Liberty School

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On June 27, 2015
Liberty Electric Tattooing was my tattoo parlor I opened in 2002 and ran until 2009. I was run out of my hometown of Ft Worth, Texas by city planners, gentrification, and big business. I fought like the samurai the tattoo business had taught me to become. But my two swords were no match for the […]
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Mikiri, The Japanese background

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On June 14, 2015
Japanese tattooing is king. In the tattoo above, you see Mikiri, a Japanese tattoo background pattern, that is an essential part of traditional Japanese tattoo design. It spreads across the body like water, like the wind it so often depicts. It is vast, large, and limitless like the void. It is challenging, deep, and beautiful. […]
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East and West: A Tattoo Story

  • Posted by Carl Hallowell
  • On June 2, 2015
Slowly, I prepare my station for the tattoo to be done today. There is only this tattoo, there is only now. The future is nonexistent, the past is void. There is no hurry, there is no pain. There are only the materials to be prepared. Stainless steel needles and rich, thick black ink. Barrier bags […]
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