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

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Ink & Dagger Does Hell City–Proper.

  “Qui si convien lasciare ogne sospetto;ogne viltà convien che qui sia morta.”Dante’s Inferno, Canto III, lines 14-15Loosely translated as
“Here one must leave behind all hesitation;here every cowardice must meet its death.”

Tattoo by Javier Rivera 
The Ink & Dagger crew faced their fears of leaving Atlanta to journey into the unknown(kind of, they do it every year).  They found themselves in a dark wood (Columbus, Ohio) (not nearly as dark as it was a gorgeous weekend and a tidy town) and entered the gates of Hell City.  While not nearly as dark or as hellishly warm as the name would suggest, and by invitation only, the place kind of looked cool (especially with all of the Suicide Girlsdecorating the halls and stage).  And they were not at all alone– they found that all of their friends were already there. It was in fact, not very bad at all–it was quite the opposite.  It was a devilishly good time.
Ink&Dagger was pleased, as always, to be a guest last weekend at The Hell City Tattoo Festival , and a first-class time was had by all.  Russ Abbott, Javier Rivera, Kelly Doty, and shop manager Keith Laguna drove up to “Killumbus” Ohio  to represent the Ink&Dagger booth at one of the greatest tattoo shows in the country run by longtime friend Durb Morrison.  The weekend was chock full of jaw dropping tattoos, good times with friends, learning, and teaching — sometimes consecutively, sometimes concurrent, most times a dash of each ingredient shaken and stirred.  
I&D Client Adam Petrillo–winning with the Suicide Girls
TimmyB and Kelly Doty sitting in a tree
Tattoo by Kelly Doty
The Ink & Dagger booth was a rockin’ all weekend long  with death defying acts of tattoo, blood, and friendship. Javier Rivera stayed neck deep in tattoos with his traditionally inspired flash he had available on a first come, first tattooed biases. They were joined by “Best Ink” contender and Kelly’s road trip buddy Teresa Sharpe who made a very spooky broken doll on her client’s neck.   Timmy B came by to collaborate with Kelly Doty on a goat head rising out of a bloody book booth-side on Saturday .   Russ Abbott was joined with long time friend Gunnar Gaylord to teach the ground-breaking Seminar “A Match Made In Hell” (complete details of this in the next blog), and even had client Adam Petrillo show up to take home the coveted 2nd Place Large Color trophy.   In a celebration of friendship and the macabre, there was plenty of blood.
Ink&Dagger was brave in the face of it all and even took a moment to party down with friends after hours There was a REALLY wine-laden discussion with Joe Capobianco (holy fuck what a nice conversation) and an afterhours, in room gathering  (sorry, to preserve the innocence that debauchery will be picture free).
Tattoo by Russ Abbott
The  team continued to party the Hell out of Columbus by doing a guest spot at Durb Morison’s Red Tree Gallery the days after the event.  
Javier Rivera
Don’t worry, they all made it home safe and while they were unscathed, they were definitely affected and recharged. 

Tattoo by Javier Rivera

Tattoo by Javier Rivera

Tattoo by Javier Rivera
Tattoo by Teresa Sharpe
Teresa Sharpe tattooing 
Joe Capobianco taking a moment withI&D booth buddy Teresa Sharpe

Timmy B collaboration with Kelly Doty
Kelly Doty’s party pics! xoxo

Collaborative tattoo by Kelly Doty and Timmy B
Rob Petillo’s award winning Russ Abbott Tattoo
Tattoo by Russ Abbott