was two weeks after Eric had passed. I just found I had to do it," said Eric's father Patrick. Patrick Leighton was not the only one who felt the need to have permanent reminders on his body. Eric's mother, sister, grandmother and two friends have also gotten tattoos. Patrick is considering filling his arm and back with memories of his son's life. For his mother Sheri, the tattoos are also to remind the world of how Eric died.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, December 18, 2011 'Body modification is a way of life'
by Arpita Nath, The Times of India
Says Spanish body modification artiste, Jesus Cabanese who was in India for the international tattoo convention. Body modification, is a term India is still getting introduced to. For those still in the dark, remember Lady Gaga's face prosthetics in "Born This Way"? Yes, that's what we're talking about. Jesus Cabanas aka Sala, who had come to India for Tattoo Republic, India's first international tattoo convention in Pune, spoke about this unusual body art.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, December 17, 2011 Featured Artist: Brandon Bond
by Matt Wooddy
Brandon Bond just might be the most interesting person I've met.When I first made contact with the All or Nothing CEO, he could not have been more excited about the interview. He seemed more like a life-long friend than a tattoo artist I had never met before, as the jokes were flying during our mobile exchange.After setting me up with some magazines, books,DVDs and full leviathan of past work, it was clear that Brandon Bond is unlike any other artist — and that's any medium or style — I've ever come across.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, December 17, 2011 Would you donate toys in exchange for tattoos?
by CBC News
As Christmas approaches, several groups collect toys for less fortunate kids -- but one U.S. business stands out for its very permanent way of thanking donors. The owner of a Tennessee tattoo parlour, House of Ink, is hosting a "Toys for Tattoos" exchange for the fourth year in a row, according to the Commercial Appeal information service. Participants are asked to bring in toys of $25 US value or higher in exchange for a tattoo or piercing of a similar price. The idea has been a hit in past years. Store employees have arrived to find toy-touting customers lined up around the block, waiting for the parlour to open.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 15, 2011 Body Art Dissatisfaction
by Rae Schwarz
One situation that I've never found a good response to is when someone tells me how unhappy they are with their body art. As a person who has been tattooed and pierced for over twenty years, and who is still happy that way, I've had conversations over the years with people who were unhappy with their body art. And it always makes me wonder just how they got to be so dissatisfied and if there's more that can be done to avoid that. The most awkward encounters are when I'm talking to someone in person and they show me their tattoos and say how much they don't like them anymore. There's nothing you can really say at that moment that is supportive or positive. But just what is it that people don't like about tattoo after a while or after many years?
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 15, 2011 Owner of Calgary tattoo parlour jailed in torture plot
by Daryl Slade
Calgary, Alberta -- The central character in a bizarre plot to kidnap, torture and kill a man he believed had set fire to his family’s northeast Calgary tattoo business last June has been sent to prison. Luciano Carlo Ferrazzano, 39, was sentenced on Thursday to seven years in jail, which includes credit for his guilty plea and time already served for conspiracy to kidnap and loan sharking. Provincial court Judge Sean Dunnigan, who had also sentenced Ferrazzano to a conditional jail sentence last year for loan sharking, accepted a joint submission by Crown prosecutor Shane Parker and defence lawyer Don MacLeod for the prison sentence.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 What is that in your ear?
