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Detroits Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend and beyond, including Tattoo Expo, Autorama, Sturgill Simpson – Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press Published 8:01 a.m. ET Feb. 26, 2020

Tattoo artist Bale Sisneros worked with client Jo Ann Ramrez at last year's Motor City Tattoo(Photo: Christopher M. Bjornberg, Special to the Detroit Free Press)

Skin, ink, action! The 25th-anniversary edition of the MOTOR CITY TATTOO EXPO kicks off three days of downtown Detroit fun at noon Friday. More than 300 artists representing a variety of styles (traditional, realism, script, etc.) will be doing tattoos all weekend at 170 booths at the Detroit Marriott. Guests can take in tattoo seminars, enter a tattoo contest and check out offerings from an array of vendors. A cash bar and live entertainment are also part of the fun.

Noon-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, downtown Detroit. $20 daily; $35 for two-day pass, $45 for weekend pass.

The FORD GT40 used in "Ford v. Ferrari" will be featured at Autorama.(Photo: Peter Toundas)

AUTORAMA will be bringing along some Hollywood glitz and glamour when it returns to Cobo Center this weekend. The two star cars of movie hit Ford v Ferrari a Ford GT40 and Ferrari 330P are the guests of honor at the event, which bills itself as Americas greatest hot rod show. Also in the lineup: a peek at five vehicles considered the most significant hot rods of the 20th century and appearances by WWE brawler Ric Flair (6-8 p.m. Friday) and Cody Walker, brother of actor Paul Walker of the Fast & Furious movie franchise (4-7 p.m. Saturday).

Noon-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Cobo Center, downtown Detroit. $21, $8 ages 6-12, free to children 5 and younger. Discount tickets, $19 and $7, available at OReilly Auto Parts stores.

Sturgill Simpson calls his "Sound and Fury" albums sleazy, steamy rock n roll.(Photo: Reto Sterchi)

Critically lauded country artist STURGILL SIMPSON, who has a two-night stand this weekend at the Masonic Temple, broke out in 2014 with his old-school Metamodern Sounds in Country Music and has since then kept fans and critics guessing about his next creative moves. He describescurrent album Sound and Fury, released last fall along with a dark anime film of the same name, as sleazy, steamy rock n roll. Critics have labeled the project, which was mostly recorded at McGuires Motor Inn in Waterford, as everything from blues rock to synth rock.

6:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Masonic Temple, Detroit. $79.50-$99.50. With Tyler Childers.

Gabriel Iglesias' Netflix series "Mr. Iglesias" has been renewed for a second season.(Photo: Mitchell Zachs, AP)

I dont make any hard political statements in the show because I dont do that in my comedy routine. Thats what comic GABRIEL IGLESIAS (fans know him as Fluffy) told pop culture website Vulture last year about his Netflix comedy series Mr. Iglesias, which finds him playing a teacher who works with gifted but misfit kids at a California high school. The Mexican-American funny guy, due Friday at the Masonic Temple, is also known for shunning controversy by keeping his comedy relatively clean. We can hint, we can do some suggesting, he told Vulture, but I dont cross it.

7 p.m. Friday, Masonic Temple, Detroit. $50-$85.

Randall Goosby is making his Detroit recital debut this weekend.(Photo: Matt Dine)

In 2010, violinist RANDALL GOOSBY, then 13, became the youngest artist ever to win the Detroit-based Sphinx Competition for black and Latino string players. A decade later, hes returning to town to make his metro Detroit recital debut at two performances presented by the Chamber Music Society of Detroit. Goosby, who studied with famed Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman while earning a bachelors degree at Juilliard, will perform a program of works by Debussy, Richard Strauss, Tomaso Antonio Vitali and William Grant Still.

8 p.m. Friday, Schaver Music Recital Hall, Wayne State University campus, Detroit; 8 p.m. Saturday, Northbrook Presbyterian Church, Beverly Hills. $30, $25 seniors, $10 students; premium seating is $45.

Burlesque entertainer Lushes LaMoan will perform at the Erotic Poetry & Music Festival.(Photo: John Froelich, Special to the Detroit Free Press)

Sweet words of love will be murmured and sung Saturday at Tangent Gallery, which is playing host to the 33rd edition of Detroits EROTIC POETRY & MUSIC FESTIVAL. The evening of provocative poetry and passion-filled spoken-word performances also includes music, displays of erotic art and burlesque moves by some well-known Detroit entertainers, including Lushes LaMoan and Magenta De Mure. Proceeds from the event benefit Paws with a Cause, which supplies assistance dogs to people with disabilities.

