Celebrity Ink™ Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Celebrity Ink™ is taking fundraising to a new level, while helping women reclaim their identity following a cancer diagnosis with a permanent tattoo.

The tattoo chain is offering people suffering from cancer, those who’ve lost loved ones to cancer and anyone who wishes to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month the opportunity to donate to the worthy cause while getting a new design inked.

All artists in the Celebrity Ink™ Surfers Paradise, Coomera, Southport and Garden City studios are pricing flash tattoos from $80. 100 percent of the profits will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Celebrity Ink™ CEO, Manuel Campos, said the Celebrity Ink™ Goes Pink campaign is bigger than its financial donation, although this is paramount too.

“Tattoos go hand in hand with identity, self esteem and storytelling. Celebrating individuality and promoting self confidence is a core part of what we offer our clients, and this is especially important for those undergoing treatment for cancer,” he said.

“Many of our clients are affected by cancer in some way, either directly or through watching a loved one, and they come to us wanting to commemorate or celebrate this journey with a permanent reminder – whether that be love, loss, hope or healing.

“Mastectomy tattoos are extremely common at our studios, helping women to see the beauty in their body, as are pink ribbons and butterflies as a token for hope and peace.”

The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Director of Research Investment, Dr Christopher Pettigrew, said the partnership with Celebrity Ink™ was fitting for the foundation.

“We’re incredibly proud to be partnering with Celebrity Ink™ to make a difference in the lives of those living with breast cancer.

“The breast cancer journey is a very individual and personal experience, just like every tattoo is unique and has its own story,’ he said.

“Tattoos play a very special role in helping many of those diagnosed with cancer to find hope, resilience, courage, peace and strength, so it’s a fitting partnership.”

Mr Campos said while this was the inaugural fundraising event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by Celebrity Ink™, it is the first of many to come.

“Storytelling is what we do, and it’s our privilege to be able to help men and women express their stories this month while giving back and donating 100% percent of all flash tattoo profits to such a deserving cause. We are committed to supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month and playing our part in the fight for a cure,” he said.

With nine women in every 100 diagnosed with breast cancer not surviving past five years, every dollar to the National Breast Cancer Foundation will help fund prevention, detection, and treatment research to save lives.

Celebrity Ink™ Surfers Paradise, Coomera, Southport and Garden City studios are participating in the Celebrity Ink™ Goes Pink fundraising campaign. Anyone over the age of 18 can get a flash tattoo, and all studios will accept donations with any other service booked.

To book your flash tattoo, visit celebrityink.com/bookings/ or Direct Message Celebrity Ink™ on Facebook.

At What Age Can You Get a Tattoo?

When it comes to getting a tattoo, you need to know where you stand legally in your corner of the globe. Over 18 is the general answer to ‘What age can you get a tattoo?’ but laws differ in each state in Australia and differ again internationally.

In some cases it can be 16 with parental consent, however, in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia, it is illegal to get a tattoo until you are 18 years old.

In the Australian Capital Territory, you must be over 16 years and have written permission for a tattoo from your parents. The permission must explain the type of tattoo you agree to and where it will be positioned.

In the Northern Territory, there are no specific rules about getting a tattoo, but in practice, any reputable tattooist will have their own standards to abide by and will often ask you to obtain parents’ permission.

In Thailand and Bali, there is a minimum age of 15 and it’s 18 years in England and Italy.

Considerations for Parents
If your teenager is considering getting a tattoo or a body piercing other than in their ears, it is important to discuss this with them.

Here are a few tips to begin the conversation:

– Investigate the legalities of getting a tattoo and/or body piercing in your state and country you live in and discuss this with your teenager.

– Discuss this with your teenager at an appropriate time.

– Help your teenager understand the decision to get a tattoo comes with maturity and ensure they display signs of this as this will be a good indicator of them being ready.

– Listen to your teenager’s point of view. Let them tell you why they want a tattoo and why it’s so important to them.

