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What You Need to Know Before Tattoo Removal – – RushPRnews.com09.26.20

Do you have some regrettable ink on your body? Dont lose hope; the tattoo can be erased through laser tattoo removal. Before technology revolutionized the cosmetic industry, tattoos were removed surgically or peeled away with chemicals.

Laser tattoo removal is a technique of erasing a tattoo virtually. From small black tattoos to big colored tattoos, laser removal gets the work done quickly and effectively. Here are things you should know before getting tattoo removal.

1. It takes time

It is a long process to take out a tattoo. The anticipated change will not happen overnight. When getting a tattoo in your skin, the artist must have told you whether it is permanent or temporary. If the answer was permanent, then you have to be patient since removing it isnt easy. It can take several months for a tattoo to fade away. How long it will take you to heal depends on the color, size, and design of the tattoo. It takes time for the skin to regeneration new particles of pigments.

2. Its expensive

Its cheaper to get a tattoo in your skin than to remove it. Several sessions characterize the removal process, and each session can cost you hundreds of dollars. But if you have made up your mind to erase it, then its worth it.

3. All ink is removable

Contrary to misconceptions that colored ink is daunting to take out, dermatologists assure that all types of inks can disappear with time. However, a laser is more attracted to dark ink, and hence it takes a shorter time to remove a dark-colored tattoo. In the past, it was troublesome to remove yellow and green colors, but with PicoSure technology, all ink can be removed.

4. Expect several sessions

It will take several sessions for your skin to heal completely. It takes an average of 8-12 sessions to erase a tattoo safely and effectively. The age of the tattoo, ink quality, skin pigments, and the tattooists skill level will determine how long it will take to heal.

Additionally, it depends on whether you want to erase the tattoo completely or intend to have the area tattooed again. It is imperative to visit a qualified dermatologist when considering tattoo removal. Some unqualified people may promise to do it faster and up permanently damaging your skin.

5. The removal may alter your skin

Getting a tattoo in your skin leads to uneven skin texture, but the effect is rarely noticed since its hidden by ink. Laser removal may leave a mark that resembles a sketch of your old tattoo. If you have a tattoo on top of another one, the doctor will schedule more sessions.

6. Sunscreen can help

Laser treatment may lighten or darken the skin pigment around the tattooed area. If the area is exposed to the sun, you may end up sustaining blisters, and they can have a detrimental effect on the healing process. Apply sunscreen to the area before and after laser removal to prevent changes in skin pigmentation.

7. Its a little bit painful

You have to prepare yourself mentally for needles. One session may take around 45 minutes. The doctor will start by cleaning the area, inject lidocaine to freeze the area, laser the tattoos, ice them, and then bandage them. You might experience an intense sensation when the laser hits the lidocaine. The pain doesnt stop when you leave the clinic. You will experience discomfort for about five days. It is normal for the site to depuff, peel and regenerate.

8. You dont have to remove it all

If you dont want to take out the whole thing, consider removing the undesired part only. Fortunately, laser removal is precise so that you can remove a small part of your tattoo, which is quicker and cheaper than having the whole thing removed.

Before undergoing the cosmetic procedure, schedule an appointment with a renowned doctor and be ready to disclose your medical history.

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Global Rotary Tattoo Machines Market 2020 Global Industry Size, Recent Trends, Demand and Share Estimation by 2026 with Top Players – Crypto Daily09.26.20

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Meet the teacher thought to be France’s most tattooed man – Euronews09.26.20

He is thought to be the most tattooed man in France.

Sylvain, 35, a schoolteacher in Essonne, south of Paris, has spent nearly 60,000 having his body covered in designs.

He has tattoos on his face and skull. He even has black ink in the whites of his eyes.

"Its torture, youre keeping your eye wide open, you can feel the needle piercing it, said Sylvain. "We don't know if it's going to be okay. That's why I tell people: 'don't do it'. But I felt like I was incomplete."

He insists the tattoos are not an issue for the children he teaches, who range in age from six to 11.

"I always cause a moment of amazement in the children and the parents. But when I introduce myself and they see that I am a teacher like the others, everything goes well," he said.

"The children who see me learn tolerance and respect for others. When they are adults there may be more chance that they are not racist, homophobic."

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I Have a Real-Life WAP, and Its Ruining My Sex Life – Slate09.26.20

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How to Do It is Slates sex advice column.Have a question?Send it to Stoya and Rich here. Its anonymous!

Dear How to Do It,

Im a fortysomething woman and have been with my partner for about eight years. Though I love him tremendously, our sex life has some struggles. The biggest issue we have is that depending on the time of the month, my vaginal lubrication level can be excessive. So excessive that we have to stop and dry off in order to continue. Sometimes hell lose his erection all together because he cant get traction. To make matters worse, he refuses to perform oral sex because he says hell drown. I resent this especially because I not only enjoy giving him oral, but have made several concessions to make sex more enjoyable for him including learning to tolerate and eventually enjoy anal sex, which he loves. My partners penis is an average size when its fully erect, and I very rarely have an issue with climaxing. He, on the other hand only seems to be able to climax in one position, doggy style. No matter how we start, typically with me on top or missionary, we end with me on my knees. Im open to the idea of double penetration with toys but am not sure where to start or how to bring it up. To be clear, this has never really been an issue in past relationships. I have had men say Im very wet, but it hasnt had the same impact on my sex life until now. Im afraid that if this continues, my resentment regarding oral will get worse, and I fear that I will get bored with always having sex in the same positions. Ive asked my doctors about the excessive lubrication, but I always get blown off because it is the opposite problem most women my age face, and worse yet, they tell me I should consider myself lucky! Any suggestions?

