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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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Sep 5, 2017

*...formerly titled "Spirals"

You've heard him on the Shop Talks already, now sit down with Nick and Ugly Tom as they talk about his tattoo journeys, a lot of shared experiences in and out of the industry, some Absolute gems (of course) and even a deep dive into the mind of a man who can only describe a period of his life as having gone, quite literally, crazy. Good fuckin' times.

This begins our journey to 100, so thanks for sticking around for so long everyone. Lots of fun times and bullshit coming up. Don't look for any lies. Just strap in and enjoy Tom's stories and then a Shop Talk.

Aug 29, 2017

*...formerly titled "Sweater"

Fifty fuckin' episodes. Good times. Great journey. So many guests. So many great stories. This one is special. We've got George Archer from Tantrum Tattoo down in Petersburg. George hung out with Nick and Andrew for some good storytelling. Mr. Archer and Mr. Conner also each did a custom painting to be given away in celebration of No Lies Just Bullshit reaching fifty episodes.

Thanks to everyone who participated in sharing the show and trying to win a painting. And thanks to all of the listeners who have kept us going through all fifty. It's been a great ride that will only get better. So enjoy the talk with George, all of the music that appears in the episode - including our first go at a theme for the show featuring music performed by the awesome Brian Gray - thanks, Brian! - and finish things off right with another Shop Talk.

Enjoy number fifty y'all.

Aug 22, 2017

*...formerly titled "And"

Nick completes the current Absolute Art crew by sitting down with master fisherman and tattooer Mike Rennie. He's been called out on a bunch of episodes and Nick finally tracked him down in Richmond. Every now and then you can also hear Josh Arment in the background here as well.

Good old stories as well as some great relevant conversation on the industry today. This is yet another great episode leading right into big number fifty. No lies. Just... bullshit. Y'all. And Shop Talk. Definitely Shop Talk.

Aug 15, 2017

*...formerly titled "Playstation"

Nick finally got to sit down and bullshit with another master bullshitter that everyone knows and loves. Beau Beau Butler from Richmond VA's legendary punk band Avail. Lots and lots of great stories here from the tattoo and music worlds. Lots of fun and straight talking. You're going to love it.

Shop Talk follows with Nick, Andrew and Porter and one more time Ugly Tom joins in on the shenanigans.

Aug 8, 2017

*...formerly titled "Snake"

If you haven't heard part one, go check out Episode 46. Or not... either way there's some great stories, snakes & songs on this one with Jason Hobbie from Absolute Art, bullshittin' with Nick.

Ugly Tom sits in on another Shop Talk with Nick, Andrew and Porter.

Boom.

Aug 1, 2017

*...formerly titled "Interrupt"

Another killer episode from Nick's recent Richmond trip. And this kickass piece o' podcastin' is only the first of two parts with Jason Hobbie of Absolute Art in Richmond. In this episode you get to hear some amazing tales of great family, a bit of luck and a lot of legends of the industry.

You're in for another super special Shop Talk to follow as Nick, Porter and Andrew are joined by Mr. Tom Michael - otherwise known as Ugly Tom for a long talk about SKULLS.

Keep listening, keep bullshittin'.

Jul 25, 2017

*...formerly titled "War"

Nick is joined by Ryan "Braces" Wall of Black Rabbit Tattoo in Richmond, VA. The frontman for hardcore asskickers Bracewar and former Absolute Art shop guy chills with Nick for some good bullshit.

Shop Talk holds things down like you love.

Jul 18, 2017

*...formerly titled "Punk"

Nick talks with Andrew Conner once agian for a good long time. The Alley Cat artist and longtime friend waxes poetic on musical influences and artistic inspiration as he reminisces with Nick about growin' up punk and slightly hip-hop and fully rad.

Enjoy the hell out of this one, bullshitters and stick around for the Shop Talk, of course!

Jul 11, 2017

*...formerly titled "Uphill"

Local legend and Alley Cat all-star Mister Chris Porter is back with his second full-length sit down with Nick for some deep down bullshit.

Stick around for Shop Talk for even more Nick & Porter and a healthy dose of Andrew Conner.

Good fuckin' times.

