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“You’re the Loser, Punk!”

So it seems like the apocalypse is here with trains derailing off the Huey P. and Bob Breck’s toupee flew off and sailed across Lake Pontchartrain. Yet, at Tattooagogo, we’re still open, makin’ dreams cum true from 12 to 8pm. Seems as though Nola has forgotten about a lil thunderstorm we had a few years back called, Katrina. But I guess the media can only report good news like riots, earthquakes, and Jindal’s budget cuts for so long.

Van Damn

Van, Damn!

It’s been about a month or so since we’ve given you our branding iron of good news from da shop. And just like the summer thunderstorms, things are flaring up (along with TJ’s hemorrhoids). But don’t digress, our loverboy, Kenny, now has a monthly gig at The Saint, Raw Power Wednesday—where the Prince of Pony’s party is better than a TKO crew vs. Eletric Rock dance battle. Before they had Glocks & Uzis in the da hood, they used to dance combat to Ice-T’s rap.

The Swole Gimp

“My schwartz is bigger than yours.”

Wuz dat? You still haven’t brought your
sweet-cupcake-ass to da shop for your NEW SHOP SHIRT? I guess it’s time we bring out the gimp, as our shop troll—->, Deadbolt, is itchin’ to get all swole up on your ass. Just remember, you gotta pay the toll troll if you wanna get into that boy’s hole. Seriously, you should stop by for yours today, $20 in person, or $25 shipped with secret decoder rings we’ve been saving from Cracker Jack prizes since ’82. Order from the privacy of your own home via PayPal to info@tattooagogo.com and we won’t tell anyone you did.

If you haven’t been following our FB & Insta posts (of course, I know if you’re reading this, ya’ll are all loyal subscribers, right?!) we’ve been featuring a lot of work of Mr. Scott Allen. Some recent pieces of his is a black & grey magnolia piece, a crow cover-up, some circulatory anatomy action, clipper ship, and a moon face half-sleeve. Make sure to check out #NOLATraditional on social networks to see a lot more of Scott’s work along with the rest of da shop, brah!

The Baron

A tribute to a family mystery

Adrian, a recent customer of Scott, had a interesting story to tell about his grandmother, who died in 1996 and was a devoted Catholic all of her life. He and his siblings were cleaning out her house after her death and found bags of human hair, bags of chicken bones, necklaces made of bones, and photographs of dead relatives in their coffins (exhumed).  They had a “oh shit” moment realizing their grandmother was actually into voodoo, which on several levels falls in line with Catholicism.  In retrospect of all this, Adrian decided to get a tattoo as a shout out to his grandmother and the life she lived behind closed doors. (As seen to the left) the tomb in the background “Thiroux” is his family tomb, which dates back to the 18th century in St. Louis Cemetery on Esplanade Ave where his family is buried.  Adrian felt a connection to Baron Samedi (a Loa of the dead) as he loves to party, has a unique sense of humor, and is bluntly honest with people. The Baron teaches that life is too short to be unhappy and we must celebrate life. So Adrian’s Baron tattoo will help him reconnect with those who have gone before him. Very rad story and thanks for sharing, Adrian!

Soldier Salute

Soldier Salute

TJ, our knight in shining armor, has been Mike Tyson knocking out the competition with his gentle battering eyes and abracadabra magic artwork to make any granny panties soaking wet (he’ll lick them after too, dawg).  So much in fact since our last blog post I can’t quite summarize them quickly here so be sure you are following TJ’s Kung-Fu insta action. A few I’d like to point out tho, is a wild owl piece, a twisted day of the dead half sleeve, and wicked aquatic piece (which seems to be some of his best work lately).  ON a more serious note, TJ also had a customer recently (former soldier) who wanted to honor his friends he lost while in the service–as a fellow veteran myself, stories and pieces like this (as seen above right) really are felt strongly. We salute you and all our fellow veterans served.

