August 15, 2017

Let's Talk Manga : New Series But Familiar

If you follow the blog you'll know I love the Alice series written by Quin Rose, well those books have several different illustrators, one of them being  Mamenosuke Fujimaru.
I've been dreadfully sad since the Alice series ended and when I was at the bookstore my eyes leaped out and I instantly snatched up this book.

It's the same type of story as the Alice books in regards to it being a twist on a childhood movie and that there's some sort of set game/rules to the "story".
 To be honest I'm a bit sick of the wizard of oz story which I realized in abundance as I started reading this. However, there were twists to hold my attention and as the story progressed it was very clear that this is not the same old story as I hoped and knew it would be. I bought the two books available without a thought and just my luck the third book won't be out until December!!!
Exactly what am I supposed to do until then. I have other books to keep reading but still. I don't think this series will have very many books, it has a bit of a rapid progression, not that there's really any need for it to be slow. I don't think this will spawn any spin offs like Alice since that's a different author, however, these are under the same publishing company (Seven Seas) so we'll see, that sort of fan fiction type of story may not even fit with this story. Besides two books still leave room to theorize but regardless of that I think I'll be enjoying this series, even with the long wait in between books.
So let me know what series you're thoroughly enjoying and let me know if I should do a post on some of my favorite manga, currently reading or finished.

June 23, 2017

Heritage Thoughts

I can get really into vintage and retro looks but I mostly love pieces that I get passed down from my family. Two Clutch belonged to my mom, she's currently saying I can borrow it but it clearly going to be mine lol and this beautiful belt belonged to my papa. I have a lot of pride in my family and my family name and this belt is everything to me right now, fashion wise of course. 

I wrote about m shoes here and I got this dress off of depop, let me know what your favorite hand me downs are.

June 7, 2017

The Return Of Ink Master

The time has finally come for Ink Master to return and I could not be happier. It's not often you get shows that make it to a 9th season (not including the spinoffs) that still keeps your interest w/o getting silly. Not that this show doesn't have it's faults, as that is bound to happen in a long running competition series b/c there's always people expecting more looking for bigger and better which are not synonymous. 
I waited for the first episode to air so I could compare formats and get a general idea of what they've changed to accommodate this year's theme of shops vs shops and the overall functionality of the show. I will be live tweeting my thoughts just like last year as long as i don't work the night shift, I'll be out of town for the second episode so I might miss that one. I also plan on watching, tweeting and giving my impression on Ink Master: Angles, which I can already tell you i wish It wasn't just the four woman from last season as the main competition but I'm definitely interested.

Alright new theme b/c they gotta keep it fresh I personally could've watch another season of 
Peck vs Nunez but now that they've moved on I don't think i'd like to see a back track.
So this season it's competing shops which is actually a pretty interesting premise. I'm looking forward to seeing the results, I'm sure there'll be drama which I'm not really interested in but a little is alright lol.

I like that they started with two flash challenges particularly b/cuz they show creativity and technique. Yes!!! Every single season should've started with a drawing test hahaha. I'm wondering how they'll change the order of the challenge themes, I think the order should be a bit more consistent but either way it's not like all of the artists really prepare to tattoo all the styles. 

I'm not sure how I feel about continuously bringing in other shop teams but we'll see how that pans out, I mean they can only bring in so many new teams before there's a double elimination and they stop bringing teams in. I do and don't miss the human canvas jury, customer service is important but you shouldn't expect to get the it to always go down the same outside of the artists controlled environment, therefore you shouldn't be so in your feelings but I do get it. I prefer the  human canvas jury rather than the jury of peers but we'll see what happens. I'm hoping this year they'll just have two shop finalists since they don't even show all of the master canvases, it's essentially a waste of time in a sense. 
Let me know what you think about the outline of the show.

The shops and artists with my opinions are as follows.

Allegory Arts – Florence, AL
Ulyss Blair, Eva Huber
*They seem like they'll be the best as a team strategically, they didn't really draw my attention but not in a forgettable way. I'm anticipating good things from them.

Artisitic Skin Designs – Indianapolis, IN
April Nicole, Dane Smith
*They are so cute and I think they really compliment each others tattooing.

Black Anchor Collective – Hesperia, CA
Carlos Rojas, Aric Taylor
*I mean. . . . who can't spell Black, let alone your own shop name. Ctfu not a good first impression and I doubt anyone will forget it. I mean they did a nice tattoo but I can tell they're gonna bitch even if only a smidge, if it's not going they're way.

Classic Trilogy Tattoo – Cortland, NY
Thom Bulman, Derek Zielinski
*They aren't really shining, that's really all I can think to say right now. . . .not in a shady way though.

Pinz and Needles – Baltimore, MD
Jessy Knuckles, Allisin Riot
*I don't think they really stand apart from the other shops but I'll be keeping aan eye on them.

The Marked Society Tattoo – McDonough, GAWes Hogan, Mike P
*They don't really stand out as of now but their thought about intertwining their styles is the right mindset for this competition.

Thicker Than Blood – White Plains, NY
Jhon Campuzano, Babiery Hernandez
*Ego was their downfall. Jhon was so meek and Babiery is just too cocky for this.

Tri-Citites Tattoo – Atlanta, GA
Bang, Danger Dave
*They don't seem to make a good pairing, the communication just isn't there and Danger just isn't in a competitive mindset, I don't expect them to go far and I don't think they're repping their shop in a very positive way. 

