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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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May 17, 2022

No guest this week. Just Nick hangin' out with you for a while and answering a few questions. Sometimes that's how it goes. Next week ought to be a return to some killer NLJBS content. If you're a fan of the show you'll still love what's going on here. And if you've ever considered giving Nick a ring on the old hotline, you should do it! You never know what you might hear. Thanks for listenin'.

May 10, 2022

Nick's down in the old stompin' grounds again, staying in scenic Clifton Forge, Virginia so that means we get to hear from cousin Dewayne once again and he don't disappoint. Schuyler returns to the show as well, hanging out with Nick and cooking amazing food and playing powerful songs for your listening experience. It's a hell of a hangout with lots of stories bein' told that are new to the show as well as a few bits you might have heard versions of before. Either way, it's a heck of a good time, so enjoy y'all.

May 3, 2022

Thomas Michael, known more commonly as Ugly Tom has returned to the NLJBS studios to sit down with Nick for a few hours before he tattoos Alley Cat's very own Sara Pennington. It's a great episode hearing these guys catch up on what's been happening in Tom's tattoo world down in Charlotte, NC. Andrew Conner comes by about half way through and the conversation just gets better. There's even some promising Shop Talk discussion and just all around cool tales told by great friends. Don't miss it.

Apr 26, 2022

It's another Hotline show where Nick will be answering the quesions and comments from you.  After a few questions, though, a listener presented us with this question to pose to tattooers: "What would you be doing if you were not a tattoo artist." You get to hear answers from people like David "Dee" Self from Legacy Irons Tattoo and the band Old Heavy Hands, Scott Milyanovich from Inksmith and Rogers, Fred Pinkard of Salvation Tattoo and Alliance Supply, the one and only Shane Enholm, Alley Cat's Chris Porter and Trevor Smith and even Justin Weatherholz. It's a fun hour. Enjoy!

Apr 19, 2022

Have you ever had hoped to hear about huntin' and hip-hop and a whole lotta both? Well hell, Holmes, it's all here. Mr. Chris Porter has gone and done some delvin' into the world of the ancient stalking arts. Hear how it went as you listen to his sit-down with Nick, and then hear about all kinds of old times and new and a big huge helpin' of hip-hop discussion that can only be had by these two. It's a lot good times, so enjoy listenin' in on it.

Apr 12, 2022

Some shops need no introduction. They're that amazing. If you know even the slightest thing about tattoos, you've heard of Kings Ave. in New York. Mike Rubendall and many of the other guys from Kings Ave. have been on the show multiple times. It's that shop. Well this week we got a visit from another one of the amazing artists from Kings Ave. - Mike Brummett. He came down and killed it working at Alley Cat and then told his tale for Nick and some of the guys from the shop and a visiting Mark Bell from Main St. tattoo in Salem, just south of Rocktown. It's a great episode you don't want to miss. We get a great tattoo journey, some amazing old school shop stories as well as healthy peppering of Nick experiences. Enjoy the show.

Apr 5, 2022

It's not a full episode of NLJBS this week since you know how it goes: sometimes we've got killer guests comin' through or Nick's on the road, and sometimes it's just business as usual crankin' out killer tattoos and puttin' in the work. Well, we love our listeners and hearin' from you and we really appreciate all the folks how have been hittin' up the No Lies Hotline. Here's a few more of the recent comments and questions that have come through. Don't be shy - if you got something to say or something to ask us about, or just wanna fuck with us - hit it up and leave your voice or whatever. You might appear on one of these filler episodes. It's a great time all around, so enjoy.

Mar 29, 2022

Nick has been tryin' for a while to get this gentleman on the show ever since Brian Bruno told him they need to talk. Well, it finally worked out and Adam Marton drove up to Harrisonburg to see Nick at Alley Cat and hang out in the NLJBS studio surrounded by killer artwork and great booze. And this one was worth the wait. It's around four hours of amazing tattoo talk as Adam shares a ton of stories of names you've heard a lot on this show. He tells us about his days starting out at Empire Tattoo in Asheville, NC. Then there are a ton of stories in Richmond leading up to opening his own shop, Civilization Tattoo. It's just an all around awesome hang out with a great guy. Check it out.

