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Why an Alaskan’s love affair with Reno, perfumed streets and all, makes perfect sense – Anchorage Daily News05.06.21

It typically happens in February. The sun has been so distant that its way too little and way too late by the time it finally starts to fill the days. I find myself over Alaska in a profound way, and sorely missing one place in particular: the desert.

Im originally from Massachusetts. Shouldnt I be missing the gentle rolling forests, lakes and creeks? Shouldnt the Citgo sign be flashing in my minds eye like a sirens song, calling me home? Fenway?

My best friend from back east has been nagging at me for years to get a chickadee tattoo in honor of the Massachusetts state bird. She feels it would only be fair to balance out the Big Dipper that stars my foot and ankle and the outline of Nevada inked on my leg. (Shes lobbying for the bird on my bum.)

But Massachusetts has never felt like home to me the way Nevada and Alaska do. I find myself emotionally split between these two places.

How it happened: When I was still young at everything, from my career to myself to love, I flew from Alaska to a work conference near Lake Tahoe. There I met my now-husband a nice guy from Reno, I eventually deduced, in talking to him about his favorite wild places across the state whose name I should not pronounce as Ne-vahhh-duh, as my East Coast upbringing taught me.

Eventually he took me to some of those incredible landscapes in the high desert, and those experiences are what convinced me I could live there. As it turns out, the state is not as I once assumed all casinos, aliens and nuclear waste. In fact, some people call Nevada the poor mans Alaska.

I chafe at that, but its good shorthand for describing what makes the state so spectacular.

Yes, I used the word spectacular. About Nevada. I realize its reputation precedes it and its not exactly known for its splendor (which is unfair I will get to that in a minute).

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2016 file photo, pedestrians pass beneath the famous Reno arch as traffic passes on Virginia Street in downtown Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

My stepdaughter realized this the hard way around age 9. She went to see The Muppets, which has a scene where the Muppets go to Reno. My usually reserved, even shy, stepdaughter let out a delighted cheer seeing her hometown represented on the big screen, and then sank deep into her seat when she watched the characters realize they didnt like it there and needed to leave.

Reno is easy to make the butt of a joke. Much of its downtown is a weak impression of the Las Vegas Strip; a rink-a-dink version of a casino town dumping perfume on the sidewalks (seriously).

Why would you ever go visit such a godforsaken place? Never mind live there, like I did for a few short and now sorely missed years?

Oh, where to begin. Ill start with the perfumed sidewalks.

I know they smelled the way they did because I rode my bike through downtown multiple times a week on my way to work. Riding past the casinos in downtown Reno as part of an early workday routine made me feel like I was seeing something I shouldnt.

The 80s music combined with the perfume pumped on the sidewalk were left over from the night before then they had been part of the ambience, but someone forgot to tell them it was now hangover oclock. Tourists were still asleep within the hulking buildings, so the long sidewalks with bright desert sunlight were empty. All mine.

I cruised through in near-silence, laughing at Cyndi Lauper singing to just me.

Within minutes, I was riding along the bright blue Truckee River that threads downtown, fed by Lake Tahoe, which is a stones throw and uphill drive away. The trees lining the bike path shaded me. I passed a local coffee shop bustling with people, and then came the final stage, and my favorite of the ride a slow, steady incline with a wide shoulder that pulled me closer and closer to a view of the nearby mountains. High desert sage and plant life filled my nose with amazing smells that changed day to day.

This was only my commute. How I got to and from work.

In the evening, I could choose another spot to go run or hike. Maybe in the nearby Mount Rose Wilderness, accessible right from town. If Id been into mountain biking then, I could have hit the popular Peavine trail system.

On weekends, there were almost too many options. Nevada is 85% public lands.

The snow-covered foothills of the Sierra's eastern front are seen beyond the Reno skyline on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Nev. A weekend storm brought more than a foot of snow to the Lake Tahoe area ski resorts and melting runoff pushed the Truckee River in Reno to its highest level since December 2012. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

Sometimes we would go car camping by primitive hot springs with an expansive mountain view. Or wed backpack.

In the winter we skied or snowshoed in the mountains and then came back down to dry land in Reno, where any snow almost always melted away by midday.

I loved my sunny and sage-filled existence in the high desert. It contrasts perfectly to my experience of Alaska. Both places are complementary to one another, which means I cant ever fully have the best of both worlds in one place.

