Royal Carlock Washington DC Hand Colored Photography

Royal Hubert Carlock (1899-1970) was born in Paris Crossing, Indiana. One of six children he was born to Benjamin and Ellen Carlock. After graduating from Indiana University, Carlock married Ethel Wohrer in 1917. He entered the U.S. Army near the end of World War I where he specialized in aerial photography as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and after the War had ended, the couple moved to Washington DC in 1918 where their first daughter was born.

After his discharge from the Army, Carlock secured employment with a photography firm named C.O Buckingham who at the time was producing hand-painted photographs of the chief tourist attractions in Washington, DC. This explains the obvious similarity in style between Carlock and Buckingham hand-colored pictures.

Ethel Carlock died in 1920 during an influenza epidemic, leaving Carlock a widower with a 15 month-old baby.

Carlock was fascinated by the architecture and national treasures found in our nation’s capital. He focused his photographic and hand-coloring skills on subjects found in-and-around the Washington DC area. The only photographer in his company, his black & white photographs were hand-painted in oils and sold to the multitude of tourists visiting our nation’s capital during the post World War I era.

In 1922 Carlock married his 2nd wife, Emma Clarke. In that same year he also left the employment of the Buckingham Studios and opened his own photography studio at 406 13th Street NW in Washington, DC. Carlock’s “Snappy Snap Shop” specialized in quick development of tourist’s film along with the sale of his increasingly famous hand-colored photographs of the Washington DC landmarks and monuments, including the White House, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monuments, the U.S. Capital Building, and of course, Washington’s colorful cherry blossoms. Working together as a team, Carlock took the pictures and Emma, along with other colorists, hand-tinted them.

We have seen Carlock pictures identified in three distinct manners:

• Matted pictures signed “Carlock” on the lower right corner beneath the picture, with or without a title lower left.

• Un-matted, close-framed pictures with “Carlock” being embossed on the lower-left corner of the actual picture.

• No marking on the picture or matting, but simply a “Carlock” picture label on the backing.

Jane Crandall has reported that Royal Carlock was her uncle and that both of her parents worked for him at some point. She also reported that her mother, Julia Carlock, was one of Carlock’s colorists and would bring pictures home to color in the evening. Jane Crandall also reported that many of the signatures found on Carlock pictures were actually signed by her mother.

Royal Carlock kept his business running into the 1940’s. Collector Myke Ellis has reported that the 1943 Polk Washington D.C. Address Directory listed Royal Carlock as working at 913 Pennsylvania Avenue. Even during the Depression years when so many other photographers saw their businesses either decline or closed their doors, Carlock’s business flourished due primarily to the constant high level of tourism, and the large and growing number of people who were gainfully employed by the U.S. Government.

Although his photographs usually sold best at cherry blossom time, for several years Carlock also produced a Christmas Card which contained a hand-colored photo of Washington DC. These are considered quite rare with collectors today.

As with all other early 20th c. hand-colored photographers, the advent of color film led to the decline in Carlock’s hand-colored photography business. The primary emphasis of his business turned to photo refinishing until 1957 when he retired from the photography business to devote his life to conservation.

In 1962 his 40-year marriage to Emma dissolved and in 1964 he married Grace Diane Knapp.

Suffering from cardiac problems during the final years of his life, Royal Carlock died from a heart attack in 1970. His ashes were buried on a small isle in a lagoon at the National Isaac Walton League Conservation Park near Gaithersburg, MD.

Carlock pictures are still relatively inexpensive and quite affordable. Their low price, good quality, and interesting subject matter will probably continue to make them collectible. The only limitation is that there are only approximately 10 different Washington DC scenes to collect. The next time you see a Washington DC picture in a shop or show, take a closer look at it. It will probably be a Royal Carlock hand-colored photograph.

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Source by Michael Ivankovich

Militaria – The Investment You Never Thought Of

Militaria: The investment you never thought of…

Most knowledgeable investors are aware of the fact that “collectibles” have always been a good hedge against inflation and have proven to be a sound investment with regard to capital gain. When they think of collectibles the usual antiques, stamps, coins, art, etc., readily come to mind. However, very few think of “militaria”.

