Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"Carnival" art show submissions- a family affair =-)

Ever since Insane Ink became Inksanity Tattoo Company back in June, alot of things have changed for the better, one of the main reasons being the push for creativity. we had a "skull" themed art show a couple of months back and it pushed everyone involved to make art . Which is one of those things that gets lost in the trappings of everyday life. Art, music, and hobbies in general get neglected in the real world.You kinda have to make them a priority. that, or poke that lazy jerk in your brain until they get up and get to work.

I did a couple of paintings, and a couple paper mache skulls. Truth be told I would have like to at least do one more painting, maybe two, but I just cant come up with the time to do it. I feel like if I would have done a couple more paintings that I would have pushed myself harder. So , Im kinda bummed. I feel like Im going into school with half of my homework done but oh well, theres always next time.

On with the good stuff. I painted a few paper mache skulls for the last show, and I had a couple left , so I did something I used to do a few years back with animal skulls. I bedazzled the shit out of them.
over the top? yes.
 Its basically primed skulls, hot glue, some plastic gemstones from a craftstore and some paint. I laquered these guys too, so they are nice and shiny. It made me miss doing animals skulls. Maybe I should talk to Santa about what I want for Xmas this year...I'd really like to do a baboon skull. I have 4 of these at the studio for the show, one in pink, and one in red,

Up next, the Palmistry sign. I've always done occult type stuff (and while I wouldnt necessarily call palmistry an occult practice...well maybe I would... metaphysical sounds a little too...sissified to me) and Ive read a good bit on the subject (check out  Palmistry -The Whole View by Judith Hipskind) and totally believe in it. If you dont, I dont care. I painted this junx. Acrylic on canvas.

modeled after my own freshly shaved palm     

And this last one is one of the many reasons I wish they still had carnivals with sideshows and creepy stuff you dont see every day.  For the record: I'd pay money to see in person a fraction of the stuff you can view online. uh. 

 This painting is a little smaller, these guys are fused at the spine and I wanted to do another with the dudes fused at the skull, because it is probably one of the creepiest things  Ive ever seen, but again, no time.

and for the family affair part. The Husband is submitting some assemblage stuff for the show, which i DIG. Also centered around the sideshow aspect but, awesome nonetheless. I cant really tell you about it like he could but I will try.

The lettering was done by hand, the gypsy lady is a print made from a linocut David made, and I cant even begin to tell you whats in the bottles... All the wood was painted and stained by him, and the man is meticulous when he makes stuff, and it shows. I love this piece. I want to keep it.

Kimmy want.

 and a close up of the potions and such:
yes, those are bones.

And this one is a huge hinged box, with some antique toys, another hand made linocut print of a pinhead, framed photos of circus freaks, and hand lettered sign...shits awesome. I dig this one too!

 and a better shot of the toys:

One of the freaks if Koo-Koo the Bird Girl, Pip & Flip, and cant remember the other names right now. David could tell you allll about them.  I had alot of fun working on my projects, and I know the Husband did too. These pieces will all be for sale at the art show at Inksanity Tattoo Co. October 15th.  It starts at 8pm and Im really looking forward to mingling with everyone and checking out all the artwork. We still have a little room for submissions and its open so if you have something, bring it!

thnaks for reading!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Halloweeny flash!!! up for grabs 10/5

I started this project a week or so ago naively thinking it would be done by October 1st (pssh, yeah right) with the 'Carnival' Art Show at the studio coming up (Oct 15th!!), trying to get paintings together for that and trying to organize and plan for a Halloween party at my house, get my costume, etc...uh. well lets just say Im only submitting two paintings to the art show. I wanted to do 3, but its probably not going to happen.

Ive wanted to do a tattoo flash set for a while, and basically its just a bunch of designs I did, for the occasion and some of them compiled from sketch books I've had for a few years. Altogether there are about 60 designs, ready to get hammered in your flesh

I cant say I will offer them at a discount, because lets face it, tattoos are not one of those things you want to get at a discount.  however!!! I will say that it is no secret that there is nothing more rewarding than doing a piece of your own artwork on someone, and coupled with the fact that they are Halloween related ...I can tell you that I will be more than happy to tattoo these designs. I might sing you a song while I work, who knows. If you are interested, please email me or call me at the studio 703.777.5377 or email me kimmythehun@gmail.com

I got to do one on my awesome friend Betsy the other night, and while I cant guarantee that the tattoo has magical properties, she was a happy lady when she left the shop.

They will all be fully colored when I come back to the shop on Wednesday, so hit me up if you would like one and we can discuss price.

Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

this is about hermit crabs.

This is Orga.
Orga on a better day.   

This is Orga and Hermecles. in their tiny little crabitat.
home sweet home.

A few weeks (? I cant really remember, maybe it was a couple) ago I was at the pet store buying some cocunut fiber substrate (new bedding) for Hermecles, and decided to pick up another crab for him to be bros with. Hermecles is tough. He has been with me ever since a coworker brought him back from the beach nearly 2 years ago. I got him a girlfriend once, Hermaphrodite. She couldnt handle his Awesome. She die. Hermecles and Orga got along pretty well, as you can see. they didnt fight or fuss, they just crawled around and did their little hermie things. They even played with Go-Go.

Hermecles, hauling ass. Orga has no idea.
 Fast forward to a few days ago. I go to check on their sponge and food to make sure they are good to go, and Orga is super active...Frantic. He is naked. NAKED. No shell to hide his nudie crab parts, which, are quite hideous. I know this isnt normal so I do what any red blooded American does, I consult Google. who tells me something is amiss; he is sick, doesnt like the temp/humidity levels, or wants a new shell. Well, he is doing this...weird thing where he is extending his limbs up and out and then drooping them back down. It was like watching a flower wilt, and come back to life.Then he just . sat there. motionless. I would post a picture but he just looks so damn pitiful I dont think he would want anyone to see him like that :( I didnt know what to do. the next morning he was still alive. He hung in there.

I went to the pet store on my way home from work and got him some shells. Then i started looking at aquariums. and aquarium stands. and the floor model aquarium / stand combo was being sold at a discount. Well maybe Ill give them some more room to play, I thought. Well then it has to be decorated, so I got some fake plants, and some sand, and some more substrate. and a guage that measures the temp and humidity. and some fancy dechlorinator for the tap water, and a different kind of hermit crab food (besides the dried cherries and mangs, and besides the powered fish meal or whatever the hell the stinky shit is that they eat.  and some fancy salt, so they have salt water. and a new sponge or two, and some non porous food and water dishes to eat out of.  Because you know, had I had all of these things before, maybe Orga wouldnt be sick.

I brought the tank home, and set it up, and it was beautiful! the substrate looked good, plants looked good. everything looked good. Except Orga. still naked. feelers not moving. ugh. So I sprayed the substrate off of him and gently scooted his butt into a shell. he just kinda collapsed under its weight. He would still move his claws every once in a while but not feeling good, at all. Turns out, I needed more susbstrate. so I went to the pet store. and picked up some more crabs.

new home for my crabbies!

group shot, kinda.

Noone bothered Orga, and I put him in the salt water and he moved around (while i gently held onto him). If he is dying, he is a t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-tough guy. I put him in the old crabitat for now, just under the small chance that he is molting, where he will stay until he becomes a new crab or starts to stink. I just dont have the heart to flush him. He is still hangin, ya know?

anyway, heres the rest of these cute little jerks, crabbin it up, hermie style.

Shelly-the cute one

Clawdia-the sassy one

Hermecles-one tough motha

Lobster-the shy one

 So lets hope that these dudes and dudettes like their new place and get along for years (?!) to come, maybe someday ill have a 6 foot tank CHOCK FULL of hermit crabs, a good start for Kim's Pinching Army of Awesome. And lets hope that Orga pulls thru , I dedicate this to him!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

paper mache skulls, from start to finish. (IMG heavy)

well, sort of. I saw these paper mache skulls at Michaels for a couple bucks a piece, not only was I stoked because they are starting to put out Halloween decorations ( its only fair, because Im sure Xmas decorations will be out next month ...groan...) but because they are so inexpensive. They are a little small, but they make for a quick and fun project .

in the buff          

Priming them was easy because they were pretty smooth, but I definitely wanted to use a primer because I knew they would soak up some serious paint, and I was almost completely out of white.

rhymin' and primin'

These guys didnt have any hangers or any way to display them (other than sitting on top of something) so I bored a hole in the back of them ( with a knife, carefully ) and grabbed some copper wire and wrapped some of these creepy old rusty nails in it

I stole the wire and nails from David, thanks baby!
and fed it thru the eye so the rest of the wire was coming out of the hole, like so:

and here is the wire coming out of the back of the skull, i gave it a good bit of length because I wasnt sure how big I was going to make the loop, plus the length I needed to wrap the loop.

...and looped
the wire is super pliable and was able to wrap it around the nail and into a loop with my fingers , but used wire cutters to cut it. I use my hands everyday so if someone didnt have alot of dexterity in their fingers I would suggest using a small pair of jewelry pliers.

