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Why are tattoos frowned upon in South Korea? – Somag News08.31.20

It will be myth or reality that tattoos are frowned upon in South Korea, is it illegal to tattoo in that place? Find out below.

Historically, tattoos are considered as marks that warriors made to tell their adventures, feats or to intimidate enemies, little by little and over time, tattoos became an art that seeks to express itself through various designs embodied in ink on the bodies.

Many cultures have a very strong rejection of tattoos, this is due to different causes and factors that have to do with their history. Before, in South Korea the people who got tattoos were gangsters or people who were engaged in illegal businesses, they used it as codes to communicate with each other, leaving a stigma on tattoos.

It is also due to religion, Korea is a mostly Confusionist country, which considers body modifications as a lack of respect for your body, which is your sanctuary and for your whole family.

Korean society has evolved, but it still has a very traditional, ceremonial and conservative dynamic; For many Koreans, they think that tattoos are directly linked to street gangs or thugs, creating a stereotype in the people who carry them.

Are tattoos illegal in Korea?

Having tattoos is not illegal in South Korea, but tattooing is.

In Korea it is essential to have a license to make tattoos, it is one of the few countries in the world where by law only health professionals can carry out this practice, although there are many people who are dedicated to illegally tattooing people .

These types of establishments make their clients sign a contract not to file charges if the results of their tattoo are not what they expected, if they have an infection due to the ink or the products used for the procedure.

Many tattoo artists are fighting for the legalization of tattoo parlors and younger generations tend to be more accepting of people with tattoos, so little by little society is opening up about its perspective of people who have tattoos. Maybe in the future, tattoo lovers can get a tattoo, they are no taboo or fear about what society thinks.

Why do idols have tattoos?

K-pop idols can have tattoos, in the end they are Korean citizens, but in their appearances on television or in other media they usually cover their tattoos with some bandages, or in the edition to avoid conflicts and some controversies.

If you are a fan of Korean culture or just want to know more about that Asian country, we invite you to visit: 10 Things that only Koreans do and will impact you.

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I wear my tattoos as badges of honour for the pain that remains hidden – Sydney Morning Herald08.31.20

My body grows endometrial tissue in my pelvic cavity for reasons unknown to any doctor. Even when its removed by laser, it can grow back. My body grows small clusters of cysts on my ovaries. The cysts cause sharp pains, and when they burst, a violence takes hold and I stifle a scream. My body fires pain signals at the smallest breath of cold air, when there is a storm approaching, or if Im even mildly constipated.

What my body does internally rarely makes sense to me; the way it will react to the smallest change can feel like a roll of the dice. But it knows how to respond to these external marks, whether they are chosen for me or they are ones that I have chosen.

My first tattoo was done on a whim after seeing an artists flash (a sheet of illustrated designs available to be tattooed) on Instagram. My girl, as I call her, is vulnerable but uplifted, her body contorted into a horseshoe floating above an aqua sphere, as she reaches up to a star above.

She has seen some shit, my girl, but her head is always held high. She sits proudly on the front of my left arm. She is a prominent reminder to myself to stay afloat, to not let myself sink into the depths below.

The sphere of colour never healed as cleanly as the black ink above it, and as a result a line of scar tissue cuts through the circle. At first, I was incredibly self-conscious about it. I just assumed it was part of the design, most people would say after I pointed to it. Eventually, I replaced my shame at my bodys unwillingness to heal or to do what it was meant to with meaning. In time, I hope to be able to do this with every scar on my body.

Does it hurt? some ask, their outstretched index finger pointing towards the coloured skin. Of course it does, I want to say. Not that much, actually, I want to say. Depends where it is, I want to say. But again, Eades says it best: Does it hurt? Yes. But it is an easy hurt. A knowing hurt. A hurt that is welcomed, anticipated, and rejoiced. There are many things that hurt more than this.

Things that hurt: stabbing pains so bad I scream out, loud enough to wake housemates or neighbours. Cramps that curl my body into a tight S-shape, even the smallest straightening movement too much to bear. The feeling of rapid descent, knowing the rush of blood is seconds away.


