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Friday Jones Flash of Inspiration Launch blends the Art of Tattoo with Astrology at The Life of Riley Studio

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Photo “The Big Talk Academy” founder, Tricia Brouk and Friday Jones (Photo Credit: Vital Agibalow)

Celebrity tattoo artist Friday Jones triumphant New York City return after a global career expansion now has her in 2024 on a mission to continue to lead the industry with renowned artistry and game changing standards. The rich tapestry of her profession over the decades is both notable and admirable with even more facts now to elevate her status. 

Holiday Mathis and Friday Jones with Guests (photo credit: Noelle Muñoz)

Return to her artisan roots in New York City to one of her original stomping grounds in the Chelsea neighborhood, Friday joins forces with The Life of Riley, a “beauty and beyond” co-working space where her private studio is located. At The Life Of Riley Friday maintains some of the highest standards set by New York City and regulated by the Department of Health as well as little-known industry standards. Such notable protocols include asking potential clients to wait two weeks before fully deciding on committing to getting questionable spontaneous tattoos as part of the movement to promote higher work ethics in the field by all skin artisans in the city.  

Expanding her business to new horizons, Friday unveiled the latest extension of her burgeoning work with the launch of “Flash of Intuition.” A one-of-a-kind, intuitively crafted fine art package with renowned Astrologer and author of “Rock Your Stars,” Holiday Mathis.  Inspired by a popular tattoo industry term, “Flash Of Intuition” includes an 8×10 hand-detailed collaborative fine art piece based on a significant date and printed on Hahnemuhle fine art paper. Also included in the package is a 15-minute bespoke meditation audio file and a remarkable tattoo stencil artwork that a favorite tattoo artist can use to bring the bespoke tattoo to life.

Stacey Smoker owner of Life of Riley (photo credit: Vital Agibalow)

The event debuted the unique interactive experience with Friday and Holiday where invited guests enjoyed a fascinating discussion weaving mysticism, tattooing and symbolic meanings in life. The Life of Riley hosted the event with special guest Tricia Brouk, founder of “The Big Talk Academy”, who acted as emcee during the inspirational evening. In addition to charcuterie and curated cocktails, guests received content creator-inspired Inspiration Cards created by Friday and Holiday specially for the Flash Of Intuition launch attendees.

For more details of Flash of Inspiration, please visit www.flashofintuition.shop

Friday Jones is a trailblazing tattoo artist, known for her exceptional talent and innovative approach to the art of tattooing. With a client list that reads like a who’s who of award-winners, supermodels, and world leaders, Friday has left an indelible mark on the industry. Her work has graced album covers and even iconic guitars, making her a true luminary in the world of tattoo artistry.

Bookings for Friday are available Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 11:00am and 6:00pm at The Life of Riley located at 163 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011. 

For more information, please visit www.fridayjones.net and www.thelifeofrileynyc.com

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Chinese New Year 2024 The Year Of The Dragon

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Chinese New Year 2024 falls on Saturday, February 10th, 2024, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 24th, 2024. Celebrations last up to 16 days, but only the first 7 days are considered a public holiday (February 10th–February 16th, 2024).

2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon. Dragon is the 5th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs, coming after the Rabbit and before the Snake. The next Dragon year won’t be until 2036 and will be the year of the Fire Dragon.

Dragon years are powerful, filled will boundless endlessly energetic vitality. It is a goal-oriented yet idealistic year, yet it is romantic. Dragons are visionary leaders. They know exactly who they are and possess the keenest sense of self among the 12 zodiacs of Chinese astrology. The dragon represents authority, prosperity, and good fortune.

Blue and purple, the numbers 6 and 8, west and northeast bring good luck for Dragons, while, black and red, the numbers 4 and 9, east and northwest are unlucky for them and should be avoided.

Here is how Dragon will effect you:

Rat (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020): Good news as rats and dragon get along really well. Black is lucky this year for you. Luck arrives in the workplace, so keep positive. In love keeping the communication open. Listen, listen listen for some highly romantic nights.

Ox (1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021): Slow and steady wins the race, and brings progress. All of the hard work from 2023 leads to financial gain. You need to balance work life and home life. At home peace and calm, as long as those balances are kept in check. 1 and 4 are what bring you luck.

Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022): Get ready for a competitive year in the workplace, If you can learn negotiating skills you will be fine. Finances, are secure, but friendships and relationships, need to be kept on a positive note or they will turn negative. Blue, gray, and yellow lily’s will bring good fortune.

Rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023): This is not going to be your best year for networking, promotion, communication or personal relationships. You will however find calm if you focus on inner peace. You are quick, adaptable and smart. Use those attributes to navigate the terrain. Red, pink, purple and blue will bring luck.

Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024): Fame and fortune are coming your way, especially when surrounded by silver and gold. You may experience a few setblocks in love, but if you are thinking of marriage, children or a career change there is no better year.

Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025): You are intelligence and adaptable and you will need this attributes. Be flexible; as there is change ahead, however you can find a way to discover new successes in this changing world. Make sure to communicate with loved ones, now is not the time to be stubborn. Make sure you destress. You luck comes through 2, 8 and 9.

Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026): Yeah horsies this is going to be a very good year for you. Now is the time to kick it into high gear for career advancements. Changes are coming your way. Try being a little calmer for happiness at home. Keep an eye on your health as issue may crop up No worries as this is a year of positivity and prosperity for horses. For luck it is the colors yellow and green.

Sheep (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027): This year will have periods of calm and periods of chaos. You will experience the highs and lows this year. Watch your finances as when you are low they will be in lack, but when you are in a high period revenue-increasing opportunities will come your way. The numbers 2 and 7 are lucky for you as are carnations.

Monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028): Monkey and dragon, get along well so great year for you. To be appreciated, this year just be good at what you do. Relationships are stable, so this is the year to work on you. Has there been something you have wanted to learn? Now is the time.new skill. 4, 9, and Chrysanthemums will bring you lick.

Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029): Roosters this year need to be careful and not step on the toes of others. If you are supportive and giving you will succeed and be blissful in all arenas of life. Do not take financial risks. Red brings good fortune to you this year.

Dog (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030): 2024 Is going to be full of ups and downs. You will feel as if you are on a rollercoaster, Patience and loyalty will bring which will lead to increased of finances. I am sorry to say financial success arrives more easily than relationships. Make sure you listen to loved ones. 3, 4 and 9 will bring luck.

Boar (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031): This sign is also known as the pig and you have much to celebrate. The pig is one of the luckiest signs in Chinese astrology. 2, 5 and 8 can bring good fortune. The year for you is how you treat others as they will treat you. Expect good fortune this year because you have been blessed.

Here are famous dragons:

  • Vladimir Putin: October 7, 1952, Water Dragon
  • Reese Witherspoon: March 22, 1976, Fire Dragon
  • Michelle Obama: January 17, 1964, Wood Dragon
  • Rihanna: February 20, 1988, Earth Dragon
  • Adele: May 5, 1988, Earth Dragon
  • John Lennon: October 9, 1940, Metal Dragon
  • Martin Luther King Jr.: January 15, 1929, Earth Dragon
  • Bruce Lee: November 27, 1940, Metal Dragon
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February Astrology

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I was so wrapped up in the February 2nd portal that I forgot to do the astrology for the month. Oh well a day late….

Pluto, Mercury, Mars, and Venus all make their way into Aquarius this month. On February 9, a new moon in Aquarius asks us to be who we truly are and not be afraid. If we are true to ourselves, then we are free to be present to others.

On February 10th, Chinese New Year ushers in the the Wood Dragon.

On February 16th Pisces enter with open hearts and emotions on display. On February 24th, the full Snow Moon in Virgo.

Aquarius: Happy Birthday! Now is the time to ground yourself. This should be an exciting month with new energy, opportunities and a dream coming true. It’s about time water bearers, as visions of a beautiful future are no longer your secret longing, but reality. You have always seen the future and now others are catching up to what you have so bravely kept burning.for the rest.

Pisces: Happy pre-birthday to you, but before that birthday it is time to reflect in your subconscious mind. This first part of the month is about looking into self-undoing. Time to unlearning and break patterns that no longer serve you. You are always helping others. If your interactions are unbalanced, spread your wings, withdraw and focus on you

Aries: .This year started a new 7-year chapter that will lead to success. You are being activated to find true connections. Be open to people you may have previously overlooked. Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive. You are on the right path, to where you want to go.This new path will open up so many doors. Just make sure to keep your eyes open.

Taurus: If you think or build it, it will happen. You will be inspired to achieve. You are being asked to write your story and create what it is your truly dream of. Jupiter, is hanging out in your sign until the end of May, so you have luck on your side and nothing to lose. Only your disbelief in yourself can stop you. Your empathy this month will be a blessing, so look to help those around.

