Christian Masot: Tattoo Artist & Owner of Silk City Tattoo

Tattoo Artist Christian Masot

Tattoo Artist Christian Masot

“An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he — for some reason — thinks it would be a good idea to give them,” opined the late American pop artist Andy Warhol. Artists know, even if we don’t know, what we want — maybe what we need. In the second part of my series on tattoo artists, we met Christian Masot, owner and artist working out of Silk City Tattoo in Hawthorne, NJ. Christian had the amazing good fortune to have apprenticed with two of the most acclaimed tattoo artists — Joey Tattoo and Mario Barth! How he came to work with both Joey and Mario is something you’ll learn when you listen to the complete interview. You’ll also find out that Christian is a multi-talented artist who is a painter and photographer as well as an accomplished and award-winning tattoo artist. To further pursue and share his art, he opened the Blackbird Gallery and Art Studio in Jersey City. Definitely check it out next time you’re in the area and discover if you possess the soul of an artist like Christian has.

To listen to the complete interview with Christian Masot click here.

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Jhon Campuzano: Award Winning Tattoo Artist

Jhon Campuzano: Award Winning Tattoo Artist

Jhon Campuzano: Award Winning Tattoo Artist

“My body is a journal in a way. It’s like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist,” declared actor Johnny Depp. That’s what he said,  but I suggest you step away from the knife and book an appointment with a qualified tattoo artist to make your journal entry on your skin. Ink is highly personal, and I agree with Johnny Depp about the concept of a tattooed body being like a journal. While I’m a lover of ink, my preference is for it to have a personal meaning. Therefore two of my tattoos are memorials — one for my mom and the other for a very dear friend. My award-winning guest today, Jhon Campuzano also feels ink is an excellent way to commemorate a life cycle event. This was the first of a three-part series on tattoo artists I’ve met over the years, and all three were at Inked Out New Jersey in September. Here’s the link to see my photos. Check out Jhon’s website to see his excellent art and to make an appointment with him and follow him on Facebook too.

To listen to the complete interview with Jhon Compuzano click here.

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Bye Bye Aaron Cole Martin: The Army’s Got You Now!

Aaron Cole Martin

Aaron Cole Martin

“A soldier doesn’t fight because he hates what’s in front of him; he fights because he loves what he’s left behind.” — Anonymous

Future law enforcement officer Aaron Cole Martin is heading to basic training for the US Army National Guard. His days of addiction are far behind him, and the world is waiting for this guy to make his mark. And I’m certain he will because he’s exhibited such determination to move forward with his new life which is filled with ambition. The Police Academy is a few short years away. And America’s Got Talent is happening right after basic training. I won’t spoil the surprise — listen to the interview with Aaron to get the details on the future winner of AGT! OK, I couldn’t resist this little gem from 1963 as Ann Margaret says Bye Bye to Conrad Birdie. Bye Bye Aaron — the Army’s got you now!

To listen to the interview with Aaron Cole Martin click here.

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Captain Janis Keown-Blackburn: Retired Spirit Airline Pilot

Retired Captain Janis Keown-Blackburn.

Retired Captain Janis Keown-Blackburn.

According to Bill Gates, “The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.” Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic was more simplistic when she proclaimed, “Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.” Flight. It’s romantic for some, frightening to others, but it gets us where we need to go and quickly. If you’re afraid to fly, consider reading Fear of Flying by Erica Jong. It won’t do anything to lessen your fear, but it’s definitely a great read and caused quite a sensation when first published in 1973. In fact the main character’s name is Isadora Wing. Just read the book 🙂

I have my own love/hate relationship with flight, but speaking to Captain Janis Keown-Blackburn put some of my fears to rest. Although I’ve flown many times and long distances, I’ve never been comfortable and able to fully relax while on a plane. I’ve always told myself not to sleep in case the pilot needed me for something (what? to take his/her photo?). Fortunately for us both, no pilot has ever had to consult with me on anything. Maybe I need to re-read Fear of Flying. And if you want to inspire future aviators in your family, check out Janis’ recently published book Teddy, the Airplane.

To listen to the interview with Janis Keown-Blackburn click here.

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Dr Dean M. Tomasello: Medical Aesthetics Expert & Author of “Winning Skin”

Dean and book“Natural beauty takes at least two hours in front of a mirror,” claims actress Pamela Anderson. Most women would probably agree with that statement, but is there another way to achieve that outer glow?  For the quick fixes, there are options like Botox, laser treatments, chemical peels, and more. Unfortunately, to achieve and maintain beautiful skin for the long haul, you might need to make some lifestyle changes — like reduce sun exposure. But wait — it’s summer at the Jersey Shore and we love getting our tan on. Don’t do it, advises my guest! Dr. Dean M. Tomasello, a well known expert in the field of medical aesthetics, has written an excellent guide for a lifetime of beautiful skin. He recently published Winning SkinThe anti-aging path to looking and feeling younger. It’s filled with good advice and product reviews as well as clearly written descriptions of many treatments that are available to improve your skin and reverse the aging process. Looking our best is what we all strive for at all stages of life and, while there is no fountain of youth, there are many common sense approaches to look your best (drink lots of water!). Read Winning Skin for complete details on beautiful skin at all stages of life and follow Dr. Tomasello for his expert tips on skin care. Put your best face forward and remember — you’re already beautiful.

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To listen to the interview with Dr. Tomasello click here.

