The first thing I notice when I went on OnMilwaukee.com is a bunch of ads for Miller lite (slogans, banners, etc.) which made me distracted from doing my research and almost made me want to drink a miller lite beer to continue. But nevertheless, I snapped out of it and told my self “get it together Alex”! From there I began looking for articles that related to my topic, so I went on lifestyle/entertainment. Scrolled through for about 15 mins and couldn’t find anything that caught my attention or related to what I was looking for. So I decided to search up murals articles and found some interesting stories. One example:
I found an article called “New murals add a burst of color to East Tosa's main street.” It was about six-mural project that took place on North Avenue (68th and 70th), from Lake Michigan to Wauwatosa (project is being led by Wallpapered City), commissioned by Wauwatosa's Tourism organization and TripSavvy. The idea for these projects was to bring more art into the community through menagerie of both flora and fauna. This was also allowing the people of this area to engage more with the space and give life using color, form, subjects, and artist from different parts of the globe. Artists included Christina Thomas from Wauwatosa- she painted a mural of a female, butterfly, and nature on the Heartland Information Services building. She described her artwork as signifying growth, solidarity, reverence for nature with a strong female voice. Another artist was Ivan Roque from Miami, Florida; he painted a giant fish on the side of TosaYoga on 68th Street. Adam Hernandez from Columbus, Ohio, painted BelAir Cantina. Dan Leonard from Ireland painted a mural on Cranky Al’s building. Eric Ricks from Liberia painted a 3D anamorphic mural on the Nobleman. I think they all did a great job and hope to get a chance to check them out soon before it starts to snow.
This article made me want to go out and be a part of the community, and perhaps have my own mural somewhere in the Milwaukee area someday.
After spending so much time reading articles from OnMilwaukee, I decided to move onto the Journal Sentinel. Immediately, a couple of advertisements popped up, making me almost want to exit out of the site. The site felt like it needed more structural work and less overwhelming content. I went to the entertainment section to check out what articles they had, but (again) didn’t have any luck finding anything interesting relating to my topic. So I went to the search tab and looked for articles about tattooing. The following caught my attention the most:
The article was called “An Army veteran who was captivated by tattoos as a child is the owner of the first tattoo shop in Grafton.” Fredrick Meyer grew up West Bend, and was influenced at an early age by the idea of tattoos through his family members, who had a few. Fredrick was always surrounded artists, including his dad and older sister. It wasn’t long before he started drawing on himself with washable markers all throughout middle school and high school. This helped him gradually get better at his art skills. One day, his big sister’s boyfriend (who was a tattoo artist at the time) taught Fredrick how to tattoo and pierce. His first tattoo he ever did was on him self of a Walmart smiley face that is now faded and scared. After graduating high school, he joined the army and continued to tattoo- but this time it was his fellow soldiers which gave him some practice. After finishing up his time there, he applied at a tattoo school in Louisiana and learned even more about the craft. Fredrick got homesick and moved back to Wisconsin were his opened up his own and first ever tattoo shop in Grafton. I think this story is interesting to me because as a tattoo artist for 6 years, and I’ve always wanted to have my own collective of artists and studio which I hope to have a couple years after I graduate college
Upon opening this site, I really enjoyed the simplicity, as well as not having advertisements jumping at me left and right. I felt it had nice structured formats, enough images with content and comfort to move around the site freely with out wanting to leave. Everything I saw looked really interesting, I wanted to dive in and read all the different categories and articles. The Lifestyle section stood out to me, mostly because living a life you enjoy can sometimes require maintaining your looks, home environment, and health. I think this magazine it gives good information to feed off of and learn from.
At first scroll through I definitely noticed a lot of advertising for all kinds of firms and companies, and it seemed they wanted to focus most on the Best of Milwaukee 2019 award. For those owning a business, this looked like a great opportunity to get exposure and bring more customers in. I’ve heard about this program for the first time 5 years ago while I worked at a tattoo shop, Moving Shadow Ink. They would always ended up winning Best Tattoo Shop in Milwaukee. I have high ambitions to get this award one day after graduating from college.