Sunday, January 31, 2010

Eye of Judgement.

Rockford reminds me a bit of Kenosha, most people think it's a shit hole but if you get past the rough edges (and the rather large population of Illinois Nazi's) there's quality people and a realness you don't often find in the slicked out environment of the big city. The pace is also a lot different, meaning it's slow as hell. Andrew Stickler runs his one man show real well in that environment though.

What I gathered from my visit was the impression of a tattooer who's self made in most all respects. A prolific painter with a skewed view of the world and tattooing's role in it. His manner is very methodical in his approach to dealings with people and his art as well.

I wish I could have gotten some better/more photos on my visit but I respected Andrew's wishes to keep most of the stuff in his shop off the internet. If you visit about 80% of the stuff on the walls is painted by him and almost none of it is on the internet, so going to the shop is like getting to see some stuff you can't see anywhere else.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Mr. Percy

I bought a doll of a tattooed man that I thought looked cool for someone special on Christmas and it turns out that it was designed by my friend Jason Schroder of Incognito Tattoos and the other half of Schrobritter Tattoo machines that he did with Dennis Halbritter which I guess is now Incognito Irons. I always wanted one of those Schrobritters that came in a Chinese take out box and were shined up like a nice new penny, but never did because I was an apprentice when I first saw them and had zero money.

Either way Mr. Percy is pretty awesome and you can get him or his lady Little Edith from Spitfire Girl

Day Off.

I went to this Japanese place for my day off because I heard about the grocery store and the food court and that nothing was really in English so I figured it'd be quite the adventure. They had a lot of the same stuff I would buy at the Farmers Market in Tucson but it was pretty much all Japanese stuff. The tofu they have is reasonably priced and they have a ton of candy.
The bakery had some pretty sweet little treats.
Doraemon cookies!

Panda's too!

They have a pretty cool bookstore full of magazines and books and manga.
Makes me wish I could read Japanese so I could read Vagabond and Dragonquest Rocket Slime Adventure! Ha Ha.

The coolest discovery I came upon was probably the Tattoo Design Book Volume 2 that Tattoo Tribal puts out. This volume covered dragons and it's a pretty awesome reference to come across. Especially since I've been lacking in the dragon department lately.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I really miss these days.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Still Fucked.

It's been really busy at the shop since Christmas and New Years. I've been working hard and keeping very busy. I have managed to do a paintings between tattoos and screen printing. I got a new phone the other day and these photos were taken with it, I wanted to test the camera out.
This one I painted for my new business cards. They should be here in the next couple of days.
This is a tattoo I did today on Megan. I used this Dietzel liner I put together myself on most of it. Worked out good.
Today I had a bit of time before my appointment to paint so I worked on my half of the split sheet of flash I'm doing with Tim Beck. I painted the lines he did and I lined some stuff for him to paint and mailed it today. I can't wait to see how it is going to turn out.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Stop & Think

Yet another Boston edge band. I picked up the Lp release of both their demos the other day and haven't taken it off of my turntable yet (except maybe to play Murphy's Law-Back With a Bong LP I got on coke bottle clear). The posi edge thing is fine and everything but I like it when edge bands are pissed off and hard, and this LP delivers. I'm not too sure but there might be some guys from Mental, Righteous Jams, or No Tolerance in this band. It sure sounds like it anyways.


I put up a counter less than a week ago and the blogs had almost 400 hits, post some comments for the love of god.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

No Tolerance-Demo

No Tolerance is from Boston and does straight edge hardcore proud. Pissed off and hard as a cinderblock to the head.


Sex Vid-Communal Living LP/Nest EP

Sex Vid is from Washington state (Olympia/Seattle) and play pretty fast and dark hardcore with more of a punk inflection and a small dose of a metallic influence. The craziness of Void, the fucked up-ness of, well, (early) Fucked Up, throw in some early Corrosion of Conformity and DRI and that's a pretty fair description of their sound on this LP.


This is their third 7". There was some controversy over the fact that the song "Always Home" has a riff that sounds a lot like Iggy and the Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog". The song is still good though and it's simplistic hardcore punk so a lot of it sounds the same.


As a side note Jud from Sex Vid was very helpful when Dark Age was booking our tour and needed Washington shows.

Direct Control-Farewell LP.

I've been really busy at work but haven't had much that I've felt like posting about on here tattoo wise. So I'm probably going to put some records up that I think you might want to hear.

This is Direct Control's new LP. The recording quality on this is a lot better than the 7 inches I've heard. It's pretty much Jerry's Kids and Poison Idea (Pick Your King era) style hardcore. Very dark and moody.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Radio Silence.

I heard that John Joseph was gonna be playing Cro-Mags songs at a show in LA for free from my good friend Ryan San Martin of the bands Rhino Charge/Artic Choke/Wet Reckless. So I packed up my jeep and drove the 9 hours from Tucson to Los Angeles for some adventure. The show was just down the street from Amoeba records in downtown at a large theater. I saw Joe from Try Harder/Pressure/Fortunate Son who I hadn't seen in afew years. Met Ryan's brother Touch who does photography for a living, most notably for Lord Ezec. Todd Tyler from Broken Needle was there too who I hadn't seen since Lake Effect's tour.

I didn't really realize that I had to register to get into the show through some Nike website thing. Apparently the show was more of a party than a show, celebrating the release of this book "Radio Silence/A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music". So I waited around outside until the bouncers were distracted and Ryan and Todd sort of ran interference so I could sneak in. They had the leather jacket pictured on the cover of the book in a glass case. Before the show they had a Q & A with the authors and some of the notable people that the book has featured. I want to say Todd Youth was there but I can't remember because I don't care about that crap. They were selling T-shirts with some of the photos from the book printed on them for way too much. I bought a Cro-Mags shirt for my friend and landlord Brent Hartley. I did also get to meet famous skateboard photog Atiba Jefferson and even more notable photographer/magazine editor Lance Dawes. Atiba sort of gave me the brush off but Lance was really cool and we talked about Void (because he was wearing a Void shirt) and skateboarding.

