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Ed Hardy – From Tattoo Artist To Fashion Brand

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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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Eco Gifts 5 Tips On Giving Stylish Eco Freindly Gifts

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Increasingly there is an awareness of the ecological aspect of gift giving, both on an individual level, and by companies who are anxious to incorporate sustainability as a part of their gift giving. We are often asked to supply eco gifts, and find it is not difficult to find suitable gifts, but it may take a little extra thought.

This does not mean adopting a tie-dyed hippy approach, but instead a little consideration to find stylish yet more sustainable gifts. We have all experienced one of those other gifts at some time. Multi layered packaging, which eventually reveals a clam-shell like plastic casing, which in turn protects its treasure of some cheaply made item which barely lasts past Christmas. All which will find its way to the nearest landfill before long.

There are many ways to give more eco friendly gifts. Five of the key considerations are:

Shop locally.
If you are supplying a locally made gift, you will not be adding additional transportation miles to the finished product. You are also in a position to know more about the environmental stance and reputation of the manufacturer as regards pollution, recycling etc.

Buy quality.
Cheaply made products inevitably do not last, requiring replacement sooner and creating more waste. The recipient and the environment will appreciate your good judgment in choosing a quality item instead of an alternative of inferior quality.

Encourage environmentally sound behaviour with your gift.
For example give a tree to be planted, or perhaps a book on gardening or environmental issues. Consider solar powered gifts, or those that can take batteries which are solar powered. Children can be enthused with gifts like a paper making kit (involving recycling of paper) or making a worm house

Choose the most appropriate gifts you can.
Spend time considering your recipients. Well chosen gifts will encourage their usage and retention. This makes your gift more appreciated, and less likely to make a quick journey to the landfill. Consider artisan hand made gifts. These may be more unique, and can have more appeal on an emotional level, and therefore be retained longer. They may also be better made than a mass manufactured alternative, and therefore will last longer.

Consider the materials your gift is made with, and packed in.
Are there more natural materials or even recycled options available? Is there a more natural packaging alternative, for example woven flax gift baskets, jute bags or wooden boxes made from sustainably harvested pine trees with wood shavings.

With a little thought and consideration of environmental impact, your gifts can be both stylish and sustainable.

We are happy to help with advice, and you should not hesitate to ask your gift retailer for more information, which will encourage more stocking of environmentally sound products.

You will find more information on the Eco Gifts: Eco Friendly Gifts section of our website.


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Digital Artist’s Paradise- Cintiq 24hd

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If it was possible for a digital artist to have heaven on earth, it would revolve around Cintiq 24 HD. Wacom’s new tablet Cintiq 24 HD priced at $2500 proves its worth with the state-of-the-art technology and impressive design used in it. It is the best drawing tool that any designer or artist can get. People who work in Photoshop, Manga Studio , Sketch Book Pro or painter with older Wacom models, this means a better finesse with a gentler touch at 24.1 in wide screen (1920×1200 pixels).

There’s a reason why these tablets are so much in demand- it is the easiest and best way to do a lot of drawing in a very less time with more fluency and efficiency. Wacom’s pressure sensitive tablet technology is overlaid by Cintiq on the tablet monitor that removes the cognitive dissonance of working on a tablet while looking at the screen. The Cintiq 24 HD has 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. It uses two button, wireless, battery-free pen with a rubber grip and a pressure sensitive eraser on the rear end. One of the most useful buttons is the one that calls the on-screen keyboard. A perfect combination of on screen keyboard, side function buttons, and the touch wheel makes it easier to forget physical key board.

Before making a purchase, make sure you have enough room to accommodate this classic yet huge drawing tablet. The flat footprint is 80 x 60cm and depth is 37cm when the screen is fully raised. Also unlike other 18 inch and 21 inch tablets, Cintiq 24 HD does not have a rotating pivot. However, it can be raised to the drawing board angle at any time. Cintiq 24 HD has a glass screen with anti-glare coating which gives a slight yet pleasant resistance to the pen. Calibration, however, can be a small issue like it has been in other Cintiq tablets. The user has to calibrate the cursor to match up with their line of sight as the cursor is a few millimeters below where the pen nib hits the glass. But after a couple of tries, the calibration gets excellent.

The Cintiq 24 HD is worth the money you spend, the space it takes because of the excellent quality of work you get. If you are a digital artist, it is a necessity to enjoy the flawless digital drawing experience.


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Artist Helps Dementia Patients

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Popular painter Sarah-Jane Szikora has announced that she is using her artistic abilities to help dementia patients.

