LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas tattoo artist headed back to New York recently to coach contestants around the country for the upcoming reality TV competition Ink Master, with this season's...
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts authorities say a group of Jewish teens played a key role in saving the life of a drowning man with a tattoo of a swastika.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Health has proposed banning artists from tattooing on scarred skin and is holding a public meeting on the proposal next week.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Lalo Aguayo still remembers the shock of seeing his uncle leave prison decades ago with a green arm. He was 13 at the time and asked his mother about it.
State budget proposal seeks licensing for tattoo artists
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's proposed two-year budget seeks to require tattoo artists and body piercers to register with the state and pay a $250 fee.
Tattoos, some book-themed, offered in support of library
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — More than three dozen people in Lawrence got their kicks from a different kind of ink at the town's public library this week.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A line of people snaked up the stairs from the Cream City Tattoo counter and nearly out the door one recent morning, as dozens waited for their semicolon...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill to prevent people from getting tattoos on the whites of their eyes.
The measure won first-round approval Wednesday on a 38-0...
WSU researchers discover oldest tattoo tool in North America
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Scientists from Washington State University have discovered the oldest known tattooing tool in western North America.
Tattoo parlor among town’s increasingly diverse tenants
OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — While Sara Gutierrez waited for her chance to be heard by the Old Bridge Township Zoning Board on a variance to let her open a tattoo parlor, someone in the audience told...
Central Minnesotans’ tattoo art to be collected at museum
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Grace Duxbury keeps an art collection on her at all times.
It's a series of tattoos that chronicle her interests, including a portrait of her favorite poet Oscar Wilde and a historic stamp of St. George slaying a dragon.
Columbia artist offers henna to those coping with illness
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — When a friend approached Columbia artist Sue Giger for a henna tattoo, Giger had never heard of it.
Giger, who conducts her part-time art business under the name Midnight Museum, has experience in printmaking, watercolor and acrylic painting and face and body art. When her friend told her about henna, she was immediately intrigued to learn a new art form.
After researching, buying supplies and experimenting with a number of pastes, Giger was hooked.
Tattoo studio finds new beginning after destructive crash
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — This past summer, the lives of Jack and Della Gorbey were turned upside down.
At 2:24 a.m. on July 25, a tractor-trailer crashed into their business, Derma Doodlezz Tattoo Studio, formerly located on Meadowdale Road. With their tattoo studio reduced to rubble, they lost everything.
Europe Ryder Cup captain fulfils promise of victory tattoo
LONDON (AP) — Europe captain Thomas Bjorn has lived up to his promise to tattoo their winning Ryder Cup score on his bottom.
Bjorn made the promise at a news conference before the event in September in France, where Europe was the underdog against the United States.
Survivors, moms get tattoos for suicide prevention
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — People wearing hats and coats huddled and chatted, sending condensation from their breath and words into the air.
The small crowd was waiting for Taku Tattoo to open its doors at 10 a.m. and begin scheduling appointments for a suicide prevention tattoo special. For Friday, Nov. 30, business card-sized tattoos were $50 with half of the proceeds going toward Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition.
"The response has been incredible," said shop manager Amy Ridle.
AP PHOTOS: Iraqis seek tattoos to cover scars of war
BAGHDAD (AP) — The tattoos across Saad Khudeir's body conceal the Iraqi soldier's scars and reveal his unseen wounds.
The face of his fiancee, who was killed in a car bomb near his Baghdad home in 2008, looks up from his right arm. Four years later, a suicide bomber rammed his army convoy in Fallujah, leaving burns across 70 percent of his body.
He survived both bombings, but was left with gruesome scars.
Dad gets skull tattoo to share son’s pain
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — As he climbed onto an examination table, preparing to have his head sliced open ear-to-ear for the 10th time, the realization of the journey ahead washed over 12-year-old James Nolan.
He gripped his yellow toy duck, tugged on his ear and began to cry.
Ezra Miller shows off Killing Curse ‘tattoo’
Democrat Ojeda looks to win vacant congressional seat
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democrat Richard Ojeda, a retired Army paratrooper known for his tattoos and populist message, looks to break through Republican dominance in Trump-loving West Virginia in a showdown with a fellow state lawmaker for a vacant congressional seat.
Standing in his way is Carol Miller, a member of the GOP leadership team in the West Virginia House of Delegates.
Their campaign in the 3rd District highlights Tuesday's contests for West Virginia's three congressional seats.
Caravan artist tattoos loved ones’ names for fellow migrants
JUCHITAN, Mexico (AP) — As he traveled with several thousand other migrants through southern Mexico this week with dreams of making it to the U.S. border, Gerson Rivas didn't want the memory of the mother he left behind in Honduras to be carried only in his heart.
So he had her name, Esperanza, tattooed in rudimentary, flowing black script on his left forearm. The name in Spanish means "hope."
