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Tattoo convention exposes skin and the art of ink – The Suffolk Journal04.02.17

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More than 5,000 people from all over the world flocked to Boston for the 17th annual Boston Tattoo Convention this past weekend at the Hynes Convention Center. The convention hosted an array of artistic talent and personalities as people showcased their dedication to their craft throughout the three-day event.

Tattoos are an art form, its not about a rebellion or some crazy lifestyle its just an art medium, sadi Natan Alexander, founder and producer of the Boston Tattoo Convention. I want people to just recognize and respect tattooing for what it is, a beautiful powerful form of personal art.

Loud rock music played from various tattoo stations energizing the venue and the people in it. Some people had tattoos and piercings all over their bodies, others had dyed hair that spiked up towards the ceiling, and many people had removed numerous articles of clothing exposing body parts that would not normally be shown in public. However, nobody looked twice, for it was a place for people to feel free in their own skin.

Rows of tattoo artists stations lined up at the summit where people either laid on tables, sat or stood on chairs to have their tattoos done on whatever part of their body that they wanted.

This is my first tattoo convention. I actually didnt even know an event like this existed, said Erica Carter, from Burlington, N.C., who went to get matching tattoos with her boyfriend. Its a fun environment and the fact that there are talented artists here from all over the world at this one major event is awesome..

Throughout the event, there were many performances such as a burlesque and sword swallowing shows that the audience ate up. People were cheering and whistling from across the venue. Other attractions included a tattoo of the day competition, the display and selling of taxidermy by Bonehouse Forty-Seven and the selling of cannabis-based products by Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition.

Other vendors at the convention included Eternal Ink, a company dedicated to selling tattoo ink. Sprawled out across their table was a rainbow of over 200 different ink colors and pigments. Box sets of ink were stacked upon one another and displayed as customers walked by eyeing the merchandise.

Selling ink to licensed artists allows me to meet a lot of amazing people and excellent artists, said Daniel Wallace. One of the cooler parts of my job is helping artists find colors that theyre looking for or being able to introduce them to colors they may not have been aware of and help them advance their craft.

The convention hosted 177 booths, including vendors, and over 200 artists worked tirelessly the entire three day weekend infusing pigments into the skin of other tattoo art enthusiasts.

It all started when I was a little kid, said Juan Acevedo, who worked at the front desk for tattoo company, Calaveras. When I saw my first tattoo it intrigued me.

Acevedo said that as he was growing up, his continual visualization of people with tattoos drove his passion further, and added that his body is a canvas for over 70 tattoos, which he plans to combine into one large tattoo over the next ten years.

I come here obviously to do tattoos, but just as important is to make connections, to get inspired, and learn for sure, said tattoo artist, Alex Citrone from Austin, Texas. All my stuff is pretty large scale, this is one tattoo, but it took 35 hours. I have probably 80 or so hours of work on me

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Stained Skin Tattoo Studio & Art Gallery | Columbus, OH …04.02.17


The Mighty Stained Skin is located at 1255 North High Street in Columbus, Ohio, a part of the Short North Arts District. Upon arrival at Stained Skin, youll find a relaxed atmosphere, receive exceptional customer service, and speak with incredible artists about your future tattoo. The studio is eye candy for anyone who appreciates art, with original fine art installations throughout the shop. The gallery at the Mighty Stained Skin has rotating shows every month which are open to the public. A wide array of guest artists have come through Stained Skin throughout the years. Some of these artists include: Timothy Hoyer, Joe Capobianco, Eric Merrill, Chris ODonnell, Casey Korclik, St. Marq, and Steve Haworth, upon others. We continue to have many incredible guest artists come through whenever possible. The artists at Stained Skin have also tattooed many nationally touring music groups including The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Good Charlotte, Papa Roach, Face to Face, Hot Water Music, Defeater, Beartooth, as well as comedian and actor Faison Love, just to name a few.

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We host regular art shows at Stained Skin. If you are an artist and would like to show your work here,call the shop and ask for Nicole Perez.

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Fairbanks Arts Association welcomes Joel Isaak as spring show juror – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner04.02.17

FAIRBANKS The Fairbanks Arts Association has announced Alaska artist Joel Isaak as the juror for the spring show, Convergence.

Isaak expresses himself mediums such as acrylic painting, ceramics, glass, wood and metal, and he often includes natural materials such as halibut, salmon and moose skin. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Alfred University. His cast bronze and salmon skin works are featured in the permanent collections of the Sheldon Jackson Museum, Ted Stevens International Airport and the Kenaitze Indian Tribe.

