Double Deez Tattoos

Double Deez Tattoos

Double Deez Tattoos

I got my first tattoo at the age of 18. I’m creative and find that power behind an image can be something that only a few people can really grasp and understand. It’s for this very reason that great tattoo artists stand out in comparison to those that simply do it for the sake of a job.

Andrew Harris is someone that I’ve known since Kindergarten, which based around a rule of time would grant me the ability to say, I know him pretty well.

If personality paid in today’s world, Andrew wouldn’t have to work. He has a way with people that contributes toward his actual calling: art, and the skill of tattooing. His skill and his passion in the work makes his shop stand out amongst his competition, which is exactly why you should take a minute to cast him a vote to generate the recognition his establishment deserves.

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This article goes beyond the effort to recognize a friend that has a gift. this is a statement to drive the quality of work that his shop has to offer. He has a variety of artists that excel in their craft and offer the very best to their clients.

The list of artists, as well as their art portfolios can be found by clicking here.

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Many of us find ourselves crawling through search engines when making the decision of a tattoo. It is, after all, a decision that lasts forever.

The value behind these online polls and contests has become a reference point of security. I can state first hand that if you are looking for someone that delivers the perfect tattoo experience, then look no further. From the moment you walk inside the shop, up until the completion of the tattoo, you will be in good hands at Double Deez Tattoos.

Getting to Know the Artist- Andrew Harris

 

What made you want to become an artist?

Ever since middle school I wanted a tattoo. I begged my parents for a machine, which they declined, but they let me get my first piece of art at the age of 16. I was hooked. Being an artist wasn’t even something that came to mind, but with fate being a funny thing, tattooing kind of chose me. Bill “Wizard” Paterson was a friend who offered an opportunity working in his shop, at that point it was just a customer services opportunity, but it grew from there.

Did you get an apprenticeship? Or What was the training involved?

Working at Wizards put me in a position where I learned a lot from daily observation. An apprenticeship was offered, which is extremely rare. Most people need to search for them, I was really lucky. After 2 years of dedication I absorbed enough to be ready to tattoo and take on clients.

During this time I ran myself into debt, I put all my time into learning, it was all a risk, but I knew it was what I wanted to do. If I had to redo it, I would make the same choices. 

What is your personal style of tattooing?

I like to work off of photos, otherwise known as photo realism and prefer black and grey as opposed to color.

Is there a specific accomplishment thus far in your career you’re most proud of?

Some artists may highlight specific pieces of work they’ve done, and sure I have pieces I’m proud of, but the most valuable accomplishment, to me, is the group of artists I work with on a regular basis. Shops have a common ground for trouble and that is keeping artists working together, in sync, with minimal problems. Ego’s can be an issue, self-empowerment, the things you would expect in a skill-driven occupation.

The group we have here is a family, we moved up from the co-worker status a long time ago. We rely on each other.

What’s the most challenging part of tattooing?

The fact that there is no room for error. Everything is permanent and clients expect things to go perfect, which is completely reasonable, it should go perfect.

Any advice for people thinking about getting their first tattoo?

It’s not a rush. Take your time and do your research. So many times i’ve seen people rush it just to get it done and that isn’t what tattooing is all about. Tattoo’s are about expression and appreciating the end outcome of a piece of art. People tend to forget that tattoos last for a little while.

Spread the Word

Andrew is a hard-working artist that took a chance and pursued the strongest passion of his life. Was there risk? Absolutely. Concerns? You bet. Did they pay off? Andrew wouldn’t trade what he does for a living for anything.

This is a chance to give back to a shop that cares so much about art, and the work they do involving it. Take a minute to give appreciate them for their hard work, cast a vote with a click, and promote artist’s that are truly passionate about what the work they do.

Give Double Deez Tattoos the recognition they deserve, cast your vote by clicking here.

Stephen Bortsalas Film Productions

Stephen Bortsalas

Stephen Bortsalas Film Productions

Stephen Bortsalas is a personal friend that has been on a journey to develop film for as long as I’ve known him. His personal website, 4 Mile Radius Productions can be accessed by clicking here.

I know very little about the film industry, it’s actually safe to say that I know nothing. The extent of my knowledge is the personal preference of being a film buff and the genres I like.

