Saturday, January 13, 2018

New stuff

Well, I have thought about my blog the past year and a while back, I kinda thought I gave up on it and since I post on Instagram from time to time, and I have no idea who really reads this anyway, I was like, fuck it. But then an old friend came in recently and said I read your blog, and I thought to myself, I shouldn't give up on.
It has been 11 months since I have written on here, and quiet a lot has changed really...Some really wonderful things goin' down 'round the shop.
I am really lucky to work with such rad, fellow artists here at the shop- my brother Harry, has been with me from the start of Valkyrie- the past almost 10 years. He is such a incredible, energetic, strong person and now I am lucky again to work with John Kulikoff. He worked at the shop the first year  I opened Valkyrie and now that he moved back to Sonoma County, he is back at Valkyrie- what a cool, full circle happening! Also, I can not forget to mention my sweet, loyal assistant Toni Stirling, who is always up for whatever weird creative-project- ideas- I get on whims-
I just feel so honored to work with such wonderful artists at this shop. It has been a wild and fulfilling ride! I just want to have this armada rolling--- still!!!
My mind set is completely different than what it was from the start- In the beginning when I created Valkyrie it was from this vision I had- I wanted a place that was solid and grounded where I can practice my craft and be hospitable to my clients and be a viking! Can't forget that.
But back then, I put in so many hours and worked really really hard, like every day to keep the doors open, to make my dream happen, but it all changed when my daughter came along. Being a mum required more energy and strength and marrying that with tattooing and running the shop was a juggling act. I realized the conservation of energy and body was priority. I have re configured things a bit and my mind set is this now- with great focus and a steady mind- steady streams of thought that my vision will continue no matter what and if I just stay calm then it all will flow to me as it should and I do not have to try so hard or work so hard- I am in the seat of allowing and if I am here, then the clients will flow here and I do not need to 'effort' in getting them here.
This mind set has freed up many things for me, I am in a state of- I am here to relax and see what the tide brings in and I am willing to be of service to those that want to work with me...After all this time, I still love doing what I do and almost 20 years in this trade, It is a relief to finally know that it is easier not hard, if this is what I allow...
I think getting your ass kicked in this trade is a rite of passage, comes with the territory kinda thing, but Fuck, I am so grateful that my vision of Valkyrie has came through for me in this way...

TATTOO BY JOHN, MY AWESOME CO WORKER

IN PROGRESS BY JEN

MY SPAWN-SONJA

DOWN AF FOR THIS PLACE

Thursday, February 23, 2017




Me and my crazy companions, Sonja and Odin
As this winter is actually a real winter here in California for once in a decade, it's created for some interesting energy and mind sets to say the least. Maybe it's me or perhaps not but as it's been cold with weather that is dampening the earth, it seems as though the spirit has been dampened as well. Many of my clients have been needing tattooing in a different, transformative, loving way in which your damn right, I can deliver. I told my Oracle today who I see every Thursday (I gotta stay on my toes too) that if I have too much unnecessary bullshit in my life then I am not as present for my clients or my daughter and that is the main indicator that something has to change. I take pride in my care for my clients and they need me more then ever. And I need them too! I am  noticing when I am spending time with these amazing people that I tattoo, if we open and allow we talk about humanity and for me to hear many different types of people throughout the days- teachers, nurses, linemen, mechanics, paper pushers, hair dressers, coast guards, college students, stay-at-home moms, disabled people, cops, you name it. It often comes back to humans and how we feel and what we think. In a nutshell I will summarize that we all need and want to love and be loved. We are all just trying to be ourselves. We need to accept ourselves as we are and be comfortable with the way we choose to live. Everyone just wants to be happy but with so many outside compounding influences, people are feeling the weight. Not to mention if one is a bit off their center or never found it in the first place your like a fish out of water...what does all this have to do with tattooing, you might ask. Well, I have to pinch myself ever day that I get to sit with these people that share with me something that they are going though in the inside, and they want it portrayed on the outside of their body. A tattoo on the outside of the body can convey so much as to how one might feel in the inside and if you take a moment to calm your mind- you look at something, it can reveal so much to you if your not going a mile a minute in your cranium.

I am so honored and flattered that people find me trust worthy and they invite me into their lives. It's not even about the tattoo sometimes. The fact that there are so much humans out there that are whole hearted, trusting, appreciative, genuine and loving- and they are so different from me. That is what keeps me feeling so proud to be a human here. Despite all the negativity and hate that goes sadly around, there are people from so many different walks of life that are all communing in my presence, in my world. In our world. That alone is worth everything.
My other crazy comrades, two birds one stone kinda thing. 

Another painful initiation for this rad chef. Father to a sweet daughter. 

A first timer here choosing the lion as an emblem to honor his up bringing. 

Hopefully I can finish this soon. She was a sweet mama.


I leave this right here. I hope this sentiment consoles any uncertainty. 


Friday, November 25, 2016

Falling into winter


As the nights grow longer, darker and colder, it is time to be in doors more- which I have been doing, which means painting season! The shop does have an art show coming up in Petaluma over the next month and I have decided to play with the moon cycle idea- the phases. I will have about 5-6 paintings would be my goal and hopefully I'd sell them all! :)
More news on that later...

Everything has been cool at the shop- busy seeing clients through out the day, enjoying them to the fullest and also enjoying my lovely co-workers. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such awesome, alive, fun-loving people! As the year winds down, I think that Valkyrie has once again moved forward and through another year- we'll be coming up on our 9 year anniversary in '17 so, I am feeling a bit sentimental, inquisitive, and prepared to do something new. Changes are vital to all existence. And I want a beautiful year of growth, abundance, love and creativity.

I have been in a pretty deep meditative state lately, working on some conjuring-
as the cauldron within, brews and bubbles, I use my skills in visioning what I would like my art path to provide for the next coming year.

I have learned over the years, the more energy and positivity into my art, I am able to manifest my true desires and the older I get, the better I am getting at this. I believe it is because when one is in 'their place of power', for me that would be me creating art, I am able to relax, let go and get in touch with my most inner being (also zen) and that is where I can release my energy to the world around me and ask for what I am wanting or needing. Hence, manifesto!

This is a very powerful thing and I think it is a very important for artisans to work on this- artists are creators from nothing really. You have to make something from scratch, from your mind- if you want something that is your emotions, your feeling, your world. There is inspiration everywhere, from outside your door to the world wide web. Being creative and tapping into that source is what can help artists heal and strengthen themselves.

Oh ya, I had my 18 year anniversary tattooing that month! Fucking Lifer!

Here is some things that were inspiration for tattoos-