Thursday, September 14, 2017

Heavy Heart Mandala Book Volume 1 - preview and sneak peeks

   Heavy Heart Volume 1 (pink cover) the first is a mandala coloring book I released in June 2017. It took abut a year and a half to get the first one published. Beginning in January 2015, I started creating the majority of the designs back then. Many of which are influenced by stained glass, art nouveau patterns, sculpture and jewelry. Initially I wanted to publish a "how to" guide on making your own mandala - since all of the early designs were hand drawn, using a template I made. I also had lots of ideas on exactly how I wanted the book designed; I wanted pages that were easy to tear out, thick paper that would hold up under watercolor and some other features. Due to the production costs however, it wasn't going to be easy, cheap, or affordable. I still want to make a how to guide, its just going to take a little bit longer than I have the patience for at the moment :)

   While the idea I began with turned into something else, I couldn't be happier with the evolution of the 'mandala book' idea. I wanted to make something that people would enjoy coloring, but also something that tattoo artists could use for reference. And for coloring fans, a collection of mandalas to be able to get lost in, but also something they could step away from, come back and want to finish what they started on. 

matte cover - Heavy Heart A Mandala Book - Volume 1

   Volume One of the mandala books features 52 symmetrical, unique and original mandala designs, including a few hand drawn full page images. Here are 2 of my favorite full page pieces - both hand drawn 

Hand drawn full page mandala sheet - click to purchase Volume 1 on

Another full page sheet from Volume 1 - click to purchase Heavy Heart on
   Im currently working on more coloring books, (taking a break from mandalas at the moment) but I would like to do an entire book of 100% hand drawn full page images. Making these sheets really takes a toll on my hand (and fingers) quickly though - leaving me with a temporary gnarly claw-fist. I look forward to designing this book, but I also dread it in a way - a big way!

   Each mandala is printed on a single page but feel free to use a scrap piece of paper or thin cardboard under the page you are working on to prevent bleed. With varying degrees of complexity, these designs make for intricate and relaxing images to color. The book measures 8.5 x 11 inches and the pages within are recommended for gel pens, markers, and colored pencils.

hand drawn stylized flower mandala from Volume 1- colored with Prismacolor pencils

An artsy fartsy shot of page 8 in Heavy Heart Volume 1

  As far as difficulty in regards to complexity for coloring and using these images for tattoo reference I would consider them “medium to difficult” . All if the mandalas are circular in shape, and rare roughly 7 inches in diameter. 

This mandala would be tricky - but fun to tattoo! Any takers? Contact me if you're interested in wearing this one :-)

   I have used a couple of these mandalas from Volume 1 for tattoos, and found them to be easy to make a stencil from, and read and follow with a tattoo machine. I will be making a separate blog entry for those, very soon!

One last sneak peek from Heavy Heart Mandala Book - Volume One 

   So you get the point as far as the composition of the books goes. I am constantly working on mandalas, patterns and similar designs - even when I am "taking a break" from said designs. 

   I will be posting a similar break down for each volume, as well as mandala tattoos I've done, and also some new download and print pages. If you want to stay up to date on the mandala books, new editions as well as new coloring book projects I'm working on, feel free to follow me using the links below

Coloring books and Mandalas - mindhandstudios on Instagram 
Tattoos and other artwork -  kimmythehun on Instagram
My website  ( tattoos, contact & scheduling info) -
my Zazzle store (in progress) 

Thanks for reading and thanks for the support and feedback on the books!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Heavy Heart Volumes 1, 2, 3 - released! also bonus Instagram hacked? UPDATE: IG fixed!

  After a couple of roller coaster weeks with my dad in (and out) of the hospital, I didn't get much of a chance to let everyone know about the books being completed and released. I didn't get a chance to do much, honestly, other than visit him, find out what is going on and keep him company. So thanks to all the folks who were flexible with me moving their tattoo appointments around, and allowing me to take some time to be by his side.
  So, here is a post about them! I fully intend (over the next couple of days ) to blog about each one individually with a couple teaser pics of each volume to clear up any confusion about the 3 books. Why 3? Isn't one book enough? (no) What do the small mandalas look like? Can you use them for tattoo reference? Will they make a clean stencil? Are they fun to color? With the exception of the first question, all signs point to yes. 

