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Tattoo Program – Home – Iowa Department of Public Health02.19.21

TheProclamation of Disaster Emergencysigned by Governor Reynolds on 2/5/2021 has extended the reopening ofall tattoo establishmentsuntil 11:59 pm onMarch 7, 2021.

On March 22, 2020 Governor Reynolds issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency (Proclamation) in response to COVID-19. Parts of the Proclamation provided relief to various professions that require a license, certification or permit. The tattoo program falls under one of those professions listed in the proclamation. Since March, the Governor has extended the provisions in the Proclamation. At this time it appears that the Proclamation will be extended for months to come. However, it is unknown how long the Proclamation will ultimately remain in place.

Tattoo artists and establishments that have a permit that expired or will expire during the time period covered by the Proclamation can continue to work for as long as the Proclamation provisions are in place. However, tattoo artists and establishment owners are highly encouraged to renew their permit on time, or as close to on time as possible. Both the first aid certification and blood borne pathogen certifications required to renew can be completed remotely.

Tattoo artists and establishments that expire during the time period covered by the Proclamation will not be issued any new permit documents that reflect the permit is still valid. Tattoo artists and establishments that expire during the Proclamation can use this guidance of proof of permit if needed. When tattoo artist and establishments do renew their permits they will receive updated permits that will be issued for the normal 2021 permit year.

For a current list of licensed artists and establishments, see the Resources page.

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Frosted Flakes: Kusche Sets Mile Record, Neanderthal Poop and a Very Good Dog – Corn Nation02.19.21

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Pierce football player receives D1 offer from Iowa State - NORTHEAST - NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKAOne of the fastest-rising programs in college football wants a northeast Nebraska athlete to join its team.

This is just down the road from me. It is great to see a small town kid get noticed.

Huskers Turn In Top-10 Performances at Ohio, Iowa - University of NebraskaThe Nebraska track and field team began competition at both the SPIRE Big Ten Invitational in Geneva, Ohio and the Hawkeye B1G Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa on

Kusche Breaks Mile School Record in Ohio - University of NebraskaNebraska track and field junior George Kusche broke his own mile school record to highlight the second day of action at the SPIRE Big Ten Invitational on Saturday.

Kusche will have quite a few records before he is done at Nebraska.

Steven M. Sipple: As Moos expresses confidence in Hoiberg, a former Husker sees red flags | Column | journalstar.comEx-Husker sharp-shooter Cary Cochran on NUs poor free-throw shooting: Its a matter of discipline. At the end of the day you have to have guts.

Everything fell into place for former Husker Kelly Hunter to play professionally again | Volleyball | omaha.comKelly Hunter doesnt know if this is her last opportunity to play professionally, but her goal isnt to play for the rest of her life. Shes committed to serving as...

From potato fields to Pinehurst: How a boy from Americas poorest reservation became a hero to his people through golf | Golf News and Tour Information | Golf DigestThat Lance Christensen, a 17-year-old from a South Dakota reservation, has become a standout high school golfer is a story of passion and perseverance

This is a remarkable story about a young man who has found a way to pursue his passion and stay in his local community.

Daytona 500: Michael Jordan now a major player for NASCARIn a sport in desperate need of fans and a boost of cool, the NBA icon gives it some legitimate juice.

Stanford and the fight to save discontinued Olympic NCAA sports - Sports IllustratedAt Stanford and other schools, athletes of discontinued NCAA sports teams are pushing backand raising money in the process.

Chris Doyle: Urban Meyer admits bad decision as his coach resigns - Sports IllustratedIn this weekend's hot clicks, Urban Meyers irresponsible hire (and sad excuse), Tennessee's excessive recruiting tactics (and violations) and more.

No. 3 Michigan Wolverines rally to win in first game since 3-week COVID-19 layoffNo. 3 Michigan returned from a three-week COVID-19 layoff and rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat No. 21 Wisconsin on Sunday.

Oldest DNA from poop contains a Neanderthals microbiome | Ars TechnicaThe Neanderthal microbiome wasnt so different from ours, a recent study suggests.

