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  1. New Mexico Further Reopens Economy Monday – KRWG — May 29, 2020
  2. Everything you need to know about COVID-19 this summer in Montreal – CityNews Montreal — May 29, 2020
  3. Reeves to reopen state with Safe Return – Clarksdale Press Register — May 29, 2020
  4. Tattoo artists of NSW come forward with COVID-19 safety plan – The Brag — May 29, 2020
  5. Phased and confused: CNY small business owners stuck in holding pattern, may make own decisions – — May 29, 2020

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New Mexico Further Reopens Economy Monday – KRWG

New Mexico will begin to further open the economy on Monday. A new public health order will apply statewide.

It will allow restaurants to offer dine-in service at 50% capacity. However, tables must be at least 6 feet apart. Bar and counter service is prohibited. Stringent and regular sanitizing will be required. And restaurants must eliminate areas where customers might congregate.

Bars will remain temporarily closed. Other retailers and houses of worship will remain at 25% capacity. Drive-in theaters may open. Additional state parks will open in phases.

Opening at 25% capacity:

Indoor malls, but food courts will remain closed.

25% capacity, by appointment only:

Barber shops

Hair and nail salons

Tattoo and massage businesses.

Opening at 50% capacity:



(Including personal training of up to 2 people)

Pools may open for lap swimming only and lessons for up to 2 students.

From the office of the New Mexico Governor:

SANTA FE New Mexicos emergency public health order will be extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping malls to reopen next week on a limited basis and in accordance with required COVID-Safe Practices, among other changes, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday.

Restaurants, which were allowed to offer limited outdoor dining on Wednesday, may resume indoor seating at 50 percent maximum occupancy effective Monday, June 1. Bar and counter seating are still prohibited; to be served, customers must be seated at tables positioned at least 6 feet apart, per the amended emergency public health order, among other required and recommended COVID-Safe Practices.

Gyms also will be allowed to reopen at 50 percent occupancy among other restrictions including that group fitness classes are not permitted while indoor malls, hair and nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and massage services may begin operating at 25 percent occupancy. Shopping mall food courts must remain closed, and loitering is prohibited. Salons and other personal-service businesses must operate on a by-appointment basis, per the amended order. Waiting rooms will remain closed; clients will not be allowed to enter until time for their appointment.

As they reopen, all businesses must operate in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices for their industry, which can be found in All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers. That document can be accessed and downloaded at and or at the link provided here.

Reopening our economy is not an invitation to forget about the risks of this virus it is a mandate that we be more cautious and careful about our choices and decisions than ever before, Gov. Lujan Grisham said. Just because you can go doesnt mean you should. Ask yourself: Is this business operating with safe practices? When in doubt, err on the side of safety and stay home.

The amended order becomes effective June 1 upon the expiration of the prior health order, dated May 15. Its provisions apply statewide meaning the northwestern public health region, encompassing the counties of Cibola, McKinley and San Juan, will operate under the same guidelines as the rest of the state. It will be effective for 30 days, through the end of June.

Also to be incorporated in the amended public health order:

The changes are part of New Mexicos phased reopening plan, which began by reopening the businesses and services that required the least personal contact. Moving from phase to phase depends on meeting certain benchmarks called gating criteria that measure steady progress toward containing spread of COVID-19. The state is currently in Phase 1 of that reopening plan. Later phases will include reopening theaters, casinos, museums, zoos and more.

As we move forward in reopening our economy in a COVID-positive New Mexico, its critically important that everyone in our state keeps up the good work weve been doing by adopting COVID-19 Safe Practices as a new normal way of life. You know the drill: wear a mask in public, wash your hands often, keep a 6-foot distance from others, and STAY HOME if you are sick or have risk factors, said Dr. David Scrase, secretary of the Human Services Department.

At gyms, swimming pools may reopen for lap swimming and lessons of up to two students; personal training is permitted for up to two trainees. Group fitness classes are still prohibited, as are sparring, grappling, wrestling and other forms of person-to-person contact training.

Bars defined as food and beverage service establishments that derived more than 50 percent of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages remain temporarily closed, although breweries and wineries can do curbside pickup where permitted by their licenses.

Workers can make reports about suspected unsafe work environments in the state to

The extended order leaves intact these earlier requirements:

Retailers and houses of worship may operate at 25 percent of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.

Face-coverings must be worn in public settings.

Mass gatherings and congregations are still unsafe and prohibited.

New Mexicans are still urged to stay home, especially if sick or in a high-risk group, and to maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others if you must go out.

With slow, safe, pragmatic and practical respect for this virus, we can safely reinitiate reopening the economy, but this only works if we respect that individuals have to do isolation, social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks. If we dont do that, all of this changes, the governor said.

If we do too much all at once, well see a rate of spread that will create problems, the governor added. Slow but methodical and practical is the best way to hold where we are and build. We dont want to have to go backward and shut down a business or a geographic area. This is working. I think its tied largely to mask-wearing and staying home. Its very behavior dependent.

The amended emergency public health order will be executed and disseminated Friday, May 29.

The New Mexico Department of Health and its partners continue to emphasize an expansion of testing, focusing in particular on correctional environments, tribal entities, long-term care facilities, homeless and domestic violence shelters and other congregant living sites, as well as workers in health care, utilities, grocery stores, restaurants and child care.

This is very ambitious surveillance to get ahead of the virus, Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel said.

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Everything you need to know about COVID-19 this summer in Montreal – CityNews Montreal

MONTREAL (CITYNEWS) Quebec began gradually reducing its COVID-19 restrictions in Montreal last week and will continue to do so as summer approaches. Heres an alphabetical guide to summer life in the post-lockdown Montreal.

Bars and restaurantsThe provincial government has yet to announce when bars and restaurants can open their doors for sit-in customers.

Beauty servicesThe provincial government has yet to announce when hair salons, nail salons and tattoo parlours can reopen in Montreal. These services will reopen June 1 elsewhere in the province.

BorderThe Canada-U.S. border will remain closed until at least June 21.

CampgroundsCampgrounds and marinas outside the Montreal area are reopening June 1. Overnight stays will be permitted in provincial parks.

CourthousesQuebecs courthouses will gradually reopen beginning June 1 following weeks of pandemic-induced shutdowns. Courtrooms will have reduced seating capacity in order to conform to physical distancing requirements. Plexiglas has been installed inside the rooms to protect clerks and judges.

Day campsDay camps across the province will be allowed to open as of June 22, with physical distancing and other COVID-19 health measures in effect. That means smaller groups of children and frequent handwashing. As for sleep-away summer camps, the province says they wont be allowed to reopen until next year.

GatheringsThe province has permitted outdoor gatherings with a maximum of 10 people from three families with social distancing in place.

Gyms and spasThe provincial government has yet to announce when gyms and spas can reopen.

Health care services (private)Private health care services such as physiotherapy, optometry, acupuncture, dental care, occupational therapy, family counselling and more are available beginning June 1.

MasksWearing a non-medical mask in public places is not mandatory.

Moving DayMoving is permitted, including on July 1, but Montrealers are asked to remain cautious. Government officials tips for a safe move include limiting the number of people helping you, disinfecting all surfaces and washing your hands as much as possible.

MuseumsMuseums are allowed to reopen on May 29 throughout the province, though some Montreal museums like the Museum of Fine Arts and the McCord will remain closed until later this summer.

Retail storesRetail stores in Montreal with a door directly to the outside have already welcomed back customers. Stores are restricting the number of people allowed in their shops and asking everyone to sanitize their hands as they enter. Shoppers must keep a two-metre distance and can no longer use changing rooms to try on clothes.


Sports (amateur) & recreationRecreational sports, leisure and outdoor activities can be done individually or in pairs if physical distancing rules can still be managed.