The northern artist announced on her personal blog that she is currently involved in the initial stages of designing and refurbishing three dementia wards in Bradford teaching hospitals.

Sarah-Jane said she hopes that her personal experience of dementia through her mother’s illness will help other people who are affected by the condition.

She wrote in her blog: “Through art, I can also use the experience and hopefully turn it into something positive for others. We must always strive to see the brighter side of life amidst the darkness of living. Laughter, after all, is the best medicine.”

The artist is spending less time on producing Sarah-Jane Szikora prints so that she can fully concentrate her efforts on the design and refurbishment project.

Sarah-Jane has called for further investment from potential donors as the scheme is mainly funded by charity and only receives a small amount from the NHS.

She added on her blog: “So what we lack in funds, we must try and make up for in creativity!”

Sarah-Jane recently told the arts and culture journal Fally rag that she hopes that her light-hearted and humorous prints of giant gingerbread man and confectionary characters provide people with happiness.

She told the publication: “The world doesn’t owe you happiness; you must earn it. Get on that journey of self-discovery and change something. Art helped me to be happy, so hopefully by offering my results, I can pass a little bit of that on.”

Sarah-Jane said that she wanted to inspire human warmth and connection through her irreverent artwork as she does not want to add to the despair that some people already experience.

“The world has seen enough misery without Tracy Emin’s dirty knickers thrown in,” she told Fally rag.

Life drawing classes at the Cleveland College of Art inspired Szikora’s passion for illustrating the human body, which she has now evolved to create extreme comedy figures.

People interested in viewing Sarah-Jane Szikora prints will be pleased to know that the artist said that she will soon be revealing the dates of some gallery events taking place in July.

The artist also said on her blog that she had the pleasure of going to an exhibition in Newcastle which displayed Fabian Perez prints.

Sarah-Jane Szikora prints have been displayed in Harrods, Selfridges and several important exhibitions across the United Kingdom.


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Stylish Nerd Glasses A Fad In The Making

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Is it weird to see the two words stylish and nerd in the same phrase: stylish nerd glasses? For some one who’s under the influence of conventionality, it sure is. For as long as one could remember, nerd has been considered dork. Mention of the word brings to mind immediately images of bookish professors or IT people with untrimmed hair and dirty cloth sitting in front of computers or with a heavy and thick book. That stereotypic view, however, needs to be changed in todays’ fasting developing era. Nerds are no longer your old skinny and unpopular dudes who have no chicks and eat their computer codes for lunches. Nerds are the emerging fashion trend setter with their eccentric behaviours and iconic smart looks. As a matter of fact, they are the new sexy. >

With the nerds rising in the fashion field, it is only natural that stylish nerd glasses emerge as well. Unconventional color, exceptionally unique shape and always exaggerating and shocking use of material make them the new found favourite for many young people and their elderly alike. That budding momentum is only accelerated when The Big Bang Theory become a household name. The hit TV show surrounding the lives of a bunch of high IQ nerds and their hot neighbour pushed the nerd trend higher and made it an official thing. Now, people around the world are copying the dressing style and of course glasses wearing style of characters from the show. For instance, Leonard, the physicist from the show who is also one of the main character, is loved for his outstanding performance in the show and his adorable stylish nerd glasses.

In this age, nothing speaks more to people’s heart and eyes than a pair of stylish eyeglasses. Combing that with the most current and most in buzzword in the business and you get stylish nerd glasses. And need I remind you: once you set your hands on one pair of such glasses, you will truly never regret. As those who know a thing or two about glasses say, once you go nerd, you will always be nerd.

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Stylish Tvs Apache Bike Features

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A TVS motor is the third largest two wheeler manufacture in India. The brand has proved itself by giving best services to its customers and launched almost all kinds of automotive components but extremely focused on the two wheelers and well known as Total Quality Management. Some fine brands of the TVS Motor are TVS Scooty, TVS Fiero, TVS Apache, TVS Centra, TVS Flame, TVS Victor and etc. The company introduced it most stylish and superb bike in the year of 2000 with the name of TVS Apache bike and also rewarded by the Bike of the year in 2006 by Business Standard Motoring.

TVS Apache bike is naturally launched for the premium segment and targeting the youth. Its strong body, engine and design are the main attractions in the bike. TVS Apache bike is available in some awesome colors such as Yellow, Pearl White, Black and Gray. TVS Apache bike has come up with variant of Apache RTR 180. It is featured with advance specifications and also associated with most powerful engine. The bike is best power pick-up, performance, reliability, mileage or style, design and fully youth oriented bike.

