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Modesty – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints01.22.19

Modesty is an attitude of propriety and decency in dress, grooming, language, and behavior. If we are modest, we do not draw undue attention to ourselves. Instead, we seek to glorify God in [our] body, and in [our] spirit (1Corinthians 6:20; see also 1Corinthians 6:19).

If we are unsure about whether our dress or grooming is modest, we should ask ourselves, Would I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lords presence? We might ask ourselves a similar question about our language and behavior: Would I say these words or participate in these activities if the Lord were present? Our honest answers to these questions may lead us to make important changes in our lives. Prophets have always counseled us to dress modestly. This counsel is founded on the truth that the human body is Gods sacred creation. We must respect our bodies as a gift from God. Through our dress and appearance, we can show the Lord that we know how precious our bodies are.

Our clothing expresses who we are. It sends messages about us, and it influences the way we and others act. When we are well groomed and modestly dressed, we can invite the companionship of the Spirit and exercise a good influence on those around us.

Central to the command to be modest is an understanding of the sacred power of procreation, the ability to bring children into the world. This power is to be used only between husband and wife. Revealing and sexually suggestive clothing, which includes short shorts and skirts, tight clothing, and shirts that do not cover the stomach, can stimulate desires and actions that violate the Lords law of chastity.

In addition to avoiding clothing that is revealing, we should avoid extremes in clothing, appearance, and hairstyle. In dress, grooming, and manners, we should always be neat and clean, never sloppy or inappropriately casual. We should not disfigure ourselves with tattoos or body piercings. Women who desire to have their ears pierced should wear only one pair of modest earrings.

Like our dress and grooming, our language and behavior are expressions of our character. Our words and actions can have a profound influence on us and on others. We should express ourselves through clean, positive, uplifting language and in actions that bring happiness to those around us. Our efforts to be modest in word and deed lead to increased guidance and comfort from the Holy Ghost.

We should avoid the filthy language and the casual, irreverent use of the Lords name that are so common in the world, and we should withstand any temptation to participate in extreme or inappropriate behavior. The irreverent nature of such language and behavior impairs our ability to receive the quiet promptings of the Holy Ghost.

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The Body, a Sacred Gift – ensign – lds.org01.22.19

When you look into a mirror, what thoughts run through your mind about your body? If you experience a flood of disparaging thoughts, you are far from alone. Recent studies find that approximately 63 percent of women and 50 percent of men in the United States are dissatisfied with their body and view it negativelystatistics that are reflected in the Latter-day Saint community.1

In my practice as a psychologist, I have seen talented, righteous Latter-day Saint women who despise themselves because their bodies do not look like what they see in movies or magazines. Many say they are no good unless they look good. Other clients have been so seduced by pornography that they view the body as a thing to be consumed and exploited. Often they eventually feel duped, trapped, and degraded themselves, since along with a loss of respect for the body and for others comes an inevitable loss of respect for oneself.

The world teaches that bodily appearance determines individual worth and desirability. The more ideal ones body type, the greater ones worth and the greater ones chances of leading a happy, fulfilling life. Those without ideal bodies are often criticized or ignored, while those with ideal bodies are sought after, envied, or given authority.

Is this the way God intends us to regard our bodies? In the scriptures God reveals a perspective on the body that is radically different from that of the world. The scriptures and other revelations offer unparalleled truths about the body that free us from worldly ideas and practices that weigh us down.

One foundational gospel truth about the body is the principle that having a physical body is a godlike attributeyou are more like God with a body than without. Our religion stands virtually alone in believing that God has a tangible body of flesh and bone and that our bodies were literally created in His likeness. In the Pearl of Great Price we read that in the image of his own body, male and female, created he them (see Moses 6:89). To become as God is requires gaining a body like He has and learning to correctly comprehend and use it. Those who chose not to follow God in the premortal state were denied mortal bodies. The Prophet Joseph Smith stated that Satans lack of a body is a punishment to him.2

The body then is necessary for progression and for obtaining a fulness of joy. Having a mortal body indicates that you chose righteously in the premortal state. Inherent in the mortal body are powers and capabilities that enable you to continue to progress toward godhood. The body is not merely a mobile unit for the head nor a carnal vexation for the spirit, as some believe. Rather, it is an integral, powerful component of the soul, for the spirit and the body are the soul of man (D&C 88:15). Being privileged to know about the literal embodiment of God and the progressive nature of the body gives us a rare vantage point from which to comprehend and enjoy its tremendous capabilities.

A second truth the scriptures offer about the body is the clarification of its nature as a sacred gift from God. Though in mortality we will all die, because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ we will all be resurrected and united with our bodies forever (see 1 Cor. 15:22). Indeed, one of the essential purposes of Christs Atonement was to give us the opportunity to overcome death. In sharp contrast to the worlds definition of a perfect body is our belief in a perfected bodya body together with a spiritthat has overcome both physical and spiritual death. A perfect or perfected body can ultimately be obtained only through Jesus Christ.