8 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Tangent Gallery, Detroit. $15 advance, $20 at door.

Outdoorama features displays and seminars devoted to hunting and fishing.(Photo: Outdoorama)

Competitive lumberjacks from Timberworks Lumberjack Shows will be the star attraction at the 47th annual edition of OUTDOORAMA in Novi. Theyll be rolling logs, climbing poles and throwing axes to keep crowds entertained at the annual show featuring hunting and fishing gear, boats, marine accessories and more. Also part of the fun: fishing in an indoor trout pond, an archery range for kids and a display of live wild animals and birds of prey. Admission to Outdoorama also gets you admission to the COTTAGE & LAKEFRONT LIVING SHOW, which is being held concurrently at Suburban Collection Showplace.

1-9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi. $12, $5 ages 6-14, free to ages 5 and younger.

Carole J. Bufford is one of the featured vocalists for the DSO's "From Broadway to Hollywood."(Photo: DSO)

My Favorite Things, I Dreamed a Dream, All That Jazz. Theyre show tunes, yes, but they were also movie hits and thats why theyre part of this weekends Pop Series concert by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD celebrates stage musicals that made splashy transitions to the big screen, everything from The Sound of Music to Chicago. Robert Bernhardt conducts, and the featured vocalists are Blaine Krauss, Carole J. Bufford, Zan Berube and Hugh Entrekin.

10:45 a.m. & 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Orchestra Hall at Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. $24 and up.

Elisabeth Moss in "The Invisible Man." (Photo: Universal Pictures/TNS)

A stylish horror outing is expected to rule the movie box office this weekend. THE INVISIBLE MAN, based on the 1897 H.G. Wells novel that has inspired countless movie and TV adaptations, joins the 21st century courtesy of a film starring Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaids Tale, Mad Men), Aldis Hodge and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Moss plays a woman trapped in a relationship with a scientist whos violent and controlling. He eventually commits suicide, but a series of lethal coincidences leads her to believe that perhaps he isnt really gone.

Opens nationwide with screenings Thursday.

Michael Polakowski draws inspiration from Detroits architecture and the tradition of sign painting.(Photo: Michael Polakowski)

THE HUM AND GLOW OF WINTER, the new public art installation at Beacon Park, opens Thursday with a reception honoring its creator, illustrator and muralist Michael Polakowski. Guests can enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages starting at 5 p.m. inside the parks heated winter lodge. Polakowski, who draws inspiration from Detroits architecture and the tradition of sign painting, created works for the installation that offer winter views of various green spaces and neighborhoods in Detroit.

The installation will be on view through mid-March at Beacon Park in downtown Detroit.

Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press

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For celebs, Kobe Bryant tattoos are all the rage – The Daily Dot

The multitude of tributes for the lateKobe Bryanthave been touching, including the offerings the Staple Center, customized shoes, and even songs. However, somelike Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron Jameshave taken a more permanent step, electing to tattoo the NBA legends name, his self-given nickname, face, or jersey numbers.

Many of those folks are celebrities, and its sparked a recent, viral trend.

Two Thoughts on Lebron James:

1) A lot chatter about him not showing to Kobes memorial. As my friend said last night: Lebron got Mamba 4 Life tattoo - any discussion about the respect he has for KB ends there bc he clearly does.

James and Anthony Davis honored Bryant with matching thigh tattoos of his namesake animal, the Black Mamba. Completed by celebrity go-to Vanessa Aurelia, the tattoo includes a black mamba snake, the numbers 24 and 8, roses and the words Mamba 4 Lyfe.

Every time I look at my tattoos, it puts me back in the perspective of time, or the inspiration behind it, James said to theAthletic. So thats all part of the journey.

Davis stated, in the same interview: I dont have any meaningless tats, so knowing how much Kobe meant to me, I felt like for me, the impact that he had on my life and my basketball career, I felt like it was only right for me to get a tattoo to remember him.

