Tattoos – A Modern Day Performer

When David Beckham, Sachin Tendulkar or Tiger woods enter their Arena, they are greeted by their fans, who generally decorate themselves with paintings on the face, head or shoulders, which can be seen by the whole world in the media.

More ardent fans identify themselves with their Heroes with almost semi or permanent body marks or designs based on their regions culture or Background.

These marks or paintings perform more dominantly than their Heroes of the Day!

These performers are the Tattoos that have been the most widely exhibited forms of expressions since the beginning of mankind. The working or labor class people followed tattoos, for a long time throughout the Globe, a major form of expression of their emotions, loyalty or identity etc.,

It is not the fans alone, who flaunt tattoos so prominently. For instance, in 2004 Louis Malloy flew from UK, to give David Beckham a new winged Cross Tattoo on the back of his neck – right in the midst of a soccer Game.

Not just sportsmen – Angelina Jolie is probably the most tattooed Academy Award winning Actress to date. She has a Tribal – Dragon tattoo, a Thai Tiger and various Latin sayings across her shoulders.

Such is the influence of Tattoos in modern days. They are being flaunted not only by celebrities but also by their fans.

Today, middle and upper class people along with their thirst for custom Jewelry, Fashion Boutiques, high-end Antique shop, also throng the Tattoo shops in every Area of the world.

Even films are portraying Tattoos in their films. Films like MYSTIC RIVER and BARBWIRE, exhibited tattoos in them. It is estimated that 35% of the RICH and FAMOUS in various fields have been sporting tattoos. It has had a major impact on tattoo business. Thy have created a new market for high-end custom tattoo art studios geared to an affluent and demanding clientele that only patronizes vendors who provide high standards of service in clean, respectable surroundings.

The more established and popular tattoos can be classified mainly as Angel tattoos, Butterfly tattoos, Celtic tattoos, Cross tattoos, Dragon tattoos, Fairy tattoos, Flower tattoos, Henna tattoos, Lower Back tattoos and Tribal tattoos. The tattoo related arts are studied and celebrated by leading museums, galleries and art institutions across the globe. Millions of tattoo designs are available across the world in various forms like CDs, Internet and Albums.

Most tattoo enthusiasts refer to tattoos as art and to Tattooists as artists. This usage is rapidly gaining support, with mainstream art galleries holding exhibitions of tattoo designs and photographs of tattoos.

Tattoo designs are mass produced and sold to tattoo artists and such studios are called Flash. “Tattoo Flash” is also the name of an American tattoo magazine.

The History of Women’s Swimwear

As the term suggests, “women’s swimsuits” are garments worn by women for any water-sports activity such as swimming, beach or sun bathing, water skiing and diving. Beautiful models showing off their well-toned bodies that cling so very deliciously to designer swimsuits; they added glamour and oomph to any fashion magazine and therefore adding popularity to women’s swimwear. Swimwear parades become one of the main events in all the beauty pageants around the world including Miss World and Miss Universe contests.

In Roman times swimming happened in the nude and historical evidence points to the fact that people swam naked. While there are murals that prove bikini-like garments which covered women’s breasts and hip areas existed, it is clearly evident from some famous paintings that water-based activities occurred with naked swimmers. Today there is a law in the United Kingdom and most other countries banning entry of both men and women into any form of public water bath or swimming pool without decent bathing suits that cover the pertinent areas.

In the 18th century, bathing suits for women consisted of petticoats and jackets and they made with brown linen or flannel. These costumes were uncomfortable beside unflattering in appearance. In an effort to help the woman’s dignity, a culture reflecting the times, there were weights stitched to the hems to prevent the rising of the gowns when in water. By the 19th century, two-piece women’s swimwear and bathing suits became common.

In the US, women’s swimwear round as part of the beauty contests began by the 1880s. However people treated it with disdain and disrespect till 1921 when beauty contests themselves took on a hue of respectability. In Australia underwater ballerinas performing synchronized swimming were not allowed to join unless they wear clothes in a respectable manner. Glamour photography from 1940s included women wearing figure-hugging bathing suits and swimwear.

Bikinis initially came on to the scene after World War II and they named after Bikini Toll, the test site for nuclear weapons because people compare them as explosive in water as was the effect of nuclear explosions!! Till the 1950s, the bikini bottom was high up to the belly button and this style was popular back in the 1940s and 1950s. From 1960 bikinis shrank from all directions to reach their modern-day state until 2012, when the high-waist cut in women’s swimwear came back. The key to this design is in its ability to flatter most female figures including plus size and this fact makes every woman happy.

