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A nose piercing done at GOA Exotic Tattoo and Piercing (Photo by Frantz Nieto)

‘Young people’ shaped views of body modification

Though tattoos were once taboo, GOA Exotic Tattoo and Piercing owner Franz Nieto says young people are the reason for the change in views of tattoos and piercings. Nieto, who has been a tattoo artist for 20 years and has another tattoo parlor in Bogota, Colombia, opened GOA in Sweetwater six years ago. Today, he says that 30 to 40 ...

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Neal Shusterman presenting Scythe at Books and Books (Photo by Collin Simpson)

Neal Shusterman gives insight on newest novel “Scythe”

Fresh off the press comes a new novel from New York Times best-selling author Neal Shusterman, renowned author of the “Unwind” dystology. This new novel is named “Scythe,” the first of a new trilogy dubbed “Arc of a Scythe.” Shusterman conceived the idea and theme for this novel after the death of his mother in 2012. In the world of ...

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David Pearson sings a copy of ‘JFK and Bobby, Arnie and Jack ... and David’ on Feb. 12 at Books and Books in Coral Gables. (Photo by Collin Simpson / SFNS)

David Pearson reminisces on his time with JFK in Coral Gables

Longtime Miami public relations agent David Pearson has self-published a memoir that provides a snapshot into his career and Miami’s history during the mid-20th century. Pearson presented his new memoir, “JFK and Bobby, Arnie and Jack … and David,” on Feb. 12 at Books and Books in Coral Gables. His audience included some of Pearson’s closest friends and colleagues. “He’s ...

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The South Florida drag queen scene (Still from SFNS video)

[Video] Inside the world of South Florida’s drag queens

South Florida’s drag community, according to two drag queens, is an incredibly supportive one. Stavros Stavrakis, known as Athena Dion, and Alex Velez, known as TP Lords, share their insights, including a few places to catch a good show, some quick drag etiquette and some insider tips about the scene in general. By Cassandra Cabal and Alexis Ramos South Florida News ...

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These Halloween decorations in Kendall caused a stir by people who felt they depicted a lynching. (Photo courtesy of the Tejedors)

Hanging Halloween decoration sparks mistaken Trump backlash

A hanging Halloween decoration in Kendall sparked a furious — and mistaken — backlash in part due to its juxtaposition to a sign supporting President-elect Donald Trump. Mark Tejedor, 28, put up Halloween decorations in his front yard after a four-year hiatus. But some of the decorations – involving two figures tied up in a tree – were lambasted in ...

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Images courtesy of Lady GUY and JR Davis

Never drab, always a queen: Wilton Manors’ “Lady GUY”

The Manor Complex in Wilton Manors is one of the hottest LGBT nightclubs in Broward County, and at its heart is Lady GUY. Every Friday and Saturday night at The Manor for the past five years, Guy Tomasello dons his 6-inch heels, bright wigs, oversize glasses and transforms into one of the area’s best-known drag queens. “Every week she delivers,” ...

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Photo courtesy of Holi Vegan Kicthen

Holi Vegan aims to nourish “mind, body and soul”

An entrepreneur traveled more than 4,000 miles to open a restaurant in North Miami Beach to serve people “the food they need.” Laura Ramonda, 34, is from Cordoba, Argentina. She moved to Miami in May, and on June 29, she opened Holi Vegan Kitchen in North Miami Beach with her sister Cecilia. The word “holi” is associated with Lord Shiva of ...

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A patron looks at the Visionaries of the Light exhibition at the Ideobox gallery in Wynwood. (Photo by Leslie Ovalle / SFNS)

Wynwood’s Ideobox features mentally ill artists

In the back of the Ideobox art space in Wynwood are 20 works that include photography, photo collage and photo object sculptures, created by artists here and abroad living with mental illness. The exhibition is called Visionaries of the Light, presented by the SaludArte Foundation and National Art Exhibitions of the Mentally Ill. “It integrates two fields: What is art ...

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Margaret Kurtzman (Image courtesy Kurtzman family)

Margaret Kurtzman on a mission to make Pinecrest squeaky clean

Similar to dozens of Pinecrest residents, Margaret Kurtzman makes routine of walking along the canal on Red Road. But instead of two-pound weights and Beats headphones, she grips a white plastic trash bag, pausing every few paces to reach for empty bottles scattered across the damp grass. “When I was in England, they were advertising for people not to litter ...

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Dago Sasiga, left, and Greity Gonzalez, the owners of La Pereza Ediciones. (Image courtesy of Sasiga and Gonzalez)

Miami couple thrives while running Spanish-language publishing house

When a young couple in Miami decided to create an independent publishing company, printing works exclusively in Spanish, almost everyone told them they were crazy. But in 2012, Dago Sasiga and Greity Gonzalez ignored that advice and started La Pereza Ediciones with just $400. They said it was the best decision of their lives. Today, their catalog includes around 100 both well-known ...

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