More than a spill: the BP disaster according to Sean Herman – Part 2

September 16th, 2010 by Guest Blogger -


Sean Herman was kind enough to send us this piece about the continuing effects of the BP oil spill on his home, the local economy and the tattoo industry. Read Part 1 first, if you haven’t already.

A huge part of our economy is the fishing industry. Everyone fishes here, the shoulder of the causeway going across the bay is filled with people fishing, fishing to make a living, and fishing to eat that night. You see, where we live, a majority of people are blue collar and working to survive. When this oil pushed the fish to the shore, to be eaten by the sharks, it did the same to our economy and our workers. It pushed the fisherman toward the shore, to then be eaten by the BP execs offering to give them a job. Their “jobs” only lasted so long, and put them in harm’s way, causing many to get sick. But that’s ok, they are just little fish that have to be sacrificed, right? It is sickening to watch.

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More than a spill: the BP disaster according to Sean Herman – Part 1

September 15th, 2010 by Guest Blogger -


Sean Herman was kind enough to send us this piece about the continuing effects of the BP oil spill on his home, the local economy and the tattoo industry.

Pete and I were looking out from the front of the new shop, the bay glistening in our sights, and he looked over at me and said, “It’s like watching a terminally ill family member die before you. It’s looming, impending, and there is nothing you can do about it, everyday you watch them fade before you.” Pete was talking about the bay that we had both grown up on.  I grew up on the Eastern shore of it, and he grew up on the other side, in Mobile. This was a few days after the oil spill in April that forever changed our lives. I worked with him a lot at that point, trying to do the build out for the second shop we were opening on the eastern shore.  Our conversations went in every direction, but always seemed to come back to the spill, time and time again.

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Channel 13 in the morning

August 18th, 2010 by Kevin -


This past weekend was the Seattle Tattoo Convention, and Channel 13 took a few minutes during their morning show to promote the event. They had Damon Conklin and Shawn Barber appear, and hype the convention and the wide world of tattooing. While most of the questions are pretty generic and somewhat comical, I suppose no press is bad press.

RIP John Joyes

August 9th, 2010 by Kevin -


I just received the terrible news that John Joyes passed away. Our thoughts go out to his family and to everyone at State of the Art Tattooing.

RIP John.

Editors of Tattoo Master & Skin Deep resign

August 3rd, 2010 by Julene Huffman -


According to an interview from, the editors of Tattoo Master and Skin Deep have resigned. In and of itself that might not mean anything, except for the fact Neil Dallywater and Alex Guest have stated they left after feeling their personal ethics were compromised by working for Jazz Publishing. I have little experience with either magazine aside from picking up copies at the book store, but this quote from the interview has me wondering if I’ll continue to purchase anything published by Jazz:

“Contributors have steadily declined their participation and asked that their submissions be removed, and more artists are coming to the fore to revolt over certain business practices.” –Alex Guest

Is this the kind of thing we, as tattooed consumers, need to be concerned about? The ethics of tattooers and the tattooed get called into question all the time: is it not important we support only companies that best represent us? From the sound of it, Guest and Dallywater have plans for a new project–quite possibly working together. Surely in the coming months we will have more information on these two’s plans for the future, but in the meantime I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Will you continue to purchase either magazine? Why or why not?

You’re no Joe Capobianco, buddy

July 21st, 2010 by Julene Huffman -


The folks over at Hope Gallery Tattoo were not pleased to see a photo of one of Joe Capiobianco’s tattoos used in a print ad by AJ Tattoo out of Trenton, NJ.

While Joe is clearly no stranger to having people try to rip him off, I understand his outrage. Isn’t it at least customary to try to conceal the fact that you’re trying to pass another artist’s work off as your own? Better yet, maybe they should have chosen an artist with a less recognizable style than Joe’s. Somehow I doubt AJ Tattoo gives a fuck about those little details, or even thought Joe would wind up seeing their ad… yet another instance when I saying, “bless you, sweet Internet” is completely appropriate.

I can’t help but wonder if the guys over at AJ will ever issue an apology to Joe (unlikely) or better yet, stick to using only photos of their own work in the future. What do you think, Snobs?

Monument Tattoos

May 26th, 2010 by Kevin -


Seems that Craig Beasley is in the process of opening his own shop, Monument Tattoo. According to his Twitter, the shop will be located in Tallahassee, FL and construction has already started.

Previously Craig was always on the road and fairly hard to pin down–I imagine a line is already forming outside of the shop.

Tattoo by: Craig Beasley at Monument Tattoo in Tallahassee, FL