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Ed Hardy – From Tattoo Artist To Fashion Brand

Before breaking into the fashion world, Don Ed Hardy was a tattoo artist from Southern California. He was born in 1945 and graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1973, he had the opportunity to study Japanese tattoo design under Horihide, a master of classical Japanese tattoo. Don Ed Hardy’s tattoos are one-of-a-kind and recognised around the world.

He and his wife have published a series of books about alternative art, under the label of Hardy Marks Publications. Hardy’s publishing career began with his five-part series “Tattootime.” He now has over 25 publications to his name, including many catalogs of his work.

Although Hardy no longer tattoos, he still oversees the work done at his studio, Tattoo City in San Francisco. He continues to concentrate on other art forms, including printmaking, painting and drawing, using his distinctive style.

In 2002, Hardy made the move into the world of fashion, licensing Ku USA to begin production of clothing using his artwork and style. Saks noticed the colorful and unique designs and began to distribute the clothing. Hardy formed an LLC with Ku USA, called Hardy Life.

The Ed Hardy clothing line was later licensed to Christian Audigier in 2004, following a chance meeting. Celebrities quickly picked up on the new fashion line and a new trend was born: tattoo fashion. Ed Hardy stores were opened in fashion districts, including New York, Los Angeles and Dubai. Devotees of the brand consider it more of a lifestyle celebrating tattoo art, rather than simply clothing to wear.

An Ed Hardy line is also available for kids. The line features clothing ranging from baby sizes all the way up to clothing for teens, available up to size 16. Items available include designer T-shirts, hoodies, dresses, jeans and even school supplies featuring tattoo artwork.

A line of professional styling tools marketed under the Ed Hardy name was introduced in 2010. The tools, all featuring the Ed Hardy name and artwork, include items like styling irons, blow dryers and hair accessories.

The Christian Audigier fragrance line first introduced Ed Hardy fragrances in 2008. The first offerings were Ed Hardy for women and Ed Hardy for men. The feminine version brings to life the vibrant tattoo art. The bright fruity scents of mango, strawberries and grapefruit are instant attention grabbers, the fragrant representation of the blazing colors in the artwork. Ed Hardy for men is woody and aromatic, with mandarin orange, bergamot and sage at the top, a hint of mint and a deep base of amber and musk.

These fragrances were followed by other in the series, including Hearts and Daggers, Love and Luck, Born Wild and Villain. Most of the fragrances in the Ed Hardy collection are available in both men’s and women’s versions.

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Arbe – The Artist

Arbe, the artist who has achieved world-wide success, comes from Soviet Armenia. Arbe, also known as Ara Berberyan, is the son of a well-known and highly regarded artist and professor of Art and Design. Arbe’s father recognized his son’s potential and talent when Ara was still young. When Arbe was twelve, his art work was first exposed to the world in -The World by Children’s Eyes- exhibition. The exposition was opened in the U.S.S.R and then traveled to Canada, United States, France, and Italy. Arbe went on to complete a Master of Art degree at the University of Art and Designing in Yerevan, Armenia. During his studies in the nation’s capital, Arbe was especially drawn to the works of Klimt, Picasso, and Dali for inspiration. Although material on these artists was limited in the Soviet era, Arbe managed to find the appropriate works. After graduation, in 1981, numerous government-commissioned projects at national theaters, hotels, and the Yerevan Airport were completed by Arbe. The artist focused on the development of his career. It was not easy to be an artist in the Soviet Union. However, through his determination, Arbe succeeded in obtaining various projects through the Architectural Office, -Gostproect-. During this time, facades for public buildings, officer, and other spaces were designed by Arbe. The artist used elaborate gold designs and ornate marble patterns in his work on the facades, no doubt drawing his inspiration from the renowned Gustav Klimt. Various private commissions for exclusive clients and government officials followed. These private pieces included murals, classical portraits, and numerous landscapes.

