Hey gang! Just an update -- My move-out date is April 8th, but the majority of the move will be taking place on the 6th. So from about the 4th to the 10th, I'll pretty much be offline.. I'm hoping it'll be a quick and easy transfer and that I'll be back up and running smoothly. I've posted before about the financial rut I was in leading up this move. I wasn't so much living beyond my means, as much as it was living right on the edge and just a few slipups turned it into a giant snowball effect. Fortunately, my brother is making a few sacrifices and letting me move in for a few months and giving me a few months to get things back on track financially and get caught up on my backlog of commissions. To be honest, if it weren't for him, things could have gotten very ugly and left a lot more damage. I did put up a good fight, for what it's worth, lasting two years in this apartment, but it was one of many things that I could have used better judgment about. Of course, hindsight is 20/20 and at the time I thought I could afford it. So, in these past couple months, I've reflected about a lot of bad habits I've developed from living alone for nearly 10 years and bad decisions that I've made from lack of self-control and self-discipline. Hopefully, this move and the next few months will also give me the opportunity to change a lot for the better. A lot of these things are just parts of life that one learns and overcomes at some point, I've just been kinda stubborn and avoiding these life lessons. So here's hoping to a fresh start on a path of self-improvement!
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UPCOMING CONVENTION -- CONFIRMED!!! I just received confirmation that I'll have a table at the 2010 Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival here in Nashville from April 23rd to 25th! This year there's a load of special guests like Doug Bradley (Pinhead from the Hellraiser movies), Ashley Laurence (Kirsty from Hellraiser 1,2 + 6), Dee Snider (of the band Twisted Sister and the film Strangeland), Scout Taylor (the main chick from Rob Zombie's Halloween movies), Bill Mosely (from House of 1,000 Corpses/Devil's Rejects, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Ken Foree (from the original Dawn of the Dead and TCM3) and more! I helped at Scott's table last year and it was a lot of fun! I'll be bringing new, never-before-seen artworks and prints to this show, mainly focusing on new Children of the Night, Alice in Wonderland, Zombie gals, devil girls, biker babes and tattooed babe pinups! Some might even be a little more horrific in nature! Oh, and I'll be having available for the first time, an 11x14 print of the Jessica in Screamland piece encountering Hellraiser's Pinhead, so you can get the print signed by both me AND Pinhead himself, Doug Bradley! How cool (and rare) would that be?! So be sure to come on out and stop by to say hello and get a first look at some hot pieces! Find out more info about the event at the official website -> [link]
Ok, here's the part that I'm sure noone will like. I'm still working on the backlog of commissions and have been trying to get about 5 a week done. For the next month, that number will probably be much lower. I'm going to be focusing April on coming up with new pieces and prints for the Tattoo + Horror con, as well as working on getting a few new things for CILM. I'm also going to be juggling in pieces for eBay for the few payments I still need to make. I am certain that I will be squeezing in commissions here and there throughout the month, but I don't know which ones and I don't know how many. I might be able to get more of them done than I think, but I just want to go ahead and lay it out there that April might not be a major fruitful month for commissions. With that said, I am planning on making May my major commission catch-up month. If all goes well in April, along with the Tattoo + Horror show and I have some leftover prints and originals to sell, then I'll have a cleared plate to focus on tackling the commission backlog. I know a lot of people having been waiting for much longer than I'd ever ask someone to wait, and that I'm sure many of them/you are disappointed with the broken promise of the turnaround time. I've really kinda ruined my reputation with commissions, and made some major stupid mistakes that allowed the queue to get so large. But I have learned some lessons with this. But just hang in there a little longer and if you are waiting on a commission and it doesn't get completed sometime in April, it will be completed in May. I know I'll get a lot of angry responses (which are surely deserved), but that's my plan that I'm sticking to. (And no, I can't afford to refund any commissions). One thing's for sure, when I do finally get them all caught up, I am never allowing the queue to exceed ten at a time.
Lastly, a lot of fine people have said very great words about Patrick Carlucci, who passed away recently after a long fight with an illness. I don't really have that much else to add to what they have said. I didn't get to ever meet him or really know him, we've only spoken back and forth through comments and notes and chatting sometimes on Facebook, but he was a pretty funny and awesome person. Most of all he was a damn good artist. I really dug his work and I wish most of all I could have met him. I wish the best for the his loved ones, and I miss him and his new art already. Hopefully, he's surrounded by the kinda buxom gals he drew so well
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