Memories of Amsterdam by Short Parker at All or Nothing Tattoo




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Published on Nov 9, 2010

Our good friend Ashley came in for a tattoo of a design printed on a coaster she had gotten while visiting Amsterdam. The concept was rad, so Short ran with it, and drew up his own version. Ashley loved it, and now she carries a little piece of Amsterdam with her.....


music by Sebadoh

About Short:

"So what made you decide to become a tattoo artist?" It's rare that a day goes by without me being asked this by a client, or waitress, lady by the gas pump, even some other tattoo guys. For the longest time, I didn't know how to answer this question because I really couldn't remember coming to that decision. I honestly don't remember wanting to do anything else.

My parents split up when I was a young boy and my Mom re-married into an extremely religious, hardcore southern, bible-thumping family. They were all strait-laced, conservative, and frightening as hell, all but one brother. The cool one. I called him "Uncle Sonny". This dude had a huge beard, a gnarly motorcycle, and his arms where covered in biker tattoos. Skulls, girls, snakes, a big grim reaper, all that awesome stuff. These designs weren't stylish, hip, or trendy! They made a statement. They upset people. They set him apart. You couldn't possibly mistake him for one of those other bible thumper a**holes in his family. I was already interested in art and any visual stimuli, but tattoos were on a whole other level. They're powerful. And I was intrigued very early on. I was nine years old when I tried to tattoo myself for the first time.

Because my parents moved around so much when I was in school, I was the perpetual new kid in class, and since I had no friends, I learned to entertain my damn self, by drawing.

In 1998 I got my first professional tattoo, in a pretty horrible shop. Two years later I started an apprenticeship in that same shitty shop. A few months pass before I realize that this shop was only interested in getting the $10,000 tuition fee out of my pocket, and could care less if I ever learned to tattoo or not. I counted my losses and hit the road with my shitty equipment and inadequate knowledge of how to use it. I envy the people who are fortunate enough to serve a real apprenticeship. I did it the hard way by learning on my own. Eventually I developed enough skill to work in some sub-standard street shops. In 2004 I was taken in by Lil Rat of Beyond Taboo Tattoo a respectable shop in Macon Ga. There I learned to do clean, solid work all day every day. CHERRY CREEK! I started doing conventions because I was finally confident in my ability. On the road I met Dave Tedder and we became friends.

In September of 07 Dave invited me to come tattoo at All or Nothing, full time. I packed my shit without hesitation. The guys I work with here are some the most talented people I have ever met in my life and I learn something every day. In a business where rock star egos are more common than black tee shirts, it's hard to find a more humble, down to earth group of artist.

I pride myself on being able to handle any style of tattoo, traditional, realistic, Japanese, black and grey, bold, feminine, etc. , but I do get more satisfaction from actually drawing a tattoo (instead of reproducing an existing image) even more so when I am able to draw the design directly onto the skin . To me, that is true custom tattooing, from brain to hand to skin.

  • Category

  • Song

  • Artist

    • Sebadoh
  • Album

    • Bakesale
  • Writers

    • Lou Barlow
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    • UMG, [Merlin] Domino Recording Co, [Merlin] Sub Pop Records (on behalf of EMI); CMRRA, UBEM, UMPG Publishing, LatinAutor - UMPG, LatinAutor, and 2 Music Rights Societies


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