Tattoo Shop News

Posted by: Brian Pollard on September 21, 2012

Here at the Tattoo Shop,we try to think of everything,so now if you dont have your Payment card handy and need your Tattoo Supplies,give us a call and pay the driver cash when they show up,told you it was a great idea…

Posted by: Brian Pollard on July 25, 2012

Posted by: Brian Pollard on July 13, 2012







Lauro Paolini began his career in the late ’80s. A trip to Brazil is the excuse to get my first tattoo done and since then the art of ink under the skin no longer leave his mind.
The difficulty in finding the first piece of equipment, the first stolen information to other tattoo artists and jealous … the adventure begins!

After a short period in a room on the first floor of a building, the first study of street Via Roma, in the historic center of Reggio Emilia. Via Roma will remain for many years associated with the name of the Laurel Tattoo two venues that will change while remaining in the same district until 2001.

In 1997 due to the lack of national regulations concerning the protection of the tattoo artist and due to ignorance of the authorities about the profession as Lauro, the studio is closed for a short period, until the situation is not clarified by the administrative authorities.

This period of enforced break from work gives the opportunity to Lauro embarking on a new challenge: the construction of his first machines. A few months later everything is resolved, the studio re-opens in a new home more beautiful than before, but … now the die is cast! The production of machines and equipment for tattoos continues and grows inexorably Lauro carrying around all the world’s largest convention and making sure that the “MADE IN ITALY” has its worthy representative in the world of tattoo supplies.

The early 2000’s saw the interest in the tattoo grow more and more in Italy. The tattoo shop grow and change appearance from small, dark underground shops bloom studies now warm, cozy, bright, proud to show off the tattoo in his many-sided faces.

The new study alley ladder reflects this desire to appear proudly in the sunlight: an environment of warm colors and open spaces, where everyone has the opportunity to find what he seeks.

Since 2000, with George Lauro opens a second office in Modena where he poured years of experience serving the tattoo.

The activity of tattoo supplier, the new studies and the rising labor mean that Lauro early to take advantage of employees who participate in the life of the study in several years, gaining experience and giving, styles, ideas .

Posted by: Brian Pollard on June 22, 2012


Based out of Huntington Beach, California, Sullen is an Art-Driven Lifestyle Apparel brand that integrates like minded sub cultures within one platform. Co-owner Ryan Smith, a professional Tattoo Artist for over 12 years, has built relationships with the worlds’ top Tattoo Artists, Graffiti Artists, and Painters – the ‘Sullen Art Collective’. Artists from around the world come to Sullen Headquarters to draw and paint true collaborations. We like to call it “True Art”. Sullen gives recognition to these artists on a number of different levels with artist signature apparel. Sullen is also very deeply rooted in Skate, Surf, BMX, FMX, Motocross, MMA, and Wake Boarding. Sullen’s professional team of athletes are regulars on FUEL Tv, Dew Tour programming and all over the industry magazines. Sullen’s commitment to Music is reflected by its genre of musicians ranging from Punk Rock to Hip Hop to Heavy Metal. But Sullen is not defined by any one style of music, single sport or culture. It represents a community of culturally aware youth and is inspired by a diverse range of interests, each of which is represented through Sullen’s underground movement. You could describe Sullen’s West Coast Lifestyle in many ways. But it always comes back to the Art. Sullen is True Art.

Posted by: Brian Pollard on June 14, 2012


Born in 1974 in Boston, Lived in Brockton until he was 3. His parents Pat and Bill moved to Carver and he has lived there ever since. He has 2 brothers Mike and Paul. He is the middle kid, as ever middle kid knows they get blamed for ever thing. He started drawing when he was seven or so and hasn’t stopped. He draws every day every chance he gets. Started drawing tattoo flash in 1995. Started tattooing in 1998, ten years flew by. Started at a place called Green Man Studio in West Hartford, CT. There he met Jerry Issel who taught him most of what he knows about how to tattoo. Decided to move on and open his own studio Stinky Monkey Tattoos back in Massachusetts when it became legal in 2001. Jerry decided to come and work with him.They have worked together the whole 10 years.