Traditional Beauty

Traditional Beauty

And on the Team Acid front, Lord Kenny commands all things furry to rise against the seas of douchery and rub out any fellow that chuckles at the sight of monkey haberdashery. If you think Game of Thrones is painful, step into Kenny kitchen where the beans don’t burn on the grill (unless it’s set above 400°F). It’s hard to understand logic in a backwards mind of the great, but a few samples from his labyrinth lately have been a skull/butterfly/spider, stay hungry, sea cow,  a black & grey snake,  beast death, cheeseburger in paradise, in pelican we trust, always mosey,  and a traditional beauty (as seen to left). Plenty of other stuff from more tattoos, artwork, and graffiti on Ken’s insta–so make sure you’re following to get the flavor of flav (Kenny stopped wearing clocks around his neck since it was hurting his back). Check out #teamacid on the social networks to get your snowball fix (and try half-spearmint, half-watermelon).

#NOLAJapanese

#NOLAJapanese

Papa Donn continues to crack the creative whip on us all, forcing us to push up daisies, then mow the imaginary lawn, all the while practicing scenes from 50 Shades of Gray . When he’s not applying ointment on TJ’s hemorrhoids, he’s chiseling his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (they have some stars on St. Claude).  Nonetheless, having more fun than a bag of hamsters with a stapler he’s busting out hits with new projects like a hanya rib piece,  Shishi & Botan, dragon half-sleeve, and Shoki the Demon Queller. Continues to make progress on yet another dragon sleeve, Japanese fox backpiece, and a large koi & snake half-sleeve and side piece. Got some work finished like this rad sleeve of flowers and butterflies, peacock feathers, a menpo hand piece, and a amazing koi coverup (as seen above right). Make sure to check out #NOLAJapanese on social networks to a lot more of Donn’s work along with the rest of da shop (we create cool hashtags, if you’re caught using them, you will be shot!)

Dat about does it for this session. But, FEAR NOT! We’ll be coming atcha soon with some details on a new Tattooagogo event, ya heard?!

Before we leave ya, checkout Deadbolt’s mentor, Turbo, doing the ultimate breakdance sweep (Deadbolt performs this every Saturday at da shop, fa-free).

No parking, baby, No parking on the dance floor,
Lard Vader

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Back off Warchild, seriously.

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We are the Ex-Presidents, and we need just a few moments of your time…

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, the Spring Equinox has arrived and with Old Man Winter screaming “Get off my lawn” we, the Tattooagogo crew, have something cooking so good you’ll think of warm baked cookies and sweet farts while driving down Airline Highway. So krank up the Tirefire (WARNING: this video may result in arrest) and let’s get this blog party started, Johnny Utah style—“Vaya con Dios, Brah.”

Papa Donn and TJ da Magnificent returned from their West Texas Tattoo Convention roadtrip, of course upon arriving  all hell froze over (literally), not that you’d expect anything less than a money shot on Cinemax. Yet, twas a kick-ass show, even with no cago en tu leche. Nonetheless, our San Angleo homies treated us great from Mariachi band entertainment to tattoos done-did on old podnas.

@inkdupshawdee666 she's a killer dynamite with a laser beam

@inkdupshawdee666 ‘s a Killer Queen Gunpowder, gelatine. Dynamite with a laser beam.

Well we’re movin’ on up, to the east side (well, actually we were there already) but with a NEW SHOP SHIRT! Psst, click on right stage–> as our shop model @inkdupshawdee666 salutes you (eye socket possession not included). Stop on by da shop for yours today, $20 in person, or $25 shipped with a sprinkle of unicorn dust via PayPal to info@tattooagogo.com.

BTW, wutcha think of da new blog format, brah? We double-dog DARE YOU!!! to comment below and give us feedback. Else we’ll have to send Deadbolt out to collect your head or $200 if you pass Go. Seriously, we hope you like dis, cuz we dew, and peer pressure is like those skid marks in yo droz dat won’t wash out.

