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"Psychedelic Saints" Series by Seth Leibowitz,

"Figured Out, What it's All About."


Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut, lecturer, and author who spoke and wrote about a variety of subjects, including psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, language, philosophy, culture, technology, and the theoretical origins of human consciousness. He was called the "Timothy Leary of the '90s"[ ]"one of the leading authorities on the ontological foundations of shamanism", and the "intellectual voice of rave culture".

McKenna formulated a concept about the nature of time based on fractal patterns he claimed to have discovered in the I Ching, which he called novelty theory, proposing this predicted the end of time in the year 2012. His promotion of novelty theory and its connection to the Mayan calendar is credited as one of the factors leading to the widespread beliefs about 2012 eschatology. Novelty theory is considered pseudoscience.



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Featured Tattoo Artist: Seth Leibowitz

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Seth Leibowitz has

owned Artform Gallery & Tattoo in Leechburg, Pennsylvania for nearly a decade. He describes his shop as a creative atmosphere with a variety of artistic outlets that doubles as his home away from home. It took vision and drive to get where he is today; and it wasn’t exactly the vision he had for himself all along.

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About fifteen years ago, after Seth attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, he rented a small apartment in town. Like most exiting college, the big question was: Now what do I do? He never really cared for tattoos because he didn’t believe that they could ever look good.

One day he ran into a gentleman standing outside a tattoo shop below his apartment. The guy had an amazing portrait of Kurt Cobain that blew Seth’s mind. At that moment his interest was piqued; he soon began working at American Tattoo and would later move on to open Artform Gallery & Tattoo in 2007.

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Seth specializes in cover-up tattoo work. When asked more about his style, he said:

“Versatility is key with tattooing . . . [I] really try not to perfect a signature style; instead I enjoy exploring new styles and embracing different techniques.”

He’s inspired by Jeff Gogue, a brilliant painter and tattoo artist. Seth also adds that Jeff is an “. . . all around great human being.” When it comes to his artwork, Alex Grey has also made a huge impact in addition to Guy Aitchison. Seth admires that Guy is educating fellow artists by promoting the high standards for the tattooing industry.

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Seth’s advice for someone getting a tattoo:

“Take your time, don’t rush, do your research, and above all make sure your tattoo artist is taking every precaution to prevent cross contamination and is OSHA certified. Also, it goes without saying that if your ‘tattoo artist’ is tattooing you inside their home as opposed to an aseptic tattoo parlor; it’s probably not the cleanest environment and typically no reputable artist would do this. DO YOUR RESEARCH!”

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Seth’s advice for aspiring tattoo artists:

“Get your OSHA certifications for body modifications for your client’s safety and your own. Don’t think this is an easy career to pursue. You must take years of practice and research even then you may not want to continue on this career path. If you rush, you may harm yourself or permanently scar or ruin a person’s body. Put the money aside and think about the people who will carry your artwork forever.”

When’s Seth is not tattooing he's painting, painting, and painting some more.


Please do:
  • Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo!
  • When you get home: Remove bandage within 2-3 hours after getting your tattoo. Do not re-bandage.
  • Gently wash your tattoo with an unscented liquid soap. Do not use a washcloth or anything that will exfoliate your tattoo. Only use your hands.
  • Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub, or use a fabric with a rough surface.
  • The first 3-4 days: Rub a small amount of ointment/lotion on your tattoo. We recommend Aveeno or any mild, white, unscented lotion, free of dyes or Perfumes will do – whatever you know you’re not allergic to. Always use clean hands and do not place your fingers back into the container after touching your tattoo. Make sure to rub in so that it is not shiny, or greasy– you want the thinnest amount possible. Pat off any excess with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not use Vaseline, petroleum or Bag Balm. Wash, dry and apply ointment 3-5 times daily, as needed.
  • On the first night, you may want to wrap your tattoo in saran wrap to prevent sticking to your bedding. Do not use any cloth bandages or pads, as the fibers of this material can adhere to your open tattoo and hinder the healing process.
  • Wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first 2 weeks– nothing abrasive or irritating. For a foot tattoo: go barefoot as much as possible. If you must wear shoes, first wrap your clean tattoo in saran wrap, then cover with a clean cotton sock before putting on your shoe. Avoid sandals or flip flops for this period to prevent chafing and damage to the tattoo.
  • After day 4: On the 3rd or 4th day your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal! Do not pick at the skin.
  • Use lotion for minimum 2 weeks, 1-2 times daily.
Things to avoid:
  • Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap, rub or irritate your tattoo.
  • You can shower, but you may not soak your tattoo for 2 weeks. No swimming, soaking or hot tub.
  • You may not expose your tattoo to the sun for at least 3 weeks, after that you must use sun block.
  • Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry, or shoes that rub against your tattoo.
  • Do not let anyone touch your tattoo, always keep in mind that this is an open wound...treat it as such!
  • Beware of gym equipment, wash it well before using it.
You can also
  • Ice your tattoo to reduce swelling.
  • Elevate your tattoo, to reduce swelling.
  • Take short showers.
If you do not take care of your tattoo, it may become infected or damaged. Infections are very red around the outside of the tattoo and may have thin red lines extending from it. It may ooze, pus, or bleed abnormally. If you think your tattoo is infected, seek medical attention immediately.



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