Sorry for the delay, my phone died. I fell asleep. I was washing the car. Pick your favorite of my rubbish excuses and let me welcome you to another inconsistent posting from your favorite erratic nomad.
I've been back in the States for a few months now, and I don't think I've spent more than 4 days in any one place. I've been vagabond-ing my way across the south-east, from my hometown of Boone, NC all the way down to Tampa, Florida. I thought I was going to enjoy the peace and quiet of being home, but it doesn't appear that life slows down any over the summer months, especially not with a bunch of adventure-junkies like my family. We've spent every free moment chasing down live music, brewery events, wine-tastings, and chances to dance. Even though I'm still quietly pining away after Certaldo, I'm thoroughly enjoying my time home.
I'm also super lucky to have all you fabulous people who have emailed me about commissions. Thank you for your interest in my work! I've been working consistently with D-9 Brewing Company in Cornelius, NC (if you live in the area, go check them out! And if you don't, go on TapFinder and see what brews they have in stores in your area). A lot of you have reached out for tattoo designs as well, and I'm happy to announce that I've made the first step towards actually tattooing! I've been working under Chris Merker at Ink Therapy tattoo to learn the basics of the tattoo machine. It's not a proper apprenticeship, as my job with the ECU Italy Intensives means I'm only in America for 5 months out of the year. But, it's at least a lovely introduction into the art form. I've been practicing on latex, which is obviously very different from skin, but gives me at least a basic grasp of the way the machine feels and how to move with it. I'm so excited to have at least gotten a taste of tattooing- keep checking in to see how that journey goes!
I head back to Italy in a month and a half, so I'll aim to update you all at least once more about whatever summer adventures ensue! As always, thanks for checking in, and be sure to go over to the CONTACT tab if you'd like to partner up on any projects!