WAP

Dear WAP,

Youve been with the guy for eight years, you say you love him, and youre looking for solutions. Im going to respect that and assume that its worth it for you. Long term, you might consider pushing your doctors harder on the issue. In the interim, keeping a small towel on hand to wipe down with seems like a useful temporary measure. Another thing that might help is dental dams, a sheet of nonporous material used in oral sex as a barrier between mouths and orifices. This might sound silly, but sticking a paper towel behind the dam feels like its worth a shot if theres that much volume.

I really dont like that drown is in quotes here, as that implies that its a direct quote, which seems unnecessarily dramatic.

Can you have a discussion in detail about what doggy does for him? If hes being squeezed nicely, you can cross your upper thighs and squeeze in other positions, or you can do some serious pelvic floor work. If its a friction thing, maybe you can figure out why its happening better in that position and figure out ways to improve in others. The more data you can get, the better you can troubleshoot.

Im not sure where double penetration enters the picture, but thats awesome! Go slow. Really, really take your time. Be prepared to feel like youyes, even youneed lube. You might have some on hand just in case. Better to not need it and have it.

You can also think outside the penis-in-vagina standard with oral for him and a few rounds of digital for you. Be sure to try plenty of variation during penetration in position and location before the formula finish.

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Dear How to Do It,

When my boyfriend does anything sexualtalk, touch, a certain look, a certain noise, just me thinking of himit makes my uterus convulse, and then my whole body stretch. It is a fantastic but potentially embarrassing issue to have, as location doesnt play a factor. He suggests that Im having small involuntary orgasms. Could this be true? I think thats strange, as I have a very difficult time, during the actual sexual act, reaching orgasm. Im mostly curious!

Tremors

Dear Tremors,

Do you feel like youre having an orgasm? A single uterine convulsion and then a full body stretch doesnt sound like an orgasm to me, and it sounds like youve had definite orgasms to compare to. I suspect in this case your boyfriends ego likes the sound of I can make my girlfriend orgasm involuntarily by looking at her.

Moving forward, if you know you have this sexual feeling in response to your boyfriend making sexual overtures, regardless of whether the two of you are in public, he should rein in anything randy until the two of you are alone.

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Dear How to Do It,

The only way I can enjoy sex and reach orgasm, while masturbating or with a partner, is to shut out the outside world and concentrate on a fantasy, usually one involving domination and/or sexual assault. I get that rape fantasies are common, so Im more concerned with needing to shut out my partner and focus on something else entirely while were having sex. My orgasms range from very mild releases of tension (most frequent) to a brief rush with little aftershocks that last for a minute or so. Obviously, I prefer the second kind, but that is rare and requires me to cover my eyes with my arm and completely block out the rest of the world while concentrating very hard on my inner fantasies. Having the radio or TV on in the background guarantees I wont orgasm at all. If I lose my concentration at any point during sex, theres little chance of getting it back enough for me to reach orgasm. I know orgasms arent necessary, but I need to do this to enjoy the sensations of sex at all.

I want to be engaged with my partner, whom I love, and not block him out. Prior to this relationship, my sexual experiences were a teenage relationship when I was WAY too young to have sex much less enjoy it or orgasm, alcohol-fueled one-night stands with no orgasms (my ability to consent was often questionable, even when I actually remembered the sex happening), and a few app hookups after I got sober that were somewhat fulfilling but with which I had this same problem. I want to be engaged with my partner and enjoy myself, but I cant seem to do both.

All in My Head

Dear All in My Head,

Its a little counterintuitive, but Im wondering if you should lean into the sensory deprivation thing. If youre covering your eyes with your arm, I can see how youd feel disengaged. If your partner is placing a blindfold over your eyes, that might feel more connected. Pro-tip: Get a heavy one thats made for sex purposes.

Another way you can feel connected with your partner is to tell them about your fantasies. Let them in on what runs through your head as youre having sex. Ask them if theyd like to be involved. Maybe the two of you can role-play or build shared scenarios.

You also might find that meditation helps your focus issue. In the morning, or at lunch, try some simple breathing exercises. Theres one I use where you breathe in for four seconds, hold your breath for seven, and exhale for eight. I do this four times. It takes 76 seconds. Less than a minute and a half. If you like it, there are more complicated practices you can look into. Barbara Carrellas is a great place to start. The hope is that better brain control in general can help you stay in the moment if theres a noise distraction.

Dear How to Do It,

My partner Camille and I are both women in our mid-20s. Weve been together for five years and are still spectacularly in love, and we just signed a lease together. Camille comes from a fairly conservative family, and as such is only about half-out to them; her mom knows were together but never talks about it, and her dad doesnt know at all. On a seemingly unrelated note, I really love tattoos and have wanted them my whole sentient life, and last year (with Camille present, enthusiastic, and supportive) I got my first oneits very small and easy to hide. I was so thrilled to get my first tattoo and couldnt wait to get more, but when Camille and I talked about it a couple of weeks afterwards, she was upset and anxious about the prospect, as her parents hate tattoos so much that she could never get a tattoo herself because they would quite literally disown her; if her parents knew I had a tattoo, they would completely despise me, and I would never integrate well into my family-in-law.

But heres the thing: Lately I cant stop thinking about getting more tattoos! I fantasize about designs and placements (still small, still easy to hide) and have been looking up local studios. I mentioned some of this to Camille and she seemed to feel positively about it, but maybe only because it is still in the realm of fantasy for me. Would it be disrespectful to my partner and her relationship with her parents to get more tattoos? Would it be disrespectful to my relationship? I know, my body, my choice, but my choices impact her, too. Im asking so I can go into a sensitive, self-aware discussion with her. Its not like I NEED more tattoos, and Camilles happiness means everything to me. Thanks in advance.

