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Mead, ancient drink of Vikings, now made and sold in Huntsville – al.com11.30.21

It sounds like an ancient ritual is about to go down in here. On a recent Thursday afternoon, tribal music is being played over the speakers inside Ravenwood Meadery. The chants sounds mystical. Like they predate time, similar to how the roots of mead have been traced back at least 9,000 years. Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water and yeast. Its the stuff of Norse myths.

Huntsville is a city known for its contributions to aerospace engineering and technology. Still, it also feels like the perfect place for a new business making an ancient libation once consumed by Vikings. The city has a soft spot for nerdy and quirky. Vinyl records. Craft beer. Pop-culture cons. Standup comedy. Cigar-box guitars.

Carboys filled with mead at Ravenwood Meadery in Huntsville, Ala. (Matt Wake/

On Black Friday, owner Roo Kline and manager Michael Wilson will open Ravenwood for business. The meaderys located in an airy space with a cozy and slightly witchy vibe on the second floor of Huntsville arts center Lowe Mill, a converted textile mill built around 1900.

The interior at Ravenwood Meadery at Huntsville, Ala. arts center Lowe Mill. (Matt Wake/

On Monday, Kline and Wilson, who are partners in life as well as business, were up early. They bottled 20 batches of mead, siphoning from five-gallon carboys the cloudy goldenness thats been aging inside for about eight weeks, and into 750 milliliter wine bottles.

The older the mead gets, the darker it gets, Kline says. After a while that yeast will drop down and collect in the bottom as sediment. So sometimes the mead will turn very clear depending on what variety you make. Our traditional mead does not turn perfectly clear or translucent. Its a little bit cloudy.

Carboys filled with mead at Ravenwood Meadery in Huntsville, Ala. (Matt Wake/

And like wine, the taste of mead gets more complex and interesting as it ages. It will taste good after eight weeks and bottled up. But hold on to that bottle another three months and it becomes special, Kline says. That effect is multiplied furthermore at intervals of six-months and a year. What happens is it begins to mellow out and becomes softer, Kline says. After that, it will age but you dont see the jumps in it like you did during that first year.


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They can make three batches or so an hour at Ravenwood. Sanitizing all the hoses, carboys and other equipment is the most time-consuming part of the process, and crucial because otherwise an entire batch can go yuck. As far as the actual making goes, Kline and Wilson use a metal pot that looks like something a family would cook a batch of jambalaya or chicken-noodle soup in, to mix the honey and water. They mix pot after pot, emptying the mixture into a carboy. And when its full we just put the yeast in and it does its thing, Kline says.

Ravenwood accurately classifies themselves as a micro-meadery. Meaderies in general are still a small thing in Alabama. According to Kline, A few breweries may make mead, but we are the only meadery in the state that focuses solely on making mead.

Bottles of mead at Huntsville, Ala.s Ravenwood Meadery. (Courtesy Aurora Jordan)

Half of Ravenwoods initial 20 batches have already been presold via social media. Still that leaves another 200 to 250 bottles up for grabs. This traditional or house mead is coming in at about 12 percent alcohol by volume, or ABV. So its a sipper. Bottles run $30 for the house mead. As Ravenwood gets into variations made with, say, wild violet or dandelion, those bottles will cost around $40, as working with those ingredients is more time-consuming.

In addition to to-go bottle sales, Ravenwood will also have a small tasting bar. A four-ounce pour is $7 and six-ounce $9. They also sell drinking horns, from buffalo and oxen, lined with beeswax to enhance the meads flavor. (Full size drinking horns are $35.) Opening day, Nov. 26, Ravenwood is open noon to 7 p.m. Normal hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. More info at

Theyre located on the same corner of Lowe Mill, address 2211 Seminole Drive, as fantasy-themed Dragons Forge Caf, giving them a simpatico neighbor. Ravenwood and Dragons Forge are already planning special events together, including one for New Years Eve.

