TATTOO TALES
38. ANDREW STORTZ & NICK SWARTZ- Tattoo podcasts

38. ANDREW STORTZ & NICK SWARTZ- Tattoo podcasts

September 7, 2022

What do podcasts bring to the tattoo world? What to do with haters? Will Andrew produce Nick’s new career into the videoverse? And will I ever try Nick’s power barbecue? 

 

I sat with Andrew Stortz and Nick Swartz, hosts of the two best tattoo podcasts around, to answer these and other deep philosophical questions. 

Find Nick’s podcast on Instagram and Spotify

Find Andrew’s podcast on Instagram and booksclosedpodcast.com

37. RYAN ROI- The spiritual side of money

37. RYAN ROI- The spiritual side of money

August 18, 2022

For tattooers and creatives the artistic side is not the only factor in running a successful business and giving life to our vision. Money is often a painful note that can stress us out and rob us of creative and productive energy. Ryan, tattooer and financial advisor, teaches us that it doesn’t have to be.

What I find particularly valuable in Ryan’s approach is how he works on the blocks that subconsciously affect our relationship with finances, especially our rooted feelings about money. A deeper work that in the long run is more powerful than just quick investing hacks.

 

You can find Ryan on Instagram, at theartfuldollar.com and on his new podcast

 

You can follow updates on new episodes of Tattoo Tales on Instagram and at Stefbastian.com

36. MICHAEL MORILD- Art supplies: why it’s better to invest in quality

36. MICHAEL MORILD- Art supplies: why it’s better to invest in quality

June 13, 2022

Michael is a Danish abstract painter that has been represented at the Van Gogh Art Gallery and the danish Creative Mind Art&Design.

I’ve know Michael for over ten years, through his previous job managing one of Copenhagen best art supply. 

I’ve always believed that if you really wanna know more about specific paints, brushes and paper you just have to talk with the people at the desk, they’re walking encyclopedias. Michael is one of those, especially as a self taught artist I’ve learned lots from him over the years, stuff you don’t find in books. 

In this interview, originally part of the Food Bank project - a series of Live Zoom talks with various artists to raise money for food banks across the world - we explored different mediums and materials. The goal was to shine some light on some of the most common questions we have as artists, regardless of the level, so to help you understand better at the moment of choosing the right stuff. 

You can find Michael on Instagram

You can read more about the Food Bank projects and all the other charity initiatives here

You can get more info on my painting seminars, where I go into depth on some of these topics here  and on the webstore

 

35. RUSS ABBOTT- Innovation within tradition

35. RUSS ABBOTT- Innovation within tradition

June 6, 2022

Tattooing and everything connected to it changed profoundly in the last years: the rise of social medias; the opening of a once underground world to a wider audience, with a controversial spectrum of consequences; the distribution of information. These and more aspects of this art form are being redefined and one of them is particularly present in today’s modus operandi: technology.

The traditional approach has been disrupted by the advent of iPads and Procreate.

 

Russ has seen this shift before everybody and created TattooSmart, a company that provides tattooers with digital tools specifically related to tattoo iconography and designs, establishing his company as leader in the field.

 

Today we talked about how technology and progress are something not to be feared but a helpful tool to optimize process, the evolution of business models, the future of TattooSmart and how to implement know-how from other fields to propell our businesses into a new era.

 

You can know more about Russ and his projects on:

tattoosmart.com

Inkanddagger.com

Instagram

 

34. BERNIE LUTHER- The smile of a kid in an old timer

34. BERNIE LUTHER- The smile of a kid in an old timer

May 13, 2022

For this episode we found ourselves in Aachen at the Kaiserstadt Tattoo Expo, as always flawlessly organized by Andreas Coenen.

The show opened with a pre-party exhibiting the life work of Bernie Luther, a mind-blowing array of flashes produced over four decades of traveling the world. 
On the following day I had the pleasure of recording this interview in front of a lovely audience, which made the energy of this afternoon very special. 

Bernie shared with us the recollections from  his 40 years tattooing carreer, filled with laughter, priceless anecdotes and with the joyful energy that makes him unique.

