I’m still alive and well, don’t worry!! I had a vacation in the fall and now I’m settling in for the cold dark winter. I’m all finished with masks for a little while and have switched to working on some skateboards. Here are a few pictures of what I’ve been up to in tattooing. Happy Holidays Everyone!
I had a really busy July between work and leisure activities (vacation, 4th of July and playing bass guitar for a band). I did not have very much time to paint masks and here we are already in August! It’s go time for me now, but at least I don’t have to stress to get a specific number of masks completed. I’m only producing masks for my Etsy store instead of having an exhibition. It means I can paint right up to the Halloween holiday and beyond until I finish what I have in stock.
Tattooing has been very kind to me this summer. I have had some wonderful ideas come in from clients and it’s been great making them into tattoos. Here is a tattoo I just completed this past week. She plans on adding background to this at a later time.
I just added the first mask today and there will be more to come. https://www.etsy.com/listing/156352289/dia-de-los-muertos-mask-by-nomadical
I feel like this is my best mask yet. I wasn’t really sure how the design on the forehead was going to work, but it came out wonderfully. The colors, based off an Indian/Native American design, hence the reason I named this one Pow-Wow. I think whoever gets to wear this mask should make a crown of feathers to wear with it.
Also, I made another short film featuring this mask being made. I used the music of Calexico since it had the more Southwestern US feel. Please take a moment to watch it and check out the photo of Pow-Wow. https://vimeo.com/68866474
I made a video that shows a little bit of the process I go through when I paint on the masks. Posted is the mask I used in the video. I’d like to make another one a little less abstract so you can see the changes better, but this first one was my first ever attempt at this. Take a look, https://vimeo.com/68427036
I’ve been invited to take part in the celebration of the 5 year anniversary of the Swastika Blog http://svasticross.blogspot.com/ by submitting artwork which will be featured on the site. I’m in the middle of mask painting and thought why not make a swastika inspired Nomadiskull. I’ve actually had plans to make one anyway and this worked out perfectly. I chose the Aztec style swastika to go along with the Dia De Los Muertos theme and also so it doesn’t freak too many people out who have yet to learn about the swastika’s history before Hitler ruined it. I named this mask, Tlaloc after the Aztec god of lightening, thunder and fertility.
A fun blood splatter Nomadiskull. I imagine this one was in a samurai sword fight.
I really appreciate all the support regarding the Nomadiskulls this past week from friends and well as new found followers on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you all very much!
Norman Reedus, I bow humbly to you for your posts. Even the one where the mask was hanging in the background I received a couple messages saying, “Look there’s your mask!” I also wanted to give a very special thank you to StalkingReedus on Twitter for giving me a shout out and helping me find some new friends.
I want to do something to show my appreciation for all of the attention my masks have been getting and so this weekend I made a Daryl Dixon themed Nomadiskull. I will donate the sale of this mask to the victims of the 5/20/2013 Oklahoma tornado victims. Money will go to the Oklahoma Red Cross.
I really hope you all are cool with this and I also hope you like how the mask turned out. It was challenging to add elements of Daryl Dixon to the mask and still keep it close to the style I paint in. I had to change the wings a little bit because they had to be angled to fit around the face verses straight up and down like they are on his vest. The crossbow stabbing the zombie head is my favorite part. Please scroll down through the images below. So, there you have it! I plan on uploading this to auction on Monday evening at 9pm eastern standard time. I will make this mask available worldwide. Keep your eyes on Twitter and Facebook for messages about the Ebay auction. http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem?itemId=271210013061
Chompsky, the mask I sent to Norman Reedus a couple of weeks ago has made an internet appearance again this week, but this time on the face of actor Scott Wilson who currently plays the character Hershel Greene in AMC’s The Walking Dead.
How cool is that?!
I’m thrilled and flattered even if Norman is just goofing around and not really posting to benefit that it’s me who created the mask. It’s very cool to see it when just a few weeks ago I was creating it in my tiny studio with no idea where it would go.
Norman’s post made me so happy that he inspired me to get cracking and work on a new half mask last night. Here is my latest creation that I named, Scarecrow.
For anyone who is interested in purchasing a mask I will be selling 50 full and half masks on Etsy.com this coming August and September. I do not have any for sale just yet, but will release them all at once. If you want to see my current collection as well as what I’ve made in the past you should visit my Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/robynomadical. Have a wonderful rest of the week everyone!
Something really cool happened today that I did not necessarily expect. You see, I’m a fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead and at some point a couple months ago I started following Norman Reedus on Instagram. Norman plays the character Daryl Dixon on the show if you didn’t know that already and has become quite the fan favorite. I love all the characters, but the thing with Norman is that he really shows his fans how much he appreciates them and though I have not met him in person I’ve seen video and have heard accounts about how incredibly kind he is. I really admire that about him and of course I think he is a brilliant actor, photographer and artist. He posts on Instagram quite frequently and some of the pictures that stick out the most are the ones where he is wearing different masks. There is a really great one that I love of him sitting at a dinner table wearing this gnarly pig’s head.
I’m not one to send things to celebrities, but seeing Norman’s Instagram photos and also being the star of a zombie television show I thought it might be cool to send off one of my masks to him. I owe them right? Who would give a damn about my masks had it not been for The Walking Dead show. Well, today when I logged into Twitter I saw he posted a photo and there it was, Chompsky the first mask of 2013 hanging in his trailer. He also put it on and posted a photo on Instagram which I’ll post below along with a detail view of Chompsky. Thank you Norman for posting the pictures as I did not expect you to do that. That was very cool and it makes this rainy Friday afternoon a little more awesome.