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BREAKING: Case history of THC effective treatment of cancer

October 28, 2014

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Not long ago, we published an article examining a case study recently published where doctors used cannabis to treat Leukemia, you can read more about that here. To read more articles and view studies about how cannabis is an effective treatment and cure for cancer, click here.

Cannabinoids refer to any of group of related compounds that include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis. They activate cannabinoid receptors in the body. The body itself produces  compounds called endocannabinoids and they play a role in many processes within the body that help to create a healthy environment. I think it’s also important to note that cannabis has been shown to treat cancer without any psychoactive effects.

Cannabinoids have been proven to reduce cancer cells as they have a great impact on the rebuilding of the immune system. Although not every strain of cannabis has…

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Ami James Interview

October 4, 2014

Ami James (born April 6, 1972), is an Israeli-born tattoo artist.

His father, an American, converted to Judaism three years prior to moving to Israel, where he joined the Israeli army and met James’ mother. James lived in both Israel and Egypt as a child, and spent much of his childhood without his father who left the family when James was four years old. Suffering from severe ADD, James explains that he was drawn into art and tattooing from a young age as his father had tattoos and was also a painter.

James moved to the United States aged 11 or 12, living with his father’s parents before moving to Miami at the age of 12. He moved back to Israel in his teens and completed his military service in the Israel Defense Forces as a sniper. At the age of 15 he got his first tattoo, an experience which made him determined to become a tattoo artist himself. In 1992, he started his apprenticeship with tattoo artist Lou at Tattoos By Lou. He is the co-owner (with Chris Núñez) of the Miami Beach, Florida tattoo parlor Love Hate Tattoos, the subject of the TLC reality television program, Miami Ink. James also co-owns the DeVille clothing company[1] with Núñez and Jesse Fleet, and the Miami nightclub Love Hate Lounge, with Núñez and two other close friends. He has also created designs for Motorola‘sRAZR V3 mobile phones.[2] His wife, Jordan, gave birth to their first child, Shayli Haylen James on August 3, 2008. Their second child, a daughter named Nalia, was born May 8, 2012.

James has also recently invested in a jewelry line, Love Hate Choppers Jewelry, with Boston jeweler Larry Weymouth.

In 1996 he lived for a few months in Denmark, where he did tattoos.

He revealed on his blog that he was moving to New York and that his new show NY Ink planned to begin filming in March 2011. The show premiered on June 2, 2011.[4] Season 2 of NY Ink premiered in December, 2011 and ran through March 1, 2012.

It has been announced that Ami James is opening a tattoo studio, ‘Love Hate Social Club’ in London, UK in November 2012. The tattoo studio will have a number of guest tattoo artists including, Darren Brass, Megan Massacre and Chris Núñez.

In 2013 James teamed up with PETA in an ad for their “Ink Not Mink” campaign.[6]

James also co-founded Tattoodo, an online platform for getting a custom tattoo design, which launched on the 9th of May, 2013.

Interview with Ami James from Miami Ink.

ami james miami ink

Credit: Stan Horaczek (writer), Omar Cruz (photographer)

Recent Interview with Inked Mag. It’s interesting how this show attracted haters and lover. In my view it was a great show as far as ‘commercial TV’ goes. Really interesting to see this get mainstream, Yes Sad that while opening the tattoo world to the public, it still portrayed it in some kind of ‘cliche’, that is tv and media I guess. There is so much more to the tattoo traditions. I hope their next  show’world wide tribe’ will make justice to the tattoo culture.
Read Ami in his own words, if Inked mag did not edit too much :)

INKED: What was your first tattoo experience?

AMI JAMES: It’s funny that we’re having this conversation while I’m in Israel because that’s where my history starts. When I was 17 years old, I joined the army here, but before that, I went to get tattooed by a guy named Avi Psycho. He wanted to take a break while he was tattooing me and he left me in there for about 10 or 15 minutes. I just grabbed the machine and started tattooing myself. When Avi walked back into the shop he freaked out and started screaming and yelling. But when he looked at it he was like, You know what? That’s not a bad job. He asked me if I wanted to finish the whole tattoo and I said that I’d love to. That was my first glimpse. At that point, I knew it was going to be my career. The problem was that I had to wait until I got out of the army, and that didn’t happen until I was 20.

