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On Saturday, June 26th tattooer Todd Noble will be celebrating the grand opening of his new shop, Right Coast Tattoo. Big news for the folks of Fenwick Island, DE, but even better, Noble will play host to guest artists Grime, Bert Krak, Civ, Steve Boltz, Eli Quinters and Mike Shea.
There will also be $10 tickets available for the greatest raffle of the decade (next to that Chris Conn raffle) a 4-hour tattoo from Grime. There is also the promise of a pig roast and crab fest, and the festivities are set to go "all day til the wee hours."
I am well aware that this shindig doesn't kick off for a few weeks, but we're giving you ample time to plan here!
Right Coast Tattoo
205 Coastal Highway
Fenwick Island, DE.
On Friday, Marisa posted a bit of an introduction on tattooer John Reardon, which let's us skip the foreplay and get straight to the Q&A.
I met up with John at Brooklyn's venerable Saved Tattoo in Williamsburg and headed around the corner to Roebling Tea Room to talk about tattoos, his book (the Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting a Tattoo) and cheeseburgers. Here's how it went.
PS: I think I'm just gonna get the oatmeal. I actually ate before I came over here...
JR: I'm doin' the pork roll. I was actually here for breakfast, this morning. I had the granola then... Ah, fuck it, I'm getting a cheeseburger. I kind of eat like an asshole.
(Laughs) All right. Wanna start?
Where're you from originally?
And how'd you get into tattooing?
My dad had tattoos. I don't know, we were kinda white trash.
How long you been tattooing?
It's thirteen years this summer.
And how'd you learn?
Just started hacking away at my friends. A guy up in New Hampshire helped me out, showed me what to do, but if I ever had any questions, I could usually call him up and he'd help me out over the phone.
Did he give you a machine?
Ah... I ordered some shitty machine from the back of a magazine. I was 18, just graduated high school, my friends chipped in. It was illegal in Massachusetts and we were tired of going to Rhode Island or New Hampshire to get tattooed. I was going to art school and they were like, 'You're gonna learn how to tattoo.'
And you went to Pratt, right?
I heard something about you teaching Eli Quinters how to tattoo?
Um, no, not really. I mean we just kind of hung out. We were like the only Straight Edge kids on campus for the most part. The first time we hung out was at a Hatebreed/Bloodlet show. And he's like, 'Hey, uh, you do tattoos, right?' and I said yeah and he had this big fucked up tattoo on his back and he asked me to fix it so I said all right. We just ended up hanging out after that. And he asked me to teach him how to tattoo. I was like, 'I can show you all the shit that I know,' but I didn't really know shit at the time. And then he ended up getting an apprenticeship at the shop I worked at.
Where was that?
Medusa on St. Marks. It's not there anymore. I started there in '98 and he started there in '99, I think.
So how'd you end up at Saved?
I knew Scott Campbell for a while and we always used to drink together...
This was after the straight edge phase.
Oh yeah, yeah (laughs) that kinda fell off around 2000. But Eric Jones was quitting so I filled in for him.
Tattoo by Todd Noble.
SoCal has more than its fair share of tattoo gatherings and yet there hasn't been a show right in the heart of LA since Inkslingers. Understanding the need for Hollywood to have a proper freakshow (outside the Jackson furor), BMEzine's bosslady Rachel is putting together a red carpet convention August 21-23 with A-list tattooists working the Grand Ballroom at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, aptly called ... Tattoo Hollywood.
Working with the legendary Bob Roberts' Spotlight Tattoo, Rachel's goal is not only central locale but to bring back tattoo shows to their essence: more great tattoo art, less distraction. So no BMX demos, no car shows, no 500 band extravaganzas -- and surprisingly for BME -- no flesh hooks. Rachel explained on Modblog that because of restrictions under California law, the only body modification will be tattoos and piercings.
With the focus on making this a top tattoo vacation for artists and collectors, the invitation-only line-up includes long time faves and new stars like Bob's Spotlight artists, Freddy Corbin, Aaron Bell, Kim Saigh, Tim Hendricks, The True Tattoo crew, Brooklyn's Smith Street, Marcus Pacheco, Todd Noble (whose work is shown above), and many, many others.
Another highlight: The fabulous Lizardman will be MCing the event.
I'll working with Rachel to include the very best tattooists outside of the US, to showcase the new artwork that hasn't yet reached US borders as well as bring it home with some traditional hand tattooing. So expect to hear much more about this show here.
Discount room rates at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and Spa are available at $159/night if booked before August 13th. The discount code is "Tattoo Hollywood." Hope to see you there!