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Tattoo shop owner develops Covid-19 protective apparel for the whole family – All4Women09.19.20

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Andrew King and his team designed some innovative Covid-protective gear for the whole family.

The protective shirt can be worn as an outer garment or as a vest. There is even a range of fleece tops for when temperatures drop.

Kings creative spark lit up when masks became compulsory for all South Africans. With concerns around the comfort of most masks, King and his team set about finding a solution for both young and old.

Prices range from R420 for kids short sleeve top to R650 for an adults fleece jacket.

According to King: The Pure Air product has an ISO14664 certified filter that can be optionally inserted into the neck of the high-quality, medium weight, cotton top.

The neck of the garment can be pulled up over the mouth or down the chest without becoming a hindrance.

King says: The shirts have a lot of potential in the sporting world because of their convenience, comfort, and endless branding opportunities.

There has also been international interest in the product.

Much of our time and resource has been focused on product research and testing. There is potential interest within the UK market and the product in the process of review.

King explains that its not all about selling the protective gear. He says: Weve been able to support a few high-risk parts of our community such as the SOS Edenvale security team, the kids of Little Eden and the Primary School Roxser Academy.

With Kings protective apparel, forgetting a mask when going out is one less thing to worry about.

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Bellevue East grad diagnosed with cancer after losing insurance, community rallies around him – Kearney Hub09.14.20

C.J. Crismon graduated recently from Bellevue East High School and was diagnosed this summer with stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma.

Thirty-six people got tattoos at Electric Ink Society in Bellevue on Sunday to raise money for C.J. Crimson, a 19-year-old with Hodgkin lymphoma.

Thirty-six people got tattoos at Electric Ink Society in Bellevue on Sunday to raise money for C.J. Crimson, a 19-year-old with Hodgkin lymphoma.

C.J. Crismon celebrated his 19th birthday in late March amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but when the recent Bellevue East graduate hit that milestone, he lost his health insurance.

In July, doctors diagnosed him with Hodgkin lymphoma, leaving his family to cover the costs of C.J.s medical procedures. Two weeks after the diagnosis, doctors said the cancer was at stage 4.

To help offset the costs of treatment, his family and the community have organized fundraisers including a Sunday afternoon event at a tattoo studio in Bellevue.

Thirty-six people got tattoos at Electric Ink Society for $20 and $35. Additionally, many others in the community came to the event to show support for the family and buy items from vendors.

Its nice to see the whole community come together, said Melinda Crismon, C.J.s mother. People that barely know us are doing all this. Its just amazing to me.

C.J. is the oldest of six kids. He worked as a manager at a local UPS store but hasnt been able to work amid treatments. His mom describes him as a hard worker and the family helper.

Hes always been there to help his friends. Hes always there to help anyone, she said. He gave his shirt off his back to people.

Mica Stewart, the owner of Electric Ink Society and a tattoo artist there, said he met the Crismons a few weeks ago at another fundraiser and decided he wanted to help. All proceeds from the tattoos and sales during the Sunday event will be donated to the Crismon family.

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Coronavirus Scotland: Glasgow tattoo parlours brutal reply as they refuse to ink anti-masker who says virus i – The Scottish Sun09.14.20

A SCOTS tattoo parlour have been praised for their brutal response to an anti-masker who claimed coronavirus was "a hoax".

Staff at the Archangel 1608 Tattoo Studio in Glasgow refused to ink the punter after claiming the virus and wearing masks was "a con".

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The punter told the shop to "open you're eyes" and "don't be a sheep" as they claimed it was a "hoax" to "control us all ans sell a vaccine that ll be used to track us aww".

The tattoo parlour then replied saying they would be following the expert advice and telling the punter to "wear a f***ing mask".

Archangel 1608 Tattoo Studio also wrote: "And I'll head you off at the pass by saying that I don't agree with all the decisions made by the ScotGov, but overall I'll accept the rules to keep others safe.

"Wear a f***ing mask you p***k! All you're being asked to do is wear a bit of cloth on your face - you could save a life. If it is all a hoax...you've only had to wear a bit of cloth on your face...plus, you get to look like a ninja!"

The tattoo parlour later shared the exchange on social media, writing: "If you dont want to wear a mask, thats your decision....However...."

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Customers flocked to the post online, hailing the shop's response as "class".

