Category: Artist & Celebrities

Banksy Prints Prove Popular With Celebrities

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Work by graffiti artist Banksy has become so popular that celebrities regularly buy originals and prints.

In 2006 American pop singer and songwriter Christina Aguilera paid 25,000 for an original of Queen Victoria as a lesbian and two Banksy prints after arranging a private viewing at a Soho gallery where the Bristol-born urban artist was exhibiting.

Gallery owner Steve Lazarides told the Independent that the pop star already had an in-depth knowledge of Banksy prints and originals and knew exactly what sort of artwork she wanted to buy.

A friend of Aguilera said the musician would prize the Queen Victoria picture featuring the monarch in a lesbian pose with a prostitute and hang it in her living room.

“She’s been a huge fan of Banksy for months and was desperate to get her hands on some of his artwork,” they told the paper.

Banksy reportedly created the controversial piece in response to the fact that Queen Victoria famously refused to pass a law outlawing lesbianism as she refused to believe such things existed.

Hollywood mega-couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are amassing a growing collection of Banksy work having spent in excess of 1 million at a contemporary art auction in London in 2007.

Brangelina also controversially bought a Banksy painting of Michael Jackson which showed the King of Pop standing in the doorway of a cottage attempting to coax a young boy and girl into his house with sweets.

Brad Pitt told the Times at an exhibition in America that he becoming a fan of Banksy after discovering examples of his work through the media.

He said: “I think that this guy is really on to something. I first heard about him a year or so ago I saw something about him in a magazine.”

Keanu Reeves, Meg White and Jude Law are just some of the famous faces who have also been spotted viewing Banksy prints and originals at exhibitions in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Mr Lazarides said that Banksy prints and originals are popular with celebrities because they prefer contemporary art to classical masterpieces.

He told the Times: “They’ve got money and they don’t particularly want to spend it on a Picasso – they want to buy something that relates to their lives, their time and their culture.”

Banksy has famously painted subversive graffiti in places such as London Zoo, the British Museum and the wall dividing the West Bank in Israel.

Iphone Apps That Put Makeup Artist Products Right On Your Phone

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These apps help you check out your appearance and pick out makeup artist products without setting foot in a store!

Can your phone make you more beautiful? If a handful of iPhone apps have anything to do with it, the answer is a resounding yes! Here are three products that are helping women find makeup artist products and have fun with beauty right on their phones.

MakeUp This Apple App Store app lets users test out new makeup artist products without ever having to try them on or even set foot in a store. Users simply upload a photo of themselves to their phone and test out products theyre interested in right on the photo.

With 1200 real-life products to choose from, users simply use the apps facial recognition software to apply product to their virtual face and see what they like. If you love a product you can simply buy it right there on your phone or purchase it next time youre in your favorite makeup store.

RealBeautys Instant Celebrity Makeover Heres a great way to kill time on your commute: transform yourself into a red-carpet ready celebrity! This app gives your photo a virtual makeover. Makeup artist products are used to transform your visage with a celebrity hairstyle, makeup look, and designer outfit.

Once youre ready to face your own personal paparazzi, you can share your new look on Facebook or just save it to your phone.

Mirror App It doesnt get much simpler than this. DLP Mobile is busy readying an app for the iPhone 4 that turns your phone into a mirror. Instead of hitting the ladies room after lunch for that midday touchup, now all you need to do is use the app!

It seems the app uses the new phones front-facing camera to create a mirror-like image right on the screen. Can you think of a more high-tech way to check your teeth for leftover spinach?

More than just skin deep, these apps are big business for software developers.

Seven to 10 million iPhone or iTouch users have already downloaded a beauty-related app or indicated they are very interested in doing so, Sunil Verma, founder of mobile ad exchange network Mobiclix, told the New York Times.

While these apps are most popular with young women ages 14 to 17, Verma said many users are grown women interested in how these apps make their lives easier.

Were seeing a lot of single professionals and mothers downloading these apps, he said.

