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Why are more women over 50 getting tattoos?

THE first thing you notice about Lorna Jones is her tattoos.

Wearing a sleeveless top, her brightly coloured inkings stand out – especially a large dragonfly resting on a poppy that covers her left shoulder.

Tattoos have become a passion of the full-time artist. As well as the ones on her arms she has a striking still life of an ammonite and a moth on her calf and she is toying with what to get done next, and where.

Her beautifully drawn tattoos would be striking on anyone – but perhaps what makes them even more eye-catching is that Lorna is 58.

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Invisible Ink

Starting next month, the NOPD will have a new policy on tattoos: none may be visible on officers. Those who have tattoos will have to cover them with long-sleeved shirts or some form of concealment. This, predictably, has not gone over well with local police unions, who consider it another blow to a department that has both deep morale issues and serious trouble attracting and retaining new cops.

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Survey of Selected Samples of Tattoo Inks for the Presence of Heavy Metals 2013

During 2012, the Ministry of Health carried out a survey of the levels of heavy metals in a sample of selected tattoo inks. The results showed that a large majority of tattoo inks tested were in compliance with acceptable levels of heavy metal.

Bearing in mind the limited scope of the survey, the colour samples analysed were generally compliant with the maximum permissible levels of heavy metals specified in the Guidelines.

The colour samples analysed were generally compliant with the maximum permissible levels of heavy metals specified in the Guidelines. All samples tested complied with cobalt, selenium and chromium (VI) guideline levels.

For the other metals there was variable compliance.

Because of the limited number of samples collected and analysed, these results should be treated with caution and should not be extrapolated to draw conclusions about the heavy metal quality of tattoo inks, either colour shades or brands that were not included in this survey.