Thursday, July 21, 2011


Just a few months ago, I tattooed this very nice lady that had stage four cancer and she was going through her bucket list. She wanted to get a lady bug tattoo and I was all for it! We ended up tattooing a quartet of ladybugs, since she was in the choir. I also tattooed her daughter- a ladybug with mom in it and her birth year.
Well, her daughter came in and told me Mom passed away this week. It is sad but I am honored to be part of her journey.  I am really happy to be a part of these things with people in their lives.
It makes me think of my own mortality. The impermanence of everything.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Freya, revered Goddess of the Vanir

Here is a new painting I just completed. It is my favorite Goddess of all, Freya. She is the Queen of the Valkyries. She taught witchcraft to the women, and had a cloak that would make her invincible. This is just some of her many talents she possessed. Needless to say she is the Woman! So, My idea was to do like an old beat up photograph, like a picture a viking would keep in his possession, to look at after battle or before bed to keep his spirit alive.

Like many of my paintings it is for sale. Is someone wants it, come get it. I am now showing it at our art show that is currently on display at the shop. We have some other works on display from the other people that work here and are a part of the shop.
I say this often, but any amount of payment for a piece of art usually does not even come close to the amount of work that was put into a painting. Haggling for art is so lame. It is an insult to the artist. I could just go and on about this... It has been a long time since I have sold a painting. When I lived in San Francisco I sold a lot of artwork. Probably every other month I sold a piece. There was a great venue there for paintings. I miss that. I even got commissions there. I think I am so busy with managing my shop and staying on top of business matters it cuts into my painting time, but sometimes I get my butt in gear and can bust out three new pieces in two weeks.

So, here is the Freya piece, I put my heart into.
Thank you Freya for being by my side and blessing me with prosperity!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I have been a busy bee creating some new artworks, that are not tattoos for once. I have a piece that is a found nature project. I call it Tulum Mothra. I found the moth dying in my front yard, and thought about giving it a burial but I thin it makes good reference so I shadow boxed it with a stick I found on the beach in Mexico. I am posting this pic of it that I took, and photo-shoped it. I thought it was neat that you can see my hands and camera lens in the reflection. The other piece is from my drawings for tattoos that I glued onto a old abstract painting then sealed it with resin. I have one more piece of art to show, but I will post that in a couple of days.