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Sade Adu talks about tattooing, her youthful look and new DVD06.09.12

By MESFIN FEKADU Associated Press

Singer Sade Adu arrives at the "Keep A Child Alive Black Ball" in September 2010 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Sade, the Grammy-winning veteran soul band, released a live DVD this week.(AP Photo)

NEW YORK Sade Adu may have appeared confident when she hit the stage on her massive U.S. tour last year in her all-black ensemble, svelte look, high heels and red lips.

But the 53-year-old singer was nervous. So nervous, she gave someone backstage a tattoo.

It was giving me something to divert me from the chaos of getting ready psychologically to go out there, Adu said in a recent interview. I think I was more stressed about giving that tattoo than I was (doing) the show that night.

But Adu had reason to feel anxious: As the leader of the veteran group Sade, she and her band mates were riding high off their platinum-selling 2010 album, Soldier of Love, their first release in 10 years. Sade won a Grammy a year later, and embarked on a 54-date U.S. tour.

The moment Adu gave that tattoo and many other moments are captured in the new DVD, Bring Me Home Live 2011, released last month.

Adu talks about the tour, maintaining her youthful look and when the group plans to release new music.

AP: You were really that stressed backstage?

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Artists find creative freedom in tattooing06.09.12

Willy Roth is a dichotomy: a modern artist who works in a vintage Victorian studio.

Roth, owner of Black Crown Vintage Tattoo Parlor in Ellwood City, says his heart is in the quieter, more serene past. Thus, the parlor's decor: rich, dark-red walls, original tin ceiling and antiques.

The furnishings represent Roths comfort zone with items and memorabilia from the Victorian Era. Even if youre not in the market for a tattoo, Roth invites you to come and enjoy the ambiance.

I want a good rapport with my customers and I want to create a nice atmosphere for everyone, Roth said. I will have antiques floor to ceiling. If there is anything new here, it is my wifes.

Originally from Southern California, Roth lives in Ellwood City and has been a tattoo artist for 11 years. His wife, Mel, is also a tattoo artist.

Tattooing offers us creative freedom and we can be our own boss, Roth said.

Because of the TV shows like "LA Ink" and "Tattoo Highway," tattooing has become very popular. Roth said there are as many men as women getting tattoos, including people of all ages.

When a customer comes in, Roth listens to his idea as to what he wants.

I make the drawing and if it is what the customer wants, we do the tattoo. The price depends on size and time; the more detail, the more time it takes, the more it costs, Roth said.

The time required can be from 5 minutes to 22 hours. If a sitting goes to four hours and there is still work to do, the customer comes back for more another day.

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Horry County man indicted on charge of tattooing teen girl06.01.12

An Horry County grand jury indicted a 28-year-old Horry County man on a charge of illegally tattooing a teen girl, according to indictments released Thursday.

Robert Kenneth Baker, 28, was indicted with tattooing a person under 21 years of age, according to the indictments.

Baker is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $4,500 bond and no bond on a failure to appear charge, according to jail records.

Baker was arrested March 27 after the mother of a 16-year-old girl reported to police on March 12 that she learned her daughter had gotten a tattoo the day before, according to a police report. The woman was notified by a school nurse when the girl went to get ointment for the tattoo because it was irritated.

When the woman picked her daughter up from school, she learned the teen had two heart-shaped tattoos just below her hips, according to the report. The girl told police she and her friend went to Bakers house on Peachtree Lane and got tattoos.

The teen said she went to support her friend, who paid $40 for her tattoo, but was talked into getting a tattoo and Baker did hers for free, according to the report. The teen also told police that Baker said he once worked in a tattoo parlor and that he smoked marijuana during the incident.

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Illegal tattoo artists cause worries about bad ink jobs06.01.12

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After another arrest for illegal tattooing on the Grand Strand, there's a growing concern among local health officials about the risks of back alley tattoos.

