The first weekend of March brought back the Evergreen Tattoo Invitational and along with it, a multitude of talent. Organized and hosted by husband and wife teams, Joshua and Nichole Carlton and Riley and Erin Smith, artists were handpicked by them to come from all over the nation and display their work over the course of three days.
Stefano Alcantara getting started for the day.
Tattoo by Rest of High Priestess
Paul Booth, Stefano Alcantara, James Kern, Erin Chance, Krist Karloff, and painter, Chet Zar are just a few that were in attendance this year. In addition to the high level of artistry on display, there was also live music, beard competitions, tattoo competitions, and they even had Voodoo Doughnut (they know the way to a girl’s heart)! The hard work, time, and planning of this event did not go unnoticed and the overall consensus from both artists and convention attendees is that Evergreen is by far one of the best conventions to be a part of.
Artist Vega Natas showing her first published work.
Bacon of No Hope No Fear Tattoo working on a re-work/cover up
James Kern of No Hope No Fear Tattoo working on a cover up as well
1st Place for Best Sleeve – Artist Krist Karloff
Ashley Keever – 3rd place winner of Best Sleeve
Once again, a huge thank you to Joshua, Nichole, Riley, and Erin for putting on such a wonderful event!
I was quite surprised earlier this week when I attempted to log on and publish a post, only to find that my site kept crashing! Thanks to many shares of my Ocean Stone Bath Mat post, I had an immense amount of visitors to the blog that I was not prepared for! I took some time to upgrade my hosting to provide more bandwidth and also put a few more things in place to keep spammers off the site. I didn’t want to continue to publish new content when the majority of my readers couldn’t access it, so I appreciate all of your patience this week while waiting for new posts.
Despite the chaos, I love the direction things are moving. I’m forever waiting for the moment of calm when I can get my shit together and I’ve finally realized.. that moment isn’t going to happen. I just need to stay in motion with the chaos and work twice as hard to accomplish all that I need to!
This week was also a very social one.. Monday I went on a thrifting/vintage shopping excursion with my friend, Ashley. She shared some of her favorite shops around Portland and I found the mother of all homemade shirts..
I think there’s roughly a hundred pom poms glued onto this thing.
The next day my good friend and talented photographer, Lindsey Rickert, came over to shoot some new jewelry from Pill Jewelry. It was a lot of fun and lot of weirdness.. wigs, mannequin arms, and awkward positions to get “the shot.” We wrapped things up and then headed to Por Que No for tacos and pomegranate margaritas!
To keep up with more of Lindsey’s work you can follow her on Instagram!
Later on we met up with more friends to do a little bowling. I’m a pitiful bowler so I mostly go for the socializing and beer, however I did manage to get one strike! We went again last night for Blackout Bowling, but don’t worry.. I’m not forsaking the blog and becoming a professional bowler anytime soon since I could barely break a score of 50!
Josh and Ashley both showed up in galaxy print!
This coming week I’ll be sharing new recipes, that Tattoosday post that I TRIED to post last week, and the first Broke Girl Beauty post! Stay tuned!
This past Christmas my cousin gifted me a beautiful mid-century cocktail shaker that came complete with classic cocktail recipes printed on the glass. One that stood out in particular was the Sidecar. Traditionally made with cognac, but we all know I’m a rum-swilling woman so I switched it up a bit and produced the Sailor Jerry Sidecar! The potent blend of rum, orange liqueur, and lemon juice makes for a sweet and sour cocktail with a smooth and sophisticated finish. Just remember that if you’re having one of these, the Sidecar is exactly where you need to be sitting!
I’ve never been much of a morning person, but I can say that spiking my pancakes with rum sure did help the morning become more enjoyable! The notes of vanilla from the rum, fresh bananas, and the melted chocolate all come together to make the perfect dessert-like breakfast.. And in case you were wondering.. no, you won’t catch a buzz from consuming mass quantities of rum spiked pancakes. Most of the alcohol is cooked off so you’re just left with the flavor. Either way, you can’t help but feel a bit naughty cracking open the rum at 9am!
