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As he puts a straw in his fruit smoothie, Michael Lee Howard accidentally knocks over the cup, spilling the seaweed-colored liquid. "Well, it happens," he says. As he collects the smoothie overflow in the plastic lid, he exposes the tattoos on his wrists: a biohazard symbol on the right and a radiation symbol on the left.
As I stood in the checkout line waiting for the customer in front of me to finish paying for her groceries, I took a moment to glance over the ubiquitous magazines and tabloids that adorn every aisle. The cover of OK! was emblazoned with the headline: "More 'Teen Mom' babies! Who's pregnant with triplets! Who's hoping another baby will save the relationship! PLUS: Amber and Gary reunite!" Pushed to the margin was a picture of Britney Spears.
I have been sick for two weeks and my doctor said I have jaundice from mono. I got my belly button pierced on spring break in Mexico and I'm worried. Could my jaundice be from hepatitis C or HIV instead?
We are often asked to declare our identity for documents, applications, bank loans and even social networking sites. But how much of our identity is lost when we select "female," "African-American" or "Muslim?"
In a matter of weeks, teenage girls, just 17 years old, will be able to get their hands on the "morning after pill" without ever talking to a doctor and without their parents ever knowing or being a part of this major decision.
Walking into the Colur Tyme Tattoo Parlor is a lot like walking into a head shop. One wall is lined with gang monikers and symbols, the other with bongs for smoking marijuana and other drugs -- one even shaped like a skull.
When Todd Matchett went to prison for second-degree murder in 1986, a fellow inmate threaded a guitar string through a Bic pen, attached it to a cassette Walkman motor, and tattooed the grim reaper on Matchett's left shoulder.