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New Project Coming Soon

Yeah yeah, I suck at keeping a blog, whatever. 

Things have been a bit mental since the fundraiser- it’s still actually going, though I think things have come to a bit of a halt. I think it’s this ice bucket bullshit. Sorry if this pisses on your bonfire, but I hate the ice bucket challenge. Millions of people every year die from not having clean water, but because they’re not trending on Twitter, it’s apparently okay to spite them for a trendier cause. 

Since everyone has been donating to other causes, they’re now at a point where they’re too skint to donate to anyone else. This sucks, because I have a t-shirt the Fun Lovin’ Criminals donated up on a JustGiving page right now, and no one is donating. It’s a signed t-shirt that the guys did especially for the fundraiser, and no one wants it?! That is insane. 

fun-lovinI’m still amazed by how much we managed to raise- not far from £3,000! Wow! I’m seriously impressed and humbled by the amount managed to raise. There are still a few prints and things lying around, and I’m trying to figure out what to do with them. I might sell them, with 100% of the cost still going to Macmillan, plus postage and packaging. I’ll take a look at what our options are.

I’m already thinking about the next cool thing I want to do with the site. I’m bored of it all being just a blog. It’s dull doing the same thing all the time. The fundraiser was brilliant for a great change and a chance to do something good, but it has to end eventually. 

I’ve already started with plans for the next thing, but I’m playing it pretty close to my chest right now. I’ve posted something up on the site for it, though, here. From the post:

  • I’m on the lookout for anyone who would like to be a part of this. You could be a tattooer, a writer, a graphic designer, or anyone else who is interested in taking part in something web-based around tattooing.

  • This will be a bit of a punk project- by that I mean that we’re not out to make money (honestly, I am skint!). All I want is a group of people who take pride in what they do, who wants to positively promote and be a part of a community that celebrates an art form that we love. If you don’t love tattooing, or you just want to do this to ‘be seen’, please don’t get in touch. 

  • While this is totally unpaid for us all, this is a great opportunity for those who want some experience in writing or design. You can add this to your portfolio, and there are fantastic opportunities for those who love covering events. Just because you don’t earn money, doesn’t mean you can’t save a few quid on convention tickets or tattoo-related books!

  • You need a good balance between wanting to be a good writer/blogger/designer/whatever, and an interest in tattooing. If you don’t, you need to show you’re keen to get to that point. If you don’t care about either, you’ll be shit.

If you feel like you’d be interested in this, please get in touch!

Apart from that, not too much has been happening. Actually, lots has been happening, but I’m too lazy to talk about it. Here’s some photos instead:

 

 

Leeds, Fundraiser, Etc.

I have been so busy this month, it’s been unreal. Among the usual kind of stuff, Stu and I went to Leeds for a tattoo convention, with Neil Dalleywater and his lovely lady Catharyne. It was so great to get back to a convention and spend some time with some really cool guys. You can see my coverage for Tattoosday UK by clicking here.

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After visiting this convention, I feel super inspired and ready to visit more shows! I will be at the North East Tattoo Expo, which looks like it will be a great show.

While I was at the show, I was almost shadowing Neil, for Total Tattoo. Despite being at a fair few conventions over the last five years, sometimes it takes someone with more experience to point out the most simple things to you to show you how you could be doing even better. Neil showed me what he called the lazy person’s guide to covering a convention, and I think it’s really helped me out! I think that my convention coverage will be a lot better than it previously was, now, and I’m eager to get to the North East Expo!

The fundraiser is coming along really well, too. Lately, loads of great tattooers have got on board, and I am super excited to see what they end up contributing. I desperately need to update the site for it- I’ll probably do that this week. The response to it has really been amazing, and I’m super grateful to know such generous people. Paul Butler’s page will be ending towards the end of the week, so we’re hoping for one last push there! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE HIS PAGE!

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I will be having some more news very soon!

There’s been a lot more going on, but to be honest I am already too lazy with this blog. I don’t want to update this too much, otherwise you’ll expect more updates, and I can’t be arsed! Instead, here’s a photo from a walk around Brunswick the other week:

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Tattoosday UK’s Charity Fundraiser!

I have been so busy lately, it’s been unreal. There’s been stuff with work, there’s been…. well, it’s mostly work. I’ve been exhausted lately with it; it’s been a bit mental.