Here's one of the cooler shirts of a picture of Matt from Crippled Youth they were selling.

LA shows are always weird to me, but I think this one was especially weird because it felt more like I imagine the MTV music video awards are like to some degree. The stage was pretty big and kids were stage diving, but since there was alot of theater seats there wasn't that big of a pit going and it was kind of restrained. I had to leave and drive all the way back to Tucson for work the next day so I left pretty quick. The next time I saw the Cro-Mags play in Chicago would completely destroy my LA experience.

Radio Silence is a pretty awesome book. It's mostly pictures of records, stickers, t shirts, demo tapes, and live performances of some of the best bands in hardcore from the 80's and 90's. A lot of the pictures are ones I've never seen before this book came out and are all amazing. The pictures are also accompanied by quotes usually pertaining to the picture or a record/shirt that's featured. There's not alot of wordiness to it and I like that, I hate when people try to intellectualize hardcore. It just isn't something worth thinking too much about, it should just be felt and acted upon. I'm a pretty visual person so this book is great for me, and it focuses on the stuff that remains from a very restless and bi polar movement that changes very rapidly without all the scene politics attached to alot of other books like "Burning Fight".

All in all I like the book, but think it's gay that Nike sponsored their book release. At the same time though... the show probably wouldn't have happened the way it did if left up to it's own devices.
You can totally make out my Low Card hat.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Deathbowl to Downtown.

I just got this DVD the other day at Southport. I had heard bits about this documentary on various skateblogs and sites and just the footage in some of the trailers I saw was pretty convincing for me to buy it.

A documentary about skateboarding in NYC is basically like telling the history of the origins of street skating. All the innovative stuff that early NY skaters came up with in the absence of good skateparks and ramps eventually evolved into what we now know as street skating and most of that style's early pioneers came from the city or close by there. The early footage of Mike Vallely and Sean Sheffey alone is worth checking out. Obviously there is a heavy dose of Brooklyn Banks footage, the crazy thing is seeing just how many kids would be skating there on a weekend, you get the impression that it's like a demolition derby of kids trying to get their one trick in, but mostly just crashing into each other.

Most of the time I get tired of listening to New Yorkers take all the credit for everything, but this documentary kept that to a minimum and really just told things straight up. You can't really downplay the east coasts hand in shaping modern skateboarding as we know it and this documentary really informs the viewer of that fact. The still shots and obscure footage of raw street skating through the 80's and 90's are what really make this film stand out though.

Afew things are kind of funny though. The whole thing is narrated by Chloe Sevigny who's voice is pretty droney. Some of the money for the movie came from Mountain Dew, which is pretty XXXtreme! But all of this is pretty easily ignored.

I recommend this for anyone into raw skating.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The sun sets on our hero.

I have returned from my short trip back to Tucson in one piece. Much skating was accomplished but no one documents it except for me so there's no footage or pictures of anything I accomplished. I saw pretty much everyone I wanted to see except for a few people who I couldn't fit in. Went to Staring Without Caring to see Kristian and Kenzo, wanted to see Alex but it never really worked out.

I have more photos from my cellphone that are interesting and I promise to post those along with some of the video footage I managed to get at a later time.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Lies You Told... (Things Get Cloudy for Fairweather Friends)

I'm really proud of this one.

Oh God.

The Berrics is really fucking up lately.

On Traditional Tattooing.

"Traditional tattooing doesn't mean staying stuck in the past, it means nurturing something that came way before you because you deeply hope it will continue after you. It's about being in the middle, not being at the end."
D. Higgs

I've been noticing a trend in traditional american tattooing. Which is probably not really a trend at all but I've since developed a "tattooists eye" and understand things a bit better now. The trend I'm speaking of is trying to pass old tattoos off as brand new custom designs. It's one thing to reference an old tattoo or old flash but when someone asks for something custom and you just tattoo an old Jensen design on someone and try to pass it off as your own is when things get dicey for me.

Everybody should look at something when they're drawing a tattoo but if everyone keeps rehashing the same stuff over and over where's the growth going to come from for the art? Color portraits? I hope not.

That's not to say I don't love doing old designs or painting old flash designs. I've got a few Sailor Jerry designs on me, amongst a few others; and tattooing that stuff is some of the funnest stuff I've ever tattooed. My point is that all that old stuff is sort of a foundation to a house that everyone who's doing traditional style tattoing is building with their own individual style. We can't have the whole house looking like the basement does, can we?

Just some thoughts.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Hold Your Ground.

Last night Panda Dan and I went to the screen printing shop so I could do a one off of some different color combination's for the Family Tattoo shirts Rich drew up. Well, I wound up mostly listening to Charlie explain the system he has worked out for printing and watching him screen the shirt for me. Which is pretty much what I wanted to do anyways since I've never used a screen printing press before. I always just did my screen printing at my house on a kitchen table.

I'm going to come up with a few more combination's and probably post more. The back of the shirt is pretty dope as well.

Monday, January 04, 2010

The Beast with Two Backs.

Here we have my business card collection. There are afew oddball ones like my grandpa's charter fishing business card and a few others. Most of them are tattoo related though. There are some real gems though. Oslon's is probably one of the rarer cards for a guy my age. The Mike Malone card is from when he first moved to Chicago before he opened Taylor Street. My only regret is that I can't find my Chris Trevino card.

Can't win 'em all.