Thursday, December 23, 2010

who needs 'em

This is how MY friends roll. I don't totally understand it 100% of the time, but i support it nonetheless. After all, that's what friends are for, right? Its moments like these i am thankful for having a camera handy, self destruction in High Definition. Maxx redefines the body modification movement.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

108 x3

My friend Cindy Wong photographed this series of 108's for me. All good things comes in packages of 3.  She shoots with a nikon.



lunar eclipse/ winter solstice 2010

I have always been fascinated with "out space". Tonight is a lunar eclipse; "Its is the first time in 372 years that a lunar eclipse also marks the beginning of the winter solstice, the time at which the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky", according to my friend Charlene. That sounds like a pretty big deal to me. I'm about to head up to my rooftop to witness this momentous event in the crispy New York cold. Happy Winter Solstice everyone! 


Thursday, December 16, 2010

mandala

Painted 19th century Tibetan mandala of the Naropa tradition, Vajrayogini stands in the center of two crossed red triangles, Rubin Museum of Art

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

genesis revisited

Zecharia Sitchin is an anthropologist that promotes an explanation for human origins involving ancient astronauts. Sitchin attributes the creation of the ancient Sumerian culture to the Anunnaki, which he states was a race of extra-terrestrials from a planet beyond Neptune called Nibiru. He believed this hypothetical planet of Nibiru to be in an elongated, elliptical orbit in the Earth's own Solar System, asserting that Sumerian mythology reflects this view. Its a bit wacky to read but way fun once you get into his mind set. Its like learning history on acid. If you feel like taking a trip down the rabbit hole, read some of his stuff. 


speak to me ancient astronauts!

kris magnotti

Kris Magnotti
Da Vinci Tattoo/ New York Adorned

Sunday, December 12, 2010

what vegans eat

Check out my other blog, What Vegans Eat. My humble attempt to break down the common misconception that vegan food is only tofu and leafy green things. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?
If you are eating something vegan:
•snap a photo with your phone or camera
•tell me who you are, who made it and in what state/country
•email it to jcolbysmith@gmail.com or click the submit button on "what vegans eats" and upload it.



Fotos: Mia Keller, Amy Angelo
live vegan!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

time lapse

Me and my friend Andrea King have been experimenting with time lapse photography for an upcoming project we are working on with Dan Fletcher. Here are a couple of self portrait still shots of me and my friend Ale from a wide angle. It gives you a nice "fly on the wall" insight to what transpires in the piercing room.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

la niña

My sister makes beautiful babies.

immortal technique on haiti

Haiti has been out of the news and off our minds, there are still lots of problems and suffering. I had a chance to go this week but couldn't swing it. Kicking myself, but plan on volunteering sometime in 2011. Their elections are tonight, lots of corruption and misappropriated funds. Keep an ear to the ground and make an opportunity to contribute. Immortal Technique, one of my favorite political rappers, recently made a visit to Haiti. This is what he had to say...



If you are not familiar with Immortal Technique, here is a collaboration he did with Diabolic...




Also, please check out Strange Things, a documentary about street kids in Haiti. My friend Regine Zamor co/ produced.
  

chad koeplinger

This is work in progress by Chad Koeplinger. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

Collector: James Motz

wewood watches

My friend Tara turned me onto WeWOOD a couple of weeks ago. An Italian eco-luxury company "committed to the health of our planet, the avant-garde approach to sophisticated sustainability". Super cool watches made almost entirely out of wood. They seem like a great company with a good ethic behind their products. WeWOOD also partners with American Forests to plant one tree for every WeWOOD purchased. Their Goal: "Restoring Mother Nature - One Watch at a Time". Relatively inexpensive, would (cheesy pun) make a good gift for the upcoming holidays.



teacher seeks pupil

Ishmael is one of my favorite books to date. I re-read it at least once a year.  Its about a gorilla who teaches a man "how things came to be this way" for mankind. Quinn simplifies a complex ideology into a very interesting debate between a gorilla and a man. Its getting cold, the perfect time to curl up with a good book. Are you a taker or leaver?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

generations of piercings

Sometimes my clients run out of things they want to pierce but, i can always count on them to bring someone new to share an experience with.

listening: bob marley

Monday, November 29, 2010

sarah schor

Sarah Schor is one of the newer faces around Adorned. She is a great addition to our family, plus she makes top quality tattoos. Sarah gave me this Skin Head Girl on my leg recently. She says funny H's and Z's but other than that she is pretty fucking cool. Check out her blog to see more of her tattoo work and also buy prints.


listening: tribe called quest

dan fletcher

Dan is one of my closest friends, the brother I never had. He is getting married this spring to the beautiful Kristin Chase. I am so happy for the both of them. Dan is a journalist, anthropologist, musician, social media expert, model and coffee connoisseur.  I am thankful to have him here with me in New York, he keeps me from going completely insane. Keep up with him via Fletcher Lives!


