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Monday, February 11, 2019

This is Going to Hurt a Little: Photos from the Inked Hearts Expo

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 8:31 PM

Tattoo artist David Chavera, of Local Boy Tattoo in San Antonio, Texas, preps a "Much Love" design in Spanish on the neck of Roxanne Reche, of Willow Creek. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Tattoo artist David Chavera, of Local Boy Tattoo in San Antonio, Texas, preps a "Much Love" design in Spanish on the neck of Roxanne Reche, of Willow Creek.

The 10th annual Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo at Blue Lake Casino hosted 35 tattoo artists and other vendors last Thursday through Sunday. Organizers Ted and Amy Marks brought in a familiar line up of tattoo artists, including Liz Cook, Lisa Hower, Tye Harris and Liz Venom, among others, as well as a good mix of new faces. See the slideshow below for highlights of the festivities.)

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Photos from the Beaver Sisters

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 6:26 PM

The hard-drinking, fun-loving Beaver Sisters host their hot mess of a telethon. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The hard-drinking, fun-loving Beaver Sisters host their hot mess of a telethon.

The Beaver sisters (played by local artists Sarah McKinney, Maggie Lally and Janessa Johnsrude) transformed Eureka’s Synapsis Nova on Friday into a setting for an angst-ridden fundraiser telethon with a major problem: No one calls in to donate money. The plot’s backstory for The Beaver Sisters Present: The Beaverettes is that the toxin-laden river is threatening to destroy their lodge unless they raise enough money to prevent it. See the slideshow below for the boozy highlights.

Due to the lack of callers throughout the telethon, Marge, Musty and Betty Beaver are frantic and at interpersonal odds with each other at times in coming up with individual fundraising ideas (allowing each of these talented performers a full range of funny moments). And a bonus throughout the comedy show: It turns out the Beaver sisters have fantastic singing voices.

The Beaver Sisters Present: The Beaverettes was created in residence at Dell'Arte International, where the artists are graduates in physical theater. The show next heads out a December tour to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Do not miss the next chance to catch them locally.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Photos from Ohana Comic Con

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 8:43 PM

A large crowd of attendees wandered through a mix of vendors and featured artists at Ohana Comic Con. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • A large crowd of attendees wandered through a mix of vendors and featured artists at Ohana Comic Con.
A surprisingly large crowd of costumed cartoon, movie and anime fans (estimated between 800 and 1,000) filled the Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel on Saturday for its first ever Ohana Comic Con. Organizers of the event used the Hawaiian word “ohana,” meaning “family,” to attract families. The cheap tickets (in contrast with big comic con events) also helped bring in a crowd.

The two-day event hosted two costume contests, a wide mix of vendor tables, special guest artists and a few local artists. Event organizers were surprised and pleased at the attendance and hinted at a return event next year. Check out the scene in the slideshow below.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tattoos and Suspension: Photos from the Native Ink Expo

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 8:15 AM

Nahaan (left), of Seattle, focuses on the design style of Northwest Pacific Coast practices, designs and customs of ceremonial tattooing. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Nahaan (left), of Seattle, focuses on the design style of Northwest Pacific Coast practices, designs and customs of ceremonial tattooing.

Needing a break from the North Country Fair late Saturday afternoon and looking for an opportunity to renew my interest in our daughter's profession as a tattoo artist, I headed south to the first (promising to be annual) Native Ink Tattoo Expo event at the Bear River Casino Resort. The event ran Friday through Sunday.

The all-ages tattoo expo in the large rec center building hosted a few local and several national tattoo artists who were busy with bookings on Saturday, along with a few cannabis-related, art and clothing vendors. See the slideshow below for highlights of the day.

I was distracted from looking at tattoo flash and a few examples of "Native ink" by watching the Captain's Side Show and the new-to-me aerial-suspensions performances — a form of body modification that involves hanging a human body by hooks attached to ropes that is considered a therapeutic experience by some. (Warning: While not bloody, images of suspension, which appear at the end of the slideshow, freak some folks out.)

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Katy Warner and Madelyn Covey Geek Out at the Sanctuary

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 8:35 PM

Madelyn Covey,'s "Wonder Woman," watercolor on wallpaper, 2017. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Madelyn Covey,'s "Wonder Woman," watercolor on wallpaper, 2017.

“This is about otaku-dom: intense, obsessive fandom,” Katy Warner said, using the Japanese word that fans worldwide have adopted to describe obsession. She was referring to the screenprints and collages she is showing at the Sanctuary in Arcata through Sept. 6, dense with snippets of text, “based on the plot of the Japanese role-playing game I invented in high school.”

