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Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention is a big draw, but is ink still taboo in the mainstream? – The Intelligencer09.04.21

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Tattoo collectors, fans and artists alike have a mantra in common: Love the skin you're in.

And that old adage will come into vibrant focus as the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention comes to the region this month, bringing with it thousands of tattoo aficionados and dozens of tattooists over the three-day convention that starts Sept. 10.

"I will be there and I plan on having a booth there as well," said Joe Thomas, owner and lead artist of Philly Joe Tattoo Studio in Bensalem. "It will be extraordinary to see all the people that have tattoos and want tattoos."

As trendy and fashionable as tattoos have become, the ink-on-skin subculture still has many obstacles in the business world and academia to overcome before it can enjoy mainstream acceptance.

Ivona Hideg, associate professor andAnn Brown chair in organization studies at the internationally top-rated Schulich School of Business at York University, said overall, tattoos are embraced more in some fields and less in others.

"Mainstream society has indeed become more accepting of tattoos and thats especially true in some industries such as more creative industries and arts where tattoos may be seen as a sign of ones creative identity," Hideg said. "Moreover, tattoos are more common and more accepted in blue collar versuswhite-collar jobs.

"As such, tattoos are still not widely accepted in particular in white collar professional jobs and occupations," Hideg added."White collar professions are also more conservative and in more conservative spaces tattoos are less accepted."

The sporting of tattoos was and is generally regarded as habits of counterculture expressionism, and perhaps as such,the exhibiting of tattoos has never gained much of a foothold in the business world.

Now tattooing professionally for six years and operating his shop at 2339 Bristol Road for the previous three, Thomas said he has tattooed individuals from a wide range of professions, including nurses, teachers and law enforcement officers.

For him, the professional and mainstream worlds are slowly embracing employees with tattoos.

"It is now a new era and a new world that continues to get more advanced and grow. So it isn't thathaving tattoos are 'OK,' it's just became more acceptable," Thomas said. "If I were [before] a judge and walked in with a tattoo on my neck, I know what it does and looks likefor me, especially to older.

"But there's not many [instances] like that anymore; now, people are more open to tattoos because of style, character and one's own free will."

Fellow tattooistDon "Don Juan" Salleroli, the owner and lead artists of Floating World Tattoos in Philadelphia, agrees, but adds that tattoos that display hate and criminal activity are and should be considered taboo.

"Mainstream society has certainly become more accepting of tattoos in general, but there are some narrow-minded people that look down upon them, not realizing that a tattoo is not going to change your work performance in any way shape or form," Salleroli said. "Obviously if you're wearing something lewd or some kind of blatant anti-Semitic tattoo, that would be a case where I as an employer wouldnt hire you, but as for artistic tattooing, I believe you should be able to have it with no judgement by anyone."

Still, the lingering stereotype applied to tattooed individuals is hard to shake, especially when tattoo collectors are now embracing bolder designs and getting inked on parts of the body such as the face, forehead and on a bald head that were once off-limits to all except those in thehardest of hardcore tattoo circles.

Salleroli, a veteran artist who has dozens of tattoos and has inked thousands of clients from his shop on South Street, said he still has to deal with the shock, awkward glances and second looks he receives.

"I think you will always have people that associate tattooing with criminals or sailors or a million other stereotypes.Ive had people clutch their purses when I get on an elevator or walk by them on the street, and Ive been followed in stores by security guards," Salleroli said. "But I just laugh to myself and think how narrow-minded people can be.

"I chose to tattoo myself so Im willing to deal with narrow minds, and quite frankly I just try and be a normal courteous person and not really let it bother me."

Helping the cause, Salleroli said, is that pop culture has embraced tattooing by literally "bringing it into your living room" with several television shows and reality TVprograms that focus on the word of tattoos.

"Tattooing used to be mystical and almost magical and dangerous to me growing up;when I got into tattooing it certainly wasnt mainstream at all," Salleroli said. "And Ive watched it change over the years, and its definitely not mystical or dangerousanymore, but I still find it to be magical and amazing."

Hideg and other leaders ofbusiness programs say more students with tattoos are enrolling in business and law programs, but those fields aren'tnecessarily pivoting towardtattoo acceptanceat the rate of society on the whole.

Andrew R. Timming, professor of human resource management and interim director of theDepartment of Management, International Business, and Entrepreneurship at RMIT University, said he is noticing a loosening of societal norms regarding tattoos.

"Universities are seeing more and more students with visible tattoos, although these tend to be concealablewith a long sleeved shirt," Timming said."It is rare, but not unheard of, to see students with tattoos on the face and hands. Generally speaking, there is an increase of visible ink at both universities and within the workforce."

Angela Hall, associate professor of theSchool of Human Resources andLabor Relations at Michigan State University'sCollege of Social Science, saidin some of theprofessions in which tattoos were historically taboo, like law enforcement, "we are increasingly seeing more" workers with visible tattoos.

"I believe that the reason is two-fold. First, we are seeing more millennials in the workforce. In fact, millennials are now the largest age demographic in the U.S. workforce," Hall said."This generation does not share the same attitudes toward tattoos as those from previous generations. Second, there has been more of an overall societal acceptance of tattoos."