What is militaria? It’s not even in my Webster’s, so I’ll define it myself. Basically it is any type of military or para-military collectible. This can range from weapons, uniforms, medals, badges, insignia, field gear, etc. If it’s of military origin and people collect it, it’s militaria.

There is someone out there who collects anything you can think of. If you looked hard enough, I’m sure you would find someone who collects, and wants to buy, combat boots of the Argentine army. I don’t think they would be a very good investment however…

The most popular areas, or countries, for collectors are the United States, Great Britain, France, Japan, and Germany. While collectors can be found who are interested in all countries and time periods, perhaps the most popular period is World War II. Because this article is about investing, I’ll concentrate on the area which has proven to be the best investment over the long run. Fortunately, this is the area I have collected for over 35 years…Third Reich Germany.

Even before the shooting had stopped in Europe, GI’s were “liberating” souvenirs from German prisoners, and off the battle fields. Before long a brisk trade developed between the soldiers as they swapped items back and forth, not really knowing what they had or what they were doing, and basing their trades on an item’s purely personal appeal. For quite a few years after the war these souvenirs were sought by a few “hardcore” collectors. They appreciated the historical significance and the artistic qualities of the relics. Yes, a “Nazi” officer’s full dress uniform can be a magnificent looking thing!

It was in the 1960’s that the hobby really “took off”. What contributed most to its gaining popularity was that it was during this time that reference material started becoming available. Before then there was very little information available to the collectors. Reference books meant that a piece could be identified as to exactly what it was. The “old German jacket” was now a Panzer captain’s parade tunic” and the “swastika pin” was now an N.S.D.A.P. membership pin in gold.

Now that collectors had some idea what they really had, they were able to start putting realistic values on their items. No longer would someone trade an Iron Cross 2nd Class (millions made) for a rare Army general’s dress dagger. The hobby was becoming organized.

By the 1960s there were quite a few “dealers” who bought and sold German militaria either on a part time or, in some cases, a full time basis. Interest was increasing as more and more people (mostly men) realized what a fascinating hobby it was. As interest grew, demand grew, and as demand grew, prices grew. There was a steady rise in prices for the next 30 years.

A complete history of the hobby is beyond the scope of this article, so I’ll skip forward. It’s now 2007 and the prices demanded for German militaria have exploded! I would estimate that in the last 5 years most German militaria has increased in value 500%, and in some cases even more. Still the collectors can’t seen to get enough and the prices keep going higher and higher with no end in sight. Some areas of the hobby have always been more popular than others. Among these are daggers, of which there are more varieties and variations than you can imagine, and the SS. I know; the evil SS! Let’s face it, the bad guys are always more interesting than the good guys. After all, which would you rather own, the outfit worn by Luke Skywalker or the one worn by Darth Vader?

So, what does this mean to you as a potential investor? It could mean big profits in the long run. A rare medal, dagger or uniform bought today for $5000 could be worth $25,000 in a few years. That is, or course, if things keep going the way they are. Unlike the stock market, German militaria “never” goes down in value. I base that on many years in the hobby and personal experience. At worst, the increase will slow down for a time, but prices always keep moving up.

I’m not suggesting that you run right out and buy some “Nazi stuff” at the local flea market. On the contrary, caution is needed in this, as in all investing. There are some pitfalls for the “newbie” in our hobby.

Unfortunately, as the values of the collectibles have risen, so have the number and quality of the fakes or reproduction items. Spending big bucks on one of these as an investment could prove to be disastrous. Be careful! Here are some suggestions for an investor with limited knowledge of our hobby.

1. Buy quality. Don’t buy pieces that are in poor condition. And don’t buy low grade pieces. It would be better to buy one really fine item than a bunch of junk.

2. Make your purchase through a reputable dealer. This will require some homework on your part, but it will pay off in the long run. The internet is full of dealers, some good and some not so good. Check them out before dealing with them. Another place to find dealers is at “militaria shows” and gun shows. There are also several internet auctions. Again, be careful who you deal with.

3. You might want to get an experienced collector to act as an advisor. Make sure it’s someone who does not have a financial interest in your possible purchase.

