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Sunday, 17 April 2011 20:04

Tattoo Art: Reverend Fish

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“Nice ink, where’d you get that it done??” It’s a sentence that hopefully all of us who have ink hear at least a few times in our body art careers. Since my first encounter with Rev. Fish, that question has become all too familiar for me. Working out of Whole Addiction (located in Coral Springs) the man has been using his god given gifts to paint up the town since February 2003. At the time the shop’s owner, John Miller, won a legal tug of war with the city in order to open the first legitimate tattoo studio in the area. Reverend Fish hit the ground running, executing Coral Spring’s first tattoo with quickness and still going strong today.


When you think of a hardworking family man with a military background, this tattoo artist isn’t what comes to mind. But don’t let the ink fool you, underneath his tatted exterior lies an intelligent artisan whose dedication to his craft is peerless. While working full time in the Navy Fish became an apprentice in 1993 and continued his artistic education every way possible. Stored between this man’s temples is the cumulative knowledge of 17+ years of attending seminars, workshops, and going over texts. His work station is a testament to his personal history, sitting next to his chair is a small personal library containing the most referenced works of his.“I love doing many different styles of tattooing including fine line Black & grey realism such as portraits, bold new school color work, and traditional Japanese-style tattooing.Although these are some favorites, I can do whatever you like, whether it is super-detailed biomechanical to super-simple traditional American tattoos.” Fish is the shit, if your considering getting a tattoo, it should be done by him. Nuff said.

Sunday, 17 April 2011 19:44

Tattoo Art: Colors of Mayville

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“Colors of Mayville” -

Uber conservatively raised Maytee Bringas, 36, did not bat an eye at 22 when she got her first tattoo. “It was something off the wall but I’d been yearning for a tattoo since the age of 15,” recalls Bringas. “Once I had it, I was hooked.”


Fourteen years later and nearly fully tattooed, Bringas’s enthusiasm for tattooing hasn’t waned. In fact, her keen eye for design and color has led her to expand her tattoo skills to the world of art and fashion.


In 2006, Bringas launched Mayeville, a print collection of colorful and lighthearted girlish illustrations. These Sanrio inspired designs are both, irreverent and innocent, playful yet sexy – qualities which are completely reflective of the artist.


“My art is cute and bubbly,” explains Bringas. “Mayeville is a delusional world full of sweet characters. I use simple bold lines with lots of color, like Hello Kitty – I love to draw this type of art.”


Through Mayeville, Bringas hopes to further develop the brand by developing a clothing and accessories line.


Bringas credits husband Phat Joe, of famed ink spot, Phat Joe’s Tattoo Parlour, with encouraging her to explore her artistic instincts. As co-owner of Phat Joe’s, Bringas honed the artistic inclinations long buried from her days as a youth at Hialeah Junior High School.


“I was surrounded by art and it re-sparked my need to draw,” says Bringas. “I’ve always been an artist. I didn’t do anything or pursue it until I met Joe because I didn’t think it was hot.”


Clearly, Bringas’ playful illustrations are hot and in demand.


“I love what I do. It will never get old,” asserts Bringas. “This is my lifestyle.”


For more on Mayeville, visit Bringas at or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



In Fort Lauderdale there is a sanctuary for artists lucky enough to survive a year long waiting list known as the Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts. In this low-rent "wonderland" (as this writer deems to portray it) lives a visual pop artist, who paints smirks on all who lay eyes on her witty candy colored images.  Her name is Lisa Bulten Rockford, a graduate of the esteemed Art Institute of Chicago, who upon completing her Masters launched headstrong into the competitive arena of fine art. In prolific fashion she exhibited all across the nation before settling in South Florida as an instructor at Broward College in 2006.  She draws inspirations from both her loving parents who in one way or the other, shaped her art today.


A series entitled "Barbie Magic Reveal" are humorous illustrations much in the style of your supermarket "Coloring & Activity Books" made for children (and some strange adults).  It exhibits her playfulness yet engaging deconstruction, and reconstruction, of familiar pop images and content.


3 Floors of 1310 Gallery will be covered in her work from Jan. 16th - Feb.12th 2010.
2 Distinct Painting series will survey the portrayals of gender and romance.
Only 1 Twist - That it will be a TWIST.  Yeah, that's the name of this wonderfully twisted exhibition of art coolness.  You simply must put your mind in a TWIST @ the 1310 Gallery, Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, 1310 SW 2nd Ct. (Middle St.), Ft. Lauderdale, 33312. Admission: Free & Open to the Public

Sunday, 17 April 2011 04:34

Artist 5

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If there ever was a time to have artists take charge in making a difference in the community it would be now.As technology soars to reach the outer limits, the boundaries created from our social issues is enough to make us all claustrophobic.


Imagine street art as unconventional since the days of Keith Herring & Jean-Michel Basquiat. Imagine Art that is Grimy, Dirty and Raw but packed with enough energy to move masses with its messages.When you draw these thoughts in your head, you would picture ARTIST 5.


