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Oct
08

Branded: VW Ink Outranks All Other Car Brand Tattoos – Motor1

Friends, it's time for weird news Wednesday. Not that tattoos are weird, but they are rather permanent and that can be a bit daunting for some. That's especially since the love for a car can drastically change after just a couple of bad experiences. Of course, being Motor1.com we absolutely understand the passion from auto enthusiasts for specific brands. Combine that with a bit of ink, and well, you see where this is going.

Before we go too deep down this rabbit hole, know that the study behind this info isn't exactly scientific. The folks at Compare The Market took a deep dive into Instagram posts for a literal look at the car tattoos 'grammers were posting about. The study doesn't mention how many posts were evaluated, and the methodology was a fairly simple process of searching tags for various brands and models along with the word tattoo. Hey, we're talking about car tattoos here we'll leave the super-scientific number-crunching studies for things like speeding and crash data. This is purely for the fun of it.

And as you've already seen from the headline, Volkswagen is the subject of more car tattoos than any other automaker. What the headline doesn't say, however, is just how big of a margin there is to the runner-up. In fact, the difference is more than double, with 5,507 posts logged for VW ink versus just 2,132 for second place.

And what comes in second? Why that would be Jeep of course. Curiously, Cadillac was third at 1,775 posts, followed by Pontiac at 1,609 and Chevrolet at 1,417. GM fans sure do love tattoos, but even if you add Caddy, Chevy, and Pontiac together, VW still comes out on top as the brand most likely to get inked on an arm. For the record, the total list includes 20 brands and Lamborghini holds the last spot with just 74 posts. Perhaps Lambo owners don't have enough cash left over to afford a tattoo?

The study also includes specifc vehicles that are the most popular, but post counts are decidedly lower. The top-five is also quite a shakeup from the automaker list, with the Chevrolet Impala leading the way at 823 posts. The DeLorean comes out of nowhere to take second with 800, followed by the Corvette at 180. Despite ranking at the top as a manufacturer, VW holds fourth place here with the Beetle, and another suprise appearance is the Mini Cooper in fifth.

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Oct
08

Cadillac The Third Most Tattooed Car Brand, Study Finds – GM Authority

The consumer research experts over at Comparethemarket.com recently analyzed the number of Instagram posts that mention car tattoos to see which car brand enthusiasts get inked on them the most and, somewhat surprisingly, Cadillac seems to be a fairly popular brand among with ink.

The study found that Volkswagen was the most common brand for people to get tattooed on them, with over 5,000 posts on Instagram showing VW-themed ink. Jeep was second at 2,139 posts, followed by Cadillac in third at 1,775 posts. Two other General Motors brands were right behind Cadillac, as well, with Pontiac fourth at 1,609 posts and Chevrolet fifth at 1,417 posts.

While Cadillac was a popular brand tattoo, Chevrolet was more popular when it comes to specific car models. The Chevrolet Impala is the most commonly tattooed car model at 823 Instagram posts, while the Chevrolet Corvette is third at 180 posts. The DMC DeLorean is the second most commonly tattooed car model at 800 posts.

Not surprisingly, almost all of the most popular car tattoos are of brands and models that enjoy icon status in society and popular culture. Volkswagen has often been associated with the 1960s Hippie movement and West Coast surfer culture thanks to the Transporter and Beetle, while Jeep is widely known for the Willys and its efforts during in WWII. Cadillac, for its part, is often used as a symbol of 1950s American culture. The Impala is a symbol of lowrider culture, while the DMC DeLorean has been elevated to icon status thanks to the 1980s film Back to the Future.

While the methodology used for this study isnt ideal, it does still give is a pretty good indication of what some of the more common car-themed tattoos are. We think there are a large contingent of Chevrolet fans walking around with Bowtie tattoos that would never post it on Instagram, however, so there are definitely some demographics that arent being recognized in this study. Wed say this is more of a look into which brand enthusiasts are most likely to use Instagram, so its not surprising to see VW, Jeep and Cadillac near the top.

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Oct
08

A tattoo for Abiteboul? ‘This is going to be a crazy race’ – GPblog

Daniel Ricciardo is one of the drivers who already drove in Formula 1 at the Nrburgring. We have to go back to 2013, but the Australian is looking forward to a return to the Eifel.

In 2011, a young Australian makes his debut in Formula 1. Halfway through 2011 Ricciardo gets the chance to finish the season with the Spanish F1 team HRT, for which he makes his debut at Silverstone. His second race is in Germany at the Nrburgring, where he finishes nineteenth. Two years later he does better for Toro Rosso with a sixth place in qualifying and a twelfth place in the race.

