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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"A Match Made in Hell", Hell City Seminar

Russ and Gunnar love each other.
FK Iron’s Spektra Rotary made special for “A Match Made in Hell”.

Russ Abbott and Gunnar Gaylord teamed up at Hell City Columbus to break a few paradigms and co-teach a seminar together. Only “A Match Made in Hell” could ignite the professional tattooists in attendance in an information bonanza that covered topics from line weight to color composition and every combination of practical application in between. The comprehensive three hour tour featured both Gunnar and Russ’s extensive experience with concepts covered as well as a multi-media presentation, swag bags, giveaways, and a plethora of learning tools. The two led the group through wide-ranging concepts while playing off their shared experience and longtime friendship.

“If this was 1990’s Gunnar he would have made this reflective light in turquoise, where now we would prefer a neutral grey that will read as cool against these colors.” Russ playfully chided.
The dynamic between Gunnar’s art-based vocabulary and Russ Abbott’s practical application complimented the lessons delightfully, while engaging those in attendance and making time for their questions.
Did he say what I thought he said?
“These kinds of things are really good for me,” said longtime friend and accomplished artist in his own right Chris Dingwell. “It’s like a refresher, color theory and stuff that I learned in art school, but it’s really easy to take that stuff for granted. You forget about more than you realize. Sitting down and going back through it is really helpful; it really brings it back to the forefront of my toolkit. It was good for me to do that, it was fun. I thought they did great together. It was good to have that balance of technical information on one side and a little bit more experienced-based information on the other side and being able to go back and forth to see how to take that technical information, and how to use it.”
Step by step with Russ Abbott.

 The seminar goers were also rewarded with tools including Russ Abbott’s “Left-Brained Labels” and Gunnar’s own booklet of anatomical templates as well as True Tubes,and True Tube Grips. Two lucky participants left with surprise give aways from Eternal Ink and FK Irons.

Robby Soulliere won the Eternal Ink collection.
“Left-Brained Labels”–Russ Abbott’s innovative compulsion to categorize. 
The two will be presenting the seminar one more time at the upcoming Hell City Tattoo Fest in Phoenix, if you missed it in Columbus, make sure to reserve your seat at the next one!
Stay tuned for details!
“This is how I hold a pen.” Russ Abbott
 
Gunnar showing folks how to do it.





Chris Dingwell (dot com) cruisin’ for swag
Gabriel Cece wookin’ pa nub.



Button, button who’s got the button?






Mr.Abbott was hoping he’d won…

13 lbs,10 oz!! Ink&Dagger Tattoo Blog is NOW HERE!

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WELCOME TO OUR BLOG!
The birth of the blog was hot and laborious–but the Ink&Dagger  team pushed through.  Sweaty and frazzled, we present for your welcome our little slice of tattoo experience. Welcome to  the home of Atlanta’s finest tattooers and all the weird shit we do and the cool people who let  us do it to them–Ink&Dagger Tattoo Parlour.
It is our intent to open up the doors of Ink&Dagger so you (dear reader) too can experience the phenomenon that is our modest tattoo shop. We’d like to use this space to get to know you, and for you to get to know us.
Tattoo is a collaboration between artist and client, your ideas and body and our experience, art , and execution; this blog would like to reflect that collaboration. Plus, we have lots of cool shit to show you.
Fair warning… things can get a little weird and wild and will definitely get silly. Comments and feedback are encouraged, spam and jerks can write a letter to Santa.
Welcome to the world Ink&Dagger blog!!!!
(Photo illustration of birth scene is a collaboration between mAry d’Aloisio and Russ Abbott)