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Would You Get A Tattoo At Whole Foods?

February 14th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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American supermarket chain specializing in organic food, Whole Foods, is getting expanding their business portfolio this year.

According to Bloomberg, the companies Co-Chief Executive Officer Walter Robb is looking to appeal to millennial, “budget-conscious shoppers.” This initiative also includes a new line of lower-priced grocery stores  365 by Whole Foods Market.

“There’s a number of smaller-store competitors out there that are doing a nice job,” Robb told Bloomberg. “We don’t see any reason why we can’t go participate in that part of the market as well with our 365 by Whole Foods offer — it’s going to be unique.”

Unique is definitely the word to explain this announcement. The Whole Foods website states, “Friends of 365 may be any type of business — from food and drinks to fashion, body care products, record shops and tattoo parlors, inside 365 stores and on its outdoor patios.

“This is the same company and same set of quality standards,” Robb continued. “It’s just a fresh new format that I think will allow us to take those standards into markets and communities perhaps that Whole Foods Markets never would have been able to go.”

The first 365 Whole Foods Market location is slated for a May opening in Los Angeles. Others are scheduled to open this year in Oregon and Washington.

Well, if you’re in the mood for a tattoo or maybe a vinyl CD next time you plan to pick up some groceries, 365 is the place to go.


Edges Gone? Whatever You Do, Don’t Tattoo Them Back In Like This Woman

February 11th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In the quest to have the most laid of ‘dos temporarily, many of us wear hairstyles that pull at our hair and cause our edges to thin out. For others, pregnancy comes for our edges, as does stress, lupus, alopecia, iron deficiency, and hypothyroidism. It can even be hereditary. But what is one to do when that hair runs for the hills? Whatever you do, I wouldn’t recommend going to a tattoo artist and having them create edges for you with ink. Like this woman:


This could be clever, and kudos to the tattoo artist for his good work. However, I can’t imagine what that tattooed edge is going to look like once it goes through the healing process, which usually includes dryness, peeling and itching. And what if this woman wants to color her hair later in life? What then?

While it seemed like a reasonable idea on paper, getting your edges tattooed on is not your next best bet. Experts and stylists say if you’re not trying to help your edges grow back, you need to leave that hair alone. So what should you do when you notice that your edges are thinning out? It may not be too late.

Rubbing your thinning hair with essential oils can do your edges good. Black castor oil is always lauded, as is Vitamin E, protein treatments, rosemary oil and temple balms from brands like Eden, Dr. Miracles and Organic Root Stimulator.

It’s a given that you might want to ease up on the weaves and extensions that pull on the hair, but the same goes for ponytails that pull excessively, tight braids,  super secure knots and restrictive headbands.

And ditch the bonnets that are too tight around your hairline, as well as the ones that aren’t made with satin edges. Your best bet if you know your edges are thinning is to opt for a satin pillowcase or use a covering that is all-satin everything.

Also, be careful with products that could be hurting your hairline. From your makeup to your acne medication, your edges will thank you later.

Thinning edges are disappointing, but there are ways to get them together–without putting an ink needle to your scalp.

But what say you? Is this woman’s tattooed hairline a crazy idea or clever?

Ask Dr. Renee: What Is A Keloid?

April 16th, 2015 - By Dr. Renee Matthews
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What Is A Keloid

A woman named Asabi Barner has filed a lawsuit against Black Ink, the tattoo shop featured on the VH1 show Black Ink Crew. She went to the tattoo shop in Harlem, New York to have a tattoo she received at 18 covered up. Since covering up the tattoo, Barner’s skin has developed keloids on the left breast, the same area where part of the new tattoo was placed. Her lawsuit claims Black Ink was reckless, careless and negligent, and the reason she has the large scars.

What is a keloid?

A keloid is an area of irregular fibrous tissue formed at the site of a scar or injury. A keloid is a type of scar but unlike other scars it does not subside over time. It is a tough, thick scar that rises above the rest of the skin. There is no known reason for why people develop keloid scars. They usually appear after trauma or injury to the skin but can also appear without trauma or injury. Keloids develop most often on the chest, back, shoulders, and earlobes. They seldom develop on the face (with the exception of the jawline).

