With everything going on these days it’s hard to keep up on all the issues. It is in fact, close to impossible. I try to take things as they come and do what I can when I can. I love being productive and moving forward so I work a lot, tattooing because I love it and that’s how I provide for my family which I love very much. I also paint as much as I can because it is who I am. I am an artist; the whole time.
The recent disasters in Japan have hit very close to my heart and soul. I have worked hard for the last 12 years to earn the privilege of working in japan. Tattooing, learning, and getting my entire backside tattooed by Shige of Yellowblaze, Yokohama. To see the people of Japan hurting and enduring the painful loss of lives, over 10,100 and 17,000 more people missing is very difficult to fully comprehend. I know people all over the world are affected by this and are contributing to some sort of relief though nothing will truly relieve what has happened. I want to thank those of you who do care, who do contribute, and who do spread the word of efforts to help. I personally know so many people who are doing what they can. Donating in all sorts of ways. We have a short attention span these days and it’s so easy to think since something happened two or three weeks ago, “they” probably have things all figured out. I don’t think this is true. People are still recovering from Hurricane Katrina which happened six years ago. Also The 7.0 earthquake in Haiti which was over a year ago, and people are still in camps made of tents and boxes. Japan will be in recovery for a long time, and I believe there will be a need to contribute for a long time.
Personally, I don’t care how people help. you can text a donation with your cell phone, you can go to your bank and donate to relief funds, you can bake cookies, wash cars or any other way possible to give and raise awareness. I just ask that you try to help. I’m not usually much of an activist, but like I said, Japan holds a very special place in my heart.
I want to thank Michelle Gilkey, (All For Japan project manager) for the help and the origami from the local grower’s market here in Grants Pass. a great reminder that we all have something to give.