''It has been seven years since I last visited the Eifel, but I still remember my sixth place in qualifying with Toro Rosso. That was an impressive result at the time. I am happy that we are going to race here again. There are some bends that are really fun to drive and with the current cars the Nrburgring will feel very different than in 2013," says Ricciardo according to Speedweek.com.

With the predicted weather conditions this is also a moment for Ricciardo to make a stunt with his Renault. ''If I have to believe the weather forecast it is wet and therefore very different compared to our previous races. It will be interesting how the car behaves and in the middle of October we can assume that the Grand Prix at the Nrburgring will be crazy. In any case, I am ready for it'', concludes Ricciardo.

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Oct
08

This Worcester beauty studio is on a mission to help breast cancer survivors move forward in recovery with a – MassLive.com

At Worcesters Beauty Avenue Aesthetics, owner Ale Przemielewski and artist Liz Grace have a passion project amplified by the fact that October is breast cancer awareness month.

Przemielewski and Grace want to help breast cancer survivors in their recovery. The beauty artists are trained to offer 3D areola tattoos, a service that they say can make a huge impact in self-image for women who have had a mastectomy.

I feel like when women have lost their nipple, they have lost a sense of who they were in the past, Przemielewski said.

Przemielewski met Grace when they were both in training to learn about the 3D breast cancer tattooing, which is also called micropigmentation. Przemielewski was drawn to the service because of family history with breast cancer and an opportunity to bring something remarkable to her studio, where she puts a focus on inner beauty.

Grace was drawn to the chance to help women close the door on cancer and open up to a new beginning.

I just really wanted to make women feel whole again after their journey throughout breast cancer and make them feel beautiful inside and out, Grace said.

What makes the tattoo 3D is coloring, shading and highlights. Visually, the tattoo looks like a realistic, raised areola and nipple. But to the touch, its just a flat tattoo.

While training together at Prettyology in Boston under artist Vicky Martin, Przemielewski and Grace learned that its hard to find breast cancer survivors who need the service. Though breast cancer is common - each year in the United States, about 250,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and about 2,300 in men, according to the CDC - it seems that many dont know that a 3D areola tattoo is an option for survivors, Przemielewski said.

Even in the age of social media, where information is accessible at the touch of a fingertip, artists run into roadblocks trying to advertise the service. Przemielewski has tried to post online, including images of a breast mold with an areola tattoo, but social media platforms often flag or block such images even though it is just a permanent makeup drawing and not an actual body part.

The challenge in connecting with survivors is frustrating to Przemielewski and Grace, who saw the significance the service had for women they tattooed during training. Grace said faces in the room would be filled with happy tears.

In class when we got to tattoo, and they got to see themselves again, it was something like we never experienced before," Przemielewski said. "They went back to their healthy self before they discovered the breast cancer. So that for me was very touching personally.

Though they offer the 3D tattoo, so far, no one has come into Beauty Avenue Aesthetics for the service.

We know that we can do this. We know that we can change peoples lives, but its just finding people to come in, Przemielewski said. I know theres women out there that dont know about this.

At Beauty Avenue Aesthetics, Ale Przemielewski and artist Liz Grace offer 3D areola tattoos for breast cancer survivors.

Przemielewski opened Beauty Avenue Aesthetics at 1 Kelley Square in the Canal District earlier this year, offering services for men and women including hydro facials, lashes, permanent makeup and makeup for weddings and more.

The vision for Beauty Avenue, Przemielewski said, is not just about whats on the outside, but helping women feel confident and beautiful on the inside. Its part of the reason shes so passionate about the breast tattoo.

I would love if this service can be part of the recovery, the new chapter, she said.

It takes about three hours to complete the tattoo and numbing cream is used to take away any sensation. Grace said the tattoo is usually painless for women and they can match all different skin tones.

Working with the women who had a lot of big scars, the first thing they said was can you cover my scars," Przemielewski recalled. The second this went on, nobody looks at the scars.

The service starts at $800 and depends on if women need a lateral or bi-lateral tattoo. Przemielewski said she believes some insurances may cover some of the cost, but that she is still researching what coverage or vouchers are available to survivors.

People will drive, two, three hours, Jersey, New York, for this service, so why not be local. That, to me, is crucial, Przemielewski said.

At Beauty Avenue Aesthetics, Ale Przemielewski and artist Liz Grace offer 3D areola tattoos for breast cancer survivors.

