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July 23, 2013

Samuel Cousins did a fabulous job in capturing our fun on Friday evening. Below are just a few images from the night. We encourage you to check out Sam’s web site to see the full album of mayhem and tomfoolery, and while you’re there if you see an image you like, why not support a local artist and buy it?

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Portlandia

July 20, 2013

Thanks to everyone who braved the heat last night to help us celebrate our first decade in Portland.  Albert Cadabra, Angie Pontani, Dangrr Doll, and Marlo Marquise were spectacular (if you didn’t stay until the finale you missed Albert seriously blowing everyone’s mind), Alex Coppola’s film captured what we think makes our shop special, and we raised $1,000 for the Animal Refuge LeagueSamuel Cousins documented the event in photos, and we’ll be sure to share that link very soon.  All in all, an evening full of gratitude, sweat, and magic (of every kind).

I was saying to Sue that Portland is like no place I’ve ever been.  Some people complain that the town is too small, that you can’t go anywhere without running into people you know.  To that complaint, I say, “That’s what makes Portland great.”

I love that after six months, the Videoport clerk was recommending other revenge movies to us because he remembered that we had rented Mel Gibson’s Payback.

I love that people recognize the car that we drive.

I love that friends and clients drive by our house and honk (even when we’re not home).

My dry cleaners in New York never learned my name, even after seven years of weekly drop-offs with my name on the clothes.  My deli guy never knew my name or my order even after seven years of weekend bagels.

Portland is like no place else I’ve lived.  I know that people are looking out for us.  I love that someday, my daughter(s) will be watched over.  Someone might even stop them and say, “Hey, I know your parents.  They wouldn’t want you doing that.”  I love that people call us to tell us that we left our lights on or the windows open.

There’s a word for no place on Earth.  Thomas More coined the term in 1516 when called it utopia (after the Greek ou topia).   Indeed, Portland is like no place.  It’s like utopia.

Thank you, Portland, for a great decade – we look forward to sharing many more with you!

p.s. If you were unable to join us last night, please take a moment to check out Alex’s short film on our first ten years and let us know what you think.

TSUNAMI TATTOO: 10 YEARS from alex coppola on Vimeo.

It’s Sue – back again – this time with scenes from the 44 Pleasant years. We moved into 44, our second Portland studio, in May of 2006 and spent six great years enjoying that space until we eventually outgrew it last spring. Here are some of the photo highlights:

Welcome to 44 Pleasant Street!

Welcome to 44 Pleasant Street!

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Make yourself at home in our cozy little lobby…

The “Grand” Re-opening Party & Albert Cadabra’s first appearance in Portland.

Sean, Beth, and Jamie

Magic!

Amie and Heidi

The magic card. We still have it, but we took great precaution to not learn how it was attached to the ceiling. (DJ Matty T, you need to take that secret to the grave!)

Our favorite gingko tree.

Nuns on the run.

Our dear friend Jim LoPresti from Lucky Soul Tattoo in Connecticut pays the shop a visit.

Brendan Rowe tattoos Phuc’s Rocky foot and the “toes of foes.”

Beth gets a little work from Phuc.

Our tiny, fancy bathroom.

Amie and Ric stop by to point and make fun of us.

Amie and Dickey Baker stop by to point and make fun of us.

Boston Tattoo Convention 2007.

Boston Tattoo Convention 2007.

Albert Cadabra returns for Tsunami's 5th Anniversary Party!

Albert Cadabra returns for Tsunami’s 5th Anniversary Party!

This time he brings along Ruby the Wonder Dog...

This time he brings along Ruby the Wonder Dog

... and Gal Friday!

… and Gal Friday!

Tom and Sarah from LBS.

Tom and Sarah from LBS.

H++L

H++L

Phuc and Super Client Kenny

Phuc and Super Client Kenny

Phuc and Super Client Jim.

Phuc and Super Client Jim.

Sue, Albert Cadabra, & Phuc

Sue, Albert Cadabra, & Phuc

Sue & Walerie

Sue & Walerie

Audience participation!

Audience participation!

Ouch?

Ouch?

Back to the future.

Back to the future.

Circa 2009.

Circa 2009.

Also circa 2009.

Also circa 2009.

Tsunami Crew

Tsunami Crew, circa 2009

A new addition to the Tsunami crew, circa 2010.

I could really go on forever here, but by 2010, we’d started this very blog. To see more, skip back to one or two of these choice posts:

https://tsunamitattoo.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/bi-winning-and-umbilical-hernias/

https://tsunamitattoo.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/a-big-day-for-little-me/

https://tsunamitattoo.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/its-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-hello-2012/

https://tsunamitattoo.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/its-tricky/

https://tsunamitattoo.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/bust-a-move/