The scriptures warn us not to trifle with sacred things and to be wary of treating the body disrespectfully. Alma asks:

Can ye lay aside these things, and trample the Holy One under your feet; yea, can ye be puffed up in the pride of your hearts; yea, will ye still persist in the wearing of costly apparel and setting your hearts upon the vain things of the world?

Yea, will ye persist in supposing that ye are better one than another[?] (Alma 5:5354).

Such scriptures beg us to consider how we regard our bodies. If you become preoccupied with manipulating or adorning your body, for what purpose are you using your gift? If you do not properly care for your body, to what extent are you limiting your gift? If you use your body in direct opposition to the commandments of God, what ends will your gift serve? The scriptures ask a pointed question: What doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? The sobering reply is Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift (D&C 88:33).

The purpose of the body is to help us learn, progress, serve, and glorify the Giver of the gift: God. Too often, however, people mistakenly presume that the body is intended to glorify the self. Disrespecting our body in any mannerflaunting it, disparaging it, participating in immoral behavior, or neglecting itconstitutes rejecting the gift. A wise and loving God counsels us instead to be grateful for our body and to become a wise steward of it.

To become a grateful and wise steward of the body often requires giving up something worldly to gain something heavenly. For some, such an offering may include giving up a quest to become model-thin, while for others, it may include giving up excessive grooming habits and the wearing of costly or immodest apparel. For still others, it may include giving up the short-term pleasures of overeating, the avoidance of proper exercise, or the viewing of others bodies as objects for self-gratification. With such forsaking of worldly practices come tremendous spiritual gains. Realizing and following the truth about the body brings freedomfreedom from the tyranny of vanity, fashion, envy, superficiality, self-criticism, backbiting, the ill effects of overeating or undereating, lust, pornography, substance addiction, tattooing, and a host of other forms of worldly weight and oppression. Developing an understanding of the true purpose of the body enhances our ability to use our agency, to progress, and to find joy.

Another truth the scriptures teach about the body is that it is a temple (see 1 Cor. 6:19). A temple not only is sacred, but it also radiates light and truth.

When the Lord sent the prophet Samuel to anoint a new king from among the sons of Jesse, Samuel saw one of the eight sons of Jesse named Eliab and assumed, based on Eliabs physical appearance, that he was to be anointed king. But the Lord informed Samuel that his judgment was mistaken and counseled him to look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart (1 Sam. 16:7).

We must learn, as Samuel did, that the body and the person are not to be judged using worldly criteria. A persons worth is not dependent upon his or her appearance. What makes a temple precious is what it allows us to learn and to do. Many buildings are outwardly beautiful, but only within the temple can the splendor and magnificence of Gods eternal truth and promises be found. Likewise, the worth of the body is great in the sight of God, but the preciousness of the body comes from what it allows us to learn and do and from what it radiates from within. We must enable our temple-bodies to radiate the light, love, and truth of Christ. Alma asks: Have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? (Alma 5:14). A Christlike countenance that radiates truth, charity, and hope constitutes true beautybeauty in the eyes of the ultimate beholder, God. True beauty comes from who and what an individual is. Such divine beauty is felt more than it is seen and is not bound by culture, age, or other worldly criteria.

Because he was denied a mortal body, Satan understands all too well how precious bodies are. He seeks to confuse and tempt us to misuse the body or even to reject it so that we might be miserable as he is (see 2 Ne. 2:27).

Ways of mistreating the body abound in all cultures. Amid such influences, treating the body properly requires deliberate thought and effort.

If you find yourself preoccupied with the appearance of your own body or those of others or if you struggle to feel at peace with your body, you might ask of God what you can do to remedy this. If you ask this question with real intent, the strength and assistance you need can be given to you through the scriptures, the Holy Ghost, and other means. Our Father in Heaven will help us with the struggles we face with our mortal bodies. He created us and our bodies and pronounced all that He had made as very good (see Moses 2:31).

If your struggle is particularly significant and you have a problem such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, morbid obesity, or substance addiction, you may require assistance from mental health or medical professionals. However, seeking to understand the divine nature of the body and accepting the healing that comes from that understanding are the most powerful means by which you can overcome worldly weight associated with the bodywhether that weight is physical, ideological, emotional, or behavioral.

As Satan would conspire to have you be discontent with and disrespectful of your own and others bodies, God will inspire a different view. Through the Atonement, Jesus Christ can heal your mind and heart concerning your body, if you so choose. As you treat your own and others bodies in a manner consistent with the scriptures, your vision of the body will be transformed. You will recognize the illusions of the world, and you will experience a release from worldly views and practices. Faith in these principles about the body shall help make you whole.

