03 August, 2007


Update about the tattoos: We will be doing the fitting for them next week! It is very exciting. I have also worked up some designs for myself and for other people in the shop. Hopefully someone will have a camera, and I will do a little show and tell. I find it interesting how many people trusted me to design a tattoo for them with little to no input. It has left me feeling very creative.

In other news, I will be designing costumes for UWMC's production of "Dead Man Walking". It is a play based on the movie...and is a project of sorts for small theatres. I really have no idea what it is, but I do know that I will be doing the costumes. I am going to assume that it is contemporary, so not super exciting, but it will be design credit to my name. I will be sure to let you all know how that is going, and will hopefully get some photos uploaded here.

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.

29 July, 2007

Threading it all together

A new place to weave words together, to express thoughts, to display work. This is perhaps the best way to describe this blog. It isn't because I will abandon other places, but because each place will hold opportunities to publish different things.

So I put this out there, a fresh tapestry waiting to weave the words I write into a story cloth.