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Whyte Avenue tattoo shop closed over health concerns

Alberta health is calling on anyone tattooed or pierced at a Whyte Avenue shop this year to get tested for disease.

Zipp’s Tattoo & Museum, 10028 82 Avenue, was ordered closed after Alberta Health Services became aware of their practices.

Among the infractions, according to the Closure Order:

-Instruments being used on clients were not in a clean or sterile condition

-There was inadequate antiseptic treatment of the skin prior to performing the procedure

-The operator indicated that he has been recently tattooing animals in the studio.

“The lack of standard sterilization practices of reusable instruments and safety precautions can cause a risk for disease transmission of hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV,” said a release. “Anyone who has had any body art or piercing done at Zipp’s Tattoo & Museum since January 2009 is asked to call 780-413-4977 for further advice.”

Residents with any health-related concerns can call Health Link Alberta to speak to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 780-408-LINK (5465) or outside the local calling area, toll free at 1-866-408-LINK (5465).
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Jailhouse Tattoo Artist Starts Small Fire

A clever and creative inmate in Rhea County inks himself another felony charge. Ricky Parker, Junior caused a small fire inside the jail while making tattoos two Saturday’s ago.

Inmates and deputies tell us that jailhouse tattoos are common in jails and prisons, have been for generations. Inmates such as Parker find several ways to make the ink and create the heat.

But Parker’s side job inside the jail will cost him a felony charge of reckless endangerment. Deputies say two weekends ago, Parker took the cord of a television, plugged it into an outlet and then skinned the wires and touched them together to create heat and ink. The practice is known as “pop-lighting.”

Typically, tattoo artists burn styrofoam cups, upside down to capture the smoke to capture the smoke. That soot combined with toothpaste creates the ink for tattoos like the ones Steven Daniels has collected over the last ten years.

Daniels told us all of these came from five or six prisons Tennessee prisons he has been in. But Parker’s cup caught fire, smoked up a jail cell and set off a smoke detector. We asked Daniels if Parker’s artwork was worth the new felony charge.

Daniels said, “Wasn’t too smart, everybody makes mistakes in their own choice. I hate that he done it to himself. He knows the consequences.”

The inmates and Rhea County jail staffers tell us they walk through every ten minutes, but tattoo artists like Parker work quickly. Parker was in on drug charges, but has an extensive history. Because of that, jail officials say the reckless endangerment charge could come with a longer sentence range than the one to two years.

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Most Commom Tattoo Myths

Just with anything in the world myths get born about certain people, places, procedures, life in general and tattoo are no exception to that either. There are several tattoo myths out there that need to be debunked. People need to be properly infomred of the truths about these myths and that some of them are complete hogwash.

1. The number one myth is that tattoos hurt. While this is true, some people hype it up to make people think it’s like giving child birth. The bottom line is, tattoos do hurt some and you will experience some level of discomfort but its nothing like having a child.

2. Tattoos bleed a lot. This is true and false. You will expereince some bleeding when getting a tattoo. However, the outline of the tattoo should rarely bleed, the shading of the tat is what bleeds and it will only bleed up to 5 or 10 minutes. Once you leave the shop your tattoo will have stopped bleeding.

3. The tattoo needle that is used is a single needle. This is false. Tattoo guns come with needles that are  clustered together and soldered in to groups of odd numbers:  3, 5, 7, etc.

4. Old tattoos turn blue. This is false, However, if you received a tattoo in the 50’s or 60’s you may experience this. Tattoo ink has improved greatly since then. Your tattoo will not turn blue.

5. Lighter color ink hurts more. This is a misconcpetion. Lighter color ink does not hurt more. The reason people beleive this is because the lighter colors are often applied last when the skin is the most sensitive.

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Misspelled Tattoos… Again

One of the worst things that could happen to a person getting a tattoo is realizing that afterwards the tattoo is misspelled. Nine time out of ten there is nothing that can be done to fix that tattoo, so you end up having to live with it or you have to choice of trying to cover it up. This is why it is so important to follow the spell check rule before getting a tattoo. First make sure you know the correct spelling and as silly as it sounds make sure your tattoo artist know the correct spelling. But following these simply steps it should ensure that you will not receive a misspelled tattoo. However, it will more than likely turn into a nice conversation piece and you will probably learn to laugh about it later in life. Well it seems that regular people are not immune the the misspelled tattoo fortune. Many high profile celebrities have fallen victim to this as well.

