Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Creative Voices Project - Tattoo artist Jon Mesa Launching March 4th.

One of the things I have been working on between design projects, is the creation of 
Creative Voices Project, spearheaded by photographer/videographer (also known as) my better half Nick Carter.  Please take a moment to look at the videos and be introduced to creative professionals in various fields of the arts such as - musicians, painters, models, craftspeople, photographers, designers and all around creative folk - with crazy swagger!

Below is the 'sizzle reel' video promotion for the launch.

Leading with the first interview of the project is tattoo artist Jon Mesa @jonmesa.  Jon is a New York guy to the bone!  Full of cool, funky hardcore swagger with the greatest laugh!  With tattoo's covering his muscular physique and an ear piercing the size of a nickel, he caught Nicks' eye.

He was so cool looking that Nick had to stop and ask him "if he would be interested in a photo session, with his bulldog Buddha".  Of course Jon said "yes!".  Little did he and Nick know that in just a few short years to follow, Jon would be one of the most sought after tattoo artist in the country, with a travel schedule rivaling that of a rock star.

Jon's interview will launch Creative Voices Project on Monday, March 4th.  With many, many more incredible interviews to follow!

We hope you take a moment to look at the website, Like Us on Facebook and be prepared to 'Be Inspired'!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

AVON Walk for Breast Cancer

AVON Walk for Breast Cancer, is an annual series of multi-city walks supporting survivors, those in treatment and a collective of supporting family members, friends and philanthropist supporting Breast Cancer Awareness and Health.

Find a city of your choice, organize a team, support a crew, make a donation - wear comfortable shoes and lend your support support.  The camaraderie and strength shown will encourage others and make you feel incredible, being surrounded by such strong women of courage.  Plus it's a great way to spend the  day!

Scheduled cities for 2013 walks are:
Houston, Washington, D.C, Santa Barbara, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Charlotte and Boston.

Please consult the AVON Walk website here for donation, fundraising information and powerful stories of survivors.

Kaplow PR 646-747-3582
For general Information about the Avon Walks, please call 1-888-540-9255 or emailinfo@avonwalk.org (please include your Walk city when submitting questions).

Note: All information here has been pulled from the AVON Walk website. I hope they don't mind!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Chinese New Year and Double Happiness

Happy Year of the Snake...

The double happiness Chinese symbol is an ornamental design used in decorations and could be translated as 'Double Happy' or 'Double Joy'. This motif is pronounced as shuangxi in Chinese. This double happiness symbol is actually a ligature, i.e. a 'glyph' formed of two separate units called 'graphemes'. Grapheme is a fundamental unit of any written language while a glyph could be the variant of graphemes, a compound character (ligature) or a diacritic (a character with marks present above or below it).

Double Happiness Symbol Meaning
The double happiness symbol is used in Chinese weddings and it signifies happiness. In Chinese culture, it means that the couple and their families would live together harmoniously if the symbol is put in their house.

The Double Happiness Chinese Symbol Story
There is a short story behind the origin of the Chinese symbol for double happiness. During the period of Tang Dynasty in ancient China, a young boy was on his way to appear for an examination to become a minister. The boy fell ill while he was traveling through a mountainous region. A herbal practitioner and his daughter took care of the boy, after which he recovered quickly. When the boy had to leave, he found it difficult to say adieu to the girl as he fell in love with her. The girl thus wrote down the right hand part of an antithetical couplet for the boy; which was as follows. "Green trees against the sky in the spring rain while the sky set off the spring trees in the obscuration." The young boy took it and left for the capital to attend the examination. During the examination, he was asked by the emperor to complete the right hand part of a couplet which said, "Red flowers dot the land in the breeze's chase while the land colored up in red after the kiss". The boy instantly realized that the sentence written by the herbal practitioner's daughter was a perfect match for the one given by the emperor. Thus, he gave the right answer and stood first in the examination. Impressed by the performance of the boy, the emperor adjudged him as the new minister. After becoming the minister, the young boy married the herbal practitioner's daughter. On the occasion of their wedding, the HAPPY character was doubled and put on a red paper. The symbol was used to mark the happiness of the event. The double happiness symbol thus attained a respectable position in Chinese art of calligraphy and is used in weddings.

Double Happiness Symbol Feng Shui
Feng Shui is a science of geomancy which is practiced in China for the last 3,000 years. The experts of Feng Shui suggest to put the double happiness symbol in the southwest direction of the house.

The various symbols of the Chinese language have a great significance and some kind of tradition associated with them. Chinese calligraphy is one such art that makes use of these characters. The double happiness Chinese symbol thus is an important character which is considered to bring positivity and happiness in the life of a newly wed couple.