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ELCOME TO THE VERY FIRST ISSUE OF WHAT WE HOPE TO BE AN ILL LIFESTYLE PROJECT; THE KINGSROWE POST. FIRST OFF, I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE OUT THERE FOR YOUR SUPPORT. IT IS CRAZY TO THINK OF HOW MUCH THINGS HAVE CHANGED IN A YEAR. AND I AM EXCITED TO SEE WHERE WE ARE HEADED. FOR NOW THE POST WILL BE RELEASED TWICE A YEAR AND WILL CONSIST OF ARTICLES, GAMES AND OTHER THINGS THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT NORMALLY FIND IN YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER. THIS IS US. 100% KINGSROWE FROM COVER TO COVER. FROM DEZ ARNEZ’S SPIN ON THE JET BEAUTY OF THE WEEK TO JD‘S APPETITE, WE WILL HAVE IT ALL HERE FOR YOU TO ENJOY. I FEEL OBLIGATED TO EDUCATE SOME OF OUR FANS - AND MAYBE SOME OF OUR NON-FANS - ABOUT WHAT KINGSROWE REALLY IS. FIRST OF ALL, IT IS ONE WORD... LET ME TAKE THE ALL CAPS OFF FOR THIS. It is Kingsrowe. Not Kingsrow or Kings Rowe or even KingsRowe. WHEW! I HOPE THAT REACHED THOSE OF YOU WHO KEEP MESSING THAT UP DAILY. WE ARE A LIFESTYLE BRAND, NOT A GANG. AND EVEN THOUGH THE WORD LIFESTYLE GETS USED SO LOOSELY THESE DAYS, IT FITS WHAT WE DO BETTER THAN ANY OTHER WORD I COULD HAVE PUT THERE. NOW TO CLEAR THE AIR ABOUT WHAT IT IS THAT WE ACTUALLY DO, IT IS SIMPLE; PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING WE WANT. I DO NOT WANT THAT TO BE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT, WE ACTUALLY AREN’T THAT ARROGANT, BUT WE DO WHATEVER WE PUT OUR MINDS TO. AN ADOPTED MOTTO OF MINE IS “LIKE IT, DO IT”. SO HERE WE ARE, LIKING AND DOING THE THINGS THAT WE’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF. HOPEFULLY WE INSPIRE SOME PEOPLE PURSUE THEIR DREAMS ALONG THE WAY. 2012 IS SHAPING UP TO BE A GREAT YEAR, BARRING THE END OF THE WORLD. WE HAVE SOME TRICKS UP OUR SLEEVES AND I CANNOT WAIT TO LEAK INFO, BUT I WILL REFRAIN FOR THE TIME BEING.. ANYWAY, ENJOY. - ALL THE BEST, DIONTE’ | @DIONTESAYS
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RONNIE MO’S FOUR SCORE
Ronald I. Moses (All-Madden Team)
Josh Cribbs (Browns)
Lance Moore (Saints)
Andrew Hawkins (Bengals)
1. Is the Madden Curse real?
1. Nope... because of Drew Brees
1. No, all coincidence… but Big foot is real.
2. What profession would you want if you weren’t a pro football player?
2. Baseball was my 1st love.
2. A judge on The Voice or pro women’s MMA Fighter
3. Jeremy Lin or Tim Tebow?
3. Jeremy Lin because he did it the hard way.
3. Greg Ostertag
4. What is the most embarassing thing on your iPod?
4. Jazmine Sullivan – Lions, Tigers, and Bears
4. Miley Cyrus – The Climb lol
4. The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
LOOK AT HOW FAR WE’VE COME. SEEMS LIKE JUST YESTERDAY I SUBMITTED THE INAUGURAL INSTAGRAM BEAUTY OF THE WEEK. NOW AFTER COUNTLESS BLOGS WHERE I’VE USED EVERY THIRST TACTIC IN THE BOOK, I HAVE TO TRY AND OUTDO MYSELF FOR THIS SPECIAL VERSION OF IBOTW. MY LITTLE BABY BLOG HAS GRADUATED TO A TWO-PAGE SPREAD AND A PHOTO SHOOT. NEXT SHE’LL BE GOING TO COLLEGE AND RACKING UP STUDENT LOAN DEBT. WE PICKED THE PERFECT BEAUTY TO REPRESENT US IN THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE KINGSROWE PAPER. MEET STEPHANIE MARIE TURNER (YEAH I GOT THE GOVERNMENTS, I’M TWO STEPS AWAY FROM THE NUPTIALS). YOU MIGHT RECOGNIZE STEPHANIE FROM HER INSTAGRAM PAGE @LOVELY_SMARIE OR FROM HER APPEARANCE ON OUR “2011 ALL THIRST TEAM” WHERE SHE AVERAGED A STUNNING 27 TEXT’S, 8 DM’S AND 6 STALKERS. SHE’S THAT BAD. WE PUT STEPHANIE IN SOME OF OUR FINEST KINGSROWE APPAREL, CALLED OUR PHOTOGRAPHER @MRKINGJD AND GOT TO SNAPPING SOME PICS. YOU’RE WELCOME AMERICA. DEZ ARNEZ | @DEZARNEZ
5 Easy Steps to Get Rid of Your Cuffee After Cuffing Season ‘Tis The Season To Be Single! The sun
is out, birds are chirping, men are hawking and women everywhere are flaunting their smooth skin and discounted Old Navy flip flops. You can almost smell the cocoa butter. Yes, Spring is here and although it is one of the more beautiful times of the year, it can also be the most painful time of the year for some. You know what I’m talking about; newly single people who never saw it coming. Why you ask? Because when it hits March 21st, Cuffing Season ceases and lone-hearts are left alone taking pictures of themselves in swim wear behind the backdrop of their sad, pitiful little apartment complex swimming pools. Sad singles are sad. I’ll start by briefly explaining Cuffing Season: It’s the time of the year when the leaves start changing colors and it’s getting so uncomfortably cold outside that people rather stay in each night. Instead of going out, we (as in you and I because everyone is guilty of this) prefer to stay in and snuggle
