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Some of my tattoos have meaning

But they all look cool, which is what's most important to me. But lemme back up.... A few months ago, [MENTION=2896]CultExciter[/MENTION] and [MENTION=50598]cmmercer13[/MENTION] were visiting SF from Virginia. [MENTION=3461]keepcalm[/MENTION] was out here at the same time, so [MENTION=3422]CABS[/MENTION] and [MENTION=5385]cltattooing[/MENTION] and I decided we should all meet up for tacos. The tacos were delicious, and the company was even better. [MENTION=5385]cltattooing[/MENTION] broug

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Is this THE End of GLOOMY INKS???

After a great deal of pain and my fiance' getting me to move on it I went to the doc's. I have these tumors... and they have been bothering me, and like many, I ignored it. I work, go home, and jump online for a few hours. "I'll get to it," I say to myself. So this pain was in my huevos, and that got me to go. Not fun pain in the least. My doc asks me if she can see the tumors. I go to unhitch my belt. "Noooooooo, " She laughs, "The ones on your back." I do, and her jaw drops, she turns white

Gloomy Inks

Gloomy Inks

 

"What is the HELL is wrong with these people?" (For artists that talk poo)

I hate to throw around the word professional. I mean, what is a professional tattoo artist? Is it some one with dedication? Someone who understands art? Someone who can pound whiskey and tattoo a few hundred sailors in a night? Or is a professional one who does not slag off competition. One who treats even the dumb with respect and kindness, but yet has a line that you don't want to cross? Or is the professional tattoo artist one simply there to collect money, the art be damned? A scammer,

Gloomy Inks

Gloomy Inks

 

Hurting the ones you love

My lady has been nothing but good for me. Whats more, she's a fan of my art, off and on skin, and cheerleader for me to others. She has encouraged me to keep it up, no matter what kind of "entitled artist" BS I might catch or even when I get down on myself after seeing work that I might never be able to get to. She's been asking me for a tattoo for almost as long as we've been together, and I keep trying to find something from my mind that would fit her. I saw Eddie and Penny Funk on a 'tu

Gloomy Inks

Gloomy Inks

 

Black And Light Magazine

As some of you may know, I have started a magazine with a few friends and some LSTers who I have connected with over that last few years. This is just a little synopsis of my thoughts on the project. I will be posting a free online edition of the magazine and will have physical copies available for any of you who want one. It is an expression of my experience in tattooing and also something that I have made to give back to those who helped me create this indescribable idea of what tattooing mean

MadeIndelible

MadeIndelible

 

Update re: Tattoo Research Project

I've decided to start with a plain-old herbal tincture to help with the tattoo process itself. It is for folks who are getting tattooed in especially painful spots, who are really nervous, getting their first tattoo, folks who tense up during tattooing (or get muscle twitching), that sort of thing. If you are interested in hearing more about it, ask here, PM me or check out my website: http://www.quaternityholistics.com/p/products.html Mods - if this post is not okay, feel free to take it do

Fala

Fala

 

You are entitled to...

"The grand prize is (drum roll); hassles, nonsense, arguments, a possible early death, and anonymous life punctuated by some artistic pleasure. If you're lucky." What a great life, yeah? You bet it is, and I would trade it for nothing. Meaning if I could, I dunno, teach history in college, like I wanted to before I found out that anything past a needle grouping is beyond my math skills, I would. I love it, don't get me wrong. My station in life is what it should be. A, so far, known, and so-so

Gloomy Inks

Gloomy Inks

 

A Funk-y State of Mind (or why a guy in his eighties can still kick my ass)

So. In 24 hrs I met two people who have claimed to met Eddie Funk. I have not, and after writing this title, I think it might be a good idea if I don't. I was out drinking, not my usual these days (I also ended up playing guitar, so I would assume that I was at least two sheets to the wind) and I get to talking. I'm chatty anyways, and this lady comes after I'm done making a jackass of myself with six strings. We get to talking, her, my lady and myself. "I know Eddie Funk," Says she, "His shop

Gloomy Inks

Gloomy Inks

 

The1moto show in Portland, Oregon

Oh what's that? You have a beard? You ride a motorcycle? Choppers you say? Me too! I actually headed up to Portland for a quick vacation and only visited one tattoo shop (due to severe weather) but I did see a ton of fancy motorbikes. wrote a blog about it, here it goes http://jetblackstains.com/?p=740

A.Sanchez

A.Sanchez

 

The1moto show in Portland, Oregon

Oh what's that? You have a beard? You ride a motorcycle? Choppers you say? Me too! I actually headed up to Portland for a quick vacation and only visited one tattoo shop (due to severe weather) but I did see a ton of fancy motorbikes. wrote a blog about it, here it goes http://jetblackstains.com/?p=740

A.Sanchez

A.Sanchez

 

"Gloomy, why are you always up writing at 3:30AM?"

I was sitting drawing roses one day. Actually it was a good lesson in trusting the artistic eye too. I was sitting there with a 4B in my hand, this blank look on face, which ain't normal for me unless I'm thinking, and I closed my eyes. I didn't have an apocalyptic vision, but I'm a fan of Chris Rock, and much like his "old guy in the club" bit, I saw myself at 60 (now granted, if you saw how I lived, smoked, and ate, you'd go, "Gloomy, you ain't gonna make it past 40."), bitterly bitching, co

Gloomy Inks

Gloomy Inks

 

The importance of madness

People tell me I'm crazy all the time. My family, band members, friends, well the few friends I have still. I am crazy too. I'm impulsive, big time, and a little OCD (big O, little c) I think. Whats worse, I don't care if you know I'm crazy. I think crazy is where it's at in fact, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Of course like most crazy people I don't have a plan. Or when I do, it's insane stuff. "Tattoo my hands, yeah," I thought to myself. Finding a place to live can be a little roug

Gloomy Inks

Gloomy Inks

 

Looking for Volunteers for a Research Project about Tattooing

I'm taking a business development class as part of my herbal medicine program for the next few months. I'm learning about marketing, and developing products and resources for clients/customers. My current project entails learning how to identify clients wants and needs, for product and/or services development through interviewing them. The topic is how folks feel about the tattoo process, what works for them, all that good stuff. Basically, I'm trying to identify an overarching issue that mo

Fala

Fala

 

LST hibernation...

Hey guys and gals, Those of you who know me or follow me on Instagram know that I have been super busy and not active here in some time. I am nearly at the end of my apprenticeship and have started making small, traditional tattoos. Learning and tattooing and research and drawing and painting take up all of my time. I still love you guys, but have other obligations. Cheers to all of you and hope to see you around the boards a bit more in the future. If you are interested in keeping up with

Brock Varty

Brock Varty



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