In 2004, Tony decided to publish a book of his art for tattoo artists. 101 half sleeves was an idea he came up with the year before, but was put off because he was too busy at the shop. Finally decided it was time to put it out. Then he met soon to be wife Christine, she is the best thing that has ever happened to him he says. She helped him with printing the first printing of the book which was only 200 copies. He did that because he was nervous that no one was going to buy it. The first 200 sold in 2 months that was it. He started drawing the second book All These Things In My Head, most of which is from sketchbooks, so he re printed 101half sleeves and had all these printed and both have been selling great since. Then he decided when he did the books that it was going to be just him selling them. Tony thinks that it is really cool to meet the people who buy his books in person. After all these are his babies and is glad to see they are going to good homes. After the first 2 books, he hooked up with his friend Jime Litwalk to collaborate on two books. They titled the books One in the same, and the same but different because people say their artwork is so similar. They even had trouble remembering who drew what. They hooked up with another friend Joe Capobianco to do a new book which they have been working on over a year now; this was a great compliment to be working with two of his biggest influences. He can’t wait to see this one done. When they started that they also started drawing the follow up to 101. He decided to call it Droppin a deuce, because it the second in the series and because people think of poop when they read the title. He has just finished with the new book, Size doesn’t matter another pun. In it he has drawn a line drawing page of flash a day for the first 2 months of 2008. It will be available in June and with any luck people will like this as much as they do the other books.

Posted by: Brian Pollard on June 8, 2012

The name Swashdrive has become synonymous with high quality, consistent and reliable handmade tattoo machines.  Many professional tattoo artists are beginning to recognise Swashdrive tattoo machines as their choice of machine.  Their range combines the lightness and simplicity of rotary machines with the spring action and adjustability of coil machines, giving the artist the best possible of both worlds.

The mechanism of the Swashdrive tattoo machines uses a swashplate, creating a very efficient means of converting the rotational motion of the motor to the reciprocal motion of the needle.  In simple terms this means a constant needle velocity is created in the machine, leading to less trauma of the skin, and very effective application of the tattoo ink to the skin.  Unlike other machines, neither a crank or a cam is used in the motion.

One of the latest models available is the Swashdrive Whip Tattoo Machine, a design including two ‘give clips’.  These clips enable the artist to adjust the needle hit, to match your speed, the customer skin type or the job in hand, making the Whip incredibly versatile.  These are tattoo machines, designed by professionals, for professionals and the high quality components speak for themselves.  The Swashdrive Whip was designed as a joint project between a professional tattoo artist with over 25 years in the industry and an engineer who was willing and eager to push the boundaries and not afraid to take artists feedback on board, leading to this improvement on the previous model.

The machine has been designed for reliability and the maintenance of the device is deliberately very low, using a sealed bearing removes the need for oiling, so the maintenance is just being careful to keep the machine clean.  Something that is a given for all tattoo machines.  At first look the Swashdrive Whip may seem to be made of plastic, often associated with weaker, lower qualities machines.  In fact the Whip is manufactured using a composite polymer material, giving it the dual qualities of exceptional strength and lightness.

All these factors come together to create a truly remarkable tattoo machine, leading the market in quality and value combined.

Check out the Swash Drive Whip Tattoo Machines on our site – from £359.99

Posted by: Brian Pollard on May 29, 2012

Despite starting life relatively late as a tattoo artist, Bob Tyrrell quickly made a name for himself in the industry with his trademark horror-themed tattoos, and detailed black and grey realism.  His art has now earned him an array of much deserved awards, not to mention professional respect in the tattoo community.

His early years were surrounded by art, as his father was a talented commercial artist, however his own ideas of becoming an artist were cut short early by his love for music when he started playing the guitar, a love with took him through his twenties.  Finding tattoo art in his early thirties after he his first tattoo, he got back into art and took a few classes.  He took some examples of his drawing to Tramp, the owner of Detroit based Eternal Tattoo, who decided to take him on as an apprentice.  Within three months of starting he was tattooing full time as his sole job.  He then continued to dedicate almost the next fifteen years to the pursuit, working for Eternal for six of those, all the time rapidly rising to a star in his chosen field. 

One of the key moments in his career was an elaborate design he inked on the back of Kid Rock.  However he is very well known today for his custom horror imagery, as detailed as they are disturbing, always challenging the viewer.

Nowadays, Bob is known for heavily interacting with tattoo conventions, working on the road and doing guest appearances at various tattoo shops.  He also presents tutorials and seminars, mainly on his trademark black and grey portraits.  Never one to stop learning, Bob is still striving to become an ever better artist and in crease his painting and fine art skills.  Despite not starting his tattoo career till the age of 34, he has become one of the communities inspirations and continues to inspire new generations of artists.

