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A Tattooed Girl's Guide to Summer


A Tattooed Girl's Guide to Summer

It's finally holiday season! Sunny days filled with outdoor activities, adventures and the beach are surely on the cards. Whether you're planning to perch on your balcony or by the beach all Summer long, spending plenty of time outdoors is on the cards. It's probably no surprise that holiday season is one of the most popular times for people to get tattoos. And while it's great to get tattooed in Summer (so you can show it off), it's important to take special care to heal and protect it during high UV ray and sun exposure periods. The sun can not only damage your skin but can permanently damage tattoo pigmentation too, changing the tone of certain colours. If you're thinking about inking up this Summer, there's a few things to know for protecting your new tattoo. We asked one of Australia's leading tattoo artists, Kian Forreal, for the six tips to know before getting a tattoo this Summer .

Allow plenty of time to heal before exposing your tattoo to the sun.

New skin — such as that over a freshly healed tattoo — has little to no natural UV protection. It's key to ensure a healing tattoo is properly covered to protect the wounded skin and preserve the colouring.

Apply white zinc cream to protect and reflect UV rays from your tattoo.

The reflective nature of white zinc offers the best UV protection for a tattoo. If you can't cover up with a shirt, white zinc is your next best friend.

Apply sunscreen liberally to prevent your tattoo from fading.

If white zinc isn't available to you, protect your new tattoo with a sunscreen that has a minimum of SPF 30. Don't be hesitant to reapply more than instructed.

Wear clothing to cover your ink.

Lightweight fabrics like cotton will allow your skin to breathe, while adding an extra layer of protection for your tattoo. It's important to remember that UV rays can pass through light clothing, so applying white zinc or sunscreen underneath clothing is key.

Moisturise regularly.

Keeping your skin hydrated will keep your tattoo looking beautiful and keep the lines looking crisp. Bio Oil is great for tattoos as well.

Apply bug spray.

Don't apply bug spray directly to your tattoo, but applying around the tattoo and to your whole body will prevent you from getting bitten by mosquitoes and prevent potentially ugly marks on your tattoo.Read more at:


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Budding designer Tommy needs your help


A budding young designer is hoping readers of Derry Now will help him to get through to the final of a prestigious fashion competition.

Tommy McLaughlin was recently shortlisted in the Wedding Journal’s Young Designer of the Year.

The Clady man is one of ten competitors to make it through to this stage of the competition which asks young people to design a wedding dress.

He hopes to now go one step further and make it into the final five.

The Young Designer of the Year competition, which is run annually by top bridal mag Ireland’s Wedding Journal, is open to all creative individuals, young designers and fashion students across Ireland, under the age of 25.

It gives young designers, like Tommy, an opportunity to potentially showcase their work in front of thousands of people and the big names in the bridal industry.

Maghera woman Melissa Gormley won last year’s competition.

Tommy, a second year Textile, Art, Design and Fashion student at University of Ulster, said he was delighted when his mood board (above) was shortlisted in the prestigious competition.

A former student of St Mary’s College, Clady and Northern Regional College, Tommy is no stranger to the competition, having made it through to the final stages two years ago.

Although he didn’t win, Tommy (pictured below) said it didn’t put him off the competition and he has returned with ‘more ideas’.

“Two years ago I was only learning but since then I have improved so much. I’m totally independent in what I do and I have so many ideas. I also know what’s ahead of me.”

The 20 year-old, who is currently applying for placements within top London fashion houses, now needs people to vote for him to keep him in the competition.

Online voting will run to midnight on Sunday (November 20).

The five mood boards with the most votes will go through to the final of the competition, and the young designers will be invited to make their wedding dress which will be worn by a professional model and showcased on the runways of the Wedding Journal Shows in Belfast, Dublin and Cork in January. A celebrity panel of fashion judges will then chose the one winning dress and its designer will be named as the Young Designer of the Year 2017.

Tommy added: “I would ask for people to please vote for me to help me get through to the final. It would be a real dream come true.”Read more at:formal dresses online | evening dresses


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Rei Kawakubo’s Quiet Revolution Just Got Louder


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Comme des Garçons has gleefully operated on the margins of the fashion industry for 40 years. Since showing her first collection in Paris in 1981, the industry’s press and buyers have become accustomed to Rei Kawakubo – the 71-year-old Japanese mastermind behind Comme des Garçons – and her regular and radical expressions of sheer otherness. Nothing, however, can prepare you for what’s next. That’s the whole point.