What hurts the most: being told this pain is a lie. My second tattoo on the back of my right arm, above my elbow is of a girl with a flower crown, one eyebrow raised. She is based on a Picasso painting and looks as strong as hell. Getting this tattoo, I felt like that girl.

My third tattoo: two hands, reaching out delicately towards each other as a reminder that love is equal, that I should not settle for less than my worth. As a signifier of the importance of caring for yourself and for others. Also, most importantly, as a command to reach out.

After each tattoo Ive felt light-headed, a rush of blood from lying down and quietly breathing through the process. Its not an unfamiliar feeling: the side effects of some of my medications mean I often feel wobbly as I get up off the couch, or need to steady myself as I get out of bed, giving my head time to catch up to my body.

Once the tattoo artist who drew the hands had finished and it was time to get up for the ritual of cleaning, photographing and wrapping, I felt my legs shake and I reached for the bed to steady myself. Seeing this, the artist asked if I was OK. Take your time, they said, sit up on the bed for a few minutes. They brought me some water and opened a nearby jar of jelly beans. Here, have some sugar. It will help.

I look to the arms of other women to read their stories before we speak.

Few people who have taken ownership of my body with a needle or scalpel or speculum have been as kind to me as that tattoo artist was. A lot of doctors say take your time but their actions indicate otherwise. Take your time while I sit here typing so Im ready for my next appointment. Take your time while I strip the bed next to yours, ready for my next patient to be wheeled in. Take your time while I ask you highly personal questions because I cannot wait until youre ready to answer them.

My third tattoo sits on the back of my left arm, in the same position as the second. It was done less than a week after the flower-adorned girl, who was still fresh and healing. The timing in a rush for the skin to heal in time for summer, and the sun exposure and open water that comes with it felt symbolic.

My tattoos help start conversations. Sometimes just a nod, sometimes a verbal exchange. I look to the arms of other women in particular to read their stories before we speak a word. An arm reached high to grip the rail on a busy train shows a wrist tattoo no longer hidden beneath the corporate sleeve. A hand drumming along to the radio outside the car window while at the traffic lights leads to an upper arm bearing a bunch of flowers. A forearm outstretched over the table at a cafe passes me my order and we notice each others style, the similarities of our artworks.

We ask for the artists names so we can look them up on Instagram and dream of more stories to come. These conversations with other owners of inked arms, whether with or without words, say: I see you. These chosen marks say: you are not alone. There are many others like you. But the un-chosen scars, despite being carried by millions, still make me feel lonely.


The feelings I have about my scars, that constellation of tiny cuts, come down to a lack of acceptance. I have come to terms with the fact that I will never not be sick. When you are first diagnosed with an illness that carries the word chronic with it, there is no way you can shrug it off. But while I can accept the invisible impact the internal damage, the wiring of my pain signals, the growths that dont belong the visible marks are somehow more difficult to process.

Accepting the way my body looks is an ongoing process. Running a finger along a scar or a stretch mark, I enjoy the sensation of the smooth flesh. When I see people in advertisements for moisturisers or underwear with real bodies those with curves and stretch marks and cellulite I feel seen in a way that relaxes my shoulders when I didnt realise they were tense. I understand body positivity on paper and can apply it to others, but I sometimes struggle to afford myself the same grace.

A large part of my accepting my scars, my external damage, is writing a new story. I choose images and words that tell the narrative as I see it: I have been through a lot, I continue to experience pain and challenges and fear, but I am also strong. I wear my tattoos as badges of honour for all that extra tissue, all those cysts and all that pain that remains hidden, and for all the scars that dont.

There will be more cuts, more scars, more pain. I will keep going as best I can. And when the time is right, Ill choose a new talisman and the right illustrator for that story. With a gentle touch, their hands will draw a new permanent mark, a new commitment to owning who I am.

Edited extract from Show Me Where It Hurts (Text Publishing) by Kylie Maslen, on sale September 1.

This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale August 30.

