While I was at the Ink n Iron Convention this year the Greenspan’s family gave me an exceptionally generous gift, they had a special Pendleton made just for me. The back has a custom patch modeled after the design I made for them I while back, and the front has my name and the Greenspan’s logo I drew as well. Usually when I receive a gift I can articulate the words to show my appreciation, but when Josh gave me the shirt on friday I was speechless. I am so honored to wear this Pendleton that words can’t explain it. Greenspan’s is the kind of place that was magical as a kid, you never knew who could be in there buying a hat or pair of shoes. On the right day you might see Ice Cube walking out of there with a new Pendleton, no joke.
If you’d like to check out there stuff go to www.greenspans.com
Luke Wessman has put together a really cool project. It started out as something small and gradually as time went on, and more people contributed to his book, his project grew into something bigger. This is such a cool sketchbook with line drawings from some of my personal favorite tattooers and artists. I am so honored to be part of it and to help, I am even more honored to be able to sell it on my web store at www.swtattoosupply.com
The list of contributors: Luke Wessman, Freddy Corbin, Regino Gonzales, Lindsey Carmichael, Mike Wilson, Chris Garver, Ross Nagle, BJ Betts, Kaname Mouri, Greg Christian, Tim Hendricks, Morgwn Pennypacker, Tim McAlary, Mikey Slater, Franco Vescovi, Adam Hathorn, Shawn Buss, Kiku, Chops, Forrest Cavacco, Chris Stuart, Jackie Dunn Smith, Megan Massacre, Tommy Montoya, Bart Bingham, Horikitsune, Eddy Ospina, Manoel, Neto aka Maneko, Dave Kruseman, Yanni Vera, Scott Bakoss, Guy Waisman, Rodrigo Canteras, Dan Smith, Damion Ross, Ben Grillo, Daniel Albrigo, Mav Mess, Yoni Zilber, Kiki Platas, Troy Denning, Gill Gold, Matt Breckerich, Steven Huie, Brian Talbert(cover Art) and Charlie Roberts.
This months 9 and 9 is with my good friend Brandi Collins. Brandi and I worked together for a couple of years in Newport Beach, right around the time she was finishing up her apprenticeship. I quickly became friends with her and her husband Russell and now they are like family to me. In the decade that I’ve known her I have only seen her create great things, from her solid tattoos to her beautiful paintings, to just the all around positive attitude she brings to all those who know her. I am very fortunate to have worked with her and even more fortunate to know her.
Brandi is a permanent resident at the famous Good Time Charlie’s “Tattooland” in Anaheim, California. If you’d like to make an appointment with her the number is (714) 827-2071. You can view Brandi’s work on her Instagram @brandicollins
- Who taught you and how long ago? I apprenticed under Lucky and Bucky Crispin, who I am so thankful for, about 11 years ago.
- What is your favorite part about working at Tattooland? I love a lot of things about working at Tattooland and I’ve learned a lot working there. I had never used a single before or done too much black and grey. It also has great history and its cool hearing stories from Jack and Charlie, but my favorite is the people I work with, it’s a family.
- What is your least favorite part of tattooing in Orange County? The over saturation of tattooers and shops.
- You’re probably the longest standing female employee at Good Time Charlie’s, what do you think is the hardest part about being a female tattooer? I have to admit I’ve been very lucky to be accepted and treated with respect from everyone I’ve met in the industry so far. Probably the biggest negative would be that male customers think I can’t do a tuff tattoo, that I just do flowers, but actually I really like doing them and wish I did them more.
- Are you still angry with me for farting in your face when we worked together? Do you remember that? )Hahaha! No I’m over it, even though you did stand on a stool, call my name, and fart about an inch away from my face when I turned to look! I also remember you telling me to turn up your power supply and as I leaned in you farted… I don’t think it was a one time thing!
- Name three tattoos you could never get sick of making? Girls, roses, and peacocks
- What style of tattooing is your favorite to view? Traditional for sure!
- What is your least favorite style of tattooing to view? Shitty ones and right now I’m pretty over girls with day of the dead faces.
