NickAd LOST Tattoo in USAToday

My friend Andy Nick (@nickAD) got a tattoo inspired by the ‘Lost’ television show that was done in iridescent ink. USA Today had users submit stories about their ‘Lost’ tattoos if they had one. Andy’s story reigned supreme! I haven’t really watched Lost, but I do think this tattoo is rad! Here is Andy’s story: “In the late summer of ‘08, I took my Lost love to the next level by getting a Dharma tattoo inked onto my ankle. Since my good pal had recently started working at small parlor nearby, we decided to collaborate. I had been wanting to experiment with iridescent ink. My pal had never worked with the stuff, so we struck a deal: I would be his guinea pig if he would spring for the ink. “If you’ve never heard of it, iridescent ink is a dye that glows under a black light. The tough thing about tattooing with it is that you have to illuminate the surface of the skin just to see what you’re doing. “The Dharma logo seemed perfect for this technique, with a thick, recognizable shape. The ink itself has an obvious throwback to the episode ‘Lockdown,’ where John Locke sees the blast door map illuminated by black light inside of the Swan hatch. We decided to use the Looking Glass Station’s logo — a white rabbit inside of the Dharma shape — a reference to Alice in Wonderland, and the (site) of my favorite Lost episode, the Season 3 finale.” Andy adds, “The tattoo turned out great, and under normal light, it’s nearly invisible. It’s my little secret.” This reader loves his ‘secret’ ‘Lost’ tattoo at USA Today

My buddy @nickAD got a tattoo inspired by the ‘Lost’ television show that was done in iridescent ink. USA Today had users submit stories about their ‘Lost’ tattoos if they had one. Andy’s story reigned supreme!

Here is Andy’s story:

“In the late summer of ‘08, I took my Lost love to the next level by getting a Dharma tattoo inked onto my ankle. Since my good pal, Tom Davis had recently started working at Wells & Company Custom Tattoos in Vandalia, Ohio we decided to collaborate. I had been wanting to experiment with iridescent ink. My pal had never worked with the stuff, so we struck a deal: I would be his guinea pig if he would spring for the ink.

“If you’ve never heard of it, iridescent or UV ink is a dye that glows under a black light. The tough thing about tattooing with it is that you have to illuminate the surface of the skin just to see what you’re doing.

“The Dharma logo seemed perfect for this technique, with a thick, recognizable shape. The ink itself has an obvious throwback to the episode ‘Lockdown,’ where John Locke sees the blast door map illuminated by black light inside of the Swan hatch. We decided to use the Looking Glass Station’s logo — a white rabbit inside of the Dharma shape — a reference to Alice in Wonderland, and the (site) of my favorite Lost episode, the Season 3 finale.”

Andy adds, “The tattoo turned out great, and under normal light, it’s nearly invisible. It’s my little secret.”

This reader loves his ‘secret’ ‘Lost’ tattoo at USA Today

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Halloween on Gondert 2009

Like a zombie in the night—Halloween has risen again to awake your terror and shake your bones. So conjure your imagination, resurrect your creativity wear your best Saturday-go-to-black-mass suit and join us as we celebrate the 12th annual Halloween on Gondert. Hope to see you all there.

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H09 invite & poster design: Tom Davis / Invite printing: Oregon Printing Co.
Posters: All System’s Color, Inc.

This year’s festivities:
Saturday, October 31st, 2009
523 Gondert Avenue Dayton Ohio, 45403

8pm till it’s over

Information:
Please bring lawn chairs, coolers, beverages and any party favors that you care to share. A nice cozy bon-fire, plenty of food, music and a scary atmosphere will be there to greet you like a hump-backed lab-assistant. Guests are welcome however, please remember this is an adults only party. Costumes are expected but not required.

Questions & other correspondence:
circa71@gmail.com |  (937) 422-4055

Directions:

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from past Halloween parties: www.circa71.wordpress.com/halloween

May 21st 2009

Today is my 38th birthday.
Before jumping into what my birthday is all about—I feel like I need to say how lucky I am to have an amazing mother (Jennifer) who has always been my anchor and the foundation in my life. I’m further blessed to have wonderful kids and family I’m proud to be a part of. A super job within a rewarding career and over the past year I’ve founded and served as the director for a great new club for creatives and young professionals called DCS. It’s truly one of the things I’m most proud of.

As if that’s not enough I have quite possibly the greatest group of friends a guy could want. Always there to support me through both good times or bad—I couldn’t ask for a more creative, diverse, fun group of people to be associated with. There have been many problems and troubles along the way. Finding good friends has never been one of them. At times it’s easy to get down about what life throws at you. Keeping these things in mind and perspective helps it flow more smoothly.

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then (1971) & now (2009)

I was born in Piqua, Ohio, USA on a Friday May 21st 1971 @ 11:56 pm on the cusp of the astrological signs of Taurus and Gemini. The moon’s phase on the day I was born born was waning crescent. Which makes the date of my conception on or about 28 August 1970 which was a Friday.

