We got ourselves a talker! While we're still all dealin' with a pandemic in our great nation and it's kinda weird tryin' to figure out how to reach out to more tattooers, etc. Nick has had to come up with some interesting cats closer to home these days. Well we got one for ya! This is Nick's old pal "Gibby" Gibson and you'll learn all about him, the way he and Nick got acquainted and all kinds of other interestin' facts that you didn't know you wanted to know. There's plenty of pleasant tunes spread throughout and just a good ol' long bullshit session. Stay tuned for the Shop Talk you know and love with Andrew and Porter joinin' on in. Heck yeah.
This episode kicks off with a wild story relating to embalming and goes all over the place after that. It's a third visit for great friend of the show and Alley Cat, Mary Jane. If you haven't heard her other episodes, we recommend that you go check them out. If not, then enjoy your introduction to some very interesting story telling and back and forth with Nick. Shop Talk takes us home with Porter and Andrew and a bunch of killer tattoos. Good times.
After multiple cancellations of planned podcasts, the crew at Alley Cat Tattoo came through. For you. Like they do. It's true. After laying out a killer spread of grilled seafood and tasty beverages, Nick set up a huge space to socially distance everyone and then set out to capture some awesome stories about the history of the shop and the old days of Harrisonburg, VA and also stories from folks new and old from the shop. You'll hear from a hype Chris Porter (attempts to edit his numerous bellowing outbursts proved futile) and a super appreciative Jake Hockman. Every now and then you might catch a word or two from Richie Stutler, and lots of great insight from a reluctant but exuberant Kate Davis. Everybody has a great time talkin' shit and we hope you will too. And, of course there's a great Shop Talk to follow where Nick, Porter & Jake are of course joined by the legendary Andrew Conner. Hell yes.
Miky Scheer from Unstoppable Force Tattoo in Glen Allen, VA drove across the state with his daughter Sophie so that they could see Alley Cat and hang with Nick and while doing so, they laid down a killer track full of old stories and lots of familiar names. In addition to doing excellent tattoos, Miky was also in the band Four Walls Falling back in the day and played with all the VA greats whose names you've heard on the show countless times. So give this one a listen and have some fun.
Shop Talk puts the cherry on top with Andrew & Porter joining Nick for some insightful discussion on some sweet tats. Dig it.
Yoni Zilber is an excellent artist and friend of the show who recently contributed to one of our quarantine - edition short story collections and who has laid down one hell of a great episode last year for NLJBS. If you haven't heard of him, look him up. If you haven't heard his other episode, we strongly encourage that you go back and check that one out first. There are some intense tales on that one. Either way, sit back and grab a drink and enjoy this hangout at Nick's crib in picturesque Elkton, Virginia. Don't change the channel when they're through so that you don't miss another exciting entry of the one and only Shop Talk where our hero is joined by hilarious hosts and knowledgeable knuckleheads Chris Porter & Andrew Conner. It's the jam.
Nick heads over to the home of dear friend and bullshit sage Uncle Dave for another killer episode that doesn't shy away from the real talk, but brings you right to the table hangin' out with two great co-conspirators as they drink and laugh while hittin' you with the real deal storytellin'. It's always a great time full of old school thoughts and memories when these two get together.
Porter and Andrew bring you the excellent artistry of their favorite tattoos this week as they discuss just what makes them great with Nick and they all three throw in some wise words and silly shit to keep you comin' back. Hell yeah.
It's been a while since Porter got his own episode. He's been too busy hustlin' since the reopening of Alley Cat. But when times are rough and not too many folks are travelin' - you turn to the people who are close and you can count on. And that's Chris Porter in a nutshell. Great dude, excellent tatter, awesome friend. And if you don't already know some of those things, you're fuckin' up - get back in those archives and check out some of his early episodes. Doing great tattoos for years and helping flesh out the podcast by joining Nick and Andrew every week for Shop Talk, you are definitely going to get a kick out of this hang with him and your dedicated host, Nick Swartz.
Shop Talk finishes it off and you get to hear about more amazing tattoos. Enjoy!
Yoni Silber returns to the podcast with this hangout and quick recounting of two wild stories from his tattoo past. He sent them in back when we were doing the short stories episodes and now we finally get to squeeze him in with a good time hangout with our very own Andrew Conner. He tells Nick a great travelin' story. Shop Talk wraps things up for this one with Mr. Porter joinin' the boys to talk about some great tattoos. Enjoy.
Josh Brown from James River Tattoo in Lynchburg and George Archer from Tantrum Tattoo in Petersburg sit down with Nick and bullshit for the two hundredth. It has been a long and crazy ride, which Nick details in the intro. The episode ends somewhat abruptly, but it's a long one that you are all gonna love.
