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City farm all set to reopen – Third Force News

A huge celebration will be held this weekend to mark the reopening of LOVE Gorgie Farm, formerly Gorgie City Farm

26th February 2020 by Gareth Jones

A community will celebrate this weekend after the battle to restore a popular attraction succeeded.

LOVE Gorgie Farm, formerly Gorgie City Farm, is set to reopen this Saturday (29 February) with a huge celebration and range of family-friendly activities.

A number of local celebrities including Hearts and Hibs footballers, Edinburgh and Scotland rugby players, politicians and council representatives will also be attending the festivities.

From 11am-3.30pm children (and adults) will get the chance to feed the animals on the farm, which include pigs, sheep and goats, and can even take some newly arrived alpacas for a stroll.

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

Education and social care charity, LOVE Learning, took over the site of the former Gorgie City Farm in January after it went into liquidation in November 2019.

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 will open earlier than expected thanks to the assistance of hundreds of volunteers who assisted 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, LOVE Gorgie Farm 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, chief executive of LOVE Learning said: We are incredibly excited to be opening LOVE Gorgie Farm 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.

Sandy McCall Smith, author of the No. 1 Detective Agency and 44 Scotland Street books, among others, said: I am aware of the major role that Gorgie City Farm, now LOVE Gorgie Farm, 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, LOVE Gorgie Farm does a great deal of good.

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Guwahati hosts biggest ever tattoo festival of Northeast India – News Live

Guwahati: Keeping up with the traditional art of tattoo making, Guwahati brought out the best of tattoo art and the skills of their creators in the recently held Neon Tattoo Art Festival.

Being the biggest ever tattoo festival of northeast India, this event brought together many professional tattoo artists from across in globe under the same roof.

Indias northeast region is home to numerous tribes and sub-tribes and this makes it a unique hub of diverse cultures, styles and traditions.

Each tribe has its own distinct way of expressing the internal values and the art of tattooing and body modification has always been an intrinsic part of their culture.

Keeping up with the tradition of tattoo art, Assams Guwahati city hosted the biggest ever Neon tattoo festival, season 1. The word NEON stands for North East of Nation.

The three-day-long festival was organised under the banner of Ripz Tattoo and Piercing, aesthetic Progressive Work and Vicky Communication and Associates, at the Northeast Zonal Cultural Centre, Shilpgram, Guwahati.

More than 100 national and international tattooists came together to participate in the festival and demonstrated the art of live tattooing.

According to Ripz, the festival organiser, there is a myth among people regarding tattoos, like getting inked can be harmful as it might cause infections. Basically, there is lack of awareness among people but this festival acted as a platform for many tattoo artists and also helped in spreading the message among masses that tattoo making is not harmful provided it is done hygienically. Every booth in this festival has maintained hygiene.

The tattoo convention saw some of the best and exceptional tattoos that left the audience awestruck and attracted a large number of tattoo enthusiasts from every nook and corner of the country, who were seen getting inked.

Tattooists and organisers dispelled the fears about tattoo designs and encouraged people to choose their artist wisely.

Abhishek, a tattoo artist from Delhi, said: This is my second time in Guwhati; this is an amazing festival.

Talking about the stigma surrounding tattoos, Abhishek explained: There is a myth related to tattoo that if the needle is pierced into the skin, it may cause harm. I would say there is nothing as such, as tattoo artists use needle keeping in mind the hygiene and the skin type of the person. I request all to research and choose their artist wisely.

Along with live piercing and tattoo art, the convention had live music and a stunning art gallery. Additionally, the event also featured live art displays, market stalls, traders and much more.

The Neon tattoo art festival received an overwhelming response from the global crowd and was a successful attempt to change the perception of tattoo and other types of body art among the masses. (ANI)

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The Bold Type: 5 Reasons Its Better Than Younger (& 5 Its Not) – Screen Rant

The Bold Type and Younger are both fun series about twentysomething millennials living in NYC. But which soapy show is truly the best?

While TV isn't exactly known forits honest depictions of millennial life, there are two series that come pretty close. BothThe Bold TypeandYoungerare about twentysomethings living in New York and trying to make it in their chosen industry. Of course,Youngerhas the added hook of the main character, Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), lying about her age and pretending to be 26 when she's 40.

