Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Through out the day, Crazy Train will be selling tasty Italian Beef and hot dogs from the parking lot, and there will even be a port-a-potty!
We will not be ready for Art Crawl, BUT, we will cut a little hole in the plastic cover on the windows for some preview of what is to come. It will be an art in progress.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
When he was in our distant circle of friends, we had a late dinner with him.
This is before he wanted to be called Screech again, before the the first foreclosure a.k.a. the tee shirt scheme, and the "leaked" adult video.
Where is Martin when we need him to make some funny comments? See that he ran for the Mayor of West Allis.
Monday, April 26, 2010
It is not all there yet, not painting, no clouds, no lights, but you can see the direction it is going. We are excited, and I think people in the knows are too.
P.S. Rich just missed seeing the counter.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
The other exciting news? I bowled a 186, a personal best, but it took 20 frames to achieve that... :( Rich's girls were kicking butt, they have bowling in their blood. We had a great time and we were happy to be there to support a good cause.
I also met my idol, I whisper, " Get into my belly! "
Rich's family will be represented by Rich's two daughters, Rachel and I, Barry and manager Amy will be the team to really show the seasoned bowlers how (not) to do this.
How bad can I wreck my old fragile body with a few games of bowling? At least I'll have a week to recover. (I dig out the bowling balls from deep in the storage room and boy, that 7 pound ball is really heavy! )
(I will have some BenGay along, maybe Sportscreme, can't be smelly while I dry my hand sweat up there looking kool.)
Come out to support us, it is only a $20 donation to witness some physical comedy (tragedy).
Friday, April 23, 2010
The special black coating were sprayed on the ceiling. We will have "clouds" hanging below that so we can achieve the required sanitary condition for tattooing.
Monday will be quite a day with 4 different sets of crews coming! One more week to go and the basics are almost done. It is now time for installation of the stuff already built off-site.
I have to cut off the updating soon because there are things you just have to see it in person. ;) For example, the counter is no where near the same exquisite material as the kitchen counter in certain upscale condos (for sale BTW) in downtown Waukesha, but it is quite beautiful! You also have to see the wood panels around the counter, they are gorgeous.
You can never doubt the artistic quality of Flux Design, we are certainly impressed.
BTW, there is a special gathering at Clark Hotel on May 1st for people interested at investing in downtown Waukesha, one building at a time. I do not know the exact time but it is in the afternoon! I might just grab my rich friend and head over there. Mark your calender, my rich investor friend, you can even bring your wife and kids! Waukesha will be rocking from one end to the other that day. ;)
Thursday, April 22, 2010
No photos once again. Oh, yeah, we are excited. The counter top are all there, the counter is being assembled, the clouds are painted. All are set and just waiting to be put together in the shop.
When you finally see the result at your future visit, just remember this is how highly we think of our customers, our trade, downtown Waukesha, and the beautiful West End.
It is truly an art piece installation, period.
It would be fitting to say it is for Earth Day, or according to an ad I saw on Fox news, I am helping lessen the dependency on foreign oil and not give Iran extra money to supply weapon to kill our soldiers.
Well, I just don't like paying so much at gas pumps and this will push the average MPG of all the cars in this household from average of 30-40 to a crazy high level.
I am not left or right, I am just cheap. ( But I am happy to take the credit! )
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
We want to do things right as much as we can the first time around, I hope once you see the place you will understand the love and detail we put into this place. This will be our home for a long time and I hope you will see this as a destination and understand our deep appreciation for Waukesha, our customers, and our profession.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Katie's resident artist gallery.
The end of the lift to remove the roof top furnace.
It actually is a pretty good light source.
All patched up.
Today: The steel structure was painted with this product that turned into powder after falling 7 feet in the air. The ground was covered with black powder.
More to come... Foam will be applied this whole week, it will be a foam party!
No, not this kind of foam I am afraid, Kid.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
This is Moxie Beauty Lounge's website!
