Archive for June, 2016

there’s a blog missing, because i went and lost my phone… all the photos gone, my trip to Hamburg included. You’ll just have to imagine what a fabulous time I had and how hard i worked 🙂

For this blog I have pictures of our trip to Toronto and the convention there, but first a few pieces I worked on before I went

Chantelle got a couple of roses added to her tiger and roses piece

Joanne added a few bits to her cover up

Paul’s magpies piece is done. He already had a half backpiece by another artist, so I tried to add to that in a way that flowed well and had continuity colour wise. We were going for a bright but lose, illustrative look, which works well on paul’s white skin.

The two magpies are for his fiance and him, and the new chapter they are embarking on

and Rannoch got a tiger piece, cover up. The tiger is an old image he found and that i adjusted slightly to work as a cover up, and then added some water to set it in.

Lynne was in for a cute cover up, a kokeshi doll in a field of daisies (had to steal my own photo back off instagram, not sure what happened to it on the phone!)

Lyndsey got the outline and some colour of her chinese phoenix, a colourful bird with an unusual tail! The tail is based on an image Lyndsey found online, something a bit different

Last session for Thomas, he got a koi and water to go around his existing pieces

Tony got some more shading in his koi and frog piece

Then it was time for me, Olivia and Raffi, my colleagues, to go and work at the Toronto convention. It’s been years since I worked at that convention, it’s a really good one and the organiser really tried to do something unusual each time.

This year he had brought an exhibition to Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, this exhibition had been in Paris before and is really good. Check out what the website has to say about it

https://www.rom.on.ca/en/tattoos-ritual-identity-obsession#/gallery/recent

there was an opening party in the museum the evening before the convention opened, with some of the more ‘famous’ artists doing art fusion. Art fusion is a concept by Filip Leu and Paul Booth, and involves various artists working spontaneously on the same canvas or canvases (on rotation).  the results can vary haha

here are Paul Booth, Filip Leu, his wife Titine Leu and Kurt Wisecomb working at the opening party

some other people working on theirs

and some more, including our regular guest artist/Tribe pet american, Dan Henk.

The museum is a wonderful space, and we got to wander around the exhibits- great fun! here is Raffi next to a huge totem pole, I couldn’t believe how massive these things are… for some reason I imagined them about 10 feet tall or something.

The convention was reasonably well attended, and we all did some work, although we weren’t stowed out. That way we had an opportunity to have a good look around the convention, which was ace, some amazing artists at work there, and i got to pore over the newest products at the supply stalls. Happy Days!

I picked up a few wee pieces, including a rework/ cover up of these little birds

a red peony

added some flowers to a shoulder piece

and a wee bit of lace with some forget me nots, the base of a larger piece to follow by her usual artist. This lady was having a great time. She is from an Amish background (a strict religious group who don’t approve of tattoos), but as she has a rare genetic condition, she wanted to do something to feel more positive about her body. She was loving the convention, because there she didn’t feel like a freak, we were all freaks together! 🙂

here’s our booths, Raffi, me and the Olivia, not sure what happened to her banner in this picture, must have fallen down! Mine was always just a crap piece of paper with my name on it. My bottle crashed about bringing a proper banner through immigration, as we are not theoretically meant to be working.

When did I become so dependent on technology??

For you celebrity spotters, I took some photos for you, here’s is Filip Leu getting tattooed by Tin Tin, also in the picture Titine Leu and Kurt Wisecomb

Paul Booth at work

and- not so famous but my personal favourite- Steve Moore at work. I love his large scale work and dynamic compositions http://www.getmooretattoos.com/work/

I kept checking on him to see what he was up to now. Olivia accused me of being a groupie..

Toronto is a great place, I’ve not been for a while and it was nice to see it still had a cool and rough edge, I had been worried I’d only find Starbucks and GAP. It’s still got an alternative boho vibe and good music scene, and we managed to find a nice apartment right in the middle of it.

I also saw some black squirrels

my first racoon, yay!