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There are some ways thatThe Bold Typeis a much better show thanYounger, but there are also some ways that it's definitely not. Read on for a comparison of the two series.

Jane Sloan (Katie Stevens), Sutton Brady (Meghann Fahy), and Kat Edison (Aisha Dee) are genuine friends who truly get along well, are involved in every aspect of each other's lives, and love meeting in the fashion closet at Scarlet magazine to dish about their day so far.The Bold Typetells an important story about female millennial friendship that is a lot better and deeper than onYounger.

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Sure, Kelsey Peters (Hilary Duff) and Liza are close andconsider each other family by Season 6, but the fact that Liza spends so much time keeping the secret of her real age from Kelsey does dampen their bond a bit. It's nice that Jane, Sutton, and Kat tell each other everything.

On the other hand,Youngeris a better show because it has a solid, awesome love triangle. Liza is torn between Josh (Nico Tortorella), a twentysomething tattoo artist who is basically the definition of a hipster, and Charles Brooks (Peter Hermann), her boss at Empirical Publishing. It's truly tough for fans to decide who she should be with, and they both seem to understand her in different ways.

WhileThe Bold Typeis a fun show to watch, it doesn't have the same kind of love triangle that pulls viewers in.

The Bold Typeis a superior show because the characters have very different types of relationships.

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OnYounger, the characters are mostly looking for commitment, especially Liza and Kelsey, and besides the question of whether Liza will date Josh or Charles, it's not the most interesting part of the show. But on The Bold Type,Sutton is engaged to Richard, Jane went through a tough time in her relationship with Ryan (Dan Jeannotte), and last season Kat was trying to get over Adena (Nikohl Boosheri) and curious about a romance with her campaign manager, Tia (Alexis Floyd). Kat is open-minded and wonders whether she should commit or be more casual, and this romantic drama really moves the story along.

The characters onThe Bold Typeare young, and they definitely act like they're always going to stay that way.Youngerdoes a much better job of examining what it's like to age.

Liza manages to hold onto her youth by lying about how old she is in order to snag her job in publishing, and while she learns how to be a millennial, dates Josh, and hangs out with Kelsey and Lauren, she seems to be doing a great job. But when shespends time with Maggie, who's her age, or starts dating Charles later on in the show, she deals with more important things like taking care of her college-aged daughter or wondering how to move forward.

The Bold Typestrikes the perfect balance between being totally serious and being silly.

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When Jane is wondering if she has theBRCA gene and Sutton is coming to terms with her alcoholic mother who she left behind back home, the show isn't afraid of depicting the characters' struggles. The rest of the time, the three girls are having fun, laughing together and going out for drinks. It works well because the two parts of the show complement each other.Youngercan sometimes get bogged down by the weight of Liza's massive secret.

While both shows are set in New York City,The Bold Typebasically shows that some characters have fancy apartments (like Sutton's fianc Richard and editor-in-chief of Scarlet, Jacqueline) and others are struggling, like the three main characters. There isn't a lot of variety and the setting isn't super interesting.

Youngerdepicts different NYC lifestyles, and it's reallyfun to see. For a while, Kelsey lives with her best friend, Lauren Heller (Molly Bernard), and Lauren's parents because rents are so high and it seems easier. Liza lives with her close friend, Maggie (Debi Mazar), in Maggie's incredible Brooklyn artist's loft. Josh lives above his tattoo shop, and both Charles and marketing whiz Diana Trout (Miriam Shor) have fancy places.

Sutton and Richard get engaged in the fourth season ofThe Bold Type, which is super sweet to see.The Bold Typeis now focusing on millennials and marriage as Jane starts working on a story about this very topic.

When Kelsey got engaged to Thad (Dan Amboyer) onYounger, no one thought that they should tie the knot, and it was awkward to watch them together since Liza found out that he was cheating on her. Lauren wanted to plan a crazy OTT wedding but besides that, the question of how this age group plans the big day wasn't really a thing. That's something thatThe Bold Typeis exploring, and it's really exciting.

