Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown
Representing the 99%!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Maiden Cape Breton’s 1st Annual Tattoo Expo

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Confessions Of A Tattoo Apprentice: The Highs & Lows Of Self-Tattooing!

Tin Tin's Faithful Friend, Snowy (Milou in French)
When Todd first suggested that I tattoo myself over a year ago I found myself resistant to the idea. I wasn't trying to be a bad apprentice. Like anyone seeking out a tattoo, I am rather picky about what I put on my body. However, inevitably, I bit the bullet and did just that. Partly because I wanted to learn more about needle depth and shading and partly because I needed human flesh to practice on. Not confident enough to just tattoo any random human being, let alone someone I know or care for, I used myself as a guinea pig. Truthfully, I have learned more by tattooing myself than I could have ever learned from tattooing pig skin or fake skin.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Inktion Temporary Tattoo Designs Now In Stock!

Inktion Designs By Amirun Shah
Inktion Temporary Tattoos are now in stock at Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium! Amirun Shah, owner of Inktion, offers an assortment of original temporary tattoos. Each design has been painstakingly created by Shah at her studio in Montreal, Quebec. It's an excellent opportunity for you to try out a tattoo design for 2 - 5 days before committing to having it permanently tattooed on your body. Remember, you can also order these designs online via Inktion's website or Etsy shop.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Interview With A Former Biker - Dave Zako By Nicholas Zako

Figure 1. Vale Royal Classic Car Show, by SG2012, 2013.
My interview was with a former biker who has owned motorcycles in the past and still enthuses about them today. My goal in interviewing this biker was to discover why someone would start riding a motorcycle, and why someone who loves motorcycling would ever stop. I also wanted to know how living in Quebec affected the biker’s decision to stop riding. The biker says the reason he started riding motorcycles in the first place is because it simply looked really fun. Motorcycling was a hobby of his friends in which he was jealous of. So, he decided to become a biker, first buying a CB400 SuperSport and later trading in his Honda Civic for a Nighthawk 750. To him, biking leans more towards recreation than it does a method of transportation. He would head out biking with a couple of his friends and have fun. He explains that nothing beats the feeling of driving through wooded areas, taking curves, feeling the wind and the power of your bike. This seemingly perfect hobby raises the question as to why anyone would ever stop motorcycling.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Interview With A Biker - Daan Langeveld By Emilie Rodgers

Daan's Honda ST1100
Daan Langeveld is not your typical family man. Although he works a regular job at the local Toyota dealership and lives up the street from my house. He is part of a smaller group of the population who often get judged for what they ride but are usually nicest people around. He is a biker! Daan decided to get his motorcycle licence with his friend, Chad, five years ago. He has always been passionate about anything with a motor. He has already owned a four-wheeler, a three-wheeler and a skidoo. So the next step was to get a motorcycle licence and see if he liked it. And well, he did.

Interview With A Biker - Frederic Meriaux By Maude-Sophie Meriaux

Frederic Meriaux On A Rented Victory Bobber
A dedicated father and an accomplished businessman, Frederic has owned a motorcycle for almost 15 years now. Younger, he had a collection of hundreds of little cars and dreamed that one day, he would own one of those cars. As he was getting older, he moved from France to the United States and finally settled down in the province of Québec, Canada. Working as a mechanical engineer, he always loved being around impressive machines like cars, bikes and jets. I had the chance to interview him about his experience as a biker, but also as a traveller. There is so much to discover and what could be better than to bring together two passions: travelling and motorcycles? This is exactly what Frederic did. He bought a Harley-Davidson V-Rod, the motorcycle of his dream and travelled all around Québec and even the East coast of the United States.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Student Reviews of Julian Tanner's Teenage Troubles: Youth and Deviance in Canada 4th Edition (2015)

