Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, August 30, 2015
Do Tattoos Have Side Effects?
by Sam Becker
When you think about it, injecting your body with a foreign agent — in this case, ink — probably isn’t the best thing for it. Obviously, there are risks associated with getting stuck with a needle a few hundred thousand times, and during the healing period when you can get an infection; but is a tattoo itself a threat to your well-being? According to a recent Reuters Health article, which piggybacks off of a medical study published in The Lancet, there are still some significant questions as to how the inks associated with tattoos can impact our health.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, August 29, 2015
Body-modification artist unable to work after attack
by Gary Dimmock
Ottawa, Ontario -- Ottawa’s Calvin Nicol, a body-modification artist who has black-tattooed eyeballs and silicone horns, faced his accused attackers in court on Monday, testifying that he was jumped and severely beaten on Rideau Street on Nov. 1, 2014, in a random attack seconds after someone called him a freak and threatened to kill him.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 28, 2015
How Women Are Using Tattoos to Empower Themselves
by Julie Zeilinger
These days, women in the United States are more likely to have ink than men. Twenty-three percent of women have tattoos compared to 19% of men, according to a 2012 Harris Poll. What these numbers don't reveal is a possibly encouraging reason why women are getting inked: Tattoos are helping women reclaim their bodies and celebrate themselves.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 27, 2015
Garish Toronto skyline tattoo draws online criticism
by Christine Chubb
Some tattoos you show off, some you keep secret and some you just wonder – what was I thinking? Many people took to reddit to voice their opinions on the sanity of a person who got a Toronto skyline tattooed on their arm. The image of the tattoo was posted under the title ‘What a huge mistake.’ It wasn’t so much the pencil-drawn skyline that commenters opposed – although that did draw its share of criticism – but the seemingly Drake-inspired writing under the image.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 27, 2015
9 Emotional Stages Of Getting Your Nose Pierced
by Jen Schildgen
Nostril and septum piercings have spent ample time in the limelight recently, so many new inductees to the facial piercing club are experiencing the emotional stages of getting a nose piercing. Of course, like most piercings go, committing to a nostril piercing is a pretty big leap. Its location is obvious on your face, and it can certainly have an effect on how others perceive you.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 24, 2015
7 Hair Dye Tricks You Need to Know
by Alle Connell
Whether you’re enhancing your natural color or changing it completely, hair dye is nothing short of transformative. It doesn’t just change the way you look, it changes the way you feel. But if you color your hair yourself, you know that it comes with a whole host of problems—or it did until now. That’s right: We’ve put together our ultimate list of hair-dye tricks. These brilliant hacks are going to change your color-loving life and take your hair game to the next level, guaranteed.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, August 23, 2015
Why Septum Piercings Are Trending
by Hayley Spencer
Rainbow hair is on the rise and 80s trends rule for yet another season, and they're not the only proof punk is back: septum piercings are gathering pace. On John Paul Gaultier 's Autumn Winter runway, models' throwback gelled kiss curls were matched with heavy metal nose adornments, and now the trend has gone mainstream. No doubt the number of people going under the needle went up after A-list influencers including Rihanna, Chloe Moretz and Zoe Kravitz got pierced, but it's not just the younger style set embracing septum piercings.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, August 22, 2015
The 17 coolest tattoo artists you need to follow on Instagram
by Kim Renfro
Though tattooing has been in practice for thousands of years, only in the last century have new and exciting styles been swept into the spotlight. From abstract to geometric, watercolor to surreal, Instagram is the perfect platform for stellar tattoo artists to spread their innovative styles across the globe. Whether you have a tattoo already, are thinking about getting inked for the first time, or just like the look of the permanent art, Instagram is the place to go for inspiration.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 21, 2015
Inkbox Creates Affordable Two-Week Tattoos
by Jessica Vomiero
We’ve all been there. We pick out the design, we research tattoo parlours and we even start putting change in a jar labelled “tattoo money.” However, when it comes down to it, we just can’t seem to make that leap. After all, tattoos are forever. At least, they used to be. Brothers Tyler and Braden Handley have found the solution to your commitment issues. Combining their design and marketing expertise, they founded Inkbox and now produce the world’s first two-week, all natural tattoo.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 21, 2015
Scarification: The extreme body art that’s making a mark
by Erica Lenti
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.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Video: Lip piercings can be bad for your health
by Greg Southam
Many people think a tongue or lip piercing is cool, but some do not know that it can lead to fractured teeth, gum recession, bone loss and possible frontal tooth loss. Dr. Liran Levin explains why.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Urban Body Jewelry: It's Your Body, Why Not Decorate It?
by Lenore
Body jewelry has come a long way since the humble nose ring and ear cuff. Scaffolding, dermal anchors and implants are just some of the more intricate (and painful) piercings available in recent years, and stretched piercings are also becoming more mainstream. Tunnels, plugs and spirals are available in various materials and styles, but how do you know what's best? Or that the jewelry you buy won't turn your ear green?

