Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

salt lake city

I am about to catch a cab to JFK and hop a flight to my hometown, Salt Lake City. Looking forward to seeing family, catching up with friends, snowboarding, hot springs, vegan food and getting tattooed.


Monday, December 28, 2009

maxx starr n lindsay lohan

I got to keep my Maxx Starr content up. Analytics said that's what my fans want. here you go mother fuckers.

city to city

My friend Dan Fletcher just returned home to Salt Lake City from New York to see his family for the holidays + play a show with his band, city to city. This is a great band full of good dudes. I hope you enjoy watching this as much as i did. I feel like he told me you can download their album somewhere for free. I will have to get back to you on that.

e. danny smith

my father...or is it elvis?

108ed

2 favorite documentaries


Friday, December 25, 2009

happy holidays


consume less, live more, go vegan and take better care of each other.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

tomas tomas

This is a tattoo I got a couple of years ago from Tomas Tomas, a tattooer at Into You Tattoo in London. I forget i have it sometimes because it is on my calve. Occasionally i rediscover it. I am saving room to have French Tomas do some more work on me. He was recently guesting at New York Adorned this fall (09) but i managed to miss him because i was out of the country. Hopefully the planets will align sometime soon. Might be a good excuse to visit London.



These are Leonardo da Vinci's Sketches of the flower of life.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

W magazine

I recently did a short interview with Jane Larkworthy from W magazine about the micro-dermal implants that have recently been getting some media attention. Here is what she wrote. Enjoy!




Tuesday, December 22, 2009

holidays with my dysfunctional family

This is my 4th year celebrating Christmas with New York Adorned. Happy Holidays!

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Virginia Elwood, Stephanie Tamez and Chris O'Donnell

ancient egyptian lightbulb

Our past may not be what you thought.



Sunday, December 13, 2009

jondix

The humble Jondix vs. the not so humble but awesome Troy Denning.

Barcalona, Spain 2009

vegan rose cake

This is a cake Mia baked for her friend Jessie's "golden birthday". I took over the decorations. We coated it in frosting, lined the edges and then sprinkled edible gold dust over it (note my Tibetan meditation technique). Behold the golden rose in all its glory!





Apparently it made everyone shit gold the next day. Can you turn shit into gold? Does this mean i discovered the philosophers stone?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

mursi lip plate south ethiopia

Mursi woman with her giant lip plate, a sign of beauty in Mursi tribe. When they are ready to marry, they start to make a hole in the lip with a wood stick.
It will be kept for one night , and is removed to put a bigger one. This is very painful at this time... Few months after, the lip plate has its full size, and the girl is seen as beautiful by the men.
The lip plate made of wood or terracotta, and they have to remove the lower incisors to let some space for the disc. it's amazing to see them speak without any trouble, put it and remove it as a classic jewel.
Sometimes the lip is broken by the pressure of the lip plate. This is a very big problem for the girl cos men will consider her as ugly, she won't be able to marry anyone in the tribe apart the old men or the sick people...
The women are shaved, like the men, cos they hate hairiness!


photo & description credit: Eric Lafforque

ltw

LTW in Barcelona, Spain. Many thanks to Anna, Jondix, Javi, Julio, Silvia, Dennis and Naiara.


if you look close you can see jondix from the future

Monday, November 30, 2009

family ties

I have been thinking about my family a lot lately. Simple things can become so complicated. When did that stream become a river? I will follow it until i can find a safe place to cross.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

crown of thorns

At least once a day someone asks me..."what is the weirdest thing you have ever pierced?" Well...to satisfy that curiosity here it is. I give you the "crown of thorns" (not the band).



This kid was a really nice "devil worshiper" who wanted to stick it to the man up stairs by piercing a crown of thorns into his head. At some point his mom showed up and began to cry but was still surprisingly supportive. I can't remember what year this was, im guessing 2003. This took place at good times tattoos in salt lake city and i was assisted by Alex Hinton. 53 piercings total according to my records. Kids today.

