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Fight the winter blues by focusing on YOU!

Fight the winter blues by focusing on YOU!

Winter doldrums and complacency often set in following the holiday season. We shopped for family and friends, cooked and baked with great purpose and then comes the lull. The perfect way to avoid the lull is to put the focus back on YOU!!!

Are you in need of a touch-up on your permanent makeup? It may be time to fall in love, again, with your permanent eyebrows, fabulous non-smearing eyeliner or sensuous lips. Schedule your touch-ups and be ready for summer. Is there a new permanent makeup procedure you have been putting off? Do it now!

Does your face have residual damage from last summer’s sun exposure? This is the perfect time to schedule your skin care treatments, whether it is: IPL, Microdermabrasion or a serious peel to remove any telltale sun spots or hyperpigmentation. Photo-damage is accumulative, so don’t allow discolorations to build up or darken before seeing your aesthetician or doctor for removal. Start this summer with a clean, fresh face and a commitment to a daily sunscreen.

Well, I hope this reminded you how important you are and I will share something I learned a while back. When we don’t take care of ourselves, our cups feel empty. No one, not even our loving significant others or our children will come to us and saying you look a bit tired, you seem to do everything for everyone so I made you an appointment for your eyebrows to be touched up. It’s not happening! You will be considered fortunate if your significant other scheduled you a manicure. We must go off and fill our own cups and ultimately, I always find I have more to give when I have taken care of myself. Feel free to share how you are going to fill your cup with your beauty plans, this month, on our Facebook page. We will look forward to hearing from you.

Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention

I took part in The Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention last weekend, since my permanent makeup classes generally consist of nurses, physician assistants, aestheticians and tattoo artists. As I walked up and down the aisles of this hugely, overwhelming tattoo show I wondered how anyone could possibly select an artist from such an enormously talented group.

Would it be according to how the artist looks, perhaps a hot looking guy or girl, possibly even how extreme they appear (tattoos on their faces or extreme piercings) or is it how the booth itself is designed with signage or maybe the artist’s portfolio that convinces the anxious consumer to select their artist?

As I perused the hundreds of booths, I decided I would make my pretend selection from their portfolios, so I went through several hundred of those until I happened upon an artist that completely blew me away!So much that I purchased one of his prints since I wasn’t actually seeking the permanence of a tattoo. A few isles over and I purchased another print. The talent was endless and it would have been a very difficult decision if I really had to select. Then, I realized, this is why people have more than one tattoo!

This brought me to another fascinating question. What makes one person select a religious symbol and the next person a demonic creature to proudly display? Then, there are some that choose a beautiful ethnic expression such as Celtic design or a flag that they don with honor. It is so interesting to see these various forms of self-expression and even more interesting to hear why people make their selection. We heard so many great stories that varied from the deepest of meaning (even tattooed portraits of loved ones) to comedic display.

There are even tattoo artists that specialize in Cover-Ups, when one wishes to cover up an old tattoo, a bad tattoo or a tattooed name that no longer applies to one’s life. Dan Craft, of DNA tattoo in Williamstown, is known for his tattoo artistry as well as this Cover-Up specialization.

It was a great thrill to get to meet Philadelphia Eddie and I purchased all 5 volumes of his book, My Vida Loca. He stressed to me that I need to read them in order so that I can appreciate the flow of his entire life in tattooing and I can’t wait to read about his early days and how his techniques eventually morphed and evolved.

Our booth was non-stop with both inquiries and spectators while I was performing a procedure. Lots of younger girls wanting permanent eyeliner and women wanting their eyebrows tattooed. One thing for sure, tattooing, in just about every form has become quite mainstream. There were mothers and daughters that stopped by to tell us they were there to get identical tattoos to symbolize their bond to each other.

Our funniest moment was when a young guy with several tattoos was watching me do an eyebrow procedure and said he had to turn away because he felt faint. In unison, along with his girlfriend, we all said, “Seriously” and laughed out loud!

The lines to get into the show appeared to be endless and the crowds in each isle at times were barely passable but I have never heard so much Philadelphia Brotherly Love. I will always remember this weekend for hearing, Excuse Me and Sorry, more times than I have ever heard in any crowd. It was the friendliest crowd and I was proud to be a part of this exhibition and can’t wait until next year to do it, again!!!