Michael Wilson bottling mead at Huntsville, Ala.s Ravenwood Meadery. (Courtesy Roo Kline)

Once filled with mead, Ravenwoods bottles are corked, then sealed with a wax stamped emblem that looks straight out of Game Of Thrones. (Interestingly, Klines never watched GoT, she says.) Ravenwoods name was inspired by the ravens that serve Oden, the king of the gods in Norse mythology, and by Moonwood Farm, a fiber business of Klines.

Kline has a charming accent. Theres a tattoo of scorpion on the inside of her right forearm and a seahorse on the left. She was born in Holland but spent a majority of her life in Australia, in Brisbane and Queensland, just up from the Gold Coast. Shed been working as a graphic artist and then decided to take a year off to spend time in Miami. She loved the South Beach culture, where she got work designing event and club flyers. She got the nickname Roo from her new American friends because, yep, there are kangaroos in Australia. She wasnt crazy about the name but it stuck.

Drinking horns used to consume mead, for sale at Ravenwood Meadery in Huntsville, Ala. (Matt Wake/

About three or so years ago, she met Wilson at a festival. He was living in Nashville at the time. Me and my friends in Nashville, its kind of our culture, mead-making, Wilson says. Before Ravenwood, he mostly worked warehouse and factory jobs.

Back when Kline and Wilson met, a lot of homemade mead was being consumed in his circles. Shes tasted mead before back in Australia, but it was a commercial mead and like any commercial mead theyre not that great. Wilsons homemade mead though was rich and full-bodied. You can taste the honey through it, Kline says. What I like about it too, is that it ranges anywhere from very sweet to very dry depending on how you make it.

Shed been making homemade wine for a couple years, after red concord grape seed planted in her garden turned out to be muscadine instead. After tasting her new friends meads for a while, she decided to switch lanes. Kline and Wilson started making their own mead together, and they received some emphatic thumbs-up from friends whod tried different versions they made. Some friends even suggested they should make mead professionally.

Kline has been a juried fiber artist at Lowe Mill for around four-and-a-half years. Then about 15 months ago, she secured a larger studio space that included two ample storage rooms, which she initially used for fiber, yarn and other supplies.

Ravenwood Meadery at Huntsville, Ala. arts center Lowe Mill. (Matt Wake/

She started thinking about turning the storage rooms into a micro-meadery. Use one for a fermentation room and the other a cellar-styled salesroom. Last summer they connected with the health department to confirm it would be legit for them to do mead there and got an OK.

It hasnt been easy though. The licensing was confusing. Mead is just not known well enough, Kline says. It doesnt really fall under beer because it is not a beer, theres no grains used. Does doesnt really fall under wine because technically its not a wine. They have beer, wine or spirits so where does mead fall? The closest thing is wine. So we are classified a winery and our little fermentation room is a bonded winery. There was also the matter of obtaining a $25,000 surety bond, a recent requirement in Alabama for new businesses selling alcohol, Kline says.

Bottles of mead at Huntsville, Ala.s Ravenwood Meadery. (Courtesy Aurora Jordan)

Wilsons interest in mead went deeper than alcohol, and into Viking culture and religious practices. His long hair is shaved on both sides, revealing tattoos of Anglo-Saxon style ravens. He was introduced to Viking culture through the sword-and-sorcery lyrics of the heavy-metal band Manowar.

Once I started listening to them, Wilson says, they started singing about Odin and Thor and the Norse gods and I was like, Man, these guys are pretty cool, so I started reading into it. And then I realized there was a whole culture around that, a revival of that stuff. So I started diving in and reading everything I could. The deep history of Viking/Norse culture and mead was appealing. Theres an elemental allure too, Kline says. Its very organic. Im very much a nature person anyway, so that just speaks to me.

The Ravenwood recipes Kline and Wilson have come up with have been refined over years, through trial and error. For example, they found plum mead was delish. Banana mead, not so much. This being the 21st century, ye olde internet research has also been involved. There are lots of things that you can throw into mead, to experiment with it, play with it, Kline says. Berries, flowers, spices, teas, all these kinds of things. Its been a real adventure.