Non-organized leisure activities permitted: canoeing and kayaking, jogging, rock climbing, kite surfing, day fishing, paddle boarding, scuba diving and snorkeling, horseback riding, hiking and surfing.

Other non-contact sports permitted: track and field, rowing, speed canoeing and kayaking, outdoor cycling, golfing, sea kayaking, open water swimming, rollerblading, roller skiing, outdoor tennis, triathlon and sailing.

Sports (professional)

With files from The Canadian Press.

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Reeves to reopen state with Safe Return – Clarksdale Press Register

Governor Tate Reeves announced today his Safer At Home order will be ending on June 1 to be replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery for Mississippi.

In his new Safe Return order, Reeves laid out the latest stage of his measured and strategic plan, opening all businesses in Mississippi to restart our state's economy while continuing to flatten the curve.

The City of Clarksdale has traditionally followed the Governor's lead on implementing executive orders, shutting down the economy and then gradually reopening the economy with certain guidelines.

The shutdown in Clarksdale and Mississippi have already had a serious impact on the state and local economy, specifically the collection of sales taxes, a major revenue source for both the city and state.

"We are facing two ongoing emergencies, said Reeves. One is the public health crisis that we have been up here every day to talk about. That threat is real, dangerous, and deadly. It is here, and we must face it."

"We also face an economic crisis in this country, the likes of which we have not seen since the great depression, he added. While we have never seen a spike of serious cases in Mississippi, we have seen economic catastrophe. We have to address both."

The Safe Return order takes effect on Monday, June 1 at 8 a.m. as the previous order ends and will remain in effect until Monday, June 15 at 8 a.m.

Reeves also issued another executive order to begin safely reopening ballparks, movie theaters, libraries and museums to provide additional outlets for Mississippians to take care of their mental health as well as restart our economy.

Detailing strict social distancing guidelines for team practices and games, moviegoers, and more, the new executive order also takes effect on Monday to allow businesses and leagues time to implement the new protocols.

The new guidelines are known as Executive Order No. 1491 and Executive Order No. 1492 (Safe Return). Signed versions of the executive orders are available on at


The strict social distancing guidelines in the Safe Return order include:

For Mississippians:

All those in the vulnerable population are instructed to continue sheltering in place to protect their health. This includes all elderly individuals (age 65 or older) and individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma and those whose immune systems are compromised as such by chemotherapy for cancer or any other condition requiring such therapy.

For large group gatherings when social distancing is not possible, groups are limited to 20 people or less indoors and 50 people or less outdoors.

For large groups gatherings when social distancing is possible, groups are limited to 50 people or less indoors and 100 people or less outdoors.

All travel may resume, while minimizing non-essential business travel when possible.

For businesses:

All businesses and non-profits in Mississippi are allowed to open, following CDC and Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) guidance to limit transmission.

Businesses and non-profits are encouraged to continue allowing employees to work from home or telework.

Retail businesses should continue to implement reasonable measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including limiting the number of customers in their stores at one time to no greater than 50-percent of their store capacity and making hand sanitizer available to customers upon entry.

Restaurants and bars must continue to follow in-house dining guidelines set in Executive Orders 1478 and 1486. Bars that do not serve food are allowed to reopen, following those same guidelines.

Restaurants and bars are now allowed to have live music performances with customers and musicians maintaining at least a 12-foot distance.

Salons, barbershops, gyms, tattoo parlors and other personal care facilities must continue to follow guidelines set in Executive Orders 1480 and 1486.

For public and private buildings:

Public school buildings are allowed to reopen to the public to offer in-person classroom learning, such as summer school programs and special education evaluations.

Private schools and institutions of higher learning are allowed to reopen their buildings and campuses to the public.

Reception halls and conference centers are allowed to reopen, limiting to no more than 25-percent of seating capacity, only holding seated events and rearranging tables to ensure a 6-foot distance between tables. Any food services must follow the restaurant guidelines under Executive Order 1478.

For healthcare professionals:

Healthcare professionals and facilities may continue performing elective medical and dental procedures and surgeries as allowed and approved by MSDH. Such non-emergent procedures and surgeries should limit their use of disposable PPE and not request PPE from any public source.

All patients should be screened for recent illness, travel, fever, or recent exposure to COVID-19. Healthcare professionals and facilities should begin testing all patients prior to procedures or surgeries, if possible.

No visitors are allowed in the healthcare facility, except for one spouse or caregiver who lives with the patient and only as they are being admitted or discharged.

For the safety of residents, patients, and staff, visits to hospitals and nursing homes remain prohibited except to visit those receiving imminent end-of-life care,to visit maternity patients, or as otherwise allowed by that healthcare facility.

For outdoor recreation:

People should follow social distancing and maintain a 6-foot distance from others.

Executive Order 1473 is amended to allow beaches and sandbars in the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) to open, following PRVWSD's regulations. Beaches and sandbars at state lakes remain closed.

Recreational boating and fishing and fishing tournaments must continue to follow guidelines set in Executive Orders 1473 and 1486.

School weight rooms and training facilities must continue to follow guidelines set in Executive Order 1480.

Outdoor recreational facilities must continue to follow guidelines set in Executive Order 1487.


For businesses:

Indoor places of amusement, including bowling alleys and playgrounds, are allowed to reopen.

Before they can reopen, indoor places of amusement must be deep-cleaned, disinfected and sanitized top to bottom. After opening, facilities must be deep-cleaned daily.

Indoor places of amusement are expected to take every step necessary to comply with the regulations, orders, and guidance from MSDH and CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Signage must be posted at each entrance stating no customer with a fever or COVID-19 symptoms are allowed in.

No more than 50 percent of maximum capacity is allowed.

Hand sanitizer must be placed at all entrances and throughout the facility.

All equipment, machines, and games must be rearranged to ensure at least 6 feet between customers.

Items and equipment used by customers, like bowling balls and trampolines, must be sanitized and disinfected after each use.

All high-touch areas must be sanitized at least once every two hours.

Group gatherings, such as birthday parties, are limited to 20 people max.

For employees:

All employees will be screened daily at the beginning of their shifts, including asking whether they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have they had a fever in the last 48 hours.

Face coverings must be provided to all employees who come in direct contact with customers. Employees are required to wear that face covering throughout their shift and clean or replace daily.

All employees must be provided training on how to limit the spread of COVID-19.

For customers:

Customers will be screened upon entry.


Under Executive Order 1491, the Governor lays out strict social distancing guidelines to allow ballparks, movie theaters, and more to safely reopen, including:


Team practices:

Before practices can resume, league organizers or coaches must provide a copy of Executive Order 1491 to all players and their parents or guardians.

Each player must be screened by a coach before entering the field for practice, including asking whether they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have they had a fever in the last 48 hours.

Players and their parents or guardians must report any COVID-19 symptoms to a coach. Any player that exhibits symptoms will be sent home immediately.

Park personnel, volunteers and coaches should ensure social distancing is maintained between players as much as possible.

Players and coaches must sanitize their hands before entering the field and after practice.

Dugouts are closed during practice. Players' bags and equipment must be spaced six feet apart.

Parents and guardians must remain in their cars during practice.

Players should use their own equipment. Shared equipment must be sanitized by a coach before and after each practice.

Players must bring their own drinks and snacks. No shared drinking fountains, coolers, or snacks are allowed.


For leagues and coaches:

Before organized games can resume, tournament or league organizers or coaches must provide a copy of Executive Order 1491 to all teams, each player, and each parent or guardian.

No more than 100 people are allowed at the games, including players, coaches and fans.

Coaches should ensure social distancing is maintained between players as much as possible.

Dugouts may be used during the game with players following social distancing. Teams must sanitize the dugouts after the game.

Players and coaches must sanitize their hands before entering the field and after each game.

To ensure social distancing, coaches and tournament organizers are encouraged to implement ways other than handshakes and high fives to show good sportsmanship following a game.

