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2013 Lea Vendetta Calendar

The 2013 Lea Vendetta Calendar has been released in November 2012 with a couple Great launching parties, that I will be blogging about in the next posts.
I am back blogging here after some time off where I was busy traveling, working tattoo conventions all over the U.S, tattooing, painting, doing photoshoots, and other many projects that I will share with you on those pages. So stay tuned cause we've been busy here at Lea's Lounge!

  I'd like to share with you guys that Calendar Venture I have been on this year.
I would like to thank all of you that purchased the Calendar. Than you for supporting The art of Tattooing, as that is what you are doing when you buy one of those calendars.
We have been shipping 2013 Lea Vendetta Calendars all over the world: Japan, all over Europe, all over the US!! It has been a Great Success.

This month of February is the last month the Lea Vendetta will be for Sale, so if you do not have yours yet, this is your chance to! The price is $30 and includes S+H
It is a beautiful 11"x17" Artfully done Calendar. this is not your cheap average looking calendar, when I did this project I wantd to make sure that everything was going to be a full pro and Artfully done Piece, because that's what I'm about. So it is a really nice and classic piece to hang on your wall.
All the photos were taken by the Famous and o so talented Robert Alvarado,
here they are and those are the 12 months you will get inside the calendars:
by month, from january to december

I hope you guys will enjoy the calendar, and for those of you who already have it hanging on your wall, I hope you are enjoying and that You will keep enjoying it all year long.
Love to all of You!

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We're sorry for the delay, but we have--at last--picked a winner for the calendar contest! And our winner is....

Comment #10!

Congratulations RubyKM21! Make sure to send us an email at leavendetta@gmail.com so we can send you a copy of the calendar upon its release. Thanks to everyone who entered! We loved reading your comments.

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Everything I Wish I Had Known About Being a Tattooist

When I started my career back in the 1990’s, I had an advantage for my trade with education in art and technique. However, tattooing skin was another medium altogether, a really hard one for many different factors but mainly because of its permanence. The skin is breathing, ever-changing organic matter. You can white out a canvas, but a tattoo is forever. There is no room for error when you’re working with the ink that will change someone’s life.

I feel like this is something that many young tattooists won’t fully understand during those first few years of their career. I think my first bit of advice for aspiring tattoo artist is to make sure that it’s what you really want to do, what you’re committed 100% to perfecting. Ask yourself: Do I have a passion for this? Am I going to stick it out and learn new techniques every day? Am I going to take responsibility for what I create and how I create it?

Remember: This is not something that you should try if you are an artist and would like to try it out just for fun because you saw it on TV once. Do not attempt that, the only thing you will end up doing is losing all your friends because you fucked them up by using them as guinea pigs. Tattooing is a Sacred Art. It transforms people for the rest of their lives; it is not an art form to take lightly.

And if you’re in it for the paycheck, I’m sorry to say this is not a “fast cash” kind of job.

The learning process is long, it is a hard job. Nowadays there is a lot of competition so you have to be the best in order to get the clients.

WARNING: In today’s world MOST apprenticeships are not free.

You should know first off that you will not get paid during an apprenticeship. So be ready to support yourself in other ways while you study and learn the trade. You may even have to pay for your apprenticeship (though if you search hard enough, you may find someone willing to teach you for free.)

If you find that teacher, be grateful.

You may have to sign a contract during a tattoo apprenticeship. Make sure to read all the terms and decide whether or not you agree to them 100% before signing.

There are no guidelines for how long an apprenticeship will last. There is no formal graduation and it depends on the master and the student’s speed of learning. With so many techniques to learn, an apprenticeship can take at least two years to complete.

At the end of the day, no matter how long the apprenticeship lasts, a tattooist is considered a professional in the business after 5 years of experience. 

From what I have seen, Apprentices usually do not even begin to tattoo during their first year. (But again it depends on the level of the student and what the master wants the student to know before touching the skin.)

What should you expect to learn during an apprenticeship?

