I tattooed all day, then helped Jimmy build a website for his art stuff. I'm visiting our Roseburg shop, I haven't been down here in years to work. The place looks great.
Next week I go back to work in Seattle at Buddha again. I've got to get stuff for the book signing party at the shop. I'm pretty afraid nobody at all will show up and it'll just be me sitting there with a pile of coloring books and candy. I get really nervous about doing this kind of thing to begin with...being visible in public for any kind of event is odd.
My editor friend calls me the Cascadian Salinger. I a not a great writer so it doesn't work well as a comparison. But not wanting to meet and greet? Yeah. That works.
I can work a tattoo convention no problem- I can talk to tattoo artists and spend a whole weekend talking shop with colleagues. I can collaborate with other artists and be close to them, be in big groups of any kind of artist, without any fear or real worry. But the people who buy or look at my work make me nervous if it's an event of any kind.
I don't know why.