FLASH FRIDAY

THE EBB & FLOW OF INSPIRATION

Nothing can be certain. The plans we make for our futures are subject to the whims of the universe, the ebb & flow of inspiration, & the goings-on of every day life.  Sometimes you just have to go where the day takes you.


THE DOGDAY HARVESTFLY

In this awful seventh inning stretch of winter, all I can think about is warmer weather. I know I should be grateful that this winter has been so mild, but fuck it, I’m over it. I’m a hot weather person. So I’m thinking summer thoughts.  


TATTOO GUNS AND ROSES

Every tattoo apprentice is charged to draw about a zillion roses before they’re granted a license. My first attempts were pretty dodgy – wacky petals in unnatural contortions, lopsided bulbs, gratuitous squiggles. That embarrassing section of the sketchbook is a rarely revisited record of the tough beginnings of loosening my drawing style. 


A PICTURE IS JUST A PICTURE

Symbols have a funny way of getting recycled & misinterpreted. You know what they say, one man’s gammadion is another’s swastika. Take this eye… 


FEELING LIKE A CLIPPER SHIP IN A TEACUP

Most days, I feel confident that I’m headed down the right path in my life.  That I’ve mostly made well-considered choices and that all this hard work will be worth the extra effort in the long run. But some mornings, I wake up feeling like a clipper ship in a teacup; too complicated and too […]


MEMORIALIZING A FRIEND

Shortly after giving him my third tattoo ever, a Sailor Jerry mom anchor, Nate asked me to draw up a lantern with rosebuds to memorialize a close friend who’d passed on too early in life.  


PACO WOULD APPROVE

About a week into my first archaeology field school, I was fastidiously straightening the walls on my 5×4 meter unit when my professor, Dr. Pacheco (called “Paco” for short) called me over to the tool-tarp.  He handed me a small London-style Marshalltown trowel and said “see how this one works for you…” 


DRAWING BY CANDLELIGHT BECOMES HURRICANE RELIEF

As I’m sure everyone found out for themselves last week, when the power goes out things start to get weird. Locked in our post-storm bubble of candlelight and useless cell phones, we were oblivious to the actual damage that lay outside our town.


BURN IT DOWN

In this economy, who could turn down a job offered to them? Or two jobs? Or three jobs?  Working 35 days without a day off and 65 hours a week might sound unappealing to some, but you know… yolo or whatever.


SQUIGGLE SQUID

Editor’s Note: Anchor contributor Karissa Monica is a tattoo apprentice at Attractive Tattoo on Main Street in Asbury. Every Friday she’ll be showing off her skills with some examples of her flash designs, hence the name Flash Friday. This little squiggle-squid is one my favorites.  It was my first fully original commissioned design that I […]



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