Herd of calves stroll Indiana highway after escaping a farmLaPORTE, Ind. (AP) A herd of about 75 Holstein calves barreled down an Indiana highway after escaping a nearby farm. Capt. Derek Allen, an off-duty officer who happened to be nearby in his...

Fortunately not our cows...

The Crooked Forest In Poland is an Unsolved Mystery | Travel and Exploration | DiscoveryLearn about the theories behind Poland's Crooked Forest at

These trees are pretty amazing.

Why do the queen's guards wear such tall hats? | Live ScienceThe queen's guards wear tall, bearskin helmets to look more fearsome on the battlefield.

The Celebrity Tortoise Breakup That Rocked the World - Atlas ObscuraBibi and Poldi, who live at the Reptilienzoo Happ in Klagenfurt, Austria, were a perfect match.

Strippers, Insane Asylums, Assassination, and Termites: Inside the Insane History of the Worlds Greatest White House ReplicaGovernor Huey Long was so anxious to get to the White House that he built his own in Baton Rouge. An assassins bullet cut short Longs ambitions, but his gaudy knock-off survives.

Are People Falling in Love With Their Peloton Instructors? - InsideHookTwitter thirst would suggest yes. But the pheonomenon's happening for all the right reasons. We break down the "Peloton crush."

Tattoo artists share the common request many of them will refuse to do - Mirror OnlineTattoo artists have been replying to a thread on Reddit asking which designs they have turned down when a client comes into the studio - and many said they will refuse one popular request

Instead of fire at NC restaurant, firefighters find hardworking staff making 10,000 wings for Super Bowl | WJHL | Tri-Cities News & WeatherFirefighters called to a North Carolina restaurant fire Saturday found instead that the "hardworking staff" was making thousands of wings for the Super Bowl.

Tennessee man leaves $5 million to dog in his will: 'Shes a good girl' | Fox NewsWhen Tennessee businessman Bill Dorris died late last year, the 84-year-old left $5 million to his 8-year-old border collie, Lulu.

That is a very good dog.

New wearable device turns the body into a battery | CU Boulder Today | University of Colorado BoulderA team of engineers has developed a new device that you can wear like a ring or bracelet and that harvests energy from your own body heat.

Its pretty metal, says man who turned his uncles skeleton into a guitar | CBC RadioA Florida musician says turning his dead uncles skeleton into a sick guitar was the best way to honour the man who first introduced him to heavy metal.

I cant even imagine coming up with this idea for a guitar, much less actually getting it done.

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Travis Barker: who is Kourtney Kardashians new boyfriend, how long have they been dating and does he have kids? – The Scotsman02.19.21

NewsPeopleThe Blink 182 drummer is covered in tattoos and survived a plane crash

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 12:15 pm

The latest update for anyone keeping up with the Kardashians, is that eldest sister Kourtney has confirmed she is now romantically involved with Blink 182 drummer, Travis Barker.

The news may be bittersweet for fans of Kourtney and Scott Disicks decade long will they wont they get back together saga, but in a post on Instagram the star made it clear she was now Barkers girlfriend.

So, who is he and does he have children too? This is what you need to know.

Travis Landon Barker is an American musician, songwriter and producer best known as the drummer in rock band Blink-182, though he is also a member of rap rock band Transplants.

Barker was raised in California with his two siblings and parents. His mother Gloria passed away on his first day of high school after suffering from Sjgren syndrome.

He began taking drumming lessons aged six and he continued to refine his musical talents throughout school while also describing himself as a stoner during his time at high school.

The drummer left school and became a binman, while performing with several local punk bands. He then replaced the original drummer for Blink in 1997 and soon became an international star.

Barker has enjoyed a successful drumming career, named by Rolling Stones magazine as one of the top 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time, as well as Punk's first superstar drummer.

As well as his successful career as a drummer, the 45-year-old founded clothing company Famous Stars and Straps in 1999 and LaSalle Records in 2004.

Barker was involved in a plane crash in 2008 when the plane wheel went on fire during takeoff, he was treated for his burns in hospital for 11 weeks, and ABC News later reported he was in so much pain he offered to pay friends $1M to end his life.