Signs must be posted at each entrance mandating 6-foot separation between fans from different households.

For players:

Each player must be screened by a coach before entering the field, including asking whether they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have they had a fever in the last 48 hours.

Players and their parents or guardians must report any COVID-19 symptoms to a coach. Any player that exhibits symptoms will be sent home immediately.

Players and coaches must sanitize their hands before entering the field and after each game.

Players should use their own equipment. Shared equipment must be sanitized by a coach before and after each game.

Players must bring their own drinks and snacks. No shared drinking fountains, coolers, or snacks are allowed. Concessions stands remain closed.

For fans:

Fan and players must leave the field immediately after the game and return to their cars. Fans for following games must remain in their cars until teams and fans from the previous game have left.

Fans are encouraged to wear face coverings, such as a cloth mask, while at the game.

Fans must bring their own chairs. Bleachers are closed to fans.

Fan attendance is limited to two household members per player.


For businesses:

Before they can reopen, theaters must be deep-cleaned, disinfected and sanitized top to bottom. After opening, theater auditoriums must be cleaned and disinfected between shows.

All theaters are expected to take every step necessary to comply with the regulations, orders and guidance from MSDH and CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Theaters must ensure that the ventilation system is working properly.

Minimizing person-to-person contact through technology, like mobile or online ticket sales and contact-less payment, is encouraged.

Signage must be posted at each entrance stating no customer with a fever or COVID-19 symptoms are allowed in.

Showtimes must be staggered to allow ample time for staff to clean and disinfect between shows and prevent customers from congregating in lobbies.

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Tattoo artists of NSW come forward with COVID-19 safety plan – The Brag

Image: Instagram / Ryan Usher of Lighthouse Tattoo

As NSW begins to lift restrictions following COVID-19 lockdowns, tattoo artists of NSW have been left in the dark as to when they can expect to return to work.

While Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that tattoo parlours may return to trade from June 1, and Queensland allowed to trade from Friday, June 12th when the state enters its Stage Two lockdown phase, NSW artists are yet to know when they can commence work despite beauty, waxing, nail salons and cosmetic tattooing being able to operate from Monday, June 1st.

Mr. Gareth Parry, NSW State representative of the industries peak body the Australian Tattooists Guild, said in a statement:

We are seeing the opening up of small businesses similar to tattoo studios across some states in Australia and we want to ensure that the tattoo industry is not left behind when it comes to these decisions, some States appear to be including the tattoo industry in a progressive way while others are not.

Rather than slip through the cracks, the ATG have come up with their own safety guidelines in response to the gradual easing of restrictions, which has since been shared among the NSW tattoo artist community in the hopes that the government will sit up and take note.

In line with other industry bodies who have developed their own COVID safety plans and successfully lobbied the NSW government to get their industries re-opened, the ATG has done the same in a bid to get the tattoo industry open again in NSW, the Instagram post shared by Botanys Lighthouse Tattoo read, as they urged others to share the message.

And while the ongoing loss of work has been a source of financial strain for tattoo artists throughout the COVID-19 restrictions, Lighthouse Tattoo artist Lorren Norrie explained that, combined with no definite date to reopen for NSW parlours, artists have found the situation significantly impacting their mental health.

Its been heart breaking to say the least, she said. Ive been checking in with all my tattooer friends and every single one has had a least one or two weeks of really bad mental health. Everything from being really sad, to some even selling their cars to pay the studio rent.

She goes on to explain that tattoo parlours already implement strict health regulations regardless, saying, We already use PPE [personal protective equipment] and have all the hospital grade cleaners and equipment needed to keep our workplaces safe.

Given that the beauty industry has been given the green light, now seems like a safe and responsible time to be pushing for tattooing to re-open, she added.

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Phased and confused: CNY small business owners stuck in holding pattern, may make own decisions –

Thousands of Central New York business owners might get to reopen their doors tomorrow. Or maybe not.

With less than 24 hours to go before the region is expected to move into phase two of reopening, small business owners are left scratching their heads about whether they can reopen and, what will be required of them if they do.

Local officials have signaled to CNY businesses they can get ready for phase two, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a radio interview today announced the state needs more time to evaluate coronavirus data before allowing regions to move into the next phase.

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That leaves local retail, salon and office business owners, who have been told they can reopen in phase two, with conflicting information. And it puts personal trainers, massage therapist and tattoo artists, who were banking on the states guidance for phase two, with no idea about when they might be able to schedule appointments again.

Some are forging ahead, confident that their plans for reopening include the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Others have already begun pushing back appointments and plans into next week and beyond.

They are all stuck in a holding pattern. Heres what they had to say about the chaos and confusion:

Tori Shires, chief development officer for the Rescue Mission, was watching the news and public officials press conferences closely today.

Her organization operates 18 Thrifty Shopper and 3fifteen secondhand clothing stores in Central New York. They are a critical part of the Rescue Missions business, and supply low-cost clothes to people who need them, so Shires and her staff are eager to get the doors open again.

Shires said the Rescue Mission plans to go ahead with reopening the stores tomorrow.

Were comfortable with the guidelines we have in place that we can reopen safely, Shires said.

Shires listened to Cuomos interview with WAMC Radio and found it to be confusing. She has questions about what he meant by the role of international experts.

It was just super vague, she said. " Were still feeling confident based on what Ryan McMahon said."

That said, Shires said the Rescue Mission would roll with the punches.

Were perfectly ready, willing and able to pivot as needed, she said. Were just eager to get our stores open.

Paul Roe, tattooist and owner of James Street Parlour in Syracuse, has painstakingly developed a plan to reopen his tattoo shop on Monday as part of phase two.

He has appointments scheduled for next week and doesnt plan to cancel them.

We are smart, educated and capable of doing this safely, he said.

Jordan Michel, owner of Jordys Barbershop in Marcellus, was unaware of the governors announcement until a reporter informed her of it around 5:30 p.m.

Thats so annoying, she said. Its like so back-and-forth, you know?

She was fully booked into next week, with back-to-back appointments from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. She will begin calling her customers to reschedule, she said.

At this point, I just want to open, she said.

A few days more of lost income will hurt, she said, even though she finally got unemployment assistance and some flexibility from her landlord. She worries about her customers and cant believe the state hasnt offered any guidance about how to reopen safely, which would help her open on an even playing field with other shops.

Now my feelings turn more to my customers, like, theres no answers, she said. I dont understand it. The government should have a plan in place.

Doug Spangenberg, owner of the Westcott Barber Shop in Syracuse, planned a soft opening for Friday if Central New York entered the second phase of reopening, but he did not have his heart set on opening so soon, he said.

I was ready to kinda dip my toe in and get off to a slow start, he said. Thats kind of been the chatter, was, Hopefully Friday, but more than likely Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

He would have been able to scrounge together customers tomorrow, plus accept some walk-in customers Saturday, he said. But thats all now on hold.

Still, he doesnt mind waiting a bit longer, he said.

Theyre not being 100 percent forthright with the information. Theres a lot of moving parts, though, he said. .Being that New York is kinda the epicenter of this thing, cautiousness is not a bad thing.

Kyle Hierholzer, owner of Hand in Health massage therapy, and secretary for the CNY chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, thought that by now, the state would have offered some clarity on phase two.

For him and his peers, that would mean finally knowing where they fit into the reopening plan.

Instead, its just been more confusion.

Its been really, really frustrating, he said. Hierholzer notes that many clients rely on massage for pain management and as part of their healthcare routine.

But massage therapists, unlike chiropractors, for example, have not been allowed to operate even in a limited capacity. Hierholzer says thats frustrating because his industry is typically considered a healthcare business.

We get calls, emails and texts daily from clients who want to come in, he said. Theyre in pain. Its really disheartening.

