Monday, December 28, 2009

Big Assed Eagle.

I got the preliminary outline done on this fucker. There's still a bit of outlining to go. I tried my best to avoid the nipples but one of the wings just didn't look right any other way. I will post more as it develops.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

More Develompments.

I finally finished the wall of flash I started constructing in the summer. The main hold up was that I was getting plexiglass for free from my friend who works at a auto/marine fabrication place but he wound up flaking out every single time I came to collect. So i wound up going to Home Depot and buying it myself. $100 for two sheets of plexiglass when I only used one sheet and 1/3 of another is real aggravating. Cutting your own plexiglass is also real aggravating. I originally put up some Sailor Jerry sheets in the rack but they were cut to inconsistent sizes and had prices stuck on all of the designs and just looked kind of shitty. So I went through all my flash and picked out a few sheets that I liked that were laminated and put them up. I think it makes the shop look real nice.

I moved in to Frank's old spot. I've hung up a bunch of stuff but want to hang more. I'm gonna be having afew skateboards coming my way to hang up soon and those should look real nice.

Either way I like the new space with all the extra room.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

And Then There Was A Dog.

From Bold Will Hold

Frank moved to Florida. We're all gonna miss him.

Good luck you beautiful bastard!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Foiled Again!

I drove out to Rockford today to visit Mr. Andrew Stickler over at Odds n' Ends Tattoo. Welp, I guess they were closed for the day! I was really trying to avoid this sort of thing but I guess I should have announced my visit alittle bit better. I'm pretty stupid when it comes to this sort of thing.

Too bad. I was looking forward to hanging out and taking photos of the shop. When it actually does go down there will be a mega post on my visit.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

For Virginia.

This is a more personal note.

I knew for a long time that my ex girlfriend of a few years Carlee was sick with something but didn't know what. Turns out she has cancer. To make things worse she's been pregnant since summer. She's dealing with it way better than I think I ever would, she's a strong and amazing person. Since we've spoken on the phone I've had a few songs by The Band running through my head mostly because they remind me of her. So here's a song for her.

Even with all the dumb things that muck life up, never forget who's important to you.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Here's a gun I did on a walk in. This one's on a gals thigh.

Thank the Gods that even though I tattoo, I haven't gotten so fat that I can't skateboard or be a useful member of society. So many of us are.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Green Apples-Peep Show

This is genius.
I went to Winnipeg one time to visit Cassie's brother. It was sort of a family trip and I am not used to spending time with family at all let alone hers, so I probably acted like a prick the whole time. I did get to skate afew parks though. There was a huge street plaza downtown that was fun. Then another park that was in the process of being built that I skated with some locals. All in all I'd say Winnipeg wasn't worth it on that trip. After this though I want to drive back up there and see this skate shop.

What blog?

I'm a horrible blogger.

I went to Bud Weeks art show over at Bridgeport Tattoo Co. and didn't bring my camera or anything. I guess I'm bad at documenting stuff that's going on in Chicago Tattooing but I kind of wanted this blog to be more than just a photo blog of cool dudes hanging out that I happen to know so everyone thinks that I'm cool by default.

Everyone at Family came to the show, which I was happy about. We need to start doing more stuff together as a shop because honestly we always have a good time whenever we do stuff together and all the guys I work with are some of my best friends. Tim Beck and Zach Dole came out from Peoria, it was cool to finally meet them face to face. Zach gave me a painting of the statue of liberty for my new area I'll be taking over once Frank moves to Florida. Luke from Top Notch was there. Incidentally, we both apprenticed at Top Notch at the same time and now he owns the damn place. Harry was there and I got to see a few of his tattoos since he's only done a handful but they're looking really fucking good. Chris Smith and his ol' lady showed up for a bit, bought two paintings and split pretty quick though. I like when he shows up.

The art was pretty cool. I bought a snake with a candle instead of a head at a bargain price of $25. Most of the stuff was Star Wars related, but the paintings he did on money were pretty cool too. Now's the point in the post where pictures would be nice so you know what I'm talking about. Bud Weeks has tattooed a buddy of mine by the name of David Moy and we talked a bit about that guy but there were chicks all over the place there and alot of paintings to sell so it seems like his mind was else where. His cards are pretty hilarious. I'll scan one and post it when I feel like posting my business card collection.

All in all it was a good night.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thought Crusade

Thought Crusade is another band from Chicago that I'm pretty hyped on. I'm friends with a few of the guys in the band but I'm pretty honest about bands if you're not in a good one. Pretty straight forward hardcore here, definitely got a youth crew influence, but I wouldn't say 80's style. Something about this reminds me of late 90's early 2k Boston style stuff. It's pretty fast most of the songs on this 7" aren't even a minute.

I just conducted an interview with Ryan Wilson (vocals) for the straight edge zine me and my friend Gnarly Brian are doing called Sledgehammer and there's some pretty great stuff in the interview. I'll probably post it once we put out the zine, since paper is so stone aged in this new era of shit and failure.

I'd like to post some of Ryan Wilson's earlier bands. I still wear my Sidewalk shirt and Expired Youth is a pretty great band. I just lost a lot of demos and stuff in my moves across the country. I'm really upset about losing my Double Crossed demo it had the evil monkey from Family Guy finger pointing on the cover!


Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Dance of Days.

This is a hilarious picture I took of Lee. We know how to party at Family Tattoo.

