Bowling Day

I wish I could figure out a way to do a bowling day once a month. Everyone would be invited. We’ve been bowling at Concorde Lane but just calling people at last minute.. We should figure it out. Some more people can enjoy Sundays with us.

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What to name the Property?

My wife and I bought some property a while back. It’s in the Saint Francis Mountains and it’s pretty rugged country. We are 40acres I next to us my buddies got some property. Together with my buddy we have 88 acres. There’s no fence lines so you need a compass to get around. You also…

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Tattoo Apprentice or Unpaid Labor

My thoughts on Apprenticeship. The the book “Grit” by author Angela Duckworth, she talks about passion.  Through here scientific research she has found that passion is fostered.  It starts with interest.  “Is it a drag that passions don’t come at us all at once, as epiphanies, without the need to develop them? Maybe. But the reality…

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I’ve wanted this tattoo for 35 years.

When my buddy went off to the Navy he came back with some of the coolest tattoos. In 1988 I didn’t know tattoos could be so personal. I thought tattoos were just Eagles and flags and anchors that you picked off the wall. I had no idea that you could bring in your own image…

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Hot Springs Arkansas

Went on a vacation with the family. The spent a lot of time at the theme park. I tried to go but it was too hot in the theme park, I did take Lady on a few hikes. It was still hot but being in the woods is a different hot that asphalt hot. Here…

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Motorcycle. It’s a better way to see.

Some of my motorcycles through the years. If you own multiple motorcycles, you know they mark points in time. Looking at these pics of my old motorcycles. It’s like looking at different personalities I had. All good times Now that I’m older I definitely like dirt more. There’s something about riding a dual sport that…

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AI Adobe Firefly tattoo design!!

Let AI Help Yes, that is AI. Why am I using AI? Because I had no idea where to start with my clients design. She said it was very important that she had a treehouse on the beach with palm trees. No palm trees have no branches. This makes it very hard to build a…

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Attaching a Halfsleeve Tattoo!

Mike came back to finish a sleeve! I knew he would. That’s why I designed his halfsleeve to seamlessly connect to whatever he wanted to do next. It’s almost like I planned it this way! Clients are not always ready to get a whole sleeve but I am ready for when they are. When I…

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Catie

I have been tattooing catie and her family for decades now. We added a caterpillar- butterfly on her arm. Her back is 10 years old and I love how it has aged! Check out these photos I got this week.

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Photo Studio is Back!

It’s been too long since my last photo shoot. I finally set everything back up in my new office. I was able to get 2 clients in this week. One has an awesome back piece of a Phoenix and the other has been collecting from me for so long I have forgotten everything we have…

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The Grand Reopening of Randy Adams Studio Party.

Matt Van Cura Inherits a Legacy. Technically Matt purchased the shop from the legendary tattooist Randy Adams. Randy is the fellow with the hat on backwards in the photo above. If you got tattooed in the 80’s in Fort Worth, Randy did it. I know Randy from the covers of old 80’s Tattoo magazines. He…

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Church Van Upgrades

van life with Matt Hodel

The Van Build 2022 The Van Build started in May 0f 2022. It was built for my duaghter Emma’s 9 week road trip. This was a down and dirty build. I know some van builds are nicer than your house but this van is built to live out of, not live in.  It is made…

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I Peaked

Washed up? I have been rebooting my career. I have been taking stock of what I have accomplished, and what I am worth. I have been trying to find the fire that has driven me for so many years. The truth is, no one can recreate the past. Here is what I have discovered. My…

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Horimono: Traditional Japanese Tattooing

Look what Gaël wrote! Engraving of Kyumonryu Shishin (九紋龍史進) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川 国芳) | Image from Kuniyoshiproject.com Gaël wrote an impressive article titled: “Horimono: The History of Traditional Japanese Tattoos”. This writing takes the reader through Japanese tattoo culture dating back to 1603, up into more recent days. The author does a comprehensive dive…

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Codye.

I did Codye’s first tattoo less than a year ago. As I remember he was quite the handful. He was rather nervous and really persistent at communicating the importance of the getting his first tattoo perfect. I don’t mind. I was told a while back that the energy like this just means the client is…

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Back Piece Finished!

Congrats to August So much goes into getting your back tattooed. You need to figure out what the idea is, how to design it, how to pay for it, how to commit time to it and how to keep up the energy when your still not finished. Finishing a large tattoo is very hard.  I…

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Get Weird

A Good Kinda Crazy Team Mullet Louie’s leg is ripe with humor. I guess you could describe him as silly but he looks a serious as a heart attack. Currently he’s shaved bald and looks scary as hell but if he showed you his hidden tattoos it would throw you off. We already did the…

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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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Competition.

Healthy Competition”When you are in competition with others, you get bitter. When you are in competition with yourself you get better.” Self Growth 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…

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Randell Body Suit Tattoo

Last Bits Slowly closing up Randell’s Japanese suit. Good Day on Randell. We have been working on his body suit for a decade. This is the last leg…. Ha! The tiger leg might be my favorite. I really like the softness of the grey on his skin. I drew some more background on and got…

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Progress on Amanda

Amanda’s Mermaid session #4 This is the 4th session on Amanda’s Mermaid today. I’m getting all the large sections worked out and slowly getting into the details. I am not too concerned with the cover up. We are still layering up. I like utilizing the bend of the arm in my designs. Here the waist…

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The Japanese Tattoo

The Japanese Tattoo In 1997 and 1998 I visited Japan to tattoo and learn. It was a trip that shaped the rest of my career.  I brought home two suitcases of books that I purchased while traveling. This was a time that “google search” wasn’t invented yet and reference material was  highly sought after. From…

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