Hell City – Wet Paint Project – 2012

The last Wet Paint Project that I was able to attend was at Mad Hatter Remains in February of 2011 the link for that one is HERE. Also the last tattoo convention that I tattooed at was Hell City the last time it was in Ohio. Hell City is as far as I know the best convention going in the States. All that being said, I had a pretty good idea what I was getting myself involved in and was super excited to attend.

We left Rochester in the middle of some weird butterfly event – that while feeling magical when we were home turned into the Great Butterfly Massacre once we were on the Highway.  Fortunately it was not a bad Omen of things to come. We arrived at the Hotel on Thursday night and after snacks crashed out for the night.

Friday morning we went out exploring and checked out the North Market which Paul and I somehow missed the last time we were in Columbus. Great food and plenty of options for everyone.

   north market in columbus ohio

Friday when we headed over to the convention area a few of the artists had already set up.    Wet Paint project   Wet Paint Project

Holly and I picked out our spot and dove right in. Holly owns Always and Forever in Watertown, Mass Holly Azzara

Instead of bringing the paintings with me that I had started in this series (since I feel they needed too much corrections at this point) I just brought blank canvases and started them over again.

TeeJay birds and heart painting in progress   TeeJay bird and ribs painting in progress   TeeJay bird and crossbones painting in progress   TeeJay bird and crossbones painting in progress   TeeJay birds and crossbones painting

While most of us would be painting this weekend – Holly opted to work in another medium Project Barbies

TeeJay crossbones painting in progess   More artist began arriving and starting on their chosen projects for the weekend: Wet Paint Project at Hell City   Wet Paint Project at Hell City   

TeeJay crossbones painting in progress   TeeJay crossbones painting in progress   I found this bunny and decided he should come live with me. $15 of happiness. $15 of happiness in Bunny Form   Holly’s hand project finished up. Hand by Holly Azzara   Chloe Vanessa and Phil Young setting up. Chloe works at Off the Map in Massachusetts. CHLOE  Phil works at Hope Gallery in New Haven, CT PHIL Chloe Vanessa & Phil Young   TeeJay birds and heart painting in progress   Some of Holly’s skulls. These were Holly’s “Wet Paint” for the weekend. skulls   This is Scott W Prior he is a “Painter of Stuff” and was at Hell City to paint Chet Zar working. I don’t know that Scott knew what he was getting himself into – but he fit right in and was a great addition to the project. Scott W Prior Scott W Prior   TeeJay heart and birds painting in progress   Bad things were happening to Barbies all weekend at Holly’s hands Barbie gets a really short hair cut

TeeJay heart and birds painting in progress   TeeJay heart and bird painting in progress   Heart and birds painting in progress   TeeJay heart and birds painting in progress   A better shot of Holly’s hand Project which I was fortunate enough to be able to adopt and take home with me at the end of the weekend.  Hand project by Holly Azzara   TeeJay birds and ribs painting in progress   Another shot of Scott painting next to Chet’s work in progressScott W Prior    TeeJay ribs painting in progress   TeeJay birds and ribs painting in progress

That was it for Friday night. In looking at the photos on the camera back at the room, I decided that I wasn’t happy with the curve on the sternum and wanted to correct it first off in the morning (well, tattoo guy morning which is about 1:00 pm).

TeeJay ribs and birds painting in progress   TeeJay birds and ribs painting in progress   TeeJay ribs and birds painting in progress   Toby Gehrlich form Stained Skin in Ohio was our neighbor for the weekend on one side. TOBY Toby Gehrlich And Piew Choquette was on the other side. Piew tattoos at Tatouage Royal in Montreal. He works primarily as a Traditional Style Tattoo Artist, but chooses to paint in a more realistic manner. Piew Choquette   TeeJay ribs and birds painting in progress   TeeJay ribs and birds painting in progress   TeeJay birds and ribs painting in progress   TeeJay birds and ribs painting in progress   TeeJay bird and bunny painting in progress   bird and bunny painting in progress   bird and bunny painting in progress by TeeJay   Toby Gehrlich's painting in progress   TeeJay bird and bunny painting in progress   bird and bunny painting in progress   TeeJay bird and bunny painting in progress   TeeJay bird and bunny painting in progress   TeeJay dead bird painting in progress   TeeJay dead bird painting in progress   TeeJay dead bird painting in progress   TeeJay dead bird painting in progress   Scott W Prior’s painting of Chet Zar painting Scott W Prior painting of Chet Zar  and another painting Scott made  Scott W Prior painting   A couple of Chet Zar’s paintings Chet Zar   Chet Zar   Phil Young Phil Young Chloe Vanessa Chloe Vanessa   Teresa Sharpe Teresa Sharpe   Toby Toby Gehrlich   Toby Gehrlich   This canvas was donated by Utrecht for all of us to paint on. Wet Paint Project   Piew’s painting Piew Choquette   Painting in progress by Kimberly Reed KIMBERLY Kimberly Reed    Caryl Cunningham from Eternal Tattoos in Detroit CARYL Caryl Cunningham   DeeDee Seruga DeeDee DeeDee Seruga   Eva Huber  EVA Eva Huber   Several pieces by Dan and Tim Plumley  Dan and Tim Plumley   Dan and  Tim Plumley   Dan and Tim Plumley   Dan and Tim Plumley   Dan and TIm Plumley   Dan and TIm Plumley   Morgan Haberle from Classic Tattoo in San Marcos Texas Classic Tattoo  Morgan Haberle    CanMan from Vision Tattoos in Massachusetts CanMan CanMan    Damon Conklin from Super Genius Tattoos in Seattle DAMON Damon Conklin    Chris Dingwell – Our Host for the weekend and the originator of the Wet Paint Project. Also an amazing all around guy. None of this would have happened without Chris and Durb Morrison the Host of Hell City. Chris Dingwell Chris Dingwell   Russ Abbott of Ink and Dagger RUSS  Russ Abbott   Greg “Craola” Simkins CRAOLA Craola