After a day of judging artwork for Convergence, Isaak will give a juror lecture at 7 p.m. Monday in the Blue Room on the third floor of the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts at Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way. The artwork selected for the exhibition will not be revealed until the First Friday opening reception on April 7 in the Bear Gallery. The exhibition will be on view April 7-29, and visitors will also have the chance to vote on next years theme. While in Fairbanks, Isaak will also be a guest lecturer for a class at the UAF Native Arts Center and a speaker at the Native Studies Conference on April 8-9.

A schedule of events for Convergence includes:

Art intake, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Bear Gallery. Interior Alaska artists are invited to submit for the show, which is open to drawings, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, printmaking, videos, jewelry, photography, mixed media and fiber arts.

Juror lecture with Isaak, 7 p.m. Monday, in the Blue Room in the Bear Gallery.

First Friday reception, 5-7 p.m., April 7, Bear Gallery. The show is open April 7-29.

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Solar-Powered ‘Electronic Skin’ Would Add a Sense of Touch to Artificial Limbs – Greentech Media03.31.17

IEEE Spectrum:Solar-Powered Graphene Skin Enables Prosthetics to Feel

Cochlear implants can restore hearing to individuals with some types of hearing loss. Retinal implants are now on the market to restore sight to the blind. But there are no commercially available prosthetics that restore a sense of touch to those who have lost a limb.

Several products are in development, including a haptic system created at Case Western Reserve University, which would enable upper-limb prosthetic users to, say, pluck a grape off a stem or pull a potato chip out of a bag. It sounds simple, but such tasks are virtually impossible without a sense of touch and pressure.

Now, a team at the University of Glasgow that previously developed a flexible “electronic skin” capable of making sensitive pressure measurements, has figured out how to power their skin with sunlight. That renewable energy could be used to power an array of sensors to add feeling to an artificial limb, the authors describe this month in Advanced Functional Materials.

Gizmodo:Elon Musks Cryptic Art Suggests Unicorn-Fart-Powered Teslas

Enigmatic entrepreneur Elon Musk has no shortage of hobbies. Sometimes, he makes cars. Other times, he likes to do a space thing or play Martian overlord. But now, the 45-year-old billionaire is turning his attention to the arts, as evidenced by a series of cryptic drawings he created using Teslas new sketchpad feature, which is accessible once users download the 8.1 software update for the cars touchscreen. More impressive than the art itself, however, is the fact that Musk is using it to hint at the next wave of Tesla technology: unicorn-fart-powered vehicles.

Sure, it sounds outlandish, but Musk has proven time and again that the uncomfortable is his comfort zone. After all, isnt it unbelievable enough that grown adults would feel compelled to use their car — which is typically used for driving — as a sketchpad? Blurring the lines between utility and complete uselessness is something Musk is clearly looking to explore, as evidenced by these creations, which he tweeted last night.

Forbes:VW Is About to Supercharge the Electric Car Market. So Why Is California Complaining?

State officials, including members of the California Air Resources Board, which negotiated the settlement along with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, want Volkswagen to direct funding to neighborhoods in poor communities like Fresno, Bakersfield, San Bernardino and East Los Angeles, where the air is dirtiest and EVs are practically nonexistent. Instead, critics say, VW’s plan favors wealthy cities and gives the giant carmaker a strategic advantage over smaller competitors.

In a blog post this week, CARB member Dean Florez, a former state senator and now public relations executive, accused VW of “trying to weasel out of its responsibility to make good for damaging the lungs of low-income residents who were forced to breathe unlawful exhausts spewing from their modified diesel engines.”

Mother Jones: The EPA Just Accidentally Told the Truth About Trump’s Climate Plan

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump visited the Environmental Protection Agency, where he signed an executive order dismantling key Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change. On Thursday morning, the EPA sent out a press release highlighting some wonderful praise that Trump’s order has received from groups such as the Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, and — of course — Republican politicians. But the top quote in the EPA’s email, attributed to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), had an unexpected message.

Bloomberg:Trump Closely Watching Troubled Nuclear Plants That Obama Funded

As Southern Co. opens a review of its troubled nuclear reactors following a bankruptcy filing by contractor Westinghouse Electric Co., the Trump administration has 8.3 billion reasons to be worried.

Southern is financing the reactors with $8.3 billion in federal loan guarantees approved under President Barack Obamas initiative to build the first new nuclear plants in the U.S. in 30 years. Now, following delays and cost overruns, financial troubles at Toshiba Corp. unit Westinghouse have put the taxpayers interest at risk, along with the fate of the projects.