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Oct
08

10 Gilmore Girl Tattoo Ideas That Would Earn Lorelai and Rory’s Stamp of Approval – POPSUGAR

It's been 20 years since the first episode of Gilmore Girls aired and we were first introduced to the unforgettable duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Now, even a decade after the seven-season show wrapped, we're still just as enchanted with the witty mother-daughter pair as we were in the early aughts.

If you're someone who rewatches Gilmore Girls often (like me) then you know that the series is packed with memorable not to mention quotable moments. Phrases like "Oy with the poodles already," "Coffee, coffee, coffee," and "You jump, I jump, Jack" not only make for good T-shirt and coffee mug slogans but also great fandom tattoos.

From the iconic Stars Hollow gazebo that needs no further explanation, to more abstract yet still quintessential symbols like a beautiful dragonfly for the Dragon Fly Inn or a delicate snowflake (because we all know it's one of Lorelai's favorite things), these Gilmore Girls tattoo ideas will showcase just how much you love the show.

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Oct
08

Tattoo shop owners sue governor, state health officials for the right to open – Long Beach Business Journal – Long Beach News

Tom Moser, owner of Port City Tattoo, works on a customer at his Costa Mesa location. His Long Beach location has been closed most of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Courtesy photo.

Three Los Angeles County tattoo shop owners, including one in Long Beach, filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom and two state health officials over the ongoing closure mandate imposed on the industry.

We feel like were being discriminated against, said Tom Moser, owner of Port City Tattoo in Long Beach. Im under the impression that theyve kind of put us to the side because we dont have a big lobbying group in Sacramento. We dont have enough people up there pressing them on the issue.

Nail salons, card rooms and bars are the latest businesses to be permitted to reopen, as long as they follow strict guidelines such as limiting capacity.

A spokesperson for the Long Beach Health Department said the decision is not theirs to make, referring questions to the state, which has established a tiered system for reopening that depends on each countys positivity rate and the number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. Los Angeles County remains in the most restrictive tier.

A lawyer representing the state in the lawsuit did not respond to a request for comment.

While the tattoo industry is hyper-focused on diseases that spread through the blood, such as Hepatitis and HIV, Moser said the protocols should be more than sufficient in the era of coronavirus.

Since the onset of COVID-19, Tiffany Mitchell, owner of Black Raven Tattoo in Torrance, said she has spent nearly $10,000 to reconfigure, renovate and improve the technology in her shop. During the brief time tattoo shops were allowed to operate with additional health and safety guidelines, Mitchell said she completely altered shop operations to ensure the safety of artists and customers.

Similar to other personal service businesses such as hair and nail salons, tattoo shops are highly regulated, particularly when it comes to safety. The Safe Body Art Act outlines all requirements to operate a tattoo and piercing business.

At the best of times, sans pandemics, tattoo shops must adhere to stringent cleanliness protocolspersonal protective equipment, single-use razors, approved disinfectant solutions and keeping a log of each sterilization cycle, among the slew of other specific requirements.

Outside of operational mandates, each tattoo artist is required to register with the local enforcement agency annually. Along with the registration application, each artist must show proof of completion of a county-approved blood borne pathogens exposure control training and vaccination documentation.

Mosers second Port City location in Costa Mesa, meanwhile, has been allowed to reopen, as Orange County is in a less restrictive tier.

But L.A. County owners and artists have grown increasingly more frustrated after being closed more than half of 2020. In August, Mikey Vigilante, owner of Paper Crane Studio in Long Beach, opened his shop for a day in protest of the state mandatebut no customers were tattooed.

Moser said he hopes the stigma often associated with tattoos and the people who sport them is not a cause for shops remaining shuttered. He said that when he asks Long Beach officials why he cant open, he gets referred to the county, and when he asks the county he gets referred to Long Beach.

Nobodys been able to put me in touch with anybody that can give me any type of information, Moser said. I get these generic boilerplate COVID emails back.

Attorney Robert Moest is representing Mitchell, Moser and Glenn West, owner of Palace Art Tattoo in Thousand Oaks, in the suit. Deputy Attorney General Maureen Onyeagbako is representing the state.

Moest said the state is infringing on the First Amendment rights of those wanting to tattoo and be tattooed.

A hearing date has not been set.

In the end, Moser and other shop ownersalong with their artistsjust want to be able to open for business and create art during a chaotic year.

Its a crazy time. Everybody is all worked up. People are depressed, Moser said. With tattooing, there is a cathartic feeling of the releasing of that pain. It helps mentally. It helps get peoples minds off of the day-to-day and the feeling that theres never going to be any type of normalcy.

