Season of the Witch

It has been a truly beautiful and eventful autumn here in NYC! We just passed Samhain and Day of the Dead festivities. Since my last entry – a couple of my dearest friends gave birth to a beautiful baby girl (which means I’m an AUNTIE for the first time ever!), I got to see some amazin’ blazin’ spooky pumpkins on The Hudson, saw one of my favorite burlesque couples get married at the Freak Show in Coney Island and last but not least, I got to shake it on stage once again at the Wasabassco 9th Anniversary Show.

The latter is becoming a yearly tradition for me and something I can safely say I’ll most likely keep doing every year. I still feel I need to remain focused mainly on my tattooing (aka I’m not planning a full-on burlesque “come back”) but I recognize that I am an artist that will never just do one thing. I’m a multi-faceted girl and need all of my interests satiated at all times. My deep appreciation for participating in this show every year stems from how Wasabassco and the entire NYC burlesque community has not only shaped me into who I am today… but they are some of the biggest supporters of my tattooing. As most of you know, I truly believe I would not have been able to fulfill my dream of going to France to study drawing with Brian Froud if it was not for their generous fundraising efforts. It truly is all about love in that community.

At the same time, it’s been business as usual. My studio mate Dorothy and myself continue to build our nest. It’s been close quarters but we are currently looking at a larger space in the same building which we hope to move into by December 1st. For those of you who have experienced our current lil gypsy den, you will appreciate that we’re looking to have a window and a bit more elbow room; artists need light and air! We might even be able to let ya’ll *gasp* bring guests with you soon! Stay tuned for more on that…

We have decided to call our new home Cyganka Tattoo Collective. Cyganka is the Polish word for “gypsy” and we thought it appropriate as we both have Polish roots and are very much modern-day gypsies. It’s also a way for us to have a collective online presence and help eachother cross-promote our goings-on and our work. We still remain individually operating artists, we just wanted our “house” to have a name. It is by-appointment-only and private and is not a walk-in shop. So please do contact either of us directly for more information, tattoo questions, consultation appointments, etc. Check out our website to learn more!

I leave you now with a few new pieces that I have added to my portfolio!

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(Octopus tattoo by me, koi was pre-existing without color.)

Tribe & True

Seems I’m yet again remiss in maintaining my bloggin’ promise. But alas as busy as life gets with work and things to do and places to be I’m still trying to keep myself centered physically and spiritually. I have to catch myself at times being too iConnected and wanting to photo document everything that goes on in my life (if you don’t already follow me on Facebook, I also post regularly over on Instagram and try my hardest not to repeat content!).

It’s been a blissful summer so far. Despite the heatwave and insane humidity in NYC this year, I’ve done lots of great things like getting back into a SuperMoonSummerSolstice-charged fitness routine that’s seriously keeping me very grounded, centered and strong. I’ve spent a ton of leisurely time taking in the city and beyond with good friends and my love, Gabe (whose band Ten Ton Mojo is blowing up like you wouldn’t believe!). I have also had the opportunity to reconnect with family members in Turkey (and stateside) that I haven’t spoken to in many years. Politically, it’s gotten kind of scary over there so I’m grateful to know they are all alright and fighting the good fight.

Yes, this summer has given me many warm and fuzzy blessings and I’m gearing up for some more! I’m heading back “home” to a place called Brushwood Folklore Center for Summerfest. I’ve been bonding with the land and the folks up at Brushwood for almost 15 years now and there’s always a little pang of empty when I have to miss a year. I’ve met so many magickal folks and spun so much magick for my life there (only to ALWAYS see it manifest!). It’s just one of those places that you leave a tiny piece of your heart at and every time you return you feel whole again. Here’s a few images of festivals past…

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One of the first things you see heading into camp and it couldn’t be more true.

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Beth and Zeeb’s Fayrie Garden.

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The nightly bonfire at The Roundhouse, the heart of the festival. Image courtesy of Brushwood Folklore Center LLC.

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Above, dancing with my ladies Gigi La Femme (L) and Jenn of Raven Moon’s Oracle (center) ca. 2006. Dig the lack of skin art! Ha!

Ofcourse my summer has also been filled with lots of awesome tattooing! And as I’ve blogged here before, I spun a ton of magick to achieve my dreams and goals which have included becoming a tattooer. Much of the success of my magick was fueled by my time at Brushwood. This year I can’t say I will be spinning for things I feel my life is lacking. Instead, I will be giving a lot of gratitude back to the land, my tribe and the universe for helping me be where I am right now.

Here’s a piece I finished over a year ago and just received images of. More mermaid mojo!

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So mote it be.