Look at all the services they offer! I think I will draw the line at waxing.
Moxie Beauty Lounge is located at 443 W. Main St, just two doors down from us. They should be open for business soon and their grand opening will be on May 22 as well! It will be a party at the beautiful West End!
I hope we are as lucky with this new Kenmore. We took the floor display home yesterday. So far so good. We did not get the fancy colorful washer and dryer sets, because unlike the hip people, our laundry room in deep in the dungeon of our so called basement. We were able to get away with such minor repair with the Kitchen Aid was because the mechanic setup was so simple that the only part wore out was a plastic ring and it was easily accessible. Sometime old tech has its advantages.
I just put another quarter to the jar for a new dryer. Knock on wood that I have some time to go yet.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I had not been in one of these Gallery Nights for years, and I was around when Gallery Nights were quite sad with tiny galleries scattered in all different locations in early 90's. It is very good to see how it had become and the Art Crawl in Waukesha will turn out to be such as well.
We saw Ren there, my frat sister from Carroll College. She is the art director for Discovery museum and also good friends with the Flux gang, small world, huh? I was there to discuss a show date with Jeremy for Galleria Edge but I think he might have sold half of the show already!
We then walked over the Gallery 218 at its new location. Judith is still running the show. I was invited for the anniversary show in July and I might just have one of old paintings around somewhere. Rachel and I were married in the old location of Gallery 218 on Second Street in 1994. If a gallery is a church for an artist, then what is a more fitting place to get married?
Poor Rich had no coat on and we made him walk all the way to Pfister from there. It got cold in a hurry late at night. The Pfister hotel is quite a swanky place and you should see the spread they had out for Katie. It is a huge table filled with all the chocolate dessert you can imagine with fine service. I promised Rich there will be food at Katie's private party and it is all chocolate and sugar! Lovely meal for a diabetic, for that I apologize.
I really do think the Clark Hotel should take on this concept as well, having a resident artist is supporting the local art scene but also bring in more people. I know just the perfect spot right at the street level west of the front door. Who do I talk to for this idea?
Have you buy a piece of art lately?
By the way, the open house for the grand opening of Waukesha Tattoo Company @ Galleria Edge is May 22nd from 10 to 5, we should have donuts and cookies. From 7-10 is the opening reception for Katie Musolff and Andy Fletcher show, we might have some dessert items out as well. WE can not wait to show you the new space and the future of tattooing in Waukesha.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Amy, from the Hernandez family with deep Waukesha tie, will park a caboose full of goodies out at our parking lot once a while.
Stay tuned! ( The beautiful West End WILL be the happening place! )
Years ago someone came in and was surprised to see me, because a rumor was going around in Madison that I OD-ed. Not sure on what, but it was a case of mistaken identity. Some tattoo artist in South Side did, not me.
Then there was the time when this guy came in to show off his buddy's work, this "buddy" was supposed to work in the shop and the curious thing was that the real one was standing in front of him and he had no clue. People out there are using your name and reputation.
Once a customer came in and talked about some tattoo artist snorting drugs, and made a huge deal about it. We happen to know this artist and it was him blowing his nose in the back room and that was all it was based on.
Rumor is just that, it based on thin air but full of motives or imagination. It is designed for someone to gain or to divide or to hurt, and people do believe anything if they want to.
So to stop some rumor out there:
No, we do not trash talk, we focus on what we do and try to do it better.
No, I am not going into politics.
No, Waukesha Tattoo Company is just closed for remodeling and we will be open again in May.
No, our mascot is safe and sound in the secret location.
No, we did not put anything in the donuts/tattoo to make it addictive. It is just love.
No, I only OD on sushi.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
He was also impressed with People's Park that he requested again. The service was great as usual and I think I finished the Valley Burger in 5 seconds. We then visited The Potter's Shop where I had bought two concrete benches already, I think there might be a third in the future!
