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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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Jul 9, 2024

Well, yeah - this shoulda been a week with a guest, but we were a little busy moving our shop from the place it's been for the last 23 years into a new building. Nick will tell you all about, and then you can hear a few call-ins talking about all kinds of stuff. Enjoy.

Jun 25, 2024

It's the final episode in the ol' 990 Reservoir location of the No Lies Just Bullshit makeshift studio at Alley Cat Tattoo's 23 year long location, and the crew from Burnside Tattoo in Hagerstown, MD made the trip down south to see the shop in its current iteration one last time. Join Glessner, longtime friend of the show and former guest and get to know the man from CA, Mr. A.B. and hear some tales from the one and only Hawk, as well as an insight or two from shop apprentice Joey. Trey couldn't make it. Maybe next time at the new joint. It's a great episode with lots of old stories and a great hang. Enjoy it while we continue our progress.

Jun 11, 2024

It's been a while, but Civ is back on the show, calling in to talk with Nick about his upcoming New York Tattoo Convention. It's not the longest episode, but it's a great discussion about all kinds of things and what you can expect with the convention coming up. Always a great time hearing from Civ. Enjoy.

Jun 4, 2024

Here it is: another Hotline episode. You call in and Nick answers your questions and checks out your story. There are some really good ones here and kind of goes all over the place. Enjoy.

May 28, 2024

You've heard him on here before with Jill Bonny multiple times. Well, now Chris Wielk gets his own episode to sit down with Nick and talk for over two hours about some excellent thoughts about tattooing and much more. But mostly tattoos! Andrew is around for the first portion, and then Jake comes in about halfway. It's a great conversation and the perfect thing to celebrate over 350 episodes of No Lies Just Bullshit. Thank you for joining us. Tell your friends.

May 14, 2024

You know him from Shop Talk, Alley Cat Tattoo and all of his appearances on this show. Give it up to our guy - Mr. Chris Porter. He has now been tattooing for over twenty years. Porter sits down with Nick to discuss several of those years and a lot of things that went down in between, and a whole lot that's still happening. It's a great one celebrating one of our favorite people. 

May 7, 2024

Thanks to everyone who called in so that we could have a Hotline this week. This is a really great way to spark conversations, speak your opinions, and record some of the small stories that happen so they are not forgotten. Everybody loves to bullshit and we all love to listen. Nick expands upon each of the segments with his own thoughts that you have come to love over the last few years. So keep 'em coming and give us a call to hear what you want to hear on the show. Hell yeah.

Apr 30, 2024

Legendary tattoo shop Inksmith & Rogers celebrated their 40th Anniversary and Nick took a trip down to Florida to celebrate. Along with him were Porter & Sara from Alley Cat and Mark Bell from Main St. Tattoo in Salem, VA - all veterans of the show. In this episode, all four of them discuss the trip, but there are a few segments recorded live at the party. The first one is with Tom from London who tells Nick a great Scott Sterling story. Then Nick sits down with Angelo and Eric Desmond for a while with a guest appearance from Mike Wilson and then a wild story from Angus Perfect. Then Angelo, Swed and Nick Colella tell Nick some tales until Eric Inksmith himself shows up to talk about the event. It's a great episode with tons of tattoo history and topics that range from the industry to mind-altering substances. Check it out.

Apr 23, 2024

Hey, alright - y'all finally called in enough times to get one of these together for the off week. It's another edition of the NLJBS Hotline. This time we've got some great topics that come up, as well as some goofin' around. But we love doing these, so keep on callin' and share with us what you love about tattooing. 

Apr 16, 2024

If you've been listening for a while, you know our guest this time. It's the return of Uncle Dave. Nick sits down at Dave's place for an update on what he's got going on right now. It's not a long episode, but it's a great visit with a great man who has been a favorite many times on the show. Check it out and if you get a chance give the Hotline a call and we'll see you back here next week.

Apr 2, 2024

Inspired by a recent call from one of the Hotline episodes, Nick gathers the crew together to discuss some of the tattoos that have stood out in everyone's memory over the years. Nick is joined by Alley Cat's very own Andrew Conner, Jake Hockman and Richie Stutler. It's a really fun walk down memory lane with a lot of discussions throughout about what makes a great tattoo that just sticks with ya. Even when it's not on ya.

Mar 19, 2024

Molly Gotlib comes full circle after a guest spot at Alley Cat Tattoo last year, travel across the country visiting a ton of killer shops, to coming back again to tattoo and talk shit with Nick. Jake Hockman and Chris Porter of Alley Cat join in along with podcast returning guest Sam Berenstain and it's a fuckin' good time all around. Molly tells us about some of her travels and her start in the tattoo industry and everybody just shoots the shit about what we all love: tattoos. It's a fun one, so check it out.