Gemini: You will be out of your comfort zone this month as you are asked to break free from the real world. Tapping into your emotions will help, so do not suppress. You are being asked to find out where the anger, dissatisfaction and or rage in you lies. Acknowledge those feeling and get to the root cause. Understanding the why is actually a gift.

Cancer: You too are being asked to make peace and confront your shadows, secrets and attachments so you can move forward. Out with the unhealthy and negative, and in with the healthy and positive. You will find the willpower you need as your journey becomes about self. Lifestyle changes, moving, a makeover will lead to a new and better you.

Leo:  Kitties get ready to shine. Your career is highlighted with success and achievements. A phase of hard work is on route, but it will pay off with rewards and recognition. It’s possible that your success lies in the past, so if you have a project hidden somewhere time to unearth. Your house of partnerships is also on display, as you are asked how your relationships have shaped your world at large.

Virgo: Health as wealth and it is time to look at if your habits/rituals are serving you. You might want to take a look at your stress levels. Could a move be in your horizon? Work, home and location, are all highlighted and if your plan on making a change it is a wise decision. Organize and plan and let your interests, desires, and passions lead you to where you need to be..

Libra: Don’t get stuck in your head, as love is in the air if you only allow it. You are being asked to be open-minded. Why are you stuck? Your heart and the universe have been trying to show you the course of action. You are living your life like it’s “‘Groundhog Day”. Get out of your own head and the past. Stop being so stubborn. Embrace life and love you are primed to receive and reciprocate.

Scorpio: Core values, the karma of your ancestors are at play here. It’s time to uproot, so new roots can grow. If you are thinking of breaking free, make sure it is not out of boredom or frustration. Don’t act in haste. You will feel disconnected, frustrated and listless in your love life, but that is because you keep shutting your heart down. The heart wants what the heart wants and it is a powerful muscle.

Sagittarius:  For you communication, conversation and currency should be your motto. The briefest, simplest exchanges will lead to fulfilling those the three words. It is also time to clear away everything outstanding in your inbox. Priorities, focus and don’t procrastinate as it’s is all up to you Research before you make any big decisions because you don’t have all of the info, but soon you will.

Capricorn:  Wealth and your true definition of richness is highlighted. Key words are contribution, trust and community. Do you realize that love is wealth? In giving you get. If you life is not serving you time to bring it down and start a new with a stronger foundation.There is a six-week project which will lead to success. Demolition is just the first step.

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Full Moon In Leo

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The first full moon of 2024 happens Thursday in Leo. The energies that come with that are drama, creativity, enthusiasm, proud, playful, passion and exaggeration. Leo energy also brings confidence. This moon squares with Jupiter in Taurus, so you need to watch your spending or overindulgence in food.

This energy can give you the moment to get off your butt and get 2024 off the ground.

Expect to feel emotional and moody during this phase. If you feel pulled in two different directions, this is this transit. Now is not the time to repress your passions. This full moon gives you permission to move toward and embrace your passions. Leo can provide just the spark you need to get flowing again. Allow you passions and creativity lead the way.

Pluto (in Aquarius) will oppose this full moon in the sky, so beware of cutthroat battles for control. Be careful not to step on the wrong toes.

Here how this moon will effect your sign:

Fire Signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)

I met him at the candy store
He turned around and smiled at me
You get the picture
“Yes, we see”
That’s when I fell for the leader of the pack

You are the leaders of the pack for 2024. This full moon asks you to find your inspiration and step into your power.

Earth Signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)

Feelings, nothing more than feelings
Trying to forget my feelings of love
Teardrops rolling down on my face
Trying to forget my feelings of love

This moon will affect you the most emotionally. Just remember in embracing your feelings connections, and getting to know yourself on a deeper level can happen.

Air Signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)

People who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world
We’re children
Needing other children
And yet letting a grown-up pride
Hide all the need inside
Acting more like children than children

We all need people and this moon will make you long for the one that got away. It is never too late. Step past your fears.

Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)

Mark, a yen, a buck or a pound
That clinking, clanking, clunking sound
Is all that makes the world go ’round
It makes the world go ’round!

Money and power is yours for the asking in 2024. Time to innate your relationship with both of these elements that can leave you having mixed feelings.

