Thursday, June 24, 2010

E.P. NEWS >>>>

>>>> Postcard from "slowly but surely-on my way back" land !

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

DOT KOR at AKA till 28th June

Eckel info...

This is for everyone who's been writing us lately about booking with Eckel:
He is back in Cph, and booking the next three months.
That means no late fall/winter appointments just yet, so if that's the only time you can come get tattooed, you'll have to wait a bit longer to book.

Please email and be sure to include ALL relevant info:
Your ideas, the placement/size, what dates you're not available if any, your budget if you have a limit on how much you wanna spend and whatever else we could possibly need to know.
If we already have an email conversation going, please reply to the most recent mail instead of sending a new one, so i have all of our correspondence in one mail.

Only few appointments left.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Two weeks and Five years later.

These photos are a bit better.
Two weeks, huh?
This customer of mine showed up out of the blue with an outline I had done almost six years ago. He wanted to finish it in two weeks. Only problem was it was his entire front of his torso, and I think I outlined it with a 7 mag. (what was i thinking???) It was a struggle to get it completed, and in two hour sessions, it made it even harder. Thanks to my patient customers who didn't mind the musical chairs, (I'm still working that out), and the feeling of completion feels good in this job, which sometimes I never feel satisfied.
That being said, there's another three hours minimum I would have liked to have done, but see ya in five years I told him. You might also notice the varying levels of healing. That wasn't ideal, but I wait on him to e-mail me some photos later.

Welcome To T-U

This was just a blog I started for myself, but I'm not so much into that, so I'll just start over if it's all the same to you.

Welcome to the Tattoo Union blog. 

Tattoo Union is located in the Lee Building, at the corner of Main and Broadway, in the Uptown/ Mt.Pleasant area of East Vancouver. We opened in April 2008, and have had an amazing time building it to where it is now. Thank you to everyone, who has come by.

We are open 6 days a week, and take care of customers as efficiently as possible in the most researched of ways. We spend hours on drawings at no charge.

As I am not too good with technology, and I am trying to get better, will probably just focus on what I need to, which is tattooing, drawing, painting, and being an awesome dad and good friend. I'll let the others at the shop post, and we’ll all try to keep you posted on the daily life in the shop. It’s fun here, in this growing mini-metropolis of Vancouver, and we have a nice little corner of the city. 

We happen to be home to the nicest customers in the city. Our customers bring very great ideas to the table, and mixed with our blend of creativity makes for a pretty crazy combination.

Feel free to come by the shop if you have any ideas for tattoos, from the smallest letters to complete coverage, we do it all. You can also send e-mails to the artists if you have any questions regarding hours, or directions.
Thanks for reading to here.


Friday, June 18, 2010

new tshirt design available
dandelion by sean
some sorta crap by sean

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Book "How to survive and spend time usefully in prison"

Today i start post translate of one book about russian prison. This book called "How to survive and spend time usefully in prison" and was wrote by Vitaliy Lozovkiy, owner of site about russian prison About him and life in russian prison in his book.

How to survive and spend time usefully in prison

History of books

I should say that I didn't mean to write a book about prison. I had a desire to share my world views thus getting rid of annoying memories associated with imprisonment. So Internet mailing "How to survive and spend time usefully in prison" was born. Interest to it exceeded all my expectations - about 2000 people subscribed to it immediately. Today the total number of subscribes is around 20000. The letters started coming, and two more mailings appeared: one for questions and answers, another - for prison stories from other authors. The site was developed. Thus the fate dragged me to the moment when I couldn't help publishing the book - I found it already written without me noticing it. The history of the book writing has dictated a bit unusual for book stylistics and form of narration - the author's text is mixed with the readers' questions, notes, remarks, responses (not always positive) and the author's answers to them. What can I do - Internet enters actively our life.
Initially I tried to present this book without letters. But it didn't work. One of the readers wrote about it:

Dear Vitaliy,
It goes without saying that letters are needed. When one reads published letters everything is pictured so realistically that in some moments "the hair stands on end".
I am an ordinary engineer. I knew about prisons and prisoners only by films and books. And I always thought that everything happening in the prisons is within the law, yes, there are some "excess" but not to this scale!!! And what is described in letters is just a NIGHTMARE!!! I'd like to know TRUTH but exactly "firsthand"! You, possibly, think that I am one of those who just want "bread and circuses" but this is not so. What you are writing about is TRUTH OF LIFE! And thanks to you and to your authors of letters!
Sincerely yours, Oleg I.

But there was the evident advantage in this form of writing: each next chapter was written under the influence of the readers’ feedback. They expressed their wishes and made evaluations thus suggesting me correct direction and style. Statistics of the number of subscribers, that, sometimes to my surprise, was growing constantly, was assuring me more and more that I did necessary thing. And thanks to everybody for this.
Sometimes there will be repetitions of phrases or descriptions of events - please, don’t judge strictly. This is a side effect of the interactivity I mentioned above – conversations on different sites, by mail, in different time, with different people.
This edition also includes several chapters and abstracts that were not published before and they were written in the process of the book preparation for printing.

Word from Alexey Pavlov (Iliya Stashevskiy)

Vitaliy Lozovskiy’s work is an attempt to systematize prison knowledge that has no analogues. And I should say immediately - this attempt is successful, with outstanding result. Complexity, closed nature and inaccessibility of the prison life for study as the Mars planet for a long time kept it in frightening uncertainty while according to various estimations from every fourth to every tenth of the CIS resident either was or is in the prison. There was a need for the experience of the person who passed though the repressive system of the post-Soviet prisons and prison camps in combination with the author’s analytical and summarizing talent to demonstrate the dreadful parallel world in which, unfortunately, everybody can have a place. Photographic presentation and truthfulness of the material is confirmed by numerous participants of the discussion the author arranged in Internet. Vitaliy’s work has no weaknesses as a result of the fact that the author having passed through the prisons and the prison camps, being direct participant of the events, has remained an attentive observer and everything he writes about is truth. Lozovskiy’s book opens the road for scientific, social and philosophic researches of the prison life and the prison inhabitants whereas the human rights aspect manifests itself and becomes one of the main aspects of this multidimensional, complicated as the prisoner’s life labor that can be hardly overestimated, as it is also impossible not to foresee burning interest of the reading public to this work – to the unique work both by its content and form, the first one of this kind. This book will be the reliable assistant on the way to life and freedom for each prisoner and free person either he gets to the prison by himself or as a result of absence of the legal framework in the post-Soviet territory or he won’t get there at all. Good luck, Vitaliy.

Alexey Pavlov,
Author of the story
“It had to be not this way”
Prague, 2004

To be continued...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lenin tattoo


Lenin is vor's tattoo too. Lenin is The leader of the October Revolution - Vozhd Oktiabrskoy Revolucii - vor.

Monday, June 14, 2010

something from everyone today!

Top to Bottom: Joshua Bowers, Paul Nycz, Sean Wilcox, Joshua Bowers, & Budha

Monday, June 7, 2010


Want to get tattooed by Eckel at this years Liverpool Tattoo Convention?
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

fresh rose by Budha
Joshua, starting a chest piece
Paul, panther cover up of a panther
Sean, pup portrait

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday card for brother or for big friend. Card from prison, at bottle inscription Rum.