The Meaning of a Tattoo

Posted on February 27, 2016 By

On the topic of… Meaning

The Meaning of a TattooJust to introduce this feature I will be discussing topics relating to tattoo art but not the art itself. The topics will vary in each addition but have the aim of helping you build your tattooing business. You are most likely an artist by self definition but we all need to ensure that we run an effective business for our art, whatever form that art doth take, to flourish.

This piece is about how you communicate your work. I spend a fair amount of time communicating with tattoo artists on social media. It’s great to log onto Twitter/Facebook/Instagram and see awesome tattoos that have just been done. There are so many talented artists around these days and these platforms are perfect for sharing work on.

However, one thing has always struck me as conspicuous by its absence in these posts. I have 6 (soon to be 7) tattoos myself and they all MEAN something to me. I have a reason why I had those particular tattoos done and I think

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Im a Theatre Star

Posted on January 15, 2016 By

Im a Theatre StarIn my mind, I calmly told spirit, If you want me to do this, fine. And if not, then I’m okay with it. Then they called my name, and I jumped up and screamed. I couldn’t believe I made it!! I was going to be part of the 2016 Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival.

That was the scene last November at the Tranzac Club in downtown Toronto. My husband and I had each submitted a proposal to stage a production at the Fringe, a two-week celebration of theatre, storytelling, dance, comedy and anything else that defies a quick description. Benjamin submitted his idea first – a staged reading of monologues based on interviews he’d done with people who worked in hospice. But, I hesitated… Ben’s a great writer with great stories to tell.

“Why don’t you submit a proposal?” he said one day over lunch. “You do spirit-inspired events all the time. It’s kind-of like theatre.”

“Actually, my public message events are nothing like theatre,” I said, unconvinced. “I work for spirit, connecting loved

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Body Art Modification

Posted on December 27, 2015 By

Body Art: Is It Risky?

Body Art ModificationBody art has always been a topic of controversy. According to many people, it is a little risky and one may also get injured. There is a lot of controversy involved with body art but the fact is that it is becoming more and more popular among the young generation.

Though the purpose of body art was to scare the enemies in the ancient times but it is now a mere style statement. It is your personal choice to get your body pierced the way you want but you should always protect yourself from any infection or injury.

Educate Yourself

Remember, it’s very important to educate yourself about tattoos and piercings. Firstly, you should learn about the tattoo process. Ask the professional about the different risks involved with the tattoo process. The very first question you should ask yourself is whether you actually want a tattoo or perhaps trying to imitate someone.

If your inner voice says you really want a tattoo then your next task is to look


Considerations in Design Fiction

Posted on April 27, 2016 By

Design fiction makes use of fictional scenarios for the purpose of visualizing and explaining probable futures of the design. Primarily, it is an approach that makes speculations regarding new ideas via storytelling and prototyping. Let’s find out more about the considerations in design fiction.

Why is Design Fiction So awesome?

For consideration in design fiction, you may want to find out why it is so awesome. Below are some solid reasons:

1. Multiple aspects

It has the aspects that make it different from any other field, such as idea generation, prototyping, and making. In design fiction, you don’t need to worry about the success of the deliverables. As a matter of fact, it’s more about looking for an appealing way to show your ideas. This process helps you find out whether the idea might be acceptable by the society. I other words, your main focus is not on the technical feasibility of the design.

2. Evaluation with preconceptions

Designers have to be very careful and pay attention to tiny flaws for making their concepts a lot better. Therefore, before we consider a concept, what we do is doubt it evaluating it on


Laser Is Your Perfect Tattoo Removal Option

Posted on April 15, 2016 By

Tattoos have been around for thousands of years and to this day, they continue to be the body art of choice of millions globally. With newer techniques allowing more intricate and complex designs, tattoo parlors are thriving big time.

Along with those seeking tattoos, there is a large number of people who wish to remove their existing ones. There can be many motivations for this, much like motivations for getting one in the first place. Removal process can be a bit handful and can cause pain.

There are numerous options in this regard which offer a varying degree of success. Laser tattoo removal seems to be the most useful of all options. We shall take a look into the traditional tattoo removal options as well as the laser tattoo removal to better understand the whole process and why you should opt for laser.

Traditional Tattoo Removal Options

There are a number of options when it comes to tattoo removal. These include surgical removal or excision. The skin where the tattoo is made is cut out to remove the tattoo. It does work well for the most part though it is highly invasive and can

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Getting The Best From Sunflower Tattoos

Posted on April 10, 2016 By

When it comes to vibrant flowers, the sunflower makes the list and it evokes happy feelings in the mind. Sunflower tattoos are some of the most valued body arts and they are very popular with women and girls, although even men who are not too shy about having feelings can still have them inked on their bodies. Sunflowers are used to symbolize spiritual attainment, flexibility and opportunity. They are also believed to attract good luck, wealth and prosperity hence they make very good tattoos if these are some of the things that you wish to attract to your life.

