An Unusual Memorial for a Loved One: Hair

Hairstory Studio in downtown Manhattan calls itself “part think-tank, photo studio, art space, and production house…challenging beauty stereotypes through the art of cutting, coloring, and styling hair”. Each month it welcomes a handful of people for fresh cuts, color, and portraits. And to tell their story through their hair. We find Oakley’s to be the most deeply personal and unexpected.

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What You Can Do When You Are Too Challenged To Do Anything

Last week I was supposed to write some articles for Improvised Life and couldn’t do it. I am a few weeks post-op from a serious surgery. Healing at am unexpectedly glacial place is wearing away at my normally very high optimism, physical energy and focus. I’ve talked openly on Improvised Life before about “being myself in a…

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Tattoos As Self Reclamation

As a tattoo artist I witness the myriad reasons and kinds of people who get tattooed. I have tattooed a mourning 64-year-old-man transforming his grief, a Hasidic jew wanting to secretly express himself,  a young cancer survivor during his post chemo celebration. Memorials, achievements, jokes and dares, even the most controversial of all —  pure aesthetics —…

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Weakness of Strength + the Stength of Weakness

(Video link here.) This short animation describes the incredibly useful “Weakness of Strength Theory”: the flip side of a person’s strengths in one context—the qualities you love or admire them for — are often irritating weaknesses in another. “Every virtue has an associated weakness”; one can’t exist without the other. And no one is ALL strengths and virtues; we are…

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The Transformative Powers of Cheap Wigs

The extraordinary silvery wig above is $13.88 worth of identity experiment: a bargain. Having discovered that searching “wigs” at Amazon, yields an astonishing array of styles and colors, I bought the 32″ Long Curly Hair Lolita Custom Party Wig (Grey) to see what would happen if I went from brown to gray in a flash. I discovered way more.

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