Football star Odell Beckham Jr. and NBA free agent J.R. Smith got ink of Bryants image, too. Shaquille ONeals son Shareef, rappers 2Chainz and Los Angeles-born the Game, and soccer star Sydney Leroux showed their love with tattoos fusing Bryants and his daughter Giannas jersey numbers.

Amber Rose said her recent face tattoo was inspired by Bryant as well.

I dont want this to sound corny or anything but kinda after Kobe died, it made me reflect on my life, Rose said in a recent interview with Pop Crush. I dont want people to be like, Oh Kobe died and you went and got a tattoo, but it was kinda like that.

The U.S. womens soccer star wrote on Instagram: Your dad told me that you were going to be better than he was. You had the gift no matter what you were playing. I know youll be looking down on your mom and your sisters with your big smile while shooting hoops with your dad, doing what you both love. 2 will always be ours.

Fans of the late NBA great assembled for amemorialat the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday, honoring the future Hall of Famers life following a helicopter crash killed Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others in January.

Among the attendees were Beyonc, Jennifer Lopez, Magic Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel, and many other current and retired basketball stars. Bryants tearful wifeVanessaspoke, as did Bryants idol Michael Jordan, and former teammate ONeal.

The adoration of Bryant and his legacy will continue on later this year, as he will be posthumouslyinductedinto the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.


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Lots of skin in the game: Artists craft tattoos as memorials and keepsakes – Daily Record-News

BALTIMORE The woman lies, unflinching, on the table as the tattoo artist works his craft. Her skin is his canvas; the needle, his brush. Whats the design on her shoulder to be? A delicate, flowering pea vine.

My husband and I are getting matching tattoos, says Jen Fitze, 43.

Sort of. Her hubby, Kristofer Fitze, 42, is getting a carrot tattoo, inspired by a line in the film Forrest Gump:

Jenny and me was like peas and carrots.

Theyve come to Flesh Tattoo Company in Fallston, Md., to put an artistic face on their marriage two inky symbols of their love. And though the artist, Guy Arnold, has been tattooing for 25 years, hes still touched by his part in the process.

I get to affect them for the rest of their lives, says Arnold, of Joppa.

Flesh Tattoo is an upscale studio, a winner in The Harford Magazines Best of Harford County Readers Choice Poll, and one of a number of trendy shops that have sprung up locally since the industry went chic some 15 years ago.

Reality television shows like Miami Ink gave credence to places once seen as dives for motorcycle gangs and neer-do-wells.

Back in the day, if you had a tattoo you were rough, bad news, trouble, says Mike Rosellini, who opened Flesh Tattoo in 2006. When I tried to start a shop in Bel Air, a landlord told me, We dont want your type here. Then cable television discovered tattoos and the whole perspective changed. Weve gone from putting that anchor on Popeyes forearm to tattooing a vest on a doctors chest. Nowadays, people are investing a lot of time and money ($175 an hour) into their bodies."

In another room at Flesh Tattoo, a father and daughter share an epidermal moment.

Chip Schilling, 52, is getting the likeness of an album cover by The Cult a birds wing tattooed on his arm; for Bethany, 18, a fan of Manchester Orchestra, its the image of a girl clinging to a fir tree like on the front of that bands album.

This is (Bethanys) birthday present, says Schilling, of Bel Air. At his daughters behest, he followed suit.

Its a special thing, a permanence, between us, she says.

Many folks leave Flesh Tattoo as walking memorials to loved ones now deceased. After two police officers were killed in a 2015 shooting at a Panera Bread restaurant in Abingdon, a family member of one of the officers had a replica of his badge tattooed on her arm.

Its a therapeutic thing for the living, Rosellini says. I literally have a spot on my chest, opposite my heart, for when my mom passes.

Such commemorative designs comprise 70% of his business, says Tony Veres, 36, who, with his wife, Kayli, 33, owns Instant History Tattoo in Havre de Grace.

Weve had moms get tattoos of their kids names and birth flowers, says Veres. One dad who has four daughters got a design of four pocket watches, each showing their time of birth. Tattoos are part of your personal history; they help tell your story and carry a piece of you outwardly to show others.

Once, Veres was asked to put Will you marry me? on a young mans chest, but said that the guy wanted it stenciled, not tattooed, in case the woman turned him down.

Repeat customers are common, he says 30 multi-hour sessions for one man, whose left arm is covered with tattoos of cartoon characters from Underdog to Toy Story. His right arm bears images of villains from horror films. Think Pennywise from It.

