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 www.eddiestacey.com 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

Born on the Fourth of July, Javier Rivera


I&D Americana Specialist Javier Rivera

Javier Rivera is a man of few words, but those are words you can hang your hat on.  Brief in speech  and deep in integrity, Rivera makes tattoos as honest and simple as his personality—and they are built to last. Rivera is known for his bold and dark neo traditional designs, has a sublime sense of taste and flow with script lettering, and is beloved in Atlanta and across the country for his very straightforward, very distinctive style.

Rivera is of Puerto Rican descent, born and mostly raised in Delaware with a ton of moving around in between. He spent a lot of time drawing with family members as a child, and hardly remembers a time where art wasn’t a big part of his life.  Tattoos, however, were a different story.  We got him to open up a bit for our readers and share a bit of his journey and artistic philosophy.

First things first, what was your first exposure to art?
I can’t even tell you my first exposure to art. I’ve been surrounded by it, in some fashion, since I was born. One of my aunts was very artistic, always drawing, and my older brother used to always draw too. He would always duplicate comic book covers and posters that he would like. I remember stealing some of his drawings just to show them off to my elementary school friends.

What attracted you to tattoo?
I suppose the first time I actually thought about tattooing was when I got my first tattoo at the age of 18. My family consists of traditional Puerto Ricans, so none of them really had tattoos. I don’t really have that ‘My grandpa had old Navy tattoos’ story. To be honest, I don’t really know why I started getting tattooed in the first place myself. I guess I just thought they were cool.  I went to art school for a year or two in Delaware and was big into graffiti in high school, but getting my first tattoo is what really made me think that I might be able to do it–and that it just might be the creative outlet for me–not to mention a really fun job.”

It is said that if you do what you enjoy, you never work a day in your life.  How did you to actually learn to tattoo?
“I was in automotive school I would help out with anything that required an artful hand –banner and flyers for events and such. One day I was drawing on my desk, a huge mural kind of thing, and it just so happened that the daughter of my instructor was working at this tattoo shop as a piercer. Unbeknownst to me, she took photos of my desk and took them to the guy who owned the shop she was working at–before I knew it he had me in the shop cleaning tubes.”

I heard you had a pretty lightweight apprenticeship, as far as actual guidance, and that your dissatisfaction with your skill level led you to seek information elsewhere.  What was that like?
“I have a lot of pride in the fact that everything I have and know about tattooing has been built with my own two hands and obsession. I remembering scouring magazines and books and even photos to see if I could find any labels or names on bottles of ink or boxes of needles from tattooers I admired just for a little hint. Learning on my own has also kept me extremely humble and open to new techniques, which I definitely appreciate.”

Who has influenced you the most along your way?
Oh man. The list is huge. First and for most, my brothers in arms Sean Rhodes of Honor and Iron in Lewes, DE, and Kris Dilworth of Tough Luck in Rehoboth/Dover, DE. Without them I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. They’ve really taught me a lot. I really like Seth Wood’s  work a lot, as well as Xam and Valarie Vargas–their designs are so thought out–relatively simple yet dynamic. I’ve been a follower of Mike Giant since high school; Ryan mason, Wendy Pham, Scott Silvia, Eckel, Matty Mooney, Nate Kostechko  Tim Hoyer, Tim Hendricks, everyone from Skull and Sword, Bart Bingham, Jasmine Wright, Jim Sylvia…I can go on forever…and I’m sure I’d still miss some. There’s always someone out there doing cool shit. Outside of tattooing, Mucha’s work influences me a lot, as well as old 1800s engravings and scientific illustrations.

How would you describe your style?
I guess it would be considered “Neo-Traditional” in the aspect that it’s traditionally based, but not traditionally ruled. I’m definitely more on the traditional side of things, but I don’t adhere to any strict rules. I use bold lines in conjunction with fine lines and a limited pallet, though wider than red, green and yellow. Coming from a illustration/animation background, there’s definitely some illustrative qualities and exaggerations. Kelly Doty once decried my style as being “occultish/alchemic”– I like that… and I think it’s pretty accurate. So…occultish-illustrative-traditional. I also do a lot of lettering, and line work “pen and ink” style tattooing.

And you’re loyal to the coil, correct? Why? What’s your daily driver? What’s the most unique machine you own?
I am loyal to the coil…not to say I don’t own a rotary or too. I have a couple tricks that only a rotary can accomplish. It’s always good to have an arsenal at your disposal. My daily drivers right now would be a Scott Sylvia set I have, as well as a Chris Quidgeon and definitely Seth Ciferri liners…But my Scott Sylvia’s are by far my favorite right now. They are super solid machines built to last. Highly recommended.  As far as uniqueness goes…I guess my most unique would be a Seth Ciferri shader. It’s from one of his “Easter basket” runs.
What influences your art the most?
Everything. From old advertisements to the natural patterns of wood–everything influences me. I find myself studying everything I look at to some degree, whether it is the application and brush strokes of a hand painted sign or the way smoke rolls off a lit cigarette on a still morning.”

