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10 The Lord Of The Rings Tattoos Only True Fans Will Understand – Screen Rant12.22.19

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PlayMonster Jumpstarts the #FacePaintRevolution at KIDZ BOP World Tour Concert in Los Angeles – Ashland Daily Press12.22.19

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Four artists redefining traditional henna body art – Dazed12.22.19

Mriga, Ayqa Khan, Huq That, and Pavan Dhanjal share their personal connections to mehndi and how theyre using it as a means of exciting creative expression

Growing up, mehndi (also known as henna) was something I often saw as traditional and quite alluring because of its intricate process and design. I thought of it as sacred and meaningful, a bond between my family members and I for special occasions. As I got older, I realised mehndi is something that could be used as a form of expression and break barriers between what is traditional and what is art.

Mehndi can be defined as a form of body art created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. It dates back to ancient India but can also be found in cultures of Africa and the Middle East. Its been said that Cleopatra used hennato adorn her body, the possibilities and origins are vast.

Usually, mehndi can be found on the palms and back of ones hands but doesnt limit to these parts of the body. It follows an intricate pattern yet not a strict one, often it is left up to the person performing the mehndi. Traditional mehndi designs include paisley, floral, geometric patterns and some use peacock motifs. Henna paste is usually applied using a plastic cone, paintbrush, or stick. When the mud begins to crack lemon juice is usually applied to make the henna appear darker when it dries.

The uses of mehndi vary from body art to more traditional uses like at weddings or Eid. Each culture uses henna in its own way, for example, at Hindu weddings its used as a spiritual awakening to symbolise joy and beauty.When I saw my friend Ayqa subverting traditional norms of mehndi and using it as her own outlet of creative expression, I was inspired by those like her in my generation communicating tradition in different ways.

Here, I talk to four different artists Mriga, co-founder of NorBlack NorWhite, Ayqa Khan, Huq That, and Pavan Dhanjal from New York to London to India about how theyre communicating mehndi in their art.

What do you think is the traditional significance of Henna? What role did it play in your life growing up?

Mriga:The most often celebrated henna moments happen during the Mehndi ceremony of Indian weddings. Its a time when the ladies gathered, sometimes with professional henna artists and sometimes simply family aunties who had a great hand. With a tonne of events that lead up to the main wedding day, the henna ceremony is when the bride is adorned in usually intricate, floral, flowy henna designs.

Some choose to design the feet and hands but some go all the way up from the feet, ankles and up the legs to the knees, while doing up the palms, full hands, and sometimes even up to the elbows. Its a cute gathering time with the ladies, lots of pre-wedding gossip and sometimes singing and an earthy scent of henna being dried up and rubbed off often soaked in lemon juice to keep the colour vibrant.

How do you incorporate henna in your creative work? How did you start experimenting with henna in a non-traditional sense? Did anything specific inspire this?

Mriga: Weve always appreciated the clean lines and form of hand and feet Alta designs used in classical Indian dance forms. The floral and intricate wedding henna designs have been popularised so much that henna tattoos are now a thing all around the world I guess we can thank Madonna for that one (or not). Although we respect the intricacies and steadiness of that style of handwork, we are drawn to the clean outline and central circle focal point.

We were inspired by a friend, Azra based out of Dubai who we saw using henna in the most beautiful, contemporary, fresh ways. We first attempted an ode to our favourite Alta design through a pin we designed in collaboration with PinTrill for ComplexConLA. We then wanted to see if we could translate our favourite classic design into a wearable long sleeve which led to the birth of this Alta shirt. Its a hand-painted design that eventually got translated into a screen print and then onto the shirt. We felt it would only be appropriate to shoot the shirts in collaboration with Azra herself along with an amazing photographer Gibz who directed and shot beautiful visuals in the Khawaneej date farms outside of Dubai. We wanted to develop images with this talented crew to share the story of henna being a cultural practice that goes beyond religion and borders and how we are all connected to it.

Since using henna in a non-traditional sense, have you received backlash?

Mriga: Not so far. We are celebrating the design and paying respect to it by sharing it in a design form that hopefully people appreciate. So far no backlash but there are always trolls waiting around the corner.