Another women’s swimwear called monokini which was originally a topless swimming costume that exposed a female breast; in modern designs, the garment has large cut-outs at both side front and back. This new design has become popular among young girls.

The tankini is a two-piece swimsuit which includes a tank top or halter top and a bikini or swim shorts bottom. The design started in late 1990s. This type of swimwear is modest and it is an alternative to a one-piece suit with more convenient, as the wearer does not need to remove the entire suit when she uses a toilet. Skirtini is similar to tankini, the only difference is that the two-piece swimsuit consisting of a styled top (halter, tank top) and a short skirt instead of a bikini bottom.

Swim dress is a one-piece women’s swimwear with a flared skirt which gives the suit looks like a short dress, usually, the skirt starting under the empire waist and flared down to the hem. With the new modern designs in late 1990s, swim dresses become popular among women especially plus size women who prefer more coverage.

Balayage – Highlighting Hair Color for Nature’s Summer Sparkle

Summer’s on the way! And our thoughts turn to brighter, lighter, more glamorous and gleaming hairdos that not only look sun drenched, but appear naturally touched by Sol’s magic wand. Finding the right balance to achieve gorgeous summer shimmer is the challenge, and avoiding highlighting that is overdone. Foiling has its advantages but can result in excessive uniformity and false or brassy looking tresses that are sometimes disappointing. One top Washington, DC salon owner recommends an alternative technique called balayage (hair painting) that allows the stylist more flexibility and creativity through strategic color placement.

We all know styles and fashion change with time and the seasons. What worked in clothing and accessories yesterday can re-emerge into totally new looks with fresh vibrant creations from innovative artists in the industry. There are equivalent hair fashion trends emerging in the world of hair styles. Highlighting has been and continues to be one of the most popular hair color trends using foils to achieve a sun streaked look. But today’s skilled, creative hair stylists and hair colorists are adapting ever more advanced processes to achieve the gleaming tresses we crave to emulate nature. And balayage is definitely hot!

What is Hair Painting?

Balayage means “to sweep” in French. The process originated in Paris and refers to the way color is hand-painted onto the hair. It is applied with a sweeping motion, sparingly at the roots and heavier towards the ends and is less time-consuming than getting a full head of foil highlights. Traditional foiling can sometimes leave hard lines and extreme color contrasts, but the balayage colorist can literally paint highlights more precisely where the sun would actually hit your hair.

Celebrities keep asking for hair painting because of its’ beautiful outcome. It is a method of coloration that adds sparkle and depth to provide a look so totally natural that it is today’s foremost trend in summer glamour. The method creates a gorgeous, sun-kissed sheen with various shades of lighteners that look as if you are spending or have spent the entire summer playing on a beach.

Recreate the Child in You

Think back to when you were a kid and you had perfect shimmering highlights from playing outdoors in the sun. Today’s skilled colorist can actually recreate those subtle defining streaks for you with hair painting. The process is complicated so it is rarely offered at beauty schools. The best colorists are trained in professional hair salons almost like masters’ apprentices. And not all salons even offer the service at all. If you are considering balayage but assume it only works for blondes, you are wrong. Beautiful dark brunettes can add warm honey or caramel tones to lighten their color. The key is to work with the colorist to analyze your natural skin tones and eye color to achieve the most perfect color tones for your hair. The fountain of youth is literally in your stylist’s able hands.

When to Try Balayage

  • If this is your first time for highlights and you want subtle, natural shadings
  • You have fine hair and foiling makes it hard to get all of it evenly
  • You are a brunette and foils and color tend to come out looking brassy
  • Your hair is short and you want the most natural, relaxed finish
  • If you would like your color to last between 6 to 8 weeks
  • Want a great way to subtly brighten your appearance
  • You wish for a less manufactured look with a softer line of demarcation and lower maintenance
  • You want re-growth to be less obvious
  • Prefer to give your hair dimension and natural looking color sans foils
  • Desire color that works well with natural elements and sun exposure to enhance the tones.

Balayage is a more complicated process than other traditional coloration methods, so be sure to ask about the stylist’s training and experience. Consult with your colorist about not adding too many highlights and including more of the dark tones. The secret is to create contrasts with darker areas to emphasize the highlights. And be sure to be clear at the start about the costs involved. Some salons charge by the hour and others by the number of colors used in the application. There are also combination packages available that include conventional foiling with balayage to achieve a more dramatic, intense look with richer color saturation.

Summertime should be a time when the living is easy and when you look your healthiest and your best. No matter what the hairstyle or cut, if more and more people begin to notice your amazing sun-drenched color, then balayage is probably the magical process you chose. Is it any wonder that this method of coloration is forever beloved by celebrities and the rest of an admiring world?