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Sorry, but Hunter Biden’s profiteering matters even if the rest of the press ignore it – New York Post11.30.21

Most of the media continue to ignore Hunter Biden like toddlers with their fingers in their ears. His laptop is unconfirmed. Unsubstantiated. It doesnt matter.

The first two are obviously false, a weak excuse to cover things up for the administration. From the beginning, the laptop was substantiated: Hunters former business partner Tony Bobulinski confirmed his correspondence was real. Hunter Biden never denied they were his files; in fact, his memoir confirms the pictures of the drug use, prostitutes and financial documents from the laptop.

Post columnist Miranda Devines new book, Laptop from Hell, details how the Chinese gave Hunter a 3-carat diamond and includes pictures from the computer of the diamond as well as a Hunter selfie showing his back tattoo of the Finger Lakes. Were these all doctored? Hunter himself confirmed in an interview with The New Yorker that he received the diamond but just waved it off as a nice gesture.

The Biden files have been confirmed and substantiated eight ways to Sunday. Reporters just dont want to hear it.

So that leaves It doesnt matter. Liberal media outlets are uniquely incurious about Hunter selling the influence of his father. In the case of the Chinese deal, outlined by Devine, they say theres no indication that Joe Biden ever received the 10 percent for the big guy promised in one email.

But consider these questions:

At the very least, the Chinese were paying the vice presidents son for government access. But it also now seems that the Chinese were paying Joe Biden millions through his son.

Weve asked these questions of the administration and it ignores us, knowing that CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times, et al. have its back and will never press things.

Joe Biden wants millions for IRS enforcement. Wonder if that includes actually finishing the investigation of his sons money-making and registering as a foreign agent. And would it include an audit of the presidents own income and whether he was declaring money given to him by Hunter?

That is why Hunter matters. The media are out of excuses.

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Jack Dorsey: the outgoing Twitter CEO with an artists vision – The Guardian11.30.21

Jack Dorsey likes to keep things simple, at least for a 45-year-old multibillionaire. He eats one meal a day, fasts at weekends, and tries to meditate for two hours daily. The post that launched Twitter, and ultimately a million pile-ons, was equally austere: just setting up my twttr.

Dorsey was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1976 and was a self-taught computer programmer, using a Macintosh computer that his father bought for him. In 1999 he dropped out of New York University and moved to California, where he dreamed up the idea of a Twitter prototype while co-founding an online courier and taxi dispatch firm. The company later failed.

The Twitter story began to take shape when Dorsey was hired as a coder at Odeo, a podcasting startup run by a future Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams. This is where Dorsey appears in Sarah Friers award-winning history of Instagram as one of the peripheral figures in the story, trying to make his way in Silicon Valley like so many others.

Dorsey, a 29-year-old New York University dropout with an anarchist tattoo and a nose ring, considered himself to be more of an artist. He would sometimes dream, for instance, about becoming a dressmaker. He was an engineer, but only as a means to an end to create something out of nothing, with code. Also, so he could pay rent.

There was enough hard-edged business sense within Dorsey, however, for him to co-found Twttr soon renamed Twitter with Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass in 2006. Dorsey became chief executive for the first time in 2007.

Indeed, Dorseys artistic mindset was cited, pointedly, when he was removed as chief executive for the first time in 2008. According to Nick Biltons book Hatching Twitter, Williams said to him: You can either be a dressmaker or the CEO of Twitter. But you cant be both. Dorsey would apparently intersperse his chief executive duties with breaks for hot yoga and sewing classes.

Dorsey came back as executive chairman in 2011, having set up payment company Square today worth $100bn in the meantime. Twitter struggled in the wake of its 2013 flotation, which made Dorsey a billionaire, and he replaced Dick Costolo as chief executive in 2015 while relinquishing the executive chairman role.

Dorsey leaves the company with 210 million daily active users and annual revenues of $3.7bn. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, he is worth $12.3bn, ranked 174th among the ranks of the worlds super-wealthy. He still owns 2.3% of Twitter.