One wrote: "I wish I lived in Glasgow, cause Id def be using this company to get my tattoo and Ive no issues wearing a mask pure class!! Well done."

While another punter said: "Well done. Think I'll move to your neck of the woods simply for the cool tattooists. Be lucky x"

And one Facebook user added: "Outstanding. Best one yet. Would recommend. 10/10."

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We told how earlier this month how a steakhouse owner unleashed a brutal response to an "absolute spanner" of a customer who threatened to slap him over a 12-minute wait to be seated.

Hungry locals and tourists had happily flocked back to Gatehouse Steakhouse in picturesque Dolgellau in Snowdonia after the coronavirus lockdown - but one customer still managed to whinge.

And last month, staff at a Saltcoats chippy were left in "utter disbelief" after a "greedy" customer tried to use the Eat Out to Help Out scheme to buy a week's worth of dinners.

Eglinton Diner took to social media to share their response to the disgruntled diner's review - slamming his behaviour as "unbelievable".

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The Artist Whos Down to Clown – The Cut09.12.20

Nobody has an Instagram presence quite like Tinkcolorful. There are photos of her modeling and dancing, but mostly, there are pictures of her in clown makeup. ( is the name in her bio.) Shes also got a way with hashtags #dancingclown, #clowngirl, #nycartist, #badbitch, #mommy and favors unique spellings, like kool for cool.

The artist and soon-to-be mother of two children says shes a one-stop shop for all your creative needs. She can tattoo, do hair, model, and, of course, paint faces. She was a model in Hardemans autumn/winter 2020 presentation and in jewelry designer Alan Crocettis To The Core campaign, which honored unique bodies, stories, and life paths. The Cut spoke with her about cats, naps, and break dancing.

What does cool mean to you?Kool to me is effortlessness, like you just are who you are, no matter what. Being eccentric is kool. Most of all, being your true self is the koolest thing you can do.

What three creative people have had the most impact on you and why?I really cant narrow it down to just three but I would say my mother, father, and my mema. They gave me the swag and knowledge that make me who I am today.

What three fictional characters do you relate to most?Spongebob, Nola from Shes Gotta Have It, and Issa from Insecure.

What kind of animal would you be and why?I would be a cat (big or house). I just love them. You can be scared of them or even obsessed. They are super loving and very nonchalant at the same time.

What superpower would you have and why?This is easy. I would have Nightcrawlers (Kurt Wagner) powers and look. Going from place to place, but needing to see it first so theres structure.

If you could master any skill (that isnt related to your current job), what would it be and why?It would be breakdancing. Its super kool and not everyone can do it.

What does your Saturday night look like during the pandemic?Naps. Ive been pregnant so sleeping is the name of my game.

Has how you dressed changed during quarantine? If so, what are you wearing now?Not really, just less makeup and accessories.

What goals are you working toward at the moment?Im trying to model more consistently. And being pregnant and having a successful delivery.

What do you do for self-care?I like to do art. It really is good for my soul. And I like to care for and check in on my loved ones.

What piece of advice has had the biggest impact on you and why?That you cant control anyone or anything but yourself. It hits me most because sometimes you really want things to go a certain way, and when they dont, it can be crushing if you let it.

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4 Northwest Side Businesses Hit With Break-Ins Over 2 Hours – CBS Chicago09.12.20

CHICAGO (CBS) Four businesses were broken into within miles of each other on the Northwest Side Thursday morning.

The thieves were armed with axes as they were caught on video breaking into the shops. Police said Thursday afternoon that the burglars hit three shops in 30 minutes.

As CBS 2s Marissa Parra reported, the break-ins took place in the Portage Park, Dunning, and Norwood Park communities all around the same time. All of those communities are located in the Jefferson Park (16th) Police District.

Police issued a community alert Thursday afternoon about the four break-ins, which happened within a span of a few miles over the course of two hours.

The first incident happened at an Enterprise Rent-a-Car at 5358 W. Irving Park Rd. at 3:04 a.m. Officers found front-door and side windows smashed at the Portage Park car rental.

Just over an hour later at 4:22 a.m., Chi Town Tattoo at 5056 W. Lawrence Ave. about a mile and a half to the northeast was hit.

Surveillance video showed people running in including one person in a gray hoodie. People are seen smashing the door of the tattoo parlor with an axe trying to pull out the ATM, but failing to do so.

Just 17 minutes later at 4:39 a.m., the next target was Robertos Jewelers at 7005 W. Higgins Ave., three miles to the northwest.

