Having your own workout space with home gym equipment has its advantages. It takes a lot of resolve to stick to a routine that might include dragging yourself out to the local rec center where you have to battle with senior citizens for a 15 minute slot on the rowing machine.

If you have the hardened determination to get your butt to the gym every other day without fail – or a swanky gym one floor down in your apartment, then this article isn’t for you. I don’t have either of those, and it’s for that reason that I’ve started a collection of gear for my own home gym. I find that I have less of an excuse for sitting on my butt when there’s a TV downstairs with the same channels on it.

Here are home gym equipment you may want to invest on. These equipment won’t cost you a huge sum of money. Plus, they are easy to use and won’t take up too much room in your home gym.

Chin up bar

Home gym equipment: Chin up bar

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This is probably one of the better purchases you can make. Don’t be discouraged if this home gym equipment is difficult to use at first, especially if you’re not too great at this kind of thing. Seriously. If you can do 3 sets of 12 on your first try, let me know and I’ll be very impressed.

Get one that’s a little more complex for additional exercise possibilities. Try to do 25 reps every morning and evening, and you’ll be suitably impressed with your investment.

Bosu Ball

Home gym equipment: Bosu Ball

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Flip it upside down and do push ups on it. Lay it flat for core exercises and squats. Or better yet, go for any of many, many different uses that I won’t get into right now.

The Bosu might be one of your later investments if you see yourself developing a need for it. Until then, maybe stick with the huge range of equipment-less core exercises that there are out there. Of course, you could always structure your entire workout around it.

Skipping Rope

Home gym equipment: Skipping Rope

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Skipping rope is one of the easiest ways to burn calories. In fact, you can burn at least 300 calories in half an hour of skipping. It helps if your roof isn’t too low. Otherwise, you may want to do it outside. It’s a great workout option during the winter months, when the weather is frightening and you can’t go out for a run or ride your bike. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than a treadmill.

TV

Home gym equipment: TV

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I said it earlier… it’s a lot easier to get yourself moving when there’s no reason to stay on the couch. It’s always best to have a separate room for your TV/workout room combo. But if you can’t, then store all of your equipment in an easy to reach location in your regular TV room. Let it call you when you’re feeling lazy.

Push up grips

Home gym equipment: Push up grips 

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This was one of my first purchases on the home gym front. Although you don’t need them to do push ups, they really get your whole arm involved in the process. It feels like you’re doing more than when you do traditional push ups. Plus,they’re a lot easier on the wrists.

Adjustable dumbbells

Adjustable dumbbells

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Pretty much indispensable, you can use these for the traditional curls and raises, or maximize your value and combine this piece with your others. You can also use them in tandem with your pull up bar, the bosu ball or the bench. That will allow you to get a full body workout on the cheap.

iFitness pro app

iFitness pro app

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What are you going to do with all these home gym equipment? Want to expand repertoire of exercises? This handy little app contains a massive, cross-searchable catalog of exercises, the muscles they target, and the equipment needed to do them. Want to target the chest from your pull up bars? The shoulders with your dumbbells? Enter in the info and get exercises tailored to your desire. It’s a must-have app, especially if you’re a beginner.

Workout Bench

Home gym equipment: Workout Bench

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One of the less common home gym equipment, a workout bench allows you to lie down or sit while doing exercises. It offers you more options when it comes to working with your dumbbells or while doing body weight exercises. I got my hands on one specifically so I’d be able to really work out my chest with elevated pushups and dumbbell chest presses.

Mirror

Mirror 

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Congrats dude! you’re well on your way to getting in shape for the summer. Be sure to remind yourself of your progress by stroking the ego and flexing ’em every so often in the mirror. It might feel a little vain, but feeling and looking healthier is a noble goal. And seeing the results for yourself can be a huge motivator. Oh, and I didn’t offer up any tips for designing your workout , but I will say this: make sure you’re putting in a well-rounded full body workout from home, or you could end up looking like Johnny Bravo. And stay safe!

 

 

There’s never been a better time to be a fan of the anime genre. Growing from a niche genre that had a single aisle in video stores and late-night TV slots in the 80s and 90s, today the latest anime can be live streamed directly from Japan to your laptop.

With this increase of accessibility, an increase of availability of titles and genres has come. There are only so many hours in the day, though, and with such an overflow of content to choose from what is an anime lover to do? Much as you’d love to watch every show, that would take up all your free time.

Comparison Table

Anime

Details

Dragon Ball

It is certainly one of the most influential and well-known anime shows of all time

Bleach

There’s a huge cast, and an easy, strong balance between dramatic and comedic elements

Trigun

Trigun is a space-western-steampunk-spaghetti show with both a religious and spiritual sensibility

Cowboy Bebop

It was based on the manga of the same name that consisted of two volumes

Persona 4 The Animation And Persona 4 The Golden Animation

Adaptations of the best-selling game by Atlus

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Is the second adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga

Neon Genesis Evangelion

An anime about human-controlled robots fighting monsters

1. Dragon Ball

If you are new to anime, or a geek who’s lived under a rock for the last twenty years, you’ve got to watch Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball. While Dragon Ball hasn’t always had the most consistent quality of content, it is certainly one of the most influential and well-known anime shows of all time.

For many anime fans outside of Japan, the Dragon Ball franchise was their first exposure to anime. Dragon Ball initially began as a serialized manga that was published from 1984 to 1995. In 1986 the manga was adapted into an anime television series.

Dragon Ball

This anime was broadcast from 1986 to 1996 and was split into two separate shows: Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. Later, in 1996, the much-derided sequel series by the name of Dragon Ball GT was released.

The over-arching story of Dragon Ball is inspired by Chinese folklore and depicts the adventures of a boy called Goku. The series follows him from his childhood through becoming an adult as he trains in martial arts and seeks the seven legendary artifacts called the Dragon Balls.

When the Dragon Balls are gathered together, they summon a legendary dragon capable of granting a wish. Much of the series is based around the attempts to gather the balls and protect the artifacts from being taken by an evil person. As the story progresses, Goku grows in maturity and power, and is able to defeat mighty enemies.

A common theme throughout the whole series is defeating the enemy and then befriending them and gaining new allies. You know, like two boys in high school having a knock-down drag-out, then becoming best friends. The original intended audience was boys aged 10 to 18, but the fandom has grown to include pretty much anyone of age, gender, or background.

2. Bleach

Bleach is an anime that ran from 2004 to 2012 is based on the manga of the same name that ran from 2001 to 2016. Since Bleach has run well over 300 episodes, it’s no surprise that there’s a huge cast, and an easy, strong balance between dramatic and comedic elements.

Bleach

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Along with Naruto and One Piece, Bleach has been one of the longest-running manga/anime series. The plot of Bleach follows the life of a Japanese high school student by the name of Ichigo Kurosaki who gains the power of a Shinigami – a being whose job is to guide spirits to the afterlife – from a female Shinigami by the name of Rukia Kuchiki.

Because of this accidental gifting of power, Rukia becomes a normal human and Ichigo takes up her job of directing good spirits to heaven and defending his hometown from evil spirits. As the story unfolds, many of Ichigo’s friends discover they have powers and use them to help him protect their home and unravel plots to destroy both human and the spirit world.

The one drawback of Bleach is that it’s currently incomplete. But while the final arc of the manga was never adapted into the anime, there is still a great run of 16 seasons to enjoy. It should be noted that the creator of Bleach, Tite Kubo, cites Dragon Ball as being one of his major influences when he started drawing the manga for Bleach.

3. Trigun

Trigun is a space-western-steampunk-spaghetti show with both a religious and spiritual sensibility. The 26-episode anime aired in 1998 and is a partial adaption of the two series of manga that ran from 1995 to 2007.

Around halfway through the anime, the story begins to diverge from the manga and follows a partial outline that the manga creator, Yasuhiro Nightow, created at the time.

Trigun

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The over-arching story is set on an alien planet in the far future where the survivors of a cataclysm of the earth have settled and developed a society like the American Old West. The most infamous outlaw on this planet is a man called Vash the Stampede, who has a 60-billion-dollar bounty on his head.

As the story unfolds, it’s revealed that despite being the most wanted man alive, Vash is an ardent pacifist with a love of doughnuts and a philosophy of preaching “Love and peace.”

Doing his best to avoid gunfights with the endless amount of bounty hunters after him, Vash and his friends gradually uncover the mysteries of the world on which they live and the spaceships that brought their ancestors there.

4. Cowboy Bebop

The best way to describe Cowboy Bebop is to think of a space western meets film noir with a jazz soundtrack created in heaven. Cowboy Bebop had a 26-episode run that lasted from 1998 to 1999. It was based on the manga of the same name that consisted of two volumes.

Upon its release, the series was both a critical and commercial smash hit in both Japan and throughout the world. The series won numerous awards and has been called a masterpiece, often considered to be the pinnacle of the anime genre.

Cowboy Bebop

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Because of the amazing storyline, incredible soundtrack, and wonderful characters, some critics have deemed Cowboy Bebop the best anime “gateway series” for introducing not-yet-fans to the anime genre as a whole.

The story of Cowboy Bebop takes place in 2071 and follows the lives of a bounty hunting group on their ship called Bebop. Earth has been abandoned and people have taken to colonizing the planets and moons in the solar system. As crime rises in the solar system, the police bring back the concept of wild west bounty hunters and call them “cowboys.”

The main characters are part of this group of bounty hunters, and the story follows their exploits throughout the solar system. Besides containing an obscene amount of musical references, the story is notable for being dark, and gritty, and for deep exploration into the concepts of existentialism and loneliness.

As noted above, Cowboy Bebop’s soundtrack is famous for its incredibly diverse and colorful sound. This is thanks to the composer, Yoko Kanno.

Yoko Kanno is an extremely versatile composer and musician who has put together the soundtracks for an extensive list of anime, video games, and films, and has composed pop music for various artists. Due to her unique ability to compose in practically any genre and her body of work, she is one of Japan’s most famous composers.

5. Persona 4 The Animation And Persona 4 The Golden Animation

Persona 4 the Animation and Persona 4 the Golden Animation are adaptations of the best-selling game by Atlus. Persona 4 the Animation was released as a 25-episode run in 2011, with a movie to wrap up the story in 2012. Persona 4 the Golden is a 12-episode series which presents a twist on various scenarios and introduces new characters into the Persona 4 story.

Persona 4 the Animation and Persona 4 the Golden Animation

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Persona 4’s story is about a teenager by the name of Yu Narukami who moves to the rural Japanese town of Inaba. Within days of arrival in the town, a serial murderer begins killing people. During their daily lives, Yu and his friends discover a mysterious world that exists behind televisions.

The teenagers discover a link between the murders and the TV world and take it upon themselves to investigate and try to find the culprit. As the investigation goes on, the teenagers confront their personality flaws and fears as they unlock the mysterious power of Persona.

It should be noted that the music was composed by the Persona video game composer Shoji Meguro. Like every other soundtrack Meguro has worked on, the music for Persona 4 is a genre-hopping joy to behold – and one of the absolute best anime soundtracks you’ll find anywhere.

If you enjoy collecting soundtracks, then this is one to keep an eye out for.

6. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the second adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga. The anime is a 64-episode series that ran from 2009 through 2010. It is an adaptation of the 27-volume manga that ran from 2001 through 2010.