Veres, who opened his shop four years ago, says women account for half of his clientele and that older folks are now showing up as well.

Its all a part of (tattoos) being accepted by society, he says. "With seniors, you have to be real careful because their skin is thinner.

Tattooing has gone high-tech. Skin-piercing needles are disposable; the once-noisy rotary machines that house them now hum. But bleeding still occurs and the process still hurts.

How much?

It depends on your pain tolerance, Veres says. Ive seen small-statured women get a full rib piece and not budge, and Ive seen men get wrist tattoos where (the discomfort) didnt sit too well.

Veres and his staff have tattooed eyebrows on women. (It shortens their makeup time.")

They also accommodate breast-cancer survivors, providing lifelike tattoos of nipples, at no charge, to those whove undergone mastectomies.

We want women to feel good about themselves, he says.

Forearms are the favorite body part to get inked because tattoos are more socially acceptable and people want to show them off in the workplace, says Veres. The most unusual spot? The sole of ones foot.

We dont do genitalia, he says. But weve been near there.

Folks who a generation ago would not have set foot in a tattoo studio are going under the needle, from police officers to politicians, plus those in medicine.

Ive done tattoos of anatomical hearts, the caduceus and stethoscopes on doctors and nurses, Veres says.

Flesh Tattoo artist Nick Kaufman recently tattooed an 85-year-old woman.

Her husband would never let her get one, but once he died, she came in and got a butterfly on her leg, says Kaufman, a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Rosellini, his boss, says he has seen it all, from designs of a favorite Psalm to the paw prints of a beloved pet. He has even put faux wedding bands on ring fingers.

Nothing surprises me, he says. His staff, some of whom have six-figure incomes, are paid by the tattoo and will tackle everything from a toe to a tush.

Rosellinis back is covered with a mural of colorful designs which cost him more than $5,000.

If its skin, and you ask for it, we can tattoo it," he says. "We havent run out of space on anyone yet.

Could that happen?

He shrugs, smiles.

Vanity never fades, he says.

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Gallery events aims to highlight artists of color in the community – Johnson City Press (subscription)

After all, hisunofficial mission is topromote the arts scene andhelp boost whatever growth is already gonna happen.

But this month, he didnt want to host a regular show at the AV Club Gallery he wanted to make sure he highlighted artists of color.

Id done a few shows and they werent very consistent, Inskip said, and I realized back in December or January that Im getting to the point where I can start having a show every week, and I told myself February would be the first month and I thought: I have to offer this to the black community first.

I just kind of went with it and thats how February came to be, he said.

This weekends show will be the fifth of the month, and Jason Flack, a prominent artist of color in the community, will have work on display Saturday night. Flack called the gallery an opportunity that allows him to drop down into the underground scene with other creators.

Its cool to be part of a culture that doesnt always see the spotlight, said Flack, who also said hell be showcasing some art hes never shown in public before.

The show certainly fits the bill of an underground gallery.

Held in unit seven at 20 Commerce Street, the low ceilings and narrow room give the space a very intimate feel something Inskip said adds to the atmosphere of the show.

I feel like a lot of the have been really intimate and that has worked out well for the artists Ive had, Inskip said.It was amazing it really was, and I feel like every show thats happened in February has had just enough support and just the right amount on support that the artists were able to connect more intimately with their audience.

The show will run from noon to 10 p.m.

As long as art is being shown, you got to take advantage of it, Flack said.

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18 notable features on the new Virgin Voyages ship and how theyll impact your cruise – The Points Guy

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Black Hive Ink & Arts to Attend All American Tattoo Convention 2020 – Yahoo Finance

One of the nation's top tattoo studios is attending one of the popular events in the industry.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --Representatives with Black Hive Ink and Arts announced today its founder Louie Guzman will be attending All American Tattoo Convention 2020.

"I am excited to represent Black Hive Ink & Arts at the tattoo convention," said Luis Guzman, owner and spokesperson for Black Hive Ink & Arts."

According to The All American Tattoo Convention's website, "The goal of the convention is to give some of the bravest heroes in the world the opportunity to be tattooed by some of the best tattoo artists in the industry."

The convention will be held at The Crown Complex Expo Center in Fayetteville, NC, from Feb 28th through March 1st.