In that incident surveillance video showed people inside the store, including somebody in a gray hoodie again. The thieves used what appeared to be an axe or a hammer to smash the display cases, before crawling out of the smashed windows of the jewelry store to make their escape.

Finally, 13 minutes after that at 4:52 a.m., there was more shattered glass as SmokePost CBD Dispensary at 3411 N. Harlem Ave. three miles south of the jewelry store was hit.

In the community alert, police said the one of the suspects was wearing dark clothing, and another was wearing a white hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans, and white gym shoes with red laces.

The suspects fled in a light blue or gray Chrysler Town and Country minivan with a temporary license plate, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Area Five detectives at (312) 746-7394.

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Burglars Hit Dental Office In Union Ridge, Latest In String Of Possibly Connected Break-Ins On Northwest Side – CBS Chicago09.12.20

CHICAGO (CBS) Police are investigating a break-in at a dental implant office overnight in the Union Ridge neighborhood. Its the latest in a string of burglaries at businesses on the Northwest Side, and police have said at least some might be the work of the same crew.

Around 3:30 a.m., officers responded to a commercial burglar alarm at Simply Dental Implants, near the corner of Harlem and Higgins avenues.

Surveillance video from inside the building showed one person jumping over the front desk, and a second burglar coming in to help.

They removed something from under the desk, possibly a safe.

Police could not provide further information about the break-in.

It happened about two blocks away from a burglary early Thursday morning at Robertos Jewelers at 7005 W. Higgins Ave.

In that incident surveillance video showed people inside the store, including somebody in a gray hoodie again. The thieves used what appeared to be an axe or a hammer to smash the display cases, before crawling out of the smashed windows of the jewelry store to make their escape.

Police are also investigating a burglary at H&A Quality Used Auto & Motorcycle Sales at Harlem and Addison, about 2.5 miles away from the dental office.

Burglars threw a brick through a side window to get inside, and stole keys, four vehicles, and approximately $6,500 in cash, police said.

The owner said its the first incident theyve had of any kind in 41 years at that location. He said its especially sad, because one of the stolen cars had belonged to his father, who passed away several years ago. The family was holding onto it for sentimental reasons.

Police said its possible at least some of the break-ins in the area were connected, as the thieves in some of the incidents were driving a blue or gray minivan.

At least three other Northwest Side businesses were broken into in less than two hours Thursday morning.

Just over an hour later at 4:22 a.m., Chi Town Tattoo at 5056 W. Lawrence Ave. about a mile and a half to the northeast was hit.

Surveillance video showed people running in including one person in a gray hoodie. People are seen smashing the door of the tattoo parlor with an axe trying to pull out the ATM, but failing to do so.

Just 17 minutes later at 4:39 a.m., the next target was Robertos Jewelers.

Finally, 13 minutes after that at 4:52 a.m., there was more shattered glass as SmokePost CBD Dispensary at 3411 N. Harlem Ave. three miles south of the jewelry store was hit.

Police issued a community alert Thursday afternoon about the four break-ins. Police said the one of the suspects was wearing dark clothing, and another was wearing a white hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans, and white gym shoes with red laces.

The suspects fled in a light blue or gray Chrysler Town and Country minivan with a temporary license plate, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Area Five detectives at (312) 746-7394.

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Mourning a granddaughters death: I feel like a puddle melted on the floor | Nancy Eshelman – pennlive.com09.12.20

In October 2014, I gave up my space here so my granddaughter Tara could share her feelings about losing her friend to addiction.

She wrote: "Another friend is gone, out of my life forever. Smart, beautiful, young and so full of life, she fell victim to her demons. Something happened that night to convince her to use again after working so hard to stay clean.

Ill never know what that something was, but what I do know is I will never hear her laugh again or see her smile. All I have is memories and pictures, hundreds of pictures of us, laughing, dancing and just being young.

Here I am, almost six years later, trying to make sense out of losing Tara. Smart, beautiful, young and so full of life, my granddaughter fell victim to her demons last week. My funny, thoughtful Tara is gone, and I dont see a way out of the pain.

Tara, the third of my son Bills children, was 31. Her whole family lived with me for the first few years of her life. Then she came to live with me again in her teens. She was outgoing and funny and smart. She impressed people. If she applied for a job, she was hired. When her father died, she took it upon herself to talk to everyone at his funeral.

