Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Murder of businessman in Moscow

Today, on the night of April 29, 2010 in Moscow, from Kalashnikov and pistol was killed Dagestani businessman, deputy general director Uniway management for the production of wine and vodka Abdulmedzhid Hasanov.

The killer shot the businessman in his own Porsche Cayenne in front of his wife and children.




Allan got to tattoo Hata a few days ago, and if you know Hata you'll know that this is something that doesn't happen too often.
In fact, Allan hadn't tattooed him since our first trip to Japan back in 2004.
Pretty big deal!
But a small tattoo, so despite a bunch of whining and complaining, he survived.

Beached whale position
Rei is impressed (maybe!?)
The final result: ED-209

And while we're on the subject of über-nerds, our friend Chrystal finally got her other foot done, so Chewie won't be lonely anymore.*

Chrystal in her glorious Kappa hat

*Don't go all canon on us, in our happy little parallel universe they're friends and that's the end of it.

Monday, April 26, 2010


"Zhmurky" AKA "Dead Man's Bluff" has finally been released in English. As I stated in a previous post Russian criminal movies , the film is an excellent humorous representation of the Russian criminal element of the early 90's. I highly recommend.

I hope more and more Russian criminal dramas will be available in English in the future.



Another idea realized. Finally, the V3 is out and ready to go. Patent work is well underway and the kinks have been worked out.

The Godoy V2. Still an example of innovation and beautiful aesthetics, the porsche of tattoo machines. Total style and un equalled performance.

We specialize in building machines which are different from eachother, we don't just sell different frame styles with the same old components. Which is common to find in most suppliers' catalogs. It's amazing taking our ideas from the drawing board to physical test prototypes, to final production. We're so proud to share these with serious artists.

Tattoo Symphony

Tattoo Symphony (from Titanic)
Tattoo Symphony (from Titanic)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ta dah!

Sorry, i haven't forgotten about this blog, it's just that all the tattoo stuff seems to get posted over here.
So that leaves me and this blog with... a foot.
A rose on a foot.
Hope you like it, i really had to fight Allan for it!

Done at Inkrat sometime in April

So, we're (obviously) still in Japan.
We're trying to have a bit of a vacation, and for me that means not answering emails in a timely manner.
Bear with me, i need the time off.
Also, we're not taking any bookings at the moment anyway, so if it's not urgent, it'll just have to wait.
Everything will be back to normal (whatever that means) in the beginning of May.

Also, we have changed the date of the official opening party yet again.
It seems that me and Allan are the only two people at the shop in May, so it'd be a little silly to have the party then.
So, after much consideration, we decided to move the opening until July, when the whole gang is (hopefully) in Copenhagen at the same time.
The date should be announced soon, and you, dear readers, will be the first to know!

Saturday, April 24, 2010


I (ART) started tattooing Julia in 1991 in Newport Beach California. She walked in one day without any tattoos, hoping to get some relief from a skin condition which was a side effect of her liver producing too much iron for her blood. The skin condition manifested itself in the form of blisters which were as deep as 3rd degree burns. They commonly show up on the hands and face mostly but other body parts were affected. She made an appointment to start tattooing her body suit for the following week. Twice a week for the next 7 years and about 2300 hours later, she was the most tattooed woman in the world. I moved to Canada in about 1998 and my brother Steve took over where I left off. We have appeared on the Guiness Prime time TV show, You Asked for It, Ripley's Believe it or not, Pro Sieben TV (Germany)... and many more.

Recently, she was in Milan where she was AGAIN voted most tattooed woman. There have been several contenders but none with the coverage she has. I look at her photos and it's hard to believe that she was my project...and my brother's, and we feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to opportunity to tattoo her, to have had the recognition we have had and at the same time, be able to restore confidence and happiness in Julia's life, by putting images on her skin which she loves to look at everyday instead of blisters and the scars they leave.

People judge all the time but they don't know her story. If I was in her shoes, I would do the same thing. When experimental medication causes blindness, when dermabrasions and chemical peels only left scars... when doctors said there was NO treatment available which would end this condition, tattooing saved her sanity & happiness. I have had one well known local artist tell me that what I did was "wrong" and that he wouldn't want to "contribute to another person's nightmare". How can this be considered a nightmare when she smiles everyday, now knows Quincy Jones, has been asked by Aerosmith to appear in the "Pink" video, she gets paid for TV appearances, she is flown all over the world - all expenses paid, to show herself off... and all because she wanted to remedy a condition which NOBODY could treat, except tattooing.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Murders in Nizhniy

On Friday night April 16 in Nizhniy Novgorod, was shot and killed a local crime avtoritet, nicknamed Samvel. That night, Samvel Karapetyan celebrated its 35 anniversary. After he left the cafe from a passing car VAZ 21010 opened fire, as it turned out later fired from Kalashnikov. Avtoritet was killed on the spot.

заказное убийство

But a year earlier in the same Nizhniy Novgorod was committed another murder of another avtoritet Zahar Grigoryan. He was killed by car thieves from whom he extorted money. Everything happened as he left the cafe, the killers immediately opened fire from a parked car. Zahar tried to run to his Mercedes but was killed. The killers were caught and convicted. It is noteworthy that both the killers and their victims are natives of Armenia.





Lada which was on the line of fire