Black Friday, Until There’s Something Darker

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Only at Ink and Dagger, this Friday!

 We have the cure for florescent-lit cranky holiday shopping: a BLACK FRIDAY at Ink&Dagger Tattoo Parlour!

 Next weekend the first 50 folks purchasing a $200 Ink&Dagger gift card will also receive a laser etched wooden skull (back by popular demand styled from theOrnamental Archive kick-starter incentive) FREE!  (Yes, we typed the word FREE, it tastes better– As in a $75 value, for no cost).  

Men’s and women’s t shirts, prints, etc are on  hand to make sure you get the perfect gift for your hard to shop for loved one, at Black Friday only prices.

Let us offer you a warm and well-lit place as an alternative to the dull-drums of candle and perfume shopping in big box stores. Come see us at Ink&Dagger this BLACK FRIDAY.

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On sale this weekend only!

On sale this weekend only!


Tattoos Teach You


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“There’s plenty of stuff I don’t share on certain social media because I know some of my friends and family would find it unsavory. But with regard to tattoos, I’ve found a lot of friendship in that community and have received some unexpected lessons — nothing like being tattooed in front of hundreds of people to get over body image issues. Nothing like finding an imperfection in a piece to understand taking the bad with the good and moving on. Nothing like receiving a piece that’s better than you could’ve ever envisioned yourself, and understanding it’s because you let go of control and fear, and trusted someone. Nothing like seeing people with older pieces all faded and blobby to understand how an initial attraction to beauty can morph into a deeper appreciation and connection over time.

“There’s nothing like “permanence” to help you understand and accept the fact of the matter: impermanence. Mortality. Don’t be scared, have fun while you can. No doubt we all learn those lessons in different ways, from multiple sources, if we learn them at all. Please respect the paths others take to get there.

“I’m not going to any local scratch shop, I take the art seriously. I’m not getting my hands or face tattooed before I’m retired or independently wealthy. I cover up when I’m at work conducting therapy, because I want those I’m trying to help listening to what I’m saying rather than being distracted by my tattoos. People have been getting tattooed for THOUSANDS of years, all over the world. If you have a problem with it or know someone who does, now would be a great opportunity to think about it in a different light and unburden yourself/them of that problem. Thanks to Russ and the other incredible artists who’ve tattooed me, and taught me without knowing it.”


(owner of the ornamental snake tattoo by Russ Abbott via

If you’re interested in learning about Russ Abbott’s take on ornamental design you can order his book Ornamental Archive, a spiral bound reference book for tattooers, designers, and craftspeople with 50+ full color pages of original illustrations, and inspirational tattoos authored by one of the most innovative minds in tattooing.  Ornamental Archive is a hard bound foil stamped book, with a hidden spiral binding. This way the book will lay flat to make tracing easy and comfortable. Order yours today, and leave a review on Amazon!  

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Russ Abbott on Hypercast with Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman


Ink&Dagger‘s Russ Abbott was thrilled to be a  guest on Michele Wortman and  Guy Aitchison’s Hypercast hosted on  In an exclusive, double length interview (two hours!) the team covered a broad range of topics from illustrative techniques, contrast and color use,  to connections with clients and how to be authentic within your art.

“When I started my apprenticeship in the late 90’s, Guy Aitchison’s work was some of the first to capture my imagination. He was and continues to be a huge inspiration to myself and countless other tattooers.” Abbott said about the opportunity.

The mutual respect  and real talk made the Hypercast a pretty cool moment in time. The tone of the interview was intimate and reverential, the  conversation between the seasoned and passionate tattoo artists with different artistic objectives covered a broad range of subjects in a detailed manner. Ink&Dagger tattooer Kelly Doty and Best Ink champion Teresa Sharpe sat in on the last half of the interview and the group critiqued audience submitted tattoos as well as each other’s work.

“All in all,” said Abbott. “It was a great experience, and I’m really excited about the discussion and the ideas that we got to share!”

 Hypercast streams live every other Sunday at 11pm at TattooNowTv and invites some of the brightest minds and hands in tattooing to discuss and share in an extraordinary air of open conversation. It is preceded by TattooNow interviews, and is followed with TattooNow‘s “Tattoo of the Day” and news. If you missed the live Hypercast streaming, no worries, here it is on Guy & Michele’s YouTube channel TattooTelevision.

Eddie Stacey to Join the Ink & Dagger Family

“By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.”

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Eddie Stacey  is at this very moment barreling east from Bakersfield towards Atlanta with his beautiful family in tow. Ink&Dagger Tattoo Parlour couldn’t be more pleased to announce his permanent position and relocation.

“I’m very excited to have Eddie Stacey starting at the shop this month. I’ve known Eddie since we worked in adjoining booths at Ink & Iron in Long Beach California a few years back. I remember being really impressed with his Star Wars meets Japanese iconography paintings he was doing.” said Russ Abbott.

”He excels at both drawing and rendering so it’s hard to say which style I like best from Eddie. I love his use of value. I also love when he does Japanese style imagery. To me, his mix of traditional imagery with just a hint of style and illustrative technique is a great recipe.”

Tattoo by Eddie StaceyMr.Stacey is bringing a moving van full of experience, drive, and an enduring love for the craft of tattooing.  The 12-year veteran tattoo artist began on the road– painting flash and selling it to tattoo shops from Louisiana up to Seattle and back down the coast and asking for advice along the way.  With a background in graffiti and later design he would say “If graffiti was my first love, tattooing is my soul mate.”

When we asked him what he loved about tattooing as he was powering through Amarillo with his family. He said  “Tattooing is a craft that raised me out of my circumstances and brought me to a place I never dreamed being, it gave me my wife, it fed and clothed my children and let me make my art on my terms, it’s my life. I have to give to tattooing as much as she gives to me. If it’s symbiotic or you become a rockstar that feels tattooing is there for you, she will only give back what is put in.” he said.

Tattoo by Eddie Stacey

Tattoo by Eddie Stacey


Eddie Stacey is looking forward to joining the Ink & Dagger family in Decatur, GA and is excited to contribute his unique perspective to the table.  “I want more REAL experiences and a future for my family beyond what I feel California can provide. I want to make my name respected by those that have already earned a respected name. I feel that Atlanta is a place I can discover this.”

“Ink & Dagger is an example of how I feel tattooing can be respected and appreciated on many levels. The work speaks volumes and I am honored to be a part of it.” he added.


“I’m sure our clients are going to be as impressed with Eddie Stacey as I have been. I’m looking forward to great things from him.” said Russ Abbott.


Keep an eye on this Ink&Dagger tattooer at and follow him on Instagram @eddiestacey

Get a piece of Eddie Stacey for your coffee table or flash rack.

Get a piece of Eddie Stacey for your coffee table or flash rack.

Tattoo by Eddie Stacey

Tattoo by Eddie Stacey

Tattoo by Eddie Stacey

Tattoo by Eddie Stacey

Tattoo by Eddie Stacey

Tattoo by Eddie Stacey

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Tattoo by Eddie Stacey

Tattoo by Eddie Stacey

Tattoo by Eddie Stacey

Tattoo by Eddie Stacey