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Au nord, 2 heures.

I rode up to houston to find the one tattoo parlor that was suggested or lauded or pushed by the guys at the one piercing studio in houston I've been to, and.... they're closed. There is a tattoo convention in Austin and they're at it. I'd like to believe that that means they're good enough to be up and shutting down to spend 4 days there; but aren't I the optimist. It's in the Westheimer area, which is apparently the 'young alternative culture area' with a crapload of weird food joints, tattoo parlors, head shops, idiot-chic clothing stores, etc. If it turns out to be a good shop, I will probably patronize it. But that means that I'd have to make a trip up like 70 -80 miles each week or so to get a little installation. I would have to spend at least 4 hours in the place to make it worth my driving time. by the end of it (and I'm thinking it would take at least 6 or 7 4-hour trips) I would probably have an entire collection of idiot-chic clothing and bongs. Location, location, location.

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just_the_ash
Jan. 11th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
Collection of bongs? Cool with me.

When I went to the DC Tattoo expo, I noticed that the shops represented there did indeed have all their personnel with them, so one could wipe up while the other tattooed. I'm assuming that a number of shops did indeed shut down their usual business to attend the Expo. I can dig out the link to the experience I wrote up for BME... it's linked from my IAM page.

Personally, this week, I'm going to force Cougar to drag me up north to a studio in Maryland, because I had good work from the same guy before (see icon), and it healed in, like, two minutes. Sometimes it really is worth the drive.
mrcougar
Jan. 11th, 2004 03:50 pm (UTC)
heheehehe whos being forced? when its for a friend its a pleasure.

floyd_mephit
Jan. 11th, 2004 06:41 pm (UTC)
I think there are many more talented people up in the Northeast than in the South. Even in the 4th largest city in America, I'm not seeing much quality.
vespavago
Jan. 18th, 2004 09:24 pm (UTC)
I got ya covered...
Dude, westheimer is all hype and big on hippy shit. I went to hot stuff deluxe for my first one with Matt W. and it was killer. I found through him a dude named Gary Kuhn who works at Body Language on the seawall. I got 2 tats from him already and and planning a big piece with him. You should go check him out, Im more than happy with his work.
floyd_mephit
Jan. 19th, 2004 12:09 am (UTC)
Re: I got ya covered...
I went to a place on seawall a few months ago, and the pictures looked kinda like prison tattoos. Is Body Language the really big place? I dunno, maybe it was just one guy's portfolio. Maybe I'll look again.
vespavago
Jan. 19th, 2004 12:35 pm (UTC)
Re: I got ya covered...
Yah, Body Language is that place in between Domino's and Wendy's. The portfolio you saw was prolly Chano's, he does lots of black and grey prison looking shit. He is actually a badass tattooer but for some reason everyone on this island loves the gangsta ghetto crap. I recommend going in and talking to either Gary or Shawn. The both have different styles but are good artists nonetheless. So if you want Tribal/hot rod/traditional go to Gary. If you want raver, graffiti, etc... go to Shawn. Saw your bike on the way home today, I dont know ya but I know the bike. LOL. I fix and tune up vintage 2 stroke vespa motorscooters as a hobby. I got a kick ass tuned bike thats runnning sweet (almost 6 months rebuilding and tuning). Once I get my title from ITS youll see me tearing it up, feel free to drag. hehehehe.
floyd_mephit
Jan. 19th, 2004 10:36 pm (UTC)
Re: I got ya covered...
I'll see about those guys. I haven't been to any other joints on the island but it would save me a lot of hassle if I didn't have to drive up to Westheimer or 1960 all the time. How did you know it was my bike? Nobody talks to me but they come look at the bike, ha.
vespavago
Jan. 20th, 2004 05:47 am (UTC)
Re: I got ya covered...
Yah I totally understand. I had to go back to Hot Stuff for a touch up and it ended up taking me 2 hours to get there for a 30 minute touchup. feh. Besides that, all custom tattooers pretty much know each other and work at each others shops. Its the places like Dago's and Bad Boyz you hafta worry about. They get new tattooers to come in so they can charge em a huge apprentice fee so half the time you go into a shop like that you get a newbie... scary. Oh, I saw a pic of the bike when I was crusing around your website. I pass it everyday when I walk home so I recogized it pretty easily.
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