Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dear, diary.

No not really, but kind of.

I had along weekend. I spent the last 2 days fighting a cold, I heard laughter is the best medicine, so I did just that - laugh, a lot.
I went to work today, thinking I was A-ok, but as the day went by my head just kept getting stuffier and stuffier.  I also did quite the acrobatic number on Otis this morning, and threw my back out. I'm currently laying on the couch, unable to move, and also high on advil and tussin. Fingers crossed the cold is gone, and that my back feels a little better tomorrow. I know Otis is laughing for sure.

I finished my Tim Gunn painting last week, but I've been bad about sharing, I also finished my black and gray flapper girl painting, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

All these and more are up for sale in my Etsy shop :)

It's been so nice here in Portland lately, well other than the last 24 hours at least, rain, rain and more rain. I keep seeing all these people riding bicycles everywhere, and it's quite wonderful. It has made me want a road bike so bad! I'm also falling in love with everything bicycle these days.

Cute stuff, huh!
I'm gonna get some rest. Have a great night! xoxo.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Love letter. Part deux.

Dear Tim Gunn,

I kinda like, love you. alot.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

not silence.

Someone amazing told me I should blog about my favorite music right now, and I am doing so. Listening to records last night with Jared and Kirsten definitely reminded me of how much more wonderful music truly is on vinyl, also it made me miss my dad really bad.
My dad and I will literally sit around and paint/draw while listening to music for hours on end, while we pretend we're the only two people left on earth. It's quite magical.

I discovered Laura Veirs when they were opening for Blind Pilot here in Portland a few months ago. Love!

Lauryn Hill, I've listened to this cd non stop since it came out, and it never gets old. ever.

I listened to Madrugada all through art school, and I'm proud to say they are fellow Norwegians. I love this band oh so much. Art school was the happiest of times, but I usually dig this one out whenever I am feeling down, or whenever I am having one of those super rainy, lazy craft days.

My mom and I listened to City and Colour on repeat for 2 weeks straight last summer. Great album, great memories. <3

Believe it or not, Motley Crue is one of my all time fave bands. Oh yeah. I used to rock the metal hair and tight black everything. Awesome. 

Interpol, not a single day passes without me listening to either one of these two albums. Can't decide which I like better, so I had to pick them both. Need I say LOVE!!!

What are some of your favorite albums?



I feel like I've been slacking on the blog front. Not just with blogging myself, but also keeping up with all your blogs. I'll have to do something about that.

Work is great, I did a super fun tattoo the other day, on a super fun guy. It was all in all a great day. I have some appointments coming up that I am pretty stoked about, so it should be a fun few coming weeks. I've also been painting a lot at work, yesterday I had the day off, but went to Jareds with Kirsten for art night. He has the most amazing house, with the most amazing art, and we listened to some amazing music. It was great. Cupcake tagged along also, for a play date with Jareds little dog, Amelie. Cute.
Endless amounts of white chocolate peanut butter and apples were eaten, yum! What more can one wish for?

I'm currently working on these two paintings, struggling a bit with this first one. I'm keeping it black and gray, but are gonna add some red details to it. Should be pretty fun, other than I am driving myself crazy trying to making it oh so perfect.

I started that painting, but decided to put it aside for now till I finish this one. I feel like I'm having better luck with this one, as it's all color pretty much. Also it's a gift for someone amazing, and a fellow artist so that makes it so much better.

I received a cute little package in the mail last week from sweet Emily. I painted Emilys adorable dog Nieco a few weeks ago, and she sent me the most amazing embroidered piece of art as a thank you.

How perfect and cute is that! I love it so much <3 Thank you Emily, you are such a sweet heart <3

I am off to the art store for some water color paper, and then work. Have a great day!

Friday, April 16, 2010


Finished up a new flash page I started before I left for Dallas, super happy with the way this one came out. I love the colors together, plus who doesn't love those classic monsters!

Just wanted to share before I am off to bed!

Night night <3

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

back to reality.

What an incredible weekend!
We started Sunday off with oatmeal and orange juice at the hotel, they also had Texas shaped waffles, then again, everything is shaped like the state of TX, in Texas.
We met up in our talent wear, I was wearing cute short shorts, knee highs, pink converse, and a pink tank top, and you may ask what was my talent? Hula Hooping!
I must admit I have gotten pretty good at it in the short time I have had to practice, but of course I let my nerves get the best of me, and I completely froze, and couldn't do it for very long on stage. It was still fun though, and I smiled and laughed it off. Hah!

