Saturday, May 18, 2013

What a busy day!

It started out with a lovely swallow
followed up by a sweet little peony
and finished off the day with a sleeve in progress!
How I love days like this!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers Day tattoo giveaway

I did this tattoo giveaway for Mother's day- I had the idea, since I am a new Mom and I realize how special and hard it is to be a Mom. So I wanted to give back to the Mum's out there that work so hard at being a Mother.
I posted it on Facebook and the emails started coming in from Mom's all around that told me their personal story of Motherhood, hoping to be chosen for the tattoo give away.
There was one story that stood out among all others. This woman had a story that struck me emotionally and I knew she was the one!
Her name is Dawn and this is her story: She was pregnant with a baby boy and thru the pregnancy there was complications. Dr'.s were not exactly sure what was the problem. She wore a a dove pendant necklace for hope thru the pregnancy but Dawn was not feeling well and knew something was wrong. She ended up having a emergency C-section and the baby came out. Little Tyler. He was doing well, but on the 3rd day he had a stroke and had a brain bleed. Dawn had to make that fateful decision for baby Tyler's life and has he took is last breath she held him close to her heart...As I read this story I cried! I just gave birth to my daughter 3 months ago! I felt this!
 Dawn wanted the dove tattooed on her for remembrance of Tyler. I thought it made perfect sense. So I drew up the design of the dove and added the T and then did a spirally design framing it in. Interestingly enough when we were doing the tattoo she told me he was born at 3:33 am and I thought it was cool that there was three spirals I drew for the framing of the design.
It was a pleasure to do this tattoo for her and it made me feel great! Never before have I cried when a client told me their story of why they needed a memorial. In all my 15 years of doing this.
The amazing Dawn
She wanted it right in front on her shoulder so she can see it and be forever reminded of baby Tyler.
I had such a great time with this, that I am pretty sure It will be a Mothers day ritual. I plan on doing this next year for sure!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

New article of an event I did...

Oh man, I can't believe last month went by without me writing! Well, I can actually since getting back to work and adjusting to my new life; tattooing with a baby- requires more energy and attention than before.
and I managed to do an event last week at the local college, Sonoma State University. Here it is:

Sonoma gets new ‘Ink’

Asst. Features Editor
Published: Monday, April 29, 2013
Updated: Monday, April 29, 2013 16:04
STAR // Dylan Sirdofsky
A students gets a henna tattoo on the side of his face during the recent event “Sonoma Ink.” A discussion took place during the event, held by three key note speakers, of the tabboo and culture surrounding tattoos.

A student, a teacher and a tattoo artist gathered at “Sonoma Ink,” taking part in a discussion about the tattoo culture last Tuesday, April 23, in the Beaujolais Meeting Room. 
Guests packed their way in, eager to hear three different perspectives of how tattoos have been reflected in a person’s life and to get temporary henna tattoos done. 
Also known as Mehndi, henna tattoos originated from a south Asian tradition, taking the powdered leaves of a Henna plant to use as paste.
The three person panel consisted of Alvin Nguyen, a ResLife coordinator and instructor at Sonoma State University, Jennifer Untalan, a tattoo artist at Valkyrie Tattoo, as well as Carina Buzo, a senior at SSU
All tattoo enthusiasts have specific influences, for students like Buzo tattoos are a great representation of the culture she comes from.
“Being from a traditionally Hispanic and pretty religious family, I knew that my family and cultural identity is something I would always be connected to,” said Buzo. “It would result in a tattoo that I would not regret.”
Buzo helped put on the event and works with Nguyen to put together other monthly programs based on the Upperclassmen Engagement, or simply U-Engage, programming model. 
With CALI, Career Academics Leadership Identity, the two of them to put together a monthly ‘U-Week,’ focusing on one of the four topics; this one being identity.
“We created the idea earlier this school year while sharing stories about our tattoos,” said Buzo. “So I organized the panel, created the questions and even designed the graphic for the program myself.”
One of the main issues discussed was the media’s outlook nowadays on people with tattoos, especially how tattooed women are viewed in our society. 
Untalan was able to give a first-hand perspective as an artist with many visible tattoos, pointing out that society seems to be more accepting towards heavily tattooed women now.
She admitted to being discriminated against from other people in the past due to her tattoos and even though the mainstream sees them as more acceptable these days, that there are still a lot of other states, cities and certain religious beliefs that are not as open to a change of viewpoints.
A majority of people that come into tattoo shops have a deep need to get their tattoo, to fulfill an act of personal expression. 
However, there is always that percentage of people that choose to get tattoos because of a trend, that have a tendency to regret it later on in their life because of the choice to get it as a fashion statement.
“I have been defending tattooed people for many years to the mainstream; trying to prove a point that not all tattooed people are degenerates, etc.,” said Untalan. “The stereotype of a tattooed person being an outlaw or rebel days are pretty much over.”
What’s encouraging nowadays is that there are many amazing tattoo artists who are pushing the envelope and creating some real fine art on bodies, helping to change the view of tattooed people. 
With the rise in popularity of the internet and television programming, tattoo art has been highlighted in a much more positive way.
One of the last things discussed was the actual decision of getting a tattoo and how to consider this process. 
The main concern should be to put a lot of thought into getting something that will still remain relevant in the future, usually the big one that people tend to get rid of are names.
Make sure to get a tattoo that is a positive reminder, despite the possibly of outgrowing it at some point in your life. 
Things that greatly influenced us as a person when we were younger will remain there forever and tattoos are a permanent way to remember them.

Cool huh?!