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Becky's Dope Music Robot Tattoo


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

Oh man, my head hurts. I was at a surprise party last night for a dear friend of mine (no, not Jack Daniels) and had a bit too much celebration. Thankfully I was there to experience the night with some of my very favorite readers of this blog. One of you, and you know who you are, had the night's best quote (about me). "You're not A drunk, you just GET drunk." Thank you my friend. Hopefully the floor isn't too sticky where I spilled my drinks all night long.

So, let's get to what we came here for shall we? Last Thursday, I was doing what I do best (getting drunk) and met Becky. She had a KILLER tattoo of a music-loving robot. Obviously I needed to get that on this site and she was nice enough to send it my way. All I know is that it was done somewhere near Lyons Township (or at least that's what the alcohol made me believe).

Music Robot

SO dope! Also dope, the album just put out by Jonsi (of Sigur Ros). Stream it in its entirety!

Intelligent Design on Pablo's Arm


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

The sexy arm you see below belongs to Pablo. Pablo was on the market to get his first tattoo so I sent him over to Chicago Tattoo to visit Dave McNair due to his fantastic line work.

Since I am no scholar (unless it's the study of crispy snacks, Subway salads or The Real World seasons 1 - 17) I had to have him explain the significance of what is now inked onto his arm.

It is a Quincunx, a geometric pattern that some thinkers in the early modern period considered was present in all of nature: skin, leaves, wood, stones, but also art. To them it was evidence of the intelligent design in nature.

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There you have it folks, it's the thinking man's tattoo - which is super sexy.
Here are some tunes to get you through the rest of the day:

The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
Laura Marling - Alpha Swallows
Beck's Record Club - Guns in The Sky (INXS cover)
Chew Lips - Seven (Labyrinth Jackals Remix)

Tank Girl Off The Pages Onto Skin


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

Tank Girl is pretty much the baddest bitch around. Not only is the comic book wicked, but Lori Petty brought that hotness to life on the big screen. It is only fitting that Tank Girl's persona would live on forever etched into the body parts of those who love her.

Also rad right now:

Marina and the Diamonds - Mowglis Road
BBU - C.H.I.C.A.G.O.
Free Energy - Hope Child (I interviewed these guys last week and they were very sweet despite my being incredibly hungover)
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round
Wampire - Magic Light
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes- Home

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I'm Baaaack!!


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

I'm back from a great (albeit shitty-weather) week in Florida. My grandma is just as cute as when she left, my Scrabble has improved, I am now the proud owner of a royal blue terrycloth is good.

I didn't get too many souvenirs for myself so I think it would be totally harmless to pick up today's hot $10 t-shirt from RiptApparel. Of course, if any of you want to pick one up for me, I'd
let you.

You've only got 15 hours left to get one of these, so spend wisely grasshoppers.

Here are some music links to keep your ears busy while I go through the 653 emails I have in my inbox now that I'm back to work.

Shearwater - Baby's On Fire (Brian Eno cover)
Ted Leo - The Mighty Sparrow
Glasser - Tremel
Field Music - Each Time Is A New Time
Friendly Fires vs. Holy Ghost!  - On Board

Reminder: Tonight, Quimby's, Amelia Klem Osterud


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

It's Friday and I'm about to get my ass on a plane to Florida to visit the coolest woman in all the land, my grandma. Before I leave I will be headed to Quimby's in Wicker Park to see Amelia Klem Osterud, author of The Tattooed Lady. If you haven't picked up your copy yet, tonight is the perfect night to go!

The Tattooed Lady

By the way in case you're looking for me, this is what I look like today (and every day but you don't have to know that I wear the same hoodies constantly).

Mia Today

It being almost the weekend and all (and me not updating at all next week) you know I've got to leave you with some jams. So my pretties, here you are, enjoy:

We Are The World - Clay Stones (Turbotito Remix)

Wild Beasts - Still Got The Taste Dancing On our Tongues (Gatekeeper Gregorian Disco Edit)

Phenomenal Handclap Band - Baby

Strange Boys - Laugh at Sex, Not Her

Butterfly Bones - Heart

Telepathe - Devils Trident Big Pink

Got Tattoo Questions? We've Got Answers


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

Alright folks, now is the time to ask all of those tattoo questions you've had building up in your brains saved up for a rainy day (or a super snowy day, as is the case in Chicago today). My pal, Nick Colella, has been kind enough to field any questions you may have (within reason that might be able to be explained via the written word and sight unseen) about tattoos. This can be about after-care, design, cover-ups, positions (sexual and otherwise).

