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Melissa Linden at Angela Maione Beauty

Before Angela Maione begins tattooing, before the pigment is even mixed, she needs to finish her geometry. Calipers and string come out, angles are checked and double-checked, arcs are drawn with a wax pencil to see how they look. …

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Helping Hands

A white acrylic counter is covered in lustrous gold flakes, flashy Swarovski crystals, shimmering pots of glitter and tiny plastic hillocks painted with unicorns, pentagrams, dinosaurs, rainbow streaks, gold checkering. …

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’Too True

Joe Capobianco at Hope Gallery Tattoo

The first tattoo Joe Capobianco ever did was a scorpion for one of his oldest friends. “I was shaking like a leaf,” he says. That was 24 years ago. …

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Unsecret Ingredients

In a backyard in Newhallville, Tammy Chapman grows herbs in raised beds. Sage, mint and rosemary do particularly well in our climate, she says. …

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Dog ’Dos

Sarah McLachlan (the dog) at Home of the Dog Wizard

Seven years ago, Frank LaSasso says he received a sign from God. He had worked as a car salesman for 25 years before a traumatic motorcycle accident made the long hours and high stress unbearable. In the midst of his …

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In an East Haven forest, at the end of a long, semi-paved road, there’s a house surrounded by gardens. They’re lovely to walk through even at this time of year, when some plants have already gone to seed, but giving …

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Luis "Wiso" Gonzales

When people drive past Luis “Wiso” Gonzales’s barbershop, they often do a double-take. “Sacan pictures because no pueden creer,” Gonzales says in Spanglish. They take pictures because they can’t believe it. …

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With warm lather, straight razors, 1920s-era Koken barber chairs and a seasoned group of barbers, Phil’s Hairstyles on Wall Street has been keeping Yalies and locals looking sharp since 1924. …

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Bent Out of Shape

142 River Street, New Haven

Bending metal pipes at will is hard. Bending them indeliberately is easy. All you have to do is leave them alone for a good while, letting gravity and corrosion do the work.…

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Tower of Flower

Jennifer Ford-Chatfield, owner of Fleur de Lys

It was the prevailing symbol of French royalty for more than 500 years. As France battled, bred and cavorted with other peoples around the globe, the symbol spread, too, appropriated by families for their crests, religions for…

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