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Mystic Seaport to open new art exhibit on Sept. 18 – theday.com08.31.20

Mystic -- Mystic Seaport Museum has announced that it will open a new exhibit titled "Sailor Made: Folk Art of the Sea" on Sept. 18 in the C.D. Mallory Building.

The exhibit explores the art that emerged out of the difficult working conditions aboard a 19th-century ship, "reflecting sailors' connections to shipboard life, their thoughts about culture on shore, and the souvenirs they created to remember and share the experiences of their travels."

The exhibit is the second of four new exhibitions funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. It usesmore than 200 objects from the museum's vast collection, many of which have long been hidden from public view. Access to the exhibit is included in the general admission to the museum.

During their non working hours, sailors carved scrimshaw, drew in journals, sewed intricate embroidery and creating intricate knot-work, as well as engaging in other forms of art.

"When stuck in the difficult, dangerous, and sometimes monotonous environment of the ship, sailors used art to express themselves. The designs they inscribed on scrimshaw, the types of household items they made, and the ways they used different materials were all intentions, and tell us something about the sailors themselves, their experiences, and the world they lived in," said exhibition curator Mirelle Luecke in the museum's announcement of the new exhibit.

Among the artifacts are numerous pieces of scrimshaw, a coat rack constructed of narwhal tusks, a child's hammock decorated with scenes from the circumnavigation voyage of the USS Columbia, examples of sample drawings from which sailors could choose their tattoo as well as knives, clothing, boxes, bowls and other items. There us even art work from more modern vessels such as a cribbage board in the shape of the nuclear submarine USS Hartford, to show the tradition continues today aboard merchant and naval vessels.

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Enid artist draws inspiration from the duality of life – Enid News & Eagle08.31.20

At first glance, the art of Enid native Josh Stebbins is dark for some, far too dark.

Images of decay, of exposed bone and death, overlay images of youth and beauty a cycle of life and death playing out in macabre scenes and dark tones through most of Stebbins work.

Stebbins said its not unusual for him to catch flak for how dark his art tends to be. But, to him, thats OK. He wants his work to make people think, and to challenge societys concepts of beauty, and the popular aversion to the natural processes of age and death.

Life and death are an everyday thing for all of us, Stebbins said. People are afraid of that progression from life to death, as our bodies break down, but I think its better to embrace that.

Stebbins path to creating art, that calls viewers to wrestle with death itself, started early.

I started in art really young, Stebbins said. I think my passion for it really started when I was 10.

He wanted to be a comic book artist, but after graduating from Enid High School in 2001 and studying at Northern Oklahoma College, he turned to fine art in hopes of landing shows at art galleries.

I got caught up in it, and have been doing it ever since, Stebbins said.

His work is almost exclusively in ink and graphite, black and white with occasional splashes in shades of a single color, for emphasis and contrast.

Intricate patterns and icons dominate Stebbins work, with each element carrying symbolic meaning.

The research and the idea I am trying to put together, that often takes longer than it does to create the actual piece of art, Stebbins said. I think of each piece, as I put it together, as a puzzle. I really enjoy the thought of people trying to figure it out, and a lot of times you have to really dig to find the meaning.

Looking into the dark imagery of a Hollywood starlet in mid-decay, or a skeleton clinging to the back of a haloed young woman, some have suggested Stebbins must draw inspiration of the chemical variety.

People think I do tons of acid or something, but no, Stebbins said with a laugh. Im a square coffee and cigarettes is about as far as I go. I guess you just have to have an imagination.

Stebbins said his Catholic upbringing gave him a love of iconography, and continues to inspire his recurring theme of duality of life and death, darkness and light and how you cant have one without the other.

The cross is one of Stebbins recurring symbols, which he said can evoke different emotions and responses from different viewers.

Its such an ancient, symmetrically beautiful symbol, and it can represent so many different things to different people, Stebbins said.

The crown of thorns, skeletons and moths a symbol of rebirth and change also recur in his work, but for the ultimate juxtaposition of pain and beauty, cruelty and love, Stebbins often returns to the crucifixion.