Generally, sunflowers are very positive and you can be sure to get and deliver only positive vibes when you select a sunflower tattoo. The tattoos are associated with a list of feelings like beauty, devotion, warmth, happiness, joy, adoration, cheer, grace, longevity, religion and femininity. You can use your sunflower tattoo to feel happy or to reveal loyalty to family or friends. However, there are a few things you should do to get the very best from your sunflower tattoos.

Choose the right area

Considering how positive and uplifting the flowers can be, it


Amazing Melted Crayon Art Ideas

Posted on April 5, 2016 By

Did You Know?
Melted crayon art is a genus of Encaustic Art (hot wax art) which takes us back to the 6th century! Then, they used melted beeswax and colored pigments to create paintings.
Crayons were something we used as kids, and we did it the conventional way! Now is the time to experiment with the coloring sticks we picked up, when we first learned about the existence of colors, to scribble on walls and papers, and practically any surface we could find around us –CRAYONS!

Here are some ideas to use melted crayons to create colorful riveting paintings! The basic ingredients for any piece of melted crayon art are the same. You need a canvas, crayons, and a heat source to melt them. You can melt them in the sun if working outdoors, or use hot air from a hair dryer. Paper crafts or small plastic objects can be used to add other elements to your artworks.

Colorful Rain

You can make lovely colorful rain by sticking crayons on the top of your tilted canvas all in a row with glue, and blowing hot air on them with a hair dryer, till the crayons start to melt.

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5 Steps to Getting a Tattoo

Posted on March 27, 2016 By

When it comes to getting a tattoo you aren’t short of options. There are different ways of being tattooed, different styles, colours, designs and of course a vast abundance of artists to choose from. Finding the right artist for what you want is one of the most important things you could consider for a tattoo.

There are those who insist that a tattoo should have a special meaning to you personally; and of course in a way this does make sense, because if it has some important meaning in your life then you’re much less likely to ever regret having gotten the tattoo. However – they don’t need a meaning; if you want to get a big tribal tiger on your back you don’t have to make up some story about how it has some deep, personal meaning in your life in order to justify to the artist why he should give you that tattoo. He probably doesn’t care, it’s your body and your choice.

There are times when an artist might turn you away, but in most cases that’s because the idea you came forward with is quite simply terrible. Not even just that


Why Use A Tattoo Aftercare Cream

Posted on March 15, 2016 By

A fresh new tattoo can be exciting, but you can determine the end results depending on the care that you accord to the tattoo. It is one thing to find a great artist to do your tattoo and quite another if you do not play your role in getting the perfect tattoo. Caring for your artwork is very important considering that your skin is wounded and is therefore exposed to infections and other skin problems. Poor after care could turn a beautiful tattoo into a disaster and you therefore need to ensure that you get the best of it.

The first thing you should make sure you do is to listen to, care guidelines that you get from your artist. Just like you, the artist’s wish is to have a well healed art on your body and therefore you can expect only the most valuable advice on caring for the tattoo after it is done. The care guidelines can differ from one artist to another or from one tattoo to another, so be sure that you listen carefully to what you are advised to do. A tattoo aftercare cream can be among the things you are


Poetry in the Modern World

Posted on March 10, 2016 By

In the hearts of those who love poetry you can find quotes from great poets throughout history. There was a time the only place for poet lovers to converge were in coffee shops and one mic nights in dark quiet cafes. How do we share our poetry in the world today? There is a great world of poetry to be found in the social reaches of the internet. Search online and you will find there is a market for everything and each market is thriving in its own way. These markets pertain to poetry, a market that can be under represented in other places.

On the New York Times Best Seller list we find fiction and nonfiction books categorized in what feels like endless possibilities. However, the poetry best seller list is hard to find. One thing we can see is that not many poetry books, written by new authors, are purchased as much as other fiction in America. The question then becomes how do we know that people love poetry? That is where those social corners of the internet come in handy. There will always be exceptions in becoming a best-selling poet, but most people


What Your Paw Print Tattoo Means

Posted on March 5, 2016 By

Paw print tattoos are loved by many and whereas some just have them inked for beauty some have them for a reason. They have deeper meanings to some with the most common being a sign of moving forward, hence the paws are designed to represent a moving animal. Such tattoos have a series of paws progressively getting smaller and smaller and the walk continues. The other meaning could be the love for a pet and the pet could be alive or dead. They are also done in memory of children with each paw representing one child. The meaning depends on what the person wearing the tattoo wants to represent.