Now, think of those questions and either email me at thatssochubby (at) gmail (dot) com or leave them in the comments area. If you need some inspiration, listen to the new album from Local Natives, "Gorrila Manor".

Nick Colella Does A Mean Pin-Up Tattoo


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

Oh man, today is going to be rough. I'm trying to recover from a severe groin pull that took place last night after attempting to do the splits during a "Lip Synch For Your Life" contest at the Call bar after a brilliant first episode of RuPaul's Drag Race. Only two of us competed (myself and my fellow CN blogger, Katherine Winfrey-King) but I took home the prize, which I will obviously share with her.

Anywho, last Wednesday I made the trek to Chicago Tattoo to get the pin-up girl I've always wanted. I had met with my artist, Nick Colella, the weekend before to look at some books and styles  so he could piece together exactly what I was looking for.

I'm in the beginning stages of sleeveing out my left arm and keeping a music theme. I decided that my pin-up would be standing at a 50's style microphone wearing a green dress and having red hair.

Originally, I was thinking of getting it on the inside of my forearm, but for some reason, that night it just seemed right to put it on the top side. In terms of pain, it was pretty much what I am used to. I documented the process and put it together in a little clip to show you the process from start to finish. As you can see, Nick is a master at this - the coloring and shading he did is spectacular. I'm happy to say, it's healing beautifully.

Fresh Ink reader (and my new bff) Bradley, actually met me there to see some of it taking place. He is on the market for a pin-up so he wanted to talk to Nick about doing something for him. Looks like he'll be making an appointment in the near future - but has to get some removal done first. Actually, today will be the first part of his laser treatment and he has been gracious enough to volunteer to do a guest blog for me to describe the removal process. Be on the lookout tomorrow to see the beginning of his story.

And some music to get you through this Tuesday:

Lali Puna - Remember
Drive By Truckers - This Fucking Job
High Places - On Giving Up

First Aid Kit for Monday Morning


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

I am so in love with these girls. First Aid Kit first grabbed my attention when they did a cover of an already gorgeous Fleet Foxes tune, and made it (in my opinion) even more beautiful. I love hearing new things from Klara and Johanna Söderberg. Enjoy your Monday morning:

Tomorrow I've Got A Date With Nick Colella


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

That's right - tomorrow night I'll be getting my pin-up girl singing at a 50's-style microphone stand on my forearm (to get my future sleeve really started). I sat down with Chicago Tattoo's Nick Colella and talked out tomorrow's art. I'll be bringing along my flip cam to get some video of the process so if you've got any questions you want him to answer as he's doing his thing, feel free to send them my way.

Until then - enjoy some of the music Spinner is giving us to stream for free this week, there are some incredible albums out this week:

Beach House - Teen Dream

Patty Griffin - Downtown Church

David Bowie - A Reality Tour

New Charlotte Gainsbourg "IRM" For Friday


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

This weekend I will be heading over to visit Nick Colella over at Chicago Tattoo because

1: I miss those boys
2: He is going to help me design my next tattoo - a pinup girl, hopefully on my left arm to get my sleeve further in motion.
3: I miss the sound of the tat guns. Is that wrong? If so, I don't want to be right.

I am about half-way through reading the Amelia Klem Osterud book, The Tattooed Lady, and it is fantastic. I am in awe of these women. Their girl power kicks the Spice Girls in the boobs**.

I just came across the new Charlotte Gainsbourg album today and have been listening all morning. It was co-written and produced by Beck and overall it is perfect to accompany me into a relaxing weekend.

**That was not to knock the Spice Girls. I actually own Spice World and have a thing for Ginger Spice.

Around The Web - All Things Chicago


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

Tanya from All Things Chicago  contacted me last week to give me some blog love and in the process, I took a gander at her url and caught some DOPE ASS Chicago tattoos that I am jealous of and might rip off as soon as I get some money in the bank.