While Hierholzer has not started scheduling appointments for phase two, he said he knew of several massage therapists who had. For now, Hierholzer is aiming for a June 6 opening for his North Syracuse location. He is still unsure about opening a new location in downtown Syracuse, which was originally planned for mid-June.

Were really left in limbo, he said. We dont know what to do.

Beth Ann Dice, owner of MISSION: midlife Wellness Studio in Fulton, is in a similar position. She hopes that personal training will be allowed in phase two, and has begun installing plastic partitions between workout stations in preparation for reopening.

Dice said the whole reopening process has been confusing and even surprising.

She recently learned personal trainers dont have their own North American Industry Classification code, the codes the state has been using to sort out which businesses can open and those that cant.

Dice even has some experience with these terms and classification systems. Shes the former executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

We dont seem to fall anywhere, she said. Its very strange.

Dice said she is not ready to reopen tomorrow, even if she was told she could. She is surveying her clients, and preparing to reopen when her they say they are comfortable. She has drafted a written plan that accounts for everything she can think of. Still, she said, it would still be helpful to have a date or at least a phase to start planning in accordance with specific state guidance.

... Its just been so nebulous, she said. But I need to have a plan in place. It would be nice to have two to three days to get a plan together.

Small business owners: Have a question or a story to share about how youre coping through the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdown? We want to hear from you. Contact Back in Business reporter Julie McMahon: Email | Twitter | 315-412-1992.


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Winners Announced for the 2020 Women in Biometrics Awards – PR Web

SIA applauds the 2020 honorees for their impressive dedication, innovation and leadership in this critical technology market and looks forward to honoring this outstanding group during SIA GovSummit. SIA CEO Don Erickson

SILVER SPRING, Md. (PRWEB) May 28, 2020

The Security Industry Association (SIA) and SecureIDNews have selected five distinguished biometrics and security leaders as the 2020 winners of the Women in Biometrics Awards a globally recognized program co-founded by SIA and SecureIDNews and co-presented with sponsors IDEMIA, Biometric Update and the SIA Women in Security Forum. The honorees will be recognized during the 2020 SIA GovSummit, SIAs annual government security conference, which will be hosted as a free virtual event June 1-4. On June 3 at 1 p.m. EDT, attendees will enjoy a special keynote panel session honoring the award winners The Women in Biometrics Awards Presents the Future of Biometrics in Government Security Applications.

The Women in Biometrics Awards honor the efforts of top female leaders helping drive the biometric identity and security industry. Nominees and past winners include those working for biometric companies, peripheral suppliers, system integrators, academia, government and security and IT departments at a variety of organizations in the United States and internationally.

The 2020 winners of the Women in Biometrics Awards are:

Jeni Best, Branch Chief, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Jeni Best has extensive program management experience running large-scale programs and working with external stakeholders, exemplified in her work on CBPs Biometric Exit Program as well as in developing and implementing Automated Passport Control and Mobile Passport Control. Leading the CBP charge in implementing biometrics at airport touchpoints, Best has operationalized CBP biometric exit solutions at 27 U.S. airports and 2 international locations. Best contributed to the development of CBPs exit roll-out strategy, which leverages stakeholder engagement and partnerships to achieve CBPs biometric mandate. For much of 2019, she served as the acting director of biometric air exit operations at CBP often referred to as biometric boarding. Best has over 20 years of experience with CBP and its predecessor agencies working on issues related to immigration, travel and tourism, business transformation initiatives and biometrics. She holds a bachelors degree from Sam Houston State University and a masters degree in criminal justice from Boston University.

Anne May, Biometric Support Center Lead, Identity Operations Division, Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Anne May has 25 years of program management experience in the public sector, including 17 years of experience with biometric technologies. She began her government career with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), where she was the program manager for large-scale records management systems and also served as biometrics portfolio manager, overseeing budget and system business operations for the INS biometrics program. May has worked at US-VISIT since its inception in 2003, managing the implementation of multi-year, multi-agency projects and responsible for the deployment of specialized biometric hardware to over 550 border patrol and immigration enforcement field sites. After over a decade of service to the OBIM, Anne has excelled in her leadership and dedication filling multiple critical roles as an irreplaceable subject matter expert in the field of biometrics. Anne is the lead manager for the DHS 24/7 Biometric Support Center, an integral piece of the identity mission for worldwide U.S. government missions. She has also applied her expertise in support of building the next-generation DHS biometric system, Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology.

Mei Ngan, Computer Scientist, Image Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Mei Ngan is a scientist in the NIST Image Group, which develops standards, measurement methods and best practices for biometric technologies, promoting accuracy and interoperability and the gold standard for biometric testing and evaluation worldwide. She is an accomplished computer scientist who has produced creative and outstanding work in the fields of face morphing detection, tattoo recognition and face recognition evaluation providing the needed science and framework to underpin the successful measurement and assessment of technologies for operational viability. Ngan is the project lead for the NIST Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) MORPH program an ongoing project focused on evaluation of automated face morphing detection capabilities and has become an integral part of the FRVT activities at NIST. In 2014, she launched the Tattoo Recognition Technology Program, the first NIST program to provide a measurement and testing foundation to support the operational needs and applications for image-based tattoo recognition. Ngan has also led the NIST project supporting the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity Janus program, targeting the development of advanced face recognition algorithms for unconstrained images.

Lauren Reed, Senior Program Director for Biometric Forensics, IDEMIA National Security Solutions (NSS) In her role at IDEMIA NSS, Lauren Reed leads the deployment of large-scale multimodal biometric systems to U.S. government foreign partners, enabling them to advance their crime and terrorism detection capabilities. She has been working in biometrics and forensics for more than 20 years; prior to joining IDEMIA NSS, she was the first woman to serve as director of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory at the Defense Forensic Science Center, which provides forensic and biometric laboratory services in seven scientific disciplines to the military criminal investigative agencies of U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) globally. Reed also previously served as the first chief of the Biometric Examination Services Branch for the Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency in Clarksburg, West Virginia, where she was instrumental in standing up multi-modal biometric examination operations for the DODs Automated Biometric Identification System with expansion of services to include face and iris in addition to fingerprints. In 2012, she received the FBI Directors Award for Exceptional Public Service for leading a latent print sharing initiative between the DOD, FBI and DHS resulting in more than 500 identifications associated with terrorist and national security cases. Reed holds a Bachelor of Science from Washington State University, a Master of Forensic Science from National University and an executive MBA degree from Kennesaw State University.

Annet Steenbergen, Co-Founder, Aruba Happy Flow Project Annet Steenbergen is a visionary Dutch national who is well respected in the U.S. and internationally as the co-founder/initiator of the Aruba Happy Flow project for the government of Aruba, the first seamless airport implementation of its kind in the world, a single-token initiative that creates a seamless flow of passenger facilitation from curb to gate through the reuse of biometrics and advanced cooperation between the public and the private sector. Steenbergen took stakeholder cooperation to a new level between the governments of Aruba and the Netherlands, KLM Airlines, the Aruba Airport Authority and the biometric vendor to provide biometric-based security while substantially enhancing the passenger experience and creating room for expansion of Happy Flow to other airlines and countries. She has more than 20 years of international experience working in the field of border control, border management and public-private cooperation at airports, previously holding roles with the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service at Schipol Airport and at headquarters in the policy department for border management. Besides her work for the government of Aruba, Steenbergen is a consultant on passenger facilitation innovation with a strong focus on seamless travel solutions, where biometrics are used as a baseline for facilitation, security and GDPR-compliant privacy, or privacy by design. She holds a masters degree from Leiden University and has also studied at University College London, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of the Witwatersrand.

Each year, the Women in Biometrics Awards recognize the best and brightest talent helping to advance biometrics technologies, which are essential to securing identities today, and the achievements of these female industry leaders are improving processes like air travel, enhancing cutting-edge fields like facial recognition and working to keep people safe, said SIA CEO Don Erickson. SIA applauds the 2020 honorees for their impressive dedication, innovation and leadership in this critical technology market and looks forward to honoring this outstanding group during SIA GovSummit.

