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Tattoo parlor tosses personal info

COOKEVILLE — A stack of papers thrown away at a garbage dump caught the attention of a concerned citizen recently, and now the police know about it, too.

“It was a bunch of papers blowing all over the place at the dump site, and I picked up some to see what they were,” said a Cookeville man. “It was where a tattoo business had thrown away records of people they had done business with.”

The papers were copies of release forms the tattoo business had required its clients to sign, giving their names, addresses, ages, dates of birth, description and location of their tattoos, their signatures — and even photo copies of their driver’s licenses.

The man who found the discarded papers could hardly believe that anyone would be so careless as to just toss people’s personal identification information out at a dump to blow around the grounds.

He took the time and trouble to contact some of the people and was amazed to learn that one of those whose information was on the discarded papers is the wife of a police officer.

That fact, as well as the whole specter of potential identity theft cases, got the attention of the Cookeville Police Department, and officers went to the dump site and gathered up the papers.

After further investigation, Capt. Nathan Honeycutt determined that the tattoo parlor named on the papers is no longer in business. He said the case is still under investigation.

“Most of all, we want to make sure that all businesses and individuals who are custodians of other people’s personal information know that they could face great civil liability and could end up paying a lot of money in cases like this if it resulted in someone’s identity being stolen,” Honeycutt said.

Business or other records containing that type of information should be shredded before being discarded, he said.

He said detectives will consult with the district attorney’s office about possible law violations in the case.

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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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A&E Tattoo Highway star offers free tattoo; Twitter him

Twitter freaks and tattoo lovers, hear ye, A&E and Tattoo Highway are offering up free Twitter tatts, the catch is you have to Twitter your request direct to Thomas Pendelton, the host of the show.

Twitter freaks and tattoo lovers, hear ye, A&E and Tattoo Highway are offering up free Twitter tatts, the catch is you have to Twitter your request direct to Thomas Pendelton, the host of the show.

The Iranian uprising over the elections is being Twittered by irate citizens protesting the results, and John Mayer is Twittering his thoughts from the nearest bathroom. Yes, Twitter is not a passing fad. People are so enamored with the social networking site that they are clamoring to tattoo their twitter names on their bodies.

Maybe even Jesus_H_Christ will want his name tattooed on his neck.

Thomas Pendelton, tattoo artist and the star of A&E’s “Tattoo Highway” reality TV series (A&E, Wednesdays at 10PM), recently offered to tattoo a twitter user’s handle free of charge.

After extending the proposal to his Twitter followers, a tidal wave of tweets and emails from tattoo-crazy fans wanting to permanently brand themselves with their Twitter handle washed over him.

Pendelton will narrow the field of would-be twits for tat-tweeters by making them jump through a couple of hoops:

1. Follow @ThomasPendelton on Twitter (
2. Tweet @ThomasPendelton with Hash Tag #A&EWed10 stating why (and where!) you want your Twitter handle permanently inked onto your body
3. Tweet about this, and have your friends chime in on your behalf using that #A&EWed10 hash tag. Feel free to share a photo along with your request.

Thomas will tweet about the lucky follower who will get inked before the next episode of Tattoo Highway airs this Wednesday on A&E at 10pm.

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Featured Tattoo: Human evolution tattoo

Tattoos showing human evolution through ages are not new to us, but this one is bit different from the rest. In this tattoo, humans have been shown evolving in a circular form and the middle of the tattoo shows a figure that seems to be somewhat inspired from the Vitruvian Man art. Maybe this guy wants to remind everyone out there that how they have evolved into human beings.

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Angelina Gets A New Tattoo

Angelina Jolie has a new tattoo, and no one else seems to have noticed.

When Jolie walked the red carpet in Cannes in an asymmetrical backless dress with partner Brad Pitt, the crowds went crazy and photographers zoomed in for shots of the well-documented Khmer script on her left shoulder blade and the tiger on her lower back, two of her many well-documented tattoos.

But perhaps her best known is the six lines on her left arm with the longitudes and latitudes of the birthplaces of each of her children. Those six lines, existing on skin where an almost-gone tattoo tribute to ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton used to dominate, are now partially framed by curving lines that form a right angle.

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Tattoo Parlor Owners Suing City for Discrimination

TEMPE – Two people who want to open a tattoo parlor in Tempe are taking the city to court.

The owners of a building on Scottsdale Rd in Tempe had already started renovating the building, when the Tempe City Council revoked their permit. Citing discrimination, the owners are suing the city.

Tom and Elizabeth Preston got a permit from the city to open the tattoo parlor two years ago.

“We thought we were good. We went ahead and signed the lease and started spending all the money, got all the things taken care of that we needed to,” says Tom Preston.

The couple spent $30,000 remodeling the place, but when a neighborhood association complained, the city revoked the permit.

Tempe assistant city attorney Cathy Bowman says the city has nothing against tattoo parlors. She says the problem is that this strip mall already has an adult video store, liquor store and bail bond business. The city doesn’t want a cluster of adult-oriented businesses in one place.

“It doesn’t have to do so much with the fact that this is a tattoo business, other than the fact that it’s one more business restricted to people 18 and older,” says Bowman.

“We don’t sell liquor, we don’t bail people out of jail and we don’t sell adult novelties, so I don’t understand why they try to categorize us like that. It’s not fair,” says Preston.

The store where the Prestons’ were going to build is vacant. They say if the judge rules in their favor, they want to open their parlor in the same location.

The decision is expected to be made Tuesday.

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Cream To Help Tattoo’s Be Less Painful

The number one question that is asked when someone hears the word tattoo or sees a tattoo, is does it hurt? Of course the answer to that is yes. Well if you don’t have a very high pain tolerance but really want a tattoo you maybe looking for some alternatives or something to help numb the pain of a tattoo. If you have looked for and found any kind of cream that promises to numb the pain of tattooing you might want to read the rest of this article before you go out and buy it.

First of all the whole idea of getting a tattoo is enduring the pain that comes along with it. It is truly part of the tattooing experience. However, if you are very concerned about the pain you might try Emla Cream which is suppose to numb your skin up to 30 to 45 minutes. The problem with that is you have to apply it 30 minutes before you get a tattoo and it might not last the whole time you are getting tattooed. Also it has been reported from some tattoo artist that have had customers use this particualr cream, that after the cream wears off the pain, and throbbing sensation that comes is worse than the actually pain and discomfort from getting a tattoo. If that’s not enough to deter you from this cream, some tattoo artist say that it can create problems with them administrating the tattoo because the tattoo ink can react with the cream on your skin.

The moral of the story is if you can’t take the pain than maybe you shouldn’t be getting the tattoo. As it is stated above the pain is all part of the tattoo experience.

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Joel Madden’s Tattoos too offensive for a British Airways flight!

It sounds really weird, but it did happen. Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden wasn’t allowed to board a British airways flight from London to Lisbon by an employee, just because of the tattoos on his arms. And the irony was that he actually put a shirt on to cover up the tattoos because he didn’t want to miss the flight in any case. After this weird incident, a representative from the airline said…

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DHEC will not hear tattoo parlor appeal

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control will not hear an appeal filed by an Atlantic Beach tattoo parlor.

Health regulators pulled the license for 5 Jesters Custom Tattoo after a NewsChannel 15 investigation into how it was licensed.

Our investigation showed the town’s manager told DHEC a nearby park was condemned when it wasn’t.

Because DHEC thought the park was closed, it issued the license – only to pull it after our story.

5 Jesters appealed, but Tuesday DHEC decided it wouldn’t hear the appeal.

Now the tattoo parlor can appeal to the South Carolina Administrative Law Court.

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