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Oct
08

Jio’s Tattoos Express the Joy and Pain of Life – Scene 360

Jio was born in Dzerzhinsk, Russia, and emigrated with her family to the South of Portugal, where she spent part of adolescence and eventually studied in Lisbons prestigious university (Faculdade de Bela-Artes da ULisboa).

Even though she still has a strong connection to Portugal, that country did not give the opportunity she deserved to become a great tattoo artist. Instead, it was on a trip to the United States, where she took a tattoo training course that led her on her path.

Jio currently spends much time in Berlin and San Francisco, where the open-mindedness suits her personality and tattoo creations.

I was still studying at University, and my mom was paying for it, so I was not a completely free person, I was not earning any money, and I was following and respecting her rules. She had a specific idea about tattoos, like many people still have, that they are connected to bad things, to prison, to drugs, that they are a representation of rebellion, and of course, she did not want me to be part of that scene. We agreed that only when I would provide for myself financially would I do whatever I want, including getting tattoos. So when I dropped out of University and worked for a full year to save up money to travel, pay for my living costs and tattoos; I finally traveled to London from Portugal and got two 5-hour session tattoos one day apart! In a way, I am glad that I only got my first tattoos after having a lot more knowledge about tattoo culture and art.

My moms perspective on tattoos has shifted based on how the culture has changed (all types of people get them); she now jokes that she may want a tattoo from me.

I was half-way through my Fine-Arts Bachelors degree in Lisbon. I was drawing, painting, and sharing my art on Facebook, but I still didnt know how to make a career out of it. Even though I followed my moms rule of not getting tattoos, I did, however, make my hair into dreadlocks, wear alternative punkish/hippie clothes, and got plenty of piercings. I showed my art to my favourite piercer Binho Barduzzi, who worked at a tattoo studio, and he asked me if I ever considered tattooing since I already had the drawing part down. Thats where the spark was born. During my summer break next year, I began researching everything I could find on tattooing, from books to online forums. I visited most tattoo studios in and around the small town of Carvoeiro in the South of Portugal, where I grew up and spent the summer.

Nobody took me in. It was very challenging and demotivating. So I began looking for apprenticeships or courses outside of Portugal and found a Tattoo School in Louisiana, US, that was 2-weeks long (the longest I found) and promised that by the end of it, we would have tattooed at least six people. So I traveled to the US by myself (supported financially by my mom, who now surprisingly saw the potential in me becoming a tattoo artist) and completed the course. At the school, we learned the basics of setting up a station, the hygiene protocols (we passed the blood-borne pathogens test), how to break apart and set up a machine, and the basics of line, shading, and colour packing. I quickly picked up the craft and ended up tattooing 11 people in our second week of training (often staying after-hours and tattooing other participants in the dorm).

Back in Portugal, I slowly started tattooing friends while still studying in Uni. The next summer, I got invited to work at one of the local tattoo studios that initially rejected me. Thats how it all began. And the truth is that most of what I know now I learned by myself, trial and error. I wish I could have had a real apprenticeship with a mentor I trusted, but I am also proud of my commitment to this craft and how I made my way up to where I am now.

It was a slow and progressive development that began to take shape in the last three years. In the beginning, I experimented with different tattoo styles, anywhere from realism to watercolour. Because I enjoyed drawing realistic portraits, I focused on tattooing and soon noticed how it was not as satisfying or creative. Thats when I began exploring a more sketchy style, which is also a way I enjoyed drawing but never thought that it could also translate onto skin. Since then, I have kept experimenting with it, adjusting it to work best on the skin, and exploring topics that have meaning to me and speak deeply to my clients.

For me, art is a powerful way to express my inner world and the state of the Collective. So yes, I explore my struggles, pain, insights, and celebrations through my art, and I also tune into what would be important for others to see, connect to, and feel. When they see my tattoo art for the first time, some people say that its dark. They are surprised at how somebody like me, who they often perceive as loving, kind, and fun, can create such intense imagery. In most societies, we cannot show, express, and embody our darker side the anger, frustration, jealousy, fear, and pain, but I believe its essential to connect to those parts of ourselves. So my way is through art, through dance and by going to retreats and workshops where we are consciously working and being with the full spectrum of our emotions.

Art has significantly helped me through moments of heartbreak. When a relationship would not work, when I would feel lonely or frustrated. Translating those feelings into images is very powerful and allows for some form of relief and healing.

Many of my tattoo clients get tattooed to connect to something meaningful to them, whether thats a celebration, a letting go of trauma or pain, or anything in between. The whole process feels important, greeting them in a way that makes them feel safe and welcome, collaborating on the design in a way that is not pushy, reading between the lines to figure out what exactly they are looking for with the tattoo, but also listening to my intuition and creating something that excites my artistic side.

