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Architect, she has always been fascinated by the world of graphic art and design; from 1998 she works and lives with her husband, an eclectic Italian photographer. She is specialized in editing, comunication and events, with her agency Hobnob.
Born in 1984, living in a creative environment, since she was a child she developed the passion for the world of design, colors and art. Graduate at the Academy of Fine Arts she specialized as a fashion makeup artist and in the mean time she start to working also as bodypainter.
Born in 1989 and graduated ad translator and interpreter. At the moment sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freelancing in the Milan area and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;undercover, carrying out a secret mission.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Editorial p. 6 Fashion Moment p. 8
Let Me Tell You A Story p. 10 Mind My Own Business p. 14 We Believe p. 24
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EDITORIAL Stefano Padovani
After three years of thoughts the 1st of September 2015 Fashink magazine was born. The 1st of September 2016 we celebrate the anniversary of the first and only magazine that illustrate the of fashion world in a way that is a little out of the ordinary, showing it in a more colorful way, more using models and contents
linked to tattoos. If I look back, one year is not that short of a time, considering that my beloved friends Alberto Dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orto (great photographer and incomparable director) and my mentor and crazy tutor, the motorcycle champion of the world Fabrizio Pirovano left us too early. The sadness prevails obviously, but then life forces us to keep going and to look ahead, leaving the past behind our back, with all of its wonderful memories. Today Fashink is an editorial reality that is consolidating itself. Being a young reality we are very determined to continue on this path full of gratification. The future will face us with new exams and though realities but we will never bend, nor stop. Thanks to the support of many capable and highly talented professionals together with all the people that are believing in us, we have already come to our first birthday. The road is long and insidious and this makes me even prouder of what we are doing and done so far. Stefano Padovani
)DVKLRQ 0RPHQW by Stefano Guerrini There are many couples who belong to that common scenario of the popular iwconography, from Sid and Nancy to Al Bano and Romina, even coming from worlds that are very far away from ours. They are often not real figures, but they come for example from the world of cinema and we are so used to talk about them or to see them on the big screen that they look more real than many others, even when they live tragic moments on the screen or they come to a bad end. One of them has surely marked the Seventies, and keeps on having an influence on our aesthetic taste and our view of a specific world. He is thin, with a punk haircut, shirtless, handling a gun. He has been mentioned by everyone, even by filmmakers like Tarantino or in demented comedies, not to talk about the countless publishing on bibles of style. Robert De Niro in “Taxi Driver” has not only given a new face to psychopathology and solitude, but has also given voice to the restlessness of many people, showing off with his silhouette as a tattoo on the back of reckless fans. Moreover, we cannot forget the military jacket that is still a must in vintage shops, reinterpreted in a million ways, from the runways to the street style. It is almost a co-star in Martin Scorsese’s film, so indissolubly linked to the image of
the character of Travis Bickle, played by De Niro, as a symbol of the one that was, in a way or another, a great presence in those years’ movies: The Vietnam war. But it is her the one that has surely marked an era in some ways, continuing to affect nowadays creative young people and designers. A wide-brimmed hat, a flower shirt tied on the navel, high wasted, skintight shorts, a pair of Mary Jane on her feet: you could never meet a Jodie Foster as sexy again, even though that was the character of a teen prostitute. The film carried a very strong image, worth of style annals, because if we asked people what represents The Seventies, besides bell-bottom jeans, the answer would probably be a picture of that Jodie Foster, who pays a great tribute to a rather clear symbol of the tattoo art: the pin-up. Exactly, because Iris, to name the character and not the actress, looks like a modern Betty Page in ‘Summer of Sam’, also mentioned in the work of a great Italian creative like Elio Fiorucci. And when Marc Jacobs decided to pay homage to the disco style and the Studio 54, what was the first look on the runway? It was his version of the pin-up young girl in Jodie Foster style, irrefutable proof of how that figure could influence our imagination.
Let me tell you a story... Continues from previous issue.
work hard for the dream of having their own apartment. I had moved in that neighborhood a couple years before from Alberoni, a village of 500 inhabitants at the south of the Venice shore where I had spent most of my childhood: it laid between the pinewood dunes, the Adriatic Sea and the Venice lagoon, it was a magic place, filled with saltiness and the smell of the sea; a place for solitary people, lonely in its own island. I quickly adapted to that change, to the place everyone would call “a bad neighborhood”. It actually looked decent to me, even though there was no service… We would not even have streets… When I started receiving my clients, I would give them an appointment outside my place, in a way to be able to see the person with which I would have to work, you could never know… The first impact with the neighborhood, for those who were not used to that urban decay, was quite funny to me. As soon as they would get off the car and see all of those brown and yellow houses, they would feel threatened even though, when I received people, there was no one around the streets yet. Let us go back. It was the day of the appointment with Gaz, he had already ditched me once, but this time he confirmed that he would be at the PEEP, in the church’s parking, at 14.00. We met, he noticed I was just a kid, asked me if I was legal age, I was 16, I did not
Talking to a friend at the Bissuola park, I got the contact of a guy who would make tattoos in a village close to Venice. I could reach there with my bike: even if the travel would probably be close to an odyssey, it would be worth it: I could have the opportunity to meet a tattoo artist. At the time, you would hear of Marco Pisa from Bologna, of Gian Maurizio Fercioni from Milan and Gippi Rondinella from Rome: there were very few tattoo artists in Italy until the early nineties and I would never have imagined one would be close to my home. I therefore gathered the courage and I called him; “Gaz” (his pseudonym) answered in a rather rude way and told me he would work at home. He would meet me at my place and have my tattoo done in there… He did not know where my home was, but I gave him the address of a place in which he could leave the car without getting troubles. I lived with my parents in the PEEP neighborhood (the public economic housing project), now called district Pertini. It was a unit of public housing, rather ugly at sight, that were surrounded at the time by deserted buildings and uncultivated fields brimful of stagnating puddles. Those were the years of the housing cooperatives, that would start building houses and would then leave them half-made, stealing money to the partners; poor people that would 10
want to lie, he asked me if my parents were ok with it, I answered that my father got tattoos, my mother would agree, I also had some shit on I had made by myself… We went upstairs, I walked him to my room. When I opened the door, he was stunned. Punk bands’ and pro skaters’ posters everywhere, all covered with tags, those were the trials of my selfmade markers. In a moment, he realized he was at a writer’s house, also because, if you lived in those places at that time, it would be impossible for you not to have seen my “tag” around: “Crez! DWA-PDZ”. He was surprisingly i nt r i g u e d and, from that moment, his behavior changed. We had found a contact point: I was fascinated by the tattoo world, he was curious. At that time, not everyone had the chance to visit a writer’s den, this was a new experience for the both of us, even though he did not make my tattoo that time, luckily, because I wanted a tribal bracelet! We agreed on a different colored image he would make on my calf the next week, this
time at his place. I remembered we smoked a reed together, we went for a Spritz in a small, infamous bar in Campalto because there was not even one bar at the PEEP. Meeting him was important and considerably improved my perspectives. I lived a hell of a week waiting for that tattoo. It was July, it was awfully hot, I got on my moped, a Ciao from Piaggio, and headed towards Malcontenta. Halfway, I pierced the rear tire, I reached the place by pushing the moped for 10km, under that sun, at 1pm and with the anguish of being late. And not finding anyone. But I got there on time, this time everything was ready, I would exit that house with a new tattoo: the picture of one of my skate boards. He liked it as well, he was even excited at the idea of making a colored work of that kind. Those years, people would mostly get very small tattoos, not exactly accomplishing to make. Having the chance to make a beautiful piece was a rare thing.