– Ask to see the design they are considering so you can have an open conversation about appropriateness and any possible ramifications.

It’s slightly different for piercings where under 16s can have piercings, with ear piercing being the most common from babies onwards. For other piercings and to be sure of what age you can get a tattoo, it’s best to check with your tattoo studio for guidance.

Celebrity Ink™ offers professional tattoos and piercings in line with local laws. Make a booking here.

Get Healthy, Stay Healthy with GMHBA

There’s no doubt 2020 has been a tough year for all of us. Health has often taken a backseat as other stressors have taken hold and motivation was at an all time low. Gyms and pools may have closed, our favourite health-food cafes and stores were shut, many of us face financial pressure and of course isolation.

The good news is, there is light at the end of the tunnel and you aren’t alone. Now that we’re getting closer to the end of the year it’s a great time to start looking after yourself again and start prepping for the summer months ahead.

According to Aussie health insurance company GMHBA, it’s time to take your power back!

Importance of Good Health
Leading a healthy lifestyle is based around a number of factors, including healthy eating, being physically active, getting adequate sleep and maintaining your mental health. The more you look after yourself, the better you feel, sleep and meet the challenges of each new day.

Health can be defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not just the absence of disease or illness. We know that good health is strongly related to:

  • Increased life expectancy (how long you live)
  • Improved quality of life (how well you live)
  • The prevention of some types of disease, illness and disability
  • Reduced risk of poor mental health
  • The maintenance of a healthy weight
  • Increased vigour, vitality and concentration

A healthy lifestyle can provide the basis for a long and fulfilling life. But being healthy is hard when you do it alone.

What Can You Do?
When it comes to taking care of yourself, one factor that can help us to succeed is accountability. When we are made to be accountable for our actions, we’re more likely to follow a path that makes us feel good about ourselves. Also, we all love a bit of recognition, so being rewarded for good health is the ultimate prize.

To help you get back on track GMHBA has teamed up with global health and wellbeing program AIA Vitality. Together, GMHBA and AIA Vitality are providing members with a science-backed program that’s designed to improve your health and wellbeing, while at the same time providing you with generous rewards for meeting your goals.

A personalised program, AIA Vitality encourages you to earn points by completing particular health assessments and healthy activities. These can include:

  • Health reviews
  • Psychological assessment
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Social support assessment
  • Skin self examination
  • Sleeping well
  • Exercising
  • Learning about healthy eating and nutrition
  • Taking care of your mental health

You can also complete in-person assessments with your GP or pharmacy, dentist, optometrist and fitness assessments at your gym.

The more AIA activities you do, the more points you earn. Those points then transfer into dollars and discounts that you can use at a variety of affiliates. Up to $500 in shopping rewards per membership year at Myer, Woolworths, Rebel, Bunnings, House, Amazon and Ticketmaster are just some of the many rewards.

Find out more about how it works to keep your health on track, by visiting the GMHBA website today.


Importance of Sustainability in Fashion

There’s a quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi – “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. When it comes to taking care of the environment, we all know that change starts in the home or workplace and it all comes down to the choices we make towards sustainability.

Sustainability means focusing on the needs of today, without compromising the future – it aims to protect the environment, as well as human health and ecology. It drives innovation, but not to the detriment of life and it ensures that the planet we love so much, is still going to be there for future generations.

In the fashion industry, sustainability means creating clothing, shoes and accessories, with as little impact on the environment and people as possible.

The Fashion Industry’s Impact
A $2.5 trillion industry, fashion is the second largest polluter in the world, behind oil. The biggest contributing factors are water pollution and water consumption – and it’s been recorded that the fashion industry accounts for 20% of global water pollution. The fashion industry also impacts the environment with high energy wastage and greenhouse gas emissions. Some companies within the industry are also reported to provide less than comfortable working conditions.

Fortunately, though, the fashion industry is learning and changing.

Natural Materials & Ethical Sourcing
In order to create a more sustainable fashion industry, it’s important that the big players lead by example by abandoning traditionally unsustainable practices and adopting more sustainable ones.