Ok so all the prep work is done, they are primed and fixed so they can be displayed on a wall , no onto the fun part. Painting them. I did a couple pencil sketches on each one and kinda just went with it.

Honestly I wanted to put some more time into them but I needed to get them up and ready for the grand reopening/open house/ art show at Inksanity . I have a few more ideas for these, but Im torn between putting ALOT of time and effort and just kinda throwing something together. We have another show coming up in October so maybe I can figure something out to fit the next theme.

So here is one finished pair, make sure to throw some laquer on them to protect the outside and i wouldnt keep them anywhere damp, because they are paper and i dont know how well they will hold up.

I have two pair for sale at the studio, this pair and a flower type of design on the other set. I hope they get picked up, but if not, I certainly wouldnt mind hanging on to them. =)

Friday, July 15, 2011

finally...my super gigantic cherub..aka Baby Dax

a few months ago i was at my favorite place (the Strasburg Antique Emporium) looking for something to paint, and for once I couldnt find much. I looked around for a while and probably picked something up (dont remember now) to tide me over but i kept feeling kinda empty like something was there for me but i just wasnt seeing it. it was the first time i ever eft that place disappointed. well, it didnt last long. i ended up going to the flea market next door (same building) where things are generally a little bigger, and a little better organized. dont get me wrong, i like the junky feel, but i never really go next store just because everything looks a little too ... well put together.

so anyway i go next door and i walk down the isle and im on the phone with the husband, telling him i cant really find anything...and then i see.....this....monster fucking thing. this monster cherub hanging ...looming on the wall.  he was so beautiful...he was waiting for me man, im telling ya.  i cant hide my interest. i get off the phone and tell the girl at the front that i wanna buy it. so they send the old lady over who runs the booth and she wants $90 for it. i offer her $60, cash. she said she wouldnt make any money off of it if she sold it at that price but she said ok. i felt bad, because she was a sweet little lady, and i knew she would probably be heartbroken if she knew i was gonna paint this guy like an angel of death so i ended up giving her $70 bucks. she wrapped him up in newspaper and i was on my merry way.

I started on him back in January I think, drew the bones on and painting the black coat on him. hes literally been laying in the art studio since I moved in february....just waiting....like a little creep, with a dead stare. so here he is or was as of a couple nights ago before i did the wings, the horn, his smile and did some touch up work

getting there

Hes heavy. somewhere between 5-8 lbs. his body is hollow plaster (?) and his wings are wood. his back has holes cut out for his wings to insert into the body. he had a piece of coathanger wrapped around the wings which i cut off before i primed him. other than the wings being a seperate piece from the body he is absolutely perfect. no chips, no cracks, no nothing. he was a natural cream color , and i primed him with a little bit of gesso, which i really considered doing a spray primer because i really wanted a smooth finish on him.

and i stayed up til 2 am in the damn morning last night finishing him up. i detailed the wings, and ever since i started on him i saw him with gold trimming the bones...and the horn, and his smile. and like 3 coats of laquer.

here he is....FINALLY

  and heres a close up of the gold trim, and his frank'n'beans.


and here he is in all his psychotic glory, right where he belongs, above my station at the tattoo shop watchin whats happening and giving his approval. and his name is Baby Dax.

my second home.
I doubt i will ever find another like him, but if i do, I will snatch him up with the quickness. He , and the Virginia Mary statue that I did are a close tie for my favorites. and i think im gonna take a week off painting, as i have a shit-ton of drawings to work on for next week, and I feel super satisfied that he is finally done.

thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

cherub brothas

I actually started these guys a few/couple/cant remember months ago and got busy with life and had to put it on hold. because they are a pair it felt REALLY weird that one had been completeled when I took a pause, and i swear it makes the whole procrastiation thing 100 times worse when you can FEEL an unfinished project nagging at you everytime you walk past the room its in. stopping halfway or for a break (more than a day) is usually the project killer for me. unless i finish it that day, its survival rate drops rapidly. thankfully this wasnt the case, and also i proved to myself that yes,  I CAN pick it back up and finish where you left off.

so I snagged a quick pic of these guys, one done (no laquer) and the other one ...just waiting
C'mon lady, dont leave me hangin...
 I didnt really know what i was going for with these guys, other than skelly-fied, and gaudy. check. and check. I have a SUPER big one im in the middle of that they definitely resemble, and will post when complete.  here they be:

They arent very big but they are done, and I dig them. There are a couple discrepencies between the two but thats kind of the awesomeness behind hand painted stuff, it has personality. They will be for sale at the studio, and hopefully some folks for the art show/grand opening will snag them up.

