For whatever reason this year so far I am not into painting. AT ALL. Like, I have ZERO desire to paint thus far in 2014. I did the video game marathon for GamingChronicles.com and finished three paintings during the marathon. I owe at least seven donators paintings. I'm sorry, I promise you don't want me to shit the paintings out - they won't be good. Patience for good paintings please! The only other semi-creative thing I did so far in 2014 was a face painting gig and while that was fun and landed me a couple free sessions with my trainer (we bartered!), it also lead to me being harassed for a few days by some random guy who I met while giving OkCupid a try. Let me tell you that was a mistake. OkCupid is not good. Granted I instigated this 100%. This guy I was chatting with worked at the venue I was painting faces at. So because I am good with faces (pun intended), someone said his name, and I had his picture to reference I figured it out. I messaged him saying "At this face painting gig at Branches, think you work here maybe....????" I was correct, he messaged me back later. I said something about it seemed like he was in charge and telling people what to do. He told me "Oh yeah, you want a job? I can tell you what to do." Think you can guess where it went from there? If you guessed that he later told me he had a dream where I was using a strap on on him, then you are correct. If you didn't guess that, well thank for being a decent human being. That is why we are friends.
I totally digressed on that. But at the same time maybe that's why I am not currently inspired by art, because I'm dealing with THAT. I think God punished me for OkCupid because the following week I got a ridiculous sinus infection and then the medicine I was on gave me dizzy spells and could have potentially caused me to have "feelings that others can hear your thoughts or control your behavior". So you know, normal side effects. Also, I deactivated my account really, really quickly.
So anyway, I helped to designed a tattoo for my friend Eric along with our friend Steve Boldt of Steve Boldt Design - website here. One day Eric asked me to sketch a tattoo for him called Time Traveling Rock Stars. As I'm putting this out to the Internets I will provide no further description, but if we do it right it's going to be awesome. As Eric was checking in on the status of that he asked if I would also draw a picture of a shark eating a cheeseburger. To be honest I just thought Eric was interested in me drawing a picture of a shark eating a cheeseburger for him, which I was totally up for. A couple texts later I realized it was also a tattoo and decided that was bit easier than the more involved Time Traveling Rock Stars so I dove right into the shark (I wanted to say dove into the water because of the shark but I didn't think that made sense).
The following Saturday was Steve's birthday. We were out in Asbury and I brought two sketches for Eric. He picked one of the two I brought, turned to Steve and said "Hey Steve, you up for coloring this?" Steve said yes, Eric took the sketch and my part in this tattoo was done.
Three days later I was at work and I received a text from Steve. It was a picture of his coloring/illustration/graphic design awesomeness of my sketch with the text "How's this? Not bad for 30 minutes". At this point in life I knew Steve did Graphic Design, but it is one thing knowing what a friend does and another thing seeing what a friend does. I was straight up blown away by how talented he is. It was even more impressive to me that he took something I drew and made it better in a way that I will never be capable of doing. I've tried graphic design through photoshop, with a tablet, etc... I SUCK. It does not make sense to my brain. But it makes sense to his and he is awesome at it.
Steve sent it to Eric. Eric loved it. Eric made an appointment with his tattoo artist and this past Saturday Eric got it tattooed on his body.
At the completion of this, I have now upped the ante on art. Now I have had a part in something that is on someone's body forever! Pretty sweet. Pretty cool to collaborate too. I know my limitations as an artist. Other friends who are artists can help me take my art somewhere I can't. So here's hoping that in the wake of helping to design a tattoo and ending my string of terrible, uninspiring, not sure I can really call it dating, "dating" interludes, I can get some inspiration back in my life and get creating.
In the words of Andy Dufrense get busy living, or get busy dying... FOR ART! (I added the last part btdubs). Happy Monday everyone.