Paul Kirk of Bare Knuckles Tattoo

Paul Kirk of Bare Knuckles Tattoo

Paul_KirkOur Artist Spotlight is on Paul Kirk of Bare Knuckles Tattoos.  The shop is located in Charleston, WV where they offer some of the best custom tattoos around.  Another Tattoo caught up with Paul after his return from the DC tattoo expo where he won best tattoo cover up and best fine art.

Another Tattoo:  How long have you been tattooing for?

Paul:  I have been tattooing for 19 years this year.

Another Tattoo:  How old were you when you got your first tattoo?  What was it?

Paul:  14 when I got my first tattoo, it was a little guy with 2 smoking pistols. Continue reading Paul Kirk of Bare Knuckles Tattoo

Interview with Vinnie Myers

Interview with Vinnie Myers

Last week we posted an article called “Tattoos & Breast Cancer” where tattoo artist Vinnie Myers helped breast cancer survivors in their healing process by performing medical tattoos.  We caught up with Vinnie by phone about his work.

Another Tattoo:  We know you started tattooing in the 80’s while you were a medic in the US Army.  Were you self-taught or did you study under someone?

Vinnie Myers:  I am self-taught, my roommate at the time (while stationed in Korea) was heavily tattooed and I made a homemade machine to start with.  It was not until after I got out of the service that I bought professional equipment. Continue reading Interview with Vinnie Myers

A Slice of Hawaii in Stuart Florida

A Slice of Hawaii in Stuart Florida

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

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