We then walked across to Black Trumpet in search of the $1 martini but that was only for Tuesday! Not too disappointed that I soon found the $3 House wine cab which was DELICIOUS! ( Come on, I am on vacation! ) It is a very nice bar, it is really a gem.
The next stop was Gen 5, I was happy to find Alterra coffee and he found O'Douls. We admired the interior design and there are some beautiful 3 forms with water waves. Theiss Design did a great job!
I showed him where the farmers' market will be and it is coming up in May, folks! He was amazed with all the developments as we walked down the river and through Main Street Plaza and we ended up at Allo! Chocolat. By the way, there are some Easter chocolate at great discount and I could not pass them up! I also had to get some chocolate covered bacon, they are oh so tasty. Don't forget to donate a dollar to Haiti relief, I promised to do that at Waukesha Tattoo but we are renovating right now! Oops.
I was pretty full but I was tempted by a Daily Double at Rochester Deli. He did break down at Poppin' On Broadway. Over all he was amazed at the development of downtown Waukesha, but does that translate into his investment into a building here? He knows any eatery goes into O'Brian's building will be a goldmine. Stay tuned!
P.S. It was indeed called Moxie, the soon to be opened upscale salon/ lounge two doors down. My apology.
Perhap New Mayor Scrima will now move me up to the second team of Slightly Smarter People.
Other side proposals:
Add B12 in the supply and it will be Waukesha Energy Water or other catchy names. WE will be the most productive small city in the world!
There should still be a place for the original flavor: Waukesha Tap Water Classic. ( with an expiration date of June 30, 2018)
Here is the Plan B.
Or Plan A with modification, instead of a pipeline, we get them in cases.
That is right, ONLY THE BEST! ;) And the Light version, it is good for you!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I found out that I should be able to get all the tee shirts for Breast Cancer River Walk sometime after the 23rd of April, I will have someone post a message on Facebook.
I guess in the bar for Black Trumpet, they have a special lemon martini for ONE DOLLAR! I just have to sit down and have one with internationally known artist DE. I explained about blogging to the ladies from Serendipity, I guess blogging is kinda lazy man's scrap booking. I also talked tattoo with Dani from Three Sisters' Spirit before the meeting, business people in downtown Waukesha are pretty nice.
BTW, John, I talked to your wife and she said you can hang out with us whenever, you just can't go home with a tattoo every time you visit! Maybe every other time is okay... ;)
The picture does not do justice on how wide open it is now.
Our neighbor Tom came by and helped me secured some drain tubes outside, and I talked to Larry from carpet place next door. Carol from two doors down also came by and we discussed a little about the grand opening. It seems Moxie will also have its grand opening on May 22nd, it will be rocking on the West End. Mark your calendar!
The whole shop had a coffee talk this morning as well, everyone helped to clear out the back rooms for the HVAC. There is certainly a sense of teamwork here.
We also need to give a shout out to Ron and Rene. Your free gift will be in the mail soon! :)
Monday, April 12, 2010
The game was Fan Appreciation night, and I was able to catch a signed mini basketball right away, and as I was waiting in line for ice cream, I guess I won something else. Rachel took my ticket and claimed it, and she ended up going on the court to receive it. It was the game worn shoes from Carlos Delfino. She was very happy to be on the court and I guess Mr. Delfino was very nice to her. He wears size 16 shoes! A family can live in them.
The highlight of the night was me shooting a free throw on the court after the game, and I like to report something good but I am no Air Jordan, I threw an air ball... :(
From the famous Katie Musolff
I'm happy to announce that I will hosting my first event at the Pfister Hotel as the new Artist-in-Residence coming up this gallery night.........
Just the Facts:
WHO: Katie Musolff
WHAT: will be hosting a show, open studio visit and after party
WHEN: Friday and Saturday (April 16 & 17) gallery night (5-9) and day (10-2), with the after party starting at 9pm
WHERE: at the Pfister Hotel,
WHY: in order to celebrate the new artist-in-residence and keep on hanging out on gallery night after the other places close.
