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Matanzas HS teens suspended for tattooing other students – Daytona Beach News-Journal04.21.17

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School administrators suspended two students at Matanzas High after reports surfaced that they were giving other students tattoos for $15 in an art classroom.

Now the State Attorneys Office is deciding whether to file charges against the two 15-year-old girls.

According to Flagler County Sheriffs Office reports, the students, whose names were redacted, used a needle and India ink to give students poke and stick tattoos in the back of a third-period art class Tuesday. The two teens advertised their services on Snapchat, according to screenshots one student provided deputies.

One of the snaps pictured a student getting a tattoo with the tattooists contact info, and an offer to do the tats for $15.

An angry parent notified the Sheriffs Office after his wife found pics of their 16-year-old daughter sporting her new tattoo on social media Wednesday afternoon. That student only told officers she got inked up at Matanzas, but would not reveal who was involved.

Matanzas officials became aware of the incident after classes were dismissed Tuesday. By the time deputies contacted the schools resource officer Wednesday, the two students had already been suspended.

Reports indicated the two teens used a supply of India ink from the art classroom, and used the same needle to tattoo multiple students. Sara Novak, a Matanzas dean, told deputies she warned students of the risks of sharing the same tattoo needle.

Flagler Schools spokesman Jason Wheeler said the district is in the early stages of its own investigation to determine exactly how many students were involved. It was not yet clear if any teachers or school administrators were under review as part of that investigation.

Our administrators are working with investigators to identify all students involved in the alleged incident, Wheeler said in a prepared statement. Student safety is of utmost concern for us for all our students. We do not condone activities alleged in this incident and they will not be tolerated.

Sheriffs Office reports stated four other students were implicated as possibly giving tattoos, but deputies found no evidence to substantiate those claims.

The Sheriffs Office forwarded affidavits for charges of practicing tattooing without a license to the State Attorneys for further review.

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Tattoo and Brew at Tatamagouche Brewing Company – Truro Daily News04.21.17

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Alcohol and tattoos aren't a good mix, but people are attending just to watch the tattooing process. And we do have a separate room booked, I won't be tattooing right where they're serving alcohol. Vocke says similar tattoo expos she has attended in

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‘Every tattoo comes with a story’, Lifestyle News & Top Stories – The … – The Straits Times04.21.17

More than 160 international and local tattoo artists will take part in the inaugural Singapore Ink Show, which runs from today to Sunday.

The event is the latest here to focus on tattoo art. The Singapore Tattoo Convention and Singapore Tattoo Art and Culture Show were held in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

While the body ink industry is still dominated by men, female tattoo artists are no longer a rarity. The Straits Times speaks to four local female artists who will be at the show.

How does one learn to be a tattoo artist?

You have to be someone’s slave first. It’s kind of like a lousy internship.

Who is one quirky customer you have encountered?

I tattooed this guy who wanted the word “word” on his arm in my handwriting, in blue ink, because he wanted it to remind him of the word of God. He was definitely crazy.

What does your family think of you being a tattoo artist?

I guess they don’t have a choice as I’m a good daughter and make my own money. But I think they initially weren’t happy about it as they wanted me to be something better, like a doctor.

I’m not good at studying and I’ve always been into art, so they gradually accepted my choice. Before I came out to them that I am a tattoo artist, I was struggling with them not accepting my tattoos. They said things such as “You can’t get married” and “How are you going to find a job?”

My mum still scolds me occasionally, saying, “That dress would be so nice if you didn’t have all those tattoos.”

WHERE:Hall 404, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard

WHEN:Today, 12.30 to 9pm; tomorrow, noon to 9pm; Sunday, noon to 8pm (advance ticketholders get to enter 30 minutes earlier)

ADMISSION:$30 to $35 (one-day pass) and $70 (three-day pass)

What are some difficult places to tattoo?

The breasts are a difficult place because when you’re tattooing, you have to stretch the skin as flat as possible and that area can be quite bumpy or fleshy.

Do you think tattoos empower people?

I think tattoos give people inner strength and confidence and help people get through difficult phases in their lives. I’ve done many tattoos where there are scars on the skin from self-harm and they can be quite sad to look at.