The Bold Typemight be fun, but it doesn't depict journalism in a realistic way. For example, when Patrick (Peter Vack) is hired as the new web editor in the third season, he keeps calling it "the dot com" which is all kinds of awkward. If Scarlet was really going to survive in this climate, wouldn't they already have an amazing web presence?

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Youngernever ignores the problems that book publishing is facing (namely, that companies don't have the funds that they used to). For this reason, the show is a lot better.

The Bold Typeisn't scared to talk about social issues, and that doesn't really happen onYounger. In the Season 2 episode "Betsy," Jane learns that Sutton has a gun, and they talk about their different opinions on the subject.

In the third season, Jane realizes that a famous photographer has been abusing models, and writes a story in order to uncover it. And Alex (Matt Ward), who works at the magazine, starts thinking more carefully about his actions when aNew Yorkershort story ends up being about him in a smart storyline that mirrors the Me Too movement.

Ultimately,Youngerseems to be a more well-crafted series because the characters are all interesting, no matter what age they are. Diana is hilarious, sophisticated, and always worried about what others think of her; Charles is much more awesome than his business attire would suggest; and Maggie is the best free spirit around. Even though the show might focus on the younger set, such as Kelsey and Liza, the characters who aren't millennials are never left out of the story.

OnThe Bold Type, however, the best characters are the three main millennials, and even by Season 4, that hasn't changed.

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Aya Tsintziras writes about travel and pop culture. She loves coffee, barre classes, avocado, and watching TV. She lives in Toronto with her husband.

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Black America watched Deontay Wilder lose and it hurt – The Undefeated

As soon as Deontay Wilders corner threw in the towel in the seventh round of his heavyweight championship fight with Tyson Fury, the jokes started flying about how his loss was the final blow to what has been a devastating Black History Month, full of embarrassments, trauma and predominantly white award shows.

The fact, of course, is that a black man got beaten fair and square by a white man in front of millions. But theres truth to every joke, and the Wilder/Fury fight was another example of how we impose racial politics onto sports, fairly or not. There was real angst in black America over Wilders loss and a lot of that consternation came from the ways we grapple with race in this country.

Any time black athletes are pitted against white athletes, it elicits black pride and, sometimes, white antagonism. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird galvanized the country as the big-city Showtime black star clashed with the white Hick from French Lick, Indiana. The choices between black quarterbacks and their white counterparts have been well documented to be stand-ins for debates about race in America.

Tyson Fury celebrates after defeating Deontay Wilder in the seventh round during their WBC heavyweight championship boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Feb. 22.

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Boxing, though, is a raw, visceral beast. Boxing is one person proving physical superiority over an opponent, one-on-one, stripped of outside interference or teammates. The two competitors square off and fight. When black fighters and white fighters meet in the center of the ring, American history converges on each blow.

On the Fourth of July in 1910, black boxing phenom Jack Johnson defeated retired and formerly undefeated ex-champion James J. Jeffries in what was called the Fight of the Century. Jeffries said, I am going into this fight for the sole purpose of proving that a white man is better than a Negro. When Johnson won, riots erupted across America. Outraged white fans terrorized black folks out of disgust that boxing had contributed to discrediting their ideas of racial supremacy.

James Jeffries (left) attempted unsuccessfully to come out of retirement and beat Jack Johnson (right) in 1910. In contrast to Joe Louis universal popularity today, Johnsons reign was resented by white fight fans who yearned for a white hope to depose him.


When Joe Louis fought Nazi Germanys champion Max Schmeling twice in the 30s, it became a referendum of the ideas of a master race and what makes someone American. Louis loss in the first fight was a tragedy for black America. Langston Hughes wrote about it in his autobiography: I walked down Seventh Avenue and saw grown men weeping like children, and women sitting in the curbs with their head in their hands. When Louis won the second fight, it was a watershed moment for black America, a reminder that black people, when given the same tools on the same stage as whites, would be more than equal.

Some of Americas most celebrated sports movies revolve around the racial politics of boxing: The Great White Hope, loosely based on Jack Johnsons life, was a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play as well as a critically acclaimed movie in 1970. The first three Rocky movies, pitting the white everyman against cocky black champions, are American classics. America is fascinated by these battles between races.