by Andrew Regan
I’ve had gauges for about 4 years now. They are one of the many things that define my style, and people don’t seem to get them. I don’t have them for a fashion statement, it eventually becomes an addiction. And i still get a kick out of the comments people give me when they see them. “Are those stickers in your ears?” asked 10 year old Hannah Kim on Saturday. That’s not even the worst of them. Some of the questions and comments I get are so ridiculous they don’t even make sense.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Leaving a mark on professionalism: The tattoo generation
by Kelly J. DeSisto
Twenty one-year-old Rhode Islander, Lexi Neelis, sheds light on her fascination with body art. “I have tattoos because I feel they enhance my body aesthetically. They are a way for me to bring a part of my personality literally to the surface of my skin.” Almost every guide to professionalism makes a point of condemning the tattoo junkies from displaying their latest tribal symbol or finished sleeve. Necks, faces, wrists, hands and sometimes shoulders are some exposed areas of the body in which sporting a tattoo may not go over too well in the office environment. It’s becoming more common, however, for job seekers to show their tats proudly, whether traditional employers like it or not.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 12, 2011 Canadian health care can’t keep up with body modifications
by Sarah Boesveld
Public health authorities across Canada are struggling to address the growing popularity of body modifications such as splitting one’s tongue like a snake’s and surgically altering ears to make them elf-like and pointy, fearing the spread of infection in an unregulated industry. Last Wednesday, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health’s board of health received a report warning that one can suffer a “serious or possibly life-threatening consequence” while undergoing one of these surgical-like procedures in a “non-clinical” environment where there’s a higher threat of contracting HIV or hepatitis B and C.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, December 12, 2011 Body mod artist perfects art of piercing
by Jordan Montgomery
Steve Easley, the owner of Release Body Modification, gave himself his first piercing when he was 13. "[It] was not professional by any means," Easley said. He had no professional tools to get the stud into the skin between his chin and bottom lip. "The way I went about doing it was absolutely ridiculous," the 28-year-old said. "I took a guitar pick and put it between my bottom lip and my gum. Then I took an X-Acto knife and spun it into my lip until the hole was big enough to fit the stud. Now the hole is about the size of nickel. It is filled with a large stone that separates his chin and bottom lip. As a 7-year-old, he knew he wanted to work in a tattoo shop.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, December 10, 2011 Some colour to skin
by Juanita Kakoty
Celebrity tattoo artist Ami James was the frontrunner of the hit American Reality TV series, Miami Ink. He has now moved base from South Beach, Miami to New York, where he has set up shop with an all new crew. His experience in New York is the dough for a new series — NY Ink, which premiered recently on TLC. James speaks of how NY Ink is different from Miami Ink — “The tattoos have changed a bit. The styles of tattooing right now are a little more hip. We have, luckily, this beautiful shop in the middle of SoHo, which is in the heart of the Art District of New York City; the oldest Art District.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, December 10, 2011 The Kitchen Ink
by Kristen Page-Kirby
backThe Kitchen InkTattoos of food rule the restaurant world, from the front of the house to the back - Watch any episode of “Top Chef” and one thing becomes abundantly clear: Chefs like their ink. “We’re really artistic, and tattoos are one way of showing that,” says Hamilton Johnson, chef de cuisine at Vidalia. Johnson has “over 100” tattoos, depending on how you count (“My left arm is all together, but it’s numerous tattoos”). Seven of Johnson’s tats are related to food, assuming you count a California raisin singing into a microphone; the others are a peach, a lemon, a piece of key lime pie, a waffle fry with ketchup on it, a cherry and a Vidalia onion.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 08, 2011 "Skin and Soul" exhibit shows that tattoos are more than skin deep
by Sandra Thacker
Winnipeg, Manitoba -- The art of photography and the art of body tattooing come together in an exhibit that will touch your heart and change your perceptions. Winnipeg photographer Rodney Braun has collaborated with Winnipeg tattoo artist Kelly Mcrae to create a unique show that runs until Thursday December 8 at the Exchange Community Gallery in Winnipeg. SCENE asked two of the subjects to share their stories...
