We are back from beautiful Montreal.  It was, as usual, a very well run convention.  Saw old friends, made new friends, and ate our way across the city.  TriExpress served us up sushi I had never even seen the likes of before; Eggspectations, while a chain, has never disappointed me; Beauty’s was worth the wait for it’s adorable atmosphere and quick service.  Garde Manger took the win, with a dinner that was out of this world.  Lobster poutine, I’m coming for you again next year!

It was wonderful to be around other tattooed folk.  I got to be with my husband for five whole days, doing what adults do.  Awesome.  I was completely awed by Mike Rubendall‘s book, chuffed to see lots of SuicideGirls trotting about, discovered Ruthless is nothing like her television persona (surprise), and reminded that the drama we felt was such an anomaly for our shop this year is all too often par for the course.  We are far from the only ones whose apprentice quit abruptly only to go work down the road!  Nice to see some light in an otherwise dark situation.

4 nights was just long enough away that I enjoyed myself without missing my children, and just long enough that they didn’t have to get missing on me.  They had great fun with grandparents and we were both relieved to be reunited for that 5th night.  We came home laden with goodies, including this years Halloween costumes (Maggie: fireman; Bob: superhero) and an oversized stuffed trout from Uncle Steve and Aunty Morgan.   Can’t share any of the photos he shot until the magazine goes to print, but Steve sure does have magic in his light box I tell you.

Today brought us the annual Terry Fox Run, which Scott and my dad ran once before everyone showed up and again when the run began formally.  Twice for good measure, just to make it stick!

We’ve been enjoying a leisurely afternoon, soaking up the last of these rays before we wind up swathed in downy feathers and GoreTex for six months.

Hope you are too.


…Stand in the Light…


  1. ella · September 18, 2011

    sorry I missed you this year, glad you had fun! xoxo

  2. Mother Ship · September 18, 2011

    Sounds like an amazing time all around. Lobster poutine ….mmmmm.

    LOVE this photo of the kids!!!

    Smooches to you all!

  3. Caitlin · September 18, 2011

    Did either of you actually get tattooed in Mtl?

  4. Casey Martin · September 18, 2011

    Scott was supposed to get his sleeve finished while there. Can’t wait to see it.

  5. Twwly · September 18, 2011

    Seth C canceled his trip last minute, and I didn’t manage to wangle anything. Grime wasn’t able to get the drawing together for Scotts upper arm, so he wound up doing a simple torch on his leg instead. Totally a nice piece and everything, but not exactly the tattoo or the experience with the artist that he was hoping for.

  6. Alex · September 18, 2011

    Glad you had fun! I got tattooed by my friend Jason from Hobos/Congress St in Portsmouth NH (and another tattooist Ron that was in the shop at the time) on Friday and they were saying what a rad convention it was. Although I was a little more excited about the venue.. he told me it was a a old train station?! Awesome. And the pictures… you and your spawn are gorgeous as always!

  7. Bethany Susan · September 18, 2011

    what a glorious good time! even if you didn’t get blow-me-away artwork done, sounds like it was stimulating nonetheless! glad you’re back safe and sound to enjoy the last days of sun. those pics are so peaceful and happy. love it!

  8. Amandette · September 18, 2011

    Ha! I dress my kids like that, too.

  9. Ashley Brass · September 18, 2011

    I have always wanted to go to garde manger…we waited over an hour last time and couldnt’ get in,

  10. Twwly · September 18, 2011

    Ashley – we called ahead and got a reservation. Good thing, we had 9 people with us. Pretty sure we spent our monthly mortgage payment at that restaurant, but it was worth it. ;)

    Amandette – hooray! I love dapper little kiddos!

    Bethany – yes, me too. I’m excited to get outside today, though I have a pile of tomatoes on the stove. I see sunshine out there!

    Alex – yes, the venue is very nice. Though very sunny – blinding for tattooers at times. Some have to wear sunglasses!!

  11. Anon · September 18, 2011

    You gotta be pissed off big time at the apprentice going to the competition! We had that happen to. Slaps you in the face and you slap them back.

  12. Twwly · September 18, 2011

    They’re not competition in the slightest, I would imagine the apprentice has already felt the slap in the face by accepting a position there.

    I am honestly not bothered by the betrayal, only the lies. And the insult of knowing that by not making any effort to repay the apprenticeship that the apprentice must not feel that the lifetime of accrued knowledge my husband took three years imparting unto that person is worth nothing.

    The apprentice has had every opportunity and invitation to do this differently and has chosen not to take it.