The government “has issued a loan guarantee to one of the stakeholders involved, and for that and other important reasons, we are keenly interested in the bankruptcy proceedings and what they mean for taxpayers and the nation, said Lindsey Geisler, a U.S. Energy Department spokeswoman. We expect the parties to honor their commitments and reach an agreement that protects taxpayers.”

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Manual of Style: Showing Skin – The Chicago Maroon03.31.17


My name is Katherine. I major in economics and political science, and on campus Im involved with Student Government.

I find Im drawn to menswear more than womenswear these days. Its harder to make menswear interesting and fashionablewomen have more options, like prints and silhouettes, to work with. A gown shines with minimal styling because its a nice piece by itself. The woman becomes the canvasa beautiful one, perhapsbut there is less of her and more of the designer in what shes wearing. Dudes have more things to put togetherjacket, shirt, trousersand it becomes a more involved process in many ways. Social norms tend to dictate mens silhouettes, which have to be a lot more subtle. To stand out as a man, you have to think about clothes a little more carefully. Theres more self in the outfit. I appreciate women as whole works of art; with men, Im seeing their style.

Im always searching for a new look. Innovation is very much the spirit of fashion. Its not a matter of chasing trends for me, but exploring different identities and ideas. I mix and match aesthetics in my looks to play around withand subvertwhat they mean. For my first look, I paired a Helmut Lang shirt and fishnets with sneakers, which is an athleisure/streetwear staple on Instagram. The shirt itself has a stiff, almost formal aspect to it, but its also playful because of the sheer material and the delicate cuffs, like watercolor paper. The sneakers are a bit of a paradox as welltheyre the classic Air Max 97 silhouette but studded with Swarovski crystals. With the Swarovskis, you think excess, high fashion…but its a sneaker, its sportswear, which is much more utilitarian and lowbrow. Playing with what youre putting together is important to me, just as I like to pick individual garments with that element of playful mismatch. Its very much finding pleasure in both looks and pieces that contradict themselves, that take themselves less seriously.

Thats why the idea of a fashion uniform really bothers me. Its too serious, too self-assured. A uniform says, Im cool and self-confident enough to wear the same thing all the timethis is the look that people identify me with. Im attracted to fashion because it has the potential to be revolutionary, to probe at the establishment, and pick out the incongruities within the status quo. As for my own style, Im not sure if I can ever find some static, finished idea of who I amIm even less sure that I will ever be comfortable with being there.

This idea of resistance, of the power of playful defiance is why Im attracted to streetwear. A lot of streetwear is considered aesthetically ugly by tradition. Like this shirt with a DHL logo that Vetements sells for $300I mean, why the fuck would anyone buy this ugly-ass, bus-yellow DHL shirt for $300? Its really easier to just dismiss this kind of price point and marketing as hype. Late capitalism is the buzzword these days. But I think a lot of streetwear (although not necessarily Vetements) boils down to the craftsmanship, that theres something compelling and enticing about ugly silhouettes when crafted so beautifully. The make of a piece can be so compelling you simply have to incorporate into your wardrobe; the challenge then becomes how you style something ugly into a cohesive look. Its a puzzle, to be sureand how you solve captures something of your identity.

I guess this is a very much UChicago way of seriously loving fashion, you know, a bit theoretical, navel-gazing. For me, fashion calls to emotion, love, the sublime. Its not usually recognized as such because it has a very real commercial aspect. Its a commodity. Theres an attitude that reduces fashionwhich produces physical goodsto just clothes. Ive been dwelling on how to recognize the substance of fashion, while at the same time performing its fluidity and irrelevance.

Also, a shortcut to having good style is dating stylish people. When you break up, you can at least steal their aesthetic… and make off with a grail piece or two as well.KATHERINE


Ive been wearing makeup for at least10years now. Its something that evolves asyou learn new tricks and tipsIll look back a year later at what I used to do and have a What was I thinking? moment. Right now Im really into soft, matte skin with a bit of glow and very chiseled eyebrows.

I do my makeup before I pick out my outfit because that dictates both the style of clothing and the color storya daring look with a dramatic face, for example. My style leans more basic, which mirrors the clean lines on my face: A neutral, defined drape in the sweater helps underline the brows and Cupids bow. If I have the time in the morning, Ill do the full shebang: primer, foundation, concealer, powders. On a basic day Ill just do a quick brow, some concealer with a little bit of powder on it, and just a little bit of eyeliner.