Artist 5 is a transplant from Suffolk, England to the shiny beaches of South Florida. His art merges a wide variety of styles with existentialist thoughts.It incorporates the decay of materials as part of its charm. He claims his 5 Points of Power are Urban Street Art, Abstract, Deconstruction, Dysfunction, and Existentialism, which if you look at his work you can see truth in this statement. His work captures beauty in social madness.


On his website,, says "I like my work to look as if it were produced at an earlier date and over time with weather and age it becomes worn and battered with chipping paint and runny lines." 


But ARTIST 5 doesn't just paint to draw a social change; he actively participates in creating social change. His THINK POSITIVE PROJECT was founded to be nationwide artist collective, spreading Think Positive messages across the country to counteract the current turmoil our country faces due to economic depression and its insatiable appetite for war. Focusing on South Florida community issues such as Healthcare, HIV Awareness, Homelessness, Drug Addiction & Prostitution.If there was anyone you should support for the good cause, it's the fifth artist ARTIST 5.

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 00:09

Ask Dr. Love

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Ask Dr. Love
Dear Dr. Love,

I used to drink Slurpees and Icees all the time when I was a kid. Now that I am in college I am more nutritionally aware and have shifted my drink of choice to Smoothies. Recently however I have been getting brain freeze whenever I drink a smoothie, which gives me severe headaches, which last for several hours. Is it the cold or is the smoothie itself.

Smoothie King

Dear Smoothie King,

Since you did not tell me what you put in your smoothie I can’t tell. But I can tell you the ice is not something you want to keep in your mouth a long time. Heat expands and cold contracts the intestines. The back of your throat is very close to your brain and the message centers that control movement. In addition the sensory nerves connecting the eyes and nose are also there. Those nerves may be damaged or frayed. My advice is to stay away from cold beverages all together. My recommendation is to use fresh fruit, protein powder, spirulina powder and rice milk. Avoid cows milk at all costs.


Dear Dr. Love,

I have been hearing and seeing these advertising endorsements for Milk and Beef, but never seeing one for eggs for broccoli. When people go to the store they always buy milk and bread so why are they pushing milk?

Is Milk is for baby cows or baby humans?

Dear Milk only for baby cows,

It is called the law of supply and demand. When the demand for milk goes down you advertise to increase demand. The truth is once you pasteurize and homogenize the milk you have lost all food value other than the calories. To prove this point, The Center for Science in the Public Interest did an experiment with milk just off the production line. They fed it to baby cows and they died! The way they feed cows is a crime. Did you ever wonder what happens to the little cats and dogs that are put to sleep by the ASPCA? They are purchased and cooked at 400 degrees and turned into cow chow! You know that cows are supposed to eat grass, but what they really eat whatever they are fed like spoiled oranges from an early frost or salted fish if there is a lower sales price. The protein in milk actually prevent calcium absorption. So maybe cows milk is not a good idea for humans.

You have all heard the cancer controversy over fried vs. grilled hamburgers. Now the truth has come to light about beef production. MacDonald’s just announced they are going to request that their beef producers stop injecting antibiotics into the cows. Their rationale is to protect children in their happy meals. For twenty years I have been saying that anti-biotic use in cows was killing our children. Now it is publicly acknowledged. The indiscriminate use of antibiotics in cows which becomes hamburgers lowers the resistance of humans and increases the resistance of bacterial infections. The young and the elderly are most likely to die from bacterial infections. About every eleven years they must invent new antibiotics because the old ones don't work anymore.

Milk! Is snot natural?


Dr. Geo Love, the Hip Hop Doc is a licensed Acupuncture Physician and the first black Acupuncturist in the state of Florida (1986). He is an herbalist, nutritionist and Qi Gong Master. The author of six books, he can be reached at 561.502.6200.

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 00:05

Samantha Shiff - Wildchild Artist Bleeds for Art

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With a combination of youth, brains and beauty, wildchild artist Samantha Leah Shiff is bringing an edge to the South Florida Art Scene. She recently exhibited at South Florida’s new Art hot spot Auteur Explosion at Cinema Paradiso, where she was a hit amongst the creative seekers that visit the event each month. Upon exhibiting some of her Acting chops, she was approached by the theatres manager Frank Wolf to join the acting troupe for Repo the Genetic Opera, and Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Growing up the daughter of an Architect and a Singer, Shiff was raised with deep art consciousness. She has once said "The reason why my life is so colorful is because of art and its influence on my life. I have a knack for pushing the limits, tearing down boundaries, and shocking people with my work, It’s what I live to do." And if living for art means you would bleed for art, Sam has done that as well. A notable piece entitled “Bleeding for Love” depicts a contour expression a couple lip-locking. What makes this piece interesting is that it was painted with blood saved from an accident. Ouch. But that is what makes it art, when you use these unappealing moments in life to create beauty, and that is how Samantha expresses herself.

Another interesting piece would be a self-portrait done in the style of Chuck Close, by creating blocky color variations to form a portrait or large image. He amongst many artists like Jackson Pollock and Ralph Steadman inspire Sam to push the edge of defining how one does or calls art. Perhaps this will also translate into her transition as an auteur as she is currently in development of a short film based on Allen Ginsburg’s “HOWL.”

