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Tattoo Road Trip Daily Blog Has a New Address

Posted in ANNOUNCEMENTS by misterroadtripper on February 16, 2011

Not to fear. The address is new but the site is the same.

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WE HAVE MOVED!

Posted in ANNOUNCEMENTS by misterroadtripper on February 9, 2011

BIG CHANGES!

SAME BLOG… NEW ADDRESS (all 650+ posts are on the new site)

We have made big changes to our Daily Blog and Website. This is the final post at this address. So, if you are an email member, please sign up again on the new Blog site. Otherwise… simply click the new address bar and… whoosh! Welcome to our new site!

PLEASE  GO TO THE NEW BLOG PAGE

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TONY OLIVAS, SACRED HEART, ATLANTA

Posted in Road Trip Stuff by misterroadtripper on February 9, 2011

TATTOO ROAD TRIP

SACRED HEART TATTOO—ATLANTA GEORGIA

By Bob Baxter with photographs by Bernard Clark

Tony Olivas is one of tattooing’s most-revered black-and-gray artists. Gaining a foundation from single-needle pioneers Jack Rudy, Brian Everett and Freddy Negrete, Olivas’s main shop, Sacred Heart, in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta, reminded us of a ski lodge with its high-peaked ceilings and smokin’ barbeque grill on the porch overlooking the tree-lined street below. It was quite a gathering, with chicken and ribs on the grill, lots of friends and family and customers coming through the door with fabulous tattoo art to photograph.

Many of Tony’s artists have been with him for the better part of a decade. Tony himself has been tattooing for thirty years, and just two years ago formed a partnership with his shop mates, making it a true family affair. Tony began tattooing, poking by hand, when he was fifteen in Arizona. His older brother, Henry, ultimately presented him with a homemade machine, which Tony used for about ten years. And then Tony relocated to Dixieland Tattoo, working with the late Adam West in Panama City Beach, Florida. Tony then went to work at Ancient Art with Jerry Reiger and J.D. Crowe in Virginia for a couple years and then opened his own shop, Ancient Art (Crowe let Tony use the name), located in Stone Mountain, Virginia. Then, almost two years to the date, Olivas came up with Sacred Heart, which he has operated in Atlanta for fourteen years. Tony now owns five shops in Georgia, one at Little 5 Points (the flagship Location), Norcross, Centerville, Warner Robins and Austell.

“My older brother got me into tattooing,” Olivas told me. “His godfather, Fernando, Uncle Theo I called him, was in the Navy and heavily tattooed. He was on the cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis that was hit by two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine and went down midway between Guam and Leyte Gulf during World War II. He was one of the survivors, with the sharks and all that. So when I was young, I heard his stories saw his tattoos. That’s how I really got turned onto it. My brother, Henry, said, ‘You can always draw,’ so I started tattooing on my buddies by hand.

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WELCOME A NEW SPONSOR!

Posted in ANNOUNCEMENTS by misterroadtripper on February 8, 2011

SPOONY’S… MADE IN THE THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Welcome! Here at Spoony’s we offer the finest American hand-blown glass pipes from Chameleon Glass, as well as other various artists, mainly from the Pacific Northwest. We have something for everyone’s taste and budget. Our selection is quite extensive and continues to grow. We are constantly on the lookout to bring you the latest and greatest products and original designs, so check back often! We appreciate your business and we hope you enjoy your shopping experience with us!

WOW, EVEN MORE CALGARY PHOTOS!

Posted in EVENTS, Gallery by misterroadtripper on February 7, 2011

Steve Peace

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY LESLIE LYNN (www.leslielynnphotography.ca) Click images to enlarge.

We have featured Steve and Lindsay Peace’s fabulous Albert Bound Tattoo & Arts Festival events, for the past week 0r so. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Steve and Lindsay… and especially photographer Leslie Lynn for the photos of their yearly events. If you would like us t0 promote and showcase your convention, gallery show, concert or festival, please contact mary@tattooroadtrip.com. She’ll help you connect up with our worldwide audience.

