Archive for LA Ink

Mind Women

Posted in constructions, design, dolls, etsy, handmade, television with tags , , on July 24, 2011 by darcyarts

Inspired by Egon Scheile’s women I decided to see if I could make something in my simple cloth doll format.

It is pleasurable to make the faces in a new way — Prismacolor pencil and permanent marker around the eyes, cloth lips hand stitched into place and slightly embellished with embroidery thread. The hair is in sort of block form, just shapes with tendrils, to represent and up do.

They are dressed in Fin de Siecle under garments. I’m working on getting them to look right having scored lots of nice materials.

I think the underwear will be most successful in all white, off white. For this first try I used this pale brick color for the top but it’s cut and color are too modern. I need to keep them simple and yet sort of voluminous.

The women are the project I do in between Etsy orders of Donut andCurly Star pillows.

I’m making three curly stars this weekend. I will get back to the women later. I also have biz taxes due soon. Paperwork and doctors appointments and errands . . .


I managed to make a blonde head that is pleasingly Mae-West like.

I am working on a series of girls for the DarcyArts shop.  A redhead is next. She’ll have green eyes.

I gave the blonde lavender eye shadow and a little purple star tattoo high up on her cheek.

And, by the way, LA Ink starts next Thursday. Will it be frustration or fun?


Corey Miller’s Owls

Posted in Art, design, television, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 2, 2010 by darcyarts

This is an image of a Corey Miller owl tattoo is from a tremendously cool blog out of Nottingham, UK, that posts pix of Owl Tattoos!!

If you ever considered getting an Owl on your bod this is the place to check out. There is a serious gallery of good photos of tattoo artists, owl by owl, from all over the world.

Corey Miller did another owl tattoo for Amy at American Electric and it was so cute. It had sweet girly eyes, perfect for Amy. Here’s a link to that photo.

Corey Miller is so very talented. Here is a link to his shop Six Feet Under.

I am watching LA Ink but I am watching it a week late to catch it at 9 p.m.

Still getting up really early. It’s so nice and quiet before the sum comes up.

I still can’t stand some of the high jinx on the “reality” tv show. Rooftop sucks. I hope Kat got really tired of his crap. I wondered if he really stayed at her house or if that was faux reality TV bullshit. I hope so.

Kat seems to be maturing and damn, she really tries to get her thing going on in a major way. Gotta respect that, for reals.

He’s Probably Not the One, Kat

Posted in etsy, TV, Uncategorized, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2010 by darcyarts

OMG! Kat von D said she thinks Jesse James is the “One.”  Yeah, the one that will cheat on you, too. I don’t think Kat really cares. She’s pretty motivated to keep  things temporary.

The Huffington Post has big photos of the pair at the opening of  Kat’s Wonderland Gallery. Von D’s new enterprise is an art and body art gallery adjacent to her tattoo shop.

I think art comes first for KvD and that may be a good thing. I think she has roamed the planet as a male in most of her past lives and this girl thing is sorta weird for her. She is looking more and more like a drag queen. I’m not saying that is a bad thing. I’m a drag admirer and everything past the naked skin is drag, anyway. 

It seems obvious that her idea of “woman” hangs on the ideal of a painted glamour  that requires plenty of manipulation. It’s all good but who are you when you don’t have the energy to do the full on geisha get up? Do you like that girl, Kat? Would Jesse James like her? is the online name and address of Kat’s gallery because Wonderland Gallery already exists as some mega-corporate looking art enterprise. It’s pretty scary looking uber-modernish over the couch art online art dealership.

Kat probably should have checked google before using that name but I can relate to such mistakes. Etsy let me choose the name DarcyArts even though they have Dizenzo Design out of Brooklyn selling as Darcyart.

And then there is Dame Darcy, lovely dollmaker, artist, musician. The very girl who originally inspired me to think about making dolls when I caught her in action on Crafters Coast to Coast. Dame Darcy has an Etsy shop, too.

I know I’ve been really bitchy about LA Ink lately but, dude, they asked for it.  The transgression against those of us who watched early and devotedly have been named here in this blog ad nauseam.

I’m a little confused by their programming strategy of showing an older episode before the new episode. The older episodes were all about the art, the skill, the human interest of the story behind the tattoos.

