First human victim other than myself. #Tattoo.

You may recall that I purchased a tattoo machine awhile back.

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And I SLOWLY got to know it

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And that I took the process seriously

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And I hardly dared plug it in

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And I tested it out

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And I doodled all over myself with surgical marker

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And finally did one on my left thigh:

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And got my second professional tattoo by English Dan to learn by watching:

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Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Then did another one on myself, this time the right thigh:

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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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Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

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Take Off the Amber, Put Out the Lamp #graphicnovel #research

Take the day.  Immerse.  Forget everything else.  Read.  Sketch.  Cocoon.  Trust the calling.

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Today’s resources:

Jamison, K.R. (1999) Night Falls Fast- understanding suicide, Vintage Books: New York, NY, USA

Malooof, J., ed. (2012) Vivian Maier- Street Photographer, powerHouse Books: New York NY, USA

Appignanesi, L. (2007) Sad, Mad and Bad- women and the mind-doctors from 1800, McArthur & Company: Toronto, ON, Canada

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Photo by Rick Legal
Photo by Rick Legal.

Jocelyn Louise as Molly. Styled by Jay Fisher.

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

MOLLY- the graphic novel

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A wise man once said that all human activity is a form of play. #Photoshoot

A wise man once said that all human activity is a form of play. And the highest form of play is the search for Truth, Beauty and Love. What more is needed? Should there be a ‘meaning’ as well, that will be a bonus?

If we waste time looking for life’s meaning, we may have no time to live — or to play.

– Arthur C. Clarke

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
From lt. to rt.: Larissa, Justin (seated), Sabrina, Jan, Iván (seated), Josh. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Yesterday, I gathered a group of eclectic individuals for an afternoon of play in the studio.  As you know by now, I am pretty preoccupied with THE PORTRAIT.  I love impromptu photoshoots as they feed my need to study the human face.  And, heck, photoshoots are so damn fun!

Enjoy these inspiring moments!

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

CHECK OUT MORE SHOTS OF JOSH LANGSTON AT: JOSH LANGSTON DOES D.W

Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
iPhone by Kat Thorsen
iPhone capture by Kat Thorsen
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater

Video captures by Jodie Chisholm

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
iPhone capture by Kat Thorsen
iPhone capture by Kat Thorsen
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
iPhone capture by Kat Thorsen
iPhone capture by Kat Thorsen
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Thank you to all the participants:

Nancy Kirkpatrick, Maryellen Groundwater, Jodie Chisholm, Evan Voyageur, Larissa Brown, Jan Sam, Justin Voitic, Josh Langston, Iván Fdez, Sabrina Lalonde.

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Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

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Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Josh Langston does D.W “Held in a spell… stabbed like a driven nail.” @darylswhite’s #porcupineology

Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater

Josh Langston of The Social Life models D.W Fashion.

Designer: Daryl White

Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater

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Clothing creation & modification from recycled fabrics into original unique clothing pieces that are a reflection of major influences in pop culture, and also influenced by past – present – and future fashion market trends…

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Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater

He was always cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell;
Though he’d often say in his homely way that “he’d sooner live in hell.”

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way over the Dawson trail.
Talk of your cold! through the parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail.
–  Robert Service
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Maryellen and Josh. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Maryellen and Josh. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
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Check out more photos from the shoot at: A WISE MAN ONCE SAID…

A Lecture Upon the Shadow: an evening of collaboration on the #graphicnovel with @RickLegalPhotos and co.

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A LECTURE UPON THE SHADOW.
by John Donne

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December 3, 2012 was an evening of collaboration as Jocelyn Louise and Jay Fisher recreated 1947 and main characters from my graphic novel as they were photographed by the extraordinary photographer, Rick Legal, and as the entire process was documented by photographer and colleague, Nancy Kirkpatrick.

The book will include text, illustration, photography, street art, primary sources, documentation and collaboration.

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Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
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Jay and Jocelyn. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Katarina Thorsen
Photo by Katarina Thorsen
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Rick Legal. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick.
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Julian Bowers
Photo by Julian Bowers
Photo by Katarina Thorsen
Photo by Katarina Thorsen
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
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"November 6, 1947" Photo by Katarina Thorsen
“November 6, 1947” Photo by Katarina Thorsen

I have been a fan of Rick Legal’ work for a long time and it is such an honor to have his work appear in my book.  As I write this, he is in the process of editing his images.  Here is a sneak peek:

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Photo by Rick Legal

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Jocelyn Louise. Photo by Rick Legal
Jocelyn Louise. Photo by Rick Legal

**NEXT STEP: MIND MAPPING THE STRUCTURE OF THE BOOK**

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Jocelyn Louise as Molly. Styled by Jay Fisher.

MOLLY- the graphic novel

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“I am art.” #streetart wall builds connections in the #downtowneastside

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

As our streetart wall grows, we are building connections with the local community, enjoying audience as we paint, inviting others to join.

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Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

We are building dialogue around the “portrait.”  We are building relationships and locals are asking to have their photos taken and portraits done as they enjoy the empowerment we all feel when being seen and being heard.

And speaking of community, make sure to check out:



#Tearsheets, #Streetart, #Vancouver and @VanRagazine!

Huge thank you to V-Rag Magazine, Cole Johnston and Matthew Roy for an amazing article in the SEPTEMBER 2012 issue and for the honor of appearing in this wonderful publication!