What do you love most about henna?

Mriga: Its really special to see how many ways Henna is used throughout cultures spanning from South East Asia to the Arab regions and in parts of Africa. Everyone has their own style, its been such a female-focused practice and has been around from time.

What do you think is the traditional significance of Henna? What role did it play in your life growing up?

Ayqa: From my understanding, the traditional significance of henna is ceremonial. Its a ritual that prepares one/a collective to embark into a new journey, a new life change. Marriage, Eid celebrations, baby showers, coming of age etc. I grew up in a beauty salon and when I was young, I looked up to these two sisters, Saba and Sana who were working with my mum at the time.

They started practising mehndi for customers and I asked them to teach me. I would go to the salon every day and they made templates for me to practice on. I would draw flowers with my own mini cone they would make for me over and over again on paper until they were perfect. I was able to do full bridal henna by the time I was 16. I found some vintage henna books pretty recently in the basement of the salon. Henna is everywhere I go. I consider it a guide.

How do you incorporate henna in your creative work?

Ayqa: Im interested in the future of henna in a variety of different ways physically, conceptually, futurity, etc. I made a device for the future called Henna 3000 in which the process of putting henna on is replaced by a machine and lasered onto the skin. It can be read in different ways but I was thinking about the rapid rate of globalisation and assimilation and where the rituals from our ancestors are going.

When I first started drawing and painting in my late teens, I was always drawing floral patterns that poured out of me. They brought much peace and it was very intuitive. Looking back, I realise it was from my earliest sight of these patterns henna. They hold a lot of power actually and Im finally admitting this to myself because it keeps coming back.

Different regions have their own designs and we all have the power to create our own symbols. Islamic architecture is a big part of the power of shapes, geometry and alignment. I started an alignment practice where I started having sessions with friends. We talk together and come up with symbols and imagery to help them feel aligned with something theyre looking towards. I tattoo myself very often. When Im feeling low, when Im feeling high, as a reminder of time and direction.

Im interested in the future of henna in a variety of different ways physically, conceptually, futurity, etc. I made a device for the future called Henna 3000 in which the process of putting henna on is replaced by a machine and lasered onto the skin Ayqa

How did you start experimenting with henna in a non-traditional sense? Did anything specific inspire this?

Ayqa: Because Ive been tattooing people of all ages for so many years, I can say what really pushed me to break free from traditional designs was children. They were always asking for things they wanted like spiders, rainbows, and unicorns. When I started to see this imagery with henna on skin, I began trying new things on myself and slowly other people. Also experimenting with different areas of the body. I love tattooing on the neck, chest, and face.

Since using henna in a non-traditional sense, have you received backlash?

Ayqa:Not really. My family and my mum are sometimes a bit shocked when they see ten butterflies on my arm, but then I encourage them to let me tattoo something from their imagination.

What do you think is the traditional significance of Henna? What role did it play in your life growing up?

Huq That:Henna has always been a part of rituals across many cultures, we always enjoyed it during festive celebrations like Eid or weddings. There is something very soothing and healing about the process.

How do you incorporate henna in your creative work?

Huq That: My creative work is deeply personal and reflective of the journey of how I identify, henna feels like a natural part of that.

How did you start experimenting with henna in a non-traditional sense? Did anything specific inspire this?

Huq That: I have always appreciated henna as art my aim was to express this so others can also see it as an art form and recognise henna artists as artists. I wouldnt say Ive experimented in a non-traditional sense I see it as honouring its true nature, Its a plant which has been adapted and used across millennia in different ways. This is my adaptation to celebrate its magic.

Since using henna in a non-traditional sense, have you received backlash?

Huq That: The feedback has been really positive. It covers beautiful rituals spanning so many cultures and its story is that of connection. I wanted to create something that was accessibleforeveryone who appreciated the art of henna.

What do you think is the traditional significance of Henna? What role did it play in your life growing up?

Pavan: The traditional significance of henna for me is for auspicious occasions, anything worth celebrating would always result in having henna applied for an occasion. Its a form of make-up that has always been a must for weddings, and then festive occasions, and significant in bringing luck, and colour for those wearing it.

