Hello! It’s been a long time since I’ve visited this section of my website for purposes other than nostalgia. I’m so glad to be back, and I’m so glad you’re here to follow what I’m sure will be a whirlwind of a tour.
I’d first heard of Doll Skin during my senior year, when I transcribed an interview with Otep and heard the frontwoman describe their most recent tour. I googled them to make sure I was spelling their name correctly, and I was pleasantly surprised to see not only an all-girl group, but a young group. In this day and age, it SHOULDN’T be unusual, but it IS unusual.
Fast forward a year or so, and I heard they were playing Mesa Music Festival. I ran down there with my friend (and current roommate) and covered the set. I remember thinking they were outrageously fun to shoot, and that they were so cool.
They announced tour after tour, and I’d drop in after every announcement, usually bugging Meghan with a friendly but persistent “let me know if you’re looking for a tour photographer!” And they never were. One day, right before I was heading back to Phoenix after winter break, I got a message asking if I’d be interested in shooting some promo photos. I leaped at the chance, and said I’d do them at a much lower price if they put my name into consideration next time they were looking for a photographer.
Then they said yes!
I don’t like to sit here and pretend that I’m dodging tour offers left and right because… I’m not doing that at all. Getting on tour as a professional at 19 isn’t easy, and I spend a lot of time sending emails, pitching myself, and being told “no” (usually I’m just ignored). A lot of the time between these tour blogs is spent doing favors for people to get in their good graces, and I’m certainly not bitter about it, but good lord, I’ve been paying my dues for a long time.
But I’ve made it! I’m writing this from the car on the way to LAX, and I think this is the least busy I’ve been in a month. I just got back from visiting Indiana, which was not a restful trip, and before that, I’ve been trying to get ahead on my school work so missing a week won’t screw me over. My apartment has been a madhouse, and I’d like to shout out my roommate for toting me around at all hours of the night to finish getting my prints ready, my parents for dealing with my panicked phone calls, and all of you for buying prints! My life is a happy mess, thank you all for dealing with me. I was also overwhelmed by the support I received on my print sale—I never expected it to be such a hit, but it really helps me out financially.
If you’ve been around me in the past month, you know I’ve been bursting at the seams about this tour. I was convinced I wasn’t going to end up on tour this spring, and the timing is another miracle. I was secretly, internally worried that I would hit a slump with touring, and my two runs last year would be it for me, so I’m obviously glad that didn’t happen. I’ve never been to Europe, and I’m also excited to go out on an all-female tour.
This whole thing is kind of nuts, and I feel like I haven’t totally wrapped my head around it yet. Running around Europe with a bunch of kickass girls, doing what I love, spending my birthday in Italy, and producing content that could get me on other tours? What?
We’ve made it to the airport, so we’re chilling out for the moment. I’m getting to know the girls better, and we’re getting along great. We have a 10 hour flight ahead of us, so I’m running off to stretch my legs! Stay tuned for more updates on this crazy journey!