Unkindness Art – Richmond, VA
Erin Chance, Doom Kitten
*I'm looking forward to seeing more from them, they seem to have a good working dynamic.

May 4, 2017

Let's Talk Manga : I bought some & some other stuff

So I've been dying to get more books, mostly to complete collections. I have several Kindaichi books and I need a ton more. It as well as Othello and Under The Glass Moon are books from my childhood that I would check out of the library whenever I could, unfortunately Under The Glass Moon will never be finished( if you know why please tell me) but that's another conversation.
Now Skip Beat! is one of my all time favorite mangas and it's still ongoing(we can discuss this manga if you'd like) and I am determined to complete this collection.
I have the 1st season of "When They Cry" another one of my all time favorites, I'd really love to play the game and I'm thinking of buying the mangas as well but for now I have the completed trilogy and I couldn't be more satisfied.
The "Him" pop figure is self explanatory I should think, I mean if I was going to own any pop figures I had to own "Him"
A lot of people weren't a fan of FFX or X2 but I still love them so I'm gonna replay them on my PS4Pro that Rico gave me, I didn't actually finish them on the PS2 but maybe I will now.
And last but not least is a Coloring Book! but it's all female superheroes so obviously it's rad.

Let me know what manga and anime you're loving.

April 18, 2017

Barbie Vibes

I saw these shoes for sale on depop in a different color, I was like oh that's a good deal but eh they might not work cuz they're not my real size. Then I saw them on dollskill and I knew I couldn't get them in any other color. Think back to your innocent childhood playdate days when doll fashion was getting ramped up. These are the epitome of Barbie.

I could do without the blow up piece that is simply there for aesthetic but it fine. So they are on sale on dollskill, however, I wasn't gonna spend 90 bucks on some mules But it just so happens that amazon prime's got the hook up, they even have different colors. I'll be sticking with these dream goals though.

A few reviews said they didn't like the weight of the shoes, however, I think it's just right and evenly balanced(you don't wanna roll your ankle from not enough support). I haven't worn them out yet but they sure are cute.

February 7, 2017

Tattoo Collector Tag

1. Do you consider yourself a tattoo Collector?
As I consider tattoos a form of art and I'm going to continue to apply artwork to myself, yes, I do consider myself a tattoo collector. 

2. Do you have a specific tattoo that turned you into a tattoo collector?
(That's when you knew you were a collector)
I think my second tattoo, it's completely designed by me you can read my blog post on it here. This piece is really special to me and it also taught me things to keep in mind for future tattoos.

3. What tattoo did you have to travel the furthest for? Where did you go?
The shop I get majority of my tattoos done at is about an hour away from where I live.

4. Where was the closest tattoo you traveled to?
About 25 minutes from where I live.

5. What Tattoo artists has tattooed you the most?
Ig: turtlestattooz - turtleshandpoketattooz

6. Any Tattoo artist you follow that you dream of getting tattooed by?
Not really, I already have plans and rapport with artists for the tattoos I currently have planned. I am on the look out for a great animal realism artist but that tattoo is a bit far off. 

7. Name two tattoos that took the most sessions to complete.
All of my current tattoos have been done in one session.

8. A tattoo that took the longest to heal/Complete
Probably my right foot b/c I wasn't able to keep it out as much as needed and i ended up needing a small touch up.

9. Do you have any tattoo artist that has become your friend through tattooing?
Uh, yeah. We're friendly lol not like 'Hey, you guys wanna come over for dinner' but like a 'Hey, how ya been, let's chat.'

10. Do you post pictures of your tattoos or naw?
Not really, occasionally I'll post a stencil or something but I'm a little paranoid of someone trying to get my exact tattoo.

11. How do you react when someone asks to see your tattoo?
That would depend on their manners but normally just try and look w/o saying anything.

12. When will you collection be finished?
It'll be several years unfortunately, since tattoos cost and there are those things called priorities hahaha

13. Who do you tag?!
Anyone that wants to do it.

January 20, 2017

What I Eat In A Day : Celiac/Vegan #1

Strawberry Smoothie

A smoothie is always a great way to start any day and strawberry is my favorite and least be real, it's simple. I drink close to 3 cups worth, it's just frozen strawberries, water, and your choice of sweetener.(I used golden light blue agave)

Omelette Over Rice

Before going vegan I was a master omelette maker, this is kind of a lazy version, there are onions in the egg but It's pretty much just pace picante sauce in a folded over egg and I eat it over rice. (This is vegan egg if that wasn't clear)

Kimchi Tofu Stew

This isn't an authentic recipe b/c I just used what was in my house, but I've had authentic tofu stew before and this tasted pretty close though. It's kimchi, tofu, mushrooms, onions, carrot, rice, marsala wine(kinda loving it right now) tomato sauce,water. (some sauce I got from an Indian restaurant b/c I don't have Korean chili paste ) 

Mushroom Marsala Pasta

This was my second time making this recipe, I prefer less cheese so I just shredded it on top. Here is the recipe and obviously I made it celiac & vegan edible, which is fairly simple. (vegan gourmet cheese[I prefer cheddar] earth balance butter[I use soy free] & all purpose gluten free flour)

I hope you enjoyed this, I plan to do more as well as just cooking videos. If you have and recommendations or questions feel free to leave them in the comments.