"You want me so bad, its like acid in your mouth."

“You want me so bad, its like acid in your mouth.”

TJ has been busier than prunes & loose bowels, perfecting his Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique and has recently been cast as the new Morgus Presents. All the while still bustin’ out da jams to “I’m going be the most popular girl…” Yet, somewhere between Marrero (and his tent under the Pontchartrain Expressway), he’s managed to rock out a few beauts like a dutch clog boat, Jared’s eela wasp, feather, Nikki’s mandala, Johnny Cash piece, and a Sea-Bee tat from a year ago. He’s dreamy, like a wet dream, only wetter.

Shake ya ass, but watch yourself.

Our boy Kenny is putting the K back in Kool and the Gang taking #teamacid to new levels of the funkadelic (without the Mothership Connection). Ken is teaming up with @DefendNOLA for some gov’t secret, I could tell ya, but then you’d have to blow me & stuff.  J/k,–seriously, expect some merch of the 3rd kind in the near-distant future. Like the kind stuff you can compliment your Prada rags with, stay tuned…In the meantime, did you catch our write-up on our cross country cycling friend Mattie stop by da shop? She got a cool cog, and Ken’s other work as of late includes an awesome snake-girly piece on TJ’s main squeeze, completed okra/creole/tomatoes half sleeve, start on a UNICORN half sleeve, moon & scapes, and a 2001 Odyssey themed half sleeve!!!  Everybody knows that the Bird is the word.

Scott Allen for Prom King.

Scott Allen for Prom King.

Scott Allen continues to adjust to Tattooagogo knighthood of irregular drum beats or sounds of TJ having the squirts coming from the shop bathroom. The hits are climbing up Casey’s Top 40 even though he’s off air (I liked Rick Dees-Nuts better anyway).  Latest installments from Mr. Allen’s neighborhood is a swallow and keys piece (<—see left), a oyster, fleur-de-lis & swallow, paved with good intentions,  Veve for Baron Samedi, and a few others you’ll have to check his portfolio to see. And be on the lookout for more action shots on da insta and dat facebook cuz ya’ll know ya’ll like it. We stalk you too.

Chrys Brasi sleeps with the fishes.

Chrys Brasi sleeps with the fishes.

Bodhi Donn is leading our PBS Ex-Presidents Telathon with 17 backs scrubbed in three months – or anything to catch the perfect wave (cut me some slack, Point Break only had so many good lines). I could tell you more, but just know it’s hard work finding parking spots on Magazine Street on Sunday afternoons, worshiping the Dark Lord, and sometimes Hollie doesn’t cook dinner.  Nonetheless, Donn has begun some substantial projects with more in the queue. He recently finished Jared’s koi half-sleeve, got more work done on Dave’s back piece, put in some Texas cred at the convention, snake action, disappearing gecko (it’s only cool with a Aussie accent), and got a healed shot of a dragon-lotus sleeve. And within the last few days got some practice with lining to brushes. There are more things in the queue for the shop and all ya’ll too, so you’ll just have to sweat it out and stay tuned for more—you’ll be glad you did, we promise 😉

That about does it for this month’s edition, we hope all ya’ll are ready for summer and the fun in da sun dats a’cummin. Stop on by and tell us hello, or if far-reached, drop us a line here or there.

100% pure adrenaline (or just a Sith Lord of the 9th Ward),
Lard Vader

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Put Them in the Iron Maiden

All we are is dust in the wind, dude.

How’s it going, royal ugly dudes?!

Fourscore and…about a month ago we embarked on a most triumphant journey, most are calling it 2015, but considering Ronnie James Dio died in 2010, it’s really year 5 A.D. (After Dio).
If you haven’t started humming Mardi Gras Mambo lately in the shower, put this Meters’ track in loop on every radio and computer you own…

Best Friends

GLITTERATTI!!!