It's been a busy couple of days. I've done a few more tattoos than this one but I didn't really get any decent pictures of any of them. This one's still got one more session left but it should look pretty cool once it's done.

Boring ass post today, but I've been pretty depressed since it's snowing and I can't skateboard. Not to mention life is completely fucked.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Mike Vallely fightng in the stands at Ducks game.

I read about this on King Shit. By now I think this might be old news but anyways I thought it's funny how the announcers on this call Mike V a BMXer, then immidiately assume that the guy grabbing the stick was innocent of all wrong doing simply because he doesn't look like Mike and isn't a "BMXer". Which to me seems to be the case, you can just hear it in the announcers voice that they don't take Mike's contributions to skateboarding seriously, they can't even get it right that he's a skater and not a BMXer. Not to mention his contributions to the Ducks franchise.

If they did their research they might have discovered that the little girl in the jersey was Mike's daughter. So look at it this way, the stick is intended for your kid but some mongoloid asshole grabs the stick and intends on keeping it, well that's grounds for an ass beating where I'm from. Sure maybe Mike handled it wrong, it's not the first time he's flipped out on somebody. But you have to look at the guy for who he is. I agree with Dave Carnie by saying that I don't think it's right but I don't think it's wrong.

Apparently the Ducks stripped him of his season tickets and are being real assholes about it. I've never been a Ducks fan anyways so I'm sort of glad that they're showing the fans their true colors. I'm sure there's room for the Vallely family at a Black Hawks game if they want to go enjoy a hockey franchise that isn't tied to Disney and has real history with the sport.


Sunday, December 06, 2009

Friday, December 04, 2009

Hori Marfu

Rich tattooed me today. I've never gotten a Japanese tattoo before but for some reason I have been wanting a little weird demon dude with some sort of weapon for awhile so I showed Rich some books that we had lying around the shop and he banged this little bastard out. Pretty happy with the result.

Also went to Rich's art show tonight at Randy's Round Up, which is kind of a weird hand made arts and crafts boutique type place with some vintage stuff thrown in. It was cool. I wish the art was hung a little lower so my hobbit level eyeballs could peep the art a little better but such is the world. Seemed like a decent turn out and I for sure had fun hanging out with Panda Dan and a few other scum bags that I know. Even Cassie made it out! (Mostly cuz I dragged her there.)

Sorry no pictures, totally forgot my camera.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Evolution of a Cro-Magnon

Not only have I read this book but I read it in like two days or something like that, which is a big accomplishment for me considering as how I rarely have the attention span to finish a book that quickly. Usually I put books down and come back to them later after awhile of occupying myself with other activities. I have also listened to the audio book while on a road trip to Michigan. John Joseph does a good job telling his story in both but the book obviously has more detail in it than the audio book so I preferred reading it as opposed to listening.

I got this book because of a few reasons. First, John was the best frontman Cro-Mags ever had and Age of Quarrel is probably one of my favorite hardcore records ever. Second, John is from the streets and it is well known that he has lived through some insane shit in his life. Third, he was a Krishna monk and I've always wondered what the deal is with being a Krishna. The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon delivers on all counts, and then some.

This book starts off with John Joseph's earliest memories of his father being an abusive bastard and his family falling apart, basically the catalyst for his life in the Foster Care system and probably what defines his life the most. The stories of abuse don't stop there though, as the book goes into some of the terrible shit he and his brothers had to endure in different foster homes. Finally he gets put in a sort of half way house for boys in Rockaway Beach were it seems like he gets more into drugs and all the trouble that goes along with it, but it also seems like this is where his interest in music is piqued. The book goes from his time on the streets as a young kid, to time in institutions, to being in the service, to going AWOL to be part of the hardcore scene and deal drugs with all the ups and downs of a roller coaster. The stories of street violence, dealing drugs, and tragic loss are as real as it gets.

This book definitely gives you a good glimpse into the life of kids in foster care and what they have to deal with but what's more interesting is the story of New York the way it used to be. The hustle you had to have just to make it on the streets and the smarts and cunning to out smart all the other scum bags that were trying to out smart you seems like a lot to handle. Even more interesting for me was the descriptions of the early NY punk scene, when John Belushi was pitboss! The book paints the early hardcore scene as much more tightly knit and at the same time more open to anything. It seems like everyone knew each other from back in the hey day of hardcore. I was surprised to read that Raybeez and John Joseph met in the Navy before Warzone or Cro-Mags were ever bands. They say everything happens for a reason.

I'd say the only slow point in this book is when Cro-Mags starts to become a bigger band and do bigger tours. I felt like the focus was more on how fucked up things got between the members of the band and all the financial problems that arose. At certain points I felt like there was too much shit talking going on and not enough tour stories, though there are a lot of stories it just seems like the shit talk over shadowed all of that.

The Krishna stuff in the book is pretty interesting. I never really knew how that came to be so popular in hardcore, but after reading this book I've gained a bit more understanding about the draw it has on certain people. Reading about some of the hustles these guys would come up with to get money for Krishna Conscious is some serious entertainment.

Hopefully you read this book because it's got some good stories and insight into living on the streets, hardcore, living in a cult, and being an all around hard motherfucker.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Post yer comments!

I fixed it so that anyone can post comments. Even if they don't have a Google account or anything, you can even post comments anonymously. So let the hate and shit talk begin!

In all seriousness I'd like to see more comments so I know I'm not the only person who reads this.