After this long winter in Alaska, I crave everything about the desert. If you, like me, thought Nevada, or Reno in particular, was the butt of a joke, think again. Alaskans might find a lot to love in my other favorite corner of the world.

Alli Harvey lives in Palmer and plays in Southcentral Alaska.

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Yelp Names Black-Owned Beauty Businesses To Watch in 2021 – HYPEBAE02.02.21

Expanding on its efforts to support Black-owned businesses, Yelp has compiled a list of Black-owned stores, restaurants and other establishments to watch in 2021. Included in its roundup is a list of Black-owned beauty businesses, spotlighting salons and spas that work with natural hair and darker skin-tones, which are often overlooked by stylists and estheticians.

Encompassing nails, hair, skin and tattoos, Yelps index spans cities across the United States. In New York City, Harlems Natural Hair Salon focuses on textured and natural hair styles while Monocle Tattoo in Los Angeles only uses vegan inks, soaps and aftercare products. Naked Bar Soap in Orlando, Florida, crafts handmade soaps and bath products and Vibe Nail Bar in Las Vegas, Nevada serves up coffee alongside manicures, facials and eyebrow shaping.

Take a look at Yelps list of Black-owned beauty businesses below, and head to the Yelp website for its full list of Black-owned businesses to watch in 2021.

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Nevada’s illegal sex industry is the nation’s largest and a hub for sex trafficking – The Sierra Nevada Ally01.26.21

A patchwork of municipalities in seven of Nevadas 17 counties are the only places in the nation where selling sex for money is legal. Nevada has a total of 19 brothels as of this writing. But the states legal brothels are tiny by contrast to a much larger illegal sex industry, by one estimate, the nations largest.

Brothels are not legal in Washoe and Clark counties, home to the states largest population centers, Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas respectively.

When she was 17, Bekah Charleston ran away from home in Texas. A trafficker sold her into servitude in a Nevada brothel.

Charleston said she was held in virtual captivity in a legal Nevada brothel, regularly raped, and forced, through violence and other abuse, to perform sex acts for money.

Theres this idea that somehow by legalizing it and kind of quarantining it within these brothels, that it makes it safe and healthy, Charleston said during a webinar in November 2020 sponsored by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE). Well, I was actually trafficked through the legal system. My trafficker would use the brothels as a form of punishment.

If you werent making enough money, if you were getting arrested too often, he would send you to the brothels. Because then he had other pimps watching over you, and he knew that youd be forced to get off your butt and make money because the brothels arent going to let you sit around and say no all the time.

Angela Delgado-Williams was trafficked from Texas to work for a Las Vegas escort bureau. Delgado-Williams said sex consumers usually dont know the difference between a legal and illegal business.

The irony is, theres so many similarities from the legal prostitution and the illegal pimp-and-ho subculture, or what theyve normalized in the City of Las Vegas, Delgado-Williams said during an online webinar in November 2020. Theres so many similarities to the legal, licensed, owned and operated escort services to the legal brothels.

So theyre making loopholes and allowing escort services to pay taxes and get licenses and buy a business license to sell women. And its understood, when the women go to get hired into these escort services that theyre going to go to a hotel room and service a sex buyer.

An interactive map of Nevadas active brothels:

Legal Brothels

Much of the justification for the legal sex industry in Nevada is that state and local laws protect sex workers. Brothel employees must register with local police and submit to weekly tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia, and once a month for HIV and syphilis. Condoms are mandatory for all sexual contact. Legal sex workers have emergency buttons that summon security if needed. Access to legal brothels is highly restricted.

Jennifer Barnes is a madam at the Mustang Ranch in Storey County and has worked in Nevadas legal sex industry for 27 years. Barnes says that because brothels are closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the state is forcing sex workers out of the legal setting and into an unregulated, illegal industry. Few dispute that the illegal sex trade is inherently dangerous.

For Barnes, the closure of legal brothels affords a glimpse of what a brothel ban would look like. She told the stories of women who worked at the Mustang Ranch but left Nevada to work as escorts in other states when the brothel closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

They make a ton of money. Theyre not going to go work at Walmart. Out on a date, she knew something wasnt right. She was able to call 911, Barnes said of a former Mustang Ranch worker now in Los Angeles. But this guy bit her face off. He bit her nose off all the way to the right of her face, bit her cheek on the right side and ripped it all the way to the left.

And then in Arizona, I have two other ladies that thought, Oh, well do the buddy system and well be safe.

