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When Your Confronted with Art, It Speaks to Everybody

Art has been with us through the ages; painting, architecture and sculpture have always been the epitome of art rarely if ever making room for ‘pretenders’ to their throne. Deep in the basement of our 19th and 20th Century art museums you might find the stirring on the peripheral of the art world a scrappy underdog, one called fashion. Fashion has a subterranean feel to the traditionalists, frivolous in its expression but there is an irony as the aesthetic principles of fashion are far from trivial. Deep aesthetics, refined principles and exquisite techniques that are criteria for traditional art pieces are adhered to by the couturiers and emerging brands around the world. Clothing has finally become seen as not only forms of self-expression or red carpet looks, but works of art themselves.
 
We are firmly in the 21st Century, yet the acknowledgement of fashion as a manifestation of art is relatively a recent postscript in the long history of art. The late Alexander McQueen blew open the sealed hallowed doors of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011 when the Costume Institute unveiled his Savage Beauty exhibit, and that year’s Met Ball. In honoring his predecessors like Yves Saint Laurent, Margiela, and Galliano, it was inevitable that a showcase of one of the world’s most boundary pushing and “bad boy” fashion designers would inspire both the emerging and current artists as well as fashion designers. The sheer numbers of visitors descending on The Met stunned those staunch traditionalists, tangibly reinforcing the paradigm that today we are open to embrace the artistic sensibilities of fashion. “Fashion is still considered more in the female domain as opposed to painting, and I think that is why people are quick to dismiss fashion as art,” stated Andrew Bolton.

Millennials have not only embraced fashion as an enthusiastic manifestation of art but there is no question as why wouldn’t fashion represent art anymore like there once was.  There are more words written on twitter in the last two years than have ever been scribed in all books ever printed. Our ability to process so much, in such a staccato fashion is astonishing, we absorb so much today that we can embrace painting, architecture, sculpture and fashion without any of them being eclipsed by the popularity of one form of art over another.
 
The artistic expression of our modern designers can communicate their passion on multiple platforms, such modern day fashion notable art evangelists like Tom Ford, Olivier Rousteing, Riccardo Tisci, Hedi Slimane, and Anthony Vaccarello. Then you have the new and emerging designers and brands, Demna Gvasalia of Vetements, Jerry Lorenzo of Fear of God, Kanye West with Yeezy, Virgil Abloh of Off White, and John Targon and Scott Studenberg of Baja East. In creating their lines whether it’s for the runway or e-commerce, each of these designers are now viewed as artists and rightfully so. You can take Tom Ford with his work as a screen-writer and director of the amazing films A Single Man and his new thriller Nocturnal Animals, where the majority of the costumes are designed and created by Tom Ford himself. His work is art in every form. From his eponymous brand, his screen writing, directing capability, and grooming products he embodies every aspect of an artist. Then you have John Targon & Scott Studenberg, the designer’s and co-founders of Baja East, a brand that has eradicated gender lines in fashion and brought to forefront gender blurring and sexual fluidly through clothing to every generation. For Baja East’s latest show, their Spring 2017 collection which they housed in a parking garage on Bleeker street, they collaborated with Winc; the world’s first personalized wine club (a company that has also partnered with designer Jonathan Simkhai and Yes Way Rose), to create a red wine blend that their friends and consumers would drink. It’s the label on the bottle that brings art and fashion together, as it was taken from a print from their most recent collection. So not only is this dynamic duo being seen as artists, they are making their designs and lifestyle readily accessible in different forms to their audience. Artists are always building new gateways, Baja East’s blends perfectly to their demographic.

Domingo Zapata, the world renowned painter who produces Neo-Expressionist paintings as well as sculpture, has a unique and distinctive way of incorporating fashion into his works and collaborations. His art adorns the walls of the likes the Gansevoort Hotels, Provocateur, The Plaza Hotel and the Freedom Tower in New York City. The New York Post has proclaimed Zapata to be the “new Andy Warhol, with starlets begging for a sitting.” It is the way he blends fashion into is works that brings him to a league of his own. His collaboration with Alice and Olivia and the CFDA, A + O X DOMINGO ZAPATA opened the doors to more collaborations for him, furthering the fusion between his art and fashion and only with more to come.