4. Be prepared to hold your investment for a while. Don’t expect to buy it one day and sell it the next for a profit.

I can’t guarantee you will make a killing by investing in Third Reich militaria… no one can. However, if you buy quality pieces at a fair price and hold them for a time, you should do very nicely!

This article was written to acquaint potential investors and collectors with the hobby of German militaria collecting . The author does no believe in, or support the ideals represented by these collectibles.

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Source by Bob Treend

His Most Famous Sculpture (Standing Youth) – Wilhelm Lehmbruck

Renowned ‘Naturalist’ and ‘Expressionist’ sculptor Wilhelm Lehmbruck ((1881-1919) was born in Meiderich, Germany. In 1895, his career graph started to rise, when he attended the Kunstgewerbeschule to gain training on sculpture in Düsseldorf, Germany, and had an opportunity to display his works at the Grand Palais, Paris. Significant changes in Lehmbruck’s sculpturing style appeared during his stay in Paris (1910-1914), when he met Modigliani, Brancusi, Matisse, and Archipenko. Their associations inspired Lehmbruck to focus towards ‘Expressionism.’ Many of Wilhelm’s works were displayed during his stay in Paris including, “Kneeling Women” and “Standing Women,” Salon des Independents (1911), the Sonderbund-Exhibition (1912), and his most famous sculpture “Standing Youth” (1913). Wilhelm’s sculpture works, including nude females, have been recognized for an elongation common to Gothic Architecture.

Lehmbruck’s most famous sculpture “Standing Youth,” measuring 7’8″ x 331/2″ x 263/4″ (233.7 cm x 85.1 cm x 68 cm) is one of the unique creations. The artist’s mature sculpturing technique was evident in his cast stone sculpture of “Standing Youth,” in which the statue’s gothicized, elongated bodies with their angular posturing, and the display of growing from the earth, hint towards the ‘Expression’ of ‘Modern Heroism’ in sculpturing. “Standing Youth” focuses on the human body and is a fusion of ‘Naturalism’ and ‘Expressionism.’ With this sculpture, Wilhelm has made a compassionate tribute to his friends, who lost their life in the war.

“Standing Youth” has been done in style of ‘Found Art,’ where a sculpture seeks out objects to reflect its creator’s artistic vision. Wilhelm’s sculptures were often carved from marble, but with his “extrasensory tectonics,” he attained the breakthrough to the comtemporary age in bronze, cast stone, and terracotta figures. Most of his sculptures express deep longing for love and humanity, transcendence, inner peace, and purity. No doubt, Lehmbruck’s magnetic sculptures have made a tremendous mark in the field of ‘Expressionist’ sculpturing, which can stand brightly through time immemorial.

The negativities of World War I, left Wilhelm Lehmbruck overwhelmed and he went into depression. He ultimately committed suicide on March 25, 1919, at the age of 38, in Berlin. Lehmbruck left behind his legacy of magnificent, distinct, and awarded works. Wilhelm’s sculptures are gracing various art galleries and museum across the world, such as the Tate Gallery (London), the National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), the Lehmbruck Museum (Duisburg), and the Städel Museum (Frankfurt), to name just some. “Standing Youth” is presently displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.

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Source by Annette Labedzki

Renaissance Science and Montessori’s New Guardian Angels

As new computer games emerge, more complex remote controls come onto the market. Our grandchildren seem better adapted to figuring out what buttons to push while grandparents appear to exhibit some culture shock confusion. A feeling of disquiet exists amongst the older generation that a button pushing frenzy of excitement appears associated with games of mass destruction. Various old guardian angels caring for the upbringing of children have fallen into disrepair and now seem well beyond their use by date, sounding warning bells that something has gone very wrong.

The upbringing of children was the speciality of the greatest scientist of 1907, Maria Montessori, as listed in TIME Magazine’s Century of Science. From her association with Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Teilhard de Chardin there emerged a preliminary blueprint for the construction of an incredible new guardian angel concept. Montessori’s Golden Gates to the future, for all the children of the world, was based upon an electromagnetic force interacting with the creative mechanisms within the child’s metabolism.