I love skinI want to be a dermatologist. Making my skin look exactly the way I want it to look has always been my favorite part of makeup. That got me into makeup in the first place; my favorite kind of product is foundation. It literally changes the way that you see yourself. Good skin, by the way, is central to aging gracefully. The key is to look like yourself, as strange as it sounds: Taking care of your skin now will help noticeable hyperpigmentation and declines in elasticity in the future less drastic. Cosmetic options that intervene with skin aging also existIcould even see myself getting Botox one daybut youll save yourself a lot of trouble by taking good care of your skin while youre young.

In terms of practical tips, I like the concept of multi-step skin care. Its important to use exfoliants oftenI like glycolic acid, because it clears out clogged pores gently. Toners neutralize the skins pH after exfoliating and prepare it to absorb other products. I use pure hyaluronic acid for a serum: Its a natural humectant that pulls water out of the air into your skin, and particularly good for dry skin. If you think youre going to be outside for longer than just walking to class,you need sunscreen. Rub it into your face before your primer so it really sinks inobviously, you cant reapply it with makeup on. Dont bother wearing makeup to the beach! Keep your DNA the way it should be. We use UV light in the lab to create spontaneous mutation in bacteria, by the way. As soon as we put it under UV in the lab, I thought to myself: Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.

Bottom line, makeup is a fun thing to play with just like your clothes are a fun thing to play with. Try something new, wipe it away at the end of the day. Wipe it away before you leave the house if you dont like it. I did a warm green eye todaywhich was kind of weirdbut it looksgreat.ELLEN

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Chicagoan’s Art a Celebration of Blackness, Tribute to Lives Lost – Chicago Tonight | WTTW03.31.17

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Johnson says he aggressively manipulates each subject's skin color because pigment stands for an idea or preconceived notion about a particular type of human experience, he said. That experience is culminated and summed up in a word: black..

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Artists Embody Their Creative Visions In New Docu-Series ‘Under Her Skin’ – Konbini US03.30.17

How much of their own personality do artists put into their creations? Can art ever be detached from the one making it? Sister art curators Rmy and Kelsey Bennett are exploring these questions in their latest project, Under Her Skin.

Teaming up with the female-led new media platform The Front, Bennett sisters will produce a docu-series featuring a diverse selection of female artists creating “filmic representations of their creative visions.”

The first installment, titled “The Girl Who Loves Roses,” focuses on a 17-year-old illustrator Panteha Abareshi(@pantehart) from Tucson, Arizona.

Panteha Abareshi (Photo: Rmy and Kelsey Bennett / The Front)

In her own words, Abareshi “draws girls that would murder you in your sleep.” Pretty spot on, given the fact that Panteha’s female heroines don’t seem to be grossed out by bleeding noses, wrecked knuckles and cigarettes butted on their hands.

“Themes of chronic pain and mental illness are prevalent in her drawings and her energetic use of color is accompanied by a violence that feels anarchic and celebratory in its honesty.”

Abareshi focuses on self-portraiture, thus making her work unapologetically honest, raw and intimate. Explaining the choice to have this young artist kick off theUnder Her Skin documentary, Kelsey and Rmy Bennett explain:

“With our first film ‘The Girl Who Loves Roses’ and through Panteha Abareshis story we are hoping to reach out to young people suffering in silence (or without the proper support) from mental illness, anxiety, depression, and physical disabilities.

We want to encourage people to speak out and for them to know that someone is listening.”

The Bennetts were inspired to start their new projectafter the sad news of President Trump’s proposed budget plan that would eliminate federal arts and humanities funding. According to their press release, the sisters “feel an even greater sense of urgency to create films that speak to the importance of artistic endeavors as catalysts of change within our communities.”

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The Story of Haylo, Time Capsule Tattoos and My Big Mouth – CL Charlotte03.30.17

For the first time in my journalism career, I let the subject of a story I was writing get the best of me, and I have no regrets.

It must have been the calming, welcoming environment that the ladies at Haylo Healing Arts Lounge are so deliberate about or just the good vibes coming from Haylo’s owner Hayley Moran during our interview that made me blurt out the words before I could really think them through: “I kind of want to do this, too.”

The “this” I was referring to was Haylo’s Time Capsule Tattoo event, which had been a year in the making and was coming up just two days from when I sat with Moran on a couch in Haylo to chat about it. The idea behind Time Capsule Tattoos was that a client would fill out a brief questionnaire describing their feelings at the moment, then submit it to Haylo, where a tattoo artist wold design a tattoo based on those few words. Then, at a later date a year, a few months, or in my case, two days the client would come in and get the tattoo, only seeing it a few minutes before it becomes a permanent fixture on their skin.

