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Tattoo appointment etiquette

This is something that encounter at least once a week..... you know how when you have a dentist appointment you try to cram 6 months worth of flossing into 15 minutes before your appointment? or if you have to go to the doctor, you try to shower up before you go in for whatever is ailing you? WELL PLEASE FEEL FREE TO TAKE THE SAME LIBERTIES WHEN YOU ARE GETTING TATTOOED!!!!!!!!!! brush your teefs so it dont smell like you been munchin on shit sandwiches for lunch. if you are getting your foot or cankle area tattooed, please wash your dawgs and wear a clean pair of socks! dont come in after working in the sun on the job site with your work boots and wool socks. and for you goofy hipsters.... wash your feet, borrow some socks from your dad, and wear a pair of shoes other than the sorry ass moth holed pair of vans you bought 5 years ago and have been wearing EVERYDAY since. you're gonna spend hard earned cash on a cool tattoo on your foot only to slip said foot into a pair of sneakers that smell like onions and vinegar?! not so smart. do the right thing. and while you are at it, wear some pants that fit you and put your girlfriends shirt back into her closet.

Julio Avila

Julio Avila

 

Five Days in New Orleans

For a city with (many) citizens and tourists wandering the streets with tattoos, from the lonely one to the whirlwind of many; I only saw two tattoo shops. One was on the St. Charles line headed out to the historic and beautiful Garden District while the other was on Frenchman St. The nickname of the Big Easy is beyond fitting with “easy” easily being filled in for any community to event to transportation except for tattoo shop locator. I could spot tattoos in any direction I looked but no tattoo shops unlike in the Bay Area. Take note that I can see the pros and cons to each and will explore further on this topic of shops, in this article and future ones to come. The first shop caught my eye as we were on the St. Charles Line cable car headed out to the Garden District. I was taking pictures of the aged iron, wood, brick, and stone architecture elegantly placed in many fashions as one of the oldest and most efficient cables cars carried us through a historically rich city. I have been on lots of public transit all over, and I must say that the New Orleans cable cars and free, yes free for pedestrians, ferry was efficient and timely like New York City’s public transit though unlike my hometown’s cable cars, MUNI and BART. This was yet another pro placing New Orleans, The Big Easy, in my top ten destinations. But back to the lone shop- it oddly shared its location with a Law Office (see insert photo) and was in more of a residential area than a location with heavy foot traffic. Maybe the owner of the tattoo shop is also a lawyer? The second shop I stumbled upon was Electric Ladyland Tattoo (see insert photo) on Frenchman St. while wandering in and out of the local bars hosting communal jazz jam sessions of the local talent. The one that we spent the most time in had a communal hippy-ish Bay Area feel to it with yet another open arm feeling the Big Easy embraces and teaches. Horns blazing and bassist holding it down with soft drumming and occasional lyrics kept half the bar dancing the humid night away from low twenty year olds to forty plusses. Any who, back to the shop, as it was around midnight the tattoo shop was closed. The layout looked large, maybe two store fronts brought together into one shop. From what I could see from the outside, the one side had various private stations and the right side of the shop had walls covered in flash. There were some individuals hanging out front with arm and neck tattoos drinking the night away as skateboarders did tricks up and down the street to the local musicians. This shop would compare to one of the many you may find in San Francisco’s Mission district. So in five days in New Orleans and many miles explored, I saw various tattoos with only a few shops. It was also Southern Decadence week on top of the already over the top Bourbon St. combined with hot humid weather, so clothes were minimal for most with tattoos clearly visible. It kept me thinking, why so few street shops in the touristy areas? I only have speculations so if you are a New Orleans resident and know why please share with us!?! Is it so the tattooists don’t have to work on primarily drunk people? Is there no market for such? Are there city ordinances that prohibit tattoo shops in most neighborhoods of New Orleans? Please do share!?! To be honest, it was a nice change to see so many tattoos with so few shops, as I can’t think of many major cities I’ve been to over the past few years with an abundance of tattoos and not a tattoo shop every few blocks. The Big Easy, New Orleans, as stated above has easily entered my top ten destinations after my first visit! The hospitality was like no other from people on the streets to restaurants to hotel clerks to the cops to D all of the citizens I encountered! If you like to eat, here are the main spots we ate at and all were exceptional from the front of the house to the back of the house; NOLA, Dante’s Kitchen, Domenico, Cochon, Café Du Monde, and Ember’s Steak House plus the corner street greasy spoon snacks! If you haven’t been, I encourage you to go, as it is a very tattooed traveler friendly city with 24/7 entertainment that drowns out the humidity! We also did a swamp tour with Captain Ted after being told by friends it’s a must and sure enough it was! Afterwards, I crawled in the alligator’s mouth then some parents thought they would place their kid in its mouth as well (see insert photo). Then on the drive to the airport with our near fatal hood flying up shattering the taxicab’s windshield on the freeway incident (see insert photo) our driver had a smile. He called for another cab to get us and within five minutes on the side of the road a cab from another company, mind you not the one he called, pulled over to make sure we were okay. New Orleans, see you again hopefully sooner than later! Until then….enjoy the more photos at my profile from this trip.