The background of henna played a big role in my life, not only because it was so important for weddings and auspicious occasions but also because of the background and the link to my cultural roots. It made me proud of my ethnicity and the beauty offering that was and still is a very big part of our beauty regime. My passion for henna gave me the motivation for business and shone light on how our wants are evolving.

How do you incorporate henna in your creative work?

Pavan: I love to add designs on anything and everything, its so in me now that I involve it in all creative work without even realising it.

The background of henna played a big role in my life.It made me proud of my ethnicity and the beauty offering that was and still is a very big part of our beauty regime Pavan

How did you start experimenting with henna in a non-traditional sense? Did anything specific inspire this?

Pavan: I started this from the very beginning of my career, I loved henna so much that I wanted it on everything and just thought there has to be more to this that I want to share with the World. I would start on candles, and cushions, and this lead on to so many commissions.

When I was asked to create a window display for Harrods, I knew my vision of showcasing henna in a non-traditional sense was catching on. This was on display for six weeks. I then was asked to do henna on a Formula 1 car for the British Grand Prix with Force India, and after this did a swimwear display with gold henna for Harvey Nichols and a display last year for Selfridges. This was all inspired by the love of henna and the want for sharing the capacity it has.

Since using henna in a non-traditional sense, have you received backlash?

Pavan: The only time I have had some backlash is when we did henna for Little Mixs Perrie Edwards and received a message asking us to stop doing henna for white people. We didnt respond but just kept going and she is now a regular client of ours, I feel proud and so happy when I see people not of Asian culture wearing henna. For me its appreciation, not appropriation.

My passion for henna and what it does is so strong, which is why we have opened our Henna Bars globally, to make the art accessible to everyone and in a way that is safe and appealing, and we are so grateful that the response has been so positive.

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Former tattoo artist who gave live brain tissue to science during surgery is ‘doing extremely well’ – Seattle Times12.22.19

A HOLE IN the brain is not something you bounce back from quickly.

Ask Gary Williams.

The Montesano man who donated a chunk of his gray matter to science in April is slowly beginning to feel like himself again with a few frustrating lapses. Ill start talking about something, then kind of lose track of it, he says. But I dont feel so tired all the time.

Williams has also been free of epileptic seizures since the operation at Harborview Medical Center. That was the goal when surgeons snipped out a marble-size piece of healthy brain tissue to get at, and remove, the diseased tissue below.

The diseased tissue was the target, the source of the haywire electrical signals that caused Williams body to convulse, and derailed his life. The healthy tissue was collateral damage. But Williams leveraged his personal ordeal for the greater good by allowing scientists atThe Allen Institute for Brain Science to whisk the still-living bits of healthy brain to the lab for detailed study.

Researchers were able to keep some of Williams tissue alive and crackling with neural impulses for nearly two weeks, while they probed the electrical properties of individual cells and extracted nuclei for genetic analysis. The Allen Institute is one of the only places in the world to study living human brain tissue thanks to people like Williams.

Since Williams operation, scientists have received brain samples from about 40 additional patients. Since Garys contribution, the program as a whole has increased in scope, says Allen Institute neuroscientist Ed Lein. These donations are truly remarkable and inspiring. They are helping us understand the human brain for the benefit of society and medicine.

The institute recently released its first set of data on brain cell connections, based on measurements of the way multiple neurons communicate in living human brain tissue. All of the data from the human tissue samples is freely available to researchers around the world.

Williams likes the idea that information from his brain is helping scientists understand the bodys most complex organ. But hes mostly focused on recovery.

Gary is actually doing extremely well, says Dr. Jeffrey Ojemann, the UW Medicine and Seattle Childrens neurosurgeon who did the operation. It can take a year for memory to fully recover, but the absence of seizures bodes well for Williams long-term health. Hes definitely on the right path.

The hand tremors that forced Williams to give up his job as a tattoo artist have diminished but not enough for him to pick up the needle again. Now that hes more active, he likes to visit the shop where he used to work. And hes looking forward to salmon fishing again, after several years when he wasnt able to bait a hook or hold a pole.

Im really bored, he admits. I dont know if Im going to be able to go back to work, but things are improving, so its possible.