He released a memoir titled Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums, in 2015, where he talks about his lifelong fear of flying and now refuses to fly, choosing to take a boat to Europe and a tour bus everywhere else.

He also became a vegan in 2008, having been a vegetarian since the 1990s.

Has he been married and does he have kids?

Barker has been married twice and has two children.

In 2001, he married Melissa Kennedy but the two divorced only nine months later.

He then began dating former Miss USA Shanna Moakler and in October 2003, she gave birth to his first child, a son named Landon Asher.

One year later, in October 2004 the couple married in a wedding inspired by dark animated film Nightmare before Christmas.

They then starred in reality TV show, Meet the Barkers, which followed them as Barker released his final tour with Blink and the production of Transplants album.

Moakler welcomed their second child, a daughter named Alabama Luella Barker, on 24 December 2005.

Barker and Moakler split in August 2006, announcing it on their MySpace pages. The divorce was heavily publicised and Barker subsequently became addicted to consuming excessive amounts of prescription medication, marijuana and alcohol.

He credits the life-changing plane crash in 2008 as saving him from further addiction, as this was when he decided to completely give up pain medication, alcohol and illicit drugs. At this point he took up running and swimming and became vegan.

How did he meet Kourtney Kardashian?

Barker and Kourtney have known each other for some years, but only recently officially started dating.

He has previously dated Kim Kardashians friend Paris Hilton, who Kim also worked for in the early noughties.

The drummer had commented on his attraction to Kim in 2015, saying How could you not stare at Kim?

Mind you, I enjoyed hanging out with Paris, but I love curvy girls. Kim was eye candy.

I was [in] no way disrespectful to Paris, but I couldnt keep my eyes off Kim.

However, he has never been romantically involved with Kim and in 2018 he collaborated with her husband, Kanye West on the track "One Minute".

At the time, Kourtney was dating Younes Bendjima but the couple went their separate ways later in 2018

In March 2019, Barker denied rumours he was dating Kourtney Kardashian, stating: Kourtneys like a dear friend. Thats it.

I mean, I love her to death. I love her family to death. But yeah, just friends.

The pair lived in the same gated community in Calabasas, California for years and his two children are thought to be friendly with the eldest two of Kourtneys brood - Mason and Penelope.

She also has son Reign, all of whom are with her ex-partner and long term friend, Scott Disick.

Kourtney and Travis were spotted together at the Palm Springs home of her mum - momager Kris Jenner - in January 2021.

Reports at the time stated sources close to the couple said they were smitten with one another.

However, it was not until 16 February that Kardashian revealed they are official. In a post on her Instagram to her 111 million followers, she shared a picture of their two hands clasped together.

The picture has already been liked over 2 million times.

What do Barkers tattoos mean?

Barker has over 100 tattoos, which are almost as famous as his music.

Some of the most notable are the portrait of his daughter on his back, as well as the words Landon and Alabama on each wrist, the name of his two children.

The SELF MADE tattoo on his knuckles is in honour of his success as an artist, he explained the tattoo was inked in 2000 because: Ive worked for everything I have. I dont really have anyone to thank for my hand through it all, and making me what I am.

Barker has One Life One Chance scribed on the top of his head, One Life One Chance is the name of a non-profit organisation founded in 2009 by Toby Morse, the lead singer of the band H2O.

Barker is a member of the organisation and in 2012, he said: I support what Toby is doing for the youth. Its good that these kids can see that not every rockstar is a drug addict and he is such a positive, all-around role model for them.

The drummer has a love for Cadillacs, which could be the reason behind the huge Cadillac scribe up the right-hand-side of his torso, alongside a 1947 Cadillac emblem.

The Can I Say tattoo on his neck is in tribute to the first album of band Dag Nasty, an American punk rock band from Washington D.C. Barker has spoken of his love for the band, as a young man growing up.The boombox and angel wings on his stomach are a tribute to his love for music, he has said of the tattoo: I grew up loving to break-dance and I collected ghetto blasters. I had like 20 of them.