Andrew and Porter come through with a Shop Talk once again while Nick gets out there in the field to keep bringin' these to ya.
Nick visits VA Beach with his family every year, but he also hangs out other times as well and has many friends in the area. Tony Riccio from Saltwater Tattoo and Igor the sign painter have been on the show. Well, Jeremy is friends with these guys and has some great stories to tell about his business, True Love Neon, and how he got in that game. Also great friends with all the guys at Absolute Art in Richmond, he recently installed some of the sickest neon waves you'll ever see for them for their recent move into a new space. There's a ton of stories to be heard, and then stick around as Porter & Andrew bring us a killer Shop Talk without Nick. Let's hear it for the guys.
Recurring guest of the podcast, Mr. Rich Fie joins us from NY while he and Nick have an Instagram jam session, answering questions from viewers and entertaining us with an informative comparison of the differences in how everyday lives are lived in the big city or the back country. Just a good time all around and possibly the beginnings of somethin' new for the show.
No Shop Talk this week. Porter & Andrew will return soon to get you back on track and lookin' at some great tattoos. Hell yeah.
It's a double shot of returning veterans of the show, Mr. Morgan Pennypacker - traveling tattooer extraordinaire and his brother Gio, better known as Diablo Dimes - singer with a killer rasp and insane blues guitar skills, both join Nick just outside the NLJBS studios for a socially distant jam and hang. There's all kinds o' great stories and good times to be had here and a few live joints laid down on the episode. Y'all enjoy as we rapidly approach episode 200.
Shop Talk follows as Chris Porter and Andrew Conner join Nick to talk about more new tattoos that you need to see to believe. Don't miss it.
Here they are - the fourth round of short stories called in to Nick as the world continues to transition into something. Yeah, things aren't fully back to normal, but we're getting there. Angelo is up first and it's not a long segment, but it's great. That ties directly into Eric Desmond after that. Then the tone shifts a bit with a great conversation with Thomas Michael - "Ugly Tom." These are all veterans of the show with their own episodes in the past, so you know this is going to be great.
Shop Talk follows once again with Andrew and Porter discussing some of the finest tattoos you can look at with Nick. Definitely check it out. This is a great one.
Having recently done an episode with Nick not too long ago, Rich Fie returns to check back in while the world continues to stay strange. Breaking up the recent series of short stories, it's a great time hearing Nick and Rich catch up and discuss all things tattooing and some future ideas. There's not a Shop Talk on this episode so it's somewhat on the shorter side for NLJBS, but that's alright. We're all just bullshittin' here anyway. There's a milestone on the horizon and we still love producin' these for y'all. Enjoy.
Rollin' with the changes wrought by quarantine, we've got some more excellent stories phoned in by some great friends of the show. Enjoy Justin Weatherholz and Nick talkin' about some crazy tattoo experiences and reminiscing about Pagoda Tattoo Convention. Excellent stuff. Then we have a first time appearance on No Lies Just Bullshit for the one and only Doug Hardy. He lays down some killer nostalgia for this episode and hopefully will be back in the future to elaborate. Then the wonderful Deb Yarian brings us some crazy tales from her life in tattoo shops and hangs out with Nick for a while, havin' a good time. Shop Talk brings us home once again with "Big Tats" Porter and the esteemed Andrew Conner. Always quality information when these three talk tats.
It's another week of stories gathered during the quarantine. Things are slowly beginning to open back up, but most folks are still chillin' at home for the most part, so we got a few more stories that were phoned in to Nick to keep the bullshit goin' through this thing. This week we've got Mr. Scotty Knuckles from Inksmith & Rogers kicking it off with a great talk and some entertainin' anecdotes he shares with Nick from a distance. Then we got George Archer tellin' us like it is and reminiscing some from down the road here in Virginia. Then we got good long-time friend Will Lollie tellin a hilarious tale that serves as a good warnin' to anyone full of themselves.
Shop Talk wraps it up tight with Mr. Porter and Andrew actually recordin' in person once more in the No Lies Just Bullshit studios located next door to the re-opened Alley Cat Tattoo. Excellent stuff here, y'all.
Three veterans of the podcast phone in during the quarantine to hang out with Nick for a while and kick off a new series of short stories for No Lies Just Bullshit. First up we have Kenny Brown turning us on to some real old school tattooing and shootin' the shit with Nick for a while. Then Juan Puente calls us up to share some humorous anecdotes so as not to incriminate anyone from the old days. Finally Tim Hendricks wraps up this episode with an awesome story that'll leave you feelin' good about things. It's all wrapped up with a bow in the form of another quarantine Shop Talk with Mr. Porter and Andrew Conner. Enjoy the banter, enjoy the tattoos. No Lies. Just Bullshit.