The first anime adaptation was simply named Fullmetal Alchemist and was a very loose adaption of the original story. The second series was conceived with the intent of being a more faithful adaptation.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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The story of the anime is set in a world reminiscent of the European industrial revolution where the strongest power is the magic of alchemy. Two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, are orphans who are both prodigies at the art of alchemy.

After losing their mother to an illness the brothers travel the world to grow in power. Eventually they return home to try and bring her back to life. Due to a mistake in the alchemy, Alphonse loses his body and Edward suffers the loss of his left leg.

To keep his brother alive, Edward sacrifices his right arm to place Alphonse’s soul in a suit of armor.  Eventually, Edward acquires magic-powered prosthetics for his missing limbs and the two brothers set out on a quest to become state-sanctioned alchemists.

7. Neon Genesis Evangelion

To simply call Neon Genesis Evangelion an anime about human-controlled robots fighting monsters is akin to simply calling Apocalypse Now a popcorn summer blockbuster. From the outset, this 26-episode anime was intended to delve deep into both psychology and examinations of Abrahamic religions.

The story of Neon Genesis Evangelion takes place fifteen years after a global cataclysm. The main character is a teenage boy named Shinji who is recruited to pilot a giant cyborg called an Evangelion to help combat invasions from giant alien monsters called Angels.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

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The series examines the emotional states of the teenage pilots as they wage war and begin to uncover the hidden agendas of the government agency that trained them to fight.

Part of what propelled the series to its height of popularity is the controversy surrounding the original ending of the series. The trifecta of parents complaining of the series’ violence, budgetary constraints, and the series director’s battle with depression led to the creation of an extremely abstract ending that mostly consisted of still images, photographs, simple line drawings, and voice-overs.

In 1997, two animated feature-length films were released in order to restore the ending that was originally envisioned. The original run of Neon Genesis Evangelion was from 1995 to 1996 and was a critical and commercial smash.

At the time it aired, the anime industry was in a slump and Neon Genesis Evangelion has been credited with helping revive the industry. The series has had a significant cultural impact around the world, helping to spread Japanese otaku culture, and to also establish anime as a subject worth taking seriously.

Anime Worth Investing In

As you can see, there is a variety of different anime out there to watch. These seven are the best anime because of their story, themes, and great character development. You can’t go wrong with streaming these anime, or buying the DVDs from online retailers, stores like Best Buy, or selected bookstores.

If you’re finally ready to get that tattoo you’ve always wanted or just wanting to add to your collection, you’ve been thinking through your options and all the ideas that would best suit you.

If you love comic books, you might have been thinking about Batman tattoos lately. With all the awesome movies out in the past decade or so, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman tattoos have gained popularity in recent years.

If you’re interested in showing your dedication as a Batfan, you’ve got some amazing choices out there. 

Comparison Table

Tattoos

Details

Traumatic Tattoos

Occur naturally through events of a person’s life

Amateur Tattoos

A common example of these are prison tattoos

Cosmetic Tattoos

Cosmetic tattoos are things like permanent makeup

Medical Tattoos

Used to treat various illnesses

Professional Tattoos

Applied by professional tattoo artists, whether by hand or machine

Pictorial Tattoos

Pictorial tattoos depict specific people, events, or items

Symbolic Tattoos

Symbolic tattoos have very specific meaning to the person wearing the tattoo

Decorative Tattoos

Have no specific meaning or symbolism for the wearer

What Is A Tattoo?

Technically speaking, a tattoo is a form of body modification created by using needles inserted into dye, ink, or other permanent pigmentation.

For a long time, Western culture has seen tattoos as uncivilized and inappropriate for people of “standing,” partially because of the long history of using tattoos as a form marking slaves, criminals, those of unsavory occupations, and other negative connotations.

Tattoo

In the past century, however, this attitude towards tattoos has gradually disintegrated among most Westerners, though those still living from previous generations may still regard tattoos as a symbol of “wrong living” in some way.

Types Of Tattoos

There are five recognized types of tattoos.

Traumatic Tattoos

Traumatic tattoos are tattoos that occur naturally through events of a person’s life. Examples of a traumatic tattoo could include something like a coal miner developing a black mark from coal dust infiltrating an open wound. The wound eventually heals around the coal dust and the miner is left with a black mark.

Other injuries, like motorcycle accidents that leave permanent black markings from the asphalt, or injuries caused by pencil leads, are also considered traumatic tattoos.

Amateur Tattoos

Amateur tattoos are created by non-professionals. A common example of these are prison tattoos.

Cosmetic Tattoos

Cosmetic Tattoos

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Cosmetic tattoos are things like permanent makeup. You can get these tattoos at various boutiques around your area. Be sure to check out the better business bureau rating and Yelp reviews before entrusting your face into the hands of someone who’s going to permanently put on some eyebrows or eyeliner.

Medical Tattoos

Medical tattoos are actually used to treat various illnesses. For example, after someone has breast cancer treatment including a mastectomy, tattooing may be used to replace the areola which was removed during surgery.

Medical tattoos have also been used in times of war, to mark soldiers and others with their blood types, and other pertinent information that might affect their medical treatment if found unconscious.

Professional Tattoos

Professional tattoos are applied by professional tattoo artists, whether by hand or machine.

Styles Of Tattoos

Generally speaking, tattoos can be any of three styles of tattoo: decorative, pictorial, or symbolic.


Pictorial Tattoos

Pictorial Tattoos

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Pictorial tattoos depict specific people, events, or items. This would include things like a tattoo of Marilyn Monroe, Superman, the sword of William Wallace, the Justice League Watchtower, or the signing of the American Constitution.


Symbolic Tattoos

Symbolic tattoos have very specific meaning to the person wearing the tattoo.

Symbolic Tattoos

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This might include something like someone discovering his Jewish heritage and getting a tattoo of the Star of David to symbolize his acceptance and unity with his ancestors.


Decorative Tattoos

Decorative Tattoos

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Decorative tattoos have no specific meaning or symbolism for the wearer. That could be something like someone getting a rose tattoo, simply because they’re pretty, or wearing a tattoo of an eagle just because the image looked cool.

A Brief History Of Tattoos

Tattoos have been around since about 10,000 B.C.E. They’ve taken on many forms throughout history, and meant different things for different people over those years.

Throughout history, tattoos have been used to symbolize any of these things:

  • Criminal convictions – both to mark someone as a convicted criminal and as a “badge of honor” for some who have been convicted of various violent crimes
  • Slavery – tattoos were often given to slaves to prevent them from running away and claiming to be freemen
  • Religious markings – some ancient Egyptian and Syrian religions marked their dedicated worshippers
  • Military markings – some ancient armies marked their soldiers to indicate their loyalties
  • Cultural markings – some groups in India and Indonesia have had cultural tattoos as a part of their history since ancient times
  • Decorative purposes – some cultures, like early Japan, used tattoos to decorate their bodies
  • Social markings – some cultures also marked citizens of various classes with tattoos to indicate their social status
  • Occupational markings – some workers in specific occupations in Japan between 1603 and 1868 wore markings to indicate that they were firemen, prostitutes, and manual laborers
  • Nazi markings – many who were forced into camps during the Holocaust were marked with tattoos to identify people as occupants of concentration camps

Various other cultures and types of markings have existed over the years, including very specific, famous tattoos, such as the Tā moko markings of the Maori indigenous peoples of New Zealand, and the Marquesan tattoos from the Marquesas islands in the South Pacific.

A History Of Superheroes And DC Comics

The first superhero was created by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of the famous The Scarlett Letter, and The House of the Seven Gables. His superhero, the Grey Champion, came to light in 1835 when his adventures first appeared in the New England Magazine.

The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck

Two years later, The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck was published in France and is believed to be the first comic book in existence.

From there, comic books such as Fortunes of Ferdinand Flipper, The Adventures of Mr. Tom Plump, and Journey to the Gold Diggings came about, and crossed the decades leading into what most of us would consider the golden era of comic book history, starting in 1928 with Buck Rogers, reaching to post World War II with the various characters we all know and love.

Batman In DC Comics

The Batman comics first started hitting the newsstands and store shelves in 1939, when he made his first appearance in the Detective Comics #27. The first dedicated Batman comic appeared one year later.

The first Batman film to be released was in 1943, produced by Columbia Pictures. The film was simply titled Batman and starred Lewis Wilson.

Detective Comics

Since that time, Batman has appeared in something like 14 Batman films and DC Comics related films, including the Suicide Squad and the Justice League. There have been a large number of animated films and television shows about Batman since 1933, and a few live action television shows.

A large number of well-known actors have starred as Batman throughout the years, including Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Adam West, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, and Ben Affleck.

Most folks have a favorite actor as Batman, though the sidekicks, secondary characters, and villains have had at least much impact on the popularity of a given film or television show.

Batman Tattoo Ideas

Because of the vast number of images, stories, actor portrayals, rebirths, and retooling of the various Batman characters, there are probably literally millions of options for awesome Batman tattoos available.

Batman Tattoo

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You could search sites like Pinterest, and tattoo image sites, but it could take hundreds of hours to narrow down a list of ideas to the right one for you. To help you out, we’ve done a load of scouring, and come up with this list of the most awesome Batman tattoo ideas around.

Batman Characters

These major, secondary, and minor characters may help give you some ideas for finding and getting your ideal Batman tattoo(s).

  • Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • Alfred Pennyworth
  • Nightwing
  • Red Robin
  • Batgirl
  • Red Hood
  • Robin
  • Ace the Bat Hound
  • Batwoman
  • Catwoman
  • The Spoiler
  • Bluebird
  • Julia Pennyworth
  • Orphan
  • Black Bat
  • The Signal
  • Batwing
  • Azreal
  • Nightrunner
  • Squire/Knight
  • Dark Ranger
  • Talon
  • Misfit
  • The Huntress
  • The Joker
  • The Penguin
  • The Riddler
  • Bane
  • Catman
  • Onyx
  • Jason Blood
  • Rumor
  • Hush
  • Talia al Ghul
  • Julie Madison
  • Vicki Vale
  • Linda Page
  • Silver Saint-Cloud
  • Poison Ivy
  • Nocturna
  • Midnight
  • White Rabbit
  • The Phantasm
  • Cheetah
  • Freeze
  • Clock King
  • Harley Quinn
  • Two-Face

Collage Tattoos

Collage Tattoos

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Some ideas combining characters and themes from Batman include:

  • Collages of Batman, the Joker, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, or any others
  • Face-offs between Batman and any of his nemeses
  • Partnerships between Batman and other Justice League characters
  • Batman symbol on one foot, Superman on the other foot
  • A collage of Justice League characters, featuring Batman prominently
  • Collages of symbols for any of the characters from Batman
  • Collages of Batman villains

Villain Tattoos

Villain Tattoos

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What superhero is worth telling tales of without some awesome villains? Batman has some of the most interesting ones of all the comic book heroes. If you’re more feeling the dark side of Batman’s tales, you could try some villain themed Batman tattoos.

