What a week! With our house undergoing some small renovations and us getting the keys to the the new shop, we have been burning the candle at both ends. I have been running around like a headless chook, between the new shop and the house but it has all been worth it. We are so excited to finally be able to move some stuff next door and the shop is looking way less cluttered. We actually have a proper kitchen, in which to prepare food (instead of doing it in in the reception area). Last night we moved Jamie and Simo's room around a lot and it's looking so much better, can't believe we hadn't thought of doing it earlier. Anyways, I have posted some snaps of the new and improved shop! Enjoy!
So we put the couch/coffee table where Jamie used to be, near the fireplace.
And put Jamie over the other side of the room, where the couch used to be under the big mirror.
And the big drawing desk has been put next door, so Jamie could set up a station there instead.
Also thought it might be fun to show the new shop. Excuse the mess, we are still organising. But this is what will be the new drawing room. We still need a heap of furniture we are bringing from home but you get the idea. Also this is pretty much what our shop used to look like, before we got to it. PS All the drawings on the wall are about 1/2 of what Matt has on the go at the moment. Shit, he really does work hard!
So damn excited to have this balcony all to ourselves now. Can't wait to deck it out with furniture, so we can sit outside in Summer.
On the tattoo front I have posted a couple of pics but yet again I have been so busy and not really around to take many shots. But Matt did finish a couple of big jobs this week, I gotta get the guys to come back to the shop for pics. So will post them soon.
This is a hand tattoo Matt did last Saturday (Matt didn't do the rest of the arm). So this is Jimmy's tribute to his baby girl Ava, her name and a bloody big rose to go with it! Sweet!
And here is a phoenix 3/4 sleeve Matt started on Friday on Nick. Just the outline for now.
Aaaaaannnnd, you guessed it, I am gonna mention the open day again! Sorry to harp on but it's important to keep you all interested! So, this time next week people!!!! Please come down and show your support, we can't forget Japan, they still need our help!!
For those people who read our blog and live elsewhere in the world, check out the Tattooers for Japan website for shops that are getting involved and get yourself involved!
Or get yourself a print from Uncle Allan @ Conspiracy Inc. They are selling 100 signed and numbered prints and all proceeds are going to the cause. Here is a link to where you can buy the prints but they are also donating proceeds from the sales of most the their other prints too. Get one, we did!
Shige from Yellow Blaze Tattoo Yokohama has decided to donate all proceeds from prints and shirts, so if you ever wanted any Yellow Blaze merch, now is the time to get it!
Or get one of these "I Stand with Japan" t-shirts by Chad Koeplinger and Horitaka. Do it, they are just $35
And finally check out the "HOPE for Japan" project. If your going to Ink Explosion or the Frankfurt conventions get involved!http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_152660114796365&ap=1
Let's stay on this people, by no means is Japan back on it's feet again and we need to do all we can to help out!
Matt's input this week "For an enjoyable listen, please peruse "Radiohead- King of Limbs" and "Raekwon- Only built for Cuban links part II".
That will be all. Have a great weekend!