Copyright (c) 2010 John Howell

The Highest Paid Hip Hop Artist 2011

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But this time around Jay-Z has to fall back and settle for the second high ranking seat because P Diddy is the new boss with the money. Forbes revealed their list of the highest-earning hip hop artists, and the “Empire State of Mind” rapper is second tJay-Z, who also boasts a varied portfolio in addition to his Roc Nation record label, was a close #2 with $450 million.o fellow music mogul Diddy. Adding up Diddy’s stakes in Bad Boy Records, Sean John Clothing, and deals with Ciroc vodka, Diddy claimed the top spot with $475 million. The rest of the top five was rounded by by Dr. Dre (a distant third with $125 million), 50 Cent ($100 million), and Cash Money CEO Birdman ($100 million). If it’s any consolation, Jay-Z did top Forbes’ list for Top Earning Celebrity Couples, thanks to his partnership with the equally successful Beyonce. Big ups Diddy guess all those TV shows and the hustle has paid up. Who be balling BIG now??

Rap music is a genre of hip-hop culture which developed in the South Bronx during the 1970s. Rapping includes important elements like DJing, sampling and beat boxing. Rap music is a unique vocal style that combines spoken word with lyrics and rhyme and is accompanied by instrumental music. Since the 1970s the demand for rap music has grown rapidly and numerous rap artists have gained worldwide recognition.

Born in 1972, Diddy was raised in the suburbs of the Bronx, where he spent his adolescence amid the rising hip-hop scene. He interned with Uptown Records in the 1990s and became the vice president of the record label. He went on to form Bad Boy Records in 1994 and became the producer for various rappers, including The Notorious B.I.G. and Mary J Blige. In 1997 Diddy released his first album, “No Way Out;” he also launched a new clothing line under the label Sean John in 1998, earning him the Best Men’s Wear designer title by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Although the two are no longer together, Diddy’s ex-girlfriend, Kim Porter, gives birth to his second child, Christian. (Diddy has a son Justin, 4, with fashion stylist Misa Hylton-Brim.) Fatherhood is “one of the greatest joys of my life. It has taught me about life and about how to love more.

Celebrities Love Storksak Diaper Bags!

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Perhaps the name Storksak is ironic for a company that seems to be very concerned with the Stork and the Sack involved in delivery. Yes, while the company does make plenty of fashion accessories it is most well-known for its high-end Storksak diaper bags. Fashion-friendly diaper bags are the newest trend and they are long overdue. After all, why should parents have to feel old? Why bring a long, dull bag for diapers when you can carry around a $500 leather bag complete with pouches, bottle holders and other inserts? Indeed, many celebrities and individuals are discovering just how useful these products are for fashion emergencies and baby emergencies.

Who Are Storksaks Top Endorsers on the Hollywood Scene?

Thats certainly the attitude of celebrities who are embracing the Storksak diaper bags accessory for their new bundles of joy. In fact, some of the biggest names in Hollywood are now toting these tote bags and letting it be known they are moms not afraid of the camera. The likes of Jessica Alba, Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts have been seen with Storksake diaper bags, and guess what? Its not just because of the functionality. Celebrities actually love the design, with its patent leather or cotton canvas strap. Some of the designs even have cell phone holder and key ring clips. What about extra-large bags that can fit an entire laptop? Youre not just dealing with a cute diaper bagits beyond a bag and doesnt even look or operate like a diaper bag.

No wonder other celebrities have shown up holding Storksak diaper bags, including Kate Winslet, Liv Tyler and Heidi Klum. Joley Fisher, Natasha Henstridge, and Denise Richards have also been seen carrying designer quality diaper bags so you know this is going to catch on to even greater means later on. Perhaps the most famous Storksak diaper bags endorser is Angelina Jolie who carries these bags around when she is enjoying a casual stroll, and prefers the Storksak Emily line.

