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ANCIENT INK – Photographs by Mark Perrott

Tattoo ornamentation in America has come a long way since the early 19th century. While previously ignored and considered to be on the fringe of society, tattoos have reached an accepted, aesthetic level that is celebrated throughout mainstream America.

Photographer Mark Perrott has spent several decades documenting tattooed Americans. He began his study in 1979 at Island Avenue Tattoo in Pittsburgh, PA, and has explored tattoo parlors all across America. Coming up this month at the Erie Art Museum, Bacon Gallery, is a show of Perrott's current series, ANCIENT INK. Mark focuses his camera on the now increasing tribe of highly decorated and graying Americans, introducing the viewer to dozens of individuals, including Jim and Marge.

Jim, 2016, 50 in. x 50 in. inkjet print on© 2016, mark perrott 
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth.

Marge, 2016, 50 in. x 50 in. inkjet print on© 2016, mark perrott 
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth.

Pittsburgh native Mark Perrott has worked as a professional photographer for the past fifty years. In addition to his commercial work, which includes portraiture and photography for annual reports, Perrott has spent his life making photographs that document Pittsburgh’s citizens and its rich industrial landscape. In the early eighties, he gave special attention to the life and death struggle of steel in the Mon Valley, with a special focus on the Jones & Laughlin steel mill and its Blast Furnace Department, informally known as “Eliza.” Photographs from this project were used to create the book ELIZA, published in 1989 by Howell Press. In 1999, he published HOPE ABANDONED, a four-year investigation of Eastern State Penitentiary, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2013, he published his third book, E BLOCK, an extended photo essay on Western Penitentiary. Perrot's photographs are included in numerous museum collections, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Remembering Pittsburgh - Photos by David Aschkenas


A lot has changed in Pittsburgh over the last 40 years - the city has changed from an industrial center commonly known as the Steel City, to a technology center with high tech companies and universities populating the area.

Photographer David Aschkenas will be presenting Pittsburgh as it was with a series of black and white photographs shot between 1978 and 1982. His show, Remembering Pittsburgh, works by David Aschkenas, will be opening on April 7, 2017, at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Lantern Gallery. (And, as David mentioned, it's an opportunity to check out black and white prints on Epson's Legacy Platine paper.)

David Aschkenas has been a photographer for more than 30 years. His work has appeared in publications such as Time, Men’s Health, Good Housekeeping, Stern More, Marie Claire, PC World, Der Spiegel, Pittsburgh Quarterly, among others. Aschkenas’s work is held in numerous collections, including the Carnegie Museum of Arts, Pittsburgh, PA; The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts; University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK; the Polaroid Corporation; The Howard Heinz Endowment and The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.

Small, Light and Powerful Windows 10 Notebooks

We've singled out a few PC notebooks that are small, light and powerful. They are all Windows 10 Pro computers, and they either have a 3 year warranty or an option to add a 3 year warranty with purchase.

Acer Aspire R7 Convertible - is great for basic business computing. The notebook includes an Intel Core i5-6200U processor, a 13.3" 1920x1080 touchscreen, 8GB of memory, a 256GB solid state drive and it weighs 3.53 lbs. The 1 year warranty can be upgraded to 3 years for an additional 109.99. It's currently priced at $699.00.

Lenovo ThinkPad E470 is a high powered, but lightweight notebook.. It includes an Intel Core i7 7500U processor, a 14" 1920x1080 display, 8GB of memory, a 256GB solid state drive and it weighs 4.1 lbs. It's currently priced at $969.00.

HP EliteBook 840 is great for business computing. It includes an Intel Core i5 6200U processor, a 14" 1920x1080 display, 8GB of memory, a 256GB solid state drive and it weighs 3.4 lbs. It's currently priced at $1,259.00.

HP ZBook 15U G4 is great for workstation class computing. It includes an Intel Core i7 7500U processor, a 15.6" 1920x1080 display with an AMD FirePro W4190M w/ 2GB, 8GB of memory, a 256GB solid state drive and it weighs 4.19 lbs. It's currently priced at $1,389.00.