Last week, Christopher David Giggey, 34, was charged withtattooing a friendin a Myrtle Beach hotel room without a license. It was at least the third arrest of its kind in the area this year.

Botched ink jobs also create problems for licensed tattoo shops. Dana Pierce said almost every day someone comes into hisHole in the Wallshop in Conway, asking him to fix a bad tattoo done by an underground artist.

"Unfortunately, a lot of times we have to tell them maybe when that infection goes away we'll take a look at it," Pierce said.

Pierce said anyone who wants to work in tattooing legally in the state must undergo training in blood-bornepathogens, CPR, first aid and more. But some people take short cuts.

"No one's tattooing out of their house legally or in a motel room or anywhere else," Pierce said. "It just doesn't happen."

According to Pierce, part of the problem is that it's too easy for underground artists to get started.

"It's very accessible to get the equipment on the Internet, and there's even some stores right here in town where you can actually buy the equipment and you don't need any license, there's no age restrictions."

The Hole in the Wall shop uses disposable needles and tubes, and employees clean all booths between clients.

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Embassy of France commemorates independence of Samoa05.31.12

The Embassy of France commemorates the independence of Samoa

In 2012, Samoa celebrates 50 years of Independence, with official celebrations beginning on the 1st of June. To commemorate the occasion, the Embassy of France in Wellington has organised two talks on the subject of traditional tattooing in Samoa and New Zealand.

The conferences, entitled Embodied Tradition: The Heritage of Two Different Body Ornaments, T Moko and T Tatau. will be delivered by French researchers, Sbastien Galliot and Simon Jean.

THE TALKS The first one will be held in Apia, in the fale of the National University of Samoa, on the 2nd of June, at 3:00 pm. The second one will be held in Soudings Theatre at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa , in Wellington, on the 9th of June at 12pm. Simon Jean will speak about the evolution of tattooing in Aotearoa and will explain how T moko, an example of a traditional Mori practice, is influenced by its use within occidental societies. Sbastien Galliot will speak about the evolution of the technical and social aspects of tattooing in Samoan society until the end of the 20th century.

Sbastien has been working since 2011 at the the Muse du Quai Branly in Paris, which signed a memorandum of understanding with Te Papa, in January. The event will be the first illustration of the cooperation since the signature.

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Anderson Co. man charged with tattooing a minor05.25.12

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A secret tattoo, that's not something many parents want on their child, especially if they're only 16.

An Anderson County man is in jail for allegedly giving a local girl her permanent ink, and the girl's mother is worried about the health issues her daughter could now face.

Her daughter had just turned 16, when she decided to get the permanent mark, "I was very, very angry, and the next morning I took her to the doctor," she said.

She wanted to remain anonymous, to protect her daughter's identity, but what she can't protect her from now is the risk of serious diseases.

"She has to be tested for the next 10 years periodically to see if she contracted Hepatitis from this," she said.

She took her daughter to the Oak Ridge Police Department, where the girl said William Tallman, 20, tattooed her at a friend's house.

"She told the police that he used some little thing that you use for remote control cars, and you can put a guitar string as a needle on there," she said.

He is now in the Anderson County Detention Facility charged with tattooing a minor, a Class A Misdemeanor that could mean one year in jail, and/or a $2,500 fine.

Sharon Freeman is a friend of the Tallman family and neighbor and she said, "He's a good kid, he's just got a lot of growing up to do."

Freeman was shocked to hear he got arrested for tattooing a teenage girl, despite the fact that she says he has tattooed himself. "He gave him 4 or 5, matter of fact, he's got them up and down both arms and down his chest," Freeman described.

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Man charged with tattooing minors05.24.12

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lawrenceville police charged a man with tattooing minors after a Buford woman came forward with convincing evidence on her daughter's shoulder, officials said this week.

Aaron Woody, 23, was booked at the Gwinnett County Jail on Tuesday, charged with tattooing minors at his residence on St. Charles Court in Lawrenceville.

