Saturday, December 31, 2011

JIM ADAMS - Old school or Current? YOU DECIDE... WE HAVE ALREADY DECIDED.


We met Jim Adams through email. He introduced himself as a tattoo artist with a long history who is now retired. He had traveled through the midweset tattooing, ending up in Florida. In our eyes, having this much history and at the same time staying objective andcurrent is a characteristic ALL tattoo artists should have. There are solutions for every problem.


We credit Jim with the genious behind our BLACK WIDOW MACHINE. He's the one who generously shared his idea with us. He is no "one trick pony".. retired, yes... and still working on machine ideas. There are ideas too complex to share and still in the process of patent protection. We guarantee that NONE of you are ready for what he has up his sleeve. The first part is a short email about himself.



Milton Zeis bakelite machine.


"I have been farting around with tattoo machines for decades and have always been more interested in inventing a better tattoo machine than actually tattooing. I have busted my brain on rotaries and I even tried to make an air driven tattoo machine way back in the 1970s. It could have been a success but I lacked funding. I came to the conclusion long ago there will never be anything better to tattoo with than an electromagnetic coil machine. Even though there are fantastic performing machines today, I feel there are still advances to be made. I started tattooing with $15 Milt Zeis machines that threw a spark that could weld a battleship together. The tubes had cheap chrome plate and a piece of rubber hose for a grip. The power unit was a door bell transformer screwed to a piece of Bakelite. Looking back, I don't think it even had anything to convert it to D.C. I used acetate stencils and charcoal powder, mixed lumpy powdered pigment with Listerine and used half a gelatin capsule for an ink cap (by the time the tattoo was done the gelatin caps would grow into something that resembled a miniature used rubber from sucking the Listerine out of the ink).





Also as insane as it sounds, by today's standards nobody used gloves except Carol Nightingale up in Canada. I remember seeing a picture of him with gloves and saying "look at this guy he thinks hes a doctor" he was really ahead of his time. Look up the patent on his machine some time, it looks like he used an entire kid's erector set to make it, adjustments up the kazoo. I went to the first tattoo convention. It was held by Dave Yerkew (North American tattoo club). Nobody in the whole convention was wearing gloves! Beside the disease factor, can you believe tattooers willfully held their hand in a wad of someone's sweaty armpit hair? I grew up in Illinois, about an hour's drive from Rockford Illinois, that's the town old time tattoo supplier Milton Zeis lived in.



Back in 1972, I was looking through an old 1953 popular mechanics magazine for old car adds and in the back of the rag was a tiny add for tattoo supplies. I sent a letter and it was forwarded through a couple addresses and ended up at Milt Zeis's son-in-law's house. Milt was already dead but his son-in-law was still selling supplies. I got friendly with his grandson and was allowed to come over and go down in the basement when I needed stuff. They had 55 gallon drums of pigment from DuPont, antique hand coil winders and tons of old flash $3 a sheet.





Milton Zeis flash...


They had a big trunk that was full of original photos, mostly of Cindy Ray from Australia. A lot of them were of piercing and back then this was unusual and not tied in with tattooing so much. That basement was like walking into a time machine. You could just feel the history in the air. It gave you goose bumps. Art, remember my name. If I come up with any new ideas, I may want to share them or shoot the shit. Best Regards, Jim Adams."


JIM ORDERED OUR BOOK...UPON ORDERING OUR BOOK.. AND RECEIVING IT...


"The book just arrived and thanks for the CD. I have not watched it yet and I have only just flipped through the book but WOW !!!!! Back in the day, if you wrote this book they would be pulling your body out of a dumpster and that way of thinking is JUST WRONG. The secrecy is small minded, petty and full of jealousy. Back then, few people were really artists so the only way to stay on top was by guarding technical info. A lot of people profess to want to better the craft and make it more acceptable but they are against making knowledge available. There is no way to ever stop scratchers but their numbers can be reduced by making this book available. There are people who don't want to scratch and want to do things right. They just don't know where to find the info. I was there myself once. I do think they should want it bad enough to pay for it though and your price is more than reasonable.




