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Scott Sylvia

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  1. DJ Rose and Chris Lain are interviewed by Jeremy Swed and Brian Bruno at Abosolute Art tattoo studio in Richmond, VA, during November of 2014.
  2. Keet D'Arms of Southern Star Tattoo in Atlanta, GA is interviewed by Jeremy Swed and Brian Bruno for LST in a hotel room at the 2014 Richmond, VA Tattoo Convention.
  3. Mike Wilson is interviewed by Jeremy Swed at the Inksmith and Rogers Atlantic blvd shop during fall of 2014, late at night.
  4. I first met Mike Rennie when he moved to Jacksonville, Florida to work at Inksmith and Rogers. We then became quick friends over late night drinks and riding in the midnight toucher. A short time later he moved back to Richmond, Virginia to start work at Absolute Art. Through Mike, I met and became friends with Brian Bruno; a tattooer at Absolute Art. These two guys are a couple of my favorite tattooers. They may have their own styles, but one thing remains the same; and that is their passion for this industry. When I am around these two watching them tattoo or listening to them discuss the
  5. I first heard the name 'Uzi' from a couple of snot nosed, drunk crust punks named Alison and Adam, who kept coming around Spotlight Tattoo and lived out of a nice craftsman home they turned into a shithole around the corner from the shop. They had these really bold, well designed tattoos, but what made them stand out was a little bit of flair, a certain sensibility to the girl heads, a touch that most tattooers doing traditional work never seem to find. I imagined some scrawny Israeli hipster kid, who thought calling himself Uzi would be clever. Then one day on the porch of said house, drinkin
  6. Interview by Jimmy P. With the ease of information now that comes from basically having a supercomputer in our pocket, it seems strange to think of a time when we were "floored" by anything visually. I can vividly remember the first few times I saw Robert Williams artwork. The impact it had on me was instant and overwhelming. I didn't exactly know what would come from being exposed to this powerful, outrageous, wonderful and over the top art, but I could tell, even at that age in my life seeing it was the beginning of something that was going to help shape my artistic and aesthetic vocabulary
  7. People throw around the terms "godfather" and "king" all too much in reference to tattooers. Don and Deb Yarian however deserve more than a grandiose title. I see them in a protective honorable roll in tattooing tied deep in tradition and history. They are not lost in overnight hype or international stardom. Instead they tattoo in a real shop and have taught all of their kids to tattoo. Keeping it a family tradition that seems to work so well for them. This is why I refer to them as the mother and father of tattooing in our times. I have had so many great interactions with them and always
  8. Me and Jeremy have been friends for a while, and I was fortunate enough to get the chance to do this interview while he was doing a guest spot at our shop. Jeremy is a very talented tattooer - he is from an era of tattooing when you didn't specialize, which makes him incredibly well rounded. He has the ability to do amazing black and grey and then do a perfect traditional tattoo, all the while being able to handle all the modern requirements of contemporary tattooing. You shouldn't miss out on this man. If you have the opportunity to get tattooed by Jeremy, you should definitly jump on it.
