The Amazing Tattoos of Contest Winner David Bragger
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Filip Leu tattoo.jpgFilip Leu sleeve on David Bragger

Every time a contest winner is chosen, I feel like I've won something: interesting stories, beautiful photos...That's the magic of our scientific method whereby I ask Brian to shout out a number and that numbered entry wins. And the winner of our Vintage Tattoo book contest is:

The impeccably tattooed David Bragger (pictured here).

When I contacted David about winning, I also asked him about his tattoos. Humbly, he answered that he has work from Filip Leu, Scott Harrison, & Shige. The Trifecta of Awesome!! He let me in on the stories behind the tattoos and some photos to share with y'all, but before we get to them, here's some info on the man behind the art. 

* City: Los Angeles, CA

* Work: Musician/Teacher of Old-Time Americana music on fiddle, banjo and mandolin

* Fun: Play fiddle in Los Angeles-based old-time hillbilly jugband Sausage Grinder. Our upcoming cd features artwork by Scott Harrison and guest vocals by Bad Religion's Greg Graffin [Listen to the music of the Sausage Grinder Band on MySpace and Facebook.]

* Ok, the big question: Tell me about your tattoos.

 "First tattoo is an Oni wrestling with a fiddle. I decided to get my first tattoo while traveling in Switzerland in the Summer of 2006. I heard there was a tattooer I should look up, a guy named Filip Leu. At the time I was totally ignorant. I called Filip and did a 9-hour session with him. It didn't take long to realize I was in the hands of genius. 'Twas an incredible experience [Sleeve shown above].

Then I started researching tattoos. Months later, I came across the fine art of Scott Harrison. I was blown away by the imagery: banjos, dogs, diapers, erotic misery, etc. It wasn't the usual derivative tattoo art. It was something very special. Then I saw his original tattoo designs and knew I needed to get hold of him. So, now I've visited Scott several times and have completed a sleeve with him chock full of original art with some Stoney St. Clair flash thrown in too. [Sleeve is shown below]

scott harrisison sleeve.jpg

One of my Tantric tattoo favorites is also from Scott. [See it here on Flicker]

I've also gone to Bill and Junii Salmon's Diamond Club where Shige tattooed his first Baku on my right leg and where Filip completed my right sleeve in March 2008. 

Also, Scott Harrison has designed the art for the inlays and neck carving on two custom banjos I own, in addition to painting the cover for an upcoming Sausage Grinder CD."

Wait! A tattooed Banjo?
"Yes. How many tattooers are doing banjo art? Talk about folk art and tattooing! [See photos of the tattooed banjos here, here, and here.]

The banjo makers are two of the best custom banjo makers alive: Jason Romero and Kevin Enoch. Romero cut and engraved mother of pearl inlay for the crowned skull banjo and Enoch did some wooden marquetry and neck carving for the devil banjo. He used different color woods. Very cool stuff ! I think they are the first tattooed banjos!"

And this, my friends, is why I like giving out free stuff. More contests to come. Oh, and feel free to keep answering the survey to help us make N+S they way you want it.


Explain to me how someone who didn't know anything about tattoos and who was "visiting Switzerland" ended up getting a 9-hr appointment with one of the most in-demand tattooists on the entire planet? How does that even happen? Hasn't Filip got like a 5-year waiting list?

Jealous! :)

Matt, I heard similar stories. Yes, there's a waiting list but sometimes he'll just take on a beautiful project that he digs on whim.

Either way, Filip is a generous spirit in addition to an amazing artist and worth waiting for as you know.

Beautiful sleeves for a man who makes beautiful music .
Tattoo Karma!

My second tattoo was from Filip. He was hanging out in a NYC tattoo shop I wandered into. Walked out with with an amazing tattoo. I also had no idea who he was. Total fluke.

That is some top class work! I actually like the Scott Harrison sleeve better. Filip Leu sleeve is only amazing ;)

the carved neck-joint on that banjo is one of the coolest fucking things i have seen in a *long* time.

Great stuff all round - brilliant post, great tattoos and a fucking awesome banjo!

'Erotic Misery' is my new favorite phrase. luckily I will be able to use it frequently as it describes my love life perfectly.

I like "Trifecta of Awesome..." Always a good read here.

Unreal. Have seen his tattoos and wondered about the stories. Even better now! Karma indeed.


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