Once again, the 2020 class of Women in Biometrics Award winners astound me with their contributions to the security industry and society in general, said Chris Corum, editor and publisher, SecureIDNews. Their collective work keeps international borders secure, fights terrorism, aids law enforcement and makes our daily lives safer and more convenient.

SIA GovSummit the annual government security conference hosted by SIA brings together government security leaders and private industry technologists for top-quality information sharing and education on security topics affecting federal, state and even local agencies. Attendees will hear keynote presentations from Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.); Brian Harrell, assistant director for infrastructure security at DHS Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA); Daryle Hernandez, chief of the Interagency Security Committee within DHS CISA; and Kathleen McGuiness, auditor of accounts for the State of Delaware. Additionally, GovSummit 2020 will feature specialized sessions on cutting-edge topics such as emerging applications of facial recognition technology, trends in federal procurement of security products and services, drones and counter-UAS technology, fever detection and camera technology in pandemic recovery and using robotics in security operations. Learn more and register to attend virtually for free here.

About SIA SIA is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with over 1,000 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels, creating open industry standards that enable integration, advancing industry professionalism through education and training, opening global market opportunities and collaborating with other like-minded organizations. As the premier sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities. SIA also enhances the position of its members in the security marketplace through SIA GovSummit, which brings together private industry with government decision makers, and Securing New Ground, the security industrys top executive conference for peer-to-peer networking.

SIAs Women in Security Forum offers programs, networking and professional growth events and thought leadership opportunities to promote and advance the involvement of women in the security industry. Any employee of a SIA member company regardless of gender is eligible to join the forum.

About SecureIDNews SecureIDNews is an industry-leading source for enterprise and government identity, credentialing and security markets published by AVISIAN. More than 30,000 subscribers and hundreds of thousands of web visitors get their ID technology news from AVISIANs suite of identity and security publications.

About IDEMIA IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, provides a trusted environment enabling citizens and consumers alike to perform their daily critical activities (such as pay, connect and travel), in the physical as well as digital space. Securing our identity has become mission critical in the world we live in today. By standing for Augmented Identity, an identity that ensures privacy and trust and guarantees secure, authenticated and verifiable transactions, we reinvent the way we think, produce, use and protect one of our greatest assets our identity whether for individuals or for objects, whenever and wherever security matters. We provide Augmented Identity for international clients from the financial, telecom, identity, public security and IoT sectors. With 13,000 employees around the world, IDEMIA serves clients in 180 countries.

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25 Finger Tattoos That Will Never Go Out of Style – The Trend Spotter

Finger tattoos have become very popular recently, and its easy to see why. While smaller than most tattoos, these inkings are no less meaningful and can be adapted to suit any style. From bold and statement-making to tiny and delicate, theres a finger tattoo out there to suit everyone. Feeling inspired to get one of your own? Keep reading to find out all about finger tattoos and discover the best designs that will stand the test of time.

While all tattoos carry some degree of pain, most people consider finger tattoos to hurt more than tattoos on the arm or wrist. Thats because the nerves and bones in our fingers are close to the skin. There is also very little muscle or fat to act as a protective cushion from the needle. However, finger tattoos are, by definition, small, so they take less time to complete. As a result, the pain wont last long and will be easier to manage.

Because we use and wash our hands so frequently every day, finger tattoos are some of the fastest inkings to fade and blur. To keep yours looking crisp and vibrant, make sure you follow all the aftercare instructions very carefully in the first few days after getting the tattoo. Choose blue or black ink over other colors as the dark pigment will look fresher for longer, and try to avoid inking over your knuckles as these tattoos tend to fade even faster. Finally, book an appointment with your tattoo artist every 10 to 12 months for a touch-up.

Finger Tattos

Ring finger tattoos are a beautiful way to show your commitment to your other half. Many couples choose these inkings for their wedding, and they can be a great alternative to a real ring as a tattoo can never be lost or stolen. They are also ideal if you are unable to wear your wedding ring at work for safety reasons. The ancient Romans believed the ring finger contained the vein of love which connected directly to the heart, making this finger tattoo a very romantic and meaningful option.

The trend for tiny, delicate tattoos is showing no sign of slowing down in 2020. If you are searching for the perfect subtle inking, a small finger tattoo could be perfect for you. Mini symbols, initials, and shapes are all popular options and are tiny enough to you wont need to worry about keeping them covered. Small finger tattoos can be just as meaningful as large pieces, and you will always be able to see your inking whenever you want.

Cute tattoos take many forms from fruit to candy, cartoons, and even dinosaurs! To get the perfect cute finger tattoo, choose your favorite character or theme, then select an artist with an adorable art style. When it comes to finger tattoos, keeping it simple is usually the best option. Try a cute line-drawing in black or blue ink for the best results.

Side finger tattoos are a great subtle option as they arent visible unless you move your fingers in a certain way. Many people choose secret messages, mantras, or single letters for their side finger tattoos as these inkings have a mysterious and intriguing quality. They are also popular as couples tattoos, as messages can be spelled out when the pair hold hands.

One of the most discreet types of inking is the inner finger tattoo. This tattoo will only be visible if you show your open palm to someone else, make it ideal for those who prefer to keep their body art private. As a result, its the perfect placement for a tiny, meaningful design, such as an initial or symbol. Plus, tattoos in this area are slightly less painful than outer finger tattoos, as there are more muscle and fat to protect the bones and nerves.

Looking for ink with attitude? Try a middle finger tattoo! Favored by stars like Ariana Grande, the middle finger tattoo is all about showing off your rebellious spirit with a bold and attention-grabbing design. Alternatively, your middle finger is generally your longest, which means its perfect for larger vertical designs such as line drawings or patterns.

Like ring finger tattoos, heart finger tattoos are usually chosen as a symbol of love, romance, and commitment. They can also represent self-love, family, or act as an expression of a persons loving and caring spirit. Because its visible whenever you look at your hand, a heart finger tattoo will always remind you about the most important thing in life: love.

Roses are one of the most popular tattoo designs of all time, and they look great when placed on your finger. These sweet-smelling flowers have petals and thorns, meaning they represent both the beauty and pain of life. Roses are also linked with love and passion, so they are often chosen as a tattoo tribute to a loved one.

Made popular by celebrities like Cara Delevingne and Anthony Joshua, lion finger tattoos stand out because they are unusually detailed when compared with standard finger designs. A symbol of pride, nobility, courage, and strength, the lion is known as the king of the jungle. Its a popular ink option for those that feel connected to those attributes. Alternatively, if youre born under the star sign Leo, youll love a lion tattoo.

Snake tattoos not only look cool, but they are also versatile and can be adapted to fit any placement on the body so its not hard to see why theyve never gone out of style. Historically, snakes represent creativity, knowledge, fertility, and transformation, making them perfect for both women and men. They also have a cool Gothic appeal and are popular with those looking for a unique finger tattoo option.

Fingers are long and straight, making them perfect for a word tattoo. These meaningful inkings are a pure way to express what is most important to you. You can also use your finger tattoo to spell out a special quote or to hide a secret message for a special person to read. Whatever you choose, your finger tattoo with words will make a powerful statement.

Butterflies represent transformation, freedom, and beauty. They are popular with both women and men, and your butterfly design can be adapted to suit your style. For a more masculine take, try a black ink butterfly in a static pose. Meanwhile, a feminine butterfly inking could wrap around your finger and feature an accent color like red or yellow.

Flower tattoos have many different meanings, from the joyful optimism of the sunflower to the spiritual harmony of the lotus. When choosing your floral finger inking, think about what you want your tattoo to represent and if it fits with your style. Long-stemmed flowers like daisies and roses also look especially beautiful when placed on your finger.

