Samurai Tattoo Added to an Old Joe Allhoff Dragon

Old Tattoos Completed Chris got a really nice Dragon from an old coworker of mine. Joe Allhoff and I worked at Trader Bob’s from 2004 until I left in 2012. Joe was singled handedly the most naturally talented Tattooist I have ever worked with. I have never seen an artist render images so effortlessly. I…

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Tonk the Tattooist

My new Zine “Tonk” I guess I could have printed this sooner. I kept circling back around and tweaking this and redrawing that. It is just a zine! What is a zine? A zine is short for fanzine. In my youth they were the life line of the underground music and punk scene. Zines are…

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You called The Wolf!? Hell yes.

The Wolf Is Here The Wolf is the second print in my animal illustration series. The first was the The Scary Red Bear which was inspired by my first run in with a black bear. The Wolf is a follow up to my experience with being isolated in the woods with a pack of wolves…

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Life Unfolds Without Our Counsel

Despite the best intentions… …the best efforts, the most thorough plans, life just does what it wants. We don’t ALWAYS accomplish what we set out to do. We fail. We are reminded that what we want isn’t necessarily going to become ours in the way we had imagined, or even at all. Times like these…

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Monkeys Fucking Footballs. (and other original ideas……)

“People over estimate their uniqueness so that commonalities seem like small miracles.” Google has already found your tattoo. It has already found the same tattoo for hundreds of other people wanting a bird and stars. After a quick Google search you quickly realize how many people had your idea. It is no big deal. Don’t…

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Do More Than Just Exist

Being on constant display – as most of us are now due to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and any other social media people steadily consume – can undoubtedly lead to speculation about the perception everyone else has about you. Personal, face-to-face encounters can obviously lead to this sort of paranoia as well, but the distance between…

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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 potential adventure. The following article captures concisely the process and value of recognizing the infinite opportunities around us. Please share…

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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 destructive. Using other’s successes as your barometer isn’t reliable. Sometimes I can get jealous of other people’s success and forget…

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#FBF Some of my First Digital Drawings.

It has been almost two and a half years since I made the digital switch. Here are a few drawing from the early days. It didn’t take much time to get used to drawing on my Cintiq. I wonder how many trees I have saved? Matt Hodel www.matthodeltattoo.com

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It’s Called Sleep. GET IT.

…And our little life is rounded with a sleep Even though you’ve got a long to-do list looming over your subconscious like a vulture over nearly dead stuff, you need some rest, friends! Sure, no one’s going to finish that report (or Netflix marathon) for you, but enough is enough. Do everyone around you a…

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The Importance of Tattoo Pedigree

The Lineage. I bought a pure breed dog once. The first thing I wanted to know was the condition of the puppie’s parents. Where did this dog come from? How old were the parents? What was the temperament of the parents? These answers would help paint a picture of traits I might expect from the…

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It’s a Fishy Friday Flashback!

The Koi Fish There is meaning.  It’s whatever meaning you give it.  Sometimes just the experience of getting a tattoo is the meaning.  Don’t think so hard.  On this friday I FlashBack to five Koi fish on five different clients.  Every client is unique. How I chose to draw a tattoo is very much a…

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Think Positively, Experience Positivity

While not the easiest thing anyone’s ever done, keeping a positive mindset is a vital part of success and happiness. Life is a beautiful thing, if you’d just let it be without mucking it up with all your worrying and stuff. Here’s one article that was super easy to find in the digital sea: [wr_divider…

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How much Oral do you Want?

The majority of my career has been the equivalent of processing fish. People lined up to get tattooed and I tried to get through the day as efficiently as possible without losing quality. I don’t regret the early years of 8-10 tattoos a day. Without those formative years and work in a short time frame,…

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Tick Tock Boom

  Eventually the shit is gonna hit the fan. I drew a candle because I didn’t actually want to draw shit and a fan. www.matthodeltattoo.com

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5 things you don’t need.

“Whenever you hear someone say, ‘It’s not personal,’ or its sister phrase, ‘I had no choice,’ you can be almost be certain they’ve made a choice they are ashamed of.” -Page 24. ‘Never Be Closing’ by Tim Hurson and Tim Dunne. I love counter intuitive thinking. This book either changes my perceptions or validates my…

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Horisora is Tattooing at Ragtime!

Horisora Tattooist Horisora is a Japanese Traditional Tattoo Artist. I am very excited to have her work for a week with us at Ragtime Tattoo. She is taking appointments from January 27-31. You can contact me at mlhodel@yahoo.com or her directly at Horisoratattoo@gmail.com [wr_divider div_margin_top=”0″ div_margin_left=”0″ div_margin_bottom=”25″ div_margin_right=”0″ div_border_width=”5″ div_border_style=”solid” div_border_color=”#ffffff” divider_width=”100″ disabled_el=”no” ][/wr_divider] Matt-…

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