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Michael Warechowski IV

27 May 2012 | Categories: Featured Blogs, General, Interviews, News, Travel, Videos | Posted by: Sean Herman

I have been fortunate enough to tattoo some amazing people in my career, two of those being Mike and Katie Warechowski. I have been tattooing them for around 4 years now, and am always looking forward to their visits down to Mobile from Atlanta. When Katie told us she was pregnant, it was awesome. These were two of the nicest people, most genuine people, that you knew they were going to be amazing parents. I got to meet their son Michael and was able to see that I was correct, these amazing people made one amazing kid.
A few weeks ago I got a text from Mike telling me that their son Michael was diagnosed with Metachromatic Leukodystrophy. Mike went on to explain what MLD is, and what will happen to Michael. They recently had a spot filmed on them for a local news station. It explains everything far better than I could, so you can watch it here
To learn more, and see how you can help, check out the Warechowski’s blog here
These are two amazing people that are helping me, and many others, to learn to enjoy every moment life has to offer. Hopefully now we can help them too.

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New goings on…

18 May 2012 | Categories: General, Interviews, News, Travel, Videos | Posted by: Sean Herman

Some good friends of ours have been nice enough to make us short little commercials for the shop. Here is the one they did on me, thanks again guys.

Also, if you haven’t gotten to see it, here’s a short documentary a few of our friends made a little while back. We just got it up on our youtube channel, so you can check out more there.

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Signatures of the Soul

10 May 2012 | Categories: Featured Blogs, General, News, Travel, Videos | Posted by: Sean Herman

If you haven’t gotten to see the documentary “Signatures of the Soul”, you are missing out. Peter Fonda host this documentary that goes from Paulo Suluape to Bob Roberts and Leo Zulueta to Ed Hardy. It’s a great piece of modern tattoo history. Thank you to New Zealand On Screen for putting this up.
It’s separated into 4 clips

CAUTION, there are a few clips in this first one that could be offensive, if you are the type to get offended, or if kids are watching it. So if your kids watch this, and you don’t want them to see nudity, you might not want to watch it in front of them.

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My Interview with Krooked Ken for TAM blog, part 3

23 Apr 2012 | Categories: Featured Blogs, General, Interviews, News, Travel, Videos | Posted by: Sean Herman

Here’s a small exert from the final part of my interview with Krooked Ken for TAM blog,

“SH- That’s hilarious. That’s tattooing, it’s awesome, like anytime you get bummed you can go back to what fundamentally matters. That’s all that matters. It’s not about doing 2020 amazing tattooing. Cutting edge changes, that’s good, it’s wonderful to do good tattoos, but don’t forget the other shit it’s about. It’s about talking and stories, carnies.

KK- Yeah that’s the other thing, I see so many tattooers, you know you’re at a booth next to somebody at a convention, and the people will look at their portfolio and you’ll over hear them say, “This guys really good” and I’ll look over waiting for the guy to be like, “Hey, how are you?” And the guy just looks up smiles and puts his head back down. I have the experience of working with people who couldn’t sell water to someone who is on fire. That’s the whole carnie aspect. “Come on in!”

I remember Eddie one time just a few years ago, I stopped in his shop. Eddie was there and this couple came in, they didn’t want to get tattooed it was the novelty, “Wouldn’t it be fun if we went in there” and Eddie was like, “We’ll put a beautiful tattoo on you, you’re already a beautiful women, probably the most beautiful woman that’s ever been in this shop, but this really would top it off.” So she got tattooed. Nobody does that anymore.”

You can read more here, at TAM blog

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My Interview with Krooked Ken, Part 2

16 Apr 2012 | Categories: Featured Blogs, General, Interviews, News, Travel, Videos | Posted by: Sean Herman

Here’s a small exert from Part 2 of my interview with Krooked Ken for TAM blog. This is Ken telling a story about advice he has been given by other tattooers, and I think that it really holds true for everyone in any field of work.

“We made our own needles and a lot of ‘em. I’d go to him with questions and he’d be like, “Ah, you’ll figure it out,” and I always thought, “Damn it, why does he hate me?” But thank God he did that, because I haven’t forgotten, you know what I mean? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t make my needles anymore but maybe I should?

I’ve been so lucky to be able to have a lot of good friends that I’ve known a long, long time. I’ve gotten great advice from Stanley Moskowitz. We sat down one time and he said, “I see you at all these conventions, doing this and that and I’m really proud of you. You got a fucking family kid, you know, family… you can give your kids a million dollars at graduation but they are still going to remember that one baseball game you missed.”

They are going to remember, and I could tell that was something from his heart. He was telling me, “Look man, don’t fuck this up.” I have got to plan, none of us are working forever, so I have to make sure my family is taken care of forever but part of that is being there. So that kind of advice and Tony Teleda years ago, same thing, you get sat down like you’ve been neighbors for years, “Things are different, you aren’t going to make a million dollars, so don’t worry about all these other tattooers say this or that, it’s bullshit.”

Check more here at TAM blog

Also, if you get a chance, you should pick Last of the Bowery Scab Merchants, it’s amazing. It’s an example of what is one of the amazing things about tattooing, the story telling. The oral tradition found on these cd’s is price less. The stories from Walter Moskowitz are rich in history, along with the zinger’s we all love about tattooing. Tracing back his linage from his father, to Charlie Wagner, it’s amazing to hear, along with the extra history tid bits about Civil War tattooing and the rise of the electric tattoo machine and Jonesy. I would recommend that if you love tattoo history, tattooing in general, you will be glad you picked this up. Pick it up at

I am also going to leave you with a David Bazan documentary, because he is amazing, and I am excited to see him in a few months.

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