Best Portland Tattoo Shops

To anyone who has gotten tattooed or is considering getting tattooed, the right location means everything. Finding the right tattoo shop is the difference between a prized anatomical ornament and an inky wreck less salvageable than the Titanic. In an industry with so much demand, there are going to be a lot of tattoo shops, […]

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Swearing Is Good For You

“As psychologist Richard Stephens listened to his wife let loose with some unsavory language during the throes of labor, inspiration took hold. So he and some colleagues at Keele University in England conducted an experiment to test whether uttering emotion-laden words can change the amount of pain people feel. Turns out that cussing a blue […]

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Tongue Piercing: Past to Present

Piercing the tongue has been around for many moons. It has been traced back to the Mayans of Central America and Ancient Aztecs. Mayan people pierced their tongues regularly by bloodletting for ceremonies and rituals. To increase the blood flow, they would draw a string back and forth through the hole (McNab). It is has […]

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Tender Tome of Touching

Friends, Portlanders, countrymen, lend me your ears, but please don’t touch them! Anyone who’s been in our studio with a piercing-related agenda is familiar with one of our cornerstone rules: Keep your hands off your piercings.  Return clients grin and look abashed when we ask them to clean their mitts with an antimicrobial hand wipe each […]

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Nipple Piercing: Past to Present

Nipple piercing has a rich history in antiquity. It has been practiced throughout the world for centuries. Nipple piercing has been practiced by the Karankawa Native Americans in the 1800’s, the Kabyle from Algeria, British and American sailors, as well as upper class women of the 14th Century. Its popularity was renewed in the 1960’s […]

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Nostril Piercing: Past to Present

The nostril piercing has a long and surprising history. It dates back 4,000 to 5,000 years ago when it was first recorded in the Middle East. In fact, it was brought up in the Bible which is said to be written around the same time. It (piercing the nostril) is mentioned in The Bible in […]

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Cover-Up Tattoos

We were all young once and have more than likely made a choice or two that we have come to regret. While you may have to live with some of these questionable choices, your tattoo need not be one of them. There are ways of transforming that old tattoo into something new and beautiful. Some tattoos […]

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Piercing Gun Vs. The Needle

Piercing guns have been used for years in mall and department stores for piercing people of all ages. Today, though, professional body piercers want to see the gun banned. Why? I talked to a lady (who shall remain nameless) who works in a jewelry boutique at a local mall. She said that she has been […]

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