The level of connection that I experience with the clients always depends on how compatible we are and how we feel that day. There are minimal words with some, its more introspective, and with others, we spend hours talking, exchanging ideas, and even dancing in our tattoo breaks. Both are welcome and beautiful.

Yes, I believe that this is where all the juice and inspiration come from poured into my work. My passion for exploring the meaning of life, spirituality, practice authentic relating and creating deep and honest connections with the people in my life, and liberating myself from social conditioning has been my passion. Im not sure how this all started, where this desire to go deeper, to explore the mysteries of life came from. I guess we all have it; some of us pay more attention to it and choose to follow that calling, and others not.

Some people read books, watch documentaries, others follow teachers or gurus, I do those things too, but Ive fallen in love with going to experiential learning and retreats where I interact with others. I get to embody and practice things like meditation, ritual, communication, human connection, expressing emotions, practicing boundaries, etc. Because its experiential, it is easier to implement those new lessons and insights into life afterward. But its still up to me to work on really bringing them into my daily life. And it has also become my dream to one day offer that type of training and workshops, creating safe spaces for others to open their hearts, experience their truth, and their beauty, and step into their power.

Well, I think the best way is for me to share what I do and what helps me because its different for everyone, and we are in various stages of our unique journeys. Ive learned meditation, yoga, emotional release, conscious communication, breathwork, etc. I apply most of them in varied ways. I cant do the same practice every single day or morning; I get bored and frustrated. I tried it and went all in, doing 3 hours of yoga and 2 hours of meditation every single day for six months straight. Really. Every single day! Even during the week that I had a cold and a fever. And its beautiful to experience that level of commitment and discipline. But for me, now, it feels more easing and self-loving to tune into what my body needs and what my intuition says in the moment. And that is also a deep and beautiful practice by itself, to learn to listen to those inner signals and have the courage to follow them. Sometimes I stretch, sometimes I go for long walks, sometimes ask a friend to hold space for me. At the same time, I share something Im struggling with, sometimes I dance and shake and hit pillows, sometimes I stay in bed for hours and eat chocolate, sometimes I travel to faraway places because my heart was calling me to do that. Taking a short break and a few deep breaths are my go-to in most situations.

It continues to be this way. I thought that maybe now with COVID-19, I would finally settle down for a bit and stay in Berlin for more than the 2-3 months (which is how long I usually stay), but here I am, on a plane to Greece, to spend the next seven weeks there in a Spiritual Training. I spent the past two months tattooing in Berlin and now am feeling in need of a break, to spend time in the community, in Nature, in meditation. I enjoy having only a few spots where I tattoo (right now Berlin and San Francisco) and focus on those, but I love traveling in between and exploring the World. Ive traveled to Guatemala, Hawaii, Ecuador, Mexico, Indonesia, India, and the list continues in the past years. And for now, this feels right to me. Maybe at some point, I will settle, open my shop, and focus on family life.

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Oct
08

The Least Painful Spots to Get a Tattoo, According to Doctors and Tattoo Artists – POPSUGAR

Depending on who you speak to, getting a tattoo is either super painful, or doesn't even register on the pain scale. The reality is, getting inked will likely never be completely pain-free, and that's for a very obvious reason. "There are needles being poked deep enough into the skin to draw blood," Amanda Wendel, MD, dermatologist at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, told POPSUGAR, noting that getting a tattoo will be somewhat uncomfortable in any location. That being said, there are painful spots on the body you can avoid if you're concerned about the experience, like areas where the skin is thin, there are a lot of nerve endings, or there's less fat, according to Dr. Suzanne Friedler, board-certified dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology PC and Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. The hands, rib cage, feet, and face are especially sensitive given this criteria.

On the other hand, while in the tattoo artist's chair, there are points on the body that will cause less discomfort than others. "Optimal locations for less pain include areas like the outer arms and legs, where skin is thicker, more fat is present, and nerves are less plentiful," Dr. Friedler said. Dr. Wendel agreed, saying that "in general, the most painful places to get a tattoo are areas of the skin that are thin or have less subcutaneous tissue for cushioning." She explained that a tattoo on the ankle or overlying the rib cage "would be much more painful than a tattoo on the buttock," for example, because the latter has more fat.

Still, doctors and tattoo artists alike told POPSUGAR the pain experienced during inking can depend greatly on the individual. Matt O'Baugh of Black Cobra Tattoos in Little Rock, Arkansas has seen clients react very differently to being inked in the same spot. Jimmy St John of Skin Kitchen in Des Moines, Iowa also told POPSUGAR that "everyone's pain tolerance is different." But in his experience, the least painful places are going to be the outside of the arms. The truth is, you never know how the pain will affect you until you're in the tattoo artist's chair, even if you've had a tattoo before.