Are they testing the ratings of the old programs? The older episodes didn’t make me flinch. I didn’t watch them while filled with bad feelings, aggravation and angst. But still I watch. I hate the tacky cheap drama but I want to watch alterna-peeps. I do not identify with mild nerdology ala The Office. I do not flow with Friday Night Lights. I do not love the foibles of housewives, New Jersey, Orange County or Desperate. LA Ink began with real artists and real people without any of the bullshit of extreme reality TV. I want to go back to there.

As alterna goes I tried to love the L Word. I loved Shane and, anything with Leisha Haley, Pam Grier or Dallas Roberts is really good in my estimation, but once again, the tacky soap opera shit got real old. When writers make characters do things that don’t fit their essence that irritates me. After a while it felt like nothing more than a long, exploitative yet sexy, lingerie ad all too often starring the wanna-be subversive Jenny Schecter. Eeww.

I tried not to get hung up but Queer As Folk was the unspoken value to match and The L Word just got too too carried away with itself. It felt like they only sketched out the characters and then forgot that vague form the farther out in time they traveled. If characters grew they were demoted/divorced from what they had learned to serve the plot of the moment. Well crafted, the L Word was not.

 Maybe everyone was just too perfect and lived in too high-rent a set up for me. The writers did not convincingly sell me  the L world. Constructive criticism, folks. Love your characters enough to ground them in a solid sense of self.

Vince Gilligan and crew are the masters. Emmy voters, are you listening? Next year.

LA Ink, Implanted Irritant, No Pearl

Posted in film, rock n roll, TV with tags , , , , , on August 26, 2010 by darcyarts

Reality TV could be so great. It could be giving us information. It could be teaching us. It could be sharing lives in which the participants are doing good positive, uplifting things. But it’s not.

Reality TV, like soap opera, relies on the most simplistic of dramatic motivation and that is the struggle of binary oppositions. We start out with a fairly calm set up, a group in balance and then we drop in the irritant. There is always at least one person meant to cause trouble, to undo bonds, to stick in one’s craw.

While the grain of sand that makes it way into a clam shell is covered in layers of protective coating which eventually makes a beautiful pearl, me thinks the product of reality TV is not so enchanting. The only value of the irritant in TV is to get viewers to watch. We viewers can’t produce coatings to protect us from the trashy invasion in our heads.

I have managed to watch the first two episodes of LA Ink and I have spotted the irritant or should I say irritants. The biggest one for me in just two shows is definitely Rooftop. What a fucking negative wanna-be ass bite. The nickname undoubtedly comes from some crazy stunt observed by his buds, something involving a rooftop, right? So very teenage bad judgement and so very boring.

He makes fun of Nikki Sixx for speaking lovingly of his and Kat’s romantic getting-together moment.

“That’s sickening. I thought you guys were rock stars,” says Rooftop, the Poison Dwarf.

Dude, I think you have rock starts confused with drunken, dumb-ass, not-even-frat-boys.

The other irritant, over at American Electric is new-girl tattooist, Ruthless. It really disgust me to think LA Ink is going to employ catfight antics between the fine Amy and the paranoically territorial, Ruthless.

Should I be disgusted? Or should I get a grip and realize we have entered the old-timey circus, freak show territory. Wrestling, Roller Derby, Tattoo Bitch Fights — all low brow entertainment. All in fun. If only I could push myself to an ironic, all for giggles place. I mean, really, I need to get with it.

I think if Poison Dwarf, Rooftop, stays on board I will be able to hang in the pits and make appropriately ugly roaring noises. Still, the crude creeps seem to win or at least maintain their equilibrium for far too long in this show. Their divisive presence only squelched at the very last moment. This smacks of some kind of rudimentary dawn-of-film silent movie ploy. Ooh, ahh. That train’s going to run right into us. Run!

As an optimist I keep hoping that story threads will some how lead to the high road even though I know they never will. I really want to see things grow in a positive way but that ain’t the script they are working on LA Ink.

In the real world I already know that Kat and Nikki, attractive, rockin power couple are dissolved. I can’t help but imagine that the poison dwarf  irritant worked its evil magic on that pairing though I know that it’s probably more that Kat von D is just hopelessly self-absorbed and that probably gets real old for the boyfriend. Nikki knows a thing or two about being self-absorbed but he’s pretty cool and very cute and maybe even a little bit smart.

