Frank Carter, FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES
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I am one of the lucky ones. I realised early on that if you work a job you love, it never feels like work. I think I’m also greedy, and one job I love didn’t feel enough. I have been tattooing since 2005, 14 years surrounded by the best tattoo era in the industry. I was very lucky to cut my teeth at the legendary @frithsttattoo where I was given an amazing opportunity by @dantefst23 along with some gentle persuasion by the masters @thomas__hooper and @steve_byrne_tattoo. While I was there I got to watch and learn from many of my heroes. @chadkoeplingertattoo @holyfoxtattoos @stefano.c.fst @tattoos_by_emiliano @oliver.macintosh @miles_chappers @ianflowernst @valeriemodernclassic @sarahschortattoo @dannykellytattoo @piotrek_taton_tattoo @claudiadesabe @staceyanntattoo @stewart_modernclassic @xamthespaniard @horikrishna the list is extensive and I have forgotten many people I’m sure: If you aren’t aware of their tattooing then you should probably take some time this morning to do so. This is also where I met and forged a friendship with @mxmttt who would become a mentor and a friend and a person of brilliant influence in art, tattooing and business. I arrived at @sangbleutattoolondon a few months before I started @andtherattlesnakes and the shop has been an integral part of my development as a tattooer and musician. We even played the first Rattlesnakes gig in the basement of Sang Bleu London. Where was I? Oh yeah… I am fucking blessed. For tattoo appointments, or to be added to the waiting list please email me: [email protected] With love and respect to everyone included in this post, and all my customers. You make my world a better place. These hands belong to the one and only @themixtape who can usually be found side stage putting more guitars in my ears.
The Rattlesnakes frontman has a lot going on, what with the recent release of the band’s single “Crowbar,” their record End Of Suffering coming out May 3 and a European spring tour lined up. Add to the list a second career as a tattooer working mainly out of Sang Bleu London.
Dan Smith, SHARP/SHOCK
The Rancid-esque band Sharp/Shock struck gold when they were able to release their debut record while on tour with the titans in Alkaline Trio. That’s not the only place bassist Dan Smith makes a name for himself, though. Find him and his beautiful artwork at Captured Tattoo in Old Town Tustin, California.
Vinnie Stigma, AGNOSTIC FRONT) and Jimmy Gestapo, ( MURPHY’S LAW
The New York hardcore pioneers in Agnostic Front and Murphy’s Law helped lay the groundwork for much of the scene and its culture back in the ’80s and ’90s. While they’re known for their music, Vinnie Stigma and Jimmy Gestapo also left an important mark on New York’s tattoo community. Though they admit to being novice tattooers themselves, they founded New York Hardcore Tattoos. NYHC Tattoos is now under the ownership of Mark Harada.
Daniel Weyandt, ZAO
Zao have been putting out scathing hardcore since the ’90s). Though many people have known Daniel Weyandt for years as the band’s vocalist, they might not know that he’s also an avid tattooer at Unique Ink Tattoo in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
Jordan Pundik, NEW FOUND GLORY
A straight line can be drawn between Jordan Pundik’s tattoo style and New Found Glory’s music. Pundik generally tattoos simple, cartoonish punk-themed pieces, which evoke the same kind of feeling as the band’s beloved pop-punk jams. Pundik was in the middle of construction of his own tattoo shop in 2016 when the process was halted for “reasons outside our control.” Pundik can still be contacted for appointments, however, via [email protected]. Black line work is his specialty.