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Old Oct 7th, 2007, 9:06 am   #1
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10 years ago today

On my way to the boneyard.
It has been 10 years now since my Brother has passed.
Hundred thousands of miles, and even more smiles. He is a national and local legend in motorcycling
"Tattoo Moose RIP"
They had to hold his service outside, it would have taken a stadium to hold the people and their bikes. I took his bike, boots facing backwards over the saddle and his girl to his last post.
State, county and local cops escorted, what turned into a 3 mile long procession as large groups of riders join in progress. (And of course the Feds were there taking pictures, because all of the big 4, 1%er clubs had members in attendance. This was neutral ground, the current club wars had not yet started. Plus there was a colorgard of 500 VNVMC to keep the peace)
I had told the grounds keeper to have shovels, and we buried him ourselves, by hand. The ultimate in respect, it's just our way.
He tattooed over 275,000 people
10 years after his death, he still wins contests, for his art.
His students are many, including Garver from Miami Ink.
There is not a place in my shop where you can sit without seeing a picture of him, always watching quietly.
He was my teacher, my riding partner, my brother, above all that
He was my friend.
Ride the Skies Brother&
Tell Valhalla I am coming
Rock
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Old Oct 7th, 2007, 10:50 am   #2
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My condolence to you and your brother. I also lost my older brother years ago in a motorcycle accident.

If your brother tattooed 275,000 people that was a huge accomplishment. Taking 352 days a year for 50 years he would have to of tattooed 15.6 people a day. Never taking a day off. Thats some serious work.
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Old Oct 7th, 2007, 5:34 pm   #3
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ROCK,,

My feelings are with you!! Your Bro sounds like one of a kind and a great man..

Hang Tough..
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Old Oct 8th, 2007, 10:42 am   #4
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My condolence to you and your brother. I also lost my older brother years ago in a motorcycle accident.

If your brother tattooed 275,000 people that was a huge accomplishment. Taking 352 days a year for 50 years he would have to of tattooed 15.6 people a day. Never taking a day off. Thats some serious work.
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The numbers don't work like that, before say 1984, production line tattooing was common, there weren't tattoo shops in everytown, you might have to go 100 miles or more to find a shop. It was nothing to show up hung over on a saturday morning and find 20-30 people waiting for you to open. He didn't even take appointmets until 84, before that it was the bench system. Whoever was on the end of the bench was next, drink to much while waiting, you better give someone a buck to hold your spot.
Needles were changed when they got dull, not after every customer change everything like now. (I shiver when I think about it)
At least they had moved into paper towels and not the old bucket and sponge from the 60's and before.
Someone would take the money shave the mark and get the stencil on. The best artist would out line and shade, then up and coming artists, apprentices would do certain colors. The next best artist always working last, in red up the pigment line, to white highlights. (the harder colors to get in right)
In such a setting it was not hard to work on 60 plus people per day, more if you were taking road aspirin (always available at the large bike parties and the carnival circuit ) to keep you awake.
I think the 1 day record for such a place is still held by Zeke MoWatt, working in Paul Roger's place, Jacksonville NC outside of camp LeJune 119 in 24 hours.
They were running an $10.EGA special.
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Sounds like you lost alot-sorry-it seems like you have memorialized him well. A good brother you are.
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Rock,

Thanks for sharing your sentiments, and for reminding us that brothers are special.
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On my way to the boneyard.
It has been 10 years now since my Brother has passed.
Hundred thousands of miles, and even more smiles. He is a national and local legend in motorcycling
"Tattoo Moose RIP"
They had to hold his service outside, it would have taken a stadium to hold the people and their bikes. I took his bike, boots facing backwards over the saddle and his girl to his last post.
State, county and local cops escorted, what turned into a 3 mile long procession as large groups of riders join in progress. (And of course the Feds were there taking pictures, because all of the big 4, 1%er clubs had members in attendance. This was neutral ground, the current club wars had not yet started. Plus there was a colorgard of 500 VNVMC to keep the peace)
I had told the grounds keeper to have shovels, and we buried him ourselves, by hand. The ultimate in respect, it's just our way.
He tattooed over 275,000 people
10 years after his death, he still wins contests, for his art.
His students are many, including Garver from Miami Ink.
There is not a place in my shop where you can sit without seeing a picture of him, always watching quietly.
He was my teacher, my riding partner, my brother, above all that
He was my friend.
Ride the Skies Brother&
Tell Valhalla I am coming
Rock
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