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This American WWII fighter plane was deadliest in the hands of the Soviets – We Are The Mighty08.23.21

Somewhere in southern Afghanistan, an explosive ordnance disposal technician spots a glint in the soft dirt. He moves deliberately, but steadily, as he tries to determine if its a harmless piece of trash or a bomb. In the back of his mind, the technician cant help but wonder if this will be the improvised explosive device that kills him.

Since 2003 similar missions have taken the lives of 20 Air Force EOD technicians, when Airmen began diffusing bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With combat missions winding down, EOD is now able to divert attention to its nine other mission sets: aerospace systems and vehicle conventional munitions, weapons of mass destruction, nuclear inventory, UXOs, operational range clearances, mortuary services, defense support for civil authorities, irregular warfare (where EOD teams serve as combat enablers for general forces or special operations), and VIP support.

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Queer wears a Med-Eng EOD 9 Bomb Suit. The EOD 9, the latest version of the bomb suit, was designed with direct input from bomb disposal technicians. Queer is the 325th Fighter Wing Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit non-commissioned officer in charge of EOD operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)

As the career field shifts into a post-war posture theyre refocusing on these other skill sets. One of these they used to support the Secret Service when two teams from the 325th Civil Engineer Squadrons EOD flight at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, worked President Barack Obamas trip to Orlando, Florida, after the nightclub massacre where 49 people were killed in June. The Secret Service tasked EOD teams to sweep venues for explosives, areas en route to the venues, or on any person or object that could be used to harm the president or VIPs theyre protecting.

For so many years, we have been going 150 mph, said Senior Master Sgt. Robert K. Brown, 325th CES EOD superintendent, so when you slow down to 85 mph, you feel like youre crawling, even though youre still going faster than most other people on the highway. Wed been doing that for the 12 years of combat operations, and now I think we feel were at a snails pace.

Post-war life at the Tyndall AFB flight, one of 52 active-duty EOD flights Air Force-wide, ranges from responding to flares that wash up on the beach after being dropped by the Navy to mark items in the ocean to the occasional unexploded ordnance. The flight is responsible for assessing, rendering inert or safely destroying everything from small arms to guided missiles, although any EOD flight could be called upon to handle anything explosive in nature up to and including a nuclear incident.

The 325th EOD flights primary mission is flightline support for the wings four fighter squadrons, but it also provides counter-IED support for several tenant organizations.

Staff Sgt. Darius Bailey, 325th Fighter Wing EOD team member and liaison with the U.S. Secret Service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)

By the time EOD Airmen left Afghanistan in 2014, they had completed almost 20,000 missions, responded to over 6,500 IEDs, and received more than 150 Purple Hearts for their actions and service in Iraq and Afghanistan. They also deployed often, with a third of the services 1,000 EOD members overseas and another third in pre-deployment training preparing to replace them, Brown said. At times the pace was so heavy that EOD Airmen would often be replaced by the same person who replaced them on their last deployment.

For some of us old-timers in this particular generation, weve had a chance to kind of breathe, Brown said. In doing so, thats given us the opportunity to regroup, restock and prepare for the next iteration of conflict that may or may not be coming. So right now is the best time to share the experiences and prepare the next generation for the hard lessons that weve had over these past 12 years.

Fluid tactics

The two wars might be over, but EOD remains one of the Air Forces most dangerous jobs. In addition to the 20 EOD technicians lost in the two wars, about 150 have suffered extensive injuries. It is a continuing evolving because of the constantly changing tactics of the enemy.

The enemy is always going to try to continually be better than us, so we have to ensure that we never sleep in preparation for any force that were going to encounter, said Chief Master Sgt. Neil C. Jones, the EOD operations and training program manager with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Tyndall AFB. We dont have the opportunity to make a mistake, so we train relentlessly to never get it wrong.

325th Fighter Wing Explosive Ordinance Disposal team member Senior Airman Anthony Deleon (middle) carries a Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) into a simulated village to prepare for a training scenario. The man-carried system is compact and lightweight, weighing approximately 20 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)

During the transition, which has begun gradually in the past couple of years, the focus has been on getting everyone back from deployments and training them in the other nine skill sets to reestablish pre-OIF levels of proficiency. But equally important is the challenge of reducing attrition rates during EOD technical training without lowering the standards, Jones said.

