I like to follow people on Instagram for a few reasons: If they are one my dear friends, I want to see what is going on with their lives, constant pictures of their dog, dinner, baby, it doesn’t matter because they are a dear friend I love anything from them. Now everyone else… I like beautiful pictures, people, places, or things. I like creative captures, interesting and witty. I like beautiful women with tasteful pictures. I like cool quotes. I like good tattoos. Stuff like that. I’m just gonna do 5 this month, and do some more of my favorite’s and why later.
Here is my list of some of the best people to follow on Instagram, not necessarily this order.
1.timhendricks – Great tattooer, one of the best in the world. Pictures of black and grey tattoos, but does color tattoos perfectly also. Great human. Very dear friend. (552/132k/675)
2.xmanoelxnetox – One of my favorite people in the world, positive hardcore, straight edge, vegan, gentleman, and such a amazing tattoo artist, black and gray gangster or traditional. Super Pma from Brasilia. Dear Friend. (1386/6873/166)
3.tobymorse - The best example of a human, husband, father, friend, singer (H2O) Pma, straight edge, vegan. Cool photos from at home and on tour all over the world, A lot of musicians and Nikes, also pics from schools where he speaks to youth about positive living (onelifeonechance.com) (1465/13k/82)
4.iviwolf - This woman has such a nice visual eye for a classy picture. To me, her photos are a great representation of a classy lady. I like classy ladies. Great architecture, interiors, fashion and nyc photos. I don’t know her personally, although we did have a semi awkward/pleasant bump into each other meeting once as I was walking out of a store and she was walking in at the same time, we exchange pleasantries and went on our way. (4215/1461/223)
5.jasonnorton- Norton is a dear friend and is a very unique individual, with a great sense of humor, kind of his own brand of humor that grows on you the longer you know him. Amazing photos that are off from the “norm” perhaps best know for his Intersection photos. Also bull riding photos. (1243/1163/471)
This Tim Hendricks machine is one of the machines I have used almost everyday since he made it for me over 7 years ago. If you don’t own a Tim Hendricks tattoo machine and you’re a real tattooer, you’re slipping. Get one here – Saltwatertattoo Thanks Tim for providing the tools that help me provide for myself and my family. Much respect my friend. Thank you
I had such a short trip last weekend to Miami, and the main reason of the trip was to go to support my friend Chris Nunez with his new tattoo shop opening. Hand Crafted But it was Art Basel that weekend and I got to pull away for a bit to check out the “Wynwood” district which always has amazing walls painted by some of the most talented graffiti and street artist, I really like this one, strong message.
“The wolves will stop at nothing to get at that which is most precious to you, it is up to you to protected it”
This year I made it back to London, I travelled with my good friend Forrest, owner of Cobra Custom Tattoo in Plymouth MA. We had a short trip but we most certainly made the best of it , and enjoyed every minute of it. It was good to be in a far off place and be surrounded with so many loved ones. I cant thank tattooing enough for all it has given me. Also special thanks to Mo and all his great staff at The Family Business for the hospitality.
Getting a new tattoo, tips 1-5
Some things to think about when looking to get a new tattoo.
1. Make sure your tattooer has tattoos. You wouldn’t want to buy a hair piece from a bold guy not wearing one. Now having tattoos doesn’t make a tattooer good or bad, its just a good start.
2. Do research. Go into some shops and ask to see the individual portfolios, and actually look at them, don’t just flip the pages. Each and every tattooer is different, pay attention. Or with the large amount of good artists showing their work all over the internet these days (80% are bad to terrible, find the 20%), after some looking you should be able to start seeing the difference between good and bad tattoos, the quality in the technical aspect and also the direction of vision in the artwork. There are a few different general types of tattooing; Traditional, Japanese, Black and Grey, Tribal, and new school, for example. In these styles you should be able to find the one that suites you best, or that your most drawn to. Then do the research and find the guys that are really doing great work in those styles that you like best. In my personal opinion a good tattooer can do most any style exceptionally well. The craft of tattooing has a great part to do with the technical application and not always fully in the actual design, as many people have their own design they may want translated into a tattoo. And don’t worry you Don’t need a deep meaning or tragic accident to get one. Sometimes it’s just great to feel a little more like a individual, or capture a moment in time, or get a BFF tattoo with your BFF. No reason is a perfectly good reason to get a tattoo as well. (more…)
I find it hard to have respect for the youngsters that don’t have any respect for the process. I understand the idea of wanting to have all your visible spots tattooed first, I mean who doesn’t want to look “cool” as fast as possible. And thats your prerogative, but at least now you know how its seen by those in the know. But here is the deal, things are not respected when they are not earned, and then its seen more as a trend, getting your neck or hands tattooed too soon makes you look like your trying to hard, it makes you look like a poser. The time, the work, and the process is what gives you that respect that you kids are looking for by doing it, and when you go through it the right way you’ll respect it more for yourself and people will respect you more, because they will see what you have went through to get to that point. It wont just be the image, it will be you. Its like standing at the finish line with out running the race.
Thanks Tim Hendricks for this great visual example. your the best.
Ps In the past we used to call hand and neck tattoos “Job Stoppers” and thats a whole other issue, of course society is changing and much more excepting but this issue is still a pertinent factor.