But unrest had been building about Dorseys priorities. In 2019 Dorsey surprised staff and investors by announcing plans to move to Africa for up to six months a year. Announcing the move during a month-long trip to the continent, he tweeted, from Addis Ababa: Sad to be leaving the continent for now. Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but Ill be living here for 3-6 months mid 2020. Grateful I was able to experience a small part.

Dorsey, who remains a cryptocurrency enthusiast, dropped the plan after coronavirus arrived. But it wouldnt have dissuaded the activist investor firm Elliott Management from its view that Twitter was a business in need of more focus at the top. Elliott took a stake in Twitter last year and is still the 13th largest shareholder in the business, according to the financial data company Refinitiv, with a stake of just over 1%. At the time of the stake-building move, Elliotts billionaire owner, Paul Singer, was reported to have been concerned by the fact that Dorsey had two chief executive jobs, at Twitter and Square.

By the end of last year it appeared that Dorsey had survived the pressure. In November a committee of Twitter directors said it had confidence in management and recommended that the current structure remain in place.

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Much of the innovation shown by Twitter under Dorseys leadership in recent months has been more to do with safety than making money, however. It has launched trials warning users that they are about to enter a heated conversation and is testing a safety mode that blocks accounts for seven days if the tech firms systems spot them using harmful language or sending repetitive, uninvited replies and mentions. In the context of Frances Haugens Facebook revelations and the upcoming Online Safety Act in the UK, social media companies know they have to focus on protecting users.

On the money-making side, in the US the company launched Twitter Blue, a product that for $2.99 a month offers a range of services including a 60-second grace period to amend a tweet before it is fully posted. Expect more money-making initiatives under the new boss, the chief technology officer Parag Agrawal, who has to hit ambitious targets: to increase the companys daily average users by more than 50% to 315 million, and more than double revenue to $7.5bn by 2023.

According to one California-based analyst, now is a good time for Dorsey to leave, with the social media industry becoming ever more competitive.

Dorsey is a pillar of the social media world, said Dan Ives, the managing director of the investment firm Wedbush Securities. These are big shoes to fill.

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Harry Styles Concludes Three-Month Love on Tour Trek With Rousing New York Show: Concert Review – Variety11.30.21

After 42 shows and nearly three months, for the final song of his continent-spanning Love on Tour tour, Harry Styles wanted just a little bit more.

This is the last song of the entire tour, Style said, raising his arms in the air, as he cut into the sexually provocative lyrics of the banger Kiwi at the new UBS Arena just outside New York City. Im going to need a little bit more. OK? Were going to try that again. OK?

And sure enough, on take two, there was more energy from the mosh pit around the 360-degree stage all the way up to the nosebleed seats. Much better!, Styles said, addressing the 17,000 screaming fans in the brand-new arena. 20 percent more, the 27-year-old British heartthrob demanded, and were good to go.

And he was: Styles closed out the show and the tour with a rendition of Kiwi that went on and on, even as the lyrics wound down. He blew kisses as he ran up and down the hockey-rink length of the stage which featured two catwalks, allowing him to perform to basically everyone at different parts of the night. He caught bouquets of flowers. And he sprayed fans with so much water, those whod shelled out for a premium standing room spots should have packed a poncho. (Obviously, he no longer does his former trademark move of spitting water at the crowd.)

Hed earned the long curtain call: After being postponed for months due to the pandemic, Styles was clearly reveling in the fun, and although the set wasnt as full of surprises as his Harryween pair of Halloween-weekend dates at New Yorks Madison Square Garden where he covered Somewhere Over the Rainbow while dressed as Dorothy on one night and Britney Spears Toxic in a clown getup on the next he roared through a powerful setlist heavy on songs from his 2019 album Fine Line along with a handful from his self-titled debut and his One Direction showcase, What Makes You Beautiful. And there was one nice tour-ending surprise for the die-hard fans: Medicine, a song debuted on his 2018 tour that was considered for Fine Line but ultimately not included, although he does perform it on occasion.

