3d Aztec TattoosSource:- Google.com.pk
I figured I'd drop a shopping post on you today: Tattooed Steel jewlery and accessories.
While I'm hesitant to promote anything featured on the cheez that was Rock of Love Bus, there are some tattoo artists behind the outfit like Rose Hardy, who designed the work above, and whose tattoo work can also be found on her Tattooed Steel page. So I'm giving it a shout and you can decide if you're hot for it or not.
[And yes, Brian, I know your Rock of Love and Daisy of Love voiceovers pay for our drinks but that doesn't mean I gotta love watching the tattooed folks on the show fulfill every stereotype.]
I've never been a fan of the military tags as a fashion thing, but I could dig the brushed belt buckles, like this one by Kris Fry, if the price was lower. The bullet ring is also kinda hot, but I imagine Che would revolt over his image being used to hawk counterculture for companies.
Honestly, in these times, I'm really not shopping; hence, the limited shopping posts. But I have bought a BeDazzler to create my own line of high-end fashion (which you can see Brian model here). It's an indie DIY thang that would make Che proud. Prices for my couture bedazzle line begin at $500. Crooked lettering that falls under the armpit is extra.
The LA Times recently profiled Noah Levine, punk rock Buddhist teacher and author of the books Against the Stream and Dharma Punx.
The article looks at how Levine has brought that punk anti-establishment ethos to meditation in his Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, with centers in East Hollywood and Santa Monica and more than 20 affiliated groups across the US. He explains his approach:
"The first noble truth of Buddhism is that there is suffering in life, that there is an unsatisfactory quality to living in a world where everything is constantly changing, and to living in a world where there is so much greed and hatred and delusion. Punk rock's foundation is dissatisfaction, acknowledging greed, hatred and delusion and rebelling against sexism, racism, political corruption and war."
Levine, once a homeless dropout addicted to crack, recovered from his addiction through meditation and a 12-step program. At the age of 20, he began studying Buddhism and 10 years later was certified to teach. He decided to create a scene for people who look like him, listen to the same music and want to find some peace within themselves. So in 2003, his Dharma Punx group was born in NYC's Lower East Side. He then moved to LA and founded Against the Stream last year but does travel, offering retreats across the US.
Check here for the retreat calendar.
I picked up Against the Stream when it came out in 2007, and it's a great introduction to the basics of Buddhism with practical exercises on guided meditation. It's a fast and easy read, particularly compelling with personal stories of his own struggle. It didn't change my life. I'm still a frazzled New Yorker, but I do find myself using some of the breathing and relaxation techniques in the book, especially in the subway during rush hour -- a place more brutal than any mosh pit.
I'm sitting here with the new tattoo book by the publishers of the UK's Skin Deep mag, written and edited by the fabulous Alex Guest. The Tattoo Bible is 164 pages of everything you always wanted to know about sex tattoos but were afraid to ask. It's got goodness for newbies, from choosing the right artwork and artist to aftercare. And it's got excellent interviews and images for those of us who think we know everything because we have a dumb blog.
Here's my problem with it:
We're in it, and they say nice stuff about us. And so even if I give The Tattoo Bible a fair shake, it'll still bring all the haters to the yard with statements like "Oh, well the book highlights Black Tattoo Art and Needles & Sins, so of course she has to say something nice in that big tattoo circle gerkin." Or something to that effect.
So, instead of the glowing review I just deleted, I'm going to offer the book basics, have you decide for yourselves, and hope that Alex Guest won't regret ever mentioning my cursed name in his first tattoo testament.
* First note, The Tattoo Bible is described as a "bookazine," that is, a book/magazine hybrid that is perfect bound on thick paper with a glossy softcover but with lower production costs than a traditional book, and so they are more affordable.
* The layout is also slick like a magazine so those of us with attention deficit disorder won't miss juicy quotes from tattoo legends like this one from Lyle Tuttle:
"Each of the six major religions of the world have some type of prohibition against tattooing--that just tells you that tattoos are really hot sh*t!"
* An extra bonus for the ADD set is that information--from Otzi the Iceman to needle configuration to fine art techniques--is clear and concise; thus, you learn a lot in a short time and can immediately impress your friends on facebook without a lot of study.
* The Tattoo Conventions chapter is the best money-saving primer on how to choose which shows to attend and which to avoid giving your entrance fee to.
* The Tattoo Removal chapter not only provides important practical info but also features some brilliant tattoo transformations.
* Oh, and the PainOmeter graphic rocks!
... Yup, this is spiraling into a review.
For a better idea from a neutral source, read TattoosdayUK's review and interview with Alex.