Last night I tagged along with local artist Laura Yaskell as she hung her show “Painted, Powdered and Tattooed” at Snow City Cafe. She has been working on the pieces, 16 total, for roughly the last month or so to complete them in time for December’s First Friday show.
The topic is something Yaskell knows well, she works full time as a tattoo artist at Rebirth Tattoo by Vinnie and is heavily tattooed herself. She says of this show, “Painted, Powdered and Tattooed is a series of portraits done in both acrylic and charcoal celebrating tattooed women of the early 20th Century and the modern tattooed female. The series plays with color, perspective, expression, and is a statement about the diversity and strength of the decorated woman.”
The show, on display through December at Snow City, will kick off with an artist reception tonight at 5:30 p.m. There will be snacks (we love snacks), music by SJ+Drums (we love music!) and the artist will be there to chat with about her work and the people who inspired her.
Back to the part where I went and helped her hang everything up though. Hanging art for a showing is no joke, people. It’s tedious, it’s nerve wracking, it’s time consuming. Yaskell had a plan for how the pieces were to be hung, so mostly I stood around and watched her do a lot of work while I handed her bits of fishing line and made sure everything was even.
It’s done though and it’s beautiful. You might even recognize a few faces in the portraits she chose to paint. (Spoiler alert: there’s a portrait of me.)
Below are some behind the scenes looks at the show while it was being hung. They are intentionally vague because we want you to go see if for yourself in all it’s bright, tattooed glory.