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M A R T I N A
Born in 1990, Martina Tiseo grows up in the small village of Isolotto, in the close suburbs of the city of arts, Florence. FASHINK: How did you start your career as a professional bartender? Martina: At the age of 14, I already knew what I wanted to do when I would grow up, this is why I chose the Hotel school. I later did some internships in many well-known hotels and bars in Florence. At 17 years I started working specifically in the café area until I turned 21, in a very popular bar where I started the real professional career of the coffee lover that I unfortunately had to interrupt for about a year and a half because of the birth of my daughter Eleonora.
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F: How would you describe your work of Coffee Lover? M: This is a very vast world. My job consists in making coffee based beverages, for example an Espresso. For most of the people this is just coffee made using a pressure machine, but it actually needs a preparation technique that includes filter cleaning, regulating the quantity of the blend of coffee, correctly pressing the preparation, extracting it a time interval between 22 and 27 seconds for 15/18 grams per cup. 16
As for the making of a Cappuccino, besides the coffee base, you need to know that the part related to the milk also requires particular attention in the creation of the milk cream that should never exceed a temperature of 58°, and you could also use Latte Art. In order to be a good Coffee Lover, you need to know many other specialties of coffee processing. The ones I most frequently use are the filter extractions and I want to explain them to you. The V 60 is named after its conical shape, like a V with a 60° angle, and if correctly used it can give very clean cups of coffee and exalt the aromas of our favorite beans. The Aereopress is an extraction method appreciated by the coffee lovers of the world, and that is slowly emerging in our country, where this year the first edition of the Italian Championship took place. The preparation is close to the one of the Caffetteria a stantuffo, but it is faster and the coffee ends up being stronger, almost like an Espresso. The coffee is also less sour if compared to the one made with a moka or a machine for the American coffee. The coffee with the Chemex method, the one with a manual filter, is less bitter compared to the Espresso and the coffee is still stronger with respect to the classical American coffee made with the machine. It tastes better with the coffee 100%
Arabica (for example it is great with our biologic coffees single origin Colombia and Mexico) and the milling needs to be medium large like the one for the American coffee or the French Press (it depends on your taste, if you like it stronger you should use the American one, otherwise you will take the minced for the French Press). The French Press is a coffee preparation method patented by an Italian (isn’t that strange?), the designer Attilo Calimani, in 1929. In Italy this is also called “Caffetteria a stantuffo”, but it has many names, depending on the countries. In France, for example, it is called “Cafetèrie à piston”. Besides these fun facts, we decided we will call this French Press, and it is a great way to make a good coffee, thick and spicy; this happens because the essentials oils do not get lost in the filter. The Cold Brew is a cold extraction method that takes a long time (at least 7/8 hours). The tool used to do it is rather impressing, it is called Toddy and is made of three parts: the superior one is made of glass and you put cold water in it, the central container is used for the powdered coffee and the lower carafe gathers the final product. The coffee is crossed by the water, one drop at a time, for a percolation of about 8 drops every 10 seconds. The drops cross the coffee powder, they capture its features and they come 21
out colored and filled with aromas and substances. Besides being a good alternative for the summer, the pro of this beverage is its shelf life, that allows to make large quantities each time; a coffee extracted with the method of the Cold Brew can in fact be stored up to 2/3 days in the fridge. All of these methods require a roasted coffee for filter, meaning a clearer toast. I am now working for one of the 25 best roasters in Italy and every day I study the different extraction methods, the origins of coffee and the way you toast it and this gives me the chance to always improve.
Talking about the presentation, what do people think about you since you are tattooed? In this moment there are many people working in this sector that have tattoos, the holder of the roaster for which I work included. For what concerns my colleagues, there are no problems, we often stand out for tattoos related to our job and our different passions. However, not everyone thinks the same. The older and conservative clients tend to judge us for our first look and we need to be very professional in order to gain their trust. Younger clients have more liberal reactions. F: Can this job be considered for young people?
F: What is the Latte Art? M: Latte Art is a method of preparing and decorating the cream for cappuccino, consisting in pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso and resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the latte. It can also be created or embellished by simply â&#x20AC;&#x153;drawingâ&#x20AC;? in the top layer of foam. Latte Art is particularly difficult to create consistently, due to the demanding conditions required by both the espresso shot and milk. This, in turn, is limited by the experience of the barman and the quality of the espresso machine. The pouring itself, then, becomes the last challenge for the latte artist for an artistic and creative presentation.
M: Yes, absolutely. You need dedication and study, but this job gives many gratifications. Many young people have a passion for coffee, there exist educational campus where they even take you study in the plantations where the product grows. Lately, even a reality show was created that discusses this topic.
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we believe by the Fashink Group
Maria Perez My name is Maria Perez, but people have been calling me Mery my whole life, I was born in Valencia in 1991, I am 25yo. and a lifetime ahead of me. My parents Felipe and Maria Jose have always raised me with the values of education, respect and freedom just like they did with my brother Aitor, who is two years older than me and has always been “the smarter one”. I have always been a hard worker and I consider myself outgoing, very active, sociable (I love transmit positivity), responsible, restless and always hungry for new goals. Since I left my studies, I started working and to these days I have never stopped, nor taken breaks; I cannot complain since jobs are scarce here in Spain. I currently work in a skate shop, named Skateworld, where every day is a bless. I always learn something new and I meet all kinds of people who share the same
hobby: skateboarding. I have been skating my whole life experiencing the best and the worst stages of skating. I have traveled and managed to learn skills that many people would like to have, participating to some of the main competitions in Spain. That time of my life is gone but I reached my goal, which was to be financially stable and able to work in the field I know the best: the longboard skate. I started competing at the age of 20 in different regions of Spain. I would learn more every day from the “proriders” I used to watch on YouTube. My dream was finally coming true. I also got the opportunity to be part of the Longboard organization in Valencia, thanks to which I improved at an incredible pace, until I became part of the first official Longboard club in Spain. We now carry out all kinds of events throughout the 24
country (especially best trick, slide jump, freeride, downhill...), getting sponsored from local shops. Ever since I was a child, my mother allowed me to try many different sports, which made me feel a free spirit. I had a neighbor who was a surfer, who invited me to try this sport. I accepted and I felt the same feeling of complete freedom, just as with my skateboard. I now work in the town center, in bar called Unic, where there is a different party every day, with people coming from all over the world. Thanks to these people I was able to improve my English. In the recent years, I fell in love with tattoos. My body is filled with them and every one of them is symbolic and special. I got my first tattoo when I was 18yo., when my best friend and I decided to get the same one. After that, I discovered an eager need to cover my whole body with the art of ink, without thinking that people could judge me as a shallow person, which I am not. My family has always been extremely liberal on this issue and have accepted all of my choices. I believe tattoos are a way of describing myself to the world; a way for people to know that I am free and true to myself and that I do not let society’s opinions affect me. The present society here in Valencia is still not ready to accept alternative
inked people. They immediately treat you as a lower class person while, in reality, getting inked is one of the most expensive whims in the world. One typical question that people ask me is: “What about all the tattoos on your body when you will get old?” My hope is that Spanish society will soon respect people’s choices in relation to this issue, and I always point out that I would rather be a tattooed grandmother rather than a person full of remorse for not being able to live life in my own way. I want my children and my grandchildren to see the story of my life reflected in my body scars, which will always be part of me. I will never consider removing any of my tattoos since I had them done I a moment of my life when I needed them. I never liked to choose people for their physical appearance since, professionally speaking, everyone may have a brilliant mind, a lot of experience and might be a great human being. I have already marked an appointment for next month to get a new tattoo on my hands, the only part of my body that would I like to completely fill with ink. If I had to choose my favorite quote, it would be this: “Beauty perishes in life, but it is immortal in the eyes of those who value it.”(by: Leonardo da Vinci). Special thanks: Mediterranean surf club 29
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Jamie Ruth started tattooing in New Orleans in 1995, she is very grateful to her tattoo teacher, English Craig for bringing her into the world of tattooing. She went through a proper apprenticeship in a busy street style shop for three years, which helped her learn that hard work and dedication are a big part of being a tattooer. Jamie has travelled all over the world tattooing and has had the chance to work alongside many of her tattoo heroes. Tattooing is a continually evolving tradition that she is proud to carry on. Jamie Ruth specializes in making bold classic tattoos, in many different genres, that will be lifetime keepsakes for the wearer.