What did you do when you got out?

I went back to the States and started doing tattoos out of my house with tattoo gear my roommates had given me. Then, two or three months later, I started apprenticing with Lou Sciberras at Tattoos by Lou in South Beach.

What kind of education did you get from him?

Lou was an old-school tattoo artist. When I apprenticed, he must have been in his late 50s. He believed in the old-school ways and he gave me an old-school education. I never regretted it. It made me feel like I had a little bit of the old-school teachings. These days, if you’re a great artist, anybody will let you come to the tattoo shop and get an apprenticeship. There are a lot of Poindexters out there now.

How did you land your spot on Miami Ink?

I had this scumbag by the name of Charlie Corwin come to talk to me because he knew that I was a people person. I was only doing one appointment a week at 55 Tattoo, which was the Horitoshi family’s shop in New York City. It was a full-on Japanese hand-poked tattoo shop. This fucking scumbag comes up to me and asks me if I want to do a tattoo show. He says he’s been searching from shop to shop for two months and couldn’t find the right characters. I’m outspoken and, to some, a little obnoxious, and apparently that’s what he was looking for.

Where did it go from there?

It was kind of fucked up because this guy dragged us into a contract that basically fucked our lives up. He banged us out for all of our money for a long fucking time. He tried to fuck us for everything we had. It was a tough thing to have somebody come to the tattoo business and promise that you’re going to be represented in the right way, and that no one is going to make tattoos or your shop look bad. To some, maybe it didn’t, but it definitely didn’t represent what we believe in. It was like he took full control with his attorneys and fucked us.

How did you feel when you saw how you were being portrayed on the show?

If I took your life and edited it down to the one percent I want to show people, I can make anybody look like whoever I want. I can make the biggest asshole look like an angel. It’s so far away from who a person really is. We ended up being these characters that we really aren’t. That’s TV. It’s not a scripted show, so the viewers start to believe every bit of bullshit that happens during it.

When did you realize it wasn’t going how you wanted it to?

In the beginning, I saw American Choppers and I said, “Man, we got a great potential show to do what those guys are doing.” Not that I’m a fan of their fucking bikes, but the dynamic of a shop is so interesting. My whole idea was that it was going to be real. But TV makes it not real. If I scream at Yoji [Harada] once a fucking month, they make it look like it’s every fucking week. You can’t have control over everything unless you produce your own fucking show. Miami Ink was 99 percent fake and I’m sorry people have to know that. If it was real, I wouldn’t have to walk through the door three fucking times so you can capture the scene.

So was the Kat Von D fallout mostly TV magic?

Man, that’s TV, dude. I never have anybody shit in my house. When somebody talks shit about you in your own fucking house, you ask them to leave. And that was it. They’re saying that I called her screaming at her on the phone. She said I was chauvinistic and I said a woman doesn’t have a place in a tattoo shop. It was all fake. I didn’t even have the chick’s number. They wanted to create drama because they wanted to push another show. They needed to create a cliffhanger. At that point, I lost all trust in the network and said, “I’m done. I don’t want to do the show no more.” I didn’t agree to have my name spread with 60,000 people because it was my name that created it. It was LA Ink, London Ink, fucking Italian Ink. It was endless.

So we probably won’t be seeing you making any cameos on LA Ink?

Oh, no. You will never see me having anything to do with Kat, on TV or off. I don’t wish anything bad on her, but I don’t want anything to do with what she or the network are doing.

Did the show end up having a negative effect on your tattooing?

