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Posted in Gallery, Human Interest by misterroadtripper on December 20, 2010

Brian Everett

BRIAN EVERETT (Route 66 Tattoo, Albuquerque, New Mexico) is one of the reasons portrait tattoos and black & gray fine-line tattoos are all the rage today. Brian, Jack Rudy, Freddy Negrete and Good Time Charlie Cartwright were the pioneers who put a muzzle on the naysayers. They expanded the boundaries and pointed the way for everyone from Bob Tyrrell to Robert Hernandez and even Don Ed Hardy, who looked upon these artists’ work with awe and admiration, when he first saw their work, back in the 1970s. These are the guys that started it all! Tattoo artist, shop owner, custom car enthusiast, National Tattoo Association president, portrait painter, family man and all-around mainstay of the tattoo world for over 35 years, Brian has set a good example, not only through his art, but by his intelligence, attitude and family values that have inspired us all.  Thank you,  Brian Everett!

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  1. Uncle Tim said, on December 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Years ago when I attended the “Tattoo Tour” put on by JD Crowe back in 97 or 98 in Anaheim, Calif, I attended both Brian Everett’s and Jack Rudy’s seminars on portraits. The first thing they said to begin the seminar was to ignore what the other said about doing portraits. Of course, this got raucous laughter from the audience. But, It impressed me how much they both admired and respected each other to kid around like that. I guess, since they were both “Beatnicks”, they were compelled by fraternity tradition to rip on each other. But this memory is still fresh in my mind.

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