Luxury Bags That Arent Just Diaper Bags

Why not start looking more like a celebrity mom yourself? It will only boost your confidence and make your spouse appreciate you all the more so. A super mom, a great dresser and so efficiently organized! Careful, too much celebrity-style elegance and your baby might grow up to be the next Jennifer Aniston or something. Any downsides to that? Hmmm

Which Celebrities Have Had Rhinoplasty

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How can you tell which celebrities have had a nose job? That’s a tricky question since most Hollywood stars would have you believe that their beauty is totally natural. With relatively minor procedures (such as eyelid surgery to correct drooping lids) the results of plastic surgery may be difficult to spot. However, rhinoplasty doesn’t make a person look younger. It actually changes the entire look of the face. So if you see photos of celebs who look dramatically different than they did a few months ago, it’s time to zero in on the nose for closer inspection. Here are several well-known women who have definitely gone under the knife to acquire a new schnoz.

Jennifer Grey
Best known as Ferris Bueller’s older sister and “Baby” from “Dirty Dancing,” Jennifer Grey’s quirky-but-cute face captured the camera and the hearts of American moviegoers. Now, she is most famous for having a great nose job and a career that took a nose dive as a result. Her beak was shaved down to a shadow of its former self. Now, you wouldn’t recognize her on the s treet (or on “Dancing with the Stars”). Grey has reportedly gone on to take advantage of cosmetic surgery several more times in the last few decades. At least one face lift and some injectable fillers may have kept her looking fairly young-if not exactly “baby” faced.

Ashlee Simpson
This young singer was apparently under very deep anesthesia during the procedure to alter the shape of her nose. Her reported response to questions about whether she had a nose job was “Maybe, who knows!” Her plastic surgeon knows for sure. So does her dad, who probably footed the bill for the operation. Unlike Barbra Streisand, who has famously declined to have the bump on her nose removed because it might change the timbre of her lovely voice, Simpson appears to harbor no such fears. As long as she keeps her lip-syncing skills polished, she should be fine.

Lil Kim
Although Lil Kim (Kimberly Jones) has done her best to draw attention away from her nose job with much more extreme enhancements to her bosom, her nose has the pinched look reminiscent of Janet and Latoya Jackson’s. Let’s hope she stops now and doesn’t descend fully into Michael Jackson territory. The Queen Bee’s forehead is also looking suspiciously shiny and smooth these days-an indication of Botox injections. At least the results of that particular treatment wear off over time. It’s not too late to get off the plastic surgery train to disaster, Kim, can you hear me now?

To learn more about rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, facelift or Botox, visit a local Dallas, Detroit or Beverly Hills rhinoplasty provider today.

No Underwear Celebrities

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This is most probably one of the most discussed topics on the internet. It involves the search about those celebrities that wear no underwear.

No underwear celebrities are actually those celebrities who do not wear or who do not intentionally wear the under garments.

There are many celebrities who are popular an famous for their figure and their natural looks and it is these looks which have got them do popular among the people around the world. These celebrities do not wear or do not tend to wear the undergarments for a number of reasons.

First of all these people know that all the big names in the industry are looking or them due to their popularity and due to their fame and their looks. Therefore they try to cash those looks and their unique and amazing figures by exposing some of their personal body parts.

No underwear celebrities are often caught on tape or camera by the paparazzi which show them wearing nothing beneath their dresses.

There are numerous such celebrities which can be easily found on the internet and they can either be searched to get results about a specific celebrity. They are often busted by showing their private body parts as they do not wear anything to conceal them. They then blame paparazzi for this.
But we can’t also deny the celebrities really involved in such kind of business. These kinds of people are just destroying themselves as well as the society. Psychologists say that celebrities involved in such business are either badly in need of money or they believe that they are better than rest of us.

In addition to it they also said that such celebrities are always in danger from any ordinary person. Because if we go through past, we can see lots of celebrities in such businesses were murdered or raped.
These celebrities can easily lose their respect in the society. People hate such celebrities whose actions are against the public and cultural values.

If we study any religion of the world, this activity has condemned everywhere. There are also lots of punishments defined in the laws of every nation for these sins. When such thing happens to any ordinary person, it wouldn’t affect its life much but in the case of celebrities everybody start pointing and raising questions against such celebrity.

In these cases celebrities get so depressed that they start using different pills without any proper instruction which sometimes cost their lives.

How To Choose The Correct Makeup Artist

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Sylvana is an experienced bridal makeup artist. She is also proficient in photo shoot makeup and other nuances of makeup. It is important that the makeup you do should be done in such a way that it should look natural and flawless. The makeup should also last long and should not be smudged. Sylvana is a well known Adelaide Makeup Artist.

