Virginia Marting

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Uncensored Celebration benefit for ACLU of Oregon

I made a poster for Uncensored Celebration, an art show benefit for the ACLU of Oregon celebrating free expression and social justice. Local artists were call to design a poster around the main fights that ACLU of Oregon is having right now. I decided to focus on immigrants rights and the NO TO MEASURE 1O5 which will be in the ballot next November election and it’s trying to remove Oregon from being a Sanctuary State.

The all process of making the poster was a great experience for me. Attending some meetings at ACLU with other artists and learning about their work. Meeting other artists that want to help with their work to inspire change and work towards social justice. The making of the poster. I’m very happy with it. Sadly I couldn’t use the colors I had on mind so the poster turned a bit saturated.

The exhibition will be host at Lagunitas Community Room on October 4th. Posters will be for sale and artists in attendance. $15 tickets include two drinks and tacos. Please support this event and the work of ACLU. Buy tickets here!

Realicé un póster para Uncensored Celebration, una exhibición de arte para la ACLU de Oregon que celebra la libertad de expresión y la justicia social. Artistas locales fuimos llamados a diseñar un póster sobre las principales peleas que ACLU de Oregon está teniendo en este momento. Decidí centrarme en los derechos de los inmigrantes y el NO A LA MEASURE 1O5, que estará en las elecciones de noviembre y está tratando de eliminar a Oregón de ser un Estado santuario.

Todo el proceso de hacer el póster fue una buena experiencia para mí. El asistir a algunas reuniones en ACLU con otros artistas y aprender sobre su trabajo. Conocer a otros artistas que quieren ayudar con su trabajo para inspirar el cambio y trabajar por la justicia social. La realización del póster. Estoy muy contenta. Tristemente no pude usar los colores que tenía en mente, así que el póster quedo un poco saturado.
La exhibición será en la Sala Comunitaria Lagunitas el 4 de octubre. Los carteles estarán a la venta y los artistas estaremos presentes. Los boletos de $ 15 incluyen dos bebidas y tacos. Por favor apoye este evento y el trabajo de ACLU. ¡Compre boletos aquí!

First Friday Special

Every First Fridays of the month I offer special prices on my Traditional Designs. Usually you can choose from more than 25 designs, I add new ones each month.

• Bold black line tattoo: $60

• Gray shading tattoo: $65

•Three colors tattoo: $75

No cover up, hands, feet, neck or head tattoo for this special. We can talk about this things for a regular price.

I usually work on “First Come First Serve” basis but it’s always good to let me know if you are coming.

NOON to 8 PM

DVC TATTOO in Vancouver WA Downtown, 105 E 9 St – 98660


Todos los primeros viernes del mes ofrezco precios especiales en mis diseños tradicionales. Por lo general, puedes elegir entre más de 25 diseños y añado nuevos cada mes.

• Tatuaje de línea negra: $ 60

• Tatuaje de sombreado gris: $ 65

• Tatuaje de tres colores: $ 75

No cover up, manos, pies, cuello o cabeza para este especial. Podemos hablar de esto por un precio regular. Normalmente trabajo en base al “Primero en llegar, primero en servir”, pero siempre es bueno avisarme si vienes.

12 a 8 PM en DVC TATTOO en Vancouver WA Downtown, 105 E 9 St – 98660

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th is already here!

Probably you all know that on Friday the 13th tattoo shops have special deals on little flash tattoos. Here is mine: $31 for line tattoos and $50 for color on these specific designs (picture above). The designs are around 2″ inches big.

I’ll be at the shop from noon to 7pm, first come first serve basis.

The designs will be available at regular prices after the Friday the 13th event.

Write me an email if you have any questions: (I’ll be busy tattooing tomorrow so don’t except me to answer back then, but I’ll if you write to me before).

DVC TATTOO in Vancouver, WA downtown: 105 E 9 St. , 98660. Friday July 13th, noon to 7pm.

First Friday Special

Every First Fridays of the month I offer special prices on my Traditional Designs. Usually you can choose from more than 25 designs, I add new ones each month.

• Bold black line tattoo: $60

• Gray shading tattoo: $65

•Three colors tattoo: $75

No cover up, hands, feet, neck or head tattoo for this special. We can talk about this things for a regular price.

I usually work on “First Come First Serve” basis but it’s always good to let me know if you are coming.

NOON to 8 PM

DVC TATTOO in Vancouver WA Downtown, 105 E 9 St – 98660

Inspired by wildlife.




Wilderness: A wild and natural large tract of land that has not been significantly affected by human activities.

This summer I decided to come closer to wilderness. I have lived in Portland for the last 10 years, working inside for the last 5 years or more and even if I always kept a close relationship with the outside, cultivating a garden, going camping once a year and visiting close friends at their farm I felt that I needed more. I want to be closer to nature and contemplate it. My husband and I decided to commit to a weekly day hike. Trying to explore new paths and see what’s around. We are so privileged living in the Pacific North West! In an hour and a half drive you can be appreciating a the sounds of the wind and the trees or a river or birds. You can appreciate silence. I find myself recognizing native plants, flowers, mushrooms and trees and if I’m lucky I can see a bird or a creature. (Luckily I didn’t run into any bear or mountain lion! but I saw an owl, the one on the picture).

I want to do tattoos inspired in wilderness and wildlife this coming months. I want to hear from you and your connection with this.

I’ll be offering a 15% off on wilderness and wildlife inspired design till the end of the summer. Contact me for an appointment.

Tierra salvaje:  Gran extension de tierra salvaje y natural  que no ha sido afectada significativamente por las actividades humanas.