Volumes 1 - 3 Heavy Heart Mandala book - Available on

I've produced and compiled these images with tattooing in mind. By that I mean I know how tricky/unforgiving ink & skin can be, so there was a lot of consideration kept in mind when designing these mandalas. What will hold up over time, what will reproduce well (by copier/stencil maker/hand)  and what is easy to simplify enough to make a clean readable tattoo. Also things to consider - is the book easy to open all the way to place on a copier, and run a stencil off of? Yes.  I hope to post a photo break down of the copy/ stencil process soon as well. 

Each volume is slightly different - I will go further into individual descriptions in the next 3 blog posts.

Volume 1 (Pink💖) has 52 mandalas - circular and symmetrical. With one image per page- many of these images range from "easy" to "intermediate" in difficulty. 
Heavy Heart Volume 1

Volume 2 (💛yellow) is 44 pages - 110+ smaller mandalas and geometric flowers. There are some pages with a single mandala on a page but most pages have anywhere from 2,3,4 and sometimes 5 images on them. 
Heavy Heart Volume 2 

Volume 3 (💙blue) is 40 pages of "intermediate" to "difficult" as far as complexity is concerned. The pages consist of one mandala per page, and some 3/4 and full page images. 
Heavy Heart Volume 3 

    Altogether combined within the 3 books there are a little over 200 images. Each image is printed on a single sheet, to maximize presentation and prevent bleed when working with materials like pen, gel pen, marker. Though the paper itself is a good medium weight, I recommend using a scrap piece of paper or thin cardboard as a precaution against marker/pen bleed. I will be posting lots of images soon of completed mandalas from the books, if you have any and care to share feel free to tag me in them!  I have a separate Instagram account strictly for the coloring books - please follow @mindhandstudios for updates.

   UPDATE: 9/4/17 Instagram restored my account in full. **
On a side note I don't know why but my Instagram " kimmythehun " has locked me out/user not found/unable to log me in. No clue what is going on. I don't violate TOS and don't post anything other than tattoos, drawings, and sometimes my dogs. I've changed my password and contacted their non existent customer service (and I roll my eyes) Hopefully I can recover the account - Im kind of stressing it!!

So if you have found this blog and wish to stay updated, get in touch for a tattoo or look at other artwork/ my tattoo portfolio... Im gonna lay it all out for you :

 Instagram (broken??):   kimmythehun
mandala & coloring book Instagram: mindhandstudios
Twitter (a lot of nonsense from me, really) kimmythehun

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Its ALIVE (!?) WTF a new blog post

Man it has been a long time since I posted - uh, like 3 years! ALOT has happened, but at the same time, many things are still the same. I am working in West Virginia again, at Boomtown Tattoo in Martinsburg, WV

I finally published my mandala book - Heavy Heart (Volume 1)  I have enough material for Vol 2 and damn near finished with Vol 3's mandalas. Once I have enough for #3, I'll file the copyright paperwork and proceed with publishing. Yes its a coloring book, and its got 52 symmetrical mandalas that are also great for tattoo reference. The pages are a medium weight paper and the designs are readable enough to color, yet not get over whelmed.

It's really inexpensive considering there are 52 mandalas - You can purchase your own copy here: Heavy Heart - Mandala Book on

I am playing around with stop motion animation, which you can check out on my YouTube channel 
or enjoy this short clip I made a few weeks ago - its completely silent and happens to be the last video I made with my old tablet mount.  I modified a new mount, so things are a bit more steady now.
If you like it and want to see more, please subscribe to my channel!

Im still painting (not enough) and drawing (also not enough) tattooing (enough) and living and breathing so those are all great things. Of course Id like to throw myself further into my artwork, more and more each day. Which, some days, by shutting out the world - it works out exactly how I want it to.

My website is still kicking, there may be some new artwork & prints available on there - so feel free to visit it! its

I have also been working toward some personal goals, trying to focus on my physical health and also fighting a never ending battle with anxiety & depression. Coming to grips with the fact that I DO struggle with certain things, and its ok to struggle. Struggle is good. Struggle builds character.

I truly want to start an Agoraphobics Anonymous club but as my bff pointed out, no-one will show up. Hmph. Ok now what?

