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Spring is in the air

It has been an incredibly busy few months, getting the new shop up and running.  We hustled in order to get the doors open by February 1st, and there remain a few small construction and painting projects to complete.  I’m proud to say that the shop is off to a great start and is only going to get better.

The highlight of the past 2 months has been seeing some of our favorite clients again.  So many familiar faces have stopped in to wish us well and admire our new space.   We’ve already hosted a number of our favorite guest artists, as well as a few new ones.

The best part of the new shop is working with the whole crew again.  It’s been nice for all of us to be back, hard at work under the same roof again.

It has been a very busy few months for me, as I have revisited many in-progress pieces and taken on exciting new projects.

Here are some butts for your viewing pleasure.





Leblon, Rio

I just got back from a trip to Brazil. Juliet is a year old now and we wanted her to meet Paulo’s friends and family there. 

First we went to São Paulo to see family. Then we hopped over to Rio de Janeiro for a few sunny days on the beach before heading back to the States for a couple days in NYC. 

More traveling than I’d recommend with a 1 yr-old who won’t sit still on a plane, but we made it and had a great time. 

Jardim Botanico, Rio

Now, I’m back at AWR taking appointments and walk-ins Mon-Wed.

Email to get in: 

Hope to see you soon!

-Jeff P. 

Greeting and Salutations!

Hey y’all.  Hope the New Year has been treating you guys well.

Our first month in the new shop has been great.  We’ve had lots of friends coming through and guesting with us, which has made the transition into the new space sweet.  Our guest list has been extensive, including the talents of Jeff Croci (Seventh Son Tattoo), Shawn Barber (Memoir Tattoo), Sean Perkinson and Carolyn LeBourgeois (FTW Tattoo Parlor), Mark Galloway (Windhorse Tattoo), Chelsea Rhea (Amulet Tattoos) and J.J. Dunbar (H.B. Tattoo).  These guys have graced the walls of the new shop with some great art, at the center of which is a seriously beautiful painting of the old shop by Shawn Barber– thank you again Shawn, we couldn’t love it more.  Here are some images of the pieces our guests worked during their time at AWR:

Monster sleeve by Jeff Croci

Namakubi by Sean P

Radish by Carolyn LeBourgeois

Lady face by Chelsea Rhea

We’ve got plenty more talent lined up for coming months, so keep an eye out for updates.

In the meanwhile, we’ve been trying our hand at writing haikus for you guys.  With that I’ll leave you with this sweet sentiment written by bossman, Jason Kundell:

Our talented guests

Three states, seven tattooers

Good times and great friends


Hope to see you all soon.

Jeff Croci: AWR’s Godfather

Jeff Croci is our brother from another mother who works at our beloved sister shop in San Francisco, Seventh Son Tattoo. We love Jeff for a number of reasons. He is smart, sensible, an amazing cook, a kick ass bodysurfer, will roll you in jiu-jitsu, and let’s face it, he slays the tattoo game. Jeff was also the mastermind behind the Go Fund Me to rebuild Art Work Rebels, so we will just refer to him as our Godfather from here on out.

Jeff is known for making large scale biomechanical tattoos and is also clearly well equipped for making stunning Japanese, botanical, Realism, and black and grey tattoos. Jeff will be doing a guest spot at the NEW Art Work Rebels location on February 16-18! Although Jeff is fully booked, please stop by to meet this true gentleman, and check out our new digs.

Jason and co. have been working nonstop to create a warm, welcoming, aesthetically amazing shop for you. Come say hi!


Lucky S.O.B. 

It’s certainly been a crazy couple of months since our shop exploded all over NW 23rd. There’s been a lot to process: putting things in perspective, grieving material and emotional losses, letting go, being thankful for the lack of injuries, dealing with the weight of “what ifs” and what could have been, being overwhelmed by the support of our community, being away from our tattoo home and family, and finally, finding a way to move on. 

It’s hard to explain the way your emotions sway from day-to-day as you go from pitying yourself, to realizing how lucky you are. It’s been amazing to get to work at different shops with so many amazing tattooers around the Portland. I never felt any less than completely welcome everywhere I found myself-Atlas, Oddball, Historic and Blacklist. And all of my clients new and old who came out and met me wherever I was to get great tattoos and help keep me making a living. 