Stefano Boetti a.k.a. Stizzo, born in Milan in 1978, gets passionate about the tattoo world during high school and as soon as he turns twenty he begins the real apprenticeship in a tattoo studio in the south of Milan, Italy. The passion for drawing and the complete devotion to this job lead him to continuously searching for his own personal style, that he enriches year after year, also by traveling for conventions and getting in touch with many tattoo artists from the global scene. His first goal is to challenge the everyday personal accomplishment of the job... This is the spirit that drives all of his drawings and tattoos.
FASHINK: In the last few years, to be a tattoo artist has become very common. In your opinion, what is the necessary to stand out?
Stizzo: Being a tattoo artist has become common because it is very easy to find the material to do tattoos. You can buy it everywhere, for example on the internet and this is why people forget what is more important. To me it is fundamental to work on paper first, a lot. Before buying the equipment to do tattoos it is better to buy some good books, not just looking up things on flashes or online. Indeed, you need to touch the paper with your hands and draw a lot to understand what is important and what is the message people want to give. For example, people like Owen
Jamie: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that there are many, many more tattooers than there used to be. One thing that is very important to me that I think quite a few younger tattooers miss, is an awareness of the history and tradition of tattooing and where you fall within that. We are able to make the tattoos that we make today because of all of the tattooers that have come before. Being conscious that you did not invent the wheel (or tattooing) by yourself is a great characteristic!
S: There’s two kinds of people who get tattooed: the first one is just people who want to get a simple tattoo and they do not really understand the art of tattooing; the second is people that want to collect tattoos, not just from one artist but from many different ones. These are people that put money into their inventions to get tattooed, to travel, visit countries and see things over the fact of the tattoo itself. This is the kind of people that come the most to my shop: the collectors.
Jensen and Bert Grimm and other important people who lived in the past gave important messages. F: Usually people after the first tattoo can’t stop doing it. Would you say tattoos are an addiction? J: You could call getting a lot of tattoos an addiction, but it isn’t a bad thing! Before you get your first tattoo you have no idea what it’s like to have it done. Hopefully you have a good experience and see that it’s not such a scary thing and then naturally want more. Very few people that I know have just one, it’s a positive addiction in my opinion.
F: A lot of famous fashion brands have started to work with tattooed models. Can we admit it is a victory for the industry? 34
J: Tattooing becomes more and more acceptable to more of a mainstream audience everyday. The concept that if you are tattooed you must be a thief or a criminal is mostly a thing of the past, so I suppose it is a victory for people to see tattoos in a positive light, as something beautiful and also an art form in itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own right.
tattoo artists. Ed Hardy, for example, was a tattoo artist that contributed to the birth of a very successful fashion brand. This explains why the fashion industry and the designer are actually looking for tattooed models: this is fashionable at the moment. However, this is not something that affects me or my job, I only deal with people that are really interested in the art of tattoos. These are the ones that understand what I do and what I look for. However, I notice that the most powerful brands are from Italy and I can really see the difference from ten years ago. Now Armani, Valentino, Prada, Gucci and basically everyone else have models with tattoos.
S: This does not really matter to me but I can say that fashion has changed a lot in the last few years. You can see it by watching TV: football players, singers and musicians are covered with tattoos. Fashion brands understand the power of tattoos and therefore they start working with 35
F: It is a common thought that tattooed people have bad reputations but times have changed. Do you think that this is something that belongs to the past?
F: If I asked you to think about five different elements that identify your job which would they be? J: 1. Organizing my time, making appointments and also keeping my shop neat, clean and organized so it’s a comfortable and safe space for my clients to get tattooed and for me to work. 2. Communicating with my clients and helping them decide on a design for their tattoo. Also educating them on what will look good as a tattoo in 20 years and teaching them about the aftercare process. 3. Studying and being aware of tattoo history, also to an extent knowing what other tattooers are doing. Not necessarily being “trendy” but being inspired by other people. 4. Maintaining my equipment and having knowledge of machines/ inks/needles. I’m hoping to spend some time with Sailor Kea next year learning how to build machines. 5. Drawing and making tattoos that will stand the test of time.
J: Yes and no. Tattooing is on some level accepted in the mainstream, but being heavily tattooed (with a bodysuit or facial tattoos) can still be quite shocking in some social settings. There will always be certain people that will be judge mental of others based on their apprearance, but I feel tattooing is not as much on the fringes and will continue to be more and more acceptable as time goes on. S: It of course depends on the country and the city. If you are full body tattooed and you live in the middle of Sicily or Sardinia, you can believe me when I say that people will not understand you. Remember that we have the Vatican here in Italy and this might be a sort of a problem for some people with tattoos. There is no freedom for this type of art. In England, America or Germany you see tattooed people everywhere, driving a bus or a taxi, working at the bank. People outside Italy are more open minded, while we are more conservative.
S: It is difficult to answer because I never think about this, but I believe that it would be wrong to try to be something different from what we are, to try and have success only to make other people happy. If I think of my job, the one I have been doing 36
for ten years, I think it involves a lot of passion, dedication, constancy, fun and true love.
and get to the level they could be. It happened to me recently. I met a guy who was very talented but who did not work as much as he should. I was not as talented, and this was sad for me, but I would exercise and work hard to improve and get better. People like this guy do not understand what they are wasting and what they could really be able to do. I sometimes prefer people that really want to learn this job by studying a lot every day because they really make an effort. In this way you learn to work on the paper and on the skin and you get the real dedication and passion for this job. You learn to love what you are there for every day. This is why, if I had to choose, I would take people that want to learn. I am always happy to meet the new artists that come to my shop, and I am sad when I see art and talent that is thrown in the trash when people do not want to work on their ability.
F: The art of drawing can be divided between talent and technical skills that can be learned studying. Do you recognize this difference? J: I’ve always love the expression “10% inspiration/ 90% perspiration” and that is definitely how tattooing and drawing are for me. There are people who are blessed with more of a natural talent, but they work hard too!! I think tattooing has made me a better artist because I draw everyday and complete small and large scale tattoo works daily. Practice practice practice. Tattooing is work in a sense, but also one of my favorite things, it’s something I have to do and I miss it when I take time off. S: Drawing is the most important thing in this job. Every time that people come to my shop to show me something, for example flashes or paintings, I immediately stop working because I am happy to see new tattoo artists or people that spend time working on paper. I can clearly see the difference between talented people and I can tell this last group is often lazy; they do not want to work a lot. They know they have some talent and they take it to easy instead of trying to improve 39
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by Shelly Wahweotten
adventures Â we Â wanted Â to Â do. Â The Â biggest Â thing Â we Â agreed Â on Â was Â not Â much. Â By Â â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;not Â much,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Â I Â mean, Â we Â agreed Â on Â very Â minimal Â planning. Â We Â packed Â up Â a Â two-Âperson Â tent, Â enough Â â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;campingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Â gear Â we Â needed, Â a Â camera, Â wet Â and Â dry Â gear/clothes, Â and Â a Â little Â tourist Â book Â that Â had Â some Â maps, Â attractions, Â cities, Â info, Â history Â and Â food Â suggestions. Â That Â poor Â book Â was Â used Â and Â abused Â throughout Â the Â entire Â trip. Â Our Â idea Â was Â that Â we Â were Â going Â to Â rent Â a Â car, Â travel Â from Â adventure Â to Â adventure, Â FDPS RQ EHDFKHV ZKHUHYHU ZH FRXOG Â¿QG small Â spaces Â to Â hide, Â get Â a Â hotel Â every Â few Â nights Â to Â get Â a Â decent Â shower Â and Â sleep, Â and Â mark Â off Â all Â the Â things Â we Â wanted Â to Â see Â as Â we Â did Â them.
