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O.C. musician Stacy Clark gets tattoo on ‘LA Ink'

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

With all of the success she’s had in the past year – signing to Vanguard Records, releasing her album “Connect the Dots” last August and winning the Best Pop category at the 2011 OC Music Awards – local musician Stacy Clark decided to mark these milestones with a brand new tattoo.

After seeing the work of “LA Ink” star Dan Smith, Clark signed up online to appear on the show. She went through an audition process and eventually Smith agreed to tattoo a medium-sized hot air balloon (which appears on the cover of Clark’s latest release) on the middle of her back at Kat Von D‘s High Voltage Tattoo in Los Angeles, which is where the show is filmed.

“It was like getting a job,” Clark says of the audition process. “I had to go and sit in front of a camera and tell my story … it was a little awkward.”

Click here to see video of Clark getting her tattoo by LA Ink star Dan Smith.

Clark says she had no idea that Smith had previously tattooed in Orange County and was the frontman of the Dear & Departed, a rock quartet which formed in the area.

“It’s such a small, small world,” she says. “I really had no idea and when we sat down and he started tattooing, we realized that we knew tons of the same people.”

The episode didn’t air on the previous season of “LA Ink” however, but does appear on the show’s official website. Clark says she loves her new ink and the way she was portrayed in the segment.

“I am happy with how they edited it. It was a weird situation because they drill you about your life with a camera in your face and you’re like ‘Oh my God, I don’t want to talk about some of this stuff,’ and then you’re bawling.”

Now, Clark says she’s back in the studio and working on a new album with producer Matt Appleton, who worked on her last effort. She’s also working on a yet-to-be-titled side project and heading out on a mini tour in October.

Clark performed the last of her month-long Sunday night residencies at Hard Rock Café on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles on Sunday.


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