31 July, 2007


I would like to show all of you some of the work that I have been doing. I am currently the assistant costume designer for "Urinetown: The Musical " that is being produced by PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria, CA. As a part of my duties I was asked to design two tattoos that will be used in the show.
This is a faucet that I modified from a clip art photo I found online. The actor asked for a tattoo with a water reference. If you know anything about the musical, it makes sense that it's dripping. Possibly showing desire for water, or possibly the drops represent how many times he's pee-ed illegally. Who knows. The story isn't mine to make up, just the tattoo!
Here is a lady that I was told to design and I used vintage Vargas pinups as inspiration. The actor didn't get any input on this one, but the designer and I had fun! She has a water reference as well, she is wearing a bathing suit. Albeit one that would fall off if she removed her hands. I really had fun doing this one.

Both of the tattoos were a bit of a challenge because they are done in grey scale. Alright, so really they are done with a mechanical pencil, but the idea was to make them in grey scale. You can't really tell in these pictures, but there is hardly any white in the images, as shading was used to give them a 3-D feeling. I just hope that it shows up in the tattoo on the body. We are going to have "tattoo fittings" as soon as the temporary tattoo paper comes in. I'll be sure to let you all know how it goes. (These images are copyrighted and may only be used with the express permission of Crystal S. Heckert)

Other than that, nothing really new is going on. Just working. The summer is quickly coming to an end, and I am excited to get this show open.

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