September 23, 1996 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1996 |
Alarmed by the recent debut of the city's first tattoo and body piercing parlor, the San Fernando City Council on Monday unanimously passed an emergency ordinance imposing a 45-day moratorium on the opening of similar businesses. Councilman Raul Godinez II, acting as mayor pro tem at Monday's council meeting, said the city would use the time to possible zoning restrictions that would make businesses offering tattoos, body-piercing or selling drug paraphernalia less accessible to minors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1996 |
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.
November 21, 1995 |
As trends go, body piercing has hit it big. Nose and navel rings, tongue studs and ears laced with dangling wires no longer warrant a double take. What does deserve a second look, however, are the related health risks and possible complications. Serious side effects appear rare.
September 20, 1992 |
Tumor is pretty hip for a 15-year-old girl, always on the guest list, always knows who's coming through town, usually manages to get albums a few weeks before they show up in the stores. She knows how to stage-dive without sticking her Doc Martens into some goober's face. Her favorite color is black.
June 5, 1992 |
Guns 'n Roses' Axl Rose wore a discreet nipple ring on tour last year and guitarist Izzy Stradlin has a nose ring. Rachel Bolan, bass player for Skid Row, wears a chain from nose to ear. For metal musicians, these are pretty mild fashion statements. But it's another thing to see your bank teller with a ring through her septum or a store clerk with a small barbell through his eyebrow. After being fashionable among '80s punks (remember safety pins through the cheeks?