Tit for Tat

Dear Tit for Tat,

Its your body. Youre Camilles partner. Your physical decoration choices should not affect her parents love for their daughter. But since we live in the real world, that absolutely might end up being the case. Youll have to weigh how important tattoos are to you against how likely her family is to cause major issues over them against how sturdy Camille is when it comes to her relatives. I think its less about respect for your partner and the relationship with her parents and more a question of how much drama you want to be dealing with.

Id also recommend taking it slow with the tattoos. Youre in your mid-20s! You just got your first one! Remember youre decorating a whole body, and you want to put some consideration into what the entire canvas is going to look like. Youve got plenty of time, and this kind of artwork is pretty permanent.

Stoya

Im a man whos been in a relationship with a man for about two years. We have a healthy sex life on our own, but I have a greater desire for variety, so hes OK to let me have things on the side when I want. I usually have a few other partners a month. He does not, but we communicate about this. My trouble is that lately, I feel gross when I see other people. Even with regular guys who Ive had good sex with on and off for years, I feel like Im doing something wrong, even shameful. I still have the desire, then I feel bad when I act it out. I think it might be because Im falling more for my guy, which is a good thing. I worry, though, that this is rooted in feeling like monogamy would be the true seal of our relationship, or like Im polluting our connection somehow. I spent enough time feeling guilty about my sexuality and needs and dont want to start again now. But Im not sure how to deal with these weird feelings. What do you think is going on?

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All Over The Map: How you can help Spokane avoid Flaggy McFlagface – MyNorthwest.com09.26.20

Wenatchee is the county seat of Chelan County, which was almost called Wenatchee County in 1899. (USGS Archives)

Spokane, capital of the Inland Empire and Washingtons second most populous city, needs your help to come up with a new design for its city flag.

Whats now Spokane was incorporated in Washington Territory in 1881 as Spokan Falls, named for the water feature located there in the Spokane River. In 1883, an e was added to make it Spokane Falls and to forever confuse distant pronouncers and then Falls was dropped in 1891.

Indigenous people of what became the Spokane Tribe had inhabited the area for a millennia, and fur traders had established posts there in the early 19th century. The name Spokane is believed to be from a Native word that means Children of the Sun, and was perhaps inspired by the rainbow created when the sun strikes the mist rising from the falls.

Like many American communities including Seattle Spokane has a current city flag dating to the 1970s that fails one or more of the five principles of good flag design, as laid out by the North American Vexillological Association and Portland-based flag expert (or vexillologist) Ted Kaye.

Among the most important principles of Kayes good flag design is to keep it simple so that a child could draw the flag from memory. Spokanes current flag with its tiny stick people family and odd Certificate of Merit sun fails this test, as well as the good design rule that forbids use of any lettering or city seals. Simple flags are easier to recognize from a distance, which is especially critical because the design is on a piece of fabric often either swaying in the breeze or drooping from atop a pole.

Perhaps the trickiest of the design principles is to use meaningful symbolism. Meaningful symbolism isnt always obvious and can be difficult to explain, but Ted Kaye says that Chicagos city flag is a great example. That flag which Kaye says is ubiquitous in the Windy City has blue stripes that represent the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, and four stars that represent key events in the citys history.

The Chicago flag, says Kaye, is embraced by the government and citizens alike.

The city of Chicago uses its flag all over the place, Kaye said. The government and the people use the flag. You probably cant go a block in Chicago without seeing the city flag.

Closer to home, and where Kaye lives, the Rose Citys flag which dates to 2002 has really caught on with citizens and soccer fans in the city along the Willamette.

Portland, Oregon, has a very popular, very highly-rated design, flag, Kaye said. And you see it at Timbers ball games, especially when theyre playing in the Cascadia Cup.

The highly-rated design comment isnt just a Portlanders boast its based on exhaustive studies and other research conducted by Kaye and the North American Vexillological Association over the past several years.

Kaye says there are several measures of success for a city flag, including how much its flown around town and how much its used by the people, such as those Portland soccer fans.

But, says Kaye, sounding like a true Portlander, you can tell a flag has truly been adopted by the people when it starts showing up as a tattoo.

Kaye also says Spokane isnt alone in what its attempting to do. Cities all over the United States are revisiting, rethinking, and redesigning their flags, and much of the inspiration came from a 2015 TED Talk given in Vancouver, B.C., by podcast host Roman Mars.

His TED Talk has set off a wave of city flag updates across the country, Kaye said. Im tracking a couple hundred cities that are doing, or have done, civic flag redesign.

Incidentally, according to the City of Spokane, as ungainly as the current flag is, it does have a pretty solid and credible pedigree. The current flag, says the city, is a creation of Lloyd L. Carlson, who also designed the famous Mobius strip symbol for the Worlds Fair held in Spokane, Expo 74.

The City of Spokane launched their official replacement effort a year ago, inspired, confirms Spokane Flag Commission member Joshua Hiler, by Roman Mars.

Hiler, a 26-year-old born and raised in Spokane, says the commission has been collecting design submissions and has already received more than 100. They would like to have at least 150, and this week the commission extended the deadline for more submissions to Oct. 15, and lifted the cap on the number of designs that any one person is allowed to submit.

According to Hiler, Spokanes flag redesign process will be exhaustive, and hes thrilled to be part of the effort.

We definitely do have a lot of civic pride here for Spokane, Hiler said. I saw this as a way to engage with the community in a way to do something that I thought would be helpful. I always have wanted a flag for Spokane. I always thought it would be really great thing to rally behind, because I felt like [in Spokane] we dont really have any symbols that people can like carry around.

Later this year, all submissions excluding, of course, anything deemed obscene or otherwise inappropriate will be posted online for people to review and weigh in on with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Then, in early 2021, the top 10 designs will be posted online and Spokane residents will be allowed to vote for their favorite. A Spokane Library Card will be required in order to vote, minimizing the chance of voter fraud or a rigged election.

