Back to work saturday after 4 months of maternity leave, I am very happy and excited to be tattooing again. It’s hard to put into words what tattooing does for me but I can’t be happy for long without it. That day Gene, Noon, Loic and the lovely Dan DiMattia were all in the shop, and it’s sad that the last three are all going home by next week.
Sunday I got to do this sugar skull on Joe. We had hotdogs from Criff Dog too. Not a bad way to spend a sunday!
My Dad was a Chief Petty Officer on submarines in the Royal Navy until 1977. On leave in Hong Kong, probably drunk, he got these two tattoos. I love the classic placement. One is a pin up with Hong Kong written above it. The other a pin up in a saucy version of the welsh national costume with Wales below it. God knows what my Mum thought when he came home with these two birds. In this photo the tattoos are maybe 30 years old. I used to color them when I was a little girl. Anyway we never discussed who had actually done them until right before he died. Discussions of a personal nature were rare between us. I was pretty amazed when he answered Pinky Yun, what he said next i can’t remember exactly but it was along the lines of “brightest colors in the east”. I wish I had documented the story and taken better pictures of his tattoos.
Well this is my first blog and I wanted it to be about the show I just had the privilege of co-curating with Elvia Iannaccone Gezlev. It was held at Tattoo Culture and featured the art of over 60 female tattooers. We were honored to have veteran tattooers like Debbie Lenz, Juli Moon, Pat Sinatra, Debra Yarian and Vyvyn Lazonga participating in the show and all but Debra (who lives in Alaska) came to the city for the opening party. It was an amazing night. There were SO many amazing artists involved and there are pictures of all artwork and artists on the Facebook page which you can find in my links to the right. Our intention was to honor Debbie, Juli, Pat, Vyvyn and Debra and to showcase female tattooers of all ages and years in the business. From veterans to apprentices and all in between. I think we did that and we are going to be curating the show again next year.