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Nick Wolack: Evolved Body Art

Nick Wolack, the owner of Evolved Body Art, poses in the old shop location above Too’s on North High Street. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo Editor

I am often fortunate enough to have the time available for a visit from Nick and staff members from his businesses. Unfortunately, this semester did not provide us a chance to schedule something. I wanted to toot his horn, though, as he was featured in The Lantern.

Evolved Body Art continues to be the only tattoo business that I “vouch for” because of their adherence to quality standards and their partnerships in a variety of ethical events and organizations. I am proud to call Nick a friend and consider him a colleague in the world of education.

Lantern Q&A with Nick Wolack

Care to learn more about some of the businesses and events at which Nick hangs his creative hat? See links below!

 

 

http://www.evolvedbodyart.com

http://www.traumacolumbus.com

http://www.rendezvoushair.com

http://www.draumacolumbus.com

 

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Speaker: Tara McKenzie Allison on September 6, 2016 @ 11:10 am

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Attorney Tara McKenzie Allison

Tara McKenzie Allison will be visiting my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Jennings Hall, Room 060) on Tuesday, September 6 from 11:10 am  to 12:30 pm.

Tara is a local attorney who graciously offers her time to my students. Active in the local LGBT community, Tara is a tireless activist supporting equal rights for all people. Her presentation is followed by an informative Question&Answer period. Previous students have described her visit as life changing… and that echoes my sentiments.  She is amazing.

If you are in another instructor’s 5440 or you’ve taken it with me previously… YES, you may come. But it is sometimes standing-room only, so be prepared. If you wish to bring a friend? The same thing applies. Make certain they are adults and tell them that chairs aren’t part of the bargain. Note: guests should not ask questions of speakers unless students have exhausted all of their inquiries.

This IS an extra credit opportunity for students in my 2367 class.

More about Tara:  In 1987, Tara received her undergraduate degree in Marine Engineering, from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Following graduation, she served as a Commissioned Officer in the US Navy. After being honorably discharged, Tara worked as a nuclear engineer for over a decade. She is a licensed Professional Engineer. In 1999, she partially completed a MBA degree, at the College of William and Mary, before relocating to Columbus. In 2005, Tara graduated from Capital University Law School, cum laude, passed the Ohio Bar Exam, and was admitted to the Ohio Bar. Following graduation from law school, she has served as General Counsel / Contracts Manager for a mid-sized, construction-industry company, in Lexington, KY. In 2008, she relocated back to Columbus, in order to start her own law practice. She is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She practices primarily in the areas of domestic/family law, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Transgender law, contract law, construction law, and civil litigation. Tara is an active public speaker on LGBT-related issues; she has spoken numerous times at The Ohio State University, The Ohio State University Law School, Capital University Law School, Dennison University, Ohio Northern University, Transylvania University, Columbus Alternative High School, the King Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio, and the LGBT Subcommittee of the Columbus Bar Association. She has been a presenter at the TransOhio Annual Transgender and Ally Symposium (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011). She has also spoken on LGBT issues at the 2010 Ohio Diversity and Leadership Conference, the 2011 Equality Ohio CAUSE Conference at Columbus State Community College, before the Columbus Community Relations Commission, and the Columbus Police Academy.

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Speakers: BDSM 101 with Barak & Sheba (March 10, 2016)

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Barak and Sheba (Of Adventures in Sexuality) will visit my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Townshend Hall, Room 247) Today (March 10th) from from 11:10 am  to 12:30 pm. to discuss BDSM 101 and stereotypes surrounding it.

After a brief introduction by the panel, there will be an informative Question&Answer period for students.

If you wish to bring a friend, make certain to tell them that chairs are not part of the bargain. There are just enough chairs for students enrolled in the class. All others should be prepared to grab a comfortable (?) spot on the floor.