I also wanted to say that I bought these guys at my FAVORITE!!!! place to go thrifting/hiding from the world the Strasburg Antique Emporium in Strasburg VA. That place is a treasure trove, I got my shogun Godzilla toy there , and they have some arcade games set up and running (Galaga, Ms Pac Man and Street Fighter etc) I seriously will go there and play games and shop and creep around for hours. I really really love that place and they are good people so if youre in the area go in and check it out!

Monday, June 27, 2011

a quickie collage

I got really lucky a couple weeks ago , I posted on fb asking for old magazines and a couple of folks really came thru and hooked me up , and ive been cutting and pasting steadily since then. Magazines, especially fashion magazines are chock FULL of shit (literally) to make something with, all you really have to do is figure out how and where to place the images. I used to buy magazines in my early 20's and enjoyed reading them, I guess its been a really long time or that I really never noticed how many fucking advertisements for make up, diet supplements, skin cleansers, hair products, etc etc. its really just like a book of commercials. let me stay on track before a rant starts...

So I think I may have a touch of OCD, that or I really enjoy organizing. Or maybe I was just thinking ahead since I received about 30 magazines....
my high tech filing system                       

And I got this at a yard sale yesterday , its just a cheap frame with a cardboard back, the frame itself is warped and kind of rough wood. Im thinking it was won at a carnival or something, and someone slapped a print out of Rosie the Riveter in it, Ill put her to work on something else.

hells to the yeah

After pulling the frame apart and wiping the glass down, I started the magical process of pulling things out of my H.T.F.S to arrange and place and try and figure out a theme. I have alot of stuff in the H.T.F.S so if I dont make quick work and make a decision, this will take all day, and I have shit to do.

Oh Cosmo, you slay me!

After getting everything laid out and glued down, and trimming and hangy pieces, I put the frame back together, and gave it a little touch of paint, same color.

done, son.  
Done and ready to slap on the wall! Its only about 8 x 11 inches, its super simple. Im looking to start a larger one maybe tonight and get a little more ... personal? detailed? gritty? fancy? with it.  I got a slightly larger frame yesterday too, and a pack of nice worn in playing cards, which im looking forward to doing something with. and I am ALWAYS taking magazine donations so if you have any please get at me. thank you for reading!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

sold my first piece of art!

and Im super excited! Ive always given painting and stuff Ive made away but today I sold this junx , the Madonna and Child I picked up from a flea market and repainted.

I sold it to Mandy Ward and also got a sweet ass painting that she did..

.I love it and cant wait to take it home! Thank you so much Mandy!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

and in the baconning...

Ive started and dropped this blog about 4 times over the past couple of years mostly because its a pain in the ass to make time to do but I think I figured it out. Im a tattooist by trade but I do alot of other stuff art related that serve many a' purpose. 1. keeping me sane. you know when you have an idea or feeling that you just cant shake? making art (we'll call it "art" for claritys sake, and "making shit" doesnt have the same...uh. effect) cleans my brain out, to be blunt. 2. It keeps the good creative part of my brain moving , Id rather make something, paint something, draw something etc than rot in front of the tv. when i keep my brain on a creative kick or at least feed into it when it hits, it makes me feel like I am getting better at being an artist. 3. Its expressive. Im a pretty vocal and outspoken person. I have alot of opinions, and like everyone else I like to express myself. so, tattoos are for you, making art is for me.

I never went to school for art, i didnt have money for that...i stumbled into tattooing and ended up staying for some time (10 years). so ive always looked at it like i am at a disadvantage as far as design, color theory, light and shadow, etc , all that shit you learn in school. well the only way to even the odds is to apply yourself because it aint gonna land in your lap. SO that being said I like to paint. and draw (not much...i draw for work so when im home and doing things i purposely avoid it) , ive been on a collage kick lately. picking up cheap frames and yanking whatever was in there - OUT and making a collage to fit. I also like to creep around thrift stores for stuff to paint. I really dig religious figures, heavy, old, sterile looking ones and repainting them. I dont know where this comes from, but I like it, so I do it.

Im SUPER into gardening, plants and horticulture. so there will probably be some of that shit in here too because i have a yard that needs alot of love and Kimmy-attention. so yeah, basically Im gonna update this like a "look what i did today" type of thing for creative projects that i enjoy outside of the studio. and basically all ive done today is work on my website which still has a few kinks to work out but the meat and potatoes are there, just no butter. I dont have any pictures of the website but you can go there if youd like, feedback is appreciated (as long as I agree with you ) >:-)