Thursday, October 22, 2009

Gallery show!

    I have more news!!!  I will be showing my artwork at the Portside Parlor and Art Gallery located at 20 S. 2nd Street in Philadelphia. First Friday in November!! This is a group show with my fellow tattooed friends from Body Graphics and No Ka Oi Tiki Tattoo. So excited!!!!

    Here's more new art!

    Garuda Painting for sale: $200.00  prints will be available after Nov. 10th. Contact me to get one from me directly! The Pink skull from a previous post will alos be available.

    Another painting/print for sale. Watercolor on Paper. I will have prints of these made for cheap!

     IVA-CULA!!!!  Also for sale, acrylic on canvas

    Sneak peak at new ORCHIDS flash page! (Coming Christmas!)

    More to come!!!!


    I finally was able to come into the shop early enough to get some practice in.... grapefruits!

    I have been pretty frustrated lately, with the whole thing. It felt good to just sit down and listen to the machine for a little while before my mentor came in to watch. I know that I signed up an "old school" apprenticeship, and its very difficult to just be patient and take in all the information that you can. After watching 3 friends go from apprentice to "professional" tattooer in less than 2 yrs, I have a better appreciation for those that have really put in their time. I'm blessed to know that I am one in very few of my generation to receive a "real" apprenticeship, one that will actually count for something. I have been apprenticing for 2 yrs and 3 months, still have yet to tattoo a paying customer. My friends bug me to practice on them, and I feel like if I am made to wait any longer I will explode! I get alot of "what kind of tattoo apprenticeship doesn't have you actually tattooing?" Well, after I am done these 3-4 yrs, I will not only be able to put in a clean and solid tattoo, but I would have built the machine I tattooed with, built the needles I used, spun the coils on my machine, mixed the inks used to put in the tattoo, and fixed up the broken clip cord after it shorted out during that tattoo. How many "professional" tattooers can say that that are under the age of 30? Not many, but I will. The tradition behind tattooing really interested me from the beginning, and the MOST traditional thing about tattooing is the road which you take to actually learn how to do it. Just like when Leonardo apprenticed Raphael. I am so excited to start, and don't have much farther to go.

    So, to the grapefruits!! Practiced some vines hand drawn on a grapefruit as stencil doesn't go too well. My linework is not as shaky as before, but I need to get better at pulling long lines and picking up on started ones. That seems to be hardest part for me so far. "SLOW THE HELL DOWN!" I have to keep telling myself. I paint very fast, and therefore draw fast.... but tattooing is forever, no erasers people...

    That's all for now, will post some more artwork in a bit.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Art show coming up!

    Just posting that I will be showing at the Portside Parlor and Art Gallery, the new tattoo shop/ Art Gallery in Olde City, Philadelphia. Me, along with many other artists from our shops will be exhibiting at a group show on the First Friday in November. Most works will be for sale, so stop by and buy something to feed our broke asses!!

    Featuring previously posted Blue Skull and pink skull, along with the Garuda painting and a small painting of a Hula girl.

    Will post soon!

    Thanks and come check it out!

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