Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Penis Piercings: A Simple Guide to Adorning Your Boner
by Jim Larkins
For some men, having an operational penis just isn’t enough, at least not when there’s the option for modern cosmetic alterations that dress up one’s manhood while improving its functionality. One such adornment involves running a bar through the frenulum (the section that connects the penis head to the shaft), perpendicular to the penis. The result is a little like globular Frankenstein posts on either side of your dick. According to Elayne Angel of online resource The Piercing Bible, “Some partners affectionately refer to them as ‘speed bumps.’” Healing usually takes two to five weeks.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
If you have piercings, pacemakers, tattoos speak up before an MRI
by Helen Branswell
We humans are made of flesh and bone, of cartilage, sinews, muscles and tendons. But a surprising number of us carry around embedded metal as well. The potential list of metal bits is long: stents or shunts, surgical screws or plates, artificial joints or implanted electrodes, dental posts, body piercings or even so called permanent makeup, eyeliner or eyebrows that are tattooed on. What does all that metal mean if a doctor suggests you should get a diagnostic scan using magnetic resonance imaging, more commonly referred to as an MRI? As the name suggests, the machines use powerful magnets to produce detailed images of soft tissue, organs and joints.

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Posted by: Sarah on Monday, July 21, 2014
FDA Recalls Home Tattoo Kits
by Joe Webb
Mark Arts of Arts Ink was busy touching up a Cincinnati Bengals’ tattoo when Local 12 caught up with him Friday. Thursday, he got a letter from the northern Kentucky Health Department that announced an ink and needle recall. Arts said he's glad the word was getting out on the home kits mentioned by the FDA. Like the police, who collect and display the guns and drug paraphernalia they confiscate, Arts collects the cheap, home tattoo supplies he finds. "They're just bad news. They're practice kits and they're made to practice on those little pads that come with them. They're not made to use on your best friend," said Arts. "You can get infections. You can get mersa. You can get hep. Anything can happen."

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 20, 2014
Canadian Model Tattoos Face to Become Famous
by Huffington Post Canada
Ok, so Vin Los isn't exactly Zombie Boy, but the Canadian model's face tattoos are still quite impressive. The Montreal-native is causing quite the stir thanks to his in-your-face (sorry, we had to) tats and his gorgeous body, leading Vice magazine to publish an in-depth interview with the 24-year-old, which was published on Wednesday. So, why is the bedroom-eyed cutie making everyone so hot under the collar? Well, his ink is kinda, well, unique. His face is covered with 24 tattoos that spell out words such as "FAME," "GUILTY" and "SEX BOMB," thus letting us know that he's probably one of the most confident men on the planet.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 20, 2014
Divorce tattoos on the rise
by Rosemary Counter
Romantic tributes in ink are so risky. The new homage of choice: the divorce tattoo. ollywood has taught us that tattooing your lover’s name on your body is a very bad idea: Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum, Eva Longoria and Johnny Depp all have had homages to their partners removed. But, increasingly, there’s another kind of homage: the “divorce tattoo.” Almost monthly, Christina Christie, owner of Black Rabbit Tattoo Studio in Vancouver, sees a woman arrive post-breakup. “I hear people say, ‘I don’t care what anyone thinks about it anymore. I’ve always wanted a tattoo and I’m getting it,’ ” she says. “There’s a sense of taking your body back, and sometimes the pain itself is a relief.”

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, July 17, 2014
Corset trend grows in piercing world
by Lauren Linhard
Corsets have played a role in body modification since the style was introduced in the 1500s. Through the decades, whether it was worn as an undergarment, a lingerie piece or, as more recently, a costume at the renaissance faire, it has never completely gone out of fashion. But now, the corset has taken a new direction, playing a part in the trend of piercing body modification. The corset piercing, which involves two parallel lines of circular piercings laced together with ribbon, giving the same visual look as the lacings of a worn corset, has been around since the early '90s, said Baltimore Street Tattoo piercer Ashley Brubaker.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tattoo show coming back to Kelowna
by Daily Courier Staff
Kelowna, BC -- Fifty tattoo artists from 21 shops across Canada will be in Kelowna this weekend for the second Okanagan Tattoo Show at the Parkinson Recreation Centre. The show will take place Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last year’s event drew more than 3,000 people. There will be more than just tattoos. More than 20 food, clothing and artisan vendors will be at the event.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Would you get a tattoo of a company logo?
by Will Smale
Do you love a company so much that you would get a tattoo of its logo? And what would that say about you and the firm in question? Chuck Runyon, the founder and boss of US gym chain Anytime Fitness, says he is very proud of the fact that more than 2,000 people around the world now have his firm's logo of a running man tattooed on their bodies. The phenomenon started in 2004 when a company manager was the first to get the tattoo for a dare, but customers soon followed suit.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 13, 2014
Tattoos capture loves, interests, life-changing moments
by Robin Sloan
One in five adults in the United States now has a tattoo, according to a 2012 poll by Harris Interactive, and the number is continually growing. More people are turning to this form of permanent body modification to express spiritual and political beliefs, cultural trends and personal milestones. Tattooing is an ancient practice, modernly achieved by inserting indelible ink into the dermis, or middle layer of skin, creating a permanent design. Tattoos can be placed on any part of the body in both black and color ink.