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 17, 2015
Don’t Ignore Your Second Hole: How To Showcase The Double Piercing
by Emily Arata
At age 16, getting a double piercing in your ears seems like a necessity. By 20, however, you wonder why you’d ever even bothered. With a jewelry box full of necklaces, bracelets and rings, it’s easy to overlook gems for your earlobes. But summer’s heat often makes wearing layered necklaces and bangles a sweaty, heavy mess. Instead of getting weighed down, start focusing on light metal decorations for your multiple ear piercings.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, August 16, 2015
Edmonton tattoo artist says we need more health inspectors
by Aaron Chatha and Tim Querengesser
Framed by the light of a south-facing window, Alexis Frost lays on her side on a reclining leather bed. “Because I work in a hospital, I’m a little paranoid about cleanliness as it is,” she says, as nearby Robert Steele prepares to work. “But I do a lot of research on the artists I choose, and I was pretty impressed with this place.” There are no La-Z-Boys, TVs or video game consoles where Frost lays. Instead, Steele’s living room is his licensed and health inspected home studio, The Tattoo Guy and Piercer Girl.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, August 15, 2015
A Life Story in Tattoos, and How They Liberated Me
by Judnick Mayard
As a child, people with tattoos were badasses and rebels—I imagined they sat in somebody’s basement, fearless, silent and maybe smoking a cigarette while someone bled them slowly in the name of body art. I wanted to feel that strength. I was petite and black and a girl and tired of being teased and abused. I wanted to flex. When I was 13 I sat my parents down to tell them about an important decision. “I’m getting a tattoo as soon as it’s possible.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, August 14, 2015
Choose the right type of piercing metal for your piercing
by Mississauga News
Choosing the right kind of metal for body piercing is the first part of getting a piercing anywhere on the body. Different metals may cause different reactions, depending on the sensitivity of your skin and if you have any allergies. Mostly, surgical stainless steel is considered one of the best metals for piercing because it won’t corrode in the presence of body fluids, and it will hold up to temperature changes without bending, melting, or changing its shape in any way.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, August 13, 2015
Punk Up Your Look!
by Ayara Pommells
Whether you’re a die-hard fashionista or an every day, round the way girl who likes to switch it up now and again, a lot of folks attempt the punk look at least once in your lifetime. It’s deeper than uploading Nirvana or Led Zeppalin to the ol’ ipod and throwing on some Barry M black Matte varnish. You’d be surprised how many people try and take it waaay too far and end up bloody disaster.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The piercing process at Good Point Tattoos
by Mississauga News
Oakville, Ontario -- etting a body piercing is a huge decision, especially for first-timers. The piercers at Good Point Tattoos understand that piercing can be intimidating. That’s why they’re there to help walk first-timers through the process so that they know exactly what to expect from their piercing, whether it’s in the ear, the nose, or in a more extreme place. Good body piercing starts by doing research. The piercers at Good Point suggest looking into what to expect from the body piercing you want.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Ear piercing is not child abuse
by Bianca Bujan
When I had my first baby girl, I chose to wait to pierce her ears. Not because I thought that piercing my baby’s ears would inflict severe pain or cause fear, but because I wanted the choice to be hers. That being said, I know many people who have chosen to pierce their baby’s ears at an early age, and I don’t see anything wrong with it. Recently, an online campaign was launched in the UK, and it has caused a great deal of controversy surrounding the subject of babies and ear piercing.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, August 10, 2015
The Secret Lives Of Tattooed Women
by Claire Fallon
This summer, I’ve been occasionally accessorizing with cheap temporary tattoos purchased by the packet at beauty stores. I festoon my arms with black line drawings of birds or floral designs and enjoy the semi-permanent decoration. Quickly, though, I noticed an unwelcome side effect to my fashion choice: constant attention. Friends, understandably, asked me if I’d gotten a tattoo. Strangers, less understandably, grabbed my arm to ask me if the design was real. A guy at a bar asked about one as an entrée into hitting on me. As complimentary as these queries always were, the spotlight on my arm was baffling and intrusive.

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