TVS Apache bike is facing the strong competition with the bikes of other brands like Karizma ZMR Bajaj Pulsar 220 Yamaha R15, Honda Hunk. But still Apache is the best in the performance. There is huge difference in riding the Apache bike. This TVS Apache bike is loaded with the features like Digital Speedometer which gives the bike new and different look especially at night, Aerodynamic air scoops, Petal shaped disc brakes, LED tail lamps, digital display, wider rear tyre, re-styled silencer, Forged brake lever etc. These all features together make bike more exciting and interesting for the rider.

TVS Apache RTR 160 is powered by 159.7cc engine and ultra-modern features are set in the bike. The mileage gives by the bike is 45 to 50 kmpl. It can be called as a fuel injection technology. TVS Apache bike is born and raised for race track. The bike is the dream of every biker or racer. This TVS bike price in India is around Rs. 70, 000. The price of the bike is varying according to the city.


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Design Your Own Beautiful Sapphire Engagement Ring

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Probably a thought as designing your own ring may never have occurred to you. More so, for your very special day in life as the engagement which is memorable and care is taken that every aspect is at its best on this day. With a little help, it is indeed possible to create a ring on your own. Sapphire engagement rings are the latest trend and any person including those who do not have the required expertise or resources may craft these beautiful rings from home in a few easy steps.

The process is much simpler than usually believed. The foremost step is to identify a good reputed jeweler who offers to help you make sapphire rings. And this may be done through the internet. Once you have checked and finalized the internet jeweler, approach them with your request. Few creative decisions need to be taken at this stage. The ring setting and the shape, cut and color of the sapphire stone must be finalized.

There are four popular ring settings to choose from for your dream sapphire engagement ring; solitaire setting, three stone setting, setting with side stones, setting with matching bands and designer setting. Each type of ring setting holds its own individualistic beauty and style. The evergreen timeless classic solitaire ring setting is elegant while the settings encrusted with small diamond stones along with a beautiful sapphire is stunningly beautiful. Also, designer sapphire rings with intricate designs are spectacular choices for engagements. Choose the ring setting which you are comfortable with and also which blends with your personality.

The next significant step in designing your own sapphire engagement ring is the selection of the central sapphire and other precious stones needed for the ring. Unlike other gemstones sapphires are available in a myriad of beautiful colors, ranging from blue, pink-orange, yellow, green, colorless to shades of gray and black. It is advisable to choose the engagement dress first and then accordingly decide on the color of the sapphire for the engagement ring complementing the color of that special dress. A resplendent engagement dress perfectly accessorized with beautiful engagement ring is every womans dream. Make this possible by spending time and carefully choosing the loose sapphire with perfect cut, color and shape. Almost all the internet jewelry companies offer to preview the exact image of the final ring created with your selection of ring setting and sapphires. If not completely satisfied with the picture, it is suggested that as many combinations may be tried till you see what you like. The third step involves choosing the metal; whether yellow gold or white gold or platinum. Select the one which looks good on your finger

Finally, view the complete image of the ring and if satisfied, place the order. Thus, with these few steps, you have designed your own sapphire engagement ring from home.


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How to Attract Hot Sexy Italian Women – Use the Alpha Male System When Attracting Italian Girls

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Hot women come from all over the world, but it must be said that the hottest women are from Italy. Their large, sensuous breasts and their strong, tall bodies just ooze sex. It’s no wonder that most models are Italian. Wouldn’t you love to make a hot Italian woman yours? I know I would.

The trick to attracting Italian women is simple. Just realize that Italian women often come from a strong family. This means that she’s used to being surrounded by caring loving, and slightly crazy people. She wants someone who will love her but not smother her. Also realize that the most important man in her life is her father. Any man she chooses to date will be compared to him. If you have to chance to meet her family do it and be sure you make a good impression. Be helpful and caring and fun.

The biggest tip I can give you though is to become an Alpha Male. You see, Alpha Males are the men who women love. An Alpha Male is completely comfortable in his own skin and he can take of his own life as well as protect his woman. Alpha Males show confidence and security. By learning more about yourself and becoming cool and confident you’ll be able to attract lots and lots of hot Italian women.

There are plenty of Italian chicks hanging out in gelato bars and dance clubs all around your city. Make the choice today to go out and meet some. Become and Alpha Male and you’ll be well on your way to that Italian women you’ve always wanted.

You can get a hot Italian girl tonight…

Visit: Alpha Male System …and find out how to become the alpha male that gets all the women!


