Well I had a massive cancellation today totally last minute, always a bummer. :( However it looks like a great opportunity to tattoo my wonderful wife Anna! Planning to do a mandala design I worked up that she fell in love with. She's my favorite person in the world so I'm extremely greatful for the time. I'll post pics soon. Check Instagram for real time updates. Thanks friends!
So we all had a blast at the Rhode Island Tattoo Expo this last weekend! It was an overall success and good time. We got to both catch up with and meet several of our industry peers.. it's always cool to see what all the local artists are doing these days, and represent Lil Rhody! It was definitely a good turn out, and we greatly appreciate all of our clients that made it out to support and enter contests! Thanks to you, we came home with several new trophies -- Evan took home First Place Female Backpiece, First Place Male Arm Sleeve, First Place Male Leg Sleeve, First Place Female Small Black and Gray, First Place Male Small Color, First Place Female Small Color, Tattoo of the Day Female on Friday, Tattoo of the Day Male on Saturday, and Jay took home 2nd Place Male Small Color and 2nd Place Female Small Color! Thanks to our rad clients for coming to us wtth awesome ideas and letting us run with them.. we're glad you helped us showcase them in our own hometown! We appreciate all the clients that got tattooed at the expo- it's certainly an experience, and not everyone can handle it.. you all sat like champs and let us show off the type of work that what we love to do! Pictures will be posted soon! The backpiece shown here won First Place Female Backpiece!
Just back from a successful and exciting trip to Colombia, where I taught a tattooing seminar in Medellin, made possible by Ramiro at Ganesha Tattoo and of course all the awesome poeple who signed up and attended. South America is an amazing place, I highly encourage any tattooers who'd like to travel and work down there to contact Ramiro and ask him about how to make it happen.
Up next is another seminar, this time at the Worldwide Tattoo Conference in Boston, Massachussetts June 4-5. These intensive 2-day events are packed full of advanced information for the continuing education of tattooers, and in terms of potential long-term benefit to one's tattoo career and creativity, are quite a good investment of time and money. If you're not familiar with this groundbreaking educational effort, which is the brainchild of phenomenal tattooer Alex De Pase, check out the event details here.
After that, not much is in the works until the end of summer, when the next Hell City convention comes to Phoenix, AZ. I'm fully booked with tattoo appointments already, but I'll have assorted merch like books and stickers available for sale and for free.
In fine art news, my recent painting "Anointing" was chosen as a finalist for the upcoming International ARC Salon Catalogue, which you can now buy from the Art Renewal Center's website. This yearly competition and printed catalogue represents some of the best in realism art from around the world, and I'm flattered to be chosen for the 2nd straight year.