EOD students first attend a 20-day preliminary school at Sheppard AFB, Texas, before they go through the Naval School EOD at Eglin AFB, Florida. An average school day is more than 13 hours, and it takes several years for a student to become a fully functional EOD member and a couple of years longer to be a team leader. About 75 percent of students fail to make it through the course.

Two recent changes to reduce attrition rates are the use of computer tablets for rehabilitation training and the addition of a couple of wounded warrior EOD technicians to help students at the school.

Derrick Victor, a retired technical sergeant who was wounded in his last deployment to Afghanistan when a bomb blast killed one Airman and hurt four others, is one of the new instructors. Hes seen the career field evolve through the wars and is now part of its post-war transition.

Staff Sgt. James Vossah (Left), Staff Sgt. Brian Wirt (Middle) and Senior Airman Anthony Deleon configure a Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) to begin a training exercise at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)

Those two wars obviously changed the way that wars are fought as far as being on the ground and in third-world countries where they have to improvise, Victor said. It created a bit of a change from being based on supporting aircraft to things that were improvised. We got very good at that skill set, using robotics and working out all of that kind of stuff.

Even though those two wars have dwindled down, we know that threat is not going to go away, he continued. So, as a whole, the career field is trying to keep that skill set rolling through the generations from those of us for who all we knew was Iraq and Afghanistan to all of these young kids coming fresh out of school, so they dont have to learn on the fly like we did.

EOD leadership is also placing a priority on training when Airmen get to their flights after graduation. Because the consequences of mistakes are so severe, the goal is to have those mistakes made in training, Brown said.

I often refer to it as the good, the bad, the ugly and the stupid,' he said. That just refers to what went right, what went wrong, what worked that probably shouldnt have and what did we do that was just plain dumb, which happens in training. Thats OK as long as we learn lessons from it. But its not OK if its unsafe. Those are sometimes the hardest parts to learn. We want to make sure that if these guys (make a mistake) in training, they dont do it when its for real. Explosives dont care about peacetime or wartime.

Another factor thats evolving is the way the EOD field trains to recover from both emotional and physical trauma. More emphasis is being placed on instilling resiliency before something happens to an EOD technician in the field, Jones said.

The Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) is a unique and lightweight system that allows Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams and other tactical units to explore areas of interest and examine suspected explosive devices prior to sending in personnel. The approximately 20-pound robot is a man-carried system which can operate in all terrains and is controlled remotely by EOD technicians with a unit that includes a high-resolution screen and gamepad controllers for maneuvering. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)

Tech advances

Along with the cultural shift from the war years, the field has also been making major transitions in technology. The robot EOD technicians used in Afghanistan has been replaced by, among others, the Micro Tactical Ground Robot. The worlds lightest EOD robot can be carried by a single Airman, travel at 2 mph, climb stairs and see beyond 1,000 feet. Airmen previously carried 100-pound robots attached to their rucksacks. The new 25-pound robot can be carried on their backs.

The technology advances that we have out there with the global economy, and more importantly, being able to make things lighter, faster and stronger, have allowed us to develop new tools and techniques and robotic platforms that are much smaller, lighter and leaner than what we had 14 years ago, Jones said.

Technological progress hasnt just been in robotics. There has also been a dramatic change in treating traumatic injuries downrange.

Staff Sgt. Guadalupe Corona, 325th Fighter Wing Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit, wearing NCOIC EOD Equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)

I think one of the biggest things that weve seen as far as technology has been in the medical arena. We have changed the way we treat people for trauma, Jones said. If we can stop the bleeding downrange and get that Airman alive into a helo and back to a field surgical team, were running about a 98 percent success rate of saving their lives. So as our enemy continues to develop with technology to use against us, we will continually use our technology to develop a better way to take care of that threat.

As much as life changes after years of war, one area that remains constant is the role tragic events play in training new EOD technicians. As sobering as the memories are of losing members of the EOD family, their sacrifice provided important training lessons.

What our fallen have done is the same as our World War II EOD bomb disposal predecessors with very brave men going down and disarming German rockets and bombs, Brown said. If they made a mistake, we would then know not to take that step, that last step. Unfortunately, a lot of bomb disposal techs died that way, but our fallen have taught us how to be better at this craft; they have never failed.

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Stratford tattoo studio, art gallery moving to a new location – CTPost08.09.21

STRATFORD A popular downtown art gallery and tattoo studio has plans to move to a well-known new location by fall.