Who is prone to developing a keloid?

According to research, people of African descent are seven times more likely to develop a keloid scar than our European counterparts. Although people with darker skin are more likely to develop them, keloids can occur in people of all skin types. In some cases, the tendency to form keloids seems to run in families.

Unfortunately, tattooing can also lead to keloids because of the trauma caused to the skin by the needle used. Barner may never have had a keloid form from her other tattoos or piercings, but as I previously stated, the chest is an area prone to developing keloids. I am not a tattoo artist, but the size of her previous tattoos may be why she did not experience any keloid formation. The tattoo that she received from Black Ink was rather large (a chest plate) and involved more trauma to her skin which, unfortunately, formed a keloid.

Treatments for keloids

These are some of the current treatments for keloids. They may or may not get rid of the keloid and the discomfort that may come with it, and sometimes the treatments can cause a larger keloid to form. Please visit a dermatologist and discuss options with them before proceeding.

  • Cortisone injections (intralesional steroids): These are safe and not very painful. Injections are usually given once every four to eight weeks into the keloids and usually help flatten them. However, steroid injections can also make the flattened keloid red by stimulating the formation of more superficial blood vessels. (These can be treated using a laser; see below.) The keloid may look better after treatment than what it looked like before, but even the best results leave a mark that looks and feels quite different from the surrounding skin.
  • Surgery: This is risky because cutting a keloid can trigger the formation of a similar or even larger keloid. Some surgeons achieve success by injecting steroids or applying pressure dressings to the wound site for months after cutting away the keloid. Radiation after surgical excision has also been used.
  • Laser: Pulsed-dye lasers can be effective at flattening keloids and making them look less red. Treatment is safe and not very painful, but several treatment sessions may be needed. These may be costly since such treatments are not usually covered by insurance plans.
  • Silicone sheets: This involves wearing a sheet of silicone gel on the affected area continuously for months, which is hard to sustain. Results are variable. Some doctors claim similar success with compression dressings made from materials other than silicone.
  • Cryotherapy: Freezing keloids with liquid nitrogen may flatten them, but it often darkens or lightens the site of treatment.
  • Interferon: Interferons are proteins produced by the body’s immune system to help fight off viruses, bacteria, and other challenges. In recent studies, injections of interferon have shown promise in reducing the size of keloids but it’s not yet certain whether such results will last for the long-term. Current research is underway using a variant of this method, applying topical imiquimod (Aldara), which stimulates the body to produce interferon.
  • Fluorouracil: Injections of this chemotherapy agent, alone or with steroids, have also been used to treat keloids.
  • Radiation: Some doctors have reported safe and effective use of radiation to treat keloids.

I am not an attorney but in my medical opinion Ms. Barner cannot blame Black Ink for her keloid. Instead of seeking out a lawyer, I think she should go to a dermatologist, preferably one that has had success removing keloids from Black skin. I will continue to watch how this story unfolds. If you have any other questions about keloids, please Ask Dr. Renee.

Source: Ask Dr. Renee

Source: Ask Dr. Renee

Dr. Renee Matthews has appeared on WGN’s “People to People”  where she discussed different health topics. She started her media career with her own radio show on ReachMD, a programming source for health professionals. In addition, Dr. Renee has been a featured medical correspondent on Sirius XM’s “Sway in the Morning.” 

Twitter: @AskDrRenee

No Judgment, But I’ll [Probably] Never Tattoo a Man’s Name On My Body

March 20th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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For the longest time, I was sure that I would be one of the few people of my generation to die without a tattoo. Nothing really seemed important enough to put on my body until death. Well eventually I, with a lot of help and convincing from my younger sister, who was working on her third tattoo, came up with a design that I could live with. Now, almost a year since I’ve had it, I understand why people can’t stop getting tatted up. It is something like an addiction. I know I’m trying to get another one. Whatever I get though, I can say with almost 98 percent certainty that I won’t be tattooing a man’s name, initials or likeness on my body.