Throughout the night, Styles was clad in a gold vest that didnt clasp the audience caught many glimpses of the butterfly tattoo on his stomach and he spent as much time dancing as he did singing, clocking more cardio in one night than most of us achieve in a week. During his song Treat People With Kindness, a fan tossed a LGBTQ+ Pride flag on the stage. Styles picked it up and ran up and down the auditorium, as he vigorously waved it in the air to deafening cheers.

Yet he also addressed the fact that, for many months, it was unclear when anyone would be able to launch a tour like this again.

You have been so generous to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart, Styles told the crowd between songs. I really, really did not know if this tour would happen and I thank you for everything that youve done.

The sense of occasion also extended to the building itself: This was the first concert at the UBS Arena, which sits beside the border of Queens and Nassau counties and opened its doors just two weeks ago.

Its an honor to be the very first show in this building, Styles said earlier in the show, to a crowd that drew visitors from all across the Tri-State area. Not only does the venue add another major venue to the area saving fans treks through daunting traffic to Manhattan or New Jersey its a state of the art building, part of a $1 billion development, with vivid video screens and so many concessions stands that there was hardly a wait for food or drinks (although hundreds of girls patiently queued for a selfie with Harrys The Love Bus, an activtion prop presented by American Express).

After tonight, Style said, were going to go away for a little bit and were going to work on some stuff and then well come back and see you very soon.

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Memorial tattoos grow even more widespread in time of COVID-19 – oregonlive.com11.30.21

By Heidi de Marco

It was Saturday morning at Southbay Tattoo and Body Piercing in Carson, California, and owner Efrain Espinoza Diaz Jr. was prepping for his first tattoo of the day a memorial portrait of a man that his widow wanted on her forearm.

Diaz, known as Rock, has been a tattoo artist for 26 years but still gets a little nervous when doing memorial tattoos, and this one was particularly sensitive. Diaz was inking a portrait of Philip Martin Martinez, a fellow tattoo artist and friend who was 45 when he died of COVID-19 in August.

I need to concentrate, said Diaz, 52. Its a picture of my friend, my mentor.

Martinez, known to his friends and clients as Sparky, was a tattoo artist of some renown in nearby Wilmington, in Los Angeles South Bay region. A tattoo had brought Sparky and Anita together; Sparky gave Anita her first tattoo a portrait of her father in 2012, and the experience sparked a romance. Over the years of their relationship, he had covered her body with intertwining roses and a portrait of her mother.

Now his widow, she was getting the same photograph that was etched on Sparkys tomb inked into her arm. And this would be her first tattoo that Sparky had not applied.

It feels a little odd, but Rock has been really good to us, Anita Martinez said. Rock and Sparky grew up together. They met in the 1990s, at a time when there were no Mexican-American-owned tattoo shops in their neighborhood but Sparky was gaining a reputation. It was artists like Phil that would inspire a lot of us to take that step into the professional tattoo industry, Rock said.

After Sparky got sick, Anita wasnt allowed in her husbands hospital room, an isolating experience shared by hundreds of thousands of Americans who lost a loved one to covid. They let her in only at the very end.

The tattooed portrait of Philip Martin Martinez on Anitas arm. She chose to get it on her forearm so she could see it every day. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)

I got cheated out of being with him in his last moments, said Martinez, 43. When I got there, I felt he was already gone. We never got to say goodbye. We never got to hug.

I dont even know if Im ever going to heal, she said, as Diaz began sketching the outlines of the portrait below her elbow, but at least Ill get to see him every day.

According to a 2015 Harris Poll, almost 30% of Americans have at least one tattoo, a 10% increase from 2011. At least 80% of tattoos are for commemoration, said Deborah Davidson, a professor of sociology at York University in Toronto who has been researching memorial tattoos since 2009.

Memorial tattoos help us speak our grief, bandage our wounds and open dialogue about death, she said. They help us integrate loss into our lives to help us heal.

