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Music and Tattoos

Music and Tattoos

I bought a new guitar a couple weeks ago, and it arrived today. It’s beautiful and amazing. The last time I bought a guitar was 15 years ago – my Prestige RG1570 which I still play all the time. Now I have a J.Custom RG8570Z. It’s so pretty that I haven’t even taken it out…

A Creative Life

A Creative Life

I think it was the comedian Jimmy Yang’s father who once said, “Everyone does what they hate for money and use the money to do what they love.” I don’t hate my job. Quite the contrary – I have a great job. However when I am not tattooing a client, I am usually not interested…

Vacation

Vacation

I went to North Carolina to visit my son. He moved there 4 months ago and I can see why he would rather be there instead of Nevada. His friend Zach and his family think he’s great. They live less than a mile from the ocean. It’s green everywhere you look. And the vibe feels…

Paint, teach, tattoo, record

Paint, teach, tattoo, record

I made some time to get in a quick oil painting. My son moved to North Carolina in January, and one night while browsing for something to watch on TV, I saw a show that was set in North Carolina. And that’s the only reason I decided to watch it. The show was called ‘Wicked…

Back at it

Back at it

TattApp is back in the App Store. I had to do some major revisions to improve performance which unfortunately killed a few old features. I looked into hiring a dedicated developer but it is not feasible at this time. I found a little time to start a new oil painting but have been unable to…

TattApp on hiatus

TattApp on hiatus

My digital tattoo simulation app for iPad Pro has been doing well in sales over the past year, but today I had to make the decision to pull it from the App Store. The new iPad update has caused TattApp to become unbearably slow and laggy. I don’t have the means to address this problem…

New Adventures

New Adventures

The owners of the Master Tattoo Institute in Miami Beach, Florida found some of my YouTube videos where I was giving some tattoo instruction. They reached out to me and told me a little about their school which has been around since 2012. I hopped on a plane a few days later and went to…

Closed Awhile

Closed Awhile

Two-and-a-half months I was closed due to the pandemic. Luckily I had some cash stashed to keep all my bills paid during that time (and some help from my mom). It was a nice break from work. I kept myself occupied with all sorts of projects. I had started an animated movie back in 2014…

Tats and Rescues

Tats and Rescues

I started work on this really cool art piece by the artist Olivia. My client was leaving after her session and realized she had locked her keys in her vehicle. I drove her to get her spare set, and upon returning she learned that her spare set did not have the microchip in the key….

Drawing Health

Drawing Health

For me, art has always been therapeutic. Feeling alone and unimportant sometimes permeates my life. Wishing someone would care or help doesn’t make life better, so if I’m paying attention to my downward spirals, I usually start drawing…a lot. It’s not an instantaneous cure, but it usually gets me through the days. I like to…