This panel is offered to students along with academic readings on the topic (provided by their professor on Carmen) and classroom discussion.  Special attention will be given to the Hebert & Weaver article: Perks, problems, and the people who play: A qualitative exploration of dominant and submissive BDSM roles ( http://www.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/cjhs.2467

Barak & Sheba are pansexual, polyamorous, married partners who reside in Columbus, Ohio; with some gigantic cats. They are Contributing Authors for Sexis Online Magazine and have written numerous short stories and essays on Polyamory, Kink, and Sacred Sexuality. Traveling around the country, they present classes for Kink, Leather, and Vanilla audiences. On the first Monday of each month, you can hear them talking about all forms of creative sexual expression on BS’ing with Barak & Sheba hosted by the Erotic Awakenings Podcast network. Together they are the founding members and owners of Adventures in Sexuality(AIS), a fun, frolicking, PanPolyBSDM/Kink group in Central Ohio. Through AIS they are Coalition members of the NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom) are active supporters of The Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) and the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO). They currently promote Pansexual BDSM Educational Events in Central Ohio.

In their “Intro to Kink” presentation, they introduce the audience to the Who, What, Why, Where and How of Sensation, Roleplay, Fetish, and Bondage. You are hearing about Bondage, BDSM, Kinky Sex, and many of the taboo buzzwords thrown all over, since 50 shades came out. But what does it all mean? How do people “spice” up their relationship without going overboard? In this informational class, they discuss the general avenues that make up Kink, Alt Sex, or Creative sexuality. They offer some general guidelines, and provide a PG-13 rated “show and tell” that illustrates some key points.


 

Additional Links/Resources:

The Space V7m

The Columbus Space for Alternative Self Expression

Huffington Post Online article featuring Barak and Sheba:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pamela-madsen/kinky-sex-ohio_b_9195488.html

 

 

 



 

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Speakers: BODY MODIFICATION with Nick Wolak and Dakota (Evolved Body Art & Rendezvous Hair Salon) (March 1, 2016 @ 11:10 am)

Nick Wolak and Dakota will visit my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Townshend Hall, Room 247) Today (March 1st) from from 11:10 am  to 12:30 pm. to discuss body modification and stereotypes surrounding it.

After a brief introduction by the panel, there will be an informative Question&Answer period for students.

If you wish to bring a friend, make certain to tell them that chairs are not part of the bargain. There are just enough chairs for students enrolled in the class. All others should be prepared to grab a comfortable (?) spot on the floor.

This panel is offered to students along with a reading from Steve Lenius’ “Life, Leather, and the Pursuit of Happiness” about body modification along with a 2010 Article: Body modifications, sexual activity, and religious practices which examined correlations between body modifications (tattoos and piercings), sexual activity, and religious practices and beliefs.

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Nick Wolak is the proud parent of two amazing children – Lennox Jahi and Ayala Itzel.  He and his wonderful partner, Jennifer have dedicated their years together to balancing the endless tasks and joys of parenthood, academia, yoga/judo, body modification, meditation and traveling.

Nick has been in the industry since 1995 at Dos Gavachos Y Un Chilango Tattoos in Acapulco, Mexico. He has traveled to more than thirty countries where he has visited studios, done guest spots, and taken part in body modification rituals & ceremonies.

Nick completed his Masters degree at the Ohio State University in Somatic and Cultural Studies in 2002. His final project, “Somatic Piercing: The Art and Ritual of Body Piercing” portrays his experiences in body rituals as well as illuminates other piercers’ views on the matter.

From her page:

Dakota-staff-photo-2015-e1445010765434-246x300.jpgDakota has been cutting, coloring, styling, and essentially being madly in love with doing hair for the past 9 years. She followed her heart to the Aveda Institute Columbus after experiencing a few years of college and has never looked back. She has proudly spent her entire career at Rendezvous…. She especially loves to utilize her skills to help you achieve looks that are gender-bending, unexpected, or simply outside the norm: QUEER! But most of all, she thrives on making each and every person that sits in her chair feel like a rockstar, whether their hair is a neon rainbow or a natural brunette.

