Bernie Luther, the Austrian tattooer, B Jo, the Russian tattooer, and myself at the Helsinki Tattoo Convention after party in Finland, 2001. BJo did the shark tattoo on my forearm earlier that day...
This was my sign at the Helsinki convention, and is the only copy I have left of that portrait by PJ Roane.
Me and Eric Starr, owner of Arkham Tattoo in Akron, Ohio. This is my old living room, and the painting on the wall above Eric's shoulder was done by Eric.
Me and Jack
Jack Dracula and myself. If you're ever in Philly, you should go meet him. He likes visitors, and has tons of fantastic stories to tell. He's in a home at 4712 Chester Ave. Bring him double cheesburgers from McDonalds, he loves them.
St. Patrick's Day at Turtles Tattooz.
Me getting tattooed by Seth Ciferri at Read Street Tattoo in Baltimore, MD, 2003. The first tattoo I remember seeing in my life was a butterfly on my dad's friend Bo's arm when I was about 4, so I had Seth commemorate that with a butterfly of my own. It turns out that the first tattoo he ever remembers seeing was also a butterfly. Small world, huh? Seth also built the 2 tattoo machines that I use most often. Nice stuff.
Getting tattooed by Krooked Ken at the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention, 2010.
Me and the legendary Eddie Funk, aka Crazy Eddie, aka Philadelphia Eddie, at the Philadelphia premiere of "Hori Smoku: The Sailor Jerry Story", Prince Theater, Philadelphia. I had known Eddie or about 10 years at this point, but watching Hori Smoku made me realize that I had no pics of the two of us. Even though I felt like a cheese bag asking to take a picture, I had to do it after seeing the movie...
Me and Penny Funk. What a super sweet lady. I first met her when I was apprenticing and went to her and Eddie's house to buy some supplies with my mentor, Web. Since then I pretty much only ever see her at conventions, but she always remembers me and takes time to chat, asks about my kids, even introduced me to her daughter last time. The epitome of class, this lady.
Me and Erich Weiss, the director of "Hori Smoku: The Sailor Jerry Story" at the film's Philadelphia premiere.
Hard at work at Boulevard Tattoo. This girl had the funniest stories... none of which are appropriate to retell without her express written consent...
Me, Zombie Radar, and recently autopsied Trish Cunningham, of Valor Tattoo.
The Synergy Tattoo crew at an autism fundraiser. Clockwise from left we are, Me, Auggie, Jerry Bean, Voo Doo, Nick Potter, English Terry, Carriann Dangit, and Matt the Lowly Apprentice.
Crazy Philadelphia Eddie took some time to shoot the shit and sign his new book for me at the Knoxville Tattoo Convention, August 26, 2012.
Us Philly kids gotta stick together.
Doing the shading on a friend's chest piece at Boulevard Tattoo. Photo by Bryan Lathrop.
Hard at work at Boulevard Tattoo.
Uzi meets a living legend
The legendary Jack Dracula, and my older son, Uzi. He didn't believe me when I told him that Jack Dracula was a real person and lived in Philadelphia, so I had to take him to meet Jack.
My first station at Turtle's Tattooz in Kissimmee, FL.
My younger son, Sledge, meeting the Enigma for the first time. Philadelphia, 2008.
Sledge's second meeting with The Enigma, Philly, 2010. Most kids would be frightened... Not Sledge...
Sledge only a couple months old, me, magazine publisher Casey Exton, and my wife, Judi. Philly convention, 2008.
Newborn Sledge with Bob Baxter, editor of Skin and Ink magazine. Philadelphia Tattoo Convention, 2008.
Somewhere on the Delaware River
Pennsylvania tattooers Aaron Francione, me, and Chad Knight, aboard the Captain Lucky on the Philly Pirate Cruise, 2008.
An earlier portrait by Bryan Lathrop.
Armadillo Red, Magic Max, and the handsomest kid you know. We were voted "Best Tattoo Shop" by the local paper, July 2011.
A big chunk of the Synergy Tattoo crew at the Knoxville Tattoo Convention, August 25, 2012.
L-R we got Jerry Bean, myself, Voodoo, Auggie, Nick Potter, Stephanie Slaughter, and Matt, the lowly apprentice.
Wild West Philly
One of our original HGT stickers... They were funny, cuz they were true!
Here I am putting a dagger through my friend VooDoo's neck...
He tattoos here with me at Synergy Tattoo...
Please note what a good hair day I'm having.
Voodoo, Eric, Jarvis and me, representing the men of Synergy Tattoo at a birthday party.
Tattoo Shops Everywhere
A PSA I made to help the general public understand the difference between a "tattoo machine" and a "gun".
That pretty much says it all...
Wild West Philly
Another HGT sticker, this time on Mylar that makes the scan impossible to read...
And now, for no reason, here's a picture of me and Bruce Campbell at one of his book signings...
And another one at the Main Branch of the Philadelphia Public Library...
The Prince Theater
Bruce was signing the paperback release of "If Chins Could Kill", and afterward hosted a screening of Bubba Ho Tep. I know this was from that night, cuz I'm clearly drunk... who's idea was it to sell liquor at these things?
I tattooed her the other day...
She recognized Jack Dracula from the picture hanging on my wall... He tattooed this mouse on her 33 years ago! It made me really happy to see it.