So Now What?

Haven’t posted in a little while, so I guess I’ll give an update on the project. After the midterm last week, all work will go towards a 1-2 minute pitch of my project. Here is a rough little storyboard I put together today for lab. I’m sure it will change as it develops, but this is the best I could come up with.

My rose from Austin is all healed up (will post a picture back at home), and I’m definitely looking to get some more art real soon (thanks Valentine’s Day weekend for keeping us restaurant servers busy and well-tipped!). I’m hoping to get in another interview with Austin in before the final, and of course start putting together my pitch as soon as I can.

Storyboard v.1

The hardest part is deciding what to get zapped on my body next!


Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts

While doing some research, I found the Bay Area Tattoo Convention, which up until I started getting ink I would never think about. It looks like a tattoo junkies heaven, and I’m even considering attending the convention this year. It will be held in the SFO Hyatt Regency October 25-27, and is $20 per day.

There will be special guests such as Ed Hardy himself to do a lecture and a seminar by renowned artist Shige from Yellow Blaze Tattoo in Yokohama, Japan.

Here is a short trailer of last year’s convention:

and here is the Ed Hardy seminar from last year as well:

About the Artist: Austin Maples

I got to learn more about Austin while worked on me last week, which was a great experience getting to know my artist better.

I got to learn more about Austin while he worked on me last week, which was a great experience getting to know my artist better. He shared parts of his past and what brought him into the art of tattooing.


Austin grew up in Santa Rosa, CA, and started getting tattooed around the age of 14, at one point getting one or two tattoos a week. He claims it started with graffiti, as the two art forms are similar.


Austin has lived in and travelled to many different places, and he came back to San Francisco from Sydney, Australia for the tattoos, he says. He also likes to work at a lot of different shops, doing guest art as many artists do in the tattoo world.

Here is a short audio clip of me asking Austin some questions over the buzz of needles. I thought capturing the feeling of being in a tattoo studio was too good to pass up.


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tattoo images taken from Austin Maples’ Instagram account.


Found some history on tattooing in San Francisco while doing research, as well as a blog by someone else on the history in San Francisco. I think its amazing how many different cultural events influenced this city’s history, including original Native American settlers, the gold rush, the opening of the Panama Canal, and World War II. Since the San Francisco Bay is one of the largest natural bays, the military and sailor presence I’m sure had a huge impact on the acceptance of tattoos in the area (predating the hippie movement, of course).

∆ Tattoo Archive – History of tattooing in San Francisco and beyond, somewhat of a tattoo encyclopedia.

∆ History of Tattooing in the San Francisco Bay Area – Blog recently studying the history of tattoos in S.F., with great research and citations, and an interview with the famous Ed Hardy’s son, Doug Hardy.

More content coming soon,

Some New Ink..!


I had the chance to book an appointment with Austin Maples at Idle Hand early in January, and luckily it coincided with this project timeline. I had a great time while I was getting inked; Idle Hand is a clean and very comfortable tattoo studio with the friendliest of artists. I got a chance to take a few pictures and even ask Austin some questions when he was finished. I will definitely be back for more interviews and tattoos in the future! Will follow up with a post on Austin Maples.