A congenital bone disorder also gives inspiration to Stebbins, who draws from his own struggles to capture the inevitable decline and decay of the human form.

Ive been falling apart since I was born, Stebbins said with a laugh. He uses that experience to counter mass-marketed portrayals of youth and beauty, which drive consumers to constantly fight against aging.

Stebbins acknowledged people often have a hard time wrapping their head around the competing images of life and death, beauty and decay. And, some dismiss it as too macabre. But, Stebbins said even negative reactions are good reviews for him.

I think there should be something that touches people hate, love, anger, whatever even negative emotion is good, because at least youre inspiring a reaction, and youre making people think, he said. If art makes you think, and question something about yourself, thats good.

Stebbins has had good runs in a number of galleries across the United States, with a predominant presence on the West Coast. His art has inspired many tattoo artists, and one of his designs has been featured on a T-shirt favored by Guns N Roses lead guitarist Slash.

For the most part, though, you will find his work on social media, particularly on Instagram, @joshstebbinsart, and on Facebook, Artist Josh Stebbins.

Whatever viewers think of his art, Stebbins said he hopes to inspire a simple philosophy of life: Just be happy in your life, create something beautiful, be a good person and be humble thats it.

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Tattoo artist raising mental health awareness with semicolon event – Medicine Hat News08.29.20

By Mo Cranker on August 28, 2020.

This year has been difficult for just about everyone, and many are struggling with mental health.

Hatter Falefitu Taefu is no different.

The tattoo artist has been dealing with mental health struggles for most of his life. He says with a few people he knows, and several he doesnt, having died from suicide this summer, its something he wanted to bring awareness to.

Taefu is hosting a free semicolon tattoo event today at Gas City Tattoos. People are able to get a semicolon tattooed on their body and are asked to make a donation to the Canadian Mental Health Association if they can.

I just wanted to give back to the community after hearing about people who have lost their loved ones in the city to suicide, he said. Im going to be donating my time and supplies today and were asking people to make a small donation to the Mental Health Association if they can.

The semicolon has become an important symbol with regard to mental health. It is used by writers to pause and then continue a sentence, rather than ending it. The tattoo indicates you are the author; the sentence is life.

We want people to know that this is not the end of their story and that better days are coming, he said.

The event is starting at 10 a.m. and does not have a finishing time. It will run on a first come, first served basis.

Ill go into the night if theres enough people, said Taefu. Well go until theres no more people lined up.

Taefu will not be accepting custom designs or orders during the event.

Were going to be doing the semicolon tomorrow were going to keep it nice and simple, he said. This is about mental health and giving back to the community.

Taefu says mental health struggles have impacted his life, which is why its an important time to give back.

Mental health is a really touchy subject for us men, he said. Society expects us men to always be strong and quiet about mental health issues. Its just not a subject thats really talked about.

I have PTSD, anxiety, and depression from trauma and suicide has crossed my mind before.

Guys out there, brothers, just need someone to talk to. We need to talk about this. We need to know its not weak to talk about mental health struggles.

Because of COVID-19, there will be only one person allowed in the building at a time. People are asked to line up outside of the building and to keep their distance from others as best they can. A mask is required to be worn during the actual tattooing.

Taefus wife will also be on hand to help organize the line and hand out waiver forms.

Gas City Tattoos is located at 955 S. Railway St.

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Say a Prayer and Get a Sacred Heart Tattoo – INKED08.29.20

Religious art is commonly found throughout tattooing, from portraits of the Virgin Mary to praying hands to crosses. One of the most frequently tattooed Catholic designs is the sacred heart, which has been featured in religious art for many centuries. Sacred hearts are often depicted as flaming hearts adorned in a crown of thorns, pierced with a lance-wound, reflecting divine light and bleeding. The sacred heart is often associated with Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French nun who promoted devotion to the sacred heart during the 17th century and helped bring the imagery into popularity.

