“Until I hurt my hands”

When customers call Boulder’s Tribal Rites Tattoo and Piercing between Tuesday and Saturday inquiring about a tattoo, they are handed off to Amanda Sharpless, one of the tattoo artists. Amanda is from Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she started her professional career as a tattoo artist six years ago. She has been passionate about art for her entire life; as a child, her parents would find her awake in the middle of the night drawing quietly in her room. Continue reading



On the evening of Thursday April 3rd, the University of Colorado at Boulder held their first $tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop. This workshop aims to empower women, specifically through closing the wage gap and teaching salary negotiation skills. Somewhere between 25 and 35 women were in attendance. Although the workshop teaches many positive skills, this whole situation highlights some serious problems. More than 30,000 students are enrolled at CU according to Colorado.edu, and around 13,800 of them are women. So although this first $tart $mart workshop is a tiny step in the right direction, they only reached 00.25% of CU’s female population. Therefore, in this sample piece, less than one percent of college educated women are even being introduced to techniques to work toward lowering the wage gap.      Continue reading

The Secret Behind Junk Food…

Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to put down the bag of Doritos? It’s actually an additive, called monosodium glutamate, or MSG, which causes today’s junk food to be so addictive. Although MSG is commonly associated with Asian foods, it is found in most everything that is considered a processed food in today’s market. To put it simply, MSG tricks your brain into thinking that you’re still hungry when you’ve had plenty to eat. Ever wonder why Taco Bell doesn’t fill you up? MSG does this by damaging the appetite regulation center, leading to “an urge to eat that never stops.” Monosodium glutamate is used as a ‘flavor enhancer,’ and is often present whether or not the ingredient list explicitly says MSG. Although there is naturally occurring glutamate in our bodies, the MSG of today is processed and some studies have shown that it has negative health effects, causing problems from obesity to migraines. Continue reading