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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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Oct 19, 2021

Having traveled to Richmond to record with Katie last week, Nick stops by the renowned High Point Barber Shop to talk with one of the owners, David Foster. Having only met in passing prior to this, Nick and Foster hit it off like old friends and when you hear the conversation you'll know why. High Point is not your average barber shop. It's more like going to a tattoo shop and working with artists because, well - you are. They keep tattoo flash on the walls and you'll definitely see plenty of tattoos on the barbers themselves by Brian Bruno and other tattoo legends. It's just a great episode all around and you won't be disappointed with the comraderie evident throughout it and the stories that get told. Sit down, relax and enjoy the cut.

Oct 12, 2021

Nick hit the road again to record a few episodes for all you bullshitters and kicks things off with a great conversation with Katie Davis of Salvation Tattoo Gallery in Richmond, VA. Katie's man, Fred Pinckard, was just at the Alley Cat Tattoo 20th Anniversary celebration and not only attended, but his company Alliance Tattoo Supply provided supplies for a gathering of some of the best tattoo artists in the world that weekend. When Fred and Nick talked about some of the amazing work Katie has going on, he knew he had to sit down with her. Katie is presenting an amazing show where local Richmond artists provided ceramic pieces that tattooers then painted on before they were glazed and fired. It sounds like an amazing show, just like this one. The Shop Talks aren't back yet, but hang in there with us and enjoy the talk.

Oct 5, 2021

Chris Porter - Master P - Chrissy Big Tats is back on the show and kickin' it live with Nick to bring you the deep discussions and flavorful retellings that you are here for. Yes, it has been a week or two since the big Alley Cat Tattoo Twentieth Anniversary event and you're gonna get some great insight into that celebration from the front lines and behind the scenes. We all had a great time, but these two will hit you with some of the intensity and emotionality of the seriousness of how amazing the weekend really was from all perspectives.

That's most of what's going on here and you don't want to miss a minute of it. We're all still recovering from things, so there's still no Shop Talk attached to this episode, but hang in all the way until the end of this one for an inebriated, but celebrated announcement from the tat duo, the brothers of bullshit, the tattoo boy wonder and industry johnny carson themselves after killing an innocent bottle in front of us all. You're gonna wanna hear it. Have fun. Take care.

Sep 28, 2021

It's a perfect time to have Mr. Perfect on the podcast once again. Coming off the amazing twentieth anniversary weekend of Alley Cat Tattoo, Eric Perfect comes by the shop to hang out and talk some crazy tattoo tales with Nick. He brought along his son and apprentice to knock out some killer tattoos for the public while it all went down. Mr. Andrew Conner joins the conversation as well to fill in the gaps for our host.

There will be more about the 20th in a future episode, but thank you to everyone involved in making it a truly special event. And thanks to Eric for swinging by afterward to keep it comin'!

Sep 21, 2021

Just before the big Alley Cat Tattoo Twentieth Anniversary Celebration in Rocktown - Harrisonburg, V.A. - Nick got a visit from a good friend Evan and his brother Corey from back in the day. This is an episode of memories and stories and talkin' shit about cops and folks and just kickin' it for a damn long and entertaining bullshit session. If you're a fan of the show, you will be right at home in the setting of this one, and if you're new you're gonna hear about a wild place nestled in the mountains of Virginia and the cast of characters that populated it. Not much tattoo talk, but that ain't the only thing this is about. Enjoy y'all.

Sep 14, 2021

It has been a while, but Joe Capobianco is back on the podcast to hang out with Nick to drink some whiskey, unload some stories and tell it like it is about quite a few things. When these two get conversin' it just doesn't slow down until it's over. Tons of tattoo history talk here and lots of discussion about the way things were and how they're goin' now. Alley Cat's very own Trevor Smith is hanging around for a good long bit of the first half, then the man across the way from him, Mr. Richie Stutler sits in on the tail end. A great time is had by all, leading right into the big Alley Cat Tattoo Twentieth Anniversary Celebration. Hell yeah.

Sep 7, 2021

Now that we're right up in the celebrations of Alley Cat Tattoo's twentieth anniversary, Nick recorded with someone who was there right at the beginning while he was visiting Richmond. Keith is a long time friend of the shop and was around when things were just kickin' off. You get to hear about some of the old days when there was a quite different crew and the barber shop next door was still swingin' and Chris "Big Tats" Porter went by a different nickname and was still a fresh faced starter learnin' from Nick and Keith and all the other characters around back in the day. It's a great time, so give it a listen.