  • The Joker’s face
  • A full-figured Harley Quinn or Poison Ivy
  • The Riddler and his question mark
  • The Penguin with his umbrella
  • Heath Ledger as the Joker, holding a Joker card over one eye
  • Comic book cover images of any of the Batman villains
  • Harley Quinn loaded down with guns

Couple Tattoos

Whether you’re into Batman and Vicki Vale making it, or think the Joker and Harley Quinn have something special, you can always look into romantically themed tattoos.

Couple Tattoos

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Some clever images include everything from placing Harley Quinn on one arm and the Joker on the other, forming a bloody “hand heart” across your raised forearms, to classy images of Batman and Catwoman wrapped in an embrace.

Batman Symbolic Tattoos

A simple option is picking a symbol from any of the Batman comics or films.

  • Harley Quinn’s three-diamond pattern symbol
  • The Bat Signal with the Gotham skyline
  • The slightly on-the-nose Joker symbol from a deck of playing cards
  • The Riddler’s question mark
  • The Catwoman C with a cat eye
  • The jagged Penguin symbol
  • The Batman symbol, from any era – there’s about 18 options
Batman Symbolic Tattoos

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Artistic Tattoos

If you don’t want just any old tattoos, try looking for images in other artistic styles.

  • Anime style Batman, Harley Quinn, Joker, Penguin, or Cat Woman
  • Classic, vintage art style, based on the original comic books
  • Remodernistic artistic style pieces featuring a scene or character from any favorite Batman comic
  • Massurealism artistic style pieces featuring Batman and Robin
  • Toyistic, artistic-style art featuring your favorite era Batman
  • “Bleeding” images of the Joker, Batman, or any other favorite character
  • Splintering images of Batman or Catwoman
  • Digital art pieces converted to tattoos of Batman or the Joker
  • Classic caricature style images of any of the Batman characters

Many of these more artistic options won’t be super commonplace, but there are tons of ideas online. If you’re not sure where to look, try Deviant Art.

Batman Quotes

Whether you’re into Batman’s quotes, Alfred’s zingers, or any of the one-liners from the Joker or the Riddler, you’ve got a plethora of options here.

Batman Quotes

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If you’re not totally sure which quotes to consider, or can’t remember the precise wording, try a Google search for “the best Batman quotes,” or “the best Riddler quotes.” Something awesome will definitely come up for you.

Finding The Right Images

For your best bet finding the perfect Batman tattoo, you’re going to want to visit some sites like Deviant Art and Pinterest to find the most amazing images possible. Be sure to print out a full color copy of your desired tattoo, and take it into a trusted local tattoo artist to see if he or she is capable of pulling it off.

Check out a few different artists, and look at images of their previous work to know the quality they offer. And always be clear on whether or not you’ll take an interpretation of the image you offer or if you want a close copy.

For The Absolute Most Awesome Batman Tattoos

Whether you decide to do the Batman symbol, the Riddler’s question mark, a full-figured image of the sultry Poison Ivy, or a tattoo depicting the Justice League, you’ve got tons of options.

The most awesome Batman symbols, images, and caricatures can be found plastered across the web on sites like Deviant Art and anime sites. Check them out, find your image, and print out a high quality, full-color copy. Be sure to shop around for an artist before plunging in with that permanent dedication as a Batfan.

As we move into summertime, the latest haircuts designed for hot weather are needed. But staying stylish is important for all of us. Choosing the right style can be tricky, though, because something that looks good on Ryan Reynolds won’t necessarily look good on Colton Haynes.

Comparison Table

Hair Cut Terminology

Details

Buzzcut

Are always short, close to the head, and are perfect for those with thinning hairlines

Flattop

Usually has close-cut sides, and the top “deck” of the hair is standing upward

Pompadour

Originally favored by women in the early-to-mid 1700s

Quiff

A quiff combines the pompadour of the 1950s with a flattop

Fade


Fading short hair into the longer hair at the top

Undercut

Originally popular in the Edwardian era

Crewcut

Creates a short or “mini” pompadour in the front, and gradually shortens in length towards the back of the head

Hard Part

A hard part in a haircut is a shaved line which creates a permanent hair part

Combover

A vintage style haircut designed to have the hair intentionally, and skillfully, combed over to one side

Bob

This hairstyle means a haircut made at jaw level and usually accompanied with bangs or a fringe

How To Choose The Right Hairstyle

As you’re getting ready for a summer haircut, it’s important to take a few things into consideration. Several key factors will play into the decision-making process, so keep them in mind before you head to the barbershop.

Face Shape

Your face shape, or head shape in some cases, have a huge impact on how a hairstyle will suit your appearance.

Men's Face Shape

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  • Oval – The length of the face is greater than the width of the cheekbones. The forehead is larger than the jawline. The jaw is rounded rather than angular.
  • Square – A square face has similar measurements all around. The jawline is sharper than the round face jawline.
  • Triangle – The cheekbones measure larger than the forehead and the jawline measures larger than the cheekbones.
  • Heart – The forehead is the largest portion of the face, and the chin is pointed.
  • Rectangle – The length of the face is the longest measurement. The other measurements are similar in size: cheekbones, forehead, and jawline.
  • Diamond – The face length is the largest and the jawline is the smallest feature. The chin is pointed.
  • Round – The length of the face is as similar to that of the width of the cheekbones. The forehead and jawline have similar measurements to each other but are smaller than the face length or cheekbones. The jawline is soft and rounded.

How To Figure Out Your Face Shape

There are two basic ways to figure the shape of your face.

In The Mirror

For the easier, but less precise determination, use some glass chalk or a dry erase marker in the bathroom mirror.

Get your hair away from the edges of your face – if it’s long enough, toss it into a ponytail, or, if it’s too short for that, use some hair product to slick it back, or borrow some of your girlfriend’s bobby pins. We won’t tell.

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Once you’ve gotten your hair out of the way, take the marker or chalk and trace the outer edges of your face in the mirror. Whatever approximate shape you have on the mirror is your face shape.

Compare to the descriptions of shape faces above, if you’re not totally sure which shape is yours.

With A Measuring Tape

If you’ve got a measuring tape handy, you can get actual measurements and determine your face shape that way. It’s recommended that you measure in front of a mirror to visually be sure you’re hitting the widest points on each section that you’re measuring.

You’ll also need a flexible measuring tape, like a seamstress’ measuring tape, rather than a construction tape. Don’t forget a paper and pen to jot down measurements for reference.

Measure Your Cheeks

To measure your cheekbones, start and end at the pointiest parts of your cheeks at approximately the outer edge of your eye sockets. You’ll draw the measuring tape from one corner to the other, across the nose.

Measuring Your Forehead

Measuring from approximately one temple to the other, you’ll measure your forehead at its widest point. The widest point is typically just above the eyebrows or half-way between the eyebrows and the hairline.

Measure Face using Measuring Tape

Measuring Your Jawline

Instead of measuring around the edge of your jawline, you’ll measure from the corner of your jaw that starts below your ear. Measure along this line, away from the ear, towards the chin. Bring the tape to the tip of your chin on that side only.

Next, repeat this measurement on the other side of your face, from the corner of the jaw to the tip of your chin. Add the two figures together for your jawline measurement.

Measuring Your Face Length

Normal Hairline and Non-Prominent Nose

If you do not have a receding hairline and non-prominent nose, simply draw the measuring tape downward from your hairline to the tip of your chin. This is your face length.

Notes for Those with Receding Hairlines or Prominent Noses

For those with a receding hairline, estimate where your hairline would be and measure down to the tip of your chin from that point. For those with a prominent nose, don’t follow the contours of your face, but rather hold the measuring tape out slightly from your face and measure that way.

Determining Your Face Shape

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Once you’ve completed measuring or tracing your face on the mirror, you can look at the information above to determine which face shape you have. Keep this information handy for helping you decide which hairstyles may be the most flattering.

Personality

Of course, one of the key factors in choosing a hairstyle is your personal sense of style and personality. Someone highly disciplined, for example, is less likely to want a shaggy, unkempt sort of haircut like Jesse Spencer sported on House as Doctor Chase.

Before you start looking through specific style options, think about your personality, and interests, and look for images of actors and models that seem to reflect a similar personality to your own.

Lifestyle

Of course, even if you’re a chill dude who’d rather go long and curly, you may have some lifestyle restrictions that will determine the style of haircut you’ll need to get.

Think through your workplace and any appearance restrictions they may have. Also consider your prominent activities – are you excessively active, spend a lot of time in the water during the summer, play in a band, spend a lot of time outdoors, live in cold or hot weather climates, or a host of other factors.

Outdoorsy Types

If you’re outside a lot, you’ll want to go with a low-maintenance style that’s easy to wash and go, and not mess with things like pomades and blow-dryers. Shag cuts, buzzcuts, and tapers are perfect for anyone outdoors a lot.

Outdoorsy Types

Athletic Types

Generally speaking, athletes should also focus on low-maintenance haircuts for similar reasons as the outdoorsman. Specifically, buzzcuts are great for anybody who wears a helmet, since they won’t leave you with helmet head.

Creative Types

If you’re an artist of some kind, you have the freedom to go as extreme as you like, generally speaking, unless you work in an uptight office environment. If you’ve got the freedom to go wild, why not do so? Let your personality shine through any style that gets your imagination going.

Business Types

Professional fields are starting to open up to more interesting hairstyles for men and women, but they’re unfortunately still pretty limited in most office environments. Because of that, you should look more for neutral hairstyles, whether that’s a buzzcut, taper, crewcut, or slicked back side part.

World Traveler Types

If you travel a lot, whether for business or pleasure, you’ll want something that’s going to look great without a lot of hassle. Nobody wants to travel with tons of product.

World Traveler

Shoot for something like a medium layer cut off the ear. This is a slick look without a ton of maintenance, that you can fix quickly after a flight, even before you leave the airport bathroom.

Hair Types

The final, and possibly most important factor in choosing a haircut, is your hair type.

There are a ton of hair types, but we’re talking specifically about curly, wavy, or straight hair. You can go more in-depth to determine all of your type needs, too, though, and that may help determine the types of products you should or should not use.

Figure out your hair type, then hit those style books.

  • Straight hair – This hair type has absolutely no curl or wave.
  • Wavy hair – This hair type has just a hint of curves and curls, without distinct curls.
  • Curly hair – This hair type has quite a bit of curl to it and can keep a curl without any type of styling.
  • Coily hair – This hair type has tight kinks or curls that spring back to the curl when stretched out and released.

Hair Cut Terminology

Buzzcut

British actor Tom Hardy with a buzz cut at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

Buzzcuts are usually created using electric clippers. Buzz cuts are always short, close to the head, and are perfect for those with thinning or receding hairlines, or people who want a super low-maintenance hairstyle.


Flattop

Flattop

A flattop haircut usually has close-cut sides, and the top “deck” of the hair is standing upward and cut to appear flat across the top of the head.


Pompadour

Pompadour

The pompadour was actually originally favored by women in the early-to-mid 1700s. However, the style modified and shrank a bit, and became popular in the 1950s and 1960s for men. Some famous men with pompadours include Elvis Presley, James Dean, Desi Arnaz, and Marlin Brando.


Quiff

Quiff

A quiff combines the pompadour of the 1950s with a flattop, and sometimes a mohawk for a close-cut side, full volume top kind of look.


Fade

Fade

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A fade involves fading short hair into the longer hair at the top. It could be faded up from a completely shaved base, or just nearly shaved.