Oil on canvas work is typical to Arbe’s art. Paintings that incorporate metallic textures in abstract backgrounds can also be recognized as those completed by Arbe. The artist likes to use gold and silver hand worked leafs to give his creations a three dimensional and attention grabbing aspect. His pieces are an exquisite mixture of modern and classic, completed in earth-tone palettes with vivid, sparely added colors such as red, blue, and purple. The artist also likes to use Armenian history, legends, biblical themes as inspiration for his work. Arbe’s art work is characterized by a feeling of peace and exudes a soothing glow. International art auctions and various online art auctions are great sources for purchasing this amazing artist’s work.

Written by Billy

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How A Martial Artist Can Increase Their Kicking Speed With Ankle Weights

Most martial artists are in excellent health and wonderful shape. Yet to find out how a martial artist can increase their kicking speed one must look to the simple facts of conditioning. It is pushing yourself to get to the next level in your kicking and that means pushing your body as well.

While it may seem crazy the first way to speed up the kicks is to slow down the body. One important aspect of martial arts is the need for long, lean and powerful muscles. To achieve that place an individual must stretch. Unfortunately that seems to be the part of a workout that gets overlooked. Doing stretching properly is even more important since it is to relax and release the muscles not shorten them in pain.

Warmth is the crucial aspect to stretching. Getting up and stretching first thing is not the most effective way to help your body. After a night of sleep and little movement your muscles are tight and slow. Taking a hot bath or shower is a wonderful way to wake up the muscles warmly and get them ready for stretching. Once you are warm start moving to allow the blood to begin flowing throughout the body and relaxing your muscles.

To kick higher you have to get stronger. Do this by adding extra weights to your legs during the day to push your normal activity to the next level. However, do not start kicking when you first put the weights on. Let your muscles get used to them. Just wearing them doing your normal activities is building up your muscle tone. When you feel like you are used to wearing them then you can start with low kicks to let your legs learn the new movement.

Finding a target to kick at is a great way of developing your mind and body connection. Hang something six inches higher than you can actually kick and try to reach the object. This will motivate you to reach the item and will allow your eyes to see and the mind to understand that it has to do more.

When you are used to the ankle weights try kicking with them on after proper warm up and stretching. This pushes your strength to the brink.

Then have someone video record your kick and see if you are wasting any movements. Are you taking too many steps to set up? Are you adding an extra step that not only is taking away from your speed by telling your opponent what you plan to do? Watch the tape and see where you can economize your movements to create a smoother, faster kicking process.

Once you have seen some progress with the weight on take it off to see how much easier it is to kick faster and higher. Your foot will feel light and you will see the amazing difference these steps made to how a martial artist can increase their kicking speed.

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Realizing the Need to See Shirtless Male Celebrities

Dangerously bordering between a healthy habit to an obsessive fetish, perusing images of shirtless male celebrities have slowly crept into the daily routines of most teenage daughters, mothers, and even grandmothers. Apparently, a lot of men also seem to include this ritual in their daily tasks, no doubt to compare whose abdominals are tighter or which shirtless guy would most probably land him a lot of women. Still, there are those who need to simply because of the pleasure viewing male teats brings, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually and sexually.

Without going to the merits of whether this is actually moral or not, we need to realize that there exists a real need to see male celebrities without their shirts. Looking at these photos remind us non-celebrities that basically, there is nothing different between us and them. The just happened to have great paying jobs, better looking one-night stands and lots of days-off than the rest of us. But seeing them without their shirts shows us that in reality, they are just people. When you look at a lot of naked pictures, the pictures begin to lose their differences and appear common and usual. Male celebrities rely on looks, acting and influence. But without garments, they all look like typical males, complete with your nipples and belly button. Sure, most of them have well-chiseled bodies but still, seeing them uncovered reminds us that we have the same parts as they do, only less sculpted and more insulated.

Also, the world is in agreement that there is nothing wrong seeing a male without his shirt. Now, if that were a female, then that would be totally banned, although it would have made great viewing for a lot of people, in my and their very humble opinion. Men are always the protectors of their tribes or social units, and women and children look up to their males for protection, food, comfort and security. And what can be more comforting than the sight of a strong, able-bodied male? But sadly, the grandeur of the moment is dampened extensively with the presence of covering, thus, the need to see them shirtless.