Hell, no. They were raped. They were robbed. They were pistol whipped, tied with the cords. I mean were really doing a disservice to our ladies that choose to do this industry legally.

Barnes is angry that massage parlors and other high-contact businesses like tattoo parlors and hair salons are allowed to operate, and brothels remain closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Barnes said she has never encountered a trafficked person working in the legal setting. She said that every worker must submit to an FBI background check and scoffed at the notion of a trafficked person being hidden in a legal brothel.

Why dont they go to the massage parlors where they know women are being trafficked? I mean, that pisses me off, Barnes said with some exasperation. It makes me so angry, because the government is fixated on our legal industry, rather than going out and helping the women that are being trafficked, that are being abused, that are working in underground massage parlors.

What About the Police?

In an effort to stymie the sex trade doing business as massage parlors, on Feb. 26, 2020, the Reno City Council passed an ordinance that changed the business licensing requirements for massage parlors within city limits.

The terms massage parlor and massage therapist are not the same. Massage therapists are trained and licensed therapists who provide a service with no sexual component.

A massage parlor will likely not have a certified massage therapist. They may offer table showers and other potentially sexual services that lead to a happy-ending massage.

Renos new licensing requirements include a federal background check for massage parlor owners. Around-the-clock operations are prohibited. No tinted exterior windows are allowed, and no ATM machines can be on site.

The cities of Reno and Las Vegas grant licenses to escort and outcall services. Both cities have licensing stipulations that prohibit sexual commerce as part of companionship or massage services. Business owners must pass a background check.

Right now, companionship customers in Las Vegas or Reno can choose among body types, hair colors, bust sizes, and ethnicity. Many of the images are explicitly sexual in implication. Using sexually suggestive advertising to market escort services is prohibited in Las Vegas.

In a brief email response, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said they are not ignoring the problem and are working to enforce the law and thwart traffickers.

Prostitution is illegal in Clark County and the LVMPD VICE section investigates all prostitution and pandering related crimes, wrote an unidentified Metro spokesperson. These investigations include sex trafficking/ human trafficking. Vice detectives work 7 days a week in both investigative and enforcement capacities. LVMPD Vice operations occur within the tourist corridors and other problem areas throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Vice Detectives conduct various proactive operations to combat prostitution and the crime associated with it.

The Human Exploitation and Trafficking Team

In January 2020, the Reno Police Chief, Sparks Police Chief and the Washoe County Sheriff formed the Human Exploitation and Trafficking Team.

Sergeant Scott Smith supervises the team of four detectives, and according to Smith, they take a victim-centered approach. Their top priority is to find victims and, with the assistance of community service providers, help the them get out from under what amounts to modern-day slavery.

These guys that are trafficking these girls, theyre controlling every aspect of their life, Smith said by phone. Theyre very manipulative. Theyre controlling when they eat, when they sleep. And they have their quotas where they are sending these girls out to do these dates with these Johns. If they dont provide that quota, then theyre beating them and mistreating them and everything else. And we have to prove that.

To truly combat the problem, traffickers must not only be arrested but successfully prosecuted. Detectives gather evidence and then work with the Washoe County District Attorneys Office throughout the prosecution and on into sentencing.

The unit launched in January 2020. The pandemic slowed early activity, but since fully organizing, the team has arrested 66 individuals for sex trafficking, and with those arrests came over 200 felony charges.

During the same timeframe, the unit provided services for 55 victims. That includes temporary housing, food, clothing, vocational training, and job placement.

At the intersection of US 395 and I 80, Reno is a city on the sex-trafficking circuit of Las Vegas, Sacramento, and Los Angeles, Smith explained. With four detectives in the year-old group, the problem is ongoing.

Were a small unit trying to solve a big problem, Smith said.

All but unseen to the public, human trafficking is a reality in Nevada. Smith said community education and involvement is essential.

Weve gone out and talked to the principals and vice principals at the high schools. Were trying to get word out to our educators. Were teaching our law enforcement agencies. Were going out to the hospitals and talking with the nurses because they will run across victims themselves coming into the ER, Smith said.


Sergeant Smith said many trafficked people are runaways, though they come from both stable and unstable families. He emphasized that traffickers are highly manipulative and controlling.

Theyll give the juvenile that attention that theyre not getting somewhere else. And thats how they kind of lure them in. Ill buy you nice things. Ill take care of you, and then it kind of lures them in.