Hall though, noted thestigma of tattoos is hard to break, especially when they are judged by older eyes or looked at through the scopeof illegal behavior.

"Having the wrong type and/or excessive tattoos can be associated with the stereotypes of being from a lower class and/or being related to criminal activity," she said.

Timming mostly agreed, but added the caveat that the world of tattooing itself has counterculture roots.

"Even front-line retail employees can display tattoos these days. However, there will always be certain genres of tattoos, including those with explicit sexual or offensive imagery, that will always be frowned upon," Timming said. "Tattoos still signal a risk-taking and anti-social personality, but these perceptions are changing rapidly. Gone are the days when tattoos were only displayed by delinquents and deviants."

Jonathan Warnerworks as a paralegal in Philadelphia and has "more than a dozen" tattoos. Hesaid the general workforce doesn't mind tattoos, but that in his arena of law and jurisprudence, tattoos can telegraph a sense of negatively and lawlessness.

"My tattoos never get in the way, but I often cover them up with a long-sleeved button-down. And that works for me, since in my job I never wear short sleeves. I also have a tattoo on my neck that I cover. I know what I bring and my worth, but I don't want a client or my bosses to get the wrong idea or impression," Warner said. "I guess there has to be a line; one can express themself, but I'd give pause before getting a tattoo on my face or on a shaved part of my head.

"But I will never knock anyone who does decide to get that [type of work] done; just that if you are getting those types of tattoos, you have to accept what comes with it, including the reaction from so-called mainstream society."

The Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, now in its 23rd year, runs Sept. 10-12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where it is expected toe bring in thousands of patrons, dozens of tattoo artists doing on-the-spot tattoos (reservation required formost) and a handful of special appearances by renown tattoo aficionados.

Renown tattoo artists joining host Villian Arts Tattoo for the three-day affair will be"Skizzy" Scott Barker, Vegas Dixon/Ladies of Ink Tour, Aaron Diaz,Aaron Reyes Antonio, Ali Kat, Alicia Thomas and many others.

Friday's session will feature performances and appearances byMagic Brian,James Maltman, theSnow Cone Burlesque, Captain and Maybelle Sideshow and will close with a performance by burlesque performer and instructorAngelica Lavalier.

Saturday's lineup includesMagic Brian,James Maltman,Captain and Maybelle Sideshow,Magic Brian,James Maltman, Snow Cone Burlesque,Captain and Maybelle and closes once again with Angelica Lavalier.

Magic Brian,James Maltman andCaptain and Maybelle will close out the convention on Sunday. There will also be various tattoo prizes award for tattoo of the day.

"I am looking forward to attending this convention in particular, because I started attending just as a fan of tattoos and culture," said Jacob Stallion, and independent tattoo artist from Bensalem. "There is always something for everyone. Not everyone likes burlesque, but everyone there likes tattoos, and it will be good to see other artists and talk with them and exchange ideas."

Stallion said newbies are welcomed at the convention, but should be prepared for some possible sensory overload.

"It can be intimidating for a first-timer to absorb the sights and sounds; it is a little 'in your face,'" Stallion said. "But everyone there will be on the vibe. It will be a glorious time for our world."

Pandemic precautions will be in place, including astate-of-the-art automated escalator handrail sanitation system and a touch-free bathroom system and an upgraded HVAC system that goes well beyond industry standards at the convention center, said Kelvin Moore, the regional general manager for ASM Global,the agency contracted for the general management of the convention center.

"We worked closely with the Philadelphia Convention and VisitorsBureauin developing a plan to think ahead as best as anyone could for what the building would need to have to welcome people back and make them feel safe," Moore said, noting that the convention center has already hosted several high-profile events, including the ballot count for the most recent presidential election and various Grand Jury seatings. "During the shutdown, we were able to demonstrate our capabilities to the local health department, and the Department of Health reviewed our plan andtrusted our plan...we have hospital-grade health and safety protocols, and we feel very confident in our infrastructure and capital improvements."

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St. Johns metal artist to be featured on new Netflix show – WSYM-TV09.04.21

ST. JOHNS, MI Youve might have seen some of Ivan Iler's Sculptures around mid-Michigan. From Portrait of a Dreamer in downtown Lansing all the way to the Ledges out in Grand Ledge.

Now the metal worker and sculptor is showcasing his talents on the small screen.

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The St. Johns artist is a contestant on a new Netflix show called Metal Shop Masters. Season one kicks off on Sept. 10 and is all about putting talented metal artists together and seeing who can come out on top.

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"You're giving them certain things they have to work with and they have certain ideas of what they have to build and then they go ahead and build it," Iler said.

He says he was discovered to be on the show through social media. Someone saw his work and knew he had to have a spot.

"I thought it was a joke at first. I was like quit screwing with me. They were like, "No we're serious. We're going to fly you out to California and putting you on the show,'" Iler said.

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With elimination on the table, sparks are flying, torches are lit, and the competition is on to see who will take home a trophy, $50,000, and a chance to be crowned the best.

According to Iler, you will be entertained.

"There are a lot of really talented artists there. Making a lot of really amazing things out of nothing. Just the materials in front of them," Iler said.