What types of tattoos would you love to do more of?
I would definitely like to do more tattoos on a larger scale. I’m pretty fortunate to have some open clients as far as designing goes…but I would really like more of that. I really enjoy when people come in, and give me one or two ideas as far as subject matter and then let me do my thing. I think they get a better tattoo that way. I’m also in the process of composing a sketch book of sorts. Full of line drawings that I’m titling “Illustrations for the Epicurious”, so I’d like to do more of those once I get that ball rolling a little more.

How do you stay inspired? What makes you want to pursue art every morning when you wake up?
I stay inspired by seeing all the good work constantly being pumped out, by my co-workers at Ink & Dagger and otherwise. I don’t want to half-ass anything. I want to constantly try to be the best I can. There’s no point in watering down our craft with tattoos I’m not proud of. I love tattooing. So I gotta treat her right in any way I can.

That’s just beautiful Javi, how do people make an appointment for your delicious skin ornaments?
People can get a hold of me for appointments by emailing me directly at Jrivera.Inkanddagger@gmail.comor by calling Ink&Dagger directly at (404) 373-6655. Or they can go to the Ink&Dagger website and fill out a client form.

Tattooed Hearts–Janelle and Chris

“Something old, something new; something borrowed, something tattooed.”
Oct 14th, 2013 – Ink & Dagger friends and longtime clients Janelle Edison and Christopher Schmidt tied the tattooed knot last October at the Vinewood Plantation in Georgia.  A feeling of romance and timelessness breezed through the cool autumn air as the lovebirds made their commitments to each other under an old pecan tree in a casual (but chic) ceremony, surrounded by the love and support of their closest friends and family. 
We love them and their tattoos so much, we wanted to share a bit of their tattooed hearts with our readers.

How did you two meet?
We met in college in Denver, Colorado about 7 years ago. He had just gotten back from doing his culinary internship at Per Se in New York City and I had just started my freshman year of culinary school. One night, we both ended up a birthday party for someone neither of us knew. His tattoo was actually the conversation starter between us – Chris has a memorial piece for his father on his upper arm. It was a sweet story and I thought he was a total bad assAfter a few beers and a party trick gone horribly wrong (2nd degree burns, wrong), we exchanged numbers and the rest is history! 

How did family and friends react to your visible tattoos during the ceremony?
Covering them up never even crossed my mind. I actually chose my wedding dress based on how it accented my sleeve and back piece! As far as the family goes, we are lucky to have friends and family that are so non- judgmental and loving that the topic never even came up. I am the only one in my family with tattoos, so it was a little nerve racking being so exposed at first, but then I realized that they were all there to celebrate us on that day – which they did. Hard.  

What are your future plans?

Right after the wedding we packed our bags and headed home to sunny Denver, Colorado. We are so happy to have the mountains in our backyard again – so many activities! As for the future, we are working on our dream of opening our own restaurant here in Colorado and owning a home and raising a family in the mountains!
How are tattoos a part of your life?
Every tattoo has a story. They are daily reminders of important points in life, things we love and things that inspire us. I couldn’t imagine not having any work done; I am always thinking about my next piece!

What initially prompted you to get heavily tattooed? 
It was all about what Russ wanted to do with my idea. Size was never a concern of mine, so I just let him roll with it! I never actually thought about the size of my tattoos until Russ started my sleeve. He was like, “How does it feel to now be heavily tattooed female?” “Normal” was what I was thinking, not actually the fact that from now on, yes, sometimes you are going to get funny looks while at Target and no, not everyone is going to understand why you would do such a thing. But I find so much beauty in being comfortable in your own skin, that those things haven’t really affected me!

Do you and your husband share matching tattoos or tattooed stories?

Russ offered to do a ball and chain with our wedding date around Chris’ ankle  that one is still under discussionWe don’t have any matching tattoos…yet. We tend to like the same style though, so we stick to the same artists, like Russ, whose talent continues to amaze us!

I&D Welcomes Guest Tommy Helm May 15th-19th

 TOMMY HELM will be at Ink&Dagger Tattoo Parlour May 15th-19th, 2013. Mr.Helms joins us from his shop The Empire State Studio all the way up in Ocenside, NY.  You know him best for his boldly color-packed tattoos with tons of detail, but he was also a finalist on a little known show called InkMasters AND Tattoo Nightmares. Call Ink&Dagger at 404-373-6655 to connect with this phenomenal artist and outstanding man.