No Lies Just BS

Listen to Nick Swartz tell stories about his life. From growin' up in the small VA mountain town of Clifton Forge to his entry into and career in the tattoo industry. All the rough upbringin', punk rock, family, country, skateboardin', good eatin', blues, ass-kickin', tattooed, hard to believe but addictin' to perceive bullshit that can be packed into each episode. His brother Josh helps out and the guests are the best of the best.
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Jun 18, 2019

Mr. Chris is in the hot seat this week with Nick and there's plenty of bullshit to go 'round. We get some more classic Alley Cat stories. There's a lotta liquor talk, some outstanding apprentice hazing and just plain old good times with good friends. Catch a quick update with Sara up front and hang out with Richie on the back end. Enjoy.

Shop Talk is quick but killer this week as Andrew joins the dynamic duo to talk tats.

Jun 11, 2019

Absolute Art in Richmond V A has been moved! Luckily, our friends Jason Hobbie and Brian Bruno join Nick to reminisce, talk shit and discuss current and future plans for AA and its crew.

Stick around for a meandering and wonderful Shop Talk with Chris Porter and Andrew Conner joining Nick for a bit. Hell yeah.

Jun 4, 2019

On a recent trip to Richmond to see the new Absolute Art, Nick got a chance to hang out with Marina, an AA veteran who was in town to check out the new space. She talks about her time at the old building, Richmond and New York stories and all kinds of other tales from really high places to livin' out of a vehicle. It's a great time with some great folks.

Shop Talk wraps up the adventure with the usual suspects back in the saddle. Nick, Porter & Andrew showing you the cool shit.

May 28, 2019

Beau from Avail. If you listen to the show, you know. This is gonna be good. Again. Hell yeah. There's plenty of stuff you haven't heard before, too. So check it out.

Stay tuned for some killer wrasslin' stories as Porter attempts a Shop Talk with Nick and once more without Andrew. They might even mention some tattoos!

May 21, 2019

Returning to the show after a crazy battle with cancer, Driver talks about all kinds of stories on this one. Between the excellent songs and the amazing stories, this one flies by and packs some intensity. Everyone enjoy the show. Shop Talk follows with just Nick and Porter.

May 14, 2019

If you haven't heard of the Gorilla Biscuits or Civ, you're not a fan of hardcore. This is a killer episode that Nick has been trying to get for a while and it all comes together here. It's a long one, but it's worth the journey for some great stories by this hard-working and knowledgeable musician and tattoo artist. Civ has seen done a lot and there's a ton of bullshit here you all are going to enjoy.

Shop Talk wraps it up once again with Porter & Andrew.

May 7, 2019

While down in FL for the Imperial Tattoo Convention, Nick got a chance to finally sit down with Glen Wilson of Glen's Tattoo Service in Wilmington, NC. Over the years Nick has traveled many times to Wilmington, a popular tattoo town and some cool history is shared between these guys. So sit back and enjoy more of your favorite kind of tattoo talk and bullshit.

Of course there's an excellent Shop Talk to follow with Porter and Andrew! So enjoy.

Apr 30, 2019

Dean Denney, of Serpent & the Rainbow Tattoo down in Asheville, NC shows up to Alley Cat to do some tattoos and talk some shit with Nick. Lots of good stories in this one. Plus a great Shop Talk with Porter  & Andrew going in - Enjoy!

Apr 23, 2019

Shane Enholm is back after his recent killer episode of No Lies. Nick chills with him and they share a ton of stories from all ages of tattooing and a big ol' discussion about music that is just great. Shane was back in Harrisonburg to play some music next door to Alley Cat in the NLJBS studios. Good times were had.

Shop Talk has its triumphant return with Porter, Andrew and Nick so y'all enjoy it, ya hear?!

Apr 16, 2019

Mr. Kenny Brown from Jack Brown's Tattoo Revival and also Virginia's classic tattoo convention, the Richmond Tattoo & Arts Festival comes by the No Lies Just Bullshit studios to hang out with Nick and talk a whole lotta shit. There are some excellent stories and great memories here and it's a heck of a show.

Due to the crazy schedule of all of Alley Cat going down to FL for another big convention, there wasn't time to bust out a Shop Talk for this one, but it's plenty long as-is and Porter and Andrew will return next week to talk tats with Nick and with you.

Apr 9, 2019

"Ugly" Thomas Michael from 510 Expert Tattooing in Charlotte, NC is back on the No Lies Just Bullshit show to hang out with Nick and Andrew and a brief appearance by Richie. These dudes are all just great friends who can carry a conversation and we get to sit in and hang out with 'em for a few hours. Lots of laughs and excellent stories, so sit back, grab a drink and enjoy the show!

Shop Talk wraps up the episode, as usual, with our friend Mr. Chris Porter joinin' Andrew and Nick to talk about some killer tats.

Apr 2, 2019

You've heard some of the tales of growing up in the small mountain town of Clifton Forge from Nick and met a cast of characters who lived there. George Moran was another on that list and they sit down and remember old discussions after Nick's paper route and talk about some new ways of thinking and living in general. Just a quick but great bullshit session between two old friends, wrapped up by a Shop Talk with ya boys Porter & Andrew as well. Oh yeah.

Mar 26, 2019

If you've been listening to this show for any amount of time, you've probably heard Nick talk about the band Avail. They're an amazing punk rock band out of Richmond. Stories about Avail shows have been on multiple episodes of the podcast.

Well Nick got to sit down with Tim Barry, the singer for Avail and shoot the shit about all kinds of things, including one very special announcement.

If you go back and listen to episodes 46, 47 & 48 you'll hear Jason Hobbie and Baeu Butler share many stories that overlap with the ones told here.

