Hands On

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    Hello, my name is Chris and I'm addicted to tattoos. "Hi, Chris." I started getting tattoos relatively late in my life (25), but got the bug immediately. I was spoiled, since my first tattoo was from Jill Bonny at State of Grace and my first tattoo related book was Tattooing from Japan to the West by Horitaka. Not only was I dumbfounded by all the pictures, but I was mesmerized by all of the interviews and I got hooked. I started to read and watch everything I could to learn and soak it all up, but I found the best shit to be the interviews of the artists speaking their minds and telling their stories... dropping all kinds of knowledge that can't be found anywhere else aside from speaking with the tattooers in person. I found books like Underway is the Only Way, We Are Tattoo, Tattoo Artist, TAM mags, and videos from Needled.com, TAM videos, Tattoo the World, Horismoku, Tattoo Age, Stoney Knows How, Gypsy Gentleman, and of course here at LST. This bug has brought me to get an apprenticeship in 2010 and I come into this trade/business/industry/craft with the utmost respect for all those who have come before me. My goal is continue this passion without offending any of those people along the way. Like Kore Flatmo said in his interview, I know I'm one of those dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants. I try to get tattooed as often as possible, not only to keep collecting and feed my addiction, but to keep learning and building the relationships that make this community what it is. If you're interested, I'll post a list in the "Who HAS tattooed you?" blog comments. Thanks again for creating this great site! Peace!!
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  1. Finally finished my Chad/Jondix collabo back piece yesterday, after nearly three years! Session 1: 10/25/13 at the Bay Area Convention, SFO Hyatt - tag team Session 2: 11/20/13 at Garage Ink, Napa, CA 11/20/13 - Chad Session 3: 7/10/16 at Yoni Zilber's private studio, Atlantic Highlands, NJ - Jondix Session 4: 10/19/16 at State of Grace, SJ, CA - Chad
  2. i haven't posted pics yet, but i did post about the first session here:
  3. Hopefully finishing up my Jondix/Chad collabo back piece next Wednesday 10/19. Appointment with Chad at State of Grace! haven't been tattooed there since 2010, so i'm excited to feel that vibe again. Dreading more pain on the back, but hopeful it's the last time!
  4. anyone going to this tonite? http://111minnagallery.com/october-marks-scars-or-tattoos-ed-hardy-solo-exhibition/
  5. Here's a little gem, created and shared by Scott Harrison... ENJOY!!
  6. http://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/guidelines/
  7. Who better than Chris Garver to fill a crucial spot on my forearm? I requested his rendition of a phoenix inspired by a line drawing in Ed Hardy's latest book, "Drawings for Tattoos." Aside from that, I told him to do it however he wants. I guess he wanted to make it perfect and pink. "Well... it's more of a coral." Either way, I'm digging it and I feel much more complete!
  8. my first trip to NYC is finally coming this weekend! Jondix on Sunday and Garver on Monday!! I need to figure out what to do on Saturday, Monday morning, and Tuesday... food, galleries, museums, i think... and maybe a stop by smith street. i'll be staying with a buddy in huntington, but if anyone has a couch closer to the city, i'd be willing to fork over a fee! ;) i might have to dig thru old threads on couch surfing.
  9. sweet! great points regarding the tattoos that are entered early and large scale work winning more often that small scale work. a couple ideas along with themes, perhaps by: - location... best knee, sleeve, squidpants, neck, etc - style... best americana, black and gray, realism, portrait, etc. - size... best back piece, one shot, filler, etc - random... best walk-in, story/meaning (<-- sounded better in my head). as far as points go, is it possible to set up the point system/code based on when votes/likes are submitted? that also sounds better in my head, but maybe someone reading this gets what i'm thinking. however this all turns out, i'm sure it'll be done right and not errbody will be happy, but i'm stoked to see it returning!
  10. Sending positive juju your way! Hope you're doing alright!!
  11. it's official! Just booked my flight to NY for July 8-12. Jondix will be doing his second session on my back on 7/10... either at NY Adorned or Yoni Zilber's studio in Jersey. Deposit is in for Garver on 7/11... not sure what or where, but I'm thinking outer forearm is quite appropriate. I may have a place to stay, but does anyone have a couch I can crash on in case it falls thru? It would be great if it were near or easily accessible to Invisible NYC and NY Adorned. This'll be my first trip to NY... STOKED!!
  12. Anyone from the Bay going out to Sacto tomorrow for this?! Can I hitch a ride?!
  13. i have no idea yet... all i have is the date. but i think it will be a short trip and he's only working on in-progress pieces. he will be having an art show at Three Kings, but i don't know the details on that yet either.
  14. @rufio the grass is always greener, as they say! don't get me wrong... there are plenty of artists all over the world (including the states) who i'd love to get tattooed by. just so happens i started my back with Jondix coz he used to be at the SOG convention annually. so far, i've only been tattooed in WA and CA. luckily, conventions bring great artists from all over the place!.. especially the SOG convention. there are plenty of conventions over there that bring a lot of great American artists! But in general, i would like to start traveling more and tattoos are a great excuse to do so!
  15. for an abbreviated version of this post, just read the bold font. (<-- product of medication) I haven't had a session on my back piece in over a year since Jondix hasn't been back to the SFO Convention and I haven't been able to make my way across the pond. well... he's finally coming back to the states in July, so I'm booked for a session in New York! This will be my first time there, so I'm pretty excited about that aspect in and of itself. I have some time to dig thru some threads on healing the back while traveling... i imagine them saying something along the lines of, "it's a bitch. i loved it." Since I have no idea when I might ever get back to NY**, I'm also trying to get a little one shot something from Chris Garver. Not sure what or where quite yet, but it's in the works. Those two are already pushing the budget and pain thresholds, but there's so many great artists and shops out there! Picking a piece from flash off the wall at Smith Street immediately comes to mind. I may have to consider selling some of my unwanted material possessions on Crackslist and suck it up for perhaps a once in a lifetime chance. ** my wife and i want to travel to handful of different places, so returning to NY would have to come after getting thru the list. Atop the list for me is Barcelona to have Jondix finish my back!! That's "upcoming" in hopefully a year or two.