Monday, June 18, 2007
All American Tattoo Fest!!! Sacramento, CA
The show this year was a lot of fun! I tattooed Some great people, met some great people, and saw some old friends. The sushi was unbelievable! Mikunis kicks ass! My good friend, and veteran tattoo artist, Jen Schichi got a tiny little "California" tattoo, (Poppies and a quail) She's got like a thousand hours on her body. Mostly by Guy Aitchison, so it's always a little unnerving to tattoo her. I also did a portrait on Francesco, from Fat Cat Tattoo in Sac. I'm glad I worked the last two shows with Nikko!!! I've learned a bunch from him about color portraits. I also tattooed Alan, Julie, and Al. Thanks so much to all of you. I'm honored to do your work! I won "Best Back piece", "Best Full Leg", 2nd for "Best Traditional", (Cory Norris got 1st.) and Treavor Barnes and I did a collaboration on Bruce that won "Best Chest"! That was sweet. I'm honored to work with Treavor and it was a true privilege to do that piece together. Got to hang out with the crew from The Phoenix Tattoo Company, John Highland, of 12 Monkeys, Nick and Cory from Classic Tattoo Grass Valley, Jen from the Mermaid's Tale, Jason and Andy, from Metamorphic Tattoo, Orly from Humble Beginnings, Claire, Megan and Carson. I also got to meet Grime for the first time and show him a few of my paintings. CRAZY! What an inspiring artist. Last but not least, I showed Miki (puts on the London, and Milan show, along with this show, he's also the editor of Tattoo Life and Tattoo Energy, both European magazines) my sketch for the Milan poster next year. He gave me the go ahead, and I'll be painting the final draft this week. Check back for that later.