Actual photo of me

I hesitate to write about things that are personal to me because
  1. Im not really into over sharing online. I think it gets ridiculous with how much info people put out, and despite some of the things that come out of my mouth, I can be a very private person. I need a lot of SPACE around me. Figuratively and literally.
  2.  I don't have much of a filter. Im also stubborn and my opinions aren't up for debate or discussion. I feel the way I feel and I don't have to explain myself to anyone.
 3. But INTERNET DEBATE-  Its like a fuckin part time job for some people. Look in the comments section of any Facebook post, article, whatever- and its plain to see, people LOVE to chime in on shit, dissect, and pick apart stuff. Even after unfollowing 95% of "liked" things and friends on FB, I still get sucked into lashing out sometimes. There are a few other reasons I have hesitated for a while blogging, or vlogging. Im sure they will come up at a later time.

Any way, thats it for now. Im off to get tits deep into some other thing thats going to keep me up too late.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 22nd recent paintings and happenings

So alot of people know I took a medical leave in March now and 6 weeks later I am just getting back to tattooing full time. I have faced my worst fears (doctors, needles, hospitals, anesthesia, and even surgery) and am a better and healthier person for it. I am so used to getting bloodwork now...Years ago I couldnt even have blood taken. I would avoid bloodwork (and the doctor...and the dentist!) at all costs, even to my own detriment. I had a serious case of "white coat syndrome". Thanks to a great doctor, surgical experience and all the nurses and people who looked after me, I have a different outlook today. And of course, thanks to my compulsive Googling to find out "the real deal" and answer all of my ridiculous and incessant questions. Are you curious to know what procedure I had done? Im sure you are! Here are some possible scenarios:

1. Head from Ass removal
2. Foot & Hand transplant (the ol' switcheroo)
3. Transcranial Barbell Implantation (skull piercing)
4. Triple F Breast Implants
5. Reverse Frontal Lobotomy (they actually put more brains in)
6. Bloodletting with leeches
7. Removal of Tapeworm (extreme dieting!)
8. Shock treatment

The all 8. at once. Thats why it took 6 weeks for me to get back to work. So now Im rested and feeling much better! And the best part is Im back to tattooing! My favorite thing in the world!

While I was off I painted a bit and did some fun (and relaxing) things. I also revamped my website, if you would like to check it out you can do so here
check it out!
I got some new business cards printed up!

I like these!

 I did some paintings!
All of them are watercolor on Arches. Specifically Dr Martins watercolor. They are spitshaded on tea stained Arches 140lb colr press. I am a fan of the tea stain. Some people dont care for it.  Ive seen some really cool examples and if I had my way I would do them to the point of 'overdone', but whatever. The Bone Mandala is watercolor & acrylic. I have heard lots of good things about Waverly Liquid Acrylics but have yet to try them (but i will...soon!)

8x11 Dagger and geometric flowers , also made into my new business card design

9x12? i cant remember. did this for an art show at Cirque Du Rouge in Washington DC  - SOLD

11x14 did this for fun- many mandalas!

5x7 I gave this one to my dad. One of my favorites- nfs

5x7 Did this for an art show at The Body Gallery in Sterling VA - SOLD

8x8 Did this for a very hardworking tattooer Mike Walker at Tried & True Tattoo in Front Royal, VA

11x14 I did this for another very hardworking tattooer, Jon Berst at No Tomorrow Tattoo in Charles Town, WV
 I am kind of burnt out on paintings right now, but that will probably last a couple more days. I have a couple more I want to do for people and a couple ideas brewing but I have to get back drawing for tattoos.

And I have stickers being made right this very second! Here is what they will look like...recognize these ? ya want one?
They will be at the shop as soon as they come in. Please feel free to come by, say hi, and pick one up! If you live out of town and would like a couple please send me a S.A.S.E. ( Here is how to send a self addresses stamped envelope, for all you youngins) 

to: Kim Taylor 
No Tomorrow Tattoo
105 South Lawrence Street
Charles Town, WV 25414

and I will be happy to send you some as soon as I get your envelope. Make sure to send a s.a.s.e.! (unless  we've made other arrangements).  Some of you may be were working in Front Royal not too long ago, now youre in Charles Town? WTf!?