Now here I was, suddenly placing myself into the middle of a story that I originally became interested in because I wasn’t sure why anyone would do such a thing.

Hayley perked up with surprise and excitement when I expressed interest in participating hell, I was surprised at myself, too and said she thought one of Haylo’s tattoo artists, Dani Blalock, might have some space open.

Hillary Heath, Haylo’s resident yogi, social media guru and basic jack-of-all-non-tattooing-trades, heard me talking from behind her desk and let out a squeal of excitement at the developing revelation that I was now turning this into a first-person, participatory story. I was digging myself deeper here; shit was getting real.

We wrapped up our talk and I took a look at a portfolio of Dani’s past work. It was then that I became convinced that I had made the right decision.

Blalock’s art is a beautiful blend of grace and style with hints of a subtle darkness. After flipping through the book (shouts out to the person who got a tattoo of the old Morton’s salt girl), I considered myself lucky to have fallen ass-backward into a situation in which an artist like Dani would be administering my first tattoo in just 48 hours.

The Time Capsule Tattoo seemed a perfect fit for the same reasons it could also be seen as a horrible decision. Throughout the span of my adulthood I’ve often pondered tattoos, coming up with ideas then shooting them down or finding some reason to not follow through. My indecisiveness was exacerbated by my need for control; not wanting to leave my potential skin art in someone else’s hands but also not having the artistic talent to create something for myself.

This was my chance to let go of all that anxiety on relatively short notice and trust an amazing artist to take my words and just do her thing. What could go wrong, besides being forced to wear a $200 mistake for the rest of my life?

“I keep foreseeing these unique opportunities to invite people to think a little differently,” Moran said of the Time Capsule idea. “I know by now my clientele really trusts me a lot; I could definitely get away with something like this and they might think it’s exciting and different because nobody’s doing that.

“At the same time, it’s kind of the process that happens when you come to me for a custom piece anyway we talk about stuff and the day of your tattoo that’s when you kind of see what I did for you,” she continued. “But [the Time Capsule event is] more in this kind of specific way that allows the people to be vulnerable and really trust their artist and trust this connection.”

I returned to the office and took a look at the Time Capsule questionnaire. Two of Hayley’s goals with this event were to freeze a moment in time that would have long-since passed by the time the client ever sees the design, while also highlighting the connection between Haylo’s clients and the artists in the shop. I, on the other hand, had two days until I’d be getting my tat and wouldn’t meet Dani until the day of, so with those previous points moot on my part, I looked for a way to make this experience personally significant.

I decided to offer my own take on the “Time Capsule” theme. The questionnaire asked what I wanted represented in the tattoo, and I said I wanted it to symbolize my passion for capturing moments in time through journalism sharing stories of people doing cool things or giving a platform to those who need their stories told.

The form also asked for three adjectives I would use to describe myself that I wanted expressed in the art; I wrote curious, investigative and anxious. I noted that I’d rather the tattoo use symbols than words (words are my game; I can come up with those on my own) and that I was thinking the chest or right ribcage for location. And that was that. I sent Hillary the form and hoped this then-stranger Dani could work her magic for me.

One thing is clear as soon as you walk into Haylo: it’s not your average tattoo parlor. Moran opened the lounge/tattoo studio/art gallery after leaving Fu’s Custom Tattoos in NoDa just over two years ago. The former yoga studio still carries that energy from its past life, as Moran and her all-female staff have made the lounge a sort of meditative space. They host metaphysical workshops called spirit sessions and hold art gallery events to celebrate each equinox and solstice.

To hear the staff speak about the art of tattooing is to realize it’s not just skin deep for them, but a spiritual experience, and the atmosphere in the shop lends itself to that.

“I really wanted it to be a comfortable environment, because it’s a little bit of a stressful situation, communicating such deep, oftentimes emotional concepts to a potential stranger,” Moran said. “I definitely wanted it all to be a little more serene. I had already been associated with the yoga community folks who are really interested in self discovery and this journey and even using their bodies for some of that so tattooing for me is like the yoga of body art.”

The yoga connection is not just part of the building’s past. Heath also teaches yoga in a separate but attached space next door.

“Yoga is about connecting with the greatness inside of you, and in that sense tattooing and yoga are very similar,” Heath said. “It’s just a different way of doing it, moving the body or getting something tattooed on you; how you breathe through it, how you really tap into yourself.”

