October 17, 2013 - Posted by Elaine to Pen Pals Interviews
An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. London Bellman stumbled into a tattooing apprenticeship, and has since then become the owner of his own successful studio. He shares his story and inspirations below.
Can you tell us about yourself?
My name is London Bellman and I'm a tattoo artist.
I live and work from my home in Portland, Oregon. I bought our home back in 1999 and moved my studio there a few months after. Upstairs is home, where I do most of my drawings for myself and customers . Downstairs is the Atomic Art Tattoo Studio, where I work with three other talented artists. This will be our 20 year anniversary of being in business.
I was born in the Northwest, around the Seattle area specifically. Around the age of 5 my mother and I moved to Los Angeles, where I grew up in Redondo Beach.In my youth I worked at a frame shop for a few years, surrounded by lots of art. I also worked in the toy sculpting industry for about five years, making prototypes out of clay and wax. That was when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the rage, I remember we made lots of those.
It was a great learning experience, but the wages were substandard and the owner and I often saw things differently. Frustrated, I quit on a whim in 1991 and it was the best thing I ever did.
A week later after sitting around pondering my next move, I started looking into tattooing as a possible career.
October 9, 2013 - Posted by Elaine to Announcements
New products are in!
There are so many interesting new products to explore this week! From pocket-sized memo books and notebooks, to beautiful ballpoint pens and lettering pens, there is surely something to pique your interest. Read on to see what our top picks are!
Field Notes - Drink Local Limited Edition Memo Books
Cool weather and falling leaves signal the arrival of Autumn, and with it the highly anticipated Fall edition of the Field Notes Color Cover memo books! In this limited-edition "Drink Local" series, Field Notes celebrates the warmth and camaraderie of everyone's favorite local brewery. Each memo book represents a different beer, with covers that match the colors of different brews. We have two three-packs: Ales and Lagers, which together make for a nice six-pack of beers.
This week's giveaway is a cute and colorful prize pack that will brighten your day! Whether you're in a classroom, office, or at home, you'll find a variety of uses for these three items.
October 3, 2013 - Posted by Elaine to Pen Pals Interviews
An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Alexis Marcou is a commercial illustrator who has produced stunning artwork for clients like Cisco, Nike, and Hewlett-Packard.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in 1984 in a city called Larisa in Greece, which where I was brought up.
I studied at the College of Art and Design in Plymouth, UK and since then, I have been doing freelance work for a range of clients.