Lisa Howard-Fusco Special to the Cherry Hill Courier-Post Published 5:46 PM EDT Oct 17, 2018 Beauty is in the eye of the beholder — and over the last 20 years, nothing has changed so much in our culture as the beauty standards for body art and augmentation. What was once only within the realm of bikers and sailors, such as tattoos, or in non-Western cultures, such as ear stretching, gauges and body piercing, has now seeped into mainstream culture. “Things have definitely changed,” said Christine McGeoch, a 26-year old massage therapist in Forked River who opted for ear gauges back in junior high, but still retains them now that she is in the working world. More: 'It's about dignity': South Jersey stylists support those with cancer-related hair loss More: Adelphia sells 'Boobie Cakes' to raise funds to support breast cancer advocacy, education More: Why this Moorestown teacher is wearing one dress for 100 school days “When I was in high … [Read more...] about Love & regret in age of tattoos, body piercings, gauges
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“I mean, it’s like I’m going to have it like forever, right?” Amber Butterfly is telling a heavily tattooed man standing over the book of tattoo art. “Totally!” he barks each time Amber Butterfly pauses.“Because I’m like not like a girl who’s going to get her tattoos removed. Like, ever. Also, this is like my first one, so that’s special, right?” she asks, then sticks her lower lip out in a pout. “Totally!” her new friend bellows. His earlobes, stretched with turquoise-encrusted metal washers, dangle close to the collar of his Harley-Davidson tank top. His impressive jawline is inked with what look like little apostrophes. Amber Butterfly, a 23-year-old massage therapist who traveled here from Indio, California, bats her long, blue eyelashes at Apostrophe Beard. “Can you help me decide?” “I don’t work here,” he grunts. “I’m getting a lower back piece … [Read more...] about Phoenix, Ink: Tattoos Not Just for ‘Whores and Sailors’ Anymore; What Happened?
A free tattoo removal program is offering its services to young survivors of sex trafficking. (iStock) Child and teen sex-trafficking survivors will be able to get a fresh start with help removing a physical stigma that symbolizes deep emotional wounds—the tattoos that their captors put on their bodies. Administration for Children's Services Commissioner David Hansell said that nearly 3,000 children and young adult trafficking survivors, under ACS supervision, are being offered the free service to erase the ink forced on them as a sign of ownership. More from Fox 5 New York Kitten gets stuck in car engine Carlson fires back at Miss America bully accusations Fitness tracker for dogs Beer offer kept man from jumping off bridge 7-year-old boy reopens lemonade stand shuttered by inspector "No young person should be forced to go through life with a permanent mark of exploitation and abuse on their body," Hansell said. "The NYC Child … [Read more...] about Tattoo removal program offers free service to young sex-trafficking survivors
close Video Trump's immigration crackdown sparks debate Immigration is an issue that has people from both sides of the aisle heated; talk radio hosts weigh in on 'America's News HQ.' Media criticism of President Trump’s immigration policy reached a fever pitch this past week, as the president was demonized and called every name in the book, while some members of his administration and family were threatened and harassed. In theory, it was all part of the immigration fight. In practice, it was one more opportunity for Trump-haters to launch extreme attacks against the president and those close to him. The left hounded administration officials at restaurants and at home, which thrilled Univision anchor Jorge Ramos. Protestors confronted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen while she was eating at a restaurant and at her home, while White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was kicked out of a restaurant because she works for President Trump. … [Read more...] about Immigration policy gives Trump-hating media a new reason to go overboard demonizing him and his team
There is definitely a stigma in the tattoo world of getting a “white girl tattoo.” Anchors, feathers, swallows, any quotes written in cursive (whether it be biblical, personal, or from a song), or anything to do with an infinity sign are almost taboo because of how mainstream they have become (weird, right?). There is even a “typical white girl tattoo” form that went viral, which depicts an alleged form from an ink parlor that has all of the “girly” tattoo styles, a slightly condescending header above a space to write a word or quote that you desire, and then the “stereotypical girl placements” for the tattoo, with sarcastic additions showing the artist’s thoughts about how the girls want their bodies tattooed. Hopefully the form is a fake that was just made for some malicious fun. Personally, I hate how we look down on women for following trends. We tell women to fit in at all costs, but then when they actually like things that are … [Read more...] about Understand the Trend: Moth Tattoos