Monday, November 23, 2009

the coral castle

I visited the coral castle a few years ago after hearing about it from Steven French who shares a common interest in ancient technologies. If i remember correctly, he had just finished reading the giza power plant and then passed it along to me. This place is not beautiful or breathtaking until you try to comprehend how one man could have cut, moved and constructed this coral structure alone in the 1920's. Ed Leedskalnin wrote a few books, one of them is titled Magnetic Current. Ovbiously Ed knew something we dont or at least are only begining to understand. Check out the video at the bottom of this post for more information.




colby vs. the volcano

Have you ever looked into the mouth of a volcano before? I have! A few times actually...I love this country and everyone in it!

IrazĂș Volcano, Costa Rica 07

Saturday, November 21, 2009

kind words

this is a review a client wrote on yelp about her piercing experience....

I walked in to NY Adorned, very attracted by the artistic displays on the storefront and window, immediately looked in at all of the people, who really were adorned with a wide variation of piercings and tattoos. I remember the moment of *midwestern-yuppie-upbringing-judgement" where I thought to myself, this place is totally a punk hangout and maybe I don't belong here. This is one of those experiences in life that humbled me into realizing how narrow my mind could be constricted and consequently re-expanded.

Colby sat with me to speak with me about my nose re-piercing and look at the semi-closed hole in my nose... I was immediately warmed into a state of calm. There are very few people and situations that can evoke this from me, but Colby seems to have that magical intrinsic quality that makes him successful at his trade. (Hmmm.. maybe I should stop in and loiter around him when I can't make it to yoga.. ?) After about 20 minutes, I am called into the 'piercing room', which really resembles apothecary meets modern doctor office. He slips on some surgical gloves, pulls out a tray that holds sanitized surgical equipment and a few cups and begins to mix the sanitizing solutions into those cups like an old alchemist. He then tells me that he is just going to try to slip the nose piece it into the existing hole in my nose, which has only been empty for 4 months, to see if he can avoid using a needle. He approaches me and then chuckles with excitement, but I had no idea what the chuckle meant. It took me a few puzzled seconds to realize that the piece went in without incident. Now, that is talent.

It was mind expanding to witness the level of professionalism manifest itself into this piercing and tattoo studio in a society where we so often reserve these expectations to assess more "traditional professions." Social construct and messaging fools us into taking for granted that perhaps a tattoo or piercing artist does not need to place emphasis on "professional skills", but rather maintain the rough and rugged exterior as rebel identity. On the contrary, I would argue that it these "permanent" procedures really call for an intangible amount of social intelligence, focus and skill-- which really is embodied at NY Adorned. I am (and always will be) a die-hard fan of situations that defy social construct and hence recommend NY-Adorned with 5 stars as possibly the BEST of NY in its industry.

After the re-piercing, Colby relayed that I needed to come back in one week for an adjustment. At this moment, I felt like he saw right through me...into the core of my aloof personality. He questioned, "Do you need a card reminder..one week... that means next Friday? you get it, right? I will see you in 7 days here?" Needless to say, I only wandered in about 3 weeks later for the adjustment. I guess some of my own intrinsic qualities will never change... no matter how much my mind is expanded.

julianne moore

I did an ear piercing on Julianne a few months ago for her roll in an upcoming movie...


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

taxi ride in panama

Me and my Costa Rican amigo Eddy (perro loco), took a trip into panama in 2008. We was staying on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica in a small town called Puerto Viejo. Our other CR friend Fernando, parents own a nice hotel there so we was taking full advantage of its amenities. We crossed the border at Sixola, Costa Rica into panama. Destination: Boca Del Toro (aka fantasy island as me and eddy call it), an island off the east coast of Panama. Once we crossed we immediately was rushed into a Panamanian taxi along with a large group of British girls. As soon as the engine was started the driver popped a cassette tape into the player. This cassette was one of the best compilations i have heard to date. As you will see the ride was scary as fuck but the tunes was bumping and the driver was super into it. Me and eddy laughed our asses off in disbelief that we had such good luck, while the Brits seemed to regret trusting the Panamanian who helped them across the border and stuffed them into this taxi ride to paradise.

enjoy -c


video

homebody boutique

My friend Kate just opened up a store in park slope. It's called homebody boutique and has everything you need to make your home homey hommie. You can find some of Kate's art and crafts on her etsy site. Go visit homebody and then grab a vegan bite at the v spot or brooklyn snice.
We spent a few hours today taking photos of the place and some products for ny magazine. here are some of the highlights.