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- 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Emily drew a heart

A few months back, I experienced the death of a dear sister, friend, and client. Her name was Emily Drew. I met her a few years back right after I had Sonja. She was referred to me by my cousin John, and we hit it off instantly. Every time she would come and see me, it was like dropping in a special world with a goddess sister. An artist herself, she supported me in the best way anyone can- give me freedom to create as I see fit for them. As the years went by we became closer and closer. Really connecting in spiritual ways and as friends...We started bridging from client to friend- messages to each other in between appointments, thinking about each other...
 When I heard of her death, it gutted me! We had plans to get together for a fun date and I just couldn't get over how happy and excited we were to have a date. The last time I saw her, I went to her restaurant and she fed me! She fed me this wonderful meal that ended with this amazing gluten free key lime pie.

I knew instantly this was going to be a hard one. I knew all her friends and family were going to be devastated to say the least. I knew deep down this is not what she would want. Emily was full of life and was doing the best she had been doing. She was fucking gorgeous and had an amazing dog, Athena that she loved.  Emily sparkled like no other. Pure radiance.

The last tattoo I did on her was "love and be loved". I drew it for a flash page I did around valentines day and I personally connected with that quote. It was me working out my own thing and when she told me she wanted that above her priestess we did, I was amazed. It was a complete honor to tattoo that on her.

I am just so saddened by her death. I think about her, and it just pains me. There is nothing that can fill an emptiness that death causes. It's an ache that just stays...All I have been able to do is go through the waves of pain and sadness on the heals of her death and then as the shock wanes, her memory remains. I was lucky enough to do all these memorial tattoos in her honor.
It was emotionally challenging at times. Doing the tattoos and knowing it was for a friend of mine that died, it hurt but I feel that it was important for me to be the one to tattoo her dearest friends. We all needed each other. I am grateful for all of this, even with all  the pain.

Rest easy sweet Emily Drew. You will never be forgotten and your radiance and love burns on. Thank you everyone who has been supportive to me in my time of loss and thank you everyone who got tattooed in her name. I am not showing all of the pictures I took of her and her friends and the people that got tattooed...Thank you, I am in complete gratitude.
Gemini priestess on the wonderful Emily. I miss her.
Memorial for Emily on Beatrice. Celestial and sparkly, just like Emily. 

On Emily's boyfriend, Kyle. We tattooed the mandala on the back of her thigh. "Emily drew a heart". 

Sketches I did for Emily. She was so fun to draw for. 
mmmm, key lime pie

This is on Terry. It is her first tattoo. Emily wrote a lot of letters and drew a lot herself. This heart and always is in her own writing. Tattooing her writing was hypnotic to me.