You can’t write off what’s happening at Haylo as a bunch of modern-day hippy chicks on a heady trip. That much was clear on Friday, March 24, the day of the Time Capsule tattoo event. The connection the clients felt with Hayley and the other tattoo artists in the shop was clear to the point where I could feel the familial bonds in the room. Folks were beaming with pride and appreciation as artists revealed their designs.

Alli Plyler drove from her home in Columbia, S.C., to get tattooed by Hayley, whom she had met at a Warrior Goddess training event at Haylo last summer and turned in her Time Capsule questionnaire soon thereafter. On Friday, Hayley revealed her design for Alli, in which pink and green leaves scale her right shin, with the word “be” above the flourishing foliage.

Plyler said she had asked that the tattoo represent growth, feminine strength, beauty and love.

“I have other tattoos, but this one is extremely symbolic to me because it was taken based on things that I had created and/or let go of in 2016. Hayley got it, she got it spot on,” Plyler said. “I am just amazed. It’s something that I’m going to be able to look at forever and it’s going to be a constant source of inspiration.”

Jodi Winterton, who’s been under the needle of Hayley’s Scribe Inline Tattoo Machine for a total of more than 30 hours, was on board with Time Capsule since its inception. It was during one of her six-hour tattoo sessions on Winterton’s arm just over a year ago when Moran began telling her how she was brainstorming about an idea where she would design tattoos for clients based on some small amount of reference points then reveal them just before actually placing them.

“I was just like, ‘I’m in,'” Winterton recalled on Friday after receiving her star-based tattoo, meant to represent the light at the end of what had been a dark year for her. “Whenever Hayley comes up with an idea, I’m in.”

Moran has built such a loyal following because she cultivates relationships with each of her clients that go beyond a simple tattoo consultation or a session under the gun. It’s something she’s purposeful about, and was one of her main reasons for opening Haylo.

“I’ve always had more of an intrapersonal approach with my artwork, with the people, and I’ve really focused on creating something in recognition of this kind of soulful journey that they’re going on,” Moran said. “It’s not just, ‘Let me give you a snake and a dagger,’ or whatever, or just that mark of mischief and rebellion, it’s really that people want to commemorate their life story even. I was a little bit the odd woman out. I felt like it was really time to carve my own path and create this place that feels much more like my inner voice.

“[A tattoo parlor] is just an intimidating place to walk into and really kind of bare your soul to people who may or may not be interested. I think a lot of people find they can get a great tattoo but my artist maybe wasn’t all that connected with me, and having that whole package really comes together here.”

Speaking with some of Moran’s clients on Friday, it’s clear she’s been successful in carrying out her goal.

“I’ve had a number of tattoos. I’ve gotten them done here and there, and there’s very much a difference between a tattoo parlor and what she does here. Here it feels much more spiritual, you feel like she’s actually engaged with her art. She almost feels more passionate about it, you can tell, than you do, if that’s possible,” Winterton said, laughing. “I’ve been tattooed by people that are very stand off-ish quite frankly that are assholes and I’ve had some perfectly friendly people, but it’s just a different connection here.”

The communal vibes are infectious in the best way, and each of the ladies on Moran’s carefully selected staff share her focus on building relationships.

Blalock, who’s been tattooing for three and a half years one and a half of which at Haylo said her experience there has changed the way she looks at her art form. She recalled the first time she visited the studio, when she immediately felt at home.

“Faces you’ve never seen before are just familiar, you feel that you’ve known these people forever, and my gut reaction was that this is where I needed to be,” she said. “I can speak for all of us when I say that she has created an oasis for so many. Not only has tattooing become something totally other than work, but it has been transformed into something so much more than art for me.”

While visiting Haylo on Wednesday, and then showing up for the event on Friday, there were good vibes felt by all, but it was that Thursday in between when the nerves showed up.

The comfort and confidence I had felt while flipping through Dani’s portfolio seemed a distant memory. I tossed in my sheets that night, coming up with countless scenarios in which she might use some corny clich in her design, thinking back on ways I could have been more clear about my wishes in the one measly sentence in which I was allowed to express them.

To say I was a bit of an emotional wreck when I arrived at Haylo on Friday is an understatement; I was one step from a full-on anxiety attack. But I played it cool as I finally got the chance to meet Dani, and braced myself as she prepared to show me her design.

What if I didn’t like it? I couldn’t tell her that, could I? I had already promised CL’s social media following that we would live-stream the whole damn thing, I couldn’t back out now if I wanted to.

As soon as she lifted the paper and revealed her design, I could feel all of my worries flush from my body. I finally saw first hand all that talk I had heard during the week about the emotional connections between Haylo’s clients and tattoo artists. I felt the immediate need to hug Dani, and hug her tight.

