Are we at the end of blogging?
Instagram and snapchat and all of that has taken over, I guess.
Pictures instead of words.
But here I am, anyway,
if not a little less often.
Colorado is beautiful,
Tribal Rites is amazing,
and I've been fortunate to be busy with lots of appointments.
Not all of them are exactly my style,
(i've done a few "Pinteresting" tattoos)
but I've gotten lots of great consults for pieces I'll be starting soon,
and started a few large, nature-based projects already begun.
This half sleeve will get some color soon.
I've also been drawing tons, and even started a little baby painting or two.
This pig was for a Tattoo Fight Club contest with the theme "swine flu".
They have a huge Instagram account, and it's great to have something to draw for that isn't specifically going to be a tattoo.
(though, this one is about to become one).
It also scored me a rad little prize pack for being in the top three.
I won the previous one they did, which was themed "tiger style".
Since it was right before Christmas,
I cheated and made it seasonally appropriate.
This rat wasn't for anything,
but Curtis' apprentice Jack had his watercolor paints out,
and I had a little bit of time.
I update Instagram way more.
You can find me there @shawn_hebrank
but if you like reading a blog,
I'll post here enough so you know I'm still alive.
If you need more blogs in your life,
go read Albie's.
Well, I'm here.
I live in Fort Collins, Colorado now.
It's a new place,
and a New Year.
This morning, Shamira (the dog) and I drove outside of town to Horsetooth Reservoir to celebrate the arrival of 2014.
I'm not in the same state, (or even time zone) as Meryl right now,
but we did our best to both be out and watching the sunrise together.
She had -6 degrees to deal with,
and there was a 45 minute difference in sunrise times,
and we both had cloudy weather,
but you do what you gotta do.
and goodbye, 2013.
I'll visit Minneapolis plenty, I'm sure,
but good riddance to last year.
Albie Rock already said it best,
"goodbye 2013. nobody liked you, and we won't miss you...."
Thanks tons to Grace,
who only thought she was coming to finish her thigh tattoo,
and got stuck modeling these two new shirts for me.
Thanks also to everyone who noticed (and said something)
about my neglected blog.
I appreciate the support, as always.
After a million years in Minnesota,
(or at least what feels like my entire adult life)
Meryl and I have decided to leave.
I wish I could say I love this house too much,
or I'd miss the May Day Parade or Powderhorn Park more than I could stand,
but I guess the truth is I'm ready for a new adventure.
Well, I'm not sure I'm ready ready,
but we're going anyway.
And where to?
Not back to the east coast,
or even the west coast,
but somehow deeper into the unknown,
and we're trading lakes for mountains.
Some day, maybe, we'll get back to the ocean,
but for now, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Tribal Rites Tattoo,
(home to super-inspiring tattooers
Curtis Burgess, Ben Merrell, and Erick Erickson)
I loved working at Tribal Rites during my guest spot in September.
They work so hard there,
and push themselves (as well as each other) to be better and better,
and I want to be a part of that.
I am grateful that they are hiring me,
and starting in the new year,
I'll be there full time.
So goodbye, Minnesota.
Not yet; and not forever, of course.
I don't leave till late December.
And I'll be back every so often to do guest spots.
A flight to Denver is quick and relatively cheap, too,
so you can visit whenever you want.
Thanks very much to Twilight Tattoo for having me the past year,
and Identity Tattoo for the 5 years previous.
Thanks to all my clients in Minnesota,
especially all of those who let me explore my style,
and get a little weird with some of my drawings.