The coronavirus, sadly, has provided many opportunities for such memorials.

Juan Rodriguez, a tattoo artist who goes by Monch, has been seeing twice as many clients as before the pandemic and is booked months in advance at his parlor in Pacoima, an L.A. neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. Memorial tattoos, which can include names, portraits and special artwork, are common in his line of work, but theres been an increase in requests due to the pandemic. One client called me on the way to his brothers funeral, Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez thinks memorial tattoos help people process traumatic experiences. As he moves his needle over the arms, legs and backs of his clients, and they share stories of their loved ones, he feels he is part artist, part therapist.

Healthy grievers do not resolve grief by detaching from the deceased but by creating a new relationship with them, said Jennifer R. Levin, a therapist in Pasadena, California, who specializes in traumatic grief. Tattoos can be a way of sustaining that relationship, she said.

Its common for her patients in the 20-to-50 age range to get memorial tattoos, she said. Its a powerful way of acknowledging life, death and legacy.

Sazalea Martinez, a kinesiology student at Antelope Valley College in Palmdale, California, came to Rodriguez in September to memorialize her grandparents. Her grandfather died of covid in February, her grandmother in April. She chose to have Rodriguez tattoo an image of azaleas with I love you written in her grandmothers handwriting.

The azaleas, which are part of her name, represent her grandfather, she said. Sazalea decided not to get a portrait of her grandmother because the latter didnt approve of tattoos. The I love you is something simple and its comforting to me, she said. Its going to let me heal and I know she would have understood that.

Sazalea teared up as the needle moved across her forearm, tracing her grandmothers handwriting. Its still super fresh, she said. They basically raised me. They impacted who I am as a person, so to have them with me will be comforting.

This story was produced by KHN, which publishes California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation.

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SD Tattoo & Body Piercing Voted Best Tattoo San Diego11.30.21

I have been in tattoo shops all over the US and I have to say Im very impressed with SD Tattoo. The level of care given to overall cleanliness and the owners ideas as for how a tattoo shop should be ran Are without question Top Shelf ! The artists they have on staff are some of the best the west coast has to offer !

I think after looking all over San Diego for the right artist I found one of, if not the best, in one of their new artists, Daniel Pacheco. He is finishing a sleeve on me and while doing it recoloring some older work, I chose to do my left arm in all Viking and Celtic style tribal mixed with some old school tribal that was done 20 years ago.By then apprentice, Chris Garver.

Im in my 40s and consider myself a vet to tattoo shops, and the day to day scene of the shop life I have 35 different pieces from some of East Coasts best artists and also have an older brother who owned tattoo shops in Augusta and in Atlanta. I think I know a good shop from a great one and SD Tattoo Is Great !


My boyfriend and I were looking for a tattoo shop and this one we found. Corei was our artist. We was very welcoming and accepted to make the designs that same day. GREAT art pieces. We then decided we wanted to get the tattoos done the same day and he accepted to take us in. He even stayed a little longer in the shop because there was two of us. And we was also so fun ! Just a chill person who knows what hes doing.

We were so impressed by the cleanliness and the quality of the work! My boyfriend asked for colors in his which were so cool and bright. For me it was my first one and it wasnt even that bad ! We are truly happy with the work and the talent. Even though I live 1 hour and 30 minutes away this will definitely be the place I will come to for my next one. AWESOME job!


I went here on a whim right before leaving the country. I went to get my belly button pierced and everything went way smoother than I couldve ever imagined. Id never even been in a tattoo shop before, let alone get a piercing and everyone was very friendly and accommodating. As far as the actual piercing went, I hyped it up in my mind and was expecting it to be extremely painful and it was almost painless. Just a small pinch and it was all over. Not only was it painless, but the guy who did it, Kevan, made my crooked belly button look straighter. So far about 36 hours later everything is still painless and looks good. If youre considering getting a navel piercing this is your place to go!


