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The Sketchbook

The learning process can happen so fast.  Successfully absorbing all the new information is overwhelming.   I have gotten in the habit of keeping Mole notebooks handy to write notes and sketch pictures. These provide […]

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Tattooing has Changed, Have You?

In 1995 there were 14 tattoo shops from O’fallon, Illinois to O’fallon, Missouri. In 1998 there were 40. With each shop averaging 3 artists working in house, that would equal 78 new jobs for tattoo […]

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Advice for the New Tattooist.

Tips for the Freshman Tattooist. Its has been said that you haven’t been tattooing until your fifth year is complete. This is when you get to see your old tattoos healed. It takes that long […]

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Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals. 

My friend Haram is wanting to learn how to tattoo. After learning a bit about the history of tattooing, she took quickly to studying the designs of the past.  It is important to understand what […]

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Emotionally Driven Tattoos

Emotionally driven tattoos When a loved one passes away, the feelings of helplessness washes over us. The desire to “do something” gnaws at our heartstrings. Tattooing has always been the ultimate act. The one thing […]

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Worked to Death.

Measuring success. What is your barometer for success? What are your benchmarks to get there? Have you been making progress? As self employed practitioners of the tattoo arts, we enjoy a rebellious reaction to those […]

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Want More Money? Then Stop Worrying about the Money

Your reward is a byproduct. The fastest route is a straight line: unless you’re so focused on the destination that you fall off the path. This happens when you are trying so dang hard to […]

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Haram’s Approach to Success

The greatest thing about working with others is watching them grow.  Perspective and comfort zones are put to the test as we merge into a new way of life.  Tattooing is just that: A Lifestyle. […]

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Become the PRODUCT!

“I just love my tattoo! It was fast and efficient!” -nobody ever Why. Why do I want to rally the troops? Why do I want to reach out to artists? Because times have changed. The […]

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Haram’s Next Step to Tattooing

If you have been following my posts, I have taken on a young lady who would like to learn how to tattoo.  We are still young in our relationship so she is not the apprentice […]

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Cancelation Policy!

People cancel their appointments. This is a simple fact of business. I do not take offense to a cancelation. Do you want to know why? I love my clients. I love hanging out with them […]

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Snazzy old Drawings

In a perfect world I would sit in a small cabin and draw pictures that made me giggle all day. Here are some ink and digital pictures I drew last year or so.

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Lessons Learned

My SELFJournal has a few parts to it. There is an opening of the day that includes writing your Itinerary, a Gratitude lList, Targets and daily Goals. Upon closing the day, you write Lessons Learned, […]

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The Showmen of Tattooing

Another great and informative blog on the History of Tattooing. Tattooing is rich with culture. There are so many aspects of just getting the tattoo that adds to the meaning behind the action. Without the […]

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Bastards of Art Podcast : Episode 26

Learning to Tattoo Recently I have been hanging out with Haram. She wants to learn how to tattoo. But first she must understand what it is she is asking for. Matt Hodel  

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Tattoo Artist Meet-up!

What we do is not secret. Secrecy has been considered a value in the tattoo culture. It has been such a tradition to guard all of your information that we pretend we are sitting on […]

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History Lesson in Tattooing

The history of tattooing is as colorful as tattoos themselves.  Where would Batman be without the Joker?  Every town has their rival shops.  Without them tattooing would be boring.   I can teach someone how […]

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Bastards of Art : Lost Episodes

The Bastards of Art Movement   Last year I had the idea to try a podcast.  I wrangled Jon Fournier into the project and together we recorded 24 episodes that were released weekly. Together we […]

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GET SOME!

  No one said it would be easy!!

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The Beginning.

The two most important things to learn in the beginning of any tattoo journey is: A. What is a good tattoo. B. Who came before you. Starting with Sailor Jerry covers both.  Haram is starting […]

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Failing to Succeed

I hear the word success more that 10 times a day. I choose to hear it. I surround myself with the word. When I run, the Nike App commentator says it in my earbuds. When […]

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Meet My New Friend

Never have I had a prospective practitioner present themselves in such a positive way.  A young lady approached me about learning the craft of tattoo. I have a pretty standard reply to those who have […]

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BLURB’s Online Portfolio Maker

www.blurb.com I love Blurb. I just got done making another portfolio. In the past I have used Adobe InDesign to layout my books. Doing it this way gives me a lot of control of the […]

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Wanna see some of my older tattoos?

It’s Throw Back Thursday! I found a memory card from 2008. I guess I didn’t like taking straight photos in back then.

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Wish it was Warmer.

Man, its cold out! I can’t believe summer went by so fast. Here are some pics from our last campout to get me through this damn cold weather.  

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