One of the simplest and most popular finger tattoo designs is dots. While they are understated, dot tattoos also carry a lot of meaning and significance. A single dot often represents a full stop the end of one phase and the start of another. A row of three dots is another popular version of this tattoo. Once often worn by gang members, today, it is associated with living life on your terms. It can also be considered a Christian tattoo, representing the Holy Trinity.

Considering a finger tattoo but not quite ready to commit? Try having your chosen design inked in henna, which is painless and naturally fades over a few weeks. This natural plant-based dye has been used to create beautiful body art for centuries; the most well-known is mehndi, the traditional wedding tattoos of India. While you could take inspiration from Indian culture for your henna finger tattoo, any design can be inked in henna if you choose an experienced artist.

One of the most iconic couples tattoo designs is the king and queen symbols. This inking represents mutual respect and shows that while you have different roles, you complement each other perfectly. An ideal way to pay tribute to the one who rules over your heart, king-and-queen finger tattoos look especially romantic when you and your other half hold hands.

For religious people, a rosary finger tattoo can be a subtle yet meaningful reminder of their faith in God. A Catholic symbol, the rosary is used to count prayers and is associated with the Virgin Mary. As a tattoo, it is considered to represent Gods protection from evil. In Scripture, the right hand is also associated with strength, power, and blessings, so having a rosary inked on a finger of your right hand could be especially significant.

Arrows are a simple and stylish option for a finger tattoo for both men and women. They represent your direction in life and the importance of moving forward, not backward. Many people consider an arrow tattoo to symbolize staying true to yourself and your goals. So, not only do these tattoos have a positive and motivating meaning, but they also perfectly align with the shape of your finger.

Diamond is the strongest natural material on Earth and has been considered precious even priceless for thousands of years. Its no surprise then that diamonds have come to represent strength, wealth, beauty, and eternal love today. While these glittering gems would look great as a tattoo anywhere, they also suit a finger placement. Many people also choose a diamond tattoo as an engagement inking, as the traditional proposal gift is a diamond ring.

The moon has been a popular tattoo design for many years as it is instantly recognizable. Its bold shape looks great when inked on fingers. The moon is associated with the night, so its an attractive tattoo for those with a mysterious side. The moon can also represent transformation, as it waxes and wanes each month.

Another tattoo design that has been popular for centuries is the anchor. These nautical symbols often represent the end of a long journey. Anchors can also symbolize safety and hope, which is why they are often chosen as a couples tattoo they express that you are each others safe harbor. The anchor is perfectly shaped to fit on your finger, making it a great option for a wedding tattoo.

Feathers represent hope, courage, and freedom because they allow birds to fly. People who long to spread their wings and see the world may choose feather tattoos to symbolize their free spirit. Additionally, peacock feathers represent spirituality, beauty, self-awareness, and leadership. Like arrows, the long, slender shape of feathers makes them the perfect option for a finger tattoo.

While gun tattoos are considered controversial by some, they are also a popular tattoo choice. They can be considered to represent violence and aggression however, the gun is also a symbol of defense and protection of those you love most. It can also symbolize a fiery loaded pistol personality! A small gun inking, such as one on your finger, is a less threatening and more discreet option for those who want a gun tattoo design.

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Reopening toolkit can help salons, fitness and tattoo companies –

CHARLOTTE Mecklenburg County is releasing a new, industry-specific toolkit as additional businesses reopen during Gov. Roy Coopers Safer at Home Phase 2 Order.

The Small Business Sector-Specific Toolkit is available now on http://www.MeckNC.Gov. It is the second resource toolkit for area businesses developed by Mecklenburg Countys Business Leaders Roundtable.

We have had tremendous response to the first toolkit, said County Manager Dena Diorio, who convened the group several weeks ago. This one goes even further, providing specific tips and guidance for different businesses and their specific needs.

The toolkit includes resources for hair salons, construction firms, fitness facilities and tattoo parlors as they begin to reopen.

It has printable signs, general safety guidelines, information on cleaning and disinfection, and tips on ways to reduce mitigation and transmission.

The toolkit also features access to a new online training platform and a link for businesses to find personal protective equipment.

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Tattoo removal it’s a growth business – Sydney Morning Herald

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The tattoo on Colin Starks* neck is meant to symbolise his struggle to escape the poverty and violence of his early life. Sink or Swim runs the legend across his throat, below images of a zombie woman (denoting sinking) and a cheerful cartoon woman, for the swim option. Right, says the laser clinician, Natasha Collings, when weve all donned protective goggles. Are you ready, babe?

Snapsnapsnapsnap! goes the ink in Starks skin, shattering audibly (a sound like tiny whip cracks) as Collings moves the high-energy laser beam across the glowering zombie. Snapsnapsnapsnapsnapsnap! go the cartoon woman and the stoic credo Stark sought to live by, all breaking into tiny pieces to be carried away in his bloodstream like sand in a current.

An oddly familiar odour permeates the room. Smells like pork, says Collings, who used to be a lawyer. But its just his beard stubble burning. As she works the laser beam quickly and deftly across the tattoo, it appears to fade before our eyes. But the process lasts only a few minutes before Collings covers the treated area with soothing ice packs; when she removes them five minutes later the tattoo is almost as visible as ever, but suffused with an angry red glow which Stark says feels like sunburn.

Itll be six weeks before his throat can undergo another laser session here at Collingss City Tattoo Removal shop in the Brisbane CBD, where the award-winning businesswoman prides herself on a safety-first approach. Ill have to go over that one eight to 10 times, she tells Stark. What were doing is taking layer upon layer of ink offif I treat you more than I have in this session thered be [health risks], and I dont do that.

At Starks next fortnightly appointment, shell turn her attention to the words stay true spelt out letter by letter on his knuckles, and various symbols on the backs of his hands, applied, like most of his ink, by bikie tattooist friends in his teenage years. In about 18 months, when his throat and hands are clean again, all visible signs of Starks troubled past will be gone.

Maybe then, the tall, well-spoken 31-year-old tells me, hell finally get the promotions he feels he deserves in his job as a sales consultant. Over the years Ive been passed over for three promotions [potentially] worth up to 30 grand a year, says the married father-of-three. Ive been told on the quiet its because of how I lookit used to really frustrate me, because Ive worked so hard. But Ive come to accept that its just the way things are.

Stark seems to bear testament to the truism that early influences (and confronting tatts) arent always a measure of who we become. Estranged from the parents he fled at 14, he grew up abusing drugs and alcohol, brawling and hanging about bikie tattoo shops on Brisbanes gritty northern fringes. By the time he was 20 his body bore images of many disparate things, including a pirate ship, a bear, a shark, an Asian monkey god, dollar signs, roses and an American eagle.

Back then, Stark felt his tattoos helped to define who he was. In fact, he admits, I felt they were all that I was. Before I met my wife, I had no future plans or expectations because I honestly didnt think I was going to live past 21. Now, although his wife and their young daughters have become the focus of his life, his tatts still feel like part of his persona, and he has no plans to get rid of all of them.

The only exceptions, apart from those on his throat and hands, are what he ruefully calls a couple of very promiscuous women naked in provocative positions, etched on his upper thighs. Stark plans to have them covered, or inked over, by a tattooist friend. Theyre the only ones I regret getting, he tells me. With our daughters starting to grow up, I have to constantly make sure that any shorts Im wearing are long enough to cover them.

The worlds burgeoning tattoo-removal industry is based on the inevitability of change. As we age, we see things differently not just the things we had inked into our skins at 18, but the notion of tattooing itself. Although centuries old, tattoos as an edgy contemporary fashion appropriated from misfits and badasses was doomed by the 1990s, when all sorts of conventional people joined the stampede to ink in the hope it would make them seem less conventional.

