Saturday, January 28, 2012

Marks
I recently went to get more (tattoo) work done at Invisible, in New York City's Lower Eastside. I've been humming and hawing about getting another sleeve done; it's been about 6 or 7 years, I think, since I got my last one, but it's because I've been waiting for the just the right occasion. I currently have 2 pieces that form a full sleeve and chest panel on my left-side, not including the one that is now being worked on by Kiku. His drawings are sumptuous - an economy of line, that marry into bold and graphic shapes; his pictures are entirely beautiful, and so I knew immediately that I wanted for him to be the person to create my next sleeve. My friend Shawn Barber, who is an extraordinary painter, and passionate lover of tattoos, recommended that I take a look at his work -- and so I did.
Soon enough, I was already feeling the sharp drag of the needle beneath my skin. For anyone who has gotten work done before, it can be incredibly painful at some points, and during other times can feel less so, to where your body becomes used to the heat and grinding of the needle.

My tattoos carry with them, a story, and meaning; they represent moments in time, and changes that have occurred in my life which have been so profound that it inspires me to record these experiences as marks on my skin. I know that for someone like my mother, it makes very little sense why I would do such a thing - to ruin my body; however, it feels right, and proper for me, and has evolved perhaps into my own personal ritual that announces the various coming-of-ages in my life.

Friday, January 27, 2012

My Dreams, His Nightmares
Last Wednesday I stopped by SVA's radio station to do an interview with Sam Weber, on his radio show, "Your Dreams My Nightmares." If you're reading this blog, then you're most likely tapped-in; he really needs no introduction, but I'll give him one anyway. Illustrator, Artist, Educator, and now Radio Host, and fellow Canadian -- I couldn't be more thrilled. I met Sam years ago, shortly before I moved to New York from Toronto. If I remember correctly, it was the summer of 2003, and I believe he had just graduated from SVA's MFA Illustration program. The strength of his work preceded him even then, in a way that it oftentimes does around many talented folks. Being a kind guy, charismatic, and extraordinarily talented, I was honoured and thrilled to share the stage with him. So if you have any time or interest on a rainy friday, then take a listen to my segment here. Thanks again, Sam!

Friday, January 20, 2012

From My Desk to Yours
I wanted to pass along a link to an interview that I have posted on Kate Donnelly's website Fromyourdesks.com . The interviewer is my friend and fellow illustrator, artist and instructor extraordinaire Ellen Weinstein, who creates smart and beautiful collages, rich with metaphor. If you have some time, please check out the interview, here's the link www.fromyourdesks.com.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I'll See You Soon
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I'm aware that over the past few posts I've not included illustrations. But, it's not that I haven't been doing any, in fact it's been the very opposite. I've just chosen not to post any of my recent work, yet; however, I will soon.
... Oh, and Happy New Year!