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Tattoo shop in Cumberland Street, Woodbridge, approved to open – despite protests from 40 residents in the road | Latest Suffolk and Essex News – East…12.22.19

PUBLISHED: 16:30 21 December 2019

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New premises for a tattoo parlour in Woodbridge have been granted permission - despite 40 objections from nearby residents.

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People living close to the property in Cumberland Street wrote to East Suffolk Council saying the new use was "not in keeping with a residential area" and would mean extra traffic. possible illegal parking close to a school and nursery, and were worried about noise.

Gordon and Lia Shepherd, who have run a tattooing and piercing shop in Gobbitts Yard, said they could understand "that a tattoo parlour can't be everyone's cup of tea and that's absolutely fine".

In a letter to the council, they said there would be no noise from the tattooing equipment - they use the extra quiet Cheyenne tattoo equipment - and most of their clientele were middle aged and older and there would be no loud music, only a TV on to entertain customers having procedures done.

There would not be a large amount of people coming and going.

They said: "Tattooing is long process. I understand the residents are worried about increased footfall and illegal parking or fast driving by. We normally only have one to three (top) clients a day depending on design size etc - most of the days we will have one client sitting all day."

The council said there was enough parking nearby, and national planning policy aimed to create "healthy and inclusive communities" through the promotion of social interaction, including promoting opportunities for meetings between people who might not otherwise come into contact with each other.

The premises' opening hours would be restricted to 8am to 7pm Monday to Saturday.

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Goodyear police looking for man accused of threatening girlfriend with gun in Walmart, causing evacuation – 12news.com KPNX12.22.19

GOODYEAR, Ariz. Goodyear police are asking the public for tips as they look for a man they say prompted an evacuation at a Walmart on Friday when he threatened his girlfriend with a gun and then kidnapped a driver at gunpoint to get away.

Police said officers responded to a disturbance call at Walmart near Interstate 10 and Estrella Parkway early Friday morning.

Officers learned 34-year-old Christopher Mendoza had threatened his girlfriend with a gun inside the store.

Police said Mendoza was uncooperative and reached for a gun when officers contacted him.

He ran out of the store and into a nearby neighborhood, where he kidnapped a man in a car at gunpoint and demanded a ride to Litchfield Road and MC85 in Avondale, police said.

Mendoza is wanted on several charges, including aggravated assault on police, threatening and intimidating, threatening leading to an evacuation, kidnapping and disorderly conduct.

He is described as a 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7 Hispanic man with a tattoo under his right eye and another tattoo that reads "Cashion" on his neck.

Mendoza is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information, call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377). A $1,000 cash reward is being offered.

Christopher Mendoza

Goodyear Police Department

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Why This is Best Time of Year to Get a Tattoo Removed – INKED12.22.19

Many tattoo enthusiasts may not know that there is a right and a wrong time of year to get laser removal. Laser removal works most effectively and safely when done on skin that has the least amount of sun damage and technicians will refuse to work on skin that has been burned or blistered. Skin that's had too much sun exposure can cause extreme reactions when exposed to laser and even result in permanent scarring. This is why it's recommended that clients get their ink removed during the winter months.

Winter is by far the best time to get a tattoo removed because skin that's been out of the sun for 3-6 weeks yields the best results. Not to mention, it's easy to hide away a newly removed tattoo under layers of winter wear, especially if blistering comes into play. Blistering is an unfortunate but natural part of the removal process and these lesions can be seriously unsightly. You don't want to expose your blisters to the elements or the judgment of the general publicso stick to appointments from October through April.

Getting your removal out of the way in the winter means that by summer, you'll be able to show off your progress and if you're luckya 100% removed tattoo. So if you plan on having a regrettable tattoo removed in the next year, make your arrangements now because you may have to wait a few months if you procrastinate to the summer. Trust us, this is the best way to go about the removal process.