Apprenticeship is not always what it's cracked up to be. Some guys will take your money and not really give you what you need. I walked into Bob Shaw's on the Pike about the time he invented the swing gate and asked him about an apprenticeship and I am positive he would have been good as gold but I didn't have $2,500 at the time. While I was there, he put in an outline of a tattoo that covered a guy's calf. He did it so fast it was like he was signing his name. I never saw a machine that ran so fast and a guy who could keep up with it. I was amazed. I could have had a cheaper apprenticeship at Leroy's down the street (he showed me some pictures of tattoos he did on Arnold the pig from the TV show Green Acres). Doc Web in San Diego told me Leroy would more than likely rip me off so I declined. Doc Web was a kind and generous man. He was not taking apprenticeships but he told me how to fix some problems I was having. In an hour of shooting the shit with him he explained a lot of stuff and for free.




If your book was available to me 30 years ago and all I had to do was cut off my big toe to get it, you would be calling me gimpy. There will always be bung holes who dishonor the trade. I have seen a guy doing a tattoo with a bare needle bar loop riding on a bare armature pin doing the hula. He put his tubes and bars in a device that steamed hair curlers and thought it was sterilizing things. You kind of have to give him a little credit for the attempt at sterilizing. He could have just wiped the stuff off under his arm pit.



AMPUTATION - WORTH OUR BOOK!!



I think a tattoo artist should reach celebrity status because they are in fact a great artist with technical discipline and not because they are hording knowledge.


I have read people complaining that your book is too much money on the net. They have to be the dumbest, cheapest sheep fuckers that ever crawled out from under a rock. The no BS info in that book is priceless.


P.S one more story, I had a friend (now deceased). He told me he knew Don Nolan. He noticed a machine spring on his key chain. He asked him why and he said " because that spring made me a million dollars ".


OLD ETHICS SHOULD BE THE STANDARD, COMBATING PROBLEMS WITH NEW THINKING - THE NEW ACTION. GODOY MACHINES - UPHOLDING TRADITION WITH A MODERN APPROACH.

Happy New Year!



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Punishment: the Russian prison yesterday and today

Starting from today the series of films about the Russian prison is launched. The film is titled “Punishment: the Russian prison yesterday and today”. This film is about the Russian prison in different times. This is the most complete film about the Russian prison and the things linked with it. The series will concern the concepts, Stalin’s camps, colonies for children and other things linked with the prison. The whole film will be accompanied with narratives of the witnesses and participants of the events.
Today I publish the 1st out of 14 series titled “From Rus to Kolyma”.

Description:

Today 860,000 people in Russia are behind the bars. And how many were there 50? 100? 500 years ago? When in general did this strange word “prison” appear? Who wrote the first Russian criminal code? Where did torture instruments come from to Russia? How were the most dangerous criminals recognized? Punishments by whipping and head cutting off, finger cutting and nostrils tearing out, criminal and political prisons, Peter the First as reformer of the Russian prison, the most famous prisoners of Schlusselburg , marvelous planet Kolyma, the most terrible crimes committed by teenagers, love story in Mordova colony, stars both on that and this side of the bars – all these are covered in this first series of the documentary:


Punishment: the Russian prison yesterday and today




Specific features of the film:

The film was shot for Russia and the former-USSR countries and it is not figured for the foreigners that is why different unclear terms and expressions can be encountered in the film. If somebody fails to understand something, please write in the comments what is unclear and we will look into it.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

MANUEL "MASTER" SERVIN - GODOY MACHINES PROFESSIONAL


  • Master... using the Godoy Machines - V3 Model


    Manuel Isaias Aceves Servin - known officially as: xmasterx, was born in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico May 27, 1983.