It doesn’t take away from the fact that film is a creative industry that has incredibly talent working behind it. This brings up my next point: breaking into this industry is incredibly challenging.

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This post is a post to promote a personal friend of mine that, one that I’ve have known for years, that is not only passionate about his craft, but passionate about life itself.

Professionally he is hard-working, self-driven, and creative. On a personal level I view him as a role-model. He’s someone you can actually look up to and I don’t state those words in a casual way.

This is a link to his debut trailer, Denounced, which I encourage everyone to check out. You can view this trailer by clicking here.

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Getting Personal

As mentioned, I’ve known Stephen Bortsalas for a long time. I worked with him at Wegmans. Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t the nature of the work that created the friendship. My feelings for Wegmans are not a secret, you can read about that here. Should a film arise where Stephen survives a satanic cult the muse will be Wegmans.

I speak for myself there, aka, Wegmans leave Stephen alone. You definitely suck, but it’s only me stating it.

Stephen became a friend quickly because we were two creatively-driven people that made conversation interesting and fun.

I had a quick interview with Stephen on account of wanting to get this information up and running.

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What got you into film?

As a young child I was always drawn to the spectacle of movies. It transported me into another place where my mind could be let free to imagine. After the loss of my mother film took on another meaning and allowed me for brief time to escape from the pain and this is where I fell in love with film.

What makes you passionate about it?

It’s something that was born into me and feel it’s my calling. I love the creative process from writing, shooting, editing, and then to the screen. Film has impacted my life greatly, so I want to give that same feeling back to people. It’s one of the most rewarding feelings seeing your finished product.

What is your top goal in the film industry?

My goal is to impact peoples live through the art of cinema. I want to be best and have my name/company be a household name. Be a filmmaker whose work changes lives and is thought provoking. So, I guess the next Spielberg lol. I want to do what I love for a living. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Favorite Film?

Jurassic Park…. I was obsessed with dinosaurs as a kid. I inquired about the new or the old versions, and was told that he was referring to the old versions of the film.

Can you elaborate on the old and the new?

I really enjoyed the new one and they did some nostalgic moments well. But nothing comes close to the original. The first Jurassic Park was shot on film not digital which makes it more realistic/gritty. Also mostly done on practical sets/animatronics back then not all this green screen cgi. The first one pioneered the world to special effects. Jurassic World is the second best in the franchise. Can’t beat the first time you see T-Rex in the original.

In Closing

Everything written above takes the word passion and defines it around an individual, my friend, Stephen Bortsalas. I support his quest to achieve his goal and make his dream a reality. I admire his drive and the things that drive his motivation.

Stephen, this is to you my friend. Any kind of exposure this may bring is the very least I can do to encourage your great efforts of following your dream.

Contact information for Stephen:

Business Inquiries- (610) 955-5767

Email: Steve13710@verizon.net

 

The NoSleep Podcast is Pure Entertainment

The NoSleep Podcast is Pure Entertainment

Podcasts are a form of digital entertainment where first impressions carry a heavy impact. A Podcast relies on capturing the listeners interest quickly, whether it’s by subject matter, or the narration having a mesmerizing effect. It needs to.

The human attention span is a fragile trait, but it’s also an efficient tool for measuring a Podcast’s quality. A Podcast generally has a small segment of time to suck you in and make you a return listener. It’s this very reason that successful Podcasts stand out. they give a listener an instinctual nudge to want to return and hear more.

My journey into Podcasts started with the show Serial, but that was before I knew that a horror option was even available. I am a fan of all things horror. When I looked into horror Podcasts the number one thing that I ran into was the fact that very few could capture my interest past an episode or two. If I was to cast a label as to why, granted it would be a personal opinion, it would be due to narration that I just couldn’t get behind.

Then one day I tripped and fell into the wonderful, chaotic realm of the NoSleep Podcast. It’s my personal opinion that NoSleep defined the genre of horror Podcasts and has developed it into a work of pristine art.

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“Through the Mask,” season 6 episode 6 was the first episode I listened to and since then I have become a season pass member. NoSleep is the only Podcast that I’ve paid for to experience their full episodes and I can say that it’s money well spent.

Check out the episode that got me hooked by clicking here.

