You’re thinking to yourself what does the slice of Hawaii has to do with the tropical weather in South Florida but we’re not. Welcome to Aloha Tatu located at 4430 SE Federal Highway in Stuart. The welcoming feeling you get when you walk into the shop for the first time gives you an inviting feeling you won’t find in most shops. Another Tattoo caught up with shop owner and tattoo artist Chris Mckevitt to discuss his shop and what sets it apart from all the rest. If you don’t know who Chris Mckevitt is, he is a self-taught artist who started at the age of 15 on Long Island, NY. This was during a period in history when tattoo shops were illegal in NYC and you could only find legal shops on the island. Don’t get me wrong there were many back door shops operating throughout the Five Boroughs of NYC which operated with a “blind eye” of the police department. They wanted their tattoos too and since it was considered a Health Department Issue and not a criminal offense they would just look the other way. Continue reading A Slice of Hawaii in Stuart Florida→
Austin Weiss – Custom Fabricator and Tattoo Collector
Many people know Austin Weiss as a custom fabricator; turning cars, trucks and motorcycles into works of art. He has appeared in American Iron Magazine for his work. He has built motorcycles for Anheuser-Busch (Bud Light), Krieger Watch Company and Will.i.am (from the Black Eye Peas). He has just completed “The Zombie Jeep” for one of his clients in Texas.
Here are some pictures of his work:
Another Tattoo: What project are you currently working on?
Austin: I have been asked by the Smithsonian to restore one of Hitler’s personal cars. Adolf Hitler was one the worst men to walk the face of the planet. Ordered the Killing of all Jews because of religion and half my family was erased by the gas chambers. This is why 16 blue eyed skulls with Family is tattooed on my entire right arm. Now, a tattooed messianic Jewish boy is restoring one of his limousines for a museum, for history to see and never forget what he did. “Arbeit Macht Frei” was what the gates of Auschwitz said when my family walked through after unloading off the trains. That means “work will set you free.” Well, 70 plus years later I fulfilled that for all men and women whose loved ones were lost to an evil man’s sick dreams of an Aryan race… Guess he forgot about Karma. One tree can make a million match sticks, but it only takes one match to burn the entire forest down! Continue reading Austin Weiss – Custom Fabricator and Tattoo Collector→
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