Austin Tattoo Convention

I will be tattooing at the Austin Tattoo Convention Jan 7-9th and sharing a booth with Stephanie Tamez, Thomas Hooper and Timothy Hoyer. I haven't traveled much since starting at New York Adorned a few years ago, and it's paid off for me... I've been really inspired by my co-workers and my amazing clientele. But now it's time to step out into the world again. Austin was always one of my favorite shows and I'm happy that it will be my first in over three years. I'm excited to catch up with old friends and make some new ones! Here's a snapshot of my banner:

I'm half booked for the show and would like to keep some time available for walk ins... but if you'd like to book some time, email me at virginiaelwood@yahoo.com. I'll have prints, T shirts and tote bags for sale at the convention. Hope to see you there!

Welcome Marcus!

I had the opportunity to dine with my old pal Marcus Kuhn this week. He helped me out a bunch in my early years of tattooing. He's a great teacher and source of inspiration and I'm happy to have him as a friend. The great part of this love fest is that you can be a part of it!... In addition to his Portland Maine shop, Marcus is now tattooing out of a private studio in Brooklyn, NY called Red Star Irons. See his work here, and contact him through his website or at justgoodtattoos@yahoo.com.

Although I'm a huge book nerd, I'm allergic to reading blogs without pictures on them, so here's a photo of a tattoo I did this week:

Less talking more tattooing

Been a busy couple of weeks... Lots of girl heads, keep 'em coming! Here are some of the highlights:

On Alana, (one of my regular ladies) a portrait of her grandma.

Markella came in wanting to get a reproduction of a Sylvia Ji painting, but was open to me putting my own spin on it. Sometimes paintings aren't conducive to tattooing, and I'm happy to have found such a trusting client.

All I can say is that I had a $%(! load of fun doing this tattoo. Thanks Caleb!

 

Homebody Boutique

It's Halloween in NYC and that means hoards of drunk grown ups and tons of little kids that only seem to be drunk (I hope). My girl and I  braved the waves of intoxicated Vampires, Zombies and Jersey Shore Snookies and made our way over to Homebody Boutique in Park Slope Brooklyn.

Kate Silver opened the doors to her craft/lifestyle/jewelry store one year ago and it has already become a destination spot for folks interested in finding one of a kind items. I bought this cool purse holder made by Kate herself:

Homebody Boutique is on 7th Ave between 15th and 16th streets, a very short walk from the 7th avenue F train stop.

All at once

Sometimes it can be hard to get the scope of someone's artwork/tattoos from a blog... there's no gallery and all that scrolling can be really bothersome. So if you are interested in seeing a bunch of my tattoos all at once go to the New York Adorned website. I just updated it last week.

I usually won't read something on a blog unless there's a picture, something about having to commit to all those words really annoys me... so here you go:

 

The perks of being a tattooer

Not sure what to say about this other than: sometimes a custy is late or doesn't show up for an appointment. When this happens, you know you should work on that drawing for tomorrow or update your blog, or maybe order new supplies... but you just can't! You and your co-workers have to take weird photos or draw dicks all over your other co workers drawing.

photo by Bryan Randolf