    Translated from spanish "Since he was a kid, he'd always shown great aptitude in drawing... as an adolescent, this art went hand in hand with his playing in a hardcore band and being exposed to heavily tattooed people and the inspiration to learn technique and involve himself in the art.



    xMASTER TATTOOx

    Through friends, Master met Richi Michel, who at 11 years of tattooing had gained international recognition for his world class tattooing ability. Master bought his first machine right then and there and took a self taught approach for the following 6 months before having job offers and an official apprenticeship from Richi Michel.



    xMASTER TATTOOx


    In the Richi Tattoo studio he was exposed to the work of

    javier kuatom & martin zapo, who's influence helped to direct and to shape Master's career and ability. After 4 years, he operates Blackline Tattoo and travels to national and international conventions entering contests and winning."

    xMASTER TATTOOx

    REALISM... A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF TECHNIQUE...

    xMASTER TATTOOx

    xMASTER TATTOOx

    A REAL UNDERSTANDING OF COLOR, BALANCE AND COMPOSITION...

    xMASTER TATTOOx



    DYNAMIC LINE THICKNESS, COMBINED WITH SMOOTH EVEN GREYS...

    1er LUGAR EN TATTOO DE FOTOGRAFIA ESPO TATTOO GUADALAJARA 2010    xMASTER TATTOOx

    COMBINED WITH CONTRASTING DARKS... MAKE FOR PERFECT TATTOOS.

    xMASTER TATTOOx

    We proudly sponsored Master for machines at the Guadalajara tattoo convention where he tied for first place for tattoo of the day. He followed up this win with a few more first places in Mexico City 2 months later! This is a track record that can't be beat...

    Photo of xMASTER TATTOOx

    GODOY MACHINES - SUPPORTING THE ARTS, SUPPORTING THE ARTISTS WHO EXCELL IN THE ARTS, SUPPORTING EDUCATION AND CONTINUING INNOVATION.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

To all of our clients...

Merry Christmas, guys, we love you!!!

Not so winter-ish, but a wonderland no less

Thursday, December 22, 2011

KIQUE SANX - GODOY MACHINES PROFESSIONAL


KIQUE SANX- Chilpancingo, Guerrero Mexico. Throughout the years of attending conventions in Mexico, we ran into this great artist. Kique's work has always been impressive. From shading to color... all of it is perfect. Smooth even greys and solid perfect color realism. He attends almost every Mexican tattoo convention and enters pieces... and wins. In Veracruz, he won first place in best color and best tattoo of the day. Thanks KIQUE for representing GODOY MACHINES!!!

His 15 year dedication to his work has led him to a real understanding of what is needed in tattoo machines to execute perfect work.

KIQUE SANX - KERUB TATUAJES CHILPANCINGO MEXICO.








GOOD WORK IS GOOD WORK NO MATTER WHERE YOU'RE FROM. EGOS CAN ONLY CARRY YOU SO FAR BEFORE YOU'RE CALLED OUT. EDUCATE YOURSELVES, DO YOUR PART... GODOY MACHINES. THE BEST FOR THE BEST.



Tuesday, December 20, 2011

PABLO XNO - MEXICO CITY - GODOY MACHINES PROFESSIONAL



Pablo Xno, pronounced Pablo Porno is a recognized Mexican tattoo artist. His work is easily recognizable. He has no specific specialty... he does it all. Solid bold color - looks like velvet! Color fades and even transitions, clean lines.. realism. He attends conventions whenever his busy schedule allows him to. He is also constantly winning events at conventions... he is sponsored by Godoy Machines.

"EVERY TATTOO I DO, I DO WITH GODOY MACHINES, SINCE I STARTED USING THEM, I DON'T REMEMBER THE EXACT DATE. THE LAST ONE I GOT WAS EXCELLENT!! (V3 MACHINE). MY TIME TATTOOING HAS BEEN BREIF - I HAVE BEEN TATTOOING JUST OVER 8 YEARS IN A STUDIO AND ABOUT 4, PROFESSIONALLY. I HAVE WORKED AT: KAUSTIKA TATTOO, ESTIGMA TATTOO, SKIN LAB, BRUTAL TATTOO, INFIRENO TATTOO, BAJA TATTOO, CABO TATTOO, INKED FOR LIFE TATTOO AND FINALLY AT IN LAKECH. I LIKE TO TATTOO EVERY STYLE WITH THE GOAL TO MASTER ALL OF THEM. WHAT I ENJOY MOST OF ALL IS FREE HAND."