So, yeah, it’s Carnival time, but atlas, we haven’t shutdown shop for festivities just yet (although Ken is the NEW poster boy for Krewe of Glitteratti). Things have been righteous and most excellent from our recent jaunt up to Austin for the Star of Texas convention AND on Feb. 27th we’ll be headed over to San Anjelo, Tejas for the West Texas Tattoo Con. We love our west neighbor aka Cousin It, and to all you rad guys & gals that s’pour us o’er yonder, ya’ll es EXCELLENT!!!

Hav yo broke off a cap of dat website yet, brah? Or in ghetto-fantasy slang—shall ye digz de castle of ir’on work, my lord? Mr. Scott Allen is now in full-effect glamorizing the interwebs with his portfolio of #NOLATraditional with a side of pork-n-beans (tofu also available). Scott is one classy gentleman, shrewd of druid, or just a cool ass dude—yes, yes, yes, why…

 

Why so serious?

"Bitch, I'm a Soldier."Meanwhile, behind the façade of this innocent-looking bookstore, TJ, aka [Br]Ass Honkey, has been wearing G-strings backwards and drawing lion fishies all the while singing “It’s my number one girl. It’s my number one girl. Where she go? Where she at? That’s my girl, got my back…” Among his bag of tricks there have been some lovely parting gifts (show’em Vanna…) Like dis card piece, a righteous cover-up, one crazy flower skull winged dagger thang, chest breaker, and a ‘lil Love and Trust to fill our hearts with .38 special sauce. And FTW, did you know our #LafiteSlimShady entire real name is “Theophile Jean Claude Xavier Bourgeios, the IV”? Well, it is. Word.   

Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K.

Ken SpiceIf you didn’t get to grab Ken’s ass at the recent Krewe du Vieux, please come by the shop and ask for the Tutu Twerk (that’s also a sandwich). #TeamAcid is currently holding auditions for those worthy to carry the Olympic torch, new designs are electrifying eels of the instaworlds and who doesn’t need a ‘lil Ken tickle once in a while? And on the cool check in, center stage on the mic, Ken’s latest wax is straight-dope like dis roman candle, completed the gator, rocket, snake, acidfication, and last but not fleas, did ya’ll know Ken has a hard cock? There are plenty of others on dat instagram of his and check out his graffiti as well #radtastic #yaheardme.

I’m Your Huckleberry

6f155-10675679_10153630269169816_7957424772733579933_nScott has adjusted to the calming shop nights and back rubs by TJ like a bastard mutt in heat, just a ‘lil thang we like to call #shoplife (soon to be patented Shoplife®). Nonetheless, the Talented Mr. Allen has been rather busy and graced us recently with new work like this shoulder cap, phoenix and police shield, mandala compass, fresh death, and magnolia. We posted a photo of a koi cover-up he did on our Facebook page the other day and it was one of the more popular posts we’ve had in some time. So if you’ve parted ways with that tribal band of yours or that kanji symbol that ended up meaning “ass clown,” come see Scott or any of us to make you something new your momma and Auntee will be proud of.

 You killed Ted, you medieval dickweed!

“Fuck Genghis Khan.” – DaReal DeadBolt

And finally ‘ol Papa Donn is holding down the fort like a sneaky fart in church (albeit Lard Vader’s are more smelly). The gang took a break from the grind and caught a pa-raid in front da shop last week–although it should be noted this photo needs some Scott, Vader and more cowbell (there can never be enough, actually).  In any case, Donn’s been up to his old bag-o-tricks like a gypsy (drawing) then after, some skullage, completed a chest piece/sleeve, and some #NOLAJapanese sure to make all your friends jealous. While at the Star of Texas convention he got a shot of a old piece he did check it here.  And started on some dragoness on our shop matey Deadbolt (see right). Some big projects are A-comin’ as they say stay tuned or stay pruned…     

 

69, DUDES!