Mar 5, 2024

The third episode from the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention a few weeks back. This time Nick sits down with Ronnie Dell'Aquila from Ronnie's Tattooing in Strasburg, PA. Ronnie has been in the game for over fifty years and the stories you will hear on this episode show that. It's a tight two hours of legendary names and all kinds of the things you want to hear about and have preserved like we do here on the No Lies Just Bullshit show. So check it out and tell your friends.

Feb 27, 2024

It's another edition of the No Lies Just Bullshit Hotline where Nick takes your calls. But y'all gotta keep makin' those calls. This one is a bit short, but the calls are great, so we hope you enjoy hearing another few stories from listeners and what Nick has to say about 'em. Hell yeah.

Feb 20, 2024

The weekend of the Philly Tattoo Convention, once again Nick's hotel room across the way is where the stories get told in order to preserve the words of another industry great. This time it's Angelo Scotto, come down from Champion Tattoo in the Bronx to bullshit with Nick for a few hours. Big George joins in the conversation and the tales told from both of these long time tattooers are ones that you don't want to miss. Sit back and take in some history. We'll keep bringing it to you.

Feb 13, 2024

It's another Hotline. Nick answers questions and expounds upon all of the bullshit y'all call in again. And we love it. This is a great one with six different calls and some fun and cool stories to pass the time until we talk with more legends. Hell yeah.

Feb 6, 2024

Nick's hotel room across from the Philly Convention is where we recorded with three legends recently. The first guest is Timmy Tats from just up the road in State College, PA at King Cobra Tattoo which has been around for almost thirty years. It's another great record of tattoo history recorded so the stories don't get lost as time goes on. It's a great conversation of yet another legend in the industry and how he got started and then weaving in and out of a lot of places you're gonna want to hear about and some recognizable names involved along the way.

Jan 30, 2024

Just back from a trip to Philadelphia to record with some legends during the tattoo convention, Nick is back to bring you an off-week episode of call-ins and they are great. We've got some good, quick stories that lead to some great topic discussions for this Hotline episode, so check it out and don't hesitate to give us a call and join in the talks. We'd love to have ya'!

Jan 23, 2024

If you've been listening for a while, you've probably heard an episode with this week's guest, Dave Boisineau. He's got a few. Well, he came down from Maryland to hang with Nick for a while and get caught up on what's been going on with him. It's a great episode that gets into some more history of Richmond tattooing and some other places that have come up in stories on the show. Steve-O shows up after a while and it's just a great hang with some great friends. Don't skip this one.

Jan 17, 2024

It's time once again to hear your calls, for those who took the time to hit up Nick on the ol' Hotline. It's a great one even though there's only a few. You're gonna wanna hear what all Nick has to say. Annette returns to the show after not having been on in a while. There's also a surprise live caller this time. Just a really fun way to fill in these off-weeks and share in the documentation of tattoo history and storytelling. Good times.

Jan 9, 2024

It's been a little while since the last time they were on the show, but Old Heavy Hands returns to talk about their new album coming out this month called Small Fires. Nick travelled down to Roanoke where they were performing a show at Martin's bar and grill and talked to the boys at Flying Panther Skate Shop where they hung out for a while and played a few songs. Friend of the show, Schuyler, is there for the hang as well. It's a great way to kick off 2024 with some music and musical conversation.

Dec 26, 2023

This episode of the No Lies Just Bullshit podcast will wrap up another killer year of guests and stories by hanging out back at the base with Alley Cat's own Chris Porter. Nick chats with the Tatter about all kinds of things you'd expect and a bunch more. Fellow crew member Jake Hockman steps in around the halfway point and pontificates upon some shared travels this year and it's just an all-around good time as we say goodbye to twenty twenty-three and get ready for another amazing year of tattoos in the Shenandoah Valley and bringing this show to the world.

Dec 19, 2023

It's that time again, the ol' off-week and that means a call-in episode. Thanks to everyone who hit Nick up with some stories and questions. They're all over the place this time, but they're great. So check out the Hotline this week and we'll see you next time with another guest.

Dec 12, 2023

Nick recently attended the 20th Anniversary party for Tattoo Paradise in nearby Washington D.C. and had the pleasure of sitting down with yet another legend from the tattoo industry; none other than Frank Ball himself who traveled from All Saint's Tattoo in Austin, TX. It's a great conversation spanning from a time long gone and a million names you'll recognize all the way up to today and new projects like the We Are Those People nonprofit set up by Frank and his family. You don't want to miss this one. It's fast and gets right into the history and doesn't stop for a second. Keep these artists alive by listening.

Dec 5, 2023

It's another exciting release on the off-week for No Lies Just Bullshit. Nick answers the questions, so of course you're here to hear what he has to say, but let's thank the folks who actually took the time to call in too! It could be you next time. What are you waiting for?

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