Once again, so much work. Here are 2 pieces I have started this week, thanks to Totto and Myra.
I don’t know if everyone is familiar with the idea of the “Revival Tour” – the website states it’s “an acoustic collaborative event established in 2008.” I was lucky to witness a show of the first revival tour in 2008 in North Carolina, which included music by the amazing Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Austin Lucas, Ben Nichols (Lucero) and Tim Barry (Avail). It was absolutely amazing and I was thrilled to find out that the revival tour was finally coming to Europe, this time including Chuck Ragan, Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) and Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio). I was even more thrilled, when my good friend Matt asked if I wanted to come spend the day with him and the revival tour crew and tattoo some of them. Long story short, of course, I said yes and had a great time. Did 4 tattoos on 4 genuinely nice people and also had a chance to watch part of the show. Here are some impressions from my day at the Revival Tour 2011:
Thanks so much to everyone: Matt, Hollie, Ian, Brian, Dave, Danny, Chuck, Jill and everyone else I got to meet. See you guys soon!
Once again, I need to apologize for not updating my blog in a few days. But work has been keeping me so insanely busy that I haven’t felt too inspired to write witty anecdotes on here. However, I have been really motivated when it comes to tattooing. More so than usual. Last week, an old friend of mine, Lorin Hay – tattooer in Virginia, USA, came to the shop to get tattooed. We have known each other for many years and when I still lived in Raleigh, he would make the drive down quite often to get worked on by me. I did some of my funniest tattoos on him such as the infamous Mr. T and MacGyver owl. This time around, Lorin’s family decided to travel to Munich for Oktoberfest. So he decided to get himself a ticket to Berlin and told me his whole left leg was mine to tattoo. Here is how far we got during our first 7 hour session last Friday:
I actually was so motivated today, I used my day off to sketch up a few things. Here’s the outcome of my doodling. I’m pretty excited about my little vulture lady, just not sure what to do with her now. Any ideas?!
Today, no pictures of drawings or tattoos, but a few impressions of a great day off, spent with a wonderful friend, doing fun things.
Sarah and I:
1. had breakfast at my friend Betty’s amazing restaurant.
2. squeezed ourselves and Sarah’s little daughter Greta into one of the tiniest photo booths and took some amazingly uncomfortable pictures, including fist pumping.
3. took the Berlin subway and bus to get to Sarah’s work and pick out new glasses for me, so I can actually see what I am doing while working, haha.
4. saw a beautiful waterfall in the center of Berlin Kreuzbrg (I have spent 7 years of my life in Berlin so far and never even heard of that waterfall).
5. went to the Alexander Platz and had bubble tea. Sarah said, the tapioca pearls they put in the tea have the consistency of fish eyeballs. I wonder how she knows what the consistency of fish eyeballs feels and tastes like?
6. stopped by my friend Shane’s store “Burg und Schild” and I bought my first pair of real boots. I love his place and will write a little more about it this weekend.
7. made it home for a beautiful sunset and now I am sitting here, on my couch, with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice-cream and I am so grateful for my life.
I can honestly say, I have never tattooed a budgie before. You know, those colorful little Aussie birds that always seem to snuggle one another? Well, today that changed and I got to tattoo a pair of them on a sweet young tattooer from Zurich named Nici. Her grandma keeps budgies and she got the tattoo in honor of her. I love stuff like that. I love when people get tattoos that remind them of close friends or family members (not just when it comes to memorial pieces) that are positive and happy.
Here’s the sketch I did for her and the final outcome. Nici got the tattoo on the inside of her elbow. 3.5 hours in that area is definitely the suck, but she took it like a trooper.
Another great day: Coffee, sweet tattoo, KIZ. Annie happy.
I started working on a pretty involved but fun stomach cover up today. Who would have thought that the stomach is a pretty tough spot go get tattooed. Wow. No fun. For the customer at least. Here is a sketch of the basic idea: siamese twins with sweet hair and blingy jewelry.
Besides working on a special flash set with the guys at Lowbrow, I had enough time to finish this little painting. I usually work in watercolor and liquid acrylic paints, but sometimes less is more. Did this fancy fox with black micron pens, red prisma color pencils and some fancy gold acrylic pen.
Here are 2 pieces I have worked on this week.
I don’t have much else to write about. It’s been one of the busiest and best weeks for me: A lot of work, 2 busy, fun and beer filled painting nights at the shop, my first trip to a German tattoo supply store (holy shit, are inks expensive here), too much pizza, not enough German trash TV.
I’m a happy girl. Good night.
I suck at black and grey tattoos. At least, I think I do. I look at other artists’ amazing portrait and realistic work and I wonder, how in the world they do it. Everything looks so smooth, has so much detail. I am more of a color girl, yet people come to me and ask me for black and grey work. And every once in a while, I will give in and do it. Today, for example, I did a tattoo on a sweet girl from France. She insisted on it being B/G and her wish was my command. What do you guys think?