Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Promise to the Internet


Dearest, Darling, The Internet,

The last time I put myself on a Spending Hiatus it was January 6 2010. I felt full, a slave to consumerism, the meniscus of poorly thought out purchases threatening to spill over.

This time I'm just tired.

Tomorrow is a new month. We are closing in on halfway through 2011.
I've always believed that resolutions are not to be restricted to a new year. I have made resolutions on a new week, a new day, and this time, a new month. As such I have made an April Resolution.

Save for birthday presents, a jacket I have on layby, and perhaps a car*, I will not be buying anything until July.


p.s. you look lovely today. Seriously.

* more on that anon.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Intrepid since 2007

I started collecting tourist pins after we got to London in 2007. I had been planning on collecting charms for a bracelet* but they were hard to find. Pins on the other hand? A lot easier.

They've been sitting in a faux venetian glass box and I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to do with them ... I'm thinking perhaps a shadow box frame like a collection of pinned butterflies.
I have always intended to photograph them as well. Just in case our house burns down or, more likely, I never get around to doing anything with them.

Here are a few of my favourites:

St Paul's Cathedral

2 Broken key rings from my 1 day at Mme Tussauds
(two broken key rings from my one day working at Madame Tussauds**)

Guinness Factory
Guinness Factory, Dublin

San Fransisco

Shakespeare's Globe

Saturday: Brighton Pin

Moulin Rouge, Paris

Eiffel Tower



Osaka Aquarium
Osaka Aquarium

Kelly Tarlton's

I collect them to this day. Even in New Zealand.

* in the end I collected all charms from London and adore the resulting bracelet.
** I quit, I wasn't fired. It was horrible.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

365 in 2011

Oh Darling 365

Sunday: Outside the Thrift Store
Craig and I went out to brunch and to the thrift store. The clothing bin outside urged us to "Bee" aware of Diabetes.

Monday: Prepping for my tattoo consultation
During bits and pieces of work I cobbled together reference images for my tattoo consultation.

Tuesday: Near the Studio
Graffiti near the tattoo studio. I left feeling excited for what my artist will come up with. Ee!

Wednesday: Lunch with Petra
A pigeon flies in to the door-to-nowhere in Mason's Lane. I was on my way back from lunch with Petra.

Thursday: Train Home
Craig was out mountainbiking so I caught the train home.

Friday: Burgerfuel
A luchador advertising the El Camino burger at BurgerFuel in Lower Hutt.

Saturday: Brighton Pin
I finally did something I've been planning on doing for ages. I set out and photographed each of the Tourist Pins I have been collecting since arriving in London in 2007.



In Omnia Paratus: Done for Now

Day one: Achey
October 2010

This is what my side tattoo looked like the last time I showed y'all.
It was a day after I'd had the first session and I was feeling exceptionally badass. It hurt a lot but I had endured.

In early January I received an email from my Auckland-based artist (Erin Chance) saying she was going to be working down in Wellington in late January and did I want to have another session? get some colour added? I jumped at the chance and on the 21st I had the colour added.

Itchy as a motherfucker
January 2011

I sent a few emails to Auckland to try and arrange a time for the final session - to have the shading finished on the camera but the flowers and the banner and the text are all done. It was a lot of back and forth and ultimately we put the appointment-search on hold.

I was going to wait until it was complete before posting this but ... I saw on the Sacred Tattoo facebook page that Erin is heading off overseas in June. There is no way I will be able to make it up to Auckland before then.

In Omnia Paratus. Done for now.

Thankfully I like the camera being outline-only.
It seems like this is how it will remain for the foreseeable future.

Erin is planning on coming back to Auckland from time to time and I'm sure it will be finished eventually - but I love it as it is.