Dell Latitude E7470 Ultrabook is great for business computing. It includes an Intel Core i7-6600U processor, a 14" 1920x1080 display, 8GB of memory, a 256GB solid state drive and it weighs 3.31 lbs. It's currently priced at $1,569.00.

HP EliteBook 1030 is great for business computing. It includes an Intel Core i7-7600U processor, a 13.3" 1920x1080 touchscreen, 8GB of memory, a 256GB solid state drive and it weighs 2.82 lbs. It's currently priced at $1,669.00.

Epson Poster Paper Production

Epson has a new, and inexpensive paper - Poster Paper Production - that is perfect for posters, signs and displays. And, it's available in longer rolls - either 200 ft. or 175 ft., so you can run long jobs with less downtime for reloading paper. A 24 inch x 200 ft. roll of 175gsm paper costs less than 22 cents per square foot - vs. 43 cents per square foot for Epson's Semigloss 170gsm paper. Poster Paper Production is available in both 175gsm (7 mil) and 210gsm (9 mil) weights, and in 17, 24, 36, 44 and 60 inch widths.

Click this link for a listing of Epson's Poster Paper Production's available sizes and weights. And, if you would like printed samples of the paper, please give us a call.

If you are looking for a high volume printer, you can save up to $2,500.00 on Epson's new SureColor P10000 and P20000 printers. Click this link to see Epson's production printers.

Or, if you want a printer that is fast, inexpensive and great for signage, you can save up to $1,700.00 on Epson's SureColor T-Series 5-color printers. Click this link to see Epson's T-Series printers.

New Epson SureColor P5000 Series Printers

The Epson SureColor P5000 printers are the anticipated replacement for the Stylus Pro 4900. The new P5000's incorporate a number of improvements, including:

Refined printer design - improved dust and static control for reduced printhead nozzle maintenance

Improved Black density - higher-density Black pigments for a wider contrast ratio and enhanced clarity for both color and black-and-white prints

Exceptional print permanence - offers next-generation pigment ink technology for up to twice the overall print permanence than the previous generation of ink

Remarkable detail - Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead delivers high print speeds with 360 nozzles per color channel, with variable-size ink droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters

And, the printers are available in 3 configurations:

Standard Edition - 10-color UltraChrome HDX Ink set features Orange and Green and three-level Black inks supporting advanced black-and-white photographic printing

Commercial Edition - includes an all-new Violet ink (in place of Light Light Black) to deliver an industry-best 99 percent PANTONE® PLUS FORMULA GUIDE solid-coated color matching, ideal for commercial and flexographic proofing applications.

Designer Edition - offers all the features of the Standard Edition, plus it includes EFI® Fiery® eXpress for Epson, an industry-leading software RIP with true Adobe® PostScript® 3™ for accurate CMYK and spot color printing.

For a listing of the SureColor P5000 models, click this link.

Rebates Available!

• Purchase an Epson SureColor P5000 Standard Edition printer by May 31, 2017, and you will be eligible to receive a $150.00 rebate from Epson.

• Purchase an Epson SureColor P5000 Designer Edition printer by May 31, 2017, and you will be eligible to receive a $200.00 rebate from Epson.

• For complete details, please download the Epson rebate form for this promotion.

Best Low Cost Color Accurate Displays

We've assembled a line-up of lower cost color accurate displays - that provide 100% sRGB and/ or Adobe RGB color accuracy. The are Asus, BenQ or Dell brand displays - not the big names like Eizo or NEC, but the displays do provide great value and great color. Click this link for our listing of color accurate displays at affordable prices.

Best Current PC Values

We've singled out a few PC's that currently provide the best performance for your dollar. They are all Windows 7 Pro computers (that include a Windows 8 or Windows 10 upgrade in the box), and they all have 3 year manufacturer's warranties.

Dell Optiplex 3040 - great for basic business computing - it includes a fast Intel Core i5-6500 processor, 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive. And, for the next couple of weeks, it's selling for $569.00.

If you want a great entry level workstation, check out the new HP Z240 Workstation - it comes with a reasonably fast E3-1245V5 3.5Ghz Xeon processor (CPU Benchmark of 10,385) and it includes a 256GB PCIe SSD and 8GB of memory. It's currently priced at $1,119.00.