These suggestions can aid you in helping your children develop a healthy body image:

Teach your children that God values us because of who we are, not how we look.

Help your children understand the differences between the worldly perspective on the body and the gospel perspective.

If your children criticize anothers appearance, teach them that this behavior is inconsistent with gospel teachings.

Teach your children that God created our bodies to help us be able to progress and become like Him. Ask them to identify what their bodies allow them to learn and do.

Teach your children that we can show God we appreciate our bodies by caring for them and using them as they were intended.

Leaving the Garden of Eden, by Joseph Brickey, Joseph Brickey, may not be copied

He Is Risen, by Del Parson, may not be copied

Photograph of Memphis Tennessee Temple by Rick Fisher

Detail from Prayer at Gethsemane, by Del Parson, may not be copied

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Dermal Artistry Cosmetic Tattooing01.05.19

What to expect the first few weeks after microblading. (see illustration below)From day 2-7:All the hairstrokes that have been applied have started the healing process. During this period some may experience flaking, peeling or scabbing as this is normal when tissue is healing. Please do not panic. The top layer will then shed, making it appear very light.From day 8-21:At this stage your skin is still healing and changing. The skin will appear a different colour translucent/opaque which will make it very hard to see the pigment under the microbladed skin. From week 3 the skin starts to become normal again, meaning it will be more clear, pigment and hairstrokes will be visible once again. Please be aware that all skin types are different, which can result in variations in appearance during the healing process. Please wait the full 4 weeks for the colour to settle, we will revisit any areas that did not take or faded at your touch up.

Proper care following your enhancement is necessary to achieve the best results. You may experience the following symptoms for the first few days which are common during healing process:

Minor swelling and redness, mild tenderness Itchiness in and around the treated area. Dry flaking skin (some color loss is normal).

-No wetting, excessive sweating, steam or saunas!!

Itching is normal. Please DO NOT PICK, PEEL OR RUB your enhancement as the colour may heal unevenly and you could risk infection, which in turn could lead to scarring. Allow the colour to flake naturally. The end of the first week, post procedure, is typically when the scabbing/skin shedding will occur.

Do not undergo any skincare beauty treatments for at least 14 days after the application of your enhancement. No make-up should be applied close to your enhancement during this time.

Do not expose your enhancement in direct sun, tanning treatments, jacuzzis, salt water, chlorinated pools and direct shower spray. Do not tint, wax, peels, electrolysis or laser hair removal treatments close to the enhancement region.

Please note your selected color will be more striking and sharply defined for a few days after treatment but as the healing process occurs the colour will soften and lighten up to 40%.

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Tattooing The Final Step in the Long & Winding Road of …08.02.18

This past October I completed my breast reconstruction. Things are now finished on that front (pun intended). Overall things turned out alright. Am I thrilled with the results? Hmm no, not thrilled.Implants are still stand-ins for the real deal. Am I satisfied? For now, yes.

I could choose to havea fewfurther minor adjustments made, butfor now, I choose not to.I will need MRIs every two years or so to monitor things, but for now things are good enough. Sometimes good enough is just that, good enough.

Im ready to be done.

Ive had enough poking and prodding, enough surgeries, enough soreness, enough unveilings, enough disruptions, enough healing, enough fine-tuning. Ive had enough, enough ENOUGH!

You get the idea

In some ways the final steps on this long and winding road of breast reconstructionhave been the most difficult to undergo and the most difficult to share about as well. Bringing Up Goliath isblogging about it too this week and that helps somehow. Being Sarahhas also shared intimate details about her recent nipple surgery.

Its odd that its so uncomfortable to say out loud, discussor even type words like nipples, areola and tattooing.

Why do these little words make us so squeamish?

Its taken me a while to figure out how to tackle this particular post. What angle should I take? How much is too much to share? Or should I even share about this final step at all? It is very personal. But its also part of the process and therefore, in my view, should be discussed.

And since Ive been pretty open about the rest of the process, why start holding back now?

First of all, I should explain the purpose of tattooing in the breast reconstructionrealm, is to create an areola, the darkened area around the nipple. Unless you have a nipple-sparing mastectomy, you lose the nipple and areola along with your breasts. The nipple-sparing surgery wasnt an option for me.

Ive come a long way since that day eighteen months ago when I first stood chest to face with my plastic surgeon. After that consultation, the next most bizarre thing about that day was being escorted by his nurse into a special room for my photo shoot. It was, of course, for the purpose of recording the before half of my before and after shots.

Talk about feeling uncomfortable, but on to todays topic

I never had a tattoo before. On my list of things to do before I die, getting a tattoo was probably near the bottom. But cancer steered me into many new unexpected and unwanted territories. This was just one more to navigate.

