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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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.

Dec 26, 2018

The one & only Trout Mouth is back at the NLJBS studios to chill out with Nick and Blake's buddy Mike whose stage name you'll have to listen to find out. There's a whole lotta mind expandin' going on in this one and some down and dirty tunes played and no shortage of bullshit and storytellin'. Check it out for your holiday enjoyment.

Andrew ain't back yet, so you get another dose of the Nick & Porter show. And some great tattoo talk.

Dec 18, 2018

Chuck Herstine is the father of Troy and Adam Herstine, good friends of Nick. All three are key players in the history of Alley Cat Tattoo and Adam can be heard on the show as well.

Chuck has been around and has all kinds of stories to share about his life and also all kinds of shit talkin' with Nick. This is a great one, for sure.

Porter joins for Shop Talk and it's a short one without the mighty Andrew Conner this week. Enjoy.

Dec 11, 2018

Porter & Nick catch up and get updated and bust out a killer episode full of music talk, stories, memories and even somethin' old school to kick things off.

Sit back and take in this hang-out session and then check out the Shop Talk when Andrew joins 'em for the ride. Oh yeah!

Dec 4, 2018

Nick and Mary Jane sit down again after a good twenty or more episodes have gone by since her last appearance and the stories keep a comin'! There lots of good family talk, tattoo talk & music talk in this episode folks, so sit back, relax and enjoy. You don't need to hear the first one to like this lady, but if you haven't you'll surely go back and listen.

Shop Talk keeps on kickin' ass with discussions about tattoos that do as well. So have some fun with Nick, Andrew and Porter. Oh yeah.

Nov 27, 2018

Still in New York, this week Nick talks with Frank Romano of Da Vinci Tattoo. It is a truly great experience with stories you won't hear anywhere else. Frank's family memories are wild and interesting. Mike Rubendall and Andrew Conner are on board for this one as well. Don't miss this one.

Shop Talk keeps things going looking at amazing tattoos and talking about a bit of New York hip hop on the way with Nick, Andrew and Porter.

Nov 20, 2018

On this trip to Kings Ave. in NY, Nick and Andrew sit down with the manager and master facilitator of Kings Ave. - Mr. AJ Garavuso. Business man, idea guy and all around kick ass person, this episode goes deep into everything you love about this show. Tattoos, shop history, hip hop, hard work and an appreciation of life and livin' it efficiently, thoroughly and with innovation and dedication. AJ runs things and you'll see why.

Shop Talk follows with some more great tattoos and artists that we all love to appreciate with Conner & Porter.

Nov 13, 2018

Nick took a little trip down to Richmond town to talk to some old friends like Mr. David Boisineau. Dave was on several early episodes of the podcast, so it's great to get caught up with what's going on with him, Richmond, Absolute Art and all kinds of other topics. Great friends hanging out talking about great shit. Check it out.

Peek behind the Bullshit curtain a bit with Andrew, Porter and Nick in this week's latest edition of Shop Talk, too.

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