Puerto Â Rico Â will Â always Â be Â a Â home Â to Â me. Â Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Â hot, Â muggy, Â small, Â and Â the Â economy Â is Â in Â a Â terrible Â wreck;Í¾ Â but Â the Â passion, Â people, Â food Â and Â culture Â make Â a Â person Â feel Â the Â love, Â all Â that Â heat Â generates. Â Discovery Â and Â adventures Â never Â cease Â on Â that Â tiny Â little Â island, Â and Â it Â always Â draws Â me Â back. 7KH Â¿UVW WLPH , YLVLWHG ZDV RQ D ELUWKGD\ vacation Â with Â my Â friend. Â She Â and Â I Â hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Â spent Â much Â time Â together, Â beforehand, Â having Â been Â coworkers Â in Â a Â newer Â tattoo Â shop, Â at Â the Â time. Â Â Initially, Â a Â few Â of Â us Â had Â wanted Â to Â go, Â and Â closer Â to Â the Â last Â minute, Â everyone Â else Â backed Â out Â of Â the Â trip. This Â left Â her Â and Â I Â alone Â on Â a Â trip Â together Â for Â 8 Â days Â total. Â And Â we Â werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Â even Â really Â friends Â at Â the Â time! Sure, Â we Â had Â been Â coworkers Â for Â some Â months Â now, Â and Â had Â been Â to Â some Â parties Â at Â the Â same Â times, Â but Â never Â hung Â out Â alone. Â She Â hung Â around Â a Â bunch Â of Â the Â same Â friends Â as Â myself, Â but Â I Â saw Â her Â as Â young, Â obnoxious Â and Â annoying. Â They Â say Â you Â hate Â the Â same Â things Â about Â yourself Â when Â you Â meet Â someone Â who Â is Â so Â much Â like Â you, Â and Â you Â see Â yourself Â in Â them. Â I Â found Â this Â to Â be Â very Â true Â when Â I Â became Â closer Â friends Â with Â this Â girl. Â I Â remember Â being Â 23-Âyears Â old Â once, Â too. Before Â we Â left, Â we Â got Â together Â for Â a Â couple Â drinks Â to Â make Â some Â plans Â about Â the Â
First Â night Â that Â we Â arrive, Â we Â arrived Â late. Â By Â the Â time Â we Â got Â to Â the Â luggage Â claim Â and Â gathered Â our Â things, Â the Â car Â rental Â place Â was Â closed, Â so Â we Â had Â a Â taxi Â take Â us Â to Â the Â closest Â cheap Â hotel Â In Â a Â decent Â area Â where Â we Â can Â get Â food Â and Â drinks. We Â were Â taken Â to Â a Â Howard Â Johnson Â in Â Old Â San Â Juan, Â get Â a Â small Â room Â with Â two Â twin-Â size Â beds, Â only Â to Â discover Â there Â is Â no Â hot Â water, Â and Â we Â are Â already Â out Â $150 Â for Â the Â night. Not Â necessarily Â how Â we Â expected Â our Â kick-Â off, Â but Â no Â matter. Â We Â still Â go Â out Â for Â drinks Â and Â food Â around Â the Â area, Â and Â wind Â up Â in Â
My friend and I had a handful of things we wanted to see while we were there, and surely saw most of them over the next few days. We even pitched our tent next to the lighthouse in Rincon and drunkenly slept in a rainstorm. More things happened that night, including punching some drunk dude in the face as he was trying to stay and party with us on the beach, after helping us get it set up. But what do you expect from two little troublemakers?? We weren’t there to pick up on dudes. We were just two young girls trying to have a fun vacation.
a late night pizza bar down the street from our hotel. There, we have a couple beers and some pizza, and a few dudes from the bar send over a couple more drinks. We accept them from the waitress and wave a friendly nod of appreciation back their way. They came by, before they were about to leave, and said that they hope we have fun ‘doing whatever it is we are doing!’ “Two heavily tattooed girls, we don’t see around here that often and you guys look like you’re having fun, we assume on vacation, so we just wanted to send over a couple beers and hope you guys enjoy!!” As friendly as they were, we invited them to our table to introduce ourselves and maybe get some inside local input on what fun things there are to do around the island while we are here. They hung with us for a while, even showed us around to a couple other hot spot bars, in the area. Before we parted, everyone exchanged numbers, so as to check in with us to see how our trip was going, or if we needed any help with anything.
One of the things we wanted to desperately see was a bioluminescent bay. Puerto Rico has two of them, one being in Farjado, the other being on another remote island next to Puerto Rico, called Vieques. We chose Vieques as the one we wanted to see. So we parked our car outside the port, wished ourselves good luck that it would still be there when we return, and hopped a ferry for $2. Vieques was an American military owned island until 1992, when the residents reclaimed their independence. Half of the island is still uninhabitable due to the use of test-bombings that the island suffered before independence. We toured around the little island on scooters. It is also home to a massive cieba tree that is well over 3 centuries old.
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back Â into Â the Â bay. $FURVV WKH ED\ VRPH JLDQW Ă&#x20AC;XII\ FORXGV ZHUH coming Â up, Â illuminated Â bright Â orange Â behind Â it. Â As Â beautiful Â as Â it Â was, Â it Â was Â almost Â as Â equally Â terrifying, Â considering Â what Â this Â island Â had Â been Â used Â for. â&#x20AC;&#x153;WHAT Â IS Â THAT???â&#x20AC;? Â my Â friend Â asked Â the Â guide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś.thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Â the Â moon, Â lady.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;hahahaha. Â Obviously Â I Â have Â never Â seen Â it Â before. Â It Â looks Â like Â something Â exploded, Â and Â LV RQ ÂżUH RYHU WKHUH Â´ P\ IULHQG UHWRUWHG
The Â island Â doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Â have Â animal Â control, Â so Â we Â had Â to Â be Â careful Â driving, Â to Â miss Â all Â the Â dogs, Â cats Â and Â horses Â all Â over Â the Â island. Â And Â there Â is Â little Â to Â no Â public Â street Â lighting, Â so Â once Â dark Â fell, Â you Â were Â expected Â to Â be Â in Â a Â well Â populated Â area, Â or Â on Â your Â way Â back Â to Â the Â main Â island. Of Â course, Â to Â see Â the Â bio Â bay, Â it Â required Â an Â overnight Â stay. Â The Â last Â ferry Â had Â already Â left, Â and Â all Â the Â close Â hotels Â were Â already Â booked Â solid, Â so Â we Â resorted Â to Â the Â help Â of Â our Â scooter Â buddies. Â They Â had Â a Â guest Â mansion Â a Â couple Â miles Â from Â where Â we Â were, Â but Â no Â close Â place Â to Â party. Â The Â offer Â was Â all Â we Â had Â so Â we Â went Â on Â to Â the Â bio Â bay Â tour Â and Â took Â up Â with Â our Â friends Â afterwards.
