Old Schooled

I always find it fascinating seeing seniors tatted up.  Right away it’s a nice reminder that yes they were once a reckless, restless rebel.  Who knows if it were with a cause or without, but the blatant reminder is always nice.  I am all about the respect your elders and not a disrespectful person in the slightest but there is something about this blatant visual reminder.  Youthful decisions are right in your face, with the reminder to live in the now because after all…we all get old. 
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Ink Me

Temporary tattoos are the latest addition to ripped jeans and floral crowns.

LimeLightTattoos - Holiday Flash Tattoos - $8.75 USD

LimeLightTattoos – Holiday Flash Tattoos – $8.75 USD

Spotted all over the red carpet, metallic jewellery tattoos are blazing through the fashion scene.

PepperInk - Geometrics Sugar Skull - $6.00 USD

PepperInk – Geometrics Sugar Skull – $6.00 USD

Unlike most trends that come and go, these won’t leave a dent in your pocket. They typically come in a bunch, stuck on sheets and cost a couple bucks. The advantage is that there’s no permanent commitment and you don’t need laser surgery to remove them since they are temporary.

Tattoorary - Dutch 'Delfts Blauw' - $10.00 USD

Tattoorary – Dutch ‘Delfts Blauw’ – $10.00 USD

Designers like Tommy Hilfiger are sending models down the runway in these designs. A longtime ambassador of the trend is Beyonce. She even collaborated with a fashion house’s temporary tattoo line back in 2010. She displayed several of the designs while celebrating her 33rd birthday in Italy and later shared a series of snaps of the body art on her Instagram page.

It'sTattooTime - Cheshire Cat - $21.00 USD

It’sTattooTime – Cheshire Cat – $21.00 USD

Rebena would wear them piled together for a layered look.  She would stick rings on her wrists close together to imitate stacked bangles. The next wave is a watercolour version of metallic tats in hand-painted designs.

LimeLightTattoos - 3 Sheet Tattoo Collection - $30.00 USD

LimeLightTattoos – 3 Sheet Tattoo Collection – $30.00 USD

Interpreting Abstract Art

What is abstract art?  There is no right or wrong answer to this question.  Abstract art is open to interpretation, and that is one of the beautiful things about it.


Medium & Artist: Unknown

Understanding abstract art is easy: all it requires is an open mind and a big imagination.

Ink & Marker: Unknown

Ink & Marker: Unknown

Abstract art doesn’t jump out and yell, “Oh hi, THIS is what I’m all about.”  Instead, it requires you to have an open, inquiring mind; you must enter the painting and see where it takes you.

Ink & Paper: Laurent Koller

Ink & Paper: Laurent Koller

Abstract art gives you the freedom to explore the artwork and assign your own meaning to the piece. This intensely personal process enriches a viewer’s experience of an artwork.

“Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? …people who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.”
-Pablo Picasso

Mixed Media, Collage, Brown Paper: Unknown

Mixed Media, Collage & Brown Paper: Theo Dykhorst

Here are some great references/sources on abstract art: Art Is Fun & Wikipedia