To reach Pablo Xno:

IN LAKECH

CALLE CUAHUTEMOC 171C, COLONIA DEL CARMEN,
COYOACAN CENTRO, MEXICO DF.
TEL 55548409
FACEBOOK pablo xno


BLACK N GREY, ALL DAY.


SEAMLESS TRANSITONS N COLOR FADES...


RELISTIC AND TRADITIONAL...


Bold solid color and even smooth grey washes.





NO STYLE OR TECHNIQUE IS OUT OF THE QUESTION IF YOU HAVE TALENT, AN UNDERSTANDING OF TECHNIQUE, AND A PERFECTLY TUNED MACHINE. THE KNOWLEDGE TO BE ABLE TO DIAGNOSE, REPAIR AND TUNE ANY MACHINE IS CRUCIAL. THIS IS WHAT SEPARATES A TRUE PROFESSIONAL FROM A MEDIOCRE ONE.







Happy and sad masks


Happy and sad masks its symbol of theatre. But in prison it mean "Before and after", that is "Before prison and after prison". Barbs wire possibly years of prison.

Monday, December 19, 2011

SCRAPPY UNO! GODOY MACHINES PROFESSIONAL.


Scrappy Uno is DAVID GARCIA, Mexico's premier portrait / black n grey tattoo artist. We have been going to Mexico for conventions for the last 10 years and at most of these conventions, one name keeps winning repeatedly in the black and grey and realism competitions - "Scrappy".

We award a machine to the winner of the best realism events at the conventions we attend and as Scrappy kept on winning year after year, convention after convention, so we decided one day to just hand him the machine because he "would have won anyway".. and he did. Since then he has been sponsored by Godoy Machines.


We are proud to manufacture and promote the "Scrappy" model machine.

FOR LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED TATTOO ARTISTS, THE SCRAPPY MODEL FEATURES:
STAINLESS STEEL DUAL TOP AND MILD STEEL BOTTOM SUBFRAMES ARE SUPPORTED BY HIGH SENSITIVITY EASY SATURATION SQUARE SUPPORT COILS. (Patent pending). THIS MACHINE'S COILS, SPRING GAUGES AND COMPONENTS COMBINE TO PRODUCE INCREMENTALLY SENSITIVE RESPONSE. THE SCRAPPY UNO IS A TRULY VERSATILE MACHINE, UNIVERSALLY TUNED TO HANDLE THE REQUIREMENTS OF ANY TECHNIQUE.
Scrappy has appeared in several magazines and television programs world wide.
These are only a few of the awards he has won.
Below is a gallery of some of his work. Perfectly even and smooth subtle grey washes require skill and understanding of technique as well as a well tuned machine. The understanding of machine components and function will facilitate this type of trajectory.







HOW DO YOU COMPARE? DO YOU WANT TO REFINE YOUR SKILL? DO YOU WANT UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY HOW TO REACH THIS LEVEL, IN TATTOOING AND IN MACHINE UNDERSTANDING? OR WOULD YOU RATHER RECOGNIZE YOURSELF AS MEDIOCRE... YOU GET BACK WHAT YOU PUT IN.

BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION.






Thursday, December 15, 2011

Inside: Russia's Toughest Prisons

For the first time, three prisons across Russia unlock their doors to an international film crew. Go inside a top security facility where cannibals, terrorists and killers live out the rest of their days, to Russia's oldest prison, to a Siberian prison camp where temperatures linger at 50 below. Inside Black Dolphin prison, a cannibal reveals his crime, divulging how he boiled, fried and ate his victim. In infamous Vladimir Central, a convict opens up about killing his brother-in-law for disturbing his daughter's peaceful night's sleep. Inside Siberian Prison Camp 17, two friends are about to go their separate ways.


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