Otaku of every stripe will find their enthusiasm mirrored by the works in Cosplay / Larkspur, a two-person show at the Sanctuary that features prints and collages by Warner and paintings by her fellow Mills alumna Madelyn Covey. Covey lives in Oakland and works at Creative Growth, a nonprofit serving artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. Warner supervises arts programming at the Sanctuary in Arcata and manages the print room there.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Photos from the 56th Klamath Salmon Festival

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 7:06 PM

In a Gensaw family tradition, Sam and Donovan Gensaw helped their grandfather Danny Gensaw cook fresh salmon over an open fire for the Salmon Festival. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • In a Gensaw family tradition, Sam and Donovan Gensaw helped their grandfather Danny Gensaw cook fresh salmon over an open fire for the Salmon Festival.

The tasty smell of fresh Klamath River salmon cooking the traditional way over an open fire mingled with the tangy smell of smoke from wildfires at the Yurok Tribe's 56th annual Klamath Salmon Festival on Sunday. The Yurok tribe had canceled serving salmon in 2016 and 2017 due to low fish runs.

The event's annual parade featured two grand marshals who are military veterans, Joe Pitt (89) of Klamath, and Irving Wilder, of Weitchpec.

In a new addition to Sunday's usual family fun, live music, car show and a wide array of vendors and information booths, seven expert traditional basket weavers from different local tribes worked in a tent area filled with different types of ceremonial regalia, basketry and other cultural objects. See the slideshow below for highlights.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Grainy Photos from the Sand Sculpture Festival

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 6:26 PM

The Best of Show sand sculpture "Tale of the Plastic Whale," neared completion with the help of Northcoast Environmental Center volunteers Taylor Zenobia (left), Casey Cruikshank (right) and NEC Coastal Program Coordinator Madison Peters. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The Best of Show sand sculpture "Tale of the Plastic Whale," neared completion with the help of Northcoast Environmental Center volunteers Taylor Zenobia (left), Casey Cruikshank (right) and NEC Coastal Program Coordinator Madison Peters.

The 23rd annual Sand Sculpture Festival sponsored by Friends of the Dunes took place on Saturday under cool overcast skies at a new location on the beach at the Samoa Drag Strip (easy access and lots of parking). Fifteen artist teams and a few other freelancers showed up to have fun creating amazing sand sculptures in a very temporary medium — think high tide. They could use only sand, water and items found on the beach. Check out photos of the entries in the slideshow below.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Photos from Northern Nights

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 7:03 PM

Worthy b2b Option4 perform at the main stage of Northern Nights Music Festival on Friday evening. - PHOTO BY ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Photo by Alexander Woodard
  • Worthy b2b Option4 perform at the main stage of Northern Nights Music Festival on Friday evening.

With temps in the 90s and stage lights ablaze, the Northern Nights Music Festival was a hot ticket this past weekend. If you couldn't make it up to Cooks Valley Campground — or if you crashed out hard on the Grove Stage beds — here's Alexander Woodard's slideshow of some of the DJ and live band shows, dancing, river frolicking, trippy black-light art, outdoor yoga and impromptu didgeridoo you might have missed Friday and Saturday.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Kinetic Finish Line Photos

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2018 at 7:14 PM

Team CRABBA and others celebrated a glorious crossing of the Ferndale finish line. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Team CRABBA and others celebrated a glorious crossing of the Ferndale finish line.

All over Humboldt County, Kinetic Grand Championship racers are likely still icing their quads from the 50th annual three-day human-powered sculpture race over land and water that ended on Ferndale's Main Street on Monday. In the end, the Grand Championship trophy went to Team Trilo Bike and its diner on wheels. But ACE awards (for carrying everyone and everything you need along the journey with you the whole time, among other strict rules) and just plain dragging your team over the finish line in the Memorial Day sunshine are worthy of celebration. Enjoy Mark McKenna's photos of the glory-fest in the slideshow below. Then get back in the garage and start building your rig for next year.


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Monday, May 28, 2018

Splashdown! Photos from Kinetic Day 2

Posted By on Mon, May 28, 2018 at 11:34 AM

Yabba-Doo-Ya hit the water hard. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Yabba-Doo-Ya hit the water hard.
Hang onto your paddles, the Kinetic Grand Championship's 50th annual Humboldt Bay crossing made a splash with the amphibious leg of the race yesterday. Photographer Mark McKenna was there to catch the flipping, floating and fun. Enjoy the highlights in the slideshow below — from outside the splash zone.

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