 

You can find Bernie on Instagram

Find the Aachen’s convention on Instagram

33. FREDDY CORBIN -When kindness meets talent

33. FREDDY CORBIN -When kindness meets talent

April 27, 2022

There is a reason if everybody likes Freddy Corbin.

His experience and contribution made him well known all over the world but that only doesn’t bring you that type of respect. His kind personality makes him connect joufully with people, instantly making you feel at ease. Even from a brief chat you can sense that he cares.

 

Needless to say it was an honor and a great pleasure to have him spend an evening with us, to share his story and insights.

If you have the chance don’t miss on visiting his Temple Tattoo in Oakland, a Mecca in the Bay Area’s tattooing.

 

Find Freddy on Instagram and at Temple Tattoo

 

 

32. NICK COLELLA & ROBERT RYAN- The Off The Wall Project

32. NICK COLELLA & ROBERT RYAN- The Off The Wall Project

March 26, 2022

This episode is part of the OFF THE WALL project, an initiative to put the spotlight back on flashes as foundation of traditional tattooing. 

Learn more at @stef_bastian_presents

 

Today’s guests are Nick Colella and Robert Ryan.

Two veterans of traditional tattooing, these artists give us an insightful look on what it means to immerse yourself in the tattoo culture, what makes a design impactful and balanced and share some tattoo history from their respective backgrounds.

 

Above all, they set an example of humility.
Humility towards the timeless designs and who came before us but especially towards the most important element in this dynamic: the people that get tattooed. 

Find Nick on Instagram, at @chicagotattoohistory and at Great Lakes Tattoo in Chicago

 

Find Robert on Instagram and Electric Tattoo

31. OMAR EDMISON & BOBEUS- The Off The Wall Project

31. OMAR EDMISON & BOBEUS- The Off The Wall Project

March 22, 2022

This episode is part of the OFF THE WALL project, an initiative to put the spotlight back on flashes as foundation of traditional tattooing. 

Learn more at @stef_bastian_presents

 

In these interviews we talk with Omar and Bobeus about their own personal approach and experience and how to make the most of flashes in the learning process. 
We mention tattooers that influenced the art form deeply(like Greg Irons, Bob Shaw and JD Crowe); the importance of Purpose behind every line; the purity of folk art and much more. 

 

Find Omar on Instagram

Find Bobeus on Instagram

30. LAL HARDY & DR. OLE WITTMAN- The Off The Wall Project

30. LAL HARDY & DR. OLE WITTMAN- The Off The Wall Project

March 8, 2022

This episode is part of the OFF THE WALL project, a new art project within the tattoo community to celebrate the flash as foundation of traditional tattooing, while raising money for those families affected by the war in Ukraine.

 

In this series of short interviews we ask our guests a little bit about tattoo history and the origin of the flash, what it means for them and how to make the best use of it today. 

 

We sat down with Lal Hardy, British tattoo legend, and Dr. Ole Wittmann, tattoo historian. In these chats you will find a great deal of information on english and German tattooing, insightful views on the relationship tattooer-artwork-customer and more. 

 

A special thanks to tattoo museums and private collectors for providing vintage flashes for the project, in particular:

 

Dana Brunson

Paul Ramsbottom(Rambo)

Derin Bray

Lal Hardy

Dr. Ole Wittmann

Andreas Coenen

Jason Brooks

Gabriele Donnini

Ahren Bloomquist

 

Find Lal on Instagram

 

Find Ole on Instagram

 

More info on current and previous projects on @stef_bastian_presents  and stefbastian.com

 

 

29. DAVID SPEED from Creative Rebels

29. DAVID SPEED from Creative Rebels

February 21, 2022

David Speed is the co-host of the Creative Rebels podcast. His rich personal experience in the creative world(David has tattooed for a few years and has been a graffiti artists for two decades) enabled him to understand what it takes to build the best version of yourself and your business, often one being a reflection of the other. 

What gave birth to the successful CREATIVE REBELS podcast is the willing to share these insights and build a community around some of the most accomplished creatives, to deliver value to the listeners and their journey. 

In this episode we talked about the formula for success, the importance of consistency, David’s relationship with failure and much more.

 

You can find the CREATIVE REBELS podcast of all major platforms and David on Instagram

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