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, December 08, 2011 Got a Tattoo? Say Thanks to the Electric Tattoo Machine, Patented 120 Years Ago Today
by Damon W. Root
No longer confined to the bodies of sailors or sideshow freaks, tattoos have entered America’s cultural mainstream, offering consenting adults the chance to adorn themselves with a permanent mark of rebellion, remembrance, or just plain bad taste. And the electric tattoo machine, originally patented on this day in 1891 by the legendary New York City tattooist and inventor Samuel F. O’Reilly, made it all possible. Based on the design for Thomas Edison’s autographic printer, which was essentially a motorized engraving tool, O’Reilly’s invention sped up the process of tattooing while vastly improving the quality of the final product.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, December 06, 2011 Don't Pierce Your Daughter's Ears at the Mall
by Christie Haskell
I intend on piercing my own daughter's ears when she's old enough, but unlike my own experience, I won't be taking her to a piercing booth in a mall, and I especially won't be having the piercings done with a piercing gun. The Association of Professional Piercers and Body Modification Ezine, two of the largest information sources on contemporary body modification, are BOTH against gun piercings. Why? I'll tell you. Sanitation of the facility: Piercing parlors are required to thoroughly and regularly clean their piercing area (which consists of easy-to-clean materials like a doctor's chair) regularly, and only allow paying customers into the area to prevent any contamination of their sterile equipment.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, December 06, 2011 Designing a future in body piercing could be for you
by Belper News
As a body piercer, you would pierce various parts of your clients’ bodies with a needle or piercing gun and then insert different types of jewellery and metal as a form of decoration. Your work would include: discussing with the client the type of piercing they want and advising on what may be suitable, explaining the procedure and pointing out any risks involved, advising on suitable types of metal and jewellery, sterilising the piece of jewellery and the area which is being pierced, disposing of the needle following health and safety guidelines, showing the client how to care for the piercing as it heals, and what to do if there is a problem.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, December 03, 2011 LoLo tattoo shop target of suspected vandalism
by Sean Kolenko
Vancouver, BC -- Tattoo artist Darryl Gardner has three security monitors in his East Vancouver home displaying footage captured from the area around his Lower Lonsdale tattoo shop. But when Gardner woke at 3 a.m. early last Saturday morning, one of them wasn't working. Odd, he thought. To be sure nothing had happened to his shop, Tip of the Needle. Gardner hopped in his car and made the trip over the Second Narrows bridge. When he arrived, he noticed the power lines from the building at 114 E. 1st St., which houses Tip of the Needle, were hanging down. Gardner said he "thought nothing of it" at first and entered the shop. But when he saw one of his security lights had been tampered with said he felt unsafe and exited the building.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, December 02, 2011 The Way We Are: More Stories Skin Deep
by Rob Norman
Tattoos had been used in ancient Greece and Rome to mark ownership of slaves and as punishment for criminals. Rather than being ornamental, the tattooing practices signified degradation, punishment, and permanent ownership. In Greek literature, the first reference to tattooing is as stigmatias or “a marked slave.” The word stigma in English is derived from the Greek and indicates discredit or shame. Apparently the Greeks adapted their tattooing practices from the Persians, and later, the Romans continued the practice of tattooing slaves and the term stigmata.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, December 02, 2011 Nose Piercing & The Jewish Mother
by Judy Bolton-Fasman
The day my 17-year-old daughter got her nose pierced, I spent the morning reading up on body piercing with regard to Jewish law. My daughter was about to get a small hole on the left side of her sweet nose and I wanted to understand if she was adorning her face or mutilating it. The rabbis have been historically divided on the issue of body piercing. Some sages liken piercing, even the earlobes, to inflicting a wound on a body that belongs first and foremost to G-d. Others see it as an act of beauty because one can prettify the body with jewelry.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, December 02, 2011 Ear stretching: 10 of your stories
by BBC News
Stretched ear lobes are becoming an increasingly common sight. From pop stars to people in the street, there are more and more flesh tunnels and plugs on display. Like other sub-cultural practices such as tattooing and piercing, ear stretching has become popularised, says Prof Victoria Pitts-Taylor, from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Here are some of your stories.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Dundee tattoo project could help identify bodies
