Tag Archives: St. Louis

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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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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Tattoos I Tattoodid…

Sometimes I feel so swamped drawing new tattoos for clients that I forget how much I have done. They say if you wanna have self esteem, do something to be esteemed about! I’m posting this […]

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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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Americans Can Start to Forgive Themselves.

Hunter said “Buy the ticket, take the ride” This is my political stance. Riot and Protests are an explosion of pent up energy. Like a teenager losing their cool. It’s the overwhelming feeling of being […]

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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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Be Successful, Damn It!

Being successful isn’t out of your reach. I use an app called flip book. It searches the internet for me and brings back topics I’m interested in. Today, the blog I reposted below came across […]

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Don’t be a Dick.

My second year of tattooing, I was working long hours at Iron Age. It was the original location that was upstairs next to Vintage Vinyl. I’d had a trying week of crazy customers. It was […]

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Kelsey’s Photo Shoot

  www.matthodeltattoo.com

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Winter Ride.

First camping trip of the year. A 250 mile loop to Giant City State Park. We found a cemetery for old heavy equipment. Went on some hikes. I think April and I have figure out […]

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You will Quit Tattooing

Why you will quit tattooing. I used to say “Tattoo artist don’t retire, they just die.” Thats not a true statement anymore. It is no secret that a rising amount of ambitious practitioners are rushing […]

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Dyna Flashback

2015 was an awesome riding season. We really pushed my dyna to its limits. Traveling through 9 states we cover a few thousand miles of back roads. We did our best to stay off the […]

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Mark Your Tribe

  This is Tom. Guess what Tom does?  Mechanics and Gearheads will recognize his tattoos instantly.  That’s Tom’s tribe.  If Tom got stuck in some shitty dinner party with a bunch of stuck up assholes, […]

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I want to be a Tattoo Artist!!

Why I don’t want my kids to tattoo. Tattooing is not for everyone. I get asked about letting my kids get tattooed or what if my kids want to tattoo for a living. The answer […]

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Frank.

This is the closest I get to a portrait. Franky and Madison have been getting tattooed from me for almost a decade. Here is Franky’s new tattoo! It is a tribute to his love, Madison. […]

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Sammie gets her Fix!

Sammie was disappointed with the direction her tattoo was going. She needed someone to cover-up, fix-up, and finish her Elephant! I helped Sammie get a tattoo she is no longer embarrassed by.

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Draw. Tattoo. Draw.

The first years of tattooing are tricky.  Your focus should be on technical ability.  Can you make the machines do what you want them to do?  The first few years are just a challenge to […]

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