I was having this discussion with a male friend one evening and he was like I’m sure you would if that man were your husband. Umm…first, I would never even consider doing that for a man who wasn’t my husband. But still my answer is no. Though I’m not anywhere near being married right now, I still can’t see it going down like that, for several reasons. Though I believe that my first marriage will be my last, you never know what could happen. I knew a woman who got her husband’s face tattooed somewhere on her side buttocks area, sure that their marriage would be one that lasted forever. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. And now I wonder what she’s going to do with that monstrosity of a tattoo she was so ready and willing to show everybody. Perhaps she can get somebody to turn it into an angry lion or something else that holds significance to her.

Even if my husband and I stay together, who’s to say, God forbid, that he won’t be in some type of fatal accident and then my next husband is going to be subjected to staring at my former’s initials, or even worse, face. It’s one thing to bring baggage into a relationship, it’s another to bring homeboy’s face into the bedroom. Unless your new man is trying to ménage with your old one, then it’s probably not a good look.

Still, all of that being considered, I say I wouldn’t tattoo a man’s face or initials on my body now; but love will have people doing some crazy things. There have been too many times when I’ve watched my girls or my family members do or say things for the sake of a relationship that I thought were outlandish. I would vow, sometimes silently and sometimes, rudely, out loud that I would never do or say such things. And then, I’d find myself in just the right situation and I’d become a hypocrite, doing exactly what I said I wouldn’t.

So who knows there might be some man’s initials in my future but I sincerely hope I don’t become this woman.

Who’s That Lady? Chris Has A New Breezy Tatted On His Neck

September 11th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Chris Brown is stumbling into Weezy/Lil Scrappy territory when it comes to the tattoos which are now virtually everywhere on his body except his face. TMZ peeped the new artwork Breezy has on one side of his neck which happens to be a woman’s face in the shape of a mask. And though to most people this just looks like a random silhouette of a woman, you know the rumors are already swirling about who this face may actually belong to: Rihanna.

Chris has been known to tat a lady’s face on him so you know it’s real. Remember the artwork of Karrueche Tran’s face on his arm? However when you compare the level of artsmanship on that tat, where you could actually make out Karrueche’s face, and this random sketch, it’s hard to imagine someone would recreate Rih Rih’s face like this. That could be just how Breezy likes it, which is what TMZ wants you to think with this side-by-side shot, but I just don’t see it. Neither do sources close to Chris who reportedly told the site “it’s a random woman.”


I’m more concerned with the fact that this tattoo looks poorly done and is so highly visible but it’s not my neck. What do you think of Chris’s new tattoo? In your opinion, does it look anything like Rihanna?

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Someone Please Call 911: Chad Tats Evelyn’s Name And Face On His Leg

September 5th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: NecoleBitchie

With someone as animated as Ochocino, it’s hard to tell when his antics are part of his normal over-the-top personality or a cry for help. Either way, when it comes to him getting a tattoo of Evelyn’s face and name on his leg, it is not a good look.

Source: USA Today


The saddest thing is that Chad got the tat this weekend, you know, after he headbutted Evelyn and got fired from the Miami Dolphins and lost his reality show and she filed for divorce. It seems Chad is as delusional about his marital status as Evelyn is about being the face of domestic violence because when his Twitter followers asked him why in the world would he would permanently ink the face of a woman who plans to divorce him on his body, he said:

Divorce? Child please… that’s my WIFE

I dont give a flying pretzel in skittle rainbow hell what she filed for…

Naturally, everyone decided ol’ boy has lost it, but according to him, he “never had it to begin with,” adding, “I march to the beat of my own drum, F public opinion…”

And as if professing his love for Evelyn on his body wasn’t enough, he also felt the need to do so in his Twitter bio which now reads:

Don’t follow me… I’m not perfect… I’m not a role model… I’m not into acting yet… Oh and i love all of that from the E to the N

I hope he doesn’t think that’s going to bring her back — not that it took much to get her in the first place.

We gone pray for this brotha.