Naturally, my regular plastic surgeon (it feels odd to have a regular plastic surgeon) was not yet certified to do tattooing, so voila, this meant I needed to see yet another plastic surgeon. Oh the fun never ends! I did mention to him he definitely needed to step it up and get this training, pronto, in order to spare his future patients more anguish. Luckily, we can be pretty open and honest with one another and he didnt seem to mind me saying that!

I didnt have to search too long or too hard for plastic surgeon number two because plastic surgeon number one recommended a colleague of his. But still, it meant more appointments, more explaining, more rehashing more uncomfortableness, just MORE

Before I was allowed to even schedule a tattooing appointment, the procedure first had to be authorized by my insurance company. That took a while; weeks in fact. There seemed to be a fair amount of confusion as to what this tattooing was for. I was asked if tattooing was normally part of breast reconstruction.

Seriously? How could a huge insurance company be so out of the loop? How could this not be a logical next/final step?

That ticked me off a bit. And then, of course, they labeled the procedure skin pigmentation correction.

Nothing like continuing to make the cancer patient feel flawed.

Like Ive said many times before, words matter.

When tattooing day finally arrived, once again I was surprised a bit at how cowardlyapprehensive Ifelt about this minor procedure, well, minor in comparison to everything else anyway. I dragged hubby along because I felt totally incapable of choosing a proper color or size (yes, you can pick your size too) and I didnt want to be responsible for a wrong decision; easier to blame him later on, right?

When we arrived and I mentioned to the nurse that yes, hubby was indeed accompanying me back there, she gave me a disapproving look that seemed to say something like, well thats never done, then scurried off to get doctors approval even though I told her he had already approved it, which he had.

After finally making it into the dentist-like chair and once again feeling quite literally very exposed there under the lights, things got underway. The doctor teased me about color choices and jokingly said he was thinking purple since Halloween was approaching. Plastic surgeons can be such wise guys.

The procedure itself only took about forty minutes, maybe less. Hubby left half-way through after the color selection had been made and probably after deciding he had seen enough. Surprisingly, I could feel it all a little bit, even after they numbed me up. It wasnt painful, just a sort of prickly or tingly uncomfortableness. I took this to be a good thing, because any feeling in the chest area is welcomed post-mastectomy. The needle device was surprisingly quite loud, again reminding me of the dentist with his drill.

When the surgeon and his nurse were finished, they brought overa mirror and let me take a look. I must have gasped a bit because immediately they said, Things will look better after you give it some timebe patient.

A patient never likes being told to be patient.

So just a heads up if you are having this procedure, the results might look sort of scary at first due to bleeding under the skin.

Next, I was properly salved, bandaged up and given directions about how to care for things.

Then I was finished. No drum roll. No triumphant moment. No jubilation. Only a tiny sigh of relief that another step in this cancer gig was complete. Another round in the ring, so to speak, was over and I had come through.

I asked if I needed to schedule a follow-up appointment. They said NO!

What, no follow-up?

It was over.

Except for the healing; that took about a week.

I had reached the end of the long and winding road of reconstruction; the end of something I never wanted to begin in the first place.

Well, except for the fact that I need to go back to plastic surgeon number one for the final inspection and for that after segment of my photo shoot.

I think Ill wait tilnextyear.

Note: Breast Reconstruction is not everyones choice for many reasons. Check out for further info when contemplating decisions.

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Permanent Makeup Tattooing Charlotte NC Belmont NC06.01.18

Make-Up Enhancements By MarciaPermanent Makeup

“Enhance Your Natural Beauty…..Permanently!”

Dedicated to helping women achieve a look that is natural and a look that enhances their existing beauty. Permanent make-up saves time, increases your confidence, and ensures that you are always ready for a photo opportunity. Permanent Make-Up is artistically applied to enhance your natural appearance. Youll look your best and no one will suspect.

Our Permanent Makeup location is near Charlotte NC area, 611 Central Ave N. Studio B, Belmont NC 704-451-0823We have moved our Concord NC location into our Belmont NC office.

Make-Up Enhancements by Marcia features permanent tattoo makeup services that you want.

Permanent EyebrowsPermanent EyelinerEyelash Extensions

Permanent Lip Liner & Full Lip ColorCosmetic Tattoo MakeupEyebrow Microblading

Corrective MakeupTouch Up MakeupScar Camouflage

Permanent makeup can enhance your life! Wake up with makeup perfectly applied every day. Anyone who wants to improve their appearance and have the convenience of lip color, eyebrows and eyeliner that won’t rub off, smudge or smear can enjoy the benefits of micropigmentation.

For Eyebrow Microblading contact us to discuss your options.

