Byron Winkelman of Gilbert's Black Lotus Tattooers on His Aversion to Portraits and Winning First Place at the Arizona Tattoo Expo

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Courtesy of Byron Winkelman
As the owner and a tattooer at Black Lotus Tattooers, Winkelman has to balance owning a business with creating his art.

Some artists tattoo for the money. Others do it to make a name for themselves. For Byron Winkelman of Black Lotus Tattooers in Gilbert, tattooing isn't about the money or the acknowledgments, it's about a love of all things artistic.

"It's hard to make money as an artist. The starving artist is a real thing," Winkelman says. "If I had all the money in the world, I'd tattoo people and paint for free. I don't really like the business side of it."

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10 True Crimes Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story Should Feature

Categories: Film and TV

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We're thinking murder castle with a torture dungeon would make an interesting season.
We can't wait to see what American Horror Story's Ryan Murphy does with his new project American Crime Story. The first season is set to cover the O.J. Simpson case in 10 episodes next year on FX, and it's rumored that the show will explore the crime from the point of view of Simpson's lawyers. Though the show's first season is already spoken for, we have a few ideas as to what true crimes Murphy should include in future seasons of the program.


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ASU's Project Hieroglyph to Bring Sci-Fi Writers to Phoenix's Crescent Ballroom on October 22

Categories: Books

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Harper Collins Publishing, via ASU Center for Science and the Imagination
Hieroglyph is a collection of stories designed to create a more positive vision of the future.

ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination is making us question everything we thought we knew about Arizona's favorite party school. The Center, which considers itself a "network hub for audacious moonshot ideas and a cultural engine for thoughtful optimism," seeks to unite writers, philosophers, scientists, and engineers to create a less dystopic vision of the relationship between scientific progress and humanity. This effort toward collaboration, human decency, and general positivity is a huge step forward for the University, whose ever-so-intelligent student body once brought us the "MLK Black Party."

Part of this effort involves the recent publication of a book called Hieroglyph: Stories & Visions for a Better Future. The anthology is a collection of stories by some pretty big thinkers -- including Neal Stephenson, Elizabeth Bear, and Madeline Ashby.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: Misery Meets Company Meets Absurd Comedy at Phoenix's Herberger Theater

Categories: Review, Theater

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Joan Marcus
Charles Janasz and Ali Rose Dachis in Arizona Theatre Company's production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Two women are weeping. A man dressed as a Disney dwarf arrives with a tea tray. References to Chekhov are made. It's plain: We are watching a Christopher Durang play.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. It is, in many ways, archetypal Durang: an absurdist comedy dense with literary and theater-world references, a happy story about deeply unhappy people.

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3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

Categories: Events

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Here's hoping your weekday schedule is flexible.
If only being nickeled and dimed actually meant receiving nickels and dimes. Unfortunately, spending money is a lot easier than saving it. Which is why we're offering up some activities that avoid reaching for your wallet. From complimentary yoga classes to costume contests and conversations about cavemen, here are our top three picks for free events this week in metro Phoenix this week.


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Oscar de la Renta Dead at 82

Categories: Fashion, News

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Matti Hillig
Oscar de la Renta photographed during a visit to Spain.
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at 82.

The Dominican-American designer was known for his evening wear, worn by First Ladies and leading ladies alike. He recently made headlines for designing Amal Clooney's wedding dress.

De la Renta studied under Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo. He started his eponymous label in 1965 and was among the handful of New York-based fashion designers who helped bring American fashion to global, particularly European, recognition.


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9 Lessons Learned at Phoenix Design Week's Letterpress Workshop at Hazel & Violet Ink

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Heather Hoch
Jeryl Jones of Pumpkin Patch Press and Cindy and Gary Iverson of Letterpress Central lead the workshop.
Phoenix Design Week filled the downtown area with folks looking to beautify the city last weekend. The event featured workshops, seminars, and more, and we couldn't help but join in for a letterpress workshop at Hazel & Violet. Being newbies ourselves, we had a lot to learn at the small, 20-person class. Here are nine things that stuck with us long after the ink dried on our handmade posters.


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Cole and Dayna Reed of greenHAUS to Leave Arizona, Despite Legal Same-Sex Marriage

Categories: News

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Katrina Montgomery
GreenHAUS is home to Lauren Lee's mural, Three Birds.

Dayna and Cole Reed's plans to leave Arizona because of non-progressive LGBTQ laws were unchanged by the state's legalization of same-sex marriage on Friday, October 17.

The Reeds own Roosevelt Row boutique and gallery, greenHAUS, and plan to close it in early February 2015 because they are moving to Portland, Oregon, where same-sex marriage has been legal since May 2014 and out-of-state same-sex marriages have been recognized since October 2013. The couple, who were legally married in New York in 2012, have a baby on the way and want to ensure they're in a place where each of their parental rights are protected.

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FearCON Brings Walking Dead and American Horror Story Actors to Phoenix

Categories: Events

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Courtesy of FX
American Horror Story: Coven's Jennifer Lynn Warren will appear at FearCON.
Halloweekend is going to be jam-packed with great spooky events here in Phoenix. From haunted houses to slasher screenings, there's plenty to fill up your schedule, but true horror enthusiasts need look no further than this year's FearCON. Billed as Arizona's largest independent horror event, you can expect scary movie screenings, panels discussing your favorite freaky TV shows, and even some special celebrity guests on Saturday and Sunday, November 1 and 2.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Not to get all corny, but this maze is a fall favorite.
You have exactly 11 days to come up with a Halloween costume. While we've dealt you a lifeline with our roundup of 2014's hottest costumes, we can appreciate that you're waiting for inspiration to strike -- or paralyzed by fear of choosing between being an emoji or banding together with your pals to become the Spice Girls. Apart from freaking out about what to wear to this year's parties (that Miley getup is not going to cut it a second year in a row), here's what you should pencil in for this week.

Fall Festival and Corn Maze

Time to throw on some flannel, pick up your pumpkin spice latte and head to the East Valley for the annual Fall Festival and Corn Maze. This seasonal event features a seven acre corn maze, mule rides, a grain train, barrel rides, a pumpkin patch, a spider web rope climb, pedal race cars, farm animals, and plenty of places for a holiday family photo op.


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