I really need to update this blog! Before then, though, we’ve finally got ourselves on track with selling Benson’s old bikes! This has been a lot of work (mostly from Stu!) so it’d be great if you guys could check out what we have, and share with anyone you think would be into this kind of thing.
My dad really loved his bikes, so this is great stuff! Click on the the links below to see more – you can also get in touch with me here if you want.
Also! We have made a bit of a discovery in the sheds. Please watch this space for more info soon. 🙂
This week has been the busiest and most relaxing week ever – Stu has graduated, we saw Lyla (Stu’s niece) & Co., and then went on holiday, all in the same week! So yeah, if you were wondering why there were no updates on North Rose, this is why:
We had our holiday in Barcelona, by the way. It’s really awesome there. I’m too lazy to actually go into too much detail (and I won’t be that person who posts 10 blog posts for each day I was there), so here are some bullet points instead:
The best way to see Barcelona is by bike – you will see everything! It is really flat, which is fab because it makes cycling easy, but it also means you won’t get tired. Bear this in mind before cycling for five hours straight and then wondering why your legs hurt, because the ride is so easy you won’t realise at the time!
La Sangrada Familia is absolutely astounding, and if you’re lucky enough to go make sure it’s early in the day so that you can see all of the sunlight come in through the window. Also, try to book online because if you just turn up you’ll be disappointed (thank god for hotel wifi).
For what feels like forever, everyone has been saying that there needs to be another great show in Newcastle. In fact, for years, I have been saying this to Mr Martin McIver, because it makes absolutely no sense that there hasn’t been one for such a long time. Finally, a lightbulb has gone off in his head, and he (and the other Tattoo.TV guys) have teamed up with the mighty Total Tattoo Magazine, to put on the Big North Tattoo Show. YAAAS!
The Big North Tattoo Show is still a little while off, as it’s on the 29th-30th of April, but it’s worth getting excited about now. It will be at the Metro Radio Arena (that’s the Telewest Arena to some of you), so you know that when they say it’ll be big they’re not playing. It’s not really like me to be excited for a show that doesn’t have…
Life has been a bit busy lately – at least, too busy to blog. That’s my usual excuse, but whenever I go to actually write something I don’t really have too much to say, so I mustn’t really be that busy.
North Rose has been my main priority lately, and even then I haven’t been updating it as much as I used to update Tattoosday UK. That’s perfectly ok, though – I don’t want writing to be a chore, which it used to be. I used to write so that I had enough time to do everything else I wanted to do, like it was something I needed to get out of the way. Now I just pick it up whenever I want to, and people are lovely enough to come back when I post.
I’ve been doing a few bits and pieces as far as photography goes, too, but I’m always just taking my time. I’m not all about getting on with the next thing anymore, which is pretty awesome because I can have way more fun. Plus, with photography, you get to hang out with people’s dogs.
So yeah, if you have noticed that I’m not updating things as often as I used to, it’s because I’m chilling out to fuck and enjoying my life. At the same time, I do feel like I want to do more writing, so you might see more very soon. Thanks for sticking around with me either way, my dudes!
Just a quick update: the Northside Tattoo fundraiser for Ferank Manseed has been confirmed:
All tattooers will be ready and waiting on the day for walk ins I’m sure, but it’s always best to make enquiries before you leave the house so you’re not disappointed. You can do that by clicking here to visit the guys’ Facebook page.
When you’re a tattooer, it’s really unlikely (to put it lightly!) that you’ll ever have paid sickness leave- you’re pretty much self employed, so every day you’re not working is a struggle! This is why it’s so important that everyone bands together as much as they can when one of us is in need. If you can’t make it, or can’t afford anything, at least make sure to spread the word, please. Ferank is a really cool guy so it’s no surprise how many people want to help and support…