One of the most famous early depictions of the sacred heart was painted by Pompeo Batoni in 1760. Batoni created the "Sacred Heart of Jesus" for the Chapel in the Jesuit Church of the Ges in Rome and the painting showcased a young, beautiful Jesus holding a glowing sacred heart in his hands. During the same time period, many other painters began including sacred hearts in their works, including Corrado Giaquinto, Miguel Cabrera and Jose de Paez.

Sacred hearts made their way into tattooing during the 20th century and are having a bit of a renaissance right now. They've become very popular within many styles of tattooing, notably traditional, neo traditional and fine line. And we've gotta say, a flaming, bleeding heart is pretty badass. Take a look at some of our favorite sacred heart tattoos in the gallery below, then let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments section on social media.

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The real meaning behind Keke Palmer’s tattoos – Nicki Swift08.29.20

Along with her "Queen of Kush" tattoo, Keke Palmeralso has a full garden of flowers along her ribs and upper thigh. In 2018, she posted a fresh, still swollen photo of the massive piece on Instagramwith a caption that read, in part: "Eight hours of pure pain. The first 5/6hrs I was completely fineeee. Handling the pain perfectly well ... then IT BECAME WAYYY TOO REPETITIVE."

Palmer explained the meaning behind the beautiful piece. "A wonderful memento from my time in Budapest and an awesome addition to what was once just one lone sunflower and butterfly."

As of August 2020, Palmer reportedly has about 11 tats, including an anchor on an ankle (which she shares with her best friend), interlocking hearts behind an ear, and the Bible verse "Don't cast thy pearls before swine" under one of her breasts. Though 11 may seem like a lot of ink to some, it doesn't look like the "Virgo Tendencies" singer is slowing down anytime soon.

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Meet the Yorkshire tattooist who created a skeleton museum – Yorkshire Post08.29.20

NewsPeopleWe are, it seems, a nation of eccentrics. For where else would you find museums and collections all open to the public displaying collections as diverse as cuckoo clocks, pencils, lawn mowers and teapots?

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These are dotted all around the country and Yorkshire has its fair share of quirky or specialist museums theres the Prison and Police museum in Ripon and the splendid Toy Museum in Ilkley, which boasts the finest privately-owned collection of toys, dolls and teddies in the UK.

Another can be found in Dunscroft, on the outskirts of Doncaster. For on an ordinary street, Station Road, stands the Yorkshire Skeleton Museum.

Here you will find the bones of all manner of creatures, of every shape and size, from around the world.

Entry is free and it is one of the best collections of its kind in private hands. This is the domain of Alan Turner (he is also an in-demand tattooist). He has been acclaimed by the National Guild of Taxidermists, and his forensic skills are formidable.

You might imagine that Alan has a scientific background, but this isnt the case. He went to Goole Grammar School and later studied architecture at Hull University.

But rather than making this his vocation, he opted for a more unconventional route and became a professional clown. Perhaps it was all that larking about at school coming out, but this time, I was actually getting paid for it, he says.

There were lots of bookings and it was a lot of fun. Ive always loved meeting people, and this was the entertainer in me coming out.

But as the popularity of clowns began to wane and the jobs dwindled he looked for something else. Tattooing came next, and then the skeleton museum.

They may seem unrelated but Alan says there is an interesting link between the two.

So many artists have drawn or painted skulls in their work. You only have to go to an art gallery anywhere and you see the human skull in so many paintings. Obviously, its there as a metaphor for the fact that we each of us only have a certain span of time. But artists also use it as a tool to figure out the structure of the human form. And it appears in so many tattoo designs as well. You cannot avoid it.

Working as a tattooist led Alan to start thinking about what lies beneath the skin. He began doing research so that he could learn the craft of

skeleton reconstruction and (more recently) of taxidermy, which has, apparently, made something of a return to fashion in recent years, having shed its old-fashioned, and perhaps slightly creepy, image.

It became a hobby that Alan found was increasingly taking up more of his time. Though his enjoyment in the skills of reconstructing a skeleton is not, he readily admits, shared by his wife Tracy, or his daughters Stacey and Abbie, who have told him in no uncertain terms that he is not to bring anything home with him.