After Â the Â tour, Â we Â grab Â some Â beers Â from Â the Â corner Â store, Â some Â snacks, Â and Â get Â a Â ride Â back Â to Â the Â Vieques Â mansion. On Â the Â way Â there, Â Miguel Â tells Â us Â a Â little Â bit Â of Â info Â on Â our Â way Â there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Â have Â your Â own Â room, Â no Â one Â is Â there Â this Â week. Â Each Â room Â has Â a Â key, Â tv, Â shower, Â bed, Â and Â A/C. Â Make Â yourselves Â at Â home, Â the Â kitchen Â is Â downstairs.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śalso, Â you Â donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Â want Â to Â leave Â the Â gated Â area. Â Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Â dark. Â There Â is Â no Â where Â to Â go, Â and Â this Â little Â area Â is Â a Â bit Â sketchy Â outside Â on Â your Â own. Â ESPECIALLY Â YOU Â TWO Â YOUNG Â TATTOOED Â GIRLS. Â STAY Â PUT Â OVER Â NIGHT Â OKAY!â&#x20AC;? We Â didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Â bother Â asking Â too Â much, Â but Â Miguel Â told Â us Â anyway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Â town Â was Â named Â after Â Santa Â Maria. Â (Legend Â has Â it) Â Maria Â was Â an Â immigrant Â brought Â to Â the Â island Â as Â a Â slave Â to Â work Â in Â the Â sugar Â mills. Â She Â was Â murdered Â and Â her Â body Â was Â left, Â scattered Â around Â the Â town Â neighborhood, Â and Â no Â one Â ever Â came Â to Â mourn Â her. Â She Â had Â no Â family Â to Â contact, Â and Â no Â children Â left Â behind, Â so Â the Â town Â was Â named Â after Â her Â for Â her Â honorâ&#x20AC;Ś..so Â donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Â go Â out Â at Â night Â alone.â&#x20AC;? We Â took Â our Â key, Â showered, Â decompressed Â for Â a Â while Â and Â went Â downstairs Â to Â join Â our Â host, Â and Â his Â younger Â assistant Â Georgie Â Boy. They Â entertained Â us Â for Â the Â remainder Â of Â
At Â Mosquito Â Bay, Â we Â were Â told Â about Â it, Â and Â about Â the Â science Â behind Â the Â natural Â phenomenon Â of Â B-Â12 Â and Â plankton Â mixing Â in Â the Â water Â and Â creating Â a Â glow, Â much Â OLNH ÂżUHĂ&#x20AC;LHV 7KH WLPH WKDW ZH ZHUH WKHUH was Â the Â time Â of Â the Â big Â moon. Â The Â moon Â was Â the Â closest Â it Â had Â ever Â been Â to Â earth, Â and Â appeared Â bigger Â and Â brighter Â on Â this Â particular Â full Â moon, Â than Â any Â other. Â In Â the Â case Â of Â vivid Â reactions Â in Â the Â bay, Â we Â werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Â promised Â much, Â as Â the Â bay Â lit Â up Â more Â vividly Â during Â new Â moons Â when Â it Â was Â much Â darker. Â That Â didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Â dim Â the Â experience Â for Â us Â by Â any Â means. Â Each Â paddle Â into Â the Â bay Â lit Â up Â like Â a Â translucent Â blue Â trail Â all Â around Â us. Â Tapping Â WKH VLGH RI WKH FDQRH ZRXOG VWDUWOH WKH ÂżVK and Â even Â small Â reactions Â like Â this Â lit Â up Â the Â water Â below. This Â time, Â at Â this Â particular Â bay, Â they Â let Â us Â swim Â in Â it. Â Not Â all Â bio Â bays Â will Â let Â you Â do Â that. Â We Â all Â had Â to Â shower Â the Â chemicals Â off Â before Â getting Â into Â the Â water, Â to Â preserve Â the Â nature Â of Â things. We Â swam Â for Â a Â while Â enjoying Â the Â warmth Â of Â the Â night Â swim Â and Â the Â breath-Âtaking Â scenes. Â Each Â drop Â of Â water Â falling Â off Â my Â skin Â looked Â like Â a Â shooting Â star Â trailing Â down Â as Â it Â fell Â
We Â scored Â Puerto Â Rican Â gold. The Â only Â times Â you Â want Â to Â be Â in Â a Â hotel Â room Â on Â a Â vacation, Â is Â time Â to Â sleep, Â shower, Â recoup Â and Â move Â on. Â For Â a Â cheap Â price Â and Â inhibitions Â behind Â you, Â no-Âtell Â motels Â were Â the Â way Â to Â go. Â For Â us, Â anyway. Near Â the Â last Â night Â of Â our Â vacation, Â we Â splurged Â on Â a Â fancy Â â&#x20AC;&#x153;themedâ&#x20AC;? Â no-Âtell Â motel Â room Â for Â my Â friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Â birthday. Welcome Â to Â the Â Jane Â & Â Tarzan Â room, Â ladies Â and Â gentlemen!! For Â one-Âhundred Â dollars, Â we Â got Â a Â suite Â of Â a Â room. Â It Â was Â incredible Â with Â the Â jungle Â theme. Jane Â and Â Tarzan Â were Â both Â carved Â out Â of Â tree Â trunks Â and Â were Â in Â the Â foyer, Â disco Â balls, Â party Â lights, Â palm Â trees Â decorating Â the Â bed, Â a Â disco Â room Â -Â Â covered Â in Â mirrors Â with Â a Â brass Â pole, Â a Â heart-Âshaped Â jacuzzi, Â a Â private Â heated Â swimming Â pool Â outside Â of Â the Â room, Â glass Â and Â brass Â showers, Â and Â another Â vibrating Â bed. The Â swank Â of Â this Â place Â was Â just Â insane. Â In Â all Â the Â right Â ways, Â though. Needless Â to Â say, Â her Â 24th Â birthday Â was Â a Â complete Â success. We Â had Â the Â best Â solo Â party Â in Â that Â room Â with Â a Â bottle Â of Â Don Â Q Â rum Â and Â plenty Â of Â mixer. We Â learned Â a Â lot Â about Â each Â other Â that Â trip. Â She Â became Â one Â of Â my Â closest Â friends Â for Â a Â long Â time. I Â learned Â more Â about Â myself Â during Â that Â bonding Â as Â well. I Â try Â not Â to Â judge Â people Â as Â much Â as Â I Â did Â when Â I Â was Â younger. Â Opening Â your Â horizons Â can Â lead Â to Â great Â experiences Â with Â those Â around Â you. Â And Â sharing Â those Â experiences Â wherever Â you Â are, Â will Â always Â make Â you Â feel Â at Â home, Â when Â you Â connect Â on Â happiness. Puerto Â Rico Â will Â always Â be Â a Â good Â landing Â spot Â to Â be Â with Â those Â friends Â I Â love Â and Â cherish.
the Â evening Â and Â by Â 8 Â am Â the Â next Â morning, Â sunrise Â heat Â and Â humidity Â had Â us Â up Â and Â running Â again. The Â ferry Â back Â was Â the Â same Â going Â back Â and Â fortunately, Â our Â car/house Â was Â still Â in Â tact. Â Thank Â goodness. We Â moved Â along Â to Â other Â adventures, Â RFFDVLRQDOO\ FKHFNLQJ LQ ZLWK RXU ÂżUVW IULHQGV and Â meeting Â up Â for Â dinner Â or Â drinks Â when Â time Â permitted. One Â of Â the Â best Â discoveries Â were Â No-ÂTell Â Motels. Driving Â all Â over Â the Â island, Â searching Â for Â fun, Â and Â ONE Â sign, Â out Â of Â ALL Â signs, Â stood Â out Â to Â me Â from Â the Â road. Â There Â was Â a Â big Â bare Â ass Â on Â the Â sign Â that Â said Â JACUZZI, Â POOL, Â TV, Â SEX Â MACHINES. Â There Â was Â also Â a Â nude Â mermaid Â fountain Â outside Â and Â a Â giant Â neon Â KHDUW VLJQ OLJKWLQJ XS WKH RIÂżFH ZLQGRZ luring Â me Â in Â to Â see Â what Â it Â was Â all Â about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;$25. Â 6 Â hours,â&#x20AC;? Â the Â manager Â says. My Â friend Â and Â I Â look Â at Â each Â other, Â somewhat Â confused, Â stepped Â back Â and Â discussed Â our Â options. Â â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Â mean, Â itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Â $25 Â for Â a Â roomâ&#x20AC;Śit Â canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Â be Â that Â bad Â right? Â If Â so, Â we Â are Â only Â out Â $25 Â and Â we Â can Â jet Â out Â of Â here Â in Â 6 Â hours. Â I Â just Â want Â a Â shower Â and Â a Â nap.â&#x20AC;? We Â googled Â a Â little Â bit Â but Â came Â up Â with Â nothing Â about Â the Â motel. Â We Â agreed Â anyway Â and Â got Â a Â room. They Â close Â your Â car Â into Â a Â garage Â attached Â to Â the Â room Â and Â your Â timer Â starts Â while Â your Â car Â is Â inside. Inside, Â we Â had Â a Â clean Â room, Â clean Â big Â bathroom Â with Â glass Â showers, Â hot Â water, Â mirrors Â all Â over Â the Â walls, Â dressers, Â ceilings, Â and Â a Â giant Â vibrating Â bed. Â There Â was Â also Â room Â services Â equipped Â with Â food, Â alcohol, Â condoms, Â toys, Â cigarettes Â and Â some Â general Â toiletries. Â Room Â service Â was Â delivered Â to Â you Â Â in Â a Â box Â thru Â the Â wall, Â so Â your Â privacy Â was Â still Â in Â tact.
