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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!
Tattooing speaks to me as an ever passionate endeavor worth the desire, determination and relentless persistence I put into into it to see every project and the general trajectory of my goals through to the end. At times I stay awake through the dead of the night as inspiration courses through my veins so that I may create a piece of work that I am satisfied with. Every tattoo is a call to action and I am honored to have clients who trust my artistic vision with art that is to be adorned permanently on their bodies. It matters not what the theme or subject matter is as I am always looking to be challenged, to grow, advance and to find inspiration.
With a full heart and unfettered intention, tattooing for myself is about fulfilling the need to create, wanting to be present in the moment and feeling more alive. I have been privileged to have met and worked with some truly ambitious and talented artists who push me more and more each and every day by simply doing what they do best. I have been fortunate enough to come into contact and form some great relationships with amazing and dedicated clients. To both artists and clients I owe the debt of my gratitude, a very sincere thank you for allowing me to live this dream. You inspire me to chase this with every last breath, to risk it all and take chances, to endure through the trials and tribulations and to come out stronger and more passionate than ever before. Thank you.
I'm stoked to announce that I'll be attending the Portland Tattoo Expo October 7-9 at the Portland Expo Center with the whole crew from Sweetwater Collective. We'll have a booth right at the entrance so you'll be sure to see us! Stop by to say hi, check out our collection of artist prints, apparel, free swag and get a tattoo while you're there. You also have a chance to win a free tattoo by going to the Sweetwater Collective Facebook Page and sharing our video promo announcing our presence at the expo. 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!
Loss is often seen as a negative quality, but with a shift in perspective it becomes possible to learn to understand loss as a gift. A loss of inhibitions as a catalyst to greater heights of personal development can be one such gift. Maybe a breakdown and loss of ideologies, social constructs, and limiting thought patterns or behaviors can be understood and relished as a gift. As an artist I learn and grow daily and I've come to see my loss of artistic restraint and barriers to my imagination as gifts highly regarded and appreciated. Yet loss is also an uncomfortable and often despairing process to experience.
It's never a great feeling to come face to face with the loss of long held ideas, comfortable habits, that which you love, or static lifestyle choices. Often times confronting these losses can be intimidating, frightening, and a bit despondent. This applies to artistic development as well an any other facet of life. I aspire to ground my perspective on such loss as one largely based in optimism and positivity.
When I find myself embracing and accepting the reality of loss rather than fighting it, I often find that I become more free to forge new ways of thinking, behaving and doing. Whether it be with creative endeavors or life in general, I secretly look forward to everything falling apart and nothing going as planned, that way anything becomes possible. I consider it a practice of problem solving, adaptation, and use of imagination. It may seem chaotic at times, but it allows me to overcome obstacles and make progress.
Without such destabilization and agitation growth can sometimes become stagnant or slow paced at best. It's in those unstable moments that I can begin the process of working through and moving forward to a deeper understanding and ability to create, navigate, or approach something. For these reasons I consider such loss of comfort and security as a gift worth receiving.
I've come to learn that at times I must expect the unexpected, disturb my comforts, let this landscape of loss consume me and give way to complete reckless abandon. I've come to understand how these actions can positively influence who I may become and ultimately advance my progress as an artist and individual. Without an occasional break from the status quo one may never come to know other ways of doing things or obtain a wider spectrum of understanding.
So I embrace the chaos, the despondency, the landscape of loss and I keep my mind focused on the benefits of such an embrace. May it all be wrong, may it all fall to pieces, and when nothing makes sense it may all come back together again.
Through the rest of Summer I'll be offering a sweet deal. Book an appointment and you'll receive a $25 Gift Certificate towards your tattoo. And to sweeten the pot a little, if you book 4 or more hours you'll receive a $100 Gift Certificate!!! Don't pass this up, get in touch ASAP!!! See ya soon!
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Jacksonville, OR 97530