Twitter Previous articleProtest march over housing crisisNext articleRisk notice is lifted from Hospital town water supply Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsTattoo convention will leave its mark on LimerickBy Alan Jacques – February 5, 2019 1154 Advertisement Linkedin Email WhatsApp Ryan Ashley Malarkey, winner of the ‘Ink Master’ US reality TV show, and Charles Huurman from Valencia at last year’s Limerick Tattoo Convention.Photo: Sean Curtin.LIMERICK will leave its mark next month as 1,500 visitors converge on the city for its annual tattoo convention.Over 100 tattoo artists will take part in the Limerick Tattoo Convention weekend, which takes place on March 23 and 24 at the Great National South Court Hotel.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Held for the first time in 2017, this gathering of some of the best-known tattooists will once again return to the city for what has become the biggest event of its kind in Ireland.The extremely high standards at last year’s event drew the largest attendance of more than 12 tattoo conventions held across the country in 2018.This year organisers have put in even greater efforts to attract those at the leading edge of tattooing and they are expecting even larger crowds for the 2019 event.“Limerick was probably the largest urban centre that didn’t have a convention in Ireland,” Convention co-organiser and owner of Soul Addiction Tattoo Studio on Roches Street, Roy Keane explained.“Along with co organisers Sylvia Butkiewicz and Thomas Skwara, we wanted to address that and bring back the best of what we had seen at conventions around the world but on a smaller level, of course,”“So, when we set about pulling the first two conventions together, we really wanted to raise the bar as high as we could and make sure our event in Limerick would be different and ultimately, better than any other convention here. We did so principally by bringing in some of the best known artists in the world and it worked.“It’s like bringing in some of the biggest and best known stars in sport. When you do that, others follow to see them. There’s no point doing the same thing as everywhere else so last year we brought in the highest calibre of artists at any Irish convention,” he added.This year’s event see artists from 26 countries attending, among them some of the best-known tattooists in the world. These include Luke Sayer, winner of E4’s Tattoo Artist of the Year; Nikki Simpson of US reality TV show ‘Ink Master’ and star of Paramount’s ‘Ink Master Angels’ TV series along with Josh Payne and Teej Poole also from the TV show.Jenna Kerr, who is becoming one of the most recognised female tattooist in the world will also attend. Show host will be Los Angeles tattoo model and Sullen TV presenter Bernadette Macias. Print Facebook
DES MOINES — Thirteen presidential candidates took center stage Friday night in the largest sports arena in Iowa’s capital city, for the largest event before Iowa’s February 3 Caucuses.More than 13,000 people were in the venue for the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual fall fundraiser. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg drew the slot to give the opening pitch, offering a 2020 argument with a throw back to some of Barack Obama’s 2008 message.“If talking about hope and belonging sounds optimistic to you for a time like this, fine,” Buttigieg said. “Call it optimistic, but do not call it naive, because I believe these things not based on my age, but based on my experience.”Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren didn’t name names, but she sliced into rivals like Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden for running “safe” campaign with “vague ideas designed not to offend.”“And anyone who comes on this stage and tells you to dream small and give up early is not going to lead our party to victory,” Warren said.During his turn at the center of the arena stage, Biden suggested Warren’s support of “Medicare for All” was a liability and the former vice president closed by emphasizing America’s standing on the world stage.“The next president is going to be the commander-in-chief of a world in disarray,” Biden said, adding a sentiment that’s been his core message: “There’s going to be no time for on-the-job training.”Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the other candidate knotted at the top of recent polls along with Biden, Buttigieg and Warren, opened his remarks by saying he’d donated $20,000 to the Iowa Democratic Party, “to make sure that in this vitally important battleground state we take back Iowa in the General Election and defeat Trump and defeat him badly.”Sanders rented space across the street for his supporters to watch as he delivered remarks at the party fundraiser.California Senator Kamala Harris argued winning in 2020 means looking to the future rather than to yesterday.“We’re going to need a nominee on that stage with…who has the ability to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump,” Harris said, “and Iowa, you’re looking at her.”Amy Klobuchar told the crowd Democrats must “win big” in order to take action on gun laws and campaign finance reform.“And when people tell me that a woman can’t beat Donald Trump, I tell them Nancy Pelosi does it every single day,” Klobuchar said.New Jersey Senator Cory Booker focused on a response to the “moral vandalism” of Trump’s presidency.“With a president who tries to divide us, the end for Democrats shouldn’t be to beat Republicans,” Booker said. “The calling of this party must be to unite Americans again in common cause and common purpose.”New York businessman Andrew Yang urged Iowa Caucus-goers to change the course of history.“The only way we will do anything is if you are to create a wave,” Yang said, “…and bring that wave crashing down on our heads.”Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro suggested Democrats must expand their message.“We’re great at talking about the middle class…but we also need to fight for the poor and those who have the least,” Castro said.The other Texan who had been scheduled to speak in the arena dropped out of the race late Friday afternoon. Beto O’Rourke told supporters outside there’s wasn’t a path for him to win the presidential nomination.“I love you all and I know I will be seeing you down the road,” O’Rourke said shortly before the program inside the arena began.His exit shocked backers who were in Des Moines for the event. Peggy Crowe, a supporter of O’Rourke’s presidential campaign as well as his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid in 2018, flew in from Asheville, North Carolina.“I never knew anything about politics and after Trump got elected, I knew I couldn’t be complacent,” she said.Bruce and Verlane Edwards of West Des Moines are undecided voters who think O’Rourke may be a good running mate for their party’s 2020 nominee. Bruce Edwards has Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Harris on his list for Caucus night.“Quality people there,” he said before Friday night’s program began. “Biden, we’ve always loved and adored him, but he’s over-the-hill and he really needs to get out and endorse somebody else.”Verlane Edwards likes Harris, but after Hillary Clinton’s loss, she’s worried the country isn’t ready to elect a woman and she’s worried about Biden’s age, too.“I’m looking for someone younger. I’m a little tired of the old white guys,” she said. “I love Pete. I think he’s wonderful. I see a big group here for him.”Fran Mersnick and a friend drove from Pacific Junction to Des Moines to cheer for Buttigieg on Friday night “because Pete is intelligent. He has good plans. I believe in what he’s saying and what he’s going. He’s just an all-around great person and we think that he can win.”Don Hirt of Eldora, who sat in Warren’s cheering section, said all the candidates are good, but Warren is “a tiny bit better.”“Legitimate, real, approachable,” Hirt said. “I saw her speak up in Iowa Falls…at a small venue. She just seems very genuine.”Hollie Gray, Jr. of West Des Moines is another undecided voter who’s worried about nominating a candidate who’s an advocate for free college and Medicare for All.“I say this and I don’t mean it to be rude, but nothing in life is free,” Gray said. “It has to be paid for somehow, some way.”Mandy Lundberg of Indianalo, a Republican-turned-Democrat who describes herself as “anti-Trump”, heard Harris speak in Ankeny Thursday, immediately became a supporter.“I felt like I wanted to hashtag #lawyeredup or something because she was very matter of fact, like: ‘This is the argument…Can we just agree to work together on this?’” said Lundberg, who was among those in the Harris cheering section Friday night.Geena Schmidt of West Des Moines sat in the Yang section. She became a Yang supporter after a friend connected her to the campaign through social media.“I like how progressive he is for prison reform and drug reform and, of course, the ‘Freedom Dividend,’” Schmidt said. “But I really like how progressive he is for marijuana and opioids.”Yang and most of the other candidates who spoke Friday night in Des Moines are campaigning around the state this weekend.
At the Cervantes household, the deep scent of an evergreen ushers in Christmas. This is not a casual holiday for David and Leticia and their young children. It’s an all-out extravaganza, requiring grandparents, music, movies and, most definitely, a sturdy, real Christmas tree. “We’ve had artificial ones in the past,” David admitted as the family sized up a fresh-cut Monterey pine, soon to be strapped onto the back of his Toyota pickup for the short trip to his Santa Clarita home. “But it’s never the same. Coming out here with the kids makes it feel more traditional.” They checked out pines, examined firs, sized up options in the evening chill this week at Nancy’s Ranch, a cut-your-own tree farm in Valencia. This is an event for the whole family, rounded out with grandparents and traditions that run decades deep. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals They watch “A Christmas Carol” and the travails of Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB gun in “The Christmas Story” on TV. They listen to “Jingle Bells” and “The Little Drummer Boy” at least 10 times a day. And to complement the natural beauty of their tree, they erect a 6-foot, 6-inch, 300-pound Santa Claus statue. Pulling a tree out of a closet just doesn’t wash. “This is how you teach your kids so they can teach theirs one day,” said Leticia. “It’s my favorite holiday. It’s nice people still have the Christmas spirit.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 [email protected] REAL Scent: Purists love their pine. Cost: As little as $20. Memories: You had one when you were a kid, strung popcorn and sang carols at its base, probably “O Christmas Tree.” The Recycling Factor: You can mulch it or replant it once its indoor use is done. The numbers: The National Christmas Tree Association says real trees outsell their artificial counterparts 3 to 1 every year. X Factor: Charlie Brown proved that even a spindly, sorry-looking tree can shine if trimmed with love. FAKE Scent: Allergy sufferers like that synthetic trees are unscented. Cost: As little as $40. Memories: None … of Dad cursing the lights, the animal that came in with the tree or the year Junior got sap in his hair playing amid the branches. The Recycling Factor: Plastic and metal; you actually get money back when you toss this tree out. The numbers: Of course, real outsells fake. With warranties of up to 25 years, you can buy one and enjoy it for decades. X Factor: No needles, no water, no clogging the vacuum cleaner for months. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!