Theyve firmly put their feet down on that one, he laughs. They dont get on with the whole thing really... Ive tried pointing out that a beautiful sea shell is only another example of a skeleton, but they arent having it.

Though the family home is in Goole, Alan opened his tattooing business in South Yorkshire. I looked around and came up with Dunscroft. I commute to and fro every day and this then became the obvious base for the museum which suits the family nicely as it means my hobby is kept completely separate.

He began doing background research online and says his skeletons are all ethically sourced from around the world through trusted contacts.

Most of the animals I work on are brought in from overseas, in strictly monitored packages and deliveries. European zoos often sell their animals when they die, offering them to the taxidermy community. In the UK, our rules and regulations are very different, the animals have to be buried after death, he says.

If you like, what I do is a form of recycling, because an animal which becomes an example of taxidermy will have absolutely no bones at all in it. It is held together by the fur or the skin and will have wire inside it so that it is displayed in a pose. The bones will become a separate part of the displays in the museum.

Piecing together a skeleton again is something of an art form. I always say that reconstruction is a little bit like Lego only that there isnt a book of instructions. Its part memory, part intuition and part a feel for that particular creature. And there are infinite permutations.

There are now more than 250 skeletons housed in the museum, ranging from simple domestic creatures through to dinosaur bones. There are even insects in the collection, and Alan explains that the skeleton of these creatures is similar in many respects to a sea shell.

There are many more examples stored away carefully and Alan admits that he is beginning to run out of space. Every exhibit has an information label, and he is nearly always on hand to offer more information.

The museum is a like a cross between a natural history museum and a curiosity cabinet and has reopened again following the lockdown with opening hours and contact details on its website.

Alan says he isnt geared up for school parties, but is keen to have visitors - though people are advised to contact him in advance.

I find that people ask a ton of questions. Nearly everyone is really intrigued and, I hope, they all go away a little wiser about the animal world around them.

So does he have a favourite exhibit? Its a giant anteater. Anatomically, all I can say is that it is a weird creature, but when I got it all together it looked fantastic, very sculpture-like.

From small beginnings, Alan has built up his collection which he believes is among the largest private collections on display in the country.

And when you ask what the chief requirement in his profession is, he says simply: Its a bit like creating a tattoo on someone. You need infinite patience.

That and an enquiring mind, and no shortage of skill. I always want to find out the why and the how. What I like with this is that Im always learning something new. People are sometimes surprised at what I do and what the collection is all about. But I think its nice to be a bit unconventional...

Yorkshire Skeleton Museum, 243 Station Road, Dunscroft, Doncaster DN7 4DY. For contact details and more information about opening hours call 07976 763164 or visit the website

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I Got A Post-Quarantine Tattoo Heres Everything You Need To Know – Yahoo Lifestyle08.28.20

I got my first taste of ink, a micro-sized heart on my finger, on a whim at a beauty event in 2018. It was the first of many other tattoos Ive gotten since, including a tiny moon on my left ankle, and a fine-lined floral piece placed right on the side of my hip.

At first, I loved my minimalist art but, after just a year, the floral design began to smudge into an unidentifiable blob. I consulted numerous artists, who agreed that my hip art shouldnt be so distorted and advised me to cover it up. For months I debated: to cover or not to cover? Would it hurt? What would I get? Maybe it wouldnt be so bad living the rest of my life with a half-blob, half-rose piece on my hip? After all, itd only be on display in a bikini a few times a year.

My urge for new ink grew more profound as I sat home for months in quarantine. My hesitation turned to curiosity about all the possible things I could permanently etch over my once-dainty flower tat, and whether it would actually be safe to get it done now that I was ready. Shops across the country were closed for months due to COVID-19, and many have still yet to bounce back from the pandemics impact. When New York City entered Phase 4 of its reopening plan in late July, tattoo parlors were permitted to open their doors for business with some changes.

