Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 7, 2016
Multiple Ear Piercings: The Cool Combinations You Need In Your Life
by Fiona Ward
2016's biggest jewellery trend involves countless hoops, loads of studs and a fairly high pain threshold. Get ready to fall hard for multiple ear piercings! Remember when getting your ears pierced meant sitting in the window of Claire's Accessories, clutching a teddy bear (with her very own set of studs, of course) and closing your eyes, while an enthusiastic 17-year-old trainee counted to three? Aah yes, the pride of returning home with your very own bottle of aftercare solution and those cubic zirconias in your lobes is a feeling you can't beat!

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, February 7, 2016
7 things you should keep in mind before getting a navel piercing
by Anuradha Varanasi
Most women have considered going for a belly piercing at some point or the other but have opted out because they are worried about it being too painful or catching an infection. However, if you follow these seven tips, you can have a safe and relatively less uncomfortable experience with your new piercing. Do your research: Most women wonder how painful a belly piercing can be. Since getting a belly piercing can be very painful, mostly, local anesthesia is administered before the piercing.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 6, 2016
Barrie tattoo parlour “in jeopardy”
by Jenni Dunning
Barrie, Ontario -- Owners of a Barrie tattoo parlour are worried an Ontario Municipal Board appeal could put them out of business for months if it does not resolve soon. Barrie Downtown Neighbourhoods Association (BDNA) argues the City of Barrie is playing fast and loose with its bylaws. “This is putting my business in jeopardy, which is taking money from my pocket and food from my kids’ mouths,” said Andrew Batten, who co-owns Unique Ink Custom Tattooing with Jay McKay.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, February 6, 2016
5 Vegan Tattoo Tips From an Expert
by Hilary Pollack
Thinking of inking? We asked vegan tattoo artist Brian Wilson for the lowdown on cruelty-free commitment through body art. Maybe it’s because we’re the passionate type or because we tend to think outside the box, but the vegan community represents a well-illustrated bunch. Whether you’re thinking of a permanent design for showcasing your commitment to a plant-based diet or just hoping to make sure your next piece doesn’t conflict with your cruelty-free lifestyle, it helps to hear from the experts.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 1, 2016
No Pain, Just Artistic Gain at Brooklyn Temporary Tattoo Parlor
by Roger Clark
One shop in Brooklyn is giving New Yorkers the feel of a tattoo, without the pain or the commitment. Tattly Temporary Tattoo Parlor in Boerum Hill has the look and feel of an authentic tattoo shop, but the ink is not permanent. The tattoos are applied on the skin by using a sponge and water, and usually last two to five days. But these aren't like the ordinary temporary tattoos you might have worn as a kid.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, February 1, 2016
Patrons young and old flocked into tattoo parlours across P.E.I.
by Cody Mackay
Prince Edward Island -- From simple and extravagant to dynamic and dreary, P.E.I. tattoo artists have seen it all this year. Patrons young and old flocked into tattoo parlours across P.E.I. this year, making it an extremely busy year for tattoo artists, who, like Aron Scott and Griffen Dunsmore, are now being booked months in advance. Even Christmas gift cards for tattoo appointments, Scott says, have doubled from last year. Scott and Dunsmore are tattooists at Artist's, Ink in Summerside and saw many fascinating and unusual ideas come through the doors this year.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 29, 2016
The Science Behind Tattoos and How They Age
by Maggie McCracken
Do you have a tattoo? If so, you’re not alone. According to The Atlantic, one in five Americans has a tattoo, and that figure is showing no signs of decreasing anytime soon. Though tattoos have become more mainstream in recent decades, they’re hardly a new phenomenon. Permanent body art is a staple in many cultures, with the oldest known tattoo having been found on a Peruvian mummy that lived around 6,000 BC.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 29, 2016
People are now asking for 'grandpa tattoos'
by Rachel Thompson
From full tattoo sleeves, to barely-there, single-needle tats; when it comes to tattoo trends, we've seen it all. And now we're turning back the clock — to what our grandparents were into. "People don't want the tattoos their dad had, they want the tattoos their granddad had," Lal Hardy, who set up his north London tattoo studio New Wave in 1979 told Mashable. "It's all about the antique look right now." Grandpa tattoos draw heavy inspiration from the military tattoos popular in the 1940s and '50s, which involved having regimental crests and numbers tattooed on arms.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, January 26, 2016
10 Coolest Ear-Piercing Combinations & The Man Behind Them
by Lexy Lebsack
What do Beyoncé, Scarlett Johansson, and Rihanna have in common? When they want to take their ear game to the next level, they turn to Los Angeles piercer Brian Keith Thompson. Known for creating some of the most badass ear-piercing combinations in the city, he's garnered fans among celebs and locals alike, thanks to his thoughtful arrangements and perennially hip Melrose Avenue shop, Body Electric. Needless to say, Thompson is the go-to guy in the L.A. piercing world.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 24, 2016
City bylaw preventing Barrie tattoo business from moving to new digs
by Bob Bruton
Barrie, Ontario -- One of the city's old guard is challenging the relatively new kids on the block in downtown Barrie. Jack Garner has filed an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) appeal of a Nov. 25 city committee of adjustment decision allowing Unique Ink Custom Tattooing to relocate to Dunlop Street West beside a payday loan business. The relocation is at odds with Barrie's zoning bylaws, and if overturned by the OMB could put the tattoo shop in trouble.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 24, 2016
Tattoo fundraiser helps animals in need at Peterborough parlour
by Peterborough Examiner