She nailed it.

Dani had sketched a clock with roman numerals surrounding a watchful eye ready to record all that it sees. The hands of the clock were made of dip pens, with ink blotches and trees reminiscent of the forests of my New England childhood framing the edges. Lines of motion make for a foreboding sense of time passing quickly.

From there on out, the process was an easy one. People had been telling me for the last two days how bad a ribcage tattoo would hurt, and it certainly didn’t feel great, but with the help of some breathing techniques from Hillary and the pressure of knowing my pale, shirtless self was being streamed on Facebook Live (12,000 views as I’m writing this) I was able to pull through without any problems.

I laid awkwardly for about two and a half hours before Dani had to stop, as her next Time Capsule appointment was arriving at 3 p.m. So I booked my return for late April, the soonest my healing process would allow me to get back under the gun, and will at that time sit for another hour or so to finish my first tattoo.

Speaking with Dani a few days after the event, she said she was mentally and artistically taxed by the event, but that in the end she realized how perfectly it summed up the mission that Hayley has followed since the day she opened Haylo.

“It really did stretch me a bit since I typically like to have a very thorough explanation of what my clients are going for, obviously, so that they will be pleased with the design. You know, it’s only going to be on them forever. It was actually really amusing speaking to them and asking, ‘Are you nervous? Cool, me too,'” she said.

“It was so special to witness the trust that they placed on us with such a small description to go off of. People come to us wanting to convey so many things, whether it’s a passion, achievements, or even heartbreak. The art is really just the face of something that goes so much deeper and this project was the true expression of that.”

As for me, I couldn’t have been happier that I shot off my mouth and offered to join the parade of Time Capsule Tattooers without thinking it through, because what has thinking ever gotten me, anyway?

I’m already psyched to go see Dani again next month, mainly so we can start kicking around ideas for my next one.

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10 multitasking beauty products that work harder – Seattle Times03.29.17

These days, we expect everything to multitask, from our technology to our food. Here are beauty products that keep up.

Multitasking: Its not just an essential skill on your rsum. Its something we expect of everything in our lives, from our technology to our food. If your smoothie isnt supporting your gut flora, fighting wrinkles and preventing free-radical damage, why bother drinking it?

So, obviously, our beauty products need to keep pace. With that in mind, here are our favorite beauty overachievers.

By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Stick ($48 at This three-in-one stick includes a bronzer, illuminator and contour cream to highlight, add contours and create a radiant, sun-kissed effect.

Benefit Theyre Real! Double The Lip ($10 at Sephora). Whats better than a long-wear lipstick? One thats also a lip volumizer and a defining liner. Available in eight shades, the innovative applicator is a teardrop shape with a tip that acts as a lip liner. The result is lips that look more volumized in one step.

Essie Treat Love & Color ($10 at Available in three sheer pigments, this new nail treatment is perfect for those with dry, brittle nails. Camellia leaf and collagen give it strengthening power, while brightening pigments give your nails a healthy sheen.

Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Skin Perfector ($39 at Sephora). This primer blurs skin imperfections with light-diffusing particles. And its also infused with good-for-your-skin vitamins, peptides, a radiance-enhancing herbal extract and SPF 20.

Alterna Infinite Color Hold Vibrancy Serum ($34 at Ulta). This new hair serum does double duty as a color-protector and treatment. Apply it to damp hair to add hydration and radiance, or add it to your favorite conditioner to create a color-refreshing mask.

Tatcha The Essence ($95 at A trio of superfood ingredients green tea, rice and algae work to smooth, resurface and plump skin. It also preps your skin to make other treatments more effective.

Darphin Stimulskin Plus Serumask ($180 at This serum, delivered via a mask, is worth its hefty price for its anti-aging marine ingredients that smooth fine lines and invigorate skin, plus a proprietary push-up complex that lifts and firms.

Resurface by Shani Darden Retinol Reform($95 at The star of celebrity esthetician Shani Dardens skin-care line is this retinol product, a wrinkle-reducing, pore-diminishing, redness-fighting, texture-smoothing, toning and firming wonder.

Beautyblender The Original Beautyblender ($20 at Sephora). This little pink sponge is well known for creating a clear, even skin look. But you can also use it to create nail art, cover up gray roots and get rid of deodorant stains on your clothes.

Dickinsons Enhanced Witch Hazel Hydrating Toner ($6 at drugstores). This workhorse of a skin tonic clarifies and tones, and with aloe, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, it also hydrates, conditions and soothes skin as it refines pores and wipes away impurities.