Known for his larger-than-life sculptures, Ivan says being an artist is something he's always wanted to do.

Adam Fakult, WSYM, August 2021

It started when he was a kid. Whether it was with Play-Doh or crayons he was always trying to make and create something.

"When I was in high school still I knew I didn't have the money for college and there wasn't really anything I could think of that I wanted to do so I actually became a tattoo artist. I did that for a few years," Iler said.

That didn't really work out for him. So he worked factory jobs, even at a gas station, and then eventually opened up a motorcycle shop.

"Seemed like a way I can do my artwork and still make money at the same time. I'm building metal things. I'm doing leatherwork. I'm painting and being able to create things," Iler said. "Then I started making sculptures out of scrap metals and putting them outside and from there it just kind of took off."

Adam Fakult, WYSM, August 2021

He even started winning Scrap Fest in Old Town. Fast forward to 2021, he's living his dream.

"The fact that somebody actually decided to make this show and then ask me to be a part of it and to get to put my stuff out there and let the world see what I can do...very humbled by it. It's going to be awesome," Iler said.

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DBAs filed in August at Jefferson County clerk’s office – Newzjunky.com08.09.21

DBAs filed in August at Jefferson County clerk's office | Newzjunky Last updated August 6, 2021 WATERTOWN, NY A list of the DBAs (Doing Business Under an Assumed Name) certificates filed at the Jefferson County clerks office in August 2021:To request a correction, email newzjunky@gmail.comArt of Gathering1351 Sherman St., WatertownType of business: charcuterie boardFiled Aug. 5 by: Tiffany L. Marra, 1351 Sherman St., WatertownIvey Mechanicals19207 Tubolino Road, LaFargevilleType of business: heating and electricalFiled Aug. 5 by: David J, Ivey, 19207 Tubolino Road, LaFargevilleWe Run the Streets Entertainment307 Howk St., Apt. 1, WatertownType of business: record labelFiled Aug. 4 by: Cleo Exford Vaughns IV, 307 Howk St., Apt. 1, WatertownWild and Crazy Rentals256 Michigan Ave., Apt. 419D, WatertownType of business: party rental equipmentFiled Aug. 4 by: Richard L. Noble, 256 Michigan Ave., Apt. 419D, WatertownClassic Tattoo Company320 State St., WatertownType of business: tattoo shopFiled Aug. 4 by: Jordan and Rachel Jerome, 12682 State Route 178, AdamsForaged37708 State Route 12E, ClaytonType of business: farmFiled Aug. 3 by: Frank D. Valadez, 37708 State Route 12E, ClaytonThe Troll Market144 Eastern Blvd., WatertownType of business: farm and craft marketFiled Aug. 3 by: Andrew F. Rounds, 630 Meriline Ave., WatertownVets Propane25233 State Route 3, WatertownType of business: wholesale 20-pound propane cylinder exchangeFiled Aug. 3 by: Griffs Propane, Inc., 25233 State Route 3, WatertownCheyne Nicholas Rapid Transformation29600 County Route 179, ChaumontType of business: practitionerFiled Aug. 2 by: Cheyne Nicholas, 28600 County Route 179, ChaumontBroadway Street Printing Company342 Broadway St., Cape VincentType of business: printing and designFiled Aug. 2 by: Stacie Rogers, 37913 Greenizen Rd., ClaytonOn Point Properties12396 State Route 12E, ChaumontType of business: property rentalsFiled Aug. 2 by: Michele M. Fischetti, 12396 State Route 12E, Chaumont

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Someone in Michigan really believes in the Lions as a Super Bowl contender – NBC Sports08.09.21

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Maybe kneecap-biting will take the Lions where theyve been trying to go for decades.

At least one person in Michigan believes that the Lions will make one of the most stunning turnarounds in league history. Via David Payne Purdum of ESPN.com, BetMGM in Michigan has taken two big bets based on the Lions chances in 2021.

One bet entails $500 at 250-1 odds for Detroit to win the Super Bowl. Another bet puts $1,000 on the Lions, at 100-1, to win the NFC Championship.

Thats $125,000 if the Lions win the Super Bowl, and $100,000 if they get there.

Maybe the bettor (I figure its the same person making both wagers) knows something we dont. Maybe the bettor is just a rabid fan. Maybe the bettor got really drunk or really high, and opted for this in lieu of a face tattoo.

Regardless, someone believes in the Lions. Which is one person more than the number that believed in the Lions in recent years.

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Saginaw man with psychopathic face tattoo pleads to …07.25.21

SAGINAW, MI A Saginaw man with a lengthy criminal record across several states and Psychopathic tattooed on his forehead has pleaded to trying to kill an ex-coworker.

Timothy J. Wachowski, 37, on June 2 appeared before Saginaw County Circuit Judge Janet M. Boes and pleaded no contest as charged to both charges he faced assault with intent to murder and carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent. The former is a life offense, while the latter is a five-year felony.

In a Cobbs hearing, Boes indicated she will sentence Wachowski toward the bottom end of his advisory sentencing guidelines. Those guidelines are from 11.25 to 28.08 years.