Guzman, who will be representing Black Hive Ink & Arts at the tattoo convention, began to explore the world of tattooing at the age of 25. Guzman specializes in portraits and horror-themed tattoos. Guzman travels all over the East Coast, attending tattoo conventions. Some places include Charlotte, Rockingham, Concord, Greensboro, Lenoir, New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and more

The Fayetteville, NC-based firm also provides free consultations to those who are considering a tattoo.

"We're pleased to be able to offer consultations at no charge, which helps potential and current customers and artists to meet, speak, and discuss ideas before booking," highlighted Guzman.

"This is to ensure that you are paired with the right artist for your new art piece," Guzman stressed.

The company recently completed two years in business.

"It has been an honor serving our clients for two years," said Guzman. "It seems like yesterday, and for us to see it blossom the way that it has for the past two years, we're very excited about what the future holds."

Black Hive Ink is Fayetteville's new premier tattoo studio. Its goal here is to offer the highest quality experience for each one of our customers. With over 30 years of experience combined, Guzman noted that they recognize the value of its clients and the responsibility that comes with creating beautiful art on their bodies.

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"All our tattoo artists have traveled nationally and internationally to gain knowledge and experience from renowned artists," Guzman revealed, before adding, "This has only served to enhance their skill set. The Black Hive experience starts with our customer service and continues to each custom art piece that is created. We want the overall experience to be unforgettable."

Black Hive Ink & Arts serve clients in Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Durham, Southern Pines, Pinehurst in North Carolina.

Guzman highlighted that Black Hive Ink & Arts now offers free consultations for potential customers and current customers and artists to meet, speak, and discuss ideas before booking.

To receive a free consultation, fill out the form located here, and a representative will be in contact with you to schedule the consolation within the next 24-48 hours.

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About Black Hive Ink & Arts

Black Hive Ink is Fayetteville's new premier tattoo studio. Its goal here is to offer the highest quality experience for each one of our customers.

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7960 Raeford Road Fayetteville, NC 28304 United States

Phone: 910-226-2464

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8 charged after bust at Outlaws club in Grand Falls-Windsor –

Police displayed some of the items they seized from a weekend raid at the Outlaws Motorcycle Club in Grand Falls-Windsor on Saturday, Feb. 22.

An RCMP operation called "Project Barbarian"has led to eight people charged with drug traffickingin Grand Falls-Windsor after a weekend raid.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, police said they have laid eight charges of trafficking cocaine related to the bust, which happenedat the Outlaws Motorcycle Club clubhouse in Grand Falls-Windsor on Saturday, while about 30 people were inside.

"This will have a significant disruption" on drug trafficking in central Newfoundland, said RCMP Staff Sgt. Stefan Thoms, who is part of the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime division.

The investigation beganfour months ago, and Thoms said it's still ongoing.

The RCMPsaid sixof the eight people charged are part of the "Fallen Few" a support group for the Outlaws Motorcycle Club or the Oulaws Motorcycle Club itself.Police say the club is a "one-percenter" organization, and allegeit has links to crime. In 2018, police said the Outlaws were looking to expand their presence in Newfoundland.

"The common term '1% Club'distinguishes outlaw motorcycle riders from the majority of motorcycle enthusiasts who are law-abiding citizens. It's worn as a symbol by outlaw bikers and often seen as a pin, patch or tattoo," according to the RCMP.

Police say they seized several items, including cocaine, phones, patchesand other clothingrelated to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and the Fallen Few

The clubhouseis located in a complex across from a gas station, and next to Central Health's community health building.

The men facing charges of trafficking cocaine are Jimmy Lee Newman, 36;Anthony Chow, 33;Michael Hayes, 23;TimothyAndrews, 28;Ryan Ballard, 28;Alonzo Brown, 62;Tyson Higgins, 27;Dean Langdon, 25.

All of the men are from Grand Falls-Windsor, except Higgins, who is from Botwood, and Brown, who is from Peterview.

They have all appeared in court and are due back in April.

Chow has a criminal record that includes breaking and entering. The last conviction on record was for an offence in 2007.

Thoms said it was a joint effort among law enforcement agencies, including members of the RCMP'sFederal Serious and Organized Crime unit in N.L., plus RCMP resources in Grand Falls-Windsor and emergency response teams.