 

Up & coming, Lard Vader promises to have all these blogs-you-love in a new edition on WordPress. Same content, just formatted more intergalactic planetary for all your social media whore pleasures. We hope all ya’ll have a safe and Happy Mardi Gras. Fuck the police, put your kids on your shoulders like your drunk Uncle did for you growing up while yelling “Throw me sumthin, mista!” And… 

 

Be excellent to each other,

Lard F. Vader, Esquire

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Naughty, naughty, naughty! You filthy old soomka!

There was me, that is Alex (Donn), and my three droogs, that
is Pete (Ken), Georgie (TJ), and Dim (Scott), and we sat in the Korova Milkbar
trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening… 
He played a better Santa than Ghostbuster
Did you survive your own Griswold Family Xmas Hell? Hopefully
you did. And BTW, Happy Fuggin’ New Year, to all you fellow droogs out there!
Of course the Chinese New Year isn’t until Feb. 19th (Year of the Goat) and is the same week as Mardi Gras, so save your heightened celebration spirit until then.



Houston, we have a problem…we’ll be bypassing your merriness
for your northwest weird cousin, Austin. Dats right, da shop is packing up like
a FEMA trailer to caravan in the guts of the Star of Texas Tattoo Convention. We’ve
been on the edge of orgasmic bliss for months now and can’t wait explode our
creative juices all over the faces of our Texan amigos. So please come stop by
the booth and say hello and/or schedule an apt. with one of us, brah, mucho
gracias. And be on the lookout for the boxing match at the afterparty also. Follow @tattooedgloves for details.

Welcome, Scott, ‘er matey!
We interrupt this program…THIS IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT…with guitar! Know your rights!  On behalf
of the Tattooagogo family, we’d like to ask for a standing ovation welcome to
our newest artist, Scott Allen. Scott is settling in the shop this week and has
already promised to Whip it Good (or maybe he was talking about TJ).
Seriously, we are ecstatic to have him aboard and hope you’ll stop by the shop
to meet him and checkout some of his outstanding work.
“Can ye spare some cutter, me brothers?”

TONIGHT!!! We taking over….
TJ, aka the tramp stamp, continues to #steadyslang the
#ghettobang all the while claiming his call to fame in 2015 will be rapping to
the beat of #whoismrmarrero. Speaking of…tonight (1/6) we are hosting a “Tattooagogo Takeover” at Siberia on St. Claude presenting The Wicked Son & The Price of
Ponies for your listening pleasures (Flyer to left). All of us will be there. So
if you’re a-round, Sport, how ’bout we hang? Gatsby style. Recent work by TJD2 has been a nice bone piece, some crazy-ass spider bear cover-up, and the prettiest swellbo flowery piece I’ve ever laid my dark eyes upon. Word.


Purrrr you, Sons of Anarchy
Ken’s mission for 2015 is to replace the Ebola scare with
political domination of #TEAMACID. If you haven’t climbed aboard the
Mystical-Mighty-Train-of-Oddities, why the fuck not? Ken’s craziness is better
the brown acid from Woodstock and he seals every piece with a magical kiss (mine
came with tongue). But here lately, his majesty, has graced the skin of a chosen
few with beginnings to a gator, a fancy piece, a wicked head tatt on Katie Barbie, along with some crafty prints.
We’d like to give a shoutout to @alimizzle for the Rad-A-Tatt-Ness of the kitty
gang jackets. Ya’ll gotta check this shit out—–>WTF?!


Nothing says love like ribs.
Kicking off the New Year right, Scott got a Hot Ass welcome
from the boys at the shop. Next, on stage left, he did a great lil heart-jammer side piece on a friendly chap. There will be boat loads more fun coming from Scott, so stay
tuned to the shop’s Instagram feed and his page @scottallentattooer. Also, we’ll
be adding his portfolio to the shop’s website soon.