My Native American Zodiac sign is an Elk

The Julian calendar date of my birth is 2441092.5.
My birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 1/27/1971 and ending 2/14/1972—the Chinese year of the Pig.

The Mayan Calendar long count date of my birthday is 12.17.17.14.8 which is: 12 baktun 17 katun 17 tun 14 uinal 8 kin.
The Egyptian month of Epipy, the third month of the season of Shomu (Harvest).

My birth plant is Mullein.
My birth flowers are lilies.
My birthstone is emerald: Though not meant to replace traditional medical treatment, emerald is used for it’s supposed physical and emotional healing powers.
My birth tree is chestnut: Unusual in beauty, does not want to impress anyone, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritable and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self-confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood, loves only once, has difficulties finding a partner.

My lucky day is Friday.
My lucky number is 6.
My ruling planet(s) is Venus.
My lucky dates are 6th, 15th, 24th.
My opposition sign is Scorpio.
My opposition number(s) are 9 & 11.

Life Path Compatibility
My Life path number is 8. Wow that’s right on target!
I am said to be most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 4, 8, 11 & 22.
I am said to be get along well with those with the Life Path number 6.
I may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 1 & 5.
I am least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 3, 7 & 9.

Celebrities who share my birthday:
Notorious B.I.G.
(1972)
Jeffrey Dahmer
(1960)
Mr. T
(1952) my favorite celebrity who I share a birthday with.
Al Franken
(1951)
Ara Parseghian
(1923)
Raymond Burr
(1917)

Dates through history:
1758
Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War.
1881
– The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton.
1927
Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1932
– Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and thereby becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1956
– The United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb, over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

In 1971…
there were approximately 3.7 million births in the US.
the US population was approximately 203,302,031 people, 57.4 persons per square mile.
in the US there were approximately 2,158,802 marriages (10.6%) and 708,000 divorces
in the US there were approximately 1,921,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

Top songs of 1971
Joy to the World by Three Dog Night
Maggie May by Rod Stewart
It’s
Too Late by Carole King
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One Bad Apple by Osmonds
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart by Bee Gees
Knock Three Times by Dawn
Brand New Key by Melanie

Go Away Little Girl by Donny Osmond

Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves by Cher

Information Via: Birthday Calculator, Astrology-Numerology.com, Astrology.com.au & Wikipedia

Triple Deuce Bomb

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Image via: Tom Davis

This new addition to my collection of tattoos has quickly become a favorite. Comprised of traditional tattoo elements, this Tom Davis original utilizes a stylized bomb, some fire inspired wings, the number 222, and a scroll / banner reading “Stay True“.

Completed in just over 3 hours and 1 sitting, Tom’s style, speed and quality continues to shine. The linework, shading and highlights all combine to make a very sweet piece of art that I’m, very proud of. As always thanks to TommyD for his time and efforts. I highly recommend contacting Tom for your next tattoo.

My First OSU Basketball Game

So last Sunday (2/22/09) I attended my first Ohio State basketball game. My good friend, Rick Smith called the Friday before with an offer of an extra ticket. Having never been—I thought it would be a wonderful way to spend a cold, dreary Ohio day in February. As we drove through campus we passed Ohio Stadium, despite sitting quiet and empty it gives me goosebumps. You can feel the energy emanating from the massive structure on the banks of the Olentangy River. After parking and a short walk we made our way inside to our seats, despite sitting in the nosebleeds 15 or so rows from the top we had a great view of the entire court.

I have a reoccurring number (222) that I see everywhere. There is no rhyme or reason to it’s pattern except that it seems to follow me through life. Sometimes when I see it I’m excited and take it as a good omen while other times it must point to my guilty conscience. On this day my number was out in force. Although I had already realized the date February 22nd, 2009 is a manifestation of my numerical shadow. Both as February is the 2nd month of the year and 2009 also aligns with the 22nd day—pretty cool! Sitting there talking with Rick, waiting for the game to start I was checking out my ticket and noticed that my trio of deuces hadn’t finished with me just yet. Aside from the date printed on the ticket the event codes located in both of the upper corners was listed as S0222 and ES0222. Perfect three sets of three twos.

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Sadly to say the triple deuces failed to deliver good luck and my beloved Buckeyes couldn’t pull it out against a Fighting Illini team that seemed to hit everything just when they needed to. But it was an exciting game, a great way to spend a day with a friend and a real treat to see the Buckeyes, Value City Arena and The Shottenstien Center up close and personal for the first time.

