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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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!