We've all heard of the Berenstain Bears. Great children's books and even an animated series. Well, Stan and Jan, the creator's are Sam Berenstain's grandparents and it's one of the things he talks about with Nick. Sam is also a farmer who is starting up a new business and has great stories about how he got involved. There's even still some tattoo talk.
I just want to throw out there that the goofy conspiracy thing that is discussed in this episode is called the 'Mandela Effect' and Sam's family is unfortunately wrapped up in this current fad. A quick bit of research shows that this is just an internet sensation of people sharing incorrect memories, but there are a lot of folks who choose to believe instead that people are surfing between dimensions and realities where shit is spelled different. Whatever! Enjoy the discussion, enjoy the Shop Talk and keep listenin' to some kickass bullshit!
This one is super chill and fun. End of Saturday at Rochester and Timothy Hoyer shows up to shoot shit and tell stories with Andrew Conner. He's even got his dog with him, but he doesn't say much. Steve-O is hangin' out for a good portion of the episode as well and you get to listen in on four friends hanging out talking about tattoos and art and just teachin' you how to live your life to its fullest.
Then buckle up your seatbelt and hold on as you enter the Shop Talk with Mr. Conner, Nick and Porter. Good stuff. Enjoy!
Another killer episode recorded at the Roc City Convention in Rochester, NY. This time Nick is joined by Jason Kelly from Live Free Tattoo down in Atlanta, GA. Jason tells all kinds o' good stories and shoots the shit with Nick and also with Mr. Jay Smalley who adds his perspective throughout. Great stuff here, and the reason we travel to meet all these great people.
Shop Talk closes things out, as usual, so enjoy!
Mr. J.R. Maloney of Vanguard Tattoo in Nyack, NY comes by the room at the Rochester Convention and lays down an absolutely amazing tattooing podcast with Nick. This is where it's at, folks. Good god damn stories about coming up and perserverance and meetin' people and all that. It's a hell of a couple hours of great stories.
After you enjoy the hell outta J.R. then sit right back and listen to a tale of killer tats in this week's Shop Talk with Nick, Porter and Andrew!
On his second appearance on NLJBS, Andy Sherman comes in with an update on his art and some long talks with Nick about the scene, friends and music.
This one ends abruptly since Nick ran out of batteries on the recording device and didn't notice! You don't miss anything that can't be covered in one o' Nick's intros down the road. Enjoy!
Prepare for something, y'all. I'm not sure what, but Nick and Porter are throwing back a few and coming at ya from all angles and all different types of memories with some stories that get shaken up and thrown out all over the place. The boys have a blast with this one, and you will too. And of course, things continue with another great edition of Shop Talk. Get your fill of Chris Porter and Nick Swartz this week with just a dash of Andrew Conner.
The guys from Old Heavy Hands are back on the podcast after appearing on episodes 39 and 40 last year. This time they left Crowfoot behind and brought a couple dudes with 'em from Brother Hawk. We got some great stories, killer tunes and talk of new albums and shit. Enjoy!
Don't y'all forget to stick around and get loose with Shop Talk featuring Nick, Andrew and Porter, too.
Dave Cavalcante is back and it's a long one, so I'll keep this short. Nick finds out a lot of history as Dave's career evolves over several hours.
Shop Talk is special, too as Andrew returns to join Porter & Nick in a long discussion of Inksmith & Rogers tattoos.
Hard rockin' legend Scott H Biram stops by and shoots the shit with Nick at the No Lies Just Bullshit Studios in the big little city of Harrisonburg, home of Alley Cat Tattoo. He brings a few friends from the Hooten Hollers who he's touring with.
After a show downtown at the Golden Pony, Scott brings his guitar to the bullshit session and premiers a brand new song on the podcast for your listening pleasure. So enjoy the hell outta this one and one more Shop Talk from just the laughing duo of Nick and Porter.
Steve comes from Philly back in the day, plugging this episode right in with Jason Goldberg and Eric Perfect. We get to hear a lot of that Philly back story and a lot more as Steve talks to Nick about his history before ending up in Chesapeake at Electromagnetic Tattooing.
Shop Talk finds Andrew missing and the insane results that ensue!
Jason Goldberg of Old City Tattoo in Philly comes up to the room and proceeds to tell some mind blowing stories about tat history, killer wrestling knowledge and freakin' kick-ass music industry stories. All that in one episode and the promise of more insane stories in the future.
Sometimes things don't work out and then something awesome happens to make up for it. That was Nick meetin' Jason. Check out the stories. Check out his tattoos and shops in Philly. Check out Eat the Turnbuckle and Bad Luck 13!
Shop talk kicks your ass with some dragons, too. No bullshit. No LIES.
Philadelphia tattoo artist Eric Perfect talks about some crazy history in the city of brotherly love and the evolution of his career and Kadillac Tattoo, known all over the world. The conversation flows smoothly and the stories are wild. Don't miss this bullshit.