I’ve done the best tattoos I’ve ever done over the course of the past four months, and it was due to the fact that I was out of that fucking shop. Being in there shooting for four years destroyed me mentally and artistically. It made me hate tattooing. I was associating tattoos with sad stories and tragedy. I can’t go out at night without having some poor bastard coming up to me and telling me that he wants a tattoo for his dad who died yesterday. It just made it so fucking horrible.

Was the forced drama ruining the show?

All I tried to do in the beginning was have a reason why you’re getting a tattoo, but it snowballed into something ridiculous. Everybody wanted to invent a story about what their tattoo meant. They forgot that some people just love the art. For me, it wasn’t about having a great story or meaning. I really fucking liked dragons. I wanted to get a dragon. I don’t need no fucking story. I love dragons, I love Asian art, and I love black and gray. The whole thing snowballed to where these poor motherfuckers were forcing themselves to come up with stories to get tattoos. Some of them weren’t even fucking true. People would fucking lie just to get on the show. It’s something that I’ll never do again. I don’t want to hear anybody’s sad fucking stories anymore. After the show was over, I didn’t tattoo for a year because it put me in the worst fucking mood and put the worst thoughts in my head. You can only hear so many people talk about running over their daughters or their dead dog. I’m not a therapist.

How do you deal with the criticism you’ve gotten in response to your involvement with Miami Ink?

It’s really funny because haters are haters and they will always be around and there’s really nothing anyone can do about it. The show was going to happen. It was inevitable. And I think one thing that most people agreed on in the tattoo industry—whether they hated us or not—was that it was good for business. We brought tattooing into the mainstream for artists to be able to make fucking money. It showed everybody that tattoo shops weren’t all filled with bikers who butcher people. Tattoo artists are just artists and we wanted to showcase that that’s all we are, rather than being judged every fucking day for being tattooed. It was time to stop it and it was time to show the world that tattoo artists are just trying to make a living.

What’s next now that Miami Ink is over?

[Chris] Nuñez and I had always had a show in mind, so we decided to produce it. It’s called Worldwide Tribe. We’re traveling around the world to show that all tattoo people have something in common, even if they’re not the same race, color, or religion. There’s something that connects us all. We have seen Ethiopian ladies with facial tattoos and Bedouin ladies with their bodies tattooed up to their foreheads. We’re getting whiplash from looking around every two seconds and seeing tattoo culture. The show is God’s gift to us after eating shit through a straw for four years.

How did the new show change your outlook?

I got on the road and started seeing artists all over the world tattooing because of their love of tattoos and not because of some stupid fucking story. We couldn’t go to the shop without hearing about somebody dying. When I finished my contract they were like, Do you want to sign up for some more? I said, “Fuck you, I’m not signing up for shit. I don’t ever want to step in that tattoo shop ever again.” I put my tattoo machines away and I was done. Then, all of a sudden, my dream came true where I could travel and meet amazing artists. I didn’t have any more horror stories being related to my fucking art.

Did that help revitalize your own work?

All of a sudden, I started doing the best tattoos I’ve ever done. The best part is not charging for tattoos on the road. All of a sudden, I was getting paid a decent amount of money to do a show. I didn’t give a fuck about making money off of my tattoos, so I’m doing $6,000 tattoos for fucking free. You do it from your heart. That’s the best thing that happened to me.

Will the Miami shop still stick around?

The shop is still happening and we can finally take the Miami Ink stickers down and just leave the Worldwide Tribe stickers on the window. We want nothing to do with the old name. It’s like a bad marriage. You just want to get divorced. We just want to be able to own our name.

How about your other projects, like DeVille Clothing?

The last two years, DeVille went in a direction that we really weren’t happy with. The fact is that we didn’t have time to take full control of it so we had to hire designers and everything. Everybody wanted these crazy shirts with fucking filigree and bullshit all over them. We went with it, thinking it was what the business needed. But now we’re giving it a push in another direction. We still have the Love Hate bars and I have Love Hate Choppers, which is my pride and joy. We do all of that on top of traveling and shooting 80 percent of the time.

Have you thought about opening more tattoo shops?