Or, if you want a faster workstation, the Lenovo ThinkStation P410 - is a great choice - it comes with a fast Xeon E5-1650V4 processor that clocks in at 13,509 on the CPU Benchmark scale (vs. 9,951 for an i7-6700), 16GB of memory, and it includes an NVidia Quadro M2000 video card with 4GB of memory. It's currently priced at $1,869.00.

Epson SureColor P800 Sample Prints

We've been busy printing samples on our Epson SureColor P800 printer. We've been using some great test photos and printing on Epson Legacy papers - Baryta, Etching, Fiber Rag and Platine. And, we've been printing on Hahnemühle media as well - Baryta FB, Daguerre Canvas, FineArt Pearl, German Etching®, Photo Rag® Baryta, etc. We've been using the manufacturer's profiles for the printing, and the results have been outstanding.

If you would like a sample print, please call us and we'll send it out to you - you'll be able to see what the combination of a great printer and great paper can do.

Microsoft Pays $10K for Unauthorized Windows 10 Upgrade

Last Month, Microsoft paid a California travel agent $10,000 after she won a judgment in small claims court by successfully arguing that an unauthorized upgrade to Windows 10 crippled her work PC... Read the complete article at computerworld.com.

Malware from Microsoft!

Microsoft has gotten really outrageous with it's Windows 10 upgrade offer - it's now tricking people into upgrading who don't want any part of Windows 10. This is really upsetting - everyone that I know who uses a PC has bought their computer - they own it - but, Microsoft is acting like they own your computer and that they can do whatever they want to do with it - like forcing a Windows 10 upgrade whether you like it or not!

For complete details about this new Microsoft scam, read the article at pcworld.com!

And, remember that, if you haven't upgraded to Windows 10, you can use the free GWX Control Panel or Never 10 to get rid of this annoying malware from Microsoft.

Have You Upgraded to Windows 10?

We are old fashioned and don't like to do upgrades just because they are available - especially to a "free" operating system that bugs you to send money to Microsoft and does a much more thorough job of communicating what you are doing to Microsoft after you upgrade. Here are a few of tips that should help if you do choose to upgrade.

Turn off Windows 10 Peer-to-Peer updates and App Store software downloads - the Microsoft update service that uses your PC to provide updates to other Windows 10 computers. Follow the steps in this How-To-Geek article to disable the update sharing.

To get a more familiar look to your Windows 10 installation, install Classic Shell, available at this link. You'll get a more comprehensive and usable Start menu.

Replace the missing software DVD player with a popular free player - VLC media player.

Windows 10, by default is pretty invasive - it generously provides advertising from Microsoft, watches everything that you do, freely shares your wireless network, etc. You can read this PC World article about Microsoft's intrusiveness. And, you can download Win10Privacy to automate setting privacy settings.

If you just can't deal with your Windows 10 upgrade, and have been using it for less than 30 days, follow the steps in this Teching It Easy article to roll back to your previous operating system.

And, finally, if you haven't upgraded to Windows 10, you can use the free GWX Control Panel to get rid of the annoying and constant upgrade reminders. Or, you can get Never 10 from Gibson Research Corporation.

Ricoh Printers - Low Cost Per Copy

Buyers Lab tests show that many Ricoh printers cost significantly less to operate which is one reason why they "highly recommended" all six of these printer models.

Ricoh SP 213nw - black and white cost per copy as low as 3 cents.

Ricoh SP 3600dn - black and white cost per copy as low as 1 cent.

Ricoh SP 4510dn - black and white cost per copy as low as .7 cents.

Ricoh SP C252dn - color cost per copy as low as 8 cents.

Ricoh SP C252sf - color cost per copy as low as 8 cents.

Ricoh SP C831dn - color cost per copy as low as 5 cents.

Buyers Lab® testing shows Ricoh printers can provide significant savings over the competitive average. Saving 4¢ per print equates to a saving $20 every 500 prints. Download a PDF with this information. Or, download a review of a Buyers Lab® report on the Ricoh SP C252dn and the SP252sf printers.

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