Yes, I am working in Charles Town! I am in the pursuit of happiness and will always go where it takes me! Also, Im a grown ass woman, I do what I want. :-)

Thats it for now, thanks for reading!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 18th 2014

I have been very busy living life (and having my guts rearranged) that i have neglected my poor blog :( oh so sorry! I have been painting my ass off! Well, as much as I can until my "Brain Painter" Is invented. More on that later...I promise I will do a huge update soon but in the mean time here are a couple things I have been doing....

here is how i flatten a painting...right underneath that toolbox is a huge book of french impressionism...***yawn**** at least it comes in  handy for something

and i just started snapchatting, thanks to roxie and andrew keeping me in the loop o' technology 

these are tattoos i did and were part of an art exhibit called Art on a Mobile Canvas. Im pretty stoked! These guys and alot of my original artwork is on display at the Strasburg Town Hall in Strasburg VA. pretty cool. 

and this is a little 5x7 spitshaded watercolor that i did for an auction at the Body Gallery in Sterling. nice clean open and friendly shop! I will have to visit more.  
things have been busy (thats good right!?) and i have a fuck ton more paintings to share but now..i must sleep. thanks for reading.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

...something new.. AGAIN!

i dont know why i cant ever just stick with one thing, but im excited that ive started attempting realism with acrylics. its late, im tired, not much talk from me this time around.

it all started with a painting of a cone flower intended for my mother in law, which turned into an ugly awful frankenflower very quickly. it was so bad..i deleted the pictures of it. that painting has since been painted over and after much frustration and some kicking myself in the nuts, i decided to try again. this time with a different flower.

here is the reference photo i used for the Zinnia flower

and here is the Zinnia ( i say Zin-nee-yah but ive heard its Zeen-yah )  flower painting that i did. Its 9 x 12 on canvas and theres a good bit of glare on the pic but you get the idea. a vast improvement from the franken-cone-flower . not exact but using one reference instead of a few (like the cone flower) seemed to be the answer

and heres a stargazer lily photo that i referenced for the next one, thanks google

and the painting that followed. i think this is 12x12. acrylic on canvas. 

and heres the last one that i did. i found this snail on google images and feel like a dick for not giving photo credit (for using all of these images really) i dont know if its really expected because its a different medium or how that works but if you took this photo (or any of these flower pics too) thank you. i loved them so much i painted them

progress, with reference photo

background done

body done

I didn't choose the slug life, the slug life chose me. 12x15 acrylic on canvas

and there you have it. im trying new things as i can. i would really like to do some creepy bugs but it seems that when i sit on an idea for more than a couple loses its appeal and i dont want to do it anymore. i want to stick with the realism aspect of painting what i see, developing texture and depth. these are mainly to try and train my brain and make me a better artist so who knows...hopefully it will work!

in the interest of humility here is a picture of a flower i painting in 2011, keep in mind its only 4x4 inches but still...its pretty janky

look at this damn... thing.

Im starting to question whether 'talent' is a real thing or not. i think hard work, patience and practice will take you alot further than 'talent' will. Talent might get you where you want to be, but without hard work or practice, you wont stay there for very long. Initially I was really happy with the way these paintings came out...slowly the work i put in was showing and taking a step back from the canvas every hour or so gave me the confirmation that it was really starting to come together. but now, after finishing the beginning to think to myself that they arent so special. i mean, after all, they are just replications of photographs (and some would say not very well rendered) applied with paint to canvas. is it "art"?

so ive been going back and forth in my head trying to determine where im going with these..what the process is doing for me, what i am learning, etc. vs hey, is this art or what? its probably more important to practice and learn from the experience rather than define it.

thats it for now. im looking into some art classes and hopefully i will follow thru and actually register and take them instead of just typing and talking about it. thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Actually thats only one of the 3R's and the last one to boot. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. I've become a little pre-occupied (obsessed?) with recycling lately. Mostly how much trash we (household) are throwing out. He has been recycling cans, boxes, glass and plastic since before I've known him but just recently we started talking about really how much stuff we throw into the trash and how we can reduce, reuse and recycle what we throw out.

So I started getting excited and wondering what my county accepted at their recycling centers. I googled that shit, and landed here:
where I could look up items by letter and find if you can drop them off at the center.

