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We Want to See Your Tattoos! (And the Quick 10: 10 Famous Tattoo Artists)

I got my first tattoo a few weeks ago, which you already know if you follow my meager little blog. Ever since, I seem to be kind of obsessed with them "“ I'm noticing them on other people more, I'm curious about celebrity tattoos, I'm encouraging friends to get them. When people say tats are addicting, they're not kidding. Anyway, this newfound obsession has led to two things:

1) We want to see your (family-friendly) tattoos! We're going to post a reader gallery next week. Send your picture to flossypics@gmail.com and show our flossy community your work of art. Be sure to explain what it is (if it's not obvious, that is) and why you got it. Here's mine: it's some of the music to "Grim Grinning Ghosts" from the Haunted Mansion at Disney World. My husband and I are Haunted Mansion freaks... he has a couple of Mansion-related tattoos too.

2) It's the Q10 today! We're going to talk about famous tattoo artists.

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1. Before Ami James and Kat Von D, there was George Burchett. George had a studio in London where he tattooed the rich and famous, including King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King George V of the U.K. and King Frederick IX of Denmark. He's also the guy we can thank for honing cosmetic tattooing.

jerry2. And his American counterpart was probably Sailor Jerry, one of the first major tattoo artists to become well known in the States. Sailor Jerry (AKA Norman Collins) expanded the range of colors available in tattoos by creating his own pigments. He was also one of the first to insist upon hospital-quality sterilization techniques. Even if you're not a tattoo aficionado, you probably recognize some of his work in the Ed Hardy clothing line "“ Ed Hardy was one of Sailor Jerry's protégés. Converse uses some of Sailor Jerry's designs on their shoes.

3. Speaking of Ed Hardy"¦ Ed learned the trade from Sailor Jerry, but really was the first to popularize the old-school sailor tats as pop art (swallows, pinup girls, etc.). He was approached in 2002 to create a line of clothes with his designs on them, and by 2004, Christian Audigier had licensed the rights to make produce his line. And now you can see Ed Hardy everywhere, especially on Bret Michaels and his Rock of Love babes (I use the term "babes" loosely). Another notable fact about Ed Hardy: he was the first to open a custom-only, appointment-only tattoo studio in the U.S. in 1974.
4. Vyvyn Lazonga was one of the first female tattoo artists. She opened her first shop in 1979 (it's still at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, actually) and has been a strong advocate of women getting tattoos to cover their mastectomy scars and celebrate their lives.

japanese5. Horiyoshi III is the tattoo king of Japan. He has perfected the art of irezumi, a 200-year-old Japanese tradition of tattooing, and specializes in full-body pieces. The tattoos are done mostly by hand - large outlines are still done by machine. A full body piece will set you back somewhere in the neighborhood of $20,000.

6. Paul Timman is a celebrity inkslinger who gained notoriety at Sunset Strip Tattoo in Hollywood. Stars who have specifically tracked him down to get their tattoos done include Angelina (of course), Busta Rhymes, Ben Affleck, Mark Wahlberg, Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee and Drew Barrymore.

arm7. Greg Kulz is the guy who pioneered the UV tattoo that David Israel mentioned a couple of years ago. They'll only show up under certain lighting circumstances, so if you work in a particularly conservative place or aren't sure you want to commit to something you'll have to stare at for the rest of your life, this is perfect. And I think the one pictured here is the perfect use of the black light tattoo "“ awesome.

kat8. Kat Von D, AKA Katherine Von Drachenberg, is known for her portrait work and her appearances on Miami Ink and L.A. Ink. Like Ed Hardy, Von D is taking her celebrity tattoo artist status further than the studio "“ she has her own makeup line at Sephora and recently released a book about herself, her work and her tattoos. She's currently dating Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue and has tattooed him, in addition to celebrities like Ja Rule, Dave Navarro, Bam Margera and Lemmy from Motorhead.
9. Jonathan Shaw founded International Tattoo Art Magazine and had his own shop, Fun City Tattoo, in NYC. He is known for his tribal tattoos and helped popularize them in the "˜90s. He has put ink on Marilyn Manson, Johnny Depp, Vanilla Ice, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. He's the son of bandleader and jazz clarinetist Artie Shaw.
10. Samuel O'Reilly patented the modern-day rotary tattoo machine in 1891. It was based on Thomas Edison's perforating pen. Speaking of which, Edison himself had a mystery tattoo that no one knows the meaning of "“ five little dots on his forearm. Check out Mangesh's article on other people you wouldn't expect to have tattoos.