But Â I Â will Â always Â be Â a Â pirate Â at Â heart, Â and Â the Â seas Â will Â always Â have Â me.
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by the Fashink Group
GUID O DANIELE Guido Daniele was born in Soverato (CZ - Italy) in 1950 and now lives and works in Milan. From 1964 to 1968 he attended Brera artistic High School. He graduated from Brera School of Arts (major in sculpturing) in 1972. He lived in India since 1972 to 1974 where he attended the Tankas school in Dharamsala. Since 1968 he has been painting and participating to personal and group art exhibitions.
Courtesy of Vittore Buzzi
According to me, everyone has a story they have been assigned to and in which they participate and which they steer in different directions. I do not know if reincarnation des exist, but I found myself at the age of five or little more, when I started going to school, already being the best one at drawing in the whole school. I found out about it when they asked me to draw something for the headmaster saying: “You’re the best one in the school”. And I said: “That’s strange! I didn’t know that.”. And from there on this was a conviction, a set course: everyone would ask me to paint, everyone would ask me to draw caricatures. And this went on until I went to the artistic high school, then the academy and so on. And I always found myself with the right skills to do anything: from architectural design to sculptures, to paintings, big or small, with any technique. And I would notice that among my classmates there was who was only good at crayon, but if they had to make a technical design he would not be as good. This is why I think there are some attitudes in everyone that can lean towards music, photography, writing, cooking, classical arts. I found out I was good at classical arts, to which I devoted and am still devoting my whole life. At the academy, I studied sculpture and I bought my first motorcycle with a sculpture I have made. But living of sculptures was very hard, moving forward was difficult. I moved out of my parents home at the age of eighteen, so I needed to be autonomous: find a place to make sculptures and move them, and I had no car nor driving license. So I was forced, facing the reality, to head toward painting, and especially towards commercial painting, which was much easier to manage. Indeed, when I ended high school in 1968, there was the birth of advertising market in Italy, together with all of the cultural movements of the period. Many companies were coming up, looking for new talented people, and they asked me to make an advertising campaign for a pharmaceutical company. I came from classical studies, so I suggested to revisit the great masters such as Michelangelo and then Leonardo. I wanted to paint them on canvas and not on cardboard, not with spot color, but with many shades and so on. I wanted to make a picture that would represent a situation, and I wanted it to be beautiful. My first thought was that commercial art had always existed: the pyramids, the roman triumphal arches, the great frescoes, the Sistine chapel. These were all funded by some client to advertise some concept, philosophy or theory. After Napoleon triumph they would picture him tall, beautiful on his horse while he was small and rather ugly. Art has always been used as an instrument for some kind of utilitarian purpose. According to me, art has always been commercial, from when clients started to exist. Of course, in the Paleolithic, the man who would decorate his own cave, would do it just for himself. However, the one who was good at painting or at decorating the body would be used to make paintings for events, to decorate people’s body, to decorate the hut in which everyone would meet. This is why, switching to the great works realized during our history, in architecture, sculpture and painting, there has always been free art, but above all commercial art. This is why I was never ashamed of working for the commercial art in all of its shapes: illustrations for books, for Playboy, covers for thrillers by Mondadori publishing, real commercials, big or small, in any direction and technique. Working in the advertising I have met an agent that was representing the best photographers of 46
the time, and that would also represent some illustrators, among which there was me and some realists. I therefore got in touch with the greatest photographers of the time that would work in advertising: Oliviero Toscani, Fabrizio Ferri, Mario Zappalà, Helmut Newton. Newton would make some beautiful artistic pictures, and he called me to help him furnishing a set design with a pictorial effect for one of his commercials. From this came my bivalence of dedicating my activity to both a “pure” art (making my own paintings, the ones that were on my mind and that I felt like creating) and the commercial art (making very difficult and beautiful images that are sold and used). My intention was to bring art in commercial works: making images that would be so beautiful that people would look at them and say: “this is beautiful”. I wanted them to forget what they were advertising, what the product was. I wanted to use commercial to convey art. And this is what I am still doing today: making images that are so beautiful that live in their beauty; and I think that I reached the goal in many cases. Indeed, many people tell me: “I remember your campaign of many years ago, that was this and that”. Because it was beautiful, it decorated the town for months or years, on advertising boards, in the undergrounds, in the airports. You see advertisements everywhere and they can be beautiful or sometime not: they can only claim “buy this product!”, or they can say “see how beautiful this picture is, dream with this picture!”. There was a period of time in my life, when I started working with photographers, in which I would make scenography for them. These were most often landscapes, because photographers had to shoot for example in a studio in winter and there was no time or money to go, let’s say, in South Africa and wait for the right day in which the clouds were good and the weather was not too windy, nor too cold. So we would create everything in the studio in a hyper realistic way, with beautiful skies and pristine landscapes. This was very fortunate, because during that time no one had ever made them so beautiful. I got interviews on tv, magazines and articles about me and my work was often published. They would call me “Nuvolari” and in many other ways to say I was the one that would paint clouds. I would, go to Sardinia, take pictures of the clouds and of the nicest sunsets, I would study all of the movements and would then make skies full of clouds for years. Even the scenography of San Remo music festival in the 1997 was all made by me and it was a clouded sky. I later experienced the mechanism of major companies management, and this led me to the decision of leaving the field of the great scenography. I started dedicating myself to paintings, to illustrations and to my scenarios. In 2000 I created my last scenography. Indeed, I never made one again. I cut the ties with that world and a new one opened up for me, by magic, by destiny or by chance. Once I was making a scenography for a commercial in Holland, in a project for a German motoring newspaper. I was in a studio with an classic Jaguar and a model, and it came to my mind to use the inside, instead of the outside silhouette of the car, because I thought it was more beautiful. I mean the dashboard briar, the steering wheel, the Jaguar symbol at its center. I also asked to the photographer to use his daughter as a model, since the model they had paid was already gone for the day. In the evening, the pretty girl, with her hands painted as a jaguar. This was the first time I made painted, animal themed hands. Then, after one year, a director of an advertising agency from Milan wanted to 47
make a campaign with hands that would represent animals’ heads, without using Photoshop to create them. He therefore reached me thanks to some works I had already done using body painting and asked me: “Would you be able to paint a hand in a way it looks like an animal head?”. I answered: “Well, I guess yes. I have just done I and I can do it again with the theme we will choose”. Heads of animals painted on hands’ morphology in various positions. And I was to first to be stunned by how beautiful and realistic they were. The client was impressed as well, since they found the product ready in a few hours. Those pictures started running on the internet, being sent back and forward in every angle of the planet, and after a few years they suddenly called me from Washington to create the first spot with animal painted hands. Three newspapers called me the same day from London: the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Mirror to have interviews. The next day the Sipa Press called me from Paris to be my press agent. Now I travel the world making exhibitions and advertising campaigns from America to China, with the theme of animal hands or of body painting. Indeed, I had started ten years before, in the nineties, to make the first body paintings. The absolute first one I made was for the cover of “Amica”, asked me from the photo editor of “Amica” at that time: Giovanna Calvenzi. She had the idea of painting a model as if she was a statue to present some jewels of Pomellato for the cover. I made this work in 1990, ten years before starting the animal hands. I was surprised by the beauty and the ease of painting on a body, this is why I grow fond of this art that I did not know that much. I had made it sometimes, in an instinctive way, at some party with friends; I would paint some girl, my girlfriend of the time, but I did not think it could be used for mass communication or artistic image, because these are very beautiful and artistic images. At the end of a day, I suggested something to the photographers with which I worked, for which I made scenography or backgrounds. I said: “You have many beautiful models here, why do not we ask them to make an artistic body painting? Would you like that?”. It looked like these girls were just waiting to do something funnier than representing bras in sexy poses. So I brought some backgrounds painted with clouds from my home and I made the first images, later called “nude painted”, of girls that would emerge from painted skies with the same type of clouds and colours. These were artistic images that the girls were very happy to make. When the agency came to know that one of these girls, who was a very 48