should be punched in your vagina. Holidays can make your cuffee go from a 5 to a 10 on break-up day. 3. Change is a Good Thing - If your iPhone or Crackberry is never locked, get a password to throw ‘em off. Start being over protective of your Facebook and Twitter, and shove your partner away from even reaching for your phone when it rings. This, my friend, will cause your cuffee to have a curiosity overflow. If they have any sense or backbone they will lose their trust in you and begin questioning your actions. Their snark comments every time you’re on the phone will lead to my favorite argument of all time. “So, you don’t trust me now?” or “Why are we together if there is no trust?” Petty? Yes. But an easy way to slide into being Single by Spring? Absolutely! 4. Hobby Lobby - Get a hobby! Start “playing sports”, “work out”, begin your secret dream of “becoming a rapper.” You notice everything is in quotations. That means you don’t have to actually be doing this stuff, just say
Get a hobby! Start “playing sports”, “work out”, begin your secret dream of “becoming a rapper”... up with a significant other while queuing up every romantic comedy we can find on Netflix. I HATE YOUR MOVIES JENNIFER ANISTON! Wait.. did I say significant? I meant convenient. During Cuffing Season, it doesn’t really matter who this “other” is. As long as they are on call, have the opposite reproductive organs and are available for your cuffing needs. The Season is not designed for you to fall madly in love and upload Instagram photos of your foolishness. It is merely a time to find someone you can tolerate for those 4 to 5 winter months. If toleration forms into “Love” or whatever the hell that means, kudos to you and your soon to be divorced spouse. But I’m here to assist my heartless brothers and sisters who just want a smooth and painless way out after the Season is up. Follow my informative, 5 Easy Steps To Getting Rid of Your Cuffee after Cuffing Season. 1. Plan Ahead - You can’t just up and break it off with this person in March out of nowhere. You have to be strategic. This is chess, not checkers. Don’t allow your cuffee to get too comfortable from the beginning. No bringing over enough clothes to fit in the bottom drawer. Always insist that they pack and leave with their toothbrush every night and never, ever, ever hold your cuffee’s hand. Once my cuffee almost fell into a lake and he had his hand outstretched to break his fall and I like totally didn’t save him. This is the discipline you need to avoid these traps. Planning ahead is probably one of the hardest tasks, so if you’re struggling try my #2. 2. Valentines Day Is For Suckers In Love One thing I cannot stress enough is do not do anything for your cuffee on Valentines Day! February 14th better be the day you’re working late, have to baby sit, or the day your Great Auntie Melva died for the 8th time. Whatever! This also goes for birthdays or any Holiday for that matter. Avoid the New Years kiss by any means necessary and if you send out a personalized Christmas card then you
you are! Now, I don’t condone lying in any way, but I do have a PHD in stretching the truth. If you say you picked up basketball, then pick one up. Literally. You don’t have to have Derrick Rose handles but you should know how to keep your dribble. As long as it makes your cuffee realize that you may not have as much time for them as you use to. Time away makes it so easy to use the “growing apart” reason to break up because in reality, you “really don’t know what you want in life” and it’s your asshole ways that is the problem, “not them”. You see where I’m going with this? No? Well then this last step should seal the deal. 5. Pick Fights - You have to start getting mad at the little things in life. Like, “WHY YOU ALWAYS SLAMMING MY DOOR LIKE THAT!?! You don’t respect my things, huh!?!” The bickering, though childish, will eventually make your cuffee realize the relationship isn’t the same and this person has a severe chemical imbalance. With this method, there’s no one to really blame. Sounds immature, I know, but look at it as an investment; It’ll pay off later. You want to start the fights in February, so there can be a clear difference in the relationship which will give you ammo for the breakup in the near future. And if that doesn’t work you should try banging their friend. Juuuuust Kidding! Thank me later, Aba Kifle | @THAT_Twigga
THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD THAT HAVE NUMEROUS TALENTS. THERE ARE RAPPERS WHO CAN ACT, ATHLETES WHO CAN RAP (NOT REALLY), AND EVEN POETS WHO CAN TAME WILD ANIMALS. OK, THAT LAST ONE IS MADE UP, BUT OH WELL. ANYWAY, WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU MET A TATTOO ARTIST THAT CAN DESIGN AN ILL BIRTHDAY CAKE? I CAN HONESTLY SAY I NEVER HAVE... UNTIL NOW.