·        You’ll learn about the technical aspects of tattooing
.    You'll learn about Tattoo History
·        You’ll learn about the medical aspects of tattooing
·        You’ll learn how to speak with customers
·        And you’ll learn how to apply a tattoo

What will you need in order to get an apprenticeship?

Have a good attitude: Be nice, be humble, be respectful, show how passionate you are, be serious, be dedicated, and strive to sponge up knowledge and be a hard worker. Your teacher wants to know that their life-long hard won knowledge will end up in good hands.

Have your own tattoos: It is always better to know how it feels to get and be tattooed in order to get an apprenticeship. A lot of master tattooists will not take somebody looking to get an apprenticeship if they have no tattoos. Plus it is also a good way to begin to meet some people in the industry in your home town or at a convention. You can learn a lot from getting tattooed, if you observe the process.

Have a portfolio:A portfolio is a book that contains all the pictures of drawings, paintings, murals, sculptures, and artistic projects you have done. Now remember, the trade of tattooing is a highly technical field, so the master tattooist you want an apprenticeship from will mostly be impressed by your technique. They will want to see that you are serious about wanting to master techniques in all styles. Nowadays, the level of techniques and artistry in tattooing is so amazing, and there are so many talented tattooists that I would recommend only passionate talented artists to consider becoming a tattoo artist.  If you do not have a portfolio, take art classes and build your portfolio.

Once you have a nice portfolio and you are ready to take it to the tattoo shops of your choice make sure that the tattooist that you pick is someone whose work you admire. Make sure that you respect  them and that you get along with them, because you will be spending a lot of time with them.
*One of the traditional way of getting an apprenticeship is to find a tattooist you love, get a lot of tattoos by them, then once you begin to know them and when the time is right bring your portfolio and ask them about an apprenticeship. This will most likely open doors for you as you have already proved you loved your future teacher's work by getting tattooed by them. It will show them you are serious.

What do you do if you’ve been rejected from an apprenticeship?

Check your attitude, update your portfolio and try another shop. You can also go back to the same shop with an updated portfolio and attitude

Tattooing isn’t always an easy career choice, but with talent and passion it can be fulfilling and a lot of fun!

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Bikinis, Corsets, and Feathers-- Oh My! Enter for a chance to win a Lea Vendetta Calendar!

Just like my art—my fashion sense is drawn to the weird, obscure and crazy! I need a little bit of bad girl flare tied in with vintage fluff. Check out these suits and sets I picked out for the calendar shots. (Then link me to your favorite bikinis/corsets in the comments!) In a few days we’ll pick a comment at random to win a free calendar as soon as its released!

I found it on Hot Topic’s website, and I like the vintage high waist look with the day of the dead skull detail on side.

That outfit was actually custom made for me by a corset company that I love called purrfectpineapples.com. It’s a vegan company, so everything is cruelty free. The style is bomb and everything is all beautifully handmade-- it just doesn't get any better than that! This has to be my favorite corset that I own! I paired the corset-bra-panty set with a pair of beautiful black leather pumps from "Pour la victoire." 

Another bathing suit that I found on the Hot Topic website!  I like the design. Tigers and big cats are always some of my favorite designs, they're strong looking and sexy. I liked the cut on each side of the suit because it makes the body look way curvier, which is always nice. It looks vintage but in a more “seventies vintage” way, I was going for a Disco Farrah Fawcett on acid type of look--and I think it worked well!

Remember that teaser picture we chose with Robert Alvarado? It was in this outfit!

I paired the suit with one of the feathery charm plugs ---which I will have for sale on my site soon.

I paired those cute sunglasses with the 50's Vintage polka dot suit. Everybody needs a pair of those sunglasses this summer!

 What do you think? Don't forget to comment for a chance to win one of the calendars!
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Shooting the Lea Vendetta 2013 Calendar! Behind the Scenes!

Hi guys!

Take a look at this glam pic by Robert Alvarado! I’ve been working with Robert on my new “2013 Lea Vendetta Calendar.”

