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While other tattoo artists offered a rigid set of images and styles, he designed one-of-a-kind tattoos, blending high art, primitivism, Japanese designs and classic Americana. But getting a DeVita tattoo was always a gamble: What you saw on the wall wasn’t necessarily what showed up on your arm. “I don’t tattoo like a stamp, each one exactly the same,” Mr. DeVita said in a 1991 interview for the magazine Tattootime.
Source: Thom DeVita, 85, Dies; Revolutionized the Art of Tattooing – The New York Times
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Probably the coolest thing about this story of Art Paul is that through his work and his innovations, he opened a whole new profession for artists who would have otherwise simply chosen a more traditional route for their careers.
More personally, I remember my Dad showing me at one point how that playboy logo was hidden on every cover of the magazine and from time to time found myself fascinated with trying to find it.
“Paul understood that the balance between nude photography and sophisticated writing was the key to separating Playboy from a pulp girlie magazine,” Steven Heller, co-chairman of the design department at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, wrote in an email. “So he balanced the literary aesthetic of The New Yorker with the visual audacity of Esquire and created a format that evoked both seriousness and playfulness.” Mr. Holland, who began illustrating “Ribald Classics” stories for Playboy in 1968, said
Source: Art Paul, Art Director Who Gave Playboy Its Look, Dies at 93 – The New York Times
Jhoon Rhee was a 10th-degree black belt credited with spreading taekwondo in the United States, especially around the nation’s capital, after emigrating from Korea in the 1950s. He opened his first taekwondo school in Washington, D.C., in 1962. By the 1980s, Rhee had 11 schools in the Washington area.
Source: Jhoon Rhee (1932 – 2018), “father of American Taekwondo” | Legacy.com
Clarence died back in 2017. I just found his obituary today. His is a great example of why I started paying more attention to obituaries in 2018. My position at Frazer Consultants started this journey, and once I embarked on this odyssey, I quickly discovered why so many people are so fascinated with obituaries. For me, it’s the chance to gain inspiration from someone who until now, you may not have even known existed. In cases of familiarity with the deceased, the experience is still very similar. In that moment, where their life story is revealed to you, their legacy becomes part of you. Sometimes this cathartic engagement is more profound than others. The important thing is that in their death, you have connected to their legacy, which inspires the life you’re still living in meaningful ways.
Clarence Beavers, the last surviving member of a groundbreaking group of black paratroopers deployed during World War II against what were described as the world’s first intercontinental-range airborne weapons — giant bomb-laden balloons launched from Japan and aimed at North America — died on Dec. 4 at his home in Huntington, N.Y. He was 96.
Source: Clarence Beavers, Last of a Black Paratroop Unit, Dies at 96 – The New York Times