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July 1, 1996 | TIM MAY
The item stuck out on the City Council agenda like a sore thumb: "Tattoo/Body Piercing Survey Results." But it wasn't a report on the number of San Fernando city employees who have pierced noses or anchors stenciled across their biceps. The subject was what, if anything, the city could do about its first tattoo parlor, Chubb's Clothing and Record Shop, which opened about three weeks ago on Brand Boulevard. The answer: not much.
On the surface, Scott Dygert seems to have everything. Not only is Dygert, a high school junior, the student body vice president and president of the Debate Club, but he was also selected to represent his peers on Assemblywoman Debra Bowen's (D-Marina del Rey) Youth Council. And last year, he lettered in track.
February 18, 2002 | EMILY DWASS
Not that long ago, it was fairly common practice for kids to pierce each other's ears with an ice cube and a needle, a practice that could result in a nasty infection. These days, kids are better informed about ear piercing, knowing that they can go to the doctor's office or jewelry store to have the procedure done. It's generally considered a safer bet to go to a doctor--usually a dermatologist.
The dominant sound at Tattoo Mania's fifth annual Inkslingers Ball was the incessant buzzing of electric needles. It easily drowned out the alternative rock music coming out of the PA system. In almost every booth, someone was offering up a bared ankle, back, thigh or other body part to be permanently decorated with the design of their choice.
September 27, 2000 | LISA GIRION
A Woodland Hills woman sued her former employer Tuesday, alleging she was wrongly fired after she refused to remove a new tongue stud. Mary Haudenshield, 29, said she did not believe the small stud she placed in her tongue Sept. 3 was visible to others or in violation of the dress code at the apartment complex where she worked as a leasing consultant.
March 21, 2005 | Melissa Healy, Times Staff Writer
A pierced lip or tongue may be a fashion statement of youth, but new evidence suggests that oral piercing may lead to receded gums, a sign of age that is the origin of the expression "long in the tooth." Researchers at Ohio State University in Columbus looked at 58 young adults with an average age between 21 and 22. Half had pierced lips and the other half did not, although both groups were otherwise alike in age and gender. Among the subjects with a pierced lip, 41.
January 29, 1997
Thank you for putting "Bill Seeks OK of Parents for Body Piercing" (Jan. 24) on the front page where it's sure to receive the ridicule it deserves. Lancaster Assemblyman George Runner Jr.'s proposal to require parental approval before kids do anything so rash as pierce a bellybutton seems a strange position for a "get the government out of people's lives" Republican. Gosh, parents really need the government's help on this one! As your story implies, the government might plausibly have a role in regulating the sanitary conditions of piercing parlors, but Runner's bill is aimed not at improving hygiene, but at bolstering the power of majors over minors.
September 17, 1998 | CHRISTINE CASTRO
The City Council has denied an operating permit for body piercing in a local beauty salon. In a unanimous vote Monday, the City Council decided that body piercing was most similar to tattooing, and therefore could not be allowed within the city's commercial neighborhood zones. Council members cited health and safety concerns, as well as potential for indecent exposure. There are no body-piercing salons in Cypress, but it is a growing field and standards must be set, Councilman Tim Keenan said.
February 24, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
In one of the most comprehensive health examinations of body piercing, researchers have found that the wildly popular fashion statement is relatively safe although about 20% of piercings become infected. Northwestern University dermatologists analyzed the overall safety, complications and medical consequences of piercings, focusing on the ear, nose, mouth, nipple, navel and male and female genitalia. They found infections, although treatable, were the most common complication, followed by allergies, loss of blood, scarring and interference of medical procedures, such as X-ray or ultrasound.
March 12, 1997 | From Associated Press
A bill to require parental permission for a teenager to pierce assorted body parts was bombarded with amendments and questions Tuesday until an Assembly committee postponed a vote to sort it all out. "I think there are too many holes in it," said Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) with a grin. "It doesn't appear to me this is very well thought out," said Assemblywoman Carole Migden (D-San Francisco).
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