January 16, 2018

First Impression | Ink Master : Return Of The Masters

Sooooo Ink Master is back!!!!

Now my initial reaction was meh. I would honestly like another season of Chris and Oliver mentoring again, however, after watching the first episode I'm definitely interested in seeing where this season goes.
Alright now let's  break it down.

Steve : Season 1
Katie, Gary, Garrett, Jeremy, Roly, Fame

Anthony : Season 7
Linzy, Mike, Jason, Juan, Daniel, Amanda

DJ : Season 9
Matt, Deanna, Josh, Frank, Lil D, Chris

Public Poll For Preferred Master
Steve 12%
Anthony 38%
DJ 50%

My first choice would be DJ as he seems more personable and artistically expressive while still being solid in fundamentals. Second would be Steve as he definitely gives off mentor vibes. He's got solid fundamentals and keeps it 100, he's not gonna baby anyone or be an ass for no reason. Now I originally had my reservations about Anothony as one of the mentors, however, he has the Ultimate Chill which is always an asset in a competition and he seemed very responsive while the artist were working for their shot so I'm lpoking for ward to see how he works.

During the sorting process it was apparent that some of the artists were sleeping on Steve, though I'm not surprised. I do think based off the first two tattoos there were a few picking errors, I feel they should've maybe had a different format for picking but the artists are all still very talented regardless. 

I'm assuming the format of the challenges will be the same or similar to Chris and Oliver's season, I haven't really thought about that. So the preview showed a bit of team drama because we need that shit (rolls eyes), drama is to be expected but I Really hope they toned that focus down because these artists look hella dumb sometimes and that's not what I'm watching for. I feel like DJ will have the most inner team drama unfortunately,  I think Steve will just say "cut that whining shit out, you're not helping" (which is what I would say) and then Anthony will zen master the fuck outta his teams minds.  

So basically it should be a great season if they're not fuck'n around too much but I'll be watching and tweeting with anticipation, let me know what you're thinking.

December 13, 2017

Let's Talk Manga : BAM Run

Sooooo sorry I've been so m.i.a. even though I said I really wanna get back to blogging more consistently. I really do want to and I will get it together, I'm really dying to do fashion posts again getting around just isn't effortless and it's cold outside where the best light is.  I'll be making an update on my recovery after my check up this week when I'll have new x-rays. 
In the mean time I stopped by the book store awhile back to ease my boredom.

As I said I was on a mission to relieve my boredom and also stimulate my brain so I hoped on over to the book store. I wasn't really expecting to find anything but it just so happened to be fate I guess.

I had  started reading Crimson Empire online but never finished and all three just happened to be on sale. The Alice book was also on sale which is what made me buy it as I really only want to have the complete Alice In The Country Of books and now I almost do but I'm not a fan of Job's artwork so I haven't finished reading those books.
Poison! Poison Ivy! Is my girl! I love her and there's never been any real reason why but I do and Uma Thurman's poison ivy is my guilty pleasure. I know you're face palming right now but I can't help it.
I absolutely love artwork books, they are wonderful and I want so many, I happened upon a Black Butler Art book and my heart sung, This one is vol.2 I don't have vol.1 unfortunately but I'll get it later. I personally prefer the manga to the anime but I think that a general consensus in terms of anime adaptations.
I'm always looking to expand my manga collection let me know what you're reading.

October 29, 2017

My Top 7 Halloween Time Films

Hey all, I've been thinking about starting a my top seven series. Five being to limiting, ten being to broad, six seems like a good number considering this is about Halloween but I have a thing for odd numbers and this will be a series. If memory serves me seven is one of my lucky numbers also these lists won't be written in any specific order. Any who, what better list to start with than for All Hallows Eve. ;P
(Movies from the same franchise will still count as one)

Obviously I have to include this little classic beauty. The remakes were good and I love how they reused Danielle Harris but they still don't top the originals, besides everyone loves a throwback. Especially with you abundance of remakes hitting the market.