I was looking into getting a new tattoo for the first time in 7 years. I researched for months and finally decided on SD tattoo. I looked at all their artist through their website and fell in love with Dannys work. I loved his black n grey and realistic animals. To say I love my tattoo is an understatement. Besides the amazing tattoo I got, Danny was just overall a great person to work with. He even offered me snacks in case I got hungry. I will defiantly be coming back very soon too have Danny do more work!


Slim was absolutely AMAZING! He did everything I asked for and more! The line work is amazing as I only got an outline today! I walked in with no appointment and had started being helped by someone else. When the other artist realized he had an appointment Slim took right over! He asked me questions and continuously showed me what he was drawing so he knew Id be happy! He reassured me that it was okay that I kept changing my mind! He was so gentle and it barely hurt! It was the best tattoo experience Ive ever had and I cant wait to go back and see him again! Thank you again for making my day!


Love this shop! I drive all the way here from Arizona for my tattoos. I only trust the guys here, no one else! I have gotten all my tattoos here done by Tommy. He is an amazing artist, and wonderful at free hand. He definitely takes his time and tries his hardest to do a quality tattoo EVERY time, no matter how big or small. He is willing to work with clients in order to get them a quality tattoo as soon as possible. He is always just as excited for my tattoos as I am! Love this shop and will be going back all the time, not trusting anyone else on the West Coast.


I went to SD Tattoo while visiting San Diego. The shop has a cool tattoo shop vibe, the staff were very friendly and accommodating and big in my book-clean. I walked in on a Saturday afternoon and I was lucky they had a tattooer available to do a fairly big piece for a walk in. The other artists were friendly and offered us water and brought my fianc a chair to sit in by me. My artist was helpful in making my design picture come alive and spent time perfecting the drawing. They looked up designs online and the other artists came over to observe while I was getting my tat. They played music overhead and it was a great experience. There are definitely shops that are less friendly I have been to so I really valued this experience and I would go back if I find myself in SD again needing some ink.


SD Tattoo is, hands down, the best tattoo parlor in San Diego. The shop is extraordinarily clean and is the most professional run shop I have been in. I have a rare condition that requires extra care and I was so impressed that Slim took the time to look up what I have and the best way to deal with it. During our session he was extremely caring and concerned that I was comfortable at all times. His demeanor is so calming and it made me comfortable knowing he genuinely cared about my health and the work he does. He also asked if I was willing to let some of the other artists there watch while he was working on me, and explained why it is so important to listen to your client so as to do the safest, cleanest, best job possible. Since my skin is stretchy Slim had to work on very small portions at a time and constantly check on progress so that my tattoo looked exactly like I wanted. I told him my idea and a few details that I wanted incorporated and he did the most amazing job creating and bringing to life what I wanted. For someone, like me, just starting out on this journey I am so happy to have found SD Tattoo and look forward to many more sessions!


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Get Certified! Start the New Year with Laser Tattoo Removal11.30.21

Dallas, Nov. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New Look Laser College is the first and most experienced laser tattoo removal training program in the world to focus exclusively on laser tattoo removal procedures.

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Hafthor Bjornsson in Scotland for training camp as Eddie Hall shows off explosive power and tells Thor… – talkSPORT.com11.30.21

Hafthor Bjornsson has travelled to Scotland for his training camp ahead of his fight with Eddie Hall.

The two look set to settle their rivalry next year when the former Worlds Strongest Men clash in the ring.

It was due to be in September before Hall suffered a detached bicep, forcing the battle to be delayed by a few months.

Thor has stepped up his preparation and is in Scotland with trainer Billy Nelson to ramp everything up a notch.

Giving an update on YouTube, Thor said: Hey guys, I hope you are all doing great. Today is Monday and today we spar. This is my first sparring session since I arrived in Scotland.

Im in Scotland now for my training camp for my next fight. Everything is going well, Im feeling healthy and strong. Improving with each and every session.

Im with my dad in Scotland, hes here helping me with my diet and everything else.

