Bowling Day

I wish I could figure out a way to do a bowling day once a month. Everyone would be invited. We’ve been bowling at Concorde Lane but just calling people at last minute.. We should figure it out. Some more people can enjoy Sundays with us.

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What Kind of Leader Do You Want to Be?

The Question Every Aspiring Leader Needs to Ask Usually I do blog reposts, but not this week. I have an obsession with TED talks and this week I encourage you to take 6 minutes of your time to watch one. This TED talk specifically encourages the listener to think of “one thing you need to…

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Choosing Yourself!

What is ‘Choosing Yourself’ Codependency is widly known in most relationships whether we notice or not. It finds itself everywhere from our love lives, to work days. We often forget about ourselves in the mix of things. In the article, “What is ‘Choosing Yourself'” Ellen Nguyen gives a basic layout of focusing on yourself and…

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Tipping Your Tattoo Artist

Tipping Your Tattoo Artist Lets talk tips. Like a server, bartender, hairdresser, etc tips are apart of the service industry. They are not expected but very much appreciated. The article “Tipping your Tattoo Artist” by Hamptons Ink perfectly outlines tipping in the tattoo industry. Not by percentages yet based on your overall experiance with the…

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Does Numbing Cream work for Tattooing?

Does numbing cream work for tattooing? Numbing cream can be used to reduce the pain associated with tattooing. The cream works by temporarily numbing the area of the skin where the tattoo will be applied. How long the numbing lasts is dependent open how much lidocaine is in the cream. The most common numbing cream…

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Professors View on Tattooist

Behind the Needle: Professor Explores the World of Tattoo Artists This week we look at Kara Snyder and Dr. David Lane’s take on the world of tattoo artists! Dr. David Lane Dr. David Lane is an assistant professor of criminal science that grew up in the world of tattooing. Many of his peers pushed for…

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Horimono: Traditional Japanese Tattooing

Look what Gaël wrote! Engraving of Kyumonryu Shishin (九紋龍史進) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川 国芳) | Image from Kuniyoshiproject.com Gaël wrote an impressive article titled: “Horimono: The History of Traditional Japanese Tattoos”. This writing takes the reader through Japanese tattoo culture dating back to 1603, up into more recent days. The author does a comprehensive dive…

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Becoming Tattooed

Becoming Heavily Tattooed. Swapping stories about getting your first tattoo is fun.  It’s a lot like bagging about fishing tales or near death experiences.  Your nerves overestimate the environment and the adjectives don’t quite capture the maximum effect your trying to articulate.  The only way someone else can understand is if they have been through…

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What is Tattooing?

What is Tattooing? How do we explain the tattoo life?  Sometimes it feels like arguing over the genre of your favorite band. It has changed faces so many times in the last few decades so that it even reveals itself differently to people.  It has grown beyond a counterculture movement. As the price of admission…

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The 50% Cut.

The common business model for tattooing is the Street Shop.  It was originally an Apprentice based program for all new hires.  The single new hire relied on the mentorship of the owner to be trained from the ground up. In return, the novice artist paid him back with a 50 percent stake of all labor…

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Tattooing as a Ritual

Humans have had rituals for years.  Rituals mark the end or a beginning. It is a time to put your mind and body at one and to be consciously in the moment.  Examples would be graduating from college, getting married or how we prepare our morning coffee.  The Masons are famous for there secretive rituals. …

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Lessons Learned

My SELFJournal has a few parts to it. There is an opening of the day that includes writing your Itinerary, a Gratitude lList, Targets and daily Goals. Upon closing the day, you write Lessons Learned, Wins and another Gratitude List. The journal has helped me to take a daily inventory of myself and my actions.…

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BLURB’s Online Portfolio Maker

www.blurb.com I love Blurb. I just got done making another portfolio. In the past I have used Adobe InDesign to layout my books. Doing it this way gives me a lot of control of the layout. Today I decided to use their HTML book making option. I was surprised at how much control I really…

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Head Hunters and old Friends

Grant Wyatt stopped by today.  I haven’t seen him in over a decade.  He is living life to the fullest in Vietnam.  A Missionary, he and his family give hope to those we only see on TV.   Acting as a liaison, he helps direct the support given to smaller villages in rural Vietnam.  How…

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Blackthorn Pub #FBF

March 1997 Blackthorn pub in the nineties was the after hours bar. We would always bring everyone back to the pub to hangout after a show and many bands drank with us there. I had an apartment a block away and it hosted a few all nighters. The Business had crashed at the house and…

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