Este verano decidí acercarme más a la naturaleza salvaje. Viví en Portland durante los últimos 10 años, trabajando en interiores los últimos 5 años o más y aunque siempre mantuve una estrecha relación con el exterior, cultivando un jardín y huerta, acampando una vez al año y visitando amigos en su granja sentí que necesitaba más. Quiero estar más cerca de la naturaleza y contemplarla. Mi esposo y yo decidimos comprometernos a un día semanal de caminata. Tratando de explorar nuevos caminos y ver lo que hay alrededor. ¡Tenemos el privilegio de vivir en el noroeste del Pacífico! En una hora y media en auto puedes apreciar  los sonidos de un río, el viento, los arboles y pájaros. Se puede apreciar el silencio. Me encuentro reconocimiento plantas nativas, flores, setas y árboles y si tengo suerte que puedo ver un pájaro o una criatura. (Por suerte no me encontre a ningun oso o jaguar!, pero vi un buho, el de la fotografía).

Quiero hacer tatuajes inspirados en la naturaleza salvaje y la vida silvestre estos próximos meses. Quiero escuchar tu conexión con esto.

Estoy ofreciendo  un 15% de descuento en diseños inspirados en lo natural y salvaje hasta el final del verano. Ponte en contacto conmigo conmigo para una cita.


Strange Dreams 

I made this series of inks for Strange Dreams collective show, I’ll have a couple more inks from older collections and tote bags for sale. I decided to donate 30% of the sales on this show to Voz Workers Center

Friday 30th from 6pm to 10 pm, 721 NW 9th Ave suite 200 (Ecotrust building), Portland OR.  Come have a beer, some tasty snacks, listen to some music and dance if you feel like it. The work of over 20 artist will be on the space.

Strange Dreams brings together a new collective of Portland artists showing work sparked by the confusion, anger, and surrealness of the current political climate. Perhaps you felt like you stepped into a warped reality on Election Day or Inauguration Day. Whatever the case, we are all collectively living in the same strange dream. Come grab a beer, have some tasty food, enjoy some tunes, and make your way through the beautiful space with pieces that reflect the times.

$5-10 suggested donation at the door.

 Each artist will give a portion of their proceeds to an organization of their choice. 

Winter Tattoo Flash


I like to offer Special Flash each season. Winter is here and as the days get longer I would like to tattoo some of these designs.

Witch Hazel and Murray Valley Queen flowers are going to surprise us any moment here in Portland. The birch trees on a hike near the river and some home essentials to have a cozy time.

Any of these designs are $85 till the spring comes. Contact me for an appointment.

Tattoos for Standing Rock Water Protectors


I’ll be tattooing these designs to fundraise money for Standing Rock Camps. Water protectors are fighting peacefully to protect their sacred places and the water from Missouri river. It’s a history of Native Americans standing against the construction of pipe lines. This might be one of their biggest fights and they need help and support.
I work at DVC Tattoo and they support this by not taking any commission of the tattoos which allows me to offer them at a very affordable price. Designs are from $40 to $100 and all the money will be send to the camps.
I’ll be tattooing them starting on Friday the 25th and every Thursday till December 15th. I will appreciate it if you schedule an appointment for this by email or by phone 503.719.2479. (If these days don’t work well for you we can try to find a better time).
Please spread the word about this.

Here the FB event.

For other ways to help the Water Protectors please visit their  website.

Voy a estar tatuando esta serie de disenos para juntar dinero para  los campamentos de Standing Rock. Los “Protectores del agua” estan luchando pacificamente para protejer sitios sagrados y el agua del rio Missouri. Historicamente los nativos y pueblos originarios de Norteamerica se han opuesto a la contruccion de conductos de petroleo y gas. Esta quizas sea una de sus luchas mas grandes y necesitan apoyo y ayuda.

Yo trabajo en el estudio de tatuajes DVC Tattoo y ellos apoyan esta propuesta no cobrando comision sobre los tatuajes que ofrezco para esta causa, lo cual me permite ofrecer estos disenos por un precio reducido. 

Collection of tools


“Collection of tools” is a series of illustrations in mixed media (ink & acrylic paint on paper and wood). Inspired on tools that people in the trades have been using to work for years.
Objects of art that can help to create new objects, to create ourselves, to create our stories.

Tool : a device or implement, especially one held in the hand, used to carry out a particular function / that with which one prepares something / a handheld device that aids in accomplishing a task / something (as an instrument or apparatus) used in performing an operation or necessary in the practice of a vocation or profession / a piece of equipment that you use to help you do a job, esp. something that you use with your hands to make or repair something / A tool is also anything that helps you to do something you want to do.


At Salvage Works from  July 21st to August 16th 2016. 2024 N Arguile -97217- Portland. (Open 7 days a week)


“Collección de herramientas” es un serie de ilustraciones realizadas en técnica mixta (tinta y acrilico sobre papel y madera). Inspirada en herramientas que la gente a utilizado por años en el comercio.

Objetos de arte que ayudan a crear nuevos objetos, a crearnos a nosotros mismos a crear nuestras historias.

Herramienta: un dispositivo o instrumento , especialmente uno en la mano , que se utiliza para llevar a cabo una determinada función / aquello con la que se prepara algo / un instrumento de mano que ayuda en el cumplimiento de una tarea / algo ( como un instrumento o aparato ) que se utilizan en la realización de una operación o necesaria para la práctica de una vocación o profesión / una pieza de equipo que se utiliza para ayudar a hacer un trabajo, esp . algo que se utiliza con las manos para hacer o reparar algo / Una herramienta es también cualquier cosa que ayuda a hacer algo que quieras hacer.


En Salvage Works desde el 21 de Julio hasta el 16 de Agosto del 2016. N Arguile 2024, 97217, Portland, Or. (Abierto 7 días a la semana).