Although I've only been to tattoo conventions here in CA and up in WA, the Bay Area Convention put on by State of Grace has always been my personal favorite. Taki invites elite tattooers from around the globe and they answer the call and put on some great work. I started attending back in 2007 when it was held in San Jose and have only missed it one year since! This convention has allowed me to collect some amazing tattoos from artists I wouldn't otherwise have the time or funds to visit in their home shops. Even without getting tattooed myself, there are plenty of great tattoos to witness, art to take in (or buy!), shirts, stickers, business cards, lessons to learn, and cool folks to meet. Having a camera makes it so tattooers and clients alike don't mind me stealing peeks and moments that many don't often get to see. Here are some of those peeks and my thoughts captioned as I look back...
I recently had the honor of getting invited to my first guest spot by Grey Sunz Tattoo in Kent, WA. I met Cabug a while back when I was living in WA thru a mutual friend visiting from CA. He hit me up for a chat and we immediately connected thru our love of tattooing. After moving back to CA, we stayed only semi-connected, but randomly ran into each other at the Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts last year. Fate brought us back together and his hard work and perseverance brought him to opening up his own shop. Lucky for me, he thought of inviting me to help out with their first ever Friday the 13th special. We got there early and busted our asses 'til late, putting some good work on some happy clients. It was dope getting to be a part of the vibe in that shop... Props to the entire crew at Grey Sunz! May your books be full and Homie Couch be well occupied!
Aside from the guest spot, I also had a chance to work on some existing clients. Always great to catch up with these two and put on some fun tattoos...
As much as I enjoy tattooing, Bigfoot Java, and Dick's, the best thing about going up to WA is getting to see my beautiful and crazy family! There have been instances when I visit and we have nothing at all really going on, so we get to spend all kinds of time together. This was not one of those instances! Everyone was busy with this and that, so we only got together for a couple of dinners. I definitely cherish these moments where we get to tell stories and share laughs and frustrations alike. The longer we're alive, the smaller the fractions of time become
Take advantage of the time ya got!
And lastly... this was Milo's first time on a plane, first trip up to WA, and first time meeting the family! For those of you who only know me from this blog and don't know in person or from my other social media accounts (which I doubt is really anyone)... we got a puppy in May! As you may have gathered, his name is Milo. I'll spare you the rest of the details (find me on IG) and get right to the pics of his journey. I mean... who doesn't love some puppy pics?!
Thanks for reading.