Saturday, January 29, 2011

Patron Saint.

If I could say there was a patron saint of tattooing it'd probably be N.K. Collins, known to most as Sailor Jerry. He was instrumental in bridging the gap between American and Japanese tattooers and technique exchange. He was very innovative as a machine builder not to mention the creation of the mag shading needle. He also corresponded heavily with and shared information with some of the most important people in tattooing in the 20th century and beyond. His design sense, painting style, and work ethic has always been something I've admired greatly.

So I'm angry that this most important man in not only tattooing history, but American history is more remembered because of some fucking rum recipe than any of his contributions to one of the only remaining American folk arts still in wide practice today. In fact I've met a few clients that think Sailor Jerry is a made up character like Captain Morgan! Unacceptable. I've met a few of the people who represent Sailor Jerry Rum in Chicago and I don't even know if they care about tattooing at all, though they seem like decent people in their own right, it just seems like some sort of weird Twilight Zone style paradox that something like this even exists. What does tattooing, Sailor Jerry and all of his accomplishments have to do with alcohol sales, 40 years after the man's passing no less? Sure, I'm straight edge, so maybe I am biased. Actually, I probably wouldn't be bothered by the rum thing if the recipe truly is his, but the worst of it is all the trinkets and "Official Sailor Jerry" merch that they sell connected to the Sailor Jerry Rum brand. Having a Sailor Jerry design on an ashtray some how makes it seem cheaper to me for some reason. Maybe when he painted it he was thinking "This will look good on a shot glass.", who am I to say? I doubt it, but stranger things have happened.

I only wonder if Norman Collins' family is receiving any money for the use of his name, images, or rum recipe? If not, then nothing is sacred and there are more snakes in this world than men. The way things are looking I wouldn't be surprised if it were so.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"All you ever draw is skulls..."

I got a quick picture of this before the battery on my little digital camera died. It kind of sucks.


My friend Jimmy Arch made me this painting and dropped it off yesterday at the shop. He's been working at Tattoo Factory for the better part of a year and has managed to improve by leaps and bounds over there. He's got a very unique style that is all his own, but you can pick up his influences by looking at what he does.

A good guy. One of the few guys I met working in Chicago that seems to still enjoy tattooing and not be on some weird sort of trip about it. Just wanting to learn and get better and not worried about too much else.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Noose 7" is almost here.

REACT! just put our 7" up for pre-order on their website. I guess the artwork I drew was deemed too controversial for the ads that they are making for the record though so they are using our demo tape cover art for the ads. I'm actually kind of hyped that something I drew is considered controversial. I don't know what's so sketchy about some hands holding a noose, but then again I'm a sociopath with no sense of decency. I think it's really dumb that we get flak for our imagery because some people perceive it to be racist, but the noose is a metaphor taken from a Judge song about how drugs and alcohol abuse is like a noose around your neck... and also a noose is what we use to kill sell outs (HAHA). Fuck you if you can't take a joke.

Anyway, here's the pressing info from the site.
"This one time only press is limited to 200 on BLUE VINYL, 300 on RED VINYL, and 400 on BLACK VINYL. Each copy will also include a digital download code as well as all the good stuff you’ve come to expect from REACT!"
Apparently, our copies will be white.

I'm printing shirts tonight for the show tomorrow so I will post pictures of them soon. I might also get someone to film our set tomorrow with my flip camera, if i do I'll get a vimeo account and post it.