In honor of International Women’s Day, NYC based tattoo artist Monikka Velvet, and owner of the queer, female owned, High Hopes Tattoo shop, talked tattoo aftercare with 360 Magazine. She offered some of the best tips on healing tattoos that she’s learned throughout her successful tattooing career. While there is controversy in the tattooing world about the best aftercare for a new piece– suggestions ranging from using water, to petroleum jelly, to special creams and ointments– Monikka provides expertise on the subject. When it comes to caring for a new tat, it’s important to take precaution as to best handle your new, permanent ink.
Keeping a new tattoo sanitary is of the utmost importance. Monikka suggests that clients always wash your hands before touching your tattoo. This way, you aren’t transferring bacteria and germs that your hands have come into contact with onto the area in which you’ve been tattooed. Since tattoos can be easily infected, Monikka also suggests cleaning your tattoo twice a day with antibacterial liquid soap. She continues, explaining that clients should apply a thin layer of Mad Rabbit tattoo after care gel twice a day after cleaning.
After getting a tattoo, making sure it’s clean is just as important as letting to breathe. Avoiding tight clothing and vigorous exercise (such as going to the gym) allows for your tattoo to heal comfortably. Monikka cautions to not over-apply aftercare on a healing tattoo. This can clog your pores and slow down the healing process. There is a fine balance between caring for your new tattoo, and allowing for your new tattoo to just be. Do not use bar soap when cleaning, as bacteria sits on the surface of bar soap and can clog skin, too. Always use liquid soap.
Further, make sure not to pick or scratch at your fresh tattoo while it’s healing. While it’s likely that your skin will feel itchy and irritated, it’s important to not scratch as it could lead to scabbing and damaging your new ink. Monikka continues, adding some of the lesser known “don’ts” of tattoo aftercare. When you have new ink, don’t submerge your tattoo in water or expose it to direct sunlight. Sunlight can fade the ink away, and since your tattooed skin is more vulnerable, it can lead to skin burning and sun damage. Since the tattooed area of your body is essentially an open wound, it’s important to keep it out of water as well, which can contain chemicals, chlorine, and other irritants. Tattoos need to be able to breathe and stay air-dry to heal correctly.
As a native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kaelen Felix is a graduate of Memphis College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration (2018). When she was an undergraduate, she interned for Jabberblabber Earth Family Magazine, a monthly magazine with over 100,000 readers in the tri-state area. In October 2017, her illustration of their Jabberblabber character was featured on the front cover of the grandparent issue. That publication is an achievement for Kaelen as an undergraduate while looking back; she couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it. The experience allowed her to define her artistic skills and to pursue a career in publishing.
Ms. Felix began her career as an artist when she was two years old! Six months later, Kaelen discovered her calling is to pursue art in illustration for books. As a child, art came naturally to Kaelen. Her tenacious desire allowed Kaelen to use her artistic ability to create storytelling book scenes from her imagination. She would often pay attention to how the light was casting on dolls and toys. She would create still-life and draw from observation for hours. Kaelen’s desire to spend a whole day on art made her heart complete as it showed her passion for capturing the light source and balancing the shadows became evident she could do it! Her favorite artist from the impression period, Vincent Van Gogh, inspired her whimsical style. The intricate details in her woodwork and water show her forte for a whimsy pattern.
Kaelen’s illustration career officially started in 2018. After completing undergrad, Kaelen collaborated with a remote author to illustrate a 32-page children’s book, A Colorful Balloon Ride (2018). At 23, Kaelen became a published illustrator and then collaborated with another children’s book author and created a 60-page book, Freddy the Foster Frog: Finds a Friendly Family (2020).
Currently, Kaelen is working on several collaborative projects, illustrating book 2 of the Freddy the Foster Frog series and acting as an illustrative editor for a soon to be published children’s book. In December 2020, Kaelen became an award-winning Best Book Illustrator for Freddy the Foster Frog from the SABA (Sound Advice Book Awards) in England!
Kaelen is a current intern for 360 Magazine (remotely), which is an edgy and fashion-forward company located in downtown Los Angeles, California. She illustrates topics such as celebrities, food, culture, and present news topics that coincide with political and other climate-changing current news. She thrives on creative and innovative illustrations that create a stylized and pop-art feel similar to Andy Warhol. Kaelen loves taking on any new challenge while being an intern at 360 Magazine as she embraced their well-known publications, print magazine, and brand identity.