As the result of all my hula hooping through the weekend. I swear, I was hula hopping on the bed, on the balcony, on the floor, and well, of course on stage, and it shows!

Sarah had cake decorating as her talent, and she had pre-baked the cutest little cookies, which she decorated with a yellow rose of Texas, a white border, and "miss tattoo" in pink frosting. It was so cute!!

After talent we had to get ready for the pin up portion of the pageant, and the theme was cow girl. So many cute outfits! We got up on stage, posed, smiled and posed again for photos, and done.

Sarah and I walked around for a few hours, got some fresh air, some food, and made new friends. The crowning was at 7, everyone was so nervous. Jennifer did her speech, and it was super emotional.
Emily walked away as 2nd runner up, Mizuz Inkaholic got 1st runner up, and Sarah, of course got crowned Miss Tattoo Dallas. There were also two wild cards, that were given to Keisha and Gina. I am of course bummed I didn't place, but also so Incredible proud, and happy that Sarah won! <3
It was one of the best weekends i have ever had, and I met some amazing people, and made new friends. So fun!

After the crowning we posed for more photos, said goodbye to all the girls, and packed up our stuff. I had an appointment to get tattooed by a new friend, Adrian Evans, so we headed over to his booth. We didn't get started till around 11pm, and by the time we were finished with the shading, we decided to head out with them, and other people from the convention. Fun! 

Adrian and I instantly hit it off when we realized we know the same people, and I am super happy to have made a new friend and found a new tattoo artist that I love! We'll be finishing my arm, and I think I'm gonna have him do my knee also, in a few months! Fun! :) 

It's gonna take a few weeks for the photographer to edit all the photos, but I will share them once they arrive <3

Thanks again for all the support, you guys are incredible <3
I am about to head to work, I have some really fun tattoos scheduled for this week! I'm all smiles :)

Have a lovely day!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Miss Tattoo


I'm finally able to do an update from Sarahs ever so trusty pc, my mac is not agreeing with the internet in our hotel room, so I'm glad I can use this as a back up.
Dallas is amazing,  I've only been to Texas once before, on a spur of the moment adventure, hop on a place the next day, buy a car, lay on the beach at South Padre Island, and drive back to KC-kinda deal. But Dallas is really nice, the food is amazing, yeah you'd be surprised to know that I've had the most amazing vegan pizza ever across the street from the convention. We went to the hippest of hipster vegan restaurants the night we arrived for some delicious nachos and mac and cheese. And ate some very, very good falafels at Cosmic Cafe. You can definitely be vegan, and not starve in Dallas!

Friday was casual wear, I wore black skinnies, a white tank top and heels, we introduced ourselves, and it was slightly nerve wracking being on stage for the first time. Today we had hair and makeup professionally done, so fun being pampered! We had photoshoots, evening wear on stage, along with interview questions, then followed by swim suit, and some tattoo related questions.
I'm number one through the whole competition, meaning I go on stage first. I'm actually pretty happy about that, less time to stand around and be nervous, plus I get to walk around with a big "1" on my sash. Hah!
I also entered a non pageant related contest today, for my mom and dad tattoos, by Shaun, in the category for Traditional tattoos, and I won 2nd place! So happy, and I can't wait to hand the trophy over to Shaun!

We've been meeting so many nice people, and I am surprised how many people Sarah and have met here that know people we both know, or work/have worked with people I have worked with also. Small world!

I've been really busy, It's really been non stop all day, everyday, so I haven't really had a chance to take photos other than today, so I have a few to share. Tomorrow we get all the professional photos they took through out the pageant, so I will share those for sure!

Talent tomorrow, followed by pin up, photo shoots, and then finally the crowning at 7pm. So excited!
Per usual, I should be sleeping, but I'm not, I would love to, but I already have a hard time falling asleep at home, so there is really no chance of me falling asleep in a hotel on a bed, with a pillow that is too fluffy. Yeah, I like them flat like pancakes.

Apparently a tornado hit our room while we were out, 28 shoes between the two of us for 4 days, I'm not surprised.

I wish I could say I was blogging while getting my hair done, but sadly I am just showing the stylist a picture I had already saved on my computer, on how I wanted to my hair done.

Gil Monte has the cutest, grumpiest little chihuahua, Jaws. He bites.

Well it's already 1:52am, and Sarah has been passed out for hours, I guess I better try to get some beauty sleep. We have a long day ahead of us, I am also getting tattooed at the end of the day, so excited! I'll share more about that, and more pictures either Sunday or Monday.

I'm off to dream about lego hearts, pizza fields and city lights.

I hope you are having an amazing weekend!
Night night <3