Undercut

An undercut hairstyle means that the top of the head has longer hair than the sides of the head – which is buzzed very short – with a part on the top at one side or the center.

Undercut

This hairstyle was originally popular in the Edwardian era but has been seeing a comeback in recent years among musicians. Since that popularity has brought it back, others have tended towards this cut that can be styled with a full look on top or slicked back.


Crewcut

Crewcut

A crewcut creates a short or “mini” pompadour in the front, and gradually shortens in length towards the back of the head. Overall, this is a short cut that can be adjusted in height to match and compliment the contours of the wearer’s face shape.


Hard Part

Hard Part

A hard part in a haircut is a shaved line which creates a permanent hair part.


Combover

Combover

A combover in this context is not that hideous option that balding men have chosen to do to attempt to hide their baldness. A combover is actually a vintage style haircut designed to have the hair intentionally, and skillfully, combed over to one side.


Bob

bob hairstyle

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The bob hairstyle isn’t just for women. This hairstyle means a haircut made at jaw level and usually accompanied with bangs or a fringe. This especially looks awesome on guys with curly, coily, or wavy hair.

The Hottest Men’s Hairstyles For Summer 2019

Whether you’ve got curly locks, kinky ‘fro worthy hair, or pin straight hair, these various styles will suit you. We’ve broken them down by hair type for you to help you make that tough decision.

Best Men’s Hairstyles For Curly Hair

  • Temple Fade
  • Buzzcut with High Fade
  • Crew Cut
  • High Razor Fade with Curly Hair
  • Layered braids
  • Man Bun

Best Men’s Hairstyles For Wavy Hair

  • Messy Quiff with High Fade and Beard
  • Tapered Undercut with Added Height
  • Low Fade with Wavy Height
  • High Fade with Quiff
  • Crewcut with High Swept Fringe and Fade
  • High Taper Fade with Textured Brushed Up Hair
  • Messy Quiff with High Fade
  • Slicked Back Undercut
  • Man Bun

Best Men’s Hairstyles For Straight Hair

  • High Fade with Textured Spiky Hair
  • High Fade with Line Up and Long Spiky Hair
  • Messy Spiked Hair with Short Tapered Sides
  • Low Fade with Hard Part Comb Over
  • High Fade with Quiff
  • High Skin Fade with Hard Part and Slick Back
  • Slicked Back Undercut with Beard
  • Short Sides with Comb Over Pompadour
  • Disconnected Pompadour
  • Man Bun

Finding Your Best Look

These men’s hairstyles for 2019 summertime are sure to offer you options perfect for your sense of self. Be sure to find your face shape, choose a style that suits your personality and lifestyle, and study some images of other guys that look a little like you. You won’t regret doing some research on such a critical part of your looks.

Fall and winter call for sterner footwear. As the temperature starts to drop, you need shoes that will help keep your feet warm on a cold weather walk. It’s time to trade in those oxfords with a pair of men’s winter boots. Those shoes are not going to cut it in this chilly weather.

Having the right boots can make all the difference in keeping your feet warm in freezing temperatures. We ransacked the internet to find the best men’s winter boots.

Whether you need sturdy footwear for your day-to-day errands or something that will look nice with your suit, these boots have got you covered. These boots are sure to keep your feet dry, warm, through the winter weather. Hopefully, you can find a good pair of winter boots to spend your hard earned money on.

UGG Hannen TI Men’s Winter Boots

 UGG Hannen TI Men’s Winter Boots

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Price: $230

The boots are stylish, comfortable, durable, and waterproof. The seam-sealed construction is an integral part of waterproofing of the boots. Wool lining keeps your feet warm when you’re out and about in the winter weather. The Treadlite Outsole provides optimal traction on all surfaces.

With this men’s winter boots, you can slog your way through slush and puddles of ice or blast your way through snow.

Cole Haan – Warren Waterproof Chelsea Boots

Cole Haan - Warren Waterproof Chelsea Boots 

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Price: $250

Great winter style boils down to a great pair of shoes. Just because it’s cold outside, it doesn’t mean you should wear clunky winter boots all the time. You need boots that don’t just hold up to the elements, but work seamlessly with a dressier wardrobe as well.

These Cole Haan boots are polished and put-together enough for any suited look. Feel free to wear them with jeans on the weekend.

Dr. Marten’s Vegan 2976 Chelsea Boots

Dr. Marten’s Vegan 2976 Chelsea Boots 

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Price: $190

Dr. Marten’s are one of the most classic boot brands out there. They’re durable, stylish, and comfortable. Often, people would conjure up images of big, lace up boots when we talk about Docs. But Dr. Martens have a dressier side.

2976 is a slick, fashion-forward boot that works with everything. Designed in the early ‘70s, this is a style that has stood the test of time. The patented AirWair rubber soles provide comfortable, non-slip traction. The elasticized ankle makes it easier to put on. They may not be cheap, but these boots are built to last.

Palladium Baggy Army Training Camp Boots

Palladium Baggy Army Training Camp Boots 

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Price: $80

If you need a pair of boots that is hearty, yet provides a lot of mobility, look no further than the Baggy.

Perfectly rugged-looking, the boots have a distinctive military-inspired look, which adds a contemporary spin on this versatile style. They can be worn as boots or sneakers. Wear the flap all the way down, halfway or down as desired. Overall, the Baggy is a sturdy pair of laidback boots that is perfect for when you want to take it easy.

Tecovas The Johnny Cowboy Boots

Tecovas The Johnny Cowboy Boots 

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Price: $235

Cowboy boots are attention-grabbing. They can add some flair to your wardrobe.

The Johnny is an elegant and timeless boot that features Tecova’s signature toe stitching, angled heel, and beautiful roughout leather. These suede boots are 100% handcrafted; they are bound to become your favorite.

Don’t worry about the weather. The boots are waterproof so you can take them anywhere.

Timberland 6-Inch Premium Waterproof Boots

Timberland 6-Inch Premium Waterproof Boots 

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Price: $190

Timberland is synonymous with durability and good build quality. These men’s winter boots mean serious business. They won’t crack, breakdown or stain under the season’s harsh conditions. Come to think of it. What would winter be without a fresh pair of Timbs?

Ever Boots Ultra Dry Insulated Waterproof Work Boots

Ever Boots Ultra Dry Insulated Waterproof Work Boots 

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Price: $65

Our toes are the hardest part of our body to keep warm. With temperatures well below zero, winter brings new challenges to those who work outdoors. Work boots like the Ever Boots ensure the winter weather won’t slow you down.

The boots are made with high-quality materials and are designed to keep your feet protected from the elements. Durable polyutherane midsoles keep your feet comfortable all day long. Water-proof leather will keep your feet dry and insulated, but not so heavily insulated to make your feet sweat. Plus, they are also one of the most durable and affordable work boots out there.

The cold weather is officially upon us. As temperatures start to go down, most people would bury themselves in bulky coats, gigantic ski-gloves, and frumpy scarves. They’ll do anything to keep themselves warm, style be damned. You need to remember that your clothes are a visual extension of your personality. To help you dress sharp for fall and winter, we riffled through the biggest men’s fashion trends for fall/winter 2018 you need to know about.

Here are some of the men’s fashion trends to take straight from the runway to your closet. Let’s bring these men’s fall fashion trends 2018 to life.

Layering

Men's fashion trends: Layering

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Winter weather can be unpredictable. One day it’s as cold as hell, the next balmy. Since it’s hard to tell what the weather will bring, you need to dress smart to stay warm throughout the season. Layering is key to protecting yourself from the outside elements. But there are some pretty adventurous layering ideas going on in the upper echelons of the fashion industry right now.

2018 menswear sent a clear message this year: more is more. In fact, the models were wearing so many garments, they appeared five times bigger than usual.

The trend may be difficult to emulate. But if you’d like to wear the layered trend, grab a trench coat in a neutral tone and mix it with other items already in your closet. This will give you quick and dirty layered look. Hugo Boss topped suits and tailored blazers with their traditional gray oversized trench.

80s men’s fashion trends are back in style

80s men’s fashion trends are back in style 

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Men’s fashion trends come and go. This season, the 1980s fashion is back in a big way. In fact, power suiting, wild animal prints, sequins galore, and even shoulder pads were all over the Fall 2018 runways.

Love it or hate it, there is no doubt that 80s fashion is coming on strong. Whether you opt for power suiting and oversized shoulders from Givenchy and Versace or oversized outerwear from Marc Jacobs,

big and bold is the name of the game this season.

Brown is the new black

Brown is the new black 

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Brown has been shunned by the masses for years. Most people think of it as drab and ugly. But things are taking an interesting turn as more and more people are starting to embrace this under-appreciated hue. In fact, brown is the new black for men’s autumn fashion 2018.

The beauty of the chocolate takeover is that brown brown looks good on everyone. From chocolate, to beige, taupe, walnut, and tan, there is something to suit all taste. The key is to find the right shade for you.

Get on board with this season’s hot chocolate trend. You’d be surprised what this low-key earth tone can do for your style.

Winter brights

Men's fashion trends: Winter brights 

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Neon is a trend no one can ignore this season. Designers like Armani, Louis Vuitton, Jeremy Scott, and Brandon Maxwell lit up the runways as they showcased a colorful selection of ultra bright pieces. Their collection made a very strong case for ditching neutral palette in favor of some vivid hues. Now, neon is one of the biggest men’s fashion trends for fall and winter.

Winter is often full of dreary shades of brown, black, and gray . Winter fashion will no longer be dull and boring this season with the introduction of bold and bright colors into everyday outfit. It is best worn as a standout pop of color against a beige, gray, navy or black outfit.

Add a pop of neon detailing to shift the entire feel of an outfit. Choose one clothing item and let it shout. Don’t overdo it. One is enough.

Leather is in

Men's fashion trends: Leather

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Patent leather is one of the biggest men’s fashion trends this fall 2018. In fact, it is the most dominant of all fabrics this season.

Leather comes in so many shapes, silhouettes, and looks. It can be boots, jacket, pants, vest, or any other accessory. Big designer brands such as Givenchy, Hermes, and Valentino featured the material in different colors and silhouettes.

Leather jackets are a great way to toughen up your look. Pair it with a black shirt. This works well for an evening or going out look. If you’re quite fancy and you want to smarten up your look, try mixing your leather jacket with tailored trousers.

Shearling

Shearling 

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Shearling jackets are crafted from the actual skin of a sheep or lamb. It is the perfect way to embrace the colder months in comfort. But if cost and ecology plays a part in your decision making, faux shearling is a great alternative. They look as good as the real thing, and save you money in the process.

Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, and Gucci all featured luxurious faux options. They pledged not to use real fur and lived up to their promise.

For a versatile, off-duty look, consider a shearling curduroy jacket. The darker color of the exterior comands less attention, but still retains that classic style. You may also wear it with a classic pair of denim jeans, alongside a crewneck shirt.

Logomania

Men's fashion trends: Logo Mania 

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We’ve received a memo that logomania has returned. This time, it’s bolder than ever. It’s the perfect way for referencing the season without the need to deveop new lines.

Following the success of Gucci side-striped tracksuits, big fashion houses are assuming the style heritage they rejected for so long. This time, the runways were packed with slogans and brands positioned vertically on jackets or running down the side of pants.