Fear the Reaper, not the Dragon
Donn, aka Alex DeLarge, says 2015 will be a monumental year
and the buzz in the shop is at an all-time high, but maybe that’s because
DaRealDeadBolt used to much lacquer when he cleaned the floors last weekend. In
any case, Donn’s recents have been a Motley tribute piece (for the record I
Shout at the Devil every day at 2:30pm), continued on a dragon-tiger backpiece,
and a space panther redo. He was able to grab a photo of Hanya and yellow
dragon (see right) he did almost a decade ago—still looks new, scratch &
sniff.


There is a lot to come for 2015. Some stuff so rad, we are
busting at the seams to tell you, but we can’t, because we made a deal with the
Devil. As for other things we can tell you, we’ll be creating a new blog website—a bit more modern, with
more interlinking to our other social media outlets. Lard Vader is also taking
on the task of assembling a shop zine which will feature stories, artwork,
photos, and secret recipes for the old in-out, in-out. And more interviews with a few of our friendly neighbors. So stay tuned…Guess what? I got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell.

Viddy well, little brother. Viddy well,

Lard Vader
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Season’s Greetings from the Krampus Krewe!

Shitter was full.

Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well it’s been a few weeks and we hope you are all getting settled down for a long winter’s nap. Today is the Winter Solstice, and if you’re not much for the Wild Hunt or offering a sacrifice to the God of Odin, you can settle for listening to Viking Metal (as I am while I type this).


So while ya’ll have been spreading the ultra-violence and Xmas cheer, the shop has been doing what we do best, like tattooing, while rubbing the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again (as recited by TJ aka “Buffalo Bill”). First and foremost we’d like to give a shout out to Black Claw Needles which everyone in the shop has been using lately, Ken said “it’s a game-changer” for him which means #teamacid is about to get even more diabolical, uh-oh. 


We’ve made a few changes to portfolios on the Tattooagogo website and are trying to add some action shots on the Instagram—but ya’ll already knew that since you are such good followers and stuff. We seriously hope you ARE following our weekly updates, because there is lots of great stuff posted AND upcoming for the New Year they’ll be even more changes to our existing social media bag of tricks. Don’t make us send Cousin Eddie & Snot to your house. How ’bout some stocking stuffers for all your friends and foes? We have lovely shop gift certificates that will last longer than Grandma’s pie and prints for sale as well. 


Cheers to Good ‘ol Mississippi Leg Hound



Clark: Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?


Eddie: Naw, I’m doing just fine, Clark.




HEY AUSTIN, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!  We’ll be inside your guts on January 16-18th 2015 for the Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival. When Nola comes to Austin, things really get weirder than the usual weird. 

A Colorful Cock (Ignore the striped panties)



So life in Santa’s workshop of Tattooagogo has been super-duper lately. First up, our very own Elf Buddy, aka TJ, has finally completed his Gangsta Panda, began work on a jaw-dropping Day of the Dead Beauty (seriously this thing is so fucking rad!!), and a colorful cock (as seen to right—->). One of TJ’s customers made the cover of New Orleans magazine, look for it on newsstands or at your local bodega. And who said TJ isn’t in touch with his feminine {hygiene} side? Check out this Lisa Frank-esque piece he finished and some shark–foo action waaaaaazzzzzz-upppp!!! I only have one question left #whoistherealmrmarrero ?


    

Where Eagles Dare

Pappa Donn, aka King Krampus, the dark companion of St. Nicholas, has taken full reights to #steadyslangin with his devillocks of #headbangin and continues to twerk needles into masterpieces with the recent beginnings of Disney villains, a lil goreness, and a side-step from his usual norm with a watercolor elephant piece.  Ol’ Matt C. (whose life is based on the TV show Swamp People) showed up for continuation of his eagle sleeve (<—-as seen to left), and Donn re-discovered this old photo goodie of a heikecrab not related to the samurai that smell of sunflowers of Champloo.          