Forest to Shore Gallery and Tattoo Studio, which is currently located above Acapulcos restaurant on Main Street, will be moving about a mile up the road to the property of the Little Red School of Art and Music.

The move represents a homecoming of sorts for owner George Perham, who originally got interested in art at the school, where he was taught by owner Carolyn West.

Perhams studio and gallery has been at its current location since 2011 and is ready to spread its wings, he said.

Its just a growth thing, he said Monday, Aug. 2 of the planned move. We kind of outgrew the space were in now.

Plans call for the business to occupy the 2.5-story red building that fronts 2965 Main St., with an art gallery on the first floor and space currently used for music lessons to become booths for tattoo artists.

The Zoning Commission approved the plans July 28 after a public hearing.

Perhams lawyer, Christopher Russo, told the commission that the business is a far cry from what people may have thought of in the past when they read the words tattoo studio.

Its not your girlfriends initials with a heart around it, he said. Its an actual piece of art that they spend a lot of time working on.

Patrons will make appointments, and will sometimes visit for an initial consultation with an artist before coming back to get tattooed.

Its not people coming in and out, Russo said. Its very controlled. Its not an intense use. This is frankly one of the least intense uses around in that area.

Perham told the Zoning Commission the tattoo equipment conforms to strict health and safety standards.

Everything that we use is disposable, so its all one-time use, he said. The local health department checks that its disposed of properly, he said.

Perham also displays art from local artists, hosts art shows several times a year, and partners with local charities and businesses like Two Roads.

He said there are also plans in the works for the studios artists to help teach classes at the art school on the property.

Zoning Commission members supported the plans.

In the tattoo world, theyve put Stratford on the map, Michael Henrick said.

Ive heard nothing but positive things, Dion Francis said.

Chairman Christopher Silhavey said he voted against the business when it was first proposed 11 years ago at its current location, but added that the feedback hes received on the business has been positive.

So I was wrong, Silhavey said. Im glad that I can admit that and glad to see the repurposing of the Little Red Schoolhouse. Its an asset in the community and a well-known landmark.

Perham said the move will be happening soon.

Were hoping the beginning of fall, he said. Its open-ended right now, but hopefully sooner rather than later.

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An Undocumented Chefs Menu of Memories – The New Yorker08.09.21

On the afternoon of the Puerto Rican Day Parade this year, Williamsburg was filled with the sound of salsa and the smell of rain, and Ivn Garcia was in the kitchen of his restaurant, preparing for dinner service. Im checking all the equipment, like the temperature of the walk-in downstairs, he said. Im testing the flavors, saying, This is too spicy, or This needs more salt.

Garcia, who has a Viva la vida! tattoo on a forearm and wears a silver ring in his left eyebrow, sat down at a long table in front of a burlap-lined wall and spread his hands. My grandmother has a table for twenty people, he said. Shes an amazing cook. She used to cook every day, three meals a day. The restaurant, Mesa Coyoacan, is named for such tables, and for the neighborhood in Mexico City where Garcia grew up. He opened it in 2009; a few years later, he opened Zona Rosa, a casual spot nearby, where he cooks out of a silver trailer. When Im done here, I move to Zona Rosa, he said. I try the mole, the salsa, the rice, the beansI go back and forth.

Garcia hasnt been in Mexico since 2000, when, at the age of twenty-eight, he and a friend trekked across the U.S. border south of Phoenix. They reached New Jersey, where Garcia worked at a car wash, then in construction, then at a garment factory. The friend, dispirited, returned to Mexico. Garcia got a job as a dishwasher at a Scandinavian restaurant in Tribeca. The chef was amazing, an incredible person, he said. He gave me the opportunity to go into the kitchen as a line cook. Soon, Garcia was the chef at Barrio Chino, on the Lower East Side. His boyfriend, Gerardo Zabaleta, had followed him to New York, and they wanted to open a restaurant together. But we had a little problem, Garcia said. We were undocumented.

Garcia and Zabaleta are still undocumented, and that obstacle pervades I Carry You With Me, a film about their lives, directed by Heidi Ewing, which opened in June. Garcia appears as himself; the actor Armando Espitia portrays him as a young man. At the start of the movie, the past and the present are enmeshed: Garcia is staring out a subway window, and Espitia is walking through a darkened field. I had that dream again, Espitia says softly, in a voice-over. Its so real. Im in Mexico. My home... And I realize I cant go back.

