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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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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 grand opening celebration is December 11th, but the show will be open starting December 2nd. If you’re in the New...
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...
ROAR, Self-Defense and Self-Empowerment

ROAR, Self-Defense and Self-Empowerment

My life’s path has been restrictive due to circumstances beyond my control and for the first time in my life, I have the freedom to steer away and do what I CHOOSE rather than the limited scope I have been given. I’m looking forward to traveling towards undefined destinations and letting things happen as they...
Skin As Sketchbook: Nitasha's Art

Skin As Sketchbook: Nitasha’s Art

I experienced many of the same things you described, whenever I scratched my face people thought something major had happened! I embrace it now. I identify as an artist and I see my body as an extension of my sketchbook. -Nitasha Deogun Nitasha and I met on Instagram.  She’s an artist interested in skin, patterns,...
Skin As Frontier: Nataly's Story

Skin As Frontier: Nataly’s Story

I love the fact that drawing skin needs just a line, and you’ve built a frontier between the outside and the intimate. -Nataly Sogne Nataly is an artist living in France (her work can be viewed here) and she wrote to me about her own experience with skin cancer, after reading my post Why It’s...
Ryan Quintal: Save As: Dermatographia

Ryan Quintal: Save As: Dermatographia

I have the same affliction and the thought of turning it into the art, or even sharing it with the world is something that really hit me right in the gut. -Ryan Quintal This sentence in an email is how I met Ryan. Pretty great introduction! Little did I know, speaking with Ryan would only...
The Girl with the Purple Cane: Liz Jackson

The Girl with the Purple Cane: Liz Jackson

While my skin does not show the sensitivity that it feels, it is something that has become a part of my daily life. -Liz Jackson We all have sensitivities in one form or another, some are quite visible (like dermatographia), some are hidden (like autoimmune disorder symptoms). Liz Jackson is a blogger also living in...