2014: a remembrance

2014: a remembrance

and there I was - a few days into this rotation - back at home in Olympia - only to be greeted by a clear sky and sliver of moon.

there were so many moments when I thought to myself - today I am going to document this incredible space I live in - I never necessarily followed through - photos exist here and there but the space is primarily remembered in my heart - the two month waiting for you to come home began

photos from the road : 111314 -121314

photos from the road : 111314 -121314

I departed from Olympia WA, where I home base with my partner Harrison, on November 13th 2014 just three days after my 20th birthday. I had a basic layout of going from Washington to Denver and from there planned to drive through the southwest, over to California and up back to Olympia. Spending half of the trip in Denver tattooing and the other half visiting friends and spending some quality time with myself on the road. Although I travel a lot I have never traveled to this capacity on my own via car - figured it was a good way to start my 21st solar rotation. These photos were taken starting in Colorado and ending in Nevada City.  a week into leaving Olympia Harrison met me in Colorado - such a sweet surprise as I originally thought I wouldn't see him for a month - the two above photos were taken in Indian Hills Colorado where one of my dearest friends resides.

hand poking tattoo process: freehand design

My journey into hand poked tattooing began nearly two years ago although I feel it has evolved most in the past 6 months. I was inspired to begin tattooing in late 2012 as I had a house guest that used hand poked tattooing as one of his main mediums - I was in awe of his use of color and ability and then it hit me that I too could use the medium of ink and skin. For those of you who are not familiar with the art of hand poked tattooing it is a method in which no machine is used - every mark on the skin is done by hand - poking every dot of every line to construct a whole.The following spring I was visiting a friend in L.A. explaining to her my exposure to the new art form and my consideration of doing it - her partner was a tattoo artist and she told me that she was able to take me to get supplies - I obtained my first box of needles and bottle of ink in march of 2013. I found myself tattooing within two days of that. I somehow had immediate trust from my surrounding community.

self documentation in reflective surfaces via iPhone 2012-2014

self documentation in reflective surfaces via iPhone 2012-2014

As long as I have been taking photos I have been doing self portraiture - in fact there was a few year period where I would spend an hour or so a day documenting myself. Not out of narcissism but out of fascination of self realization and growth - the visual changes vs. the changes in my space and time. As those years passed I slowly started doing that less and less - life became busier and my time was being consumed in other ways.

half wet: flood book november - january

half wet: flood book november - january

The term flood book may be synonymous with journal, sketchbook, diary etc. I choose to refer to it as a flood book because I attempt to keep an honest open relationship with its pages, so that I am able to physically drain my mind. I find it very important to exorcise creativity daily whether it comes easily or not. Keeping a flood book has become a ritualistic practice in documenting and exploring my expansion as a human and an artist. More often than not I find some of my best work appears in these books. The most recent one I filled was half submerged in water due to my water bottle opening into my back pack. It remained damp for nearly a week (because nothing dries in Washington) and underwent some interesting transformations because of that. Some images and words were washed away, others diffused themselves through multiple pages, and some became mirrored.