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However, I have managed to find the time to do something super special. We’re having a fundraiser! Yes!

The Tattoosday UK fundraiser will benefit Macmillan. They’re an amazing charity who really helped us last year when my dad had cancer. My dad lost his battle, but that doesn’t take away all of the hard work they put in to helping him out. They’re immense, and people need to support them.

So far, this is in its baby stages, but we already have a blog! Click here to check it out.

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When I first set this up, I thought the best thing to do would be speaking to some of my best friends in tattooing. Even though they are my friends, I loved how quickly they were on board with it, and how super supportive they’ve been! Here are some confirmed tattooers:

  • Rat
  • Nigel Kurt
  • Hayley Parkin
  • Dan Lake
  • Gary Wiedenhof
  • Mark Bester
  • Gray Silva
  • Sharron Caudill
  • Adam Caudill
  • Remo Barcellone
  • Mikee Cue
  • Lee Reynolds
  • Lauren Spoors

We also have a donation from the Fun Lovin’ Criminals! Yeah, really!

I’m writing this on Wednesday, so who knows who else has confirmed in this time!

I am super excited for this, and I hope you guys are too. Wish me luck, fuckers!

Been Quiet

So, I’m well aware that things have been quiet since my last post about the column. Don’t worry, I’m still as busy as a bee, and working on plenty of things, and you’ll all be seeing something by me in a newsagents soon!

In the meantime, though, I have a little something to show you guys. At my ‘boring day job’, there’s a charity art auction taking place at the end of the month, where one of my photos will be featured. This is a picture of one of my best buddies, Narla:

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If you would like to own a one-off print of this photo, and raise some money for the fantastic charity CLAPA, please keep an eye on the Teleperformance UK Facebook page!

CLAPA is a charity that supports those born with cleft lips and pallets, and they’re amazing. My cousin was born with a cleft lip and pallet, so this is a charity that I think is pretty important to me.

Please help support this charity by checking in with the Facebook page at the end of the month! Or, if you think my photo is turd, give some money anyway. :)

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RIP, Mel’s Column!

I probably should have put up a post about this earlier, but whatever, I’m lazy. Just letting you guys know that this issue is the last one you’ll see my column in:

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Having a column in Total was a real blast, and the two years spent doing it were awesome! I just want to put this up to say thanks to you guys for reading it, and for your support. I wouldn’t have bothered writing if it wasn’t for all of the cool people who I’ve been able to speak to and have a laugh with along the way.

At the same time, I hope you don’t think that’s the last you’ve seen of me! I still write for Total Tattoo, it’s just that my role there has changed. You’ll be seeing me in the magazine less often, but when you do, it’ll be in lovely big features, where I can stretch my legs a little further than the 800 word count I had before. I’ll be getting back to it as soon as possible, and I already have some little ideas I hope I can grow into big lovely ones! Total Tattoo is one of the best magazines in the world, so I’m super proud to still be part of it.

In other news, I’ll be focusing a lot more on my photography, and I’ve decided to try to take part in something quite cool next month. I’ll let you guys know how it goes when I can! :)

Odds and Ends

Hey guys! Just a few bits and pieces, since I have been super busy lately.

Firstly, the new issue of Total Tattoo is out now- yay! In this issue, I’m thinking about the relationship between tattooed females and ‘joe public’, which has it’s ups and downs. You can buy it in loads of newsagents, or at the website, here.

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Last weekend, I also took a well deserved break in Cumbria, which was really great. Eventful, but great. It’s actually fantastic just to go out to a lodge in the middle of nowhere, where there are no phone signals or busy streets, and just chill out. Stu took this photo from the lodge, which I think is awesome:

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The break seems to have done me some good, because I’m super excited to get back into the swing of things with my work, now. In fact, I’m actually now struggling to pick and choose which pieces I write about, because if I put up everything in my head onto the site, I’ll burn myself out again! I have one or two little projects in the works though, where these ideas can live.

There’s a lot more going on, but I’m too lazy to write about them, and I feel like I shouldn’t write about many things until they’re complete to a degree. Instead, I’ll point you in the direction of my better half to end this post! Stu has a new blog, about his work developing a career as a sound engineer. He’s just started it, but it’ll be the place to be soon enough! Click here to check it out!

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I’ll be back soon enough, but for now I need to shower and sleep before the week ahead. Have a great week, losers!

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