Apart from the above, paw print tattoos can go to show personal strengths and virtues, depending on the characteristics of the animal whose paws have been selected. There are so many pawed animals apart from your cat and dog and by knowing what each animal paw symbolizes, you can choose the print that best describes you.

Dog paw – This tattoo translates to adorable, very protective and friendly. If you love nature, then this can be a good paw print tattoo for you.

Cat paw


5 Reasons to Get Inked But on a Temporary Basis

Posted on February 15, 2016 By

Individuals frequently tend to scrutinize the benefits of temporary versus permanent body art. Adolescents specifically often neglect to acknowledge how a permanent body art might adversely affect their lives. For one, changing one’s psyche is a soul-changing experience. Attempting to dispose of a perpetual tattoo is excruciating, as well as now and again darn right inconceivable. This is the reason it is so essential for folks to be proactive about urging kids to choose temporary ones

Here are couple of points of interest of Temporary Tattoos

• There is no agony and mending process included in interim tattoos. So it is an amazing alternative for the individuals who would prefer not to persevere through the agony brought on by permanent ones.

• They generally stay for a few days, making it more adaptable to get another one. So in the event that you are not confident that you will be fine to have an outline on your body for your entire life, then don’t go for permanent engravings. Transitory body art is a decent choice then.

• In some cases, individuals go for shabby lasting tattoo or picked artists who are not legitimately


The Safest Way Of Tattoo Removal

Posted on February 10, 2016 By

People opt for various types of ways to express their emotions. Some choose to communicate, others choose art and some go for writing their views. One of the several ways to express one particular’s thoughts which have been around for hundreds of years is body artwork, notably the tattoos. Although the procedures have refined significantly in different time periods, the basic principle of tattooing still remains the same.

For many people, tattooing is a way to precise their thought, beliefs and philosophies. Other folks choose tattoos to display some important occasion of their lives or to pay homage to a loved one. Other people choose tattoos just to look cool or to fit in their friends’ circle.

Whilst numerous people all over the globe proceed to get tattoos, a significant range of them want to eliminate their existing tattoos for personal reasons. Laser tattoo removal is the best selection for this objective and it is way ahead of other conventional methods. Let’s take a look at the reasons which make tattoo removal a better option than other methods.

  • Why You Should Choose Laser Tattoo Removal?

You will come across many types of tattoo


5 Risks Involved With Permanent Tattoos

Posted on February 5, 2016 By

These days it seems that the youth is fanatic about inking themselves. Tattoos predominantly have been there for years now but it’s only now that people have become more interested in it. Movies have had an influence over it because we have all seen famous celebrities and sportspersons getting inked at some parts of their body.

But it’s not all hunky and dory when it comes to body art. Permanent tattoos are good but it’s not like that they don’t have any cons. IF you are thinking of getting one; there are certain things to know. The risks involved are:-

  • Infection: More often than not, this is the reason why some people refrain from getting inked. Diseases such as Hepatitis are spread through needles that are unsterilized. Precisely for this reason, the needles, as well as the equipments holding them, should be cleaned and sterilised properly. Also, the area of your body where you are getting inked should be protected for at least a week.
  • Removal: There can come a time when you want to remove the inks from your body but that can be painful. Removing them is a painstaking process involving several kinds of

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Summer Camp Drama

Posted on January 27, 2016 By

Plays, skits and campfire shenanigans are a huge part of what makes sleepaway summer camp so special. Theatrical productions at camp not only provide some excellent entertainment, they also introduce kids to new interests, boost self-esteem and teach a lot of important lessons on how to work as a team.

Amazing Imagination

Whether creating some crazy stage makeup, writing funny dialogue or getting into character for their role, theater encourage kids to free their imaginations, coming up with new ideas and developing their creativity. As Einstein once said, “imagination is more important than knowledge.”

New Skills

Whether your youngster has already starred in the class play or is just taking that first timid step out onto the boards, camp provides a lot of excellent opportunities to hone acting, singing and even choreography skills. Many camps have seasoned theatrical professionals teaching drama classes, offering chances to learn the many facets of putting together a production. Campers not only act in plays and skits, they also write, direct, design and build sets, operate stage lighting and take charge of props.

