Brandon Bond showing Cigarette Packaging





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Published on Oct 28, 2010


Q) What do you visualize before developing a tattoo?

A) The flow on the body and the ability to determine what the image is from afar is key. I work with a body part and go crazy with it.

Q) If you could tattoo anyone in the world (living or dead), who would it be and what would you tattoo on them?

A) I would tattoo a picture of Tupac on Jesus Christ. With an AK under it that says M.O.B. (money over b*tches) - or I would tattoo Satan with "la vida loca"

Q) Do you ever sleep?

A) Yes, but not nearly enough. Even my staff has no idea what goes on at the office everyday, and there's no way they could - web guys see the web stuff, artists see the clients, Stranglehold folks see the Stranglehold orders, printers see the printing, the graphics department sees the graphics, but I am the only person that sees ALL of it. I'm not complaining a bit - that's the job I signed on for when I created this chaotic circus. Haters can say whatever they want, but no one has EVER called me lazy.

Q) What is up with your obsession with guns?

A) I get a lot of sh*t for the whole interest in guns from some folks, so here's the deal: I was born into a wonderful family and there I was taught that the protection of that family is my job as a loving participant. I learned to shoot guns before I even knew what a cuss word was. I was taught safety, respect, and regard for human life, I learned that a gun is as safe as its owner is, and I am extremely careful with my firearms.

I love shooting, my father loves shooting, my wife loves it and a lot of our staff and clients love it. I have very little free time, and what free time I have I like to spend with close friends and quality firearms. It's a hobby, like quilting. It has NOTHING whatsoever to do with my job, or the four businesses I own.

I am trained in tactical shooting, entry, sub-gun, long-gun, shotgun and handgun courses by our local SWAT team, as well as having shot piles of law enforcement guns at law enforcement targets with the guidance of law enforcement officers. I have had extensive military training with a Lt. Colonel involved in special forces focusing on disarming people and using their weapons against them, and Dave Tedder and I have been training off and on for over a year with a DEA firearms teacher (with an incredibly STRICT curriculum). It's what we love to do, that's all.

Q) How did you get to be as good as you are and who was your teacher?

A) I had many teachers - in the since that I looked at tattoo magazines and lived in tattoo shops - but no one ever really sat me down and showed me much of anything after my "apprenticeship." I started tattooing at a small shop in Ft. Walton Beach FL that is still there called Tattoo Zoo.

I think I achieved the level of success that I have based on hard work - tattooing constantly, never giving in, and focusing on nothing else, for over a decade. Perseverance, constant and throbbing. I tried everything, every machine I could, every ink, and when I was asleep, I was still dreaming about tattooing.

I focused on it so much that I started to resent tattooing, believe it or not. The business side of our empire is constantly attempting to take me out of tattooing, and have me focus all my energy on paperwork, advertisement, websites, etc.

It became second nature, but at the same time reminded me of the life I was missing around me. I did nothing but tattoo-related activities for year after year, worked seven days a week, and moved city-to-city based solely on trying to be closer to better artists. I worked in fifty shops! If I couldn't figure out how to do a decent tattoo after all that, I figured I'd just go back to being a musician.


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