Mar 22, 2022

On this episode, Nick heads up Interstate 81 to meet up with good friend Gary Gearhardt from Key City Tattoo, and they travel over to Annapolis, MD to the Orange Tattoo Company where they sit down and have a killer conversation about the Maryland / D.C. / Virginia tattoo scene and how it came to be. You are primarily listening to Brady Duncan and Jowe Nasatka with a bit from Franky Orange who we hope to have back on the show one day. There are a ton of great stories and a lot of history on this one, so check it out for sure.

Mar 15, 2022

J Ranno is a name that is talked about constantly at Alley Cat Tattoo, usually whenever something gets posted to Instagram by this gentleman. As in - did you see what he just posted - holy shit! We've always said here at No Lies Just Bullshit that this is what IG should be used for. Show people things you like. Things that are great. Don't look at negativity. Well, here's a great example because J came down from his private studio in Baltimore to do some tattooing at Alley Cat and now you also get to hear from him and about his art as Nick shoots the shit with him. Andrew hangs out for a while as well and it's a great conversation. We hop you enjoy it.

Mar 8, 2022

Joe Capobianco is back on the show again and just as awesome as last time. This time he's been travelling with Elliot Wells from Edinburgh, Scotland who does some killer tattooing and art. The guys join Nick at Alley Cat and have a great discussion of old tattoo shops and stories, great whiskey, popular bands, Lord of the Rings and international curiousities. Not to mention forced Cadillac driving and the associated ridicule. It's a great one you won't want to miss. And go check out these guys' art. For sure.

Mar 1, 2022

While still recovering from the hangover from Alley Cat's 20th anniversary party almost six months ago, Chris Fox comes back down south to hang out again. This time he's tattooing several members of the crew and recording with Nick. Chris owns Fish Ladder Tattoo in Lansing, Michigan and is a member of several bands. Porter is around for the ride, and you also catch a bit of Trevor, Richie and Jake in there as well. So enjoy.

Feb 22, 2022

We're kinda between episodes here, so Nick is gonna sit down on the edge of your bed and tuck you in with some timely bullshit and a recent samplin' of the HotLine. We're working hard over here at No Lies Just Bullshit and Alley Cat Tattoo to bring you word of the tat game and enlighten you to great art and artists. We've got some great episodes coming up, so check this out for now and thanks for listenin'.

Feb 15, 2022

It has finally happened: Andrew Conner has put out a small book of some of his sketches from recent years. This is a project that has been discussed for years, so Nick sits down with the man himself to discuss many things art, music and more and to talk about some of the ideas that went into the creation of this book to coincide with its release. It takes a long time to get to that subject because of all of the excellent bullshit between these two great friends which, if you didn't know it already, can be found on many other episodes of the show. So enjoy this discussion on creativity and excellence.

Feb 8, 2022

After leaving Denton, MD and Black Anchor Tattoo, Nick heads north up to Asbury Park, NJ to visit Electric Tattoo. It's here that Mike Schweigert returns to the show along with  Robert Ryan and the very elusive Tom Yak. Lots of great stories are told about years past and a lot of great people. This is the content we try and bring you on the regular here at No Lies Just Bullshit and we hope you enjoy another piece of tattoo history and great storytelling.

Feb 1, 2022

It's a return to form for NLJBS as Nick hits the road to record some amazing shows. First stop on the trip is Denton, MD to see Krooked Ken of Black Anchor Tattoo. Ken has been doing this a very long time so you're gonna hear a ton of great stories and enjoy some of that excellent discussion and bullshit you've come to know and love. Black Anchor artist Patrik Carter is on hand as well and you might even hear Ken's son once or twice. It's great to be able to once again bring you these conversations with important artists you need to know about. Enjoy.

