Today Chinese New Year is a family friendly holiday. People celebrate this holiday by feasting on yummy foods like spring rolls to symbolize money and wealth because they look like gold bars.They eat long noodles to symbolize long life, and they eat shrimp to symbolize happiness for the new year to come because shrimp and smile sound almost the same in Chinese.

About 3,000 years ago legend tells there was a big scary monster named Nein, he would come on the new moon and scare all the towns people away and even animals!! One day a wise old man came up to these townspeople and said “hello i know Neins worst fears and they are they color red, loud noises, and fire.He wished them  good luck. The next year on the new moon the town was prepared for Nein so when the big scary monster came they started banging drums, shooting fireworks, and they all wore red. Nein saw all of them and ran off scared because he heard the bang bang of the drums, the fireworks , and all the bright red. Then they never saw that awful monster again. 


  One day the master Jade emperor held up a race with 13 animals he told the animals only 12 of them would represent a year. So when the animals started the race the rat was ahead and the ox was 2nd place, but they came across a river and the rat couldn’t swim so the ox offered him a ride on his back. The rat hopped on and so did the cat!! The rat really wanted to be first place so rat pushes cat in the water and jumped of ox’s back and came first then came the ox 2nd, than tiger came and didn’t pick up the cat, after that came the rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and lastly came the pig. Sadly the cat didn’t make it. That’s why the cat and rat are enemies. What’s your Chinese Zodiac??


This week, me and the fam are doing some research and development reconnaissance work in Hawaii. Stay tuned for the blog of all blogs. In the meanwhile, make sure to mark your calendars and come celebrate Valentine’s Day, AWR style.

Waves Waterpark

All work and no play makes Jason a grumpy boy. That being said, we took a family trip along with Uncle Casey and Uncle Gary to Waves Waterpark for a little family research and development.

Dragons for the New Year

Happy New Year!  Starting the year off right with some dragons, one of my favorite subjects to tattoo.  Here are sneak peeks of a few I’ve gotten to work on recently.

We Have Fun Here

Happy New Year everyone!  Have a safe one, we hope to see you all soon.  Stay tuned early next year for updates on our website.  

Shawn Barber

Our dear friend, Shawn Barber, spent the last week hanging out and working at the shop with us.  If you’re not yet familiar with Shawn’s work, do yourself a favor and check him out.  He’s an incredible painter and tattooer, and is the owner of the beautiful Memoir Tattoo in Los Angeles. While here, Shawn started this piece on a regular client of his.  Here’s a sneak peek of what they worked on:

I also had the pleasure of continuing to work on Shawn’s backpiece and a good time was had by all.

We are lucky to have two of Shawn’s paintings hanging in the shop. You can spot them both in the background of this photo, but really you should come by and enjoy them in person when you get a chance.

Till next time, have a safe and happy holiday all.


Of all the delectable delights that come through the shop these days, there is one consistent shop favorite– a sweet little food cart named ‘Stretch the Noodle’.  They are a mom & pop food cart that, luckily for us, opened just around the corner from our shop a few months after opening in our new location. It would not be exaggerating to say that we eat here almost everyday.

What initially caught our attention about Stretch the Noodle was that they hand-pull noodles to order, and they are delicious.  These noodles are chewy and perfect, and you can order them in either a steamy bowl of soup (the La Mian) or in a dish of Chao Mian, with either chicken or tofu.  They also make a Chinese pancake, the Jian Bing, which is made like a crepe with a lots of egg and scallions– Jeff P. calls it “the perfect food.”

Pictured here are Stretch the Noodle’s lovely owners, in the process of hand-pulling noodles for someone’s lunch:

After deciding to write a blog about our favorite food cart, we ordered the whole menu one day so that we could share how fantastic everything on the menu looks with all of you.  Enjoy!

An AWR feast:

Let’s start with the La Mian.  This is a Sichuan beef bone soup, and is great comfort food– we’ve been ordering it a lot lately since it’s gotten so cold here in Portland.  It’s got those awesome chewy noodles in it, along with beef and bok choy.  Yummmm.

Next is the Chao Mian, which comes with plenty of veggies to balance out all those delicious noodles.  This can easily be turned into your lunch and dinner, so word to the wise: don’t over-order, they are generous with their portions!

And here is Jeff P.’s favorite, the Jian Bing!  It can be made with or without bacon, and is crunchy and perfect either way.