Permanent makeup or cosmetic tattooingis meant to enhance your natural features and not necessarily look like topical make-up. Imagine applying your make-up as a choice instead of a necessity.

Permanent eyebrows that are too light, sparse, or nonexistent, can be beautifully enhanced and improved with micropigmentation. Eyebrows are important because they frame your eyes and give your face expression.

Camouflage is another helpful application of micropigmentation. Color is added to the skin to soften and blend the color of a scar to match the surrounding tissue. This technique is also useful to correct loss of skin pigmentation, to minimize facelift scars, and to recreate nipple and areola areas after breast reconstruction surgery.

Marcia has been practicing the art of permanent make-up since 1995, after apprenticing with Yvonne Ray of Concord, NC. Marcia became a certified Permanent Make-Up Technician upon receiving advanced training in 1999 with The American Institute of Permanent Color Technology of California.

She strives to keep up with the latest technology and advances in permanent make-up. With the aid of her top-of-the-line equipment, pigments, and numbing gel, Marcia’s application of permanent make-up is comfortable and nearly pain free. She also uses MRI-safe pigments. She is highly recognized in the region as a top performing make-up artist and has clients who travel hours to get a procedure. Her skill and passion for her work is unmatched, and the results prove it.

Providing PermanentTattoo Makeup Services toclients from Charlotte, Belmont, Mt Holly, Gastonia, Lake Norman, Huntersville, Cornelius, Concord NC, Denver NC, Lincolnton, Shelby, Lake Wylie, Tega Cay, Gaffney, Fort Mill, Rock Hill SC and other areas.

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TATTOOING Close Up (in Slow Motion) – Smarter Every Day …05.15.18

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I hope this video helps break a few of your stereotypes. I found that most Tattoo artists that I dealt with were very courteous professionals.

Shot with a Phantom Miro Camera

The awesome piano music by “A Shell In The Pit” is called:”Explodeface, Destroyer of Worlds” It can be downloaded here.…The song at 2:30 is called “Poacher Shack”…

A huge thanks to Seejay and Leah at Timepiece Tattoo. They were open and welcoming to some random nerd who asked if he could hang out and film in their shop.Seejay and Leah Tattoo here

Leah’s work can be seen here:

I like following Leah on Instagram, she posts fresh tattoos almost daily, as well as her original sketches and artwork. (guy that did the macaroni tattoo) and the owner of the shop.

While you’re at it, I have an instagram account too. I like to post rockets and interesting observations I make. I reserve the right to post “proud Dad” pictures.

Awesome coil and electromagnetic field graphic elements by Graphic Designer Emily Weddle

Outro Music is “Bottles” by A Shell In The Pit. Download them here:…

A special thanks to Tattoos forever in Ft. Walton Beach Florida for teaching me about needles and letting me film in their shop.

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Model Goes Blind After Tattooing Eyeball, Warns Others of …09.29.17

Updated|Twenty-four year old Catt Gallingers fun excursion into body art ended in horror when an eye tattoo left her partially blinded and oozing purple tears. The tattoo was meant to have tinted her sclera, the white part of her eye, but instead went terribly wrong, causing pain and possible permanent impairment. Nowthe young modelis sharing her story in the hopes that others wont make her same mistake.

Catt Gallingers eye tattoo became infected and swollen. It has nearly cost her vision. Photo Courtesy of Facebook/CattGallinger

In a post shared several thousand times on Facebook, Gallinger, who is from Canada, explained how a recent attempt to tint the whites of her eye purple has nearly cost her vision, The Independent reported. According to Gallinger, the artistdid not dilute the ink, injected too much of it into her eye, and did not have enough injection sites on her eyeball. All this caused the eye to swell and the ink to seep out.

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The tattoo caused Gallingers eye to seep purple ink. Photo Courtesy of Facebook/Catt Gallinger

Immediately after the procedure, Gallinger knew something was wrong. She was rushed to her local hospital, where she received antibiotic eye drops for a week and a half. The drops did not help the problem and caused the eye to swell completely shut.

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Steroid drops caused the injection to form a clump around the cornea area,The Daily Mail reported. Gallinger is unable to see properly out of the injected eye, needs to see a specialist, and is at risk of becoming permanently blind.

Gallinger may suffer permanently from the repercussions of this botched eye tattoo. According to Dr. David Flug, an ophthalmologist working in New York, the practice is unsafe and extremely dangerous. Photo Courtesy of Facebook/Catt Gallinger

The practice of tinting the white of the eye is fairly new and slowly gaining popularity throughout the world. According to Dr. David Flug, an ophthalmologist working in New York, the practice is unsafe and extremely dangerous.

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Basically my feeling is that its insane. It can be done, but it has no long-term testing for safety. You have to be nuts to do it, Flug told Newsweek .

