Big Thangs…

NEWS!  Big NEWS!!!

On November 17th, I will be relocating back to my beloved Gem City, DAYTON, OH!

On an even bigger news front, I will be going back to tattooing with my dear friend, mentor and all around tattoo badass Chad Wells (as well as the phenomenal Matt Clemmer)!  I will be taking appointments at Wells & Co. Custom Tattoo and laying down some tattoo wizardry myself :)

You can also reach me at my Facebook page, or by emailing me at my email address found there in.

In other news, keep a look out for other projects from yours truly coming up, like the art screen printing shop I am starting with my main homie Tim… it’s called Cheap Thrills, more details soon.

You can also pick up my first printed work, a t-shirt that I designed for my friends, Dayton Psychobilly Monsters THE LOVELESS!  You can get one by contacting them by clicking the link above, or by contacting me. Check the pic below!

Thanks for all of your support and thanks, as always, for stopping by!

Maybeline, Why Can’t You Be True…

So this is kind of art, kind of not art.  In either case, I figure it’s my blog, so I will share it anyways ;)

Here’s what’s been taking up some of my time this summer, and I finally finished it up and got it out on the road.  It’s a 1962 (maybe 1961) Firestone Speed Cruiser.  I got it as restored as I possibly could, short of trying to duplicate the coulors and repaint it… I decided that I didn’t want that misery in my life ;) beyond that, there’s something cool about having EVERYTHING be original parts and paint.

It was my mom’s from when she was a kid… I think it’s pretty rare nowadays to get something that is vintage that has only had one previous owner.  In our throw-away society, it seems even more rare that these classic items exist.








Oh, and I named her Maybeline, one of my favorite Chuck Berry tunes :)

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Old School…

Here’s a painting I completed a little while back.  The inspiration came from watching Marcus Kuhn’s web series “Gypsy Gentleman”  If you have yet to check it out, do so, you won’t regret it.

Kuhn does a great job explaining a piece of old sailor tattooing that is seemingly going to be forgotten to the depths of history.  As I have said previously, I have a huge love and appreciation for history, especially when it comes to tattooing and punk rock.

What’s cool about this post (from my perspective) is that I have progress shots to show you how I work (minus all of the sloppy paint dripping and cursing)… It is rare that I have several shots of a painting or project to show you how it goes.

Enough jibber-jabber, check ’em out!


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Busy B…

I swear I haven’t left you… all three of you… I have been busy making art and creating and doing all sorts of stuff! Plus my new joe-job that has been keeping me kinda busy. But it is all GOOD. I am making money and working towards getting back to my tattoo starting point of Dayton, OH and getting back to rocking the rotaries again (possibly even some *gasp* converted and rebuilt coil machines!)!

I have plenty of stuff to share, some paintings, some sketches, a finished logo, a rebuilt tattoo machine and a restored 1962 Firestone Speedcruiser bicycle!

I would have it all up today, but (wait for the excuse…) I spent all day shooting pix and photoshopping stuff to sell for me mum on craigslist and ebay…

Stay tuned and new goodness is on the way soon!

Check out my new hairs for now!

Dead sexy, right?

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Hi Ate Us…

So .  I am not the most feverish blogger, and I do slack when it comes to posting things up, often leading to guilty feelings (despite sage advice from Mr. Porter early on in my blog beginnings).  However, my recent absence has not been due to a lack of motivation to blog, nor is it due to being too busy (unfortunately)…

The truth is that I have been sorting out some life demons as of late and working on some very nasty issues that could no longer be avoided.  Manifestations of debilitating panic attacks and all of the accompanying joy that they bring started becoming a daily (sometimes 3 or 4 times a day) occurrence.  They could not have come at a better time either: I had just made artist status at the tattoo shop where I had been apprenticing.

However, the choice needed to be made: ignore my mounting health issues or step back from everything and heal myself.  I chose the latter.  I feel (and have felt for some time) that we in this country will ignore our problems and health issues by any means necessary, and I was only continuing that cycle.  I don’t know what would have happened had I continued on my path, but I have an eerie feeling that it would not have been good.  I am just fortunate enough to have a great support net that has been helping me through all of this… awesome friends and a loving family.

So what does this mean?  It means that I have been and will continue to take time to heal myself and improve my self-esteem/confidence/self-image which have been beaten up pretty badly in the past year, perhaps longer.  I am by no means done drawing, painting, illustrating, coloring or tattooing.  That is in my blood and I don’t think I will ever be able to find a cure for it… nor would I want to.  The mission I am on right now is getting healthy and coming back to my passion with a vengeance and the ferocity it deserves.

I would like to apologize for the delay in sharing what’s been going on, but I needed to get to a point of feeling strong enough to even let you in on what’s been going on.  It wasn’t anything personal against you folks, I just needed to start figuring out where I was at before I could let YOU know.

Thank you for your help.

Thank you for your support.

And as always, Thanks for stopping by!

See you soon.

From TAMblog: “JoJo Ackermann: That’s The Impression That I Get”

I just read this column, it struck a nerve and I just had to share it with you.  It is a concise and honest piece on respecting those who came before you and learning from what they have to say.

All too often, I feel like tattooing has gotten so big and filled with so many people rushing to cash in on its popularity, that the number of folks that care about the history and the struggles that our tattoo fore fathers/mothers endured to get tattooing to become accepted (dare I say respectable?) is at an all time minimum.  Its sad.  Dollar signs seem to have eclipsed the beauty of the art.  Scratchers and scab merchants plague the art with little care or regard for its sacredness and vibrant history, never mind their blatant disregard for learning properly, doing quality work and following ESSENTIAL safety practices (tattooer Isaac Aguila used to have a comprehensive collection of pictures documenting the horrors of home tattooing, before someone dimed him out to the facebook police)…  it’s all just cashing in.

(***UPDATE*** Isaac’s valiant and laudable efforts to dissuade homemade horrors has been revamped and gotten its own page on facebook!  Check it out!  Tattoo Artist United)

I, too, have met some great tattooing legends, like Jack Rudy and Lyle Tuttle (to name drop a few).  My favorite part about meeting them wasn’t asking them what kind of inks, needles and machines they liked… it was hearing their stories and absorbing their wisdom.  I think that is something that a lot of people in this “industry” ignore or discount as irrelevant.

Mr. Rudy at work in the wee early hours of the morning at the Motor City Convention, Detroit, 2007

Mr. Tuttle tattooing me at a convention in Dayton, OH, 2008

A lasting memory of talking to greatness

I feel incredibly lucky to be given a second chance at tattooing and to learn under a master (my life-long mentor Ron Antonick)  that is phenomenal in everything he touches; tattoo art or otherwise.  I never take for granted that there are/were pioneers and trailblazers that came before me to allow me this opportunity.  It’s a big part of the reason that I study so hard and do my best to learn from them.  I don’t want to sully the sacred waters of tattooing. I care about what I’m doing.

Anyways, enough rambling out of me… please go check out Jojo Ackermann’s thoughtful and well-penned piece at the link below:

JoJo Ackermann: That’s The Impression That I Get

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to all of those who have come before me for paving the way… some of us still care.  Cheers.

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