"We require those boots on the ground in places like Grand Falls-Windsor where local detachment members have a lot of the intelligence and information that assist us in building our case," he told reporters Wednesday.

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That Tat Can Have Afterlife of Its Own; Thrown Curves From Sky Above – The SandPaper

There was a time when tattoos were pretty much forever. Those of us who bear artistic ink long assumed wed be going down under with it and Im not talking Australia. Well, such perpetuity thinking has been thrown a curve. Now, tattoos can literally outlive us, even making quite a spectacle of themselves by proudly carrying on in a weird afterlife manner.

Save My Ink Forever, a Cleveland company founded by Charles Hamm, is offering a golden opportunity to preserve the dermal artwork of those who have moved on to where theres no earthly need for tats. His business offers folks the opportunity to keep the tats of the dearly departed suitable for framing.

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Hamm, who also heads up the National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art, fosters the belief that displaying your relatives tattoos on your walls is no weirder than putting an urn of cremains on your mantle. And this is Grandfather Lous calf tattoo of a hula girl straddling a battleship. He was a handsome man.

Beginning as a side undertaking at a funeral parlor, Save My Ink Forever quickly took on a life of its own. Its website literature reads: Welcome to Save My Ink Forever where we have developed a unique proprietary process for PRESERVING TATTOOS. Our mission is to help carry on a loved ones story. We hope to ensure that the spirit and legacy of your loved ones can live on for generations to come. Save My Ink Forever focuses on creating an everlasting memorial. At Save My Ink Forever we create more than just a picture. You receive the ACTUAL TATTOO. This becomes a framed piece of art that is presented to the family in a DIGNIFIED MANNER.

Hamm wants to make sure his venture doesnt become a freak show. Toward such touchy ends, he will not remove tats on private parts. But some of my finest work is there! rings forth from a San Fran ink artist or two. Hamms company also refuses to remove facial tats, to the chagrin of tear-cheeked MS-13 gang members.

The companys website also offers an ever-expanding provider page, listing funeral homes and crematories willing to provide the service of removing a loved ones tattoo art. Pathologists are joining morticians in answering the call for afterlife art salvation. Tattoo parlors now display signs All Our Tattoos Are Suitable for Eventual Framing.

This is not the first Ive heard of such freaky commemorating. Back in the 1970s, I came that close to getting a beyond-the-grave-worthy tattoo from a Japanese master who was scheduled to visit Hawaii. As a promotion, folks signed up for a free tattoo drawing. Dang if I wasnt picked from thousands of entrants. I was thoroughly stoked, being of an obsessive surfing mindset and knowing my Da Vinci-grade tat would get loads of exposure time as I proudly paddled about.

Even before the masters arrival, my brain was a tad tattooed when I was told there might be those interested in buying my arriving tattoo. Say what!? It was the whole post-mortem skinning thing rearing up. I was immediately suspect of auctioning off a piece of my skin to be awarded to the buyer upon my expiration. I knew all too well the buyer would be from a country steeped in the samurai tradition, should the buyer get a bit impatient. Enough said. The whole process had a certain wanted-dead-or-alive feel, like investing in the futures market.

I was shattered when the tattoo masters trip was rudely cancelled, something to do with his dying.

Ignoring a compensatory offer to get a free dragon tattoo from someone known as Swingin Wang with a shop in the red light district, I did research and found some of the masters finest full-body tattoo masterpieces had already been bought up, going for big yens.

The father of keepsake de-tattooing was Fukushi Masaichi, a Japanese physician and prominent pathologist. He was a professor emeritus of Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, where his legacy is now on display. Within the hallowed halls of the schools museum lives Fukushis macabre collection of tattoos, ceremoniously skinned from the corpses of willingly contributors. Included in the museum are the preserved skins of tattoo bearers who couldnt meet the monthly payments for their world-class bodily adornments. Full body inkings can cost an arm and a leg. Fukushi would cover the delinquent tattoo bills, providing he was appropriately willed the skin when the time came.

Fukushi would remove the tattooed skin off of donated bodies and preserve them and keep them stretched in a glass case, explains, which offers numerous photos of his masterpieces. There are 105 skinned items (many of which are full body suits) on display at this museum. See

Who might want used tats? Im betting its not just close family. Think in terms of the baddest-assed of biker bars, where the framed tattoos of beloved former members, some of whom have actually died, grace the walls.