And a bit of trivia that I found pretty interesting and strange: Apparently Rodney Dangerfield is the most common celebrity tattoo. Weird.

Anyway "“ don't forget to send in your tattoo pictures! And have a good weekend.

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Every New Movie, TV Series, and Special Coming to Netflix in May
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Netflix is making way for loads of laughs in its library in May, with a handful of original comedy specials (Steve Martin, Martin Short, Carol Burnett, Tig Notaro, and John Mulvaney will all be there), plus the long-awaited return of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Here’s every new movie, TV series, and special making its way to Netflix in May.

MAY 1

27: Gone Too Soon

A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana

Amelie

Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1

Beautiful Girls

Darc

God's Own Country

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City

Mr. Woodcock

My Perfect Romance

Pocoyo & Cars

Pocoyo & The Space Circus

Queens of Comedy: Season 1

Reasonable Doubt

Red Dragon

Scream 2

Shrek

Simon: Season 1

Sliding Doors

Sometimes

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Carter Effect

The Clapper

The Reaping

The Strange Name Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2

MAY 2

Jailbreak

MAY 4

A Little Help with Carol Burnett

Anon

Busted!: Season 1

Dear White People: Volume 2

End Game

Forgive Us Our Debts

Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2

Manhunt

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey

No Estoy Loca

The Rain: Season 1

MAY 5

Faces Places

MAY 6

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

MAY 8

Desolation

Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives

MAY 9

Dirty Girl

MAY 11

Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3

Evil Genius: the True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist

Spirit Riding Free: Season 5

The Kissing Booth

The Who Was? Show: Season 1

MAY 13

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

MAY 14

The Phantom of the Opera

MAY 15

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 4

Grand Designs: Seasons 13 - 14

Only God Forgives

The Game 365: Seasons 15 - 16

MAY 16

89

Mamma Mia!

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

The Kingdom

Wanted

MAY 18

Cargo

Catching Feelings

Inspector Gadget: Season 4

MAY 19

Bridge to Terabithia

Disney’s Scandal: Season 7

Small Town Crime

MAY 20

Some Kind of Beautiful

MAY 21

Señora Acero: Season 4

MAY 22

Mob Psycho 100: Season 1

Shooter: Season 2

Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2

Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here

MAY 23

Explained

MAY 24

Fauda: Season 2

Survivors Guide to Prison

MAY 25

Ibiza

Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life

The Toys That Made Us: Season 2

Trollhunters: Part 3

MAY 26

Sara's Notebook

MAY 27

The Break with Michelle Wolf

MAY 29

Disney·Pixar's Coco

MAY 30

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4

MAY 31

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern

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The First-Ever Troop of Homeless Girl Scouts Just Crushed Their Cookie Sales Goal
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Selling 32,500 boxes of cookies in a single week would be noteworthy for any team of Girl Scouts, but it's an especially sweet achievement for Troop 6000: The New York City-based chapter is the first-ever Girl Scout troop composed entirely of children living in homeless shelters.

According to NBC News, this season marked the first time the troop took part in the organization's annual cookie sale tradition. In early April, they received exclusive permission to set up shop inside the Kellogg's Café in Union Square. They kicked off their inaugural stand sale aiming to sell at least 6000 boxes of cookies: At the end of six days, they had sold more than 32,500.

Some customers waited in line an hour to purchase boxes from the history-making young women. Others gave their money directly to the troop, collectively donating over $15,000 to fund trips and activities. After purchasing their cookies, customers could also buy special Girl Scout cookie-inspired menu items from the Kellogg's store, with all proceeds going to Troop 6000.

The troop formed in 2016 as a collaboration between the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor de Blasio, and the city Department of Homeless Services. Meetings are held in shelters across the city, and many of the troop leaders, often mothers of the scouts, are homeless women themselves. About 40 percent of New York's homeless population are children, and Troop 6000 had to expand last summer to accommodate a flood of new recruits. Today, there are about 300 girls enrolled in the program.

[h/t NBC News]

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