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┬áis 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!

Just Write.

Sometimes, when you do anything involving writing, it can be really tough to actually see anything finished. You’ll do drafts and re-drafts, and even then you’ll feel like you’re never good enough. You’ll assume that whoever is above you knows what they’re doing, and that you’re an idiot for not understanding it all. Half of the reason I’m still going is that people seem to really like certain things that I thought were utter crap, and it almost amazes me. Writers never think they’re any good at it, though.

I was having a bit of a block tonight, feeling a bit rubbish, and the Mr suggested that I watch the Charlie Brooker Writer Special. To be honest, he’s been saying it for ages, but I only managed to see it tonight. I have to admit, it did work!

The whole thing talks about the process of writing- the feeling that you’re a fraud about to get caught out, the nights spent thinking that you’ll never have an idea again, and the misery you put yourself through just to have something finished- it’s all there! The guys interviewed all write for shows like the IT Crowd and Doctor Who, and they’re really honest about the whole thing. It’s a really refreshing show- it’s basically what TV should always be like.

Anyway, I made a playlist so you can watch it. If you write, make sure you check it out!

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