So my friend Tom came down from Boston again today and we put this awesome bulldog on his leg, The text reads “Lonesome On’ry and Mean” (like the Waylon Jennings song). It is always nice to hang out with Tom and it was nice to see that his other tattoos from me all healed perfect and still look really nice. Always a good feeling. I spent most of yesterday making my first forays into glass gilding with gold leaf the results were far from stellar but I learned alot on my first two tries. I’m really exited with what I’ve got going so far and will post my next few endeavors. Other than that things at the shop have been quite busy thankfully, and at the end of the month my room mate will be moving out and I will be converting his room into a studio for painting, gilding, and a little tattooing. Pretty excited about that, and Thursday I get my new tooth! Lots of fun things on to the horizon, I have a feeling this is going to be a good summer.
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Hey all just wanted to let you know that my brief run at 8 of Swords Tattoo in Williamsburg has come to a close. For the record Dave Wallin is an amazing tattooer and an even better dude, and it was really awesome getting to work with him for a few weeks. There were just some other factors that didn’t pan out so I had to move on. If you want to get tattooed please send me an email. Or come visit me at Jersey City Tattoo Co. Thanks.
So my friend Pete stopped by today and got this tattoo of a porkchop, you can tell it’s a porkchop because there’s a nice banner there that says “porkchop,” see how that works? Pete is a really awesome guy and I always love hanging out with him, this was the first tattoo he had gotten since I last tattooed him a few years ago when I very first started, and for some reason he let me tattoo him again! It’s a little less straight up traditional than I would normally do, I just felt like trying something different, pretty happy with how it came out.
In other quite surprising news, the owner of the shop that screwed me over last week called me to apologize and offered me Saturdays, I accepted so we’ll see if I actually end up working next Saturday. Life is weird.
In the past 7 days I have done 3 tattoos. only one of them was larger than a silver dollar, all of them were black. The combination of not having work, the recent dismal weather last week, and the fact it gets dark at 4PM now is really taking a toll on me. I can’t wait to start this new place in the Village even if it sucks, just so I’ll have something to DO! Luckily I’ve had this photo project (see my previous post) to keep me busy these past few days, but now I’m at an impasse as I’ve gone through all the photos I have and now need to begin getting some of the 24 other rolls I have laying about, developed. Unfortunately I’m a bit broke at the moment.
Anyway, out of the three tattoos I did this week here is the only one I got a picture of, it’s on one of my best friends, Jason. Jason is a really great graphic designer his work is at once refined, contemporary, and humorous and I admire him very much. you can check out his work HERE. He called me back this week as I had been trying to get some photos I left at his house and asked me if I’d do a quick tattoo on him when he brought the photos over. Of course I was more than happy to, the tattoo is his rendition of the Gadsden Flag filling some space between a couple of sweet tattoos from John Reardon and Scott Campbell. As you can see it’s traditional caption has been slightly shortened (there’s that humor I was talking about).
It was a quick tattoo but we hung out for a little while after, it was nice to spend some time with him as we don’t see each other too much anymore what with me being a homebody and him jet-setting all around the world with the girls in his BAND.
So that’s what I’ve been up to, In case you were wondering. Before I go I’d like to send out a big fuck yeah and high five To our friend Rob Lotzko who will be rejoining the civilized world later today after a recent and unfortunate hiatus. Good to have you back!
So last night after a lovely couples dinner with my best friend, his fiancee and my girlfriend, I decided I would spend the rest of my evening making some needles. Don’t ask me why I decided to make needles as in this day and age they can be bought for next to nothing, I suppose I’m just a fan of outmoded bullshit and foolish behavior. Making needles consists of playing with all sorts of fun stuff , tiny sharp needles, corrosive acid flux, and the star of this story: a 40 watt soldering iron. I had just put together a few needle groupings and was soldering them onto their bars and for some reason (i think I was distracted by the noise of the asshole neighbors partying on the balcony at 1:30am) when I reached for said soldering iron in my periphery I grabbed a little too high up. All i remember was the blinding pain and the hiss of searing flesh, the iron stuck to my finger then finally fell to the ground. My skin was instantly blanched stark white, and holy shit did it ever hurt. After some loving tending to by my girlfriend and 30 minutes under running water my fingers just look like they were stained white, the pain stopped but only because my fingers were now numb instead. Today the stain remains and instead of blistering the burns are slightly sunken in, it hurts a little around the edges but luckily the burnt areas themselves are completely numb, which I’ll take over pain any day. Thankfully I was still able to tattoo Caitlin comfortably today, she got the crybaby from my flash. She also has some awesome tattoos from Eli Quinters and Daniel Albrigo so I felt honored for my little tattoo on her to be in such good company.
Earlier in the week I put another tattoo from my flash on my friend Bill. Bill is an awesome dude who plays in Attake and books metal shows in Brooklyn. He got the “Party Dragon” while we watched intervention and talked about our mutual dislike for pseudo-punk crust-bums.
Anyone who feels like getting anything else from my flash or buying a set, please get in touch. Here’s a picture of my finger. I know it doesn’t look like much, but you can go ahead and try it at home.