Suburban parents got them to bond with their kids; middle-aged professionals got them in discreet locations to enliven their self-images; gang members and military types weighed in, as always, to identify with their tribes; celebrities and sports stars splurged on beautiful, expensive tatts, then cheaply and hideously copied by thousands of crazed fans; fate-tempting lovers got them in the name of fidelity, and countless other ordinary, law-abiding citizens got them because it was fashionable.

And then it wasnt. Not really. Because at some point in the past decade or so, tattoos themselves became conventional. Dont get one, and stay unique, counselled veteran American celebrity tattooist Lyle Tuttle a few years before his death in 2019. [Because] now its a trend and a fad, and trends and fads end.

That hasnt quite happened yet. Increasing numbers of us are getting rid of bad or embarrassing tatts, some are going cleanskin again, and others are using lasers to dust off their skins like blackboards before redecorating with better, more finely wrought designs made possible by improved tattooing technology. But the writing, as Tuttle tipped, is definitely coming off the wall.

In Australia, where tatts are most popular among those aged from 20 to 39, research suggests between a quarter and a fifth of the adult population now have them. Of these, almost half have just one, 30 per cent have two or three, 15 per cent have up to nine, and seven per cent have 10 or more. Australia has more than 1000 tattoo shops or studios (or parlours, as they used to be known), employing upwards of 2000 people, where the fashions latecomers and redecorators still contribute to the industrys national annual turnover of about $100 million.

Yet as early as 2013, according to McCrindle Research, roughly a third of those with tatts had regrets about getting them, and 15 per cent were either having them removed or thinking about it. Earlier American studies showed that the first wave of removals in the late 1990s involved mostly men, but by 2006 when laser removal technology underwent significant improvements, mostly in the sharpening of the focus of energy beams, women had become the main clients. In most Western countries they were typically white, single professionals and semi-professionals, aged from 24 to 39, whod acquired their tattoos when they were about 20.

They wanted [them] removed because their quest for uniqueness had turned into [a stigma] and led to negative comments and clothes-wearing problems, writes Louisa McKay, managing director of Costhetics, an online information source for cosmetic medicine in Australia.

Which pretty much describes the client demographic Collings had in her sights when she took a redundancy as a Brisbane corporate insurance lawyer and opened City Tattoo Removal in 2016. A small, forthright woman with a lively turn of phrase, Collings reckons shed had enough of corporate psychopaths, and research led her to tattoo removal as an industry about to boom.

The tattoo craze was starting to reverse, she says. There was a whole [Millennial] generation that got inked up fast, and often badly, and a lot of them wanted these tatts gone forever.

She warns all would-be clients that laser removal is painful like hot fat splattering on your skin and costly: roughly $150 to $200 a visit for a tattoo twice the size of a business card, with some removals requiring 10 or more visits.

As the tattoo comes off, I can see the psychological weight of it coming off the client as well."

Like many of her target clients, Collings now in her mid-40s got the first of her few, mostly hidden small tattoos when she was 20. Shes since had one of them, a so-called tramp stamp on her lower back, removed. (According to Wikipedia, the tramp stamp was popularised in the late 90s and early 2000s, when it gained a reputation for its erotic appeal.) It was the quickest way of being popular other than taking drugs and screwing blokes, Collings notes wryly.

Among the 2000-odd removal clients she has worked on, or is still working on, are a young Australian whose Japanese-language tatt wasnt what he imagined He only found out after he met a Japanese girl who asked, Why have you got Tough Tofu on your tricep? And he was, like, No man, thats a warrior symbol!; a suave, mid-30s international flight attendant who, at the age of 18, had thought it hilarious to have the words shit c emblazoned on his thigh; a young man who sought to look tougher by having FTS (for f the system) inked on his forehead, and his jaw tattooed to resemble an X-ray of the inside of his mouth; and several women whod been coerced into getting brand tattoos by controlling men.

The ugliest of these was applied at home by the womans then-boyfriend. Property of Justin it said, followed by a date. That was probably the most vile tattoo Ive ever seen, says Collings with a shudder. Another such client is a solicitor whose violent partner made her get one covering an entire thigh.

It was a nice tattoo, and not something youd think was forced on her. But apparently his thinking was that lots of guys dont like tattoos, so this was another way of controlling her. Now separated from her abuser, the solicitor is in the final stages of having his stamp removed. As it comes off, says Collings, I can see the psychological weight of it coming off her as well. It gives me a lot of joy to be able to do that.

Collings works alone in a small office space in the city. Her 2019 Australian Enterprise (APAC) award for being Brisbanes Tattoo Rectification and Removal Expert of the Year is displayed in the foyer. When she goes into the streets between removals, Collings cant help wondering what strange imagery is concealed beneath the clothing of passers-by. Thousands upon thousands of average, ordinary, everyday people, she muses. Yet I know now that many of them have tattoos theyre hiding from the world.

"Thousands of average,ordinary, everyday people have tattoos theyre hiding from the world, says Natasha Collings.Credit:Paul Harris

For a year or so, Shona Cryer loved the two giant Disney princess portraits she designed herself and had tattooed on her thighs. And then she didnt. Suddenly, I was like, Oh no! Why did I do this! the veterinary nurse, 28, tells me as the laser fires up again in Collings treatment room. Today, theyre working on the right-thigh princess, which Cryer being a Capricorn had crowned with some sort of goats head. The left-thigh princess has pointy ears and whiskers to denote her work homing unwanted cats.

Both princesses, done by a tattooist whose heart wasnt in it, are supposed to resemble Cryer, but dont. Once brightly coloured, theyve now faded to faint outlines after more than a year of Collingss periodic laser treatments. Cryer has other tatts shes getting rid of, and some shes keeping, but it was the princess portraits that became the bane of her life.

Cryers love-hate relationship with her own skin began with her admiration of her mine-worker fathers prolific tattoos as a kid at the family home in Mackay. I thought they were cool, she says. But Dad regretted getting most of them, and warned me never to get any or Id regret it too. It was a huge thing with him, and I think not being allowed to do it made me really want to.

On her 18th birthday, holidaying with friends after finishing high school, Cryer came across a tattoo shop in Airlie Beach offering small tatts for $60. And I thought, Right! Im gonna do it! She chose a bird from the shops flash-card display Even though I dont really like birds and had it inked on her left wrist. It was only after I walked out that I noticed the bird had only one wing!

Her father was outraged. He took one look and said, Get the f outta this house! she laughs. So I left, and didnt come back for three weeks. Two years later, when shed moved to Brisbane, Cryer paid $200 to have the princess portraits emblazoned on the front of her thighs. For a while, she wore shorts and displayed them proudly. Then something changed. Its so odd, she says, when you feel something is part of you, and then you dont want to look like that any more. I started covering them because they suddenly seemed tacky, and not, like, nice any more.

Its so odd, when you feel something like a tattoo is part of you, and then you dont want to look like that any more."

Six years ago, Cryer decided to have her princesses and one-winged bird removed. She researched laser removal options via social media and opted for a national chain that advertised widely. But the treatment went badly. Instead of confining the laser beam to a small section of her ink work, then moving to another part on the next appointment, the operator raced across both princesses and the bird on Cryers first session.

And unlike [Collings], they didnt change the laser wavelengths to [alter its intensity] for different colours, Cryer explains. They just set the laser at full bore and zoomed all over everything. My skin blistered as they did it, but they told me that was normal! And instead of applying antiseptic powder to the treated area and covering it with a sterile silk bandage, the technician applied moisturising cream and wrapped it in cling film.

Cryer developed severe pain. Both legs swelled dramatically, fluid oozed from the extensive blistering and she felt sick and lethargic for days. Collings says Cryer had developed toxic shock as a result of her immune system being overloaded: If you fracture too much ink into the bloodstream during one laser treatment, thats what can happen.