Sylvana does all kinds of makeup from bridal to fashion shoot to cover photos on magazines. Her makeup style is very unique and she has the ability to transform the looks very efficiently. Once you are dealing with her you can have complete peace of mind. She is a pro in this field and she can make you ready for any occasion at any point of time.

She is highly professional and she uses her makeup style at its best. Sylvana is the best Make Up Artist Adelaide whose wedding makeup is immensely liked by people since the products she uses are of high quality and they last for a long time. The makeup gives a natural effect to the bride and the look is very refreshing. As she is proficient in both wedding and photo shoot makeup the looks of the person is attractive both in the event and in the photographs.

Sylvan has an eye for detailing and she does not compromise in her quality of work. She works jointly with her client to achieve the look the client is looking for. She is in this field for more than ten years and is one of the best makeup artists Burnside. Her greatest plus point in her makeup style is that she tries to find the prettiest feature of her client and then goes forward and highlights that area.

While she is dealing with the makeup of the brides she does not ignore the mothers of the bride. She comes up with mature makeup styles for the mothers. They get equal importance and head turns like the bride. She has a great personality and once you deal with her youre going to feel at home. She makes her client feel easy and one can ask her anything about the makeup and is going to answer you patiently. She is the most sought after Makeup Artist Adelaide. Initially she has worked in Sydney and Melbourne. After this she moved to Adelaide and established her business. She has numerous customers and they have built a long term relationship with her. They keep on coming back to her for the precision and the way she gets the makeup correct for them. Most of them believe that she has the magic touch that can make them beautiful in one stroke.

Becoming a Tattoo Artist

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If you really enjoy the art behind tattoos, then perhaps you will want to consider becoming a tattoo artist and making a living out of it. A great tattoo artist can make a pretty comfortable living out of their trade, but not everyone is cut out to do this job. There is a huge investment in time and money required to become a successful tattoo artist.

The one thing that every aspiring tattoo artist needs is artistic talent. If you cannot draw then the life of a tattoo artist is not one for you. Those who are talented enough, or think they can be will need to hone their talent by taking some fine art classes, and spend a lot of time practicing.

When you think that you have progressed far enough as an artist you will then want to build yourself a portfolio of work. You will use this portfolio to try to secure an apprenticeship with an experienced tattoo artist. Apprenticeships can be free, or can cost a few thousand dollars; it all depends on the person who is training you. Make sure that you work out a contract that suits both of you and clearly states what the mentor will provide, and for how long.

The person who chooses to apprentice you should take an active interest in your journey to become a fully qualified tattoo artist. It can take quite a while to find the right apprentice, but you shouldnt rush your decision as it will affect the rest of your life. The right mentor can make the difference between you becoming a good tattoo artist, or a great one. If the tattoo artist you are considering has mentored other apprentices, see if you can talk to them about their experience.

Of course, you will not be paid during your apprenticeship, so you will also need a regular job to support yourself, unless you are lucky enough to have some other source of funds. Meanwhile your teacher will show you how to clean equipment, operate a tattoo machine, and how to apply a tattoo. Over a period of several months or even years you will become an expert tattoo artist.

When the time is right your teacher will decide that you have learned all that you can, and that you are ready to become a true tattoo artist. Depending on the contract you signed with your mentor, you may be required to continue working there for a period of time, or you may be able to go off on your own. You may be interested in opening your own tattoo shop, or you can find another parlour that will take you on.

Being a tattoo artist requires devotion and a willingness to continually learn new techniques. It can take from 1-5 years to train to become a tattoo artist, so you will want to make sure that you are ready to undertake this commitment before you begin.Mat Fay

How A Martial Artist Can Increase Their Kicking Speed With Ankle Weights

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Most martial artists are in excellent health and wonderful shape. Yet to find out how a martial artist can increase their kicking speed one must look to the simple facts of conditioning. It is pushing yourself to get to the next level in your kicking and that means pushing your body as well.

