Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dragon tattoo

Bender, Eben.

These are a couple of really fun tattoos. Eben Bender is a multi-talented man, and this all started with the idea of doing a "Tug Life" tattoo. In the end, we left out the lettering, and we opted for the straight design. He got a train to fill out the stomach shortly after.
Thanks Eben, that ruled.
Even if it doesn't say it, these tattoos ARE tug life. That is one Gangsta stomach.

Jeremy Riley vs. Ronan Boyle

Here's a painting I did for Ronan Boyle in February. He got the panel prepared for me, and I ruined it. It was up for the ArtWalk around the Olympics here, and hosted by Grace Gallery.
The paintings are 6 feet by 4 feet.

Here's the process, from the blank to the finished product. It wasn't exactly fun, but it was done in three days, with a combined total of 40 hours. No sleep. Thanks Ronan,  I'm okay with it.
Next time Watercolor. I am not down with acrylic.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sulim Yamadaev died

A funeral for the commander of a Russian Defense Ministry battalion in Chechnya, Sulim Yamadayev, will be held on Tuesday in the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Sulim's brother Isa said.

Sulim Yamadaev

Sulim Yamadayev, a Hero of Russia who commanded the elite Vostok Battalion in Chechnya, was gunned down in Dubai on March 28, 2009. He was shot in the chest with three bullets from a gold-plated gun in the car park of a luxury apartment complex where he was living with his wife and children.

Isa did not specify whether his brother will be buried in Gudermes and did not rule out that his body could be sent to his hometown from Dubai.

Until recently, Isa insisted that Sulim was alive but in coma.

"Our family has decided to turn Sulim's life support system off," Isa said. "Tomorrow we will hold his funeral in Gudermes," he continued.

Tajik businessman Makhsudzhon Ismatov and Iranian Mahdi Lorniya were accused of planning the murder and assisting the man who pulled the trigger. They will be deported to their home countries after serving their terms of 25 years, which is equivalent to a life sentence in the Gulf state.

Lorniya previously worked in Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov's stables.

Ramzan Kadyrov

Police said the gun used in the killing had been handed over to Ismatov and Lorniya by a Chechen delegation led by Kadyrov during his visit to the United Arab Emirates in 2008.

The Dubai court rejected in December a request for Kadyrov to be summoned to give evidence at the trial.

The name of the man suspected of pulling the trigger has not been disclosed. Investigators said he acted on information received from Ismatov, who is believed to have helped the man flee the Emirates.

Dubai police have accused Adam Delimkhanov, Kadyrov's close friend and a lawmaker in Russia's lower house of parliament, of ordering the assassination. Both strongly denied any link to the murder.

Both Kadyrov and Yamadayev were former militants who joined Russia's federal troops. Chechnya saw two separatist wars in the late 1990s-early 2000s. The Vostok Battalion answered to the Federal Defense Ministry and clashed on occasion with forces loyal to the Chechen president.

Sulim's brother, Ruslan Yamadayev, a former member of the Russian parliament's lower house, was gunned down in central Moscow in September 2008. He was a prominent opponent of Kadyrov, who denied any involvement in his killing.

An attempt on Isa Yamadayev's life was made in July 2009, he said earlier.

Isa said Sunday he is ready to become Kadyrov's ally.

"We discussed with Ramzan Akhmatovich [Kadyrov] the situation [in their relations] and came to a conclusion that there are no reasonable causes preventing us from reaching normal relations," Isa told journalists at his house in Gudermes.

Yamadayev said that some media artificially provoke disrespectful relations between him and Kadyrov adding that he feels no distaste toward the Chechen president.


Who don't know who is Sulim Yamadaev here are links:
Murder of Sulim Yamadayev.
Photos of alive Sulim.

Monday, August 23, 2010


The Godoy Machines V3. The first of it's kind! It has been in production for 2 years, and testing a year prior. It's technology is unique it's function superb, used by the best artists the world over.


In order to be a solution, there has to be a problem. Sometimes, nobody sees the problem. It could also be denial that there even is one. Some people know that there is a problem, and want to help but don't take any sides because there seems to be no side that offers a valid solution. That's what's going on in the industry today.

Just because a product comes out on the market, a tattoo machine for example, does not mean that anyone has license to copy or replicate it! People often bring up this complaint in reference to Chinese business practices... when you someone claims to want to "build the best American made products" and STEALS, without license, they are in the same category.

Patent protection is the only way to legally protect your intellectual property. WE don't make a move until we have our patent process underway. This is our standard protocol. We design, prototype and test all of our products before committing to a patent. Any infringers will be notified, and subject to any penalties as a result of their actions. Infringers include ANY distributor or purchaser of the said invention.

If you plan to buy a patent, it is important to check the validity of that patent. Not all examiners at the patent office are equally as thorough during the examination process and sometimes patents slide through for approval without any office actions!!! We were offered a couple of patents for purchase which we had to reject due to their questionable validity.


We do not license any of our patents for the simple reason that we believe and have always believed that reputation is earned by merit and contribution, not by false claims or by purchasing the rights to an invention, or by copying an invention. In other words, "do your own f*cking work".

We will continue to keep this manifesto because everything comes clean in the wash and the laundry was just put into the washer.