by BBC News
A university has appealed to people around the globe to email them pictures of their tattoos and piercings. The images will go into a giant "body modification" database for use by forensic experts. Dundee University said the project could help identify bodies by establishing tattoos or piercings common in specific areas. Any pictures submitted to the Interpol database will be treated with "strict confidence". Professor Sue Black, who leads the university's Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, said the database could be very useful when trying to identify victims of a disaster, like the Asian Tsunami in 2004.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Choosing A Good Earring Metal or Material
by Rae Schwarz
For the first few thousand years of ear piercings, people didn't give much thought to what metals or materials their earrings were made from. Indigenous people worked with what they had, and not too many cultures were practicing ear piercing. Jump forward to the late 20th century and early 21st century and ear piercing is now one of the most widespread body art practices you can find on the planet. Choosing what metal or material you wear in your ear piercings now is something that requires thinking about allergies, potential healing problems and if the material is legally-sourced or comes from a sustainable resource. Here is a basic guide to various material used to make earrings.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 27, 2011 Miley Cyrus turns 19, sheds tattoos
by Leah Collins
Miley Cyrus turned 19 yesterday, and we can report that all signs indicate Hannah Montana is entering her final year as a Teen Queen like any 19-year-old might -- providing they're rich and famous and have a music production crew, team of doctors and a unicorn at their disposal. [...]So do reports that Cyrus is regretting some of the dumb crap she did in her younger teen years (not including 99 per cent of her YouTube output). The pop star has nine tattoos, last Hollywood Life counted, but the outlet reports that Cyrus was spotted at an L.A. tattoo-removal clinic the day before her birthday. If this means she's finally sick of the dreamcatcher that’s inked on her torso, the world can officially say she's grown both older and wiser.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 27, 2011 Eminent scientists and their tattoos
by Carl Zimmer
From DNA to dinosaurs, scientists have a surprising and secret penchant for tattoos – of a particularly cerebral nature. I happen to be friends with Professor Sandeep Robert Datta, a neurobiologist at Harvard Medical School. I call him Bob. In the summer of 2007, Bob and his wife Eliza and their two boys, Jasper and Theo, came to a pool party for the birthday of my nephew Blake, and the esteemed neurobiologist splashed around in the water for hours. It was then that I noticed something on Bob's arm. He had a tattoo. The tattoo, I could see, was that most famous molecule, the twisting ladder of DNA.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 24, 2011 Traditional facial tattoos fading with time in SW China
by CNTV News
It's a rare sight to see a facial tattoo. But you may be surprised that in China's southwest, there are 41 old women who have retained their facial tattoos once seen as a symbol of beauty. Let's head to Yunnan Province to check it out. Facial tattooing is an unique tradition of the Derung ethnic minority. They live in the mountains of the Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province. Girls used to have their faces tattooed before marriage. But as time goes by, only 41 old women are left to testify about the now extinct practice. Most of the tattoo women live on the Gaoligong Mountain, more than 2,000 meters above sea level. In order to make this cultural heritage live on longer, border police started to give a medical checkup to the old women with facial tattoos in 2006 and established archives for them.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 24, 2011 David Lohr
by Horned Tattoo Artist Ryan Gillikin Has A Pickled Hand ... Want To Shake?
Jamestown, NY – Jamestown, the celebrated birthplace of actress and comedienne Lucille Ball, isn't your average rural New York town. For starters, it's home to a horned tattoo artist who runs a museum of oddities so bizarre, Robert Ripley himself might not believe it. "Everything's real and some of it's really real," Ryan Gillikin told The Huffington Post during a recent tour of his shop. You'd be tempted not to believe Gillikin because he actually speaks through a forked tongue. He had it surgically bifurcated, giving him a reptilian look. But that's just where the fun ride begins. Gillikin and his wife, Denise, have horns that were implanted by famed 3D body modification and human evolution artist Steve Haworth .