Behind the Curtains of NoSleep

The NoSleep Podcast is an entertainment venue that is made possible by an incredibly staff. Over the course of time I hope to get in touch and learn more about the people who put in the time, effort, and passion that make every episode such an incredible experience. I can think of  no better place to start than the owner, David Cummings.

David has always been great at getting back to me and I want to state here, thank you for that. You’ve created an incredible Podcast, developed an amazing community, and it’s a shared fact that you make a countless number of people’s lives more fulfilling because of the work that you do.

The following is a Q & A with the mind behind the NoSleep Podcast:

How did NoSleep start out and what advice would you give to people looking to break into Podcasting?

A: Back in 2011 an idea was put forth to create a podcast where some of the top stories on Reddit “Nosleep” subreddit would be narrated. I volunteered as a narrator. When no one else was stepping up to produce it I offered to get the first episode off the ground. I have continued to produce each episode to this day. So, I kind of fell into the role but was able to run with it.

Starting a podcast today is a very different process. I believe it’s harder for independent creators to get heard in a sea of podcast networks and celebrity shows. But if you have a vision for your show the best advice is to simply start it. Get it going and develop it as you go. There are many great resources out there to help with the details but nothing will help more than actually doing your show.

What would you say to someone that hasn’t listened to your show as a way of encouraging them to check it out? What’s the metaphorical “selling point” NoSleep offers to potential listeners?

A: We offer a good ol’ horror storytelling experience as if you’re sitting around the campfire listening to someone tell you what terrifying thing happened to them. We add good quality music and sound design which let’s the listener use their own imagination to make the story particularly frightening to them.

Each of your Podcasts show a lot of hard work has been put into them, but I imagine Podcasting is something that is going to constantly evolve. With that being said, where is NoSleep trying to improve? Additionally, are there areas that you would be comfortable stating NoSleep has perfected its execution?

A: In some ways, we’re taking the age-old tradition of simple oral storytelling and making it available via a modern medium like on-demand audio. We will try to evolve by making our presentations better quality in terms of voice acting and audio production but at some point, you can only enhance the written stories so much. I don’t think we’ve perfected any aspect of our show but there isn’t much point in trying to evolve with audio gimmicks or distractions. The show as it is today is pretty much where I want it to be in terms of presentation. Now we just want to do every aspect better.

The story roles that take place in your entertaining tales, is there a particular method of assigning your narrators to them? I know Marcus Damanda and Jessica McEvoy have a history of working together. Outside of pre-established teams do you look at the content of a story, the characters, and then decide who you think who could play the part best?

A: We have an established team of voice actors now so it’s easier to know whose voice suits a particular role. Certain authors, like Marcus, write characters who fit a certain voice. For other stories, it’s more about the tone of the character. Nikolle Doolin has an elegant voice suited for a strong female role. Peter Lewis plays a sinister character flawlessly. Erika Sanderson can do countless voices/accents/ages so she can fall into any role with confidence. All our actors have a style that makes it easy to know which characters they’ll play. It may be corny to say, but in a way, the role chooses the actor.

What is your personal favorite theme for horror tales and why?

A: I’m a big fan of the traditional haunted house story. I love it when characters are in a location where strange things are happening and they can’t figure out what’s going on while circumstance get more and more oppressive. Things that go bump in the night will always appeal to me – as long as they don’t visit my house.

I’m sure a lot of people would love to be hosted by your talented team and hear their stories come to life. What is the best advice you can give toward those who want to submit content? General rules of thumb here would work as well as common pitfalls that you may have noticed over the years of production.

A: Stories which adapt well to our show have good audio cues. Sounds which we can emulate to set the tone and atmosphere of the story. Good dialogue is another strong trait. It helps establish the characters and their personalities while helping to convey the emotion of the scenes. And, of course, a story which is genuinely frightening will always work well. A story should be told well. It doesn’t have to be high literature with fancy flourishes throughout but it needs to be crafted with some style as opposed to merely sentences strung together as a matter-of-fact reporting of events.

How much time is actually put into a full episode? I know first hand how challenging narration is, do any narrators stand out in terms of slipping out of character and goofing off during a recording? Any funny stories worth mentioning?

A: It’s difficult to say how many hours go into each episode. It’s probably approaching 40 hours these days. We have all our actors working separately so the audio they send us is usually production ready. I’m sure most of us vent some weird stuff during our recording sessions but it’s usually deleted before it corrupts any unsuspecting ears.