A word about Steve and Lindsay Peace, the promoters of these two Canadian tattoo events: This husband-and-wife team is the real deal. I have reported on tattoo “conventions” from the East Coast to the West, from the North to the South and none are more accommodating toward the press than Steve and Lindsay. To be honest, their events are the standard by which I judge everyone else. Instead of having an attitude of “without us, you wouldn’t have anything to write about,” the Peaces understand the relationship of promoters to the media. They constantly work to stay ahead of the curve and fine-tune their product. They take care of everyone involved, from their dedicated staff to the quality artists who attend each year. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of excellent convention hosts out there, but, if I were going to be involved in putting on a convention of my own, the first people I would call are Steve and Lindsay. So, be you artist or collector, treat yourself to a truly unforgettable experience, jump on the Alberta Bound bandwagon and enjoy a few days of unforgettable, rockin’ Canadian hospitality. You’ll thank me, in the morning.

WIN A MICKY!

Posted in Contests by misterroadtripper on February 6, 2011

MOST HUMOROUS TATTOO CONTEST… ENTRIES CLOSE ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18th

VOTING BOOTH OPENS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21st

You can win a Micky Sharpz Telephone Dial Tattoo Machine (or a groovy Micky Sharpz T-shirt, for the second- and third-place winners). Submit your Most Humorous Tattoo photo!  Click on CONTEST for the rules and regs.

Handmade in Merry Old England

The Prize

Micky

JUST ADDED TO THE WEBSITE: BIG 10 QUESTIONS!

Posted in Road Trip Stuff by misterroadtripper on February 6, 2011

Mary Gardner asks Larry Brogan the Big 10 Questions, from July 2009.

BIG TEN QUESTIONS WITH LARRY BROGAN

By Mary Gardner

Touched by fate, Larry Brogan, a Chicago southsider, born November 27th,1969 shares his Sagittarian birthday with such legends as Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee. An artist since he could pick up a crayon, Larry has pushed himself to create exciting, artistic images, receiving academic honors after graduating from both the School of Airbrush Arts and art school in Joliet, Illinois.

“I can’t say I chose tattooing. Rather, it chose me,” reminisces Brogan. “I started tattooing part-time, when friends pushed me to tattoo them. I was still a diesel mechanic, working hard to pay the mortgage on my first house. It took me a while to realize that I could make a living as a tattoo artist.” Nineteen years later, Larry maintains a fresh, optimistic view of the industry. “The single most important change in the tattoo profession, as I see it,” says Brogan, “is the sheer quality of the artists. Twenty years ago, you could count the great tattoo artists on a couple of hands. Now you need a whole phone book to keep track of the greats, and there are tons of artists still coming at you who don’t put themselves on the Internet or allow themselves to be interviewed by tattoo magazines. After four or five years of tattooing, these young men and women with their amazing artistic abilities are at the top of the A List. It is truly a tattoo renaissance, and I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of it.”

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To see the rest of the story, more photos and the Big 10 Questions, click HERE and go to TATTOO GOODIES.

DRAGON DROP

Posted in Letters by misterroadtripper on February 6, 2011

Hi Bob.

I thought I’d drop you the latest piece I did. I had an absolute blast doing it!!  Have a great weekend.

Jim Carter – Incendiary Tattoos

CALGARY CALGARY CALGARY!

Posted in EVENTS, Gallery by misterroadtripper on February 4, 2011

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY LESLIE LYNN (www.leslielynnphotography.ca) Click images to enlarge.

Steve and Lindsay Peace put on two fabulous Albert Bound Tattoo & Arts Festival events, in Edmonton and the other the following weekend in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Check out the cool Tyson McAdoo skateboard-deck trophies. TODAY: CALGARY TATTOOS… MONDAY: LOTS MORE OF THE SAME!












TATTOOED PINUPS REDUX

Posted in Pinups by misterroadtripper on February 4, 2011

A re-visit to the pinups of KEVIN WARN. Click images to enlarge.

Amy Vargas

Amy Vargas

Amy Vargas

Vanessa

Vanessa

Vanessa

Julie Bolene

Julie Bolene

Julie Bolene