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Tattoos etc.
by Claudia Kwan
Vancouver, BC -- "So, do you have a tattoo?" I suppose it's a natural first question for people to ask when you explain that you're doing a couple of feature stories on the tattoo industry in BC. I don't in fact have a tattoo. I'm too fickle to have a piece of permanent art on my skin, and I'm not sure I could sit still long enough to go under the needle. I have, however, been intrigued by tattoos since I was a child. For as long as I can remember, my dad has had this mark on his left forearm, about an inch square. When I was old enough to talk, I asked him about it.
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Nova Scotia tattoo artists to be regulated
by CBC News
Tattoo artists in Nova Scotia would be required to have a permit and meet standards for cleanliness and infection control under legislation introduced Wednesday. Health Minister Maureen MacDonald said the body art industry needs to be regulated to help protect the public from the risk of disease. She said regulations are needed because the industry has evolved in recent years to include branding, scarification, tongue splitting and implants, in addition to body piercing and tattoos.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 Stories On The Skin: The Life and Times of Tattoos, Piercings, and Modifications
by Rob Norman
On a spectacularly sunny, end of March Sunday I attended a "tattoofest" in a Tampa hotel. Outside a group of bikers and other attendees sat soaking up the sun. I entered tentatively, not knowing what to expect. I picked up a magazine at the check-in tables called "Prick", filled with ads for conventions and tattoo artists’ studios. A columnist, Chuck B, wrote, "Even the meanest looking heavily tattooed characters out there are longing to be coddled, not hurt. Believe me, I know. So let’s all get together and have a big love fest." I was surprised by what I saw. This was not just displays and sales pitches. People getting their tattoos applied and those doing the applications occupied the majority of booths. Music from the blues-rock band The Accelerators echoed across the floor, although the din of tattoo machines on high vibration and convention chatter dimmed much of the music.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 Ear stretching: Why is lobe 'gauging' growing in popularity?
by Caroline McClatchey
Stretched ear lobes are becoming an increasingly common sight in the street. But why has creating a large hole in the ear lobe started to appeal to more and more people? Ear stretching goes back a long way. But you don't have to visit a museum or travel to a remote-ish part of the world to see it because the practice has been adopted in many Western countries. However, it is not so common that it goes unnoticed. Stretched piercings do tend to stick out like the proverbial sore thumb, particularly if the hole is substantial enough to hold a small object.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 20, 2011 Now that's an image re-VAMP: Twilight fan has inky tribute tattooed across her entire back
by Emily Allen
A fan of the popular Twilight books has taken her love of the vampire series to a more permanent level by having the characters etched across her back. Cathy Ward, from Reading, Berkshire, showed off her £4,000 body art masterpiece at the opening of Breaking Dawn: Part One, at London's Westfield Stratford City last night. And the supermarket worker had her dreams come true when she managed to get heartthrob Robert Pattinson to sign her arm.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 20, 2011 19 Fanatical Twilight Tattoos
by Jaimie Etkin
True fans of Edward, Bella, Jacob and all of the characters in the Stephenie Meyer series have shown their devotion with ink that will live as long as the series’ immortal hero. As Breaking Dawn: Part 1 hits theaters, see photos of the top Twilight body art inspired by the franchise. For her 50th birthday, Fran Richards decided to get a tattoo of the Cullen Crest (not pictured), representing vampire Edward’s (Robert Pattinson) family, in 2009. “I was so wrapped in this tattoo and loved the whole Twilight Saga so I decided to get more...”
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 What’s the worst tattoo you’ve ever seen?
by Submitted stories by Coast Readers
Halifax, Nova Scotia -- In grade 10, my friend got a coloured tattoo of a knife piercing through a basketball. Yes, you read that right. A massive knife literally stabbing an innocent orange basketball. When asked about it, she said it was mean to symbolize the saying “no pain, no gain.” While she used to be addicted to basketball, and while yes, at one point this might have made sense in her head, I am pretty sure she regrets it now. ---Rachael Van Rijn
Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Tattoo parlours go mainstream, Stouffville artists dispelling myths
by Chris Shanahan
Stouffville, Ontario -- Gone forever are the days when tattoo parlours were mainly the shady domain of tough guys and criminals. So say two local tattoo artists who are using a friendly, small-town atmosphere to build their business while continuing to challenge such outdated stereotypes. “We’re trying to break the myths of tattooing and how people view it … it’s not like that anymore,” said Warren Tapscott, who runs Stouffville’s Depression Ink studio with partner Kris Phillips. “It’s not sailors and bikers.”
