Spark After Dark: The Science of Body Mod
Spark After Dark (18+)

The Science of Body Mod

August 9, 2024 | 6PM - Midnight

DATE

Friday August 9, 2024

WHEN

6:00 PM - Midnight

AGES

Adults only 18+
Must have valid photo ID

GET READY TO MOD THE BODY-ODY-ODY AT SPARK AFTER DARK!

Humans have been modifying their bodies for thousands of years, from snatching waistlines, to getting inked, there are endless ways to alter our body's! But why are we so fascinated with changing our physical appearance? What is the correlation between body modification and personality? How does tattoo ink work? When and how did humans discover botox?

Get all these questions answered, and more on August 9, from 6:00 PM to midnight, as Spark investigates the science of Body Modification during Spark After Dark (18+).

Here’s what to expect at Spark After Dark (18+)The Science of Body Mod:

  • Get some new ink or add another earring to the collection in the Mini Calgary Tattoo Convention, featuring over 10 local artists and shops!
  • Learn about why humans alter their bodies and the neuroscience behind the practice during talks by Jenna Fortinski from Simply Counselling Services.
  • Add-on to your evening with the Scent-sational Workshop and create your own signature scent while learning about the history and science of perfuming!
  • Beat those pre-needle jitters with the nights specialty cocktail “GET INKED” featuring Aperol, pomegranate and moonshine!
  • Feeling a little squeamish? Have a cuddle with one of our furry friends from PALS (Pet Access League Society).
  • Dance the night away (maybe even the pain?) to the musical stylings of DJ SONIDEF.
  • Plus, check out all the brand-new summer experience Spark has, from AI: More Than Human to Monster Insects in the Brainasium, there’s something for everyone!

And here's a little extra for Spark Members.

During Spark After Dark events, Spark Members get VIP treatment, with perks like free parking and a fantastic 15% discount at the Spark Eatery, Astronaut Ice Cream café, and the Spark Store!

Purchase a Spark Membership now and enjoy the wonders of science!

WORKSHOP

  • HOSTED BY:
  • THE APOTHECARY IN INGLEWOOD

SCENT-SATIONAL SCIENCE

UNLOCK THE ALCHEMY OF CRAFTING YOUR OWN SIGNATURE SCENT!

Smell your way into the world of natural perfuming, a centuries-old practice rich with cultural history from around the globe. Now, it's your turn to become a fragrance alchemist!

Join our friends from The Apothecary in Inglewood as they guide you through this 1.5-hour, hands-on workshop where you’ll blend science & art to create a new signature scent!

Plus, discover the basics and safety of aromatherapy, while learning the art of blending and natural perfumes. Take a whiff of history during a brief overview of the rich history of perfuming. And get those nostrils ready to explore 12 unique essential oils, including 4 rare oils!

Here's what to expect with this scent-sational workshop:

· Craft your perfect personalized roll-on scent to take home & wear.

· Admission to Spark After Dark: Science of Body Mod on August 9.

· One complementary skip-the-line drink ticket.

· 10% discount to the Apothecary in Inglewood.

Available Workshop Times:

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (Capacity 30 people)

8:30 pm – 10:00 pm (Capacity 30 people)

Tickets:

General Admission: $85.00 per person

Spark Members: $70.00 per person

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FEATURED EXPERIENCES

  • HOSTED BY
  • ALBERTA TATTOO & ARTS FESTIVAL

MINI CALGARY TATTOO & ARTS FESTIVAL

Getting inked at a science centre? How crazy is that story! Well, make that story a reality as Spark hosts a mini tattoo & arts festival with help from local artists and our friends at the Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival.

The Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival is always the largest event of its kind in Canada & the United States, that showcases more than 700 talented artists from both local and international background. The selection of artists is exclusive, guaranteeing top-tier talents from across the globe.

Please note: all tattoos and piercers work on a first come first serve basis and will only offer flash options during Spark After Dark.

  • COST:
  • $18

GET INKED COCKTAIL

Get Inked with this refreshing jab of Aperol, pomegranate and citrus blended with Skunkworks Moonshine. Plus, a top layer of bubbles creates a canvas perfect for inking with a special Spark flare.

  • HOSTED BY
  • CIRQUE DE LA NUIT

BLAZE'N SPECTACULAR

Prepare to be amazed by a fire spectacular where contortionist twist and move with flames ablaze! Be sure to stick around for the end of the evening where a truly LIT performance will light up Spark.

FEATURED TALKS AND SPEAKERS

  • PRESENTED BY:
  • JENNA FORTINKSI FROM SIMPLY COUNSELLING SERVIES

WHY WE DO THIS TO OURSELVES

Over 5,000 year ago evidence of tattoos on Otzi Icemen is considered the first evidence of humans body modification. Since then, countless examples of body modification are spread across space and time in human history. Some of these practices seem "run of the mill" to us now, like tattoos and piercings. Others, like branding, scarification, the neck stretching of the Kayan Lahwi tribe, or the lip plates of the Suma tribe, might seem a little more extreme. Seeing some of these more uncommon practices can lead us to wonder what it is about human beings that drives us to change our bodies in these ways.

Join registered psychologist, as we dig into the psychology and history behind these seemingly irrational practices, searching for an answer to the question: Why do we do these things to ourselves?

EATS & TREATS

  • $20.00
  • FEATURE FOOD

Mom Tattoo Pizza

Not ready to commit to permanent ink? Get a temporary (and tasty) tattoo pizza with an iconic design that will actually make Mom happy!

  • $9.00
  • FEATURE FOOD

Truffle Root Fries

Full of flavour, these truffle root fries are a twist on a forever favourite!

FAQ

    • Is there an ATM on site?

      An ATM is located on the second floor at the top of the entry stairs, outside of the Spark Eatery.

    • I'm a member, do I need a ticket?

      Yes! Spark Members receive a special ticket offer of $10 for all Spark After Dark events. That's over 60% in savings!

    • Can I buy tickets at the door?

      Yes! While tickets are available at the door, it is highly recommended to reserve yours online in advance to ensure you don't miss out on this event, as these events can sell out.

    • Are children allowed?

      Spark After Dark events are 18+, meaning no children are permitted. It's an opportunity for adults to enjoy unique experiences tailored specifically for a mature audience.

    • How much is parking?

      Parking is FREE for Spark Members. For everyone else, parking is $10 and is managed by Calgary Parking through ParkPlus. If paying through the ParkPlus mobile app, enter Zone 8310 or use one of the pay machines located near the front doors. To pay online with ParkPlus, click here.

    • Will the entire science centre be open for this event?

      Yes, including the Digital Immersion Gallery, Being Human, Open Studio, Steven's Lab, Infinity Dome, the Spark Eatery and Astronaut Ice Cream café!

    • Is there overflow parking?

      Yes! If there is not enough room in the Spark parking lot, visitors are welcome to use the north parking lot of the Calgary Zoo at 84 St. Georges Drive NE. For more information, visit: www.calgaryparking.com/findparking/zooparking

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