The Solar Eclipse Is Coming, The Solar Eclipse Is Coming!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you probably know that a solar eclipse is coming our way on Monday, August 21st and if you live in the USA, there are parts of the country where you will see all or some of it. We haven’t had one since 2009. Now unless you are planning on watching this phenomenon from the comfort of your home on the television or streamed somewhere on the websites of the globe, its IMPERATIVE that you are wearing the proper eye protection. According to the news reports, libraries across the country as well as your neighborhood optical place should have free glasses that will allow for a safe viewing of said eclipse. The stuff down in the photograph below are NOT recommended for viewing this eclipse.

The friends circle who follows my Swarm app check-ins know that my quest for a pair of these glasses has been less than successful. I also did these Check Ins on YELP and you can follow my account by clicking HERE (I don’t add those who I have not met IRL but following the profile works just as good). I called two area libraries who said they never had them and didn’t think they’d arrive before the eclipse and the larger pharmacy and retail stores like Rite Aid, Walgreens and Duane Reade didn’t have them either. As a matter of fact one clerk tried to sell me these lens covers that you see below. I quickly informed him that this is NOT what people are asking for and unless the store wanted lawsuits afterward they should not try to push these are safe to use. Oh I didn’t buy these from that visit but they are perfect for covering my regular glasses in the bright sun.

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The “Fear The Riff” Expo Is Coming To Brooklyn In October

It’s not often that I actually post a press release on both of my websites, but with this brand new “Fear The Riff” Expo that is heading to the beautiful Brooklyn Expo Center in October, it was something that I really needed to do. Check out the full press release below along with the show poster and I’ll close up with some thoughts about the matter.

The Press Release:
Brooklyn, NY – The first annual FEAR THE RIFF Expo will be coming to Brooklyn on October 7, 2017. Gearheads, effects aficionados and fans who want to meet their heroes alike will enjoy the event, happening at the Brooklyn Expo Center from 10am through 8pm.

The Guitar industry is in the midst of a true renaissance. A surge of innovative boutique and small batch crafters have carved out an exceptional market for true tone seekers and gear heads. FEAR THE RIFF is proud to have assembled the best in boutique guitar effects, amps and accessories in the country’s greatest city, New York. For one day, 50-plus vendors will converge upon Brooklyn’s expo center to demo their latest creations to industry, press and of course music fans from all over. FEAR THE RIFF Expo is the perfect environment for makers to network, get exposure for their latest creations and sell inventory on-site directly to the public.

In addition to the one-on-one experience attendees will have discussing products with the makers, they will also have access to our SAM ASH Sponsored demo stage. Throughout the day highlighted companies will have a chance to demonstrate products to the crowd. Renowned sponsored artists may show up to promote their favorite essentials and meet their fans.

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Sights and Scenes From “Sweet Suite” 2017: Part 1

As a creative who’s been covering the American International Toy Fair since 2011, I must admit that it’s been a blast to expand the event narratives right here on The Chronicles Of PiercingKen. I decided to do that in addition to what goes up on but this is about another event entirely for you see back back in 2016, I was fortunate enough to meet the kind folks at The Toy Insider

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It was great to add this happening to my series of toy related narratives and while last years event was on a luxury yacht, this years showcase was down in the Chelsea Piers which according to Skeleton Pete has happened there a few times before. Giving this an overlook as we walked in to set up, it felt like this would be a better way to absorb the items being showcased since it was all on one level. With the yacht, you were on three floors and there was a chance to miss something by accident. One never wants to miss anything at an event like this when it comes to toys.

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The Sweet Suite 2017 Looks Promising

Last summer, I attended my very first “Sweet Suite” event which is an interesting gathering of companies, Internet influencers and the media. I posted several narratives with lots of images that can be reviewed via THIS LINK. The poster above was a part of a reminder email that I received the day before yesterday to make sure that I had it on my calendar and knew all the specs and what was to be expected in terms of finds this year. My plan for this years event is to come back with even more pictures to generate even more posts for your viewing pleasure. With the holidays coming steadily for us, it will be great ammunition if you like shopping early. I’ll close up now with a reminder to keep an eye on our Official Instagram as well for any of the side moments that are snapped and shared immediately to that social network. All of the coverage for the 2017 Sweet Suite will be posted on “The Chronicles”. Thank you for your kind attention.

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“Happy Independence Day” 2017 America!!!

Hey there readers, it’s Independence Day once again and for those keeping count that means we have been doing this sort of holiday for 241 years since our Country was founded in 1776. That’s still pretty young when compared to some of the other nations of the world but that’s fine by me as I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. As I’ve done over the years, when a holiday rolls around I try to secure some topical images and share them with you all. Here are a couple of those images in celebration of our nations birth. My first image is actually of the small flag that hangs on the inside door of my apartment. Believe it or not I found this lying in the street some years ago after a parade and I couldn’t let that be the case so I picked it up, washed it off and gave it a good press. Now it hangs proud in the Creative Command HQ for The Chronicles.

These next two images are from my wanderings in my beautiful Bay Ridge neighborhood. This house often sets up a nice display but I’ve never seen the residents to thank them for always upping the decorating game for the area.

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