important Spanish top model, had made an artistic nude at the end of the day without telling them, they yelled at her. She left the agency and went to a new one. She had a very positive reaction to this project. The models, are normal intelligent girls, they understand that this is an artistic representation of the body and it is not something to be ashamed of. On the contrary, this is a way to emphasize a body’s proportions, the attitudes every woman or model, professional or not, has when posing with femininity and seductiveness. Everything is enriched by a painting. After this experience, since 1990, I kept on making artistic or commercial body paintings. in 1980s they called me to make an illustration of a race car made with pixels because at that time, making a pixel image was so expansive that it was cheaper to have it handmade. The office where digital work was made looked like a laboratory for nuclear research: everyone wore white shirts; computers were as big as refrigerators and it would take hours of work on a computer to turn a picture into pixels; something that takes now half a second with Photoshop. I made this illustration, paid hourly with the equivalent of today €1000/2000. It took me two days to turn a simple image into little squares. This is to say how technology has change in the recent years. I have always tried to do what you can’t do with a machine, or what is not convenient to do in a digital way, this is why I dedicate myself to body painting and hand painting especially. Talking about body painting, you could transfer an image on a picture of a nude body. It is a difficult work that is sometimes longer and more expansive than the handmade one, but it is a choice. However, in hand painting it is much more difficult to take the skin’s grain without insulting it with digital transposition, overlapping it with a different, but still credible, image. Especially if you have an image that blurs, with a close up in focus of a hand with a specific texture on it, you can notice if it is made with Photoshop. This is why I keep practicing this art until the technology will be so advanced to be able to over perform everything which is handmade (and it will be soon). At that point, luckily, I will be old enough to stop painting and to entirely dedicate myself to my own pictures, without thinking about it anymore. This will unluckily be the future. Now, however, we still have a margin to create handmade things and I keep following my path. Few days ago I was judging a body painting contest of a makeup and body painting academy here in Milan and I saw what young people do. Sadly, everyone 49
in body painting tends to do what I do not like: something excessive, full of special effects, wigs and superstructure for the body. I am attached to the classical tradition, the Italian one of 1400 and 1500, but also the one of the primitives, the aborigines from Australia and New Guiney, the native Indians, the Amazon clans that have always decorated themselves with great fantasy without using tricks or trivial false as they do now. There are also very beautiful constructions made with artificial elements like feathers, leaves or so; what the jungle aborigines do today. For example, the Omo tribe from South Ethiopia that make great things using vegetables, dry straw, animal bones and so on. That is a very interesting body preparation, linked to a situation in which there is a lot of vegetation. There are also other traditions of primitive clans in Amazonia, who live in the jungle and dedicate themselves to painting the body, with many particular signs. That is the tattoo for New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maori. It was a tradition born in a particular region of the planet and developed with a type of symbols without using too many artificial decorations. What young people do nowadays, and that I observe with great attention and interest, is sometimes very interesting and some others very foregone, but everyone has to find their own path. I can only wish all the best to those who will come after. We will see. I continue my research and I try to do something good with my own abilities and times. My timelines are very tight since body painting has to be done in one day, eight hours since you then need to shoot and the models are exhausted (they have to stay still why you paint on them). The challenge is to be able to do, in eight hours, something very beautiful and very difficult. I am trying to do my best. Clearly, there will be people that will make more beautiful things, and with more fantasy: everyone finds and follows their path in any kind of art. Now with the photographer Stefano Padovani, who has a particular love for tattoos, we decided together to make a series, a trilogy of bodies painted with tattoos in a very artistic and elegant form: not foregone tattoos, not vulgar ones, not stupid ones; Inspired by some of the best tattoo artists in the world. Despite this new project, personally I would never get a tattoo. It is too definitive as a choice. But this is my personal choice. I still find the tattoo very beautiful; in the same way I find that street graffiti are sometimes very invasive, but I can say when they are just as beautiful. Tattoos, when they are well made, when they have their own culture and research, are incredible. This is why me and Stefano have chosen to make three kinds of ethnicities: the white, the oriental and the black. Ethnicities are all mixed and, by the way, mixes of ethnicities often give better results. Indeed, the chocolate skinned girl that I have painted, along side with my daughter Ginevra, who made the makeup and hair for (she is very good at this) and Stefano has shoot, is a mix of ethnicities: this is where this amazing colour came from. We then work with a Russian girl with a very delicate, angelic white skin. She has some very strong tattoos in contrast with her beauty. Last we have painted an oriental girl, also very beautiful. She is from Korea and she was decorated as if she was a Chinese Ming jar, a white and blue ceramic. We accomplished a great result and we will exhibit our work in Milano at the beginning of September. Photos courtesy of Guido Daniele archive 50
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by Michelle Dorrell
“A Wintry Apple Pie”
I’m Michelle Dorrell, i am tattooed mother from England. Ever since i was a very young girl I developed passion for cooking and tattoos. portrait by The Fashink Group in collaboration with teatro7|Lab 102
ink A WINTRY APPLE PIE You Will Need A pie tin 23cm / 9ins Ingredients for the Pastry 500g Plain Flour 350g Butter or Lard 3 Teaspoons Caster Sugar 2 easpoons of Salt 1 Egg 3 TablespoonsWater Method for making The Pastry 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, butter or lard, sugar and salt together to resemble breadcrumbs. 2. In a small bowl, mix the egg and water, pour into the breadcrumbs bring together to make a ball of pastry. Cover and put in the refrigerator until ready to use. Ingredients for the Pie Filling 25g Unsalted Butter 3 Tablespoons plain Flour 4 Tablespoons Water 100g Caster Sugar 100g Dark Brown Sugar 1T easpoon Cinnamon 8 Granny Smith Apples - Peeled, Cored and Sliced Method for making The Pie 1. Preheat the oven to 220C / Gas 7. Melt the butter in a saucepan, Stir in the flour to form a paste, Add the water, caster sugar and brown sugar. Bring to the boil, reduce the temperature and let simmer. 2. In a bowl put all the peeled and sliced apples, sprinkle over the cinnamon and mix so all the apples are coated. 3. Roll out the pastry to line the pie dish leave a piece for the top of the pie, fill with the apple and cinnamon mix, mounded slightly, roll out the the piece you have for the top to just over the size of the pis dish and cut 1cm think strips, place them on top of the pie to form a lattice design. Gently pour over the sugar and butter liquid over the pastry, pour slowly so that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run off. 4. Bake the pie for 15 minutes in the preheated over for 220C /Gas 7, Then reduce the temperature to 180C / Gas 4. Continue to bake the pie for a further 35 to 45 minutes and until the apples are soft. Serve hot with icecream or cold with custard.