he first thing that stood out about her to me was her punk-influenced style. While some chicks are trying to be America’s Next Top model, video vixens or even Dez Arnez’s Instagram Beauty of the Week, this one was different. With her hot pink hair, facial piercing and hella tattoos, it was clear that she could care less about any of that. Rather than rely on her looks, she prefers that her gift speak for her.
”I’m pretty, so I knew that would resonate later. I prefer to let my talents and art speak first,” she declared. “There’s always going to be a pretty face, but what’s behind it?.” In addition to being a pretty face with a knack for art, you can also catch the self-proclaimed ‘brutal girl’ in your local mosh pit. While she doesn’t mind getting all dolled up, Mikaelyn, who didn’t start wearing heels until last year, would
much rather be with her best friends “raging and head-banging like a champ!”
‘Ms. Tattoo’ They don’t call her that because she’s tatted up (even though she is), they call her that because of her skills as a tattoo artist right here in Columbus.
Although she’s worked out of a few shops in the past, Mikaelyn has become totally fine with being a freelance artist. “I love working for me,” she says, “My phone never stops ringing.” One can only imagine that business for her is booming, especially considering the fact that she’s willing to make house calls. So if you want to get inked up, but don’t have a ride, she’s got you covered! Speaking of inked up, I’ve already mentioned that home girl is just that. She got her first tattoo at 16 while playing hooky with some friends. Although she admits the tattoo, which is her name on her stomach, is “pretty crappy”, she says she never wanted it covered up. For her it serves as a memory of where it all started. Today, she has at least 30 tattoos.
Neither member of this pastry-making duo had any type of schooling for this. According to Mikaelyn, she and her aunt “just tried different things with cakes and they’ve worked.” Because they’ve worked quite well, the orders come rather frequently. So frequently that Aunt Yvette was able to quit her job at the airport after being there for 17 years.
If you’re reading this and considering getting some ink done, Ms. Tattoo has offered a few jewels that would help provide a starting point for those wanting to get tatted for the first time. She highly suggests that you do your homework on whatever artist you choose. “Find one that cares and takes the time to make sure you’re comfortable and completely happy with your tattoo”. Mikaelyn states how imperative it is that you spend top dollar on your ink. “DON’T BE CHEAP!,” she says. “THIS WILL BE ON YOUR “This will be on your body forever, BODY FOREVER, AND and get what you pay for”. Word.
Now 20, Mikaelyn started doing body art when she was 18. She didn’t take it as seriously at first until she realized how good she actually was. When I asked her who influenced her artistically, she credits fellow tattoo artist YOU GET Kat Von D. “Despite what people say about her, she’s an insane tattoo artFOR” ist and mentor. Plus she’s gorgeous and I love her style,” she says. Ms. Tattoo also acknowledges her mother, who passed away when she was 14, as one of her driving forces. “She was a professional artist and completely incredible person. She did it all, and with ease,” Mikaelyn recalls. “I know I get my feistiness and artistic skills from her.” She believes her mother left big shoes to fill and if she only becomes half the woman and artist her mother was, she would be content. Are you not intrigued yet? Remember how I mentioned cakes earlier? Well, enter Specialty Sweet Creations. What started as just and idea that Mikaelyn shared with her aunt Yvette, became a full fledged business. And why not? “[Yvette’s] cakes are some of the best,” she says “and with me always trying to find art in everything I do, one day we decided we would make the cakes into cool stuff like they do on TV.” That’s what I call a meeting of the minds.
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In the next 5 to 10 years, the tattooing, baking phenom sees herself owning a string of tattoo shops. Of course she wants one here in Columbus, Ohio, but she also would like one in California; A place that she calls her second home. She also envisions Specialty Sweet Creations becoming a storefront that will make cake for the biggest stars. In the meantime, be on the lookout for her upcoming spread in Urban Ink magazine. “I want everyone to know my story. I feel like if they did, they’ll see my heart and know I’m just a girl, who dreams”. They’ll know it soon enough. Dream on. For appointments call Ms. Tattoo at 614.599.4097. If there’s an occasion that calls for cake, be sure to visit http://specialtysweetcreations.vpweb.com/ or dial 614.218.7612 For more check out Kingsrowe.com for my Q & A with Ms. Tattoo. Chewy | @ChewyHimself
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