Sunday, January 27, 2013

one year.

hello there friends. its been a bit. only ABOUT A YEAR. lets play catch up.

Well.... for those who don't know, I started my tattoo apprenticeship last year in January.
Can't believe it's already been a year. I've waited a long time for this opportunity to come. Had a short apprenticeship about 9 years ago but that didn't work out. Been bustin my balls, doing art non-stop since then and finally the universe provided. patience pays.

My master/sensei/teacher for tattooing is Permanent Mark. He has been tattooing for over 20 years all over the world and has worked with some of the legendary masters in the industry. Its a real fucking honor working under him and having this opportunity. I thank the stars daily.

Have to say its been a interesting journey this last year. Spent a lot of time just drawing and tracing. I've literally had to relearn how to draw. The shit i've been drawing and have trained my hands to do the last 20 years of my life is great but not all of it translates to being a good tattoo. That's where studying old flash comes in. There are reasons why they draw a certain way and my ol' dog brain doesn't grasp it all too fast. Yeah, that's where my doubts came in regarding me starting an apprenticeship at my ripe age of 33. My boss said its not about age, its about dedication. Well im commited. I don't care about being a popular, trendy, tattoo bitch. I just want to be able to live as a working artist, work around and with other artists and learn to make a good tattoos.

I did my first tattoo on myself in February 2012. Bert Grimm flash. It was hilarious, exciting, scary and stressful all in one. But i couldn't get enough. So i did a few more on myself. doh. Gotta start somewhere. I fucking love it but it's not easy. But all i can do is keep on doing it. Thank goodness for all my little friends that let me tattoo them. :) Been doing at least one or two a week. Try to make time even if i have to do them late night after everyone is gone. But then I don't have anyone to help me if I run into a problem. I guess that's how I gotta learn. Haven't ran into too many problems luckily though. I'm super grateful for all the guys at the shop. I'm inspired by all of them and they are pretty nice to me. But no one is just handing shit to me. They let me work for it. Gotta put in my time.

Where I am at right now, I am still doing simple traditional tattoos and lettering. No tattooing customers. Not there yet! Not trying to eat more than I can chew. "piano, piano" is what my boss says. I suck still but haven't had any doozies....yet. Oh, i'm sure my time will come. There is more to tattooing than tattooing. I've got a shit ton to learn! If ya want it, ya gotta get off your ass and work for it. My position there at the shop is interesting. I am the apprentice but I am also the manager so I have a whole other job trying to make sure we have everything we need at the shop. Thank god for the shop guy Shea. He is the best. Together we make sure the shop runs like a well oiled machine. Ok thanks if you read all this shit. haha. MARY AND THE MACHINE WILL BE BACK SOON!!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011


It's almost time!  Strut your sweet buns over here and 'occupy' some local
creations supremo!  Super excited to be apart of a fabulous POP UP Boutique located right smack downtown Santa Barbara near the Paseo Nuevo Mall!

First of all, it's in a gorgeous retail space right near the Wildcat Lounge on Ortega.  Second it's a 3 day event so if you can't make it Friday or Saturday,  you always have Sunday!  And it's your last chance shopping weekend this year to get that one-of-a-kind, unique gift you have been looking for...or a treat for yourself!

Some of the designers/creators will be:

Claudia A Designs
Flea Market Rx
Giggle Sparkle
Letter and Lines
Mary and the Machine
me & LW Jewelry
Mittens Vintage
Napi Designs
Rogue Butterfly Designs
Stay in the Light
TableTop Made Cards

and more!

plus artists:
Angie Lazzar
Brad Nack
Heather Mattoon-Fischer
JB Bowlin
Kelly Ramsey
and others!

Of course I will be showing some art and have some new wearable arts available too!  Plus lots of cute boots for the ladies! :)

Make sure and join us of the opening reception on Friday Dec 16th from 5-10pm for food and music!  We will have DJ MAGNETO on the decks as well as some delicious treats!

Hope to see you there!

xo Vanae

Sunday, September 25, 2011

be love.

finally something to post about!  been busy over the summer with work, (doing flowers, I won't complain),  but I was invited to be apart of a local thing here in Santa Barbara called the A.M.A.S.S. Gallery last saturday and it was pretty rad.  got to do a big wall right off of State street on Mason in SB that should be up for a while.  heres some flicks.

getting started... i hate painting over good shit.


finished piece.  had to rush it.  chasing the sun light.  i'm not the fastest.
running out of dark purple sucked.  mild can control i guess.  i still waste paint.  i'm no whippersnapper anymore.  just an old lady having fun. yay!     can't wait to do another!  more! 

xo vanae

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

More info about the show!

whatAn outdoor one-day boutique showcasing local designers, crafters and artists
where:  4159 State Street Santa Barbara CA 93110
when:  Saturday June 18th from 11 am to 7 pm
who:  Artists, designers, painters, photographers, vintage collections, jewelry makers, seamstresses and more. 
why:  Because we can... and its fun!  Support local art!

Here is where you can find all the vendors that will be in the show!

We will also have a lemonade stand, photo booth by Mike Woods and some tunes by local DJ's!   oh oh and do not forget..... The Burger Bus will be making a special stop just for us!  Don't miss them!  They'll be there 12-3.  yuummm....  ok bye vanae

getting ready!!

One of my favorite things about hosting a party is getting to dress the place up.  Giving my crap a new look!  Its amazing how it happens.  Same shit different place.  So beautiful.  Well my baby dolls are ready to shine!

I've been having fun with tissue paper poms....

old boxes, paper flowers....

typography and bobs art...

mini dresses...

of course my dolls...

still lots of shirts available...

and more words...

its coming along!  Can't wait to have guests visit my favorite place in the world... my own doll house.   xo vanae

Sunday, May 15, 2011

the time is near!!!!

They will soon be upon us.... From all over the state... Near and far....  Sharing their fancy creations, innovative designs and eclectic collections....  SPACE INVADERS 2!!  yay!

This is one of my dream jobs.... organizing events that bring lots of creatives together!  Well, I got to do it a couple of times last year and I am honored to be able to host it again on June 18th here in Santa Barbara!

We call it 'SPACE INVADERS' because, well..... we transform my work space and parking lot of my studio into a fabulous, crafty experience that would not exist without so many wonderful creators!  ...And because I love the game and those little critters.  They are so cute.  I still play it at home too.  True story!

Well this year is going to be tons of fun with over 25 different far!!  Some of the same designers as last year and some new ones too!!  There will be artists, jewelry designers, doll makers, vintage collectors, seamstresses, photographers, cupcake makers, and more!  We will also be hosting some of the lovely and talented designers from Etsy SB group too!

There will also be a raffle to benefit the Heart 2 Hand art fund! More info here.  Tellin' ya... last year the people who won were getting away with a bag full of goodies!  Thank you to everyone who donated and participated.

You'll find lots more info here so stay in touch!  Its a free event, kid friendly, with so much greatness in one place!  A vendor list will be up soon!  Here are some photos from last year.  Yay to craftiness and vintage!