Jan 25, 2022

With a lot on our plate this week due to family matters, we don't have a full episode for y'all. But the good news is that we are on the road right now to get out there and record with some legends. So thanks for hangin' in there and waitin' on us, and thanks for listenin'!

Jan 18, 2022

Christopher Scott travels down south on a return trip after having visited Nick and Alley Cat with a friend earlier. This time we get to hear the origin story, as it often sounds like many other tattooer OG stories of breakin' into the business, only more. If you're into this sort of thing you are going to love this episode. 

Jan 11, 2022

There's a lot going on in the worlds of No Lies Just Bullshit and Alley Cat Tattoo and this week there is no episode for us to bring to you. Nick explains it all in a quick message and we'll be back next week with something for you all. Thanks for listening and supporting us for so many years.

Jan 4, 2022

I'm gonna keep this short and sweet. Hope everyone had a great New Year holiday and stayed safe and had fun. Well, if you want to know what it's like to chill out at Nick's joint for his traditional New Year's Eve Eve party, then look no further. This is an entire evening's worth of a jam session from some familiar voices that you've heard on the show before. A little banter before and after most of the tunes and just a good time of hanging out and playing music with your best friends. That's what we've got for you this week, so enjoy and let's do it again in 2022!

Dec 28, 2021

Get ready for some bluegrass and all around excellent music and storytelling from two awesome ladies. Molly Murphy is in the band The Judy Chops, from Harrisonburg and if you haven't heard of them you should definitely check them out. Lizzie Cahalin was back in Rocktown for the holidays, but appeared on an earlier NLJBS episode with Troutmouth if you wanna go find it first. It's a great time with great talk and tunes. Hope you enjoy the last episode of 2021. We're hanging in there and bringing you the bullshit.

Dec 21, 2021

It's an Alley Cat Crew extravaganza just in time for the holidays. Nick chills out at the NLJBS studios with Andrew and Porter, Trevor hangs out a while, Richie and Jake are in on the fun. Sara and Kate couldn't make it for this one and Bethany was holdin' down vape town, but Maddie was back in the 'Burg and makes an appearance. It's just a good old fashioned, drinks on the front porch, shoot the shit session of tall tales and twisted times. Lots of great stories, some told before, the usual bullshit. You know what to expect. So sit back and enjoy and have a great time with your families or whatever you do, and we'll see y'all back here just before New Year's. Excellent.

Dec 14, 2021

After our little setback last week, episode 273 is now and probably forever the mythical lost episode with Dave Capella from Inksmith & Rogers. It was a long one, which is what led to the majority of it getting deleted, and it was with the entire Alley Cat crew as well, so at least they all got to share the memory. Ask 'em about it one day.

This week, though - we've got a killer podcast with a great guy from Colorado. Seth is a serious tattoo collector who was in Rocktown - V - A - to get tattooed by Alley Cat's very own Trevor Smith, who makes an appearance on this episode. As well as Jake Hockman, all hosted by Nick, of course. Seth tells some amazing stories about killer hip hop shows, working in tattoo shops and venues and travels all around the world. It's a great time, so check it out. We've learned our lesson and are back on the weekly track of serving you up killer podcasts.

Dec 7, 2021

For the first time in almost 300 episodes, NLJBS did not appear Tuesday morning as usual. We had an issue with part of the recent episode getting deleted and we're in the process of recovering it. Hopefully it'll come to you tomorrow. Check Nick's social media to hear more. Thanks for listening!

Nov 30, 2021

Day after Thanksgiving in Clifton Forge is what you're hearing this week, folks. And we've got two returning guests for you. Mary Jane travelled down to hang out with Nick in the place he grew up and cousin Dewayne showed up again for it. There's a whole ton of whiskey talk and lots of huntin' stories and everything else you might expect if you've heard these guys before. There's even a brief appearance by our sister Larami which is pretty wild. That's all we've got for you this time, so enjoy the hangout and the  bullshit. We'll keep bringin' it to ya.

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