All things considered (like the potential pain you may endure), it's worth putting a lot of thought into where on the body you want to get your tattoo. Because, as Dr. Wendel notes, "laser tattoo removal is very expensive and time intensive, so I recommend if you are on the fence, don't do it!"

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Oct
07

This former Rutgers star could have been shot by cops. Now he wants to become one. – NJ.com

From time to time, NJ Advance Media will publish stories on what it means to be a Black athlete at Rutgers. This is the first of those stories.

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The shots were fired just as Myles Nash returned to his Rutgers dorm.

Pop, pop, pop. Nash barely had time to react to what he would later call an ambushing.

And even though the damage was done with an airsoft gun, Nash wasnt about to let the BBs go by without returning fire at his Rutgers football teammates.

He scrambled to his room to grab the BB pistol he bought for $7.99 at a sporting goods store and returned outside. The impromptu game of manhunt was over, but Nash maintained a firm grip on his weapon as he walked back into the Silvers Apartment after 10 p.m. on a mid-November night seven years ago.

It was me being young and dumb, not knowing what I was doing, Nash said.

A member of the student security team spotted Nash carrying the gun as he re-entered the building and called the police. Sensing he was in trouble after a brief interaction, Nash stashed the gun in a teammates dorm room.

He heard the cops running up his apartment steps at full speed. Within seconds, they had drawn their guns at the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end. Six revolvers pointed at his head. Nash put his hands in the air.

GET ON THE GROUND!

Nash was arrested and, on Nov. 12, 2013, charged with knowingly possessing an imitation firearm under the circumstances that would lead a person to reasonably believe that it was possessed for an unlawful purpose, police records show.

He agreed to two years of probation to make the charges go away quietly. But now, all these years later, Nash looks at what has happened to young Black people in similar situations.

And part of him realizes hes probably lucky to be alive.

Its the exact same thing as Tamir Rice, Nash said, pointing to the 2015 police shooting of a Cleveland boy who had allegedly brandished a replica gun. "Fortunately, the police that I encountered that day, they approached the situation with extreme caution and didnt make a rash decision. They couldve pulled the card where they feared for their lives and probably wouldve beat it.

"But thats one of the positives out of the story because even though Ive seen all this stuff happening all around I cant sit here and say all cops are bad. Its a good thing that that happened to me, because if it didnt and the things Im seeing now (with George Floyd), my opinion would be different.''

Following his five-year career for Rutgers, Myles Nash, pictured at the XFL Summer Showcase at Montclair State University on June 14, 2019, played in eight games for the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football League.James Kratch | NJ Advance Media

6-foot-5, Black, with tattoos and I survived

Nearly seven years removed from the incident, Nash sits in a South Jersey restaurant near his apartment on the Camden waterfront. Since wrapping up a 33-game collegiate career in which he played linebacker, defensive end and tight end for the Scarlet Knights, Nash had workouts with the Giants and Indianapolis Colts, played in eight games with the San Diego Fleet in the Alliance of American Football and spent a year as a graduate assistant at Rutgers before joining the staff at Timber Creek High.

He orders a BLT and a lemonade, then says he wants the incident known because he expects to be asked about it as he goes through the application process for the New Jersey State Police.

Its one of those things I look at now, especially since getting back into coaching, where Im glad it happened because I can talk to the younger guys about it, Nash said. "It was immaturity.''

A once-promising recruit who picked Rutgers over scholarship offers from seven Power 5 Conference schools, Nashs collegiate career nearly derailed before it really started.

Nash makes no excuses for what police described in its report as brandishing a black firearm from the rear waistband of his pants and entering the Rutgers apartment with the weapon in plain view. He says his biggest mistake was removing an orange safety tip that was designed to distinguish the BB gun from a pistol that fired real bullets.

There was a real bad thing going on around the team where we would take the orange cap off to make it look real, to make it look cool, and I did that, Nash said. Again, just me being immature.

He considers himself lucky. All summer, he watched as a series of police arrests of Black men turned catastrophic. From the George Floyd killing in Minnesota to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., Nash said his incident couldve been devastating had he not stashed the gun in a teammates apartment.

"I knew how it would look to the police if I had this gun on me,'' he said. So I was like, Yo, Im leaving this in here because a whole bunch of cops are downstairs. I dont want them to shoot me because they think I have a real gun.'