Curious as to what your town/county recycling center accepts? Here ya go:
Warren County
Loudoun County
Fairfax County
Prince William County
West Virginia
Berkeley County
Jefferson County

We did a little more research and reading and decided we could definitely reduce our consumption, recycle more, reuse more, and began to look into composting.  We picked up two more bins, and basically set aside an entire (small) closet for them to separate our recyclables.

top to bottom: plastic bottles, plastic packaging & bags, card & paperboard, paper, glass/bi-metal/aluminum cans

   But recycling doesn't just magically happen. It takes fuel, power and energy to turn things into other things. So reducing is VERY important. Reduce so there will be less to recycle.
-Instead of buying cases of bottled water (guilty) I am using a refillable plastic bottle and a Brita water pitcher. The Brita pitcher itself is a little pricey around $29 - $39 and the filters are $18 for 3 . So youre looking at roughly a $50 or $60 purchase, BUT! One Brita filter will give you 40 gallons of drinking water. Thats about 302 plastic bottles, not manufactured, purchased or thrown away (sitting in a landfill). So thats a pretty good investment to me. I refill my plastic water bottles and use a rubbermaid refillable bottle when Im running errands.

-Re-usable grocery bags . Yes, you can buy them (usually for $1 a piece at the grocery store) or use other bags you have to lug your groceries home in. I always felt slightly dorky contemplating using these, but there is nothing dorky about trying to be more ecologically responsible.

-Shred mail/sensitive documents for compost

-Re-use microwave safe/dishwasher safe take out containers

-Opt Out of junk mail/weekly paper delivery/catalogs in the mailbox. Consider it spam. Sure you can sign up for a service to do it for you, or you can call the company and ask them to stop sending paper catalogs/advertisements & offers/junk mail. Read the newspaper online when you can. Reuse  / Recycle the paper mail that you do receive (just tear the plastic see thru window out)

-Donate your old clothes, and other items in good condition to second hand stores and
buy stuff from second hand stores.  Donations are tax deductable (make sure to get a receipt, or not, if you want to keep it charitable ;) I am a proud Goodwill shopper! (where else can I get so many black t-shirts for cheap?)

-Food Keepers instead of sandwhich bags. They come in a variety of veggies, usually are dishwasher safe and fool proof.  Of course you can use a tupperware container that you already have, but this way my tupperware doesnt end up smelling like a funky onion. I've also seen people use small stonewear jars too, which you can pick up at a thrift store (an old soup crock or stonewear dish with a lid would work too) and you wont have to worry about plastic at all.

-Compost! We just started our own composting project, I'll post more on that later

Our in-cabinet compost pail
I found this really great video on youtube, i feel like it might be a little kids project or something and i feel like a good referring to it but i actually learned a little about it (mostly the percentages regarding plastic/glass & aluminum)

 And then theres this website, which breaks down the numbers between companies, how much of their product is made from recyled packaging, and how much plastic, aluminum and canned drinks are wasted/recycled.I had no idea that 100% of a glass bottle could be made into something else, aluminum - a percentage, and plastic bottles, and even smaller percentage. This has prompted me to opt for glass rather than plastic , and aluminum rather than plastic when making purchases, especially in the grocery store.

Some people say that its pointless, that we've already polluted the planet and cant turn back the hands of time. Well, that may be true but I will do what I can in my house to at least change how much we reduce/reuse/recycle. While its not much, we have reduced the amount of garbage we throw away, snd the choices we are making when buying things. I am always interesting in sharing tips and tricks, if you have any suggestions please share in a comment or email me

here are some pictures I took from our trip to the recycling center today! Sorry no action shots of me (Dave wasnt really into it) throwing and smashing...maybe next time!

the front gate

and another picture of the front gate

the aluminum can trailer- a TRAILER full of aluminum cans

bi-metal cans (they go both ways... ) if a magnet sticks to it, its bi metal-seperate from aluminum

the bi metal can trailer, one of 2

people doing their part- tractor trailers for paper, plastic bottles, plastic bags, paperboard/cardboard

Thats a whole lot of bottles to be recycled. Maybe there is hope for the human race. Even for you, Heineken drinkers.

the best part is the smashing and throwing of the jars into the other jars

Mulch made of yard waste collected at the center. Pretty cheap for a whole tractor bucket full

You heard 'em ..pie pans and foil only, sucker.

Thanks for looking!

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