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Hiawatha vape and tattoo owner sentenced to over 8 years for drugs and firearms – The Gazette02.19.21

CEDAR RAPIDS An owner of two Hiawatha vaping and tattoo shops, who unintentionally alerted authorities to his firearm and drug crimes by reporting a handgun had been stolen, was sentenced Friday to more than eight years in federal prison.

Daniel James Abbott, 48, of Cedar Rapids, pleaded in September to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

During a preliminary and detention hearing in March, a federal agent testified authorities recovered methamphetamine, marijuana, ammunition, firearms and $50,000 cash from Abbotts shops, River Rats Vapes and Insidious Ink, in 2019 after he was arrested for waving a gun around.

The drug investigation started Feb. 18, 2019, when Abbott reported to Cedar Rapids police that his handgun had been stolen.

Abbott told authorities he was at Insidious Ink shoveling snow when he noticed his firearm was missing from his ankle holster.

On July 30, Abbott reported to Hiawatha police that money and a handgun were stolen from his shop. Abbott then admitted to officers that he used methamphetamine at the business around the time the money and firearm were stolen.

Cedar Rapids police were called Sept. 23, 2019, for a report that a person, later identified as Abbott, was waving a gun around, according to hearing testimony. Officers found him walking with a backpack and empty holster on his hip. Abbott told the officers he used to carry a firearm but didnt anymore and wore the holster out of habit.

In October, officers searched Abbotts home and found meth, drug paraphernalia and about 4,732 rounds of various ammunition.

During the March hearing, an agent also testified that the amount of meth 200 grams found at Abbotts businesses indicates trafficking. Officers also found 217 grams of marijuana, along with the paraphernalia, guns and cash.

The cash was found in a safe, along with meth, Xanax pills, marijuana and marijuana edibles, the agent said.

During a search, officers also found several checkbooks with fake checks, firearms hidden in the attic and materials for making false identification, the agent testified. A copy of Abbotts drivers license bore a different name.

Abbott told authorities after this search that he started using meth more than a couple of months ago.

During the investigation, authorities discovered Abbott had a civil no-contact order against him in September from his wife or ex-wife, which makes possessing firearms illegal.

Abbott attempted to buy a gun last year, but his application was denied because of the possession charges pending and the no-contact order, according to testimony.

U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams sentenced Abbott to 105 months in prison and fined him $20,000. He also was ordered to pay $4,736 in attorney fees and serve five years of supervised release following his prison time.

Abbott also has been charged with forgery in Linn County District Court.

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Heather Rae Young Finally Reveals The Meaning Of Her Unusual Tattoo – The List02.19.21

During a joint interview with Daily Pop, Young explained simply, "I did it as something special for my fianc, my future husband," (via E! News). The Selling Sunset star had no idea fans would have such a negative reaction to her pretty new ink, arguing, "I will be Mrs. El Moussa, so this is my name." Young added that the moniker is something they use frequently around the house, predominantly with the Flip or Flop star's children. In particular, they ensure El Moussa is addressed either with "yes sir, daddy" or "yes sir, Mr. El Moussa" as a sign of respect.

In conjunction with that, Young advised, "He says, 'yes ma'am, Mrs. El Moussa'." She described it as "something cute we do around the house," which is where the idea for the tattoo came from. It has nothing to do with being subservient to a man. El Moussa confirmed, "That's why she took the post down. I was like, 'What is all this? No, no, it's just a cute little thing around the house!'" He loved the design, describing it as "the best gift I ever got." Soon they'll be Mr. and Mrs. El Moussa, so why not make it permanent?

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‘Ink Master’ Shared Some of the Most Painful Tattoos They Ever Filmed – menshealth.com02.19.21

If you want to get a tattoo, odds are you're going to have to endure some temporary pain and discomfort. That's usually a given.

Some tattoos, however, require more of a physical sacrifice than others. (Take these examples of people who got their armpits tattooed, for instance.)

In a recent video, the Paramount Network TV show Ink Master shared a compilation of some of the most painful tattoos that clients have ever experienced, and the 10-minute video isn't for the faint of heart.