So obviously the first two movies go hand in hand. One through five are my favorite and the best in my opinion, though I have a tendency to forget what number tree was and eight is an absolute guilty pleasure.

An absolute marathon must!

The obligatory spooky story film. Creepy and cute but  also entertaining. Not too serious but not a comedy and I love when stories tie together properly.

Perfect for a date and a house party.

How can you not Love Sleepy Hollow. From the story to the script to the cast and cinematography it's wonderful. Plus the headless horseman is an icon that everyone knows even if they don't know the tale

This is one of my all time favorite Tim Burton films. I couldn't get into the TV series my dad kept watching and said it was decent but went downhill when Nicole Beharie left.

I have no idea how well known this franchise is but the first one is definitely the best. The other two are still interesting/entertaining but not particularly necessary, though they're not gonna ruin your day if you're just binging movies.

How could I not include this gem and I adore the creeper's theme song, I die for vintage. Ironically I was watching Jeepers Creepers 3 as I started typing this post, if you missed it . . . you really didn't.

Stick with the first two and you're golden, I promise.
there are plenty of tweets to back me up, I tweeted throughout the whole thing. If you're interested here.

And I couldn't leave out this cult classic. Just the first movie though, the original version of course.

I don't have much to say on this one, I mean the title sells itself really but I honestly think less is more for a successful horror film. You don't need fluff and flare you need a story line, a good and solid story line. Which is what  makes them a bit of a dying art form nowadays, there's always something extra to take away from what it is at it's core. Not that there's none of that in older movies but it's still not the same.

Who doesn't love this movie!?!? 

That's actually a rhetorical questions. No one dislikes this movie. It's pure gold and family friendly.

Great to start off the night or end it if you're prone to nightmares. It's for sure a classic that everyone looks forward to on formerly known as "abc family" now freeform's 13 nights of Halloween.

I sincerely hope they really aren't going to make a sequel. Not only would it not make sense but it would most likely  damage if not ruin the franchise like the film I saw earlier today. :| (That's T not shade)

Honorable Mentions

  • Friday the 13th - The original, this was my dad's pick after Halloween
  • Pumpkin Head - It's original with a nostalgic feel
  • Halloweentown - My childhood *sniff* they could've done w/o the last one though
  • Candy Man - This is Urico's pick and in good taste
  • Scream - I'd watch this franchise anytime but I had to mention it

September 13, 2017

Happy To Be Here

 So . . . . . I woke up in the hospital on the 22nd of Aug. I've been home for awhile now, I'm managing pretty well, it's more so irritating as confinement is the bain of my existence, not that there's no pain. At some point I'll talk about what I'm experiencing in some more detail in a video. 

Without further adieu here is the state my baby(the car) is now in.
It was just me in the car, I was on my way to work and then I woke up in the hospital. All I was told is that I was T-boned and that the other driver was alright. There is an investigation but I haven't been told anything about the progress but at least we're both "okay".
The next pictures are from when I was in the hospital, they aren't that bad but just to give you a heads up.

- I fractured my femur in two places, there's now a titanium rod in my thigh
- I have several micro fractures in my pelvis
- had anemia & a sub-clinical concussion 
- I've got a bunch of bruising and scrapes
- I also chipped a tooth

I'm on blood thinner and I am So! over it. I could never be an addict and I can't understand the mentality it takes. Unfortunately, I still have a few days left. side note : I feel for diabetics cuz that blood checker hurts.

My engagement ring also took a hit, I think it can be fixed but my at least my band is still going strong.(it's titanium)

I'll post a video about this whole experience later but for now I'm just at home trying to be alright with it all and taking it easy. Thankfully I'm here and I've got great friends and family.
I'd actually really like to here you guys experiences if you're up to share, this is the worst I've ever been hurt and hopefully it'll stay that way but it's really emotional for me and it helps to talk to others about.

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.