For South African artist Zanele Muholi, art works to rebel against society’s constraints while also recognizing and celebrating heritage. Born in one of the most populous cities in apartheid South Africa, Muholi had to work to make their voice heard, which they chose to express through the medium of art, particularly photography and video.

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It’s every boy and man’s dream to be around real-life toys. When I say toys, I mean high dollar, top of the line, luxury toys such as Ferraris, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Wally Yachts, and the list goes on.  For Benedict Redgrove it’s not a dream, but it’s his career. Redgrove is a renowned photographer that specializes in cars, aircraft, yachts and boats. “I’m a boy at heart. I think sometimes I have the coolest job in the world,” he said in an interview with treats! magazine, “I get to hang out of helicopters and shoot tanks driving along a beach, shoot boats whizzing through the sea, go in rare and expensive race and road cars.” What grown man wouldn’t want that job?

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When I first entered the massive lobby that held the Atlanta Tattoo Arts Convention, I wondered if I was hearing bees. The “zzz” of electric tattoo guns filled the air. As someone with no tattoos, I felt out of place at first as I wandered through the room, past table after table covered with thin black cloth and plastic scrapbooks filled with samples of artists’ work. There is no replacement for a tattoo - nothing else is both permanent and customizable. It’s art you commit to for the rest of your life...unless you get a cover-up, of course.

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Popular culture has always influenced artistic trends and styles. The genre of Pop art was conceived by forefather Andy Warhol and his infamous Campbell Soup cans that he depicted in the cans true form and simultaneously reimagined in varying neon shades. Critics of Warhol attacked his art as regurgitations of familiar imagery, lacking originality, character, or inspiration. Viewers despised Warhol’s artwork for precisely the same reason that people enjoy it in modern society today. He harnessed cultural iconography and warped it into something that pushes the viewer to challenge their preconceived notion of what a cultural symbol truly signifies.

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