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The Kitchen's Ink: A tribute to Boston chefs’ tattoos

We'd be more than a bit behind the times if we were to suddenly declare chefs the new rock stars. Same goes for announcing the prevalence of tattoos in almost every restaurant in the country. Big, resounding duh .

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  October 12, 2012

Outside the tattoo parlor

Body modifiers are not all created equal.
By DAVID KISH  |  March 16, 2012

Photos: Selections from Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed

Used with permission from Science Ink by Carl Zimmer, Sterling Publishing © 2011.
Science Ink
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 16, 2011
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Ink for eggheads

Over the last four years, Zimmer has become the nation's foremost chronicler of scientific skin art.
Tattoo U
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 16, 2011

Photos: The Providence Phoenix Annual Best in RI Awards Show

The Providence Phoenix honors the Best in RI at the Met on April 20, 2011. Check out the winners  here .
The Best of Rhode Island Awards | The Met | April 20, 2011
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  April 22, 2011

Review: Beastly

The best part of this benighted version of Beauty and the Beast is the filigreed network of slashes, tattoos, and metalwork that class witch Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen as Gary Oldman in Dracula) inflicts on high-school pretty boy Kyle (Alex Pettyfer).
Soppy farce is neither beautiful nor bestial
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 04, 2011

The Masons of Amicable Lodge

Photos: The Masons of Amicable Lodge

Photos by Mike Pecci  
Photos by Mike Pecci
By MIKE PECCI  |  February 18, 2011

Slideshow: Doomstar gives out amateur tattoos

Punk trio Doomstar administer ink to Phoenix music writer P. Nick Curran; read his story about his experience and watch the video  here .
The Phoenix 's P. Nick Curran gets ink from Doomstar
By SYLVIA KIM  |  February 11, 2011

Four questions for a hypertext pioneer

As both an author and illustrator, Shelley Jackson has looked beyond the limitations of singular genres or techniques to create a novel style of work.
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  December 10, 2010

Lit-snobs, hot librarians, and the rise of the literary tattoo

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich was sitting down for a meal at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, when she found herself under critique.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 08, 2010

Photos: Boston Tattoo Convention

The Boston Tattoo Convention comes to the Sheraton Hotel on Labor Day weekend, September 3-6, 2010.
Boston Tattoo Convention at the Sheraton Hotel | September 3-6, 2010
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  September 17, 2010


Slideshow: Dr. Lakra at the ICA

Dr. Lakra at the ICA, showing through September 6, 2010
Dr. Lakra at the ICA, showing through September 6, 2010
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 23, 2010

Cheap thrills

They say Dr. Lakra got his pen name from the doctor’s bag he carried around when he first began tattooing, two decades ago. “Lakra” puns on the Spanish word “lacra,” meaning scar or blemish, but it’s also slang for “delinquent” or “scumbag.”
The inky delights of Dr. Lakra
By GREG COOK  |  April 23, 2010

Photos: Scenes from the Great Burlesque Exposition

Latex, fur, and feathers -- and lots of tiny hats. (Surprisingly SFW.)
Making the rounds at the Burlesque Exposition, at Hyatt Regency Hotel, April 2-4, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 09, 2010

Tattoo you

Dr. Lakra is no more a real doctor than is Dr. Dre or Dr. Demento. The 38-year-old Mexican tattoo artist’s real name is Jerónimo López Ramírez. As for “lakra,” it means “delinquent.” Or so I thought.
Dr. Lakra loves the ink
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 09, 2010

Slideshow: Snowblind | Regeneration Tattoo

Artists Include: Cathy Johnson, Edwin Marquez, Brian Hemming, Daniel Bythewood and Brad Stevens
Snowblind @ the LAB Boston, through February 13, 2009
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 02, 2009


Photos: Literary tattoos

Selections from Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide
Selections from Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide
By THE WORD MADE FLESH  |  January 01, 1900