One of these companies is Levi’s, who is committed to sourcing environmentally friendly materials to reduce their environmental impact, and introducing initiatives that are designed to improve the lives of the people who work for them. The Worker Well-being initiative provides health services, financial security and gender equality for employees, no matter where in the world they reside.

Levi’s Water<Less™ technologies allow them to make their products using up to 96% less water in the finishing process; while the Wellthread™ range is a collection of their most sustainably designed products and serves to experiment and test the value of new sustainability initiatives. This collection focuses on four principles – materials, people, environment and process.

Levi’s Wellthread jeans. PHOTO: Supplied

Recently introduced to Levi’s broader product range are innovative hemp and wood fibres that are kinder on the environment whilst still producing the same look and feel that you love (and expect) from the inventor of the blue jean!

  • Cottonised hemp – created to save water, this fibre comes from natural hemp plants that require less land and fewer pesticides than cotton;
  • Sustainably harvested wood pulp – two materials now featuring in their Sustainably Soft range, including:
    • Tencel™ – a sustainable version of viscose / lyocell: soft and breathable; and
    • Ecovero™ – a viscose produced from wood pulp, from certified sustainable forests.

Cottonised hemp. PHOTO: Supplied.

The Future
Many companies around the world are trying to do their part for sustainability, but with a reputation that is only second to oil production, the fashion industry needs to do more. For that to happen, both consumers and companies need to work together. With companies like Levi’s doing everything they can to produce sustainable clothing that lasts a lifetime, the future is brighter.

Spring Into Summer Hair-Free & Fabulous!

Spring has sprung! There are so many reasons to love spring – there’s flowers everywhere, the days start getting longer again, the weather starts warming up, and there’s still a minor chill in the breeze to keep us cool. And of course, it means that summer is just around the corner.

September is the first month where we start to think more about what we want to do when the weather is warm. On the Gold Coast, it’s still a little too cool to be jumping in pools and the ocean, but it’s perfect for getting outdoors, or preparing ourselves for those warmer days ahead. It’s also the ideal time to get started on laser hair removal!

If you’ve been thinking about getting laser hair reduction, starting the process in spring is a great option. According to the team at Clear Skincare Clinics, spring is still cool enough to be wearing lightweight pants and shirts as you prep for the summer months where dresses and singlets are more the norm in Queensland.

Here are some of their main reasons why you should start your process now, before summer hits.

You Need To Have Hair
When you get laser hair removal, you need to have hair follicles present. That means, you can’t be waxing for a few weeks before you start your treatment. While the weather is still cooler, take advantage of still being able to comfortably wear lightweight pants and t-shirts to hide your hair growth until you can book in for a session.

It Takes Time
The process of hair removal takes time. In fact, it can take a few sessions, over a period of weeks and months, for you to be completely hair-free. The earlier in the year you can start your treatment, the more chance you will have of it being completed before the weather gets too warm to cover up.

You Can Avoid The Sun
When you have laser hair removal, you need to avoid sun exposure for two weeks before and two weeks after your treatment. This is much easier to do during the cooler months. If you do expose your skin to the sun prior to and during treatment, you risk inaccurate laser settings, and over-exposure to heat – resulting in skin damage such as pigmentation.

Sweat Isn’t Good For Removal
Not only do you need to avoid the sun for your treatment to work effectively, you also need to avoid sweating. No excessive gym sessions, spas or swimming, and given how hot it can get in summer on the GC, no sitting on the beach all day in the heat.

Hide The Side Effects
Although they aren’t generally severe, you may experience short term side effects with your treatment, including redness and swelling after a session. Usually these side effects are gone within 24 hours but keeping them covered up will help the recovery (and you won’t need to explain your change in skin tone to anyone else).

Start your laser hair removal journey today. Clear Skincare Clinics have two Gold Coast locations for your convenience. Get in touch to find out more or to make a booking to start your ultimate summer preparation.