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May 18, 1995
As a senior dad of a Pali High teen-ager, my gray hair turned even grayer after Sunday's cover story about body piercing ["Body Language," April 30]. And I thought our daughter's "surprise" nose ring was an abomination; may she be spared from ever meeting your man, Ra, and his crown to crotch metallic mutilations. Hopefully we've seen the last of Baba, the professional piercer with the Lucite stud through his tongue. What a fun guy. Has he considered a career with the Ringling Brothers?
April 3, 1994
The Illegal Interns, hosts of a cable television show featuring Eastside artists, musicians, comedians and poets, will present a festival Saturday at the Aztlan Cultural Foundation. "The Stage Is Yours IV," from 6 p.m. to midnight, is one of a series of events to promote local artists, said Flavio Morales, one of the Illegal Interns.
January 17, 1994 | Compiled for The Times by Patricia A. Konley
Tattoos and body piercing are increasingly popular among young people. We asked Southern California teen-agers why they think their peers do it and whether they would themselves. ANNETTE LePERE, Senior, South Pasadena High School I'd consider getting my ears pierced but not my nose. I also don't think I'd get a tattoo because it's permanent, and just because I'm in a stage now doesn't mean I'm going want the same mark on my body 50 years from now.
September 11, 2007 | Ching-Ching Ni, Times Staff Writer
Her relatives had always described her as a colicky baby. When Luo Cuifen was 26, she found out a likely reason why. Doctors discovered more than two dozen sewing needles embedded in her body, some piercing her vital organs. X-rays of her head and torso look like a dart board. Doctors believe the needles were driven into her body when Luo was days old. One in the top of her skull could only have been stuck there when the bones in her head were still soft.
January 11, 2004 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The day after arresting a self-described "body modification artist" for allegedly conspiring to perform genital mutilations on two girls, federal authorities said they have found no evidence that he had ever done the procedure. But prosecutors say they believe they have enough evidence to prove that Todd Cameron Bertrang, 41, and his companion Robyn Faulkinbury, 24, both of Santa Clarita, illegally conspired to break the federal ban on such procedures.
October 5, 1998 | BOB HEISLER, FOR THE TIMES
Capt. Howdy is the kind of guy who likes to hear himself talk. So he sews together the lips of visitors to his surgical dungeon in otherwise lovely Helverton, Colo. Unless the name Dee Snider means something to you from the heavy-metal group Twisted Sister, there's no reason to read on. "Dee Snider's Strangeland" is the kind of movie your parents warned you about. And they were right. It's a disturbing, hopeless, irredeemable series of images that will scar you if you wander into it unprepared.
May 22, 2001 | Greg Johnson
The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday urged a consumer boycott of Toyota Motor Sales USA for what the civil rights leader described as "offensive marketing materials" that promote the Torrance-based auto company's RAV4 sport-utility vehicle. The allegation made during a news conference in Chicago was sparked by a promotional postcard that shows a smiling black man with a likeness of a RAV4 embedded in a bright gold tooth.
April 29, 2004 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
A group of adult film actors has agreed to try to form a union, tentatively named Adult Entertainment Workers. At a private meeting Tuesday night, about 35 performers voted unanimously to draw up a list of demands and a bill of rights for workers in the San Fernando Valley-based industry. Issues to be addressed include healthcare, pay and work schedules. Another meeting was held Wednesday night and more were expected.
September 27, 2000 | VALERIE GUTIERREZ
The "L.A. Celebrates Australian Photography" exposition will begin next month in six galleries throughout Los Angeles. The first exhibit to launch is that of Michael Corridore, whose images of contemporary Cuba will be featured in "Cuba Libre," opening at Boccalero Gallery on Oct. 1. Andrew Dunbar's images from his award-winning book "Body Piercing" will be shown alongside his black-and-white Los Angeles-inspired nudes at David Aden Gallery in Venice.
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