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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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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?

Nov 28, 2023

From the beginning of NLJBS, Nick has known that he wanted to get Shahn Anderson on the show to talk about his tattooing story and this year at the Richmond Convention it finally happened. Coming from Great White North of Hopkins, Minnesota Mr. Shahn Anderson owns Dragonland Tattoo out there which will celebrate its thirtieth year in business next year. Hear all about how he got there and much more as Nick and Shahn discuss some great stories from the past as well as celebrate this great industry we all have right now. Don't miss this one. It's freakin' great.

Nov 14, 2023

The man needs no introduction. It's the one and only Good Time Charlie. Nick sat down with Charlie at the Richmond Tattoo Convention and what results is an informative couple of hours that you will not want to miss. 

Oct 31, 2023

Flying over to join us on the East Coast from Smile Tattoo over there in Oregon, it's Jason Tyler Grace. His story will take you places you are not expecting to go, but in the end he's got the killer travels and shop experience you expect to hear about on NLJBS. Nick shares a ton of family stories on this one too, most you've heard, some you haven't. It's a long episode and a great time. Don't miss it.

Oct 24, 2023

It's time to hear some phone calls from artists, listeners and friends - usually all three! It's another great edition of the NLJBS Hotline where you call Nick and leave him a message relaying a story or some wizened bit of important knowledge. Tell a joke or ask a question. This has become a fun way to interact with some additional content now that the Bullshit comes in every other week. Keep 'em comin' and we'll keep on hittin' y'all with the HOTLINE.

Oct 17, 2023

Back again on the NLJBS podcast, we've got great friend of the show  Mr. Ben Proudman hanging out and talkin' shit with Nick. Ben comes down to Alley Cat Tattoo in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley from Frederick, MD and Black Label Tattoo. It's a wild and varied volley of conversation between these two that goes all over the place, so there's sure to be something of interest to you in there. Enjoy and we'll see you this weekend at the Richmond Tattoo Convention in the capital of Virginia. Keepin' it real.

Oct 3, 2023

It's time once again for Nick to sit down with his good friend and industry veteran, Mr. Angelo Miller while attending the 2023 Pagoda City Tattoo Festival in PA. It's a great discussion of many parts of Angelo's history in tattooing covering many of the places he's worked and all of the people you expect to hear about throughout his career. You will hear tons of information about Inksmith & Rogers and before as Nick questions Angelo about his enormous success in the world of tattooing. It's a great talk that you won't want to miss and will hopefully not be the last time we get to hear from this legend. So check it out.

Oct 3, 2023

It's time once again for Nick to sit down with his good friend and industry veteran, Mr. Angelo Miller while attending the 2023 Pagoda City Tattoo Festival in PA. It's a great discussion of many parts of Angelo's history in tattooing covering many of the places he's worked and all of the people you expect to hear about throughout his career. You will hear tons of information about Inksmith & Rogers and before as Nick questions Angelo about his enormous success in the world of tattooing. It's a great talk that you won't want to miss and will hopefully not be the last time we get to hear from this legend. So check it out.

Sep 26, 2023

It's time for your favorite call-in, question and answer, hit up ya boy, tell it like it is, off-week podcast episode of No Lies Just Bullshit where you - the listener - the bullshit artists - call up Nick and talk some shit, tell him a story, ask him a question or - in the case of this episode - make some weird fuckin' noises and that's it. But if that's what it takes to bring y'all some content: Nick's on it.

Sep 19, 2023

Whilst attending the Pagoda City Tattoo Festival up in PA, Nick got a chance to have a long conversation with an excellent English gentleman tattooer, the one and only Henbo. What's with the name? Where in England, Tattoos? You'll hear all of these things discussed and more. Along for the ride is friend of the show Mike Boyd with a slightly different accent. They're both currently at Good Luck NYC and the stoires and names you'll hear on this one are epic indeed. Special surprise appearance by Mr. Pagoda himself, Justin Weatherholz, toward the end. It's a great episode.

Sep 12, 2023

Y'all made it happen once again by calling Nick on the ol' Hotline and givin' us some good questions and anecdotes. For this very special episode of the No Lies Just Bullshit Podcast Hotline we have a very special guest, the one and only Uncle Dave. Get ready for some great back and forth with Uncle Dave and Nick and for the first question we also have world renowned artist, frequent guest of the show and Alley Cat Tattoo crew member: Mr. Andrew Conner stops by the studio to reply to a personal question from a listener. It's a great episode, so tell your tribe.

