Octohawk (or alternatively, Octosquawk) finished February 2014.
If you have an hour to kill on the morning of February 28th, I will be giving a lecture about my creative process in tattooing and painting with a following Q & A. Tickets are free and registration opens on February 24th for seats. The talk will be filmed and available online afterward as well. Creative Mornings hosts talks from all sorts of artists and creative professionals around the world - Check out their many other talks, I eat up any information about an artists’ process and stories and I’m excited to share mine!
Somehow I’ve manage to post more in the past two weeks than I have in the last eight months - while I’ve been more productive in a long time, the truth is…it’s cold here in Chicago. Really fucking cold. I feel like I’ve been dressed like this for two months, blankets are my best friend, and there’s hardly any temptation to…you know, leave my house, even when I’ve been microwaving the same cup of coffee over and over again. As someone with a homebody inclination, it’s not the worst thing in the world, but I think everyone is very restless for some warm weather.
This year has really revealed the range of projects that I enjoy working on, most are elaborations on an idea of clients (fig. 1 & fig. 2) some are completely my own invention, from start to finish (fig. 3), some are tattooed reproductions of existing artwork (Waterhouse’s Soul of the Rose fig. 4) and others I particularly love the intention behind - like a collection of Illinois birds the wearer preserved as specimens at the Field Museum (fig. 5).
These are just bits and pieces. Big pieces are fun to do, but can take a very long time from start to finish - sometimes sessions can be months (or years!) apart for any number of reasons - but seeing them come together is always exciting.
2013 was a year of major upheaval: starting anew, and leaving the things behind that needed to be left. Moving out, moving in, left the old studio, started at a new studio, success, depression, dating, not dating, weddings, traveling to Iceland, Alaska, learning about balance, learning about fear, learning about myself. It was a real fuckin’ doozy.
2014 will be a great year, there are great things ahead. Be gentle/be brutal. It’s good to be back.
As the summer ends, I’ve been finishing up some bigger projects, and starting new ones. And of course, once again, I’ve left the blog in the dark - but there’s a lot happening! For more current updates, definitely look me up as “feralcatbox” on instagram.
This whole move has been in the works for a while, but let’s make it official: I’m excited and honored to be joining Butterfat Studios with the mega-talented Esther Garcia. An appointment-only shop is a huge change from the fast pace of a street shop that I’m used to, but I’m welcoming the change, it’ll give me the slower pace and focus to work on custom pieces and some other projects I have in the works. I encourage you to check out the website, and Esther’s work (and tumblr!) as well, I’m confident this is a fantastic beginning of an already fantastic year - we’re gonna make great music together.
Of course I have to thank all my amazing clients, and from everyone at Metamorph Studios for all the support over the last few years, I couldn’t have made it this far without you.
PS: I can still be found at email@example.com for any inquiries.
The past 4 months:
- Taking nearly a month off work (because: this) to travel through Rome, Venice, Florence and Nice was an eye-opener. I got lost, ate amazing food, fed my brain, shed tears over heartbreakingly beautiful artwork everywhere. (+100 XP) Came back to the homeland with a culture hangover. - Turned a year older (-40 HP, + 40 XP), felt old, familiar panic of slowly dying/wasting time. - Started smoking again (-100 HP) - Got my huge Ito Jakuchu thigh tattoo started by the lovely Gakkin, still have many hours to go. (+10 MANA) - Dating, like a human being (+20 XP, +20 CHARISMA) - Bought a ticket to Iceland for the spring for visiting friends, soothing geothermicities, learned to make things happen if you want them to happen. (+ 20 SPECIAL) - Seeing the proof of a year of hard work. Endings, new beginnings and inklings for bigger things. (+50 SECRETS)
I updated Blueskycomplex with some finished tattoo work, which I will be updating here as well. I’ve got so many great projects in the works at the moment, but I’ve only got these bits & fragments (see above) as things slowly come together. I’m just as interested in the process of a tattoo as I am the finished product, and of course larger tattoos take quite a few sessions. If you want to see more of these, follow me on Instagram: feralcatbox. I’ll be around here more often, I promise.