It’s a (bloody) small world

August 29th, 2012 by Kevin -


When I lived in the Midwest, I lived a couple hours away from Joshua Carlton. We lived within driving distance for years, but our paths never crossed. I always wanted to meet him, but we never did. Fast forward to 2012, I once again live within a couple hours from Joshua. Our paths have yet to cross in Oregon, but hopefully they will this time.

Tattoo by Joshua Carlton at Crimson Torch Tattoo Collective in Eugene, OR

Video: Joshua Carlton tattooing

July 5th, 2012 by Kevin -


I never know how to feel about posting ink-sponsored videos. On one hand, it’s great to know tattooers  receive product/financial support for making videos like this –and the increased production value doesn’t hurt, either. But on the other… well, we’ve all seen sites covered in Google Ads for cheap Chinese tattoo machines, and the last thing I want anyone to think is that Tattoo Snob is interested in helping put materials in the hands of less-than-capable “artists.”

Whatever – use your judgement. This video is neat.

Featuring Joshua Carlton at Crimson Torch Tattoo Collective in Eugene, OR

Anabi heads to Eugene, Oregon

January 19th, 2012 by Julene Huffman -


No more bitching that we post people that Americans could not possibly get tattooed by!

Anabi has an upcoming guest spot here in the States–at Crimson Torch Tattoo Collective in Eugene, OR (Joshua Carlton’s new shop) in April, acutally. If you’d like to get tattooed by him while he’s in town, you can email him with the following info:

  • What you would like to get tattooed (you can attach some examples)
  • Which style (realistic, cartoon, painterly)
  • Colour or B&W
  • Placement on your body and approximately size
  • Your budget (if any)
  • A contact telephone number and link to your profile on FB

Tattoo by Anabi in Szczecin, Poland

Joshua Carlton is bloody good

December 19th, 2011 by Kevin -


Since moving to Oregon, we haven’t heard much from Joshua Carlton, but clearly he’s still doing his thing. In case you haven’t heard, you can find Mr. Carlton at The Parlour Tattoo in Eugene, OR.

Tattoo by Joshua Carlton at The Parlour Tattoo in Eugene, OR

Remember Spuds MacKenzie?

September 12th, 2011 by Kevin -


I feel old making a refernence to Budweiser’s Spuds MacKenzie advertising campaign, but it’s still the first thing I think of when I see a bull terrier.

Tattoo by Joshua Carlton at The Great American Tattoo Company in Indianapolis, IN

Skull Day: A very big deal

May 20th, 2011 by Kevin -


An entire leg sleeve of skulls is no laughing matter – and not an easy one to blog about, either. I’ll just let the bearer do the talkin':

Kind of funny looking at my leg now compared with the original concept of what it was going to be. It started about 3 ½ years ago with the announcement that I was going to be a father. At that time I had a few tattoos, but not a major collector in any way. When I found out my son was going to be born a Leo, the search was on for an artist to do a realistic lion cub. I did tons of research, finally stumbled across Mike Devries‘ work and was totally sold–I contacted him right away to set up an appointment.

Luckily, he was booked out almost a year. I say that because if I had jumped the gun on the lion tattoo, it would have been a major mistake–my son wound up being a Virgo instead.

Since I already had the sitting lined up, I started thinking about what else to do and then it hit me, a skull! I have always loved skulls as far back as I can remember. I wasn’t sure if DeVries would be into it since all the work of his I had seen involved people and animal portraits. I contacted him about the change of plans and the rest, as they say, is history.

Since doing so much research initially, I had compiled a “tattoo dream team list.” I talked with my wife about the idea of continuing the skull theme. She was completely supportive and told me to go for it. I immediately started contacting the artists on my list. Many of them not only were interested in the project, but actually moved me up in line on their waiting lists just to be part of it.

The following, in order, are all the artists who contributed: Mike DeVries, Carlos Torres, Jeff Gogue, Nikko Hurtado, Robert Hernandez, Bugs, Jason Butcher, Joshua Carlton, Carlos Rojas, Aric Taylor, Shawn Barber, Bob Tyrrell, Stefano Alcantara, and FAT.

Each artist was given complete freedom to tattoo anything they wanted as long as it was a skull. It was so much fun to see what the guys would come up with. Some did exactly what you’d expect based on their respective styles, and others took it in totally different directions than anticipated.

After having such a wonderful experience with this project, I have  started an arm sleeve with the same concept. So far the contributing artists are Phil Garcia, Goethe and Jeff Ensminger. Time to get that “tattoo dream team list” out and start making some calls!

A worthy dedication to artists of the past

February 9th, 2011 by Kevin -


If you’re reading this, I’m going to strongly urge you to stop what you’re doing. You won’t be able to truly appreciate this piece if you don’t see it in full size–it’s like a collector’s dream come true, right?

Tattoo by Stefano Alcantara, Joshua Carlton, and Zhivko
Salvador Dali tattoo by: Stefano Alcantara at Last Rites Tattoo in New York City, NY
Pablo Picasso tattoo by: Joshua Carlton at The Great American Tattoo Company in Indianapolis, IN
M.C. Escher tattoo by: Zhivko Baychev in Prague, Czech Republic