During the 1980s the Science-Art Research Centre in Australia published evidence proving that sea shells were singing a musical song of healthy evolutionary growth and development through 20 million years of space-time. This discovery was re-published as one of the great discoveries of the 20th Century by the World’s largest technological research institute, IEEE-SPIE Milestone series. Today we know that the same life energy optical physics forces are sung by the human sphenoid bone, which is in direct vibrational contact with the seashell like construction of the human cochlea. The methodology that led to this research discovery was suggested by China’s most highly awarded physicist, Kun Huang, who derived it from the spiritual optics belonging to the Classical Greek Music of the Spheres life science.

Chapter 9 from the book “Sentics: The Touch of Emotions” by Dr Manfred Clynes begins with a proposition. “How remarkable it would be if one could experience and express the spectrum of emotions embodied in music originating from oneself-without the crutch of a composer’s intercession, without being driven by the composer; and to do so moreover whenever we wish, not when circumstance may call them forth. This, indeed, has become possible through the development of sentic cycles”.

Texas University’s Dr Richard Merrick designed a computer game model that would creatively mirror-image the ethos of the popular World of War-craft game, with it’s millions of players and thousands of engineers. His book, Interference, contains details of the electromagnetic functioning of creative thought responding to the influence of the Music of the Spheres. It contains the elements of a visual play game where composing songs result in the creation of simulated living landscapes. Merrick writes. “As the most ironic outcome of the digital revolution yet, a mobile do-it-yourself music composition system may well be the black swan that brings the world back from the brink, back to the Pythagorean archetype of the music of the spheres”.

Plato’s spiritual engineering principles were based upon a infinite fractal logic. Buckminster Fuller’s life energy discovery was derived directly from Plato’s more profound engineering concepts and Fuller’s theories are now basic to a new Nobel Laureate grasp on a rigorous life science chemistry. From Buckmister Fuller’s Book, Utopia or Oblivion, the concept of a new Social Cradle emerges that can be considered as being fundamental to the nurturing of the ennobling play game concepts.

In order for the construction of the Social Cradle the general public needs to become free from what, centuries ago, was called the yoke of the Principle of Destruction. The older generations of modern civilisation, impeded by the dictatorship of thought imposed by that yoke, are unable to adequately express their very profound ethical gut felt wisdoms to their grandchildren. Einstein was certainly a great genius but his premier law of all science, which demands the total destruction of all life, does not apply to the functioning of life forces guiding evolution toward infinity. Unless the people realise that the Principle of Destruction must be balanced by the harmonic Principle of Creation then the computer games played by our children will bring about disaster. The old Guardian Angels obeyed the Principle of Destruction and we need to say goodbye to them.

Robert Pope.

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Source by Robert Pope

Framing Your Art – Essential But Needn’t Break the Bank

Framing is an essential part of the art purchase. For works on paper be they photographic prints, water colours, digital prints, etchings et al framing under glass protects your investment and increases its life.

It can also be a very expensive pastime. For my 2002 exhibition, framing ate up half the total costs for the exhibition which meant that the first third of my sales were for the framer and that was after getting a volume discount from the framer. My DIY skills weren’t up to the job of professional, customized framing.

Framing is a craft requiring accurate measuring and cutting skills of a variety of materials and specialized equipment and tools to do the job. I am an average DIYer with enough knowledge to know my limitations. I figured the wastage from mistakes and the purchase of the essential tools and materials would at least equal what the framer charged.

I have now become a little older and wiser and quite a bit cleverer. Instead of making frames to fit the art work I now make my art work to fit the frame. Producing my work on the computer this is a very easy process, a couple of mouse clicks and voila the print equals the available frame. Even for a more traditional artist it isn’t that much of a change of mind set to work at a size that will fit an available frame.

The good news is there is as many frame sizes out there as there works of art to go in them. Check out your local second hand or even better junk shop and there you will find a wide selection of pre-loved frames in all shapes and sizes. Yes, you most likely will have to remove the current resident, but that is not a big job. A craft cutter and a pair of pliers and your on your way. Obviously you will need to clean it up, but once done you will have a very acceptable home for your work for just a few bucks.