Tim has been performing solo for many years now, too and shares some interests with Nick that make this a truly fun and interesting listen. Hope y'all enjoy it.

Shop Talk wraps up the conversation with Nick, Porter & Andrew.

Mar 19, 2019

Nick brings it back to the local scene with excellent friends of the podcast and Alley Cat Tattoo. Jeff Guinn is the singer for Aggrocrag and printer of many fine t-shirts and other things. Grant Penrod fronts Crab Action and takes care of business in Rocktown. Both local bands have huge followings and fun histories and it's all talked about on this episode. Andrew Conner hangs out and shares his experiences with the bands and everybody remembers the beginnings of MacRock, the yearly music event that kicks ass in H-burg.

Go to to find out all about it.

Shop Talk gets back in the groove with Nick, Andrew and a newly returned Mr. Chris Porter. Enjoy, y'all!

Mar 12, 2019

While Nick & Richie were at the hotel across from the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention this year, Jason Goldberg returns for another episode of NLJBS. He's local at Olde City Tattoo and also owns the Black Vulture gallery in Philly. Along with Goldberg is Joey Knuckles out of Columbus, Ohio where he owns three shops.

There's a ton of shit-talkin' and stories that span all the topics you might expect from this crew. And just a lot of fuckin' around in between. Buckle up and check it out!

Also, you're in for a Shop Talk treat as Mr. Chris Porter brings you a remote special from San Fran where he lets y'all hang out with another NLJBS alumni: Jill Bonny Horiyuki and Chris Wielk, both from Studio Kazoku where Porter was visiting. It's almost a bonus episode as they go deep into some San Francisco history and tattooing and a whole lot of Japanese tattoo talk. It's amazing. Great job, Tats.

It's a yin-yang of podcast all in this episode. Enjoy.

Mar 5, 2019

Nick & Richie leave Alley Cat and Harrisonburg to travel up to the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention, but don't set foot in the convention hall. Instead they grab a room and grab some episodes.

Things kicked off last week with Sailor Eddie and they keep cruisin' along with NY tattoo artist Rich Fie who has some excellent bullshit and some interesting friends and even a podcast of his own called the Neighborhood Knuckleheads. Check it out and check this out.

Shop Talk ties right into the episode with Nick, Porter & Andrew, the usual suspects.

Feb 26, 2019

Another year, another Philly Convention where Nick does not attend, but instead records some killer shit across the street. This year it's yet another classic bit of tattoo history with Sailor Eddie. Nick and Eddie lay down some killer stories for over an hour and then the man: Eric Perfect joins the fun and it gets even better. Do not skip this one. Pure gold right here. And a good, long Shop Talk to boot with Andrew, Porter & Nick.

Feb 19, 2019

The man, the myth, the legend: Shane Enholm comes all the way to the No Lies studios after visitin' some historical sites and hanging out with Annette LaRue and Steve Tiberi. Prepare yourself for an epic triple hour dose of non-stop storytellin' and bullshittin'. It doesn't get any better than this, folks. Have fun!

Shop Talk wraps it up with some killers discussed by Nick, Andrew and Porter. Hell yeah.

Feb 12, 2019

 NLJBS veteran Scott Sterling brings Patrick Kitzel of the Tribal Tattoo Tour to Harrisonburg to sit down with Nick and talk some bullshit. Lots of great stories on this one, including a special Shop Talk with Porter and Andrew bringing up all the artists on the tour!

Feb 5, 2019

So much good stuff on this one! There's a whole lotta Richmond discussion and tattoo industry up and comer history and conversations on this one. Fred Pinkard and Josh Autrey from Alliance talk some shit with Nick and there's no shortage of ditch-digging analysis. Enjoy.

Shop Talk is right up in there and on time with ya' boys Andrew and Porter joinin' Nick. Boom!

Jan 29, 2019

On a recent trip to Richmond, Nick had a chance to catch up with two old friends and NLJBS veterans and they had a few drinks and a good ol' time. Settle in for a long one full of stories that go all over the place and listen as these friends have a blast talking about everything that has been going on these last few years and more. It's a great one, y'all.

Shop Talk closes things out with a few heaters discussed by Nick, Andrew and Porter. Boom!

Jan 22, 2019

Once again, it's a crazy discussion about music, readin' - fightin' and drinkin'. This one may not be as long as most of the recent episodes, but it's a crazy good time!

Shop Talk caps things off with some killer tat talk.

Jan 15, 2019

Jeff Gray is a managing chef at VA Tech and the brother of Brian Gray, former Alley Cat Tattoo artist. Jeff and Nick share all kinds of stories and thoughts about food and recipes and experiences in the kitchen in general as well as all of the shenanigans that come along with working on the meals that sustain our lives. Some crazy stories come out of it.

Shop Talk follows with Porter & Conner and Nick. Oh yeah.

Jan 8, 2019

It's been a while, but Josh finally steps out from behind the curtain once again to bullshit with his younger bro about the old stomping grounds. From drunks in the Jungle to forgetting the name of Verge Street, there's a few wild stories and a crazy new development in the world of the Swartz bros. Check it out for more repeat stories and yet another mention of that Florida episode.

Plus, Andrew's back on the Shop Talks with Mr. Chris & the Boss.

Jan 2, 2019

Mr. Cody Klein from Inksmith & Rogers down in sunny Jacksonville, FL headed up to the hills and talked some shit with Nick for a few hours. This is some good ol' storytellin' and good times talkin' to kick off two thousand and nineteen the right way. Hell yeah!

Porter kicks it one more time in a Shop Talk duet with Nick. Andrew should be back next week. Here's a beginning to so many more great tattoos in the new year.

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