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A tattoo that starts as a personal statement can sometimes have medical consequences.
May 28, 2015 About a quarter of U.S. adults have at least one tattoo. Yet doctors say we still don't understand the full extent of the skin's reaction to tattoos. For some people, problems linger for months.
Siblings Jessica and Oliver Schaap of Holland, Mich., test out the temporary vegetable tattoos known as Tater Tats.
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February 25, 2015 Vegetable tattoos, both temporary and permanent, can make for beautiful body art. Some enthusiasts are hoping to use them to encourage healthy, seasonal eating.
Not-so-authentic Irish: a Celtic knot tattoo. Tattoo parlors in Ireland say almost all the customers requesting this are American.
November 25, 2014 The Celtic knot — a pattern of interlocking lines — is centuries old, carved into ancient stones all over Ireland. But that tattoo on your biceps? Like the fortune cookie, American born and bred.
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Tattoo artist Peter van der Helm, shown in his studio in Amsterdam in December 2013, has set up a business to preserve the tattoos of the dead.
October 11, 2014 Got a killer tat? There's no reason for it to die with you. Thanks to a Dutch tattoo artist, if you sign the right forms and pay the right price, a lab can preserve your body art after you die.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the only player in the newest edition of the Madden NFL video game franchise to have his signature tattoos faithfully rendered in the game.
August 24, 2014 Fear of lawsuits had kept tattoos out of previous editions of the video game, but San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick put those worries to rest when he secured the rights to his tattoos.
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June 19, 2014 Getting Fido inked or pierced, except for purposes of medical identification, will be against the law in New York after Gov. Cuomo signs the measure.
British tourist Naomi Coleman displays the tattoo that has gotten her deported from Sri Lanka.
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April 22, 2014 A 37-year-old British woman was detained in the island nation after a taxi driver noticed her Buddha tattoo, which is viewed as a religious affront to the country's dominant religion.
Antoine Goupille may be the first human tattooed by a robot.
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April 2, 2014 Body art, made possible by a clever hack. It all started when a young student in France was riding his bike on the way to design school.
This pose is required when thinking innovative thoughts.
December 18, 2013 Along with submissions for our Weekly Innovation post, we've also received ideas for things that haven't been created yet, things that NPR readers want to see become a reality (like reversible tattoos or steering wheel fans). As we look ahead to 2014, here are our favorite ideas of the past year.
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October 19, 2013 Maybe it's their love of ink. Whatever the reason, there seem to be quite a few librarians who have tattoos. And there's a bit of a trend: Sell calendars of librarians who are baring their body art to raise money for their institutions.
A U.S. Army soldier at Outpost Monti in Afghanistan's Kunar province, in Sept. 2011.
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September 24, 2013 The rules against ink below the elbows and above the neckline were loosened in 2006 when more soldiers were needed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, the Army wants to tighten regulations again.
Along with a tattoo, this person got an infection.
August 23, 2012 Federal and state health investigators have identified outbreaks of skin infections linked to tattoos in four states. At least 14 people in New York were infected by ink that was apparently contaminated during manufacturing.
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