Pisces Tattoos Designs – Your Sexy Pisces Tattoo Art and Meanings

Do you believe in astrology? If you are a believer and looking to get a Pisces tattoo because you think it will reflect who you are then you’re not alone. Thousands of people all over the world use Zodiac tattoo designs in many different ways to remind of who they are. Even though you’re not a strong believer, zodiac tattoos are cool to get and among the most popular tattoo designs nowadays.

If your birthday is anywhere between February 19 and March 20, you are considered a Pisces in astrology. Pisces are the dreamers of the world. They love to dream, live their dreams, and turn their fantasies into realities. Because they spend most of your time in the dream world, Pisces are usually good with art, music, and poetry. They are considering being the philosopher, psychotic, fashion and art trendsetter, and the visionary of the world. The fact the Pisces are dreamers also make them one the most romantic zodiac sign of all. For the Pisces, their dream world is far more important than anything else in life. If they find that the reality world is too cruel and harsh for them, they will live in their dream world instead.  They are very emotional and sensitive people but also very kind and adaptable as well.

The Pisces tattoos

Pisces zodiac symbols has two different lines that will never meet and a cross line that hold them together. Pisces symbols represent two different pathway which frequently make them live in two different existence in life at the same time. Most Pisces spend their lives in a state of confusing between two different worlds, reality and the dream world which is always so beautiful for them.  

The Fishes tattoos

The Zodiac tattoo design for the Pisces is the two fishes going two different directions. One fish is heading upward while the other is pulling downward. This truly reflects the character of the Pisces because they got pull from two totally different world and don’t know which one is better for them. The tattoo of Pisces fish has many different designs and colors. Since Pisces element is water, the color design usually blue or with water around the fishes. I’m also a Pisces and I have my Pisces tattoo with two orange fish, blue water around and some script tattoos saying “living in my dreams”. I got the designs from on of my friend Zodiac tattoo collection, and I thought that really reflect who I am.

Art Schools Aren’t Just for Art

Years ago, art schools typically were limited to those who had artistic ability and were interested in drawing, painting, and more traditional artistic careers. Now art schools offer a wide range of programs, certifications, and degrees that will satisfy any creative talent by offering many career opportunities and options.

Art schools now offer programs ranging from Advertising, Dancing and Choreography, Art, Music, Game Art and Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, to Interior Design and Culinary Management. If you are interested in fashion, some schools also offer Fashion and Retail Management, as well as Media Arts and Animation. Interested in acting? Art schools offer training in that area, as well as film and video editing, audio and video equipment technicians, camera and motion pictures. These are just a few examples of programs offered. The possibilities are endless, and vary by school.

Art schools offer students the ability to refine their artistic skills at a college level, gain valuable business and marketing skills, develop interpersonal skills, and obtain advanced training while obtaining a degree or certification. It provides a great opportunity to mingle with like minded people, and learn new skills and techniques.

Depending on the program, and level of training desired, most art schools offer 1 month to 2 year certification programs that train in fundamental art/program skills, 2 year associate degrees, or 4 year bachelor’s degrees as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in liberal arts, or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in professional programs. Post graduate degrees, or master’s degrees, are also available at select art schools.

If you are interested in a specific area of study or a certain program, it makes sense to look at art several schools to find the one that best fits your needs. Understand what your career objectives are, and how much time and money you can invest on your education. Based on that, determine what certification or degree level you want to obtain, and what art schools offer that particular field of study. Research the reputation of the school and placement of graduates. Visit the school and observe the facility, classes, students, and faculty.

Many art schools also offer online certification and degrees, which may make sense for you if you want to stay at home and earn your degree, or are working and want to attend school on a part time basis.

Make sure any art schools that you look at are accredited by a National Association in your program area (i.e. National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT), etc.). Accreditation ensures that the school meets quality standards set forth by the National Commission, and allows students to participate in federal and state financial aid programs.

Art schools expand the career options you have after high school, or can offer additional training and experience to those who might be interested in pursuing something a little different than what they are doing now. With such a wide variety of programs, it makes sense to check them out, and see what might be in store for your creative side.

Fashion – Progression in Recession

As the recession looms and the consumer-led economic revolution of the last decade finally fizzles out, even the most glamorous and wealthy of fashionistas must be checking their bank statements a little more regularly these days. The fact is that over the last year or so the world’s high street sales figures have shown a marked drop, and they don’t seem to be slowing up either. The gravity of the economic downturn is starting to take hold.

