Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Office space

The good news: it looks like we're moving after all.
I know, i didn't really keep you up to date on the moving business, so you may have missed the part where we were sure it wasn't gonna happen, but it's back on.
I don't wanna go "YAY" just yet, but it's looking good.

The bad news: i didn't buy this desk for my new office when i had the chance, and now i can't find another one like it.

It wasn't in the best condition, but still, so awesome
Look, the other side has shelves and a secret compartment

So, if there are any collectors of mid-century Danish design furniture out there who needs to clear out their basements, i'll take a desk!
russian mafia tattoo

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Held up to the tune of $100 000 000...

Google for yourself the words: 'IP internet theft' and hundreds of sites spring up insisting that downloadable digital property encryption IS a dead certainty. Mid 2008, brothers Steve and Art Godoy were just another couple of small business men crossing their fingers and jumping into the abyss of digital downloads. In many ways their small publishing business had been doing fine with a system based around mailing out hard copies of their book: TATTOO MACHINES & THEIR SECRETS. "Initially producing our book as a hard copy only allowed us to control our knowledge and the hands it fell into. Publishing the secrets of our craft was largely a way of sharing our findings amongst the tattooing community. This follows our philosophy of setting high standards and helping like-minded others to achieve excellence in their craft. We were also idealistic - we had an idea that a professional attitude and a book that spelled out our skills and standards could flush the bad operators out and lift the general profile of our industry. To a certain extent, and after ten years of hard labour, we felt like we were getting some way toward achieving this." With a deal of doubt, the brothers took the technology leap and had their 'tattooing tomb' (the book weighs in at 350 grams) turned into what they thought was a protected digital download. In their own words "we just thought it was time to update technologically. That the availability of our product was being limited by it's hard copy format. We got suckered in by a smooth talking IT guy who said he had a track record of never being cracked. We wanted to believe it. Little did we know that in under a year we would lose everything we had worked so hard for. In only 8 months, sales of our book have dropped by 92%." This is one of the major problems. Business people with a product in demand want to believe their IP is safe 'out there'. In their race to expand and stay competitive with new products entering the marketplace the hype around encryption is attractive. Dig a bit deeper though and the stats show that US based industries alone have been losing over 60 billion a year to IP theft since 2000 - with job losses of over 375,000 climbing steadily each year. Ask any savvy Russian businessman about the certainty of such encryption products and he will just laugh. They know too well that cracking encryption codes and duplicating files are child's play for IT pirates worth their salt - and there are armies of them out there. Nothing is safe as yet, and the company that comes out with bullet-proof protection, tested against the highest hitting hackers, will reap an unimaginable gold-mine. Art and Steve's advice?
"Stay basic, stay safe and in control of your product. Until a 100% proof protection product arrives on the marketplace don't even think about going digital. You can't go past a hard copy because at least you know where your product is, you get to sleep at night and you get a return on most of what you own".
This foray into online sales has cost the Godoy's hundreds of thousands of dollars in real sales with an actual $100, 000 000 in copies having now been downloaded as of last month - not exactly a cracker of a year for the brothers Godoy. "Our strategy now centers around damage control. It is a real shock to the system that so much of our time has to go into protecting what's left. We are basically going to have to come up with new or superior products to regain our market (laughs) - it's a shame we did such a good a job of it in the first place..."

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What does that shop do again...?

Oh yeah, that's right... tattoos!
Haven't seen too many of those around here lately.
Stingy Allan is keeping all of his tattoo photos for his own blog (normally i'd link to that, but you probably know it already, so whatever), and i practically had to beg for this one.
But it worked and i got it.
So ha!

This one is from yesterday, and it's a straight up portrait.
And coming from Uncle Allan, that's a very rare thing.*
The tattoo is on our old(est) friend Martin, and the handsome devil on his arm is a hero and inspiration of his.
And no, Helle, it ain't MJ!