” I do hair to make people feel good. I do it not to perpetuate the ridiculous belief that we are not good enough, but rather to aid people in self expression, individuality, and self confidence.
With each person that sits in my chair, I hope to not only make them feel GREAT, but to remind them that self love is most important; and anything they do to alter their aesthetic should be solely for their own expression, and not as a result of societal pressure and standards.”

Instructor Note: Here are just a few of the things that keep Nick creatively connected to the Columbus community (and beyond):

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http://www.evolvedbodyart.com

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http://www.rendezvoushair.com

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http://www.traumacolumbus.com

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http://www.draumacolumbus.com/


Image of Nick Wolak source: http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/02/5b/e5/025be55fb4953b522783b18e3dae24e2.jpg

Image of Dakota source: http://www.rendezvoushair.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Dakota-staff-photo-2015-e1445010765434-246×300.jpg

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Speakers: SEXUALITY and BODY POSITIVITY with The Big Girl Burlesque (February 16, 2016 @ 11:10 am)

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Representatives from The Big Girl Burlesque will be visiting my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Townshend Hall, Room 247) on Tuesday, February 16 from from 11:10 am  to 12:30 pm.

bgb6If you are in another instructor’s 5440 or you’ve taken it with me previously… YES, you may come. But it’s standing room only, so you may need to grab a square of carpet. If you wish to bring a friend? The same thing applies. Make certain they are adults and tell them that chairs aren’t part of the bargain. Note: guests should not ask questions of speakers unless “paying” students have exhausted all of their inquiries.

The Big Girl Burlesque is a troupe of like-minded women who believe that size has nothing to do with sexy! They own their curves and love their bodies. They invite you to come see what a body positive burlesque experience can be!bgb8

Empowered, exciting and oh so erotic! Check out the Big Girl Burlesque at their monthly show: Sultry Saturday! It’s every 4th Saturday at The Blue Pickle!

Follow the Big Girls on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/biggirlburlesque
Twitter: Big_Girl_BurlyQ
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In addition to normal class readings, students were asked to read David Owen’s “Neo-Burlesque and the Resurgence of Roller Derby: Empowerment, Play, and Community.”

Abstract (from author): In both neo-burlesque and roller derby, there is a two-way communication between the audience (both male and female) and the performers/athletes that celebrates what the women (and sometimes men) on stage and on the track are doing. Using interviews with several burlesque performers and derby players, I demonstrate that bgb11there is a sense of community at both events between performers and audience, and that the art form of burlesque is not about monetary gain or exclusively for the pleasure of men. The burlesque performer is continually in communication with the audience through eye contact, performer-initiated physical contact, and invited audible response. I draw a parallel to roller derby as another outlet for women to express themselves outside of a traditional patriarchal frame for an audience of both women and men, paying particular attention to the acceptance of a wide range of body types, the creation of community, and a celebration of strength and skill not usually associated with women.



 

Students are encouraged to visit Leonard (Yes, Spock!) Nimoy’s FULL BODY PROJECT  featuring full bodied models in a variety of clothed and naked poses.

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Leonard Nimoy (From the Full Body Project)


Many of the images in this post were captured by the talented lens of Lightning Images.


 

Supplemental Videos/Links:

A more common media portrayal of burlesque (Cher’s Welcome to Burlesque from the film: Burlesque)


 

Due to their age, the following videos are all in the public domain and are available at ARCHIVE.ORG

A vintage video clip from the 1930’s featuring Sally Rand:

https://archive.org/details/Stripper-DancerSallyRand

Undated, The performer known as Kalantan:

https://archive.org/details/Stripper-DancerKalantan

A 1940’s era burlesque performer:

https://archive.org/details/1940sWartimeStripper


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Speaker: C.J. aka technicolor (September 25, 2014 @ 11:10 am)

technicolorAs a community educator, C.J. spreads a sex-positive message on-the-clock and off. She will be on the Ohio State University’s Main Campus this semester to discuss sex toys and their care. After sharing her experiences working at an adult toy store, she’ll answer questions about the types of merchandise offered at stores like GCJ: ( The Garden , The Chamber, and The Joint).