But she had demons. It was a cycle. She did rehab and counseling and all the right things. Until she didnt.

Im not nave. Ive seen a lot of addiction. I could glance at Taras blue eyes and tell you if she was using. In the past months, she wasnt. She had been clear-headed, attending weekly counseling sessions, totally upbeat. I let myself feel a tiny bit of hope.

Then, I got the phone call that makes my heart ache.

I keep thinking back to a couple of weeks ago. We had a family gathering, and Tara arrived with pink hair and boxes full of flowers. She had stopped at an Amish stand and had the woman make bouquets for me, her mother and each of her two sisters.

She insisted that day on family portraits, the sisters, the mom, me. Then just the sisters. Her with her mom. Her and her son.

She chirped about her new tattoo. She had found an old letter from her dad that ended with I love you baby Dad!! She had taken the letter to the tattoo parlor and had the words copied in her dads handwriting on her lower arm.

I know I disappointed her because I didnt share her enthusiasm for her tattoo, or any tattoo. But she just joked about me living in the 1950s and fetched a vacuum and cleaned my car.

Tara always let you know if she loved you. She was a hugger and a giver. She told me often that she wanted to be as strong as I am.

Thats ironic today when I feel like a puddle melted on the floor.

It fell to me to tell her son she was gone. I would rather have ripped out my tongue. Just 14 months ago, I had to tell him his father had fallen to the same demons. This man-child, at 15, is an orphan due to addiction.

Just a week earlier, Tara had taken her son to play miniature golf. Then they went swimming. She had been seeing him a lot recently, scheduling fun things together, renewing their relationship in her sobriety.

And now, its over.

All of it is over, except for the pain.

Almost six years ago, Tara wrote this: "Death isnt an easy thing. We all experience the passing of a loved one at some point in our lives, but when its so unexpected and happens to such a young person, somehow it seems worse.

I find myself asking how Im going to get myself through these next few weeks while this wound is still fresh. People always tell you that it gets better, but Ive learned that it never gets better. You just learn how to cope with it and move forward in your life without that person.

Tara, I cant say it any better.

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Jenison party store robbed at gunpoint – News – HollandSentinel.com09.12.20

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GEORGETOWN TWP. Police are searching for a suspect believed to have robbed the Sheldon Party Store in Georgetown Township Thursday night.

The store, at 2050 Chicago Drive, was robbed at 9:04 p.m. Sept. 10. According to the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office, a female suspect in the store brandished a small black semi-automatic handgun at the clerk and took an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise from the store.

The suspect is described as a white female in her mid-20s. She is approximately 5-feet-5-inches tall and of a thin build. She has tattoos on her face and a shaved head. The suspect was last seen wearing a baseball hat, a camouflage jacket and combat boots and was seen leaving the scene in an early to mid-1990s beige Lincoln Continental with no license plate.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriffs office at 616-738-4000 or call Silent Observer at 877-887-4536 or visit the Silent Observer website at mosotips.com.

The incident remains under investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office.

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Bristol tattooist continues to ignore NHS after being on easyJet flight with Covid cases – Bristol Live09.12.20

A Bishopston tattooist continues to ignore Test and Trace but it is unclear what health authorities are doing in response.

Aron Walton claims he flew with easyJet from Zante to Bristol Airport on September 2 and Public Health England says three passengers who made the journey on that date have tested positive for Covid-19.

A Facebook post appearing to be from Mr Walton, who works at Holey Skin tattoo parlour on Gloucester Road, describes how he does not "consent" to NHS Test and Trace messages.

The post indicates Mr Walton was informed he had been identified as a contact of someone who has recently tested positive for coronavirus but on Wednesday we revealed he has kept going into the tattoo shop.

The business remained open on Thursday (September 10), with Mr Walton again entering the shop without a mask, as did several people who appeared to be customers.

We have informed Public Health England (PHE) of our findings, but it is not yet clear what the body is doing to mitigate the risk of Mr Walton's actions.

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Although failing to comply with Test and Trace is not a criminal offence, PHE has the power to direct someone to be tested if they are considered a "potentially infectious person".

Failure to comply with a direction from a public health officer or police officer would result in a fine.

An Avon and Somerset police spokesman said he is not aware of any referral of the matter from PHE.

We have asked PHE if it has referred the case to police, and what the criteria would be for deciding if someone is "potentially infectious". It has yet to answer those questions.

