Rocking From One Year to the Next

Already a week into December and people around me are frantically making plans for the new year. Yeah yeah, we know. 2013 is a brand new start; get skinnier, richer, better.

But hold on, poor little 2012 isn’t over yet! I still have a handful of things to do. Here they are [yes, this is a funky all-about me post that I wanted to throw up so you all could be inspired to finish out the year strong.]

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The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Show

Yes, I’m actually going to their 50th anniversary show in New Jersey tomorrow night. I will be taking the Amtrak to Newark for dinner and drinks before what will likely be an epic performance by Mick and the gang. Although these tickets were super hard to get, my friend was able to score some. So Friday I will post a blog all about my experience, fully-equipped with photos of me showing off with a nice cold beer in my hand (hehe), and you can live vicariously through me.

The Stones at Brooklyn's Barclay center on Saturday

The Stones at Brooklyn’s Barclay center on Saturday

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Ink Master live finale in Manhattan

A producer from the show called to see if I’d be interested in coming back for the show’s live finale on Tuesday the 18th. I was on the Spike reality show back in November and now I will be making my second appearance on television. At least the show starts at a time where consuming 2-4 whiskey drinks is appropriate. Nerves, people. I’ve got them.

Oh, and to make this story a bit cooler: I visited my artist from the show, Mark Matthews, last Thursday when he guest tattooed at Addicted to Ink in White Plains, New York. I look a wee bit disheveled in that photo (second down), but in my defense I was being tattooed for almost four hours!

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Rockerfeller Center (NYC) to see the tree

You know, that big ol’ Christmas tree they ship from some Midwestern state and OD with lights. It’s a tradition, especially living so close (an hour) outside of Manhattan, there is really no excuse to pass this spectacle up. When with friends, even the blistering cold breezes passing from skyscraper to skyscraper don’t mean much at all.

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From left: My boyfriend Alex, Chris, Sean, Jonny, Diana, me! 2011

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Phish at Madison Square Garden

The best way to end a year and ring in a new one is accompanied by live music, surely. One of my best friends, Jonny and myself will be making another trek into the city for two nights of the jam-band giants. The almost annual show at Madison Square Garden is a four night run, but we are lucky to see them for two nights- having been fortunate enough to snipe tickets through the Phish ticket lottery back in autumn.

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From left: Sean, Chris, Jonny, me! Phish 2011

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So what are your plans before 2013 takes the reigns?

My Cable Television Debut

Back in early summer I had applied via internet for a tattoo competition reality show, Ink Master, on the Spike network. When I was down in Tennessee for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, I received a call from the show’s producer to tell me that I had been chosen as a human canvas. I had to take a few trips to New York City for meetings and a physical, and was soon clear to start filming.

I was totally stoked because I always wanted to be on television- not acting- just as a reality star. We all have our silly “dreams.” Anyway, I was a semi-finalist for the Real World Hollywood and while my interest in becoming a reality personality died down wildly as I got older, I was still happy about getting a chance to test out the waters. I went down to Newark [New Jersey] at the end of July to film for two days by my lonesome and had a wonderful time. The first day of shooting was wild. I got to meet producers, crew, and experience how elimination reality shows are put together. Oliver Peck and Chris Nuñez are people I have heard of for years, stemming back to the beginning of my interest in the art of tattooing; ,meeting them was too damn cool. The best part of the experience hands down, was meeting Dave Navarro. As a big Jane’s Addiction fan, I was in total awe of his entire presence. He was a really nice guy, we talked briefly about some of the recent shows I have seen him at, and he even complimented my other tattoos. Oh yeah, Mr. Navarro also said I was “one smokin’ girl.” And not that I’m vain in any sense of the word, because I am really not, but Clint- the artist who passed out the artist to their canvases said he couldn’t tattoo me because I was “too hot.” Woo! Score.

Myself and the other human canvases walked out on cue and did what the director’s told us, we had to be loud when we spoke and at times had to redo it for options. I was more nervous than I originally thought I would be- and since filming started at around 7 a.m., I was assuming cocktails were out of the question. My artist was MMA fighter, Mark Matthews, a seriously good-looking dude from outside of San Fransisco. We had a genuine conversation when the cameras weren’t in the room. I appreciated his openness and good nature.

The second day of filming was the actually tattoo process.The tattoo was overall approved by me, and took 6 complete hours to finish- without minor detailing due to time constraints. I did not take a break once. After the fourth hour, my calf began to burn and throb. I never sat for that long in a straight period of time- it was all so overwhelming, but I bit my tongue and let him finish.

In the end, Mark was in the bottom three for his lack of “texture,” an aspect of tattooing that just so happened to be what the challenge was for the group of artists that week. He did not go home, but still received a great deal of criticism for the zombie-lady, however, I like it! After venturing through social media outlets, my tattoo did receive a great deal of love and respect, as did Mark.

I had so much fun that the quality, praise (or lack thereof), and texture of my tattoo really don’t make a difference to me. It is a permanent souvenir of my first time on television, and one that I honestly do love. Hey, I am a zombie fan after all. I mean, look at that skull… it really is a good one. The itch I was scratching’ back in 2005 when I applied for the Real World is making its way to the surface again. Who knows what 2013 has in store after my 25 seconds on Ink Master ;)

Episode 205: Trick or Freak