I continue to be astounded by the vision, drive, and relentlessness of Art Work Rebels owner and our big boss man Jason Kundell who has tirelessly worked to find and build us a new home starting from that unbelievable day one.

And now the new shop is approaching completion. I’m so excited to make the new place home and be there with Joe and Ross and Josiah and Gordon and Jason and Jenn and Chaise and Dylan. I got a tour of the new space-in-progress and I really think it’s going to blow people’s minds when they walk in the front door. 

I hope to see you there soon. 

And, Thank You. 

-Jeff P. 

Happy New Year!

We are excited to announce our new location, opening soon… 

528 SW 3rd Ave. (between SW Washington & SW Alder)

While we are in the midst of construction, we are discovering many culinary wonders within a stone’s throw of the new spot. 

We are busy adding new tattoo photos on our website (see “artists”) as well as weekly construction updates on our blog.

 Dragon by Jason 

Skull and dragon by Jason 

Making Mojo

There is a sickness with social media, where people want to post the worst possible things and try and relate it to themselves. It turns into this giant pit of sadness and in my opinion isn’t what this platform is about. Instead, I’d like to share something positive about people I know and how great they have been to me and others around them. 
In October when the shop blew up, it was and still is the absolute craziest thing to have ever happened to me. The sense of dread and terror that took hold that day didn’t feel like it was ever going to let go. Then Jeff Croci started a go fund me for myself and my coworkers. I saw all the positive comments and words of encouragement from everyone and it left me speechless. 
A week after the explosion, I was still without a lot of equipment. Tools I had been collecting and using for twelve years were gone. I am not superstitious nor do I believe in a higher power, but there is tattoo mojo. My machines had some fucking mojo. They had been with me all over the world and tuned perfectly for me and everyday I would think, “I can lose everything except these, and be okay.” Then reality hit and I lost everything. I bought a machine a couple of days after the explosion just so I could say I owned something related to my job title, tattooer. However, it takes time to build mojo and make a machine feel like it’s yours. 
I got a message from my friend Adam Craven that he had machines for me. I met him over at Atlas Tattoo and he gave me two machines, one of which was a machine I used to own that he got off the guy I sold it to. He completely rebuilt it and gave it back to me. I was floored. Then the real magic happened and he gave me one of his personal machines. A machine he’s been using for a year. A machine that he’d been tweaking and tuning and bestowing some great mojo onto. He told me all the little details of the machine, that it’s a hand cut side plate of his very own prototype and that the spring stock is 40 years old. By far the best and most meaningful good luck charm on this Cadillac of machines was a rear binding post. It had come off of Ross Ferrie’s Color King. A machine that had a good twenty plus years of use. It’s mangled from the clip cord, and it looks amazing. Ross Ferrie is very much a tattoo father figure to me and to own a machine that has a piece of one of his machines on it, built by another great peer of mine, Adam, is pretty much the greatest thing in the world. That machine is dripping with mojo and you can feel it. 
Tattooing is a great thing. If it weren’t for tattooing I wouldn’t be where I am and that wouldn’t be very great. Happy New Year!


What mojo looks like.

Some old and some new

While the new shop is under construction I’ve had a chance to go through some old photos and found this collar tattoo from a few years back. The octopus is a new one I was happy to do at my guest spot at Albatross Tattoo. 

Joe Larralde

There goes the neighborhood…

shopAs most Portlanders have heard, there was a large explosion in Northwest Portland this morning. The explosion, caused by a natural gas leak, destroyed the lovely 110 year old building Art Work Rebels occupied. Everyone from the shop is safe and healthy, and all of the guys still plan on keeping their appointments. We are already in the process of finding a new home for Art Work Rebels Tattoo and hope to be back up and running as soon as possible.

That said, while the shop is temporarily closed, our tattooers are still very much so open for business. We ask that if you had an appointment already scheduled — or would like to schedule an appointment — to please email us. Lastly, we would like to send our sincerest gratitude for all of the love and support we have received to both our amazing friends and clients. Our good friend Jeff Croci of Seventh Son Tattoo has set up a Go Fund Me for those that have expressed the desire to help out.





Jeff P. is in ALL WEEK

A couple of he guys will be at the Bay Area Convention this week, so Jeff P. is covering shifts. He’ll be in the shop Mon-Fri 11am-8pm this week. Come check out his secret stash of tattoo flash, and pick something good!