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Travel plans

Next week I will be doing a quick tattoo trip up and down the west coast. Here are the dates I’ll be traveling. November 8th-9th: Seven Seas Tattoo, San Diego, California November 10th-11th: Rick Walters World Famous Tattoo Parlor, Sunset Beach, California November 12th-13th: American Electric Tattoo Co., Los Angeles, California November 14th-15th: Lombard Street...
Sacred Rose Tattoo/ 5 Pins Project art show

Sacred Rose Tattoo/ 5 Pins Project art show

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while I’m sure you have heard me talk about Sacred Rose Tattoo. The original Sacred Rose was in the mission district of San Francisco, it sat at 491A Guerrero Street. I was the counter guy there for some time and it’s the building in which I fell...
Why the square doesn't always work.

Why the square doesn’t always work.

Social media is a strange animal, particularly Instagram. The square, small format of a phone screen is less then ideal for viewing tattoos in many ways. It’s great that new tattoos and artists portfolios are so instantly accessible to millions of people. I find it a shame though that less people actually print photos and...
Long time no post: Lombard Street Tattoo

Long time no post: Lombard Street Tattoo

I’m gonna try something different here. I have a lot of photos that I’ve taken since my last post and I’d hate to skip over anything so I’m just gonna pick up where I left off. It will be a few weeks before I catch up but if I post once a week it shouldn’t...
Portland, February 12-13th

Portland, February 12-13th

Portland people, I will be making tattoos at Lombard St. Tattoo. I will be tattooing February 12 and the 13th. Please contact me via email: mr.bananchez@gmail.com for appointments. I will also be in town for the One Moto Show. I always enjoy motorcycle inspired designs and there happens to be one on my latest sheet of flash....
new patches in webstore

new patches in webstore

Just got in some new patches for sale. Both designs are 2″ round, plastic back patches. They are available now on my big cartel site.  Check them out.
Flash sheets

Flash sheets

I’ve been steadily painting 11″x 14″ flash sheets for about 5 years now. I really feel connected to the tradition of flash painting and it helps me stay busy and productive when I’m not tattooing. It is also great practice, it helps me refine designs down to their essential components. By drawing and redrawing designs...
A few new tattoos

A few new tattoos

Here is a bunch of stuff I’ve done in the last month or so. A pretty good mixed bag of stuff I like to do, black and grey, color, traditional and some illustrative tattoos. I’ve really been into the thigh tattoos lately. So if anyone has a thigh job in mind feel free to call...
T-shirts are here

T-shirts are here

I just received my new shirts yesterday. They are discharge printed on super soft, black, pocket tees. I have S-XL and they are available at the shop… FTW Tattoo Parlor 6536 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609Or get them here on my webstore. http://jetblackstains.bigcartel.com
New tattoos from my flash sheets.

New tattoos from my flash sheets.

Here are a bunch of tattoos I’ve done from original flash I’ve painted. I always have new hand painted flash hanging in my station. I have about 15 sheets up now and am taking a newly finished sheet to work tomorrow to hang. I’m always flattered and excited when someone picks one of these images....
The One Show, Portland Oregon

The One Show, Portland Oregon

Last weekend my girl and I took a little mini vacation up to Portland, Oregon to visit friends and see an annual motorcycle show call The One Show. Turns out we picked the coldest weekend to make this little trip. Portland received about 4-6 inches of snow while we were in town. It was cold...
Flash attack

Flash attack

I’ve been obsessed with hand painted tattoo flash since before I apprenticed to tattoo. I use to work at Sacred Rose Tattoo, the original location in the Mission on Guerrero at 15th St. I was the counter help and the shop was covered in flash. Most of everything that hung in the lobby was double-sided, so there...