Artists often need to be self-absorbed and to lose themselves in their work but on top of the self-absorption there is a real heavy helping of  brutish bad taste. Why would you befriend a creep like Rooftop or any of those mini- testosteroned mutants Kat seems to enjoy. It must be the modern short-man’s complex. No more Napoleon. They’ll just jump off rooftops and staple their balls to our thighs or whatever crap these brainless crapped -out dorks dream up. I’ll admit that my impression of  the post-modern Jackass-type dudes is not based in real one to one knowledge. Would you hang out with these idiots? I just have to assume that one should never mistake, as I once did, Kat’s ambitious, artistic, rockin’ presentation for wit or intelligence.

And now, dear readers and modern reality soap opera lovers, the icing on this creepy foul cake is this: Kat von D is rumored to be close with and sympathetic to the poor misunderstood Jesse James.

I think she was quoted as saying something like “Anybody can make a mistake.”

This quote from alledged “friends of Kat” from Popeater:

 “Jesse just has this way with women that makes you melt. Plus, Kat feels bad for him. He’s the most hated man in America, after what he did to Sandra, which she finds kind of sexy.” Ewwww!

Why is this shit even in my head??????? The bear baiters have got me. RAAAAAW!

LA Ink Blues

Posted in TV with tags , , , on April 16, 2010 by darcyarts

The hour of television that used to be LA Ink once gave me a lot of pleasure. Now watching it is like having dropped into a parallel universe where everybody is losing their shit. Self-absorbed, shallow chicks are allowed to cause completely unnescessary friction among people who once got along swimmingly. Old friends find it hard to be brutally honest with eacj other about how inconsiderate it is that this intrusion is allowed to continue. The viewer is torn between telling themselves the tattoo artists must know the reality show hussle that’s taking place — Self absorbed girl is inserted just like the grain of sand in the pearl — but the LA Ink crew never pull together to coat the irritant and create that pearl.

I am still watching the show and yet every time I’m more disgusted. I am now questioning what is real and what is manipulated even in Cory and Kat’s relationship. I hate the producers or whomever is responsible for this lame, lame transformation of a really interesting show about art and people into reality show faux drama.
They are making Kat look like a really selfish ditz. You spend the whole season hoping that someone (Kat) will rise to the task and throw the poisonous element out before her crew (“we’re like a family”) is irrepairably damaged.

Last season was spent hoping Aubrey would be fired. This season I’m worrying that Corey will quit and go back to his shop and life and band. I don’t enjoy worrying about this crap. I want to watch the artists work!

Right now, I’m thinking maybe next season they will focus on Corey and take the show to his shop and watch his band grow. He is kind of like the long suffering hero at this point. But that would be too, cool. I’d enjoy it too much and it might fuck up Corey’s thing when the producers insist on adding a destructive element for drama.

The LA Ink people must be under a monster non-disclosure agreement becasue they never do interviews.

Can they really not know what is going on as they film? I know they don’t see it or experience it as we viewers do. We see a highly edited version that the producers have cropped to show all this crappy, manipulated, hi jinx drama. You’d think though that the workers would get hip to the game and lay off each other.

LA Ink Season 5

Posted in constructions, TV with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2010 by darcyarts

With absolutely no fan fare and little presence on the internets LA Ink unrolled season 5.

Did Aubrey get fired? Hell, yeah. Is Cory still Kat’s rock? Yes, indeed.

The producers or who ever is in charge of shows like this really milked the psycho drama. So many of the little nasties in the storyline  had to be fake, fake, fake.


Cory can’t take time off because prissy Dan gets special treatment to go on the road whenever he wants.

Anyone who has checked out the High Voltage shop site knows that Kat employs nearly a dozen tattoo artists. So Cory is not responsible for holding the shop together, doing all the tattoos by himself.

Eric commented on this very thing last October. Right on, Eric.

We never see the other artist on the show for whatever reason — please somebody fill us in on how this stuff works — anybody from the reality tv show biz can you enlighten us? Like I said last fall I would love to know how much the principle  “actors”  get paid.

The first show of the season did show Aubrey getting right over to see Paulie and Amy at Craig’s shop. I think they will maintain a parallel operation in this fifth season, like Custoncruiserroy mentioned on last years post.

I do think Paulie is good, Amy is compelling and the eccentric Craig is very interesting.

Perhaps the show producers are hedging their bets for good reason.

Kat von D seems to have a really tough time negotiating the realities of business and the myriad projects she takes on. She has been relying heavily on her sister, Karoline, as a personal assistant.

Karoline organizes everything for Kat and reminds her of what to do when.

Granted Kat is a gifted artist, a Pisces. She is very creative and does not operate from the linear, logic mode. Though she is very ambitious she often gets tangled up and befuddled by the requirements of the real world.