Let me introduce myself to you. My name is Brendan Brown and I am the founder and creative director of the Mr. BGB brand. Which may bring you to wonder why Domingo Zapata and I are collaborating with one another. When you have the pleasure of meeting someone organically whose artistic vision you have valued for years (after seeing one of his bullfighter paintings hanging above the bar at Cipriani Downtown back in 2013) and as a person their visions and goals are exactly what you imagined, you never know how far or deep these opportunities can take you. I am excited to share that Domingo and I are going to be working on some exciting projects that fuse fashion and art together and we look forward to sharing these concepts with you all in the near future.

Please check out my blog at www.MrBGB.com and www.dzapata.com for the future collaborations and products, as well as @MrBGB & @DomingoZapataOfficial on social media for behind the scenes and sneak peeks of what is to come.

“Sometimes you have to leave room for mistakes and keep the possibility open for something magical to happen.” ~ D. Zapata

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Everybody Has A Tattoo, But Nobody Talks About The Side Effects

By Kathryn Doyle

(Reuters Health) – Tattoo health and safety regulations tend to focus on short-term risks like infections, but little is actually known about the long-term risks of living with ink under your skin, according to a new review in The Lancet.

“Almost everybody these days has a tattoo, and nobody is talking about the side effects of ink deposits,” said senior author Dr. Andreas Luch of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin.

“There is no proof that these ink ingredients are safe, being injected into the body,” Luch told Reuters Health.

Between one and five percent of tattooed people suffer a bacterial infection, and some people can have allergic reactions to the ink, according to the report.

Those are short-term effects. It is harder to measure the long-term effects of ink since tattoo inks are in most countries classified as cosmetics, Luch said.

Since the inks are classified as cosmetics, their long-term toxicology can’t be tested in animals, Luch said. In his opinion, tattoo inks should be a completely different product category.

The skin barrier effectively keeps surface cosmetics out of the body, he said.

But tattoo ink is injected into living tissue, which contains blood vessels, nerves and immune cells.

“We need to assume that all of these ink ingredients, including preservatives, processing aids or whatever, will become systemically available in the body over time,” Luch said. “Regulation based on cosmetics is insufficient.”

Examining the bodies of the deceased who have had tattoos for decades has shown that up to 90 percent of the ink has disappeared from the skin, he said.

“We cannot answer the question what is going to happen with these inks,” whether they accumulate in organs over time or are excreted, Luch said.

Similar questions remain for laser tattoo removal: when the pigments are fractured and fragmented under the skin – where do they go – he added.

“In the U.S. the (Food and Drug Administration) has the authority to regulate inks, but is not currently doing so,” said Dr. Michi Shinohara, a dermatologist at the University of Washington in Seattle who was not involved in the review.

“Regulation of tattoo parlors and tattoo artists is left to the states, and the requirements for operating vary widely from very minimal (bloodborne pathogen training) to fairly complex (hundreds of hours of apprenticeship),” Shinohara told Reuters Health by email.

There are no industry standards for ink ingredients, the industry is minimally regulated, and few problems with tattoos are reported to authorities, she said.

Modern tattoo inks mostly contain organic pigments, but can also include preservatives and contaminants like nickel, arsenic and lead, Luch and his coauthors note. In one study in Switzerland, preservatives banned for use in cosmetics were found in 14 percent of tattoo ink samples.

Reactions tend to be more common from colored inks than from black and white ones, Luch said.

Tattooing has been going on for at least 5,000 years, but has become a modern trend, with roughly 120 million people in the western hemisphere having at least one tattoo, Luch said.