Some of them get tattooed to cover up their scars, but many do it as a reminder that they shouldn’t hurt themselves anymore.

Sometimes, I feel like a therapist because clients tell me the stories behind their tattoos. Every tattoo comes with a story.

Who are the customers you dislike working on?

Customers who do not trust your ideas. Certain things work well on paper, but not on skin. Ink shifts on skin because we’re made of organic matter and this means that getting very small tattoos is unrealistic.

We always tell customers, “Go big or go home” to encourage them to get tattoos that will age well.

I also try not to do hand and foot tattoos as they fade really fast and are very painful.

What do tattoo artists practise their craft on?

We tattoo on everything. We ink pomelos, bananas, pig skin and, of course, volunteers.

What is your opinion of tattooing as an artistic medium?

I think this medium is unique because it is permanent. It requires a lot of trust between the artist and the customer, which creates an intimate bond. In that respect, the artist has a responsibility to do justice to the art and how it can appear beautifully on the customer. That requires a lot of artistry and technicality.

Where do you get your influences from?

I’m drawn to artists who do a lot of botanical work. Artists I like include Chicago-based tattoo artist Stephanie Brown and Matt Lambdin, who tattoos for True Hand Society in Philadelphia.

What has been your scariest moment on the job?

I’ve had customers who love their tattoo after it is completed, but text me the next day to tell me they hate it. That’s the scariest thing – when you receive a text from your customers saying they’re not happy with their tattoo.

It’s very difficult to cover up a tattoo. If the customer really wants to do it, I will try to fix it for him and we have to draw up a design that’s bigger than the original. However, the old tattoo can still be seen up close.

Where do you get your influences from?

I love Japanese art. I like the baku, a mythical Japanese dream-eater.

Just last week, I got a centipede tattooed on my butt.

The Japanese believe that the centipede moves only forward, so this reminds me that no matter how hard it is, I have to keep moving forward. I can’t give up now.

What kind of comments do you hear about the many tattoos on your body?

On the street, people point at me and take pictures. Sometimes their kids talk about me – it’s not nice.

Once, I took the train with my French friend, and she told me afterwards that three French people were talking about me the entire journey, saying things such as “She’s gone too far. She has way too many tattoos”.

Even my neighbour has asked my mother how she could let her daughter get so many tattoos.

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Masters Of Ink: The Ethereal Beauty Of Tebori Tattoos By Japanese Master Tohibiki – Konbini US04.19.17

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Horishi is the name given to tattoo artists in Japanese tradition. A person of codes and honor, a horishi is at the service of their craft, and certainly not the contrary. For this reason, these masters are usually very secretive, their absence of ego keeping them away from medias.

This interview of horishi Tohibiki is thus very exclusive.

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Tohibiki means ‘distant echo’in Japanese. It is the way traditional way to call the noise made by needles on the skin when tattooing. His tattoos are quite different from the idea we have of traditional Japanese tattoos. They combine refinement, tradition but also modernity. Tohibiki tells Konbini:

“Japanese tattoo is an heritage but also a living discipline. This is the vision I pass on to Shakki, my female apprentice.”

Japanese tattoos have all sorts ofdifferent names:Irezumi, ‘introducing ink,’has a pejorative connotation, even in its etymology, remembering punitive marking; horimono, ‘engraved thing,’onthe contrary, is the honorific form of tattooing, the ornamental one, reminding its status of marginal art craft.

Yet, Tohibiki prefers to use the term Irezumi, which he practices with the Tebori technique.

“Tebori involves needles fastened to sticks. There are between 2 and 36 needles depending on schools and styles of tattooing.

I use copper sticks, in the same manner as paintbrushes. Tattooing without an electric machine is making my gesture more sincere, more natural.”

(Photo: Tohibiki)

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Each of Tohibiki’s drawings is made with paintbrushes and sumi ink, similarly to the Edo eras technique. The designs also need to respect the strict codes of Irezumi;for example, random associations between flowers and entity are disrespectful.

A work of precision that requires a total commitment. For this reason, the life of horishi outside of their practice is almost nonexistent. Days off are dedicated to studies and drawing for next projects.