Kaelen has a wide range of experience from illustrating magazine work to illustrating and designing two children’s books. Ms. Felix strongly believes collaboration is the key to creating a cohesive portfolio of work illustration or design. When illustrating the books, she always has a process of starting with reading the manuscript story, then it becomes a matter of how many illustrations need to be done in a timely or monthly manner. Finally, it comes down to a deadline and meeting that goal to be proficient in the business world. The process for all her commissioned pieces starts with brainstorming an idea from imagination and putting that idea on paper. She converses back and forth with clients to ensure their goals and visions are met! If she gets the final approval then, she applies the small thumbnail sketch onto the larger paper or digital platform.
Her inspiration as a kid also came from animals living in eco-friendly environments and creating characters with child-like style in my whimsical way. As far as the digital designs go, those vary in terms of how the style and vision come about from the client. Especially for 360 magazine, it’s a matter of not overthinking the process and trusting her instincts to create a work the magazine’s audience would be attracted to.
Ms. Felix works in areas from traditional illustrative mediums to digital graphics and print production art materials. Her areas of expertise include production art, illustration, print production art, and graphic art/design; she has over a couple of years of experience in those fields as she continues to work on fine-tuning her craft. Ms. Felix hopes to continue her illustration work while learning more about graphic design, brand identity, and the print packaging experience in a creative field from five to ten years down the line. Someday, she too is hoping to publish her own children’s book from her animal illustrations on her website! It’s always been a long-term goal to become a published illustrator and designer, and the Memphis College of Art, coupled with 360 Magazine allows her to follow her dream since the day she knew it could happen.
For more information on her upcoming publications, illustration, designs, and more: check out her Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Detroit-born, LA-based, prolific singer/songwriter Jesse Palter releases debut EP “The Paper Trail” October 22 on Artistry Music, featuring five tracks of aggressive, piano-pounding pop/rock in the vein of Carole King, Sarah McLachlan and Sara Bareilles. The first single going to radio is “Heavy Is The Crown,” an edgy, incisive pop-rocker examining narcisscism and victim-hood at is best. Check it out here.
Comments Palter: “All of these songs are paving the way towards establishing myself as an artist and songwriter. My approach throughout this project was to find a way to capture a full snapshot of my life and what I’ve been going through. This is the beginning of what I hope will be a long, fulfilling journey.”
Palter, who launched her career in Detroit and Chicago before moving to Los Angeles to focus on her development as a pop artist, was supported in her sound and overall vision by producer Doug Petty, a veteran keyboardist who has worked with Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Nick Lachey and Lisa Loeb, among others. Petty kept the integrity of Palter’s songs from demo stage through the various layers and textures brought forth to compliment her unique artistry. A high caliber of studio musicians played on the project including bassists Tim Lefebvre and Alex Al and drummers Matt Chamberlain and Aaron Sterling.
With The Paper Trail EP, Palter has committed herself to the discipline of perfecting the craft of songwriting. She focused on strengthening her creative muscles to discover what melodies, lyrics and chord changes work best, allowing herself to be vulnerable, brave, and brutally honest at the same time. The songs are autobiographical, representing her life and what’s she’s been through.
Palter launched her jazz career as a teenager, performing oboe and trumpet in the school jazz band. She connected with singer/songwriter Andrew Gold (“Thank You For Being A Friend”), who brought her to Nashville to work on original material and record a demo, which generated interest with several major labels. At 15, she began working with the Grammy-winning production team the Bass Brothers (Eminem). Her skill for improvisational singing and a developing passion for legendary jazz vocalists, led to her shift towards jazz. She studied at the University Of Michigan as a jazz and contemplative studies major.
Her eclectic musical upbringing includes exposure to a wide array of music that inspired her to deeply respect the art of great songs and songwriters, from Carole King and Joni Mitchell, to Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and The Beatles. Music and singing was always in her blood. Her grandmother, Doris Raynor, was once an opera prodigy in NY.
In early 2019, Artistry Music will follow up The Paper Trail EP with the single “Sever The Ties” and a full-length debut album.
Rio de Janeiro approves cultural performances on trains, subways and ferry boats
Cariocas and tourists who use the Rio de Janeiro transportation systems daily are now able to enjoy cultural performances at the stations and inside the trains, subways and ferry boats. The performances, that help people kill time during the trips, are now approved. That is determined by an act approved by the state legislators, sanctioned by state governor Luiz Fernando Pezão and published in the Official Gazette on September 26th. In the coming days, the Department of Transportation, which regulates the concession holders that control the transport modals, will announce the regulation of the act.