Frightened by this outcome, Cryer waited six months before returning to the clinic for the second of seven treatments shed been told would be needed to remove her tatts. This time the result was even worse, with deep bruising to both thighs, permanent scarring and more flu-like illness. After that, she says, I decided Id keep the tatts. They were a total mess by then. It was really depressing. I felt I couldnt go forward or backwards. I was stuck.

More than three years passed before Cryer stumbled upon City Tattoo Removal while visiting a chiropractor in the same building. Collings, whod just opened for business, was shocked to learn what the other clinic had done to Cryer. She explained her own treatment and safety protocols, and began work a few days later.

There was no more blistering, bruises or sickness. After a few more treatments, Cryers persistent princesses will finally be gone.

A lot has changed since all this started, she says. At 18, I thought I was all grown up, but youre not. You just keep changing into different sorts of people.

Credit:Courtesy of Shona Cryer

Amazingly, given the health risks involved, only Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia have regulations governing the use of cosmetic lasers for tattoo removal. In all other parts of Australia including the two most populous states, NSW and Victoria anyone can buy a cheap (and potentially dangerous) laser machine for $10,000 or less, then advertise for clients as an accredited laser technician. The same applies to cosmetic beauty therapy, where lasers are used for skin-tightening and other treatments.

According to Dr Ken Karipidis, a Melbourne-based scientist with the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), the risks involved with unregulated laser use range from transitory minor burns and swelling to serious burns that cause permanent scarring and changes to skin pigmentation, and eye injuries. If youve got a face tattoo thats close to an eyethe damage to eyes can [cause] blindness, says Karipidis.

ARPANSA has sought a national approach to regulating the use of cosmetic lasers for years without success. There are many qualified [medical] professionals properly trained to use these devices [even in unregulated states and territories], adds Karipidis, but the problem of unqualified operators remains.

A major obstacle to establishing national guidelines has been that no one knows the extent of the problem: The evidence we have [of damage to health] is largely anecdotal. We know it occurs, but there hasnt been a proper study doneand there isnt a register that records injuries due to tattoo removal.

As Karipidis explains, heat lasers remove tattoos with a highly focused beam of energy-carrying light that burns off the ink pigment in the skin. The pigment then shatters into fragments which are absorbed into the blood. There are three types of lasers: the basic, cheaper types known as IPL (intense pulsed light) machines, which cost between $10,000 and $15,000; Q-switched machines like the one used by Natasha Collings which are the industry standard and cost up to $200,000; and PicoWay devices, which use sound waves instead of heat to shatter tattoo ink, and sell for up to $300,000.

You should definitely not use an IPL for tattoo removal, says Karipidis. Although often marketed for the purpose, IPL machines cant be focused as intensely as the other types, and lack variable wavelengths for treating different ink colours, which means youre burning a whole area [which can damage surrounding skin] rather than just the tattoo ink.

In spite of such complexities, anyone in Australias unregulated areas where some lasers are marketed as an online package with a two-day training course and a certificate of competence can legally become a tattoo removalist. In Queensland, by contrast, Collings had to complete a demanding training course run by a radiation unit within the states health department before starting business. The course includes laser science, wound management and infection control, and can take up to six months. After that, says Collings, your first 100 hours of laser work have to be personally supervised by a qualified laser clinician.

State health departments in NSW and Victoria are investigating the problems associated with the open-slather use of cosmetic lasers. But Im not sure how quickly theyll move, says Karipidis, or what the end result will be.

Women are generally credited with giving more thought to the design of their tattoos than men. Yet among younger women, the decision to get any sort of tatt seems to involve a view of themselves that can change rapidly once the deed is done. On my final visit to City Tattoo Removal, Jules Moffatt, 22, is in the last stages of a removal involving two large lotus flowers on her back and an elephant face on her leg.

Moffatt was just 17 when she had the flowers etched on either side of her spine at a tattoo shop in suburban Brisbane without telling her parents. I chose a place that didnt look too professional, she confesses, because I needed someone who wasnt going to check my IDI think the tattooist knew I was under-age, because I was in and out the door pretty quickly.

Why did she want a tattoo? Moffatt talks of having just returned from a trip overseas after finishing school, and wanting something to symbolise that point in her life. Then she pauses, and starts again.

I think I enjoyed the rebellion of it, she says. And how people would instantly see it as, like, [indicative] of a bad personand I liked that I could be seen as that person and still be a good person.

But after a brief period, Moffatt, who was majoring in physics at university before recently dropping out, began to realise her first tattoo was a permanent symbol of just a temporary feeling, and I couldnt move past that

Then, only a few months after getting the lotus flowers, she paid the same tattooist to etch an elephants face on her leg. A year after that, Moffatt began casting around for the best way to have both her tattoos removed. By then, shed concluded that she no longer accepted her own reasons for getting them: I thought I was taking control of my own body and all those things, when really I was just, like, angry at the world.

Snapsnapsnapsnap! go the fading traces of ink in her lotus flowers as she lies, face down, in Collings treatment room. Despite the intensity of the pain in a laser removal near the spine, Moffatt declines Collings offer to take a break. I always go the full session, she says, hands clenched at her sides. I know Im getting rid of something I dont want, so the pain is quite therapeutic.

* Not his real name.

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Frank Robson is a regular columnist and feature writer with Good Weekend.

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Justin Bieber Shows Off His Massive Tattoo Collection & Chiseled Torso In Hot New TikTok Video – HollywoodLife

Now that Justin Bieber is back in sunny LA after his Canadian quarantine, hes been spending plenty of time outdoors shirtless. He flaunted his muscular tattooed chest in a new TikTok dance video.

Justin Bieber is having a ball showing off his wildly tattooed chest and arms lately. First it was on shirtless walks with wife Hailey Baldwin, 23, and now its in a new TikTok dance video. On May 27, the Biebs flaunted his chiseled torso as he busted out some moves to Craig Davids 2000 hit Fill Me In. He donned a pink bucket hat to shield his face from the sun, as he gave it a tip, tapped his wrist, put up two fingers on each hand when the lyric about two shadows came up. Justin even caressed his bare chest with his palms. Ooh la la! He has to be driving fans wild with such moves. Since the singer had to cancel his 2020 stadium tour due to the coronavirus pandemic, Justin is at least able to show off his dancing skills via social media instead.

Justins muscular arms with full ink sleeves and heavily tattooed chest were on display in the video. He wore knee-length trunks with his Drew House brands label written across the front. His white Nike sneakers helped the Biebs with his fancy footwork. He also gave his followers a look at the backyard of his Beverly Hills home, where Justin used the outdoor patio as his dance floor.

It looks like Justin, 26, and Hailey could have been having a nice outdoor lunch earlier, as a table seen behind him had a bottle of water, several glasses, and a napkin on top of it. A white shirt was draped over one of the chairs, as the edge of his pool and some lounge chairs could be seen on the left hand side of the screen. Justin and Hailey had spent much of their time since March in quarantine at his home in Ontario, Canada. The couple flew back to Los Angeles on May 20, and Justin has been enjoying the warmth and sunshine outdoors ever since.

On May 21, he was photographed riding his bike barefoot through Beverly Hills looking so carefree. Then on May 25, Justin and Hailey went for a Memorial Day stroll where he went shirtless and wore just a magenta pair of shorts from his Drew House line again and his go-to Calvin Klein boxers.

As we previously reported, Hailey made the call to head back to SoCal from Ontario. Justin and Hailey were going a little stir crazy in Canada and needed a change of scenery and pace. Justin enjoyed being out of the limelight since it has been his first time away from [paparazzi] cameras since he has been fifteen. But Hailey really wanted to get to the sun of LA. She made the final decision and Justin followed suit to come back, a source toldHollywoodLifeEXCLUSIVELY. He sure looks happy to be back in California, drenched in warm sunlight

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