If Garcia were to go home, he would be unable to return to the U.S. His son, who is twenty-eight and lives in Puebla, was six the last time they saw each other; although Garcia has video calls with his granddaughter, he has never met her. When his father died, he couldnt attend the funeral, and he worries about his ninety-one-year-old grandmother. A few years ago, his mother managed to get a tourist visa to visit him in New York. You know how much I was crying, he said. When she came, I saw her in the airportI saw her from far away, and I thought, No, I cant believe it. It had been fifteen years.

During the pandemic, immigration status made Garcia and many other restaurant workers ineligible for unemployment benefits. At the same time, Garcias cooks had family members in Mexico who were losing their jobs, and remittances were more essential than ever. The staff at Mesa Coyoacan began cranking out meals for nonprofits, including Feed the Frontlines NYC, through which they sent four thousand meals to Elmhurst Hospital. Nobody left. I have people who have been working here since Day One, Garcia said. But, like many people in this country, we are working very hard, we are paying a lot of taxes, we are providing employment for American people, for immigrantsand were still with no papers, were still with no Social Security number.

Cooking is the only way Garcia can experience Mexico. I miss my gastronomy, he said, as waiters bustled around him. But I created a menu out of all my memories. The mole he serves is his grandmothers recipe, made less spicy for the gringos. Some dishes come from his mothers home town of Veracruz; others, from a trip he took in the nineties to Zabaletas family home, in Chiapas. In the film, the young Garcia woos Zabaleta with the Puebla specialty chiles en nogada: stuffed poblano peppers doused in walnut sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. As Garcia tells it, he learned to cook the dish at a convent, where the nuns charged him a couple thousand pesos for the lesson. Its very, very complicated, he said, of the recipe, grinning. The poblano, we have to roast it, and peel it, and take out the seeds inside. But youd better be carefulyou cannot destroy the chili, because it has to be stuffed and look nice. He fills each one with chicken, pork, apples, peaches, toasted almonds, and raisins. The walnuts for the sauce must be peeled one by one. In Mexico, it took me hours to peel them, Garcia said. I remember seeing the nuns sitting, talking, peeling for hours. I was inspired by them. But here we are, like, poom-poom-poom-poomdone.

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Tennis, Everyone? – The New York Times07.25.21

For every dismissal, there was someone willing to help. A tweet sent to Caitlin Thompson, the publisher of the independent tennis magazine Racquet, led to a meeting. We became hitting partners because I was really intrigued about the idea of new equipment in the space, said Ms. Thompson, who has used the Furi rackets, grips and bags.

She sees Furis opportunity in its positioning as a beginner-friendly option for recreational players, a rare direct-to-consumer brand (think of what Casper did for mattresses) in a market steeped in pro-shop culture.

So much of tennis is catered toward this notion of professional athletes, Ms. Thompson said. This is a racket that Roger Federer plays with. This is the racket that Serena Williams plays with. She said that Mr. Federers racket is so heavy, most recreational players cant lift it above their heads. Yet pro shops cant keep it in stock because he plays with it.

For Mr. Mathelier, Furi is a tool to reach kids growing up in circumstances similar to his own. Junior rackets will be coming for fall. Furi is sponsoring three junior tennis players Carter Smallwood, Olivia Medrano and Bode Vujnovich and donates grips, strings and rackets to youth programs, including Kings County Tennis League, which began in 2010, when its founder Michael McCasland posted a sign offering free tennis lessons on a dilapidated court near the Marcy Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant. It has since grown into a tennis program for kids living in Brooklyn public housing that serves more than 200 people.

You can use tennis to get out, Mr. Mathelier said. It is really good at creating structure, building strategy. A lot of former tennis players end up becoming successful businesspeople.

The lifestyle portion of Furi Sport draws on Ms. Spiros expertise. Luis Santos, a designer who has worked for Christian Lacroix, Kenzo and Paco Rabanne, created a collection of clothing that is not performance wear thats still in development but speaks to tenniss broader, off-court culture. T-shirt dresses, shirts with cutout shoulders and wide-leg, tapered khakis and cargo pants can be worn by anyone heading to a post-match drink. Or anyone who wants to be in Furis club.

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Wanted man found hiding in Altoona basement with backpack full of drugs – WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com07.09.21

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) Altoona police announced the arrest of a man wanted by multiple police departments after they found him hiding in the basement of a home with a backpack full of drugs while executing a warrant.