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Teenage Troubles by the author Julian Tanner (2015) reflects upon various topics regarding youth deviance. Chapters covered interesting subjects such as youth from minority groups, gangs, female deviancy, and inequalities in the educational system. Chapter 4 was well divided between the groups that experience the most discrimination. Arguments made were very thought-provoking such as the rise of discrimination towards immigrants after the 9/11 attack. People relate the attack in New York with immigrants even if they had nothing to do with it; it now creates fear in people. The same goes with aboriginals and African-Americans; people relate their behavior with negative stereotypical images. Therefore, this chapter was very influential in relating how stereotypes guide our judgement towards others. On the other hand, chapter 5 was difficult to read and understand. Some terms were not defined to help the reader comprehend the argument being made. For example, the idea of school counterculture wasn’t defined until two chapters after the wording was introduced and so I had to go back and read from the beginning. In another account, when the author was speaking about the Columbine killers, Tanner talked about the Jocks again though that concept was forgotten about pages ago. It thus felt misplaced. I did like how chapters 6, 7, and 8 were connected. Chapter 6 slowly introduced us to crime on the street and among the youth, then chapter 7 focused into gangs and gangs from different minority groups, and finally chapter 8 went into female deviancy and gangs. The division made a great base of knowledge regarding crime to help us better understand the impact and causes of gang membership. The author also used other sources to back up her information to make it more credible; such as Campbell, Stanley, and the Daily Mail. Case studies and data from various sources helped clarify the extent of differences and similarities in criminal activities between different minority groups. I also enjoyed that the book was written recently and based on recent data which demonstrates what young offenders deal with in the current generation. Altogether, the book was truly interesting and brought about good arguments in which influenced you to reflect upon your own behaviour and opinions.

- Stephanie Cramp

Friday, June 15, 2018

Meet Leonardo (The Lion King) Corbin - Our Eight Year Old Black & Tan German Shepherd Boy!

The Lion King
We have loved having our Rosie Diamond Heart so much that we decided to adopt this beautiful eight year old German Shepherd boy two days ago. Officially named The Lion King, his previous owners called him Leo. Due to tragic family circumstances Leo found himself back at the very kennel where he began life on November 3, 2009 here in Lennoxville, Quebec. Kidjuuk specializes in breeding black and tan show line German Shepherds. We had originally put a deposit on a puppy with Kidjuuk a year ago but inevitably we were too far down the waiting list. However, I like to think of it as fate as we couldn't possibly imagine life without our beautiful Rosie who we purchased from Élevage De Juco in St. Casamir, Quebec. Leo is equally every bit a dream come true as his previous family did such a wonderful job raising him. Both Rosie and Leo have already bonded well and the two seem to have helped each other in more ways than one.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Welcome To Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium Studio - Now Open!

Get Inked In Style
Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium is now officially open for business and taking appointments! Whilst I am waiting for my 1972 Volkswagen Panel Bus Mobile Tattoo Studio to be restored, I decided to put together my own tattoo studio. Nestled in the small borough of Lennoxville here in Sherbrooke, Quebec, there are presently two studios operating out of our modest little home. I wanted the studio to be an environment that is not only reflective of my inspirations for becoming a tattoo artist but equally, one that would give clients an opportunity to be inspired themselves in thinking outside the proverbial box. The tattoo studio has been meticulously put together and goes above and beyond the long standing tradition in tattooing. My background in cultural anthropology and sociology along with my travels around the world have helped me create something eclectic and hopefully, exciting for clients. After all, you are not only paying for a tattoo but equally as important an experience. One that I hope will appeal to people thinking of getting their first tattoo or those wishing to add to their existing repertoire.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium Tattoo Aftercare Package Now Available!

Complimentary Aftercare Package Provided With Every Tattoo!
Upon completion of your tattoo you will be provided with a mini care package courtesy of Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium. This includes a measured to fit piece of UltraDerm Film Bandage (similar to Saniderm), one complimentary sachet of Hustle Butter (.25oz) and one bar of Dove Unscented soap for sensitive skin. For larger tattoos, you will be able to purchase larger versions of Hustle Butter or Bepanthen (whichever is in stock). In addition to the latter, clients are expected to follow these steps in order to ensure that your tattoo heals properly and looks great for years to come:

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Interview With A Biker - Frédérick Blouin By Philipe Goulet

Frédérick Blouin In His Natural Habitat
The world of motocross racing has always seemed out of reach and unaccessible to me. As a young child, I distinctly remember watching Travis Pastrana land his double backflip at the X games and thinking: I wish I could do that. But I knew very well that it was an expensive sport, that there weren’t many places to ride a motocross around me. However, I could experience motocross through video games, and I never really gave a second thought about missing out on the sport. However, some people were lucky enough to be involved in the sport at a young age and end up competing at a very high level as they grew up. I am really curious about the process and obstacles they went through and what it took for them to be a competitive motocross rider.

Eikon Machine Gun Magazines Issues 1 to 8

Premiere Issue - Summer 2001
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Whilst I am no longer using coil machines, I thought I would share with you Eikon's Machine Gun Magazines, issues 1 to 8. This is a great addition to Tattooing A to Z: A Guide to Successful Tattooing By Huck Spaulding. These are great and have helped me learn the ins and outs of cil machines over the course of the past year. I enjoyed using the coil machines and would likely still be using them today if not for the Cheyenne Hawk Pen. More on the latter soon. In the meantime, Happy reading!