The comforts of modern living has somewhat diluted the primal beast within the males of our species. Layers of clothing continue to alienate our naked bodies from the perusal and scrutiny of those who would most benefit from it. Fortunately, those who were gifted with the popularity to become celebrities have used their stature and social standing to remind us of the rawness and beauty that is the naked male body. The shirtless male celebrities of our society strive to encourage us all that there is nothing more adorable and pleasing to behold than the uncovered male form.

Of course, whether the actual adoration for such a thing leads to certain acts or behavior is beyond the point. Since time immemorial, and for many more years to come, the shirtless male celebrities will continue to be held in the highest praise and standard.

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Which Celebrities Have Had Rhinoplasty

How can you tell which celebrities have had a nose job? That’s a tricky question since most Hollywood stars would have you believe that their beauty is totally natural. With relatively minor procedures (such as eyelid surgery to correct drooping lids) the results of plastic surgery may be difficult to spot. However, rhinoplasty doesn’t make a person look younger. It actually changes the entire look of the face. So if you see photos of celebs who look dramatically different than they did a few months ago, it’s time to zero in on the nose for closer inspection. Here are several well-known women who have definitely gone under the knife to acquire a new schnoz.

Jennifer Grey
Best known as Ferris Bueller’s older sister and “Baby” from “Dirty Dancing,” Jennifer Grey’s quirky-but-cute face captured the camera and the hearts of American moviegoers. Now, she is most famous for having a great nose job and a career that took a nose dive as a result. Her beak was shaved down to a shadow of its former self. Now, you wouldn’t recognize her on the s treet (or on “Dancing with the Stars”). Grey has reportedly gone on to take advantage of cosmetic surgery several more times in the last few decades. At least one face lift and some injectable fillers may have kept her looking fairly young-if not exactly “baby” faced.

Ashlee Simpson
This young singer was apparently under very deep anesthesia during the procedure to alter the shape of her nose. Her reported response to questions about whether she had a nose job was “Maybe, who knows!” Her plastic surgeon knows for sure. So does her dad, who probably footed the bill for the operation. Unlike Barbra Streisand, who has famously declined to have the bump on her nose removed because it might change the timbre of her lovely voice, Simpson appears to harbor no such fears. As long as she keeps her lip-syncing skills polished, she should be fine.

Lil Kim
Although Lil Kim (Kimberly Jones) has done her best to draw attention away from her nose job with much more extreme enhancements to her bosom, her nose has the pinched look reminiscent of Janet and Latoya Jackson’s. Let’s hope she stops now and doesn’t descend fully into Michael Jackson territory. The Queen Bee’s forehead is also looking suspiciously shiny and smooth these days-an indication of Botox injections. At least the results of that particular treatment wear off over time. It’s not too late to get off the plastic surgery train to disaster, Kim, can you hear me now?

To learn more about rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, facelift or Botox, visit a local Dallas, Detroit or Beverly Hills rhinoplasty provider today.

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Voiceover Artist Radio Station Imaging David Kaye

VOICEOVER ARTIST RADIO STATION IMAGING
by David Kaye

I do a lot of radio imaging.

Many people call it “Radio Station Imaging,” or as I like to call it, “Promotional Branding and Station Identification.”

In this realm of the business, it is important to make sure that you’re set up as a proper company, that you’re a business. It is not a fly-by-night deal by any stretch of the imagination.

You’d better have the equipment. You’d better be prepared to work a lot and take care of your voice, because radio stations like to use you a lot.

In a contract, traditionally you’re committed to recording a page or two a month, whatever your agent negotiates, or whatever you negotiate for yourself. They’ll stretch that out. They’ll try to get as much as they possibly can out of a page. So radio station voice imaging is little bits and pieces and stuff and there is a page and stuff.

Typically, on a Monday or Friday a bulk of stuff will come in. That’s just the nature of the business.

The business has changed over the years, especially because of the Internet. There’s not as much money flowing around as it used to be. Some of the big companies are changing hands. We all know how that’s gone. The economy is different. But stations are still spending money on station voices. They are still going out and searching for them.

When someone listens to the radio station, in their head they’re hearing the imaging person the voice as the owner. If you’re hired to be the voice of a radio station, you’re that station’s identifier. You represent that station. It is a big responsibility. It’s not just, “You know, I do the voice.” No, that’s the sound of the station. So think of yourself as the radio station’s boss.

