The Truth About Learning To Tattoo

Just like with any other art, if you want to learn how to tattoo you have to undergo an apprenticeship with an experienced tattoo artist. This will not only enable you to learn the basic tattooing techniques, but also enable you to get feedback on your work so you can improve your skills. Before you try to get an apprenticeship, however, you have to develop your drawing skills since being able to draw is a basic talent that every tattoo artist must have. If you feel your art skills are not developed enough, you might want to take some drawing classes at a local college first.

Then you need to prepare a portfolio that you will show to potential mentors. This portfolio should include a substantial number of samples of your work to show off what you can do. These samples should not be simple drawings but fully colored and completed pieces of art that will demonstrate what your tattoo designs will actually look like; they should also be signed as proof that they were done by you. Make the samples as varied as possible to demonstrate that you can be versatile and handle a range of designs. Presentation is also important so your portfolio should be in a professional-looking artist’s leather case with a zipper rather than a three-ring binder; the samples should also be protected by being placed in a protective plastic sleeve.

Now that you have a portfolio, you can find a mentor who will teach you how to tattoo. Visit various tattoo shops and show around your portfolio. Focus on shops that have a good reputation with their clients, and who have tattoo artists with at least five years of experience. You will have to be persistent and patient, since it may take you some time to find a tattoo artist who will agree to an apprenticeship.

The most important consideration when choosing a mentor is to find one that you will get along with. Obviously you will want an accomplished tattoo artist to guide you, but if you don’t feel comfortable with each other then you obviously will not learn anything from him; in fact, you may not even complete your apprenticeship. Keep in mind that you will be working closely with this person for an extended period of time.

Another consideration is money. While you may be lucky enough to find a mentor who will take you as an apprentice for free, the majority of them will charge you a fee that can be as much as thousands of dollars. Beware of tattoo artists who will take your money without giving you anything of value; find one who will give you value for money by giving you the education you need to become a professional.

Once you have found a mentor, you should adjust your expectations before you start your apprenticeship. While you might want to immediately plunge into the more artistic aspects such as making stencils, you will have to master the technical aspects of tattooing first. This includes learning how to operate, maintain and sterilize the tattoo machines as well as how to avoid infection and safely dispose of contaminated materials. And of course, for a time you will have to do the scut work such as cleaning up around the shop and running chores.

For basic techniques you can also purchase DVD tutorials, watch videos on youtube, or online tutorials such as the one here: http://www.howtotattooblog.com/

Benefits of Cinnamon and Honey

Not only does cinnamon and honey taste amazing (at least we think so), but it also has many health benefits that most of us aren’t aware of.

cinnamon and honey

A mixture of cinnamon and honey has been found to benefit and sometimes fully cure some of the following diseases:

Bladder Infections

A warm glass of water with two tablespoons of cinnamon and one teaspoon of honey helps to kill the germs in the bladder.

Colds

Taking a warm tablespoon of honey with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon for three days is perfect for battling colds, coughs, and sinus problems.

Immune System

Improve your body’s immune system by taking a daily dose of honey and cinnamon. This will strengthen the white blood cells to fight evil bacteria and viral diseases.

Creative Room Dividers for Your Home Or Office Space

Have you ever wanted to divide a space without the need of hiring a construction crew and paying lots of money to do permanent remodeling? There are lots of ways that you can manage your home or business space and get creative at the same time. Here are a few ideas that we found…

1. Recycling Old Doors

Connecting three old doors to make this awesome and movable room divider.

Old Doors as room divider

2. Recycling Old Windows

Dividing your space by hanging old windows and a unique touch.

Recyling old windows as room divider

3. Ikea Hanging Room Dividers

For a little more of a contemporary look.

Ikea hanging room divider

4. Moving Bookshelf Room Divider

How cool are these moveable bookcase walls? Simply awesome!

Moving Bookshelf room divider

5. Marble Room Divider

Definitely not an inexpensive option, but look how stunning this looks…

Marble room divider

If you are in the NYC area, we recommend the following company for any custom temporary walls and room dividers you might need:

https://www.facebook.com/wall2wallny

https://www.linkedin.com/company/wall-2-wall-ny-temporary-walls-nyc

https://www.google.com/+wall2wallny

http://www.youtube.com/wall2wallny1

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Top Ways Men Get Under Women’s Skin

Guess it goes both ways, we’re sure guys have a list of their own on the most annoying things we women do to irritate them. But this is not about them, ha! This is about our moment of speaking our mind!

Annoyed woman

So here we go…

Top 10 things guys do that drive women bonkers (in a bad way)!

1. Using your phone while out on a dinner date.

Come on now, I think on a date a girl deserves to get a guy’s full attention. No?

2. Saying that we look “okay”

Might as well just tell us the truth. “Okay” is simply not a compliment and is just a way of saying that we could look better.

3. Too much referring to ex-girlfriends.

Thanks, but we don’t need to be hearing about your ex all the time. Just shows that she is still in your head maybe too much.

4. Muffin top grabbing

We already hate these areas of our body, please don’t make us more self conscious about them.

5. Being late to their own plans.

Come on, if you’re going to take the initiative to plan something at a specific time, at least be on time for your own plans.

6. Leaving to toilet seat up!

Pretty self explanatory.

7. Taking longer than us to get ready.

Yes, us girls tend to take a little longer to get ready, but we have more to deal with… hair, makeup, nails, more body parts to shave, etc.. There’s no reason for guys to take longer than us to take care of their male grooming and get dressed.

8. Making assumptions

Didn’t you learn in elementary school not to assume?

9. Not holding doors open

Not just for us. Holding a door open for someone is simply common courtesy.

10. Dishonesty

Nobody like dishonest people, PERIOD!

 

Well those are our top 10. We’re sure there are PLENTY more. In fact you can see a list of 87 things here: http://elitedaily.com/dating/reasons-ways-men-royally-irritate-women/724441/

Time To #CheckYourSelfie

It’s never too early to be aware of the importance of self examination. As young adults, most of us feel like we’re immune to everything, but the reality is far from the truth. We found this great video from now 21 year old, Jennifer Rozze, who found a lump in her breast at just 17 years old.

If you have time to take a #selfie, you have time to #checkyourselfie!

http://checkyourselfie.org/

Halloween Pumpkin Carving for All You Frozen Fans

In the spirit of Halloween and with the great popularity of Disney’s Frozen, why not carve an awesome pumpkin of Elsa? Great activity for you to enjoy with your little princesses.

Here’s a video we found showing all the necessary tools and steps to create a beautiful finished product. Happy Halloween!

Here are some other cool jack-o-lanterns we found…

Living The Life of a Gangster

Not that we’re in favor of crime and gangsters, but we must admit that there definitely is something a little cool about being able to say that you live in the house formerly owned by notorious gangster, Al Capone! No? And it is not even going to cost you and arm and a leg!

According to CBS Chicago…

A house recently put up for sale in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood looks like any other red, brick-built structure you’ll see across the city, but this 2-flat is special — it belonged to Al Capone.

Yes, the home that the infamous gangster Al Capone lived in is on the market. For a measly $225,000, you could own a piece of Chicago history.

Al Capone home in Chicago

(Photo Credit: RE/MAX Signature Homes)

And this is just a funny video we found that somebody made…