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Pluto Is Back In Aquarius After 226 Years

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For the last 15 years, Pluto has been in Capricorn. What that means is our world and our personal drives were about success, organized institutions and death. However now that Pluto is in Aquarius, expect  transformation, personal growth, a sexual revolution and technology to be pushed to the limits. On January 20, Pluto went into Aquarius and stays until September 1, 2025. Pluto will then move back to Capricorn from September 1 to November 19, 2024. After that, Pluto will stay in Aquarius until 2044, with some progression into Pisces and retrogrades back into Aquarius along the way.

Pluto takes about 248 years to orbit the sun and makes important moves only once in a lifetime. The last time Pluto was in Aquarius was from 1778 to 1798 and The French Revolution and the Irish Uprising took place during those years.

I guess the question on everyones mind is how does this effect you?

Aries: Independence is your key phrase. Time to triumph over your fears. Journey on uninhibitedly to where you feel called. Your aspirations will be not be on your present path for the next couple of years. Be flexibility and adapt and the course will go much smother.

Taurus: You need to stand up and follow your intuition. Do not be afraid to stand out. Time to breaking free from relationships and career choices that are no longer serving you. Remember fears are never as scary as you think they are. Remain open to new opportunities and the possibilities that abound.

Gemini: This time for you will be empowering and liberating. Broaden your horizons and explore different philosophies and cultures. Travel and opening up your circle will help you to understand who you are. Time to be vulnerable, find your self-respect and self-worth will bring you the desires of your heart.

Cancer: Embrace this time of transformation and growth, as you evolve. I know it’s scary being dragged out of your comfort zone, but it will be worth it. Change is always hard, but for you it will bring  freedom, love and a spirituality. Personal growth, divine intervention will bring you ascention.

Leo: Oh kitties, relationship traumas will come to ahead. You need to work through the issues and establish stronger connections with others. Time to let go of the past and work on building healthy relationships. The good news is that you are energetic and full of creative jucies that will unravel the mysteries of the universe.

Virgo: The dynamics of relationships will be front and center. You have given your heart, love and support to the wrong people. The next 20 years are about fixing this. The universe wants you to shed the old and learn new skills. These new relationships will support you and offer you information that will help you move forward.

Libra: Healing your inner child brings you peace and liberates you out of generational trauma. You will be facing mirrors that make you see the truth, push you to your limits and out of your comfort zone. Time to take off the mask and become your authentic self. This chapter in your life is about taking leaps of faith. If you are brave the universe will have your back.

Scorpio: Home will mean everything to you. Your environment says who you are, but also allows you to express yourself. Time to step out of the old and familiar embrace all parts of yourself, Be willing to step outside and beyond the familiar and this time will see your finances flourish. This period should be an easy time for you.

Sagittarius: Laughter will be your best medicine. You need to listen to others, to your intuition and to messages from the divine. No more surface connections, it is time to expand your world and understand others yourself on a deeper level. Yes, you can still flirt and have fun, but you have a purpose that needs to be   fulfilled. and purpose-filled.

Capricorn: This time for you, is to go with the flow. Trust the universe, learn how to manifest and you will reap the rewards. You have been doing the inner work and it has paid off. Prioritize your finances and resources and make sure everything is in order as you find your voice, make new goals and new boundaries.

Aquarius:  This transit will influence you the most, as you are ushering in a new age of light, bringing healing and connection to the world. Time to live your life to the fullest both personally and professionally. You can finally reveal your authentic self to the world and your sharing with others will awaken and illuminate them. Time to shine. You were born for this.

Pisces: Your dreamy vibe is is about to thrive in the revolutionary, idealistic and collaborative energies. Expect to find your voice and awake. You also need to heal from old wounds that have kept you in prison. Don’t be afraid to embrace your shadow self and recognize these past hurts. The more you open up, the more you will be able to rise above them with self love.

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Astrology For January 2024

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Mercury goes direct on January 1st, as Capricorn season asks us to embrace better versions of ourselves. Mars enters Capricorn January 4th, so you need to conserve your energy. The Capricorn New Moon on January 11th, has us facing challenges, and breaking down walls. Embrace your personal and professional aspirations. Make sure that your emotions are not stopping you from moving forward. Have relationships woos or complications veered you off path, time to get back on your way. This is the time for new beginnings for all.

Capricorn: This is a significant month for you, as Mars, the planet of action, enters your sign for six weeks on January 4th. You will be filled with a deeper sense of purpose. Pluto in your sign, makes the decisions you make this month alter the course of the year for you. You will be faced with a choice. Choose wisely. Spirituality you will be awakened. As you draw admirers, you want substance over flattery. If they are not the real deal you would rather be alone.