Team Work

Putting together a play is an excellent way to learn team

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Learning To Listen The Meisner Way

Posted on January 10, 2016 By

Sanford Meisner’s technique is based on the “reality of doing”. Rather than focus on emotions, he focused on truthful behavior that was the product of “doing” not “thinking”. To provide actors with a way of achieving truthful behavior he created what he called the “repetition” exercises. First and foremost these exercises teach actors to really listen to one another. The earliest stage of his exercises is referred to as the “first thing”. By “working off” one another and listening without adding anything artificial onto the exercise actors begin to understand what it means to respond from their truthful selves. In order to illuminate the value of listening as it relates to the instincts, Meisner provided his students with 3 rules:

Rule 1. “Don’t do anything until something happens to make you do it”. By learning the value of “leaving yourself alone” the actor begins to understand that there is no meaning in fabricated responses. To achieve the sense of truth that we strive for in our work the actor must learn to put all of their attention on an “object” outside of themselves. In doing so the actor is no longer watching himself/herself. This is the

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Uncommon Facts About Body Piercing and Jewelry

Posted on January 5, 2016 By

If we would define the term body piercing, we would find that it is somewhat a more popular term for body modification, in which a person creates a hole or puncture in his/her body part(s) to wear some specifically designed jewelry. These body parts could be nostrils, ear lobes, upper or outer ears, genitals, nipples, belly buttons, lips, chin, eyelashes, eyebrows, tongue, etc. There is something very magnetic about people with visible body piercing. Both males and females go for it, because of various reasons, which we’ll talk about later in the article.

14% among all have piercing in other than traditional body parts.

Earlobe and nostril piercing are the two most common types of piercings people opt for. But did you know, ‘about fourteen percent of the people on earth have piercing in body parts other than ears and nose’? Well, a research conducted in the year 2006 says so.

It’s an old custom.

And, did you also know that the anthropologists and archeologists have found the first solid evidence of body knifing around 2500 BC; they have found an earring, and have traced its age, via carbon-aging system. The tribes used it

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Know the Characteristics of Different Body Jewelry Materials

Posted on December 15, 2015 By

In the recent past, body piercing has surfaced as a top trend among the fashion-chasers across the globe. As per a popular belief, ‘modification of body parts to wear some sort of body jewelry gives a towering boost to the confidence level’, however, there are many who still believe that keeping their body natural is the best fashion.

A number of those who sport body jewelries claim that piercing not only boosts their self-reliance, attraction and appeal, but also heightens their sex drive at an individual level.

To get the momentous alteration and allure, most people wear different kinds of body jewelries, made up of diverse and assorted metals and materials, as titanium, bioplast, gold, silver, stainless steel, bioflex, etc. Each of these materials has particular features and advantages, as asserted by the piercers. But, the best gain of going for body modification is a sudden transmutation, which carves an entire new look. Enunciated below are some of the best perks of different jewelry materials –


Stainless steel is the perfect jewelry materials, since it is shiny and can be molded in desired shape. There are no side effects caused by steel


Hottest Tips to Buy Barbell Body Piercings

Posted on December 10, 2015 By

Are you looking for fun, unique ways to decorate your body? Sparkling, stylish barbell piercings might just be your ultimate means of self-expression. Read on to know more.

History of Barbell

Ever wondered how barbell piercings got their name? These type of piercings resemble weightlifting barbells, hence the name but the shape also has a lot to do with ergonomics. Barbells consist of a straight bar with small beads at either end. Often, one of the beads is fixed and the other is removable to accommodate removal for changes.

It may come as a surprise but these piercings have been popular among tribal communities in Borneo for hundreds of years now. Contemporary resurrection occurred in the 1970’s when the legendary American designer Jim Ward made them all the rage in the USA. And there’s been no turning back since then.

Size of Barbell Piercings

The size of the barbell is measured in terms of gauge with smaller posts having higher gauges and vice versa. Initial piercings are usually done with a 14 gauge barbell. Once the piercing heals, wearers have the option to replace a long barbell with a smaller one or opt

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Tips on Buying Safe and Sterile Body Piercing Jewelry

Posted on December 5, 2015 By

Nowadays, the trend of body modification seems to be at a peak. You can see teens and youngsters roaming around in the streets flaunting beautiful jewelries in their pierced lips, nose, chin or eyebrows, and stretched earlobes.

Piercing and stretching both are body modification.

Different sorts of accessories are used for body modification and attractive jewelries are used for the adornment of modified body parts.

As it is an extreme fashion, in which body parts are cut or infused, and metallic jewelries are worn, the pieces of equipment, used during the modification, and jewelry, both should be of high-quality material.

There are many points to think over when you are going for body modification and when purchasing body jewelries, described below –

Know which metals are safe. For piercing ideal metals are stainless and implantation steel, titanium, niobium, and solid 14k or higher k gold. You can also consider using jewelry made of acrylic, pyrex, plastics and wood.

However, you need to be extra careful when buying wooden piercing jewelries, as there are high chances that it can react with the wound and heighten the risk of allergies and reactions. The