AP PHOTOS: In Morocco, tribal tattoos fade with age, Islam
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — In Morocco's Middle Atlas mountains, an ancient tradition is fading. The distinctive tribal tattoos that indigenous Amazigh women acquired in a coming of age ritual are slowly disappearing as their bearers age and die.
Strictly observant Muslims and women who want to be modern have shunned the practice, which dates to pre-Islamic times. Today, the tattoos largely are found on older Berber women who farm in rural areas.
Sioux Falls tattoo shop owner remembered after fatal crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — One of the things Jody Little loved best was riding his motorcycle, so it was no surprise when he told his wife that's what he wanted to do on a Sunday night in September.
"It was a full moon that night," Amy Little said, sitting at a table in the Sioux Falls tattoo shop her husband started. "That's how we danced. We didn't go out dancing, but we did when we rode together."
Nipple reconstruction by tattoo shop made all the difference
HAMPSTEAD, Md. (AP) — Manchester resident Jason Lynn, 38, has been an artist as long as he can remember.
So he found it fitting to start his own tattoo shop in nearby Hampstead nine years ago, House of Madness Tattoo Emporium & Odditorium, and continues honing his skills surrounded by the oddities he collects on North Main Street.
In policy change, Scotland Yard gives thumbs up to tattoos
LONDON (AP) — London's Metropolitan Police force is changing its no-tattoo policy for new recruits.
The change announced Wednesday means people with visible tattoos will be able to serve as police officers — although facial tattoos will still be banned.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said the change was made to bring the police "into line with other services." She said many young people had ruled out joining the police because of their tattoos.
Get out the needle: Tattoo artists show off their skills
BERLIN (AP) — Tattoo fans around the world may be wondering just where their favorite artists are.
Wonder no longer: Tattoo experts from 22 countries are showing off their skills at a convention in the Swiss lakeside city of Montreux.
The Montreux Tattoo Convention, which opened on Friday and ends Sunday, features some 160 artists along with concerts and competitions.
Missouri artist covering up racist tattoos for free
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri artist is covering racist tattoos for free to try and give people who've had a change of heart a second chance.
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Daughters of Mexican president, first lady display tattoos
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two daughters in Mexico's first family have been photographed at the presidential residence with a tattoo artist and new tattoos.
The tattoos were discrete, small ankle and wrist designs consisting of one or two letters. President Enrique Pena Nieto's daughter by a first marriage, Paulina Pena got one.
So did the daughter of first lady Angelica Rivera, Sofia Castro, who posted an apology of sorts to her mother.
IU Health allows tattoos in new dress code policy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's largest health system has decided to revise its dress code policy to reflect the desires of the many millennials on staff.
Lady Gaga collaborator known as Zombie Boy dead at 32
MONTREAL (AP) — Rick Genest, a Quebec model known for his head-to-toe tattoos and participation in the Lady Gaga music video "Born This Way," has died, his talent agency said.
Dulcedo Management confirmed on Facebook late Thursday the passing of Rick Genest, who was better known as Zombie Boy. Dulcedo said it "was in shock" and called the 32-year-old represented by the agency an "icon of the artistic scene and of the fashion world."
Beauty queen resigns title rather than cover tattoos
PHELAN, Calif. (AP) — A beauty queen in the Southern California desert community of Phelan has given up her crown rather than cover up her tattoos.
Sierra Leyde didn't have tattoos when she was named Miss Phelan at age 17.
But she celebrated her 18th birthday with tattoos of flowers on her upper arm and shoulder, and a shark on her forearm.
The Phelan Chamber of Commerce then asked her to sign a contract saying she would keep the tattoos covered while in her sash and crown.
Sheriff says guard’s tattoo is not a Nazi reference
WEST BOYLSTON, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts officials say a jail guard's tattoo is a reference to his college football playing days and is not a Nazi symbol.
A partial picture of the tattoo, with the number 88, went viral after a visitor posted it Wednesday on social media and said it was a reference to Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler.
Patriots fan turns Tom Brady’s autograph into a tattoo
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A young Connecticut woman didn't want to ever lose the autograph she got from Tom Brady.
The New England Patriots star signed 19-year-old Megan Uhrynowski's arm after a practice at Gillette Stadium on Monday night that she had attended with a friend.
Uhrynowski, a college student, told WHDH-TV her friend had suggested she turn the autograph into a tattoo.
Tours and tattoos mark Friday the 13th
BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — There's nothing superstitious about Friday the 13th as two towns celebrate the day with tours or tattoos.
Masked maniacs on Friday take to the streets of Blairstown, New Jersey. The community and its surroundings are where the 1980 horror movie "Friday the 13th" was filmed.
