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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Nov 6, 2018

Nick headed back to Richmond, VA to get a few episodes with some artists down there. First up is Richard Kirby who works at Jason Hobbe's Classic Tattoo. Kirby has a lot of great stories about the industry, but more importantly he whips out some killer skateboarding stories. Nick never knew that Kirby was a pro skater for Santa Cruz back in the day, so we get some killer tales about all that.

Shop Talk wraps things up in classic NLJBS style with Porter and Andrew. Enjoy.

Oct 30, 2018

Former Alley Cat artist and killer musician Brian Gray comes back to the 'Burg to hang with Nick and talk a lot of shit about old times. He's tattooing in Salem these days at Main St. Tattoo and currently rocking in several different bands in Roanoke. He even lays down a few tunes during the episode, so enjoy.

Stick around for Shop Talk with Porter & Conner, and of course Nick. Hell yeah.

Oct 23, 2018

Scott Murray has been around and he visits the No Lies studios to share a bunch of his stories with Nick. It gets real interesting and goes some places you really don't expect, so enjoy this conversation and the promise of some tunes next time.

The OG crew is back for a special edition of Shop Talk. So join Nick, Porter and Andrew as they talk a lot about Mr. Mike Dorsey. Hell yeah.

Oct 16, 2018

After hangin' out for episode 94 with Bill Waverly, Morgan Pennypacker comes back for his own episode and hangs out with Nick and the crew at Alley Cat. He's livin' in northern VA now, but still works down in Miami, too - and he's got a ton of killer old school stories. So enjoy 'em while they're hot.

Porter is still out of town, so Andrew and Nick are joined by special guest Josh Fracker and they talk killer tats. Hell yeah.

Oct 9, 2018

Mr. JD Crowe, traveler extraordinaire and purveyor of lunchbox book stacks takes a moment out of his time at this year's Richmond Tattoo Convention and sits down with Nick for another round of bullshit. If you missed him the first time around, go check out episode 62. Either way, enjoy the good times and good talks.

Shop Talk heralds the return of Andrew Conner, while Porter sits one out. Check it out.

Oct 2, 2018

This episode features Slim Brown from Louisville, KY. There are a TON of amazing old tattoo stories on here as well as a lotta liquor talk and a lil' bit of everything else thrown in. Nick has a great time talkin' with Slim before he went back to Acme Tattoos in the bluegrass state.

It's a good thing, too because we ain't got no Shop Talk this week. Shit happens and it has all been good shit, so it's a good problem to have. Tune in next week for the return of Porter & Andrew.

Sep 25, 2018

Kris Roberts from Spiderweb Tattoo down in Asheville, NC came up into old VA and did some work for us at Alley Cat and decided to give us a great history lesson regarding his journey through tattooing.

Enjoy the stories, then enjoy a quick Shop Talk with Nick and Porter. Andrew will be back soon!

Sep 18, 2018

Thirty episodes ago or so, Harrison Wellwood was workin' down at Spider Web Tattoo and came up to the Friendly City to chill in the No Lies studio with Nick, Porter and Andrew. Well he's been travelin' again and is workin' up in Boston these days, but once again has come to Alley Cat to have a one on one session with Nick. Lots of history and good times.

Shop Talk follows, sans Andrew, so things get a lil'... weird.

Sep 11, 2018

Jill Bonny is one of the only classically trained female Irezumi artists practicing traditional Japanese tattooing. She is known as Horiyuki and came all the way from her studio, Kazuko, in San Francisco to attend the Pagoda City Tattoo Festival this year and that's where Nick got a chance to hang out with Jill and bring some of her stories to you, our favorite bullshitters.

Andrew Conner joins the conversation and the stories and memories that get laid down are absolutely great. Jill's background is so interesting and surprising to those of you who don't know her yet, y'all are gonna love this one.

Stick around for the world famous Shop Talk to hear more from Nick & Andrew and a whole lotta Masta P. Yeah, that's right. Mr. Porter if ya nasty.

Sep 4, 2018

The second of three killer podcasts Nick got while attending the Pagoda City Tattoo Festival, this one is with Yoni Zilber and it's a story you don't want to miss.

Yoni was born in Israel and fate not only conspired to help him achieve his dream of becoming a tattoo artist, but also landed him at New York Adorned where he worked for years. These are the stories of his life along the way and they are amazing.

There's some hotel room noise to deal with, but Yoni keeps things so interesting you won't notice. Just enjoy. And hold on as Andrew and Porter join Nick for another killer Shop Talk, of course. Oh yeah.

Aug 28, 2018

While at the Pagoda City Tattoo Festival, Nick gets a chance to talk with Tim Hendricks himself in the hotel room for NLJBS. Tim traveled to NY from Fullerton, CA and then on to Pagoda where he sat with Nick and laid down some excellent bullshit.

Tim works at Classic Tattoo in CA and also owns Saltwater Tattoo supply, but what's important is all of the history, knowledge and stories you'll get as you listen to this episode.

New Shop Talk with Nick, Andrew and Porter follows, so get listenin' and enjoy!

Aug 21, 2018

James Hughes from Bethesda Tattoo in D.C. took a lil' trip with his family down to Harrisonburg and while there made a nice side excursion over to Elkton to hang out with Nick at his home and shoot a whole lot of shit and lay down some excellent storytellin'. It's a big flowing conversation that kicks off our next hundred episodes right.

And, of course, after that little break, we've got Porter and Andrew back to lay down a nice Shop Talk with Nick for all you bullshitters.

