Belatedly: I’ve been up to a lot of things!

Hi friends. It’s been a busy couple of weeks settling into fall! I’ve been tattooing a lot, doing fun fall activities with friends, eating my weight in winter squash, and even got tattooed myself. Good times!

I got tattooed by the amazing Silje Røe Hagland a few weeks ago. She did a snowflake matryoshka doll on my forearm to match my snowflake hand tattoo! I’m so happy about it! I borrowed the photo from her. I can’t take pictures of my own arm like that.

My lovely client/friend Scott asked me for a gritty, sketchy, black and grey anatomical tattoo. This has been a real stretch from my usual tattooing style, and so much fun. I’m happy with how it’s coming out and it’s interesting to work in a way that is so different from my usual!

I did matching space knitting tattoos for Chanin and Erin! They were SO delightful and I wish I got to tattoo space crafts EVERY SINGLE DAY. Ladies, you can tell people you have a tattoo of a spacecraft! So funny. Or maybe only funny to me. Anyway, oh my goodness was this ever a fun tattoo. Also, I’ve belatedly realized I misspelled Chanin’s name in the photocrop. I’m so sorry, lady!

I had the privilege of tattooing a traditional eagle on my friend Tashina, who was featured in my last update too! This eagle is definitely among my favorite tattoos I’ve done to date, and good thing, because this lady is also one of my favorite people! She tipped me in shoes (she works at Buffalo Exchange), which is pretty much the most awesome thing ever, because it’s what I usually WANT to spend all my money on whether I should or not. Check these babies out:

Yeah the 90s are back. Deal with it.

I also went chanterelle hunting with my friend Lisa Maurine. We found a pretty good number of them, and then went back to my place and made delicious dinner and hung out with my gentleman friend and stoked a fire in the fireplace. Whoa guys, fall is really fun. (Photo credits to Lisa!)

Painting with pretty ladies in my living room. (Photo by Alena!)


What happens when the boyfriend leaves town?

I spend a lot of time listening to Sunn O))) and painting. I have a few things to share with you all!

First, I got my knuckles tattooed by the talented Jared Hunter of Anatomy Tattoo and I’m SUPER stoked on them. Wouldn’t you be?

I also had the pleasure of tattooing some of the summer flash from Melanie, Nick’s and my summer flash day on Jared’s lovely lady companion, Tashina. She got my two favorite things from my flash sheet: the hot dog with traditional butterfly wings and the satanic olive.

I’ve also been painting A TON, as mentioned before. My boyfriend Rob is on a short California tour with his awesome band The Shivas, so I’ve been hanging out with lots of lady friends and painting and painting and painting! I’m excited to show some of these off. Originals are for sale as always (once I get scans of them) and of course I’d LOVE to morph any of these into tattoos.

I love the movie Metropolis. Fritz Lang is a genius.


I taught my friend Alice to paint with liquid acrylics by making two copies of this rose on watercolor paper. This is the one I painted while we hung out! Not even two years ago Jared (of the above knuckle tattoos!) taught me to do this the exact same way- starting with roses – and it made me feel so nostalgic and happy to see the progress I’ve made (though I still have long way to go yet).

Last but not least, the scan of this is totally horrible and cuts off the bottom of the pearl necklace (which makes me really sad because I’m super proud of it), but this is the painting I just finished for Icon’s shop postcard. So unlike things I do on the regular and so fun. Anyone want a fierce wolf tattoo? Because I’m really excited about that fierce wolf.

Owl cover-up finished!

Remember the cover-up I started on the lovely Becky a few weeks ago? I finished it today! I’m so in love with it and she was such a delight to work with. She also sat through a totally egregious amount of mechanical failure today. What the hell, machines/tubes/power supply cords? Thanks for being so easygoing, Becky! No thanks to you, equipment! As if the fact that it’s really hot and we don’t have A/C doesn’t suck enough.

Anyway, the up-side is that I got to work with really lovely people this week, and I got to do rad tattoos. If only the weather and my pieces-parts would behave. It does bear mentioning that I am probably the only person in Portland who thinks this constitutes the weather not behaving, just so we’re all clear.

So fun. I am actually sorry this tattoo is finished. I’ve had so much fun with it!

Surprise fun for the week!

Sometimes, doing this job, I get a little extra lucky. Thursday was one of those days. A totally delightful fellow walked in and asked for a giant traditional eagle on his shin, and let me tell you! I was so excited that Melanie passed him to me! I love traditional tattoos so much and don’t get a chance to execute them half as much as I’d like. If you are thinking of getting one, and wondering who’d be stoked, I WANT YOU TO KNOW I WOULD BE STOKED.

Riley was on a road trip from Salt Lake with his lovely wife. Here is the souvenir he’ll be taking home (and everywhere else he goes!):



For some reason Widmer Bros. is having Oktoberfest down the street. If you aren’t totally clear, IT’S SEPTEMBER. Unlike 5 o’clock, I am pretty sure it’s not always October somewhere in the world.

Also, tonight is my friend Betty Marie’s art show opening at Leisure Public House here in Portland! Please come if you aren’t too busy seeing bands, going to the park, going camping, etc.

Cover-ups, birds, etc.

I’ve had some fun projects lately. I’m excited to share them with you!

First, I got another painting-inspired walk-in the other evening, albeit more modern this time. First, Ben came in and set up an appointment with the lovely and talented Niki, and then his wife Sam decided she wanted to get tattooed, too! They were from Kansas City, a place I’ve never been but from whence I’ve inherited a few friends, and it was so nice to be a part of their Portland experience. Sam wanted a tattoo of a pretty stylized little bluebird, and I explained to her that the body will mostly turn into a blue color wash over time but she was still excited about the tattoo, so we charged on ahead. I think it came out a lovely little bird:

The next day, I was so lucky as to be working on yet another cover-up. I love doing these. They’re so gratifying – taking something that someone has lived with and disliked, and turning it into something really beautiful and new and more illustrative of the person’s adult personality. Usually it’s teenager tattoos that get covered. I love to be a part of someone’s process, and I am with every tattoo I do, but it’s so much more the focus with a cover-up. They really are one of my favorite things. Obviously, it’ll still be a little muddy until we get the color in there, but here’s the outline and shading on Becky’s owl:

I’m so happy to be working on this tattoo, and Becky’s so awesome to work with! I’m really excited about the collaboration process we went through, and excited about her suggestion of pinecones, and so excited about the way those little pinecones curve around her shoulder. I’m also in love with those big bold roses! More of those, I think. I’ll be sure to post color photos as soon as I have them.

My family’s also been in town and I’ll be sure to post a few pictures from that as soon as I get them from my stepdad.

THAT’S OWL FOR NOW. Oh man, I’m so funny.

a sweet story

Sorry for the shoddy photo quality; my phone seems to have some kind of problem that prevents it from EVER FOCUSING ON ANYTHING. iPhone users, know anything about this…?


Now then. I did this sweet locket on Allison the other day. Mary Ann and Robert were her grandparents; they passed away this spring within a month of each other. They were married 50 years. What a romantic thing that is. It was so fun to tattoo and I’m really pleased with the outcome – so fun to work in black and grey but still stay pretty traditional! I don’t get to do that as much and I really enjoyed it. Love doing that clean, sharp, traditional lettering, too.

Later in the week (read: when I get it together and find one of my camera cords, which are all currently MIA from my recent move) I’ll post pictures of the huge cover-up I started on Becky. I’m psyched to work on it again as soon as we can!