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DIY Nail Art Just In Time For Passover – Forward03.29.17

This Passover, try something exciting and new with 10 plagues nail art! The result is bound to impress people at your Seder. Feel free to make your own adaptations to the designs, whether that means choosing different patterns to represent the plagues or using different colors than I did. The sky is the limit for this fun Passover-themed nail art.

White Black Red Blue Green Yellow Pink Grey (or mix white and black) Something matching your skin tone (Feel free to substitute these colors with ones you like or mix your own by adding white to a color to lighten it and black to darken it.)

Dotting tools or another way to create dots – I recommend buying a cheap set of dotting tools, but you can also use pens or pencils in various levels of being sharpened to create the desired effect. Nail polish remover and Q-tips or paper towels for mistakes, and to clean the surrounding skin afterwards

This plague can be done in one of two ways. You could opt to paint your whole nail red, or you can follow the following steps for a blood-drip pattern. Step 1: Paint your nail with the skin-colored polish. Step 2: Put a good amount of red polish on your dotting tool, so it will start to drip, and make several dots at different heights along your nail. Step 3: Drag the extra polish down from the dots to make the blood drops path. Step 4: Fill in the tip of your nail with red polish to create the place where the blood is coming from.

Step 1: Paint your nail with the background color. For this design, feel free to use whatever background color you want. I had light green polish for the frog, so I created a contrast with a dark blue background. Step 2: Paint a green semicircle and add two large dots above it. Step 3: Put a smaller white dot in the center of each of the large dots to make the eyes. Step 4: Add pupils by placing a small black dot in the middle of the white dots. Step 5: Make two small lines with a small dotting tool to make the nostrils.

Step 1: Paint your nail with the skin-colored polish. Step 2: Starting at the top of the nail, make two sweeping movements downwards to create locks of hair. I used yellow for the hair, but feel free to use whatever color you want. Step 3: Add small dots to represent the lice in the hair. I recommend using black if you chose a light color for the hair and white if you chose a dark color for the hair, to maximize the contrast. Step 4: Make two small horizontal lines at the bottom of your nail with black polish to make the impression of a neck. Feel free to add facial features if you want.

This step is the most individualized one, considering that theres no specific animal mentioned in this plague. When I do my plague nails, I choose an animal that I want to learn how to paint. Ive done a panda bear here, but feel free to adapt the frog instructions or look up an Internet tutorial to create the face of any animal you want.**** Step 1: Paint your nail white. Step 2: Using a dotting tool, make two black dots towards the top third of your nail, then create a line running around the border of your nail to connect the dots. Step 3: Create droopy diagonal eyes and a tiny triangular nose with the dotting tool.

Step 1: Paint your nail white. Step 2: Draw a pink semicircle starting at the tip of your nail. Step 3: Use the dotting tool to make two dots for the nose and two dots for the eyes. I prefer to make open eyes for an alive cow, but feel free to make Xs for eyes to signify the cows death. Step 4: Use the rest of the white space to make random black blotches, which will look print.

Step 1: Paint your nail with the skin-colored polish. This will make it look extra creepy, as if the boils are real. Step 2: Use dotting tools of different sizes, or different amounts of nail polish on the same dotting tool, to create irregular red dots. Step 3: Use a smaller dotting tool to put yellow dots in the middle of the red ones. I chose yellow because it resembles infection, but feel free to use white and make more pimply boils instead.

Step 1: Paint your nail blue. I prefer a deeper blue for a better contrast with the hail. Step 2: Place many small grey dots all over your nail to create falling hail. You can also use white here for more of a snowy effect. Step 3: Add a thin grey line to the tip of your nail to create a snow-covered ground.

Step 1: Paint your nail white. Step 2: Use a small dotting tool to create lines branching up from the tip of your nail. Make the lines connect like branches of a plant. Step 3: Add many small black dots to the plant to make locusts.

Step 1: The easiest one yetsimply paint your nail black.

Step 1: Paint your nail black. Step 2: Use a large dotting tool to make a big dot for the skull. I chose to add an elongated vertical part at the bottom here to help make step 3 easier. Step 3: Draw a thin line with white polish under the skull to make the jawbone. If you made the vertical part at the bottom of the skull in step 2, simply draw a black line in the middle of it to separate the jawbone from the rest of the skull. Step 4: Draw an X below the jawbone to give a skull-and-crossbones vibe. Step 5: Use a small black dotting tool to add two dots for eyes and a tiny triangular nose in the middle of the skull.

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