It’s funny—there hasn’t been one month where I haven’t gotten a call with someone asking me to open a new shop or wanting to buy my name. If I was really fucking greedy about money, I would’ve done it. But it’s all about opening shops and knowing the work coming out of them is good. That’s much more important to me right now. I could have opened 100 of them by now and been a fucking millionaire. It’s not about that. It’s about the love of the art and tattoos. That’s what we are and that’s what we’re doing. There are lots of guys who open lots of shops all over town and can’t pull it off. They’re greedy. Greed is for motherfuckers.

::  Interview Via Inkedmag, Visit their Tattoo Studio loveandhatetattoos

Snip of the day

October 4, 2014

Relaxing with Sophia Loren. He adored her, but she married Carlo Ponti instead. Go figure!  1957.

Link to NGS London Signwriters of Distinction

September 28, 2014

Originally posted on Chalk Boards - Cafe's Bars Pubs:

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Detailing and beauty at your business front end

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who will transform your business….

It’s that important – NGS

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Learn to Signwrite – Paint Letters and Gild with Nick Garrett

September 26, 2014
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Magic day learning to paint letters in London!

Originally posted on NGS Signsmiths - A London School of Signwriting:

workshop info

NEXT workshop November 15th

the next Signsmith meet!!

handdrawnPainted Letters workshop

Another great day coming up with all the trad writers trix n fixes on the day.

- with ”the magic hat”

Schedule of the day includes:

  • Tools and equipment
  • Suppliers lists
  • Learn to draw up and ‘set up’
  • Design
  • coffee
  • Casual painters hand
  • fantastic lunch 
  • Block lettering
  • tea
  • Roman lettering

Finish 5.30 pm

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Do I need any experience to do a Signsmith course?

No experience required as these courses cater for all levels of ability.  In fact the less experience the more you will get from the day in many ways.

Most of our attendees are new starters and some come from associated practices such as chalk board art and graphic design.

The magic hat for students and P45/income support.

Start time 9.30am –…

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September 24, 2014
By annalovely1, Sep 24 2014 04:11PM


An exciting new show featuring contemporary stone carvers.

About the artists

Philip Surey
Philip Surey studied Lettering at the City & Guilds of London Art School establishing a London based studio in 1996 where inscriptions and commissions for many varied clients are hand produced in stone, wood and with brush. Alongside commissioned projects, his own work explores the sculptural possibilities of lettering and line, and has exhibited at the RA Summer Show and at Art Antiques London 2010 & 2011 where he was represented by Art Dealers William Agnew & Co.

Jon Whitbread
I work with native limestone, sandstone and slate. As a trained architectural carver and stonemason my pieces are geometrical, tightly controlled, highly finished, heavy and tactile. I am in control of the stone but the material is central to the effect. I am interested in suggesting the movement of unmovable stone in the mind of the viewer and attempting to create landscapes and narratives in a medium not usually associated with these. My influences lay mostly in myth, psychology and literature.

Ben Newman
Ben studied Fine Art at Central St Martins, graduating in 1990. He is currently working as a stonemason and foreman on Heritage buildings. Ben is interested in carving abstract and geometric forms using English “marbles” and Portland stone. ‘The skill of the “process” of carving and the “beauty” of the realised form are the motivating factors in my work’

Further information

MadC rocks it in her latest show.

September 9, 2014


MadC epic new showing

Originally posted on Painter Nick Garrett:

SEP 2014


Last Thursday, 4th of September, my solo show “Reflections” opened at Kolly Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland. It was a wonderful evening in a beautiful gallery. Thanks to the many people who showed up! If you are in the area – the show is on until 4th of October. There’s also a new silkscreen print out that is available on the gallery’s website since today. If you want to get one go to the shop page here. The exhibition catalogue is also available on the shop page.

Thanks a lot to Julien and his team, my family and friends and Marco Prosch – the best photographer there is – for helping me on the way to this beautiful exhibition. During this week I will upload a little film about the Kaleidoscope cans that are on display in the gallery. So stay tuned…


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