November 2010
Brooklyn, NY
listening: band of mercy

str8veg

I took this picture on Thanksgiving (2010) day in Brooklyn, out side of "the stronghold" @ 538.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

katie finn/ elizabeth street jewelry

I am a big fan of what Katie Finn is doing with her line, Elizabeth Street Jewelry.  I just need someone pretty to buy it for now. :)




jondix and company

I snapped these shots while visiting Barcelona, Spain last fall (2009). 


Dr. Lakra, Troy Denning, Jondix

P.S. the camara named the first image "DSC_0108.Jpg"

Thursday, November 18, 2010

where it went

JUDGE is in my top 5 favorite band list. This song takes me back in time whenever i hear it. This is what hardcore sounds and looks like to me. enjoy -c

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

day off!

I had the last couple of days off. Lived life to the fullest. Remembered to grab my camera when walking out the door today. Some things i saw (or is it seen)...





Tuesday, November 16, 2010

JAM

My best-y Andrea and her friend Lily have created the Jamboree for Arts and Music Project. Watch this promotional video and keep posted for more information on what they are doing and where you can vote for them. -C


JAM from Andrea King on Vimeo.

Sharks

Sharks are scarier than terrorism! I'm laughing and thinking :)

gold cats

I love filling holes with gold!


Model: Catrina Mcdaid-Kelly

Friday, November 12, 2010

peep them nippies

I spend a lot of time answering emails and facebook messages about piercings. It gets pretty repetitious, although I am always happy to help out where I can.
I received an email this morning from a client who was having some issues with her nipple piercing. Basically, the bar just needed to be lengthened to accommodate the swelling. She was sweet enough to put together a illustration using marshmallow peeps (ironically my mothers favorite candy) for me to assess her nippie situation. Definitely in my top 5 best emails. Well played T!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

how the gods chill

The White Glove Group puts Sean Price and Cold World together! I have heard the un-mastered cut and its so fucking good. Can't wait to blast this song.

Monday, November 8, 2010

old business card

Came across this old business card of mine. 2002 maybe. pretty emo, but the girls loved it. :)

Shout out to: Systematic Design and Photographer Michelle Emerson

virginia elwood

Was lucky enough to capture this shot of Virginia Elwood giving a portrait of Kurt Cobain.


Roxanne and Lina

I have always been fascinated with ears. So many contours, ledges and crevasses. A beautiful landscape. Like a Christmas tree, so many ways to decorate. Lina has both her tragus and inner helix pierced. I still see plenty of things that need some adorning. All in good time. 
Lina and Roxanne are some of my favorites. Always smiling,  smart enough to bring vegan treats and of course pleasant to spend time with.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

dark days

I am really looking forward to the "Dark Days" exhibit. Curator and friend Clementine Nixon has her thumb on the pulse with this show. Its running from November 19th to January 2nd @ the Eyelevel BQE Exhibit Space in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), New York. See you at the opening reception. -C



DARK DAYS

CURATED BY CLEMENTINE NIXON
NOVEMBER
19TH – JANUARY 2ND, 2011
OPENING
RECEPTION: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, 6-9 PM
THOMAS HOOPERJEAN PIERRE ROYJULIO PARDO • KYLE SIMONDANIEL ALBRIGOLANCE LANKFORDJEREMIAH MENDELPETER LAPSLEYSCOTT KEIGHTLEYAUSTIN POWER.

EyeLevel BQE is pleased to announce a group exhibition Dark Days, curated by Clementine Nixon. This exhibition gathers eight Brooklyn based artists, whose work investigates aspects of darkness and sublimity. The selected artists represent a diverse range of approaches and mediums, including painting, sculpture, etching and installation.
The concept behind the show begun with a treatise written by Edumund Burke titled “A Philosophical Enquiry into Our Ideas on the Sublime and Beautiful” (1757). The book is an examination of how sensation, imagination, and judgment are interrelated in the experience of art. Burke explains how these three steps- causal relationships, determine the viewer’s experience of pleasure and pain, and how pleasure and pain are represented by the aesthetic concepts of beauty and sublimity.
A copy of the book was given to each participating artist, each of whom were then asked to create or select works that somehow responded to Burke’s definition of the sublime, that is, “Whatever is fitted in any sort to excite the ideas of pain and danger, that is to say, whatever is in any sort terrible, or is conversant about terrible objects, or operates in a manner analogous to terror, is a source of the sublime”.