By pleading no contest as opposed to guilty, Wachowski did not orally admit to having committed any crimes. Boes relied on police reports to enter convictions on the record.

The convictions stem from an incident that occurred about 8:50 p.m. on April 27, 2020, at American Auto Group, 2936 Bay Road in Saginaw Township. Police Chief Donald F. Pussehl Jr. previously said Wachowski had been employed at the business but had recently been fired.

On the night in question, Wachowski arrived at the dealership and was approached by a 49-year-old male employee. Wachowski pulled a knife and slashed or stabbed the older man several times, inflicting wounds to his back, arm, and hand, Pussehl previously said.

Another employee intervened and Wachowski fled on foot into a nearby wooded area, Pussehl has said. Responding police set up a perimeter around Bay and Shattuck roads. A Michigan State Police K-9 unit arrived to assist and ended up tracking the suspects trail to a field behind the Walgreens at 2990 Bay Road, Pussehl has said.

Within 15 minutes of the initial incident, police found Wachowski hiding in the field and arrested him.

At Wachowskis arraignment, Saginaw County District Judge M. Randall Jurrens said, If this is not the longest criminal history Ive seen in my 18 years, its certainly one of the longest.

Wachowski has a criminal record with convictions in Michigan, Indiana, Florida and California, prosecutors said.

Most recently, Bay County Circuit Judge Joseph K. Sheeran in April 2016 sentenced Wachowski to 14 months to five years in prison and ordered he pay $4,216.50 in restitution on a conviction of third-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Wachowski had pleaded guilty to the charge.

That conviction stems from Wachowski on Dec. 29, 2015, having crashed a 2003 Dodge Neon into another vehicle on a Bay City street, then running from the scene. Police found him sitting in some snow nearby and arrested him.

Blood samples taken from Wachowski showed his blood alcohol content was 0.361. In Michigan, a person is legally intoxicated when their blood alcohol level hits 0.08.

The Michigan Department of Corrections paroled Wachowski on Feb. 28, 2017. The agency then discharged Wachowski from parole on May 28, 2018.

Loved ones of Wachowski previously told MLive that his psychopathic tattoo was inspired by his affinity for the Detroit-based Psychopathic Records label, most famous for being the home of Insane Clown Posse.

The date of Wachowskis sentencing is pending.

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This BBQ Pitmaster Is Competing on Food NetworkWith a Three Percenter Tattoo – Daily Beast06.29.21

If youve been watching the latest season of BBQ BrawlFood Networks cooking competition starring celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Michael Symonyou may have spotted a barbecue pitmaster from Texas named Brendan Lamb. What you might have missed, however, is the Three Percenter tattoo inked prominently on the back of Lambs left arm.

The Three Percenters are a U.S.-based far-right, anti-government militia movement that the government of Canada last week designated a terrorist entity. That list also includes, among others, Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and an ISIS offshoot based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Lamb, 32, said he got his Three Percenter tattoo, a Roman numeral III surrounded by 13 stars, when he was 18 and working as an actor in Los Angeles. At the time, he was preparing for a role with a team of firearms instructors who turned him onto the Three Percenter ideology.

I didnt see it as a bad thing, Lamb told The Daily Beast. But with the political climate in the past few years, its turned into a bad thing.

Six men the U.S. government says are affiliated with the Three Percenters were recently indicted on conspiracy charges for their alleged roles in the Jan. 6 Capitol siege, and federal authorities have linked the Three Percenters to a foiled 2020 plot to detonate explosives and kidnap and execute Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. In 2017, armed members of the Three Percenters provided perimeter security for the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The largely decentralized Three Percenters movement, which is designated an extremist group by the Anti-Defamation League, was founded in 2008. It takes its name from the incorrect notion that only 3 percent of American colonists took up arms against the British during the American Revolution. The organization claims it is not a militia nor does it have designs on overthrowing the government, but vows to reign in an overreaching government and push back against tyranny.

Lamb, one of 12 contestants on the Food Network show, opened Smileys Craft Barbecue in Roanoke, Texas, in 2018. His Central Texas-style cooking has been featured in Texas Monthly, which noted the Prison Platter featured on Smileys menu. The combo plate is a nod to the 32 days Lamb spent in jail on a 2015 DUI charge.

Lamb, who has made it through the initial rounds of BBQ Brawl and will get his own show on Discovery+ if he is crowned the winner, insisted hes not on any lists of registered members or anything like that.

I had to do some training with gun experts, and those guys let me know that 3 percent of Americans fought against the British, that 3 percent of Americans stood up to fight, he said. Thats literally where it started, and then from there it was just people who wanted to protect the citizens against anybody who was going to oppress them. And I was like, I can get behind that. Like, Im not gonna be the one whos gonna be boots on the ground, but I can support that.

According to Lamb, he views the Three Percenters as protectors of anybody and everybody I see myself as a protector, a protector of my family, a protector of my friends. He said he has never been a guy who said he was going to take up arms against anybody, and doesnt agree with the extremism going on nowadaysI want to separate myself from all that. Lamb insisted he sees himself as a patriot.

I dont feel that it should mean that youre some kind of bad person if youre patriotic, he said. Everybody should love where they live.

