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Personal Adornment: Can People With Dermatographia Get Tattoos?

Personal Adornment: Can People With Dermatographia Get Tattoos?

Frequently I get emails asking me if those of us with dermatographia can get tattooed. Yes, we can. I have tattoos, and no, I’ve never had any problems getting them. What seems to happen is my system gets worn out from releasing all that histamine in response to the needle,...
What To Do With the Itch: 6 Tips to Manage Dermatographia

What To Do With the Itch: 6 Tips to Manage Dermatographia

Frequently I get asked how I manage dermatographia. My new friend Ellen in Hong Kong (who I recently featured on my Dermatographic site) asked how I manage our skin condition, so I wrote this post. About 5% of the population has dermatographia, and it affects us all quite differently. Some...
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New Website Coming Soon!

New Website Coming Soon!

Hello Skintome community!  It’s been awhile… lots going on behind the scenes here at Skintome. First of all, I am proud to announce that my creativity coaching business is underway.  Please check the Work With Ariana page to find out more. Second of all, I relocated to a new city!  My husband and I moved...
How Doing An Elimination Diet Can Help Heal Your Dermatographia

How Doing An Elimination Diet Can Help Heal Your Dermatographia

People ask me all the time if there’s a cure for dermatographia. Unfortunately it’s not such an easy answer. Everyone’s triggers and causes are so different that what reduces one person’s itchiness might do nothing for another.  This makes it super hard to know what to tell people who ask me how to lessen the...
Design Inspired by Skin

Design Inspired by Skin

  Vivian Lin is an industrial design student at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver, Canada), and is always inspired by her experience in her own skin. While she doesn’t have dermatographia, she is still sensitive to the way people perceive others with a skin condition.  She grew up with severe eczema and...
Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Hope you all have an excellent holiday time!  Hard to believe it’s almost 2015.  This has been an extraordinary year, and the next one promises to be just as exciting. If you’re in New York before January 17th, please check out Broad Channels, my solo exhibition at MagnanMetz Gallery.  The gallery is closed for the...
The Eloquence of Welts and Hives, Poetry by Jeannine Hall Gailey

The Eloquence of Welts and Hives, Poetry by Jeannine Hall Gailey

  Can you read the message my heart has etched on my skin, this petal-thin map? -Jeannine Hall Gailey (excerpt from “Introduction to Dermatographia“) I came across Jeannine Hall Gailey’s lovely poem “Introduction to Dermatographia” in an online magazine called The Freeman.  In this poem, she makes the drama of dermatographia eloquent, and likens her...
Big Changes on The Horizon + Announcement

Big Changes on The Horizon + Announcement

I have some exciting news to share with you all:  This December, I will have a solo exhibition here in New York!  It’s going to be at the gallery I show with, Magnan Metz.  The opening is December 11th, from 6:00-8:00. If you’re in the New York City area I would love to see you...
Evelyn's Skin Story

Evelyn’s Skin Story

Yes my skin does inspire me. It inspires me to be more creative and not be ashamed of the things that make me unique. It also inspires me to get along with the things I already have. -Evelyn Hear, hear–I agree with you Evelyn!  I think that when faced with challenges, we grow and learn...
What Can Dermatographia Do For You?

What Can Dermatographia Do For You?

Also I do have one more question, what can dermatographia do for me? For example what can I get out of it? Is there anything I can do with it? -Tegan Nicks I received this email from Tegan last month: Dear Ariana,  Recently, I have discovered your ‘skin’ work, and have been inspired by the...
Finding Freedom In Commitment

Finding Freedom In Commitment

The other day, my partner and I had a Bachelor/Bachelorette Beach Party at Ft Tilden (my favorite beach in New York City).  We decided it would be fun to get together with a bunch of friends to celebrate our upcoming wedding.  Yes, that’s right: I am getting married!  In less than two short weeks!  Hard...
How Dermatographia Can Make You A Model

How Dermatographia Can Make You A Model

Hello Ariana, My name’s Denisa and I’m from France. I am 14 years old. I wanted to write you an email to tell you that I have the same “problem” with my skin. I’ve searched for two years for the name of my skin disease and one week ago I finally found it on your...
How Skin Reflects Life: Interview With Casilda Sanchez

How Skin Reflects Life: Interview With Casilda Sanchez

We are all voyeurs at some point. At least I know I am. I have always been inclined to observe the intimacy of others, if what we call intimacy can be susceptible to being eyed. I believe intimacy is something that – when it exists and occurs – must be apprehensible, and so, I am...
A Surprising Link Between Dermatographia and Antibiotics

A Surprising Link Between Dermatographia and Antibiotics

The following is written by Skinwriter Anonymous. I wrote some thoughts on the matter below his story. Some breakthroughs fixing my Dermatographia urticaria by Skinwriter Anonymous (19 july 2014) I spend much time going through all message boards, articles and publications since the day I discovered I had dermatographia, trying to find a solution or...