I paid close attention to reopening statuses and rules, and once I was able to, I made an appointment at Brooklyns Magic Cobra Studio to cover up my hip tattoo. Like anyone preparing to have a thin needle repeatedly stuck into their skin for an hour, I was nervous leading up to my appointment. Social-distancing rules already eliminated the possibility of bringing someone with me to distract me from the pain that would commence, so I was on my own. Unsure of what would happen, I bit the bullet anyway. Heres everything you need to know before making that long-awaited tattoo appointment.

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Before the pandemic, you could almost always walk into a New York City tattoo shop to get work done, make an appointment, or talk to an artist. Now? Not so much. Prior to my appointment at Magic Cobra, all correspondence with artist Tessa Benson-Xu was done via email rather than an in-person consult. I shared photos of my existing art and we discussed the inspiration for a cover-up leading up to my reservation. On the day of my appointment, I was instructed to arrive no more than ten minutes before my scheduled time. Previously, early-comers could occupy waiting areas or linger outside before their appointment. Magic Cobra still had couches in their waiting area, but they were empty upon my arrival.

Before I could even fiddle with the locked parlor door, a team member met me outside to brief me on what to expect. Outside, taped to the window, was a Q.R. code sheet that I was instructed to scan using my cellphone camera. The code immediately delivered all necessary paperwork, including a COVID-19 questionnaire, to my phone. I was able to fill in all information and upload a photo of my I.D. without exchanging physical paper with the staff. Then, I was told that my temperature would be taken using a no-contact thermometer once I got inside, and that hand sanitizer would be mandatory upon entry. The staff member warned that if my temperature was high, I would have to reschedule my service. I entered, took my temperature, then sat on the couch to fill in the digital forms.

There were five people present in the shop during my appointment: two artists, their clients, and a receptionist. There was considerable distance well over six feet between me and the other client, and a foldable room divider was also placed around Benson-Xus station for my privacy. Because its virtually impossible to maintain social distance from an artist poking at your skin, masks were mandatory and kept on for the duration of my appointment. My face cover did actually come in handy to conceal the contorted facial expressions I made to hide the pain of getting a new tattoo. Benson-Xu kept her mask on the entire time and did a great job of making conversation while maintaining professionalism, which made me feel like I was in good hands.

Before new COVID-19 guidelines, tattoo artists should have already been practicing safe hygiene, considering the risk of allergic reactions, skin infections, and bloodborne diseases. For that reason, Benson-Xu says that adjusting to safety precautions came naturally. You should already treat any tattoo and client with care and cleanliness, she says. Its critical to ensure the safety of yourself and your clients.

During the pandemic, that should be no different. My artist kept her face covered at all times, changed gloves between breaks, and used sterile, individually-packed needles. Not once did I feel like my safety was compromised for the sake of my tattoo.

While many artists livelihood got hit hard by safety restrictions put in place by the pandemic, if the previous and current experiences Ive had are any indication, its that the professional industry is fully equipped to bounce back. The pain of going over an old tat with a new one was enough to satisfy my quarantine tattoo urge for now, but when that inevitable itching to get back under the needle returns, Ill be confident knowing that my safetys top of mind.

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Tattoo Artist Sentenced To One Year In Jail Over YouTuber Death – North Hollywood, CA Patch08.26.20

VALLEY VILLAGE, CA Tattoo artist Daniel Silva was sentenced to 365 days in county jail, 250 hours of community service and 5 years of probation after causing a car crash that killed popular YouTuber Corey La Barrie on his 25th birthday. A suspended four year sentence could be put in place if Silva violates his probation.

The fatal crash occurred on May 10 around 9:30 p.m. in the Valley Village area near Hutson and Carpenter Avenue. Silva was driving a 2020 McLaren 600LT at a "high rate of speed" when he lost control of the car, running off the road and slamming into a tree at the northeast corner of the intersection.

La Barrie, a passenger in the car, died that night at the hospital. Silva suffered non-life threatening injuries and was arrested soon after the crash. He later pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter on July 14.

La Barrie's parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Silva in May, alleging the tattoo artist was intoxicated while driving. According to LAPD, Silva was not given a sobriety test at the scene because he was rushed to the hospital due to injury.

City News Service and Kenan Draughorne contributed to this report.

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