Ladies & gentlemen, Mr. Fats Waller
It was a long, long day, so we ordered some delicious food and had a dinner break

It's gonna be a while before i'll have any new tattoos to post here.
Not just because i have to wrestle my husband for his, and the other two guys are out trotting the globe, but mainly because we're taking some much needed time off for christmas.
There'll be people at the shop from time to time, but if you really need to reach us (and it better be important!) just send us a mail.

However, i am hoping to have some info on the new shop this week.
It's been... complicated, but hopefully there'll be something to share with you all soon.

This is old, but you get the idea... merry christmas y'all!

*Who here's guessing that the first draft had roses on it?

Another contract killing in Russia

This night in Moscow was killing a businessman Solomon Gavrilov,chief of Interfrukt.

The businessman was returning home after the banquet associated with New Year celebration.

Gavrilov has left the car and walked toward the entrance of house. At this point, was called to a passerby. The businessman turned and fell back, bleeding profusely. It turned out that the murderer was waiting Gavrilov last two hours, while pretending to walk a dog. But when Solomon arrived, opened fire with two pistols.

With serious gunshot wounds chest was hospitalized but died about an hour of the night on the way to hospital.

At the scene of the crime was discovered two pistols with silencers: a 9-millimeter Makarov pistol and IZH 78-7,6.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Worlds greatest cleaning lady!

Look what was waiting for us at the shop today:

Muffins! Fancy ones too!
Extra special, extra colorful
I ate this one
Gentleman bird tried to get in on the muffin action, but he couldn't, being dead and all

Thanks Anne, you really outdid yourself this time!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


On the index finger ring with a cross means that Passed crosses.
On average otritsala or conviction.Im not sure.
On fourth finger Passed juvenile.
On the little finger Suits of clubs.Prisoner is avtoritet.

About prison Crosses in Saint Petersburg.The prison is so called because it was made in the form of crosses.

Our Lady of Doom

The antler lady has been for sale at the shop for a couple of months now, but we've just been way too busy to send her overseas.
She's too big to fit in an envelope, so we had to find some paper tubes that could fit her, and that mission has finally been accomplished.

So, if you've always wanted to own your very own limited Uncle Allan print (only 60 made), signed and numbered by the man himself, here's your chance!

The info on how to purchase one can be found on our myspace (in the merch blog post).
If you're not on myspace and want to know more, just post a comment here.

We're only gonna ship out once before closing down for Christmas and new years, so if you want it this year, place your order before the 21st of December.

The lady measures 51x36 cm and she's printed on fancy card stock

Butterfly Tattoo

Butterfly Tattoo

Butterfly Tattoo

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Murder of Vor v zakone

News is not new but has to be here.At 7th of February 2009 in Moscow was killed Vor v zakone Alik Minalian (Alik Sochinskiy.Vor of Kavkaz). His friend was wounded on his back.

Alik Minalian


On the video at 1:12 minute talk about accident that happened on the same day in the Tula Oblast(Tula).
On roadside was found burned Mercedes with two bodies inside:man and woman.Before burn the car passengers were shot.

Tumba de Alik Minalian


P.S:some people say that Alik was apelsin (the orange). But not orange as color, orange as fruit.Apelsin is Vor v zakone who never was in prison.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Russian mayor with wife gunned down

tuchkovoThe mayor of a town 80 kilometers (50 miles) west off Moscow and his wife were found dead in their house on Sunday, investigators said.

Vitaly Ustimenko and his wife were found with multiple stab wounds, a police official said.

Ustimenko was the mayor of the town of Tuchkovo with population of over 18,000, for only too months, a local police source said.

"Reports on the murder came to police late in the evening. Investigators are working at the scene," an official spokesman for the Investigation Committee in the Moscow region said, giving no further details


Thursday, December 10, 2009



Lenad comes from street culture. His name has first been linked to graffitis and street art. He is now using this background to design his tattoos.