Studio Saturday 〰 @fleurnoiretattoo in Brooklyn features a team of international artists from all around the world. Their resident artists come from countries such as France, Turkey, Russia and Colombia 🗺 Photo via @celinieweenie
I finally did it. A tattoo I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember, done by a tattoo artist I’ve admired for YEARS. All in celebration of my album “KING” and of course, my show here in NYC “KING Live!”. ✨ @evakrbdk you are the true definition of an artist. I am honored to not only now call you a friend but to also have your art on my body forever. I am a happy boy.
How I remind myself to be authentic. We all have the primal instinct and need to feel love and the sense of belonging. In fear of rejection, we try to fit in and alter things we may not normally do or take interest, pretending to be someone we are not or compromising/hiding who we really are in fear of being "seen". Being authentic and true to yourself, is hard work. It's a lot easier said than done. One component is to self accept and trust in yourself, even with the knowledge that not everyone is going to accept you. To also be comfortable and secure in yourself, so it's not shame or self negativity you feel but disappointment, which is normal. This journey of self-discovery and being true to myself, took a while for me to get to. Mixed with a lot of challenges, self doubt, fears and tears! For me this journey isn't over, as I continue to grow and evolve for the betterment of me as well as others that I surround myself or work with. Understanding this journey has its challenges and it's not something that once achieved we can stop practicing it. To me it's about the discipline. To keep myself grounded in difficult moments and to remind myself to be true to me...I chose to do something out of the norm. I flew all the way to Brooklyn to get fine-line tattoo done by @evgeniitattooer @fleurnoiretattoo. I wanted something beautiful and permanent to remind me to stay strong of who I am. I also wanted it placed in an area I can easily see it as well for others. This serves as a reminder for me to be "seen"! Besides this tattoo, there is this mantra I use as well. "BE THE EXTRA IN THE ORDINARY." This mantra, reminds me when I compare myself to what I see on social media or other people's lives who seem super successful, and even though I may feel that my life is ordinary at times, I am that "extra" in the ordinary and that I am enough so it's not as bad as I may view/feel it to be. If the above mantra resonates with you, please feel free to use it as well! HOW
NEWEST TATTZ. Secured a booking with the legend himself: @evgeniitattooer A photo of one of my first inspirations to photograph what I love : @samuelelkins I do NOT own the second photo. It is by Sam himself! The later tattoo is the one of my mom all healed up 😭😭 TYSM @hnnhtattoo
SOUND ON. at the start of the year I performed a small magic show for the staff of @fleurnoiretattoo . I am looking forward to more of these moments in the near-future. keep your eyes peeled. thank you for the video, @chrisrosecas.
one last promise. you’re already imprinted forever on my heart, and now everyone can see. I love you forever and always, Gary. beautiful, amazing work by the talented @briansold thank you so much for this!!
rob was right...love IS a mixtape...many mixtapes in fact, for sleeping and traveling and crying and listening to don’t you want me by the human league on repeat because it only takes one listen in a laundromat to put it in our heads for the next week