- Do you think tattooing is a glamorous job? (sorry, that’s kind of a loaded question) - Well for SOME people it can be glamorous. Traveling and stuff, but for me its definitely not. Don’t get me wrong, It does have a lot of positives, but I would not say glamorous. I just feel very happy and grateful to have a career that allows me to spend time with my family and that I truly enjoy doing.
I was super stoked to get my new Dusty Neal print in the mail the other day. When I first saw it a while ago I new I had to have one. To better describe the print I’ll quote Dusty’s words from his Instagram:
“I started thinking one day how I’ve never really seen any serious traditional ladyheads of black women in tattooing. If I can’t think of any, that at least means its rare if anything. Sadly, racism still exists in tattooing, and I’ve unfortunately witnessed it countless times. It’s fucked up and it makes me hate a lot of the trends that so many people try to pass off as continuing on tradition. I hope the new generation of tattooers starts to bring in more of their own personality and creates work with care and mindfulness. Our work is too important to ignore our influence. This is a big “fuck you” to all the racist fucks I’ve met in this craft, and hopefully the start of some new imagery from my peers. Beauty is beauty.”
If you would like to order your own print go to Dusty’s store at http://dustyneal.bigcartel.com
follow Dusty – @dustyneal on Instagram
For years people saw tattoos as a sign of rebellion. A middle finger salute to the rest of the world. Outlaw bikers got tattoos. Sailors on leave in Singapore got tattoos. Lifers in the joint got tattoos. But now in the United States one out of every three adults under forty has a tattoo! So what happened? How did tattoo go from something that was put on you to an expression that comes from within you? Tattoo Nation tells the story of a few people who helped transform the world of tattoo, and the way we think about tattoos, forever. This is the true story of the ink revolution.
To buy or rent the dvd go to www.tattoonation.com
The homie Big Tiny put together this vimeo on the Left To Right art show at Wooster a couple months back, check it out
After working at Five Star Tattoo for a week I attended the Perth Tattoo Convention. It was a lot of fun, plus I got to work with Greg Christian and Shane Wilcox and that was a blast. I made some fun tattoos and met some really cool local folk. After the convention Dan, Shane, Luke, Elizabeth and I all drove down to Margaret River, about 2 hours south of Perth. I have to say, Margaret River is one of the most beautiful coastlines I’ve ever seen, I couldn’t get enough of it. The Indian Ocean is by far my favorite Ocean, from the coastline of Indonesia to the white beaches of Australia, there is something magical about it for me. Dan and Shane were such patient and informative tour guides that it made our trip all that much more captivating.
This year I am bringing a fresh crop of new designs and a bunch of one-off handmade stuff to Ink n’ Iron. I am really excited about these ones, here is a preview of just a few of them. See you at the convention.
If you own or have seen Johnny’s first book “Till Death”, then you know how well these pieces of reference are put together. I am very proud to now have Johnny’s new book “Do Us Part” for sale on my store. Johnny is a solid person and a great tattooer from the heart of Southern California and I am honored to know him. If you would like to order your copy now go to saltwatertattoosupply.com
This is a little video about a friend of mine, Ben Mack, a tattooer and machine builder from Massachusetts. I have come to know Ben in the last few years and really like how he treats life, his friends, his family, and the care he puts in to tattooing and machine building. Watch the video, enjoy.
So my trip to Western Australia was wonderful. It started out with a week of work at Five Star Tattoo, with a huge crew of some of the coolest people I’ve had the pleasure of guest-spotting with. Most of the tattoos I made were on the Five Star crew, which was extra cool because not only did they get interesting tattoos, but it gave me the opportunity to get to know a lot of them. I really enjoy mellow towns like Fremantle, it has character and charm, not to mention the coffee was EPIC and I got to experience real Australian barbecues. One of my favorite days at the shop was when the owner, Ricky Luder, gave Luke Wessman and I his book. It is a book about his 40 years as a tattooer, Rick gave us some really in-depth history lessons about tattooing in Australia as he explained some of the photos in the book. He told colorful stories from his past and had Luke and I smiling from ear to ear. Here are some photos of my experience at the shop.