Hiler also says the city would very much like to avoid anything along the lines of a Flaggy McFlagface incident, and the commission aims to have the process completed in time for a peaceful transfer of power or, at least the adoption of a new city flag by June 14, 2021.

Our ideal goal is that by Flag Day of 2021, we will have the final design approved and do a little ceremony to announce it, Hiler said. And then we will put it up above City Hall and potentially start selling some stuff at our city gift shop, so people can start getting their own flags.

To submit a design or for more information, visit the Spokane Flag Commission website.

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Among Us fans are creating their own crewsonas and sweet impostors – Polygon09.26.20

Among Us is a game of social subterfuge that leads to amazing stories, like framing your friend after they catch you in a murder, or doing some smart detective work to catch a sneaky alien red-handed. But fans arent necessarily content with only being a crewmate. They dont want to be just the red-suited crewmate in electrical; they want to exist in the Among Us world in a more personal, and permanent, way.

These fans are making crewsonas (or, for the more devious among them, impostor-themed sonas), and making adorable fan art of these new customized characters.

A sona comes from the term persona, and has been used to describe people inserting themselves into all kinds of fictional universes, or coming up with a fun original character (or OC) that reflects themselves in some way. Most people are aware of the concept of a fursona, but there are also examples like spidersonas in the wake of Into the Spider-Verse, or Rymesonas that express a take on life in the Pokmon universe.

Theres not a lot of customization in Among Us. Players can pick a color and a couple of accessories. Some of them are more popular than others; for instance, theres a pet/hat combo of two tiny crewmates that are perfect for dont talk to me, or my son, or my sons son ever again jokes. Players can identify themselves with these little accessories, and they can help inspire sonas.

So many people have a set color/hat/skin combo they want to use it sort of becomes your thing, said Logan, a regular Among Us player. Logan has a bear-eared dark green sona to represent him in his in-game adventures. The graphics do look like little beans, the design is really simplistic which kind of gives you like a jumping off point to do whatever you want with your imagination.

Then, when playing with friends, stories begin to emerge. I had such bad anxiety about being impostor when I first started because theres more pressure, said Logan. But during one game, he was the impostor, and he told one of his friends who had met a series of grisly ends that hed protect her with his life. Instead, he would follow her around, then kill the lights and sneak off to murder someone else. His friend would always vouch for him, only for him to murder more crewmates.

For some players, sonas are just a way to capture and share moments while keeping the individual personalities of the players. One artist doesnt play the game, but she watches her friends play and immortalizes their best moments.

Since her friends are writers or gamers, Angela is able to bring those moments to life through her art, as a gift to them. I think part of it is definitely also seeing the external interpretation of something that happened in game, she told Polygon over Twitter DM. When you objectively go back and consider the events that transpired in any given Among Us game, theyre pretty bland. Oh, vote red, hes sus.

But in art, those same events turn into big winding narratives about betrayal and love and friendship and stuff, Angela said. The drama is way easier to see and insert. And most people love a good story!

And for some fans, part of the fun is the menace of being an impostor. The whole point of the game is not to be detected as an impostor, but theres a thrill in having your friends fear you regardless. An impostor sona allows players to play up that element of the game, and celebrate their boldest murders and biggest lies. Or, its an opportunity to explore the cosmic horror of Among Us that doesnt come across via cute crew beans and simple animations.

The world of Among Us is quite small, confined to space stations and arctic outposts. But for the fans who log on every day, and try their hardest to win games or save their crewmates, the game gets personal. Crewsonas have become their way of making the stories that naturally unfold their own.

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Is there an environmentally friendly alternative to leather? – World Economic Forum09.26.20

A French company is collecting fish skins that would otherwise wind up in restaurant trash cans, turning them into leather for use in watch straps and wallets, and pitching them at the high-end luxury market.

Turning fish skin into leather is an age-old craft. It is experiencing a revival -- driven by its environmentally-friendly credentials -- but has yet to break into the rarefied end of the fashion industry.

Three friends, who met when studying chemical engineering near Paris and taught themselves the tanning process from scratch, are trying to change that.

Salmon skin has a suppleness, and a finesse, its less than half a millimetre thick, but with a resistance which is nearly equivalent to cow leather, said Benjamin Malatrait, one of the three friends, who co-founded a company called Ictyos.

Ictyos is working with 250 clients - who are testing the products for use in watch straps, bags, and clothes.

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It has a grain which is more marked, with the scales that are a bit reminiscent of lizard, he said at his firms workshop near the French city of Lyon. Visually its quite exotic.

Their firm has been given a six-month stint inside a startup incubator run by Paris-based global fashion giant LVMH, owner of brands such as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. The idea is that the incubators graduates land deals with LVMH fashion houses.

Malatrait said Ictyos is working with 250 clients -- big brands and artisan producers -- who are testing the products for use in watch straps, bags, and clothes.

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Dynamic tattoos promise to warn wearers of health threats – The Conversation US09.26.20

In the sci-fi novel The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, body art has evolved into constantly shifting mediatronic tattoos in-skin displays powered by nanotech robopigments. In the 25 years since the novel was published, nanotechnology has had time to catch up, and the sci-fi vision of dynamic tattoos is starting to become a reality.

The first examples of color-changing nanotech tattoos have been developed over the past few years, and theyre not just for body art. They have a biomedical purpose. Imagine a tattoo that alerts you to a health problem signaled by a change in your biochemistry, or to radiation exposure that could be dangerous to your health.

You cant walk into a doctors office and get a dynamic tattoo yet, but they are on the way. Early proof-of-concept studies provide convincing evidence that tattoos can be engineered, not only to change color, but to sense and convey biomedical information, including the onset of cancer.