TAT TIMES CONTINUE: Between 25 and 30 percent of Americans have tattoos. A high percentage of those without tats say they would consider getting one. Im already in, with upper-arm steeples of tribal art.

Tattooing, often attributed to South Pacific culture, has been around just about as long as human skin. Way-old humans, touching on prehistoric man, have carried skin art, done with knife blade cuts imbued with black charcoal dust.

The famous 6,000-year-old mummy known as Iceman tzi found in the tztal Alps on the border between Austria and Italy had an elaborate series of 61 tattoos, possibly representing acupuncture points. (Just kidding I think.)

An story by Andrew Griffin headlined Oldest tattoo ever found: Marks on Iceman tzi proved to be first known body art, points out the -man was not unique. Hundreds of ancient tattooed specimens have been found. While tzi is now the oldest known, many more ancient examples have been found across the world, including in modern day Russia, Egypt and China, offers Griffin.

In an archeological context, its now a race to find the oldest tats. Its highly likely that tzis tattoos wont stay as the oldest ones found, as we discover more about our ancestors. His markings suggest that by the time he received them the practice was developed and widespread, probably meaning that there are older tattoos in existence, says Griffin.

WHATS UP, SKY?: Looking at big-picture meteorological maps, while taking in professional guesses at long-term trends, it seems nothing much is changing from what weve had here to now: lots of mildness with a few low-impact stints of short-term coldness.

With January already down as the warmest on record dating back to the 1880s February will surely rate right up there with mildest-ever Febs. With March set to go way warm, this winter will be the stuff of global warmist nightmares.

The planetary warm-up pattern keeps on keeping on. NOAA reports, For average annual Northern Hemisphere temperatures, the period 19832012 was very likely the warmest 30-year period of the last 800 years and likely the warmest 30-year period of the last 1,400 years.

How can we see back that far? NOAA says its coming down to paleoclimatologists, who gather proxy data from natural recorders of climate variability such as tree rings, ice cores, fossil pollen, ocean sediments and corals and historical data.

Personally, Im adjusting nicely to the notion of Earth being in a rather rapid warm-up phase. I might even sarcastically go REM by saying Its the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine. Im all about resilience, at least in the short term.

Geological periods and their accompanying atmospheric inclinations usually play out in at least multi-thousand-year increments. However, theres no overlooking the possibility that mankind has jump-started the warm-up process through a slew of atmosphere-wreaking activities. Those sudden impacts might equate to tens of thousands of years of natural goings-on.

At the same global warming time, the planet having taken a seeming liking to mankind might have some compensatory tricks up its sleeve. Already there have been unanticipated natural forces working against the doomsday time frames first set by the original global warmists. The learning curve is surely steep when it comes to tabulating doomsday calendars.

Just to throw out a bizarre climate curve, after 9/11, the skies over America were cleared of all aircraft. The simple disappearance of jet contrails from the atmosphere led to the immediate solar heating of our nation, by as much as 2 degrees. A cruel case can be made that purifying our skies, removing all of mankinds sky grime, could now burn us to a crisp, based on the damage weve already done, i.e. an absolutely immaculate atmosphere might be the worst of all possible worlds, temperature-wise. Weird, right? But very real variables like that are viable considerations as we hopefully move forward toward fresher skies.

That weirdness offered, Im still for cleaning our air until it squeaks with joy. Im betting wed all feel far more motivated to resiliently live beneath a lazurite blue sky and luxuriate within an envelope of air capable of instantly purifying the body and soul.

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Feeding people should not be this hard | Reader’s View – Times Daily

Of the hundreds of words written by the editorial board in its Sunday piece, DFA issues challenge: Lets find a solution, thirteen words tell the story:

City leaders contend no zoning regulation exists that would allow such an operation.

Amid the endless talk about meetings, task forces, committees, and comprehensive strategies, the stubborn fact remains that the City of Florence doesnt believe Room at the Table may exist within its boundaries.

What is this operation, this Room at the Table? Is it a tattoo parlor, or perhaps a payday lender? No, those businesses are located across the street from Room at the Tables proposed location.

