Saturday, 27 October 2012

It's My Life - Flat-iversary!

Another milestone!
Two in the space of two months, yep. Today marks the anniversary of when we first moved into our flat.

I don't even want to think about how horrible our situations were before we decided to take the plunge and move in together. We are so lucky to have such a brilliant relationship as best friends as well as partners and I am very thankful that Jake is the person I'm sharing this '1st home' experience with. 

Anyways, it may of been a full year we have lived here but its only recently that the place has actually started to take shape and look like a home. 
I thought I'd share a few photos as a kind of 'Home Tour'...

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Charity Spotlight V.3

If you haven't had the displeasure of seeing this advert in its entirety on TV, please endure the above clip.
It's had such a big effect on me. I cry my eyes out whenever it comes on.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

My Top 5 - Childhood Toys

As a child born in 1990, I regard myself a true '90's kid'. There always seems to be a big buzz online of 90's vintage and nostalgia so I thought I would list my Top 5 Childhood Toys!
Obviously there was alot to choose from with that decade giving birth to some very popular crazes such as Tamagotchi's, Pog's, Pokemon and more. I had all of these but below is my list of things I played with the most!

I had lots of Puppy in my pocket toys as well as the 'Animal Hospital' version of the toys too. Remember those?

Saturday, 20 October 2012

It's My Life - My Bucket List [6 Month Update]

6 months have passed since I posted my original bucket list, so I thought it was time for an update!

1 - Skydive. [DONE!]
The 27th of July finally saw my jump happen! Here is the video evidence!

Check out my Just Giving page for sponsorship details as you can still donate to the amazing Ape rescue center, Monkey World, in Dorset.

2 - Go to every Disney resort in the world. 1 down. 5 to go.  No Update.
3 - (To the displeasure of my Mother) Get many more tattoos.
In the last 6 months I've only added one to the collection. My 'Friday the 13th' one above the Dead Gypsy on my left arm. 

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Cuteness Overload - Baker Boy

My birthday gift from my other half came in the shape of a tiny, four legged, fur ball this year...
This is Baker! Our new baby.
Baker, named after the Skate Company, is now just over 7 weeks old and he is a Collie Lurcher cross, pretty much the main reason he came to join our family.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

J.D Photography - The Wedding of the Year!

As promised, here is a short post of some sneaky peaks from Mr and Mrs B's (aka Grace's Mammy and Daddy)'s Wedding day.

I'd been anticipating this day, probably almost as much as the Bride and Groom!
The whole day was fabulous from my drive up through the beautiful countryside in the early AM, fun getting ready in the Bridal suite and the ceremony where the sun shone in through the conservatory.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

What's Going On? - Interview with Most Tattooed Politician!

Following my post discussing my views on tattoos and the discrimination surrounding them, I was approached via twitter by the worlds most tattooed politician! 
He very nicely spent some time answering a short interview especially for me to post for all my readers! I hope it is of interest to you, it certainly was to me. So here it goes...

Firstly, Hello! And thank you very much for being apart of my blog.
We'll just kick straight off with the questions as I can imagine you're a very busy man.

So can you just describe simply who you are and what you do?
No problem and I hope its of interest to your readers.

I am Body Art best shortened as full name is a mouth full. I am 32 from Birmingham, England, U.K.

As for what I do it may be easier if I listed what I didn't ha.
I undertake televised and media work, modelling work and other freelance contracts that interest me.I am one of 2 international representatives for MOD World and the Founder of Modify. Two groups that revolve around modern day Body Modification.

I am a member of a political party one that is in coalition government at moment.
Without viewing to much of my own political agenda i am here to discuss Human Body Alteration Process and its future in the modern world.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

I'm A Collector V.2

Name and website - Jake Beacham  of WelayeNE24

What is it you collect?
I collect all of my old skateboard decks that have meaning. Like, my first board that I ever got from my friends shop who passed away. They hang on the wall in our hallway.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Opinions Of A Housewife - Tattoos and Discrimination

Although I don't have that many tattoos (yet) they are on display pretty much all of the time. Today I want to discuss the stereotyping and discrimination that tattooed people face.
The way I see things is that, although being tattooed is becoming more and more common, people are aware when they decide to become heavily tattooed that there is still a percentage of people that will stereotype you, especially within the workplace.

I thankfully have worked mainly in environments where tattoos aren't a problem, but I have also worked in one major high street fashion store where my appearance caused that job to terminate. Without naming and shaming the chain store I was pretty much told that I wasn't 'wow' enough and 'looked a mess' compared to when I was first hired and coincidentally had my tattoo's covered. I had to spend a large amount of the wages I earned buying the new trends that arrived each week, I tried to work around this rule by wearing plain black leggings as a staple part of my working outfits but was put under alot of pressure to 'dress up' more. It really wasn't me and I felt completely alienated among the other girls so therefore made the decision to leave. Agreed, it wasn't purely because of my tattooes, but my whole sense of style ( or lack of according to them).

As a photographer alot of the trade I have had so far is from friends, family, family friends and people they know. Most of my shoots are in the family's home or out on location and so far I haven't had any complains if a tattoo has been on show. However for the wedding I photographed recently I went to lengths to find an appropriate outfit that I found was respectful to all concerned. Especially when I have an old school gypsy head with a slit throat on my wrist that doesn't really send the right message about me.

Tattoos are a big part of any art collector and each piece should mean something special to you, which mine all do, but you cannot assume that others will understand from one look and not judge. I have had instances where the only empty seat on a full bus is next to me and people would rather stand after eyeing my appearance. My partner has  had similar encounters when he had his ears stretched (they were quite huge) although this is another thing that seems to of become a trend.
Overall, the world is becoming more and more tolerant to all types of body modification. As someone who was bullied in school for having brightly coloured hair, piercings, to like skulls and wear skate shoes I see alot of those who made fun of me following the current fashion trends and looking how I did in school! It's more rare to see someone without any tattoos than someone with these days although being heavily tattooed is still for those most dedicated to the art instead of fashion.

Think before you ink!
Share your views in the comments :)

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Out and About - Seaton Deleval Hall

It's only taken us a year, but we finally visited the Grade 1 listed country house that is so close to our home.
The Hall and grounds are, obviously, located in Seaton Deleval, Northumberland just minutes away from us in the car so last Saturday we ventured along for a little day out.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

MMA Madness - UFC in the UK

I'm gonna start of by saying that I haven't watched any MMA events what so ever in the past 6 months or more. This makes me really sad :( It's been the only other hobby of mine, aside from photography, for 7/8 years now but we cannot afford ESPN to watch the UFC (and I have a strong dislike to Bamma, absolutely chuffed that Tom Watson lost his debut the other night, as nasty as that is I always said he wasn't UFC standard!) so I've tried to shy away from the scene rather than frustrate myself that I'm missing out.

Now the time had rolled around that UFC were back in the UK for UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic (last weekend) of course we missed that too. Last year at the same time Jake and I had press passes to be octagon side and photograph/ provide live play by play for an American website at UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz, which was so amazingly exciting! But you guessed it, the trip fell through. We moved into our flat a week or so before we needed to be in Birmingham which wasn't possible - of course we chose a home over the opportunity.

BUT instead of being down in the dumps about it all I want to post my photos from my time at the only UK UFC Fan Expo in London 2010 and the UFC 120 event I attended. My first and only ever event so far but hopefully there will be many more.
I've had views directed here from my photos on other sites so I'd like to make a post where they are all in one place.

Looking back, I could of done alot better when taking photos...but it was so fast paced and so much to look at. Next time I'll do better. I can't wait to share the experience and atmosphere of a live event with the love of my life.