Peterborough, Ontario -- A popular tattoo fundraiser for the local Humane Society returns next weekend. The third annual Paw Print Days event runs from Jan. 29-31 at Inspiration Tattoo and Piercing in the Brookdale Plaza on Chemong Rd. Over the course of the weekend, Inspiration Tattoo will be tattooing paw prints for pre-booked customers with proceeds being donated to the Peterborough Humane Society.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 21, 2016
The Brow Factor: eyebrow tattoos latest trend in beauty
by Nichole Huck
Regina, Saskatchewan -- Remember back in the 90s when thin was in? Pop stars like Christina Aguilera sported super tweezed eyebrows. Well, as with any fashion trend, things change. According to makeup instructor Kelcey Harasen, at the Style Academy in Regina, "thick, shapely, sculpted brows are in". Think Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie. Harasen said people looking for an alternative to colouring in their brows daily have a few options.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 17, 2016
Smokestack Hair Color
by Heather Cichowski
Smokestack hair color is the new look that doesn't make you choose between rainbow and gray hair. We have never had so many different hair color options than we do now. You would have to be going to the salon every single week to keep up with the new trends. Just when you think that we have discovered every rainbow hair color technique and look, another one comes out. We’ve recently been introduced to hand-pressed hair which uses plexiglass instead of foil; opal hair, the color that is as pretty as the stone; and oil slick hair, the multicolored look that is great for brunettes. The latest technique you need to know about is smokestack.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 15, 2016
Indonesian tattoo artists revive ancient tribal tradition
by Corey Charlton
Men in tribal dress stand amid dense jungle on the Indonesian island of Java, their bodies covered in elaborate, traditional tattoos inspired by cultures in distant corners of the vast, tropical archipelago. Many images on display at the recent tattoo festival that brought the men together were not applied with fast, modern machines, but using a centuries-old, tribal method that involves artists gently tapping a stick mounted with a needle on a subject's skin. The practice known as 'hand-tapping' had almost faded out completely, as modernity overwhelmed Indonesia's tribes and younger generations eschewed their ancestors' ways.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, January 15, 2016
Tattooer Lisa Bracero Dishes On Not Being a Big, Burly Dude
by Josh Chesler
To this day, people will still walk into Yer Cheat’n Heart Tattoo in Hermosa Beach and talk to Lisa Bracero as if she’s the receptionist. Sure, it doesn’t happen as much as it used to, but plenty of folks still expect their tattoo artists to be big, bearded, burly men. “There are definitely guys who come in and won’t talk to me,” Bracero says while sitting at her tattooing station, located just a few hundred feet from the ocean. “They come in and they’ll talk to the guy in the room, no matter who it is. There are girls who do that, too, but I have no clue why a girl would specifically want to be tattooed by a guy.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 14, 2016
Does A Cartilage Piercing Hurt? It Might Depend On The Method You Choose
by Jessica Willingham
New year, new you, boo. You've decided you want to switch up your look with something edgy, new, tiny, and adorable. You want a new piercing, but you're wondering: Does a cartilage piercing hurt? Here's what you need to know. Cartilage piercings are one of the most common body modifications, right after basic earlobe piercings. A cartilage piercing can be done on the nose or the upper ear area. If you're doing your research by reading this article and others, good for you! In-depth research on any body modification is a wise and critical move.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 14, 2016
People Are Wearing Their Hearts On Their Sleeves With Love Tattoos
by Kaylin Pound
Just like true love, tattoos are supposed to last forever and can sometimes hurt like hell. Yep, love and ink actually have a lot in common. So it’s no surprise that a growing number of people are combining the two and wearing their hearts on their sleeves — in the form of awesome love tattoos, of course! That’s right. Apparently, love tattoos are all the rage right now, and lots of people are getting in touch with their emotional sides by ditching the traditional tats for some heartfelt ink.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, January 14, 2016
People Are Wearing Their Hearts On Their Sleeves With Love Tattoos
by Kaylin Pound
Just like true love, tattoos are supposed to last forever and can sometimes hurt like hell. Yep, love and ink actually have a lot in common. So it’s no surprise that a growing number of people are combining the two and wearing their hearts on their sleeves — in the form of awesome love tattoos, of course! That’s right. Apparently, love tattoos are all the rage right now, and lots of people are getting in touch with their emotional sides by ditching the traditional tats for some heartfelt ink.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, January 11, 2016
7 Things That Could Happen To Your Body When You Get Your Ears Pierced
by Lindsey Rose Black
Deciding to get your ears pierced is a big deal whether you're seven, seventeen, or well into your thirties. If you're getting ready to go for it, make sure you know the things that could happen to your body when you get your ears pierced. Some are minor and some could be a little dangerous, but it's good to be prepared for anything! The first time I got my ears pierced, I was 12 years old. I went to a Claire's and, tragically, the girl pierced my ears unevenly! One of the holes was perfectly centered, but the other was barely on the tip of my lobe.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, January 10, 2016
Cancer survivors cover scars, reclaim bodies with tattoos
by Catherine Griwkowsky
When Stacie-Rae Weir got her first tattoo at 14 years old in a basement with a jailhouse gun, it kicked off a love of the art. Fifteen years into her tattooing career, she lost her mother to breast cancer, leading to her own mastectomy. Her fondness for ink and the pain of her loss sparked a passion to tattoo survivors of disease. "Tattoos are scars you choose," Weir said. While many survivors get nipple/areola tattoos post mastectomy, others choose to get decorative tattoos on their whole breasts and associated areas to cover surgical scars with works of art.

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