Results tagged “David Bragger”

Nov201221
07:55 AM
bob roberts tattooing.jpg
I'm a big fan of blogs that chronicle the evolution of large scale work -- watching someone's transformation from what mama gave them to their own artful individuation (like Brian's Bodysuit to Fit).  One that I'm following now with great interest is David Bragger's The Battle Royale Tattoo by Bob Roberts blog.

Bob Roberts and his Spotlight Tattoo are legendary. I know the word "legend" gets thrown around a lot but in this case it's incredibly apt to describe an artist who came up in the craft at The Pike in Long Beach from 1973, was taught by Bob Shaw and Col. Bill Todd, worked with Cliff Raven and Ed Hardy, and pushed tattooing to an even greater level of artistry. Spotlight remains a vigorous shop as well as a tattoo landmark.

backpice bob roberts.jpgDavid has been spending a lot of time this year at Spotlight. Bob finished up his leg work, which you can check on Flickr. It's a fantastic piece with some great art by Robert Ryan mixed in as well.

And with the leg done, it was time to move on to this back. In September, David began the blog with the sketches Bob had done for the backpiece. The posts then follow to stencil placement, lining, passing a kidney stone (!!), and the latest post shows the start of shading (and notes the soundtrack to that session). I'm loving the comments David adds along with the images. I highly recommend you give the blog a click.

Beyond being a tattoo connoisseur, David is also a player and instructor of old-time fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar. Watch some of his lessons on YouTube.

For more on Bob Roberts, you gotta pick up the definitive book on the artist: "Bob Roberts: In a World of Compromise...I Don't" published by State of Grace.

Jan201006
02:52 PM
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.

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