Hero’s star Hayden Panettiere has recently been showing off a new tattoo that is on her side. It reads “vivere senza rimipianti” which is Italian for “to live with no regrets” well the sad thing is rimipianti was spelled with an extra “i”. It is probably a safe bet that she does regret that. Also mega hot soccer star, David Beckham has a misspelled tattoo of his wife’s name. What David wanted was Victoria” in Sanskrit What He Got was something totally different. He got ”Vihctoria” in Sanskrit. Pop star Britney Spears wanted the Chines character for “Mysterious”, what she got was the Chinese character Strange”. Lastly, Rihanna wanted “Forgiveness, Honesty, Suppression and Control” in Sanskrit and she got “Forgiveness, Honesty, Suppression and Control” misspelled in Sanskrit.

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The Claim: Tattoos Can Increase the Risk of Skin Cancer.

As more and more Americans tattoo their bodies, some have wondered whether there may be a hidden risk (other than the risk of regretting the tattoo a few years down the road).

Many inks are made with metals; blue, for example, contains cobalt and aluminum, and red may contain mercury sulfide. That, along with the fact that tattooing can be traumatizing to the skin, prompted suspicion that tattoos might lead to skin cancer. Studies in recent years have documented a few cases of cancer at a tattoo site.

But Dr. Ariel Ostad, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, says that does not mean the tattoo caused the cancer. Indeed, he said, the ink is unlikely to do any harm because it is confined to cells in the skin called macrophages, whose job is to absorb foreign material.

More likely, he said, the tattoo was placed on an existing mole, making any changes in the mole hard to spot. Several case studies have dealt with melanomas that were overlooked because they arose from moles hidden by tattoos. Dr. Ostad says he is often asked whether tattoos can lead to cancer, and the answer “is unequivocally no.”

“But people should know that they should always leave a rim of healthy skin around a pre-existing mole.”


There is no evidence that tattoos lead to skin cancer.

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Rihanna Gets A Gun Tattoo

Rihanna, who has been laying low since her Grammy-weekend blowup with, and alleged assault by, Chris Brown, has a new gun tattooed on her body.

Rihanna, who also has “Shhh” tattooed on a finger, a Maori design on her right hand and stars behind her ear (that match stars behind Brown’s ear) brought tattoo artist Bang Bang out to LA for her latest ink.

He posted some photos and commentary on his MySpace page, where he wrote that she flew him to LA for one day and put him up at the Roosevelt so he could add to her body art.

Under the first photo, with the guns drawn on each shoulder as seen below, Bang Bang writes, “i really wanted to put it here… she loved em.. .but, cover girl wouldnt have liked it much… and they pay the bills!”

But she ended up getting them on the side of her ribs, under her arms, “ended up doing it on her ribs… ” as seen here:

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Tattoos Are Appealing To More And More Teenagers

There is denying that the popularity of tattoos has grown tremendously over the last decade or so. In  fact a  recent study that was conducted and conculded  that at least 40% of people from the age of 18 to 40 had at least one tattoo. With a vast majority of these people being teenagers. What was also found was that more and more teenagers are taking in account that tattoos are forever and are putting a lot of thought and consideration into picking out their tattoo design.

However, the resoing behind these teenagers wanting to get tattoos is more so to fit in or look cool to their peers. It has been reported that a large number of teenagers get tattoo to impress friends or to fit into a crowd. These are obviously the wrong reasons to get a tattoo. A tattoo is a form of self-expression and should be gotten only for the person that is getting that tattoo and no one else. Getting a tattoo is a lifetime commiment. Getting a tattoo to fit into a crowd in high school or college are all the wrong reasons.

On the flip the same number if not more teenagers are realzing the seroiusness of tattoos and are being more responsible with their tattoo designs and more importnantly the location of the tattoo. It seems that teenagers now a days know the importance of getting a good job and they are aware that good paying  jobs don’t like for their empoyees to have visible tattoos. So all in all it seems that teenagers these days are not as “dumb” as a lot of adults think they are when it comes to tattoos.

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