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Posted by: Sarah on Sunday, July 13, 2014
Judging books by their covers
by Todd Humber
The photo on page one of the July 14 issue of Canadian HR Reporter features Kendra Behringer, a 24-year-old Edmonton woman who has started a petition to make “body modification” — such as piercings and tattoos — a protected ground of discrimination under human rights law in Alberta. Behringer has 22 piercings above the neck and claims to have had her resumé thrown in the trash — right in front of her — because of her appearance.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, July 10, 2014
More diligence needed in getting guardians' consent for piercings
by Ashley Prest
Winnipeg, Manitoba -- Proper procedure was followed but better discretion is needed, Manitoba Health found after its investigation into an incident in June in which a 16-year-old girl had her belly button pierced without parental consent at the Red River Exhibition. At the Phase II Tattoo and Body Modification mobile unit on June 17, the girl brought along an 18-year-old friend who signed the consent form as her legal guardian and presented identification that was photocopied and kept on file by the Phase II operator.

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Posted by: Sarah on Thursday, July 10, 2014
Rihannas New Septum Piercing
by Maeve Keirans
When you look at as many pictures of Rihanna as I do (personal interest/job requirement, OK?), you notice when something is different. New hair is expected, but a facial piercing is definitely not. Imagine my surprise, then, when I saw these pics of badgalriri from last night with a ring hanging from her nose! Big debuts that fly under the radar = one of thousands of reasons I miss her Instagram every single day.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Mauricio Pinella tattoos missed goal on back
by Thomson Reuters
Chile striker Mauricio Pinilla has tattooed on his back the last-ditch World Cup goal attempt that rattled the bar in their knockout stage defeat by Brazil, local media reported on Tuesday. 'La Roja' almost clinched an upset victory against the hosts in extra time on Saturday when substitute Pinilla's powerful shot struck the woodwork with Brazil fans holding their breath.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Peak Ink: Why tattoos have lost their exotic thrill
by Denise Balkissoon
My husband, age almost-40, is hiding his tattoo from his parents. It’s not his first, but they hated the first three so much that he’s avoiding the tsk-tsks about the decoration now adorning his right shoulder. This amuses me. I can’t get inked myself because I have keloids, a tendency for skin to over-produce scar tissue. I like to imagine that makes me objective when considering the meaning of tattoos, and my sweetie-pie in-laws must be the very last people for whom they signify the seedy margins of society.

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 4, 2014
Why Tattooing Is Universal
by Olga Khazan
Tattooing, when you think about it, is like smiling: Nearly every culture does it, but not always for the same reason. In a given society, the motivation for covering oneself in paint, ink, or even scars speaks to what the civilization as a whole holds dear. Chris Rainier, a photographer for National Geographic and other publications, has traveled the world in search of cultures he describes as having "one foot in the Garden of Eden." (He was also Ansel Adams’s last assistant).

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Posted by: Sarah on Friday, July 4, 2014
Warning over dermal piercings
by Nicky Broyd
Dermatologists are warning about a type of piercing called a dermal anchor. Originally developed in the US about 7 years ago, dermal anchors are a mixture of an implant and a piercing. They allow body decoration in areas that would not normally allow surface piercings, like the neck, sternum or cheek. However, doctors raised concerns at a presentation given at the British Association of Dermatologists Annual Meeting in Glasgow this week, about how dermal anchors are inserted into the skin, potential complications associated with them and how they can be safely removed.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Hooked on Body Suspension
by Aimee Heckel
The first thing you'd probably ask Lisa Marteau is: "Why?" Why would people want to hang from hooks pierced through their skin? The reasons are different for each person who participates in this activity known as body suspension, and the Boulder woman is careful not to make generalizations. She tiptoes around her words. She does not want to misrepresent the community — to further distort society's misconceptions and opinions about this unusual hobby.

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Posted by: Sarah on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Girl's belly-button piercing at the Ex angers Winnipeg mom
by CBC News
Winnipeg, Manitoba -- A Winnipeg mom is upset that her 16-year-old daughter was able to get a belly-button piercing at the Red River Ex without signed parental consent. Cheryl Radcliffe's daughter went to the Phase II Tattoo and Body Piercing mobile booth on June 17 and despite being underage and not having a legal guardian present — as outlined in the city's body modification bylaws — she was able to get pierced.

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Posted by: Sarah on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Kelly Osbourne Gets Head Tattoo
by Huffington Post Canada
Some people get tattoos on their backs or arms or legs. Others, like Kelly Osbourne, like to be a bit more original. The former reality TV show star got some new ink—on the side of her head—and shared the results on her Instagram page over the weekend. The tattoo reads "Stories…" and we're not sure what that exactly means but we are sure that the lavender-haired cutie will have a good story to tell, now that she's tattooed her head.

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Posted by: Sarah on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Pierced belly-button brouhaha prompts provincial probe
by Ashley Prest
It would be unusual for a rule under the city's body modification bylaw to be waived for a specific event such as the Red River Exhibition, a provincial health official says. Peter Parys, Manitoba's director of environment, health and emergency preparedness, said the results of a Manitoba Health investigation now underway will determine whether that was the case regarding a teenage girl who was given a navel piercing.

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