The Facebook page, which appears to belong to Mr Walton, shows a Test and Trace message he received on September 7, informing him he had been identified as a contact of someone who has recently tested positive for coronavirus.

The text, which addressed the tattooist as Walton, said the NHS wanted to give him some critical health advice. It also asked him to fill in a questionnaire.

A screenshot of the message was posted to the Facebook profile with the caption: B****x, no and f*** off!

I do not recognise this name, and I do not consent.

He branded the message full of s***, alongside emoticons of raised middle fingers and a smiley face.

When we asked Mr Walton why he was ignoring the message, he said: I do not believe anything the MSM or the Government have to say.

I research for myself and make my own conscious choices.

The Facebook profile has frequently been used to share conspiracy theories about coronavirus which are not based on mainstream science.

It shared a post on Wednesday about Bristol Lives report on the coronavirus outbreak following a flight from Zante to Bristol.

Alongside pictures of himself and the easyJet plane, the caption said: Me on this flight.

So some of the people on this flight have apparently tested positive, even though they were wearing masks! Yet Im completely fine and feel fit as a fiddle.

Funny how you still test positive after wearing a mask isnt it, and yet so many people think they work because the Government and BBC say they do [facepalm and laughing emoticons].

And I was the only person not wearing one. PS Im exempt from wearing face coverings! Im also allergic to BULLS*** [smiling emoticon].

A follow-up post about face masks said: Wearing one causes me severe distress if wearing one causes you the same, you are exempt too [smiling emoticon].

The profile also shared pictures of Mr Walton on Sunday showing him at St James's Park in London, inches away from various other people.

In the caption, he wrote: F*****g great day for a great cause.

These dangerous messages come at a time when the Government has banned gatherings of more than six people in England, amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

We spoke to a tattooist, who did not wish to be named, at a Bath Road parlour with the same owner as the Gloucester Road branch.

He said: We used to be called Holey Skin too, but we changed our name to Steady Hand when we reopened from lockdown.

We are not the same studio as the Gloucester Road one. We have no contact with Aron whatsoever. I think I saw him once last year.

We have the same owner thats it. The things hes said are not the policy at our shop.

If I had coronavirus and was contacted by Test and Trace, I would close the shop. What hes saying is not the chains policy.

Were following all the guidelines, not allowing people to come in groups. Were taking it very seriously and want to stay open.

Following the publication of this story, a PHE spokeswoman said anyone identified as a close contact of a positive case will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.

She added: "Contacts of a confirmed case should get tested if they go on to develop symptoms to help stop the spread of the virus. Even if people test negative, they must still self-isolate for 14 days.

"Self-isolation advice for close contacts of confirmed cases is based on guidance and is not enforceable. Following non-compliance, Bristol City Council will write to an individual to request their cooperation and can take further action if required."

Dominic Mellon, lead consultant in health protection at PHE South West, added: "Everyone should be following self-isolation advice if identified as a close contact of a confirmed case.

"This guidance exists to protect the health of the population and to prevent the spread of the virus.

Overall, levels of coronavirus remain low in the South West, however there has been a recent increase in cases in Bristol. This increase can be partly attributed to people taking trips abroad."

Three easyJet passengers tested positive following a flight on September 2 from Zante the Greek island also known as Zakynthos to Bristol Airport.

PHE initially denied any knowledge of the matter, but then on Wednesday it confirmed three cases.

A PHE spokesman said: "We have been notified ofthree positive cases on the flight and have contacted 27 passengers who we believe are close contacts of the cases telling them to self-isolate."

It comes after a mum claimed six of the 13 teenage friends her son travelled with on the flight have since tested positive.

Asked why PHE has not told all people on the flight to self-isolate, the spokesman said: "Thats because only close contacts need to be notified and advised to self-isolate."

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He added: "We have told close contacts of each case to immediately isolate as they were at high risk of catching the infection on the flight.

"All other passengers on the flight were at some risk and should immediately isolate themselves if they experience Covid-19 like symptoms and get tested."

Bristol Live has asked easyJet how many people were on the plane, and the flight number of the journey.

One woman who flew the route that day said the plane "seemed virtually full, perhaps a couple of spare seats".

She said: We haven't been self-isolating because we hadn't heard, and will not self-isolate unless we have official confirmation to do so.

