Art isn't confined to paintings and sculptures in museums and galleries. That's the idea behind Body Art Expo, a celebration of art on a different type of canvas—the body. At the traveling event, more than 200 exhibitors and thousands of guests put their tattoos and piercings on full display. Guests can enter tattoo contest for a chance to win in categories such as Best Movie Character, Best Portrait, and Most Unusual. They can also get a professional to pierce their tongue or tattoo the event's schedule on their bicep. Celebrity artists, including LA Ink's Ruthless and NY Ink's Tommy Montoya, often roam the aisles, chatting with visitors, dancing along to live music, or attending demos.
While many golf instructors compete on professional tours, few can also include the title of “TV star” on their resumés. John Lepak of Renaissance Golf Academy is one of those few: in addition to touring for the better part of a decade, he appeared as a contestant on Golf Channel’s reality show Big Break, which awards pro-tour exemptions to the winner of the show’s various challenges. Students of all levels can gain from John’s expertise and see if he really looks 12 feet tall off camera by enrolling in lessons at his private academy, where they’ll hone putting strokes on a 6,000-square-foot putting green and shore up full swings on the 16-tee driving range. Each lesson incorporates video analysis, providing immediate feedback of golfers’ swing mechanics.
Like any good moms, the founders of Kidz Spot want their kids to do two things: learn and have fun. So when they opened their recreation center for kids ages 6 months to 10 years old, they didn't just furnish it with modular play areas and a miniature climbing wall. They also created a classroom where certified teachers and professional engineers teach workshops in the subjects of reading, writing, math, and science. The classroom, with its picnic tables and hardwood floors, also doubles as a private party room, where kids can nosh on pizza and cake while sitting for temporary tattoos or face painting. Kidz Spot just opened in June of 2014, so the facilities are brand new and monsters haven't had enough time to find it yet.