This shot was taken during the shoot—kind of a sneak peak! This shot exactly won’t be in the calendar, we’re keeping that undercover for now! A big thanks though to the wonderful team, Nancy Morales for Hair and Morgan Panther: MUA

 (Behind the scenes with hair and makeup!) 

We had a great time shooting it—but of course it was hard work too! It was a long and grueling day of nonstop go-go-go hair, make up, outfit changes--  12 of them to be exact!  (Of course one for each month!)

But we made it out alive and gorgeous and we all had fun doing it!

There was so much great energy on set. Robert Alvarado is just so much fun to work with. He’s the kind of guy who just keeps on cracking jokes nonstop, you never know if he's serious or kidding! Robert created beautiful pictures that I am excited to put together in a calendar for my fans and supporters! Also, Nancy Morales did my hair on this shoot and she was amazing to work with, she came up with the perfect flawless hairdo for each outfit! Morgan Panther did her magic on me as she already did before on another shoot where we worked together! She is amazing! She also came up with the perfect make up for each outfit. All of them were sexy, sultry, and outrageously glamorous! I love Morgan’s style!

A whole calendar in one day! Wow! What a challenge! We did it!

This calendar is going to be sexy, edgy and totally bad ass-- just like me! ;)

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..browsing online: Poptower Piece

New profile piece out on Poptower: Lea Vendetta Ink Master pictures, bio, news
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So I'm adding to the new modeling page on www.leaslounge.com and those new pictures come from the Uber Talented Andy Hartmark( http://andyhartmarkphoto.smugmug.com/ ).

We did those in L.A this year and Andy was as cool as his work!! It was great meeting him and I hope I'll have the pleasure to work with him again in the near future! The whole team there was so fun to work with! This photoshoot was done for "Purrfect Pineapples" a 'Sur Mesure'(custom) Corset Company. Not only is the lingerie fun and stylish with mega style, but on top of that all the materials used are guaranteed vegan!

I love Erika! She is one cool chick! Check them out at http://www.purrfectpineapples.com/ The whole team there was great, I'll talk more about that day tomorrow...gotta go to work!

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Update, December 2011

So we updated the site and added a modeling page where you will be able to see some of the modeling work I've done, as well as tattooing and painting, and competing on an extremely challenging Tattoo competition for Spike TV!

I do need my beauty sleep to sling all that work and I rarely get it..but above are some of the photos that we added to the modeling page today.  The beautiful pictures are thanks to Jonathan Dvoretz. ( www.Jonathandvoretz.com) Inked Girls Magazine (July-August 2011) published this beautiful set of pictures that Jonathan and his talented team took in a deserted swampalicious Florida outdoor location. Everything was perfect that day, it allowed for a beautiful flowing photoshoot. That day even the gators were there posing! I almost went for a swim with them..ask Jon! ;)

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Inkmaster Announcement

So "Inkmaster" will be airing soon on SPIKE TV Tuesday January 17th at 10:00 pm.

 Meanwhile you can go check out the contestants and the "Inkmaster" news at: inkmaster.spike.com and here is the trailor for the show!

Check Out the InkMaster Trailer
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December 2011-Inkmaster launching

Many of you must know by now, I am one of the 10 contestants on "Inkmaster" a new Spike TV show, it is the first tattoo competition TV show ever made.

So they have begun the launch of the show in Inked Magazine. You can find that issued right now in the stores, and now they are beginning to advertise a bit all over the place, they just put this video of myself on spike.com let me know what you think!

Check out Meet your Master: Lea Vendetta

It announces the brutal battle that is about to unfold before your eyes. I am both excited and pretty much terrified of what is about to happen as I have no editing power and didnt see any of the episodes! So I will be watching those with as much surprise as you all will. Whatever happens be kind guys, all the contestants are experienced talented tattooists that basically went thru some hardcore sometime hellish times to deliver to you this "piece of entertainment"and they all are AMAZING...we also had some really good times! Thank God! :)

 I hope you will all enjoy the show!

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