In 2017, researchers tattooed pigskin, which had been removed from the pig, with molecular biosensors that use color to indicate sodium, glucose or pH levels in the skins fluids.

In 2019, a team of researchers expanded on that study to include protein sensing and developed smartphone readouts for the tattoos. This year, they also showed that electrolyte levels could be detected with fluorescent tattoo sensors.

In 2018, a team of biologists developed a tattoo made of engineered skin cells that darken when they sense an imbalance of calcium caused by certain cancers. They demonstrated the cancer-detecting tattoo in living mice.

My lab is looking at tech tattoos from a different angle. We are interested in sensing external harms, such as ultraviolet radiation. UV exposure in sunlight and tanning beds is the main risk factor for all types of skin cancer. Nonmelanoma skin cancers are the most common malignancies in the U.S., Australia and Europe.

To help address this problem, we developed an invisible tattoo ink that turns blue only in UV light, alerting you when your skin needs protection. The tattoo ink contains a UV-activated dye inside of a plastic nanocapsule less than a micron in diameter or thousandth of a millimeter about the same size as an ordinary tattoo pigment.

The nanocapsule is needed to make the color-changing tattoo particles large enough. If tattoo pigments are too small, the immune system rapidly clears them from the skin and the tattoo disappears. They are implanted using tattoo machines in the same way as regular tattoos, but they last for only several months before they start to degrade from UV exposure and other natural processes and fade, requiring a booster tattoo.

I served as the first human test subject for these tattoos. I created solar freckles on my forearm invisible spots that turned blue under UV exposure and reminded me when to wear sunscreen. My lab is also working on invisible UV-protective tattoos that would absorb UV light penetrating through the skin, like a long-lasting sunscreen just below the surface. Were also working on thermometer tattoos using temperature-sensitive inks. Ultimately, we believe tattoo inks could be used to prevent and diagnose disease.

Temporary transfer tattoos are also undergoing a high-tech revolution. Wearable electronic tattoos that can sense electrophysiological signals like heart rate and brain activity or monitor hydration and glucose levels from sweat are under development. They can even be used for controlling mobile devices, for example shuffling a music playlist at the touch of a tattoo, or for luminescent body art that lights up the skin.

The advantage of these wearable tattoos is that they can use battery-powered electronics. The disadvantage is that they are much less permanent and comfortable than traditional tattoos. Likewise, electronic devices that go underneath the skin are being developed by scientists, designers and biohackers alike, but they require invasive surgical procedures for implantation.

Tattoos injected into the skin offer the best of both worlds: minimally invasive, yet permanent and comfortable. New needle-free tattooing methods that fire microscopic ink droplets into the skin are now in development. Once perfected they will make tattooing quicker and less painful.

The color-changing tattoos in development are also going to open the door to a new kind of dynamic body art. Now that tattoo colors can be changed by an electromagnetic signal, youll soon be able to program your tattoos design, or switch it on and off. You can proudly display your neck tattoo at the motorcycle rally and still have clear skin in the courtroom.

As researchers develop dynamic tattoos, theyll need to study the safety of the high-tech inks. As it is, little is known about the safety of the more than 100 different pigments used in normal tattoo inks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not exercised regulatory authority over tattoo pigments, citing other competing public health priorities and a lack of evidence of safety problems with the pigments. So U.S. manufacturers can put whatever they want in tattoo inks and sell them without FDA approval.

So far, there is no evidence that tattoos cause cancer, and one study even found that black tattoos protect against UV-induced skin cancer. Still, many tattoo inks contain or degrade into substances that are known to be hazardous, and health complications including infection, allergy and granuloma have been found in about 2% of tattoos. More research is needed to understand the long-term effects of nano- and microimplants in the skin in general.

A wave of high-tech tattoos is slowly upwelling, and it will probably keep rising for the foreseeable future. When it arrives, you can decide to surf or watch from the beach. If you do climb on board, youll be able to check your body temperature or UV exposure by simply glancing at one of your tattoos.

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The Ancient Art of Harvesting Fruit in the Desert – Atlas Obscura09.26.20

Noland Johnson aims his kuipad, reaching the 20-foot pole made of sun-bleached saguaro cactus ribs that bends under its own weight. His target is also a saguaro, this one living and rising some two stories into the desert sky. He slides the sharp tip of the kuipad behind one of the cactuss arms, which is crowned with bulbous fruit. Oval and plump, about twice the size of dates, these fruit cluster atop wavy saguaro arms and central columns. Many are pinkish or red: ripe. Others have split open like banana peels and sun-dried. Sweat shining, his daughter ready with a bucket below, Noland jerks the kuipad and razes down the days first edible jewel.

Until the 1900s the Tohono Oodhamthe people of the American Indian tribe that Johnson belongs tolived predominantly off wild desert foods. That they did so in such an elemental, waterless country seems remarkable now; the area is so arid that mesquite roots will delve more than 150 feet for water. The Sonoran Desert, though, is widely alive. Hundreds of its 2,000 or so plant species are edible, and they flash in and out of season.

Tree pods, the fruit of smaller cactuses, leaves, seeds, shoots, and berries ripen in ephemeral spurts: barrel cactus after winter rain, prickly pear after the monsoon, and mesquite in between. Each mid-June, the saguaro fruits few brilliant weeks begin. One saguaro fruit has about 35 calories. One cactus can have dozens of fruits. And one south-facing slope can harbor a breath-stealing saguaro forest.