The Food Network did not respond to The Daily Beasts request for comment, but is apparently aware of the tattoo as it was blurred out in the pay-per-view version of the episode posted online by the network. None of Lambs other ink gets the same treatment.

Jared Holt, a fellow at the Atlantic Council and an extremism researcher who tracks the Three Percenter movement among others, said that the groups members are extremely disparate. And while there are factions who train for the violent overthrow of the government, not everyone who displays the Three Percenter logo is part of a militia. Still, most people who identify with the Three Percenterseven if theyre not connected to a militia groupgenerally view the government as an oppressive force that must be resisted, said Holt.

They see themselves as being willing to put their foot down and speak out against whatever flavor of the day they may be opposing, Holt told The Daily Beast. As [public] awareness of Three Percenter groups has risen in the last couple of years, for the subset of people that might use the language of the Three Percenters or the logo of the Three Percenters as part of an ideological statement, its landed some of them in hot water.

Last year, New England Patriots kicker Justin Rohrwasser came under fire for a Three Percenter tattoo inked on his left arm. Like Lamb, Rohrwasser also said he had gotten the tattoo as a teenager, believing it signified support for the armed forces.

Theres certainly a subset of people that display these logos who dont pose a violent threat, Holt said. But what that logo means and what its associated withthere are these veins of the Three Percenter movement that express violent desires and spread incredibly conspiratorial anti-government conspiracy theories, and there are bands that organize and train to conduct violence when one day they believe they will be required to perform that violence.

After at first vowing to get his Three Percenter tat covered up, Rohrwasser later decided to get rid of it altogether.

I knew I had to get it totally taken off my body, he told CBS Boston at the time. I said [I would] cover it up, but I want to get it removed from my body. Its shameful that I had it on there ignorantly.

Lamb said he has no plans to get the tattoo removed or covered up, but that he will be adding additional tattoos to his left arm which ought to camouflage the Three Percenter symbol.

Ive actually gotten this question a few times, he said. I honestly didnt think it would be an issue.

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Homesick black bear treks 90 miles back to Northern Michigan town after DNR relocation – MLive.com05.31.21

TRAVERSE CITY, MI A black bear that caused mischief in Traverse City for months before it was relocated in April apparently got homesick, the Associated Press reports.

A radio collar indicates that the bear trekked 90 miles back to Grand Traverse County from the Alpena area, according to AP and the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

The bear had raided bird feeders and trash cans, and evaded several capture attempts by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources before he was finally lured by birdseed in April. Wildlife officials gave him a lip tattoo, ear tag and an electronic collar before he was taken to the less populous eastern Lower Peninsula.

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The DNR used weekly plane flyovers to track the collar heading back west.

For some reason he likes the Lake Michigan coast, said Steve Griffith, a wildlife biologist for the DNRs Traverse City office.

Sightings of the ear-tagged bear have been reported by residents, but there hasnt been any plundering any birdfeeders or trashcans.

Hes stubborn. But hopefully hes a little bit reformed, Griffith said. Well keep our fingers crossed.

In April, Griffith said the DNR might have to consider euthanasia if the bear showed up in neighborhoods again.

Michigan is home to approximately 12,000 black bears. About 10,000 live in the Upper Peninsula, while 2,000 are in the Lower Peninsula, according to the DNR.

The bears can be attracted to residences by the smell of birdfeed even if the feeder is currently empty grills, trash and pet food, Griffith said.

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DNR: Traverse City’s west side bear returns to Grand Traverse County – Traverse City Record Eagle05.31.21

TRAVERSE CITY The bear came back. The very next month.

State wildlife officials in April trapped a black bear notorious for raids on bird feeders and trash cans on Traverse Citys west side. They gave the bruin a lip tattoo, some ear tags, removed a tooth to determine his age, fitted him with a radio collar and carted him in a metal, tube-shaped trap 90-some miles away to nearly Alpena to release him.

Since then, the bear slowly marched his way back to Grand Traverse County. Experts with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources tracked its radio collar during weekly plane fly-overs and the bear is now known to be back in Grand Traverse County.

For some reason he likes the Lake Michigan coast, said Steve Griffith, DNR wildlife biologist from the Traverse City office.

This bruin is the sole male of the species with a radio collar in Michigan; all the others are sows in the states orphaned cubs adoption program.

But Griffith said the male bears return is likely less to do with Michigans sunset coast and more to do with learned habits on familiar territory. Most black bears avoid humans, but this one seems unbothered by proximity to people if it means easy-to-come-by meals, he said.

Hes got a sweet tooth or a lazy bone or I dont know what, Griffith said, laughing.

The bears reputation is to raid trash cans and bird feeders, slurping down every suet block found across Traverse Citys west side. But its being well-behaved during the saunter back to Grand Traverse County, Griffith said.

A couple of sightings of the ear-tagged bear have been phoned in by up north residents, he said, but no problems have been reported regarding birdseed feeders or trash can destruction.

Hes stubborn, Griffith said. But hopefully hes a little bit reformed. Well keep our fingers crossed.

