This week we've got a Richmond original from Heroes and Ghosts tattoo down in Carytown: Mr. Nick Barnett. He traveled up the road a ways to come and see Alley Cat in Rocktown V-A and check out how it has evolved since his last visit. While there, Nick Swartz, your weekly wizard of hosting the bullshit, laid down a great podcast full of great tattoo stories and industry talk. It's a real fun conversation and the first in a barrage of excellent tattoo heavy podcast we have lined up for the next few weeks. No Shop Talk yet, but you'll enjoy the hell out of this one.
What we do have is a little surprise in the form of thirty intensely interesting, oddly curious and unsuspectingly kickass minutes of the one and only Shane Enholm. That's right, an NLJBS legend calls in and crams an hour's worth of words about his new book coming out in under 30 minutes and it's entertaining as hell and good to hear from him again and you're gonna want to buy this book. As a matter of fact, head over to tribalbooks.net to order yours right fuckin' now.
Well, it's cold and it's bleak and it's still the middle of this thing we've been in for a while now, but sometimes a ray of light breaks through the branches and a warm whistles on outta the woods and strolls in to your castle with camaraderie, beverages and stories. That's what we've got here this week as these two legends of Rock Town V A have a chat and there ain't no interruptin' them once they get started. You'll be sittin' there with 'em and just enjoying the conversation and sometimes you just don't even know why. These two are just easy to hear. It'll all make sense in the episode, so enjoy this one and we'll keep bringing you bullshit weekly and keep mixing it up as best we can. You know we won't let ya down. Shop Talks are on a bit of a hiatus, but they'll return as soon as we can do it!
Alley Cat & Rocktown's very own asskickers Chris "30-year Reaper" Porter and Jake "Hockmanistan" Hockman swoop in and sling some killer stories and vibe on Nick's legendary tales for a quick fan pleaser of a three-hour awesome episode. That's right, you've heard 'em all before, but never together like this, so just sit back and pick up on all the new weird shit you'll hear woven in to these classic tales of tattooing and partying in and around the Harrisonburg, VA area and revel in the historic moments that came together to make Alley Cat Tattoo what it is today. There's not a Shop Talk on this one, but they'll be back before you know it. Hell yeah. Keep on bullshittin'.
It has only been a few episodes since we've heard from David, but Nick made a trip down to Richmond after having visited Northern VA, so we get the privilege of having him back on to spin some more tales for us. It's always a good time when these two start dishing out some memories for us about the good old days. Whether it's small town stories or punk rock reminiscing, there's never a quiet moment. As a matter of fact, this one goes so long that there's not a Shop Talk on the end. Look for the return of Porter and Andrew next week. Enjoy, y'all.
If ya haven't heard Kenny Brown's earlier NLJBS episode, do ya'self a favor and go check it out. Nick did a bit o' travelling for tha show this past week to get y'all that good content and ended meeting up with Kenny Brown again, this time with the homie Chance Kenyon. Both dude's from Jack Brown's Tattoo Revival of Fredericksburg, now with a new location in Fairfax. This is some Grade A bullshit right here. Kenny and Nick go way back from the days of the Richmond Tattoo convention. If you know, you know there's some crazy tales to come outta there for sure. It's a good ol hangout with some other folks dropping in and out, socially distant styles of course and everybody has a good old storytellin' time. No Shop Talk on this one as the times take their toll on the boys. Expect Porter & Andrew to return soon.
Y'all wanna hang out with Nick, right? You want to hang with Porter. Whether you're a long time listener who's done this a bunch o' times, or new to the show, but know the characters; you know you want to be listeinin' when it's Nick & Porter hanging out, cuz you're gonna hear some crazy stories, some kickass memories and some of the best musical, movie & life advice you'll find anywhere right now. Just sit back and take it in. You know you want it.
Stick around afterward for Shop Talk and some very important musings from the boys & Andrew and you're going to absorb some insight into excellent tattooing like you've never absorbed before. Bet.
The tattoo shop is a cultural hub in Harrisonburg and whether it be painters, musicians, dancers, photographers, models, chefs, whatever - you can be sure that everyone involved in Alley Cat either knows these folks directly or knows someone who does. Pat Jarrett is no exception. He's worked with Sara multiple times for some of her killer photo shoots (check her instagram - you have to see this stuff) and yet Nick came across Pat's work entirely unrelated. Well, hell - just have a listen and you'll hear that and a ton of other cool stuff as these two bullshit for a while.
Stick around as Porter & Andrew pick up the Shop Talks with Nick and tell you a few tales while shining light on some of the best tattoos you can treat your eyes to on the internet. Do it.
It has been a while, but not too long, since Mary Jane was on the podcast. Well Nick takes advantage of the time we've got left with her to kick around some excellent stories for y'all. This one is all over the place and a great time, so have fun listenin' in on these rowdy tales. Porter is back in the saddle for an excellent episode of Shop Talk with Andrew and Nick. This is what it's all about.
It's been a while since we've heard from Schuyler, appearing previously on episodes with Diablo Dimes and Uncle Benny (rest in peace) and past time for him to rock out his own episode. Well, here he is and you get the full Nick / Schuyler hangout great time on this one, folks. You'll be priveleged to damn near a dozen fun tunes and several spectacular stories from both 'Ler & Nick. It doesn't get any better than this for all of your weekly bullshit requirements. So take it all in and wash it down with a brilliant episode of Shop Talk, still only with Nick & Andrew at the moment. Porter will return as soon as we can nail him down for a minute. Hell yeah.