Highlights from the clip include an elaborate, full-back tattoo of a set of wings illustrated by two artists at once, as they race against the clock. In another, a young woman sits through extreme discomfort while getting her scalp tattooed, and nearly passes out from the pain.

Perhaps the most noteworthy highlight, however, involves a challenge from the show in which four artists tattoo a client's entire backside at oncelegs and allas she breaks down crying, and understandably asks to tap out. In the final example, the artists create a series of elaborate tattoos directly on their clients' palms, which speaks for itself. (Any time you tattoo over an area of the skin with such a high concentration of nerve endings, you're going to feel it. Badly.)

That's also why it's so important to make sure you won't regret the final result when all is said and done.

New episodes of Ink Master air every Tuesday at 10/9c on Paramount Network.

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Nominate Your Favorite Tattoo Shop in the Southwest Michigan 2021 – wkfr.com02.19.21

What's the best tattoo shop from South Haven to Battle Creek and all spaces in between for 2021?

You can't trust just anyone to tattoo your body. As Johnny Depp once said, "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." We need your nominations to determine the best place to get inked in Southwest Michigan. Only one nomination per tattoo shop is needed. Nominations end Wednesday, February 24th. Then, votingwill run from Thursday, February 25th through Monday, March 8th. We'll share the results with you live on-air and on-lineon Tuesday, March 9th. Please do your best to provide accurate information including correct spelling in your nominations.

We did not take a poll on your favorite tattoo shops in Southwest Michigan in 2020 due to the pandemic. However, we do have your voting results for 2019.

Forty seven tattoo shops in the Kalamazoo area were nominated in 2019. After over 8,000 votes Infinity Ink in Sturgis inked the #1 spot. Portfolio Ink in Three Rivers,Art & Soul Tattoo in Portage and Kalamazoo,Hot Rodders Ink in Three Rivers andBlackwater Ink Allegan rounded out the top 5. You can see the full 2019 poll results by clicking here.

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Tattoo Aftercare Products Market 2020: Expected Development, Share, Demand And Study Of Key Players- Research Predictions and Forecast 2026 KSU | The…02.19.21

The Global Tattoo Aftercare Products Market has witnessed continuous growth in the past few years and is projected to grow even further during the forecast period (2021-2027). The assessment provides a 360 view and insights, outlining the key outcomes of the industry. These insights help the business decision-makers to formulate better business plans and make informed decisions for improved profitability. In addition, the study helps venture capitalists in understanding the companies better and make informed decisions. This report studies the Global Tattoo Aftercare Products market size, industry status and forecast, competition landscape and growth opportunity.

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Woman Reacts To Seeing Boyfriend For First Time Without Tattoo-Covered Face – BroBible02.19.21

People get tattoos for thousands of different reasons. To celebrate their team winning a championship, for a movie role, or just because they love The Simpsons so damn much.

Ethan is a 24-year-old guy from Australia with a passion for tattooing his body. He started modifying his body with expanders at the age of 11 and eventually progressed into tattooing his entire body.

I just thought it was cool, Ethan told Truly for their web series, Transformed. I just didnt want to look like everyone else.

Ethan has had so much tattoo work done across his body and face that he cant really pinpoint an exact number of tats on his body.

In addition to all the tattoos, Ethan has body modifications that include tattooing the whites of his eyes (WHAT?!?!) and bifurcating his tongue.

Ethans girlfriend, Meg, has only ever seen Ethan with tattoos.

Ethans tattoos were completely covered up with the help of a makeup artist and over two hours in a makeup chair. Ethan got to see his face without tattoos for the first time in years, and Meg saw Ethans face without ink for the first time ever.

When Ethan first sees himself in the mirror without his distinctive body art, hes pretty floored but realizes almost immediately that he likes his tattooed face much better.

But how will Meg react?

Fortunately, Meg likes her tattoo-faced boyfriend much better, though even if she did like cleaned-faced Ethan, theres really little he could do about it now.