HOW: get in your car and come over. There will also be shuttles going from the Third Ward to the Pfister, back and forth.
FURTHER READING: So, I know this coming gallery night is really busy and everyone seems to be having a show and there's a lot to go and see. But if you want somewhere to go after everything else is closed then come on by and visit me. I can show folks around the hotel, the party is in the Rouge Ballroom just off of the lobby. There will be free food. No, you don't have to dress up. Come as you are.
As part of this residency, I was provided a space to work in the hotel for a year. I plan to insert myself into the community of people that up the Pfister and get to know them and eventually paint some of them. Every one has been really sweet about it so far.
This whole opportunity has been a real honor for me and I'd like to share the experience with everyone. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or the hotel. If you can't make it, come visit some other time, I'll be working at the hotel
Fri-Sat 10-6 and
Sundays 9-2...... roughly, you know how it is.
Thank you so much,
Do you know Katie and Andy are showing their art at Galleria Edge in May? The grand opening is May 22nd from 7-10 pm, do mark your calender!
Rich, Barry and I just stood there in amazement.
4-14-10 Photo update: That is dumpster #1, #2 is in place and thanks to some scrap metal guys recycling, it would have been filled yesterday.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
It is reasonable, and oh so delicious. Gone are the days of Saz's ribs but there are shrimp with chipotle sauce, crepe with caramel and tons of other goodies. Sitting in the old train car is also pretty neat. Wife and I were very happy with everything and the service was excellent. That is the best of the new Waukesha: Diversity (in food).
From the seating, I was looking at the parking lot of this huge property that soon will be the next expansion of Carroll University. I can see so much potential on Grand Ave and it can lead to the south end and west end of Waukesha. Great things are happening all around here, folks. We really need to tip our hats to the city planners, the local business community and Carroll U. leadership.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I am happy to report that the shop mascot is in a safe, undisclosed location, a lot of people offered shelter, and I think this is the best place for him to be. You might see him pop up here and there, but that is not for me to say right now. ( Even my wife and my partners do not know the top secret placement. )
Tomorrow is for us to clean out the front room, the official demo day for us while Flux is coming in on Monday. You can see the huge dumpster outside in the parking lot already!
I know I am a little sad, not that I do not want to see the new Galleria, it was just that I spent 2 weeks there everyday setting things up, before the rest of the crew assembled. I was just mourning the old, and really, the setup we are going to tore down is good enough as a tattoo shop as is, but we want it better, and Waukesha deserves an upscale tattoo shop/ gallery, it is the next level to continue the long tattoo culture of Waukesha. My wife too is a little sad, and by tomorrow, it will be like when we bought the building.
The thing is that I am booked for the first week of May already! However, I have no doubt Flux is pushing things ahead in whatever element they can control. A lot is going to happen in these three weeks, and the change is going to be shockingly sweet, that I can promise you. Remember, our goal was to live up to the standard set by certain house four doors down, not in the same style but it should be an unique Waukesha destination. The beautiful West End will be the place to visit!
Friday, April 9, 2010
Next Donuts Saturday will be the morning of May 1st! I will be bringing in donuts and tee shirts for our team of walkers of the River Walk for breast cancer awareness. ( Do watch here for update or our Facebook fan page. ) You might even get a sneak peak of the newly remodeled Galleria Edge then! Not sure we will be ready for tattooing on the 1st, depends on the progress of the construction, but we do have a grand opening date of May 22nd! Katie and Andy will be the opening artists! We will have a reception that night from 7-10pm.
We can still take appointments in May and beyond during construction, but you do have to use the website and the online appointment request. If you call for an appointment, likely you will get a voice mail.
Come in and have some donuts and coffee, meet our new manager Amy. It seems like yesterday we were putting the shop together and we will be taking things apart this weekend! Trust me, Flux Design is putting their signature on this and they will not disappoint. We had been talking about this "upscale tattoo shop "since December and now the dream will become reality. We talk the talk and now we will walk the walk.