Which brings us to this past weekend. We saw it all play out again when Fury bested Wilder. The sadness and frustration were palpable. As much as we argue that we as black folks dont need to prove our excellence to white people, we hung on every second of the fight as a source of black pride. We didnt cry in the streets or give the fight as much weight as, say, a Joe Louis loss. But we still cared.

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Part of it is the fact we as black people are so used to overcoming inequalities and systemic obstacles to reach success. We have to fight unequal access to education to make it to the same colleges as white people. We have to fight through hiring injustices to be in the same offices as our white coworkers. We have to battle housing discrimination to have houses that are as nice as white counterparts. We have to overcome voter suppression to get people who look like us in elected positions. And so on. In 2020, these inequalities are as magnified as ever.

Boxing, though, is supposed to be a fair and equal playing field, a space stripped of privilege and supremacy. Nothing matters but who is better. Fury was the better man that night, and there arent really any excuses. Watching a black man lose under those circumstances is frustrating.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are just two men who competed in a test of skill and power to determine who was the better man on one given night. But the history of race, especially in boxing, wont allow them to have a meaningless battle. Its not Furys or Wilders fault, nor is it the fault of black fans. We should be allowed to react as emotionally or as passionately as we feel. Because when that final bell rings, we know we have to face a reality that is inescapable and far more painful than the downfall of our rooting sports interests.

David Dennis Jr. is a writer and adjunct professor of Journalism at Morehouse College. Davids writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Smoking Section, Uproxx, Playboy, The Atlantic, and wherever people argue about things on the Internet.

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Meet Juice, the man who makes the Cardinals look good. Literally. – Peoria Journal Star

JUPITER, Fla. He's cut more St. Louis Cardinals than a general manager. His name is Hugo Tandron, but no one knows that. He goes by Juice. He's renowned around Major League Baseball, and he's a Cardinals spring training staple. Once a week, he's here at camp, cutting the hair of your favorite players.

The coolest hair on the team? "Dex, man," Juice said of Dexter Fowler. "Also, I used to have a lot of fun cutting Marcell Ozuna. Yadi he always has different styles. Waino switches up his style all the time. He was like, 'Don't give me the boring white guy haircut.' So I spice it up a lot. Waino's awesome. We all have a really good relationship."

Juice has been coming to Cardinals camp since the days of Edgar Renteria and Fernando Tatis. Juice even flew out to Busch Stadium for the 2012 National League Division Series to cut the hair of Jon Jay of the Cards and Edwin Jackson, a former Card pitching for Washington.

"I've been doing spring training for the Cardinals, Marlins and Nationals for a long time now," said Juice, 49, who is based in Miami. "I usually make the drive over Sunday night, I'll stay over and then at 5:30 I'll start setting up. And the guys start coming in. I'll be there until the last guy needs a haircut.

"Last week, I cut Dexter, Jordan Hicks, Waino and his son. I cut Waino's son's hair he said it was his son's first real haircut. It's awesome. When guys have that much faith in me to cut their kids' hair? It makes me feel good. They trust me, you know what I'm saying?"

Juice is around the Marlins during the season even has his own setup in their stadium. Over the years, he's cut the hair of legends such as Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson and Vida Blue, and current stars such as Giancarlo Stanton and Marcus Stroman. Juice was close with a fellow Miami Cuban, the late Jose Fernandez, a former Marlins All-Star who tragically died in 2016.

Juice grew up in a rough part of Miami called Carol City. His mom was a beautician, so "I was always intrigued by (cutting hair). She'd always have clippers laying around. I wanted to get all the new, latest styles, but that was the street stuff, and she'd say, 'You're not going to get a hoodlum haircut!' She wanted me to have the nice, Cuban kid hair with the little curls, and I just wasn't having it.

"So I started messing around and giving myself my own haircuts. It went a little too short sometimes. She'd be at home: 'Who cut your hair?' 'I did it myself.' And she'd say, 'There's no way you did it yourself.' I guess I had a gift or something. I was about 14, 15.