This drink is called NISEKO It is a praise to Japan and its mountains, among which the Niseko mountain. It is conceived with Nipponese, mountain products such as mushrooms, quinine cordial and above all Japanese whisky, which comes from the use of the pure mountain water.
Niseko 60ml Nikka coffee grains 15ml mushroom syrup 2.5ml quinine cordial 2 dashes of orange bitter
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Following this beautiful summer that is going to end soon, fall is coming and leaves are falling down on our fashion lovers. Ready to discover flawless news from the tattoo industry mixed with lingerie and male apparel? Yes, you are! That’s why Fashink Magazine showcases perfect stuffs to add that touch of style to your personal beings. Moving from the male hemisphere, we start with breathtaking Hogan Rebel shoes for a special tattoo-print edition; just to show everybody who the f* you are. Then something cool for your mum, your female friends or your girlfriend, a useful but lovely present for cake-lovers and kitchen-addicted ladies: a special kitchen tattooed linen set for baking, something cool for your daily routine. What about a special thought for sexy but romantic gals? A Japanese-style tattooed robe for your hot nights. Last but not least, embellish your bags, clothing or old stuffs with tattoos thread pattern! here they are, available to stitch at your clothes at sublimestitching.com. They’re website is full of ideas concerning stitching tools and prints but those patterns will really amaze you! Follow us in each issue and create your own tattooed wardrobe!
in a double versions: high-ankle and slip sneakers. The first pair got reinforce eyelets, side zip closure, leather lining and rubber sole. They’re completely handmade in Italy and the print is placed on the side panel enhancing the white leather fabric that highlights colors. Made 100% of calf leather are available at more or less £350. The second pair is more informal and for youngsters: they’re also handmade in Italy and still 100% calf leather, always on a white version and
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the tattoo print is on the slip, but they also have a red rubber line on the back and black finishing. All tattoo prints are traditional and old school ones, just to bring you back to the origins of this art! Let’s move to the kitchen and let’s bake something for the upcoming party! Here you can wear your new cool tattoo print kitchen set with 1 Apron, 1 Oven Mitt, 1 Potholder and 1 Dish Towel. Washable, 100% cotton, perfect as a present for your beloved ones and with beautiful traditional tattoo prints on a beige/creamy background. Available also in several versions: with white skull stars on a black background, with henna black and white prints but also reminding you Japan with those geisha tattoos. It will cheer your daily routine up! Enjoy the artistic side of Sin in Linen and test new recipes in your kitchen. Ladies can’t wait to feel sexy and hot, especially at night or during a special date. That’s why you got to see (and to purchase for your personal wardrobe, of course) this tattoo-print silk robe by Dolci Follie, available on their website. Soft and total black, this luxuriously short robe is lined with pearly blue and is adorned with striking Japanese-inspired images across the back. Price is more or less £ 130 for this unique and original piece. Anchors, waves, ladies faces and maritime leitmotifs are decorating and embroidered on the backside of this one-ofa-kind kimono. Last item of our section, concerning tattoos and lifestyle, is embroidery patterns from Sublime Stitching website. Embellish your wardrobe or your second-hand clothes to sell them or to give them away to some friends with tattoos patterns. Choose between pinups, swords, roses and traditional leitmotifs. Lettering, hearts, anchors and “mums” love declarations are available to be sewn on your apparel to give them a new life. Be personal, be yourselfe.
“I chose the sign of tattoo as the modern graphic language through which I can gather all the classical and symbolical elements of bathing. Everything framed by the high sentence “VIENI OLTRE”.
Aldo Drudi, the author that has colored and made the world of legendary motorcycling pilots captivating, for the new bathing image of the city. The tradition for the bathing poster travels, in the 2016, on a road towards an unusual destination: the ‘indie pop’ culture, the imagination and the symbols of the biker, the language that proceeds by accumulating signs from cartoon and tattoos to interpret Rimini, in a classical appointment of the summer in Rimini for 15 years. Indeed, it is the figurative and blazing style of Aldo Drudi, the most well-known racing designer for making captivating and desirable the universe of the legendary motorcycling pilots, the one that ‘attacked’ the bathing poster 2016 of Rimini. Aldo Drudi -known for more than 20 years as the protagonist in the paddocks of “construction” of the aesthetic universe of centaurs, who has become an international icon- widens his creative horizons and brings his experience and research of the contemporary sign and design in order to offer his contribution to the interpretation of a city with a million facets. It is his contemporary language of tattoos that frames the bathing landscape pictured in the poster: the entrance in a washroom with an organized sedimentation of the elements, commonplaces, universal symbols, enigmatic messages. A work that evokes the naïve painting of the Italian singer Jovanotti, made in 2005, when the artist chose a bathhouse as the theatre for the accumulation of visual objects and symbols. “I chose the sign of tattoo -Aldo explains- as the modern graphic language through which I can gather all the classical and symbolical elements of bathing. Everything framed by the high sentence “VIENI OLTRE” (“come past”), which is a typical expression of our people, a grammatical mistake and at the same time an invite, a promise: come to Rimini, you will find something more, besides your expectations. And there is also a mention that is a signature: the motorcycle of the great ‘Paso’, that is a symbol of my whole world and of the memories of when I could come see Pasolini for the Mototemporada with my father and my brother. I think that my job could not leave aside the passion for this sport, the emotions and the colors of the fantastic world of the races. This is the digit of my style and you need to have ridden a motorcycle on a track to know what I mean.” After René Gruau (2000), Gianluigi Toccafondo (2003), Milo Manara (2004), Jovanotti (2005), Luca Giovagnoli (2006), Pablo Echaurren (2007), Marco Morosini (2008), Alessandro Bergonzoni (2009), Francesca Ghermandi (2010), Eron (2011), Francesco Bocchini (2012), Marco Neri (2013), it is once again a great talent the one that wil filter Rimini trhrough his poetry. 111
Wacom Bamboo Spark
Tablet are an amazing device, and a big step forward for visual artists. But many artists still prefer to use a pen and paper to draw or sketch. Wacom’s latest product is something that might be a better fit for them. The Bamboo Spark (€159,90) bridges the divide between the analog sketchbook and the digital sketchbook by tracking your pen strokes on real paper, then transmitting the results to your device. It’s three pieces: a folio with a receiver inside, a ballpoint pen with a transmitter inside, and a pad of regular paper. The device pairs to a mobile phone via Bluetooth, and transfers take only a few seconds per page. (Wacom’s app works on iOS and Android.) Within the mobile app, you can “replay” each line in your drawing, undoing each pen stroke and stopping at any time to export the page in that particular state. The case’s memory holds 100 pages, so you can sync in batches. Wacom offers cloud storage for Bamboo Spark pages, and the files are easily shared to Dropbox, to Evernote, or as PDFs. 112
The feel of the pen is nice; better than a cheap ballpoint pen, with a nice girth and weight. (Wacom knows pens!) Battery in the folio lasts weeks between charges. Folios come in three configurations to hold a phone, a small tablet, or an iPad Air 2. The system tracks each stroke with perfect accuracy - as long as you don’t accidentally bump your pad of paper. In that case, the digital copy of the drawing will be off. If you anticipate this happening. Same with the size of the paper - there’s a slot in the case where you can insert a backing board for a tablet of standard A5 paper, but bigger pads won’t work, and neither will those thicker than 50 pages. If the battery runs out mid-drawing.
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