Final question: Is there anything you’d like to say to your listeners as well as potential new listeners in closing?

A: I feel it’s worth mentioning that with the horror genre the audience must meet the story halfway. Horror is unique in the sense that it tries to evoke a negative emotion. Laughing at comedy is positive. Swooning at romance is positive. Cheering the action hero is positive. But being terrified and fearful is something we try to avoid in real life. Thus, with horror, you have to allow yourself to be scared and use your imagination to place yourself into the story’s setting. Doing so will make it a much more rewarding horror experience; a place where you can experience terror safely and come away from it having genuinely enjoyed that ‘negative’ emotion.

In Closing

The NoSleep Podcast is more then just a Podcast, it’s an experience. It’s a digital stamp in the world of horror that any enthusiast should be a part of and experience. The NoSleep Podcast is an opportunity to become a part of a community that is passionate about all things horror and something everyone should sample, especially with Halloween being right around the corner.

Do yourself a favor and don’t miss out. Tune in, prepare yourself, and don’t forget to dim the lights.

 

 

 

 

An Author’s Descent Into Podcasts

When trying to rate podcasts there are a variety of things to consider. For beginners, the “best” podcast is something that is up for grabs. It’s not something anyone can really label. It comes down to Podcast content matching a person’s personal interests.

I’m not a large name of any sorts; I’m a singular opinion. I feel an opinion can spawn a following when the suggestions are enticing.

The Podcasts I will be pointing out will be ones of a darker variety. So, for starts, if butterflies and rainbows are your thing…you are in the wrong place.

Without further ado:

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I have a love for just about anything scary. I must have been around 7 years old when I declared that my favorite movie was “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. Before thinking what the hell childhood did I live, I had a normal upbringing.

I just have a genuine interest in things that can make you stop in your tracks and wonder, “What was that?”

And so my quest began on looking for horror Podcasts, which believe it or not is far more challenging then one might think. As a listener there are a few things that really stick out such as: narration, topic matter, and the consistent release of episodes.

The horror genre of Podcasts is an area that tends to fall in one of two categories: fiction, or non-fiction. It’s all personal preference. This article is going to target fiction, and more specifically: The NoSleep Podcast and the work of author Marcus Damanda.

Background

I want these posts to be fairly fast paced. For that reason I’m going to cliff note specific things so that I can expand on other points that I want these posts to be about, which is direction. Why you should listen to a particular Podcast, follow a specific author, and what episodes you should heavily consider checking out first.

With that in mind, here is what you need to know about the two listed above:

NoSleep Podcast
In my humble opinion, I don’t feel there is a Podcast that is on the same level as NoSleep. Since the very beginning of my Podcast listening experience NoSleep has kind of been my teacher regarding what to look for in a quality broadcast. The people behind the show show incredible enthusiasm, great work ethic, and genuine care for their fans.

On more then one occasion I have reached out to extend compliments toward narrators and authors and have found myself receiving responses. It may seem like a little thing, but to many listeners, hearing something back is a pretty big deal.

There will be a post in the near future going further into this show.

Marcus Damanda
Marcus Damanda, from my personal experience, is a writer that has incredible talent. My first significant encounter with Marcus’s work was in a NoSleep Podcast, Season 7 Episode 3: “Bonfire Girls”

I should point out, I don’t mean to ignore the fact it has a prequel, “Wearing Black,” but Bonfire Girls was the one that really caught my attention. The story began as a tale of curiosity that dove into the world of darkness and influence driven by it. For someone like myself, it was like handing a lover of classics some Shakespearean text that hadn’t yet been discovered, I was hooked.

I reached out to Marcus on numerous occasions and it was always a pleasant experience. I learned about other content he had available through sources such as Audible and Amazon. Clicking either of those attractive blue links will bring you directly to his pages.

Marcus has the ability to capture emotions felt in dark and gloomy times and paint them with artistic precision. He works hand in hand with Jessica McEvoy, an incredibly talented narrator. Together they bring some of the best content I’ve ever run into.

Interview with Marcus

How did you initially become involved with the NoSleep Podcast and what would you say about your experience thus far?

