July 20, 2011


Monday morning I packed up a change of clothes (as in an extra sleeveless shirt and a "just in case" flannel), a series of prints, five or so paintings, and my trusty mexican blanket and headed east on my scoot. After spewing oil everywhere from my oil tank, my first stop was Daddyo's Tattoo in Centralia, IL. I Mainly hung out with good friends Andy N. and Chris Q but I also met a few new people and actually got to know some of the others at the shop as well. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly... good peoples.

Also while I was there I got to make a couple of tat zappers under the supervision and guidance of Chris who is the man behind Bareknuckle Irons. So after milling, welding, grinding, sanding, polishing, winding, soldering, tapping, gluing, wrapping, and can't forget about antiquing... I had built my first tattoo machines! Super cool feeling, and super lucky having a good person like Chris as a friend!

After Andy finished up his last tat appointment on Tuesday we said our goodbyes and headed about 20 minutes south to visit Rod and Alisha at Stripped Down Cycles in Dubois, IL. Our goal was to put some longer forks onto Andy's sportster but snail mail let us down, leaving us no other option then to put a taller sissy bar on his bike... oh and to get drunk! So after Rod finished the sissy bar and a long night of drinking at the shop we headed over to Rod and Alisha's house where we were fed like kings! Burgers, fried mushrooms, hot dogs, and a mix of vegetables... sooooo good! After dinner I was hit with a food coma, but had just enough time to lay my mexican blanket down in front of the AC unit and fall asleep with my head nestled on my backpack, mainly on the pocket filled with tools. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....

So today I woke up feeling amazing.............. packed up my stuff and headed over to the shop to watch Rod's two week build begin its journey to its new lucky owner in Japan. After all of that excitement it was time for me to head back west towards "the big city". Overall, these last couple days have been so amazing and very therapeutic. Big thanks to Andy for inviting me along, Chris for teaching me about machines and for being a great friend, and to Rod and Alisha for showing me a good time and for giving me a belly full of food! Hopefully I'll be back out that way sooner than later!


artripoli said...

Come to Columbia you sissy.

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