Rather, in our increasingly coarse and cynical culture, Room at the Tables mission stands out as refreshinglyindeed, shockinglypure and earnest: to feed and fellowship with people between 5 and 7 PM each evening. It does so without taking a dime of taxpayer money or government assistance, without preaching or proselytizing, without regard to money, power, status, class or influence. It is grace in action, with no strings attached.

Thats it. Thats the operation city leaders contend cannot exist in Florencea position they are prepared to spend thousands of taxpayer dollars defending.

Room at the Table has lost count of the number of meetings and discussions it has attended with city leaders over the last several months. Any suggestion that Room at the Table hasnt shown a willingness to discuss viable options is flatly untrue. In fact, Room at the Table chose its proposed location in Seven Points to placate those same city leaders who balked at the prospect of a downtown locale.

On the other hand, the only option the City has proposed would require Room at the Table to fundamentally alter the nature of its existence as a purely private, non-sectarian charity. Time and again, the City has tried to pressure Room at the Table to operate as an arm of the Salvation Army. But the Salvation Army and Room at the Table are different operations, with different objectives, structures, affiliations and funding sources. It is unconscionablenot to mention unconstitutionalto force a charity to change its very character, and Room at the Table wont do it.

There is an old parable, told by Jewish, Christian, and other religious traditions the world over. It tells of two banquets, one representing hell and the other heaven. In hell, the banquet guests are served the finest cuisine imaginable, but must eat with long-handled forks that wont allow them to reach the food into their mouths. There is much complaining, wailing and gnashing of teeth, and no one is sated. In heaven, it is the exact same scenariothe delicious food, the long-handled forksexcept the guests have learned to feed one another.

It is a parable about the difference between problem-staters with their endless meetings, their hand-wringing and chin-stroking and navel-gazing and problem-solvers, who see another human with a need and meet it, simply, directly and joyfully.

Feeding people shouldnt be this hard.

One of the Attorneys for Room at the Table

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Big party planned as Gorgie Farm has its grand reopening this weekend – Edinburgh Live

Hearts and Hibs players, rugby stars and many other will be coming along to the grand reopening of the city farm in Gorgie this weekend.

Now called Love Gorgie, it has been closed to the public since the previous owners made the shock decision to call in liquidators last November.

Starting at 11.00am on Saturday, February 29 visitors will get the chance to feedthe animalson the farm and can even take some newly arrived alpacas for a stroll.

Local celebrities and politicians will be attending, as the farm opens up earlier than planned.

There will also be face-painting and a henna tattooist on hand, as well as entertainment for all. This includes a tombola,music, a photo booth and much more.

Sneak peek as 'Love Gorgie' takes shape at site of Edinburgh's cherished city farm

Education and social care charity Love Learning took over the site of the former GorgieCity Farm in January.

Love Learning has also organised a community consultation event, from 12pm-2pm, where visitors can tell the new owners about their hopes for the future of the farm.

The farm has been opened earlier than expected thanks to the assistance of hundreds of volunteers who helped in the two weeks running up to the reopening.

After the site opens its doors to the public it will remain open seven days a week and will be free for visitors. Love Learning intends to keep using the site as a city farm as part of their portfolio of environmental projects.

In addition, LoveGorgieFarm provides educational services to children through animal and forest therapy.

It also provides a range of professional apprenticeships and Scottish Qualifications Authority awarded qualifications, as well as looking to be involved in organising social prescribing and wellbeing therapies in partnership with the NHS in the future.

Lynn Bell, CEO of LOVE Learning said: "We are incredibly excited to be opening LOVEGorgieFarm much earlier than we anticipated and we are hoping for a great turnout on Saturday. This will also provide the chance through our consultation exercise for the local community to provide its views on what people would like to see the farm used for in the future.

"I would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who have given up their valuable time to help get the farm up and running earlier than anticipated. We could not have done it without their crucial role.

"Not only will the farm remain open seven days a week and remain free, but we will provide a range of exciting education, environmental and social care programmes supporting vulnerable individuals."

Author Alexander McCall Smith said: " I am aware of the major role thatGorgieCity Farm, now LOVEGorgieFarm, plays in the local community.

"It is wonderful news that it has been rescued. It brings animals and the countryside into the lives of so many children, young people and adults, who might otherwise feel cut off from such things. Put simply, LOVEGorgieFarm does a great deal of good.""

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