"I started cutting my little brother's hair and kids in the neighborhood. All of a sudden I'd have a line outside my house. Guys used to tell me: 'What do you want?' And I'd say, 'A pack of cigarettes or quart of beer.'

"I went through a lot of (stuff) when I was a young kid, man. I was kind of hard-headed, a little knucklehead. Got in trouble for it, paid the price. .... One night, we were at a local club. We were under-aged, and we were hanging out in the parking lot. We got into an altercation in the parking lot with some dudes. A gun got pulled out a gun to my face. He wanted to pull the trigger, and by the grace of God, it jammed. So I'm here today. I'm here today."

So, how did Juice get involved with MLB stars? In the 1990s, he owned a home in Carol City where he'd cut hair. He was friends with some local rappers, who were in contact with MLB star Gary Sheffield, who's from the area.

"Gary said, 'Where's his shop?' And they said, 'In the laundry room of his house.' 'What the (bleep)?' And he came to my house. Sheff was my first. And he brought in other guys. Little by little. I met Livan Hernandez, Devon White. By 1997, I was cutting the majority of the team at my house."

The 1997 Marlins were the best-groomed team in baseball and also the best team in baseball World Series champs, thanks to a game-winning, Game 7 hit by future Cardinal Renteria.

Juice doesn't have a set price for MLB players. It's just kind of understood that they take care of him after the cut. When Juice began cutting hair officially, he charged $4. Now, at his shop in Miami called Headz Up, he charges $50.

Juice has a shaved head and a fantastically thick beard. He sports dozens of tattoos, some in homage to Carol City. His two tattoos that stand out the most are the small hair clippers near his left eye ... and the tattoo over his left eye. He literally shaved his eye brow and instead has the horizontal word: Blessed.

"Just to remind myself every day that I'm blessed, man," Juice said.

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The ghost of legendary SF columnist Herb Caen has arrived from Alabama – San Francisco Chronicle

Its easier to love San Francisco some weeks more than others and weve had a string of bad weeks.

Like always, everything is too expensive. Like always, the homeless crisis just seems to get worse. Now we have that extra added layer of political corruption at City Hall in which our leaders allegedly traded their integrity for such small potatoes as free tractors and car repairs.

So thank goodness for a visit from Herb Caen. No, the legendary Chronicle columnist who died in 1997 did not come down from the heavens. He came from Alabama.

Loyal readers may remember a 2018 column about Gordon Harvey, a 52-year-old history professor at Alabamas Jacksonville State University. He first visited San Francisco in 2011 to run a marathon and has fallen so hard-core in love with our city that he shares daily quotes from Caen under the Twitter handle @HerbCaenDaily.

Like this romantic one: A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams. Or this lighthearted one: For our Dodger friends: Spring training! One of the nicest two-word phrases in the language along with check enclosed, open bar and class dismissed.

Back then, I interviewed Harvey on the phone. But this time around, I met him in person. He was here last week to research a book hes writing about bike messengers. Its tentatively titled, Beasts of Burden: Labor, Technology and the Rich Culture of San Franciscos Bike Messengers.

But he wasnt here only for work. He revealed a souvenir from his trip, rolling up his sleeve to show off a brand new tattoo of Sutro Tower on his forearm, inked by Danny Boy Smith at Let It Bleed Tattoo on Polk Street. Harvey has loved the tower since he first saw it nine years ago, and he hasnt been able to shake it.

The first thing I saw coming into the city was this big, monstrous tower, and I had no idea what it was and why it was there, he recalled, likening his Sutro obsession to Richard Dreyfuss becoming consumed with a UFO in the sci-fi flick Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Its that thing that screams San Francisco, Harvey continued of our giant red-and-white tower on a hill.

He also has a Sutro Tower pin affixed to his backpack, and Sutro Tower emerging from the fog as his banner photo on Twitter.

Harvey has become of a bit of a San Francisco Twitter celebrity, so my Chronicle colleague Peter Hartlaub and I invited our #TotalSF friends to meet him over burgers and beers at Reds Java House on the waterfront. (I forgot until after we announced the meetup on Twitter that Harvey is vegan, and Reds was about the worst possible choice. But he was delighted to be in his favorite city and was in a very forgiving mood.)

