Weird Wit

Late last night I had a conversation about bullfrogs. Earlier tonight I had a conversation about Philly tattooists and Chris Kline’s name came up. These two events are probably not directly connected, but Mr. Kline’s affection for the noble Bufonidae is well known so, really, who can say.

Chris is one of my favorite local tattooers; if I were to do a ‘five to watch in 2017’ you can bet his name would be on the list. You can follow him on Instagram or shoot him an email for appointment information:

The Deck of Cures-Mike Moses

Now available via Mike Moses’s webstore- The Deck of Cures. Tattoo flash reimagined, the set contains 54 individual ready to tattoo designs.

Check it out here:


THE DECK OF CURES is the first ever tattoo flash set from Mike Moses. The deck comes shrink wrapped in a mega glossy tuck box and is comprised of 54 individual 3.5×5.75″ high quality cards. The cards themselves are 310gsm linen with a durable and smooth satin finish and a light texture that won’t translate into photocopy.

The black only designs are easily transferable to stencils and have a built in hard shading reference. Use them as is, or add your own unique color scheme for a collaborative effort. The deck is durable, easy to carry, easy to use, and above all, friggin’ sweet.

(Ghost tattoo by Samantha Scott, Crescent Moon by Caleb Ledley)

Best Intentions 3

The third issue of Best Intentions is finally available! It promises some great content including a very stream of consciousness interview I did with Ohio’s Jacob Des that I hope you folks will enjoy.

140 pages full colour tattoo magazine including interviews from –

Adam Hathorn AKA Honkey Kong
Sławomir Nitschke
Spider Sinclair
Jacob Des
Lee Knight
Diego Azaldegui

Articles by –

Nick Baldwin
Shawn Porter’s Occult Vibrations
Sam Layzell
Mr Gordo

Artwork and tattoos by –

Mary Joy
Andrew McNally
Ash Davies
Oliver Bach
Young Kill Kim

Cover by Adam Hathorn.

The World’s Greatest Tattoo Fan

“In all societies, the man or woman who is not decorated in some way – changed from their natural state – is, in a sense, decoratively inarticulate…body decoration is a type of language or code, which is spoken through hairstyles, mutilations (pierced ears), tattooing or painting (makeup). In the West, because of our obsession with clothing for almost all parts of the body…we have restricted the amount of skin available to be used as a cosmetic language. Most of us have forgotten that perhaps the first works of art dedicated to the combination of form and color were carried out on the skin.” – Mary Jane Haake

Another VHS tape sent in for archival by the fine folks at Yellow Beak Press, The World’s Greatest Tattoo Fan is a 1989 documentary on legendary tattoo fan Elizabeth Weinzirl. I’d write something up about Elizabeth and her friendship with Bert Grimm and her connection to the tattoo world, but that’s all covered in the documentary. Instead, I’ll encourage you to read the Wiki page on director/tattoo artist Mary Jane Haake to find out more about a very under documented tattoo culture personality.






Tattoo Totem: Sailor Vern

In 2015 Scott and Kayla of Colorado’s Yellow Beak Press released a comprehensive book on the life, times and art of Sailor Vern Ingemarsen (which can be found here: Yellow Beak Press) and they’ve just recently loaned me a copy of an obscure tattoo film called ‘TATTOO TOTEM’ that belonged to Calamity Jane. I’m in the process of capturing, editing and preserving the contents the whole video, but this first clip was too good to wait for the finished archival so we decided to let the cat out of the bag a little early.

The VHS- which was provided to Yellow Beak by Aaron LeGore- has some audio and tracking issues which I’ve done my best to fix. All things considered, given it’s age, it’s held up fairly well and is a great chance to put a voice to Sailor Vern.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Sailor Vern by Yellow Beak Press.. treat yourself. Like all of the YBP books it’s made by and for the tattoo community and their dedication to collecting stories from it’s golden age.


Blowguns Beach Whistles and the True Definition of Powerlessness Converted

“I’ve heard that the Internet is a powerful form of communication”- Scott Harrison.

A much less embiggenable version of this video used to be available on Scott Harrison’s HEADBAND BROTHERS website. It’s probably one of the greatest films ever made. Much more enjoyable than, say, Citizen Kane or The Godfather. Check it out.

Blowguns Beach Whistles and the True Definition of Powerlessness Converted
A Video Project by Scott Harrison, featuring stories told by: Michael Malone, Oliver Peck, Daniel Higgs, Kevin Q, Annette Larue, Michael Palmer, Jason Mast, David Quale, Jerry Ware, Bobby Love, Jennifer Reeder, Ernie Gosnell, Seth Ciferri, Eric Perfect, Robert Winslow, Clio Weisman, and Don Ed Hardy. © S.D. Harrison 2005