The mother of a 15-year-old girl came forward May 5 after finding the word "Faith" permanently inked on her daughter's right shoulder blade. The girl told police she found Woody through a girlfriend at school, then she led police to Woody's home, according to a police report.

Arrest warrants for Woody state that he tattooed another minor girl on three separate occasions this year at the same residence. Those tattoos included Portuguese and Spanish words and the phrase "Everything Happens for a Reason" along with a sailboat, warrants state.

Tattooing anyone under age 18 is against the law in Georgia, except when done by a licensed physician or technician for cosmetic or medical purposes.

Following arrests at two makeshift parlors last year, Gwinnett police officials said proactively locating and shutting down illegal tattoo parlors is difficult, as most setups are in nondescript apartments with no signage. Often, police must rely on tips from parents.

Charged with four misdemeanor counts of tattooing an underage person, Woody posted $6,300 bond the day of his arrest. His employer is listed as a Roswell tattoo parlor in court records.

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Myrtle Beach man charged with illegally tattooing in the city05.24.12

A 34-year-old Myrtle Beach man was charged with illegally tattooing in the city limits, according to authorities.

Christopher David Giggey was charged with tattooing when police found him standing outside a motel in the 200 block of South Ocean Boulevard at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to an arrest report. Officers had issued a warrant for Giggeys arrest after beginning an investigation into illegal tattooing on Friday.

Police began investigating complaints of tattooing after seeing a man walking on Fifth Avenue South with a tattoo power supply in his hand and going into a room at 301 N. Ocean Blvd., according to a police report. Officers learned a friend of the man had tattooed him for free.

Police interviewed Giggey at 10:30 p.m. Friday and learned he had been tattooing since he was about 10 years old, but he did not have a license to do so, according to the report. Giggey said his father taught him how to do it and he had gotten the tattoo kit about two weeks prior.

Giggey told police he tattooed his girlfriend and the 23-year-old man for free, according to the report. After officers told him it was illegal to tattoo in the city without having a license and being certified in blood borne pathogens from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, Giggey turned over his tattooing equipment.

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Myrtle Beach man arrested for illegal tattooing05.24.12

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MYRTLE BEACH -- Myrtle Beach police arrested a man for illegally tattooing, according to the police report.

Christopher David Giggey, 34, was charged with Unlawful Tattooing on Tuesday.

Myrtle Beach Street Crimes Unit officers started investigating Giggey last Friday after learning he had tattooed a friend for free in a hotel room on North Ocean Boulevard, the report said.

During an interview at his home on Chester Street, Giggey told officers he had been tattooing since he was ten years old and was taught by his father. Giggey also told police he didn't have a licence and hadn't taken any blood borne pathogen courses required by the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Giggey turned his tattooing equipment over to police and said he had only tattooed his girlfriend and his friend at the hotel.

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Illegal tattoos cause health risks05.21.12

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - When Under the Gun Owner D'Wan Ellington first started tattooing about ten years ago, illegal tattooing was very rare.

However, over the last decade, things have changed.

"Now, since the rise of shows like Miami Ink, LA Ink, Best Ink, like all these shows, everyone wants to be a tattoo artist so like, I would say at any given time, there's at least, at least 10 to 15 people in Terre Haute tattooing out of their house if not more," Ellington said.

He says customers come into his shop almost every day with an irritated tattoo.

Some people see it as a way to make some extra cash with cheap equipment and without any education in the art of the industry.

Those factors combine to make some major trouble.

"Hepatitis B and C, HIV possibly which could lead to AIDS, as well as MRSA, those are the main infections that you can get from a tattoo and if it's a illegal tattoo, that's the problem, you're at a great risk of it getting that virus," VIgo County Health Department Health Educator Sydney Elliott said.

Ellington advises everyone to ask the right questions.

"If a place doesn't want to show you that, you probably don't want to get a tattoo there," Ellington said.

"See that they're using new gloves, that that they're using new needless, see that they're using new tubes," he said.

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