After a very full saturday – off to crash and fresh back at it on Sunday.

TeeJay bird and skull painting in progress   TeeJay skull and bird painting in progress   Holly working with birds also: Holly Bird   TeeJay skull and bird painting in progress   TeeJay bird and skull painting in progress   TeeJay bird and skull painting in progress   TeeJay bird and skull painting in progress   My addition to the group canvas TeeJay bird   Wet Paint project group painting   I didn’t catch this guy’s name – but he does very beautiful work    Dee Dee again Dee Dee   Caryl Cunningham   Caryl Cunningham   Kimberly Reed Kimberly Reed   Wet Paint Project   Toby & Teresa Toby & Teresa   Scott W Prior Scott W Prior   Ryan Thompson Ryan Thompson    Ryan Thompson   Josh Reynolds Josh Reynolds    Josh Reynolds I’m actually not sure who did any of these:          Eva Huber  Eva Huber   Dan & Tim Plumley Dan & Tim Plumley   Morgan Haberle Morgan Haberle   Tim PangburnTim Pangburn   Damon Conklin Damon Conklin   Can Man   CanMan   Craola Craola   Chris Dingwell Chris Dingwell   Russ AboottRuss Abbott   Tom Strom Tom Strom    By this point I am wrapping things up. My palette is starting to dry out and I need to get cleaned up to go and tattoo Holly for a little bit tonight. TeeJay bird and skull painting in progress   This is what Holly has been working on hidden in the corner…Holly Azzara   Kimberly Reed   Kimberly Reed   Good thing the palette is disposable palette   Caryl Cunningham and Holly Azzara   Caryl Cunningham Caryl Cunningham   Holly Azzara Holly Azzara    Holly Azzara & Caryl Cunningham   Holly Azzara    Holly added flowers near my bird    Random photo of cotton wood fluff in the clover and grass. No reason. Just thought that it looked cool. cotton wood

Stephan Lanphear (from Lefty’s World Famous) and I have been alternating working on Holly’s left arm. It was my turn and this is hat we worked on Sunday. Holly's Arm   Holly's Arm    Holly's arm   Holly's Arm

Goodbyes after weekends like this are hard. So many great people. It’s hard to say good bye and walk back into the real world day to day grind. Monday morning was much hugging and exchanging contact info. New friend requests on Facebook. New friends to follow on Twitter and Instagram and running around trying to catch everyone we might have missed.

Back on the road for a pretty uneventful trip home. Saw a small trailer fire trailer fire  and stayed well stocked up on Starbuck’s for the ride home: Birds nest in Starbucks logo

Back to reality (or as close to it as I normally reside)

Here is a photo that was taken of the group painting after we left on Sunday

Wet Paint project group painting

and a list of the artists that were supposed to be in attendance:

Artists attending Wet Paint Hell City 2012

I am exceptionally grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with all of these amazing artists. Hoping to be able to attend future Wet Paint get togethers as well. Thank you to everyone in attendance and everyone I was able to visit with who was working on the Main Tattoo floor.

Much love and hugs,

TeeJay

~ by justteejay on May 8, 2012.

4 Responses to “Hell City – Wet Paint Project – 2012”

  1. sweet! looks like you had a great time again. i really, really like the painting of the porch with the pinatas.

    also, i began following random people from the Hell City Instagram account in hopes to see pictures of you, and ironically, somehow stumbled across Holly, so I got to see the pics of you working on the cat piece.

  2. KITTY!!!!

  3. Lots of cool stuff in there.

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