Aug 31, 2021

Jason Hobbie returns after a million years ago having done an episode of NLJBS. In that legendary first one, the discussion focused a lot on his time coming up in Roanoke, VA and then several other shops, but stopped just short of opening Absolute Art in Richmond. So does this one pick up the timeline there? NO! We're livin' in the now on this one and hanging out with the crew of Jason's other shop: Classic Tattoo. We've got with us Charlie Jones, Zach Hendrickson and Rylee Jennings to talk about all things tattooing in Richmond and a peek behind the curtain of the elusive wizard of Richmond tattooing that is Jason Hobbie. Nick keeps it moving and starts us off with a killer intro talking about the 20th Anniversary of the home of No Lies Just Bullshit, Alley Cat Tattoo in Harrisonburg, VA. Hell. Yes.

Aug 24, 2021

Back in the early days of the podcast, we were honored to have sat down for a while with one of the old school tattooers down in Richmond. Frank Mills, rest in peace, had us over at his place to hang out and see some old stuff and hear some old tales. Mr. David Boysno and the one and only George Archer joined us in this discussion. You'll hear all about how this happened and some of the unusual things you can expect when you sit down to listen to this, but just know that this was back when we first started the show. We had no idea yet what we were doing, and our equipment spoke to that fact. And in addition to everything you'll hear Nick say about what went on back then, the file also inexplicably cuts off right in the middle of a good Frank story. So this is it, finally repaired and  though it's not much and it's not complete, it's a piece of tattoo history that we hope you'll all enjoy.

Aug 17, 2021

The boys are back at it again in Clifton Forge. Nick was in the town he grew up in again for a family trip and though he was just on here, Dewayne returns to No Lies Just Bullshit for even more shenanigans. This time the Boar's Nest is fully operational and the guys waste no time filling it with cigar smoke, bourbon-fueled tales and brotherly bullshit. I won't waste any more of your time. If you heard him on here a few weeks ago, you're gonna wanna jump on in to this episode with Dewayne and Nick. Enjoy.

Aug 10, 2021

It's that time of year for the busiest tattooer on the East Coast to take a little vacation with his wife and child, so when Mr. Chris Porter hits the surf and sand, he gets excellent tattooers to fill in for him. This week you get to hear from one of these gentlemen: Jason McGarry to be exact, comin' at ya all the way from Three Rivers Tattoo in Pittsburg, PA. Alley Cat's very own Richie Stutler and Jake Hockman join Nick in the conversation with Jason and everyone involved tells some great stories and deep thoughts on the tattoo industry and how killer it is that we're all where we are today. Richie and Jason worked together in the past, so you'll hear some fun insider bullshit on this one, folks. Enjoy.

Aug 3, 2021

Foster is a legend down in Roanoke, VA where Nick used to live and they've been friends for a good, long time. He's played in a bunch of different bands and some of them were with Brian Gray, who used to tattoo at Alley Cat. Well, Nick and Foster get into all kinds of good stories about music and partyin' and all the things you love to listen to on this show. He even throws down a few tunes on here and they're great. Right now you can catch Foster around Roanoke and branching out to some other places with his bands The Mad Iguanas, Gote, the Isaac Hadden Project and Dead Reckoning. Always a good show and always a good time.

Jul 27, 2021

Long time fans of the show are getting to know Uncle Dave very well by now. Always down for a great conversation covering a wide range of topics, Uncle Dave and Nick have been friends for almost twenty years and you can hear it in the stories. This one is no different, my friends. You know what to expect, and if you don't - then kick back, grab a drink and enjoy.

Jul 20, 2021

If you've listened to NLJBS long enough, you've heard mention of ol' Dewayne here. Cousin to Nick through the Nicely family by way of the VanNess family, this is someone who grew up with the host of your favorite podcast and raised all kinds o' hell with him. There's quite a few of those stories packed in here as well as a whole hell of a lot of reminiscing about family you've heard on here and definitely heard a bunch about on here. So yeah, if you're a fan of the stories about Clifton Forge - that small, kinda backwoods railroad town that Nick spins many a yarn about on this show then you're really gonna get a kick out of this one. Thanks for checkin' it out and thanks for listeining!

 

Jul 13, 2021

It's a big crew hangout podcast this time y'all. NLJBS veteran Mr. John Glessner was tattooing at Alley Cat and havin' a good old time. Andrew was working on Mark's back some more so Taylor got tattoed as well. Mark was on the show not too long ago. And nearby hair stylist (the Honeycomb in Charlottesville) Anna Comarovschi was getting tattooed as well so she joined in. This led to a lot of tattoo stories that weave in and out of this crew as well as some killer talk about the Harrisonburg and Roanoke music scenes. A great time was had by all. No Shop Talk yet, but this one's a real long one to make up for it. Enjoy y'all.

Jul 6, 2021

It's the "birth of a nation" or rather, our nation's birthday to be more precise, and Nick and Alley Cat Tattoo's very own Chris Porter are returning from a shindig at Sara Pennington's place when they decide to bust out the device for the inaugural NLJBS road session. That's right, this one is coming to you live from inside Nick's caddie for the first half, then the rest is these two gentlemen chillin' by the fire at Nick's place. Beverages are consumed and stories are laid down. You're gonna have a great time as Porter saves the day. Have a great summer, everyone and enjoy the show.

