July 2012.2

Monday July 23, 2012

July 2012


Hello everyone, this summer's been a busy one for me. For the past month I've been working on a "blog mini-series" project with Crash and John from Tattoo Artist Magazine.  This is an experiment utilizing the magazine's online outlet, TAMblog, to create dialogue throughout the tattoo industry, based on an in-depth motivational essay I recently wrote. This piece explains several strategies for self-improvement, based on my core beliefs and practices that have helped me become a successful tattooer and artist. Each day this week, a new part of the essay will be posted on the blog, culminating on Saturday with the conclusion and what we hope will be discussion or inspiration. Check out  Part 1 here, and check back to the TAMblog for the links to all the other parts.


The TAMblog is turning into a great resource, as Crash has been recruiting more people from our industry to participate with essays and interviews on a variety of topics.  They've been re-posting selected entries from my own fine art blog on occasion, and in addition to the "mini-series" I mentioned above, this month also features a very candid interview they conducted with me about the health concerns I deal with from being a tattooer. Many useful topics were covered in this interview, and I was very honest in my responses regarding various lifestyle changes and personal struggles I've gone through, as part of my ongoing health and fitness journey. Read it here.











Through August 4th is an amazing tattooers-only group art show called Second Skin, at Copro Gallery in California, curated by renowned dark pop-surrealist Chet Zar.  See my previous site update for the flyer. Many thanks to Chet for organizing that show and spearheading the entire effort.  The work submitted was an impressive display of the talent within our industry today, and I was honored to be included.


In other art news, I had a painting accepted into the 2011/2012 International Salon Catalogue, a juried publication of the Art Renewal Center, a group devoted to preserving the traditions of academic realism in the arts. I'm incredibly honored to be included with such an amazing group of realism artists from around the world.  You can buy copies of the book here.



Lastly for now, in about a week I'll be in Ecuador tattooing at their first ever international tattoo convention. For anyone in that part of the world, come say hello.  It looks like tattoo appointments are full for now, but I'll have my painting books for sale.