C.J. will be speaking in my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Classroom #143) from 11:10 am to 12:30 pm on September 25th. If you are in another instructor’s 5440 or you’ve taken it with me previously? YES, you may come. Students are welcome to bring guests (provided the individuals are over 18 years of age, respectful, and open minded). Please note: This is a full session which means that extra guests will be sitting on the floor or standing. Plan accordingly.

C.J. is willing to stay after class to talk further with students. She wishes to remind students that they are eligible for a 10% student discount at her stores by showing their Student I.D. Cards.

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C.J.’s Video Choice: Sex by Lovage

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(Columbus, Ohio) Free Walk-In Testing (HIV/Chlamydia/Gonorrhea) + Syphilis Testing Information at end

The Student Life Multicultural Center (MCC) partners with the Student Wellness Center (SWC) to offer free walk-in HIV/Chlamydia/Gonorrhea testing site on campus. During Fall and Spring semesters, testing will be offered every Tuesday between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. in the Student Life Multicultural Center starting September 2nd. Walk-in testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis; the last client is 30 minutes prior to the end time. For more details visit http://multiculturalcenter.osu.edu/resources/wellness/.
Now Offering Free Syphilis Testing every 1st Tuesday from 5 – 9 p.m.
Testing is confidential, blood will be drawn and results will be available in 5 days.
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The Student Life Multicultural Center and the Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center (GCMC) will offer additional HIV and STI testing every other Wednesday in the Student Life Multicultural Center from 6-9pm. Wednesday testing dates will be:
  • September 10th
  • September 24th
  • October 8th
  • October 22nd
  • November 5th
  • November 19th
  • December 3rd
All are welcome! GCMC strives to be a visible voice and a vehicle for accountability with the goal of ending stigma and providing mental and social support for the community members. For more information about GCMC visit www.columbusmpowerment.org.
Please take advantage of the services provided. If you would like more information, please contact the MCC at 614-688-8449 or email us at  sl-mccinfo@osu.edu.

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Star House Drive (Deadline March 8th)

An open letter to my students,
This is an opportunity for you to make a difference in the life of someone who has not been as fortunate as you. Some of you have dealt with homelessness in your lifetime, but most have not. I received the following email and wanted to be certain that all of you received it. This isn’t about extra credit or even about our classes, this is about a real need in your community. Please consider bringing in something (even just a tube of toothpaste or some hair care products if that’s all you can pick up) . See below for dropoff location in Campbell Hall. If you are interested in Star House, visit their site and/or view the short video at the end of this post.
Dear Students,
As you may know, our very own Natasha Slesnick is the Director of the Star House, which provides a safe place for homeless youth ages 14-24. Here, youth are provided with basic needs and social resources such as education, employment, healthcase, and housing services in the local community. More importantly, the Star House provides these youth with hope, care, and support during their time of need.
As part of an effort to forge an ongoing service commitment to the Star House, the GSO would like to invite you to bring the items listed below to 135 Campbell Hall THIS WEEK. We will wrap up the donation drive on Friday, March 8th and will deliver the items shortly thereafter.
Donation Ideas:
student clothing,food,bus passes,socks,underwear,toiletries,coats,back packs,sleeping bags, movie tickets ,MP3 players, etc
Best,
Letitia

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Career Services in February

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Reminder of Poly Visit today

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Just a reminder that the PolyColumbus representatives will be in my HDFS 5440 class today (an extra credit opportunity for those in my HDFS 2367 as well). While this semester’s group is considerably smaller than before, the two representatives are very active in the local community and will give insight into an often misunderstood way of living and loving. For more info, visit this recent post. At this time, no need to contact me if you are not in my 5440 class – there is ample space… just come!

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