A: I became involved with the NoSleep Podcast thanks to Jessica McEvoy, which I’m sure can’t be too much of a surprise. She was a relatively new narrator of theirs at the time, and was actually narrating her first audiobook for me. That was The Forever Show, and it was my first audiobook as well. It’s pretty bloody for a young adult vampire book, but at one point she asked me if I ever wrote anything more in the adult realm. I answered, “Well, yeah, sure. That’s the audience I started with.” She asked if I would consider submitting a story to David Cummings and the podcast.

They were still a bi-weekly show at the time, episode 7 of Season 4. I dug my old 90s tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, American White Hair, out of my drawer of old, forgotten stories. Ten productions later, the rest, as they say, is history.

What is the inspiration behind your writing? Are there particular things that motivate you to write on the topics that you do?

A: I love make-believe. So much more interesting than real life. I used to stay up late as a kid, back when cable channels only showed R-rated films after hours, and sneak downstairs to watch them. That’s how I first saw The Omen, Halloween, stuff like that. I was mesmerized, damaged, and forever hooked.

What is your favorite “darker” theme to write about in your stories? The reference to servants of a darker being is consistent, but is there something more to it?

A: My favorite “dark” theme to write on is revenge, which was the impetus behind American White Hair, Super Max Dreams, The Paris Green Solution–good God, there must be something seriously wrong with me.

You and Jessica McEvoy make an excellent team together. As someone that has dabbled with writing and narration a little on my own I’ve run into a few of the challenges of writing and performing tales.

Do you find yourself having to make changes in the way stories are written so that they can be narrated more effectively? Or what exactly is your process for when a story is considered “ready to be narrated”?

A: Jessica’s been the narrator for four of my audiobooks now, and has either narrated or shared a lead in every one of my podcast stories. She’s absolutely amazing, of course. I’m so grateful for our partnership and hope it continues for a long, long time. I will say, straight off the bat when I begun the Summer series, I had Jessica’s voice in my head the whole way. There’s no doubt that heavily influenced the way those four stories took shape. For that matter, so does the prospect of having the story on the podcast. I find myself dropping as many details as I can that I think might sound cool. I know I totally had that top of mind when I thought of the shock treatment story angle in Eating the Machine. I knew Jeff Clement, the Summer Stories’ producer, would kill that.

What would you say have been the largest challenges in developing as a writer? What advice would you give those looking to get into these kinds of literary experiences?

A: My biggest challenge is finding the time. Teaching can be an all-consuming job, and I come home exhausted most days. I set my alarm for 4 A.M. to write instead of staying up late to do it. And I have the same dry spells and frustrations as any person who writes, paints, composes, etc. All I can say is to work through it. Take criticism, when it’s constructive. And the hardest thing? Ignore the haters. That really is tough for me. I want everyone in my audience to be happy with what I do, all the time.

What are your personal goals when it comes to content creation? Are you hoping to achieve a particular milestone of sorts? Or is it something you do strictly for fun?

A: My big dream is to have one of my stories adapted as a major motion picture. That’s been the dream since I was nine years old, and I haven’t given up on it yet. I do write for fun, but I also write for approval (disgusting, I know, but I promised myself I’d give you only the truth) and for the hope of one day being shamelessly and filthy rich.

What Podcasts do you personally listen to and what do you like about them?

A: Apart from NoSleep, which should be required listening for every adult human on the planet, I’m also a massive fan of Lore. Educational and horrifying–hits me right where I live, so to speak.

Lastly, is there anything you would like to say directly to the fans of your work? Along with any announcements regarding what they can expect from you in the near future?

A: To anyone who’s ever enjoyed any one of my stories, let me say that I am the lucky one. I will continue to work very hard to keep you in my audience. In the upcoming months, as time allows, I’m hoping to bring the Summer series to a close with three more installments. I’m also at work on something totally different, which I hope NoSleep will take on once it’s good enough to ship off. Not only that, but Jessica just finished recording my Devil in Miss Drake’s Class audiobook series, and I’m more than halfway through the second Salvation State novel.

In Closing

Marcus is an artist in the field of imagination that stands out. He takes time to work on things he is passionate about and shares ideas with those that are willing to listen.

I strongly suggest you check out everything he has to offer. If you haven’t found him on NoSleep yet then now is your time to.

Again, thank you for taking the time to respond to my questions Marcus and best of luck with your current and coming soon projects. I look forward to seeing what you have to deliver.