She has the beginnings of a gallery devoted to Chicago tattoos including her own:

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That is some badass stuff right there. I love the crossbones combined with the skyline, what a great idea. When I asked about her tat and how she came up with her blog, this is what she had to say:

I moved to Chicago in 2001 from Miami... I'm a dedicated north-sider and have lived in Rogers Park for the past five years. I'm involved in photography and I freelanced for a couple music publications as both a photographer and a writer for several years. I have always had an affinity for tattoos and got my first one (Chinese zodiac) shortly after my 18th birthday. These days I have one complete half sleeve and one still in progress, a star on each shoulder, four small ankle/leg pieces, one on my foot, one small piece just below my neck on my back, and one on each wrist. I got my Chicago piece in 2004 at Tatu Tattoo by Rodney Taylor back when Bob Jones was piercing there. Bob opened Insight Studios in 2005 and I have been a loyal customer since. I started All Things Chicago back in November as a tribute to the city and the amazing people that live here. I'm constantly enamored of the city's history, beauty, and culture.

I currently have a poll up regarding fave tattoo shops... and I also have a contest up for a free subscription to ALARM which is an amazing art & music publication headquarted in Chicago.

Seriously folks, check out her site and if you've got a tattoo that features your love for Chicago, send it both of our ways, we'd love to see it.


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day, Needles and Sins has a nice post up about MLK-inspired tattoos

Download: Lady Gaga - Paparazzi (Filthy Dukes Remix)
The Smashing Pumpkins - Widow Wake My Mind
I Blame Coco (Feat Robyn) - Caesar (Diplo Remix)

Mickey Goes Bang


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

Nate contacted me about his Mickey tattoo, done by Ryan Nutini at Skin of a Different Color in Aurora, IL. 


Now, I've seen tattoos similar to this one before but never been able to ask the person, why? I think Nate's explanation is a great one:

Well it had been something I'd been considering getting for quite some time. Kind of stands for a perversion of the whole "happy, American/Disney dream"...You know...2.5 kids, house with a white picket fence, trophy wife, a nice 9-5 job, basic materialism.. (which is what Disney represents to me) etc. Sometimes behind that big shit eating grin something morbid is going on. Moreover I just thought it would be kind of weird and surreal. I plan on sleeving it out with the magic kingdom in flames behind Mickey and tubes running from Mickey's torso to an ice cube containing the frozen head of Walt Disney.

I cannot wait to see the rest of this when it's completed!

Dirty Projectors - Emblem Of The World
The XX - Basic Space
Pit Er Pat - Water
Jessica 6 - Fun Girl (Byzar Remix)

2009 Year In Review Tattoos


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

I couldn't just let you get through New Year's Eve without a look back at some of what we went through this year. We've had our ups, we've had many downs but we made it, damn it! I wish you all a very safe, happy and healthy 2010. Oh, and here are a few music downloads to help keep you warm.

Burning Hearts - Iris
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Young Adult Friction
Animal Collective - My Girls
Royksopp ft. Robyn - The Girl And The Robot

Gallery sneak peek (16 images):

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My Musical Gift to You For The Holidays


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

Before I am a tattoo lover, I am a gigantic music nerd. One of the last tattoos I got was of a cassette mix tape - which is just about the best gift I think you can possibly give to someone (though - in this day and age it's a mix cd). Not to get all Nick Hornby on you, but a perfectly crafted mix tape is one of the hardest gifts to make and certainly one of the most sentimental.

My Cassette

My mix tape to you can be entitled, "A Very Hipster Christmas. With Love, Your Favorite Jew"

Bright Eyes covers - "Blue Christmas"

Florence + The Machine cover Wham's - "Last Christmas"

The Raveonettes - "Christmas Song"

Sufjan Stevens - "Sister Winter"

Kelly Clarkson - "Oh Holy Night"

The Killers - "Don't Shoot Me Santa"

Fiona Apple - "Frosty The Snowman"

Brenda Lee - "Rockin Around The Christmas Tree" (reminds me of Home Alone)

Pearl Jam - "Jingle Bells"


Mariah Carey - "All I Want For Christmas"

Have a safe, healthy and happy holiday filled with love, family, friends and some bitchin' music.

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