To Contact Shiff for Modeling, Acting or Commission Work

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 00:00

Bristol Photography

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Respected photographer Aaron Bristol credits daughter Kayla and a 3 megapixel Sony digital camera as his first foray into photography. Hailing from a boy band - law clerk - pizzeria manager background, Bristol had no idea that the experience he garnered from incessantly photographing his Shirley Temple look- alike daughter would open doors into the industry of professional video and photography.

“I had no portfolio, and no formal training. Established photography companies only wanted to hire me as an assistant. No one wanted to give me a chance,” recalls Bristol.

But, chutzpah and quick-wit has afforded Bristol the opportunity to open his own studio, work alongside well established photographers, and book gigs with Power 96, Ed Hardy and Bloomingdales.

For a close up of Bristol’s portfolio, check out

Monday, 31 January 2011 23:58

Floresita Reyes: Drawing with Light

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For some the fine line between art and photography seems as thin as the models luring folks in modern day magazine stands. But although art’s beauty is subjective, the laws of form, composition, shadow and light are what comprise the concept’s objectivity. It is what creates its aesthetic appeal no matter if you use a pencil or the latest Canon Mark II. It seems Miami Artist / Photographer Floresita Reyes has learned that early on. As she states “Anyone can be a photographer. It takes a creative open mind to be an artist. I like to consider myself an artist that draws with light, what she sees and feels.”

Also a model, Floresita has no discomfort in posing in her very risqué but artistic nudes and semi-nude imagery that celebrate the beauty in the human form. Other subjects may include hands, arms, flowers, boats, people on brick walls, but each time she shoots with masterful composition. Her use of light and shadow is a remarkable play on contrast showing real emotion with each shot. Her inspirations include artists/photographers Cindy Sherman, Claud Cahun, Anoushka Fisz, Vincent Serbin and Joel Peter Witkins, all of whom are also known to have mastered the use of shadow and light to create art out of a photograph. Although at times she is the subject of her own work she is without opposition of working with others who could inspire great emotional pieces. She is open to work with any creative types that share her passion for art and photography.

To Commission and View Floresita’s Work:
Visit her @

Monday, 31 January 2011 23:56

A Nightmare before Roger

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Black, White and Grey – only Joe Roger can make this look colorful. If Tim Burton and Britto had both their left brain hemispheres detached and placed together to form the noggin of an Art Monster it would be placed inside Joe’s head. Joe exhibits dark caricatures within fractal designs, leaving one staring at the seemingly infinite details that vary in many worldly influences. One can see everything from Traditional European to Ancient Aztec and Incan designs in his artwork.

Joe’s grandmother, Bettie has once claimed “Joe was born with a crayon in his hand”. Bettie has been the one who inspired Joe to pursue his dreams and nurturing his creativity by introducing to a wide variety of art spanning history and the globe. Although his artwork may seem dark to some, one must have appreciation for the use of asymmetric design that offers a base for his melding cryptic visions.

A graduate of Ringling School of Art, Joe Roger views himself as “something of a traveling journalist, using his art to document the evil and the good of life in ways that he cannot achieve with words”. Judging from his work perhaps he has documented a true ying-yang energy that so many of us seem to forget existed. Using the black (lack of color) and white (all color) as a metaphor for duality. And this insight, combined with his aesthetic appeal of his line work is what makes Joe Roger’s artwork a remarkable statement of beauty in even a colorless spectrum.

Catch Him at his Upcoming Show - "A Night At The Studios"
November, 2009, Friday the 13th, from 7:00pm to 11:00pm 3050 NE 9th Ave. Oakland Park, Florida (across the street from Pearl Art Store)
Featuring: Joe Roger, Julio Green, Carmen Cordero, Adriano Nicot Live music, beer & wine, hors de orderves, open mic.

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Monday, 31 January 2011 23:51

The Winner Does Not Have to Stand Alone:

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The Winner Does Not Have to Stand Alone:
The Mission of Acting By Francesca La Scala

For a starting artist in South Florida, there is nothing more helpful than connecting to a community of artists and art supporters. You meet one, you will meet all. Local schools film programs are always looking for assistance with their projects, local theatres and production companies invite interns and fresh talent, and the artists themselves keep originating work that requires your assistance. Ironically, the economic depression has revitalized the artistic community in South Florida.

Cinema Paradiso, in particular, has become a milieu for both local and international cinema. Actors, musicians, visual artists, and film makers share their work and encourage a broader vision of what is possible to express.

Consider this: Whoever you are you can win this dream, and you do not need to stand alone as others are winning too. Look around: Opportunity abounds if you are humble enough to admit to the necessity of your dreams and recognize that you truly deserve honoring them everyday. Do not compare yourself but rather honor others, their talents, beauty and uniqueness. Come out of isolation and connect to fellow travelers on your journey. Allow yourself to be afraid and to do it anyway. Be grateful for every step of the way, especially the mistakes. Finally, and most importantly, say “Yes!” even when you just fell and your world feels very uncertain. Your power to act is in this moment, every moment.

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