Japanese philosophy is also a strong part of Tohibikis practice. Indeed, he includes in his work two traditional ‘feelings’: the Wabi and the Sabi. He explains:

“The Wabi is the feeling of the craftman toward his raw material, which is a meaningful part of the artwork, not just a medium. In this way the shape of the body, the quality of the skin and even the soul of the client, have a preponderant influence on the tattoo design and the tattoo itself.

The Sabi refers to the quality gained by an object with time.

Contrary to tattoos made with a machine, Tebori tattoos are becoming more beautiful with age. This can be explained by the difference between the two techniques: a slow hit and lift movement for the Tebori versus a fast hit and sweep action for the tattoo machine.”

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The distance between horishi and general public is explained by the biased image we have of irezumi. In Western pop culture, caricature and fantasy prevail over reality with the unfortunate clich of Yakuza. People are also often confusing Irezumi with Japanese-inspired tattoos, made with machines and without respecting traditional codes.

Therefore, to protect their art, horishi are reluctant to communicate with contemporary world. But they are definitely not living in the past and secluded. They are just wisely chosing their collaborations.

Tohibiki, for example, worked with fashion designers such as Yves Saint-Laurent and, more recently, with Jean-Paul Gaultier and Lelivre for tattoo inspired upholstery.

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Foreign Disciples Flock to Shanghai Tattoo Master – The News Lens International (press release)04.18.17

A Shanghai studio of skin and ink is attracting a steady stream of apprentices enthralled with the owners signature biomechanical style.

Daniel Whitford is deep in concentration as he hunches over a sheet of silicone practice skin at Zhen Cang Tattoo. Sporting a black baseball cap, the American apprentice holds his focus as he inks a tattoo he designed himself. Each precise stroke is followed by the dab of a cloth. His teacher and the parlors owner, Shao Gang () or Just Shao nods his approval, giving infrequent guidance in simple English.

Just Shao is a tattoo monk, Whitford tells Sixth Tone with a smile. Shaos shaved head, round face, and calm, serious demeanor could well see him mistaken for a monk if he were to don flowing robes. Instead, his waistcoat and hand-carved pipe betray a life devoted to the aesthetic, not the ascetic though he approaches his work as a spiritual calling.

Shao is well-regarded both in China and abroad for his distinctive 3-D effect biomechanical style of tattooing. To Whitford, Shao is one of the most successful living artists, enjoying a level of recognition that few artists in any medium achieve during their lifetimes.

Whitford is the latest foreign tudi (), or disciple, to make the pilgrimage to Shaos unassuming tattoo shop on Shanghais Xiangyang Road to learn from the master artist. Whitford remembers when he first met Shao in the U.S. in 2015. I was attracted by the photo-realism and the high level of execution. Theres no sloppy line work, the American enthuses. If he makes a koi tattoo, you see it and want to throw bread crumbs at the fish.

However, it has been a long journey to success for the 39-year-old native of Wuhan in central Chinas Hubei province.

Shao started his career as a punk and jazz musician. At the time, tattoos were uncommon in China, but they were more popular in the open-minded band scene. With his lifelong love of drawing, Shao was quickly attracted to the art form.

His first taste of the craft came 17 years ago, when he learned to tattoo for a week from an American in Hong Kong. Afterward, he taught himself through watching other tattooists, attending tattoo conventions, and asking friends to bring back information and equipment from overseas. Step by step, Shao progressed from tattooing whatever a client requested to customizing part of the design, and eventually drawing from scratch. At first, he would develop the design in consultation with the client, but increasingly, clients were happy to just give him a guiding theme.

To Shao, one has completely mastered the art form when the client merely provides the canvas, and the tattooist does as he sees fit. Shao is now on the brink of reaching that final step. Its the most difficult part, as you need to get the customers total trust, he explains. Its also only possible when you have sufficient knowledge of art.

In both China and the U.S., most tattoo shops rely on books of flash generic designs that customers pick off the shelf with partial customization at most. There are not a lot of artists or teachers in the U.S. who can take a concept or create their own concept and then execute it onto a tattoo, especially at the level Just does, says Whitford, explaining why he came all the way to Shanghai to study tattooing.