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What Its Like to Leave White Nationalism – New York Magazine12.22.19

Austin, a former member of the Aryan Brotherhood. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Images

A little over a year ago, Austin, 31, decided he wanted out of the Aryan Brotherhood, a gang of white supremacists hed joined early in his 10-year prison sentence for aggravated robbery. By the time Austin was paroled, the Brotherhood was more important to him than his real family.Me and my wife could have been out eating, or I could have been at Chuck E. Cheese with my son, he says, when interviewed as part of New Yorks photo-documentary portfolio on white supremacy, and [the Aryan Brotherhood] would call me because they needed me to run drugs or they needed me to go beat someone up or rob someone. I would just leave them there.

When Austin went back to prison on a parole violation, he started looking for a way out of the Brotherhood. Founded by white bikers to protect white inmates inside prisons, the Aryan Brotherhood is not bound by racist ideology alone; it is also a criminal syndicate known for manufacturing and running drugs, armed robbery, and murder for hire. The gangs motto, Blood in, blood out, is a deadly oath. When Austin told the Brotherhood he was dropping out, he was told he knew too much. Austin says his brothers beat him with metal locks wrapped in socks and stabbed him with ice picks. He was hospitalized and transferred to another prison, where he was attacked again. I still get messages on Facebook that they cant wait to see me, sleep with one eye open. Its just an ongoing thing, he says. For formers like Austin, removing tattoos is a matter of life and death as long as he wears the tattoos, members of the Brotherhood will target him.

Austins tattoos. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Images

When Austin got out of jail he met TM Garret, a former white supremacist who now helps people who are looking to get out of white-supremacist groups. Garret was a skinhead in his native Germany until 2004. He moved to the United States in 2012, a jarring experience that helped him realize two things: First, leaving a hate group was not enough. Getting out of a hate group is one thing, and changing is another thing. I was still a racist, Garret says. Second, the United States was not the melting pot of coexistence hed been promised. I moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and realized that doesnt exist.

TM Garret meeting with Austin. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Images

Garret started working with other formers in 2017, and his Erasing the Hate campaign helps them remove their tattoos, which can be a long, expensive process. Some tattoo artists refuse to work on clients with neo-Nazi tattoos, while others have relationships with the Aryan Brotherhood themselves, making removal a fraught, dangerous process for people living in small rural communities. Are artists judging me because I have the tattoo, or are they judging me because I want it removed?, asks Garret. He found a tattoo artist willing to work on formers without judgment and has since helped them remove some 150 tattoos free of charge.

Austin has been gradually removing the swastikas, the SS bolts, a portrait of Hitler, and the word skinhead drawn across his abdomen. I have more than 50 hours left just on my chest piece, he says. Once I get all these tattoos removed, itll die out. Theyll slowly just leave me alone.

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‘Painting a picture of what your life is going to be’: The inspiration behind the Leafs’ tattoos – The Athletic12.21.19

Nic Petan is removing his equipment after a recent Maple Leafs practice when his tattooed upper left arm is exposed.

When asked about his tattoos, the forward, since sent down to the Toronto Marlies, quickly drops his shoulder pads onto the seat in his locker and starts explaining the origins behind the art.

Im a big fan of tattoos, said Petan.

Like the Columbus Blue Jackets, there is one consistent theme when talking to the Maple Leafs about their tattoos: Family. Its the inspiration from events in their lives with their families, or the strong bonds they have formed when it comes to putting needle to skin.

Take Petan. His mothers name is Rose, which is the reason forhis rose tattoo. Petan was also close to his grandparents, so he paid homage to them with various tattoos on his left arm.

He and his grandfather would often play cards, so he incorporated the numbers 33, marking year his grandfather was born, and 09,...

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The Best Influencer Drama of 2019 – The Cut12.21.19

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Influencers are endless wells of drama because they live their lives publicly and ostentatiously. As aninfluencer, youre basically required to do things like find a sponsor for your marriage proposal thats part of the job.This year, influencer drama reached a new fever pitch. There was the feud between Tati Westbrook and James Charles, the influencer who maybe staged her motorcycle accident, and many, many more. For a walk down memory lane, join us below.

