2017 AM Jam Tattoo Expo

2017 AM Jam Tattoo Expo

This expo is one to leave a lasting impression!

This weekend, I attended my first tattoo expo. January 27th-29th was the 31st annual AM-Jam Tattoo Expo, held at the Ramada Inn in East Syracuse, New York. This exciting three-day event hosted over 100 artists, both local and international, giving tattoo enthusiasts quite the selection to choose from. Each day, they also ran a series of contests, from best "Virgin" tattoo, to the classic best black and white or color tattoos. Didn't want to get a tattoo? That's cool too! Many of the shops that had a booth there also did piercings. Didn't want to do that either? Also cool! Just being there and being a part of something so awesome is enough!

I went on Sunday, which was the last day of the event, and took a friend of mine with me who ended up getting his first tattoo (shout out to Ty Delarm and Queen City for doing an awesome job)! I'll admit, hearing the buzzing of multiple tattoo guns all around me at once made it extremely tempting to get some new ink, and watching my friend get his first piece didn't help, but I managed to resist the urge. I was also just completely overwhelmed with the amount of talent in one small space. There was so much to look at, between the artists working on new pieces to just the people walking around the venue showing off their old tattoos. The amount of incredible work is truly amazing. Also, you get to see and meet some well-known faces in the body modification world, like Lizard Man. If you've never seen or heard of Lizard Man, look him up.

After spending five hours at the expo, it is very easy for me to say I will definitely be going back next year! I highly suggest checking out a tattoo expo, there are tons across the country, even if you're not interested in getting anything done; it's just a cool new experience to check out...and who knows! You might just give in and leave with some awesome new body art!

Oh, and make sure to check out the AM-Jam Tattoo Expo out on Facebook and explore some of the websites of the artists that were there!

Cover Image Credit: Syracuse.com

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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'Sissy, Why is That Boy Wearing Makeup?'

June is time to celebrate equality.


This past weekend, I went to the mall with my family. It was just a normal family excursion, and I wanted to walk into Sephora to show my mom a perfume I liked. We go inside, and my mother and I drift away from my dad and 6 year old sister, Sierra. I showed her the perfume I thought smelled amazing (Roses de Chloé) and we look for my sister and father to exit the store. As soon as we leave, my little sister grabs my hand and asks, "Sissy, why is that boy wearing makeup?"

This was the first time my little sister has ever asked about anything like this, and I wanted to make sure I gave her an answer. I turned to her and said, "Sierra, sometimes there are boys who wear makeup, and girls who may dress like boys. People are allowed to wear what they want, it doesn't matter." Sierra looks up at me, says, "Oh okay," and that was the end of it.

Sharing this experience to say, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

So thankful to live in a country where all sexual orientations get a day to celebrate their love. That's what this world needs more of-- love. It shouldn't matter who it is, where they are from, the color on their skin, or their gender identity.

When Sierra was born, I always wondered when this conversation would come up. I wondered what I would say, how she would react to it, and how she would be exposed to it. Like I consistently preach, everything happens for a reason, and I'm glad Sierra was able to get exposure and receive an immediate answer. Love is love, and I will forever stand by that.

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