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The Transition.

Haram is past the honeymoon phase at the shop. She has plenty to do and knows what is expected of her.  It is obvious that she is up for the challenge. Teaching someone to tattoo […]

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Most People Won’t

Putting the extra into your hard work is what makes you rise to the top. Nothing will be given to you. What is amazing is how many people will come to help you once you […]

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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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Fancy Door Bells…

The Tattoo Machine. The first tattoos were hand poke. Humans used sharp instruments to rip tiny pockets under the skin.  A repetitive popping motion that was performed by hand. Pop Pop Pop. Some people say […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Five Programs you will need to learn.

Sketch Book Pro https://www.sketchbook.com/ This is the starter kit drawing program for the intimidated and computer inept artist. I have shown this program to tattoo artists around the country. Artists that had never drawn digitally […]

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The True Tattoo Artist

When Nathan was ask what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said “A professional baseball player”. His fourth grade teacher told him to pick something real. I think this pushed him harder. […]

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Sketchbook 2011

Sketches from old conventions.           

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Head Hunters and old Friends

Grant Wyatt stopped by today.  I haven’t seen him in over a decade.  He is living life to the fullest in Vietnam.  A Missionary, he and his family give hope to those we only see […]

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Jake Doty: Nice Guy Hockey Player

    Jacob Doty Age: 22 Hometown: Billings, Montana Occupation: St. Louis Blues, Chicago Wolves Position: Foward “Why I got this tattoo is because I live away from home a lot and wanted something to […]

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Meat for the Machine

Entrepreneurs vs. Company Men Henry Ford was an entrepreneur.  The people who worked for him were company men. When loyal company men leave or lose their jobs, they are not trained to be entrepreneurs. Tattoo […]

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Done Vs. Perfect

It’s easy to forget how much time has passed by while an idea has remained hidden from the world, locked in your brain. Something that you’ve been telling yourself you’ll “get to at some point,” […]

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Opportunity Knocks

A recurring theme in my life in the last few years has been encouraging others to see the opportunities all around them. To not get so hung up on boundaries, but to focus on the […]

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Competition

“When you are in competition with others, you get bitter. When you are in competition with yourself you get better.” Competition is healthy. Like most traits, using competition in the wrong way can be self […]

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