Sep 5, 2023

Long time friend of the show and amazing tattoo artist Jesse Strother sat down with Nick at Pagoda City Tattoo convention up in PA and they had a hell of a time sharing stories that take us all over the place. The entire Alley Cat crew was in attendance at Pagoda and it's such a great time and Nick is able to get amazing podcasts like this one. Enjoy.

Aug 22, 2023

Mr. Will Lollie is back with yet another killer episode of stories from his travels as he sits down with Nick for a few hours and you all get to hear it. It's a lot about being in Japan, but you know when these two get together you're going to hear about all kinds of great tattooing and everything in between. It's a great one.

Aug 15, 2023

Here we go again with the NLJBS Hotline. Thank you to everyone who called Nick on this one and shared stories and information. It's another great one with some excellent tales from the world of tattooing and some fun questions. There's also some important information we want to share with our listeners as well, so please check it out. And stick around for Shop Talk with Porter and Andrew joining the show to fill you in on some really cool art.

Aug 8, 2023

By now we've heard from several of the Civilization crew out of Richmond and the infamous unreleased episode that was. Or was not. Well, now it's time for Mr. John Setzer to step up and recall those events and much more with Nick. As one of the more cognizant members of the aforementioned event, he and Nick have a good laugh and even play some bits of the episode. Add to that some amazing history of coming up in shops and family acceptance to doing the convention circuit and all that comes with those things. Don't miss this one. 

Jul 25, 2023

While in California for the Sacramento Capital City Tattoo Convention, Nick got a chance to sit down for a few hours with the legend Corey Miller and it's exactly what you'd expect from two people who love tattooing as much as these guys. So many great stories and discussions throughout the last thirty years of shops and tattoos on the west coast and just everything you can imagine in between. You don't want to miss this one. Check out Six Feet Under, Corey's shop in Upland, CA and let him know how much you appreciate the history recorded on this episode.

Jul 18, 2023

Here we go again - it's Hotline number 10. Y'all call in to the show and Nick answers the questions. Everyone wins. Hell yeah. It's another great call-in episode. Then stick around for Shop Talk with your favorite tatters Porter & Andrew. You're gonna love it.

Jul 11, 2023

The second of the podcasts Nick recorded while out in Sacramento, CA is another great one. Beau Brady has worked all over the place as you'll find out when you listen to this week's epiisode.  Every time Beau starts getting restless wherever he's at, he travels somewhere. So he's done a lot of it. And when you hear the places he goes, it's no wonder he has become one of the greats. Don't miss this talk as you hear about how the paths followed by Beau and by Nick have crossed throughout the years.

Jun 27, 2023

Just before the convention in Sacramento, Nick and Josh pick up Andrew and Richie and head immediately over to San Francisco to Tattoo City, the legendary shop owned by Ed Hardy. There, Nick had the honor to sit down with Doug Hardy and record and it's everything you want it to be. This is a great one talking about some excellent tattoo history. Do not miss it.

Jun 20, 2023

Nick takes your calls and let's everyone hear your thoughts, questions and most importantly, stories. We've also got a killer Shop Talk following the phone calls for y'all. Porter & Andrew join to talk about some killer artwork and analyze the tats with y'all. Enjoy.

Jun 13, 2023

It's always amazing to have guests come by Alley Cat Tattoo, especially someone as interesting as Kevin Riley and they sit down and do a podcast with Nick. There are some great stories here covering art and music and of course some killer tattoo history. All the way down from Studio 1 Tattoo near Philly, Kevin talks about all kinds of things you don't want to miss. Enjoy.

May 30, 2023

Having done a few episodes of the show in the past, it has been a long while since we have heard from master wet-on-wet painter extraordinaire Mr. Andy Sherman. Well, he recently popped by the NLJBS studios to hang out with Nick and discuss all kind o' stuff. Classic food, music, art and country life stuff that we all love about these dudes. It's a great one you won't want to miss, especially since we're about to hit you with three straight tattoo greats in a row after this. Keep listening.

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