Funny thing, I was just thinking about Christina Shook (and no, not because she is so easy on the eyes). She is a biker and photographer who has a new book out that I am hoping to get a copy of for review here in the blog. And she happens to be on a little NW Tour. Cool thing is that she is doing it with her daughters. As an artist myself, I have taken my girls to rallies and events all over the country while I set up my exhibitions and such and it can be both a challenge and a joy. I hope she is having a wonderful time.
Christina has just released a few of the dates and locations and I know she would love to meet all of you. So if you are in the area, head out and see her slideshow, listen to her stories, and enjoy the evening.
Love, Respect, and Biker Chicks,
Check Out Christina Shook’s Talk At The Following Venues:
Tomorrow night there will be a fantastic event happening at the Warschaw Gallery. For those that don’t know about Zack Coffman and Scott DiLalla, you need to check out Choppertown and Choppertown Nation (their networking site for bikers). I have been meaning to write about both for a long time now (soooo sorry guys! I apologize). They have a new film coming out that you MUST check ASAP and if you have not yet seen Choppertown or Choppertown FTV, get on their site and order them.
In the meantime, come hang out, drink some wine and enjoy some photos by Choppertown directors Zack Coffman and Scott DiLalla. Earl Kane will be there with his awesome bikes and we’ll be displaying the Harbortown Bobber bike as well.
Time: August 22, 2009 from 5pm to 10pm Location: Warschaw Gallery, 600 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731
This Friday, my good friend and the man who did my sleeve, Nick Baxter will be sharing a gallery with the talented Mr. Adrian Dominic (www.adriandominic.com) in the Phoenix area. Nick now lives in Austin, TX and Adrian hails from the Valley of the Sun. The Gallery, Pravus Gallery, is located at 501 E. Roosevelt; Phoenix, AZ 85004 (www.pravusgallery.com)
A month from now I’ll be having a split show with friend and artistic collaborator Adrian Dominic in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. The opening reception will be on Friday, August 7, beginning around 8pm and coinciding with the huge First Friday art walk that the city holds every month. Adrian will be showing a new group of new paintings, which I can say, are awesome and have some really important symbolism in them for people considering the dilemmas we face in today’s world. My part of the show will be a slight departure from my usual: a group of new photographs I’ve been working on over the past year that deal with the roots of human aggression and suffering, and the process of personal growth and healing from those things. If you’re in that area come check it out and say hello to us at the opening!
Please go and represent for me… run up on Nick and give him a big ol’ hug for me (it will probably freak him out). And keep your eye here, as Adrian is someone I have selected to showcase in the Tattoosday section of this blog.
Fantastic photos taken 68 years ago — sent from Ted Cowen in Arizona
Pearl Harbor photos found in an old Brownie stored in a foot locker. and just recently taken to be developed.
THESE PHOTOS ARE FROM A SAILOR WHO WAS ON THE USS QUAPAW ATF-11O.
December 7th, 1941
On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor , Hawaii By planning his attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in port. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island , where it had just delivered some aircraft. The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States .)
In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu , he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which st ruck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields in Hickam, Kaneohe and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets.
At 075 3 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2 ‘Kate’ torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 ‘Val’ dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the attack.
When it was over, the U.S. Losses were:
US Army: 218 KIA, 364 WIA.
US Navy: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA.
US MarineCorp: 109 KIA, 69 WIA.
Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA.
TOTAL: 2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA.
USS Arizona (BB-39) – total loss when a bomb hit her magazine.
USS Oklahoma (BB-37) – Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor.
USS California (BB-4 4) – Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS West Virginia (BB-48) – Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS Nevada – (BB-36) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired.
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) – Light damage.
USS Maryland (BB-46) – Light damage.
USS Tennessee (BB-43) Light damage.
USS Utah (AG-16) – (former battleship used as a target) – Sunk.
USS New Orleans (CA-32) – Light Damage..
USS San Francisco (CA-38) – Light Damage.
USS Detroit (CL-8) – Light Damage.
USS Raleigh (CL-7) – Heavily damaged but repaired.
USS Helena (CL-50) – Light Damage.
USS Honolulu (CL-48) – Light Damage..
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USS Downes (DD-375) – Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Cassin – (DD -3 7 2) Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Shaw (DD-373) – Very heavy damage.
USS Helm (DD-388) – Light Damage.
USS Ogala (CM-4) – Sunk but later raised and repaired.
USS Curtiss (AV-4) – Severely damaged but later repaired.
USS Vestal (AR-4) – Severely damaged but later repaired.
USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) – Sunk but later raised and repaired.
188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps.)
Last week we looked at the amazing work of Guy Aitchison.As promised, this week we will take a peek at his better half, Michele Wortman’s work.
Michele grew up looking at art and has been involved in the art making world most of her life.What I find interesting about Michele is that she was motivated to become a tattoo artist by her experiences collecting work.She found that the majority of work out there at the time was a bit overbearing for her and she longed for something that was geared more towards a feminine aesthetic.In fact, she has since decided to cater to an all female clientele.
Nature and the objects, textures, and elements that can be found within it heavily influence Wortman.While she is open to doing individual pieces, she is very interested in completing what she calls “body sets.”These sets offer more of a balance to their work and collection.While one may think of them as being large works, smaller pieces may also fall into this category.What Michele is encouraging is for her clients to think more “holistically” about their entire collection.
Besides an obvious talent for working on skin, Michele has her fingers in a few other media as well.She has a wonderful collection of figure drawings on her site, which are perhaps one of the telltale signs of any serious artist.The ability to capture the human figure is one that many will struggle with an entire lifetime.Her gestural images are loose while retaining feeling and detail.
Michele is also an experienced painter and her works capture an amazing essence of the natural world while often injecting a spiritual quality.Wortman has taken to what she calls “hypersketches” to keep herself fresh and artistically in tune when on the road.Each of these small paintings/drawings is done in less than an hour and allows Michele to work in an intuitive way.A plus of this type of work is that the images are often available on e-bay for a reasonable sum, which means we get to collect her work without having to take too much out of our tattoo account.
For those of you who know me, you know that I am an artist who bases himself in photography.So, it is probably no surprise that I am drawn to Michele’s photographic works.In 2005 she published a book entitled Moments of Epiphany.This book is a collection of her macroscapes and abstract detail photographs.The coolest part of the publication is that it comes with a soundtrack that is meant to be listened to while looking at the images.This, for me, shows how far ahead Michele thinks when working on a project.The ability to conceptualize a body of work that transcends the traditional boundaries of media is one that many artists never attain.
It goes without saying that I believe anyone would be happy with a piece by this artist, whether it be a body set, hypersketch, or photograph.A piece by this visionary would be worthwhile in any collection.