Even Luna Cobra, the man credited with first making the procedure popular a little over 10 years ago, agrees that it is unsafe. In fact, hes even working to help make it illegal.

Ive been trying to ban this. I think its super important that this becomes illegal, Cobra told Newsweek. To be clear, this is happening all the time, all over the world.

According to Cobra, he is the first artist to have refined the procedure that completely tattoos the whites of the eye. When he first began doing this procedure he would film it, and he told Newsweek that this led to many copycat artists trying to replicate his work. Unfortunately, these copycats were not as well trained as Cobra and as a result, the procedure often ends badly.

I didnt think people would think so lightly of this [tattooing the eye].” said Cobra. I thought they would take it more serious. It looks like people are not taking it so serious.

Dr. Stephanie A. Castle, an optometrist at Park City Vision in Utah told Newsweek that, when done wrong, not only do these tattoo pose a risk to patients vision, but they can also interfere with a doctors ability to help treat them.

It blacks your eye doctors ability to view ocular structures-which provide us with important information about eye health and systemic health, wrote Castle. In some cases theres a danger of patients having to have an eye enucleated (removed) because of infection and pain.

Since the initial procedure, Gallinger has updated her Facebook page with a post stating that her vision has improved in the past few weeks. But she says medical professionals have informed her that she will likely never completely regain complete eyesight in the damaged eye.

According to Metro, Gallinger insists she is not sharing her story to cause trouble but rather to warn others who may be contemplating their own eyeball tattoo. Research who you get your procedures by as well as how the procedure should be properly done, writes Gallinger.

Or you could just follow Cobra and Flugs advice and not get the procedure done at all in the first place.

Udated: This article has been updated to include quotes from Luna Cobra andto include comments fromDr. Stephanie A. Castle on further possible damage from sclera tattoos.

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Mastering the art of tattoos – Kokomo Herald (press release)09.07.17

Jerry Frost didnt set out to be a tattoo artist when he was younger, but some well-laid plans in art school paved the way to a successful career in the industry.

For the past two decades, Frost has been responsible for the body art on countless customers at New Breed Tattoo and Piercing, where he works as the owner.

The beginning of his career dated back to his time in art school when he and a buddy of his liked getting tattoos and aspired of inking others someday. The pair believed they could step into the industry if they did it right.

We thought we could do it and took baby steps because it was the early 90s. It wasnt like today. There wasnt a lot of help, Frost said. For the most part, it was more of an issue of most people that were into tattoos werent that artistic. There were people at the national level that were popular and respected, but at a local level, thats what me and buddy thought, that they werent that good at art to begin with. It was something we could do. Time went by, and I slowly got into it and got a job somewhere.

Frost was creating art on the human canvas, a slight difference from his old ways of pencil and paper, although he said that switching from pencil to a tattoo needle was similar in some ways.

You are drawing on a flat surface with pencil and paper. You have to get used to the three-dimension shape. Its something you acquire after so long, he said. You have one shot.

He acquired a job tattooing and quit his job as a pizza delivery guy. He didnt look back. His work is that of realism, a technique he picked up working with a guy who was solid in creating life-like images on the skin.

If I hadnt worked with him, I may not have gotten some of the tricks that lead to the realism, said Frost. People were gravitating more toward artsy realism, so I was trying to keep up with what people were asking for. I guess I just got lucky that I was around somebody that got me that way.

He said, as a tattoo artist, he will tackle any type of tattoo, from simple work to very detailed work. Some tattoos can be completed in a short time frame, while other larger pieces can rack up many hours in the chair.

There have been some back pieces that were maybe 80 to 100 hours in total. I guess I never keep track of hours. The very most Ive ever worked on someone was six to eight hours by the time you take a break or grab something to eat, he said. Most people are done after three to four hours. Some days you might work a little longer, some less.

Frost credits the online world to opening many doors to tattoo artists across the globe to learning new techniques and seeing some cool work.

The same thing that beat up the music industry helped tattooing. Its the access to all the images and people being able to get with you and see your work on a phone. Back in the 90s when I started out, it was still very much where people would walk in, pick something off the wall and go, he said. Now, most everything is custom. It used to be where you would go into a Barnes and Noble and pick up a book of what you think people would like. Those books are at home now. Back in the 90s, you might have been friends with a couple people in town, but now I can look at guys work in Russia or Poland.

Getting tattooed is more mainstream than ever, and Frost said that most of the work that comes into New Breed is custom work. Most people that come into his shop know what they want, and he rarely has to give advice against getting a certain tattoo done. The only time he interjects is if the detail is too tight or a customer is asking for the tattoo to be placed somewhere it will not hold up.

Thats the only time I talk to them about really thinking it out, he said.