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 14, 2011 8 things your tattoo (and where it is) says about you
by Alec Banks
16 percent of the world’s population is tatted up, with that number sure to rise in the very near future given societies gradual acceptance for body modification. While some people strategically choose tattoos that can be covered by ordinary pieces of clothing, other more daring art enthusiasts select body parts and appendages that can’t be as easily covered. While selecting where you’re going to put a tattoo is the easy part. It’s selecting what you’re going to make a permanent addition to ones body that takes a little time. But choose both wisely because where you put it and what you get speaks volumes about your personality.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 14, 2011 Inked passion
by Chris Drew
Priceless are the experiences of life. The self-worth of individuals is determined on how they view life and act upon it. Personal rituals often develop for those motivated by passion felt towards life. Tattoos and piercings like many other art forms have become tools to satisfy these practices. To interpret oneself externally can become confusing and frustrating, in part because of the many options and opinions bombarding society by instant electronic communications. Not knowing what options can be made can make you fall short from what would be an otherwise ideal body modification –leaving a permanent alteration that is damaging to the body and, of course, self-image.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 14, 2011 Looking ‘cool’ with body studs
by Punitha Kumar
In the past, body piercing was considered a sacred art. Roman centurions pierced their nipples to signify strength and virility. It was a “badge” of honour to show their dedication to the empire. During Thaipusam, faithful devotees pierce their tongues and cheeks to impede speech and attain full concentration on Lord Murugan. But nowadays, body piercing is adorned by people from all walks of life. Once a proud bearer of 13 piercings on her body, Tabitha Penelope Chang Swee Ling now only keeps her tongue and ear piercings.The 25-year-old corporate event management freelancer experienced her first piercing 10 years ago.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 13, 2011 Prehistoric men scarred, pierced, and tattooed privates
by Jennifer Viegas for Discovery News
Men in prehistoric Europe manipulated their privates with body art and piercings in ritual and to just fit in. Men in prehistoric Europe scarred, pierced and tattooed their penises, likely for ritualistic and social group reasons, according to a new study. Analysis of phallic decorations in Paleolithic art, described in the December issue of The Journal of Urology, may also show evidence of the world's first known surgery performed on a male genital organ. The alteration, or surgery, might have just been for ornamental purposes, or a piercing, the researchers suggest.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 13, 2011 Southeast Asia's Sacred Tattoos
by Ron Gluckman
Ron Gluckman reviews "Sacred Skin" by Tom Vater and Aroon Thaewchatturat and Sacred Tattoos of Thailand" by Joe Cummings. Across Southeast Asia, some tattoos are considered so sacred that this summer the government of Thailand considered making it illegal for foreigners to obtain them. Intricate but primitive-looking, with distinctive blue-black, hand-scrawled letters, often accompanied by cartoonish animals or demons, sak yant supposedly protect wearers from harm and give them mystical powers. Mixing religious beliefs and folklore from India, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand, sak yant evolved over centuries and appeal to a broad range of people. The lower classes and criminal elements are big fans. But it is foreigners who are partly responsible for the tattoo's recent resurgence.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 13, 2011 The Search for a Vegan Tattoo
by Tim Donnelly
For thousands of years, humans have been using a host of animal byproducts to decorate their bodies, but there are finally alternatives: At a party in Midtown a few weeks ago, a friend and I were caught up in the rush of an open bar with name-brand liquor and a buffet table stocked with delicious vegan options. Something about the dizzying lights mixed with being broke among successful entrepreneurs made us feel mischievous and impulsive. Once the discussion turned to our mutual desire to stop being the last people in Brooklyn without tattoos, we made a pledge to impulse-buy some body art on the way home.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 Troubled-Hacker Chic? H&M Announces ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Clothing Line
by Melissa Locker
The fast-fashion retailer is looking to fellow Swede Steig Larsson’s novel and its hacker heroine, Lisbeth Salander, as inspiration for its upcoming collection. The Swedish retailer announced that it has collaborated with Trish Summerville, the costume designer on David Fincher’s forthcoming American adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, to create a 30-piece line based on the brilliant but troubled fictional character.
Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 How to Maintain Organic Body Jewelry
Organic Body jewelry and body piercings are made of exotic organic natural raw materials and are true work of art. It takes years of practice to master the art of carvings and material preparation knowledge for presenting a finish jewelry piece which is not only outstanding in its look and appearance but also lasts as such for a very long time. This article will explain below how to care and maintain organic body jewelry in order to get the maximum results while using them.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 07, 2011 Should employers care about body art?
by Global News
Although more than 10 million Canadians sport body art, Global National’s Francis Silvaggio reports that tattoos and piercings are still associated with social stigmas in the workplace. It’s a phenomenon that University of Calgary grad student Cayla Martin is studying. “Specifically women are not as capable or are promiscuous or are heavier drinkers,” she says of the common prejudices. “As someone who has piercings and tattoos I find offence with those types of stigmas.”
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, November 07, 2011 More women commemorating motherhood with body art
by Susan Dalzell
Without the stigma it once carried, getting a tattoo can be a social event: It might be a baby’s footprint, a child’s name, or a favorite portrait, but whatever the design, more and more Dayton women are choosing tattoos which reflect their roles as mothers. “It’s a modern-day brag book,” said Michelle Wells, who manages husband Chad Wells’ private tattoo studio in Vandalia. “I think women who get these tattoos are very proud to be mommies. It provides a great excuse to talk about their family.” Tattoos don’t carry the social stigma they once did. “Everybody is getting tattoos these days. Everyone you can think of,” Wells said. “It really doesn’t matter what age someone is or what they do for a living.”
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 06, 2011 Beefed-up body art regulations a good thing
by Montrose Daily Press
Montrose County commissioners will convene Monday morning as the county’s Board of Health to take a variety of issues under consideration, perhaps none as important as a series of proposed enhanced regulations for the local body art industry. While many county merchants and residents normally would view increased government regulation of business as a bad thing, we doubt most of them will voice any objection to this proposal. In fact, when the county held a public meeting several weeks ago to discuss the proposed changes and gauge public opinion, several representatives of local tattoo and body-piercing shops showed up to voice their support for the measure.
Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, November 06, 2011 Reformed skinhead endures agony to remove tattoos
by Helen O'Neill
Julie Widner was terrified — afraid her husband would do something reckless, even disfigure himself. "We had come so far," she says. "We had left the movement, had created a good family life. We had so much to live for. I just thought there has to be someone out there who will help us." After getting married in 2006, the couple, former pillars of the white power movement (she as a member of the National Alliance, he a founder of the Vinlanders gang of skinheads) had worked hard to put their racist past behind them. They had settled down and had a baby; her younger children had embraced him as a father. And yet, the past was ever-present — tattooed in brutish symbols all over his body and face: a blood-soaked razor, swastikas, the letters "HATE" stamped across his knuckles.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 03, 2011 Testing a Tattly: Temporary Tattoos Created by Professional Designers
by Steven Heller
Horrified by her young daughter's clip-art temporaries, Tina Roth Eisenberg, the designer known as Swiss Miss, created some of her own. Why do so many people inject ink into their skin at considerable cost and with much discomfort? Why would any rational being want to indelibly mar their otherwise pristine bodies? And why, knowing the inevitable ravages of age, would they want to inflict self-imposed discolored blemishes anywhere on their extremities? If not for my wimpy squeamishness, I could see getting a tattoo image that represents something near and dear. I cannot say what the allure is, but the tattoo as a personal statement appeals to me on some deep level.
Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, November 03, 2011 The Extreme Tattoo For Cause Event !
by Local 2
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario -- Success is not a word strong enough for the turn out at Extreme Tattoo and Photography on Friday Oct 21st. The Tattoo for the Cause event had a donation target of $700 but by the days end, A grand total of $3000 was calculated as the final tally to be donated to The Canadian Cancer Society. "We did complete a total of 89 tattoos for the days event that was scheduled from 2pm to 10pm. But in fact, we started at 12:30pm and went on until 1:am that night." Paul Grimard the owner of Extreme Tattoo and Photography also added that some other appointments were taken for future dates to accommodate some of those that were unable to have the tattoo completed on the day of the event.
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 31, 2011 Piercing professionals speak about the rules of the trade
by Northampton Chronicle & Echo
Parental debates with teenagers tend to hit the same subjects, generation after generation, with one hot, recurrent topic being the tender matter of body piercings. While my parents forbade me from having my ears pierced before the age of 13, the other day I listened to my friend explain how she was taking her one-year-old daughter to have her’s pierced in the coming weeks. Opinions over the rules and restrictions of ear and body piercing seem to be varied, but who should be making these decisions?
Posted by: Sarah on Monday, October 31, 2011 Tattoos: Inks Raise New Health Concerns About Age-Old Designs
by Glenn D. Braunstein
While they've adorned skin since time immemorial as exotic emblems of beauty, rebellion or even criminality, if I start talking about tattoos, I can tell that lots of you of a certain age will react simply by sighing deeply or clucking your tongues in disapproval. Sorry, Mom and Dad: we're long past the time when just sailors, soldiers, performers in burlesque acts or gangsters got inked. An estimated 45 million Americans have tattoos, and that number is quickly rising. Although the practice seemingly is becoming, along with piercings, ubiquitous among certain younger or youthful-minded folk across the country, the ink that tattoo artists inject remains unregulated.
Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, October 29, 2011 Made in America Tattoo Company Has Halloween Trick Up its Sleeve
by Chad Brooks
An Arizona-based temporary tattoo manufacturer, which got its start in a garage before growing into a big business, is now looking to leave its mark on trick-or-treaters – literally. While costumed kids still are sure to be bombarded with the holiday's traditional candy, Tattoo Manufacturing and its parent company TM International have unveiled more than 100 new Halloween-inspired tattoos in hopes of positioning their product as an alternative to candy this Halloween. With a collection including devils, ghosts, pirates, pumpkins, skulls, spiders, witches and vampires – some of which glow in the dark – Damon Safranek, director of corporate strategy and analysis for TM International, said the company also has seen a notable uptick in the number of people adding them as the finishing touches to their costumes.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, October 28, 2011 A Brief Overview of Body Modification
by Chloe B
Body modification is the technical term for tattoos, piercings, and all other body alterations deemed alternative or cosmetic. Tattoos originated over 10,000 years ago, and have since been discovered on ancient Egyptian mummies and preserved Neanderthals from the ice age. In many societies ear piercing is also done as part of a ritual such as in Borneo where the mother and father each pierce one ear of their child as a symbol that the child depends on their parents. Women tattooed their symbols on their forearm indicating their particular skill. Tattoos around the wrist and fingers were believed to ward away illness. Today, a large demographic of young adults have multiple piercings and tattoos, but it wasn’t always as popular.
Posted by: Sarah on Friday, October 28, 2011 Regulations Keep Tattoo Business Clean
by Laura Kennedy
With a quarter of American adults sporting tattoos, health regulations are becoming more and more important. Montana adopted its first laws governing tattoo practices during the 1990s. "It's for everybody now. And when it becomes something for everybody i