You may be familiar with Minecraft as the popular sandbox/survival video game played by both kids and adults, but did you know that it can also be used to create stunning and outlandish pieces of pixel art?

20 Craziest Minecraft Pixel Art Pieces


A quick Google search will pull of hundreds and hundreds of crazy Minecraft pixel art pieces, but for the sake of conciseness, we will just focus on 20 of the craziest and most impressive pieces out there.

1. BlizzCon 2010 Wallpaper Recreation


Back in 2015, the self-described “Pixel Art King” Thorlar Thorlarian broke a world record at the time when he used a whopping 1.1 million blocks to recreate a dazzling wallpaper design from BlizzCon, which is an annual convention held by video game company Blizzard.

It took him 23 weeks to complete the project, and even more impressively, he did the entire piece by hand. He livestreamed the unveiling of the piece to thousands and thousands of Twitch users and ended up raking in about $3,500 for charity.

How’s that for a crazy piece of Minecraft pixel art?

2. The Mona Lisa


If you want to check out the actual Mona Lisa painting, you need to make the trip over to France and then go to the Louvre, where you’ll probably have to wait in a long line. Honestly, who really wants to deal with all that hassle? Save money on plane tickets and enjoy the Mona Lisa from the comfort of your home with this Minecraft pixel art recreation.


Ok, maybe it’s not as good as the real thing, but it’s still pretty impressive, right?

3. The Instagram Logo


These days, the Instagram logo is probably one of the most recognizable logos out there. And while it may not look like it’s that difficult to recreate, this Minecraft pixel artist did a pretty stellar job adding shadow and detail to the logo to make it look larger than life. It looks more like a massive monument than just a mere logo, doesn’t it?

4. King’s Landing From “Game Of Thrones”


If you’ve ever seen Game of Thrones (and honestly, who hasn’t by this point?), then you know that King’s Landing is a vast and intricate kingdom that most Minecraft pixel artists would probably not even bother attempting to undertake. One artist not only attempted a pixelated rendering of King’s Landing, but pulled off a breathtaking creation that you wouldn’t believe.


On top of recreating King’s Landing, this artist has a host of Game of Thrones-inspired pixel art that you absolutely need to check out.

5. The Battlestar Galactica


What Game of Thrones is to fantasy fans, Battlestar Galactica is to science fiction fans, and one look at this recreation of the eponymous Battlestar Galactica spaceship will have even the most casual fan of the show completely awestruck.


This intricate art piece required more than five million blocks. This thing is pretty close to the real deal with working lifts, control rooms, a hanger deck, and other interior spaces. It’s really a Minecraft marvel.

6. The House from Pixar’s “Up”


If you’ve ever seen the Pixar movie Up (and if you’ve never seen it, we highly recommended it. Just be sure you’re stocked up on tissues.), then you’re familiar with the focal point of the film: the balloon house

One Minecraft artist’s tribute to the house is nothing short of extraordinary. Not only is the outside of the house a perfect recreation, but you can actually check out the interior of the house as well, where the attention to detail is equally as impressive. Pixar needs to hire this artist, pronto!

7. The Minecraft Box


Sure, this is pretty meta, but you know that someone was bound to do it.

8. Plane Crash


Reminiscent of a scene from the hit show Lost, this Minecraft pixel artist’s rendering of a plane crash may not present the most uplifting scene, but if we’re talking straight-up artistic value, it’s actually quite well done.

9. The Tower of Babel


If you’re acquainted at all with biblical history, you probably know that the story of the Tower of Babel tackles the origin myth of how humans came to speak different languages. Of course, at the center of that myth is the tower itself, and this artist’s rendering of the tower is pretty close to biblical proportions.


According to the blueprint provided by the artist, the rendering includes more than 7 million blocks, 100 floors, and 90,000 lights. Just a quick look through the interior will show the great attention to detail. This is one seriously impressive piece.

10. Marine Traffic World

While most Minecraft artistic renderings tend to be based on some other existing work, one Minecraft artist tried his hand at something completely original, which he referred to as Marine Traffic World.

According to the artist, it took months and months for him to develop his ocean world filled with a whole host of ships. If you take a quick scroll through this massive project page, you’ll see that the artist made two container ships, a survey ship, a lighthouse, a research vessel, a helicopter, an oil terminal, a fishing port, a yacht, and several ferries.

Marine Traffic World, indeed!

11. “Sonic the Hedgehog” Mini Game


Both a work of art and a playable game, this Sonic the Hedgehog-inspired game really is quite incredible. If you’ve ever played Sonic the Hedgehog, you know that this artist actually did a pretty stellar job capturing its essence, as the mini game contains power-ups, checkpoints, and spring-loaded pressure plates.

12. Pixel Eye


Who knew that something as simple as an eye could look so dazzling as a Minecraft pixel art piece? Sure, the artist didn’t create an entire world or a towering structure, but the precision and striking color balance of the image is extremely impressive nonetheless.

13. Pope Francis


We guess they call him the “cool pope” for a reason, because Pope Francis has his very own Minecraft pixel art portrait.

14. The Space Shuttle


Houston, we have an art piece. There’s absolutely no problem with this amazing recreation of the Space Shuttle, as this artist’s use of layers and impressive shadowing work really makes this pixelated piece pop.

This is just one of dozens and dozens of renderings of the Space Shuttle, each one offering a slightly different and unique take on space exploration. For a bonus art piece, take a look at this Minecraft artist’s crack at the Space Shuttle. Just check out that magnificent sunset that the artist included. Isn’t that something?

15. Working Computer With RAM


So, this may be hard to wrap your head around (it’s a little hard for us to grasp, if we’re being honest), but one Minecraft artist was somehow able to find a way to build an actual functioning computer in Minecraft.


Basically, the half artist, half computer scientist used something known as redstone circuitry to make a computer that performs division, displays hexadecimal notation, and loads 16 lines of code into RAM. Speaking of the Space Shuttle, someone needs to get this person a job at NASA!

16. War Machine And Megazord


If you know anything about comic books or Power Rangers, you’ll recognize War Machine as one of the buddies of Marvel’s Iron Man and Megazord as the battle robot that all five Power Rangers combine to form.


Well, one artist decided to do a crossover of sorts when he recreated both characters for this Minecraft art project. We never thought about it until now, but having these two team up wouldn’t make for a half-bad comic book. You’re welcome, Marvel.

17. Minas Tirith From “The Lord Of The Rings”


We’ve already included Games of Thrones and Battlestar Galactica, so why not throw in The Lord of the Rings for good measure? The location of the epic battle from Return of the King, Minas Tirith is recreated in all its splendor thanks to one artist’s painstaking attention to detail.

18. Minecraft Interstate


Now, this is a regular marvel of Minecraft engineering. It took the artist two months to render this interstate, which takes you on an eight-mile, 30-minute mine cart ride in-game. When it was first created back in 2010, it even managed to impress Minecraft creator Markus Persson. That’s how you know you’ve made it as a Minecraft artist.

19. “My Little Pony” Characters


Say what you will about My Little Pony, but one artist’s two-dimensional creations inspired by the kid’s cartoon are still exceedingly remarkable. It took between 10,000 and 50,000 blocks for the artist to create each character, resulting in a collection that is pretty impressive, to say the least.

20. Mousecraft


It’s a one-bedroom apartment from a mouse’s point of view. Need we say more?

Comparison Table

Minecraft Pixel Art

Details

BlizzCon

Used a whopping 1.1 million blocks to recreate a dazzling wallpaper design

The Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa Minecraft pixel art recreation

The Instagram Logo

Most recognizable logos out there

King’s Landing from “Game of Thrones”

Has a vast and intricate kingdom

The Battlestar Galactica

This intricate art piece required more than five million blocks

The House from Pixar’s “Up”

Attention to detail is equally as impressive

The Minecraft Box

Pretty meta, but you know that someone was bound to do it

Plane Crash

Straight-up artistic value

The Tower of Babel

Rendering includes more than 7 million blocks, 100 floors, and 90,000 lights

Marine Traffic World

Ocean world filled with a whole host of ships

“Sonic the Hedgehog” Mini Game

Contains power-ups, checkpoints, and spring-loaded pressure plates

Pixel Eye

Striking color balance of the image is extremely impressive nonetheless

Pope Francis

Has his very own Minecraft pixel art portrait

The Space Shuttle

Use of layers and impressive shadowing work

Working Computer with RAM

Displays hexadecimal notation, and loads 16 lines of code into RAM

War Machine and Megazord

Artist decided to do a crossover of sorts when he recreated both characters for this Minecraft art project

Minas Tirith from “The Lord of the Rings”

Location of the epic battle from Return of the King, Minas Tirith

Minecraft Interstate

Regular marvel of Minecraft engineering

“My Little Pony” Characters

Inspired by the kid’s cartoon are still exceedingly remarkable

Mousecraft

One-bedroom apartment from a mouse’s point of view

Appreciating Minecraft Pixel Art

Minecraft pixel art is not your most traditional art form, but as you can see, it does require some painstaking attention to detail, and the finished products tend to be nothing short of extraordinary. From massively expansive worlds to awe-inspiring structures to simple-yet-detailed portraits, the sky’s the limit when it comes to Minecraft’s pixelated potential.

If you ever feel inspired to take a crack at some Minecraft art yourself, then there are a number of different how-to guides online that can give you step-by-step instructions on how to make some eye-popping Minecraft images.

But, if you’re just interested in simply appreciating the art form, there are plenty and plenty of examples out there for your viewing pleasure. We highly recommended checking out as many pieces as you can because they’re absolutely wonderful to look at.

If you’re looking to change up your look a little bit, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a new wardrobe or fancy accessories. Sometimes, something as simple as a new facial hair style can take you leaps and bounds when it comes to looking and feeling your best.

But with so many different facial hair styles out there, which one should you go with?

10 Best Facial Hair Styles


While there are a number of different facial hair styles you can rock at any given time, here are 10 that may be the best for you.

1. The Few-Day Stubble Beard


This is one of the easiest styles to pull off in that it’s pretty simple to grow and maintain, and it’s perfect for all face shapes. To achieve this look from a clean-shaven face, all you have to do is go about a maximum of three days without shaving (depending on how quickly your beard grows), and then use a trimmer to maintain.

When rocking this look, you will want to make sure that your neck is cleaned up (trimming or taking a razor to any hair that grows below the Adam’s apple is a good rule of thumb) and that any hair that grows just above your cheekbone is shaved or trimmed.


Depending on how scruffy you want your stubble beard to look, you can either use a two-millimeter (short stubble), a four-millimeter (medium stubble), or six-millimeter attachment trimmer comb. If you want that shorter stubble look, you should trim about every two days, whereas a medium stubble look necessitates a trim about every week or so.

For that longer stubble look, you can go as long as two weeks before trimming, but make sure you’re getting rid of any longer hairs that pop up in the meantime.

2. The Balbo


Perfect for guys with more narrow chins, the Balbo is a beard without sideburns and that has a trimmed, floating mustache. Robert Downey Jr. has been known to rock this style from time to time, so it’s definitely fairly popular.


If you want to pull off this look, you will need to grow a full beard first. Wait at least about four weeks until you begin the beard sculpting process. Once you have enough beard to work with, you will need to utilize some quality razors, both of the electric and straight razor variety.