“The acute risks are well known,” including pain, bleeding, infection and allergic reaction, Luch said. “The tattooist at least needs to explain that something like this could happen,” he said.

But long term risks, like organ toxicity or cancer, are still unknown, he said.

“It’s an individual decision, we cannot tell someone not to get a tattoo,” Luch said. “I wouldn’t like to have a tattoo on my skin, but if a person likes colored skin, what can I say?”

It’s not necessary for people to stop getting tattoos, Shinohara said, “but I think people should be smart about it – research the parlor, ask about any recent problems, follow the aftercare instructions and report immediately to the tattoo artist and a physician for any problems that occur after tattooing.”

SOURCE: http://bit.ly/1MXGlrm The Lancet, online July 23, 2015.

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Listen Up, Everybody, Ramsey The Husky Puppy Has Some Important Things To Say

Is that a puppy you’re holding, or an adorable — if slightly hairy — child?

Before you weigh in, know this: The fuzzball in Kayla Cagnola’s arms is named “Ramsey,” and he’s already well on his way to speaking like a human. Apparently he burps like a human, too, though unfortunately there’s no video evidence of this unique trait.

In an email to The Huffington Post, Cagnola said Ramsey was about eight weeks old in the video, and had just received a scolding for eating her roommate’s dog’s food.

“When we told him to stop eating it that’s when he started ‘talking,'” Cagnola explained. “I guess he was trying to tell us that he was mad at us for not letting him eat the other dog’s food!”

This story has been updated with comments from Kayla Cagnola.

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Listen Up, Everybody, Ramsey The Husky Puppy Has Some Important Things To Say

Is that a puppy you’re holding, or an adorable — if slightly hairy — child?

Before you weigh in, know this: The fuzzball in Kayla Cagnola’s arms is named “Ramsey,” and he’s already well on his way to speaking like a human. Apparently he burps like a human, too, though unfortunately there’s no video evidence of this unique trait.

In an email to The Huffington Post, Cagnola said Ramsey was about eight weeks old in the video, and had just received a scolding for eating her roommate’s dog’s food.

“When we told him to stop eating it that’s when he started ‘talking,'” Cagnola explained. “I guess he was trying to tell us that he was mad at us for not letting him eat the other dog’s food!”

This story has been updated with comments from Kayla Cagnola.

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Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants To Test Everybody For Syphilis Before Marriage

If one Oklahoma lawmaker has his way, people with sexually transmitted diseases will not just be getting married in his state.

Senate Bill 733, introduced by state Sen. Anthony Sykes (R), would require both partners to take a blood test within 30 days of applying for a marriage license. A license would be granted only if “in the opinion of the physician, the persons named therein are not infected with syphilis or other communicable or infectious diseases or, if infected, that such diseases are not in a stage which may be communicable to the marriage partner,” the bill says.

Problem number one: the potential public release of private medical information. The full text of the bill implies that the office that grants marriage licenses would also keep copies of the blood tests, according to Oklahoma’s News 9. This might violate the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which is designed to protect the confidentiality of Americans’ medical records.

Problem number two: Oklahoma used to require a premarital blood test for syphilis but eliminated it in 2004 — for good reason. At that time, NewsOK.com reported, the Oklahoma State Department of Health said that some 300,000 blood tests in the past five years had turned up just five new cases of syphilis.

As recently as 1980, there were 34 states that demanded a premarital blood test, but virtually every state has repealed that requirement since. Today, only Montana still has it on the books.

Blood test requirements “were enacted in the first half of the twentieth century as part of public health campaigns to reduce the spread of communicable diseases and prevent birth defects. The laws required couples applying for a marriage license to be screened for certain conditions, commonly rubella or syphilis,” explains a 2009 study led by Kasey Buckles at the University of Notre Dame. “However, after penicillin proved to be a cheap and effective treatment for syphilis and vaccines were developed for rubella, these screenings were no longer considered cost-effective.”

In other words, Sykes is trying to revive an old and largely discredited idea. An attorney, he has served in the state Senate since 2006, two years after the Oklahoma repeal.

