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A friendly setting for tattoos

postThey used to be the mark of societal outcasts, but tattoos today are anything but. What was once a rite of passage for servicemen and convicts is now a status symbol for housewives and businessmen. Capitalizing on the mainstream rep: the First Annual Tattoo and Body Art Expo at the Pomona Fairplex.

The expo, which executive director Zach Newkirk says is marketed as less intimidating and more “clean, safe and friendly” than other shows, will feature about 70 tattooists, including Aaron Bell from Seattle’s Slave to the Needle, Bret Zarro from New York’s Indelible Ink and Lyle Tuttle, grandfather of the American tattoo.

Also: design contests, music and acts that hark back to tattooing’s carny past — belly dancers, sword swallower Captain Don Leslie and Joey the Strange, a man who will hang from hooks.

“The whole reason for this show is to give the Southern California shops a show in their backyard that can ultimately establish what the area’s all about as far as tattoos,” Newkirk said.

Jonny Lee Miller talks ‘Elementary,’ Sherlock Holmes and tattoos

img20130529-9179-ncncw9599_AWSAccessKeyId_AKIAIDPAK4URM3TJEMKA_Expires_1369851830_Signature_BeG7u2Mtr0zAqZjFY5fFzSECMeY_3D_versionId_CtMYkIq4FNqgJdIP6Igi_n0tN0TLL4KtJonny Lee Miller, star of the hit CBS television series “Elementary,” joined us for a video chat in which he talked about playing a contemporary version of legendary detective Sherlock Holmes opposite Lucy Liu’s Watson.

Miller touched on the challenges of playing such a well-known and beloved character and answered questions from readers, offering tips on memorization and telling of his relief that he wouldn’t have to worry about covering up his tattoos for the role.

Reviewing the series when it premiered in the fall, Times television critic Mary McNamara praised “Elementary” for delivering “characters at once solidly modern and true to the canon” created by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Care to investigate a little deeper? Pull up a chair and replay the chat. But be sure you’ve watched the season finale. Miller has much to say on the episode’s big reveal.

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting shows new tattoo in tennis match with hubby

postKaley Cuoco-Sweeting is apparently counting on a marriage that will last a lifetime, committing to a tattoo commemorating the day she became Mrs. Ryan Sweeting.

The actress and the tennis player got engaged only three months after meeting, and were married about three months after that in a New Year’s Eve ceremony.

It’s that Dec. 31, 2013, date that’s commemorated in Roman numerals tattooed between her shoulder blades.

Cuoco-Sweeting, 28, gave the world a peek Saturday night in an exhibition tennis match that saw them wearing coordinating hot-pink-and-black tennis gear.

First they played as a doubles team, E! News reported, and then they took each other on in a singles match that ended with a kiss.

“Had a blast playing a little mixed with @ryansweething tonight. A man who agrees to wear pink, is a very very good man :),” the “Big Bang Theory” star captioned an Instagram photo.

The former junior tennis player had been excited before

Horihide still practices the dying art of hand tattoo

la-ca-0612-japan-tattoo-333.jpg-20120621Hidden away in the backroom of a modest apartment in this central Japanese city, one of Japan’s last remaining hand-tattoo masters is preparing his tools. Over the last four decades Oguri Kazuo has tattooed notable geisha and countless yakuza, members of Japan’s notorious mafia. Today, the 79-year-old artist, known professionally as Horihide (derived from “hori,” meaning “to carve”), is working on a client who is a little more subdued.

Motoyama Tetsuro has spent hundreds of dollars, traveled thousands of miles and waited more than three decades for a session with Horihide. The Japanese-born American software manager wanted the master’s ink in his skin — a living legacy for a dying art. With old masters passing away and young apprentices lacking the patience to learn the painstaking craft of tebori (hand tattooing), many followers believe its days are numbered.

“If you know the master, why would you want to work with someone else?” asks Motoyama, 62, who first received the outline of a dragon by Horihide on his right shoulder in the 1970s.

U.S. women soccer players get plenty of ink for their accomplishments

postYou never forget the first time, Sydney Leroux says.

In her case it came when she was just 13, after a bet with her mother over how many goals she would score in a national soccer tournament.