Olivia Jade Giannulli just wanted to vlog. That much was made clear when it came out that her parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, had paid a nearly $500,000 bribe to get Olivia and her sister, Bella, into USC. Her parents are currently on trial, facing up to 45 years in prison (but realistically more like 2). The most Schadenfreude-inducing part of the whole scandal was that Olivias vlogs made it clear she didnt want to be in school she just wanted to be an influencer. Unlike many YouTubers caught in drama, Jade didnt have a public meltdown on YouTube. Instead, her Instagram and YouTube page were inundated with comments calling her both the queen of rowing and admonishing her for being ungrateful for her education. Shes back on YouTube now, still refusing to talkabout the scandal.

Romanian influencer Cristina Szeifert was accused of not knowing how to paint, despite posting with an artists palette and brush in front of finished paintings. The evidence, such as it was, was that Szeifert always had perfect hair, makeup, and clothing in her photos; that she didnt use a drop cloth; and, most damningly, that the palette she posed with always had the same shades of colors in the same place. Szeifert told BuzzFeed News that she poses with the same palette after each painting is done as a symbol of art. She said on her page, I love painting and it will always be my passion. I want everyone to cherish creativity and do something constructive and positive for the world instead of spreading hate and negativity.

Marissa Casey Fuchs, known as the @fashionambitionist on Instagram and former director of brand partnerships at Goop, shared her magical engagement story on Instagram in real time. Her fianc, Gabriel Grossman, had sent her on a scavenger hunt around the world that would culminate in a proposal. Dreamy! But when Taylor Lorenz exposed a pitch deck for the stunt, the story changed. FuchssInstagram would have you believe the whole thing was a surprise to her, but it seems it was really a calculated business plan that Grossman and one of Fuchss friends had shopped around. From a purely economic standpoint, this makes sense! Once the pitch deck was published, Fuchshad to admit she knew about the deck while still carrying on the rest of the hunt. But theres a happy ending 5000 people watched the livestream of the formal engagement at a French chteau, where the couple had a wedding ceremony (a religious one, not a legal one).

Jaclyn Hill experienced every makeup artists worst nightmare. Shortly after her brand-new cosmetics line was released, people started tweeting at her that they had found fibers, bumps, and mold in their lipsticks.

Hill started on defense, saying that the factory she had worked with used gloves for quality control which had left the fibers that looked like hair, and that the people who were complaining of bumps had used other products that left the texture. Eventually, she tweeted, I am so sorry to see some of you dissatisfied with my product. I will make it right for you & learn from this mistake!

Hill then took a monthlong break from social media. The video where she announced her return to influencing was titled Where Ive Been. She admits that she wasnt too involved with quality control of her makeup and quoted Kurt Cobain. I was humiliated, I was embarrassed, and it was time for me to start picking things up and putting the pieces back together and rebuilding, she says. Shes back and active on social media and her cosmetics site is up, despite many fans saying they didnt trust her apology video.

Kat Von D released an 11-minute video to YouTube to respond to claims that shes a Nazi and an anti-vaxxer. In the video, she said she was neither. The Nazi rumor stems from 2008, when a disgruntled male co-star of Ds tried to get her spinoff canceled with a forged anti-Semitic message. Her husband has a swastika tattoo on his neck (he says its not political and also has a Star of David tattoo) and her ex Jesse James has myriad anti-Semitic and Nazi connections. As for the anti-vax theory, D posted a long, now-deleted Instagram where she said she would raise a vegan child, without vaccinations while she was pregnant in 2018. In the 2019 video, she said shes not an anti-vaxxer but rather a first-time mother. She didnt explicitly say whether or not she vaccinated her child, but said she consulted a pediatrician. The apology video was not taken well by either her fans or her haters.

Emily Ratajkowski, the model and Bernie bro who we all know and love, came under fire in March after allegations that her husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard, was not paying rent. Bear-McClard had been living in a loft since 2013, and wasnt paying rent because of the Loft Law, which allows struggling artists to pay for lofts. The Post claims hes worth $12 million, and the landlord says that protection ended in 2017 anyway and Bear-McClard owes $120,000. EmRata posted on twitter, Hes an independent movie producer so people thinking hes rich is real nice but not based in fact.

