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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, July 25, 2016
Piercings and hair dye get the OK as Starbucks relaxes dress code
by Metro News
Toronto, Ontario -- Got purple hair? Starbucks wants to hire you. The world's largest coffee chain is loosening its employee dress code to allow workers to don brightly-dyed hair and coloured, patterned clothing. Starbucks says employees now have more fashion choices to wear underneath the company's signature green apron — within reason. The revamped company attire rules now includes grey, navy, dark denim and brown tops along with shirts with small stripes, tone-on-tone plaids and tight patterns. Employees can also wear pants, shorts, skirts or dresses in grey, navy, brown, khaki and black, as well as dark-washed blue jeans.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, July 25, 2016
Montreal's DFA Tattoos churns out permanent PokéMasters
by Lindsay Richardson
Montreal, Quebec -- The Pokémon Go craze has swept the nation, propelling hoards of gamers outdoors searching for the pet-like, animated creatures. Restaurants have introduced specials for Pokémon team colours and offer “boosts” for players who are committed to “catching them all” in a rush of childhood nostalgia. Montreal’s DFA Tattoos provides a more permanent commitment to a life of Pokémon fandom. Though it won’t stand much chance of evolving or championing a battle against Mewtwo or Dragonite, a Pokémon tattoo will last long after the most dedicated trainers have returned to their everyday lives.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 17, 2016
Culture blend of beauty salon and tattoo studio
by Tony Ricciuto
Niagara Falls, Ontario -- It’s a beauty salon and a tattoo studio all rolled into one. “It’s a bit of a culture blend and people are really adapting to it,” said Erin Lafford, owner of The Nest, who has joined forces with tattoo artist Kayla Tremblay, to open their shop at 4444 Queen St. in downtown Niagara Falls. “This is an empowering space and we are all women working here. Some of the women who come in are even a little older and they’ve never had a tattoo. We’ve had some 60-year-old women get their first tattoo,” said Lafford, who had a beauty shop next door called the Hairon’s Nest, but decided to try something a little different.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 17, 2016
Finding catharsis through the art of tattoos
by Kaysie Ellingson
For 15 years, Roger Sparks has had one of the most dangerous jobs a person can have. As a para-rescuer for the Alaska Air National Guard, Sparks routinely plunges from helicopters into remote areas to administer medical treatment and assist in evacuation. When he’s in Alaska, he is sent— about once a week— to search for survivors of small plane crashes. He is also routinely deployed to serve with Special Forces operations in conflicts overseas. Perhaps the most difficult day of his life was an operation with the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron in Afghanistan.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, July 14, 2016
July 28th is Body Piercing Day; a piercing look at the trendy art
by The News Minute
With the world celebrating International Body Piercing Day on Tuesday, not many who fall in the non-pierced category, know that the day is dedicated in honour of James Mark ‘Jim’ Ward, who ushered in the modern wave of body piercing in the West. Termed the ‘granddaddy’ of the movement, Ward set up the first such studio which he named ‘Gauntlet’ in 1978. A year earlier, he -along with Doug Malloy and Fakir Musafir- had launched the Piercing Fans International Quarterly (PFIQ) magazine too, which however went out of print in 1997.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, July 14, 2016
Tattoo fans flock to colourful convention
by Tara Bradbury
St. John's, Newfoundland -- Sixty-one tattooists, three days and 500 completed tattoos — that’s a whole lot of ink. Even still, if local tattooist and studio owner Dave Munro had wanted to organize a tattoo convention lasting longer than a weekend, he likely could have, and would still have been successful. This past weekend saw tattoo fans on both sides of the needle converging for the second annual St. John’s Tattoo Convention at the Re/Max Centre.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, July 14, 2016
Did Ancient Pacific Islanders Use Obsidian to Make Their Tattoos?
by Jason Daley
he problem with studying ancient tattoos is that human skin just doesn’t last through the ages. The few examples we have all come from mummified remains: the Siberian Ice Princess Ukok has almost a full inked sleeve and Otzi the Iceman has 61 tattoos all over his body. So tattoo researchers have begun to look for the tools used to ink the ancients. Though many early tattooing devices were likely made of biodegradable materials, a team of Australian researchers think they may have found inking tools made from the black volcanic glass obsidian.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Rise of Japanese Geek Tattoos
by Brian Ashcraft
From anime girls to abstract shapes, Japanese tattooing has changed. Or has it? Throughout my book Japanese Tattoos, a wide variety of classic motifs are presented. Some of them are well over a thousand years old, while others are much newer. Japan’s visual vocabulary is not static. Irezumi (Japanese for tattoos) aren’t, either. They’re as alive as the skin on which they breathe.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Are Dermal Piercings Risky?
