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Pokers Tattoo

pokersThis article is dedicated to a working class tattoo artist, Chris Unger founder of Pokers Tattoo Shop in Las Vegas.

One thing we have in our beautiful city is a large population of tattoo artists.  There are shops all throughout the city and let’s face it everybody knows someone who knows someone right?

For some reason finding the right tattoo artist still can be a challenge though. Then deciding what to get becomes an over whelming  task. Of course, having fears about putting something so permanent on your skin is normal and wise. Not to mention the pain involved which almost isn’t worth it, until you see how great it looks.

It can be devastating to become a victim of a tattoo gone wrong. Trust me I know. Not only is it painful and expensive but that awesome feeling of seeing your great new art is deflated into, “Oh My Gosh what am I going to do”. What can you do but wipe your tears, go home tail tucked and swear you’ll get it fixed, eventually.

For me, the new addition of my permanent mistake was on my obviously visible forearm which forced me to be stuck showing off the pathetic attempt of art or be forced to wear long sleeves most of the time. I even hated talking about it and of course everyone has questions no matter how it comes out.  Honestly though, long sleeves and living in the desert, lets just say for years I was answering a lot of unwanted questions.

Fast forward 9 years and I no longer have to wear my sleeves of shame. By chance a couple of summers ago I happened to meet the skilled and experienced, Chris Unger, a true tattoo artist. As I was waiting in line for a beer, I happened to over hear a conversation from a man standing behind me. He was speaking to Chris about covering up a horrific tattoo. My ears involuntarily perked immediately, I tried terribly hard not to eavesdrop. Lucky for me, Chris must’ve seen questions written all over my little face. He caught my eye and  busted out, “you interested in a tattoo?’ Before I knew it I went from wanting to fix a half dollar size tattoo on my inner forearm to creating ideas to do a full sleeve on my left arm which would cover my tattoo blemish as well. After that it was only a couple of weeks before I took my first climb up the long stairway above Dead Man’s Tattoo Supply Shop to Chris’s tattoo shop, Pokers. Bottled up with nerves and anxiety (this was my first tattoo in years), I was instantly relieved to walk in and see a clean organized and professional shop.

Then my fears quickly slipped away as he took a great deal of time to talk with me about my ideas and how he could incorporate them appropriately onto my skin. The experience became even more authentic when he didn’t even bother to use tracing paper for the outline of my tattoo. Chris took a sharpy to sketch some basic lines on my arm (that looked ridiculous to me, artists always amaze me) and worked free hand from there. It is such a great feeling to know your tattoo cannot be replicated. Mine is designed specifically for the curves and crevices of my skin and mine only. Talk about making a girl feel special.

I was so proud after my first session and other people where impressed as well, even my doctors. Just my outline was getting plenty of attention and questions worth answering. Plus, there was no embarrassment or shame to hide under, a weight had been lifted. Also I couldn’t help but notice that with the several tattoos I had gotten before none of them ever healed so flawless. The next day it was barely tender to touch, Chris had promised me (since I am a big baby), “It’s all in the technique”. This was definitely the best tattoo experience I’d ever had. I would like to give a big shout out to Chris Unger for creating something phenomenal with his talent.

So for any of you ink freaks or ink virgins out there looking for a great tattoo and don’t know where to go, Pokers is where it’s at. His shop features several tattoo artists that will help you put those crazy ink ideas onto your skin. The shop is located on Russell and Valley View Blvd, which means it is only a quick trip from the strip, for all you tourists. Also conveniently located just beyond the strip for all you locals.  Set your fears aside as you are guaranteed quality ink at Pokers so don’t hesitate to call. You won’t be disappointed.

Phone 702-736-6667

Address 5720 S. Valley View Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89118

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2012 Housing Growth

Happy 2013 Las Vegas. The new year is already bringing excitement not only because congress got the fiscal cliff taken care of but for Las Vegas there are many projects in the works. These projects are good news for the valley, since the recession hit building projects have been stagnant and Nevada’s bounce back has not been easy. Not only do us desert dwellers have such projects as sky wheels and water parks to look forward to but the housing market seems to be climbing back as well. Since Las Vegas bared the brunt of the worst housing crisis in history it has been unclear what would happen next. With the  market crash houses were left at 60 percent of their values leaving banks and homeowners in desperation. So what now? 2012 showed real promise for the Las Vegas housing market. Houses still are not worth what they were during the time period before 2008 when the inflation bubble was being taken advantage of by banks, buyers and sellers. Realtors had a great year in 2012 and are looking forward to 2013. Since people have been forced from their homes and banks are refusing to forgive or adjust mortgages they are being left with thousands of empty houses they need to get rid of. Of course this is happening at rock bottom prices which makes me wonder, wouldn’t it have been easier to work with the homeowners? Also, there has been an influx of residents from California who refuse to ride out the recession any longer in the Golden State.

Most properties being sold are in the lower end of pricing but there is always those luxury buyers and you have to admit Las Vegas is still luxurious. So we have put a list together to show the six most expensive home sales in Las Vegas for 2012.

  • 1. 7 Falcon View Court, Las Vegas

    Sale recorded: Sept. 11

    Price: $8.35 million

    Description: Two-story, 10,650 square feet, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms. Built in 2009. Features a porte cochere, motorized glass pocket doors, double island kitchen, wine room and theater.

  • 2. 9401 Kings Gate Court, Las Vegas

    Sale recorded: July 16

    Price: $7 million

    Description: Two-story, 15,802 square feet, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms. Built in 2002. Has theater and fitness rooms, an elevator, a lazy river pool and an eight-car garage.

  • 3. 30 Olympia Hills Circle, Las Vegas

    Sale recorded: May 31

    Price: $5.6 million

    Description: Two-story, 14,148 square feet, eight bedrooms, 13 bathrooms. Built in 2009. Has an elevator, marble floors, home theater, hand-painted ceilings and a wine cellar that holds more than 600 bottles.

  • 4. 5 Promontory Pointe Lane, Las Vegas

    Sale recorded: May 2

    Price: $5.15 million

    Description: Two-story, 12,496 square feet, five bedrooms, nine bathrooms. Built in 2009. Sits on a Summerlin hillside overlooking the valley. Includes a 480-bottle wine cellar, six-car garage, theater, game room, security cameras around the perimeter, a 12-person spa and an outdoor kitchen.

  • 5. 5100 Spanish Heights Drive, Las Vegas

    Sale recorded: Jan. 19

    Price: $4.5 million

    Description: Two-story, 14,306 square feet, seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms. Built in 2003. Former home of actor Nicolas Cage. Has 16-car garage, an elevator and a theater room. Master bedroom has a balcony and a sitting room.

  • 6. 45 Hawk Ridge Drive, Las Vegas

    Sale recorded: Aug. 16

    Price: $3.7 million

    Description: Two-story, 7,016 square feet, four bedrooms, six bathrooms. Built in 2009. Located on the eighth green of Bear’s Best Las Vegas golf course.7. 8 Morning Sky Lane, Las Vegas

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