Posted by Johanna Ortiz , Wednesday, February 20, 2013 7:45 PM
Angela shared her tattoos and what they mean to her. This is what she has to say in her own words:
The tattoo is made in elfish language.. the words are love, hope, happiness... because with love u have hope and with that u create happiness. These words are very powerful for me, I get this tattoo in 2011 in curacao.. I was there for a year and this is a symbol that I am a very strong woman and I deserve love, hope, happiness. The artist is man who lives at Curacao and he was very proud to make this special tattoo for me. His name is tattoo Daniel.
Posted by Johanna Ortiz , Saturday, February 16, 2013 8:17 AM
Tattoo aficionados from all over New England will flock to Rhode Island in May for the Rhode Island Tattoo Expo.
While Rhode Island's flowers will be blooming this May, there will be a whole different set of bright colors blooming May 10-12 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
This year's event includes over 300 Industry renowned as well as celebrity tattoo artists.
Expo hours are from 5pm to 11pm on Friday, 12noon to 11pm on Saturday and 12noon to 6pm on Sunday. Individual tickets as well as three day weekend passes can be purchased either in advance via Ticketmaster or at the Rhode Island Convention Center box office at any time throughout the duration of the event. Single Day Admission is $25.00 per day, per person while Weekend Passes are $50.00 per person for all three days.
Posted by Johanna Ortiz 4:15 AM
Posted by Johanna Ortiz , Monday, December 10, 2012 11:32 AM
Posted by Johanna Ortiz , Saturday, September 29, 2012 9:25 PM
One of the greatest things about have a true passion is to come across other people who share the same passion and enthusiast as well. While on the train today, I saw this awesomely cool woman who had her legs tattooed. I had to tell her how great her Ink was. We had a very nice conversation and she mentioned her Brother is a Tattoo Artist in Miami, she praised my tattoos as well. She is currently adding more tattoos and showed me some of the unfinished work on her body, I can tell it will look dope once the work is finished, hopefully I get to see her finish work of art sometime in the future.
Posted by Johanna Ortiz 3:41 PM
Only the brave can accomplish success.
Posted by Johanna Ortiz , Monday, August 20, 2012 7:44 PM
Last week was very intense and I had the chance to meet awesome people who were really interested in Tattoos and a bit more. I had questions asked and some people asked me to refer them to an artist, obviously I did. In this competitive word it is complicated for some to actually find an artist they can trust, unfortunately some people want to add good pieces of art to their flesh canvas but are not willing to go thru what it takes or simply cannot afford the artist according to them.
Posted by Johanna Ortiz , Sunday, July 29, 2012 10:39 AM
NEW YORK, NY (October 1st, 2011) — Last Rites Gallery presents The Carnival Of Death, new works by Laurie Lipton, in what will be her first solo show at the gallery.
A master of graphite, Laurie Lipton’s detailed drawings explore the passages of life and the portal into death. With technical prowess, she approaches her subject matter with a unique blend of both elegance and dark humor. Influenced by Día de los Muertos iconography, this exhibit runs just prior to The Day Of The Dead, commemorating the holiday by which it was inspired.
“I became fascinated by the contrast between the Day Of The Dead festival in Mexico and my experience of my mother's death. My parents were atheists. We had no ceremony, no goodbyes, no "closure". My father instructed the hospital to cremate my mother and dispose of her ashes. She was gone, disappeared, zapped out of existence. I was left with Nothing... literally and metaphysically. Friends & family treated my mother's death like an embarrassment. They awkwardly murmured Hallmark platitudes before slinking uneasily away. Death is as forbidden a topic in modern society as sex was in Victorian England.
When I visited Mexico in order to see The Day Of The Dead festival some years later, I couldn't help feeling envious of their approach to mortality. Families gathered on graves and picnicked, whole villages turned up with food for households in mourning. Death was treated as normal, even silly. Candied skulls grinned in their hundreds and skeletons danced in a fair-ground atmosphere. I decided to rebel against my heritage and create drawings inspired by the mood and atmosphere of the Mexicans. I decided to get in-touch with my bare bones. My culture runs from death, screaming. We worship youth, beauty and the illusion that we have all the time in the world. We frantically face-lift and botox, and throw pills, creams and money at death. We fool ourselves into thinking that death only happens to other people & only losers die. Skulls always look like they're laughing. Maybe the joke is on us?”
About The Artist:
Laurie Lipton was born in New York and began drawing at the age of four. She was the first person to graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing (with honours). She has lived in Holland, Belgium, Germany,France and London and has recently moved back to the States after 35 years abroad. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the USA.
Lipton was inspired by the religious paintings of the Flemish School. She tried to teach herself how to paint in the style of the 17th century Dutch Masters and failed. When traveling around Europe as a student, she began developing her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting. "It's an insane way to draw", she says, "but the resulting detail and luminosity is worth the amount of effort".