A year after his arrest, Nash also remembers hearing the news about Rice, the Black 12-year old who was killed in Cleveland by a white police officer. Like Nash, Rice was playing around in public with an airsoft-style gun and, like Nash, Rice had removed the orange cap to make it look real.

Tamir Rice had a BB gun and was killed over it, Nash said. Im a grown man, 18 years old, 6-foot-5 and Black, with a bunch of tattoos and I survived.

Myles Nash was a member of the Rutgers football team from 2013-17, playing linebacker, defensive end, tight end and a variety of spots on special teams.NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

We needed to give our kids a better chance

Nash considers himself lucky in another way. Born in Philadelphia, Nash was moved from a rough neighborhood to Sicklerville, N.J., at the age of 6.

He dangles a french fry, and pulls down the neck of his shirt to reveal the one tattoo nobody sees. Its a skyline of Philadelphia with the phrase, Philly made, Jersey raised

My parents raised us in a nice house in South Jersey, but I never forget where I came from, he says, looking across the Delaware River at Philadelphia. North Philly is rough. This is what my life couldve been like if my parents didnt bless me with this opportunity. I never can mention Jersey without mentioning my roots.

His father, Robert, grew up in the projects of North Philly. His mother, Chevonne, grew up in West Philly, where gangs had infiltrated her neighborhood.

We always said if we had kids, we would not want them to go through things we went through growing up, Robert Nash said.

So Robert and Chevonne moved Myles and his four brothers from Philadelphia to Sicklerville, N.J., in 2000. In a wide-ranging interview, Chevonne called it a turning point in Myles' life.

Robert and I worked in the city and we were familiar with a lot of the systemic racism, and when you think of systemic racism, you think of the lack of educational opportunities as well as community resources, she said. "So we thought we needed to give our kids a better chance. Where we were in Philly, it was rough and it wasnt getting any better. Trouble found our kids, and they found trouble. We moved to an area in South Jersey, where the opportunities would be better, as well as the education and the environment.''

In Philly, Nash had seen people close to him die from tragic consequences. He watched his mom find a loved one who was strung out on crack on a street corner. He knows what his life couldve been like if he had to stay in that environment.

He points to Darby Ford, his 19-year old cousin from Philadelphia who was shot and killed at a Newark, Del., apartment complex. Nash was informed of the tragedy six days after his November 2013 arrest.

He unfortunately had a life in the streets, Nash said. "He always tried to keep that aspect of his life away from me. Never let me smoke or try any drugs and always emphasized me using football as my way to live a good life.''

A tattoo on his left bicep memorializes his cousin, one of 11 tattoo that tell Nashs life story.

Theres one for his mother, who works in healthcare at Temple University, another for his father, a mechanic for Philadelphias transit system, and one for his grandfather, who owned an ice cream truck in west Philadelphia.

Theres a Bible verse from Psalm 23:4 (Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil"), a Colin Kaepernick quote (Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything'') and tattoos honoring civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., and slave-rebellion leader Nat Turner.

About a month before Chadwick Boseman died, Nash put the Black Panther on his right arm. And it might be his most symbolic piece of body art yet.

That film was inspiring because the antagonist wanted to fight back against white Americans, but Chadwick Boseman was like, No, I dont want to use my powers to fight against white Americans I want to use the resources to go into Black communities and basically level the playing field, which is what I think is the right answer, Nash said.

The kids I grew up with in North Philly didnt have the same resources we had Sicklerville. If I got rich tomorrow, Im not giving back to Sicklerville. Theyre doing fine over there. I would go to the inner city of Philly, one of those schools, and give them a turf football field.

Myles Nash, pictured here picking up yardage after a reception as Rutgers defeated in November 2017, played both tight end and defensive end as a fifth-year senior.John Munson | NJ Advance Media f

RU captains defuse the situation

Nash remembers the first Rutgers football practice after his arrest. The Scarlet Knights were preparing for a Nov. 16, 2013, game against Cincinnati.

"Coach Flood addressed it with the team and was like, We have a player on our team who couldve died yesterday because of this stupidity,'' Nash said. When he said that, I realized thats right. I couldve died.

Gary Nova, the former Rutgers quarterback, was a captain on the Scarlet Knights' 2013 squad. He remembers the captains held a players-only meeting to address the situation.

Two of our captains, Jamal Merrell and Jamil Merrell, they were very vocal about it, telling the guys, You dont need a gun on campus, youre very catered to, youre not in harms way, and you should never bring it into the dorms, Nova said. "It was something that was addressed, and then it was over once the guys turned them in.

