The Best Air Compressors for Airbrush Art and More

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If you’ve only just taken up the art of airbrushing, you are probably wondering what your air compressing needs will be. Air compressors work on the basis of taking the air around you, compressing it in a storage tank and releasing it alongside any paint, makeup, etc. through your airbrush. The following is a list of some of the best air compressors for your airbrush art.

 

  • Paasche D3000R ⅛ HP Compressor with Tank

 

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Paasche D3000R ⅛ HP Compressor with Tank is a great product to use for airbrush art. As it’s name suggests, this one features a ⅛ HP piston compressor with a tank, includes a regulator with a moisture trap, delivers approximately 20-30 PSI, and has a noise level of 40 dbs. The lovely thing about this compressor is that it will stay off until the air tank runs low, resulting in less noise distraction. The regulator works beautifully and will allow you to adjust the pressure to whatever your needs are. This is a wonderful, quiet compressor that is well worth the price tag.

 

  • Master ⅕ HP Airbrush Tank Compressor

 

Master’s ⅕ HP Airbrush Tank Compressor is another great one on the market. This one is lightweight and compact and features pressure regulator with a gauge and a water trap filter that allows for you airflow adjustment as well as ensuring the air delivered is clean and dry. Additionally, this one has a noise level of 59 db, which is slightly louder than Paasche’s, but still relatively quiet. This air compressor, when compared to Paasche’s, is also much more affordable, making it a great compressor for money, even despite the louder noise level. This air compressor will be delivering all the air pressure you need at a decent speed, allowing you to get all the airbrush art that you need done.

 

  • PointZero ⅓ HP Pro Airbrush Air Compressor Twin Piston with Tank

 

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With PointZero Pro Airbrush Compressor, you will be completing airbrush art comfortably for hours. This air compressor features two power modes, provides maximum output pressure of up to 85 psi, and has a regulator with an integrated pressure gauge. It also comes with a water trap that is supposed to give you precise control and ensure the delivery of clean, dry air. Furthermore, this air compressor has an oilless design, making it suitable for a variety of applications, including food decorating, body art, etc. With the noise level of 59 dbs, it is no louder than the Master ⅕ HP Airbrush Tank Compressor; however, it does come at a steeper price point.

 

  • Iwata-Medea Studio Series Ninja Jet Single Piston Air Compressor

 

Iwata-Medea Studio Series Ninja Jet Single Piston Air Compressor is a reliable air compressor for the price value. Though it is loud, it is a dependable one and has the claim of zero-maintenance. LIke the Point Zero One, it has an oilless piston making it usable on food and body art and/or makeup as well. Included with this air compressor is a high-strength polyurethane hose, a built-in airbrush holder with a carrying handle. The only downside is that the airbrush itself must be purchased separately. However, this air compressor is easy to use, easy to clean, and functions reliably.

 

  • PointZero Portable Airbrush Air Compressor

 

This PointZero Air Compressor is similar to the the previous Point Zero one with the obvious difference that this one is portable. As such, it is tankless and has and “ultra-quiet” noise level of 55 dbs. PointZero claims that this air compressor works on demand and will run until it reaches 58 psi, “cycling off until pressure reaches 40 psi before restarting.” Luckily, these claims are well-founded. This air compressor is great quality and performs beautifully. This air compressor, like the other Point Zero one, is also oilless. This is a great buy for your airbrush art needs, especially any portable ones.

 

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Rad, Cheap Things to do in Brooklyn

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Entertainment doesn’t necessarily need to come at a cost, and despite the current rise in Brooklyn entertainment prices, the city should be no exception. The following is a list of things to do in Brooklyn whether you are look for free entertainment or entertainment under $5 or $10 respectively. Try all these things and you’ll amazed at how much fun you can have without spending insane amounts of money.  

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Visit a garden. Brooklyn has several gardens you can visit if admiring nature is something you enjoy. Narrows Botanical Gardens contains several mini-gardens of different varieties and are a perfect choice if you love flowers. Another botanical garden option is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This huge garden (52 acres) is a sight to see.

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Take a walk. Consider this one as killing two birds with one stone. You get a sight-seeing walk in as well as some exercise. The Brooklyn Bridge is a classic visiting place and a wonderful choice to go on a walk. Likewise, you have the Brooklyn Bridge Park. This park is a wonderful place to have a picnic or grill.

