When I started getting tattooed almost 2 decades ago, I didn't really go into any of it with a plan. In the mid 90's, there genuinely wasn't a lot of artists to work with like there is now. You'd walk into a shop, look at flash art on the wall, pick out a design, they'd place it on your skin and start tattooing. Initially, I had no plans to be as tattooed as I ended up being. I always got tattooed in a spot that I could cover up, so as to not let my family know that I had tattoos. Before long, the cat was out the bag, but I still had mostly hidden ink. Around 20 years old, I got my first tattoo that was unable to be covered. From there, it became an intricate game of "fill in the blanks", ultimately reaching the point of coverage where I am now. No plan beyond the next tattoo for the most part. I'm still proud of my tattoos, they've always shown various points in life where I'm at, but in hindsight, if I could have changed anything, it would have been to plan better.
I could probably apply that same idea to life itself, since I'm an inherent "fly by night" person, which can be seen in the amount of travel I do for work, going back and forth across the state and now, the country, just to find and keep work. I plan only so far out for weddings, but other than that, most of my criss-crossing happens at moments notice. Besides that, planning needs to be something I incorporate better into my daily life. Plans for a future, plans for prosperity, etc. and etc. Successful people plan and as an artist, my natural instinct is to fight that, but lets be honest here. I really want to be successful in life, both personally and professionally. And besides, I'm not getting any younger, so I should probably be starting this like 10 years ago.
In the case of this shot, Kris and I went into this shoot with some serious plans. We corresponded via email multiple times. We then met for lunch in Seattle on Monday, discussing more plans. By Saturday, when we did the band shoot, we were prepared and worked thoroughly and efficiently through our shot list. We deviated a few times just to work with a few alternate ideas, but ultimately, we stuck to our plans that had been well laid out and we accomplished a really professional shoot in one of the coolest locations I've ever been able to work with. Plans equated to success in this case and it was a nice reminder to work with. #UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 77.