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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!
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!