365 in 2013

365 in 2013

Sunday: sticker graffiti
Sunday
Walking around Wellington prior to extended-family Christmas.

Monday: pretty flowers
Monday
Pretty flowers on The Terrace as I walked home.

Tuesday: decay by an older fence
Tuesday
Pretty decay next to an even older fence.

Wednesday: surprise surprise
Wednesday
A rich kid’s party gets out of hand? Quelle surprise.

Thursday: presents at work!
Thursday
Whisk(e)y from my Secret Santa and Coffee from my not-so-secret Laura. People are excellent.

Friday: I hadn't intended to take the rugby ball home
Friday
I hadn’t intended to take my rugby ball home from work, but it was kicked at me as the elevator doors were closing so I had little choice.

Saturday: Xmas Biscuits
Saturday
Baking mint-chocolate christmas biscuits. Tis the season and all that.

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365 in 2013

365 in 2013

Sunday: cult life lunch at Laundry
Sunday
Our friendly little cult regained two travelling members so we gathered at Laundry for a lunch of burgers and laughing at the patriarchy.

Monday: decorations are popping up around the complex
Monday
Christmas exploded at the office.

Tuesday: poor broken sign
Tuesday
For once it wasn’t my street sign that was broken. The uni students, it seems, aren’t quite all gone yet.

Wednesday: I love this guy's work
Wednesday
This guy! I love his work.

Thursday: Poor Paul Walker
Thursday
I was quite sad that Paul Walker died. I enjoy the Fast and the Furious movies both ironically and not.

Friday: Cult Xmas Dinner
Friday
Cult life Christmas dinner at the home of the inimitable Laura and Tim. Featuring hand-drawn menus by the glorious Kate. Bonus photo!

Cult Xmas Dinner

Saturday: drinks at the vogue and ragabond
Saturday
Met up with my sisters for drinks at the Vogue and Ragabond.

Sunday: audition. I didn't get a part.
Sunday
I auditioned for Romeo & Juliet. As sometimes happens, the director couldn’t cast me. Next time!

Monday: I love this sign on Egmont St
Monday
Dashing by to get some Hungry and Frozen cookbooks signed, I stopped to take a photo of this lovely sign.

Tuesday: a present arrived JUST in time
Tuesday
The second half of a birthday present decided to leave it until the last possible moment to arrive. Frustrating. But at least arrive it did.

Wednesday: not sure why this car was there but it's v cool
Wednesday
This car was advertising a clothing store. I’m not sure why it was parked exactly there, in that alley, but it looked pretty damn cool.

Thursday: how did they know??
Thursday
It was the night after quite a large party. I wasn’t sure how Wishbone knew but I didn’t like it.

Friday: Sign making for Palmerston North
Friday
Constructing a sign to take to Palmerston North to support a drummer pal, Libby, and her pipe band.

Saturday: in Palmerston North for Libby
Saturday
That’s Libby, closest to the camera, and the rest of the Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band drum corps.

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NZ Tattoo and Art Convention, New Plymouth

On a sunny Friday afternoon, four friends and I headed four and a half hours up the North Island to New Plymouth for the annual Tattoo and Art convention.

Friday: on the road to New Plymouth

We ate at a cute wee cafe, the Federal Store, it was perfect until I realised that each word ending in S on the sign also had a possessive apostrophe. Then it was almost better.

Cutest wee cafe - the Federal Store

I adore the diversity of the crowd at the convention; there were young people with tattoos, old people with tattoos, people without tattoos, families with young children, families with old children, rockabilly, punk, goth, bogan, middle class, gay, straight. We were all there.

Overlooking the festival

Saturday: Nicole Draeger hard at work

Dude getting stabbed

Prints for sale

Sunday: purchasing a print by Amanda Cain

Booths at the festival

After 9 hours over two days at the festival the five of us came home with five tattoos amongst us. Of course three of those tattoos were on me.

And a big fuck off dagger. By Dan Smith!

Dan Smith stabbed this dagger into my arm.

Getting the stencil on - Dan Smith tattooing me (Photo by Mark Harris)
photo by Mark Harris

Yes, he is the kiwi guy from LA Ink. Yes, I did book in early – I emailed in April for an appointment in November. Yes, it was worth it. Yes, that’s my forearm.

"A ship is safe in harbour, but ships were not meant for that" tattoo by William P Brown

A ship is safe in harbour, but ships are not made for that. Last minute flash tattoo by William P Brown from Shanghai Charlie’s in Sydney.

Wearing my heart on my sleeve. By Tilly Dee

Wearing my heart on my sleeve. Smitten by Tilly Dee from Mimsy’s Trailer Trash Tattoo in Brisbane.

Au Revoir Mt Taranaki

365 in 2013

365 in 2013

Sunday: we took the backroads and found the sea as we didn't want the afternoon to end
Sunday
We drove backroads and found the sea as we didn’t want the afternoon to end.

Monday: another bloody bar
Monday
Yet another bar opened in Wellington. It makes a change from coffee shops but not quite enough of a change.

Tuesday: meeting up with an old friend. So much news.
Tuesday
Met up with a friend I hadn’t seen since August. We both had so much news.

Wednesday: avian massacre
Wednesday
There is a cat with a wonky ear and she is adorable. Even if on occasion she massacres birds.

Thursday: new flowers at the local
Thursday
New flowers planted at our new local.

Friday: magenta flowers against scarlet metal and rust brick
Friday
Magenta flowers against scarlet metal and rust brick.

Saturday: eating lunch by Titahi Bay
Saturday
We went to Porirua for errands so decided to sit by the bay and eat lunch.

Sunday: it's summer time.
Sunday
The strawberry appeal is being advertised – it must be just about summer!

Monday: watching short films at the Paramount
Monday
I spent Monday evening watching 6 short films as part of the Show Us [your] Shorts film festival.

Tuesday: lovely light
Tuesday
Lovely light on Ballantrae Place.

Wednesday: ginger wine and a friend who smokes
Wednesday
Ginger wine and a friend who smokes.

Thursday: meeting before Catching Fire
Thursday
Waiting on friends before going, en masse, to watch Catching Fire.

Friday: on the road to New Plymouth
Friday
On the road to New Plymouth for the NZ Tattoo and Art Festival.

Saturday: Nicole Draeger hard at work
Saturday
Nicole Draeger and other artists at the tattoo festival.

Sunday: purchasing a print by Amanda Cain
Sunday
Purchasing a print (the heart and flowers) by Amanda Cain. Right before heading homeward.

Monday: long weekend - brunch at the botanical gardens
Monday
I took an extra long weekend and spent Monday sleeping in, going to brunch at the Botanic Gardens, and costume shopping in Waitangirua.

Tuesday: rain and old fashioned telephone books
Tuesday
Terrible weather and outdated technology (the telephone books).

Wednesday; I love the look of graffiti on brick
Wednesday
I so enjoy the look of graffiti on bricks.

Thursday: terrible photo but I wanted to get out of the rain
Thursday
I am not happy with this photo at all but I wanted to get out of the rain.

Friday: so many stairs
Friday
So many stairs. It was too sunny. Too many stairs.

Saturday: I love this tattoo-inspired window design
Saturday
I love this tattoo-inspired window design.