He's been on a few times before and it's always a great time hanging out with Andy Sherman and Nick when they get goin' together talkin' about all kinds of stuff. Good ol' country livin' is the main topic at hand, but you know there's gonna be some great tattoo stories and some music discussion you won't wanna miss! It's still a weird time in the world right now, so the backwoods duo touches on some relevant topics ranging from things that are happening in the world right now to old traditions and discussions. It's a good'n.
Plus: it's a quarantine miracle, y'all! We've got us a kickass phone-in Shop Talk featuring those dudes you love to miss: Mr. Andrew Conner and Chris Porter, comin' at ya live with some excellent discussion of amazing tattoos that you definitely shouldn't miss with all that free time you got. Good to have 'em back!
Nate Hall, musician from Old Heavy Hands and tattooer from down South and long time friend of Nick and the show returns for another episode to check in on things during this quarantine which we hope is about to reach its end. Lots of good times, drinks and stories from shops, shows & friends take place here, so we really hope y'all enjoy this and that it helps you get through this weird time we're all livin' in right now. Stay safe and stay in and let's do this thing together.
Shop Talks still haven't managed to manifest themselves logistically during all of our introspective reassessment of our creative lives, but hopefully next week Porter & Andrew will return!
RIch Fie makes his triumphant return to NLJBS to have a long talk with Nick about this quarantine we all find ourselves in. The topic of whether to tattoo during all of this comes up, as well as some downright serious discussions about family, Italian food, friendship and hip-hop. You don't want to miss it, folks.
Shop Talk hasn't quite caught up with us yet, but hopefully Mr. Chris Porter and Andrew Conner will be back to talk about what makes tattooing great in no time. Enjoy, y'all.
Alright y'all. It's a crazy time out there in the world right now. Nobody is hittin' the road to travel in to the No Lies Just Bullshit studios, so they're phoning in some excellent bullshit to bring you the content that you know you want to hear every week.
This time, Jill Bonney - legendary tattooer and contributor to NLJBS - clued Nick in to a good friend and tattooer in San Fran who had contracted the COVID-19 virus and has come out on the other side of it with the help of his girlfriend and a community of heroic medical workers to be able to call in and talk to Nick about the experience.
Jill comes in on the second half to talk about the experience with Nick and to converse about what life is going to be like for tattooers moving forward these days. It has been a week or so since the recording of this and we're already hearing news of certain governors wanting to open things up early and what that might mean for the health of our communities. We hope that you will listen to this story and take care and do what you feel is necessary to keep yourself and those around you safe from this epidemic that has changed all of our lives.
Though there's no Shop Talk on this episode because Andrew, Nick and Porter are still figurin' it all out, there was an interesting and fun coincidence in that the intro to this one was exactly 4 minutes and 20 seconds long on 4/20 - 2020! Light 'em up. No lies: just bullshit.
Steve O appears on the show again to bullshit with Nick like they've done several times in the past. Only this time, Steve is reporting from the center of where all this craziness is going down these days: New York City.
There's a lot of discussion of what life is like right now while so many of us are out of work, but there's also a lot of reminiscing of better times and getting tattooed and just life.
There's not a Shop Talk on this one because of social distancing and changes in schedules, but Andrew and Porter will hopefully return next episode to make it happen for everyone.
Blake Cramer, also known as Troutmouth returns once again to the NLJBS Quarantine Studios to play a few tunes while Nick shares stories and keeps things movin' along. This time he brought with him his buddy and fellow musician Sean Newman to harmonize & socialize. This here is a long one, y'all. You'll have no problem makin' this one last throughout a portion of your shelterin' in place home existence. Towards the end their pal Lizzie shows up and joins in on a few of the tunes as well. It's a long, strange but entertainin' ride so strap in and take it easy and enjoy. Stay safe.
Shop Talk brings this whole thing to a head and reminds y'all of the good times getting good tattoos from great artists. Porter and Andrew are right there with Nick showing you where to look. Now get in there and take it all in.
Multiple-time guest of the podcast, Mr. Shane Enholm, called Nick up and had a wild conversation. Strap in and give this one a listen during your quarantine. It's a good time.
Shop Talk wraps the episode up with Andrew and Porter joining Nick to talk about some excellent examples of tattooing and why they are great. Enjoy.
Back when Old Heavy Hands were last on, they told Nick about a band in Alley Cat's neck o' the woods known locally as Dogwood Tales. Well a few of the boys stopped by the No Lies Just Bullshit studios and knocked back a few with Nick and talked a long time about music and food and all kinds of stuff. Not only that, they even played three or four tunes for us. It's a good, long one for these isolating times.
Shop Talk wraps it up with Porter and Andrew joinin' in to talk about some great tattoos and the great people who are making them. Hell yeah.