Shane’s Game

Shane O’Neill is not your average tattoo artist. His ambitions are endless. Instead of just sitting around tattooing butterfly tramp stamps and tribal bands all day, he has taken his art to a whole new level. Armed with a bachelor in Fine Arts from the Philadelphia University of the Arts, O’Neill specializes in realism, portraits, wildlife and horror, but his skills aren’t limited when it comes to tattooing. 

“Sometimes it makes no difference that I have a degree, but there are times that it does come in handy. It might be color theory, drawing, drawing and more drawing,” O’Neill jokes. “There is a very common misconception that if you draw, paint or airbrush that you will be a…

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Swede SKICKAT

Ask anybody from the Omaha metro area about the connection between Sweden and permanent body ink, and it’s likely you’ll get Stieg Larsson and his trilogy of bestselling novels (since made into movies) starting with the “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” as your answer.

Ask again after this weekend and the Omahan might tell you something else: Jens Arnkvist and Big Street Tattoo. Well, anyone that attends The Best in the Midwest Convention, that is.

Arnkvist, whose Big Street Tattoo shop hails from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, will appear at this weekend’s convention (Friday-Sunday at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs) alongside about 200 other tattoo artists. Ten percent of shops represented at the show will be from…

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It’s Winter: Are You SAD?

It’s only five weeks before the spring of 2012 breaks across the Northern Hemisphere on the March 20 vernal equinox. Already, since winter solstice, daylight has been getting longer, sunlight more ample. Though the crepuscular shadows are sparing the sunlight more with each passing day, millions of us are feeling the affects of the winter blahs. But as English historian Thomas Fuller wrote, long before the Mamas and Papas sang it, “the darkest hour is just before the dawn.”

If the throes of winter seem to be bringing you down, take heart. You are not alone. Lethargy, crankiness, disrupted sleep patterns, melancholy, craving for “comfort” foods like those high in carbohydrates, outright depression — long is the list…

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Cosmic Forecast, Feb. 9-Feb. 15

Aquarius is the best time of the year to study astrology and all things occult. Logic must/will soon regain its sway over what we have to do and say, but for today… it’s time to study the magique of your/our existence as unique human beings. The occult, or so it seems, is a human attempt to understand and then categorize the subtle world of mysticism that surrounds and roots this physical 3-D manifested reality that we are all seemingly sharing. I’ll show you my mysteries if you’ll show me yours… If you missed it, check out what’s coming up during your Year of the Dragon at MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

k AQUARIUS (1.21-2.19)  Now’s the time to fill your ship…

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Chris Comes Home

Omaha is a veritable hotbed of talent. The city’s authors and musicians routinely grace national “best seller” lists. Alexander Payne is in contention for more Academy Awards this year. Johnny Carson, Fred Astaire and Marlon Brando, legends all, at one time called Omaha home. And then there’s Chris Blinston.

Unless you happen to have a tattoo in your household, Chris Blinston may not be a household name. However, in the World of Tattoos, he is perhaps as well known as Warren Buffett is to the denizens of Wall Street.
Blinston’s trek to star-status began in 1999 when he and a fellow Marine by the name of J.P. “Smitty” Smith created Big Brain Productions in Omaha. Blinston’s degrees…

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Ruining Eyesight One Email at a Time

We are damaging our eyesight by choosing to look at the light rather than to see with light. Taken to the extreme, looking into the light is not a good thing. No one would go outside and stare directly into the sun. Staring at length into a computer screen, television or smartphone isn’t a good thing, either.

For a couple million years, the human eye has developed by seeing the world around us in the light. Without light, we don’t see. Our world would be as starkly dark as the proverbial two crows in the bottom of a mineshaft, impossible to see.

The light by which we see is mostly from the sun. There are other natural…

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Cosmic Forecast, Feb. 2-Feb. 8

Happy Full Moon in sunny Leo this next Tuesday, February 7th. Time to party with friends and expect the unexpected…
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k AQUARIUS (1.21-2.19)  Love alert! Love alert! You’re a very hot week away. It starts with the Full Moon in fiery Leo on Tuesday, February 7th. The next day, the 8th, Venus moves into fiery Aries and conjuncts your esoteric ruler, the planet Uranus, on the evening of Thursday, the 9th, at 8:29, Omax time. Be careful on Friday ’til after noon, when a retrograde Mars (perhaps too much fire?) conjuncts the Moon. Discuss the long-term effects of any relationship at dinner on Friday, and see who deserves the game ball after your own private…

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