We sat on the back patio in glorious weather, taking in views of glass office towers sparkling in the sun, the Bay Bridge sweeping overhead and boats sailing by on the bay. Harveys fans brought him gifts including a bag of San Francisco books from City Lights Bookstore. One longtime Chronicle reader showed him a prized possession: a signed letter from Caen thanking her for a submission to his column.

Join Chronicle columnist Heather Knight and pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub for our fourth #TotalSF movie night. This time, well watch Steve McQueen race through the mean streets of San Francisco in the 1968 film Bullitt. Bagpiper Lynne Miller will perform, Norton the human-sized Its-It will appear, and local beer will be on sale. 7 p.m. Thursday at the Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St. Tickets available at

Harvey was in his element. Exactly where he wanted to be.

I cant explain it its that thing Ive fallen in love with, he said of his beloved San Francisco. Its like the ideal place for me. Its so free-wheeling and so open. You can be anything you want to be and its not not normal.

Harvey is anything but normal in rural Alabama. Not only is he a vegan interested in bike messengers, but hes a hardcore liberal who hopes Elizabeth Warren will be our next president in a town full of conservatives who adore President Trump. Hes an avid bicyclist, public transit fan and runner in a car-centric town that doesnt have bike lanes, buses or sidewalks.

Where I live, Starbucks is exotic, he said.

So where does he get his coffee at home?

Other than Folgers? he quipped.

He doesnt fit in in Jacksonville, so hes kept his abiding love for our weird left coast city mostly secret.

In my community, I try not to expose myself too much, he said. He can speak freely to me because hes pretty sure hes the only person in Jacksonville, Ala., who reads The San Francisco Chronicle.

In fact, he didnt even tell his wife about his Twitter identity until last week.

She was like, What? Whos Herb Caen? he said with a laugh.

Why, I asked him, does he have so much love for a city with such glaring problems? He said our issues seem uniquely San Francisco to us, but theyre not. Poverty and homelessness exist everywhere. Politicians everywhere are corrupt. But not everywhere is as beautiful or complex or historically fascinating as San Francisco.

I know I look at the city through really, really rose-colored glasses, he said. But its like an onion that never runs out of layers. The more you peel and think you get it, you dont.

Theres no one sentence that explains San Francisco, he continued. You can explain L.A., you can explain New York, you can explain Chicago. Dont even try with San Francisco, and I think thats why I like it.

While in San Francisco, he visited the Haight to eat vegan pizza and peruse the Booksmith. He took such a bumpy ride on the 49-Van Ness, he felt like he got a free shiatsu massage. He got a library card in Giants orange and black. He ran through Golden Gate Park. He toured City Hall, The Chronicle and the Walt Disney Museum. And like a true San Franciscan, he attended a public forum on the shooting of a man in the Haight by an FBI agent.

Now back home in Alabama, Harvey told me via text hes going through major withdrawals. Hell never be able to afford to move here, he said, but hes hoping to score another research grant to fund another trip.

He cant wait to come back to a city some residents cant wait to leave.

No citys perfect, Harvey said. But your perspective determines the way you treat it. If you love it, youre going to treat it differently than if you loathe it. And if you loathe it, why are you here?

I think youre fortunate to be here, he said. This citys got everything.

Thanks, Professor. I needed that reminder.

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Heather Knight appears Sundays and Tuesdays. Email: Twitter: @hknightsf

Heather Knight is a columnist working out of City Hall and covering everything from politics to homelessness to family flight and the quirks of living in one of the most fascinating cities in the world. She believes in holding politicians accountable for their decisions or, often, lack thereof and telling the stories of real people and their struggles.





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Welcome to the camouflaged world of paramedical tattoos – The Union Leader

HECKER, Ill. The first fingernail tattoo started off as a joke by a man who lost the tips of two fingers in a construction accident in 2018.

But that shifted after Eric Catalano, an auto finance manager turned tattoo artist, finished with his needle.

The mood changed in here, Catalano recalled as he stood in his Eternal Ink Tattoo Studio. Everything turned from funny to wow.