  9. When I was asked to interview Scott, it didn’t occur to me that I would have to write an introduction as well. I had heard of Scott Sylvia from very early on in my career. I was really green at the time and coming from Chicago, the SF tattoo scene seemed light years away. I watched for his tattoos and flash in magazines and read articles on the shops he was apart of. We met in 2007 in Salt Lake City through our mutual friend Maya. We did some arm wrestling, shared a few meals and really had a blast that weekend. Later that year I was asked to fill in at Blackheart for a few days and Scott and
  10. Interview by Ryan Spangler. Growing up in Omaha, I heard Dick Warsocki's name often when the conversation turned to tattooing. I kinda knew Dick as this guy that worked at Tattooland and came back to town. Growing up, I remember seeing Dick's script on customers, and it blew me away. As circumstance would have it, I never met Dick until a few years ago. It was through the help of my good friend Chad Elsasser that I got to hang out with Dick and interview him with Chad. Dick is an honest guy, that loves tattooing and art in general. He's full of great stories about his life and tattooin
  11. here's my latest interview - thanks again to Todd Noble for taking the time to do this: Todd Noble Interview
  12. Todd and i have been friends for quite a while. we have been to many conventions at the same time and spent plenty of time together. a trip to Sweden together is what it took for me to get to know him well. we spent a week at Drew Horner's place. then off to the Stockholm convention. many laughs and many hours of talking. i found a new respect for him by the end of this. to be honest before this i just thought he was another loud party tattooer. i was glad to find out what a loving father and passionate tattooer he is. i am always happy to find a great person lying in the ash of the burned out
  13. Check out the the latest interview - Ron is such a cool dude. Ron Henry Wells Interview
  14. I first met Ron in Philadelphia at the Philly convention. we hit it off right away he is very easy to talk to and has a very genuine demeanor. i liked him before i ever saw a single tattoo he had done. when i did finally see them i was truly impressed. he has a very distinct style of his own. we did this interview when he had been stuck in san francisco after the convention when hurricane sandy had everyone stuck. we did the interview at my warehouse space which most of you will recognize the train sounds. i hope this finds you all well and full of great joy. Ron is a great tattooer and i wo
  15. ATTENTION ALL BAY AREA TATTOOERS. my friend danny dringenberges car was broken into tonight next door to black heart tattoo and all of his shit was stolen. anyone brings any tattoo related stuff including tattoo machines please call the shop.415-431-2100 there will be a reward for sure. please help if you can. thanks - - - Updated - - - ATTENTION ALL BAY AREA TATTOOERS. my friend danny dringenberges car was broken into tonight next door to black heart tattoo and all of his shit was stolen. anyone brings any tattoo related stuff including tattoo machines please call the shop.415-431-2100 th
  16. ATTENTION ALL BAY AREA TATTOOERS. my friend danny dringenberges car was broken into tonight next door to black heart tattoo and all of his shit was stolen. anyone brings any tattoo related stuff including tattoo machines please call the shop.415-431-2100 there will be a reward for sure. please help if you can. thanks
  17. ATTENTION ALL BAY AREA TATTOOERS. my friend danny dringenberges car was broken into tonight next door to black heart tattoo and all of his shit was stolen. anyone brings any tattoo related stuff including tattoo machines please call the shop.415-431-2100 there will be a reward for sure. please help if you can. thanks
  18. I first met Henning probably about 19 years ago when I was a young man just trying to find my place in tattooing. Henning at the time traveled a lot with Trevor Mcstay. Trevor is from Australia and an amazing tattooer who also needs to be interviewed. Why Henning and Trevor always stuck out to me wasn't because they were great tattooers, I was too young and dumb to realize what I was looking at, but that they were always so nice. This is a time when the older generations were not really all that happy with the new scourge of fresh tattooers. Sound familiar? Anyways not that Henning is old but
  19. Sorry for the wait on interviews. Here's the Erik Gillespie Video Interview
  20. They say you can judge a person by the company they keep, if this is true Erik is one grand person. I haven't met anyone who is friends with him that I didn't like. He is surrounded by great people and I don't think that is an accident. I met him and Nick Colella at the same time in Salt Lake City where we have pretty much been friends since. This man is a great person and an even better tattooer. He loves tattooing like no one else! His level of respect for the art is unparalleled.His style and approach is very professional and proper. if you have the chance to get tattooed by this man don'
  21. Last week we posted this up so if you haven't watched it spend some time doing so: Stewart Robson Video Interview
  22. Stewart Robson has done what every tattooer wishes he could, he has made him self irreplaceable. He works at Frith Street Tattoo in London England. He tattoos in multiple styles and has an amazing grasp on all of them from Japanese to traditional and even black and grey. Plus he's an incredibly nice person. You can tell by looking at his tattoos, the volume that he produces, and the quality that they are, how devoted he is to the end result. His Japanese work has amazing form, flow and skill. The traditional tattoos are powerful and right on target. Black and grey is what threw me the most as
  23. If you haven't seen it check it out, Valerie Vargas Interview. Enjoy!
  24. One can't say enough good things about this women. She is humble, smart, incredibly talented and a really nice person to be around. I don't think she needs help getting notoriety as she is one of the most in-demand tattooers you may never have heard of although I find that hard to believe. We did this interview after the State of Grace convention last October. I had the pleasure of spending a little time with her and Stewart when we sat down to do this. We did it at the shop after work one night while they were in San Francisco. I knew nothing about her career before this, so it was a nice le
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