The biologist said theres been talk among state wildlife officials about re-capturing the bear and relocating it as far away as into the Upper Peninsula, should it become a marauder again. But there are wildlife disease factors to consider in that equation because the Straits of Mackinac form a natural barrier between Upper and Lower Michigan for black bears, he said.

Euthanizing the bear would be a last resort, Griffith said, and placement at wildlife preserve would be preferable before that.

Biologically, its an astonishing characteristic of wild animals to be able to navigate themselves back to preferred territory, he said, as this particular bear has done.

Traverse Citys birdseed bandit isnt the only bruin on the move right now.

Griffith said wildlife officials are receiving a lot of calls about bear sightings and run-ins. There likely is some substance to anecdotal reports of more-than-normal bear activity in the region, he said.

A bear was photographed in a suburban front yard in Holiday Hills. Bears were spotted in recent weeks southeast of town near the Brown Bridge Quiet Area. Elk Rapids Police even warned of a bear loafing around an in-town neighborhood in the middle of the day Thursday.

Griffith said birdseed is a major attractant for bears, and they can even smell its past presence in empty bird feeders why feeders should be brought indoors, not just left empty.

And they will definitely smell outdoor grills and, of course, trash and even pet food left outside, he said.

Complicating this time of year are bear sows that have chased off their yearlings, especially the males, which often find themselves being chased away by other bears with established territories, Griffith said.

They are being bounced around, looking for a place to call their own, he said, adding they wont pass up an easy meal if they are hungry enough.

Glen Lile said for the first time in 49 years of living in Holiday Hills he recently came across a black bear while out walking his neighborhood, a daily habit hes kept for about the last seven years.

I walk from one end of Holiday Road to the other end and back again, he said.

Lile said he enjoys watching for wildlife along his exercise route, often snapping photos of deer that wander through the area. He was looking off toward the hillside as he walked along and when he turned his head back straight ahead, there was a small bear standing near a house about 50 feet away from where he stopped dead in his tracks.

It was pretty exciting, lets put it that way, Lile said, adding that he used his mobile phone to snap a couple of photos.

About that time he decided to run up the hill, Lile said. It was very exciting to see and I didnt really feel threatened.

Lile later remembered he had pepper spray with him that he carries in case aggressive dogs chase him, but I never thought of that until the whole thing was over, he said, laughing.

Lile said hes bringing in his birdseed feeders every night to reduce the risk of the bear returning to his part of the neighborhood.

Griffith said DNR wildlife managers have requested an increase in hunting licenses for black bear in the Baldwin bear management unit. That unit includes Benzie, Leelanau, Grand Traverse and parts of Kalkaska counties, as well as the areas stretching south along the Lake Michigan coast through Muskegon County.

Our goal for the near future is to have zero population growth to stabilize the population, Griffith said.

Rachel Leightner, DNR wildlife outreach coordinator, said Michigan is home to approximately 12,000 black bears: 10,000 in the Upper Peninsula and 2,000 in the Lower Peninsula.

Statistics show hunters took 1,726 bears during last years hunt, up from 1,680 killed during the hunt in 2019. Both years 7,080 licenses were awarded through a lottery to hunters and this year only 7,001 licenses will be issued, Leightner said.

The bear license application period remains open through June 1. Drawing results will be available July 6.

Michigans black bears tend to live about 10 years, with males typically roaming a 100-square-mile area and females sticking to smaller, 20-square-mile territories. Bears are omnivorous and prefer large, continuous hardwood and conifer forests as habitat; females can grow to 250 pounds and males as much as 400 pounds.

Beyond food that bears glean from humans, they feed on skunk cabbage, sedges and grasses, while fruits and berries are key to their summertime diet. Bruins will feast on insect larvae such as ants and beetles, and will even eat roadkill and other carrion.

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ST. CLAIR SHORES After encountering a taboo on tattoo parlors located within 1,000 feet of a business that sold beer or alcohol for consumption on the premises, City Council has approved a new Body Art Facilities Ordinance to take the place of a Tattoo Establishment Ordinance enacted in the mid-1990s.

Our ordinance was very old. It did not factor in the fact that the state of Michigan, essentially, passed legislation several years ago that really took over, in large part, the regulation of what we all know as tattoo parlors but what the state calls body art facilities, St. Clair Shores City Attorney Robert Ihrie said at the April 5 City Council meeting.

In addition to typical tattoo parlors, however, the city ordinance also covered permanent makeup and microblading establishments. The outdated ordinance came to the attention of City Council because facilities offering permanent makeup were seeking to open within 1,000 feet of restaurants in the downtown area of St. Clair Shores, which sold alcohol.

Microblading is a tattooing technique wherein a small handheld tool made of several tiny needles is used to add semi-permanent pigment to the skin for eyebrows. Permanent makeup can be used on the eyes, brows and lips.

Shanel Hill, of Body Sculpting Spa, 22811 Greater Mack Ave., has operated a medical spa in St. Clair Shores since 2013. When she wanted to offer permanent makeup, she called the city, the county and the state and was told she didnt need to do anything to add that service. Hill said there must have been some sort of mix-up, however, because when Shanneal Tate, the owner of Precise Micro Beauty, 23000 Greater Mack Ave., sought her certificate of occupancy in downtown St. Clair Shores, thats how I was discovered, Hill said.