Jun 29, 2021

If you've listened long enough, you know Nick's gonna hit VA Beach at some point every year and he always comes back with some great podcasts. Having already done some great episodes with Tony Riccio of Saltwater Tattoo, it's time to hear from the other main man, Mike Rickards. We get some great history and great stories from Mike and Nick and then more and more of the SWT crew rolls in. Before it's all over you'll hear from Matt Nelson, Brandon Webb, Joey Ilardi and Kavi Montoya. It's a fun hangout and a great time, so enjoy! We'll get back to the Shop Talks as soon as we can, folks.

Jun 22, 2021

That's right. Slim. Motherfucking. Brown! Back on NLJBS, talkin' with Nick for a few hours and it's non-stop, man. Slim goes hard and there's not a millisecond of dead air to be found. This episode is super special, not only to have the privilege of the wisdom and whim of Slim, but you can hear throughout the sounds of a tattoo being executed by the one and only Mike Wilson. It's a great time with freakin' great stories with a killer tattoo shop filled with close friends and good times and you can feel the vibe throughout the episode, so y'all will definitely enjoy this one. There ain't no shop talk on here yet, but you won't need it after absorbing all the awesomeness of this one. Check it out.

Jun 15, 2021

Beau returns for another absolutely awesome episode. Nick travelled down to Richmond to Absolute Art and recorded a farewell podcast with Beau Beau so you won't wanna miss it. That's right he's kickin' down to the deep south, way past the borders of this country and a few more. Listen in to hear all about it, as well as some Avail tales and discussions that don't hold back on a ton of bands and all kinds of other shit in the punk rock universe that exists around these two dudes. 

There's no Shop Talk quite yet, but you can hear a fun guest appearance early on by the one and only Timothy Hoyer as well as a side discussion featuring Keith Harper. Ignore the occasional audio problem whenever Beau gets excited and animated and enjoy this killer bullshit session.

Jun 8, 2021

Mrs. Diane Laws is one of those mentors who had an impact on so many young people it would be impossible to count. Well, if you've ever wondered how Nick got to be the charismatic host of your favorite podcast, this is definitely one of those guests who influenced him the most. Sit back and listen to some of those tales as you get to know a wonderful human being and amazing teacher. There's plenty of Clifton Forge talk and all kinds of stories from the past that just need to be shared and enjoyed, and there are no shortage of people who were influenced by Mrs. Laws who will love this opportunity to hear from her again.

There's a lot going on around Alley Cat Tattoo and the podcast these days, so Shop Talks are on hold for the time being. Look for Andrew Conner and Chris Porter to return in a future episode. Enjoy.

Jun 1, 2021

Joey Knuckles made the journey back down to Alley Cat Tattoo and this time things get a bit out of this world. Lots of great stories throughout the episode, but more importantly are some crazy topics that will free your mind into thinking the way it was supposed to. Three or four of his homies are hangin' at the same time. No Shop Talk this week, so this'll have to do. But Porter and Andrew will return soon!

May 25, 2021

It's the return of Rob Kinzel from the Body Gallery in Leesburg, VA. He and his piercer, Lucy, travel down to the NLJBS studios to hang out with Nick and when these two get together you know the stories just don't end. There's a ton of industry talk and excellent tales in this one, so definitely check it out.

Porter and Andrew will be back soon to talk with y'all about some killer tats during the Shop Talks. Keep listening to your favorite podcast.

May 18, 2021

Nick sits down with Australian tattooer Will Brown and they shoot the shit for a good long while. He's been tattooing at some of the greatest shops all over our country, along with his wife who also appears on this episode. Check this out and you'll hear some excellent tales about a lot of people you already know. 

There's not a Shop Talk this time but it won't be long before the boys are back at it and lookin' at killer tats in order to pass the word on to you. Thanks for listenin'.

May 11, 2021

The Thirty Year Reaper himself, Chris "Big Tats" Porter has a hell of a hangout session with Nick with a whole ton o' stories and memories from over the years of Alley Cat Tattoo. Richie stops by for the last hour and receives much love and listens to some wild tales up close and personal with the perpetrators themselves.

It's a Nick and Porter duo Shop Talk to wrap things up, but the tattoos are still incredible and the banter is hilarious. Enjoy!

May 4, 2021

If you missed the first one a couple weeks ago, check it out. Mark Bell of Main St. Tattoo in Salem, VA is back to talk a whole lotta shit with Nick about their time working together in Roanoke and so much more. The Alley Cat crew comes back in off and on throughout just like last time. Mark is a long time friend of everyone involved in the shop and the podcast so the conversation comes naturally. 

Shop Talk follows with Andrew and Porter joining Nick to talk about some serious tattoos that you need to be lookin' at. Hell yeah.

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