A friend of mine went this way for her last exhibition. Over the 6 months prior to her exhibition she haunted second hand stores collecting frames that appealed to her and suited her works. Some of which gave a new lease of life to with a coat of paint. Her exhibition was not only an artistic success but also a financial success with her framing costs coming in at just a couple of hundred dollars.

An alternative to the second hand shops is department stores and their stock of mass produced framed pictures or the DIY shops with their frame kits. These are available in a variety of finishes almost as wide as that available at your local framer. They are available in plastic, wood and metal and the majority of them include a mat and even a double mat. Obviously the mat opening size needs to be just little bit smaller than your art work.

These are not as cost effective as the second hand shops but require less work to be made ready for your art work and are still considerably a lot less than a custom made frame. The quality of the materials is on a par with that used in custom framing and as long as you use acid free tape to secure you work to the mat longevity shouldn’t be a problem.

If you are purchasing art via the net buying unframed works is the usual, mainly due to prohibitive shipping costs for framed works. The cost of shipping a work framed under glass will cost more than a custom frame job and depending upon your purchase it may be more than total cost of art work and framing.

I am yet to find a web site that doesn’t offer a range of print sizes many of which are very close to the available commercial frame sizes and some sites offer a custom print size service.

For the artist contemplating an exhibition, the savings of using recycled or kit frames can mean getting the work on the walls for the public to see without maxing out the credit card. For the casual purchase via the net, it can mean the difference between an open or a limited edition print.

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Source by Henry Bateman

Clyfford Still – The Innovator of American Abstract Expressionism & Color Field Painting

Clyfford Still was an American, ‘Abstract Expressionist’ artist, noteworthy for bringing ‘American Abstract Expressionism’ into the limelight, and putting the New York City to the fore of the art world, a recognition previously attached to Paris. Born on November 30, 1904 at Grandin, North Dakota, Clyfford spent his childhood in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from the Spokane University, Washington from 1931-1933 amidst the Great Depression. In 1935, Still did his Masters of Fine Arts from Washington State University, Washington, followed by his teaching stint there, from 1935 to 1941. During this period, his paintings mostly depicted people, machinery, and farm life.

Through 1938 to 42, this art form of Still graduated to ‘Abstract Painting’ with spontaneous ‘Surrealism’ as its cardinal point. In 1941, the artist shifted to the San Francisco Bay area and during 1946-50, he had a strong teaching stint at the California School of Fine Arts (now, San Francisco Art Institute). Meanwhile, Clyfford Still exhibited his work at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1943, where he met Mark Rothko for the first time. During this period, the artist ventured into ‘American Abstract Expressionism,’ which characterizes the use of bold brush strokes and attaches preference to texture over color. This style of painting emphasizes the cycles of life, vis-à-vis, birth, the hardships, and the death, described commonly as the “Human Condition.” Such depiction became increasingly relevant after World War II and was widely accepted & lauded by the critics. Clyfford spent quite a lot of late 1940s and the whole of 50s in the New York City.

Later, the artist adopted a new technique of painting known as the “Color Field Painting.” This style boldly portrays an irregular use of solid colors on the canvas. In effect, his paintings gave the impression of a multifaceted colored canvas. This attribute primarily, gave them a genuine, mysterious, and ingenious look. Despite, most of his contemporaries, like Mark Rothko, using thin color palette, Clyfford Still was gritty enough to use a thick spread of the colors. He was once quoted as saying, “I never wanted color to be color. I never wanted texture to be texture, or images to become shapes. I wanted them all to fuse together into a living spirit.”

In 1957, Clyfford Still created his masterpiece, “1957-D No 1,” which demonstrates juxtaposed colors with a defined black and yellow scheme, marked by the small patches of white and red. Different people interpreted the painting differently. The art critics’ endless search for a meaning in his paintings annoyed Clyfford Still, because he believed, each of his paintings was a personal experience and beyond interpretation. In 1961, the artist moved to Maryland with his second wife, Patricia. In 1964, Clyfford painted another untitled masterpiece, which extensively uses red color. The method used in this painting is called ‘Serigraphy,’ which involves the manual application of numerous colors on the canvas. His other prominent works include an untitled painting of “1953,” “1949 No. 1 (PH-385),” “PH 77,” and “1957 J No. 2 (PH 401).”