There is double drama this season. Audrey is gone and Kat need a new shop manager as soon as possible. On top of that Karoline is taking an open ended vacation to South America.

Good for you, Karoline! Take care of yourself and your needs. It seems Kat can use people right up with out even realizing it ( I hope it’s unconscious). She really keeps a lot of creative work on her plate. Life is short and she’s going for the gusto, homes.

Kat is flogged by this news. She is about to hire a woman with what seems like a really questionable self-opinion for shop manager.

“I’m usually over qualified for jobs, ”  says the new candidate. She wants to take control. How will that go down in the shop?

Kat knows nothing about hiring management help. It would seem one must be aggressive and invisible to get along in the shop. TCB and stay out of everyone’s face.

Don’t get me wrong. Somebody need to take control but not in a poseur sort of way. Kat cannot deal with many elements of the biz. This is how many musicians end up screwed by their management. They have no head for business. It will be interesting to see if Kat can negotiate this rough terrain.

As usual my enjoyment of the show will be directly related to how fake and fabricated it seems. Please, powers that be, don’t neglect the ART! Read beth’s comments.

TLC producers — If you want a show about immature emotional drama rent a house, fill it with mediocre tattoo givers, have them tattoo one another and watch what happens. And make sure they have a well stocked bar. Hilarity and shameless grandstanding will ensue.

Check this out:

LA Ink?

Posted in Art, TV with tags , , on September 23, 2009 by darcyarts

I’ve spent the whole fourth season, so far, wondering what happened to LA Ink.

I am a big, big fan of watching artists do what they do, or shall I say watching a cinematic approximation of what they do.

Documentaries first and I’m all in favor of reality TV that is NOT about tacky, bitchy drama between strangers forced to compete with one another.

Unfortunately, what LA Ink has become is the cheapest of set up melodramas. How did this happen? Who is pulling the strings? What new TV executive need to be fired for slaughtering their pet pig?

As an artist, LA Ink was very entertaining and I miss it.

The stories behind the individual tattoos are still good. It’s always interesting to hear a personal tale. Watching the women work their tattoo arts was inspiring. But now Hannah Atchison and Kim Saigh are gone.

Kat Von D’s outrageous rocker fashion sense and self-presentation as art still amuses. Her boots are great. She can wear more makeup than any child alive. I marvel at how she still has her sight after all the glitter eye shadow she’s worn. Don’t get me wrong I think you all know I love glitter! I am a glitter queen. I can wear only the smallest amount of glitter eyeliner, and I do, but it must be far from my actual eyeballs or it fall right in, or I rub it in accidentally.

I consider Kat a true artist. She’s a Pisces and made for the job. I understand that even though she is “the Boss” she is watery and isn’t always able to run the tightest of ships when that ship veers off course. But how did it get this far?

Even the talented Cory Miller, Kat’s “rock,” has lost his patience with life in the shop.  or that is what we are being shown. His formerly admirable ability to flow with the feminine psyches around him seems to have vanished with the arrival of Aubry.

Who is Aubry and how did she become part of the gang?

It seems she was chosen to fill the role of the hapless,  immature, central-casting fuck-up wanna be.

I do not believe the story presented to viewers early in the season that Kat’s well meaning brother hired Aubry in Kat’s absence because the shop so desperately needed help.

I know Kat is busy and distracted dealing with a very full plate — fame, romance, multiple artistic and commercial opportunities. She’s very busy building the Kat von D empire, but isn’t she capable of hiring the people she wants and needs and why would she allow herself to be portrayed as incapable when she really means to take control?

I’ve tried to imagine scenarios for how the wheels came off the LA Ink train. The absence of Atchison and Saigh has left a big hole. I loved LA Ink’s women, Pixie, too.

Is it fair to assume that she was another victim of confused managment skills?

Kat and Cory seem to need familiar temperaments in the house. It was a tight knit group, yes, with some problems, but it worked for a while. Kat seems to hire friends and acquaintances. People she assumes she can trust. Why did she not hire more top caliber artists to fill the gap.  I assume the shop and the TV show that has stoked it’s success are priorities for her.

Anyone who has checked out High Voltage Tattoo online can see that there are many people working at the shop. There are eleven artists listed including Kat. One is a Brazilian guest artist, Camila Rocha. She is the only other female.

