October 21, 2019No Comments

Explorer Tattoo Conference in LA, 2018

It's always a pleasure to visit Explorer Tattoo Conference. The one in 2018 in Los Angeles wasn't an exception. Three days full of seminars by tattoo & art professionals, discussions, raffles with cool prizes, presents for each attendee, mingling & portfolio review. There was so much stuff in the present bag, that I thought it certainly wouldn't fit into my luggage đŸ˜† Like full-size products for tattooing as a big jar of tattoo glide, a bottle of a transfer medium, cartridges and needles, etc.

Video is by me. Check my YouTube channel.

Speakers for the Explorer IV included

Liz Cook, Jake Farris, DJ Tambe, Gunnar, Dan Pemble, Squire Strahan, Russ Abbott, Kari Barba, Jes Farris, Tony Moore, Kelly Doty and Jeff Gogue.

All are superb professionals, have been tattooing around the world and had great stories & experience to share.

For example, Liz, DJ, and Kelly took part in different tattoo TV shows. Tony is the creator of the Walking Dead. Kari has been tattooing since 1979 and owns the oldest tattoo shop in America.

Attendees come from all over the country

and even from overseas. So it's a great opportunity to make friends with a ton of great artists, get some guest spots, and level up as a tattooer. I love meeting the same people I got acquainted with.

This tattoo conference definitely helped to move forward, to adjust, to deal with an artist block for a lot of attending people. You get out of your routine and gaze on your craft from a different angle.

Seminar topics ranged from color theory, history of tattooing, how to plan big tattoo projects to how to deal with social networks.

I try to go to Explorer at least once a year.

This was my second time. The previous one I went to was in Washington. They try to organize them in different cities several times a year, so it's available & affordable for more people.

February 28, 2018No Comments

Send Me Across the Sea, Vol 2

I was invited by Malisa Suchanya to participate in the cutest group art show. Each artist could submit up to 10 pieces plus prints and accessories. There were more than 50 artists.

I painted 10 watercolors with characters from my new ongoing comic project, Fog Mushroom. Masking fluid, watercolor + salt, and watercolor pencils. Super fun ^___^

The show was a 2-day pop-up event. We (Malisa, Dianna Xu, and I) hanged everything the day before. The girls did a great job arranging all the art. Different works complemented each other in color and style.

So glad I took part in it and can't wait for the next one.

December 14, 20172 Comments

San Francisco Open Studios

This year I took part in San Francisco Open Studios. Artists host this event each year. You can visit their studios, buy some art and have fun. Also it is the oldest and largest open studio program in the country. It showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios.

It was a great experience! Maybe because my friend Melissa Mohammadi invited other artists, whose works and personalities she liked. We shared her studio. I'm glad to meet these awesome abstract artists.

We made a video with art and interviews with each of the 6 artists at Sawyer Street Open Studios.

I also did all the design for this event: logo, fliers, stickers, etc. Read more about it:)

My set up:)

I had a nice entrance all for myself. Shelves worked perfectly.


Art by:

Barbara Bryn Klare/@barbarabrynklare

David Willburn/@david.willburn.studio

Joyce Conlon/@joycemconlon

Melissa Desmond Mohammadi/@melissamohammadistudio

Natasha Tsozik/@natasha_tsozik

Todd Hanson/@toddah.sf

June 19, 2017No Comments

Explorer Tattoo Conference

I was lucky enough to spend 3 full days of June at Explorer Tattoo Conference in Washington, DC. It is an event for professional tattoo artists who want to move our industry forward. Organized by super professionals: Teresa Sharpe (owner of Unkindness Art), Timmy B (owner NiteOwl Tattoo), Jes Farris and Jake Farris (owners of Studio 13 Tattoo), and Nathan Evans (owner of Killjoy Tattoo).

What happened there

Every day was filled with lectures and discussions by great presenters. Therefore I learnt a lot of new things on color theory, equipment, composition, visual storytelling and technique. And we even had an opportunity to be reviewed by a presenting artist. I had a nice talk with Cody Eich. Love his art so much and want to get a tattoo by him when he opens his books:)

Each attendee even got a bag full of presents: conference t-shirt, ink, aftercare, tube and needle samples, and signed print by Teresa Sharpe.