The Sailor Beware

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Lard Vader has joined the great ranks of #teamacid with a celebrative piece of dyer consequences by Prince of Ponies, aka The Ken. In the spirit of Xmas capitalism, I’m allowing for one lick for one dollar on this mighty beauty I call “Ultralicious.” Lord Ken has graced your eyes with gansta-like kung-fu freshness on pieces like scorpion, TeamAcid telephoneTime Waits for No Onetrippy bunny, and the AMAZING Sailor Beware arm sleeve (as seen to right—->).   And when was the last time you checked out some of Ken’s artwork like his latest flash designs and sign paintings “Ya Ma & Dem!” and “Where Y’At?” straight-up graffiti style with a southern twist. Better than any shit you’ll find in the quarter fo-sho!!!  


Brotherly Love is our Lard Marley & Bob Vader



In closing, when we’re not wearing corpse paint for our day jobs, we do have families and shit, so with that said we hope all of ya’ll have a merry fucking Xmas, Happy Festivus, Hanukkah, or whatever you celebrate. Family is the reason for the season (to us), all you motherfuckers’ are a part of our family, and even dat social media circle too. Season’s Greetings from all of us at Tattooagogo, we love ya’ll (even you bastards that hangout way in the back). See you on the flip side, aka 2015, or Year of the GOAT !!! \m/ 

Keep the change you filthy animal,
Lard Vader







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The Dude Abides

Donn, aka The Dude



Buy one Axe of Death and get another FREE!

Hi-Ho, we’re off to work you know…phirff phriff phriff-phroo…hope ya’ll are getting into the festive holiday spirit cuz’ we sure are. While Donn is off spreading terror among Mickey & friends, the shop remains in full effect. And what better way to get a jump on Black Metal Friday than stopping by the shop for all your favorite holiday goodies. Like Tattooagogo gift certificates, our newest shop shirt, and autographed prints by TJ & Ken.   


We’re going streaking…our boys Ken and Matt had recent birthdays, and Lard Vader’s will be next month. BTW, we may not blog/brag a lot on our shop boy Matt, but he is truly the life of every banana party. Speaking of parties, mark your calendars for the Star of Texas tattoo convention—if us being there isn’t enough to get your panties wet & sticky, it’s in Austin, Texas, so you can get as weird as you like. So we hope to see you there January 16-18th in 2015, stop by our booth and we’ll give you a free spin on the pentagram wheel of fortune. And last but not least, thanks to all our visiting artists recently that filled the shop with glee while Ken was out on his #Nolamacklemoretour.


As for shop news, Donn got a glimpse of a tattoo he did over 10 years ago. And there’s one session to go in his amazing geisha sleeve. He recently started Yokai and Gator leg sleeves and got a healed shot on a Day of the Dead half-sleeve (left).


TJ continues to appease all his upscale fanbase, he’s no NolaMacklemore, but he still knows how to put the “Rico” back in “Suave.”  His recents include a wicked octopus chest piece and a pretty dead lady. And progress is progress with his koi sleeve and a clownfish and sunken ship piece.     



Meanwhile every teenage girl in the metro New Orleans area has replaced their One Direction posters with Flashy Ken straddling a rocket (right). The don’t grow smiles like that satsuma trees. Orange you glad #teamacid is still cranking out the hits with crowd pleasers like a Jensen dragon, all healed-up eagle, and Captain Ron? And be on the lookout for more #teamacid creations and #allthewaybeyonce selfies. Rumor mill reports something new on Lard Vader too.

And with that, we’ll top our thinking hats to all of you, as we are most thankful for the raddest customers and great friends. Lots more to come, of course, but for the meantime just remember…nobody fucks with the Jesus.


Gobble Gobble Hey,
Lard Vader

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It’s a TRAP! WAIT…NOOO…its COFFEE INVASION!!!