Joseph Manuel Castro was arrested June 28 after a warrant was executed at 100 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd. Officers were serving a separate arrest warrant on an occupant of the residence when they reportedly found Castro hiding in the basement. Castro proceeded to give officers a fake name and drug paraphernalia was in plain view.

After getting a search warrant on the house, they report Castro had a backpack full of drugs including:

Castro also has multiple warrants through PA State Police and Hollidaysburg Police.

In January 2021, Castro was pulled over by Pennsylvania State Police in Altoona. After finding Castro with a suspended license, troopers observed and seized two smoking pipes after asking him to exit the car. Castro was detained and confirmation of warrants was denied due to COVID-19 restrictions. After towing the car for search, police report they found 22 grams of meth, marijuana, unknown orange pills and a liquid believed to be PCP

In February 2021, Castro was stopped by Hollidaysburg police after leaving a Sheetz and driving down Blair Street. When pulled over, police report K9 Ciro alerted the officer to the scent of drugs. Castro, with a suspended license, was ordered out of the car. After towing and searching the vehicle, suboxone strips in a purse, and a white powdery substance in a backpack with tattoo equipment. After being tested, the powder came back as a drug referred to as Flakka.

Castro was placed in the Blair County Prison in lieu of $50,000 straight cash bail on a separate state police drug case, charges are currently pending from Altoona Police.

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Mike Tyson Rubs Off On William Shatner with Face Tattoo Reveal – The Blast07.09.21

William Shatner has taken his admiration for Mike Tyson to a level where no man has gone before, as the Star Trek star revealed his own version of Iron Mikes iconic face tattoo. The 90-year-old star showed off his body artduring the most recent social media for CopperGel, a powerful pain relief topical that includes hemp and CBD and is sold through Tysons company.

As we previously reported, Shatner recently came on board as an ambassador for CopperGel and has already collaborated with Mike Tyson on multiple videos. The actor previously hit the gym at Tyson Ranch to take some of the equipment for a test drive and ended up getting in the ring with Iron Mike and taking a haymaker to the face. Hes clearly dedicated to his role as an ambassador for the pain relief product.

The most recent video shows Shatner with Mike Tysons famous face tattoo inked over his face. Michael, I got a tattoo can you tell? Shatner asked Mike in the video. I love it, the boxer let his friend know.

The ongoing fight between William Shatner and Mike Tyson was all done to help push CopperGel, which uses camphor and menthol to deliver fast-acting, deep, penetrating pain relief for sore muscles, backaches, sore joints, and arthritis.

Whats it like to be hit by the great world champion? Shatner pondered while trying to get Tyson to give him a shot in previous footage. It took a good amount of pleading with the boxer, but eventually, Tyson delivered a blow to the actor that sent him against the ropes.

As Tyson Ranch is world-renowned for its high-grade cannabis, CopperGel includes active ingredients from hemp, as well as a powerful CBD version.

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Inside the Rash of Unexplained Deaths at Fort Hood – Vanity Fair07.09.21

When I asked soldiers at Fort Hood what they thought was the matter on base, they mentioned toxic leadership, a catholic term that seemed to encompass all: lack of care, general command climate, and so-called toxic masculinity. (There was also literal toxicity on base in that some of the mold-infested barracks where soldiers lived were technically condemned, according to Maureen Elliott, a military spouse and a housing advocate.)

Toxic leadership is nothing new. The ancient Greeks wrote epic poems on the subject, the most famous of which is the Iliad. Agamemnon demonstrates disrespect, vanity, and other lapses in judgment, the result of which is what clinical psychiatrist Jonathan Shay describes as moral injurya (i) betrayal of whats right, (ii) by someone who holds legitimate authority, (iii) in a high stakes situation. Such moral injury deteriorates social trust, which is then replaced by the settled expectancy of harm, exploitation, and humiliation from others, resulting in despair and violence to self and to others.

After the public remonstrations began, Fort Hood launched something it called Operation Phantom Action, a weeklong retreat of sorts that was meant to rebuild trust between soldiers and the leadership. A sergeant from Guillens division called it mandatory fun days. The additional scrutinythe congressional delegation visit, press toursmeant that soldiers had to work harder. Many complained specifically of being made to cut grass to ready for such official visits. The Armys own investigation found major flaws at Fort Hood, leading to the firing or suspending of 14 officials. (Fort Hood refused all official interview requests for this story, citing ongoing investigations. As publication approached, it stopped responding to emails pertaining to both specific questions about individual cases as well as broader queries about the base.)