The retailers are nervous, the consumers are cautious, the heavily-funded corporate brands are slashing their prices and their advertising budgets, in a vain attempt to stem the exodus of major shareholders. Amongst the chaos, and currently at the bottom of the heap of the “whose who’s”, are a whole new generation of creative designers stepping up to the mark, and even chomping at the bit for a taste of success.

Ironically a prolonged period of profit and gain can be damaging for any industry, creatively speaking of course. The more money an idea makes, the less inclined a designer is to branch out and experiment with new ones. History shows how important the contribution the artistic community makes towards economic recovery. It could be said that the one commodity that does not lose its value, no matter how low the dollar or high the price of oil, and that it the value of originality.

I spent my youth in the eighties and throughout my late teens and early twenties, I and almost everyone I knew would stretch their measly student budgets by scouring the charity shops for bargains. By mixing and matching styles from different eras, and occasionally, with a few minor alterations, we were ready for another night out. I was “green” before most people had heard of “Global Warming” and I didn’t even realize it. What is described as “eco-friendly” now could just as easily have been described as thrifty back then. Besides, making the most of the resources around you is a necessity for many parts of the world. For those who have plenty, there are lessons to be learned from the Third World, the past, and even the logical leaps that new designers will make in the next few years.

T-shirt designers are a great example of fashion designers who can “buck the trend” and ride the economic beast through the worst of times. T-shirt design is one of the most competitive, if not the most competitive industries in fashion, the reasons are plain and simple for all to see.

Cost. The cost of materials, the cost of labor, the cost of production, design, advertising. It makes it an attractive, and more importantly, an economically viable entry point into the industry for any aspiring fashion designer. For less than a thousand dollars, someone with an eye for a second-hand bargain could easily set up their own studio tomorrow. The point being that anyone who thinks they can design t-shirts, (no matter if they can or not), can, with very little budget, take on the world of fashion.

This may seem a little far-fetched, however you just have to look at the numbers of t-shirts for sale at any of the popular t-shirt printing sites online these days. Millions, yes literally millions of designs on offer to the public. It has to be said that most of them are awful, however society, and more precisely the Internet has worked out the perfect way to choose their new designer gurus of style and taste.

Popularity. Back in the eighties you’d swap tips with friends, read magazines, copy the ensemble you saw someone wearing in the street, hence the name “street fashion”. It’s the same today, however the process has sped up significantly, with the right taste in clothes, an avid fashion shopper, let alone a designer, can become famous in a matter of weeks.

If social networking is manna from the heavens as far as the fashion consumer is concerned, for the high street brands it is slowly turning into a nightmare. The freedom of choice is an exhilarating experience for any consumer, but for the style obsessed it is an essential part of the experience. Major brands have gained their reputation over generations, new and relatively unknown designers will begin to compete within a matter of a few years.

Comparing the fashion and music industries for a moment, both intensively marketed through a groundswell of public opinion, before being recognized by the established and most respected “experts” in the industry. However the last couple of years have sent a shudder down the spine of every corporate music executive across the globe. Why? Because public opinion, without the filter of statistical surveys and glossy marketing campaigns, has begun to run riot. The Arctic Monkeys are one example of a band that “the people” made famous, not the music industry, not the A&R men, not the advertising agencies, and not even the DJ’s of numerous local radio stations around the world. All it took was a few hundred thousand friends.

If people like something, they tell their friends, and they tell theirs and so on. The difference now is that it is immediate, and on a vast scale. A popular fashion blogger may have thousands of friends and colleagues in their network, if they like something, you can bet your bottom dollar that a few hundred will be buying it in the near future. These “style renegades”, surviving outside of the traditional circle of influence, but right inside where it counts when it comes to the forefront of “what’s hot next”, are the nemeses of the fashion magazine publishers. If they can’t employ them they’ll have to discredit them. It is common practice for disreputable companies to spam blogs and forums, attacking their competitors and praising their own products. It will no doubt become common practice for all brands to use subversive tactics to undermine their own commercial enemies. A sign that the creative pot is running dry, and that those at the top of the chain may soon be up for the chop.

Corporations have a hard time changing their image, they are slow and lumbering beasts. The independent designer is sleek and lithe in comparison, they will take more risks, both creatively and economically. They are far more prepared to offer a highly personalized service, because in truth they won’t be able to match major brands on price, for now. With the rising cost of oil, cotton, transportation, electricity, and so many other essential resources for any big business to function, it may not be long before the independent producer (of just about anything) will be able to compete on price to a local market at the very least.