While it may seem crazy the first way to speed up the kicks is to slow down the body. One important aspect of martial arts is the need for long, lean and powerful muscles. To achieve that place an individual must stretch. Unfortunately that seems to be the part of a workout that gets overlooked. Doing stretching properly is even more important since it is to relax and release the muscles not shorten them in pain.

Warmth is the crucial aspect to stretching. Getting up and stretching first thing is not the most effective way to help your body. After a night of sleep and little movement your muscles are tight and slow. Taking a hot bath or shower is a wonderful way to wake up the muscles warmly and get them ready for stretching. Once you are warm start moving to allow the blood to begin flowing throughout the body and relaxing your muscles.

To kick higher you have to get stronger. Do this by adding extra weights to your legs during the day to push your normal activity to the next level. However, do not start kicking when you first put the weights on. Let your muscles get used to them. Just wearing them doing your normal activities is building up your muscle tone. When you feel like you are used to wearing them then you can start with low kicks to let your legs learn the new movement.

Finding a target to kick at is a great way of developing your mind and body connection. Hang something six inches higher than you can actually kick and try to reach the object. This will motivate you to reach the item and will allow your eyes to see and the mind to understand that it has to do more.

When you are used to the ankle weights try kicking with them on after proper warm up and stretching. This pushes your strength to the brink.

Then have someone video record your kick and see if you are wasting any movements. Are you taking too many steps to set up? Are you adding an extra step that not only is taking away from your speed by telling your opponent what you plan to do? Watch the tape and see where you can economize your movements to create a smoother, faster kicking process.

Once you have seen some progress with the weight on take it off to see how much easier it is to kick faster and higher. Your foot will feel light and you will see the amazing difference these steps made to how a martial artist can increase their kicking speed.

Ed Hardy – From Tattoo Artist To Fashion Brand

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Before breaking into the fashion world, Don Ed Hardy was a tattoo artist from Southern California. He was born in 1945 and graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1973, he had the opportunity to study Japanese tattoo design under Horihide, a master of classical Japanese tattoo. Don Ed Hardy’s tattoos are one-of-a-kind and recognised around the world.

He and his wife have published a series of books about alternative art, under the label of Hardy Marks Publications. Hardy’s publishing career began with his five-part series “Tattootime.” He now has over 25 publications to his name, including many catalogs of his work.

Although Hardy no longer tattoos, he still oversees the work done at his studio, Tattoo City in San Francisco. He continues to concentrate on other art forms, including printmaking, painting and drawing, using his distinctive style.

In 2002, Hardy made the move into the world of fashion, licensing Ku USA to begin production of clothing using his artwork and style. Saks noticed the colorful and unique designs and began to distribute the clothing. Hardy formed an LLC with Ku USA, called Hardy Life.

The Ed Hardy clothing line was later licensed to Christian Audigier in 2004, following a chance meeting. Celebrities quickly picked up on the new fashion line and a new trend was born: tattoo fashion. Ed Hardy stores were opened in fashion districts, including New York, Los Angeles and Dubai. Devotees of the brand consider it more of a lifestyle celebrating tattoo art, rather than simply clothing to wear.

An Ed Hardy line is also available for kids. The line features clothing ranging from baby sizes all the way up to clothing for teens, available up to size 16. Items available include designer T-shirts, hoodies, dresses, jeans and even school supplies featuring tattoo artwork.

A line of professional styling tools marketed under the Ed Hardy name was introduced in 2010. The tools, all featuring the Ed Hardy name and artwork, include items like styling irons, blow dryers and hair accessories.

The Christian Audigier fragrance line first introduced Ed Hardy fragrances in 2008. The first offerings were Ed Hardy for women and Ed Hardy for men. The feminine version brings to life the vibrant tattoo art. The bright fruity scents of mango, strawberries and grapefruit are instant attention grabbers, the fragrant representation of the blazing colors in the artwork. Ed Hardy for men is woody and aromatic, with mandarin orange, bergamot and sage at the top, a hint of mint and a deep base of amber and musk.

These fragrances were followed by other in the series, including Hearts and Daggers, Love and Luck, Born Wild and Villain. Most of the fragrances in the Ed Hardy collection are available in both men’s and women’s versions.

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