First things first, we’d like to
give a shout out to all our veterans—AND if you missed all our
#legendsofthevoid posts for Veterans Day, surf the intrawebs to our Instagram
and Facebook to see a variety of military work done by Donn, TJ, and
Ken. Next, be sure to check our website for the latest addition of TJ’s
and Ken’s portfolio. Of course, there’s plenty more to come (and, yeah, that’s
what she said too…)

So…we mentioned some time back about
highlighting local businesses that are favorites among the shop. Like a good
neighbor, Lard Vader is there, so I made a visit to Hey! Café to chat
with owner and comics extraordinaire, Tommy L., to learn about coffee, comics,
and a upcoming alien invasion. So sit
right back, pull swigs off your Cup O Joe (hopefully from Hey! Café), and let
me tell you Mister Rogers’ style why “It’s such a good feeling

Ironically the neighborhood of
Magazine Street near Napoleon Avenue was pretty vacant about five years ago. No
Mike the Bike Guy or Tattooagogo, just a little coffee place
called Magazine Perks beside Ms. Mae’s 24-hour bar. Tommy sort of accidentally
fell into managing the café with partner Greg R. Even after taking it over full time, they weren’t quite sure on what to call it and had a list of names for customers to comment on. One regular
patron, Kenny, thought “Hey! Café” had
a good ring to it and Tommy thought it seemed appropriate for a logo of mug with a mouth on it. 5 years later, Kenny is still a regular, he and Tommy often reminisce on the time Kenny earned royalties by naming the place; albeit the only royalty received was a single 20 ounce iced coffee…but then again, it might be the only royalty Kenny receives in his lifetime!  While working one day, Tommy came up with the logo for Hey! Café—created as a stick-pen coffee stained flyer sketch, but was enlarged for the sign and hand painted. The logo for the shop and sign 
remains the same today. This is D.I.Y. approach is evident within the shop. I asked if anyone has shown up with tattoo of the logo yet, Tommy said not that he’s aware of. So…boys & girls step right up and let Tattooagogo make you famous!


The thing that sets Hey! Café apart
from other shops in Nola is their No Bullshit approach to business. A simple
menu done right, sort of European style, not taking themselves too serious, and all-the-while-offering-the-best-service-possible. As I sat in the front
of the shop chatting with Tommy, I felt like I was inside the pages of a comic book.
A distinct difference over trendier coffee shops in town. In fact,
Tom’s background is in animation and he went to school for drawing and painting.
However, you won’t find an abundance over-processed artwork hanging on the
walls of Hey! Café. It’s more of paint peeling walls laced with a 80’s feel. It’s complete with an old tube TV
chest in the front corner that plays one of Tommy’s latest animations on loop—
 

And perhaps the simple
approach of a love for coffee and comics is what makes Hey! Café so unique. Small but even sought out by coffee quest visitors across the U.S. Nonetheless, there is a “quiet room” mid-shop and a patio in the back to sit
comfortably while caffeinating and reading the Tattooagogo blog. Also,
Tommy and crew host novelty events like the recent Horrifying Lattes From Hell (this stuff is so rad you should show all your friends so you’ll be the cool kid
again…) And next month they’re hosting
COFFEE INVASION on 12/12 which will be held at Hey! Café—you’ll sure not want to miss and even Lard Vader will be
there (although I’ll be dressed in a human disguise). Tommy’s given me
permission to post page 1 of a comic (left) he’s been working on lately and the
rest will be on display/for sale at the Invasion. In addition, unveiled at the
event, will be Hey! Café will now be roasting their own coffee—which is a 1st
for any shop in Nola!!! How ‘bout dat, brah?!


So whether you partake in the Hey! Café favorites in Nola summers like an iced coffee or a nice cappuccino for the high pagan holiday season, Hey! Café has you covered. Lard Vader went with a blended mocha and a banana because I was feeling both freezy and fruity. So do yourself a favor and check out Hey! Café and tell them we said so. And if you see a flying coffee mug in the sky, just remember Admiral Ackbar needs reading glasses too.


Tune in next week for Dudeism, Jesus Quintana, and something called Thanksgiving.   


November ya’ll, it is. 
Lard Vader


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