To get that perfect Balbo look, you need a steady and precise hand, so if this is something you’re willing to undertake yourself, be patient.

3. The Van Dyke


Perfect for guys with narrow chins, this facial hair style was popularized by 17th century Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyke and is a mixture of a goatee and a mustache. Achieving this beard type requires delicate care and precision.


First, wait until your beard gets a decent amount of stubble. Then, using a good razor, shave all of the hair off your cheeks, neck, and sideburns. Leaving the mustache completely unaffected, form you beard in the chin region by making what can best be described as an inverted T.

Next, allow the beard on your chin to grow until it reaches about two inches. Finally, be sure to trim every once and a while to get that ideal V shape.

4. The Imperial


Popularized during the 2nd Empire, the Imperial is a mustache style that is perfect for oblong or rectangular faces. While it is normally worn as a standalone mustache, it can also be incorporated with chin beards or sideburns. Just make sure that, if you do decide to have some accompanying facial hair, the mustache remains the focal point.

To achieve this look, go as long as you can without shaving, so that you have thick enough whiskers that can be properly shaped. Many growers of the Imperial wait as long as three months to get that perfect look.

You want to make sure that the hair near your mustache is shaved, but don’t trim the mustache itself. An untrimmed mustache is absolutely crucial to maintaining that natural look.

Finally, and this is the main feature of the Imperial, you will want to use either mustache wax or beard oil to curl the ends of the mustache. The end result will have you looking as fancy as ever.

5. The Circle Beard


Ideal for round and oval faces, the circle beard (also referred to as the “standard” beard), is a tidy and presentable mixture of a rounded goatee beard and a mustache.


For this look, you will want to go a fairly decent amount of time without shaving to ensure that your facial hair is properly thick. Once it’s time to sculpt that circle beard style, most guys will go to a salon to get it properly shaped, since it can be tricky to get that circle shape down pat.

But, with the right amount of precision and patience as well as the perfect combination of shaving and trimming, you can achieve the circle beard look on your own.

6. The Full Beard


Most guys who are looking to grow beards prefer the full beard. Unfortunately, not every guy can grow a full beard, since it’s pretty much dependent on genetics.

For those who can achieve it, it is best suited for triangle, inverted triangle, or diamond face shapes. To best attain the full beard look, allow your facial hair to grow until it’s at around a medium stubble length and then shape it with a razor. Wait until six weeks before shaving, and then trim to keep the beard at the appropriate length.

7. The Extended Goatee


Guys with either oval or square face shapes are best suited for the extended goatee, which is also known as the Hollywoodian or the tailback. A combination of a mustache and a goatee, this style is unlike the full beard in that it requires you to take the hair off of your sideburns.


Before shaping your beard into an extended goatee, be sure to grow your facial hair to medium stubble. Then, while making sure you keep your mustache completely intact, trim your facial hair to your preferred width.

8. The Mutton Chops


Also referred to as sideburns or side whiskers, mutton chops were popularized by famous Civil War general Ambrose Burnside (who gave us the term “sideburn” to begin with).


Best for square or circular face shapes, this facial hair style is achieved by allowing your mustache and sideburns to grow until they meet up. You will want to be sure that you shave all the hair on your chin until your lower lip region.

For added effect, let your sideburns grow out until they become extra fluffy.

9. The Garibaldi


Best for rectangular or oval faces, the Garibaldi has a wild and unkempt look to it, but it does work for some guys.


To accomplish this facial hair style, you’ll need to let your beard grow for a long time. We’re talking about four months, or until it gets to be around 20 centimeters. To give it that round look, make sure that you shape and trim the lower area.

Despite having so much beard to work with, it’s actually best if you don’t use any styling products, so that the beard keeps its natural look. You will want to make sure you keep your eye on your mustache length though, as a mustache that is too long will take the focus away from the beard itself.

10. Clean Shaven


Hey, technically being clean shaven is a facial hair style, despite there not being any hair on your face. Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to rock a clean look every once and a while.

Comparison Table

Facial Hair

Details

The Few-Day Stubble Beard

Pretty simple to grow and maintain, and it’s perfect for all face shapes

The Balbo

A beard without sideburns and that has a trimmed, floating mustache

The Van Dyke

Allow the beard on your chin to grow until it reaches about two inches

The Imperial

Go as long as you can without shaving

The Circle Beard

A tidy and presentable mixture of a rounded goatee beard and a mustache

The Full Beard

Best suited for triangle, inverted triangle, or diamond face shapes

The Extended Goatee

Requires you to take the hair off of your sideburns

The Mutton Chops

Allowing your mustache and sideburns to grow until they meet up

The Garibaldi

You’ll need to let your beard grow for a long time or until it gets to be around 20 centimeters

Clean Shaven

Technically being clean shaven is a facial hair style

Choosing The Right Style Of Facial Hair For You


When deciding on the right facial hair style for you, there are several things you should think about. For one, you want to take the shape of your face into consideration. Depending on if you have a more square-shaped face or a rounder face or more rectangular face, some facial hair styles may work better than others.

You will also want to take your beard-growing capabilities into account. Not all beard-havers are created equal, and while some guys can grow hair on pretty much every inch of their face, others might have particular spots that just don’t grow in. Obviously, not being able to grow facial hair in certain areas will disqualify you from pulling off certain looks, so be sure to keep that in mind.

Additionally, you will want to consider your budget. Some facial hair styles will require you to get certain products, whether it be beard oil or a full-on trimming kit, to maintain the style. Simply put, the longer the beard, the more time and money you need to put into grooming it.

Finally, you will want to choose the style or styles that look best on you. Suggest to a significant other or to close friends or family members what look you’re considering going with. If they react strongly one way or another, you should have a pretty solid idea public opinion-wise.

Bottom line though, it has to be a style that you feel confident rocking. If you think you can pull it off, then by all means give it a try. If it’s not getting the reaction you were hoping for, then you can just shave it all off and start from scratch.

Most single guys and gals these days would probably prefer to be able to just head to the closest bar and get a date through some casual flirting over a couple beers. But, being that it’s 2018, the dating game doesn’t quite the work the same way that it used to.

Sure, you can still score a date when you’re out and about, but when you couple busy schedules with advancements in social media, folks are much more inclined to choose the convenient route when it comes to dating.

With the advent of dating apps such as Tinder, a quick swipe, a few good pictures, a well-written bio, and a clever pickup line or two can go a long way in scoring you that next date. “Easier said than done,” you’re probably thinking. Well, racking up those Tinder dates doesn’t have to be as challenging as it seems.

What Makes For A Good Tinder Pickup Line?


For a Tinder pickup line to be effective and at least pique someone’s interest, it should either be funny, clever, flirtatious, or a combination of all three. You don’t want to overthink a pickup line, but you shouldn’t just fire off the first thing that comes to your head either.

Just like with anything, first impressions are crucial, and if you don’t grab someone’s attention from that first message, then that person could go right back to swiping for other matches.

So, how do you find that sweet spot of sending that attention-grabbing pickup line without trying too hard? These best pickup lines should hopefully help to move you in the right direction.

The 6 Best Types Of Pickup Lines


There a number of quality pickup lines that you can use at any given time, but here, we will focus on just six types that may work the best for you.

1. The Cheesy Pickup Line

This is the type of line that usually elicits a few groans and eye rolls, but you’d be surprised at how far a cheesy pickup line can actually go in breaking the ice. What exactly constitutes a cheesy pickup line? You probably recognize a few of these:

Tinder pickup lines

“Are you from Tennessee? Because you’re the only 10 I see.”

“You better call life alert, because I’ve fallen for you and I can’t get up.”

“You look like you’re suffering from a lack of Vitamin me.”

“Are you Australian? Because you meet all of my koala fications.”

“Did we ever take a class together? I could have sworn we had chemistry.”

“On a scale from one to America, how free are you tonight?”

"Hey I’m a dime short, is it okay if I borrow you?"

“You must be a banana, because I find you a peeling.”

“Do you have a band-aid? I scraped my knee falling for you.”

“I lost my number. Can I have yours?”

Sure, these may not be the most original lines, but sometimes a cheesy pickup line can bring a smile to your Tinder match’s face and help get that person to open up, depending on how the line is delivered.

If you choose to go with the cheesy pickup line route, make sure you have a decent follow-up line. A corny line may be enough to barely get you in the door, but you may need another line or two to seal the deal and get the conversation really going.

2. The Name Pun Pickup Line

A close sibling to the cheesy pickup line, the name pun line may be based in corniness, but it can also be a great way to get your Tinder match to laugh. To pull off that perfect name pun line, you need to, obviously, incorporate your match’s name, usually in some sort of flirtatious double meaning.

Here are a few name pun examples:

“I feel like you are Taylor-made for me.”

“If you don’t respond to this message, Alexplode.”

“How about you Ann I go out for a drink sometime?”

“Hey Julia, did you know your name’s an anagram of jail? Wait, that’s not right. I have to take U out first”

“Are you makeup? Because I could use más Cara.”

“Oh Danny boy, the swipes, the swipes are calling.”

You get the point. Of course, this type of pickup line is completely dependent on your match’s name, and not every name is conducive to that perfect pun. If it’s not something that immediately comes to mind, consider going another route.

3. The Anti Pickup Line


The anti pickup line flips the whole cheesy pickup line trope on its head by starting out with a typical setup and ending with an unexpected, absurd, or straightforward punchline. This satirical approach is perfect if going the corny route isn’t really your style.

For example, you can use something like, “Are you from Tennessee? Because we should totally go out sometime,” or “Did it hurt when you fell from Heaven? Whoops, sorry, meant to send that to a client. I’m a personal injury lawyer on the weekends.”

The anti-pickup line is great to use on a Tinder match that has a particularly dry or off-the-wall sense of humor, or maybe on someone who doesn’t take the whole online dating thing all that seriously.

How will you know what sort of sense of humor a Tinder match has, or if they will respond well to an anti pickup line? Well, like with most Tinder pickup lines, you just need to use trial and error to see if something sticks.

4. The Observational Pick-up Line


The great thing about using Tinder (or most dating apps, for that matter) as opposed to simply meeting someone while out on the town or on a blind date is that you have a number of potential conversation topics at your disposal before you even begin a conversation. This is all thanks to the option to include a few pictures and a lengthy bio in a Tinder profile.

Tinder pickup lines

A quick scroll through the pictures and bio will show where users are from, what they do for a living, what they enjoy doing in their spare time, whether or not they have any pets, and so on and so forth.

For example, if you notice that your match is pictured with a dog in several of the profile pics, maybe ask some questions or bring up your own love of dogs. If your match expresses a fondness for traveling in their bio, try asking that person about a favorite traveling sport or an ideal vacation destination.

The observational pickup line doesn’t really have the feel of a pickup line per se, since it doesn’t exactly necessitate going out on a limb for that desired reaction. That being said, most matches will probably appreciate the directness of the observational pickup line, since it can get the ball rolling on the conversation and maybe even help to bring up a few possible date ideas.

5. The Hypothetical Date Pickup Line


With this type of pickup line, you need to set up a hypothetical date that you would take a Tinder match on. The goal of this type of pickup line is to, not so subtly, convince a match to go out with you. This is the lengthiest type of pickup line (potentially running several paragraphs) and probably requires the greatest deal of creativity.