Shao believes there is little difference between teaching Chinese and foreign students. But at 36 years old, Whitford is finding it more difficult than he expected. Its like trying to make a painting with a knife and not cutting the canvas, he says. Its something thats going to be on a person permanently, so if you mess it up, what does that say about you?

Whitford, originally from Oakland, California, is the fifth foreigner to be taught by Shao, but unlike the others, Whitford speaks very little Chinese. The stream of pilgrims began with Whitfords friend, San Francisco native Oliver Wong. Wong attributes his encounter with Shao to fate or more precisely, the Chinese concept of yuan fen (), which describes a sense of predestined affinity.

At the time, Wong was stuck at a crossroads. He had worked as a financial advisor in the U.S. and then completed an MBA at the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, but the 2008 global financial crisis and the pollution he saw in China left him disillusioned with this path.

I had developed a distaste for a future as another cog in the multinational corporate machine, Wong tells Sixth Tone from San Francisco.

Wong met Shao through a friend after mentioning his interest in tattooing. But Shao was far from enthusiastic. I dont take students, and I dont have time, Shao responded. Wong seemed stern and difficult to talk to, he recalls. The American felt the same about Shao.

But after half a month, the barrier broke. The pair relaxed around each other and realized that their first impressions were mistaken. Shao finally relented in large part because of Wongs drawings, which showed his enthusiasm and his willingness to give up his career for tattooing.

The encounter was life-changing for Wong who now works as a tattooist in San Francisco as well as for Shao. Shaos main studio, Zhen Cang, now offers 30-day classes to students wanting to learn the craft.

Another of his international students, Zhen Liheng or Leo Zhen had migrated to Canada from Kaiping in southern Chinas Guangdong province in 2010. Zhen returned to China to study under Shao when he decided he wanted to change careers from sushi chef to tattoo artist. The move was not totally out of the blue: Zhen had studied graphic design and had himself designed three of the tattoos gracing his own skin. It was Zhens own tattooist who introduced him to Shao.

Zhen couldnt find a teacher as organized or versatile as Shao in Canada. Many artists only focus on one style they like, but Just Shao is not the same, Zhen says. He does all the styles, all the kinds of tattoos, and he is trying to discover a new style himself. Zhen had intended to return to Calgary to continue tattooing, but near the end of his studies, Shao offered him an apprenticeship the first he had given anyone.

Meanwhile, Whitfords career had never been related to his creative pursuits. But a previous job in the California prison system piqued his interest in the art of inking skin when he saw prisoners tattooing themselves with improvised tools. I found the concept of tattooing intriguing because you could take their clothes and possessions away, but you couldnt do anything about the tattoos, he says.

Few tattoo shops in the U.S. offer apprenticeships, and those that do often have apprentices spend most of their time cleaning and ordering food. Whitford appreciates what Shao offers in the way of structure. For 12 hours a day, he attends Shaos lessons and practices different techniques while taking in feedback. Whitford has no distractions, no expectations, and no sense of entitlement.

Im a child here, and thats a good place to learn, Whitford says. Despite Shaos limited English, there have been few problems, and Zhen has been able to interpret when necessary.

Shao himself never had the luxury of studying under a skilled master. With little information on tattooing available in China when he began learning, he looked overseas for inspiration from the internet and magazines. Shao hopes to teach his students the skills to perfect their technique but leaves it up to each of them to develop their individual styles.

Despite his reputation as a mentor, Shao is still focused on evolving his own artistry. When you express human nature through art, you can commune with people easily, but Im not trying to touch people all the time, he says. Intimate and indelible, tattoos add a layer of spiritual potency to anything they express, and Shao is clear about his personal mission. Foremost, I need to bring meaning for myself, he says.

The News Lens has been authorized to repost this article. The piece was first published on Sixth Tone here. Sixth Tone covers trending topics, in-depth features, and illuminating commentary from the perspectives of those most intimately involved in the issues affecting China today. It belongs to the state-funded Shanghai United Media Group.

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California Ink’s David Wuertemburg on Fighting Off His Tattooing & Personal Demons – OC Weekly04.17.17

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 5:39 a.m.