People look at it like me getting tattooed and modified has a deeper meaning than it really does, he said before his transformation. At the end of the day, I do all this to my body because I think it looks cool, and thats pretty much the bottom line.

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Vintage Tattoo owner strives to keep artistry and inclusivity alive – The Reflector online02.19.21

Near Rick's Cafe on Martin Luther King Drive stands a humble Starkville business which differs from that of a typical college town. The staff is only made up of one individual who has brought expression and creativity to his craft for over two decades.

James "Chris" Callicott is the owner and sole employee of Vintage Tattoo. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, and raised in Hernando, Mississippi, Callicot experimented with many different types of artistic mediums growing up. He never planned on pursuing tattoo artistry as a career, but he could not imagine his life with any other career now.

"I started out as a janitor and a watchdog, then everything went up from there," Callicott said.

Callicott has worked in the industry for around 25 years. He started working in Southaven, Mississippi, and then spent a few years in Arizona. He was bouncing around from city to city until he took over Vintage Tattoo from a close friend and settled here in Starkville. He claims to have acquired the shop to go in a better direction than it originally was.

"It was a random chance that I ended up here ... opportunity, I guess," Callicott said.

Callicott also yearns to put an end to the stereotype of tattoo shops being "predatory" against women and minorities and make it an inclusive environment where artistry is to be celebrated and welcoming to all.

"I know a lot of good guys in this business ... but there is still a problem in certain places. Run it like a business, and make it inclusive instead of exclusive. I want everybody to be comfortable here," Callicott said.

Savanna Clardy, a junior elementary education major at Mississippi State University, has had a couple of bad experiences with tattoo and piercing shops. She praised Vintage Tattoo for a different experience.

"I think the guy that runs it is why it stands out, because he made the experience memorable and safe at the same time," Clardy said.

Callicott recalled a Friday night where the shop was full of smiling faces and kind words and people of various races and genders. He was excited to see the camaraderie and comfort that people found in Vintage Tattoo.

"It's like a concert. Nobody cares about what people there look like; Everyone is there to listen to the music," Callicott said.

Alli Norcross, a sophomore elementary education major at MSU, recalled her experience at Vintage Tattoo and Calicott's kindness during her visit.

"He constantly made sure I was okay since this was my first rib tattoo a notoriously painful placement and was so kind through the whole process," Norcross said.

In the time of COVID-19, almost every aspect of the tattoo industry has been affected. Callicott has seen an increase in his supplies and increased his rates. He does not allow walk-ins due to social-distancing laws, which has caused him to deal with many impatient clients.

"A third of our supplies are medical, and everything has either doubled or tripled in price. It changes the way you've done things for 20 or more years," Callicott said. "This is not the business to cut corners, either."

Callicott displayed enthusiasm for every part of his job but especially in regard to the hours he works. Being the sole employee, Callicott opens the shop around 1 p.m. and closes at midnight.

"I don't have to wake up in the morning, it's as simple as that!" Callicott said.

His least favorite part of the job is trying to talk people out of having a certain concept or idea tattooed on their body forever. He does this frequently, especially in terms of cover-ups or dead trends.

"People get a certain idea in their mind, and they are not gonna hear anything different," Callicott said.

When asked if he thinks college students have good taste in tattoos, Callicott said he was indifferent because taste is subjective. He believes it is an individualized thought process.

Ariana Collazo, a junior biological sciences major at MSU, has a brother who owns a tattoo parlor and has many tattoos himself. She spoke of the importance of having faith in your artist for such an intricate process.

"If you don't trust your artist, you don't need to be getting a tattoo," Collazo said.

Callicott wants everyone to know patience and trust in your artist is key to a smooth process.

"If something makes your spidey-senses go off, vote with your wallet. There are too many bad shops that do the wrong thing.The only way people learn is by being penalized financially," Callicott said.

Vintage Tattoo currently has over 10,600 posts on the shop's Instagram account (@VintageTattoo), and there is not one picture of Callicott himself. He claims this is because he wants to make it about the artistry and not himself.

Vintage Tattoo is open six days a week, promoting both artistry and inclusivity in its small corner of Starkville.

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