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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Apr 17, 2018

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.

Apr 10, 2018

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.

Apr 3, 2018

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.

Mar 27, 2018

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.

Mar 20, 2018

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!

Mar 13, 2018

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.

Mar 6, 2018

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!

Feb 27, 2018

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?

Feb 20, 2018

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!

Feb 13, 2018

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!

Feb 6, 2018

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.

Jan 30, 2018

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!

Jan 23, 2018

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.

Jan 16, 2018

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!

Jan 9, 2018

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!

Jan 2, 2018

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.

Dec 26, 2017

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!

Dec 19, 2017

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!

Dec 12, 2017

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!

Dec 5, 2017

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!

Nov 28, 2017

Alright everyone, welcome to Scott Sterling's fourth appearance on No Lies. Or is it five? Who know? Always great to have him on, though. He gives us some great stories and useful information for almost two hours and even gets some good shit outta Nick.

Stick around for Shop Talk and keep on listenin' to the show!

Nov 21, 2017

This is one Nick's been trying to get to for a while and it's finally here. Great storytelling and history from the one and only JD Crowe. If you're in or around the industry in any way, shape or form you've heard his name. The entire planet has seen the designs he's been selling for years. In his own words, before tattoo artists had Google, he WAS google for all these people.

The conversation is great and you'll be wanting more when it's over, so you'll have to come down smoothly with a Shop Talk. Y'all enjoy.

Nov 14, 2017

Back when there was a hair salon attached to Alley Cat Tattoo, Nick became good friends with one of the barbers named Tyrone. They're still homies 'til this day. I don't need to say anything else about Tyrone except that you should listen and I'd be surprised if you're not!

Shop Talk brings it home. You know the deal!

Nov 7, 2017

Mike Skiver is a legend in the tattoo industry. Known for being a tattoo historian and curator of the Tattoo Museum, Skiver has been around in the industry for a long time. He's also kinda crazy and unpredictable to hang out with. Listen as Nick finds out all this and more first hand.

Since Skiver is not someone you talk to for more than an hour, Nick is joined by Josh to talk about sixty episodes and to bullshit about what happened after returning from Florida that screwed up summer long ago. Then, of course, there's a Shop Talk.

Oct 31, 2017

(Episode formerly called "Shuhari")

Nick and Andrew have been friends with the great Mr. Will Lollie for over twenty years and you can tell when these three sit down and jump right in to a super interesting discussion going all the way back. Will came down from King's Ave. Tattoo in NY for this episode to tell some of the craziest and most interesting history you will hear about getting into tattoos. It's a great one and great for us listening in on these great friends.

Another quality Shop Talk wraps things up in the end, of course. Listen up and check 'em out.

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