Jul 4, 2017

*...formerly titled "Warehouse"

Nick is joined by travelin' artist Randy Hall out of Hero Tattoo who just happened to be drivin' by Harrisonburg and stopped in for a chat.

Shop Talk digs for gold.

Jun 27, 2017

*...formerly titled "Straightrazor"

Scott Sterling returns to bullshit, or rather Nick goes to him down at the beach for a great session. Nothin' more to say, just listen to some great stories. And a Shop Talk.

Jun 20, 2017

*...formerly titled "Sandwich"

Part two where Nick's joined by Sean Crofoot who tattoos at Leviticus in Minneapolis. There's a lot of talk of his early days and a lot of shared friendships and stories throughout.

And from Legacy Irons Tattoo in Greensboro, the guys from Old Heavy Hands sit down for some talk and tunes as well. Larry Wayne, Nate Hall and David Self all tattoo down South and perform kickass alternative country as Old Heavy Hands. Check 'em out for sure.

And, of course a Shop Talk. Listen up!

Jun 13, 2017

*...formerly titled "Tribalsun"

Nick has some killer guests this time in the first of a killer two-parter. He's joined by Sean Crofoot who tattoos at Leviticus in Minneapolis. There's a lot of talk of his early days and a lot of shared friendships and stories throughout.

Ol' Crowfoot didn't show up alone, however. Comin' up through the Appalachias from Legacy Irons Tattoo in Greensboro, the guys from Old Heavy Hands sit down for some talk and tunes as well (tunes are in part two.)

Larry Wayne, Nate Hall and David Self all tattoo down South and perform kickass alternative country as Old Heavy Hands. Check 'em out for sure.

You're in for a couple more treats this episode as well: A special edition of Shop Talk where the boys talk about nothin' but roses. And roses are all you need to hear about when this bullshit goes down. It's a great one.

Then we end things off with a full track from Scott Biram called TrainWrecker, off his new album: The Bad Testament. It's a fuckin' rocker, y'all. Enjoy the hell out of it and check out the album.

Jun 6, 2017

*...formerly titled "Tequila"

Here we go, y'all. It's enjoyin' time for a couple o' hours of our Uncle Benny. Just as entertaining as our gone but not forgotten stepfather Tony or, as Nick refers to him, "Pop." This episode was certainly a treat for Nick & 'Lar to record and for me to edit. You all get to sit down, get drunk and jam with some good ol' boys right here.

Nick mentions a song by The Seldom Scene during the episode, so it plays throughout. It's called 'Rider' - was a favorite of Pop's and is a good one. A quick, but excellent Shop Talk follows and makes this a neat package of two hours of bullshit. Have fun.

May 30, 2017

*...formerly titled "Bro"

Dustin Golden from Deluxe Tattoo out of Chicago, IL comes back to Rock Town and into Nick's office to lay down some fuckin' awesome old school stories of back in the day in Alley Cat, runnin' shit with Nick and even farther back literally growing up in tattoo shops from early, early on.

Lots of laughing and great tales to be had in this hot one from two master bullshitters. Don't miss it.

Thanks to everyone buyin' the all of the shirts we've had brilliantly drawn up for us by some of our killer, kickass guests. And even if you haven't bought one: thanks for listening!

May 23, 2017

*...formerly titled "Labia"

Alright patient, loyal listeners: this is the final one with poor audio quality done in the hotel room at the convention. Apparently everything I tried to do to improve the sound while not hanging out in Nick's office backfired because it seems as though the audio on these hotel room recordings got worse and worse.

Please give it a try because Nick is talking with Mr. Jeremy Swed in this episode and they're also joined by the one and only Brian Bruno. It's a killer conversation and worth the strain on the ears.

I apologize for this, but these were all too good not to at least try and share. I consulted experts for this one, to no avail. There is a shiny, new Shop Talk at the end to sweeten the deal, so stick around for that and enjoy the bullshit.

May 16, 2017

*...formerly titled "Hometown"

First things first: I really don't know what is going on with the audio on this one. Nick sat down with Jeff Cribb shortly after talking to Scott Sterling and I'm not sure what changed, but the sound just came out weird here. I did all I could to improve things, so hopefully it won't be too bad.

