Talent: Marisa Kakoulas and Margot Mifflin On Tattooing

Such a great piece on Cool Hunting today!

Veteran tattoo artists that happen to be female.

 

I love the part about the gypsy tattoo.  That female face – why?  Don’t get me wrong, these can be beautiful.  But I’m just curious about what that actually means to the person who wants that tattoo.

Here is another great piece of history from the article:  “Jesse Knight, the first British female tattooist, who started in 1921. She learned from her dad, who tattooed the family crest on her back. She was the only female artist in the UK for decades; she ran her own shop and built her own machines. A client Knight tattooed when she was in her 60s remembers her lighting a match and holding it out to prove she still had a steady hand, and she still tattooed into the ‘80s. Happily, a lot of her flash and photos of her work survive—you can see it in the book. She was a true pioneer.”

Check out the article and the links to Powerhouse Arena regarding the panel discussion.

Interview: Marisa Kakoulas and Margot Mifflin on Tattooing in the New Millennium – Cool Hunting.

Pleasant Torture?

Write about your strongest memory of heart-pounding belly-twisting nervousness: what caused the adrenaline? Was it justified? How did you respond?

That’s my question, up there.  It’s the daily inspiration.  Of course I wrote it days ago, and forgot to post it.  Blah!

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My strongest memory of heart-pounding belly-twisting nervousness was when I enrolled in acting school and actually had to perform.  In front of humans.  Most of which I didn’t know at all.  The rest I had met one day a week prior.

I’m shy and I’m scared to death but I went up there and I did my best.  And then it turned into an adrenaline rush, and I didn’t want it to end.  EVER!!!  But every week I’d feel that same terror, the same sickness.  But I’d go up and do the scene and each time, I didn’t want it to end.  It was like pleasant torture.  It brought out the best in me, and it showed me I had strength to do what I never thought I could.  Best therapy ever.  

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I got to do so many cool things while in Basic Technique I and II.  Then I went on to Scene Study, and was dragged by much younger, cooler and hipper people to Improv.  And that’s where I met my husband.  Pretty awesome, right?  No wonder our Kiddo is so….dramatic!

Happy New Year!!!!

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Hey everybody.  Hope you’re all well, and happy and as stress free as possible.  

We had a cute little blizzard this morning/last night, and everything looks so clean and pure and new!  Of course, that’s because I haven’t had to go outside to shovel or do any of the “real” stuff – just look out the window, and toss two winter coated shih tzus out the back door!  

I would love to hear your plans for the new year.  Your wishes, dreams, dreads, whatever.  Will ya tell me?? 

And if you’re interested in a reading, get in touch today!   My email is magzmama@gmail.com, or call me at (516) 495-9775. 

 

Old NY Crime Scene Photos Blend With The NYC Of Today – You Have To See This!

My friend Howie shared this on Facebook yesterday, and I couldn’t stop looking at these ghostly, time travel-ish photographs.  Please click the link at the end to see all the photos including the descriptions.

 

Vintage Crime Scene Photos Superimposed on Modern NY Streets (Warning: Graphic) | Fstoppers.

The Tattoo Convention In An Aviation Museum. We Like!!!

So last week I got to attend the United Ink Tattoo Festival here on Long Island.  It was at our local aviation museum, and I have to tell you – it was a perfect place for it!  I’d never been there before, even though I live less than 20 minutes from it.  The Children’s Museum next door to it – yes, that I’ve been to repeatedly.

The whole thing was so well laid out and an old classmate of mine had an amazing booth from his music store which had the absolute most gorgeous acoustic guitars I’ve ever seen.  I swear I wanted to buy one, and I don’t even know how to play. Click the link if you’re interested – he’s got some very cool shit!

The rest of the layout on the first floor of the museum was just nice and easy to get through, to check out the books on the booths, and even to talk to the tattoo artists, who were all super friendly.  There were people there selling jewelry, shirts and tattoo supplies as well, and as you went up to the second floor and third floor, there was original art being sold – paintings, sculpture, etc!

I went with my friend Diane, who I also know since high school, and who had an idea for a tattoo, so we got to shop around.  She ultimately decided to wait and have her usual artist do the work, but seeing the reactions of the artists to her idea was in and of itself an education for me.  It really does boggle my mind that one concept can be seen in so many different ways by so many different artists.  It gets my blood pumping to hear what’s in an artist’s mind.  I don’t get jealous of that creativity, I just admire it.

One of the highlights of the day was to meet Shanghai Kate, one of the most revered female tattoo artists on this planet.  She was sweet, beautiful and generous with her time and knowledge.  I’m proud to say that I bought my copy of Tattoo Nation from her and loved it.  She invited me back the next day to hear her seminar, but the truth is I just didn’t have the money.  It still made my whole week though!

Diane and I were talking in hushed voices as a tattoo artist was working with a woman at a booth.  I mentioned to her that I would love to find a tattoo artist (in particular) to work with on a comic book concept.  The artist immediately stopped the tattoo he was doing, and told me he’d be interested!  I jumped for joy, we exchanged cards, and now I have to call him and see what we can create together.  I’m mad excited!

 

I will be back with more on the specific artists that I met and spoke to, but I wanted to give you a little bit of an update in the meantime!

United Ink: the Cradle of Aviation | New York’s Biggest Tattoo Convention.

NYC Subways In The 70s – You Gotta See This!

 

My many NYC sojourns included what you see above, but slightly cleaned up since it was the early 80s for me.  But I remember the urine smells and the really awful tags on the ancient train cars, no air conditioning, and ladies that all kind of looked like this one above.  Look at these pictures! They’re really a time capsule!

 

Photos of the NYC Subway System in the 1970s | Narratively.