In ages past, Tohono Oodham migrated seasonally to the open desert for the saguaro-fruit harvest. Gathering mornings and evenings, they sliced fruit from cacti that can rise 50 feet, weigh 4,800 pounds, and live 200 years. Day after day, they harvested in small family camps, sheltering under ramadas made of stones, cactus ribs, and sticks. People ate until their fingers purpled. What they couldnt eat, they turned into jam, dry paste, flour, cooking oil, drinks, syrup, vinegar, and wine.

Today, families like Nolands could stay inside with electric fans twirling, eating strawberries picked by mistreated California workers and using pancake syrup born in giant cornfields. But Noland Johnson, his daughter Isabella Johnson, and his elder brother Terrol Dew Johnson prefer to embrace Tohono Oodham foods.

For decades, the Johnsons have done just that. Since 2000, Noland has managed the family farm, growing traditional crops such as corn, squash, beans, melon, and Tohono Oodham sugarcane. For 30 years, Terrol has been a soft-spoken proponent of traditional foods, though he has seen major setbacks: a shuttered caf, a promising cultural-revitalization program ended. Still, the Johnsons persist. They persist because the saguaro-fruit harvest can reconnect Tohono Oodham with traditions and bolster food sovereignty, which ripples into other benefits, including better health and food security. Saguaro fruit, known as bahidaj in the Tohono Oodham language, sometimes called the truffle of the desert, is the most legendary and emblematic Tohono Oodham food, a sticky symbol of natures rhythmic bounty and renewal, one culled from a skyscraping, shiv-plated cactus out of the arid maw of the Sonoran during its immortal hot season.

Driving into the desert from Sells, capital of the 28,000-member Tohono Oodham Nation, Noland keeps his two kuipad lashed to the truck. He and Isabella, 17, have been harvesting saguaro fruit every morning for about a week. You wait until the birds and animals get the first picking, Noland says. You wait until you see the fruit turn redtwo weeks after that.

Noland parks on a lane between empty dirt fields, where he tinkers with a faulty roadside tractor. These are the 57 acres of farmland that Noland keeps with Terrol, an educator, activist, and basketry artist.

Every summer for three decades, the Johnsons have hosted a bahidaj camp on their farm, one of several similar camps in southern Arizona. Though attendance has recently dipped, as many as 300 Tohono Oodham typically come to theirs, many from homes where traditional foods were foreign and customs such as the bahidaj harvest had passed into history. Colonization and forced assimilation, including mandatory boarding schools for Native children run or funded by the U.S. government for nearly a century, wrenched tribe members from practices such as the saguaro harvest, a disconnect that the Johnsons and others, like San Xavier Co-op Farm, have long worked to mend.

The hope was that if people came, they could go into their communities and organize harvesting trips and stuff, Terrol later explains. Now, a lot of people are growing up, and theyre interested in carrying it on.

The bahidaj harvest and the saguaro wine ceremony that follow open the Tohono Oodham new year and bring down the rain. Following the harvest, Sonoran monsoons drench desert that has seen virtually no precipitation since late winter. Most of the years scant precipitation falls in weeks. Flood plains rush and foam. Once, Tohono Oodham farms used berms, canals, and drought-tolerant crops to steal a brief late-summer growing season. The Johnsons might run the only Tohono Oodham farm still using this Ak-Chin method today.

While many quarantined Americans planted seeds and rediscovered family recipes in the early days of the pandemic, youth on the reservation voiced a new interest in traditional desert foods. However, the Johnsons couldnt convert this interest into immediate learning. They had to cancel this years camp due to a spike in Covid-19 infections in Arizona. Nonetheless, they will still harvest as a family.

In a way, this reflects Terrols experience with Tohono Oodham Community Action. For 30 years, he served as president of TOCA, which sought to revive Tohono Oodham traditions. Terrol held workshops about self-sufficiency, published a cookbook on ancient ingredients and cooking, and even walked across the country spreading nutrition knowledge to Indigenous communities along his 3,000 mile path. However, five years ago, his co-founder, a grant writer, left. Grant funding dried up, and Terrol labored to keep TOCA afloat. I was left running a caf, running the farm, running a magazine, running a gallery, and supervising programs we did with schools, he recalls. So we scaled back and disbanded everything and said lets just focus on the farm and traditional foods.

At last, Terrol appears on the family farm in his truck. Are you ready to go, Noland? he calls over to the roadside tractor.

Noland pockets his tools. Were ready.

The two trucks take off, wending through tracts of mesquite and cholla clustering off the dusty pathways. Infinite space. Clouds sparse. Mountains nearing. After half an hour, Terrol and Noland park amid a saguaro forest overlooking a scrubby valley that sweeps into Mexico. Noland shoulders his kuipad, strolls to the first cactus.

All life on earth needs water. By definition, a desert is a place of water scarcity. This imbalance has in turn defined desert people of the world, including the Bedouin, Australian Aboriginals of the Great Victoria Desert, and the Mongolian tribes of the Gobi. Before metals, motors, and the groundwater pump, some desert survival tactics were astounding.

From roughly 400 to 1450, in what is now Arizona, the Hohokam developed the grandest irrigation system in the Western Hemisphere. Using canals near present-day Phoenix, they flooded some 100,000 acres of crops along the Salt and Gila Rivers, unlocking permanent agriculture.

The Hohokam were forerunners of the Akimel Oodham (River People), riparian neighbors to the Tohono Oodham (Desert People). Historically, life away from the Sonorans rivers was more nomadic. Tohono Oodham moved in family bands, hunting and gathering, following food and water. In winter, they lived near water sources in the mountains. In early summer, they left for the saguaro forests. Just before the monsoon, they moved to arroyos that would flood with stormwater, stealing a fleeting planting season. Desert life was demanding. People foraged roots, hunted and shared deer, and kept rooftop baskets of mesquite pods. Archaeologists have found bowls carved into remote rockhollows once used to grind foraged mesquite and cactus seeds into bread flour.

