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Shawn Ballarin


Portraits of the artists as no longer young


‘Something Old, Something New’


Digging Up Dirt


Color Her ‘Green’


All About the Artists


Opposites Attract


Exhibit A: ‘Water’


Nixon in close-up.




A black servant in a 1960s whites’ basement sings of rising hope

Multi-award winners playwright Tony Kushner and composer Jeanine Tesori merged their talents to create an exceptionally original musical off-Broadway in 2002 Caroline or Change. It went on to major acclaim on Broadway, accruing four Tony nominations, winning one. It “tops any new musical this fall” said the New York Times in December 2003.

At Omaha Community Playhouse, this sung-through experience meaningfully...


It’s not all “Cute and Creepy”

Known for his “cute and creepy” artistry, Gunnar Gaylord has really created and developed his own unique style.

While the self-taught artist said he sometimes regrets not having a formal art education, he’s not sure he would have developed in the same way if he had artistic academic knowledge.

“Passion can trump talent and education and I have often been very passionate about art,” he said in an email interview.


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From Tucson to Iowa

While admittedly new to the tattoo industry, Amy Jiao makes up for her lack of experience with pure talent. With some enthusiasm thrown in for good measure.

Currently at Inkblot Studio in Ames, Iowa, the Rochester Institute of Technology graduate started her career with her mentor, Johnny Jinx, at Broken Clover Tattoo in Tucson, AZ. in 2012.

The 26-year-old came to the U.S. when she was 11 and grew up in Troy,...

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Loving Living in the Midwest:

Cleaning up after an early morning session, Renken is constantly moving as he talks about his last 14 years in the tattoo industry.

Born in Holdrege, Neb., Renken started his apprenticeship right where he is now, at Big Brain here in Omaha, where he worked under one of his biggest influences, the talented Chris Blinston.

Renken said he started out doing largely new-school, heavy color saturation work but he said...

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