It can start out something like, “I pick you up at 7:30, we go to your favorite restaurant, we watch the sun set...” and can continue from there. Depending on how you’re feeling, you can take the hypothetical in a number of directions, making it either more believable or crazy and outlandish (“And then we go sky diving with the entire cast from Cheers!”).

The hypothetical date pickup line can be a great way to showcase both your romantic and funny side.

6. The NSFW Pickup Line


Requiring you to lead off with some sort of sexual innuendo right off the bat, this is one of the most popular types of pickup lines, and it is also one of the riskiest. A dirty joke may earn you a laugh or two and maybe even a date, but some users may get turned off if you take things too far.

We can’t really show you most examples here, since they are NSFW and all, but know that if you’re going to go in this direction, you should be prepared to be shut down quite a fair amount.

Comparison Table

Pickup Line

Details

The Cheesy Pickup Line

Type of line that usually elicits a few groans and eye rolls

The Name Pun Pickup Line

A great way to get your Tinder match to laugh

The Anti Pickup Line

Starting out with a typical setup and ending with an unexpected, absurd, or straightforward punchline

The Observational Pick-up Line

You have a number of potential conversation topics at your disposal before you even begin a conversation

The Hypothetical Date Pickup Line

Not so subtly, convince a match to go out with you

The NSFW Pickup Line

Lead off with some sort of sexual innuendo right off the bat

Choosing The Right Pickup Line


Whichever route you choose to go with a pickup line, it should be one that feels right for you. Again, if it feels forced to you, then it will likely feel forced to your Tinder date. The “just be yourself” mantra may seem like a cliché, but it really is the best way to operate on Tinder.

If you have more of a goofy sense of humor, then consider leading with a corny joke. If you’re more of a romantic type, then try going the more straightforward route.

It may take you a few times for you to get into your rhythm with that right type of pickup line, but once you figure out what works best for you, you’ll be scoring Tinder dates in no time.


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The holiday season is something we look forward to every year. The season is filled with social gatherings, delicious foods, and festivities. During this time of the year, many of you probably receive a number of invitations. Sometimes, the invite doesn’t even mention any dress code, so you have no idea how to put together your holiday party outfit.

Need help getting your party attire ready for the holiday season? Then you came to the right place. Whether you’re attending an office soiree, a Christmas dinner with your family or a New Year’s bash, these holiday party outfit ideas that are sure to stun.  


Casual Get-Togethers

Holiday party outfit for casual get-togethers

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The holiday season gives us an opportunity to spend time with our family and friends. Since most of these events are just casual gatherings, you want a holiday party outfit that looks great and feels comfortable at the same time. In this case, you are free to bring out the denim jeans. Make sure, though, that they’re in dark wash.

Show off a bit with a cool, but casual look. A chambray shirt is also a great option for this occasion. It’s a classic, versatile shirt. Plus, it’s a more relaxed version of your standard blue dress shirt. You can easily dress it up depending on the jacket or blazer you wear over it.

With freezing temps and chilly wind, you’re going to need something to keep you warm. Stick with rugged essentials and opt for a canvas field jacket or a leather jacket. For a more sophisticated look, throw in a plaid blazer. You’ll get bonus points for one with seasonal green weaved into the pattern.


Holiday Party Outfit for Office Party

Holiday party outfit for office party

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Office parties provide an opportunity to mingle with your colleagues in a more casual setting. Keep in mind, though, that it’s still a corporate party, so it is best to keep it professional. Also, your outfit should include a balance of comfort, style, and versatility.

Your holiday party outfit largely depends on where you work. Start by taking cues from your co-workers and what they wear on a daily basis. If the occasions calls for dressy casual, opt for a marginally refined version of your day-to-day work outfit. In this case, an Oxford shirt and dress pants would be a great option. Leave the tie at home.

Amp up your holiday party attire by incorporating some accessories like a statement watch to your holiday attire. But if you work for a company that favors high class cocktails, then a more formal outfit is in order.


Outfit Idea for Cocktail Party

Outfit Idea for Cocktail Party

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Most men would wear a suit to a cocktail party, but there are other holiday party outfits to choose from.

Cocktail party attire is akin to semi-formal. If you choose to wear a suit, go for a suit in a darker color palette . If you want a more laid back look, you can wear a blazer with a dark-wash jeans or chinos in black, navy or gray. Or better yet, wear a dress shirt with a pair of dress pants. Depending on the event, you may be able to go open neck. Add a layer by throwing in a wool vest. Ground your look with Brogue Oxford dress shoes.

For your cocktail attire, the key is to opt for more a more relaxed tailoring. The cocktails are flowing, try to loosen up a bit.


Formal Events

Holiday party outfit for formal events

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Suits are always the best option when it comes to formal parties. Go with a white formal shirt, black or navy suit, black bow tie, and black dress shoes. A charcoal, gray or a navy suit are also excellent choices.

If you want to incorporate some festive spirit to your holiday party outfit, you can do so but in moderation. Go for a light blue shirt and a forest green knitted tie. It will add a pop of color to your outfit, without looking tacky.

Accessories are the perfect way to elevate your look. Wear classic, quality accessories such as a classic tie and a nice tie. Don’t forget to shine your shoes. There’s no negotiation here.

You should always look clean and fresh when wearing a suit. Our advice is to head over to your barber or hair stylist a few days before the event to make sure that you look your best.

Ugly Sweater Party

Outfit idea for ugly sweater party

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Holiday parties are your time to show off your holiday spirit. You may be tempted to wear a Rudolph sweatshirt with flashing bulbs, but please the urge to do so. You can still show some Christmas spirit to your holiday party outfit without looking flashy.

Channel the festive season by sticking with seasonal colors. Instead of choosing bright, saturated colors, play around with darker and lighter colors of red, green, white, and blue. Keep your denim dark.

Not too long ago, women were regarded as the masters of the kitchen. Today, however, cooking is no longer considered as a female chore. In fact, recent study shows more men are cooking in the kitchen. In addition, survey revealed that nearly 6 out of 10 Christmas dinners will be prepared and cooked by the man of the house this year. If you’re looking Christmas dinner ideas, this blog post is for you.

These tried-and-tested Christmas dinner ideas will wow the crowd. Even picky eaters will surely love these dishes.

Christmas Dinner Ideas: Main Dish

If you need impressive Christmas entrees, we have plenty of options. Try these delicious and festive Christmas dinner ideas for a memorable holiday feast.

Maple Mustard Roasted Turkey Thighs

Christmas Dinner Ideas: Maple Mustard Roasted Turkey Thighs

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Turkey is the star of the meal on Thanksgiving. If you love the big bird, why not grace your table with it on Christmas?

If you’re not hosting Christmas dinner at your house, then you don’t need to roast a whole turkey. Just roast a couple of thighs and drumsticks, and it will generously feed 4 people. The maple mustard glaze will give the turkey thighs a nice and juicy flavor.

Get the recipe for Maple Mustard Roasted Turkey Thighs.

Pressure Cooker Winter Squash and Lentil Stew

Pressure Cooker Winter Squash and Lentil Stew

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In search for Christmas dinner ideas for your vegetarian loved ones? Thick, rich, and flavorful, this veggie-packed dish will keep you full and toasty this holiday season. Pair it with a nice, warm hunk of homemade bread. We guarantee your guests will be back again next year.

Get the recipe for Pressure Cooker Winter Squash and Lentil Stew.

Sweet and Sticky Apricot Glazed Ham

Christmas Dinner Ideas: Sweet and Sticky Apricot Glazed Ham 

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With this tastes-as-it-good-as-it-looks Christmas dinner centerpiece, your family and friends will think you went all out. Well, they don’t need to know how simple it is to make it. This dish is so good, even the kids will want seconds.

Get the recipe for Sweet and Stick Apricot Glazed Ham.

Creamy Vegan Linguine with Wild Mushrooms

Christmas Dinner Ideas: Creamy Vegan Linguine with Wild Mushrooms 

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This dish proves that you don’t need cream or cheese for a truly decadent pasta dish. This pasta is super rich and creamy, you’ll want to keep eating it for every meal. Also, pasta dishes are also a good idea if want your kids to eat their daily greens on a holiday.

Get the recipe for Creamy Vegan Linguine with Wild Mushrooms.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Christmas dinner ideas: Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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These cabbage rolls are stuffed with ground meat, rice, and chopped vegetables. Then, simmered or steamed with a tangy and spicy tomato-based sauce. This dish is pure comfort and pretty creative to serve when you have guests coming over.

If you are looking for easy, yet easy to prepare Christmas dinner ideas, then we recommend that you try this recipe for Stuffed Cabbage Rolls.

Christmas Dinner Ideas: Appetizers

The main dish may be the star of the show. But that doesn’t means that you shouldn’t give your appetizers much thought. Get the party started with these appetizer recipes.

Chicken Crescent Wreath

 Chicken Crescent Wreath

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This dish looks impressive, but it’s actually an easy recipe you can whip up yourself. Plus, the green broccoli and red bell pepper add an extra festive touch to your table. Try it, it’s a great Christmas appetizer. We bet everyone will love it.

Get the recipe Chicken Crescent Wreath.

Spinach and Gruyere Potato Caserolle

Spinach and Gruyere Potato Caserolle

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Potatoes and cheese truly make everything better, even awkward Christmas dinner. Serve this cheesy dish at your holiday feast and watch your guests warm.

Get the recipe for Spinach and Gruyere Potato Caserolle.

Cheesy Garlic Butter Rolls

Christmas Dinner Ideas: Cheesy Garlic Butter Rolls 

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Cheese, garlic, butter, and bread… so this is what heaven looks like. This dish is perfect no matter what time of the day you celebrate. Plus, they make the perfect side dish to many of your favorite meals – pasta, roast meat, salad, and soup.

Get the recipe of Cheesy Garlic Butter Rolls.

Christmas Dinner Ideas: Desserts

Choose from these deliciously decadent desserts to give Christmas dinner an unforgettable finale.

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

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If you love pecan pie, you’ll certainly love this pecan pie cheesecake. It’s a rich, creamy cheesecake topped with real pecan pie filling. Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? It’s not insanely sweet like a regular pie. The velvety cream cheese center gives this dessert a lovely tang, and cuts down the sweetness of pecan filling.

This mouthwatering recipe is sure to become a dinner party staple. Get the recipe for Pecan Pie Cheesecake.

Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

Chocolate Peppermint Brownies 

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This triple-layered dessert is made with a brownie base, a peppermint buttercream frosting, and a chocolate peppermint icing.

Warning: the brownies are absolutely addicting. We bet they will be devoured straight from the pan in no time.

Get the recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Brownies.

 


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searching for Local jobs

There are lots of different ways to find local jobs in your area that are very effective and get results, often quite quickly.

In order to find local jobs near you, all you have to do is follow a few simple steps. There are more jobs out there than you may think there are –especially if you live in urban or suburban areas.

There is a hidden job market in locations with larger population. However, this job market is not easily accessible without knowing a few facts about how to tap into it.

In order to help you find local jobs near you in your field either in hidden job markets, or through traditional means, we have assembled a short guide to help you find your way. So, let’s take a look into what those ways are here.