Even after his death on June 23, 1980 at Maryland, Clyfford Still’s paintings continue to gather high praises at art galleries, such as Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hirschhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. His paintings garnered one of the highest auction prices, to the tune of $21.296 million, in the year 2006. Clyfford Still is highly respected among art critics, art students, and historians because of his remarkable innovations in the ‘American Abstract Expressionism’ and the ‘Color Field Painting.’ His famous quote “A great free joy surges through me when I work . . . with tense slashes and a few thrusts the beautiful white fields receive their color and the work is finished in a few minutes,” describes Clyfford’s genuine fervor for art.

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Source by Annette Labedzki

Kojima Nobuo’s The American School – A Review

The short story, “The American School” by Kojima Nobuo gives a somewhat humorous outlook on the fictional (yet probable) account of several Japanese English teachers who have been forced to visit a newly founded American school in Japan soon after the end of World War II. The plot centers around four main characters- Isa is the protagonist who has been forced to teach English simply because he knows a few words and phrases but hates the language because he cannot pronounce it well. Shibamoto is head of the Japanese procession visiting the school (though we do not know much about him as the narrator rarely gives us his point of view). Yamada is an overachieving suck-up who speaks English well enough to carry on with the American troops and thus thinks himself better than Isa (placing him in the position of the antagonist), and Michiko is the only female in the group, who interestingly enough speaks English better than Yamada. As their procession moves along to the American school, the reader has the opportunity to see both Japanese and American cultural characteristics; by the interaction between United States troops driving by in their jeeps and the native people walking along, as well as the behavior of American children at the school.

One example of this would be how the Americans appear to be brash and impatient in contrast with the Japanese and their ways. For Instance, Yamada has an encounter with an American soldier in a jeep who, when he finds that Yamada’s leader is running late for his appointment with the U.S. officials, throws his hands in the air and drives off saying sarcastically, “I am truly very sorry to have kept you waiting”. This rushed, “must-be-on-time” attitude, verses the more easy-going nature of the Japanese seems to epitomize, if you will, a cultural difference between the west and the east.

Another instance showing differences in cultural characteristics occurs later. Isa and Michiko are inside the school waiting in line for a tour when Michiko sees two students holding hands in “mutual infatuation”. Michiko says, “Look at those two over there- how disgusting!” which shows that either Michiko has never seen two amorous individuals hold hands before, or that holding hands publicly was not something generally accepted in Japanese culture during that time. Kojima Nobuo generally hints at such cultural rifts and does not usually come outright with assertions to lampoon either culture. In this way, he shows tact in assuming that the reader is smart enough to make his or her own assumptions and judgments. When Michiko falls in her high heels and the Principle sees what has happened, we know that he is the epitome of a smug, arrogant American as he says, “Ah yes. The old kamikaze spirit.”

In conclusion, “The American School” is a short well-written, sometimes satirical story that helps one ponder a few of the many differences in cultural characteristics between Japan and the United States during the end of the Second World War.

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Source by Robby Hurd

Public Response and Critical Reception of Naruto

Naruto series became popular both in Japan and the United States. Overwhelming responses from the people and demand of it comic could be seen in terms of its sales. In Japan over 71 million copies were sold out of volume 36 and volume 43 sold 1.1 million copies during 2008 becoming the 9th best-selling comic from Japan. In the first half from 2009, it ranked as the 3rd best-seller manga from Japan, having sold 3.4 million copies. Volume 45 ranked 5th with 1.1 million copies sold, while volume 46 ranked 9th, having sold 864,708 copies and volume 44 at 40th place.

Ups and downs can be seen everywhere. This series too has received praise and criticism by several reviewers. A. E. Sparrow from IGN noted how some manga volumes focus only in certain characters to the point the number of fans increases. He was impressed the way Kishimoto manages to make remarkable combinations of fighting scenes, comedy and good artwork. The anime and manga magazine Neo feels that Naruto’s character as irksome but at the same time feel that the series has a sickening addictiveness to its level of characterization. Carl Kimlinger from Anime News Network (ANN) liked the designs of the characters very much. He also noted how even the “goofiest looking character” can act “damn cool” when he fights. He also praised the way battles takes place and how emotional it turns out to be at the end.