"But looking back on it, that was a bad situation that couldve been a lot worse. Obviously, the guys on the team were nice guys, but theyre big, intimidating guys, too. And God forbid, the cops wouldve felt threatened and something happened. Thankfully, it didnt get to that point.''

Nearly seven years after the incident, Nashs parents grew emotional as they recalled their son telling them about the arrest.

I was really disappointed in what he did because I felt he shouldve known better, but he had to take responsibility for what he did, Chevonne said. As far as him accepting the probation (offer), I knew he was a good kid who never caused us a day of trouble before.

Chevonne called her son not long after the news surrounding the Tamir Rice shooting surfaced.

The first thing I did was contact Myles, saying, This is what you did and this is what happened to that little boy, she said. "I think we drilled it on him so much that it really had an effect on Myles. As a parent, I just prayed to God and thanked him that he wasnt killed. The similarities were just 100 percent spot on.''

Myles Nash's tattoos tell the story of the inspiration people in his life as well as his upbringing from Philadelphia to South Jersey. Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The next step: the State Police

Not long after a stint in the fledgling Alliance of American Football League, Nash received a call from former Rutgers coach Chris Ash to return to the program as an assistant defensive line coach. He had hardly considering coaching at that point, but was intrigued by the prospects of mentoring younger players.

It was a decision that inspired Nash to return to Timber Creek, where hes currently assisting the South Jersey teams defensive line.

Hes hoping to learn later this fall whether he can take the next step with the New Jersey State Police.

"Myles will be a great police officer because hes a people person with a big heart,'' Chevonne said. "He would be the cop who stops to play basketball with the kids, or stop when he sees kids doing stuff theyre not supposed to do and tell them the right way to do it and give them the long, drawn-out version of what happened to him.''

He shared the story of his arrest to several players on the Rutgers football team last year, and these days routinely addresses it with athletes at his high school alma mater.

"Me being at Rutgers was perfect because I was able to explain what I went through, and then show proof of people that I played with who got in trouble with the law,'' Nash said. "Some are still in jail. It was me telling them, This is real. if you go down this path, heres where youll end up. I told them my story about how I was dumb, trying to be cool, and I had a fake gun on campus and (it) couldve cost me my life.''

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Day 1 of early voting draws record numbers in Hamilton, Johnson, Marion counties – WISHTV.com

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) First thing Tuesday morning the line at Marion Countys only early voting center wrapped around the City-County Building.

Melody Howard is a school teacher on fall break. When News 8s Richard Essex talked to her, she had been standing in line for two-and-a-half hours.

So I felt like I needed to get out here, stand in this line with all these wonderful people and cast my vote so we can get the right people in office to take care of us, Howard said.

Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, getting into the clerks office to vote is going to take longer than in past elections. The number of people allowed in this space is limited and monitored. When one person, leaves another one is allowed inside. The voting machines are cleaned with a chemical disinfectant between uses, and election staff is separated from the voting public by Plexiglas.

Conner Caudill says he is a presidential history enthusiast and has voted in every presidential election since he was 18, but this is the first time he has voted early.

My dad is a postal worker. I trust the Postal Service. They work hard, but there is something about casting a ballot and turning it in, Caudill said.

Until Saturday, Oct. 24, Marion County will have just one early voting center from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. during the week and from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Five additional centers will open on Oct. 24.

I did expect lines like this today because we are upon a very important presidential election, said Myla Eldridge, the Marion County clerk.

The politics of this election is driving the number of people seeking to cast their vote early, at least in Marion County.

I already know who Im voting for. I really dont need much more information to decide. This election is pretty clear to me who the choice should be, so I want to make sure I get here and do my job as a citizen, said Michael Johnson.

Marion County has seen a record number of mail-in absentee ballots go out for this election. Those ballots can be dropped off at the clerks office during early voting.

Also according to the Marion County Clerks Office, the record for first-day early voting was in 2016 when just over 900 people voted. On Monday, over 1,240 people cast their votes.

More than 900 people voted at Hamilton Countys two early voting locations by noon. Some people reported wait times exceeding an hour.

We have extra election staff working the early voting but still anticipate lines, said Beth Sheller, the countys elections administrator.

In Johnson County, nearly 400 voters were processed at the courthouse by 1 p.m. with the help of additional poll workers and equipment.

I think we will definitely exceed [typical early voting numbers], said Trena McLaughlin, the Johnson County clerk. I think we will continue to have voters come out on Election Day. I think we will surpass what we did in 2016.

News 8 confirmed that both Hamilton and Johnson counties saw record crowds for Day 1 of early voting.

With updated information from the Indiana Department of Health through Oct. 1, this timeline reflects updated tallies of deaths and positive tests prior to that date.

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