Jesus, Shawn, will you update already?


The UK has given us many amazing imports here in America- Mushy Peas, the Magna Carta, and most recently- Bradley Tompkins.
I’m going to be indiscrete here and tell ya’all that there was a point where B.T. asked me to hold off on featuring his tattooing here on OV; he felt that he was still learning and that his work didn’t deserve to be show alongside some of the folks we’ve shown here. Those days are past, and Brad’s work continues to impress me with each new piece that he posts. As I sit here typing this update I’ve got another window open where I’m talking to a friend about how little space I have left to get tattooed; I’d be lying if I didn’t say that if I don’t save a tiny patch for Bradley I’ll regret it. We just have to figure out the where and when. The what will be much easier.

You can find Bradley Tompkins here:

Swansea Tattoo Company
6-8 Picton Arcade

Or follow his Instagram here:

Simon Erl: Jesus

Why is it that when Simon Erl tattoos a Jesus image, the Prince of Peace looks like he’s mad at you for something?
Subdued color palette  tattoos are really impressing me these days; I tend to go for a more colorful Robert Ryan aesthetic, but the Brits have really been catching my attention with the more muted tones; this Erl piece, Bradley Thompkins newer output… so much great stuff that’s really making me jealous that they’re so far away (and that I’m running out of available skin).

You can ask Simon to do an angry Jesus (or happy Satan, your call) tattoo on you via his tumblr account:


Cosmic Christ

I went in yesterday to spend some time with Robert Ryan.
I always gush about getting worked on by Robert; I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- you get a heck of a lot more than just a tattoo from him. He turned my sloppy thumbnail into the perfect tattoo and spent the day cracking me up.

I also found out that Mike Schweigert is cooler than everyone who HASN’T had Pushead do an album cover for them.

My life is in a weird transition right now and this tattoo really helps solidify the changes that need to be made and helps me focus on my goals. When I started OV last year, I said “some tattoos are distilled images; sigils that compress thought into a symbol and say everything that needs to be said without having to burden the world with more mindless rambling.”

So I’ll cut out the rambling, and just thank Robert, Mike, Andy and Mike for a really cathartic day.