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Odd Rot: Take Me Home

When not drawing lil weird critters, Patty Templeton writes strange stories. Her first novel is an 1880s ghost story called “There Is No Lovely End.” Chat with her over by instagram.com/pattytempleton.

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Tattoo artists and their tattoos: Local artists on what life is like behind the needle

Just above the long scar on Bill Peoples’ upper right arm is the image of a man keeled over and hurling up the contents of his stomach. Above the scar is a tattoo of a man holding a shotgun in the direction of the viewer, a woman spinning around a pole, and above that is the name of the strip club Peoples worked at for more...

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Local artists’ best approaches to giving their clients a good tattoo

Every tattoo artist has a unique way of sinking their needle into someone’s skin. Different styles. Different focuses on detail. Different interpretations. Still, most artists work with the same goals in mind: to make the customer happy and create a good piece of art.

We spoke to local artists about what they believe is...

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The worst tattoos local artists have seen over the years

Look. We’ve all made mistakes, and many of us have made bad decisions when it comes to permanently inking ourselves in a tattoo shop. Or a basement. Or a garage. Hey, we don’t know where you like to get your tattoos.

Unfortunately, sometimes you have to live with those forehead-slapping tattoos for a while. On the other...

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Beneath the skin: Local tattoo artists reveal their most meaningful, quirky, or just plain worst tattoos

It’s hard to imagine a tattoo artist who isn’t covered in tattoos. Just try it. Can’t do it? Neither can we.

Tattoo artists are usually covered nearly from head to toe in an amalgam of colorful ink, and local artists are no exception.

Graceful Eye owner Joshua Barela estimated that tattoos cover nearly 80...

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Reader submissions for the bad tattoo contest, round 1

We called and you answered, dear readers – like sailors to a siren’s call. Except unlike deadly mermaids, we won’t drown you in any bad decision sorrows. Like your friendly snark counselors, we just want to help. We want you to lay back on our proverbial couch and tell us your terrible tattoo stories so we can help you....

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DGO picks in and around Durango: November 22 to 28

Trot that...turkey?We want to make so many jokes, but we won’t, because the annual Turkey Trot, a beloved Thanksgiving day race that’s been taking place for like, three decades or so, is pretty great. You can choose between the 5-mile race or 1-mile fun run – either sound like the right kind...

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Burn Your Village to the Ground

Patty Templeton thinks Thanksgiving celebrates the suffering of Native Peoples. She wants you to consider donating to the Native American Rights Fund at narf.org.

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‘Half of this town’s population still is certain today that it saw space ships’: Recalling the Farmington Armada UFO incident

Virgil Jerry Riggs was just 8 years old in 1950, but the young boy became one of the witnesses to see hundreds of saucer-shaped objects appear in the sky over Farmington, New Mexico.

The mass sighting, later known as the Farmington Armada incident, took place as the young child played outside during recess at Aztec...

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CONTEST ALERT: We want to help you get rid of your bad tattoo

Attention, readers with bad tattoos. Are you tired of staring at that hideous spider with the mutant legs and want to win a consultation and two FREE laser removal sessions from Durango Dermatology?

Or, perhaps you just want to cover it up with something cooler? Well, how about a FREE badass cover-up from Robert Smith...

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Forget Roswell: Durango’s New Mexico neighbor Aztec has one of the most intriguing UFO mysteries of the Southwest

The site of the 1948 UFO crash sits just north of Aztec, New Mexico, and it’s not an easy place to find. It’s hidden inside a barren desert landscape and surrounded by rugged dirt roads, eerie rock formations, and arid shrub life along County Road 2770.

The Aztec UFO incident is a tale we hadn’t heard until a couple of...

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Dancing With Myself

Patty Templeton once was almost arrested for dancing by herself in a parking lot after midnight. So it goes. Find her over on Twitter at @PattyTempleton.

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Want to look for ET? Head to the UFO Watchtower in Hooper

The UFO Watchtower isn’t just a good spot for catching a glimpse of extraterrestrials. It’s also a place where you can talk about your alien or UFO encounter without getting laughed out of Colorado, which, according to owner Judy Messoline, is a conversation that happens regularly at the alien-enthusiast hot spot. About 80...

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