And once they have them on the hook, it turns into, Well, if you do this date for me, we just need some money, and it keeps kind of spiraling from there.

Lisa Thompson is director of the Research Institute of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Thompson said that the illegal sex trade focuses on those who are vulnerable immigrants, people in poverty, young people in the foster care system, and people with disabilities.

The people who are operating, maintaining, profiting off the sex industry are all too ready to take advantage of that vulnerability, she said.

The Foster Care System

Based on interviews with those who have been rescued from sexual slavery by advocates and law enforcement, the foster care system is a major pipeline that supplies vulnerable young people to the sex trade.

We think its incredibly important that we focus efforts on foster care reform, Thompson said. That would be a really important change.

They get exploited in the sex trade. Theyre victims. They age out of foster care. And they continue in the sex trade, and then you know, its like, Oh, youre just a sex worker. Thats the attitude that society has Its been a well known pipeline of foster care being a major supplier, a major conduit of those who make up folks in the sex trades.

Sugar Dating

Seeking Arrangement is a site that entices college-aged women to date for money. Thompson says so-called sugar dating is an ugly symptom of misplaced societal priorities.

More and more young people are, especially like young women in their early or their late teens, early 20s are getting caught up in the sex trade, particularly through these websites like Seeking Arrangement, which make it seem like this is a great way to make some money and pay for college.

But to me, this is a real indictment on our country, if were telling young girls, Were not going to invest in you. We dont believe in you. The way for you to just get through college is to prostitute yourself.

Is that really the best America can offer its young women is prostitute your way through college? This is the message thats become so normalized. And I think people would be really staggered if they talk to the young people in their lives who are in college and just ask them, How many friends do you have who are engaging in online prostitution, and I think they would be blown away by the answers that they get.

The Lawsuit

Do Nevadas legal brothels help create the context for the nations largest illegal sex industry?

Bekah Charleston and Angela Delgado-Williams were plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought against the State of Nevada, the Governor, and the Nevada Legislature. The Governor is named in his official capacity only.

The complaint, filed in March 2019 in the US District Court of Nevada, requested that the state declare the laws that legalize brothels be deemed null and void, along with the county codes that enable legal prostitution in Elko, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Storey, and White Pine counties.

The complaint claimed that the plaintiffs were directly impacted and harmed by virtue of the existence of the legal sex industry. Having a legal system creates a context for a much larger and totally unregulated sex industry that is rife with trafficked people.

Wherever prostitution has been legalized, the illegal prostitution industry has exploded, said Benjamin Bull, chief legal counsel for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. There are a variety of reasons why, and sociologists can explain why, but in Nevada, for example, prostitution is legal in a few relatively small counties.

As a result of that, prostitution is illegal everywhere else, but its de facto permitted everywhere. Again, with a wink and a nod, and they basically license escort services. And they require escorts to get some sort of physical examination or health examination once a year. But everybody knows that the crime of prostitution is not enforced. In Las Vegas, I mean, good grief. The motto of the city is What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?

The district court dismissed the case. The plaintiffs appealed. On Dec. 10, the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Charleston v. Nevada, affirming the district courts decision. Benjamin Bull said he doesnt see the ruling as a loss.

They could have said Dismissed with prejudice. Dont come back, Bull said. All they did was say, You sued the Legislature and you sued the State, and they have immunity. So you dont have standing to sue them.

Bull said he views the decision as the beginning of the beginning and contends that the context for Nevadas legal brothel system has changed.

This is not the 50s or 60s or 70s or 80s, Bull said. This is the era of the #MeToo movement. The era of Jeffrey Epstein. Its the era of Harvey Weinstein.

Melissa Holland serves as the founder and director of Awaken, based in Reno. Since 2010, according to Holland, Awaken has helped roughly 600 women get out of sexual slavery. Holland says having a legal sex trade sets a context that creates a massive illegal sex trade.

You have been born and raised in a state that has legitimized the commodification of, saying these women are allowed to be for sale for the use of sex. We get to look at women as that potential. As a result, our whole state has become a sex-tourism state.

Jennifer Barnes disagrees and says legal brothels are not responsible for the illegal sex trade in Nevada.

The legal and illegal industries dont go hand in hand, Barnes said. Its either youre going to protect the ladies and the clients that choose to do this industry in a safe, legal, regulated environment or not. And now, the ones that are choosing to do the legal side are being pushed to be on the illegal side [by being closed to prevent the transfer of the coronavirus]. So theyre making our legal ladies criminals.

