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Posted in A LIFE IN INK by misterroadtripper on February 3, 2011

Here’s the latest addition of the Chronicles.

Ann Snair, tattooed by Riley and Pote Seyler.

Bob Baxter’s

A LIFE IN INK—EPISODE 2

Bricks through tattoo shop windows. Pissed-off artists sledge-hammering competitors’ fingers. Setting fire to buildings. I hadn’t heard about any of this, but it was the ’90s and my exposure to the tattoo world was limited to the usual convict movies and gangland photos in the newspaper. I thought cobwebs on elbows and tattooed teardrops were simply fashion statements, like cigarette packs rolled up in the sleeves of T-shirts, sneakers without laces and solid-gold front teeth. It wasn’t until my son Riley and his older brother, Jesse, tried to open a shop in Las Vegas that I got an inkling of how the tattoo world really worked.

This was before Riley got hired by Sunset Strip or worked at Venice Bob’s. During their teens, my kids lived in Vegas with their mother, helping her out with a small ranch that demanded constant fixing. Hauling hay bails, cementing rock walls and sweeping sand off the porch were everyday chores. I remember Jesse telling me that, when he visited his mom, she, typically, opened the door and handed him a rake. Although Vegas was way too hot for me, they liked it well enough and had pretty much built a large cadre of friends. Jesse was tarring roofs for a living and Riley was into his rock ’n’ roll. Both of them were tattooing. Not full-time or at a shop, but mixed in between sessions of drawing T-shirt designs or posters for Riley’s various bands.

Pote

I was living in Los Angeles and got most of my family news by telephone or chance encounters. You know, friends of my kids who lived in SoCal and occasionally reported the latest adventures of the Baxter boys or, as they were more commonly known, the “Tuesday” boys. My three eldest children were born on Tuesday and given Tuesday as their middle name. They liked it so much, in fact, that, over the years, all three experimented with interchanging the Tuesday with Baxter and calling themselves Holly Tuesday, Riley Tuesday or Jesse Tuesday, a name he still uses today.

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MORE CELEBRITY INK

Posted in Human Interest by misterroadtripper on February 3, 2011

YAY OR NAY?

Actually, it’s pretty cool that athletes and movie stars get tattooed. After all, their tattoos tell the general public that being inked is okay. That means a lot less hassles for the dyed-in-the-wool tattoo aficionado, but does the fact that these high-profile folks usually get second-rate or too small or faddish tattoos (lots of lettering, poems and such, lately) set a bad example? Since most of the population isn’t aware of how truly magnificent tattoos can be, their choices (the celebs) rarely reflect the state of the art. Here’s some familiar folks and their ink. What do you think? We’d love to hear your comments.

WAY MORE CALGARY!

Posted in EVENTS, Gallery by misterroadtripper on February 3, 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: AWARD-WINNING TATTOOS… TOMORROW: LOTS MORE OF THE SAME!



CALGARY ARTISTS

Posted in EVENTS, Gallery by misterroadtripper on February 2, 2011

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As you know, Steve and Lindsay Peace put on two fabulous Albert Bound Tattoo & Arts Festival events, one in Edmonton and the other the following weekend in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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

TODAY: THE ARTISTS (who attended Calgary)… TOMORROW: THE TATTOOS!


VALENTINES DAY TATTOOS

Posted in ANNOUNCEMENTS by misterroadtripper on February 2, 2011

Here’s a heartfelt collection of tattoos celebrating Valentines Day (February 14th). How about sharing yours? Email your Valentines Day tattoos to me at baxter@tattooroadtrip.com and I will post them… on Valentine’s Day!

CELEBRITY INK

Posted in Pinups by misterroadtripper on February 1, 2011

Okay, okay… one of the most popular searches in Tattoo Cyberspace is “Celebrity Tattoos.” Not always the best examples of the art form, here’s Hollywood hottie Megan Fox showing her ink for the camera. What do you think?

Megan Fox

ALBERTA BOUND TATTOO & ARTS FESTIVAL!

Posted in Uncategorized by misterroadtripper on February 1, 2011

CALGARY

As you know, Steve and Lindsay Peace put on two fabulous tattoo events, one in Edmonton and the other the following weekend in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Here are a few of the photos. More to follow!

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

THE ENTERTAINMENT… TOMORROW: THE ARTISTS!

WIN A MICKY SHARPZ TATTOO MACHINE!

Posted in Contests by misterroadtripper on February 1, 2011
To win this….

Click this (for rules)!

HUMOROUS TATTOO CONTEST!

Entries will close soon (Friday, February 18th) … so be sure to send in your Humorous Tattoo photos before the deadline. For more information and rules (where to send the photos, etc.), click on the CONTEST button…

Voting begins on Monday, February 21st.

Good Luck!

EVEN MORE EDMONTON!

Posted in Gallery by misterroadtripper on February 1, 2011

PHOTOS FROM STEVE PEACE’S ALBERTA BOUND TATTOO & ARTS FESTIVAL/EDMONTON 201

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

Click images to enlarge and… CALGARY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. STAY TUNED!


SAD NEWS

Posted in ANNOUNCEMENTS, Human Interest by misterroadtripper on January 31, 2011

Merlin (left) under the neon.

Bob,

I got this email from Kevin. Don’t know if you heard.

Regards, Bill DeMichele

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Hi Bill. Not sure if you know who I am, but we have met at many conventions in the States. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that Merlin from Miami died last week, after a long illness. He was the former owner of the original Miami Ink tattoo studio. Maybe you can spread the word around. He was a good guy from the old school. I will miss my old friend dearly.
Take care, Kev Heath