Twas a fabulously crappy weather day in Melbourne. The wind was super strong and when wearing a little dress, it can be a tad scary. I was on my way to meet up with super pals Milo and Emily at the Melbourne tattoo and body art expo. I took a short detour to hide from the weather in a Starbucks and enjoyed yet another gingerbread frappuccino. Yummers.
Having drunk all that gingerbready goodness I needed to pee really bad. I ran into the expo and straight past Milo and Emily in my mad dash for the ladies room. My phone rings as I nearly reach the bathroom door.
"Hello?" I answer. "Cazz... it's Milo where are you going? We're over here with Corey." My heart jumped into my throat. "Corey Miller?" I asked coyly, thinking how ludicrously silly I must sound. An international tattoo artist and personal hero of mine would have no business having brunch with my super pals. "Yes. Corey Miller" replied Milo. I had no reply. I froze. I turned and rad towards my new destiny. Seriously. I ran... man I am lame.
And there he was. One of the first tattoo artists I ever looked up to, sitting at a table chatting to my friends. I tried to play it cool. "Hey guys!" I said to Milo and Emily. "Corey I presume?" I said with my hand outstretched, as he shook it with a smile. He being Corey Miller. Holy crap. God I am such a goober.
I sat down and watched as they chatted about life, death and everything in between. Every now and then I'd think of something to say, but most of the time I sat quietly. After what seemed like too short a time Corey informed us he better go into the convention. Everyone said goodbye, played it cool.... I however did not. This is it Cazz. Your moment of truth. Are you going to pretend you are a cool tattooed chick that is non flippent about meeting uber celebrities or are you going to be the goober you are..... as you can see I was the goober. He was so nice when I asked for a photo. Turns out he had hung with us for over an hour, just us, no-one else. It was very surreal moment when he began to compliment my tattoos. Years of work I put into them so far seemed to all be worth it.
Corey if your reading this, thank you. I don't think you know what an influence you've had on me. When I was 14 years old I saw a tattoo you'd done of a Dragon in a magazine. At that moment I knew tattoos were for me and made the decision to make myself a human canvas when I was old enough.
After all that excitement we headed off into the exhibition with Emily's rad friend Simon. It took me ages to calm down but when I did calm down I was treated to an array of world renowned artists all at once.
They had some amazing displays of old flash tattoo art and machines. I loved seeing all the different types and how it's progressed over the years.
After many an hour it was finally time for some work to get done. Today Emily was getting a tattoo from the amazingly talented Nicole Draeger. This artist's work is ultra feminine with forest and animal themes. Emily loves Alice in wonderland so was getting a teacup to continue her many Alice themed tattoos.
Emily sat ultra still for nearly an hour as Milo and I watched the art go from paper to skin.
Here we are. The finished product. (Do keep in mind this is directly after so the redness and colours will change.) I love the fine detail in the cup and the simplicity of the piece.
A fun and exciting day was had by all. The expo gave me a lot of ideas on further work I'm looking at having done. My superhero ladies, indie comics and finishing off my legs and feet. But mostly it just made me feel good. To see so many like minded people, appreciating tattoos as an art form, not just crap on your skin. I think next year I'll go for the whole weekend.