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How come Men are considering attending Utah Beauty Schools

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More men are having an idea about presence at Utah beauty schoolsthan they might have done in the past. There are explicit stereotypes concerning men in the cosmetology business. For men considering departing to beauty schools in Utah , there are a range of things to believe, but such typecasts are becoming less of a fear these days. Lately, the Association of Cosmetology Schools has accounted that male audience at beauty schools is increasing. This piece of writing will speak to some of the distress men might have more so than women and thoughts anyone looking at these beauty school Utah attendance may need to consider. What are the affects that attendance at hair schools in Utahmay lift up for men only? Le’ts discuss and have a look into a few of the issues that men consider about before going to these beauty schools. In the past few years, barbers were normally all male and cosmetologists were generally all female. Ever since that time, men have commenced to buck this inclination together with the female barbers. Apart from just taking into account attendance at Utah beauty schools, men are also concentrating more on fashion than in they used to do in the past. Men, once measured roughshod and disheveled, are more often anticipated to be clean and stylish now. Men can also offer a perspective to cosmetology for any customer that may not get that in shops with only females on in the staff. Nevertheless, men have said they resist with education and learning work with longer female hair that is quite newer to them. They may also find themselves somewhat inaccessible in some schools that still have slighter male attendance. Going to Utah beauty schools could be a large choice for anybody who has been looking at new career options. Yet, there are a few things that should be measured first. Beauty schools may be expensive, so you should explore about where you can pay less in tuition but still get a worthwhile education. Also, some people can find that the cosmetology ground can be actually taxing beyond their abilities. If you don’t believe you can stand for a protracted time, for example, this might not be finest for you. While there are some disadvantages that can come while opting for the beauty careers or school attendance in beauty schools? For some, there are also many remunerations of going into this ground. For example, the Bureau of Labor figures projects that cosmetology profession will expand around 14% in next 8 years. There is some career security. Few people are able to set their own agenda. This field is also a big place for artists to be able to convey themselves through their work, as inventiveness is a services. For all the men who have been thinking of attending Utah beauty schools, there are stuff to consider and explore first, but this may be a precious way to start a worthwhile career.


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Choosing Antiaging Skin Care Products

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Facepearl offers a quality range of anti aging, skin care, health and body form products aimed at stalling off the ravages of aging and presenting your body in its optimal form. Facepearl offers the last science in concentrated sheep placenta and collagen liquid has great benefit to the skin.

Studies have shown that plant collagen liquid gives true moisture-blinding and film forming properties to the skin. This increased moisture in the dermal framework improves the flexibility and firmness of the skin, giving a more youthful appearance. The product comes in 3 vials. The combination of Sheep Placenta with Collagen works extremely well in two ways. Sheep Placenta cells travel to organs and rejuvenates old and deteriorating cells to stimulate the repair process and restore cells to their youthful state and efficiency.Sheep Placenta also assists the absorption of the larger Collagen molecules into the dermal layers of the skin. The Collagen works on the skin externally, infiltrating deep into skin layers to intensively replenish moisture. Collagen is high in nutrition; it assists skin to also quickly absorb the sheep placenta extract and other nutrients, leaving skin soft, fresh and more elastic with reduced wrinkles.

The Ultra Nourishing Anti-wrinkle Moisturiser is a wrinkle correcting skincare, fortified with soft exfoliating action for intense smoothing day after day. Directions: Massage over the face and neck contour in the morning and evening on
cleansed skin. Do not rub into the eyes. Ultra Nourishing Collagen Essence is an enriched essence designed to effectively correct lines, restores hydration. Non greasy, non-sticky. Directions: Massage over the face and neck contour at night after cleansing. Do not rub into the eyes. Anti-Wrinkle Eye Gel is a wrinkle correcting Skin Care that hydrates and lightens dark
eye circles, increases firmness around the eye with regular use.

Directions: Dot the eye gel along the edge of the bone surrounding the eyes. Gently pat the gel into the skin under the eye and brow line every night after cleansing. Do not rub into the eyes. Our Rose Cream contains: rose oil vitamin E and placenta Extract. Our Lavender Cream contains: Lavender oil vitamin E and placenta Extract. Our Lemon Oil contains: Lemon oil vitamin E and placenta Extract.

The Frangipani Cream contains: Frangipani oil vitamin E and placenta Extract. The Evening Primrose Cream contains: Evening
Primrose oil vitamin E and placenta Extract. The Lanolin Cream contains: a unique 5 in 1 combination 24 Hour Hydration Moisturising cream with Placenta extract, Vitamin E, Evening Primrose oil, Squalene and Emu Oil; will completely absorb into the skin to help reduce wrinkles and prevent further lines from forming. We have to varieties of Hand Cream, Rose Hand Cream and Lavender Hand Cream.