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Is tattoo popularity fading?

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: My friend and I are having an argument. He is 22 and never got a tattoo. Suddenly, he wants one. I say he’s lucky he never got one because they are going out of style. He doesn’t agree that they are…


Tattoos are a passion, but half regret them

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I’m a 17-year-old guy and I recently got two star tattoos, one on each shoulder. They are placed where they can be easily hidden. What bothers me…


Time to show parents secret tattoo

Dear Straight Talk: In January, I got a tattoo against my parents’ wishes. It’s on my lower back and so far they don’t know about it. I’m 16 and really feel that I should…

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Finding a job with body jewelry challenging

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 17 and looking for a job. The trouble is I immediately get judged for my body jewelry (I have a small Marilyn Monroe stud). They say if I want to work there, I won’t…


Tattoo removal expensive and painful

Dear Straight Talk: I’m writing in response to the daughter who wanted a tattoo. I’m 25 and I just spent almost 2 years and $6000 having two tattoos removed. It was incredibly painful.…

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Body piercings, tattoos, what’s a mother to do?

Dear Straight Talk: My 15 year-old daughter “Alexis” is fighting me tooth and nail to get a tattoo on her lower back and pierce the side of her nose. I think tattoos and piercings look…


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