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I'm honored to have donated two of my limited edition giclee prints to the environmental advocacy group KS Wild for their silent auction at this year's Siskiyou Film Festival. I've been a supporter of KS Wild by various means for some time now and it is a priviliege to contribute my art to a cause dear to my heart.
Both prints were part of larger gift bundles and the auction seemed to be well recieved. I'm sure these prints have found wonderful new homes and I want to thank those who contributed as well as those whose bids will support the much needed efforts of environmental justice groups during these turbulent times.
I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of Valentine's Day. I could bore you with my laundry list of complaints, but I'd rather just have fun with my disdain. So, with that said, I'm offering up these fun flash tattoo designs on Valentine's Day for $80 each. I will only have 6 spots available, so call the shop at 541-702-2439 ASAP to secure your spot!!! See ya then!
I have an affinity toward transitions, whether seasonal, bioregional, personal, political, historical, artistic, ad infinitum. There's just something that stirs inside of me when experiencing, learning or creating these passages in progress. When a static repetition becomes the status quo I can't help but yearn for a little refashioning and variation in the most serene and subtle ways to the most abrupt and violent. To bring fierce movement to a stagnant impasse.
Situationist ideas have been a valuable influence in my approach towards life and art and keeps me in nearly constant transition as I continually push perceived limitations and boundaries. I desire the fundamental reconstruction of everyday life. A life that strays from the passive media spectacle and the instrumental banality of advanced capitalist society. A life achieved through the construction (or destruction) of situations which merge art, everyday life, and revolutionary fervor with intent to revive the values of play over the mere routine of survival in a world gone mad. Every moment a potential encounter with life.
I try to approach tattooing and other creative endeavors with these qualities in mind. To continually reconstruct what I believe a tattoo to be and to challenge the self imposed limitations I've constructed within my own mind. To think about the worth of the tattoo beyond the spectacle of social media platforms and that short lived dopamine fix it accompanies and to instead consider longevity and integrity, a clients lifestyle and future life plans, as well as designing tattoos which match an individual's character and fits their specific body type well.
As Fall transitions into Winter, life in general seems to slow down a bit and I look forward to having some extra time to put into art and tattoo projects, both ongoing and new. To play with new ideas on paper with the intent to bring them to life on skin. To breakdown and unlearn all that has influenced my current ideas of what art and tattoos are to be and to reconstruct new approaches. All with the hope that this will trickle down into other aspects of my life facilitating in the creation of situations containing infinite possibilities.
It's no easy endeavor, unlearning and challenging perceptions and ideologies embedded into my thoughts and actions, but the difficulty of the task at hand is the exact reason to embark on such a journey. To disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. A transition toward life and art as an ecstatic collaboration between creation and destruction. Every encounter a potential moment for revolution.
All Hallows' Eve is just around the corner and to celebrate I'll be doing Halloween themed flash tattoos all day on Monday, October 31st at Sweetwater Tattoo Collective. The rest of the shop will be offering flash designs on Friday, October 28th, but due to my books being full that day I'll be offering mine on Halloween day, so you'll have a couple of chances to get a sweet Halloween themed tattoo!! While there will be an assortment of tattoos offered with varying prices and sizes from all of the artists, I am offering roughly egg sized designs for $60 each!!! I have one flash sheet ready and some more designs on the way. Each tattoo will take no more than an hour to complete and I only have 6 spots available that day, so make sure you call the shop and book your spot ASAP before they're all gone!!! Check out some of the designs below and call the shop at 541-702-2439 to put down your deposit and secure your spot!! See ya then!
Just days away until the Portland Tattoo Expo on October 7th 8th and 9th at the Portland Expo Center! I'll be hanging out with the whole crew from Sweetwater Collective all weekend long. Stop by our booth to say hi, check out our collection of artist prints, apparel, free swag and maybe get a tattoo while you're there. If you would like to book an appointment with me for this event send me an email about your tattoo idea ASAP. Looking forward to hearing from you and I hope to see you there!