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Super helpful my dad is also a chef. A great, great chef. When youre on a meal plan, it is important you eat good quality food.

Every day Im eating very nice food. He meal preps in the morning so I have all my meals ready wherever I am.

We usually go to the gym, I then eat my second meal and I like to have my meals with me just in case we are doing something and not going back home. So theres never a reason to cheat.

Hall, meanwhile, is also back to his best and showed off his power in his latest Instagram video.


In a video of him hitting the pads, The Beast said: Little pad work today taking a break from sparring My left arm is back to full strength and some

Nice to see all the hard work Ive been doing on explosive power come to fruition.

Feeling super confident and cant wait for a date for the fight?!@coresportsworld

Thor get your tattoo artist ready boy.

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New 360 degree review to start with just 200 Marines – Marine Corps Times11.30.21

To help remove toxic leaders, the Marine Corps is testing out a 360 degree review in an attempt to give Marines honest feedback from superiors, peers and juniors.

It is hoped Marine who are reviewed will receive more honest feedback on strengths and flaws than is allowed within the current fitness report system.

Fitness reports, however, provide critically important but limited insights into a Marines strengths and weaknesses, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger wrote in the Corps Talent Management 2030 document, released in early November. At present, the FITREP captures only the positive views of two supervisors who, in some cases, are not co-located with the Marine reported on or only had limited observation of them.

The 360 reviews will also be used by promotion and leadership boards to ensure that the Corps is not promoting leaders who create toxic work environments for those they lead while looking like they do a good job to superiors.

In 2022 the Corps will launch a pilot program focusing on about 200 field grade officers and senior enlisted Marines, Lt. Col. Jim Armstrong, who work with Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs, told reporters on Monday.

It will primarily be used as a professional development tool, Armstrong said, allowing leaders to see what subordinates and peers actually think about their abilities and weaknesses.

Our initiative is focused on providing the individual Marine with additional insight on hidden strengths and unidentified weaknesses and then to provide them coaching as they learn to address that, Armstrong told reporters on Monday.

The critical factor, again, is the development of that leader in order to make sure that were maximizing the talents and skills of those individuals that weve recruited into our service, he added.

Once Marines receive the review, the Corps will offer coaching to hopefully improve upon weaknesses.

Our expectation is that our Marines will see their participation in these reviews as a valuable developmental tool assisting our Marine Leaders to identify their hidden strengths and unidentified weaknesses with real, honest feedback and coaching to further develop and advance the capabilities of our Force, Armstrong added.

The Corps plans on using the pilot program to narrow down the exact questions that should be asked during the review, Armstrong said.

If the results of this pilot affirm that expectation, then we would look to expand availability to Marines of additional ranks and leadership roles, Armstrong said in a Tuesday email.

Though the tool primarily will be used to help Marine leaders improve, it will also work to weed out toxic leaders.

Its proven means for identifying traits of toxic leadership and can help reduce the incidence of toxic leaders advancing to senior levels within the service, Berger said in the talent management document.

The Corps is looking to weed out toxic leaders as part of its efforts to increase retention within the force.

As it prepares for a potential fight against a near-peer opponent, the Marine Corps hopes to increase the maturity, physical ability and training of the force.

The new strategy sees Marines fighting in small highly dispersed units, which puts more responsibility on more junior Marines than any previous fight.

The machine gunner who is also corpsman, a medic, also has to be able to talk to MQ-9 UAVs and bring in ordnance and understand the satellite connection that is required to do that, Berger told reporters in early November.

In order to handle that extra responsibility, the Marine Corps is increasing the level of training each Marine receives and is overhauling its human performance system by adopting techniques seen in modern college athletic departments.

With the increased investment in training and human performance the Corps hopes to keep more Marines longer.

Historically the Corps only retains 25% of first-term Marines. Though the Corps has not said what the new retention goal will be, the number is certainly increasing.

In addition, the Corps has changed its tattoo policy in the hopes of increasing retention.

Ultimately Berger hopes the Corps adopts a cultural change in how it sees manpower management.

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