In addition to new work, cover up work is a prevalent aspect to the business.

Tattoos deteriorate and dont look as good in the long run, said Frost. You cant just power a new one over the top. You have to be clever with what you do, and not all cover-ups are possible. For some, we might recommend people to get lasered at the shop once or twice to open up that process of more clever ideas.

Frost said the market is competitive, and those wishing to enter the field will have to work hard at it.

Just like if you want to be a good football player, you practice all the time. I know people who want to tattoo, and I tell them they need to hone their own art, he said. They need to draw and draw and draw. There was a renaissance in the 90s into the early 2000s. The tools that a younger person would use are all over the place. Today, I wouldnt say its easy. Its more competitive because there are so many. Long ago, there werent that many. There are a lot of people now, so you really have to work hard to outshine the others. I got in while it was growing in popularity.

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What is microblading? – News-Press Now09.06.17

Eyebrows are arguably the most important feature on our face. Many women spend countless amounts of time and money on products to make them on point, including eyebrow pencils, color, tweezing, waxing and tattooing.

But there’s a new way of accentuating eyebrows that has a lot of women intrigued microblading.

It’s basically a tattoo, said Courtney V. Pina of Surreal Tattoo Studio in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s a form of cosmetic tattoo, technically semi-permanent.

Microblading is done with a hand tool with a blade. Pina said it basically makes micro splits in the eyebrows to give the optical illusion of hairs that mimic eyebrow hair.

You’re just making slices into the skin and the ink lays in the skin, Pina said. Tattooing pushes the ink into the skin.

Pina, who owns Surreal Tattoo with her husband, has been tattooing for years. She said that the microblading tool works best because a tattoo needle can be too thick.

Microblading results can last from one to three years, but everyone’s skin is different, Pina said.

This is why she includes a first session and a touch up in the price.

That way I can see how the brows are healing, she said. I’ve had clients that it just fell out, which could’ve been her beauty regime or her skin rejecting it, which is normal. Others, it stayed in perfectly.

To begin, lidocaine cream sits for about 30 minutes to an hour for numbing. Pina then maps out the brows. From there, she performs the first pass with the microblading tool, and while the ink is settling in, she mixes a lidocaine gel and epinephrine to sink in. This is done so the second pass doesn’t hurt.

Some people feel it, she said. It feels like tweezing or a paper cut.

She said the pain scale is about a three to five for the first pass. A day later, the eyebrows are less sore.

Pina recommends researching who is performing their procedure because there are a lot of untrained and unskilled people doing microblading.

(The microblading tool) is so easy to get your hands on and doesn’t cost very much, she said. Some people are doing it without credentials. Don’t be afraid to ask for before and after pics. Look at their reviews on social media.

Pina, for example, has education and experience under her belt. The licensed tattoo artist is Missouri certified and is also a licensed esthetician.

Microblading certification is a three-day course where individuals learn the basics, but she believes that’s not enough time.

If (the cost) is under $300, just be aware, she said.

Pina said that she is able to charge a lower fee because of owning her shop. But microblading can cost as much $800.

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Can getting a tattoo be a spiritual experience? I tried it to find out – Well+Good09.06.17


I always laugh when people ask about my tattoos, then back off and say, Or maybe you dont want to talk about it. Of course I want to talk about it. I had something drawn permanently on my body. You dont think I have a story to tell?

They reveal who I am, reflect journeys Ive made and the person Ive become: Take the lotus-blossom motif I got after a retreat in India, which I half-jokingly refer to as my divorce tattoo.That one was healing and empoweringas were the others before and after. (I have five in all.) Which is why, when I found myself traveling in Thailand earlier this year, I jumped at the chance to sit for a sak yant (AKA sacred tattooing) session with Arjarn Boo, a former monk who studied with the master who did one of Angelina Jolies pieces.

He determined that what I needed was a specific prayer signifyinga blessing that I would be better able to receive and give kindness.

Hes now the resident tattoo artist at the luxurious Siam Hotelin Bangkok, but Arjarn Boolearned the ancient art form (which dates back over 2,000 years) in a monastery. Monks traditionally perform the tattoos (known for their intricate patterns, geometric shapes, and animal or deity designs) on one another in order to impart blessings and prayers for things like health, protection, or fortune.

When I met with him, we spoke through a translator, and he determined that what I needed was a specific prayer, written in the sacred language, signifyinga blessing that I would be better able to receive and give kindness. He didnt know anything about my lifeand barely even spoke Englishbut his idea turned out to be spot on.


Id very recently moved from New Yorkmy home of 20 yearsto Lisbon, and found the transition harder than Id expected(thanks in part to my complicated romantic relationship). So, Id left to attend the embracing change program at Kamalaya, a remote wellness resort on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand. There, I realized Id been so hung up on the things that were frustrating or disappointing or difficult about life in Portugal that Id lost sight of the fact that a lot of kindness was being extended to me. Enter Arjarn Boo with his blessing.