LONDON (AP) — In an age of tattoos, tongue piercings and tensions over Brexit, a soft-spoken man in a dark blue waistcoat and striped tie is uniting England amid dreams of victory in soccer's World Cup.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers entered this year's session with limited ambitions when compared to years past.
They still passed dozens of new laws. And while many of the most attention grabbing ideas — like legal Sunday retail alcohol sales — were already made the law of the land, more are set to take effect on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City tattoo shop says will donate all proceeds made off a selection of tattoos to Alex's Lemonade Stand for a special event.
The Fleur Noire Tattoo Parlour in Brooklyn will be donating the proceeds in Friday's "Soley Keeps Shining" event, applying to walk-in customers. The New York Post reports the event was planned by co-owner Laura Martinez and will be held at a private studio.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock's police chief is considering a change in the department's grooming policies so male officers can have more facial hair.
Chief Kenton Buckner says he's received numerous requests from officers who'd like to have beards or goatees. Department policy now allows only mustaches as facial hair.
LONDON (AP) — England's players and management are rallying around Raheem Sterling to ensure the tattoo controversy surrounding the forward doesn't affect his mindset heading into the World Cup.
Sterling came under scrutiny this week when he posted a picture of himself in an England training session with a tattoo of an assault rifle clearly visible on his right calf. He said it was a tribute to his late father, who was shot dead when Sterling was 2.
LONDON (AP) — England has offered its support to Raheem Sterling after the winger got a tattoo of a gun on his right leg.
The 23-year-old forward posted a picture of himself training with his England teammates ahead of the World Cup, with a tattoo of an assault rifle clearly visible on his right calf.
Missouri tattoo artist recovering after stroke
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A person's life can change in an instant.
One morning in 2017, Alex Bonebrake woke up, saw his wife, Catherine, off to work and got on his treadmill to exercise. Shortly into his run, he fell to the floor. He had suffered a stroke.
While there were warning signs, like lightheadedness, dizziness and slurring speech, Bonebrake chalked them up to being the usual anxiety he's always had.
Oregon hospital pursues ‘war on melanoma’
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Health & Science University has declared a 'war on melanoma' and is recruiting unusual foot soldiers for the job: hair dressers, makeup artists, masseurs, nail technicians and tattoo artists.
Oregon has one of the worst rates of skin cancer in the nation so the idea is to educate professionals whose jobs involve looking at skin to the warning signs of melanoma.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It was just some leaves and branches, but it brought Andrea Reynolds to tears.
Not so much the tattoo as where it was inked — across her chest, covering up the scars and lumps left in the aftermath of the double mastectomy she had done after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
"Cancer really changes you," Reynolds says. "And the treatments threw me into menopause. I was pretty depressed after the surgery."
MANCHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor spent some time Wednesday getting to know his new running mate, a day after Democrats voted to replace the incumbent lieutenant governor on the fall ticket with a mayor who sports arm tattoos with the dates of murders in his economically struggling steel town.
Gov. Tom Wolf had lunch at a cafe near his home with Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, who beat four others for the nomination. The incumbent, Democratic Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, finished fourth.
TORONTO (AP) — James Paxton looked up at the 20,000 Canadian fans cheering for him and pointed to the giant maple leaf tattoo on his right forearm.
The Big Maple picked the perfect place for the game of his life.
Paxton became the first Canadian to throw a no-hitter in his home country, pitching the Seattle Mariners over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 Tuesday night.
"You couldn't write this stuff," Paxton said. "Pretty amazing to have it happen against the Blue Jays, at home in Canada."
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Nicole Babel's left arm helps her tell a tragic story.
It's about her daughter Alexa Grace, who died from a rare heart disorder 11 years ago, when she was 8 months old.
Before Alexa was born, Nicole said the doctors knew something was wrong as her little heart was skipping beats.
Alexa had Ebstein's anomaly, a congenital defect in the heart's chambers. Because of the defect, her heart failed, Babel said.
APEX, N.C. (AP) — Petrina Hamm had been through so much: A diagnosis of breast cancer, although she had no family history of the disease. Six months of chemotherapy. Surgeries to remove her ovaries and her right kidney. A double mastectomy and then reconstructive surgery.
Hamm was grateful to be cancer-free, but she hated looking in the mirror and seeing the scars around her breast implants.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Cedar Point is doing away with some of its grooming guidelines for employees and allowing them to have colorful hair, beards, visible tattoos and more piercings.
A spokesman for the amusement park in Sandusky says many of these styles are becoming more normal.
Tony Clark tells The Sandusky Register that the changes also will allow the park to hire from a wider audience.
BEIJING (AP) — A cherubic British cartoon character has become an unlikely target of China's censors as fans use her porcine likeness in rap videos and "gangster" tattoos.
The bright pink swine's subversive alter-ego has made her a viral hit but also an apparent target of government workers who police the internet.