What I learned at San Francisco camp

Josiah Laughlin has been going regularly to SF for a few years now. Its become a 2nd home in the sense that he basically takes his Portland routine to the bay. Here are a few of the places Josiah enjoys on his travels. http://www.seventhsontattoo.com/

The SF family and favorite shop in San Francisco. A true powerhouse of versatility with a great line up of guests coming through regularly. 

If it’s a good fight with the nicest group of people around Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu is the place to be. Head coach Kurt Osiander can be found there 6 days a week making his team into the monsters they are. https://www.ralphgracie.com/

Devorah Sacks has been practicing and teaching Mysore style yoga for over 20 years. She has a gentle yet fierce approach to the practice and has always been warm and inviting when practicing with her group.

As with any city there’s always a local food favorite. San Francisco burritos are a must and Little Chihuahua does them right. http://www.thelittlechihuahua.com/

SO much happening…

With the change of the weather, Jason Kundell took every opportunity to get out & enjoy the fresh NW air.

During the past few weeks, Jason enjoyed a Father’s Day river cruise, a family bike ride through Pride Fest& a family camping trip near Mt. Hood. 


Above all, Jason relished the opportunity to tattoo Tom (who donned a bright banana hammock). What a wonderful start to the summer!


All we do is eat. 

If you’re a fan of barbecue, we suggest you take a trip off the beaten path and come to NW. Tucked between a paint warehouse and crossfit gym is a food cart called Botto Barbecue. 

The menu changes daily and offers all the classics: brisket, pulled pork, ribs and housemade sausage. All of these can be paired with some tasty side dishes. 

Get there early and come hungry! You won’t be disappointed. 

Botto Barbecue

2204 NW Roosevelt St

Portland, OR 97210

Instagram: @bottobbq

Sleepless in Seattle 

Josiah Laughlin was in Seattle for the weekend working with the talented and virile crew at Liberty Tattoo. They a real deal street shop and there’s never a dull moment working there. 

After coming to Seattle for the last few years to work Josiah has also found some great spots to pursue his other interests including Jiu Jitsu and Mysore Yoga. 

Larry King owner/head coach at Praxis Jiu Jitsu is a great teacher and is always welcoming when Josiah comes to visit and train. If you’re in the Seattle area definitely come by and hit the mats and test your guard against some great pressure passing. 

Troy Lucero is the owner/teacher of The Acme Yoga Project. He offers both Mysore styled as wells as vinyasa classes. He has a unique and refreshing approach to the Ashtanga practice and it’s always fun to switch thing up a bit. His Saturday morning lead class is no joke so come prepared to sweat. 

Finally the must have for at least one meal is Annapurna. Northern Indian and Nepali dishes are sublime and with meat/veggie/vegan options it’s easy for everyone to enjoy. Spinach momos are a must. 

“You see that guy’s balls?” “Yeah. They were weird-looking.”

Terrible people.

The other week, after visiting Tommy and Emily at Paper Bag Pizza, the dudes rambled down the street to visit our good friends at Oddball Tattoo. With all of our long days and tricky schedules it can be difficult to meet up with other tattooers in our own town, so it’s always a good time when we can make it happen and trade war stories and tips on the new tasty food spots.

Continuum Supper Club

Our friend and client, Donnie Vizzini is an amazing chef and with his friend and fellow chef, Chase Williams has created the Continuum Supper Club. Jeff and Ross along with their wives were invited to the inaugural meal on May 31st.

What followed was six courses of some of the most inventive and delicious food the guys have ever had. 

Donnie and Chase.

Jeff speaking with Donnie.

The first course.

Chase, Ross, Donnie and Jeff after the meal.

Thanks Donnie and Chase for a wonderful meal! If you’re interested in trying their food, you can visit their website Continuum Supper Club.
Take our word for it, it’s worth it!

Spring fever!

Jason Kundell took a moment to enjoy the sunshine, smell the fresh spring air… & share a few in-progress tattoos 




Snack time at the shop

In our ever, ongoing search for the perfect snack to distract us from actually getting our work done, here is another odd combination which follows Gordon’s theory stating any two things which are amazing alone, should be amazing together. Trader Joe’s peanut butter filled pretzels and Dijon mustard. Dip each one about halfway in…just the tip. Sounds weird but it works. 

Paper Bag Pizza

Ross, Gordon and Jeff P. all had a day off last week and decided to check in with our old buddy, and Chop Butchery alum, Tommy and his wife Emily. They opened up a wood-fired pizza cart in the Tidbit Cart Pod on SE Division.  Pizza seems to be blowing up in Portland lately, this is some of the best. Local, seasonal ingredients on perfectly charred crust.  Pancetta cured by Tommy himself. 

Tommy and Ross act natural while pizzas cook.

Get some now before the line is around the block. 

Paper Bag Pizza

2880 SE Division St

Portland, OR 97202

A race to the bottom. 

Hey there blog readers and tattoo enthusiasts!

It’s a beautiful day in Portland and the weekend is almost here for a lot of hard working people. It’s also Friday the 13th! A great movie franchise from the ’80s and now a tattoo holiday in the eyes of many. 

Years ago someone decided that making small $13 tattoos with a $7 “lucky” tip was the thing to do. Ever since then, the idea has spread like a wildfire, reaching all over the world. You’ll see lots of shops advertising giant Friday the 13th parties and specials.

We however do not participate and here is why. 

1. Tattooing people just so you can lose money in the process. This is simply bad economics and no other business would follow this model. The average cost of a tattoo setup is around $20, so at the bare minimum it’s a wash. This doesn’t include paying counter help, electricity, or the costs of running a small business. 

2. We’re a small business, not a giant company. Sales and discounts can be applied to mass produced products bought in bulk. Tattooing doesn’t fit that category at all. 

3. You attract customers who solely get tattooed when there is a deal and not repeat or loyal clientele. 

4. It cheapens what we do as craftsman. 

On a lighter note, please enjoy this photo the internet so graciously gave us.