Tattoos can be done anytime, if your budget allows. However, over 100 years ago, prices were not the only concern, you also had to be royalty or the son of a Prime Minister. Out of the Exit 4 at Piccadilly Circus, on the left side, there is Jermyn Street - a quiet lane with shops on both sides. This is where the first tattooist - Sutherland Macdonald - started the business in the English capital. Fast forward 100 years later, tattoo studios are spread across every high street, particularly Camden High Street and Soho. It is easy to spot people that have been inked on their arms when they roll up shirt sleeves after work. Nearly one in five Londoners have at least one tattoo and the proportion between males and females who get inked is not such a big difference, according to a surve
Just last week Mariah Carey flashed her 7.5 billion engagement ring she received from her fiancée and business man James Packer. While at the same time Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is set to pay her husband three million in divorce settlements after their quick elopement after three months of dating came crashing down. Everyone is rushing to get hitched but this begs to question are weddings just the new ‘fancy and expensive’ party to have? Photo by Karina Girnyte "I can't wait to get married. Its something I wanted to do my whole life. Finding your soulmate its like a dream come true." Says Samantha a bride to be, at the Excel Wedding Show 2016. Experts from University of California write that there are many reasons people get married from feeling more safe in a relationship, work
Gagosian London gallery based at King's Cross is opening a new exhibition where Andy Warhol's and Richard Avedon's work will be paired together for the first time. The exhibition will open its doors to its visitors from the 9th of February and will remain there until 23rd of April. Photo by Jack Mitchell The gallery will exhibit works from both artists from 1950's to 1990's and will present Avedon's photography work and Warhol's screen-printing art. Both artists rose to fame in after war America and both shared interest in portraiture. The exhibition will juxtapose both artists works that emphasise cultural difference, political power, and inevitability of mortality. It will begin with Avedon's The Family (1976) that showcase sixty-nine individuals at the centre of American politic
London’s first Chinese Lantern Festival opened to the public on Wednesday at Chiswick House and Gardens in west London, to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Magical Lantern Festival transforms the historic gardens into an outdoor light festival with over 50 hand-sculpted, enormous flashing lanterns made by a hundred artisans in China. It took three years and a total of 58,000 light bulbs to create the whole installation that travelled 21,347km to illuminate our cold and grey winter nights. A 66-metre long dragon stretching out across a lake with its scales glittering in the water, is one of the breath-taking centrepieces during the five week festival. Alongside a 10-metre tall recreation of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven unbelievably made of silk and an 8-metre porcelain Imperial Pal
The exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse will be showed in London at the end of January. Monet once said he owed his painting “to flowers”. The Royal Academy of Arts' new blockbuster exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art. The gardens has inspired the impressionist, post-impressionist and avant-garde artists in the end of the 19th century to early 20th century, when the the world of gardening has traditionally been denigrated as suspiciously anti-intellectual, decorative and feminine. Yet even more than this, in the era of rapid industrialisation and, eventually, war, the subject matter of gardens reflected a need, a direction, for man to remain connected to nature, to the Earth.
Scetches by Greek artist Christiana Soulou show imaginary beings in a new exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ. Christiana Soulou, "Le devoreur d’ombres“, 2013, coloured pencil on paper, 8.2 x 11.8 inches / 21 x 30 cm, © Christiana Soulou, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin & Sadie Coles HQ, London. “The Book of Imaginary Beings after Jorge Luis Borges” that was shown at the Venice Biennale before, will be presented by Sadie Coles HQ gallery in West London from the 26th of January on. Discover the character of unreality in Soulou’s drawings of strange creatures created by human imagination throughout history. The exhibition will be free to audiences and will remain open from 26 January-20 February. (More details can be found down below). The exhibition consists of