The Man That Changed My Life

Today is the day that John officially left this living world.. 5 years have passed and the hurt and sadness only seems worse at times.. Today I remember the man that gave me the gift of a new life in the tattoo world, that believed in me when no one else did and let me grow and experience things that make me who I am today.. I can never fully explain how much John means to me and how hard it is for me to express this at times.. If he loved and respected you, he would do anything for you.. He changed so many lives for the better and we continue to pass this along to others that were not able to cross paths with John.. Once again, I thank you tattoo daddy for everything!!Photo Jan 27, 11 52 50 PM Photo Jan 29, 9 10 38 AMLittle John Tribute

Photo/Quote Of The Week – Cats

“Cat: a pygmy lion who love mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings.”

~Oliver Herford

Photo Jan 20, 2 56 41 PM (1)

(I do not know the artist that did the above painting, if you recognize it please leave the info in a comment below so I may credit them.. Its ana amzing piece of art)

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And here are my personal herd of kittes.. Jack (man face) and his twin sister Little Fat Fat, Lady and Olive.. They are my happy place and have saved my life in more ways than I could explain.. If you are a pet owner you know how special these beings are in our lives.. Cherish them and spoil them the way the deserve.. If you have more room in your life, please consider adopting and keeping another kitty out of the cold

Quote Of The Week (kinda)

SO this week I decided I’d rather post lyrics, it’s still a quote, right?  Every time I hear this song I pushes me up from within but it’s also a reminder that you must “take a night off” once in awhile.. Last night was my night! Its’s really easy for me to get wrapped up in work and this year I have decided I am doing more things for myself and taking more time for myself outside of the shop.. I have started taking Krav Maga classes, which has been a great way to get some of this bottled up energy and frustration out.. Im taking more road trips this year, some that are tattooing related, some that are not.. And of course Im going to more concerts, the other great love of my life! Whats the point of working hard if you dont play hard too!!!??? So here is the video and lyrics to one of my all time favorite songs, enjoy!!!

Lyrics to Take The Night Off :

Brutal – the big picture is so cruel to us
and everyone’s life is such a tiny speck
Some of the worst atrocities can pass, fifty miles away to no effectPower, power
has always been abused
work,debt, poverty, taxes
life’s oppressive rules
Power, power
just might never change
No answers will come from our bloodthirsty ways

Let’s take the night off from mental stress
let’s take the night off – this world’s a mess

Captive – held captive by our hopes and dreams
Our best intentions can destroy us
We shouldn’t grind ourselves away
Take a break, we need to maintain

Power, power
has always been abused
work,debt, poverty, taxes
life’s oppressive rules
Power, power
just might never change
No answers will come from our bloodthirsty ways

Commiserating has run it’s course
We’ll save the world tomorrow
We’ll have to wait until that day
We’ll wait, we’ll wait
but in the meantime
Let’s celebrate the we don’t give a fuck
Let’s celebrate that we don’t care
Let’s celebrate that we don’t give a fuck
With a middle finger high in the air
Let’s celebrate that we don’t give a fuck
Take the night off, pass the buck

Photo Of The Week – Random Shit

I warned you this shit is gonna be random!!Photo Dec 27, 6 03 12 PMDo not expect me to take all of these posts to seriously

(This is a random photo from Instagram I was tagged in because people love me and know I must see things like this.. I do not know where this is from so I cannot give the proper credit but please leave the info in a comment below if you do know)

Hello 2013, I’ve been looking forward to your arrival!

I wanted to take a quick moment to officially welcome everyone to the new year and the newly redesigned blog!! I think we all have that moment when a new year arrives that we have all these possibilities and it gives us a moment to start fresh.. Really, it’s just one more day, but yet it feels so different.. Everything is all shiny and glittery eyed with what we want out of this next chapter in our lives.. I for one, go through this feeling with each passing week and month hahaha! But for some reason, the transition into 2013 seems more promising than most.. Ive been doing a lot of preparing over the last few months for things that I would like to see happen for this year and the years to come.. As some of you know, I am a habitual list maker.. They keep me focused on a weekly basis.. My lists for 2013 and pretty epic and exciting!! The day to day with look the same but the year as a whole is looking pretty amazing so far!

With this change in the blogs design. I plan on keeping it more updated with the day to day of what happening professionally but also a little more personally.. So don’t expect this to be all tattoos from now on, but you can expect more kitties.. If you dont want to hear about the randomness that can be my life at times, go follow the studios blog at but if you want some of the other shit and stuff, follow this blog :-) So I hope 2013 bring all of you some amazing adventures and its filled with what you want out of this life.. This is the life we have, we might as well make the most of it!!

Here is a preview at what my holidays looked like :-)


Social Media Links

So if you are one of those cool kids that love your social media and phone apps, here is a quick list of a few different places you can follow my random posts of tattoos, kitties and moments in life.. Enjoy and please let me know what you think, I always appreciate the comments and feedback!

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And of course our main websites!