Nevada lawmakers rejected an effort to ban brothels in the state during the 2019 Legislative Session. Senate Bill 413 died without a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The 2019 Legislature approved a concurrent resolution that directs the Legislative Commission to create an interim committee to study the working conditions at licensed brothels, but no meetings have occurred to date.

For Sergeant Smith and the detectives in his unit, some have kids the same age as many trafficked juveniles, so his team is motivated. Whether brothels remain legal or not, a big challenge moving forward is to prevent those who have been trafficked from returning.

Big picture as far as how to deal with the juveniles to get them the better resources, resources they need to get their independence back and kind of get them back on track so they can enjoy their childhood because no child should bethis isnt how they should remember their childhood years.

For Benjamin Bull and NCOSE, working to fight trafficking isnt a moral crusade but a human rights campaign. Another lawsuit challenging Nevadas system of legal brothels will be filed in 2021. This is the beginning of the beginning, said Bull.

We want to be a spokesman for the victims who dont have a voice. Those women who run away from a bad foster situation when they are 12 or 13, have nowhere to live. Theyre caught up in sex trafficking. Theyre controlled. Theyre used. Theyre commoditized. They have videos made of them that are uploaded to Pornhub that last forever, and they come out of it later. And most of them, frankly, have a very early death and theyre forgotten. Lets look at that and prevent it from happening.

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Through endurance, we conquer: Why Im going to miss an in-person CES this year – Digital Trends01.05.21

On more than one occasion as I have relaxed in my seat aboard an aircraft sat on the tarmac in McCarron Airport, Las Vegas, at the end of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of those unusual factoids we all have in our brains entered into my mind. The great explorer Sir Ernest Shackletons family motto was, Fortitudine Vincimus which means by, or through, endurance, we conquer.

From my second visit onward, I have treated the annual CES technology trade show as an endurance event, because the first time I went I had no idea what I was in for. There is nothing quite like CES, and until youve attended, its very difficult to understand what its really like. As we prepare for an online-only CES 2021, let me give you my insiders view of why, despite the toll the in-person event takes on your mind and body, Im really going to miss it this year.

Everything I talk about here will be about my own personal CES experience, but just because its like this for me, does not mean its how CES is for anyone else. Everyone does CES differently, which is often down to the reason theyre at the show in the first place, and how dedicated they are to enjoying everything Vegas has to offer outside the show. Apart from the exhaustion, that is. Everyone feels that.

My average CES day goes something like this. The time I wake up and prepare to leave the hotel is dictated by the time of my first appointment, which is usually around 9 a.m. Meetings, events, and product launches are the lifeblood of CES, as its where you see and try everything thats new and meet company representatives. Theyre spread over the city, and distance between locations is important to consider when organizing your diary. An hour to get from one location to another is not unusual, and thats when you know where youre going.

However, no one knows exactly where theyre going in Las Vegas, because every place you visit is designed to keep you spending money inside the shops or casinos, rather than finding one suite out of thousands in gigantic hotels. Navigation is just another of CESs challenges, and a reason why at least 20,000 steps are regularly achieved on the busiest days. Between appointments and events, you inevitably stumble across other interesting new things if youre in the convention center, adding to your list of things to write about. Writing these stories is done at any time, and anywhere. All journalists whove attended CES will have at some point written stories up while sat on a hallway floor.

Food is rarely a priority during the day, but most battle-hardened CES attendees will have a stash of energy bars and other snacks in their bag, which can be consumed on the way to the next appointment, or when finally seated at a press event. The arid Nevada air means when someone offers you water at CES, you take it regardless of your thirst, because dehydration is never far away. Neither are dry lips or sandpaper-like hands. After the show closes for the day there are usually parties or events to attend in the evening, friends to have food with, catch-up meetings with colleagues, and more work to be done before the night ends. Then you do it all again the next day.

Its a week of not having enough sleep, finding food when you can, staying hydrated, taking care of your skin, walking for miles, never being exactly sure youre going in the right direction, and working your socks off. Through endurance, CES attendees conquer.

Is it really possible to miss an event as punishing as CES? Yes, it really is. If you like tech and enjoy your tech-related job, the relentlessness of CES ends up not mattering because the people you meet are almost always great, and things you see, try, and write about are so exciting. Ive slept with a robot at CES, got a (temporary) tattoo, had my mind altered, found tech that helps blind people see, interacted with artificial humans, and tried all kinds of tech that was well ahead of its time, including in-display fingerprint sensors and smart glasses.

