booking for September+

Hey everyone!

Another update! I am actually keeping on top of my work (as I don’t have a social life anmyore) and I finished all my emails!

After rebooking everyone I am now booked up till October, it is not my usual way to book myself up so far in advance but this year it was unavoidable! So for anyone wanting a new piece or to carry on with ongoing work I am asking people to email after the 15th July! (for appointments October onwards) Ongoing work will receive priority so please header your email “ONGOING WORK” if this is the case! 

For new pieces please email with the header “NEW WORK” including all details of what you want by using the booking form.

As this year is going to be so busy with rebooked clients I have decided temporarily to stop taking on certain tattoos. Normally I do love keeping my toe in with most styles, I was a street shop artist for some years and the love of being able to do lots of different styles is still strong within me. But this year, because I can’t take on as many new pieces; I’d really like to focus on doing tattoos that will tie in to my zest and enthusiasm for these specific elements of life:

weird nature, animals doing things they would not normally do, strange birds, ladyfaces, high concept sleeves, dinosaurs, psychedelic, aliens, Dogs and cats dressed up as bowie/any flamboyant pop culture icon, neo trad portraits of 70’s/80’s musicians/magicians, magic, the esoteric, mushrooms, food tattoos, neo traditional tattoos, pun tattoos…. and anything I have knocking around in my available flash designs (which can be found on my instagram highlights) 

For anything I can’t take on this year due to time constraints I would recommend my beautiful colleagues, they all specialise in different things so should have you covered for most styles.  See two blog posts ago for details!

Thankyou for taking the time to read my blog <3

I stepped up my print game

I didn’t do much during lockdown 3, but the four days I managed to pick up a pencil and actually draw i made some art I thought was worth printing really well. I went to Niche Frames on Zetland road and got 23×50 prints made on 320gsm acid free paper. All that really means is they’re swish and I want to rub my face on them ( I promise I won’t) I’ve limited them to a run of 20 each so once they gone they gone!

They are available on my big cartel site <3

thankyou so much for all your support guys xx

Back to work 2021

Hey everyone! what a year huh :\ at least we are finally allowed back to tattooing! I have rebooked all the people (I think)

If you had a deposit put down or an appointment pre/during LOCKO and you haven’t recieved a text/email/phonecall it is either because you are one of the people who has changed their number during the last year or one of the people who I missed because of my human erroring! Please get in contact via text (not whatsapp because I don’t have it anymore!) or email with the subject line LOCKOHNO and I’ll find you a space!

It is a relief to have my diary full again but also a little daunting as now I am booked up until mid September. Erk. So for anyone wanting to book ongoing work or a new piece I am asking you lovely people to email me on the 15th July to book for later in the year! Priority will be given to ongoing work of course <3 but I will definitely have space for a few new pieces. As this year is going to be so busy with rebooked clients I have decided temporarily to stop taking on certain tattoos. Normally I do love keeping my toe in with most styles, I was a street shop artist for some years and the love of being able to do lots of different styles is still strong within me. But this year I really wanna focus on doing stuff that will spark my imagination with weird and wonderful ideas: weird nature, animals doing things they would not normally do,weird birds, aliens, Dogs and cats dressed up as bowie/any flamboyant pop culture icon, neo trad portraits of 70’s/80’s musicians/magicians, magic, the esoteric, mushrooms, food tattoos, neo traditional tattoos, pun tattoos…. and anything I have knocking around in my available flash designs (which can be found on my instagram highlights)

After a year of no consultations I think this year for new people I will try and do them on a Sunday in a pub garden because meeting face to face is important! A face to face consultation ensures you know who you’re booking in with, you can usually tell if you gel with a person straight away and gets rid of that first session anxiety. If you ever have a consultation with someone who makes you feel uneasy or you get a bad gut feeling you are NEVER obligated to get a tattoo with them!

For anything I can’t take on this year due to time constraints I would recommend my beautiful colleagues, they all specialise in different things so should have you covered for most styles.

Bryoni, aka _Tatty_B_ on instagram specialises in freehand script and calligraphy, smooth colour, soft black and grey, new school, soft pastel roses, pop culture icons and butts. She’s a really easy and funny person to chat to and is great at interpreting ideas in smooth colourful ways. She is also as bald as Phil Mitchell but at least three times as sexy.

