We all have those things we regret and it’s not often we get a chance at a do-over, but if one of your regrets is that first tattoo that may or may not have been done by an “artist” of questionable status, then your chance to have that all “done over” is coming up on Sunday, March 19, at B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille when the third annual “Ugly Tattoo Contest” will be held, with the “winner” of the ugliest tattoo getting $400 worth of tattoo work done by local tattoo artist Shotsie Gorman.
There will also be door prizes and a raffle for additional items, which will benefit Planned Parenthood.
Gorman has been doing tattoos for almost 40 years, at a time when they were not only frowned upon by society, but also still illegal in many areas. Gorman was a co-founder of the “Alliance of Professional Tattooists.”
In addition to being a tattoo artist, Gorman is a sculptor, painter and a performance poet. Formerly from New Jersey, he and his wife, Kristine, have settled in Sonoma to raise their family and now operate the Tarot, Art & Tattoo Studio in Boyes Hot Springs.
And to add to the festivities, there will be a performance by Half People, who are essentially half of the act Static People, which features Dmitra Smith on vocals and stand-up drums and Pascal Faivre on guitar and looping devices.
Smith is a professionally trained vocalist with a three octave range and Faivre has roots in the punk scene in France. The duo puts on an interesting show, playing unique versions of obscure cover songs along with some originals.
There is no cover for the show, which kicks off at 6 p.m., but there will be plenty of opportunities to donate to the cause.