I was in shock, because Ive been operating for years with no drunk people coming to get permanent makeup, she added.

The updated Body Art Facilities ordinance, Ihrie said, will allow St. Clair Shores to continue to regulate the businesses while mirroring the state law. Having the ability to charge a violator under a local ordinance instead of the state law, he said, allows the city to keep more of the penalties and fines than if the violation was charged under state law.

In addition, he said the state law is enforced by the county health department, so if, for example, a police officer enters a body art facility and sees someone smoking a violation of state law the officer would have to contact the county health department for enforcement, versus having the ability to issue a citation on the spot for violating the city ordinance.

I drafted it to give us more authority, as opposed to less, he explained.

While the prior ordinance prohibited the location of a tattoo facility within 1,000 feet of any adult amusement device center, establishment where beer or liquor is sold for consumption on the premises, hotels or motels, billiard halls, pawn shops, public lodging house, second hand stores, or other tattoo parlors, the new ordinance removes restrictions on where the businesses can be located.

The new ordinance, however, does establish allowed hours of operation. Ihries initial draft called for hours to be restricted to 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., but Councilman Chris Vitale said he wanted to see the time frame extended.

I understand, and respect and agree with the idea of not having all-night tattoo operations (but) this also includes microblading, which ... I see this as more of a beauty shop issue, and Im sure beauty shops start work before 11 a.m., he said.

He suggested the allowable hours of operation be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. City Council voted 5-0 to approve the new ordinance with those hours of operation, with Councilwoman Candice Rusie and Mayor Kip Walby absent, but excused, from the vote.

Hill is happy the city has updated its ordinance to help other businesses like her own.

Im proud that we were able to make this change because, obviously, it was outdated, she said. Ive been operating as a medical spa, and Id already got my body art licensing ... I thought I was good to go.

I always play by the rules. I love my city. I love my business.

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Michigan family mourns death of son they say was pushed to the breaking point by stop in high school sports – MLive.com01.31.21

NORTON SHORES, MI Brennan Dethloff could always count on hockey to help him in his battle with depression and anxiety.

But when the coronavirus pandemic took hockey away, it was too much for Brennan to take.

The 18-year-old senior at Mona Shores High School died Jan. 18. His parents believe his death was linked to his depression.

Brennan was excited to be back on the Sailors varsity hockey team this season. Slipping on that No. 22 sweater alongside his teammates meant everything to him, said his parents, Brian and Rona Dethloff. His hockey team was an extension of family and it carried a far greater impact than any win or loss ever could.

It was his outlet.

But once winter high school contact sports seasons were pushed back not once, but twice, that in turn pushed Brennan close to his breaking point, according to his parents.

You could see it in his face and his body language and his demeanor that it just took it out of him. We both noticed it and did what we could and ultimately that night, something set him off, said Brian Dethloff. You know, unfortunately, he chose to do what he did.

In the days since Brennans death, the Dethloffs have been filled with grief and they search for explanations as to why high school sports and young peoples lives are still being interrupted even though coronavirus numbers are on the decline.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has barred ice hockey, boys and girls basketball, wrestling and competitive cheer from competition. All winter contact sports are only allowed to perform non-contact activity during team practices. Until Jan. 22, winter contact sports were set to resume in full capacity on Feb. 1. However, the MDHHS extended those orders until Feb. 21. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said high school sports could return in a matter of weeks or days.

During a virtual press conference Friday, Michigan High School Athletic Association executive director Mark Uyl said he believes that now is the right time to take the next step and allow those aforementioned four winter sports to begin immediately.

While the Dethloffs say they are proponents of the Let Them Play movement, which is a voice of students, coaches, administrators, parents and fans who want the games to go on, they are trying to be careful as to not point a finger in blame at any specific person or group.

Brian and Rona Dethloff are pictured with their son, Carter, 16, inside their Norton Shores home on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. Brennan Dethloff, an 18-year-old Mona Shores hockey player, died on Jan. 18, 2021. His parents believe his death was linked to his depression. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)Cory Morse | MLive.com

An emotional Rona Dethloff said she wishes Brennan could have realized how loved he was and how much he meant to others, but he carried a burden and pain in his heart.

We want people to know that they shouldnt be ashamed of (depression and anxiety) and that they should talk about it and get help if they need the help, she said.

On the surface, Brennan Dethloff seemed to have everything going for him. School came easy and he carried a 3.8 grade-point average. Sports came more difficult, but he worked for his spot on the Mona Shores hockey team as a gritty defenseman who had his teammates backs. His parents described him as an extrovert, who enjoyed playing disc golf and video games with buddies, as well as hunting, fishing and jet skiing. He would go for beach drives as a means of escape.

Brennans No. 1 quality was the way he looked out for others before himself, according to his parents, but it also came as a detriment. It was difficult to tell how much he was hurting on the inside.

His parents knew it, but others may not have recognized it.

You always think, What could we have done different? or What didnt he have that would have helped? It wasnt anything about that. It was about, he truly had a depression issue and we helped as much as we could, Brian Dethloff said.