From scratcher to Stanton’s finest in just a few short years.

Courtesy of David Wuertemburg

Although hes only been tattooing professionally for about 3 years, David Wuertemburgs already had quite the rollercoaster ride of a career. But like so many other tattooers the Stanton-based artist really wasnt planning to make it a job when he first began laying down some ink on his friends.

I never thought of myself as getting into the industry, Wuertemburg says. Id been drawing my whole life, and a couple of my buddies wanted me to start just because they wanted some tattoos.

For the first couple of years, Wuertemburg was simply tattooing out of his house and wherever else he could set up a makeshift station. Although he was still just barely learning the basics of tattooing, the lifelong artist quickly began looking for ways to leave the dishonorable scratcher lifestyle behind. After seeking out apprenticeships at a few different shops some of which turned him down and one of which he left early Wuertemburg found the first stop in his tattooing career at Westminsters OC Tattoo.

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But even after finishing his apprenticeship and landing his first formal job in the industry, things still werent right for the black and gray artist.

I was not in the right frame of mind a lot during that time, Wuertemburg says of his two years at OC Tattoo. I did have substance abuse problems. I was a really bad alcoholic. There were a lot of things that were hindering me in becoming artist.

After struggling for the first couple of years of his career, Wuertemburg found the help he needed and turned his life around for the better. Along with the new outlook on life, the rising tattooer nabbed a job at California Ink Tattoo Studio to continue his progression. There, Wuertemburg has found the supportive atmosphere he desires even in an industry full of naysayers who are all too happy to point out flaws and weaknesses.

Its been a very humbling experience because Ive worked with people who I absolutely adore, Wuertemburg says. Theyve taught me a lot, and I wouldnt be where I am today without them. But then at the same time, Ive worked with a few people who were constantly telling me I wasnt as good as I thought I was just because I hadnt paid my dues. It left a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth because I started to think deep down that maybe this wasnt the industry for me.

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Dealing with the critiques of cranky tattoo artists wasnt Wuertemburgs only issue when he made the jump from scratching to professionally tattooing. In the world of home-based tattooing, most (or all) of Wuertemburgs clients were friends of the artist. But in a reputable tattoo shop, the canvases he works on are primarily strangers (who may become friends over time).

Handling clients was one of the scariest things when I became a professional tattoo artist, Wuertemburg says. Tattooing out of my house, it was always buddies and people who knew me. Having to work on people who put their trust in you to tattoo them frightened me a little bit. I was always doubting myself about being able to make people happy. By seeing how happy and excited people were about the work that I would do on them, it made me that much of a stronger both professionally and as a person.

Now just a few years into his career, Wuertemburg has come to terms with both the internal and external issues that have hindered him previously. With his tattooing experience building up and his sobriety helping to make him a stronger person inside and out, the California Ink artist is ready to put his nose to the grindstone and make a name for himself in the tattoo industry.

Im finally in the mindframe where I know this is the job that I belong in, Wuertemburg says. Ever since then, Im completely sober, positive, and loving every aspect of my life. I cant see myself doing anything else ever again because this is absolutely the thing I love to do.

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Masters Of Ink: Tattoo Artist Turns Scribbles Into Protective Talismans – Konbini US04.14.17

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Connecting bodies and souls is the main goal ofPaulina Szoloch’s art. Based in Poland, this former contemporary sculpture student is looking for a perfect symbiosis between ink, skin and personality.

The way she discovered body art explains the uniqueness and spontaneity of her approach: Paulina started tattooing only to support herself while studying and, in her own words, was “quite ignorant towards the tattoo culture and its history.”

However,after acouple of attempts, she found herself much more respectful towards the craft, and even dropped out of college to devote herself to tattooing full-time.

The artist is fascinated by the aging of the skin and thus, the unavoidable decay of ink. This perishable aspect is a full-fledged element of her conceptual, free-hand pieces. With her tattoo art project,The Oids,Paulina tries to define the philosophical purpose of tattooing in modern culture.

“A tattoo is an equivalent to a talisman, because we all, intentionally or not, give it a function. We believe it’s gonna bring a positive change to our life and/or body, and by our faith, it usually does.”

