ON HOLD FOR SALE: Excellent condition tattoo kit includes 3 tattoo machines (one unused) and power source and foot pedals (one unused), and all related supplies with lots of needles as well as books! See content photos below.
I originally visited Granville Street Tattoos last year for my Frida tattoo by English Dan. I was so happy to be back as I treated myself last week to a very healing session with Dusty. He created a gorgeous and happy sugarskull for me. I am so honored to have Dusty create the image and do the three-hour process. I just love the result.
I find the pain from receiving a tattoo very healing as it draws out the clogs in my achy heart and allows me to meditate.
Perfect image and timing as I embark on a new journey with by post street and we head to San Francisco to do some events, including wheatpasting Frida Kahlo.
My daughter, Anna, received her dream tattoo from Matt- the world.
Wear your heart on your skin in this life.
― Sylvia Plath
Then did another one on myself, this time the right thigh:
And yesterday, finally on someone else. Thank you Carolyn for being so brave! She wanted it big, so I drew it on freehand and made it SIZE LARGE. It’s crude and amateur, but I loved doing it and so honored that Carolyn insisted!
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They are so fun and I tested them out last night to see how they work on skin. It’s a great way to do a free hand tattoo right on the skin. The markings bleed but- me being me- I kind of love it. I also like that the marks are really resistant, so you can relax knowing you won’t wipe away your guidelines.
Since I got my machine, my schedule has not allowed me the time to play with my machine. Too many other things on the go. But I now have a wonderful student, Simon, who is teaching ME the ropes during our art therapy!
He is a great teacher, and he also gave great advice on how to let go of perfectionism. He helped me get over the fear.
Also, having the space to experiment is key, so bringing the machine to my art therapy room was a good step.
Now it’s about getting my chops back up on sanitation etc.
It’s all about learning about autoclaves and disposable parts etc.
It is possible to do a 100% disposable tattoo. You can use single use needles and bars. Throw away the grommet that is attached to the bar. Use single use pigments or “shots”… The tubes and the tips… are also available in plastic disposable flavors. The caps that the ink goes in on the work station are also disposable. – Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo
Once I’ve successfully done 4 tattoos on myself- that have healed well and up to standard, I’ll move on to my lineup of people waiting for a tattoo!
PRACTICE REFUELING, COCOONING, CELEBRATING YOURSELF, EXQUISITE SELF-CARE.
A few years ago, my therapist was helping me through a particularly rough patch as I was being pulled in a million directions in my role as caregiver. She gave me The Giving Tree to read and asked, “Which character are you?” It was obvious to me that I was the tree, and I still am. She considered the book brutally sad and a warning. I agree. Today, in this moment, after many months of anxiety and struggle and changes and learning new ways, I feel like there is not much energy left. Even my Dad called me to say I’m doing too much.
“I am sorry,” sighed the tree. “I wish I could give you something… but I have nothing left. I am just an old stump. I am sorry…”
I need to refuel and cocoon. To celebrate all the amazing things I have accomplished but learn what I can do less of. What I can nurture and do more of. To rest for the next projects. I am so excited about the next adventures ahead, but if I don’t pay attention to the body signals like chest pains, and headaches and exhaustion, I won’t be the most present, vibrant me I can be! I don’t want to be a dead tree stump. It is Spring, and I want to reach my branches to the sky and grow, while providing shade and love and beauty! So sorry, main character kid, this weekend build your own damn house out of recycled wood, please! I’m busy growing more apples.
I had a great time last night at Gallery Gachet! Here are some samplings of my watercolor tattooing and other highlights from the night!
So how does a body art event tie into mental health? I would like to think that being comfortable in one’s Skin is a mental health concern and the only difference is how we are able to talk about it. It shouldn’t matter whether you feel have a perfect body or not. Perfection is not reality, and cannot be defined. As Artists offering live painting at SKin is IN, we hope that as everyone gets painted are able to make a statement about the beauty of the human body and can find a way live with their own as it is. However, it does not relieve us from doing the best to take care of ourselves, but it does give us permission to accept where we are. At the event, for those that choose, statements will be recorded into a journal and posted as part of the celebration of the human skin.
There are many people everyday who have mental disorders, (anorexia, bulemia, body dismorphic disorder) which are primarily focused on the internal and public view of the body. Some people live affected in the emotions relating to achieving perfection and some who cannot cope, end up losing their battles to their own demons.
We all have the responsibility to love our bodies as they are and the compassion to value those bodies around us. We are all built the same, we all have skin and we all have potential to thrive individually and collectively in our layers of skin.
Skin is IN, yet, the fabric that we are truly made of is what matters and counts the most. Celebrate yourself with us.