As distressing as the remains in shallow graves or the missing hyoid bone is the fatalism from soldiers and locals alike. None of the grunts I spoke to was surprised by the number of casualties. Beyond the base, gas station attendants and restaurant servers, many of whom were veterans or had ties to the military, all seemed resigned to certain fates. They pointed glumly to past cases, some of which there were public records for and others I could find no traces of in the official files.

Women, who make up 17 percent of active-duty military, were doubly bereft, and the case files were awash with stories of the dead. Last December, an internal investigation found that Fort Hoods culture, environment, and leadership resulted in women feeling vulnerable and preyed upon, with no reliable recourse for their very real sense of duress.

Before Guillen, there had been Private LaVena Lynn Johnson, who was found dead in a tent in 2005 in Iraq. It was ruled a suicide until her father noticed her broken nose, black eye, loose teeth, and burns on her genitals.

In 2007, also in Iraq, Specialist Kamisha Blocks death was ruled an accident by a single shot of friendly fire before the family received the body and saw that she had five gunshot wounds, including one to the head. Also that year, Marine Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach was raped by her superior, which she reported. He ultimately murdered her when she was eight months pregnant, then set her on fire before fleeing to Mexico.

Around the Guillen murals in Killeen and in Houston, I met people who had lost loved ones to the military, who felt harm done, who saw in Guillen a savior. She doesnt belong to the Army anymore, AnaLuisa Tapia, a local organizer, told me. She is now for the movement.

In death, Guillen has become a kind of patron saint for all those who feel wronged by the U.S. military. In death, she is no longer a daughter or a sister or a partner. She has become that complicated, indelible thing: a hero.

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UV Tattoo: What Is It? Safety and Choosing an Artist – Greatist06.12.21

Whats cooler than getting inked up? How about getting inked up in a way that makes you glow?! Yeah, thought that might get your attention, you beautiful little deviant. Ultraviolet (UV) tattoos are sometimes known as black light tattoos or glow-in-the-dark tattoos because they well, they glow in the dark when exposed to UV light.

If youre considering spicing up your flesh with one of these subtle delights, heres what you need to know.

First, its important to note that UV tattoos dont technically glow in the dark. (Not on their own, at least.) Youll need to be under a UV light (aka black light). These give out more UV light and less visible light than normal bulbs.

So, its possible that you could get one of these tats and nobody would ever know unless they paid close attention to the scarring on your skin. But whats happening under the hood to make these hot new body mods stand out in the right conditions?

These glowing tattoos use special UV tattoo ink that reacts to UV light.

This active ingredient makes the ink thinner and harder to work with than normal tattoo ink. Because of this, you should take extra care to pick an experienced tattoo artist. You dont want to be anyones lab rat for UV ink if theyve never used it before, lest you want a wonky glow-in-the-dark penis haunting you.

Due to the added difficulty and the need for a black light so that the tattoo artist can even see the ink, its possible that a UV tattoo might cost more than a standard tattoo. The process will take longer, and the artist might pass on the cost of that specialist ink to you.

Otherwise, the process is the same as getting a regular tattoo.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesnt regulate any tattoo ink, including UV tattoo ink. That leaves it open to different brands and artists using different formulations so its impossible to say what exactly is in the stuff.

Safe to say, the ink used for your UV tattoo will contain some ingredient that reacts to UV light, and thats not a huge list. Ingredients like phosphorus (potentially harmful) have been phased out over the years, but you should still ask your tattooist what specific mix they use.

Since UV tattoos are relatively new, we dont have as much data regarding their lifespans yet. Right now, we assume they last as long as normal tattoos, which is basically for life if you maintain them properly.

On areas of the body which experience a lot of friction and direct sunlight, like your hands, theyre likely to begin fading and losing glow much quicker. By properly maintaining and protecting your UV tattoo, youll extend its lifespan. Your tattooist will be able to give you tips for keeping it looking fresh depending on what ink they use.

People get UV tattoos for the same reasons anyone gets any tattoo because it looks cool. The difference with a glowing tattoo is that its only going to look cool under a UV light. That means people who get them typically spend time in very specific places with that kind of lighting: think ravers, performance artists, and cybergoths, to name but a few.

On the other hand, those who like keeping a secret might like the idea of a tattoo that isnt visible all the time. Tattooing your lovers name on your ass gets less risky when its only going to show up under UV. And if things dont work out, you wont need to get the tat removed quite as fast.