Posted by: Brian Pollard on May 23, 2012

What to look for in a Tattoo Machine Power Supply

There are a wide range of components required for any self-respecting tattoo artist.  Not least of these is the power supply required to run your machine. This is necessary to keep them working to the best of their artistic abilities and is not something to be acquired carelessly.  We take a look at some important considerations to help you decide which model is right for you.

  1. Power supplies exist in both digital and analogue versions.  The factors to consider here are budget and reliability, a digital output will tend to be more accurate and easier to read when working, but also come with a higher price tag.  So take a look at each kind and decide what you would be most comfortable working with.
  2. A similar consideration is between regulated and unregulated supplies.  A regulated supply will provide you with an even, constant voltage but they are more expensive to purchase, and also still be providing that same level when you tattoo machine is not even running.  Regulated machines also have the added advantage of coping with power requirement fluctuations that occur in the normal tattooing process, as you need to press harder or softer with the  needle, more or less power will be required from the supply. 
  3. Look at your main tattoo machine, is it rotary or coil operated, some power supplies will only work with one or the other and some with both.
  4. Factor in the size of your supply, depending on whether you are always in one place or you attend exhibitions can decide if you need a more portable supply or are happy with a larger model.
  5. Think about the number of machines you want to run from one supply, some artists prefer a separate machine depending on whether they are lining or shading, however this again will also affect your price range.  Being able to switch between multiple machines will often mean a higher price.
  6. Without meaning to repeat myself the final factor comes back to the overall price tag, you ideally want to address all the above points and find something within your price range to find your perfect machine.

Check out some of the tattoo power supplies currently available:

Link above to http://www.thetattooshop.co.uk/shop/Tattoo_Power_Supplies.html


Critical Tattoo Power Supply – CX-1

This model is small and packed with features for professional tattoo artists.

–        Fully digital microprocessor control

–        Regulated set point voltage operating at 0-18vdc

–        Built in Overload Protection (2 Amp)

–        0.1 Volt Adjustment Resolution

–        Presets designed for Lining & Shading

–        Presets are held in memory after power is removed

–        Universal Power Input 110-240vac 50/60hz

–        Choice of views:  Voltage, Speed (Hertz), Duty Cycle (%)

–        Wipe Down Surface

–        Will accept standard clip cord and foot pedal connections

–        Easily bagged with most typical machines or bottle baggies

–        Include a mount

–        Patent Pending

–        Colour : Black

–        Comes complete with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty


Critical Tattoo Power Supply – CX-2

This next model has some of the most advanced features available.

–        Fully digital microprocessor control

–        Regulated set point voltage operating at 0-18vdc

–        Built in Overload Protection (2.3 Amp)

–        Selectable Volt Adjustment Resolution : 0.1, 0.2 or 0.5 volt increments

–        Stop Watch

–        Time of Day

–        Presets designed for Lining & Shading with 2, 4, or 6 machine memory modes

–        Momentary(conventional) or Maintained(push on push off) foot switch modes. Easy W button toggle.

–        Compatible with wireless foot-switches

–        Presets are held in memory after power is removed

–        Universal Power Input 110-240vac 50/60hz

–        Choice of views:  Voltage, Speed (Hertz), Duty Cycle (%) and ans STL(similar to follow through)

–        Wipe Down Surface

–        Will accept standard clip cord and foot pedal connections

–        Easily bagged with most typical machines or bottle baggies

–        Include a mount

–        Patent Pending

–        Colour : Black

–        Comes complete with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty


Critical Tattoo Power Supply – CX-2R

This is the most advanced of the range and with the highest price tag.  It is available as a combo with a wireless foot pedal.  It has all the features of the CX-2, but also features a built-in wireless receiver.

Hopefully this has illustrated for you some of the various features you need to be aware of when choosing the right power supply for you.

Posted by: Brian Pollard on May 14, 2012

Don’t forget our new edition of Buzz is available online now. Follow the link to see what’s new and details of how you can win a STIGMA machine

Posted by: Brian Pollard on

OOOps! We made a mistake and ordered too much stock of Alan Dixon machines and Noxid
Due to overstocks we are selling these off at cost.


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