I did an interview with @cicada_wheels about my inspirations and just what the hell im trying to do over here in this body. Link in profile. Enjoy!
pictured here with @sunru333 some years ago
Hard to believe its been a year since the news started coming in that 36 members of our Oakland community lost their lives in a fire. I remember weeping on the floor of a bathroom in Miami when the news said 10 bodies were found...i dont think any of us expected them to find 36 of our beautiful friends. Cities across the nation reacted to this event by shutting down alternative venues, forcing artists out of studio, living and event spaces ...all in the name of "safety". So many of us grew up in ug's on the edge of town, dancing all night with our best friends, circled around fires and wild art installations...I have faith that we will continue to find these spaces and connect with each other in these ways. I talked with my dear friend the other night about suffering, forgiveness and how to stay open during the times when it feels most difficult. Healing is an everyday practice...even when I think Ive processed it all and moved through the yucky feelings, more flow in. This morning I woke up with Derrick Ion on my mind...it was the first time I was able to feel empathy for him, the first glimpse of being able to forgive him for his role in the fire and in our previous conflicts. Nearly 50 pieces of my art burned in that fire with my friends and a year later I finally feel release.
Art by @slowcoolassault of our beautiful friend Ara Jo whose vibrant life ended that night.
i love visiting @shrineon always so inspiring to see the transformation of his space
energy flowing in an out of us. my half of a trade with the very talented @ninidesigntulum ...thanks for sitting so tough karla! ((side note::::Every person who emailed me today about getting tattooed is a woman and i cant fully express how it feels to have your trust and respect. To be able to offer something that helps you move through emotional waves, feel more beautiful in your body, or resonates with you in a deep way is very meaningful for me...I feel very blessed. Endless thank you's 💋))
@wdwlls was kind enough to include this mural of mine in their list of 'most beautiful murals' of 2017. very humbled and grateful to be in such good company. take a look at all the beauty created by artists around the world this past year. ((link in profile)) thank you for the continued support, you have no idea how lucky i feel to live this life 🙏✨ and of course, thank you to @evaflyhigh for letting me paint your home!!
it is an ever humbling experience to leave these marks in the skin of so many powerful women...an experience that i honor and respect, thank you.
first tattoo for my friend @ecolol
grateful for your trust and strength, ashley.
((few days into the healing process))
Our dreams intertwined. Made today with the very tough @throatpanther
April. A forced collaboration with Alberto Vargas. Made in 2015
Hanging out in @celestialterrestrial 's beautiful creation yesterday...she also took this photo and is one of my favorite artists.
Thank you Alysia, your enthusiasm makes this so rewarding. Made at @oldcrowtattoo