So if you’re going to be voicing stuff for radio stations, note that, first of all, the business has changed. There are even more opportunites now because there is satellite radio. There still are revenue stream issues, but if you want to get into it there is places you can put your voice. There are Internet radio stations.

You can do a lot of marketing on your own on the Internet to radio and TV stations. But be prepared to be a business. You’re a businessman. They want to hire you. They want you available. They want you versatile, and there is a certain style you need to keep in mind.

There are perimeters to being a radio imaging voice. So that means listening to what’s out there now, listening to what’s out there in the past, and maybe developing your own style…but within the perimeters. You’re selling the station. You are the station’s voice. That’s a big responsibility.

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Smile Makeovers Are Not Just For Celebrities Any Longer

You have probably seen the before and after celebrity pictures. George Clooney and Sharon Stone are among two of the most famous smile makeovers in Hollywood. They went to a cosmetic dentist who dramatically changed the face of their smiles. Zac Efron had the gap between his front teeth corrected and Miley Cyrus had the length of her choppers evened out. The most dramatic change of all belongs to Elliot Yamin of American Idol fame whose teeth had to be straightened and spaced out more properly. The techniques that were used to help those celebrities are now more widely available across the U.S. than ever before.

Dr. John Gordon, a Kansas City cosmetic dentist, performs those types of smile makeovers for average people, every day. The cost of the procedures has become much more affordable so that they are not just for Hollywood celebrities any longer. Invisalign has provided one of the most dramatic ways to makeover the mouth through a revolutionary system that makes wearing braces nearly undetectable. Your dentist takes impressions of your teeth to fashion custom supports that you wear to gradually move your teeth into the correct position. It works just like metal braces without the discomfort and unsightly wires that go with conventional orthodontics.

At his Kansas City cosmetic dentist office, Dr. Gordon uses 3D computer images to makeover smiles. He calls the work his passion and he loves to show off the results. In many cases, the Invisalign supports are used by adults who just couldnt handle wearing braces as a child. The patients wish that the Invisalign system had been available when they were young.

There are other ways that Dr. Gordon and his fellow cosmetic dentists can fix your smile.
Porcelain veneers that are cemented to bad teeth will hide bad stains, cover cracks or chips and fill in gaps. They can also hide the damage done to the enamel of the teeth by years of cigarette smoking or drinking coffee. Whatever complaint you have about the appearance of your smile, a cosmetic dentist will be able to come up with a solution.

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Banksy Prints Prove Popular With Celebrities

Work by graffiti artist Banksy has become so popular that celebrities regularly buy originals and prints.

In 2006 American pop singer and songwriter Christina Aguilera paid 25,000 for an original of Queen Victoria as a lesbian and two Banksy prints after arranging a private viewing at a Soho gallery where the Bristol-born urban artist was exhibiting.

Gallery owner Steve Lazarides told the Independent that the pop star already had an in-depth knowledge of Banksy prints and originals and knew exactly what sort of artwork she wanted to buy.

A friend of Aguilera said the musician would prize the Queen Victoria picture featuring the monarch in a lesbian pose with a prostitute and hang it in her living room.

“She’s been a huge fan of Banksy for months and was desperate to get her hands on some of his artwork,” they told the paper.

Banksy reportedly created the controversial piece in response to the fact that Queen Victoria famously refused to pass a law outlawing lesbianism as she refused to believe such things existed.

Hollywood mega-couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are amassing a growing collection of Banksy work having spent in excess of 1 million at a contemporary art auction in London in 2007.

Brangelina also controversially bought a Banksy painting of Michael Jackson which showed the King of Pop standing in the doorway of a cottage attempting to coax a young boy and girl into his house with sweets.

Brad Pitt told the Times at an exhibition in America that he becoming a fan of Banksy after discovering examples of his work through the media.

He said: “I think that this guy is really on to something. I first heard about him a year or so ago I saw something about him in a magazine.”