Was it coincidence or divine intervention? IDK. But what I did know was that understanding how hed settled on this particular prayerhe doesnt offer clients a lot of explanation or choice on the sak yant itself (other than size and location)didnt feel so important as I sat in his studio amongst his Buddha statues, lotus blossoms, incense, candles, and water offerings. What mattered more was that my tattoo, located on my right forearm (I wanted it in a place where I could see it), would be a single, long line rather than the more common pattern of five or seven shorter ones typically used in the tradition. After a (brief) discussion, followed by prayers, offerings, and blessings,Arjarn Booshy, reserved, and wearing all whitequietly set to work.

I was relieved to find that the procedure, hand-done, with a traditional long needle, turned out to be no more painful than a tattoo with an electric one.

While in moderntattooing, artists generally tracethedesignon special paper, transfer that drawing to the skin, and then go over it with a needle, he simply drew a straight line on my forearm and used it as a guide ashe freehanded the actualtattoo tapby tap. (Forearms are really hard, FYI, because of the way your ulna and radius rotate and the skin moves around, so straight line down the middle ends up being kind of subjective.) Anyway, that made it seem like he was drawing with confidence and maybe even intuition.

And I was relieved to find that the procedure, hand-done, with a traditional long needle, turned out to be no more painful than a tattoo with an electric one (which is commonly compared to a cat scratchalbeit one thats deep, slow, extended, and repeated). This was less intenseit felt like a series of pinpricksand he took a lot of breaks to add ink to the needle.

More than the pain, what I noticed was thequiet. Other than thetranslator occasionally asking me if I was holding up all right, there was really no noise during my 30-minute session. Without the unpleasant drone of an electric needle, I was able to reflect on the meaning of the tattoo, my intentions for it, and my choice to invest in it. (Sak yant as the Siam Hotel costs between $900 and $1,800 USD.) The lack of soundalong with the offerings I made at the altar and the prayers Arjarn Boo intonedheightened the experience. But could it be called spiritual?


Historically, sak yants been more about divine blessings than internal, personal growth. But Arjarn Boo tells me it can be both. It depends on the behavior of the wearer, he explains. What matters most is the self-discipline and morality of the [individual]if they think good, speakgood, and do good, good things will return to [them]. So, basically become a boomerang for positive vibes.

And its not just ancientsocieties (think: Maori people of New Zealand, who have a form of skin art known as MOKO, as well as other Buddhist traditions) for whom tattooing can be a divine act. In contemporary, Western culture, getting inkedcan be sacred, too, says Gabe Crenshaw, PhD, a lecturer at the University of Southern California. The majority [of tattooers] exhibit a positive motivational basis for their behaviorthey seek a deeper spiritual experience that has tangible results, explains thepsychology expert who appeared on Ink Shrinks, a TV special about the potential healing power of permanent body artthat aired on SpikeTV in 2014.

Because endorphins produce feelings of well-being, the tattoo plays a significant role in the therapeutic process by providing relief from emotional pain.

Although theres little scientific research into the spiritual side effects of tattoos, studies have found that painful stimulation releases endorphins in the body. Because endorphins produce feelings of well-being, the tattoo plays a significant role in the therapeutic process by providing relief from emotional pain, relaxation, and clarity, says Dr. Crenshaw. So, would I still feel as happy and transformedonce the pain subsided?


Sometimes fresh tattoos bleed or are even a little scabby, but my arm was just slightly red when the session ended. And while you normally have to wrap a new piecein plasticfor a day, keep it absolutely dry, and sometimes even have to change that dressing as itoozes, Arjarn Boo said that wouldnt be necessary and would actually be counterproductive.

Instead, I was sentout with a pot of Vaseline (I know, I know, petroleum, but it was still ThailandI imagine any kind of mild unguent would have worked, but I didnt think to ask) that I was supposed to apply twice a day. I was told to avoid putting soap or shampoo on it for a week. And finally, in addition to the everyday healing directions, sak yant comes with lifelong after-care instructions: In my case, not eating star fruitnot a big sacrificeand not disrespecting anyones mother, which is generally a good policy.

And while I loved it then, I love it more nowespecially because I think its helped me; however, I also did a lot of my own emotional work. Since getting my sacred tattoo, Ive become better at accepting kindness (giving it has never been my problem, but I pay more attention to my opportunities to do so today) and happier with my life. Plus, I like telling the story.

Looking to do some energetic healing, heres what happened to another writer who tried intuitive tattooing. And this iswhy your permanent ink might be changingthe way you sweat.

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