So far, his proposed legislation has been referred to the Judiciary Committee, which Sykes chairs. There are currently no co-sponsors.

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Like all great romances, it begins with an argument on the subway. Well, not so much an argument as a staring contest, of sorts–a dazed trans girl reading a surly trans guy. But when Stephanie bursts spontaneously into tears, it’s Asher to the rescue. She tells him about the welcome yet unsettling threesome she shared had with her roommates, and he offers her the room his ex-girlfriend recently vacated. Stephanie falls fast, but Asher’s afraid of getting hurt again. Can a birthday cake finally get these sweethearts together?This sweet and sexy transgender love story also appears in the anthology “Baby Got Back.”Excerpt:My mother presses her lips to my ear and says, “He’s in love with you, honey. Can’t you tell from the look in his eyes?”Our gazes lock and I see it. I really see it now, the depth of emotion and fear of abandonment. Suddenly, I understand what’s holding him back. I see the wall around him.After happy birthday is sung and gifts are unwrapped, my parents hug me and kiss me and set off for home. It’s just Asher now. As I watch him clear the dishes and wrap up the leftover cake, it occurs to me how much he cares.“Do I get a birthday wish?” I ask. I’m trying to be cute, but I feel so nervous I could throw up.He seems tense, and I wish he would just relax and give in.I laugh and say, “You’ve got icing on your thumb.”He just says, “Oh,” as I grab his hand and bring it to my mouth. I suck the sweetness from his skin and his breathing gets all shaky. We’re as nervous as each other.“Is this okay?” I ask, almost a plea, before taking his index finger in my mouth. This one tastes different. Not so sweet. My belly tumbles as I watch him, waiting for an answer.Finally, he nods. “You’re the birthday girl. How could I say no?”***Other titles in the Transgender and Genderqueer Erotic Romance series include:Friends of DorothyDressing for DinnerThird RailA Wolf in Grandmother’s ClothingEclipse the StarsLicorneSpring FeverEverybody KnowsGlitter in the Gutter…and more!**

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Why Everybody Hates Blake Lively’s New Website

Blake Lively’s new lifestyle website, Preserve, has been mercilessly mocked with fiendish, snarky glee since it debuted last Monday. And honestly, it’s hard not to get behind the haters. The site — with its skinny-girls-only ethos (one skirt Lively peddles comes in extra-small only), painfully over-the-top writing (“At once structured and chaotic, the great American BBQ is, indubitably, a rollicking repast”) and ridiculously overpriced products ($ 18 jar of pickles, $ 400 travel bag) — is an exercise in A-list pretension nearly as obnoxious as Gwynnie’s notorious Goop.

Putting cynicism aside (for a brief moment), Lively does devote a whole section of Preserve to her philanthropic cause, The Covenant House, an organization fighting trafficking, youth abuse and homelessness. Splurge on, say, a wooden cutting board — just $ 55! — and a percentage will be donated to the cause. So there’s that.

Still, there’s something about the enterprise that makes us non-extra-small-wearing, not-filthy-rich peons cringe. Lively isn’t the only one causing annoyance — Gwyneth Paltrow and now Reese Witherspoon are also pitching themselves as the lifestyle gurus we never knew we needed. On some level, this makes sense. After all, we do idolize celebrities and trust them as arbiters of all things amazing. Hence, we flip through the pages of People to coo over their red carpet fashion, and tremble at the idea of (gasp!) meeting them in person.

But there’s an implicit arrangement that sustains this dysfunctional relationship: We can treat celebrities like demi-gods, but they can’t tell us they’re demi-gods. Perhaps it’s tied up in self-loathing; on some level, we hate ourselves for coveting the lives of people we don’t even know, so this precarious dynamic only works if said stars allow us to preserve some modicum of self-respect, i.e. the adoration has to be on our terms. The moment they openly admit they’re superior to us — and ask us to pay homage by supporting their lifestyle — the power imbalance becomes too explicit.

