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.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Doing what I do...

After taking months off from writing  tattoo articles- The thing that seems most important to write about is something we collectively are experiencing at the shop; the demands of the clients. Ultimately, I write this to help out everyone, the clients and particularly the artists.

I have written before tips on how about getting a tattoo. They are in the archives of this blog. You may look it up to work with this segment. You then will be bound for a GREAT tattoo!
(This is great advice for beginners!)

First off, the recommended steps for getting your tattoo would be; STEP 1: KNOW WHAT YOU WANT!
Once you know what you want- you have either done online research of tattoos and art that are along the lines of what you are thinking and or you have gone into your local shops, checked them out or got a referral. Bring your reference printed out with you. Narrow it down to a few examples. Not 10. Printing them out yourself shows that you have figured it out and your not showing your artist what you want on your phone, which has a tiny screen- showing them multiple images of tattoos you like, because you couldn't put your phone down while you were waiting in line at the DMV or something. You must be clear and concise.

Once you have consulted with your artist about what you want and they are on board with working with you and your idea, the artist will ask for a deposit to do your artwork (artwork can take lots of time) Allow your artist the time it will take to do your piece- they may ask you to make a appointment anywhere from weeks to months.

It is pretty normal these days that artists have their email address on their cards now. We do a lot of PR this way now. However, this by all means DOES NOT MEAN you could or should abuse the privelage by emailing them all these questions and things about changing artwork and whatnot. A question or two is fine if you forgot to ask a question during consulting. But a problem we are having is people are sending all these images that are different then the original artwork than that was discussed before. If you do this, you will lose us. We are in the business of being positive and sure of what we are doing.
See, tattooing is a heavy responsibility.

If we get nervous since the client is being wishy-washy, then we will decide not to work with you. In which case after drawing and consulting and more email consulting, you will lose your deposit. This is why we ask for a 50. deposit because before the tattoo is even done, we have already spent lots of time on YOU!

Tattooing is a VERY personal thing. We want to talk person to person, face to face about what you are wanting tattooed on your body. We are trying to keep it old school here. If you live miles away and have to consult via email/telephone we can arrange it.

Please know that your tattoo is important to us, and if you are not supporting us in the way that we deserve, it really hurts our feelings.

Tattoo by my main man, Harry Tucker

By Jen H.V.I.C.

By Jen
 I will tattoo any subject matter in most cases, and live by a tattooing rule " if I can make it look good, do it." Spiritual, religious matter, whatever. I am usually down for it. 

I can be reached at Valkyrie Tattoo in Penngrove Ca

IG :jen_untalan

Friday, January 22, 2016

Too long

I always feel guilty when too much time passes by without writing- as if what I am saying, conveying is uber important. I've just been doing what I do- tattoo a lot, draw, karate training, rear my child and run the shop...I recently have started quite a few new projects I can't wait to bring home.
succulents in progress on a lovely lady

Bruce Lee inspiration
 Lot's of really wonderful people coming into the shop. Some people that that make me smile the whole time working with them. They support me and give me freedom and trust my judgement. They trust me that I want to do the best for them. They believe me that I have their best interest in mind and they KNOW that I want to and will kill it for them! This is who I want to be working with.
I always say it is not what you tattoo it is who you tattoo that is important.

Vintage roses for a special soul
Besides my stuff as usual, Valkyrie is doing well, moving right along, sailing the seas of tattoo bliss. Got my main man, Harry Tucker on my side, and my sweet bird, Annelise Kinney working hard, laying down tattoos with vigor. My manager Anabel has got my back like no other and doesn't get sensitive on me when I'm ordering things about. I can't forget to mention my handsome Samster who is forever cleaning tubes...So, ya I am in a stoked flame of inspiration.
My girl, Annelise handling it!

artwork by my man, Harry Tucker

Man, while I am mentioning how great everyone is, I should take this moment to honor the now, late- Lemmy! So sad to see a metal God journey to Valhalla!
What a lame bummer! Love you Lemmy, one of my most favorite capricorns!
Officially, in winter the rains have been coming down soaking my back yard, creating a fungus frenzy. Inspiring indeed, since I have a sleeve coming up that will feature some mushroom majesty.
If time permits, I will share more in progress works that hopefully will keep the inspiration However, it may be likely I will be returning to write in the spring!...xxoxoxox