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  1. thanks man. i made the the springs and assembled and wound the coils...did the funky paint...assembled it and tuned it up. in the future i'll make frames and binders, but for now i just have a blast putting em together. cheers!
  2. I really enjoyed the interview with Mr. Dringenberg in the new TAM. Seems like I love em all, haha. there's always something important I get from all of them. Lately, the things that have been standing out the most, maybe even sometimes more than the beautiful tattoos, is the sense of honoring the craft of tattooing and conducting yourself in a manner that upholds and advances the best aspects of it while making a living doing something we love and are captivated by. And with this ethos firmly in my mind, I feel regretful that I started this thread in the way that I did, instead of just trying to make an individual connection in the form of a private message, as would have been more correct. I have never in my life been immune to brain farts, however much i ever wished otherwise, hahaha. But, some good came of it, I guess: the link to the blog on Pike machines and the mention of the Dan Dringenberg interview. Thanks to Dean and Lochlan for your positivity.
  3. Thank you, man. I definately want to learn more history of machines and continue to learn and grow as a machine maker. i've really enjoyed what little i've done so far and some machines are just so cool looking that i know i gotta have one. i agree with you that one way to improve my machine vocabulary is to seek out machines by others and i intend to do much more of that in the future than i have already. i do not have aspirations of making alot of machines and trying to push my way into an already saturated market...i just love the process and the knowledge. Thank you again, Dean.
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    lucky 2

    Got this frame from a local guy and sent it to Jimmy Whitlock. He milled it straight and made the coils and the rad yoke/vice. His machines are just amazing.
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    Got this frame from a local guy and sent it to Jimmy Whitlock. He milled it straight and made the coils and the rad yoke/vice. His machines are just amazing.
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    tattoo machine

    Eikon brass frame blank.
  7. okay, so, first off...i'm not sure if this is the place to ask this on here or not, so somebody let me know, haha. I'm considering getting a Northeast shader frame to do a build on...does anybody have an opinion on these frames? Good? Bad? I'm assuming the brass ones are pretty hefty... And what happened to Paulo Fernando frames? I built on a few and really liked poof! I cannot yet make frames...and really enjoy doing builds. Cheers!
  8. This reply is awesome. This sounds like my shop-owner on one of his good days hahaha. for real, though....this reply is the shit.
  9. Hey, everybody. My name is Nathan and I'm a professional tattooer in Chattanooga, Tn. I've been tattooing for five years, beginning as an apprentice to two very honorable mentors. I've spent the entirety of my career so far at that same shop. I love tattooing pretty much more than anything...ok...definately more than anything period. My goal is to, throughout the entirety of my career (hopefully, my entire life), always improve, always reach for more and maybe even achieve relevance. Basically always just earn my place in the craft. And above all, satisfy my clients and make them feel happy they got with me. Have a great night and Cheers!
  10. Back when I first started, my mentors told me, "You better get cozy with lettering real quick because we're tired of it". Names and stuff like that. Not only did I get cozy with it...I really really enjoy doing script. Am I guilty of the hackish tracing shit? Sadly, yes I am. But at some point...and I can't even tell you how long it's been...I stopped that mess. And I'm much better for it. And it's just too much fun for me to draw it over and over if I have to for me to just cheapen it with tracing. I really don't care how long it takes me to get it looking it's best. It's enjoyable to me. I'm at the point now, though, where i know i need to take it up a notch and start to make changes in my script. Just some fresh elements in there. And that's one of the things that makes me feel like I'll never get tired of it...there's always the possibility of "new" and "different" with script. And I've totally drawn tons of script for other guys at the shop that I didn't tattoo, haha. Just enjoyed doing it. Cheers, guys.
  11. Hey, thanks for the friend add, man. I'll check out and get involved with the forums in the next couple days. Have a great day and cheers!

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    serpent and blossoms
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    raven and skull
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    rain girl

    rain girl
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    old gal

    old gal
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    koi swimming in oil
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    for justin nave