When Catalano posted a photo of the inked fingernails online last January, he thought maybe 300 people would like the realistic tattoo. He had no idea the image would be viewed by millions of people around the world. Even Ripleys Believe It or Not! tracked him down to feature the viral tattoo: a pair of fingernails that looked so real no one could believe their eyes.

The viral photo pushed Catalano, 39, further into the world of paramedical tattooing.

Now people with life-altering scars come from as far as Ireland to visit Catalanos tattoo shop in this rural village about 30 miles outside St. Louis. They enter Eternal Ink looking for the healing touch they saw online. With flesh-toned ink and a needle, Catalano makes his clients feel whole again with an art form and industry that picks up where doctors leave off.

Catalano is known for his talent with intricate fingernails and filling in the blanks left empty by accidents or surgeries, but other paramedical tattoo artists also are trying out flesh-toned pigments to camouflage imperfections, scars and discolorations for all skin colors.

Using tattoos to blend in rather than stand out is a relatively new field. A school started outside Atlanta about four years ago has trained more than 100 aspiring paramedical tattoo artists.

Because the work is considered cosmetic, though, it typically isnt covered by medical insurance. Still, the mostly unregulated industry continues to grow even as health care professionals debate the safety of tattoo ink. Many people are willing to pay out-of-pocket for that final piece of healing.

Leslie Pollan, 32, a stay-at-home mom and dog breeder in Oxford, Miss., feels this service is priceless. She was bitten on the face by a puppy in 2014. She underwent countless surgeries to correct a scar on her lip.

I went to plastic surgeons that were supposed to be the best in Memphis, Pollan said. They gave me no hope, so I started looking for other options.

She ultimately traveled six hours for a paramedical tattoo session with Catalano. He used ink and his tattoo needle to camouflage Pollans lip scar, giving her back a piece of her confidence.

You dont understand until youve been through it, Pollan said. It really made me have a different outlook on life.

More than 500 miles from Catalanos shop, industry expert and paramedical tattoo trainer Feleshia Sams, 41, shows artists and health professionals how to cover stretch marks, surgery scars and discolored skin with flesh-toned pigment in the course she launched at the Academy of Advanced Cosmetics in Alpharetta, Ga.

While a tattoo license is required for such work, separate paramedical tattoo training is not.

Catalano is self-taught. He uses the techniques he picked up years ago while helping breast cancer survivors who wanted tattoos of areolas the dark area around nipples after having mastectomies. Those tattoos are among the most common paramedical requests.

His grandmother had breast cancer. Her battle with the disease is one reason Catalano is so dedicated to helping those with the diagnosis.

Cancer took away a part of my body I can never get back, said Sarah Penberthy, a breast cancer survivor who came from Festus, Mo., for areola tattoos. I felt like I wasnt even human.

Penberthy, 39, said she was grateful for her life but still felt incomplete until Catalano stepped in. He tattooed nipples and a creative design of a ships anchor on her chest that says I REFUSE TO SINK.

Catalano now does up to eight reconstructive tattoos each Wellness Wednesday, drawing in nail beds on finger amputees and mocking up belly buttons after tummy tucks.

Catalano doesnt charge for paramedical tattoos. A GoFundMe page established last year brought in more than $12,000, allowing Catalano to donate his skills for the time being.

Financially it doesnt make sense, but its just something that I love to do, Catalano said.

But the single father of three will need more to keep things going. He wants to find other ways to fund his work.

Elsewhere, the business of paramedical tattoos is supported by the booming interest in cosmetic and plastic surgery, Sams said. Americans spent more than $16.5 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2018. After tummy tucks, breast augmentations and other procedures, some patients want to cover their scars.

Its going to take off even more so than what weve seen in the past, said Sams. Were providing students with a nontraditional way to make a career.

She added that one of her graduates reports a six-figure salary after establishing a business of her own.

Catalanos first fingernail client, Mark Bertram, 46, lost the tips of two fingers at work when his hand became trapped in a fan belt.

Its life-changing but its not life-ending, Bertram said. Doing work is harder now. Everything is just a little different.

He cant tie his shoes with ease, type on a keyboard or hold food the same way anymore. But after two surgeries and occupational therapy, he decided to make light of his new condition by asking Catalano to create the fingernail tattoo. The idea made everyone in the studio laugh until they saw the final result.

