Using the ease of the WordPress app, I’ve decided to make this site a lot more than just a music blog… from now on, will be a place for me to post all things that get me excited, including the projects I’m working on. You can expect art, film, graphic design, events, Martha’s Vineyard happenings, and of course music music music!


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When people hear I work at Martha’s Vineyard Tattoo, they usually ask if I’m tattooing… well, no, I’m not. I’m not an artist in that sense, but I love promoting the arts. At MV Tattoo, we’ve put hosting Pop Up Shops to support local artists and we’ve got TWO coming up in June!


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phjess in Dressed MV Magazine

It seems like my To Do list is endless this Spring, but I’m so excited about every project…it’s a wonderful feeling that continuously pushes me past the exhaustion :))

I’m so honored to have a feature in Dressed MV magazine once again this year! Dressed MV is a local fashion magazine put together but the amazing Trena Morrison, who also coordinates Martha’s Vineyard Fashion Week. I just finished my contribution for the June issue and you’ll be able to find the magazine in shops around the island soon!

The look/content of the page is always evolving, but here’s the feature from last September, so you get an idea…
Check out Dressed MV on Facebook!

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Henna at MV Tattoo

Bridgette Bartlett just moved to Edgartown for the summer, and she’s offering her incredible, all natural Henna all over the island. Catch her today at Citrine (VH), and this weekend at LuLuLemon (EDG). 

To really get a feel for the level of talent Bridgette is offering, check her out on Facebook or Instagram, under the name Maple Mehndi. 

Aside from popping up at local shops, fairs and festivals, we’re so excited that Bridgette will also offer Henna by appointment at MV Tattoo on Wednesday afternoons! Come by the shop at the Edgartown Triangle to make an appointment!

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Martha’s Vineyard Sound Festival

*background photo by Shannon Rynd-Ray

Late last week I put together this artist poster for the 2nd annual MV Sound Festival…fitting together the artist names was a crazy fun puzzle that hurt my eyes after several hours in Photoshop!

This fest is right across from the beach at Waban Park in Oak Bluffs. Music, food, beer and local vendors…in other words, a whole lotta fun!

Early bird tickets are on sale NOW…don’t miss out on these prices – $20/day or $35 for both days. Looking at how the lineup is shaping up, that’s a steal!

Visit for more info and to get tickets!

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MV Tattoo on Instagram

During most afternoon hours, I can be found at Martha’s Vineyard Tattoo in Edgartown, where I work part-time. Mark Kito Fuentes is the artist and owner, and I help him do anything and everything – from answering the phone to graphic design to organizing events at the shop.

Mark has a personal Instagram account, but today I started an account for the store —

Follow us: @marthasvineyardtattoo

…and check out the MV Tattoo Facebook page for much more.

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SONG: Dawes

“Things Happen”

The new Dawes album comes out in June and this is the lead single. I have to say, I haven’t been struck by a song this way in a very long time. Every word, every note just seems so perfect to me. I think the band has broken out of their mold a bit here and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album…


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