Porter and Conner are back for another Shop Talk with your host, Nick Swartz. Stop tellin' everyone how bad that tattoo was that you saw on the internet and praise some great art with these fellas instead!
Kylie Greene from Only You Tattoo down in Atlanta, Georgia came up to Ol' Virginny to get tattooed, do some tattoos and shoot the shit with Nick. The bullshit, that is. No lies.
Shop Talk with your boys takes you out, as usual. Y'all come back now. Ya hear?
This is a great, long podcast full of stories as Nick and Will talk to Zac Scheinbaum in the last of the NY trip podcasts. Zac has released a book featuring the talents of Grime and Chris O'Donnell. Unfortunately sold out at this time, if you can find it anywhere you should definitely check it out.
Porter and Andrew join up for the Shop Talk, too, of course!
This one was a real treat for Nick, and in turn all of you bullshitters, as Nick sits down with Chris Grosso on his New York trip. Chris is an executive producer over at VICE where he's worked on amzing shows from Epicly Later'd to Munchies. So much awesome stuff that if you haven't heard of, you need to.
They talk tons of tattoos as well, but as usual you'll also get your Shop Talk fix if you stick around. Enjoy!
Another episode from Nick's trip up to Kings Ave. in NY city. Justin Weatherholz sits down with Nick to share stories both current and old.
Nick heads up to New York and visits Kings Ave. Tattoo for the first of four great episodes he recorded there. And, of course, the first is a great conversation with none other than Mr. Mike Rubendall.
Lots of great bullshit in this one. Will Lollie joins in every now and then and the great Steve-O is hangin' out too. It's a fun one. There's an excellent Shop Talk, too!
Blake has been gettin' tattooed at Alley Cat and playing music around Harrisonburg for as long as Nick can remember. He brings his guitar by and has a drink or two with Nick and the stories are wild and the songs are loose and loud.
Just a straight up fun episode and a great Shop Talk. Enjoy, y'all.
Travelling artist Harrison Wellwood, now of Spiderweb Tattoo down in NC sits down for some crazy bullshit stories with Nick, Andrew and Porter. Strap in because it's a wild one. They even knock out a Shop Talk together, so enjoy!
Nick and Richie took a trip down to Richmond where Will Lollie was visiting Absolute Art. Along with Brian Bruno, everyone sat down to discuss a very wide range of topics, some of which are a bit controversial. Touching on everything from today's politically correct climate all the way to the wonderful topic of DNA. You know what I mean.
An excellent Shop Talk session wraps things up neatly at just under three hours. We thank everyone for listening and hop you enjoy!
Not much to elaborate on here, you just gotta listen! Nick's lifelong friend Vicky comes on over and bullshits with Nick about all kinds of fascinating stuff from growing up in the Section 8 housing to partying here and there.
Plus a Shop Talk. We're back! Enjoy.
Mike Rubendall, owner of Kings Ave. Tattoo in New York talks with Nick about Everence - a method of encapsulating DNA in the form of a powder that can then be mixed into tattoo inks. He's joined by Tim Hendricks and Scott Sylvia who are both out in California to discuss the project as well.
As usual for Nick, they discuss quite a few other things as they bullshit, so don't worry about that. Also, these dudes aren't chilling at Alley Cat with Nick, either. They're in three different cities, so this all had to be organized over the internet. Some audio issues occur, but Nick explains all that in the intro. It's worth overlooking to hear what these legends all have to say.
This episode contains some important information, so Shop Talk takes a break this week. So if you're new to the show, be sure and keep listening so you don't miss out. Alright, enjoy everybody!
Living in Harrisonburg and working at Alley Cat has led to the creation of some great, lasting friendships with a lot of cool people over the years. This is the story of one of them.
All the way from sunny (and smoky) California where he runs the show at his restaurant Cueva Bar comes Nicks old friend from the 'Burg, Oz the Chef.
Listen as Oz talks about the trials and tribulations of his life in America and how they led not only to eventually becoming great friends with Nick, but also finding his beautiful wife and becoming a chef. A great time, for sure.
Stick around for more of Andrew Conner and Chris Porter as they bullshit with Nick about another week of great tattoos on Shop Talk. Hell yeah!
On our recent VA Beach trip, Nick got to meet and sit down with Annette LaRue and Steve Tiberi from Electromagnetic Tattoo in Chesapeake, VA.
This episode kicks ass right out of the gate, so you definitely don't want to miss it as we finally get a woman's perspective of doing tattoos and dealin' with all that comes with it. It's not what you'd expect and so much more.
Keep up the crazy with your favorite Shop Talkers, too!
We got Tony Riccio back on the show! The third show from the VA Beach trip and it's a great one. Nick and Tony talk about the history of some of the shops in the VA Beach area and discuss Tony's new shop: Saltwater Tattoo and his killer crew.
As always, we finish things up with a Shop Talk featuring Nick, Porter, and Andrew... and just a lil' bit of Richie. Check it out!