Jeff has a lot of kick ass things to say and the time flies by with Nick and him throwing around stories and ideas without pause. It's a truly great episode that I think will immerse you enough to ignore the imperfections.

Cribb is from Hero Tattoo in Conway, SC. So check him out. Also, enjoy yet another quality Shop Talk production. Yeah.

May 9, 2017

*...formerly titled "Right"

Wow! I barely had to edit this one since there's barely a pause to be had. Enjoy the return of tattoo industry legend Scott Sterling while Nick hangs out with him for a good hour and a half of non-stop bull shit!

There's a real quick Shop Talk, too! Enjoy you motherfuckers!!

May 2, 2017

*...formerly titled "Suit"

Great, great friend and bearer of a truly amazing body suit by some of the greats, Steve-O meets up with Nick in Rochester, NY where the Roc City Tattoo Convention is taking place as they record some memories.

The brotherhood is apparent and some crazy stories and tattoo discussion come out on this episode.

Stick around for another Shop Talk and enjoy! 

Apr 25, 2017

*...formerly titled "Son"

Sacred visitor from Hot Stuff Tattoo in Asheville, NC: John Henry Gloyne sits in the sweat lodge with Nick for a good solid hour or so and lays down some gems in the spirit of the ways of the bullshit.

We had a great time having John Henry sit in at Alley Cat and bang out some killer tattoos leading up to the Rochester Tattoo Convention where we came away with a LOT of podcasting for all of you listeners. This one is the warm up, baby.

Finish it off with a Shop Talk and you're ready to bullshit YOUR way through the week. Enjoy.

Apr 18, 2017

*...formerly titled "Gilded"

Startin' you off with a long intro from Nick and some great shit he wants y'all to hear. Then a wonderful discussion with good friend Driver. Then another Shop Talk. Straight bullshit. Love it.

Apr 11, 2017

*...formerly titled "Slickhead"

Thirty episodes. Movin' right along. Well, I finally jump back on here with Nick and we talk a bit more about good ol' Clifton Forge, VA. Continuing to add to the cast of characters, both of the town and the VanNess clan. Lots of great backwoods talk goin' on here. Y'all enjoy.

Shop Talk returns! Aw, yeah - Nick, Andrew and Porter bring you a double-sized dose of primal palaver with this diabolical discussion of ferocious tattoos. You'll be soarin' high with the boys as they dissect and deify some of the greats.

Apr 5, 2017

*...formerly titled "Lucy"

Nick hits the road in this episode! Dave from Absolute Art joins Nick and they travel to New York to sit down with the one and only Chris O'Donnell. Chris and Dave grew up together and had a LOT of catchin' up to do, so when you add Nick's bullshit to that mix you end up with two hours of podcast.

This is our first time traveling for NLJBS and it shows. I wish I could have improved the sound on this one. This whole thing has taken off in a whirlwind while we try to figure out how to ride it.

We've got so many ideas comin' up and when O'Donnell invited Nick to chat, we just couldn't pass it up. We're going to do everything we can now to figure out the sound quality issues so we can continue to preserve these discussions. And we'll definitely join Chris again when we hopefully pick up some better equipment!

Mar 28, 2017

*...formerly titled "Gee"

Tony Riccio slides over from Va Beach to hang out at Alley Cat with Nick, Andrew and Porter. Trevor pops in for a bit, too.

The bullshit gets real deep real quick on this one and the laughter and stories are overwhelming enough that if you didn't read this, you wouldn't know who the hell Nick is talkin' to until over halfway through this episode.

No Shop Talk this week since this one went a bit long, and all the JMU students have the shop absolutely slammed this time o' year. But there's PLENTY of tattoo talk in this one to make up for it.

Have at it, ladies and dudes.

Mar 21, 2017

*...formerly titled "Heat"

Kick back and relax with some regularly scheduled storytellin' from the boys. Nick sits down with Andrew and pick up a little bit where they left off so many episodes back and then just head all over the place with this one.

Porter joins in with a few gems and Trevor finally sits down with us for more than five minutes. Almost the whole crew kickin' it this time.

Nothin' specific goin' on here, just a whole lotta bullshit and a heck of a lot of fun! You won't want to miss out after things get rolling here. You'll see.

Shop Talk follows, so listen up and enjoy the tattoos!

 

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