Aquarius: This is a time of healing, closure, and solitude. You’ll feel like hibernating and being in seclusion. Be kind to your self. You’ll be in the mood to open up to people who are different and authentic. On the 20th, you’ll feel empowered and aligned making you highly charismatic, but you only want those who are real. This year is about striking balances in all areas of your life and creating a more harmonious living environment. These changes will reflect your inner growth and evolving perspective on personal space.

Pisces: Time to communicate your needs and ultimate desires. You become a magnet for what your heart is seeking. You have been given the green light to dream big, especially after January 11th. Strategize and your opportunities will grow. After the 20th, your sector of spirituality, closure, and healing is activated so think about taking up yoga, deep breathing, meditating, or journaling. The messages you receive while asleep will be intuitive insights that you’re receiving,

Aries: You are being encourages to redefine your professional goals and put in the work to see the rewards. Lately you have been triggered and felt stuck. On the 11th, a six-month chapter begins and you will receive more responsibilities and greater attention. On the 20th, tap into working with others for and even better advantage. On the 25th your social and love life, help you break free from self-imposed limitations in union. After the 27th, you’ll feel more confident and your self-esteem, will be on a high note.

Taurus: Time to redefine yourself for yourself and embark on a new chapter. You have been dreaming of this for months. Now put this into action. From the 11th on remain disciplined during this first half of 2024. Break free from routine in your closest partnerships, and open yourself up to meeting new people. On the 20th look for a roller coaster ride as you are thrown out of your comfort zone. Secrets from the past get revealed. The key is to remain honest with yourself.

Gemini: As the month begins, you’re ready to start over. A new romantic, creative, or friendships are what’s in order. You’ll be impatient or restless thoughout until the 11th. Ground yourself through fixing yourself and holding yourself accountable. After the 20th, you’ll be in your element, and are able to break free from any mental or physical hole you have found yourself in. The 25th sees communication that will have you celebrating.

Cancer: Have you felt like you have been being downloaded and overwhelmed? No worries that is over for the time being. For the majority of this month, your partnership sector is encouraging you to solidify the connections that feel mutually fulfilling. Be present with people who see and love you, as a key relationship may reach a metamorphosis this month if you remain open to letting love in. On the 20th, expect depth and intimacy to be activated. Remember you can love someone deeply without needing to consume them.

Leo: You need to create work and wellness routines that help you sustain your energy. You are burning yourself out. After the 20th, your focus will be on marriage and partnership and you will want to explore different relationship styles. The full moon is in your sign on the 25th, and you will feel electrified. This will energize you as you will fee this is the beginning of a new era in your life, one where you leave behind the need to please others and focus instead on making your inner child happy and healthy.

Virgo: You will feel at peace until 4th. For awhile now you have been working and creating behind the scenes. You will feel a strong urge to reveal what you have been working on and create and share more. Do not let your perfectionist streak, stop you. On the 20th, you’ll notice a significant shift in your spiritual side and will want to be of service to others. You may withdraw from what you normally do. Something major is shifting within you as the month closes, Think of this as a universal gift.

Libra: Time to have fun and there is no better time, as you’re on fire, flirtatious, and daring. With all this pent-up energy, you need some way of letting off steam. However you are so in your mind, that there will be an inner war of what you should or shouldn’t do. On the 20th you will find solutions to the perceived problems that have emerged due lack of communication. Get ready to reveal your true self to the people who love you for who you are, and not simply for what you can offer them.

Scorpio: What do you want for your life? What are you willing to do for it? This month will be transformative for you for six weeks starting on the 4th, activating your communication sector. You’re looking for ways to strategize and secure your empire. You are ready for fame and the money that comes with that. You want to solidify your foundation, but move with caution or  you’ll receive a cosmic wake-up call reminding you of your values. Let yourself be seen but also trust life itself.

Sagittarius: Ready to be the center of attention? You are feeling more confident and are ready for a fresh start. On the 4th, you’ll seek tangible ways to enhance your lifestyle. Now is the time to ask for that promotion or start a new job. After the 11th this will be a six-month chapter for financial growth. Do not shy away from self-discipline, especially the 11th to 21st. This time is setting you up for a foundation of success for months and possibly years to come. After the 20th, you can lighten up and enjoy.

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