Bertram has returned to the shop for a touch-up. The maintenance helps his nails keep their realistic look. The ink in fingernail tattoos, however, doesnt always absorb into the scar-tissued skin.

The two fingernail tattoos that Jos Alvarado, 44, of Pingree Grove, Ill., got from Catalano in November wore off within weeks.

Alvarado had become an amputee 16 years ago when he damaged two fingers on the job at a printing factory. He endured two surgeries after the accident and had decided to visit Catalanos tattoo studio from his home outside Chicago after seeing the artists work online. Although he was upset when the tattoos first wore off, he said, hed like to try them again because he liked how it looked.

Catalanos not sure why they work for some and not others.

Getting the same results for people with darker skin tones is also a challenge because the color of their nail beds doesnt match the color of their skin. And paramedical tattoos of any kind for people of color can be more difficult to execute, which is one reason Sams created a line of 30 skin-colored and undertone pigments for trained professionals that she sells online and at her school. Catalano tracks the ink he uses as he continues to figure things out along the way.

It may not be a one-size-all thing that fits everybody, he said.

Catalano still does regular tattoos out of the studio he established more than 10 years ago. His rate of $100 per hour for those tattoos has stayed the same while he donates his paramedical work every Wednesday.

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Tallulah Willis Shares Behind-the-Scenes Look at Tattoo Removal Process: It Really Does Work – Us Weekly

Tallulah Willis in a post-tattoo removal selfie. Courtesy of Tallulah Willis/Instagram

Not-so-permanent after all! Tallulah Belle Willis, 26, said goodbye to another one of her 20+ tattoos with the help of Laser Aways removal service.

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TATTOOS R FUN UNTIL THEYRE NOT ~~~ thankful that magic erasers for skeen exist @laseraway, the actress captioned a selfie, wearing a large bandage on her left arm.

But the laser removal process involves time, patience and high pain tolerance. The daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis continued, Disclaimer my arms are burning as deep as my ego, but it really does work.

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When asked by a fan why she was getting the tattoo removed, the actress said that she was 20 and impulsive and didnt understand the word permanent at that age.

The L.A. native has yet to reveal which tattoo she got rid of, but in an interview withW Magazinein March 2016, Willis said that she regretted getting one out of 28 of her designs. Just three months later, she got a cactus design removed from her hip.

Willis captioned an Instagram video documenting the removal process four years ago, Thanks@drtattoff~ youre like Mr. Clean magic eraser for skin .

Tallulahs sister Rumer Willis may have been inspired by her kin because she visited Laser Away to remove all of her tattoos a year later in 2017. She posted several photos to the gram to share her positive laser removal experience with her followers.

Thankful for@laserawayhelping me make my tattoos disappear, Rumer captioned an Instagram post in November 2017.

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Rumer seconds Tallulahs comment that the experience is painful. Its awful, its awful, she told reporters at the amfAR Gala in 2018. Im very lucky that a lot of my big ones were super light but when people said that it hurt, I just had no idea.

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The best reactions to Jayson Tatums tattoo typo – ClutchPoints

Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum hasnt done much wrong this season.

The talented small forward made his first All-Star team and is starting to turn into a superstar scorer for the Celtics right in front of our eyes.

Before being drafted by the Celtics, Tatum played one season at Duke, one of the best educational schools in the country. However, it appears Tatum wasnt paying attention in English class, as he recently got a tattoo on his back which reads, Gods will.

The phrase is missing the apostrophe after d and the fine folks of Twitter as they usually do werent afraid to point out the Celtics stars mistake:

You have to be able to laugh at yourself from time to time. Tatum should probably get this mistake fixed ASAP.

Tatum has appeared in 52 games for the Celtics this season. Hes averaging 22.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 44.5 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 82.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The Celtics are 39-17 on the season. They are in third place in the Eastern Conference standings. Boston is coming off a tough road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics are back in action on Tuesday when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers, who are still playing without superstar point guard Damian Lillard.

The best reactions to Jayson Tatums tattoo typo - ClutchPoints

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