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Is She Competing With Rihanna’s Tats? Karrueche Reveals An Interesting Leg Tattoo

August 29th, 2012 - By rjohnson
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Leg Tattoo

Source: Necole Bitchie


Chris Brown’s girlfriend Karrueche Tran was spotted on the scene last night after leaving a dinner date with Christina Milian at the Supper Night Club.  She was showed off her amazing legs in a pair of Jimmy Choo open toe boots and an Ashley Paige romper, but it was her tattoo that was commanding all of the attention. Her ink work, which she obtained earlier in the year, features a slightly opened zipper that runs almost the length of her entire leg.

Read more: Necole 

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Mother Arrested for Letting 10-Year-Old Son Get a Tat

January 20th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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When Chuntera Napier’s 10-year-old son asked if he could get a tattoo honoring his brother who had been killed by a teen driver two years ago, the Georgia mother says she couldn’t tell him no. But now she may wish she had since authorities have charged her with misdemeanor cruelty and being a party to a crime as a result of the body art.

Chuntera doesn’t attempt to deny her part in the “crime.” She admits taking her son Gaquan to an artist in Smyrna where he received a tattoo featuring his brother’s name and his former basketball jersey number.

“My son came to me and said, ‘Mom, I want to get a tattoo with Malik on it, rest in peace.’ What do I say to a child who wants to remember his brother?”

I always thought it was legal to tattoo a minor with consent from their legal guardian, but according to a 2010 law, “it shall be unlawful for any person to tattoo the body of any person under the age of 18, except for a physician or osteopath…”

Chuntera says she was unaware of the law, and although she was bonded out of jail Wednesday, she’s still shocked that she had to face this predicament. As far as the tattoo artist, police say they want to speak with the person who allegedly applied the tattoo to 10-year-old Gaquan.

Police Chief Mike Wilkie said of the mother and son, “We hope they can find something that can sustain them through that loss, but this is not the way, and it is illegal, and it was something we were bound by the law to investigate and to prosecute.”

Do you think Chuntera was wrong to let her son get a tattoo (outside of not knowing it was illegal)? Do you agree with the law banning tattoos on minors?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Men: Just Say No to Lower Back Tats

December 20th, 2011 - By Brande Victorian
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If a lower back tattoo on a woman is a tramp stamp, what is it called when you see the same thing on a guy? How about a warning sign that he’d much rather date your brother than you?

Lower back tats got their name because women who have them are either always wearing skimpy clothes to show them off, or the body art is always “accidentally” peeking out of at the top of a pair of low-rise jeans or bikini bottoms. This little peek-a-boo tactic gives women an excuse to drop their bottoms even lower or lift up their tops when a man asks to see the tattoo.

Now picture this same thing happening with a man.  There is nothing even remotely swexy or straight about a man teasing us with a little crack peep show or lifting up his shirt in a strip tease motion just so you can see his lower back. If shirts are coming off—I want to see upper back, pecs, and biceps. And if a man has a shirt on that’s short enough to show some ink there, I don’t think you have to ask much else.

It doesn’t help that the go-to example of a man with a lower back tat gone bad is Shemar Moore. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a beautiful specimen of a man but his sexuality has been in question for about as long as lower back body art has been labeled a tramp stamp. You know who else has a man stamp? Ray J. ‘Nuff said.

The “v taper” at the bottom of the spine can be one of the best parts of a man’s body. For the sake of that hotness and heterosexuality, men need to keep this canvass bare.

What’s your take on male tramp stamps? Yay or nay?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Superstarred: Hollywood’s Tattoo Collection

September 11th, 2010 - By Khadija Allen
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What do these celebrity tattoos tell us? Are they symbols of art or branded missteps?


Tattoos used to be our best kept secrets. What was once a source of private knowledge to our parents is now an obsession in civil society. Body art has developed into a fashion statement: an open book of folktales and innuendos ingrained in pop culture which has desecrated the most unlikely sorts. What do Rihanna, Fantasia, and Angelina Jolie all have in common? They have opened a floodgate of questions as to whether their creations are symbols of art or public missteps. What do you think?

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