Fashion, design, and the arts in general will always excel within an economic recession. It is human nature to make the most of what you have, when that is all you have, the less comfortable the life the more one must rely on one’s wits to survive. If one has an advantage in their field, an economic lull, a downturn is the best time to risk a little “market inspiration”. Infiltrating a mindset of boredom and apathy is ironically far easier than persuading one of ambition and security. If people think they are successful or want to be, they copy the habits of the rich and successful. When the rich and successful begin to have troubles of their own, its time to take a look in the mirror, and even turn that mirror on the world. No one will escape the recession, however it will be fascinating to see those who survive and even thrive in the fashion market. Stars will be born, they’ll just have to wait for the official welcome, whilst the global corporate brands tend to their wounds and their pride for a while.

The Brave Art Teacher: Making the Contemporary High School Art Class Relevant to Your Students

We teach in contemporary, not modern times. This realization requires a transformative pedagogical approach to the teaching of high school art. The term “modern” leads people to believe that whatever stems from it is cutting-edge and alive. However, in art terms, modern is of the past — and contemporary is of today.

For instance, Matisse and Picasso, two “modern” artists who work in different “styles” are no longer at the cutting edge of contemporary culture. While both men were art mavericks in their own right and spoke to the issues of their times, they are not our contemporaries — and dare I say — they are largely of little relevance to contemporary teenagers. Of course, I do not advocate that we entirely erase their (or the canon’s) contribution to art’s history – but I surely don’t see them as the most inspiring artists for teens to be exposed to. There are plenty of contemporary artists who talk about the critical issues of today such as sustainability, body image, spirit, consumption; who use contemporary media such as video, sound, and installation; and who make art for public and/or personal reasons. Your high school art students see artists such as these as much more relevant to their lives.

Henry Warwick, an interdisciplinary artist and professor, contextualizes “culture today” as in an “eternal contemporary” condition – a sort of schizoid hypermodernity void of the lulls that past eras have provided. For example, between approximately 600 and 1400 in Western Europe, art, music, and fashion changed little during a time of absolute church authority. The era between the 1400’s to the mid 1800’s showed little change at first. However, as European (and later, American) society changed its energy base from solar and renewable sources (such as wind, water, human and animal power) to exponentially more powerful fossil or nonrenewable fuels (first coal, then oil and natural gas and nuclear), it naturally accelerated the exchange of signifiers of social change. From there, we jump into the Industrial Age to the Technological to the Conceptual Age and smack into the Eternal Contemporary. This era’s mode makes sense if you think about how quickly fashion comes in and out of favor: shoes, music, make-up, news, politics, cultural musings, technology and industry quickly change.

In other words, extended eras of living are gone as the contemporary is eternally moving – and our curriculum must move too! Within an eternal contemporary construct, we cannot expect last school year’s curriculum to be relevant to this year’s students. High school art teachers can embrace the challenge of the “new” and explore the plethora of art materials, ideas and artists available to students about contemporary art and the people/world that produces it. After all, isn’t exploring what artists do?

Fashion Yesterday and Today

We are living in a world surrounded by numerous things that are either related to the technology, the latest gadgets or the latest fashion. And Fashion today has made its significance felt in almost all sectors of life. Fashion can be termed into two groups: One group which follows fashion trends and adopts them and the other group who create fashion and style statements for the others to follow them. It can also be extended to another set of people who rarely have anything to do with fashion trends but yet follow their own style to create their own unique personality; adding one more style to the fashion world.

Fashion is not just about cosmetics and make up or the hair-do. It is a sense of creating the charisma of looking good in anything you wear and this magic is created with the right kind of accessories going along with the foot wear and the clothes, making up a pleasant picture to view. Many a times, people who do not afford to buy expensive clothes look their best in their casual wear, just by presenting themselves in that manner of sophistication and creating an aura around them with the confidence of looking good.

There are myriad forms of fashion, and trends keep on changing with the seasons. From the early 60s and 70s to the present millennium, there has been an immense change in the forms, looks and thoughts about fashion trends.