But, at the end of the day, everyone on the outside thought he had everything going for him and What did he have to worry about? So, I think thats what the message really is: You dont know what somebodys going through. You dont know everybodys backstory.

Courtesy photo of Brennan Dethloff, right, and family member Luke Forton, a tattoo artist who did the work on Brennan's "WARR;OR" tattoo on his ribcage. Brennan, an 18-year-old Mona Shores senior hockey player, died on Jan. 18, 2021. His parents believe his death was linked to his depression. (Courtesy of Dethloff family)Courtesy of Dethloff family

Last year, Brennan got a tattoo over his ribcage that read WARR;OR. His mothers stepbrother, Luke Forton, is a tattoo artist and he did the work. The semicolon in place of the letter i in the tattoo was the focal point, a symbol of solidarity designed to fight the stigma around suicide, depression and mental-health issues.

As Rona Dethloff stated, a period ends a sentence, while a semicolon means youre not done you continue on, and your story is not over.

Brian Dethloff said his son was a warrior, and that the tattoo was a constant reminder of that when Brennan looked in the mirror at himself.

An important thing for me, and I said it a while back, we never wanted his depression or his anxiety to define who he was, you know. He was so much more than that, Rona Dethloff said as tears filled her eyes and she became choked up. " But it was a part of him and, you know, we werent ashamed of it.

Its nothing to be ashamed of theres so many kids struggling right now and its not their fault, she continued, emphasizing that point through inflection. You know, they dont ask for it they didnt ask for anything thats happened this last year and theres so many people who will listen and who will do so much for them, but they just have to they have to reach out and its hard its hard to tell people that youre struggling and that things arent as perfect as they might seem and that you want everybody to believe that they are. So I think it was easier for him to kind of pretend things were OK you know, help everybody else and pretend he was fine.

Courtesy photo of Mona Shores hockey player Carter Dethloff wearing his brother's jersey number and nameplate. Brennan Dethloff, an 18-year-old Mona Shores senior hockey player, died on Jan. 18. His parents believe his death was linked to his depression. (Courtesy of Dethloff family)Courtesy of Dethloff family

Carter Dethloff is not pretending everything is fine. He looked up to his older brother. Even though they were opposites in many ways, there was a mutual admiration and respect. They loved each other.

Carter, 16, is a tall, athletically gifted goaltender, who played Triple-A hockey for the last four years. He opted to join the Mona Shores team this season so that he could play hockey with Brennan for his senior year. He will not get that chance now, regardless of when or if the puck drops on the Sailors season.

One week after his brothers passing, Carter Dethloff tweeted that he was going to honor his brother this season by wearing No. 22 and his brothers nameplate.

It will mean the world to me its playing for something, someone, more than just playing the game, Carter said. He was someone I could trust as a player and someone that you could come to and just trust.

Carter also had some strong words in the tweet directed at the decision-makers, calling into question the science being used and hopping on board the Let Them Play movement.

Let Them Play is hosting a rally at noon today at the State Capitol. The organization is urging the state to reconsider and re-open all winter sports.

Brian Dethloff is confounded by what he sees as a lack of transparency when it comes to the decision making behind suspending high school sports and he said some groups do not understand the ramifications and mental-health impact that those interruptions are having.

You can call any one of your local health departments, mental health departments, Health West or wherever youre at, and theyll tell you the stats. Theyre there and its unbelievable the difference its been over the last year and actually the last six months, the amount of cases of depression and suicide. Where are those numbers? They dont show em, he said.

We want (Brennans) story to help shine a light on what is actually going on. What he needed was what all these kids needed -- a little bit back to normalcy and to get his life back.

The Dethloffs have been moved by the outpouring of support from the community, family and friends.

More than 1,000 people attended Brennans visitation, while 340 showed up for his funeral and 150 more watched live online.

From the Mona Shores hockey team posting on Facebook a plea for people to place a hockey stick on their porches in honor of Brennan, to the Sailors football team wearing helmet decals remembering Brennan during their state championship game last Friday at Ford Field, to dozens of hockey players from nearby schools showing support outside the church, plenty of love was shown for Brennan.

He always looked out for others, but now it was time for an entire community to wrap its collective arms around Brennans loved ones.

Brian Dethloff knows his family has a difficult road ahead, but he takes some solace in the fact that Brennan will continue to watch over them.

Friday, Carter looked out the window as his father spoke about his brother and saw a cardinal in the backyard.

(Brennan is) listening, Rona Dethloff told Carter with a reassuring tone.

It wasnt the first indicator that Brennan is still with them in spirit, according to Brian Dethloff.

Rona was down in the hot tub down below our deck a couple nights ago, or last week. She was down there by herself, the lights off, fire was on, talking to Brennan, Brian Dethloff said. When she got out we have lights that line underneath the deck and they werent on and as she was leaving one light just flashed. Not all of them, she didnt turn them on one flashed and that was it. Just saying, Im here with you, I heard you.

In lieu of flowers, the Brennan Dethloff Memorial Scholarship Fund has been set up at ChoiceOne Bank, 1030 W. Norton Ave., Muskegon, MI 49441.

Anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, which is a 24/7 service.

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