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Dale Lakata: Multi Talented Singer, Songwriter, & Renaissance Woman

Dale Lakata on set of "Hunter"

Dale Lakata on set of “Hunter”

“I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything,” said actress Emma Watson. It seems that Dale Lakata is walking the same path and is equally passionate to experience everything available to her. She’s the lead vocalist of the Dale Lakata Band, acted in the movie The Soulless, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist at the Clarity Project, and composer of the soundtrack for a new sci-fi series Hunter. We also met two of Dale’s current collaborators and each of them has a great story to share as well. Musician Ingrid Heldt was good friends with folk singer Pete Seeger, and he got her involved with NJ Friends of Clearwater and inspired her to start the Circle of Song which meets in Eatontown. Definitely check her website for more information. The sci-fi series, Hunter, which features Dale’s original soundtrack, was written and directed by Raphael Serebreny and is expected to be released this summer. Some folks say life is short, so eat dessert first. That’s one way to feel, but I’m a believer that it’s best to dive right in to new experiences and take full advantage of all opportunities that come my way. Just like Dale!

There’s many ways to keep track of Dale including: for updates on shows, videos, new songs for all the best new info musician page band page for latest mixes live and studio in progress

To listen to the interview with Dale Lakata, Ingrid Heldt, and Raphael Serebreny click here.

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Tyrone Stamps: Owner of L’Amour Secret, an Adult Subscription Service

threeboxes(1)“Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature,” said Marilyn Monroe. And if Marilyn said it, it must be so, right? Sometimes, however, nature isn’t sufficient and we yearn for new ways to explore that natural instinct. For many, the option of walking into a sex shop is simply not an option. But L’Amour Secret has found a solution that eliminates retail and online shopping and keeps your personal secrets intact. Tyrone Stamps launched his adult subscription service for all things sexy about 8 months ago, and his business is flourishing. I’m not going to reveal all the goods here; you’ll have to listen to the interview for yourself. However, I’ll tell you that L’Amour Secret is an upscale service with quality products that are discreetly delivered to your home. There is not a single photo of a sex toy on the web site, because you don’t choose. Your secret selection is curated by Dr. Love himself based on your survey. More about the survey in the interview.

To entice my listeners, we have a special offer: use this code to get a 20% discount on your order. Discount code: LS20POASTAL

Check out the web site for complete details of the service and take advantage of the discount code: LS20POASTAL.

To listen to the interview with Dr. Love (aka Tyrone Stamps) of L’Amour Secret click here.

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Filmmaker Robin Kampf — Producer & Director of “Love Wins”

love wins pix“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself,” said pop artist Andy Warhol. What’s your thought on that? Sit back and wait for something that’s important to you to (maybe) change over time or get actively involved in making the change happen? If you know Ocean Grove residents Jan Moore and Emily Sonessa, you know what side of the fence they’re on. After years of prejudice and a closeted existence, they are free to be their authentic loving selves. Their 45 year relationship is featured in a 30 minute documentary by Filmmaker Robin Kampf, and the film, Love Wins, will be premiered June 2 in Asbury Park at the House of Independents. Oh, there’s a problem! The screening is sold out — and that’s a beautiful problem for Robin, Jan, and Emily. Hopefully another screening will take place because Jan and Emily have a story to tell and it’s worth your time. Basic human rights are intended for all humans, not just a select group. Younger generations need to understand and acknowledge the struggle of the previous generations to fully appreciate their new found freedoms. The times they are a changin’ baby!

To listen to the interview with Filmmaker Robin Kampf along with Jan and Emily click here.

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Sutton Thomas – Musician, Songwriter & Performer

Sutton Thomas, Anne Dennish, Andrea Tarr

Sutton Thomas, Anne Dennish, Andrea Tarr

“Music can change the world because it can change people,” proclaimed Bono who does know more than most about the power of music. It can transform you in many ways, both the music and lyrics, and take you back to another time and place. Sutton Thomas is continually working to harness his own musical power on his recent projects. He recently had one of his songs, Melt, included in the soundtrack of the movie Who’s Jenna. And then there is his collaboration with his talented wife Lisa on Sojourn, which is a virtual reality music project. We’ll have to wait a while for that one, but it is definitely an exciting concept to be able to fully immerse yourself into your favorite music — see it and hear it! I was at Barnes & Noble in Eatontown to see the collaborative event between Sutton Thomas and Anne Dennish, author of Waking Up. Anne’s words and Sutton’s music were a winning combination and the CD should be completed this summer. Stay tuned because you’re gonna want to have it for yourself.

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Listen to Part 1 of interview with Sutton Thomas.

Listen to Part 2 of interview with Sutton Thomas.

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Comedian Mike Marino at Atlantic City Boardwalk Con and Algonquin Arts Theatre

mike marino presidentIt’s not easy running for President of the USA. You make plans. Things happen. There’s a disturbance in the Force. So my favorite comedian Mike Marino apologizes for missing his cue today but he was otherwise occupied with his Presidential campaigning. No worries since Mike will be appearing at the Jersey Shore, and where he goes laughter follows. First catch up with Mike May 13-15 in Atlantic City for Atlantic City Boardwalk Con the ultimate comic con, geek, and pop culture experience. Enjoy the interactive experience, eclectic selection of vendors, panels, performances, and activities — bring your fantasy world to life with Cosplay galore! Get Mike’s autograph, schedule a meet and greet, and snap a photo of New Jersey’s Bad Boy. Then catch up with mike on Saturday, June 25 at Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan when he makes a local stop at the Jersey Shore on his Presidential Comedy Tour. VIP tickets include a meet and greet with photo op after the show and premier seating. For more fun, check out Mike’s videos and see exactly where he stands on all the important political issues. I’m especially impressed with his policy on illegal aliens. Seriously.

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