Did all these artists decline an invitation to work on camera thereby forcing the show to invent drama with outsiders? Is this whole Aubry, Amy, Paulie, thing a self-protective thing for the artists at High Voltage, including Kat and Cory?

Like, “Let the reality TV girl take all the heat this season so we can work.”

Did the ratings require this huge manipulation? Aren’t there enough of us who really dig the art and want to see tattoo artists do their thing to satisfy the advertisers?

I feel ripped off and I want to know who is responsible for that sour feeling.

Anybody have  any ideas?

Head, Day Two

Posted in Art, constructions, projects, TV with tags , , , , , on August 21, 2009 by darcyarts

DIYHeadFormBThis is my DIY head form. My first papier mache project. I’d already had the chicken wire base made, the head and shoulders and yesterday I began slapping on strips of paper and pages of last years telephone book.

Today I added a second layer to shape the head. I made lips and ears, a chin and a forehead. I used recycled box packaging, stripped of it’s slick printed outside layer.

I made the head slightly larger and smoothed out elements of the face.

The head is drying out in the 100 degree weather. Summer is a good season for papier mache.

Next I gesso it, I guess, and then paint and polish it. I’ll have fun creating a face for the hat display head. Should I, can I make it androgynous?

I may have it done in the time it would have taken for a mail order head to arrive.

DIYHeadFormA I started a new book this week. It’s an autobiography of Thomas Beatie, who became famous for being the first(?)  female to male transsexual to undertake a pregnancy.

I had seen Thomas and his wife Nancy on Oprah. They seemd like really bright, good people.

As I read the sad story of Thomas’ childhood I am amazed and impressed by just how kind and mellow a person he is. His dad was a beast.

Reading his recollections of crazy intermittent abuse and the loss of his mother when he was 12 years old was very sad.


Sad and sickening, actually. I don’t understand how humans can be mean to children. I admire the way Thomas was eventually able to shape his life in such a positive way and find a loving partner. I’ll keep reading.

Can anybody feel my pain over the new season of LA Ink. It is a reality series that I really love but I can’t understand the Aubry Drama “plot” this season. It’s a big fat drag and mostly because it seems soo very manufactured. I know reality TV is entertainement. I know in some places it’s crude, rude and creepy but dang this didn’t used to be one of those places.

What happened?

Does anybody care? I never find intersting bloggy reviews of this show. Somebody help me out.

Martha and the etsymini

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 27, 2008 by darcyarts

Crafters and artists are doing it for themselves.

Etsians continue to spread the love and show their fine creations.

They have started a blog at blogspot. Etsy minis are displayed there. It is a great way to easily browse through catagories and see what’s fresh.

FYI, Darcyarts is on page 13 of the Art and Illustrations section.

I received my new computer yesterday. This means that today I install my monster printer and get back to making prints of all my paintings. Jacob and Noahgee will finally receive the prints I promised them and hopefully people in the big wide world will purchase a few as well.

It’s a beautiful sunny day in northern California. I always miss the sun after a couple of weeks of rain.


I sold my cute bitty squid to a lovely lady in Bisbee, Arizona.

A new little red dot went onto my map to mark the occassion.

Thank you, Thenay. She makes beautiful jewelry.

Spent part of last night’s dream time contemplating the universe of images to be rendered into physical being. I ran an infinite series of themes by my own mind’s eye believing that I might see one flash and hum in a meaningful way. Like a kid wiggling about, waving their hand, “Pick me! Pick me!”

pick-me.jpgThe little kid in me does so every day.

Enthusiasm is the engine of success, said Ralph Waldo Emerson.

200px-rwemerson2.jpg Wonder if he was an Aries.

Naw. With the amount of writing he did he’s got to be a Gemini.

Sometimes I think that I should strive to promote those who most need the exposure.

It’s not like I have alot of power or a vast audience at this point but you want to reach out a hand.

Still, there are sirens out there against who’s charms I am powerless. Like Kat Von D. laink001_m.jpg

Yeah, everybody loves her. Lots of girls way younger than I worship and adore her. Metal boys, old and young, loose their cool in the presence of this perfectly syncretic LA wonder girl. She is a very talented tattoo artist.

I love the work of etsian stoopidgerl. She owns the rainbow! I salivate over her page everytime I go there. Brilliant. I’m saving up my bucks to buy one of those treasures.

As soon as I pay my humgnogous etsy bill. Hey, I was experimenting with time and renewal.

Martha Stewart will feature Etsy this Friday! Check it out, peeps.