The Top 5 Ways To Find Local Jobs In Your Field Locally

1. Online

There are many different job boards located online, some of them you may have heard of, others you may not have.

Finding local jobs through online

Since looking for work online is one of the more preferred ways to look for employment for both employees and employers today, we will start here. Below is a list of the top online job resources available for employment seekers currently.

  • ZipRecruiter

  • Indeed

  • Monster

  • Craigslist

  •  Snag-A-Job

  •  CareerBuilder

  • LinkedIn

2. Contact Businesses Directly

One way that works for a lot of people to find employment is to call businesses or email them directly and inquire whether they have work available. You will want to contact the human resource department
or manager at these businesses.

Local jobs application

You can find phone numbers or email addresses and either use the telephone or the email system to contact human resource manager or general managers in charge of the department that you would wish
to work in. Leave a message in the voicemail or work email.

You can make it short and sweet, letting them know you’re interested in working for them and give a number they can contact you at. You can find the contact information through internet searches on online search engines.

For example, if you typed “car dealerships” into a search engine and added a location and did your search, you would come up with a large number of car dealership websites. Then you just have to look up the human resource manager or general managers contact information and contact them. Cold calling does work well a certain percentage of the time to find jobs.

3. Look In Newspapers

searching for Local jobs in the newspaper

The old-fashioned method of looking through periodicals such as newspapers and trade magazines may get you results when looking for new employment. Many newspapers carry want ads including
employment ads. There are many localized small newspapers that are located in specific local areas that are great resources for finding local employment.

4. Attend Job Fairs

If you are interested in attending a job fair for a good job in your area, there are many different job fairs advertised in local newspapers and online. Keep an eye out and ask around to find out when these events are held. If you are vigilant about finding job fairs, be prepared for lots of competition.

applying for Local jobs

However, if you are a good candidate and you have a good resume, job fairs are an excellent place to hook up with potential employers who are seeking Ideal candidate such as yourself.

5. Visit Businesses In Person And Apply

If you are interested in applying to a specific business, in many cases, you should just go to the business during normal business hours and ask to speak to the manager, or human resources manager about potential employment.

notebook, phone, laptop and hand on the table

Types of inquiries are welcome as they see that the potential candidate has taken the initiative and has the nerve to actually step into their office. That shows a certain amount of bravery and courage, that not all candidates possess. This may be seen as the strength that they would welcome in their office rather than something they would want to discourage or turn away.

Things To Keep In Mind On The Job Trail

These are definitely some great ways to find local jobs in your area in your field. But first, be sure you have your current, updated resume readily available to show any prospective employer.You should also be well dressed or appropriately dressed when you meet your employer.

If you’re sending emails or other correspondence to employers, you should have a good cover letter in addition to your resume. Create all of your correspondence in a professional manner. Always be courteous and polite with your employers even if they turn you down.

There’s no harm in asking someone if they have work available. It shows that you are eager and hungry to work. You’re making yourself productive to society. Many employers will look favorably upon this.

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Are you looking for love and trying to find the right places? Need to see lots of faces? Being picky works best for dating strategies, and there is a lot to be said for this approach. In today’s world, there is a great assortment of online dating sites/apps with discriminating practices that allow people to meet.

Maybe you are young, divorced or separated, or older and never settled down. If you are single, you probably have a lot of feelings going through you about dating. It can seem really scary and daunting to many people, male or female.

The good news is that the people you want to meet are in the same boat as you are. They want to take a risk, but they don’t want to be hurt either. What you should realize is that the field of potential matches has people that are going through exactly what you’re also going through.

If you are genuine and considerate when you make contact with others, you will go a lot farther and really have nothing to worry about. Not everyone is going to like everyone out here. If someone you like is not interested, you just have to realize they are not meant for you.

That’s perfectly okay because when it comes down to it, there is someone who is meant for you out here somewhere. You should never fear rejection for a variety of reasons, male or female. If someone is mean to you when you approach them, then they are jerks and don’t deserve you anyway.

If they are polite but uninterested, just be big about it and realize the simple truth: the person meant for you will be seriously into you. This person is not that person, which is 100% okay.

You are that much closer to finding the person that is meant for you. However, that’s the upshot to this process. Now that the basics to know when dating are out of the way, we have assembled a list of the top 10
dating sites/apps that will allow you to surf millions of people to select from to try and find love as well as dating places that meet your needs. Let’s take a look at them here:

The Top 10 Dating Sites/Apps

We rated our sites with a 5-star rating system based on industry and customer reviews and testimonials and general reputation. There are some sites that are the best matches for strictly dating and relationships and a few cool sites that are geared more towards flings, hook-ups, and sexual encounters.

We wanted to have something for everyone represented here in these reviews, so please be aware that these sites are all secure, reputable sites that have earned a place in the better sites/apps lists available for those who are dating.

1. Zoosk

Zoosk dating site

Overall rating 5 out of 5 stars.

This is one of the very best websites with an app that people can use to do serious dating, or even less serious dating in some cases. Zoosk features a proprietary technology which is an excellent tool that works to match you to a perfect fit in a potential partner.

With over 27,000,000 members, Zoosk has a great selection of quality individuals who are ready to meet and start something special with the right person. An awesome site with some really cool people, we
rated this site at the top of our list.

2. Match

Match dating site

Overall rating 5 out of 5 stars.

This website is undoubtedly one of the most recognized names in online dating. This website is designed exclusively for dating relationships and marriages. This website has been a leader in online dating since the beginning over 23 years ago. They have a membership focus with a wide range of different online daters.

The site works very well with the number of algorithms and other tools to help people find their ideal match. This website learns about you as you surf, then picks up on your different preferences and assigns you matches based on what you like. It learns who you are, and helps you choose people based on that information. This is one of the top dating sites – highly recommended.

3. eHarmony

eHarmony dating site

Overall rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Probably one of the most scientifically advanced sites for serious matchmaking – online or anywhere. With an advanced matching system, eHarmony is responsible for many successful relationships,
including marriages. You will be able to learn a lot about your potential date well before you meet them on this website. This is one of the top websites for serious daters and people who are looking for
committed relationships.

4. OKCupid

OKCupid dating site

Overall rating 4 out of 5 stars.

This is one of the world’s largest dating websites with over 30,000,000 active users and 1,000,000 logins per day. A lot of people come on here just to find hookups, but there are some relationships that develop from it. Questions in the form of questionnaires help determine who they send to you as matches.

This is the favorite for a lot of single daters who are into physical encounters and excellent if you are dating just for fun and you’re not too serious about it. With all the different people that do visit this site, there’s a probably a pretty good chance you might be able to find your true love despite what most people are doing (which is mainly finding partners for extracurricular activities).

5. PlentyOfFish

PlentyOfFish dating site

Overall rating 4.5 out of 5 stars.

PlentyOfFish is one of the better websites online although it is not for everybody. There is a wide variety of people using this website, being the world’s largest free dating website.

Some of the characters on PlentyOfFish are pretty interesting. There are some really great people on this dating site. If you are looking for love, some find it here and it is well known. They have a pretty good history of finding good matches for some individuals.

But chances are if you’re going to find love in a serious relationship on this website, you’re going have to wait for chances to pop up over time. This is a good website for many people, however.

6. OurTime

OurTime dating site

Overall rating 5 out of 5 stars.

For those of us who are over 50, this dating site for seniors is a great place to find someone special in your golden years. They have a number of features that work well for the type of dating seniors do. They have a great membership base with lots of good quality individuals. There are tons of excellent features and perks involved in membership on OurTime.

This website is highly recommended to those who are in their senior years looking for serious love.

7. Tinder

Tinder dating site

Overall rating 4 out of 5 stars.

This website is designed mostly for people who are looking for sexual encounters or casual flings. The website is not intended for most people who are looking for a serious relationship, although sometimes
they do occur from using it.

There is a large number of people who use this website and it’s one of the hottest casual encounter sites. If you are looking for action, Tinder is one of the places you will most likely be sure to find it.

8. BlackPeopleMeet

BlackPeopleMeet dating site

Overall rating 4.5 out of 5 stars.

For African Americans, dating has a special set of characteristics. The needs of black people are addressed by the designers of this website in key ways. Different orientations and lifestyles are welcome and accounted for. It is said to be the match.com for black people, generally. This website has ice breakers and messaging built into it to make meeting others easy.

Most of the people using this site are in their thirties or forties, age-wise and are looking for serious relationships, rather than merely sexual encounters.

This is a quality website for black people who want to meet other quality black people in a trustworthy environment.

9. SilverSingles

SilverSingles dating site

Overall rating 4 out of 5 stars.

This is another great website for those who are in their golden years. Seniors can meet on this site quickly and easily.

There are a number of features that work well for people over 50 years of age. You can do certain actions like create profiles and browse similar sounding profiles and send each other messages.

This is a great place for meeting mature people who are leading good lives. If you’re looking to meet someone for a lasting relationship during this time of your life, this is an ideal site to do so.

10. SingleParentMeet

SingleParentMeet dating site

Overall rating 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Single parents have it rough when it comes to dating a lot of the time. In many cases, those who are both single and are parents have a unique set of challenges that singles without children don’t face. The Brady Bunch effect is one dream that many single parents seem to yearn for at some point. This is an excellent site for those who are single and are parents to meet each other and try to bond. It has a
number of features that make single parents feel welcome and ways they can meet other single parents easily. We highly recommend this website.

When Selecting A Dating Site/App

There are a lot of factors you will need to consider when you begin to date online. Finding a dating site or app is one thing you will need to consider carefully. You have to think about your particular needs and you also have to think about which type of category you most likely fit into. There are certain types of people that gravitate towards certain websites. You would want to fit within the potential category yourself when trying out a new website.

In order to get the right website or app for you, you have to make a survey of yourself before you even decide which ones to join. You have to take a look at your age, economic status, education, and any other factors that you may decide are important. Think about what type of partner would be ideal for you and your lifestyle. If you’re looking for a serious relationship, you will have to take a full stock of everything about you, and of course, what you are looking for in a partner and before setting out.

When selecting the right dating site or application, take a look at the type of people that are there when you browse the website. If they seem like what you are looking for, or are best suited for you, then you may be in the right place.

Dating Can Be Difficult For Many People.

If you have had bad experiences in the past, you may want to resolve the issues if you have before you even begin a new relationship. Take the time for yourself to fully heal if you have been hurt. That’s a common scenario for many people.

Not everyone in the world is on the up and up and on the level. And that’s one thing everyone has to realize when they begin dating, especially online. You want to take secure precautions whether you are a male or a female when you begin to date someone you don’t know in person.

It is not even out of the question to be shadowed by a private security guard and chaperoned secretly on first dates where you don’t know someone. It may seem like an extreme step, but it will keep you safe if you’re feeling fearful about dating.

Do Whatever Will Make You Feel Comfortable During Your Date

There are many different things you will need to do before you go on your first date. And if you like the person, be prepared for anything to happen. Many potential relationships develop and there is happiness, but some people do end up in tears over them.

The unfortunate truth about dating is it can be emotionally painful. If you are prepared for what it could do and know enough about how to get along with people, it probably won’t bother you if something doesn’t turn out the way you planned.

You may even be pleasantly surprised and fall in love.