Jared Knabenbauer, a popular YouTube gamer (someone who plays games on YouTube in front ofa million subscribers), was accused of cheating on his wife, Heidi OFerrall, with gamer Holly Conrad. The scandal engulfed the online gaming world. OFerrall tweeted that her husband had cheated on her hours after Knabenbauer posted a statement on Twitter that he was getting a divorce and blocked OFerrall. Knabenbauer lost thousands of fans from his YouTube channel. In the fallout, two people said that Knabenbauer had solicited them for nude photos while they were underage.

Carissa Pinkston, a model who worked for Marc Jacobs and Fenty, tried to cover for transphobic comments by coming out as trans (she is not). It started when some Facebook statuses Pinkston had written surfaced. One read, Being Transgender does NOT make you a Woman. It makes you simply Transgender. When she got fired because of the remarks, she came out on Instagram, saying she transitioned at a very young age and Ive lived my Life as a Female ever since. Models who knew her said she was lying about being transgender. So Pinkston wrote another Notes-app apology, which she shared on Instagram. I panicked and I thought if I came out as Trans that I could somehow make things better for myself but it appears Ive only made things worse, she said. Then she deleted her Instagram, but only for a few days.

In July, fashion blogger Tiffany Mitchell got in a nonfatal motorcycle accident, which we know because she posted some photos of it that were filtered and more visually on par with an engagement photo shoot than photos of an accident. Mitchell explained that the accident was a scary, magical series of events and her friends who were driving alongside her just happened to take the photos. But the imagesare perfectly staged, and include strategic product placement for Smartwater. Her motorcycle is also propped up, fueling some theories that the accident never occurred. Mitchell told BuzzFeed News that she would never turn a very important personal story like this into a brand campaign.

The vegan blogger community is rife with drama (see Freelee the Banana Girl for more). And the major scandal this year was when popular vegan YouTuber Yovana Mendoza, known as Rawvana, was caught eating fish. She had 1.3 million followers when her friend uploaded a video of Mendoza with a plate of fish, which she was seemingly trying to hide. She stayed quiet for a while, then uploaded a 33-minute-long video explaining that her doctor had suggested she incorporate animal products into her diet.

Followers started commenting with fish emoji on her Instagram, and much more negative comments, many from vegans who dont approve of her eating animal products. Freelee posted a video titled Rawvana Is a FAKE VEGAN (& No Longer a Friend). Mendoza laid low for a while before resurfacing under the new name @yovana where she just promotes living a healthy life rather than a vegan life.

Two makeup artists, both alike in dignity, in fair Los Angeles where we lay our scene. James Charles is a 20-year-old makeup guru and super popular YouTuber. Because hes only 20, he understandably had a few mentors to help him with the business side of things. One was Tati Westbrook, a 37-year-old YouTuber (ancient for the platform) who took Charles under her wing so to speak. Then she posted a video called Bye Sister (a reference to Charless name for his fans) and explained that she could no longer support Charles because he promoted another brands gummies that were not hers. She also said she didnt like how fame had changed him, and that he had made some sexually explicit comments at inappropriate times and bragged about sleeping with straight men. As a result, Charles lost millions of followers so many that there were live feeds of how many followers Charles was losing and Tati was gaining. Charles posted a response video that was mostly just him crying. People loved the drama between two wealthy influencers over gummy vitamins. Then, Tati said her video shouldnt be used to hate on Charles, other messy YouTubers got involved with receipts, and honestly its too convoluted to explain succinctly. Justknow that the whole thing was predicted by a psychic, and all the videos have been deleted.

And now, a true meltdown. Tana Mongeau is perhaps best known to people who arent 15 for being maybe married to fellow YouTuber Jake Paul. But her shining moment of the year was when she freaked out because Billie Eilish unfollowed her on Instagram. Mongeau is obsessed with the 17-year-old singer, and when she realized that at some point Eilish unfollowed her, she posted an unhinged vlog titled Billie Eilish Unfollowed Me. Normally YouTube video titles dont have periods, and anyone knows that if a millennial or Gen-Zer sends you a text with a period at the end, something is wrong. The video is 15 minutes long. It shows Mongeau, in black-and-white, weeping, playing the piano, eating cake on the floor while crying and wearing a Gucci onesie. This is the energy were taking into 2020. Happy holidays everyone.

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