Without CES, its unlikely I would have tried all these products, and the virtual show this year will make it much harder for me to discover cutting-edge technology just like it. All the products I mentioned above really stood out because I could see, try, and fully understand them in person. It cant be helped this year, but Id be disappointed if the pandemic changed large scale events like CES forever for this reason.

CESs size and diversity means you never quite knew what youd find next. Even though the show runs for four days, I have never come close to exploring every hall or seeing every booth. The feeling of elation when you find a really cool new product, and had it explained by enthusiastic and knowledgeable people, is unmatched. I remember walking away from many meetings at CES meeting DnaNudge at CES 2020 springs to mind and being so hyped up I couldnt wait to write the story, or to tell my colleagues about it either. At CES, this can happen multiple times a day, every day. When you love your job like I do, to miss out on this is truly saddening.

CES, as I hope Ive made clear, is far from a carefree vacation in Vegas. But when you visit a place every year for (in my case) six years in a row, there will be more personal things you grow attached to, and Ill miss doing them this year. For example, every year I and some friends have a tradition of eating at Shake Shack at least once, and preferably drinking tea together at some point on the last night too. CES is an incredibly social event, and everyone bonds over the sheer insanity of it all.

Beyond the many friends and colleagues I see at CES, I will always make random connections too, in a way that can only happen at CES. In 2020 I shared a cab with someone I didnt know, who turned out to be on the cusp of starting a new job at the company I was actually on my way to see. Ive sat on the coaches that ferry people between hotels and been pitched products. Ive stood in taxi lines outside hotels and ended up exchanging contact details with the person behind me, becoming good friends afterward. Thats before bumping into people in the packed hallways who Ive not seen for a year, and making coffee appointments to meet people Ive only ever spoken to by email.

Then theres Vegas itself. I have a love-and-hate relationship with the city, always experiencing excitement and awe when I arrive, and then being glad to be on a plane leaving it a week or so after. But that initial rush of I cant quite believe this place exists is very addictive, and not having it right at the start of 2021 is sad. I also hate the thought of how the pandemic has affected Las Vegas and the many lovely people who work there that Ive met. Its always over-the-top, never quiet, frequently ridiculous, and often seedy, but Ive still never been anywhere like it.

Last year, if youd have asked me to write a love letter to CES, I dont think itd have come out anything like this. With the in-person show on pause, its much easier to look back at the things that make it not only special to me personally, but also how well it succeeds at bringing a giant, vibrant, and fast-moving industry together. If virtual CES 2021 captures any of this, itll have done its job well. However, Ill still be hopeful for a return to Vegas and a real CES next year, when no doubt Ill think about Shackleton, his motto, and his astonishing adventures again too.

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Disney Pixar’s Cars: 10 Tattoos That Will Rev Your Engine – Screen Rant12.23.20

Cars is a classic Pixar film that spawned sequels and spin-offs. Here are some stellar tattoos that showcase this Disney movie.

One favorite Disney film for car fanatics is none other than Cars, as fans became obsessed with a few of the characters like Lightning McQueen and Mater. It is wholesome content that the whole family enjoys, which is why so many have decided to obtain tattoos in memory of this movie. They feature a variety of characters and scenes that capture themovie's essence and remind fans why it was so exceptional in the first place.

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The tattoos that have been created feature a variety of designs and styles of artwork, so there is something for everyone to appreciate. A permanent piece of ink is not for everyone, but no one can argue against the fact that these are anything but amazing.

Guido might not have been a racecar, but he was quite useful as a forklift in Luigi's shop. This fan wanted to show their appreciation by adding a tattoo of this character on their arm, and his golden background was well deserved.Avant-Garde Ink created this piece and the way they utilized the person's skin tone for his eyes was a genius move.

This fan loves monster trucks and Lightning McQueen, so they decided to have this version of him inked on their body. He looks ready to rumble based on the expression on his face and the dirt being kicked up around him. Nick Baxter understood the importance of this version of McQueen and knew that it was part of the reason why it was one of Pixar's best movies from the 2000s.

Julio de la Torre is the mastermind behind this tattoo that features Mater and Las Vegas, Nevada. It might not have been the setting of the film, but this person wanted to combine one of their favorite places with an amazing character created by Pixar. The scarce use of red draws the eye and even works to push Mater to the forefront of the piece.

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