The main element of her work is an eye, a transcultural symbol of protection and divinity. The spiritual, even superstitious, dimension is connecting on many levels.

Firstly, it is a link between Paulina and her Polish heritage and family tradition. Yet, her bold lines and spontaneous, chaotic drawings are definitely contemporary. “My work is a visual expression of my personality. It is my own therapy as I struggle with anxiety disorder and always worry something bad is going to happen,” she tellsKonbini.

The almost primitive, tribal approach of the Oids project is blessing the tattoo artist herself, but also shares this protection with her clients. Their relationship is similar to a mystic ritual but also an intense human experience.

The artistic side of the project is also important and Paulina Szoloch loveswhen her clients allow her a complete freedom of expression:”It is thrilling when the only thing that limits me is my mind.” That’s why she values the time she spends with her clientsand their mutual confidence.

“I feel responsible for the person whose body I mark. I like to know their reasons to get these tattoos, where they come from and who they are. Its an act full of respect and communion. The peer to peer aspect is the core of my job.”

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Could your tattoos put you at risk of heat stroke? – NHS Choices04.14.17

Thursday April 13 2017

Sweat helps cool your core body temperature

“Do you have a tattoo? You may be at-risk of heat stroke as inked skin produces significantly less sweat than normal,” the Mail Online reports.

A small US study, involving 10 men, found tattooed skin produced less sweat, which could lead to over-heating.

The drug pilocarpine was used to induce sweating on the participants’tattooed skin and then on non-inked skin on the opposite side of the body. The researchers foundless sweating in the tattooed skin and the level of sodium was higher (sweat was more concentrated).

Sweat serves an important role as part of the body’s “thermostat”, by helping regulate the body’s temperature, as it cools you off when it evaporates from your skin.

The authors suggest the possibility that high temperatures combined with a large proportion of tattooed skin would limit heat loss and so could increase risk of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. However, this has not been explored.

As a general health point tattoos aside if you notice someone has signs of heat exhaustion, such as tiredness, feeling faint, headache, feeling sick, or is very thirsty, you should get them to lie down in a cool place, remove unnecessary clothing, cool their skin and get them to drink fluids.

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The study was carried out by researchers from Alma College, Michigan in the US and was funded by Alma College.

The study was published in thepeer-reviewed journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise and the authors declare there were no conflicts of interest.

The Mail Online reported the study accurately, saying that it is currently unknown whether long term health would be affected by the finding that tattooed skin produces less sweat. However its headline suggesting that if you have a tattoo you may be “at-risk of HEAT STROKE,” (in full caps) is jumping ahead of what the study actually showed, as the effects of heat were not actually studied.

This was anexperimental study that aimed to look at differences in sweat secretion and amount of sodium in the sweat between tattooed and non-tattooed skin. It involved use of a medical device designed to induce sweating and participants were tested twice, once on their tattooed skin and once on their non-tattooed skin.

The tattooing process involves puncturing the skin with needles loaded with dye into the dermal layer. The dermal layer is made up of collagen fibres, nerves, blood vessels and glands, including sweat glands that produce sweat when the body heats up and exceeds regular temperature levels.

Researchers wanted to see if the tattooing process impaired the function of the sweat glands, and if so, by how much.

This study is useful to look into this as it is analysing skin from the same person twice and therefore everything other than the tattooed/non-tattooed skin remains the same. However, the extremely small sample size and lack of any further investigation into potential effects on body temperature make it quite limited.

Researchers took 10 healthy males who had a tattoo on one side of their body, and compared their sweat rates and the level of sodium in their sweat to the same (non-tattooed) area on the other side of their body.

The tattoos were on the upper back, shoulder, upper body, upper arm or lower arm and completely covered a circular area of at least 5.2cm2. The patch of skin with the highest density of ink was used as the tattooed area. The unmarked skin in the exact opposite position on the other side of their body represented the non-tattooed skin.

Sweat was induced using gel disks containing pilocarpine, a substance used to induce sweating. The disks were attached to electrodes that were used to deliver pilocarpine into the skin in two five minute sessions.

