Thursday, September 5, 2013

baking and culinary tattoos



Hello, Bread and Honey! Lots and lots of crazy-ass stuff has been going on for me over the last couple of years. Learning to tattoo has been an experience that I've been likening to having a newborn baby. It's the exact same combination of fear of failure, grueling work hours, and awkward fumbling with new motor skills, coupled with the joy of creating something new, the knowledge that you've found something that you're going to love indefinitely, and the acceptance and realization that This Is Your Life Now. I have a kid, so I'm not making this shit up. It's been the same rollercoaster of emotions. SORRY TO GET ALL SAPPY BUT I HAVE FEELINGS.

Anyway I just came here to post because I was thinking about how, in a roundabout way, making this food blog to begin with has provided me with a base of really cool people who like my work. So many of you have followed my work from here to tumblr/pinterest and I've had the opportunity to do so many super cool food-related tattoos. I wanted to share some that I've made recently.

This first one was actually what made me think I should come here and check in. Calantha is a woman who had followed this blog, followed my work elsewhere, and came from CANADA to get a tattoo from me on her BIRTHDAY and that BLEW MY MIND. The internet is awesome. Calantha is a bread baker and she is opening a bakery in Ontario called Elora Bread Trading Co. HI CALANTHA!

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Lindsay is a local baker who came to me to illustrate baking botanicals to celebrate her loves. I used the floral portions of different herbs and spices and tied them together with a rose (i love baked goods with rosewater!) because rose tattoos are awesome.

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Rachel is a Montessori teacher and she is super cool and I like her and she is getting a sleeve pieced together and she got this pretty sprig of rosemary, an herb that I love:

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ARTICHOKE. DUDE. Also no pressure but Stephanie was on a trip from her adopted hometown in Scotland and getting tattooed by different artists throughout her trip!! She gifted me a delicious little bottle of Scotch that tasted like sweet tequila, somehow.

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Jeremy is a nice young man and he apparently loves beets quite a bit. Which makes sense because beets are fucking delicious.

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Okay that's probably enough for this tangent. I think what I'm saying is, keep em coming. I love doing food tattoos. I love that food brings people together blah blah blah sentimental, etc. But seriously- Thanks for everything, everyone.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

hello

i got to do 2 very different tattoos on 2 very different farmers from different parts of the country this week and i felt like sharing.

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Sam Lamb runs Early Bird Acres, 2 hours outside of Oklahoma City. I've followed her photography online for years and we coincidentally have a friend in common who lives in Portland, so I was able to hang out and tattoo her this week.

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She wanted a blue egg inspired by the eggs she collects on her farm, and some cute blue wildflowers.


The other woman I tattooed, I know very little about but I spent a really pleasant 2 hours giving her these solid black bands around her arm:

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She is an organic farmer in Port Townshend, WA and she also teaches creative movement and dance at a summer camp for small children, and does substance abuse counseling for teens. She was amazing! We talked about farming and raising animals and all kinds of stuff.

I love my job.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

hello!


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hello! just poking my head in here for a couple of updates. i'm now a licensed tattooer at Anatomy Tattoo, in Portland, OR. You can find me there Wednesday-Sunday, 12-8. I'm available for walk-ins and custom appointments.

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On the internets I'm most frequently updating my tumblr with tattoo-related things, pictures of beautiful stuff i like, and not much else: alicecarrier.tumblr.com

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I appreciate all the love and interest in this blog over the years, even though I'm on to other projects! Thanks again to everyone who has commented, said hello in person or via email, and anyone who likes to bake or cook.

-Alice Carrier (still at alicecarrier.com if you need to update your links!)

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

now you know where to find me!

alicecarrier.com!!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

final death rattle

throwdown

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oh excuuuuuse me

lemony

corny

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blut

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good bye food blog! i am tired of you!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

raspberry summer

my friends let me pick berries in their AMAZING BACKYARD the other day

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spy the beehive behind the currant grove:

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this backyard is totally like the most epic secret-garden-perfect-backyard ever, totally overgrown (despite jeff's constant pruning and work- i've seen him! he works all the time back there!) it's exactly the kind of yard i fantasize about but would never, ever, have the energy to keep up on.

here are some awesome cakes that my friend sammy decorated for the bakery!



sammy's hipster cakes

she's really into geometric patterns and mathy art and cool universe stuff and YACHT and cool things like that, haha! i thought these cakes reminded me of cool 70's sweaters. they all sold really fast!

speaking of the bakery i get these weird faces on the bottom of my naked portafilter a lot:

oh no!

i don't know if i have it in me to explain a naked portafilter to non-coffee nerds but basically there is NO WAY for me to force a face to show up, it's a drip pattern that happens ALL BY ITSELF and it happens at least a couple of times a day. sometimes i get a perfect little smiley face, too. it's really weird/awesome. the only embarrassing thing is that if you ARE enough of a coffee nerd to know what this thing is, then you know that the only way i could get a face to show up is to not clean out my portafilter long enough for the drip pattern to dry on the bottom of the basket. SHHHH.

HERE IS THE WORLD'S MOST PERFECT SNACK:

snack perfection

dried black mission figs, raw almonds, a hunk of raw milk cheese, and a macchiato.



i have been drawing a lot and doing more tattoos.

speaking of tattoos i went ahead and started a special tattoo blog where i will post some of the tattoos that i do! http://alicetattoo.blogspot.com tadaaaa!

the last few days have been cool and i'm hoping it will heat back up. give me muggy or give me death! i want to really look forward to october, you know what i mean?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

distilled

despite my natural tendency to make fun of gingers (the gingervitis episode of south park DESTROYS ME, hahaha), i am constantly surrounded by gingers that i LOOOOOVE.

case in point, one of my very close friends, heidi.
heidi's a babe.

heidi is basically family to me, and our kids are bffs so we like to spend some time together now and again. tonight we spent some time together of the drinking variety and at some point we decided to do some DISTILLING. long story short, recently she and her partner made some delicious smelling rose water by distillation process, and as she described it to me it, occurred to us that we could do any sort of fragrant plant and see how it turned out, so tonight we experimented with some fresh herbs that were growing in my backyard.

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thyme water

we started out with a bunch of thyme but as it was going, it smelled pretty gross, honestly. after we chilled the distilled liquid it smelled better, though. (wait i bet you are all like HOW THE FUCK DID YOU MAKE THIS DISTILLED LIQUID!!!! but stfu i'm getting there!)

after all the thyme got fucked up we decided to switch to sage because i'm growing both and that shit came out way better.



OKAY probably by now you are really mad that i haven't described this process to you. the simplest way to describe it is that you are boiling shit with a lid on it and collecting the drops of water that form on the inside of the lid. but trickier because you use a little bowl inside the pot and you put ice on top of the lid to form even more condensation than normal.

here is a link to describe it better than my drunk dumb ass could at one a.m.: http://tipnut.com/how-to-make-rose-water-4-recipes/

i don't know if that is comprehensible to you, but my friend showed me, which is good because i am a dumbass about following instructions without pictures.

i will say that with the thyme, i trimmed off whole sprigs and the resulting concoction smelled dirty and musty as it boiled. first i brought the whole thing to a boil and let it simmer, and i think it was gross. with the sage, i picked JUST THE LEAVES, no stems, and i brought the water to a mild simmer before adding the leaves and then covering. i don't know if the methods made any crazy difference but i will say that after chilling, the thyme water smelled really good, different than when it was hot. and the sage smelled delicious the whole time.

speaking of pictures, here is my new bike that i haven't named yet, i love it:

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well anyway, friendos. hope you all are well.