From ‘body-bump’ dresses (‘Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body’, Spring/Summer 1997) to mummified wedding gowns (‘White Drama’, Spring/Summer 2012), it comes as no surprise to discover Kawakubo is driven by a wanton – even stubborn – desire to create something new, something that further pushes the boundaries of what can be accepted as fashion.

Some of her premonitions have since become industry standards (guerrilla stores, artist collaborations…), while others (the tarmac, kerosene and smoke scented anti-fragrance), it’s safe to say, probably never will.

The voice of the designer has never been so important in disseminating brand values. Cynically put, he (or she) who shouts the loudest, gets heard the most. Yet whilst Kawakubo’s refusal to explain herself has often frustrated her public, her silence has given her voice more power and resonance than any fashion designer in the industry today.

The following conversation took place on Sunday, 29th September for System Magazine, between Hans Ulrich Obrist – himself an eminent curator and commentator operating in the art world – and Rei Kawakubo. The designer’s husband and Comme des Garçons CEO Adrian Joffe acted as interpreter.

Hans Ulrich Obrist: Was there an epiphany that caused you to start Comme des Garçons?

Adrian Joffe: She was a stylist at a magazine; she couldn’t find anything that she liked to photograph, so instead she decided to make it herself which is when she created her own company. There was no epiphany. She wishes she had one for you, but she doesn’t.

No. She doesn’t collect anything.

I met Azzedine Alaïa, and he has a whole hanger – it’s giant – full of stuff! It has his own archive but also the archives of other designers, books, art, objects. Do you have an archive?

No, she says she doesn’t like anything like that.

No possessions?

For her, they’re a burden. She says she has no desire for possessions. She doesn’t know why, but she’s never wanted to collect anything for as long as she can remember.

Last month I saw the Met exhibition in New York about punk – punk attitude and aesthetics. I was wondering if you saw it, and how you connect with punk – both now and before? Do you feel comfortable with this notion or label?

She likes the punk spirit. She’s always liked the spirit in the sense that it’s against the run of the mill, the normal way of doing things. That’s why she’s always felt an affinity with the punk spirit. She likes that word. Every collection is that. Punk is against flattery, and that’s what she likes about punk.

There’s an artist who says we can only understand someone if we know what kind of music he or she is listening to. What kind of music do you listen to?

No music.


Nothing in particular. All or nothing. What she likes to listen to when she has the choice to listen to something is jazz. She’s never said that to me before.

What about dreams? What is your dream of happiness?

She says she doesn’t need dreams.

Has the internet changed your working practice in anyway?

Something about internet is very different to the human mind. The human element is missing between fashion creation and the internet. That’s why she’s not interested in it. She thinks it can’t be translated. She doesn’t know whether it will take time before it happens, but at the moment she doesn’t think it’s happening or if it will ever happen.

What role do writing and drawing play in your working practice?

She doesn’t draw.

How does a normal day look?

It’s just constant work. She gets there early, stays late and just works. She also runs the company. She helps design the space. She does everything. She checks every single detail about everything for the company. So every day is taken up from morning to night with details, thought and work.

In art, one talks about the Gesamtkunstwerk, the total work of art: the artist does everything. I’m fascinated by that. I have the feeling that with you, it’s similar – every piece of paper, every item of stationery, every advertisement…

Advertising, interiors, decoration – everything.

How did the idea [for the guerrilla stores] come about?

Even in business, we need to find creative ways to do business. This was almost like a no-brainer. We had the stock, and we had these spaces with students who had nothing to do with fashion but wanted to work. So we moved the stock from our warehouse to those spaces. It was just a business idea to do business in a new way.

Rei, you play and confuse gender codes in both your men’s and women’s clothing. But is it true that Comme des Garçons staff can only wear collections associated with their gender?

No, that’s not true at all. People are free to buy and wear what they want. There are no rules. She never tells people how to wear, what to wear, why to wear.

Also your favourite colour is black, right? In an interview you once did, you said that maybe it’s a time for a new black, because everything is black.

That was a long time ago.

But do you think there is a new black?

It’s not exactly her favourite colour. It’s just the colour she feels is the strongest. It has nothing to do with whether she likes it or not, but she just feels that black is the strongest colour.Read more at:formal dresses


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