Centuries before trading posts, Tohono Oodham accessed crops beyond their limited growing capacity by trading saguaro syrup to Akimel Oodham farmers for corn, beans, squash, and wheat (once wheat was introduced by the Spanish). As recently as the 1930s, foragers still picked as much as 450,000 pounds of saguaro fruit a year.

Betty Pancho, Terrol and Nolands mother, recalls the bahidaj harvest as a young girl. Her family took mule-drawn wagons to a camp in the foothills. We would go early in the morning and pick, she says, then come back and rest, then cook and rest, and then go out again.

At camp, young Betty hunted prairie dogs and quail.

She gathered wood, to fuel the saguaro-fruit cooking fire.

Afterward, her family returned to the farm that, together with their forage, they lived from. They sojourned back from a camp deep in the mountains, one not far from where Terrol and Noland choose to harvest today.

Noland guides his kuipad into the first crown of green, red, and purple. Columns of spines coat the cactuss accordion-pleated skin. Like the postcards. Like the cartoons. Grand, evocative like an ageless oak, this first saguaro is just one of countless in the desert valley. Noland prods and hooks down fruit, often shearing many in one jerk. Below, tracking with a bucket, Isabella catches most. Thud, thud. Thud thud thud.

Ahead, saguaro march to the horizon. Some are old and yellow. Others show holes bored by Gila woodpeckers. Like people, saguaros are all vitally different: arms, size, fruit, holes, height, color, pleats, mien. Rising above the valley of jojoba, creosote, yucca, cholla, and gnarled trees, many saguaro are crowned with blushing fruit.

In under two minutes, Noland and Isabella harvest the saguaro with no damage, which is crucial, as Tohono Oodham see saguaro as people. Isabella then picks up a saguaro flower, yellow-and-white blooms that shrivel and harden like glass in the desert sun. You use it for your knife, Noland explains.

For cutting the ones that arent open, Isabella adds.

Noland slices a saguaro fruit with a saguaro flower. It opens. He scoops brilliant crimson flesh into his mouth and chews one of the worlds most amazing foods. I try to get em where they dont fall out, just hook them, he says.

Before you eat, Noland says to dip a finger in the fruits pulp and draw a cross on your bare chest. They say that for your first harvest for the season, get it with your fingers and makeits not really a cross, its the four directionson your heart, so you bless yourself, Noland says. This is really powerful. This is whats going to bring the rain.

Fresh, the edible jewel of the Sonoran tastes between strawberry and guava. It has a pop like a fig, but pulpier and far seedier. When naturally dried by the merciless sun (into what Noland calls a gue, pronounced June), the bursting of its seeds dominates, and the flavor turns wildly nutty, like some lost relative of peanut butter. At just 25 to 45 millimeters long, one fruit contains some 2,000 seeds.

Actually, I end up eating more than half of what I pick, Noland laughs.

Father and daughter move along, picking. Heat mounts. Sweat drips. Manna comes as plump fruit, wind gusts, clouds veiling the sun and the sight of the Baboquivari Mountains.

While others harvest, Terrol sits back, limited by a broken ankle.

When he was 10, Terrol, hindered in school by undiagnosed dyslexia, started weaving Tohono Oodham baskets with a teacher. If you continue weaving and you become good, it will put food on your table and take you around the world, he says, remembering her words. And she was right. Today, Terrol is a globally acclaimed contemporary basketry artist now working on a two-story piece for the U.S. embassy in Paraguay. I can weave with anything that can bend, he says. And if it doesnt bend, I bend to it.

His decades as a foods educator have seen bendinghis own, that of his peoples interest, and even of the desert. Over the years, he believes, Sonoran plant cycles have changed with warmer temperatures. Traditionally, we pick cholla buds at the end of March or early April, then we would pick saguaro fruit, then mesquite beans, and then prickly pear, he says. It was just one after another. But now, some of those dont happen anymore. You can just tell that things are messing up.

Bahidaj harvest participation has waned from the days of his mothers youth to lows a few decades ago, then made a modest comeback with slightly more harvesters today. (Some harvesters seek bahidaj on ancestral lands now part of Saguaro National Park, as the park reaffirmed an agreement with the tribe in 2018 to permit gathering of some traditional plants.) Even so, Terrol estimates that no more than some 20 percent of Tohono Oodham pick. He laments, too, that just one Tohono Oodham village holds the saguaro wine ceremony. He used to attend three a year, including, for four years, one he ran in an abandoned village.

At his eatery, Desert Rain Caf, Terrol made a push to reestablish Tohono Oodham foods, including saguaro seeds and jam, tepary beans, mesquite, and i:waki (a wild green known as desert spinach). We were the only Native restaurant in Arizona that didnt serve frybread, Terrol says. After ending TOCA and closing the original Desert Rain five years ago, he opened a new Desert Rain branch in Ajo, Arizona. Like the bahidaj camp, its currently out of action due to the pandemic.

Does he fret about the saguaro harvests future? Yes, he says, In the back of my mind.

Noland and Isabella gather five gallons of fruit, good for a gallon of syrup. Later, family and friends stop by their home. Cooks stir the pot roiling with opaque red juice over mesquite fire. People sit, drink saguaro juice, eat frybread tacos, help, chat, and watch.

One is Betty Pancho. Since she was very young, fast food has come. Since she drove mules to camp, the Tohono Oodham tepary bean, a crop that can thrive on a single monsoon rain, went from staple to nearly vanished due to lack of interest in farming, a near-casualty of colonization and forced assimilation, just like so many traditional foods and practices. Today, the tepary bean has come back, and, in Terrols estimation, 150 to 200 families still go bahidaj picking.

