Monday, 25 September 2017

london tattoo convention and rat update

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I started the week making friends with a pigeon then we had our re-check at the vet that we knew wouldn't just be a check up because Pixel was still squeaky. The rats all did really well, they were much calmer this time which was really nice. Pixel is on another week of the same meds. At first he was even more resistant to taking it this time but we seem to have found the right mix of roast dinner baby food and meds that he'll eat it without too much hassle so fingers crossed he keeps that up and gets better. He hadn't got any bigger over the week and at his age he really should be growing so I hope he gets better this week so he can concentrate on getting bigger, poor little thing. He's got me so stressed!

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Then at the end of the week we went to london!!! I haven't been to london in years and I miss it so much. We saved up and advance booked and made it generally as cheap as possible and headed down to the london tattoo convention. Even just the end of the train journey was magical, I love london so much then we got off the train and were actually there! We spent the whole day in the convention so didn't get too much of a london fix but I soaked up that walk between the tube and tobacco dock. Hopefully it won't be as long before we go again, for an actual wander about this time. Anyway the tattoo convention...

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It was really good, I have a lot of issues with the tattoo industry in general (such a fucking exclusionary, dickhead boys club) but at it's root the art and the culture outside of all the dickheads is something I really fucking love and we got to talk to some really nice people and there were some really good artists working. I love the hand done stuff, I could watch those guys all day and in general the feel of the day was really creative and it left me feeling really inspired to work hard at my own art.

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There was an art gallery too which had some really nice stuff in it including the Kintaro Kite Project and some pieces by Horiyoshi III. The two pieces of his here, under the kite pictures, have his own blood on which is pretty cool. You know it's actual blood as soon as you see it, I don't think you could use anything else to look quite the same. We got to hear someone from the Japanese Gallery talk about the process behind japanese woodcuts too and it was so so so interesting.

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It was a really good day and we came home with some pretty things. There were some seriously good business cards kicking about, Will got to buy some actual useful supplies and we got these two pins from Three Tides Tattoo, a japanese studio. They're so cute and we were lucky the guy behind the table when we got them was Nami, the guy that designed them :)

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I look forward to going again next year, hopefully with a bit more spending money!

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