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The Best Tattoo Soaps, According to Dermatologists
After a tattoo session ends, the responsibility of caring for it begins. Upkeep is necessary to keep tattoos handsome and healthy, whether it’s a bicep mural or an ironic scribble on the thigh. Tattoo soaps, formulated specifically for fresh ink, can help keep dirt and grime away from the wound and help support the healing process.
Operational Assessment: Thrive Market’s Unnecessary Convenience
I heard about Thrive Market the same way I hear about most health-conscious, luxe lifestyle products aimed at millennials: through incessant podcast ads. Once several of my favorite earworms started promoting the service as a budget-friendly, convenient way to order organic groceries, I was irrevocably influenced and tried it out.
The Best Non-Lethal Self Defense Weapons
Non-lethal weapons, as well, are often legal in many places — even ones that have significant restrictions on knives and guns. Still, it’s wise to check your local laws on specific devices before buying anything that could be used as a weapon.
The Best Lotions for Tattoos, According to Tattoo Artists
The process of tattooing is violent out of necessity. It’s repetitive. It draws blood. The aftermath is beautiful, rather than gruesome, but requires aftercare to stay that way. A key part of the post-parlor regimen is applying a lotion regularly, in addition to using tattoo soap, so the skin stays moisturized and heals faster.
The Best Tattoo Aftercare Products, According to Dermatologists
Deciding what tattoo to get (and where) is hard; deciding to take care of it is easy. Enter: tattoo aftercare products, which give a new tattoo the best chance at healing properly and lasting as long as possible. (They’re also essential for the one-third of Americans who already have a tattoo, and the 22% who have more than one.)
Indie Sleaze Is Coming for Interior Design
Style frontruns interior design. At Funzi’s, a new pizza place on St. Marks, serial restaurateur Kevin Cox is pulling the latest fashions seen on the sidewalk into his design plan. Dickies pants paired with Raf Simons bracelets, cargo pants that taper to Gucci slides, and Tom Ford sunglasses glinting from the pockets of Carhartt jackets have been rendered into wood paneling, checkered tables, and a Tiffany lamp. Indie sleaze came for the ‘fits. Now it’s coming for the furniture.
Why Relationship Apps Are Uniquely Helpful for Men, According to a Couples Counselor
The smartphone’s role in a healthy, fulfilling relationship doesn’t stop with dating apps. Relationship apps, or apps designed to stoke the flames of existing partnerships, can provide everything from provocative conversation starters to gentle reminders to show care in a certain love language, and according to licensed marriage and family therapist Dr. Shane Birkel, they might be especially useful for men.
The Receipts: Mike Schur on Moral Consumption — And That One Time He Shoplifted
If there’s one thing Mike Schur knows, it’s comedy. After launching his career as a writer on Saturday Night Live in the late 1990s, Schur went on to shepherd into existence some of most genre-defining television comedies of the last quarter century — including The Office (as a writer and producer), Parks and Recreation (as a co-creator), The Good Place (as the creator), and, most recently, Amazon Freevee’s Primo (as an executive producer).
The Best Pool Floats for Adults
There’s nothing worse than a naked swimming pool. Being naked in the pool, sure. Swim trunks aren’t for everyone. However, empty swimming pools sans a single pool float aren’t ideal. Loungers, tubes, pool noodles, and such are summer staples. And today’s pool floats aren’t just for kids — they’re built with adults in mind, too. The only issue when choosing the right one? There are simply so many options.
Tactical Fitness: Should You Give Up Caffeine?
There’s a lot of buzz online about quitting, or limiting, caffeine, a puzzling revelation for a society obsessed with coffee. Two billion cups of coffee power minds and bodies worldwide every day, and 62% of Americans consume just over three cups to get through the workday. Most of the available correlative research points to coffee not only not being bad for you, but perhaps being beneficial.
The SPY Network: How We Know What’s Good
According to everything from Marathon Man to All the President’s Men, “Nobody knows anything.” It’s an adage that gets bandied around in creative industries, an admission on the behalf of journalists, designers, and curators that it’s impossible to stay on top of all the trends, all the ideas, all the things for sale. To accomplish that, you need a network. You need informants. You need to know people who know people.
The Best Grills for Beginners, According to Chefs and Food Scientists
Part of the fun of grilling is arguing about the minutiae like whether ketchup belongs on a hot dog or whether propane is an affront to God. What can’t be argued is that grilling is very popular — 70 percent of Americans own a grill or smoker — which means that there’s no shortage of peer pressure to get grilling, as well as grills to choose from for the sad minority whose homes are currently grill-less.
How to Find a Trustworthy N95 Mask on Amazon, According to Epidemiologists
Masks may not be a constant requirement in public spaces anymore, but for people who want to decrease their chances of infection, find themselves in higher-risk situations, or have medical conditions that increase their risk of severe infection — finding the right one to wear is still a necessity.
The Receipts: John Derian on the Subtle Art of Collecting
It’s not always easy knowing how to spend your money. Even on the indulgences and luxuries people can come to afford after working hard at the office, finding the pieces to buy that can have the most impact in your home or wardrobe can be a tough ask. SPY reached out to some of the most stylish people we know to ask how—when they first found some success—they spent their hard earned dollars in a new series called The Receipts.