Aug 14, 2018

This is part two of episode ONE HUNDRED of your favorite podcast, No Lies, Just Bullshit. This ain't one o' one, it's the B-side of one hundred. Get that shit right. Listen to the first one or you're fuckin' up, son.

Again, no Shop Talk on here. Nick, Porter & Andrew will get back to showing you the best tattoos on the planet in the next episode. Number 99 was kind of a "Shop Talk" for the entire run of the podcast, so go listen to that one if you didn't.

This is it. One hundred. Thanks to everyone who has been on the show, everyone who phoned in. Thanks Annette & Steve from Electromagnetic. Thanks Brian Gray. Thanks to all of you listeners. Stick around for the next one hundred episodes. Fuck yeah.

Aug 14, 2018

Here it is, bullshitters, and it's a big one! Episode One Hundred has arrived and Annette & Steve from Electromagnetic Tattoo in Chesapeake, VA came up and got over four hours of storytellin' out of your favorite podcast host Nick Swartz on here.

It was so much, I cut it in half and I'm releasing both episodes today. There's a lot of surprises thrown in, so give it a listen. Don't go lookin' for a Shop Talk on this one. The boys make an appearance or two on here and all will be back to the regular jam on 101. So sit back and hear about Nick's experience doin' this whole thing. Hell yeah. Thanks for listening.

Aug 7, 2018

This episode was originally going to be a sort of "Shop Talk" for the hundredth episode. But with that one running almost four hours and this one two, it became its own thing.

Nick, Porter and Andrew look back at the first 98 episodes of the show and discuss some highlights and just how everything went down. It's fun and engaging and the perfect lead-up to number one hundred. Enjoy!

Jul 31, 2018

You never know what kind of customer is gonna walk through your door when you're runnin' a tattoo shop. Well, Miss Mary Jane is one of the interesting ones as Nick shows you right here. They start off quick with some crazy topics on this episode and before you know it, you've been hangin' out with Mary Jane for over two hours.

Things wrap up as always as we approach episode one hundred with that ol' reliable segment with Porter and Andrew and of course your one and only host, Nick: Shop Talk. It's another great one. Have fun.

Jul 24, 2018

Join Nick as he shoots the shit with singer-songwriter John Moreland where they don't talk about Sons of Anarchy, but they do laugh plenty with the boys from Old Heavy Hands and Mr. John Calvin Abney. They have fun and play some tunes and just bullshit.

Big ol' Shop Talk follows the jam, so enjoy the additional antics of Porter & Andrew as they discuss killer tats with Nick.

Jul 17, 2018

While in NY for the Adorned party, Nick finally gets to bullshit with Juan Puente, and the two hours we get to listen in are powerful. Don't miss this one! Lots of great stories on both sides, but mostly a LOT of years of tattooing and life from Juan.

Shop Talk with Nick, Porter and Andrew brings it all home. Enjoy.

Jul 10, 2018

Nick and Porter sit down and hang out with two of the greats while visiting NYC for the New York Adorned party. This one has a long, explanatory intro to fill you in, so here's all you need to know about this episode: Mike Rubendall - Chris O'Donnell. Boom.

Andrew jumps in for the Shop Talk, of course. Hell yeah.

Jul 3, 2018

Bill Stevenson, known by most as Bill Waverly, of Waverly Color Company sits down and talks about how it all got started and together with longtime friend Morgan Pennypacker, tells some great stories along the way with Nick throwin' in some classics as well.

Stick around for a long Shop Talk after a long episode as Chris Porter and Andrew Conner keep Nick company and describe some killer tattoos. Hell yeah.

Jun 26, 2018

Longtime friend of Nick and husband to Miss Erma, Uncle Dave tells all kinds o' killer stories datin' back to the seventies and giving you a taste of what it's like to be a super genius friend of Nick Swartz talkin' all kinds o' bullshit. This one is just fun and enjoyable, like hanging out with these two great friends.

Porter and Andrew come in with a killer Shop Talk on this episode and talk all that shit with each other as they discuss some amazing tattoos with Nick.

Jun 19, 2018

Josh Fracker is an artist out of Tennessee celebrating ten years of tattooing by traveling around to a bunch of different shops. While at Alley Cat, he hangs out with the entire crew of No Lies regulars and talks shop with Nick, Porter and Andrew. It's great fun, for sure.

Shop Talk rounds things out for the week. Enjoy.

Jun 12, 2018

Nick chills out with longtime friend Dan Bivins on this episode as they reminisce about the 'Noke and all kinds of bands, shows and awesome tattoo stories. Just a downright enjoyable load o' bullshit. Take it in.

Shop Talk gets weird and wonderful with Nick & Porter without Mr. Conner there to keep 'em in check!

Jun 5, 2018

Steve Gatrost of Acme Ink in Louisville, KY comes to the valley to join Nick and Andrew for some good ol' bullshit. They cover a lot of fun and interesting topics and before you know it, several hours have gone by. This is a fun one!

It's Nick and Porter for the Shop Talk and there's a whole lotta Talk, and a couple of killer tattoos if you make it to the end. Ha - enjoy!

May 29, 2018

Brother Hawk are back in the No Lies studios with Nick to kick back and shoot the shit, and brother: they get it done! This is a fun one with lots of great stories and discussions with the boys from Atlanta.

All the music in this episode is by the Bro-Hawks and the Shop Talk is by Mr. Chris Porter and professor Andrew Conner, led by the estimable Nicholas Swartz. Enjoy the fuck out of it all!

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