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“LGBT Support and the Tattoo Industry” by Nick Baxter

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by Nick Baxter: Everyone reading this is probably well aware of the mass shooting tragedy in Orlando, Florida a few days ago, targeted specifically at a popular gay nightclub. While headlines and attention tend to quickly move on to other current events, the trauma and aftermath is still being sorted out for all the victims, and many generous people and organizations have set up relief funds to help them. If you feel compelled to donate, here are two such efforts: https://www.crowdrise.com/we-stand-with-pulse-fund https://www.gofundme.com/29bubytqhttps://www.gofundme.com/29bubytq Thankfully, there has been a very supportive social media response to the Orlando shootings from tattoo artists and industry people. Yet, on a daily basis at tattoo related public events, LGBT issues seem to be rarely broached and are almost never amongst any of the tattoo artists I know or have been around. Although I don’t have close involvement with a vast majority of the tattoo world, especially as it grows exponentially bigger seemingly every year, I would love to see a more vocal and public consciousness around LGBT issues from tattooers and those involved in the industry. As it slowly evolves away from the secluded underground, and often quite intimidating “macho boys club” that it used to be, I’ve wondered to myself why there aren’t more proud and openly gay/trans tattoo artists making waves in the tattoo world (or if there are, why am I not hearing about them the same way I hear about all kinds of other industry happenings?). After all, it has historically been ...Read More »

The Cutest Collection of Tatted Baby Photos Anywhere!

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Of course, it is illegal to tattoo babies, that would be cruel.  However, how cute are images of babies sporting awesome tattoo designs? Most of us will agree that these photos are just too cute for words, whether it’s temporary tattoos these babies are adorned with or onesie sleeves we could not pass up the opportunity to bring you our most adorable photo gallery yet!        Read More »

Insane Corset Piercings

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Corset Piercing is a beautiful type of body modification.  You get piercings sewn on both sides, done in parallel rows then after they have healed, they can be laced with ribbon and pulled taut.  They do have a tendency to be rejected by the body, and since it is a known fact that healing multiple piercings at one time tends to be quite stressful on the body, they aren’t often worn long term.  Read More »

A Mastectomy Tattoo Testimonial

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On September 8th, 2010, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, what followed was a flurry of appointments, needles, pain, sadness and laughter. I had a full mastectomy and reconstructive surgery using tissue from my back, resulting in scars across my breast, under my arm and across my back, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I’d always wanted to have a tattoo of significant size that was unique and meant something special to me. I didn’t necessarily want the tattoo to cover all of my scarring, but rather to celebrate the fight I’d won while commemorating the family and friends I’ve lost to cancer. The theme was to be poppies and sunflowers, poppies to represent family and sunflowers because to me they signify happiness. I wanted something realistic and spent hours researching images and styles of tattoos to get the design just right. I then spent an equal amount of time researching tattoo artists in my area, looking for a talented artist and studio where I’d feel comfortable. I wound up choosing Shane Sunday of Alternative Ink and planned a visit to the studio to enquire about prices and availability. Geoff Blair, Shane’s apprentice at the time, immediately made me feel welcome. He explained the procedure and I booked an appointment with Shane that caused the next couple of months to feel like I was waiting for Christmas. Upon arriving for my first sitting, with my thoroughly researched images and design ideas in hand, I sat nervously waiting whilst everything was set ...Read More »

Chest Tattoo Covers Woman’s Scars from Three Bouts of Cancer

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Article originally appears at CBC News: http://ow.ly/knwl8 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…Read More »

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