Scarlett, aka ink_dotdot on instagram specilises in black and grey handpoke style, she loves tattooing stylised nature pieces, delicate floral and leaf tattoos, and simple line based art. She can put in palm tattoos and can even tattoo the conch of the ear safely and without noise! As she does not use a machine the tattoos are a lot less painful and cause less trauma to the skin they also take a lot less time to heal. Handpoke tattoos typically take longer than machine tattoos. She stresses out about this fact, but she shouldn’t because her work is beautiful. She cares deeply about social issues and is pretty bloody funny to boot.

Mick aka Mickamus on instagram specialises in fun, bright crisp pop culture designs, with a particular love of cartoon stickers,animal and pet tattoos (in realism or charicature) game art, nerdy stuff and anime. He can freehand pretty much anything as he used to work in one of the busiest street shops in Northern Queensland. He looks a bit like a koala but does not eat as many leaves. He’s a super easy going guy and is a pleasure to sit and chat shit to.

If those guys don’t do the styles you are looking for I am always happy to recommend other artists who I personally would get tattooed by (or already have been!) I might make a little list of people for later but until then just shoot us a message. It might take a little while to reply but we will get there eventually!

If you managed to get through all of this, thankyou for your patience and perseverance. I couldn’t do what I love every day without you guys and I really really appreciate it.

LOVE AND PEAS

Prints fah sale

Hey everyone! I managed to do a really exciting thing and made a bigcartel shop

IT CAN BE FOUND HERE

I am selling all my cat prints, and to get around bigcartel fees I have uploaded a bunch of smaller photos. I’ll post bigger versions here now so you can inspect them properly!

If you would like to buy some but pay with paypal email me with the prints you want hannahcalavera@hotmail.co.uk and I can sort it out that way too! Also all prints will be available at the studio in Bristol if you’d rather see and buy them IRL

I also have this A3 leggy boi print for sale

And this tiger

and these two as well!

Anyway! I hope your lockdowns aren’t going too badly. I hope we will be allowed to work again soon but I’m not holding out! Therefore everyone who was rescheduled will only be rebooked once we get a definite date to go back to work!

Hannah x

Lockdown 2 Electric Boogaloo

Hey everyone, so with second lockdown announced and everything I thought I would make a BigCartel page to try and make a bit of money while Boris and co tell us that we can’t work! Personally I think its pretty gross that they have decided schools, universities and colleges are ok to open, risking the health of hundreds of thousands of young people and staff alike when not absolutely necessary. But people who are not at risk, choosing to visit a sterile tattoo studio is not allowed. Food for thought.

ANYWAY

Here is my BIG CARTEL! Cat wizard prints are up in time for christmas so please, if like me you are sacking off the high st and Amazon to support local businesses, take a look!

FOR THOSE BOOKED IN NOVEMBER 5th-end of lockdown

Your appointment is automatically postponed! I have written down all your names and numbers and as soon as Boris announces Tattoo studios can open I will be phoning everyone in blocks of 10 to get everyone rebooked in in order. There’s probably 2 things to keep in mind here

1) if the last lockdown is anything to go by, tattoo shops will probably not be in the first wave of businesses allowed to resume working. Last time hairdressers, pubs AND gyms were all allowed to reopen before tattoo studios. Which I think, is not only unfair but really dumb. So if you are booked in in December, try not to be too disappointed if you have to settle for getting your tattoo in the new year!

2) I am currently booked up till February, so anyone getting postponed may well have to get tattooed Feb/March time. I’m really sorry but it is a lot of work to get that amount of people rebooked anyway without having to rearrange all the people who didnt have to get postponed. Again it’s not that fair but sadly thats how this year is goin!

Last thing I promise- This winter ALL our mental health is going to be fucked- mine included. Pick up some nice hobbies, take vitamin d, meditate/listen to nice music, eat well, get out and do some nature walking, talk to people about how you are. Please please reach out if you are feeling hopeless, and remember that other people are going to be struggling too so be kind. You never know what someone has been through before you talk to them.

Thankyou all for reading, I love you. Stay safe but more importantly stay sane <3

COVID

Hey guys, what a year so far eh? SO I finally got round to updating my website instead of sitting on my bum watching cookery shows and eating crisps. We’ve been down the studio like eager beavers making it all plagueproof and lovely! Here is all the information you’ll need to get tattooed during these crazy times at Whispering Weeds!

COVID MEASURES


Obviously things have changed a little because of corona, but getting tattooed will still probably be quite similar. These are the things which are different now
• I’m sorry but you will not be able to bring friends or family to appointments anymore, we have to limit footfall in the studio at this time. Don’t worry we are very friendly!
• Please come to your appointment on time, not early as there is nowhere to wait now!
• Wear a mask! Unless exempt
• At the door please use the hand sanitiser provided before you come in, we will check your temperature with an infra red thermometer. If you have a high temperature we will reschedule your appointment so please check before you leave!
• If you have felt unwell or in contact with someone who has been unwell in the last 14 days we will reschedule with no loss to your deposit. Please let us know if you have had a reoccurring cough, loss of taste or sense of smell or high temperature.

These are the things we are going to be doing

• PPE
• Limit footfall in the shop
• Extra cleaning


Thanks for reading! I shall hopefully be updating this site more aaaand also Whispering Weeds will be getting it’s own website very soon!
Love to you all, hope you are not just surviving but thriving in one way or another!!


Hannah and Bry
xxx

Purple Rose Bristol

Hey everyone!

I’ve added some more “wannados” to the art section,

Here are the tattoos I’d like to make!

Also here is a work in progress from last week I tattooed on my friend Leigh!

It’s a concept piece based on her personality and life experience. I’m hoping to tailor more of my tattoo designs in this way.

Also I got to tattoo Emily’s old Cat pal Lelu on her last week! Old kitties are so cute.

Thanks for looking!

xx

Purple Rose

Hey everyone! Some great news! After my guest spot at Purple Rose Tattoo Studio in Bristol I had such a good time I decided to go and work there permanently! Everyone there is so nice and the studio and atmosphere are amazing!

I also got to make some great tattoos last week!

A grey lop rabbit on Tara who sat like a champ for it!

And I also go to make Jess’ little pirate bear Alice the Shitzu so she has her forever now!

I got a healed photo of the start of Zoe’s horsey before I coloured it and made it all swollen again! One more session and it’ll be finished and I can show yall how fancy it’s looking!

I’m doing my best at keeping this blog updated. I feel pretty inspired again after the last couple of weeks so expect even more!!

 

 

Cardiff

Hello! What a hectic few weeks but very very fruitful! So after leaving Southmead Tattoo Studio I had a few guest spots and a bit of travel, the penultimate destination was Cardiff! I guested with my good friend Patryk  Mazur at his own little amazing studio Surrealistic Sanctuary on City Road.

My biggest thanks to Patryk, I really had the best time and as usual he went above and beyond to help me out. deffo go give his Instagram a follow.

I made some more progress on Dave’s Slow Sleeve tattoo

Sloth is healed and the tortoise is only half done but I am really looking forward to getting more on this done 😀

Also Dave shared with me a photo of his cat Jacob with his tattoo!

I also did a bit more on Mark’s Dia de los muertos gal

It has got a tonne more to go though!

The Cardiff Tattoo convention was also amazing this year. I tattooed Dan’s other Chi Leela on his thigh. He sat for 6 hours with a broken leg (no painkillers) to get this done. He is a hard bastard!

Also amazingly I won an award for best of day!

Me Ruthey, Dan, Dan and Brodie went out afterwards to celebrate like the old farts we are and had a really fancy dinner!

Cardiff was great! I had the best time and hope to be back next year! Such a nice friendly convention!

 

Hannah

x

 

Legacy

Hey again, I’m really trying my best to update more often on this blog to document things for myself more than anything. I sometimes forget how much I do so it’ll be great to be able to look back at all the cool stuff that happens.

So this blog is about my guest spot at Legacy Ink in Haverhill!

I never get many healed photos as I tend to start more than I finish here. This spot was the exception though! I got to start and finish this Audrey II tattoo on Chris, an old friend. He too is a massive fan of little shop of horrors and new school tattoos! I rarely get to do New school esque things because not many people know I do this style but it is a favourite of mine 🙂

Chris sat amazingly well for his back of thigh. I’m gonna draw up more stuff from my own brain I think as he snapped this up straight away. Here is the process that goes into a tattoo like this.

Fascinating I am sure you will agree ( Sarcasm does not come over well on the internet I suppose)

The incredible Josh Hurrell wanted to get a WITCH TATTOO off me whilst I was up there. He let me go wild on it! This is the drawing.

We got to line her too but no shading because he hates me now and I ruined his day. I’ll get a picture of that later!

Also here is a rum ham tattoo I did on Ed, so bloody and swole. Hopefully it’ll heal up nice and I’ll get a better one.

Oh last but not least I forgot this picture of David’s Hare (don’t call it a bunny, don’t call it a bunny) He is getting a half sleeve studded with imagery and subjects that are all related to family. It doesn’t all have to be about names and dates if you are weirdos like us!

I’d be surprised if anyone reads these but if you do, ta! You’re the best!