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Mission Code: All Pumpkin Everything

My fellow State College Pumpkinheads, I have traveled far and wide in State College to complete my pumpkin quest. With Halloween only two weeks away, I compiled a list of everything that looks, smells, or tastes like pumpkin in the area.

On Coming Out, Facing Your Friends, and Prevailing

Coming out is a huge, life-changing decision. On National Coming Out Day, staff writer Steven Boyle shares his story of coming out.

LGBTA’s Home-Coming Out Week Schedule

You may notice an increase in rainbow flags, flashy clothing, or perhaps catchy music that would make even the most Ron Swanson-esque bro want to shake his hips a bit more this week. That's because this is National Coming Out Week, which the Penn State LGBTA is celebrating. The week concludes with Coming Out Day on October 11.

Downtown Ink: Tattoo Culture in Happy Valley

I went on a mission to find out all I could about State College's tattoo culture straight from the sources. I visited every shop in State College to talk with anyone who would give me the time of day to see how many people they've inked in Happy Valley, what kind of stuff makes them cringe, and whether they had any particularly good stories after working in a business that was born from the taboo.

Taking Another Hit With Exscape Smoke Shop

Four months ago we wrote about the grand opening of the newest smoke shop in town, Exscape. Three months later, we wanted to see how the classiest head shop in town was holding up.

Kicking It With Ikonic Ink, State College’s Newest Tattoo Parlor

If you are thinking about sinking the ink anytime soon you should check out the new contender in State College's tattoo and piercing scene, Ikonic Ink. Located in between Saint's Cafe and Green Bowl and owned by local Dave Faussette, you can find the new boutique-like parlor at 127 W. Beaver Ave where artists Adam Zimmer and Shawn Elliot are doing what they love.

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