Vancouver’s Gay Arts & Culture Rag V-Rag is a free monthly publication available in shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and salons around the West End, Downtown, East Van, Main St, Kits, UBC, etc. 
V-Rag is Vancouver’s gay arts and culture rag.  They exist as an alternative to what is currently available to the gay and lesbian community of Vancouver: something that’s fun, entertaining, energetic and sexy.  Each month they talk about events, music, film, entertainment, fashion, nightlife and local personalities.  It’s the ultimate source of info on what’s new and fresh in gay and lesbian culture.

And thank you to Nancy Kirkpatrick for her incredible photos and enthusiasm and my students at Intersections Media!
Photo collage by Nancy Kirkpatrick

CHECK OUT MORE OF MY WHEATPASTE/STREET ART:

Photo by Jocelyn Louise

The Social Life hits the streets! #streetart #wheatpaste #thesociallifeyvr

Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing.  And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss. 

— Banksy (Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall)

Anna T Fabulous and Josh Langston of The Social Life meet their portraits at last!

Huge thank you to The Social Life, Anna T Fabulous, Josh Langston and Nancy Kirkpatrick for an inspiring session!

Nancy, Josh, Anna

  

Ryan Steele, Joseph

Pasting Molly (Jocelyn Louise)
Pasting Barb

Jocelyn Louise as Molly, styled by Jay Fisher.

Joseph, Barb
Jay, Doug
Adam, Jason, Wenchee, Sam, Hannah
Anna T Fabulous
Josh Langston
Raziel Reid

Following is just a small sample of extraordinary photos by Nancy Kirkpatrick:

See more:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

Latest updates

This is how we do it

Once it’s up, let it go

Something this fun has got to be illegal!

Beauty in the deterioration…

Joe Average

Wide-eyed with a twist of the lips

Mia More in the morning

While I stand on the roadway…

Walking the streets of dreams

Evolution of a wheatpaste: Justine

Beauty in the deterioration Part 2

Do you know what it takes…?

We’ve gone national!

Something this fun has got to be illegal! #wheatpaste #streetart #westend

Huge thank you to Nancy Kirkpatrick, Maryellen Groundwater, Megan Low and Dustin Whymark for a beautiful day!

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Esteban, David. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
The Social Life. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

The Social Life

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Is it GUERILLA ART if you’re openly squealing with laughter?!

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
SPECTACULAR monster series by Maryellen Groundwater. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
SPECTACULAR monster series by Maryellen Groundwater. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Pride tree by the beautiful and inimitable Nancy. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Josh, Rebecca.  The colors! Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Captured moments:

Maryellen prepping her pastings
Nancy prepping her piece
Monster series by Maryellen
Prepping my dead birds.

Paparazzi!

By Maryellen Groundwater
Perfect placement for Maryellen’s piece!

 

“Once it’s up, let it go.” #wheatpaste #streetart #downtowneastside

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Most of the pieces remain untouched, even after several weeks, even after a year.

But some have been altered…

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 … so we added back.

And we added more.

“Once it’s up, let it go.”  Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Maryellen cutting out my Dead Bird series

Dustin adding a bird to where his face used to be.
Megan is missing. Or her portrait is.
Megan adding a bird to the spot.
All that is left of Maryellen’s piece is a little tree.
Maryellen’s latest masterpiece finds the perfect spot.
By Maryellen Groundwater

Patti

Patti being pasted by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Megan adding dead bird to dumpster.
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Maryellen adding dead bird to pipe.

Dustin touching up the sock monkey.
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Mugshot, Molly’s Father.

Graphic Novel

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Land of hopes and dreams, 1929. Molly’s uncle.
Maryellen pasting a dead bird.

Stay tuned for Pride 2012 Wheatpaste Campaign!

This is how we do it! #wheatpaste #streetart #downtowneastside

See also:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

Latest updates

Start with a drawing:

Here I am drawing a live portrait of “Kim.” Photographer: Nancy Kirkpatrick

Cut it out:

Add detail:

Find the right spot:

Emily McMorran and Maryellen Groundwater attaching “Kim.” I love how the background matched the original image.
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

An assortment of delicious moments from the past week:

Anna T Fabulous! Photographer: Megan Low
Photographer: Nancy Kirkpatrick

Emily McMorran

Emily McMorran, Nancy Kirkpatrick and Maryellen Groundwater prepping portrait of Nancy.
Travis Hengg wheatpasting Nancy.  Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Travis Hengg is my hero!
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Travis re-pasting Megan’s portrait
Photo by Megan Low
Dustin Whymark checking is he can remove his portrait!
Maryellen prepping her drawing.  Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

By Maryellen Groundwater

Travis Hengg

PORTRAIT: Jacqueline. #photography #drawing #wheatpaste #streetart #downtowneastside

Jacqueline G. China marker portrait on newsprint by Katarina Thorsen. Pasted by Travis Hengg. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick.

Glorious day with my students and colleague, Nancy Kirkpatrick, at Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society!  Lots of projects in the works that we’ll be sharing shortly.

But for now…

Part of our day was spent on a photoshoot and I was so inspired by the photos of Jacqueline that I just had to draw her.

Jacqueline, Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Jacqueline, photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Smith, K. (2007) The Guerilla Art Kit, New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press

Travis applying my drawing with wheatpaste.  Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Emily McMorran
Screenshot from video by Maryellen Groundwater

Video by Maryellen Groundwater

Photo by Emily McMorran
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick