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I am Brandon Bond of All or Nothing Tattoo

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Published on Nov 5, 2010

Brandon Bond is one of the most successful, published, and award winning tattoo artists in the world. He is the owner of the thriving All or Nothing Tattoo empire in Atlanta, Georgia. He also owns a publishing company called Stranglehold which sells movies, books, clothing, artwork, and other tattoo related products. After 15 years of compulsive workaholism, Brandon still tattoos constantly, staying booked about a year in advance. Last year Brandon opened a second studio Anti Art Elite. Located northwest of Atlanta, GA, this studio hosts two movie theaters with thousands of titles to choose from, two koi fish ponds, and two gallery spaces featuring the private "Brandon Bond Collection" of art from the world's top tattooists.

Jean-Francois Laverdiere: What do you visualize before developing a tattoo?
Brandon Bond: 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.
JFL:
If you could tattoo anyone in the world, living or dead, who would it be and what would you tattoo on them?
BB:
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."
JFL:
Do you ever sleep?
BB:
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.

JFL:
What is up with your obsession with guns?
BB:
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.

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