Keanu Reeves, Meg White and Jude Law are just some of the famous faces who have also been spotted viewing Banksy prints and originals at exhibitions in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Mr Lazarides said that Banksy prints and originals are popular with celebrities because they prefer contemporary art to classical masterpieces.

He told the Times: “They’ve got money and they don’t particularly want to spend it on a Picasso – they want to buy something that relates to their lives, their time and their culture.”

Banksy has famously painted subversive graffiti in places such as London Zoo, the British Museum and the wall dividing the West Bank in Israel.

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How to Go About Being a Make-up Artist

Make up is not only the art of making up, but a process of sustaining good looks.- This quote provides an insight on what the world of a make-up artist is all about. A person who helps in keeping pace with aspects affecting a person’s looks is known as a makeup artist.

Roles of a make-up artist include application of makeup & prosthetics related to all the fields of glamour viz events, movies, theatre, television, fashion, magazines, photography and other related occasions.

Education

The range of education related aspects required for being a make-up artist is quite huge. There are many colleges and universities which offer attractive courses and certification programs with specialization in this field. These courses involve a combination of manuals based learning added to practical training experiences. These courses range from 1 month tenure (which mostly involves direct training) to 1 year courses with the backdrop as theory based learning.

How to Go about These Courses?

After the 90s, various campuses started accommodating many advance training courses which could not be accommodated in degrees programs. Some of these courses were off-beat fields of learning, while most were advanced educational opportunities of upcoming fields of learning. One such off-beat course is the certification program in make-up artistry.

Countries where the film industry is flourishing like India and United States have associations for make-up and other related fields.

Career Scope

The fields of films, television, modeling etc. offer lucrative pay packages. Make-up artists can become personal make-up artists for celebrities as well. In addition, they can open a studio of their own. The set-up is considered a major investment, hence it is seen that multiple makeup artists form a combined company or a label.

The field of makeup artistry is one field where practical hands-on experience matters more than anything else.

Income Scope

Depending upon their clientele, some makeup artists earn more than performing celebrities, but the average income is decent for a makeup artist. Also, a makeup artist needs to be updated about the latest advancements in their field.

Lastly, prospective clients view the concerned makeup artist as a display of what is being offered, so those folks who stay in shape and work on their looks, hairstyle, attire etc. earn well.

A detailed knowledge of all the aspects related to careers, advice and scope of being a makeup artist will come via experience. But, any glamour based career blog or a university college directory will give you better insights.

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Famous Aries Celebrities

People come under the Aries sun sign category when they are born between March 21 and April 20. Their energy is Yang, quality is cardinal and element is fire. Mars and Pluto are their rulers and their gem is diamond. Their colour is red and the main body parts are the face and head. 5 famous Aries celebrities include Norah Jones, Martin Lawrence, Mariah Carey and Eddie Murphy and Tennessee Williams.

Norah Jones is famous for her unique, recognizable voice and classy vibe. She is one of the most reputed artists in the country, pop and jazz genres. She is an eight time Grammy winner and is a true Arien by heart.

Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence is a great film American film director, actor and comedian. He rose to fame during the nineties with his performance in films such as Bad Boys, Blue Streak, Big Momma’s House and others.

Mariah Carey is also an Aries celebrity who is a popular song writer and actress. Her hit records include Hero, Dreamlover, Fantasy, Music Box, Merry Christmas and others. Edward Regan “Eddie” Murphy was born on April 3, 1961. He is an American actor, stand up comedian, writer, singer and musician. He was ranked no.10 on Comedy Central’s list of hundred greatest stand-ups of all time.

Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams III is the fifth Aries celebrity. He was a popular American writer who worked mainly as a playwright. He was also known for his poetry, essays, short stories, volume of memoirs and screenplays. Many of his plays are considered to be classics of the American stage.

The aforesaid celebrities are straightforward and direct, which is the quality of true Ariens. They are or were also blunt, aggressive and impatient. Ariens know what they want and are known for their killer instinct. They are also hard working people who are persistent in achieving their goals. As is denoted by the lives of the aforesaid celebrities, those falling under this sun sign can also be an inspiration to others and make others want to follow him. Aries are very charismatic people who are ever willing to take up a new challenge. The best love matches for Aries are Sagittarians, Leos etc.

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