While everyone is raising their glasses to an obsolete generation and being complacent and satisfied with a directionless industry, there are those of us striving to improve technology and the industry as a whole through innovation and education. For some, the complacency is fine, for us and others like us, it means falling behind.

Buy by brand, believe the hype, fall behind. Support education, innovation, function and direction and you won't ever have to wonder.

In an industry full of false claims and dead end paths, you can only trust yourselves. Learn, don't be led by bullshitters.


I was actually gonna post this on my personal blog, because it's a craft project, and i've been posting progress pictures over there, but since it's very much shop related, i decided that it belongs here.
So what am i talking about here?
The shop open/closed sign, that's what!
I finally finished the sign that i have been working on for months.
We still don't have an actual shop sign, and we really don't plan on getting one, but now people will at least be able to see when we're open.

In progress
Nick got the idea for the bird cages, clever right?
Almost done
And closed:
It took me a while, but i finally found two antique frames in the exact same size, that fit the signs too (thank god we're smack in the middle of an antique neighborhood)
Bird detail
Deer detail

In the beginning i used a pattern, but the closed sign i pretty much made it up as i went along.
And considering that this is only my second cross-stitch project (the first finished one is this), i think it turned out pretty well.
Hope y'all like it!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

GUY s exibition in Paris

Guy opens his exibition last week end at the gallerie "Grimpel & Müller", a blow minding avant-garde show ...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Belmont Barbershop featured in Vancouver Magazine.

Our neighbor and friend has been getting press for his store, and rightly so,
his Barbershop and Haberdashery are pretty amazing.

Vancouver Magazine Article
Issue on newstands now.

The Belmont Barbershop
Mr.Lee's General Store

We would like to say thanks for all the support to the boys at Belmont and Mr.Lee's,
and to Dustin himself.

Here's a couple of tattoos done on Dustin:

Greetings from Transylvania

Here's what Allan did today; a second session on Stefan's vampire chick.
The first session looked a little something like this.

To be continued...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Some Uncle Allan booking info

No, we're not booking new clients for Uncle Allan just yet, but we have decided that telling people to check back later isn't exactly working out either.
So, we have decided to start a waiting list for new pieces.
An official one for new and old clients alike.

All you have to do is send an email to the new email address (i will reveal that address later in this post) and you'll be on the list.
Simple, right?

In your email you should include your name and contact information and an approximate size/placement/general idea for the tattoo, so we can book the right amount of appointments for you.
Foreign clients wanting a bigger piece should let us know how often they can make it to Denmark, and those of you who have already gotten tattooed by Allan (or Eckel or Electric Pick) should let us know what you've gotten done here in the past.
If you don't include your ideas, we probably won't contact you first, so please don't forget that part.

When you have sent us the mail, you will get an auto reply in return, and when we have openings, we will contact you.
We cannot give you any idea of when you'll be hearing from us regarding an appointment, so if that's not something you're ok with, please don't submit your name to the list.
Also, this is not an email-back-and-forth type deal, so if you get impatient and decide to write and ask when the hell you're getting tattooed, you won't get a reply.
You can have your name removed from the list any time by sending us an email saying that you're sick of waiting, or that you just don't like tattoos anymore or whatever, and we'll take you off the list immediately.

If you have any questions to this new system, feel free to leave a comment below and we promise to reply here.
If you think you have all the information you need, go ahead and send your most fun tattoo ideas to:


Thanks for reading this (and for following this blog, of course), we look forward to hearing from you!

Og så en hurtig opsummering på dansk:
Vi har nu oprettet en ny venteliste for folk der gerne vil tatoveres af Allan.
Dette gælder for alle nye projekter, så det er både for nye og gamle kunder.
Du skal bare sende en mail med dine idéer og kontakt information til den ovenstående adresse, og så er du på listen.
Hvis du er blevet tatoveret i butikken før må du gerne inkludere en kort beskrivelse af hvad du har fået lavet.

Du vil modtage et auto-svar, der bekræfter at din mail er modtaget, og når vi booker igen vil vi kontakte dig.
Hvis du bliver utålmodig kan du til hver en tid blive taget af listen, bare send os en mail.
Vi håber at høre fra dig!
criminal tattoo

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dinner is served

Sorry for the blog silence lately, but as you may know, Allan and myself took a much needed week off in the country.
Too short, but good nonetheless.
But now we're back... in fact, we're all back.
Now, i don't wanna get all sentimental on y'all, but i can't tell you how good it feels to have the whole gang back together again, for the first time since we moved.
It's fun and awesome and... magical.
Like, unicorns and rainbows and Zorgon magical.

The following pictures are from Wednesday.

Yes, Nick really is back (see more here)
I can't say for sure, but i think we might be the only tattoo shop in the world that produces our own coriander (and it's good too!)
Allan started this lovely laaaady on Jens
Here's what's happening on the other side of that leg... to be continued soon
Nick bought a rice cooker and made dinner for everyone
Tuna surprise!
Geeks, geeking out
More geeking, and a sleepy Lucifer

We all stayed at the shop till around one am.
Who wants to go home when being at work can be so much fun?
It's probably a good thing we only have two sofas and no shower.

We saw this on the way home: a tea party on the middle of the road, in the pouring rain.... Copenhagen, what will you think of next?