Psychologically speaking, envy is dangerously connected to low self-esteem; knocking those we envy down is a mechanism to protect ourselves from debilitating feelings of comparative inadequacy. Clinical Psychologist Mary C. Lamia, Psychology Today:

Fearing any eruption of inadequacy or disappointment in your self can motivate you to protect yourself by diminishing the importance of the envied other by devaluing them. You are engaged in devaluing when you have belittling thoughts about another person, such as petty criticisms.

Hence, we are quick to bash Lively and her highfalutin site, which seems designed solely to “preserve” her envied image as a gorgeous, rich, charming star with a Sexiest Man Alive husband and a fabulous manse in the countryside. Then again, damn she’s beautiful, rich and charming.

I’d be lying if I said I won’t be back to her site soon.

This story first appeared at Ravishly.com, an alternative news+culture women’s website.

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Cabaret: Everybody Loves A Winner Once

I read Michael Riedel’s column in last Friday’s New York Post with the kind of dumbfounded look I have on my face when I see really bad theater that somehow made it to Broadway. I thought: “Could anyone possibly think Cabaret should be eligible for a Tony Award for Best Revival? Could anyone think Michelle Williams would be ineligible?”

As I have written many times, the Tony Awards Administration Committee does what it wants. The rules it is tasked with interpreting are often unclear. In fact, I looked and could not find in the rules language that would explicitly deny Cabaret eligibility. However it seems ridiculous to me that it would be considered. This is a carbon copy production. Roundabout even announced it as such. As per the Roundabout website: “One of Broadway’s greatest productions returns! Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife,” Roundabout’s The Threepenny Opera) reprises his Tony®-winning performance in Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Nine and Chicago, the films) Tony-winning production of Cabaret.” That’s right, this production already has its Tony. It should not be able to receive another one.

There is sadly precedent for it being eligible. Some of which is from long ago, some of which from not so long ago. The 1976 and 1981 revivals of My Fair Lady come to mind–both nominated for Best Revival (or whatever it was called during those times). The last Les Miserables revival was essentially a remount of the original production, yet it scored a Best Revival nomination anyway. And this issue has actually come up with regards to Cabaret before–the nominated 1987 revival was mostly faithful to the original production (including having the same Master of Ceremonies, which probably sounds familiar by now), but at least it had slight design team differences. Here, according to Roundabout itself, the company is simply bringing back its Tony winner.

What are the Tonys here for if not to honor theatrical creativity? What creativity is there in remounting a production at its original home? A play or musical is not eligible for the Best Play or Musical award if it substantially duplicates a previously presented play or musical. Why is a revival that exactly duplicates a revival capable of being nominated? (The “substantial duplication” language was created to keep producers from claiming barely revised work was “new.” It says that a play or musical can be eligible if it contains “substantially duplicate elements of productions” but only if “the duplicated and the original elements, in their totality, create a new play or musical.” While it was not created for this purpose, I believe its logic holds here. This is not a new revival.)

However, whatever the Administration Committee decides to do with Cabaret as a production, Williams and other new cast members will likely be eligible. “Regardless of whether a production of a play or musical is eligible for a Best Revival category, the elements of the production shall be eligible in those categories in which said elements do not, in the judgment of the Tony Awards Administration Committee, substantially duplicate any prior presentation of the play or musical…” So says the Tony rules. This wording has allowed many actors to be eligible in the past, including Christina Ricci for Time Stands Still and the actors from the return engagement of White Christmas. There has been no change in the language of the rule in recent years. Excluding Williams and her costars (with the exception of Cumming) from the nominations would be an unnecessary slight.

And so it goes every year – there is a fuzzy grey area and the Tony Administration Committee steps in. Last year they broke with tradition and went out on their own a little bit, defying some producers. I hope that continues with regards to Cabaret. A facsimile should not be treated as an award-worthy new entry in the theatrical landscape.
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