PHE told Bristol Live on Tuesday: "We were not aware of the easyJet flight with positive cases. It is possible that the passengers used the NHS national test and trace service, who have not notified us."

But PHE explained on Wednesday why its South West team was not aware of the outbreak.

Its spokesman said: "There is a specialist team within PHE that collects data on positive cases reported on flights into the UK, that sits separately to the local South West team."

Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar, of the Government's scientific advisory committee, says the next four to six weeks will be absolutely pivotal to the sort of autumn and winter we have".

Speaking about the new rules on gatherings, he said: "I am very supportive of the restrictions coming in and sincerely hope they are going to be enough."

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Tattoo Shops in LA County Are Still Shuttered, but Artists Have to Get By – LA Magazine09.09.20

Tattoo artist Jose Arvizu has spent the last handful of years honing his craft and building his client list at legendary Long Beach parlor Outer Limits Tattoo. When he isnt working on hometown clients, the artist better known as Spacehustle tattoos around the world, and was planning a trip across both Europe and Asia this year. Then the COVID-19 pandemic struck, shutting down Southern Californias tattoo parlorsnot to mention international travelfor the bulk of the past six months.

Its obviously taken away my income and the momentum Ive built up over the years, Arvizu says. Now everything is on pause except for my bills.

Outside of red states that rushed to reopen their economies even as virus cases soared, the tattoo industry has struggled to find its footing since the start of the pandemic. Throughout Californiaincluding in Los Angeles Countyhair salons are now able to offer indoor service, but tattoo parlors remain among the high-touch businesses that still arent permitted to operate, despite briefly being able to reopen in June. And while unemployment insurance and other safety nets have helped workers in other shuttered industries stave off financial disaster, many tattoo artists do a cash-heavy business and arent able to provide precise proof of income. Thats meant surviving the past several months with little more than their existing savings and their ingenuity.

Some tattoo shops have quietly remained open since they were ordered to shutter in March. Others opened more recently despite the mandate that they remain closed. For artists in dire straits, the risk of getting caught and being punished has been outweighed by the necessity to feed their families or pay rent. Plus, some say, the sanitation and sterilization practices already in place in most reputable tattoo shopscoupled with rigorous mask usage by both clients and tattooershave made them more comfortable taking their chances being close to clients.

It hasnt been business as usual, of course. Some shops have closed to the public while remaining open on an appointment-only basis. For an artist like the up-and-coming Kadriya Truvillion of Purple Panther Tattoos in downtown L.A.who was also furloughed from her second job as a bartender because of the pandemicswitching to private sessions was the only reasonable answer.

Most of my consulting happens online via email or [Instagram] DM correspondence now, Truvillion says of how she operates these days. The other big change is that clients often want to bring friends and family members to their appointment for emotional support, but weve been discouraging this habit now despite being fine with it under normal circumstancesso its probably a slight bummer when I encourage them to come solo to their appointment.

The threat of punishment for noncompliance hasnt been an effective deterrent for lots of artists, largely because its been difficult to determine what the punishment is.

We were never actually told by anyone official, one artist, who asked to remain anonymous, says. I dont even know who to ask. I dont know if its the health department or each separate countys business division. Its actually really weird that we never got any official orders from anyone; were just supposed to know because of the news.

Multiple calls and emails to the L.A. County Department of Public Health, the agency that ensures artists have their blood-borne pathogen certification in order to be licensed, didnt yield specific answers, but at least one artist reported that their shop was visited by the member of a task force they believed was associated with the health department.

Maybe instead of trying to fine businesses for being open, they should put that money into funding businesses that need to be closed so they can afford their basic living expensesso they dont have to work illegally, the anonymous artist says. Sometimes its better to ask forgiveness than permission, I guess.

Artists who have put down their guns during the pandemic have launched everything from limited edition T-shirts to podcasts to make up some of their lost income. Others have taken to tattooing out of their homes (or their clients homes) and taking trips to states like Arizona and Colorado, where theyre able to tattoo in their friends shops. Even posting to Instagramundoubtedly the best marketing tool for tattooershas become a bit of a tightrope walk. While they want to communicate to clients that theyre accepting appointments, they dont want to draw unwanted attention.

For Arvizu, the answer has been leaving California to workeven if it means risking his health.

Ive had to go out of state a few times to work in states where shops were allowed to open, which is terrifying because were in the middle of a pandemic, Arvizu says. But, I have to pay rent somehow.

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