A little, but theres cause for concern.

Done correctly and cleanly, theyre only a little riskier than any normal tattoo (but those come with possible side effects, too). Its vital to shop around for the right tattoo studio and follow all the advice youre given.

It also helps to know any potential side effects, whats in the ink being used, and the artists code of practice.

Research has reported that people who get UV tattoos experience more side effects than those who pick traditional ink. Skin rashes, blisters, and infections are the most common complications. This is in addition to the usual potential complications of getting a tattoo:

To cut the risk of these happening to you, insist your tattooist does their bit. They should be wearing disposable gloves and sterilizing their equipment. Follow all their aftercare advice to lower the chances of infection once you leave the studio.

The UV tattoo ink used today is as risky as that of any tattoo maybe slightly more so.

Older UV tattoos used phosphorus in the ink, which can be carcinogenic in high doses. And even without phosphorus, the ink runs the risk of adverse effects. Its still glowy sh*t that you put in your body. Its never going to be 100 percent safe.

People who get UV tattoos might experience more adverse effects than those who pick traditional ink, including:

However, its been trialed in the UK for use in breast cancer radiation therapy treatment as a way to mark the target areas of radiation therapy. Invisible tattoos seemed to improve a patients body image over the dark, permanent tattoo marks a radiation therapy specialist usually leaves.

The trial was nonblinded, meaning the subjects knew which ink they were receiving. This might have led to some bias, as the study wasnt highly controlled. But the subjects comments suggested that a portion of them valued having invisible ink.

But the biggest risk of getting a UV tattoo is the same as with any other tat the artist themselves.

A good tattooist will guide you through the process like a professional. But if you go with a shady, drunk, back-alley operator to save a few bucks, youre setting yourself up for problems.

Theres no U.S.-wide law governing who can set up as a tattooist its up to individual states to set the rules. In some states, like Arkansas, you need to be certified to operate. Meanwhile, all Utah asks is that you dont run around tattooing kids without their parents consent.

Check the rules in your state concerning what local health authorities a tattoo artist needs to register with. Even if its not strictly required, lots of tattooists voluntarily join professional organizations to show that they adhere to set standards.

Some of these organizations, like the Connecticut Association of Professional Tattooers, operate at the state level. Others work nationwide, such as the National Tattoo Association. Each organization is only as credible as its members, so do your homework on individual artists and the groups theyve joined.

Other tips include:

A UV tattoo is an understated, futurist spin on typical tats, but the rules are the same.

Go to an accredited, reputable tattoo artist and take care of your skin while it heals. Beyond that, you only need to worry about the design. But hey, even if you regret that portrait of a recently canceled celebrity, at least its only a problem when the UV light is on. And theres always tattoo removal.

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Insights on Cultures Market: Facts, Figures and Trends 2021-2026 by Evonik, KF Specialty Ingredients, Naturex, Ingredion, Ashland, Tate & Lyle,…06.12.21

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Helping those who ensure dignity to the Covid dead – The Tribune India05.31.21

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Amritsar, May 29

A local NGO, Voice of Amritsar (VOA) today provided sanitisers and other safety items to the workers at cremation groups to ensure their safety during the Covid pandemic.

They stated that many bodies of Covid patients are cremated daily and the workers needed safety equipment. They stated that these equipment would also be provided for workers of other cremation grounds.

Voice of Amritsar today also gave sanitary stations along with sanitizers in bulk and potted plants to Durgiana Temple, Shivpuri as covid relief. Dr. Rakesh Sharma, founder member and Seenu Arora, former president of the organization said that today PPE kits, masks and gloves etc. have been provided to the staff by the organization at the cremation ground at Durgiana Shivpuri. This facility will also be provided in other crematoriums of the city by the ngo.

Dr Aanchal, a dental surgeon and philanthropist, co-founder of Kakini- Building Humanity Trust, that collaborated with VOA, said Kakini would be expanding their network of support system for Covid relief measures in city. We have been organizing food and oxygen langar in Jammu, covering extensive relief measures in Delhi, Bengaluru, rehabilitating families displaced or effected by Covid 19 and providing free tele-consultation for Covid 19. Our purpose is to reach out to maximum people effected from pandemic through community efforts. Kakini has also collaborated with celebrity tattoo artist from Delhi, Max, founder of Inkling Studio, who will be raising funds for Covid relief in Amritsar.

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