Last but not least…the dumplings.  It cannot be overstated how good these dumplings are.    They’re offered as a special on their menu and will be either pork dumplings or, my favorite, the pork and shrimp combo.  They’re worth a trip to Portland in themselves.


Oh, Stretch the Noodle, we love you.


In tattoo news, here’s a little sneak peek at some tigers I’ve been working on lately.


The Boss

The boss is taking over the blog!

Hey everyone.  Sorry that it’s been a while.  I’ll be taking over here permanently and have set myself the goal of posting more frequently- be sure to keep your eyes peeled!  Also, keep an eye out for never-before-seen photos of new projects I’m working on that I will be regularly posting here exclusively.

So, what can I tell you about?  On a business level, the new shop has really come together, and I would like to thank everyone that has contributed to rebuilding and making this space feel like home.  In other news, we’ve added two new artists to our crew, Jessica McDermott and Cecelia Wingate, and they have been a welcome addition to the team.  We will be updating everyone’s portfolios on the website this holiday season, so stay tuned.

On a personal level, me and my family are doing well.  Baby Bernie is proving to be a most excellent eater (Japanese fishcake, spicy Szechuan eggplant, and all sorts of other exotic foods) with a healthy appetite, and has shown great potential for being a real sweetheart.



Now that summer’s over I’ve got some new pieces that I’m starting and I’ve also got some sneak peeks of finished projects for you.


Till next time, take care.

Babies of AWR

The tattoo shop has been lucky enough to get visits from a few special shop babies this month.

Our first baby to visit the new shop was Bernadette.  Daddy Jason Kundell claims that what baby Bernie lacks in sleep, she makes up for in charm.  Bernie is tough as nails and only cries when someone insults her fashion sense.  By bedtime each night, Bernadette typically ends up with fistfuls of hair from some of her favorite people.  It’s tough to say “no” to such a cute baby.

The next baby to visit the shop was baby Ross.  He patiently ate fruit snacks while getting tattooed.  Ross only cried when he thought the tattoo was complete, only to find out that Jason had simply transferred the stencil.  Ross went home to take a nap, but not before Jason rocked him and sang a sweet lullaby.

Our last baby to visit the shop was little Josiah.  He made sure everyone noticed his new “big boy pants” as soon as he arrived.  Little Josiah seemed pretty tough at first, but as soon as Jason bumped the table and spilled the baby’s sippy cup, he threw a tantrum.

Not all babies are made equally cute or good-tempered, but they all have value at AWR

Our Friends the UnTattoo Parlor

Josiah here. It has been a while since I did a post and to be honest it has not been easy. After the shop blew up last fall I have found it to be very difficult to get back into a new routine.

The generosity and support people showed us over these last months has been incredible. It will take a very long time for us to express the gratitude felt towards everyone who helped us and i will apologize now for the delay.

That being said I’d like to take the time to both thank and plug our friends Garrett and Jenni along with the entire staff at the UnTattoo Parlor here in Portland. I have had nearly 1/2 of my body suit lightened or removed over the last 5 years and have gone to just about every facility in the Portland area. The results and experiences have been from bad to mediocre and nothing has been worth mentioning to say the least.

All of that changed a few years ago when Garret and Jenni came by the old shop to introduce themselves and to let us know about the new tattoo removal clinic they were opening. They offered to give any of us a treatment to show us how great their equipment was and from that day on my perception of tattoo removal was forever changed. The space is conveniently located at 1306 NW Hoyt St. #205 in Portland’s historic Pearl District and is easily accessible from anywhere in the metro area.

The environment in which they operate is unmatched and the friendliness, knowledge and professional demeanor immediately made me aware that they were doing something different and worth checking out. Garrett being a highly educated surgeon is definitely a game changer for the tattoo removal scene along with the fact that local anesthetic is offered makes a huge difference in  the quality of outcome.  He has personally trained his entire staff to ensure that the best possible results can be achieved.

Not only do they offer tattoo removal, but you can also get your past “bod mod” and stretched piercings returned to their normal states because who wants cat buttholes for earlobes?

Getting a tattoo is a big deal and can require a little work and research to make sure that the experience is great along with the quality of the outcome meeting or exceeding expectations. Having a tattoo lightened for a cover up or removed completely requires a similar process. I/we here at ArtWork Rebels can’t recommend the Untattoo Parlor enough and do so based on on own personal experiences along with those we have referred over the years. Please check them out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. Go to www.theuntattooparlor.com or call them at (503) 893-0102