by Emily McClure
While body modification itself is nothing new, dermal piercings, a newer method of body piercing, has been a huge hit in the last ten years. However, are dermal piercings more risky than standard body piercings? Honestly, the answer is pretty tricky. Dermal piercings, also known as microdermal piercings, differ from standard piercings as they don't contain two separate entry and exit points. According to the Association of Professional Piercers, a dermal piercing procedure involves implanting a titanium anchor into the dermal layer of the skin using a dermal punch or needle.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 12, 2016
12 pretty ear piercing ideas from Instagram
by Rebecca Wright
Fancy getting your ears pierced? We've chosen our top 12 favourite ear piercings from Instagram to help you decide what look to go for. From dainty lobe studs to scaffolding bars, there are so many ways to decorate your ears. If in doubt, the best place to look for inspiration is the endless world of Instagram - and to save you scrolling, we've selected the best of the best for you to choose from.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 3, 2016
7 Signs Your Piercing Isn't Closing Properly
by Alexa Dragoumis
If you got that new piercing just in time for summer, it's important to take proper care of it and know the signs in case your piercing isn't healing properly. Since many of us tend to show off some more skin during the summer months, you'll want to be particularly careful about infections, which means you should also know what signs to look for in case your piercing isn't healing properly. For starters, always leave piercing to the professionals. No matter how fearless you may be when it comes to blood, or how many times you've seen 13 Going On 30, this is never something you should do at home.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 3, 2016
A relative of King Tat? Egyptian mummy adorned with tattoos
by Ben Guarino
The 3,000-year-old body was decorated with cow figures, snakes, lotus blossoms and symbolic eyes. The imagery suggests she had an important religious role, researchers say. When Stanford University archeologist Anne Austin began her inspection of the 3,000-year-old body, it was immediately apparent something unusual had happened to the long-deceased woman. The skin across the ancient Egyptian’s neck was marked in bruise-blue lines, as though someone had doodled across the corpse’s throat in lieu of placing the traditional burial amulets Austin had expected to see. Upon closer examination, however, Austin and her colleagues realized the designs were permanent...

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 3, 2016
Lady Tattoo Artists We Love: Trudie Kaiser
by Michele Zipp
First-year tattoo artist Trudie Kaiser has such a beautiful sense of artistry, it's clear she learned a lot thanks to her bachelor of fine arts and through her tattoo apprenticeship under the incredible Josh Lord and other artists at East Side Ink and Graceland Brooklyn. Her gorgeous tattoos and insight into the craft are very impressive. Trudie shared how she got her start and some of her favorite moments of tattooing so far. Her work is lovely, as well as thoughtful, making her tattoos ones to remember and cherish.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, June 28, 2016
What Is The Best Sunscreen For Tattoos?
by Phoebe Waller
Whether you like it or lump it, we all know we should be wearing sunscreen when we're outside soaking up the sun's rays. However, illustrated babes may want to discover the best sunscreen for tattoos, in order to protect their ink. There are so many different types of sunscreen that the lotion landscape has become a little difficult to navigate. There's also a myriad of jargon to attempt to interpret, not to mention trying to decipher which SPF to use. Therefore, it's imperative that tattooed folks know which sunscreen is best to protect their skin and their ink, because nobody wants a faded tattoo that's aged prematurely.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Skin deep - the power of tattoos on the female body
by Eleni Stefanou
I have met more than 50 women who have decorated their skin with ink. Some of them got their first tattoo impulsively, others planned their design for years until they found the right artist. Some women just like the way tattoos look when they see their reflection in the mirror, others feel a deep connection to the symbols they have chosen to mark on their body. Talk to a woman about her tattoos for an hour, and you will have a rich conversation about art, beauty, identity and gender politics. But mainstream engagement with tattooed women seldom explores this. We may think tatoos are no longer taboo, but positive representations of tattooed women are few and far between.

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