In India, much of fashion has been influenced by the Hindi Film Industry, popularly called Bollywood. The trends that have changed through time can be fairly seen in the movies made during the 60s and 70s and how they have evolved in various forms bringing about a style that can be followed by the general public. People have aped the west from very early times and this was no exception. The clothes made in the 60s and 70s were very much influenced by the western countries and given a traditional touch. The Bell Bottoms, scarves and the hair style was very much prevalent in those days as an icon of style. Later in the 80s and 90s, Fashion world sizzled like never before. There was a craving by the people to look different, stylish and modern and this could be seen in their outlook towards their outfit, new styles of hair, makeup, accessories like purses, earrings, necklaces, matching footwear etc.

People were conscious about each and every new thing that was marketed and they copied the styles from their Bollywood idols. Bollywood started as a platform for theatre artistes and went on to become a commercial entry to the youths and aspirants for a career in the film and fashion industry. This gave the youth of today to emphasize on the fashion world. Art and music have become an inseparable thing of the past and so it is deeply rooted in the present as well with more features and facilities.

Today fashion, art, music, designers, dance etc all have a place in the industry and people can choose to take up anything related to this industry as their profession too. Art and music have long been implemented in the school co-curricular activities and the Higher colleges are now offering various courses for better professionalism in these areas. There are also various acting schools and the small screen i.e., the television has opened up avenues in bringing out the talent in the young minds through numerous platforms of music and dance. This is the innovation of the millennium in creating jobs and work in the fashion industry. The trends that we see are brought about by the fashion houses that have regular seasons to showcase their invention, many of which are popularized in FTV, Zee Trendz and TLC channels. We can also get a glimpse of the stylish outfits through these shows that the models present. Today, Modelling is also one of the platforms for an entry into the world of fashion.

In the yester years, fashion was constrained only to the actors in the film or those that were bold enough to carry themselves in the public that they were considered fashionable. Others just wooed them behind close doors. Slowly when times began changing, we could see the women showing off their styles in the traditional saree with an embroidered blouse and a different neck style. Then we saw the saree being draped in various styles like the Bengali style or the Gujarati style etc. The women were liberating their choice of freedom and it could be seen in their appearances with a high heeled slipper or the handbag she carried or the way she held her saree or the hair and the makeup she wore. All these changes brought about the invention of churidhars and then the salwar kameez and finally the fashion of dresses was out in the open. Women accepted to the fact that there was nothing wrong in looking good and the men of course, loved to see the attractive side of women and fantasized the idea over their spouses.

This change in attitude of the public was very well taken by the fashionistas and a huge market was created to meet the demands of the public. Today fashion creates a new look with distinct style for a particular person and keeps oneself updated with the latest trends seen in the market. This industry is popular for its glamour as well as the mixture of Indian tradition and culture put into the designer wear that the models showcase.

People love to experiment different textures of materials used in the outfits and so the designers give them a wide collection of dresses using all kinds of clothes. There is the traditional Khadi and silk combination that is presently creating waves seen in both men’s and women’s wear. Then we have the embroidery work in zardosi, swarovski studded tops and lehangas and multi stoned work in bridal collection sarees etc. Then the most sought materials like cotton, polyster, chiffon, crush materials used in varied iconoclastic designs and styles.

Always there is a hope for the designers that the youth want a change in the fashion and are glad to keep up the trend with a fusion of Indian and western mix of fashionable wear. Also the youth of today are very practical in their sense of styling for a particular occasion. Be it a party or for a marriage or the casual look, they want the best and they believe in looking the best. And to achieve this, people go one step ahead in ensuring that they have everything in their wardrobe for any kind of occasion.

Apart from the stylish clothes and fashion that is currently popular people want to try something that goes along with their outlook. So the market started towards the very own friend of a woman- The Hand Bag or the Purse. The Fresh look of a purse with magnificent colours and its stylish features like the chain handle or the jazzy zips with numerous pockets in different shapes attracted the public like never before. And with the increasing demand of the prices of branded purses, it became a must for every woman to complete her shopping. So did the other accessories line up by creating a place for themselves in the market. Just a few to quote, the earring and necklaces, the various Belts, hand bracelets and brooch, the stiletto and its wonderful embroidered, party wear slippers along with its brotherly high rugged shoes giving a perfect cowboy look etc.

Fashion has always been a very interesting topic for all women and now the trend has even challenged the men to compete for a more appealing look for a remarkable future in the world of Fashion to make it a full fledged acceptable thing for all genre of people.

Kiriti C Chavadi

Bangalore