Lochlan

Lochlan

 

Lochlan and the Three Questions

One of the many things I'll be doing with my blog is interviews with friends who tattoo and/or who are musicians who get tattooed with the following three questions: 1) The who, what, when, where, and why of your first tattoo? Picture? 2) The who, what, when, where, and why of your latest tattoo? Picture? 3) The last band, album, and song you listened to? So to kick it off I'll take a swing at it: 1) The who, what, when, where, and why of your first tattoo? Picture? Who= Tom Prosche What= An aries sign with an "In Loving Memory", my last name, an insignia for my siblings, some fire and a flower band. Wow, thinking back now that's a lot of nonsense in one tattoo I tried. When= Thirteen years ago or so Where= Upper left arm Why= A childhood friend passed away hence the "In Loving Memory" but all the other stuff was just thrown in for fucks sake, haha. 2) The who, what, when, where, and why of your latest tattoo? Picture? Who= Scott Sylvia What= Scott Sylvia's creation based off of "What do you want?" and my response of "Darker Dia De Los Muertos" whole leg tattoo to cover my "lady legs" as Dari Sylvia would call them. When= Work in progress Where= Whole left leg Why= Because I only wanted one "lady leg". 3) The last band, album, and song you listened to? A mix I made on shuffle of various Bay Area punk bands.

Lochlan

Lochlan

 

Scott and Lochlan equals Last Sparrow Tattoo

Scott Sylvia and Lochlan McHale first met about eight years ago through mutual friends in the Bay Area Punk/Hardcore scene. Over the years and many of hecklings their friendship materialized into what it is today. Scott has tattooed Lochlan on several occasions and Lochlan has assisted Scott building tattoo machines and mixing pigment in his down time. They have traveled to various locations always heckling and having a good time. In the process of the hecklings and nonsense while working and hanging out Last Sparrow Tattoo was born. Last Sparrow Tattoo is the latest and greatest venture by worldwide tattoo legend Scott Sylvia and jack of many trades Lochlan McHale. It is scheduled to launch Early Fall 2010, uniting potential tattoo collectors to the long time tattooers and shops and everyone in between. It will be a morphed version of various social media outlets with craigslist flavorful options and social forums for any and all levels of tattoo enthusiasts! We hope you enjoy your visit and turn your visit into a stay with us!?! Below are brief bios for Scott and Lochlan if it helps you any: Scott Sylvia first started tattooing as a teenager in Monterey, CA before moving to Sacramento, CA and later ending up in the Bay Area. Scott’s first shop he opened was American Graffiti in Sacramento with friend and fellow tattooer Eric Hogan. Scott later worked at Eddy Deutsche’s 222 Tattoo and Freddy Corbin’s Temple Tattoo before opening, co-owning and tattooing at Blackheart Tattoo in San Francisco with Tim Lehi (owner), Jeff Rasier (owner), Juan Puente, Cody Miller, and Nick Rodin. He also travels to and is featured at various conventions around the world often times working at friends local shops before and/or after the conventions. Scott is known as not only one of the hardest working men in the world of tattooing but also an innovator of what some call the “American Power’ style of tattooing which is a modern twist on the “Classic American” style. When not tattooing he is building and creating tattoo machines, motorcycles, cars, art (shows, clothing, flash, band images, etc), and much much more. He also manages to balance a life with his wife and their two adorable kids. Lochlan McHale first began getting professionally tattooed about thirteen years ago though a fan of tattoos since a young kid. As a young boy he would draw on his limbs while in class hoping to one day gather tattoos. In his early teens he and some friends would give themselves tattoos with a needle and pen ink awaiting the opportunity to get ones that would stay (the needle and ink ones fell out or eventually faded). As a young boy he wanted a Marvin the Martian tattoo for his first one though he out grew that desire and when he was eighteen got his first tattoo in San Francisco after one of his childhood friends passed away and has continued to collect tattoos. He has been tattooed by Scott Sylvia, Freddy Corbin, Tim Lehi, Nick Rodin, Cody Miller, Zach Johnson, Nate Leinfelder, and more that he can’t exactly remember. Lochlan has worked in various genres including skateboarding, surfing, art, music, marketing, and psychology/counseling (youth & “at-risk youth”). He currently owns his own consultation company (www.lochlanmchale.com) that gathers his diverse work experience under one roof and one title as well as currently attending grad school for psychology. He works to travel and travels to work bringing his art/tattoos with him that most hang on the walls of their homes.

Lochlan

Lochlan