As you may have seen on my Instagram feed this past weekend we were at the Evergreen Tattoo Invitational. I’ll be sharing more photos and details about the convention in next week’s Tattoosday feature, so I’ll keep things short and sweet for now.
We were especially excited about this show since It was the first time we were able to show my bum/thigh piece we’ve been working on over the the past year and a half. Thanks to those squats and lunges at the gym over the past few weeks, I was finally comfortable revealing it as well! We went up against some stiff competition for Best Large Color and sadly didn’t win, but having this piece completed and on my body for the rest of my life is better than any award!
I’ll be writing a special post about this tattoo and of course sharing more photos so you can see the entire piece and all the little details. In the meantime here’s a quick snap from the hotel… and be nice Internet! Not only is this a very special piece to me, but it’s a pretty scary thing to reveal this much of yourself on the web!
Sunday evening was tough to pack up and say goodbye to everyone, but it was quite a relief to wiggle out of that pencil skirt, kick off the heels, and snuggle in with my fat little blob of love..
With the next few days off I’ll be putting a lot of hard work into the blog so now’s your time to get in your questions, suggestions, and comments about new posts. Some new features you can look forward to include Broke Girl Beauty – tips, tricks, and my favorite low budget beauty products, Baking/Cooking 101 – getting down to the basics for some of my beginner cooks and bakers, Mastering Power Tools – A series on how to use intimidating power tools for craft and home decor projects and most importantly.. using them safely! And last but not least, Recipes with Friends – Once a month I’ll choose a different friend to cook with and we’ll try their favorite recipe or a new one altogether. The whole process (good or bad) will be documented along with the recipe and instructions. I want to encourage you to do the same and share your experiences, masterpieces, and maybe even a disaster or two with me as well! I’ll be using a hashtag on Instagram and Twitter that you can tag your photos with and sharing my favorite ones each month!
I hope you’re all as excited as I am about the new posts and changes coming to Tattooed Martha! Have a creative and wonderful weekend!
We’ve been in our current home for about a year and half and I can’t believe I’m just now making this project happen! When you first walk in the front door you’re greeted with a miserable, blank, white wall. Not exactly a welcoming entryway so I decided to add a pop of color and some fun photos for our guests to enjoy when they come over. Rather than a traditional framed photo gallery wall, I went with a hanging ‘mobile-like’ display of miniature Instagram photos. The best part is that I designed it so the photo strands can easily be removed and changed out with updated photos and you can customize to work in almost any room!
Finally a day off! And how do I spend it? Working on the blog! Except when you get to do what you love, it never really feels like work anyway.
Last week we escaped the city and hit the coast to explore a new beach. We decided to check out Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City which is home to the “other” Haystack Rock (the original is on Cannon Beach – watch the Goonies and you’ll know which one). We relied on Google to give us directions which lead us up a treacherous gravel hill in the middle of nowhere and told us we had arrived at the beach.. But after the minor detour and relying on instincts instead, we arrived just in time to soak up a bit of sun. There’s a wonderful brewery right on the beach, but we came prepared with wine, cheese, and sandwiches. We watched the sun set right behind the rock which made for the perfect view during our picnic.
After I was sick for nearly 2 months and the overindulging during the holidays, we decided to focus on our health again. We dusted off the juicer and started juicing again (not the steroid kind of juice either!) and we’ve been going to the gym on a regular basis. I still hate working out and always will, but I’m happy to see some results already. We also took a walk the other day to enjoy the early spring Portland is getting.
And of course an obligatory Punk photo for you all..
This week we’re preparing for the Evergreen Tattoo Invitational in Eugene, OR. It’s going to be a busy weekend but we’re looking forward to seeing some of our long distance friends, meeting some new ones, and of course taking in all of the amazing artwork that will be showcased. Annnnd I’ll finally get to show my completed thigh piece! It’s been about a year and a half and 45 hours of hard work and love on this piece so it’s exciting to finally show it off. I’ll be sharing photos of it here soon, but in the meantime you can follow me on Instagram to see some sneak peeks over the weekend!
Check back tomorrow for a brand new craft post!