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 big guns and war planes of chesapeake energy, the bass brothers, and conservative, rich, little Fort Worth. You can kill the body, the spirit escapes. The vehicle is lost, but the soul carries on. Nothing that has ever been created can be destroyed. The outside is demolished, that was my 7th steet location of Liberty Electric. The inside remains, that is the Liberty School. Built on tradition, history, and respect, the Liberty School attempts to keep tattooing true and strong. My apprentice, Joe Haasch and I are its core members. I hope too, that the others we’ve worked with along the way carry some of these values forward. In fact, I know they do. It is not a visible organization, waving a flag from the rooftops. It is surreptitious, only those that know will know. The copycats will not notice us. The fast buck businessmen […]Read More
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. It is the pinnacle of tattooing. Maybe that is why it is studied and copied the world over. No other type of tattooing can match its breadth, it is all-consuming until the body is done. I have an immense amount of respect for the masters and journeymen of this tattoo art, and for those who dare to wear it… The information on my page is scarce, it is designed to be so. Research will uncover the answers to whatever questions you may have. However, it should not be given away so lightly. This is a secret society, to be sure. There are entry-level tests, there are blockades for the intermediate student who has transgressed against our clan. There are damaging repercussions to even the most experienced if they choose to lose their way. It is a self-governing autonomous network. It is an establishment of trust. […]Read More
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 to prevent cross contamination. A hit of A and D escapes into the air. It is a smell which brings me back to my very first tattoo. All of this is a meditation and this where I want to be. Jeff is prepared, as always. His attitude is mild, he is in no rush either. He is finally off work, now he can relax. This is exactly where he wants to be too. He is not a victim of the tattoo, he is a master of it, which he will shortly prove. I pick up the tattoo bell and dip the needles in an oily pool of ink. “You Ready?” “Born Ready.” I stretch the skin out with my left hand and rest the heel of my right hand again his shoulder. I hit the footswitch and the bell begins to buzz. I lay the needles […]Read More
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