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Click picture to view Flickr Slideshow

Tiki Part1

So I’m having lunch with my buddy Tom Davis the other day and we’re talking and I say “yea I’d really like to have a tiki tattoo on my left forearm at some point.” Come back from lunch, finish out the day and cruise through the evening, I awake the next morning to a text from Tom that says “so I awoke from my migraine coma and got energetic—the tiki is badass! If you dig it we can do it tonight.” Wow what a marvelous way to start the day—although it did seem to make yesterday take forever. I’ve been in a serious rut lately and definitely need something to help break me out. Sounds like Dr. Tom has prescribed new ink as the cure!

So—just as Tom said his sketch of the tiki is badass and we went ahead, despite several power flickers, and got the tattoo started. Last night we did all the line and shading work. We’ll let this heal out for a while and then come back in and add the colors soon. Check out the Flickr slideshow below or click on the photo to see my new tiki! Evil spirits be banished I now have my own personal tiki looking out for me!

As always much love to my buddy Tom and his wonderful drawing and tattooing skills! Stay tuned for part 2

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Halloween08

And just like that…it’s gone

Next year’s festivities:
Saturday October 31st, 2009
523 Gondert Avenue Dayton Ohio 45403
8pm till it’s over

Halloweens’ past

2008—A wonderful Indian Summer night to celebrate Halloween08, a kicking fire and 80 or so of my best friends in their over-the-top costumes. Thanks to all who were on hand and those who were here in spirit only! It’s never more obvious how lucky I am to have such a wonderful group of people to call my friends. Enjoy the photos—if anyone has any to add please send them to me via circa71@gmail.com I’d love to add them to the slideshow below. Until next year…


H08 Slideshow of photos |  H08 invite & poster design: Rich Schneider a.k.a. Evil Rich

The power to inspire and the internet

It was not so long ago I was doing a random google search for tattoo reference, I believe and lo and behold I came across a listing for a book on Amazon that was written by Janie Gildow, my high school art teacher. I hadn’t seen Ms. Gildow since I graduated from Covington in 1989. Her site used her signature which confirmed it was her even before I found the photo. Digging a bit deeper I came across contact info.

After a quick round of messages I found out that after finishing her second book, she had begun traveling around the country giving colored pencil workshops. In 2006, she got fed up with the increased irritations of air travel and said to heck with all that. Since then, She’s been teaching at the Art Institute at the Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ. she “really enjoy(s) teaching adults because they: Laugh at my stale jokes, don’t carve dirty words on the tables, don’t poke each other with sharp objects, and are there because they actually want to be. The Desert Museum is unique in that it contains an abundance of the plants and animals native to the Southwest, and one of the advantages of being an instructor is that I can have live animals brought into the classroom for the students to draw and photograph.”

Ms Gildow—or Janie as she’s now asked me to call her was always a real inspiration to me in high school. She helped set me on a path that has led me to a very fun, creative and fulfilling career. I’ve often thought of her and smiled, had she not made high school art class exciting challenging and fun who knows what I might be up to today.

Janie has shared some of her artwork with me and I feel compelled to share it with those who may appreciate it as well. Please feel free to visit the links below to find out more about Janie Gildow and her work.

Once piece in particular, Covington Morning, bears special attention in my opinion. It continually catches my eye and locks me into the moment.


Covington Morning is displayed at Circa71 with permission by the artist, Janie Gildow. Colored Pencil on illustration board. 15″ x 22″ (privately owned)

Covington Morning has become an instant favorite of mine. Maybe because of the familiarity I have with the subject matter or the way it transports me back to a more simple time and place, but mostly—I think the way Janie was able to capture the morning sun and the shadows, the details—the reflections in the windows. To me it has an Edward Hopper feel that I love so much. Hopper is by far and away my favorite artist, which Janie had a hand in influencing, or at the least introducing me to. I’m often intrigued and strangely moved by that feeling of loneliness that Hopper’s art portrays and the way he was able to capture the way the light hits the side of a building. In her work, Covington Morning, Janie has been able to preserve this same feeling which is what makes this a truly wonderful piece of artwork.

Please check out Janie’s other wonderful work at these following locations; http://www.janiegildow.com
http://www.fourat180.com
http://www.ccpvideos.com/page/CCP/CTGY/ARTJG

Halloween on Gondert: 97-07

H07 invite & poster design: Crystal Dennis

Ten wonderful years of Halloween parties on Gondert. These parties started when my friends and I moved into the house on Gondert in 97. We moved in the second week of October so a Halloween party seemed the only logical next step. Over time and years so many wonderful and crazy people have been apart of them. From those who I only see on Halloween to those who come as guests are back every year. The pictures do more justice than anything I can write.

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http://www.nickad.com/halloween06
http://www.nickad.com/halloween07
http://www.nickad.com/halloween08  ****COMING SOON****

Special thanks to Andy Nick who has is responsible for the wonderful web galleries he hosts on his site and to all of my friends who have volunteered their time and design talents for invites, posters and other odds and ends over the years.

This year is no exception H08 will be in full swing.
Festivities are planned for Nov 1st. More info will be along shortly.