This artist is drawing beautiful portraits of marginalized people in the wake of the election

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by Monica Luhar, HelloGiggles, November 18, 2016

We often turn to art as a way to express the feelings we can’t seem to shake off or articulate in words. Especially in this post-election climate, art is more important than ever.

The day after the presidential election, Tyler Feder, an illustrator based in Chicago, was disheartened by the results and proceeded to post a note on her Instagram, offering to draw portraits of marginalized people, the Huffington Post reported.


Human trafficking survivor Ima Matul to speak in Culver City Tuesday

by Monica Luhar, Southern California Public Radio, March 10, 2014

Nearly 14 years ago, Ima Matul was trapped in a situation that seemed hopeless. Tuesday, she'll be sharing her story during a discussion on modern-day human trafficking in Culver City.

The event, "Modern-Day Slavery: A Discussion on Human Trafficking," will include a Q&A session and live testimony from Matul, who now works as a survivor organizer for L.A.-based anti-human trafficking organization Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking.


The People Who Make You Look Good Are Suffering

by Monica Luhar, VICE Tonic, March 7, 2017

Tattoo artists literally bend over backwards to make us look like scrawl-emblazoned demigods. Their effort takes patience and sacrifice, though, considering the physical strain involved may be wrecking their bodies, one tat at a time. A new study in applied ergonomics from Ohio State University takes a closer look at some of the health risks tattoo artists are faced with, including the heightened risks of work-related musculoskeletal discomfort. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, musculoskeletal disorders—which range from carpal tunnel syndrome to tendonitis—negatively affect the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, and tendons.