See a free concert. If you do some digging, you can find places in Brooklyn that hosts free concerts throughout the year. Brooklyn Academy of Music is one that is known for hosting 75 free concerts a year.

Visit a museum. Brooklyn also has some museums with free admissions. A good one to visit is the Waterfront Museum Barge.

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Visit the Brooklyn Public Library. The library exterior is a sight to see and you can learn a lot from the abundant books inside.

Take a free tour. You can find some locations in Brooklyn that gives free tours. The NY Distilling Company is one you can enjoy.

Go to Coney Island. This one is free so long as you abstain from riding any rides or purchasing any food. The walk itself can be entertainment enough.

$5 and under

Happy Hour. Though this is Brooklyn specific, you’ll be sure to find a bar in Brooklyn with a happy hour that will allow you to spend $5 or less per beer. Brooklyn Brewery is a good example.

Take a ride. Brooklyn houses some lovely locations for sight-seers and entertainment indulgers alike. The IKEA Express caters to both varieties. It takes you over the East River where you can find some more entertainment. The best part is is if you go on weekends, the ride is actually free. And while we’re on the note of riding, Jane’s Carousel is another great option.

$10 and under

Visit a museum. Brooklyn has a selection of museums for you to choose from that are under $10. At the Transit Museum you can learn about how the subway system got started. You can also visit the Brooklyn Museum and witness priceless works of art.

See some animals. Visit some monkeys at the Prospect Park Zoo or some shark and penguins at New York Aquarium.

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Get some food. Food is always a great way to entertain yourself. Visit the Promenade and get some pizza or cheesecake.

Grab a drink. Drinking is always fairly decent entertainment. Some good options are Barcade (a bar and arcade in one), or Other Half Brewing. Additionally, if you want a margarita to-go, you can find those at Turkey’s Nest.

Can You Make a Living as an Artist?

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Most everyone is familiar with the trope of the starving artist – men or women (most likely in desperate need of personal grooming) who barely manage to survive on a day-to-day basis despite working days and nights on their next masterpiece. Images of falling behind on rent, sleeping on futons, and restless nights of debates of transitioning to a typical 9-5 job come to mind. Despite this chilling cliche, it is very much possible to make a living as an artist in 2016 without depending on your next paycheck in order to pay for each and every meal. The question that then lends itself is “how?” How can one make an honest living as an artist? If this is something you’ve wondered and having a career as an artist is something that interests you, ask yourself the following questions:

 

  • Can you be flexible?

 

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Being an artist is certainly an unconventional job, and the challenges that are associated with it are as well. Unlike 9-5 jobs that are meant to be highly structured, being an artist lacks that structure entirely. And while at first, that freedom may sound appealing, it could well mean that you spend longer than the hours of 9-5 working on some days, and less on others. The ability to be flexible is essential if you want to make a living as an artist.

 

  • Do you get easily discouraged?

 

This ties into the aspect of being flexible. Odd working hours and lack of structure can be too much to handle for some. So if you are easily discouraged or weak-willed, being an artist isn’t for you.

 

  • Can you take criticism?

 

Any and every artist has been criticized at one point or another, and, unfortunately, this criticism may not always be constructive. Therefore, in order to survive in the world as an artist, you need to develop the ability (if you don’t possess it already) to take criticism in stride. Since you are ultimately in control of the output of your work, you can’t let criticism have the potential to halt all progress, or else you’re better off at a more conventional job.

 

  • Do you consider yourself weird?

 

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Though this is not a requirement of surviving in the world as an artist, it certainly is a good indicator that you’re headed in the right direction. This doesn’t mean that you should try to act as someone who you naturally aren’t. Everyone has aspects of them that are incongruent with others. Being an artist simply means you let those incongruent aspects flourish and rise to the surface, rather than suppressing them. If you take pride and indulge yourself in your weirdness, living as an artist may be for you.

 

  • Can you brand yourself?

 

This one is essential in order to succeed as an artist. Famous artists have a signature style, which is arguably how they ended up famous to begin with. Therefore, to follow in their footsteps, you would also need to find out what your style, or brand, is and sell yourself according to that brand.

 

  • Will you be prepared to generate income from varying sources?

 

Artists rarely make money simply from art sales. Therefore, you should be prepared to earn your income from varying sources and also, perhaps, to explore what those alternative sources will even be. Once again, living as an artist is an entirely different profession. Your income will most likely being coming from varying sources, so you will need to ask yourself if this is something you are prepared for. If so, living as an artist may just be for you.