After the second session, sweat was drawn into tubing that was modified to allow sweat collection into a disk. The sweat rate was measured by looking at the change in weight of the collection disk before and after sweat collection.

Sweat was then diluted and the sodium concentration of each sample was measured.

Sweat rate and sodium concentration were compared for the tattooed and non-tattooed skin of each participant.

The researchers conclude that tattooed skin has a lower sweat rate and a higher sweat sodium concentration than non-tattooed skin. They say: “Additional studies need to be conducted to determine the mechanism associated with these changes in sweat function and the extent that they may affect thermal balance.”

The study showed that artificially stimulating sweat glands in a tattooed area of skin in 10 men produced a lower sweat rate than stimulating sweat glands in a non-tattooed area of skin in the same person.

The authors suggest a number of possible explanations for this, including that it may be because tattooing skin starts an inflammatory response that may cause damage to normal tissue including sweat glands. However, these are only theories and need to be investigated further.

While this is interesting preliminary research, there are some important things to remember:

In any case, even if tattoos do impair sweating, the odd couple of tattoos scattered on your skin are unlikely to have much of an effect on your temperature regulation. It could be more of an issue if you had large portions of your body covered with tattoos. But even then as said, this tiny study proves little and the findings need confirmation.

The Mail’s reporting of the study, slightly over-hyped as it was, highlights the fact that all of us should be aware of thesigns of heat exhaustionand the subsequent steps get the person to lie down in a cool place, cool their skin remove unnecessary clothing, and get them to drink fluids that should be taken.

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Man denies having sex with, tattooing Shrewsbury runaway – York Daily Record/Sunday News04.12.17

This week in the wrap-up: How can you call yourself an Eagles fan, was he really worth it and drunk lives matter. Ted Czech and Sean Heisey, York Daily Record

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A Megan’s Law offender wanted by state police said Tuesday he did not have sex with ateen runaway from Shrewsbury.

David Serrano-Munoz’s denial came after the teen said they had sex “on more than one occasion,” according toa criminal complaint filed in the case.

Reached at his Philadelphia home, Serrano-Munoz, 38, said he was aware of the arrest warrant filed against him and planned to turn himself in soon.

He saidknew the 16-year-oldbut only corresponded with her as friendson social media sites Facebook and Instagram.

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“I knew her … She said she was 18,” he said. “I was talking to her as a friend, but that was it. There was nothing sexual. I have a girlfriend already.”

In the warrant, Pennsylvania State Police allege the girl ran away on Feb. 19 from her foster home in Shrewsbury Township and was picked up by Serrano-Munoz and two of hisfamily members in Glen Rock.

Serrano-Munoz said Tuesday he never picked her up in Glen Rock; instead, it was a family member of the teen’s.

“I don’t even own a vehicle,” he said.

On Wednesday, state police foundher with Serrano-Munoz in the 4900 block of North Second Street, Philadelphia, according to the warrant.

But Serrano-Munoz said he was alone when police found himWednesday in Philadelphia. Police explained that theywere looking for her, so he contacted the teen and asked her to meet him and police at hisgirlfriend’s home, in which is in the 4900 block of North Second Street,he said.

Serrano-Munoz denied the sexting that police say occurred before he picked her up, and also the intercourse they say occurred afterward.

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The teen told police “she consented to the sexual intercourse because Serrano-Munoz kept bugging her and would get mad if she said no,” according to the warrant.

“At one point during their Facebook conversation Serrano-Munoz asks (the teen) if she thinks there will be a missing persons report or police report if she runs away with him,” the warrant states,The girl later told police Serrano-Munoz knew she was a juvenile, the warrant states.

Serrano-Munoz is described as a Hispanic male, about 5-foot-7, weighing 180 pounds, with black hair, green eyes, and numerous tattoos.

In 2000, Serrano-Munoz was convicted of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse in Philadelphia, a conviction for which he was named a Megan’s Law offender, accordingstate police’s Megan’s Law website.

He is facing charges of photographing, videotaping, depicting on computer or filming sexual acts; unlawful contact with minor, concealment of whereabouts of a child, sexual abuse of children and corruption of minors, the warrant states.

Contact reporter Ted Czech at 717-771-2033.

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