For Shannon Boxx it happened in college — and it, too, came on a dare after she led Notre Dame to an NCAA soccer championship.

Yet for both women their first and subsequent tattoos have become indelible markers of accomplishment on a road each hopes will lead to a gold medal in the London Olympics this summer.

“All of them are meaningful,” says Leroux, whose first tattoo, since covered up, was of a flaming soccer ball. “They’re all worth something to me, and it’s not just something crazy.”

Leroux now has 14 tattoos and counting — including a sprawling three-piece work on her back that features a tree, some flowers and a short poem. Boxx has two, the soccer-playing leprechaun she had put on

Reconsidering the Difficulty of Acquiring a Fine Arts Degree

An arts degree comprises so many things, with the advantages being multiple as compared to other lines of work. At the university or college levels, art students might be discouraged by the constant comparison they subject themselves to those taking other courses. It is true that in quite many cases, degrees and certification in other lines of work or specializations give one more opportunities and more income in the long run, but this can be misleading too. Research done specifically to compare the satisfaction and the happiness levels of people working in different areas of work, it was discovered that those most of those content with their careers are, surprisingly, those who chose to pursue art specializations. That is the kind of autonomy an arts degree grants anyone who chooses its pursuit.

Misconceptions about Art

It is such misconceptions that generally create and engender the unnecessary difficulty that besets one when he or she sets out to acquire an arts degree. The advantages of earning the degree are for the most part hidden under existing stereotypes and a general insecurity of one’s finances. An independent survey quickly disputes this. According to the survey, the unemployment rate

Four Ideal Placements for Your First Tattoo

Getting your first ever tattoo is an exciting and nerve wracking experience. Making that first commitment to have something inked permanently on your body is not one that most people take lightly, and first tattoos often take a lot of thought and effort when it comes to choosing the perfect design and placement. If you’re currently in the process of designing your first tattoo or have found a design that you really love, choosing where on your body to put it can be a tough decision to make. We’ve put together some of the best places that you can get your first tattoo.

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Forearm

Many people choose their forearms or wrists as a placement for their first ever tattoo. Forearms tend to be one of the least painful areas of the body to tattoo, which is why they’re a great choice for first timers who don’t yet know how they’re going to be able to handle the pain of the tattoo gun. The forearm is also quite a versatile place to have a tattoo, and is a great choice if you’re

My Favorite Ink – Alee Rose

Chrome, leather, tattoos and a little bit of sweat dance in front of the camera. It’s 100 degrees on a strip of steaming asphalt but the heat index is off the charts thanks to Alee Rose writhing around on her friend’s custom Harley-Davidson bobber. Rose opens up in the California sun creating striking shapes, working with the bike like it’s the perfect dance partner, but she’s the lead. Rose’s comfort around cameras comes naturally as she is a photographer as well as a model. “It allows me to have two different perspectives, one from behind the camera and one in front of the camera,” she says. “When modeling those perspectives give me an idea of what the finished image will look like which allows me to move in a way I see fit. When photographing, those same perspectives make it easier for me coach the model if needed.”

Her favorite piece is her arm, done mostly by Josh Ridge, though Hi-Tone inked the Lady of Guadalupe in honor of her grandmother. “When I first decided to commit to a sleeve, I wanted something to represent growth through all aspects of my life, hence the representation of the garden. It was about

Electric Lady Land

It is a common scenario: You’re walking around some city’s downtown and a guy will hand you a glossy card promoting some club. The flier—three times the size of a business card— looks like it was made by an overzealous design major who utilizes seven different fonts, overuses Photoshop and features an impossibly gorgeous girl who has never and will never step foot into the place advertised. Unless that girl is DJ Megan Daniels. The blonde baby doll has the softest of looks but is actual fire on the decks—she doesn’t just lead the party, she is the party.

There was a time when a DJ was in a dark booth—not seen, just heard. But in the current era the only successful mixers without a public face are Daft Punk. “At the moment being a DJ has become largely about image,” Megan says. “It’s almost like the DJ is the new rock star. People want to see you and connect with you. You have to be very front and center.”

So it’s not just about the music anymore. But obviously music is integral. “I am a female, and because I began as a model people are