The fight scenes and the opponents in the series develop the interest among the readers and viewers. The artwork of Kishimoto was also commented by Lugo as it makes the story dramatic and exciting. The start of Part II has been praised in another review by Casey Brienza from ANN. She noted how well the characters were developed as they had new appearances and abilities.

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Source by Aleem Asghar

Demon King Daimao Review – A Good Harem Anime in 2010

Demon King Daimao or Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou (in Japanese) is a good harem anime. It is safe to say that the enjoyment of this anime can be inversely proportional to the amount of plot stuffed into a single episode. Simply, the more plot, the less fun. As a harem anime, it does not exist to focus on the brain. You ought to know that if you are going to watch this anime, then you are watching it for a great laugh and also a little smirk. You will like the battle scenes, and you’ll never learn the characters names since it refer to them by hair color.


This anime begins quite strong for me, it’s funny, it’s fairly paced, the characters are interesting, and even though there are hints of being slightly generic on occasion in the first few of episodes, I laid off them as everything else was good.

The intro begins at a train station, the main protagonist Sai Akuto gets on the train to his new school with expectations of becoming a priest, how completely wrong his dreams will grow to be though.


The art was a little to simple. It felt kind of like fluidity and motion were truly nice but left more to wish when someone was not kicking ass. If you were to compare this to varied other harem anime, it just does not appear to be much different visually. But that is okay. It has awesome battle scenes.


Aki Toyosaki does a very amazing job as Soga Keena, but if you do not like her then I suggest turning the volume off, she will get lots of screen time, and speaks a crap load. Aoi Yuuki had an excellent voice too. She voiced a monotone character, but did a cool job making it sound not as monotone. I truly had no affection toward the OP or even the ED. But they suited a harem anime perfectly, and perhaps you will like them because music can be a developed taste.


The main cast is a pallet of fun. Everyone has different hair color and unique dere so they are easy to differentiate. That is where the harem anime has the many trouble. A harem offers set archetypal characters and won’t create an original endearing woman. I am not stating that any woman in this anime is badly written. Each one is written with her personality in mind, but never strays from what the book states. Red is airhead, Blue is tsundere, Purple is masochist, and Green is emotionless. Every one of them can be summed up in one word.


Despite numerous things working against this anime, you will find a lot of moments where you will seriously just laugh. I enjoyed an excellent portion of this anime. The only issue I truly had was with the plot. But that is okay! I remembered that it was a harem anime and anyone who does not remember this main factor ought to try to understand that some brainless humor is great once in a while.

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Source by Takagi Wei

Take Care If Your Tattoo Machines Hit Too Hard

The strength of tattoo machines is very crucial to the process of tattooing. Many tattoo artists are paying highly attention to the working strength when they are choosing their new machines. The most important reason why working strength is so essential is that it has a close relation to the pain extent and skin damage from the customers and as well as the final artistic value which is presented by the tattoo patterns in the later.

We all know with our basic logical thinking that hard things could often easily break or make damage to the objects, which surely suits to the working theory of tattoo machines, too. Those with too hard working strength would cause more severe damage to the human skin, leading the result to the scales of fester of the skin. During the process, customers would feel much stronger pain than those working with soft strength. There is another account that the tattoo artist are highly caring, which is, if using hard strength tattoo machines to practice, the final tattoo pattern will be lighter than normal, due to the structure of hard strength machines keeping needles dip less ink than normal ones.

So when a experiences tattoo artist got his new tattoo machine, the first thing he would do is to check out its working strength, and make proper adjustment, which, often involve in such below steps: check out if the coils have worn down to the contact of the armature bar. Keep the armature bar away from the coils with a distance of about a papers width. Please note that the armature bar should be given a distance just as the gap between the contact screw and the spring.

Usually, coils inside the tattoo machines are made with different materials from different origins, which could also affect the working strength of the machines, because if a 10 wrap actually contains of 14 layers of wires, it would easily cause your tattoo machine hit hard and fast. The last thing which needs your attention is the capacitor, a factor influencing the speed and working strength, too.

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Source by Joshua Rowe

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