The time approved for the performances will be from 6am to 11pm on weekdays and from 7am to 11pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The act states that the performer cannot charge the users of the public transports, who may spontaneously donate during the performances. Based on the wording, it will be up to the concession holders that provide these services to create a registry of interested persons to perform. However, the only purpose of this registry is to organize the time for the performances, though they are not allowed to prevent unregistered people from performing.
Currently, the subway concession holder is the only one keeping a cultural program in their stations, although they do not allow performances inside the wagons. According to MetrôRio, the Palco Carioca project allocates spaces in three stations – Carioca, Siqueira Campos and Maria da Graça – for musical performances on weekdays, from noon to 8pm. Registration to participate in the project is free and may be made online atwww.metrorio.com.br/Cultura/PalcoCarioca.
Mixing A Unique Blend of Influences From Rock to Blues, Folk, and Hip-Hop – The Bands Unique Multi-Genre Approach Lends A New Perspective to Alternative Music
In a city often oversaturated with musicians of every genre constantly performing and creating, it takes a special group of artists to truly stand out amongst the crowd that produce a truly unique sound, and New York City’s All Types of Kinds truly live up to the namesake.
All Types of Kinds (or ATOK) plays a wide variety of music ranging from rock to pop, folk, punk, funk, hip-hop, blues, jazz, and country – even sometimes all at once. The members come from diverse backgrounds that make for an amalgamation of musical textures and vibes. Their EP, “Love Songs (Or Songs For Your Ex)” debuted on Valentine’s Day 2018 and they are currently gearing for dates all over the country.
The band consist of Ray Rubio (Guitar), Billy Conahan (Guitar), Berk 0 (Percussion), and Rocco Stroker (Guitar) – all of whom have unique musical backgrounds. Ray, 20, a multi genre artist and singer/songwriter, hails from Harlem NY and has also been on stage from young age, mainly theater productions. Ray attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2014, and since then has been performing his music in the New York Metro Area and Richmond, Virginia. Billy, 25, is a queens native whose been on the stage since his early teens as a stand-up comedian, singer/songwriter folk artist playing his own folk tunes as well as cover tunes. Berk O, singer and percussionist, is from Brooklyn and also contributes to the band’s songwriting process, while Rocco is the newest member of the band – playing bass, guitar and as an incredible vocalist. He hails from New Fairfield, Connecticut.
With the goal of becoming a full-time, self-sufficient, self-produced band, able to tour and create their own audio and video products on a regular basis, they plan to soon follow up their debut with a sophomore effort in late 2018. Unlike other bands who strive for major-label greatness, ATOK shys away from fitting into an industry mold, and often scoff at the idea of being referred to as a ‘boy band’.
Believers in finding a way to share their music while remaining firmly in the driver’s seat, they continue to write, practice, and enjoy playing their music for any crowd that will have them. Making friends from all over the world by busking on the NYC streets has even allowed them to meet and collaborate with like-minded musicians.
These recent “Your Big Break” contest winners who’ve been praised for their “polished precision, sweet harmony, musicianship, artistry, versatility and originality in their smart lyrics” are ready for the big time. That time is now.
July 13th, 2018 (Hollywood, CA) Rising singer and songwriter Jess Kent releases two new singles ‘Bass Bumps’ and ‘No Love Songs’ today as a two-song bundle via Capitol Records and all digital partners. Download/stream both tracks HERE.
Taken together, the two tracks show different dimensions of the England-born, Australia-raised Kent’s impressive lyrical and melodic artistry, with ‘Bass Bumps’ representing her playful, spirited side and ‘No Love Songs’ (featuring Wes Period) tapping into her chilled-out, down-tempo vibe. Kent co-wrote and collaborated on both tracks with Justin Tranter(Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, Years & Years) with whom she has been in the studio working on her debut album.
“Bass Bumps is an homage to Sydney and the raves where me and my friends used to party,” says Kent. “In the period of time when I was cutting my teeth as a writer and producer, the electronic scene there was vibrant, eclectic, exciting and full of fresh talent. I’m so grateful for that time.” No LoveSongs’ came about because I’d been very deliberate in having a broad and bold approach to what I was writing about on the record. Part of that was making sure I was being completely honest about what I wanted to write about. This particular day, I actually felt like writing a love song! So I thought, I won’t be snob- why not?!”
‘Bass Bumps’and ‘No Love Songs’ are Kents’ first new songs since 2016, which saw the release of her debut EP My Name is Jess Kent. The EP features her breakout hit, the reggae-infused alt-dance-pop track ‘Get Down,’ which has racked up more than three million Spotify plays, as well as second single’The Sweet Spot.’