When we started [camp] 30 years ago, hardly anybody was doing it, he says. Young people we taught back then, they now pick with families of their own. This includes the family of Jesse Pablo, the burly, bandana-wearing stirrer of saguaro pulp outside the Johnson house, who strains magmatic juices using a torn corn sack and reduces them over hours, as Terrol once taught him, into ruddy syrup.

Today, the bahidaj harvest is more about tradition, enjoyment, good natural food, and extra income for those who sell syrup. Saguaro fruit isnt needed for desert survival in 2020, but the survival of the saguaro-fruit tradition enriches Tohono Oodham life and culture in other ways. The ruby jewels remain treasured, a harbinger and celebration of the monsoon rains that make the Sonoran Desert, briefly and gloriously, lush and vibrant.

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Inch by inch, the MFA reenters a changed world – The Boston Globe09.26.20

Lets be clear: The MFA is late to this party, with Street Theory Gallerys South End mural park, Underground at Ink Block, long since leading the way. (A Murals for the Movement piece by Gibbs and Street Theory cofounder Quionez was finished there earlier this month.) But for a museum whose origins are forever tied it to the colonial elite, stepping outside its comfort zone is no small thing. The cynic will shrug and finger-point: that the MFA is coopting the socially-relevant sheen of a rising culture it ignored for decades, and maybe thats at least partly true. But if calling out your own shortcomings and taking steps to fix them is wrong, then everybodys doomed. So lets look inside before we judge.

When I turned up for the MFAs first members-only day this week, the solemn strangeness of being in a building Id last seen months before, maskless and with snow on the ground, put me off balance. I was relieved to do one more thing that felt normal, and anxious at how something so much a part of my own rhythms now felt precious and fragile.

Much of the building remains closed for installations of the Basquiat show and Monet and Boston: A Lasting Impression, a showcase of the MFAs absurdly deep holdings of the Impressionist Master. That means you wont see Van Gogh and Degas, Gauguin and Renoir, at least not for a while. (The European galleries will open with the Monet show next month.)

Significantly, I think, youll pass through Black Histories/Black Futures, an exhibition curated from the MFAs collection by Boston high school students, no matter which way you go. (The museum, like its peers, has directional signage to keep you on track in this pandemic era.) What is open, top to bottom, is the Art of the Americas wing, beyond the airy Norman Foster-designed atrium where the museums restaurant typically bustles night and day.

Whats missing is as important as whats there: Gone is John Singleton Copleys giant portrait of the Prince of Wales the eventual King George IV heroic and on horseback. Heralding arrivals to the wing for years, the portrait said something pretty specific about where the museum fixed its notion of the Americas, let alone what constituted art on these shores. Left behind is a blank wall, now framed by the wings name in multiple languages English, Spanish, Farsi, German, and Italian, to name just some. (The museum has also embarked upon a larger project, translating labels into Spanish, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and an Algonquian language.) The void says something on its own, but whats soon to fill it says more: a pair of works by the late T.C. Cannon, a member of the Kiowa tribe.

That sets a different tone for a display where subtle changes inserted since the start of 2020 alter the context profoundly, if you look closely enough. Tone matters: In January, when the pandemic still felt far away, I walked the main floor galleries with the MFAs head of American and European Art, Ethan Lasser. He pointed out an empty frame near Copleys famous portrait of Samuel Adams. It posed an open question about representation and power how important figures in colonial New England came to be lionized, by whom and why.

A more recent addition to the galleries is a portrait by Joshua Johnson, acquired and installed over the long closure. Johnson, a Black artist, made his living painting white patrons of means in 18th- and 19th-century Baltimore. For me, it heightens those issues of power and authorship: Who controlled the representation in those crisp and flattering portraits Copley painted of Bostons rich and powerful the slave-trading Boylston family, John Hancock, John Quincy Adams.

A gallery about mahogany an exotic wood imported for fine furniture-making has also been recast as an emblem not only of wealth but the materials often unsavory source: the triangular trade between Europe, Africa, and America that dealt in human beings as briskly as hardwood. A new label for Copleys prized Watson and the Shark ponders for the first time the presence of a Black man ; the label for Thomas Sullys The Passage of the Delaware acknowledges the depiction of William Lee, General George Washingtons enslaved valet. Women Take the Floor, the museums mea culpa for decades of shortcomings representing women artists, opened last year and continues on the wings top floors with a few fresh pieces in its hundreds-strong rotation.

As long as were talking repentance and with institutions like the MFA looking with real sincerity to shed their colonial skin, we are dont we also have to look at what hasnt changed? Drop down to the lower level, where Native American and Meso-American displays sit divided from colonial craft Zuni pottery and Inca gold on one side, silver tea services and colonial stone carving on the other as though in alternate realities, the otherness of their two solitudes inviolate. Vitrines of Native American objects seemed jumbled Tlingit pieces next to Apache next to Cree next to Lakota, Northwest Coast and Arctic, oddly side by side.

Back out in the bright sunshine, I looked again at the Murals for the Movement piece, the work of five artists of color linking a legacy of social justice from Martin Luther King Jr. to the killing of George Floyd. Then I looked at the paintings neighbors out there on the lawn: on the left, a jagged, porous Taihu stone from the Qing dynasty, and on the right, Cyrus Dallins Appeal to the Great Spirit, a bare-chested Native American man on horseback, arms spread to the heavens. Whats the conversation were meant to have here? Inside and out, its still scattershot and remains to be seen. But should I go out on a limb and say the new and moving parts give us a better clue than the old and stolid that theres reason to be hopeful? I just did.

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All visitors must buy advance timed-entry tickets, available at http://www.mfa.org or 800-440-6975. Tickets will not be sold on site.

Murray Whyte can be reached at murray.whyte@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheMurrayWhyte

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