By the way, the rumor is true, we will have an acupuncturist starting in May on Fridays. :)
Thursday, April 8, 2010
The dilemma right now is what to do with our rather large mascot...
There were still talks of kidnapping so we do not want him fall into the wrong hand. I have to find someone I can trust to babysit/guard him for three weeks. Transporting is also an issue, so they have to be close.
Who is that person out there?
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
No photos, you just have to take our words for it. We are so excited, it is not even funny.
We can wait three weeks, it is so worth it.
I think we also have two more artists (Jeremy and friend) lined up for the galleria! The question is if Waukesha is ready for the art of Flux? Oh, yeah, we are raising the bar.
The score stood four to two with but one inning left to play;
And then, when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.
A straggling few got up to go, in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which "springs eternal in the human breast;"
They thought, If only Casey could but get a whack at that,
We'd put up even money now, with Casey at the bat.
But Flynn procede Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
And the former was a no-good and the latter was a fake;
So, upon that stricken multitude grim meloncholy sat,
For there seemed but little chance of Casey's getting to the bat.
But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Blake, the much despised, tore the cover off the ball,
And when the dust had lifted and men saw what had occurred,
There was Jimmy safe at second, and Flynn a-huggin' third.
Then from five thousand throats and more threr rose a lusty yell,
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell,
It knocked upon the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.
There was ease in Casey's manner as he stepped into his place;
There was pride in Casey's bearing and a smile on Casey's face,
And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat,
No stranger in the croud could doubt `twas Casey at the bat.
Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt;
Five thousand tounges applauded as he wiped them on his shirt.
Then, while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
Defiance gleamed in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's lip.
And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there,
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped --
"That ain't my style," said Casey. "Strike one," the umpire said.
From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of the storm waves on a stern and distant shore.
"Kill him; kill the umpire!" shouted someone from the stand;--
And it's likely they'd have killed him had not Casey raised his hand.
With a smile of Christian charity great Casey's visage shone;
He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on;
He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the spheroid flew;
But Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said, "Strike two."
"Fraud," cried the maddened thousands, and the echo answered "Fraud,"
But one scornful look from Casey, and the multitude was awed.
The saw his face grow stern and cold; they saw his muscles strain,
And they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by again.
The sneer is gone from Casey's lip; his teeth are clenched in hate;
He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate.
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow.
Oh! somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light.
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville -- mighty Casey has Struck Out.
(Casey At The Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, 1888)
Congratulation to Mayor Scrima.
It is a new day in Waukesha. We have a singing mayor. I wonder if he would perform at ribbon cuttings. It is just a promotion idea, BID, you can take the ball and run with it. ;)
Now the election is over, we have to ALL get behind the leader and work toward a better Waukesha. I do hope to be on his third string team of slightly smart people to offer any help I can to improve this city we love. I also hope new Mayor Scrima recognize the talents in current city government and retain them, smooth things over and do what is best for Waukesha. I certainly hope his background in the arts will add a different dimension to the vibrant culture in downtown.
Once again, I like to personally thank Mayor Nelson. He always has kind words for our cause and as a business and as a person, I like to thank him for his support, his kindness and his service.
From the party I missed. The moment of victory.
Thanks to the secret contributor (not pictured). ;)
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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I also like to thank Mayor Nelson for all his kindness to us and his service for downtown Waukesha. THANK YOU!
Check this video out! That is just crazy skill.
I used to play ping pong as there were tons of ping pong halls in Taipei. My father taught me how to serve and I truly enjoyed the sport. My reflex never got to the competitive level. I am much better at Wii these days.
BUT, do you know Waukesha is hosting the National Collegiate Table Tennis Championship this weekend? It is at Center Court by the Waukesha Airport. Admission is only $5, and $1 discount for students/seniors. I just might go check it out and relive my childhood a little.