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01:52 PM

In response to my personal motto, "I rather be snotty than get stupid tattoos," the members of the Canadian punk band Cold Warps have released this video as an homage to bad choices. But the laugh is on me as I cannot get that "Stupid Tattoos" song outta my head all day. I also see it becoming an anthem for hipsters everywhere.

As reported by Halifax's The Coast, Cold Warps are re-releasing their first two EPs as a full LP on Noyes Records. For more on Cold Warps, check their Facebook page
01:45 PM

Thanks to an overwhelming childhood obsession with "Weird Al" Yankovic, I didn't listen to pop music until I was about 11-years-old.  Sure, I knew the melodies to pop songs, but you would have been hard pressed to convince me that Michael Jackson's "Beat It" was better than Yankovic's "Eat It."  For a dorky kid with a penchance for Dungeons & Dragons, there was no way anything offered up by the King of Pop was gonna surpass fat-suits and goofy lyrics.

While I've come a long way (though, I still despise pop music), my repressed inner nerd has arisen like a phoenix from the ashes.  Thanks to a great deal from Amazon MP3 (follow them on Twitter to get the scoop on daily deals), I bought my first "Weird Al" album in over 20 years, Alpocalypse.  Ordinarily, I wouldn't admit this to anyone but, as you can hear in the video above, Al does a version of B.o.B.'s "Nothin On You" called "Another Tattoo" - and it's amazing.

I'm pretty sure there's a couple of dorky N&S readers out there who appreciate this - and how can you not, with lyrics like:

No part of me's blank, I'm really ink-obsessed
It's like an art-show the moment that I get undressed
At every job interview they're just so impressed
'Cause I got all my ex-wives on my chest.

(The album is available for just $3.99 in the Amazon MP3 store and for the usual rates on CD even Vinyl(!) format)

UPDATE: After a little more digging online, I found this video - I have no idea if it's officially linked to Al, but it's a lot cooler than just the cover art video I had originally posted.  Any info on the animator(s) would be greatly appreciated - just click the email link in the upper right column.
12:25 PM

I'm having a perfect Sunday with a few of my favorite things: brunch, Bloody Marys, and bluegrass. While no one is taking my food and drink from me, I will share the music.

I'm loving this song Femme Fatale by Birmingham's The Toy Hearts, released on their third album also titled Femme Fatale, which is a blend of bluegrass swing and "gypsy jazz." This gorgeous video for the song was shot at Dawnii Fantana's Painted Lady Tattoo Parlour in Birmingham. If you're not familiar with Dawnii's stellar tattoo work, check it here. The video features my friend Clare Goldilox, who does her hand-poked dotwork magic at Painted Lady, and at times, on the low in the seedy underbelly of society. [She'll deny the latter.]

Clare sent me the video because my Black Tattoo Art book makes a brief cameo (see below). I was stoked but even more so to find a new band to brighten my weekend.

Blak Tattoo Art Femme Fatale.jpg
PS: I'm thinking of making "Music Sunday" a regular or semi-regular feature, so if you have a particular song and video you want to share, especially with a tattoo theme, send me links to marisa at
02:01 PM
This week, legendary tattooists Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman have expanded their book publishing company, Proton Press, to include instrumental music produced within the tattoo industry.

The music label kicks off with five albums, each with their own signature electro-groove: Sunchannel by Michele Wortman; Hydrone by Brion Norwalk, a tattooist from Ohio; Divine Machine by Corey Cudney, a tattooist from Buffalo, NY; Satchi Om (self-titled), a tattoo collector from Oakland, CA; and Sursum by Peter Stauber, a tattoo collector from Las Vegas.

You can preview the music here and also purchase them as downloads or CDs.

Chris Stauber interviewed Guy & Michelle about this new venture. Here's a taste of that talk:

What is the connection between visual art and music?

Music really sets the mood and energy for how you experience your surroundings and how you feel. Both Guy and I have been deep into electronic music for well over a decade and usually play that kind of music when doing artwork and tattooing. Besides our own enjoyment of it and how we feel it helps us to expand our creative groove with people whom we work on and who seem to really resonate with it. We enjoy the mood it creates for getting tattooed to finding it atmospheric while at the same time energetic. It is easy to zone to but also keeps things going. It creates an elevated sense of space, which coincides well with creating elevated artwork. Electronic music is neurally stimulating much in the same way that Salvador Dali's paintings are. It is imaginative and open to interpretation.

What does Proton Press hope to accomplish with this new music label?

We hope to share this sound and spread the sonic frequencies across the land. Would love tattoo shops to play it and artists and clients to find it stimulating to work to.

We are launching the Proton music at the premiere release party in the special events room during Hell City Tattoo Convention on Saturday night, May 22nd. This will be a night of live performances from all 5 projects. Be sure to check out the room if you are there for the convention. It should be an amazing experience.
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