Kent is a self-taught songwriter with a natural skill for crafting boldly nuanced electronic pop music. Born in Derby, England, was raised in Australia and got her start in music thanks largely to her dad, a blues-rock guitarist. She has played guitar since age seven, spent her childhood busking with her brother, and grew up with a love for bands like Blondie and the Clash. Now 24, Kent has mastered a potent rap influenced, melodic delivery that pairs her brash energy and rapid-fire flow with lyrics both defiant and vulnerable. She has toured with Coldplay, Troye Sivan, Daya,Nick Jonas and Years & Years.
The Salon Project by Joel Warren Opens Innovative New Beauty Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue Long Island
Debut location of innovative new retail and beauty salon concept at Saks Fifth Avenue Long Island.
Premium beauty creation and destination where artistry integrates technology, with leading technicians and unique products.
Bespoke beauty experiences in a unique setting, customized around the client, where specialized services are seamlessly connected to the vastly trusted experience of industry veteran Warren.
The Salon Project by Joel Warren is an updated original. A new concept in retail,beauty, and service. The combination of a curated assortment of hair care, skin care, nail care and makeup has never before been offered in such a highly customized way. We created our business model to help the consumer enjoy a bespoke experience, turning the client’s journey in a typical salon and beauty retailer into a thoroughly personalized, turnkey beauty service and shopping experience. Joel Warren, a veteran in the salon business, had a revelation that there is a far better way to primp and shop than what is offered by the current salon model. What was once thought of as an enjoyable day at the salon now truly is, along with expert guidance and incredibly curated retail, Warren has the solution. The Salon Project offers an innovative approach to the client journey by eliminating the typical front desk for check-in. Instead, guests are greeted by iPad-equipped concierges who direct them to their designated station where the client remains and relaxes for the duration of their services.
Joel Warren said, “I noticed the way that many salons operate is not efficient or as client-focused as it could be. Our approach improves operations, and the client experience, by using our knowledge and technology to bring everything to the client. Saks Fifth Avenue has a focus on luxury, making it the perfect environment for the first location of The Salon Project.”
The first Salon Project location will open its doors in February 2018 at Saks Fifth Avenue Long Island. The plan is to have an additional ten locations opening at Saks Fifth Avenue stores throughout the United States over the next 24 months. Houston and Boca Raton are next on deck to open in 2018, with the second wave of locations in 2019. The highlight of 2019 will be the highly anticipated opening of The Salon Project at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York City.
RPG designed the interiors under the leadership of CEO Bruce E. Teitelbaum in partnership with Joel Warren. Two beauty and retail veterans joined forces to create a compelling, unforgettable space that melds unexpected touches and contemporary twists with 20th-century retro and modern, casual glamour. The salon and spa environment have the technological edge to create excitement and ultimate client convenience. Augmented and virtual reality features drive engagement and allow for seamless check-out in your chair with no trip to the front desk. The Salon Project is truly a stand-out in its category; it is the store of the future.
Bruce E. Teitelbaum commented, “We are thrilled to bring our global, diversified design and build experience to The Salon Project, a pioneer in its category. Joel’s incredible talent and knowledge along with the prestige and allure of Saks and RPG’s creative and manufacturing expertise should prove to be a winning combination.”
To that end, each Beauty Expert from The Salon Project has the opportunity to engage in multi-services training, allowing them to play a key role in facilitating sales through trusted stylist-client relationships. While seated, clients can play with augmented reality technology to try on products available among The Salon Project’s inventory. They test lipsticks and other beauty items from a try-on bar cart, all while receiving recommendations from the Beauty Expert / Hairstylist who seamlessly completes product purchases directly from an iPad.
Sean Paul Campbell, General Manager of The Salon Project, said, “I am thrilled to be supporting Joel Warren, as well as the many talented team members at The Salon Project. This innovative and unique new approach to beauty represents a giant leap forward in service and technology, and means that our clients will be able to expect the most current trends and products every time they walk through our door.”
The Salon Project by Joel Warren is a unique beauty retail concept created by Joel Warren. Warren is a globally recognized colorist, product developer, TV personality and salon owner who is moving forward into his new venture with iconic retailer Saks Fifth Avenue. Warren has selected everything from the product labels to the lighting. Warren will be developing the staff to his liking, creating a new category, which will combine high-end services with prestige retail in a unique environment. Services include hair care, skin care, makeup and medical spa.
Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s preeminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics,andgifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. As part of the Hudson’s Bay Company brand portfolio, Saks operates 41 full-line stores in 22 states and Canada, five international licensed stores andsaks.com, the company’s online store.
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