May 2015

Posted in Uncategorized on May 4, 2015 by jasonphillipstattoo

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A few sittings into this one, one of my favorite classic images ever.

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Two years in the making, we finished Joes back.

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Did you hear about the farmers wife who up and left him, he came home to a John Deere Letter.

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My contribution to the Skull book, LLL publishers.

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and lastly, my favorite sign from Cairo. Thanks for looking.

January 2015

Posted in Uncategorized on January 2, 2015 by jasonphillipstattoo


First and foremost let me say thanks for the great last year. I’m looking forward to continue working with everyone, clients and co workers alike, in this new year. I felt like it was one of the more productive years I’ve had and I would like to work at making this one even more so. It’s going to be a year of some big changes and I’m likewise looking forward to them.

But enough with that, Sometimes I feel like writing, sometimes I don’t. When I do write I feel like I, at the very least, try to give it a little thought, but maybe I just ramble sometimes, case in point… I just a few days ago visited the Temple of Karnak, and to be fair, I am more an avid traveler then an enthusiast of Egyptology and endeavor to see as many places as permitted in this lifetime, so that being said, I have found myself at Karnak. You may or may not know a little basic history of the Egyptian civilization but within Karnak’s historical labyrinth from the capital times of Thebes to the years of Coptic hideouts in the back temples, there is a small room to the right, shortly after one enters, that is mostly referred to as the Holiest of Holies. It is smaller then any studio apartment I have ever had, smaller then the lobby at the shop I now work at, it was the earthly dwelling place of the King of Gods, Amun. And, from that room Amun used the high priest as a tongue with which to speak his will. The words of a God passed through him, I imagine as easy as I might ask for train times. He and he alone had the singular and divine right to pass in and out of Amun’s studio. The mouthpiece of the King of Gods also fed and dressed the King of Gods, kept his incense ablaze and chambers in divine repair. Through that mouthpiece moved stones, armies and the hearts of a society, for miles, centuries, and blood. And here I find myself, amidst hundreds of other tourist milling around, standing in the small room, the wind whistles through the rocks, and there ends what can be now found here in this room. Amun has checked out. All I can think of is Ft. Knox and the American cosmodemonic broadcast news at home, and how the smiling salesman must always be avoided. Then I went back to sun. It’s a mind fuck, none of it’s real and all of it’s real for a time. Symbolism is everything. Looking forward to getting home and making some tattoos. Here’s some of what I finished up before I left, thanks for looking.

A sentiment I can get behind depending on the night before


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Started this for Hannah, first sitting


Picture Machine Flash


Petaling ideas?


And lastly, I made some new shop shirts and hoodies. Both available online and at the shop, Thanks!


October 2014

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2014 by jasonphillipstattoo


Some of what I have been working on lately, firstly, I made this study for a back piece, kicking around some ideas. Secondly, I was able to get this healed photo of Roberts back, pictured below. We finished this about two years ago, over the course of five weeks. Its nice to see it settling in.


A couple of tattoos I worked on this month, I was really excited to do this classic tiger snake chest piece, which is drawn from a book of Zeis flash that I got from the tattoo archive back when it was still here in the bay area. It has always been one of my favorites. I know I say that a lot, but I have a lot of favorites.



I made this painting for my friend Ezra’s Paranormal art show, which was, and might possibly still be going on in Ohio. You just never know with the paranormal.


I made this tattoo based off an Audubon painting, which I will say again, is another one of my favorites. And, kinda also paranormal, at least for the fish. From a life aquatic standpoint that eagle might as well have been interdimensional, because for a fish, what the fuck is a sky. It must be a moment of pure satori for the fish. Regardless, here it is in tattoo form by me.


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A 5×15 flash card.


Thanks for looking!

August 2014

Posted in Uncategorized on August 18, 2014 by jasonphillipstattoo

This last month we worked on bringing Warrens half sleeves down to a 3/4 length. Here’s how it all came together.

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We are one sitting away from finishing this back piece, I really love this tattoo and would love to do more like it. This particular back will have taken four sittings.

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and an Eagle from earlier this week

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Thanks everybody, its been a great month.

June 2014

Posted in Uncategorized on June 30, 2014 by jasonphillipstattoo

Some new stuff, Thanks for looking!
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And some paintings

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And, Lastly, a skate deck I made for John at TeamPrintShop here in Oakland for a Warhol project he was putting together.

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The gold standard was a necessary thing.

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2014 by jasonphillipstattoo

That’s one mans opinion. When the gold standard was abandoned it was the beginning of one of the greatest shell games ever perpetrated. The new american currency is an abstraction of faith, it is paradox, it is both infinite and perpetually shrinking. If you know me, then you already know I am an avid observer of the new quasi religion we call economy, not so much because I enjoy it, but because it fascinates me. And really that’s where my head was when I drew this piece a few years back, “by guess and god” because I felt like it summed up the shape of affairs, faith before fact. The gold standard is dead, faith is the new dollar, and its an easy sway. But, all that being said, I have been a more successful tattooer then economist in this lifetime, so whats it all worth anyway.

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Some new flash I worked on this last week.


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Two shots of Warrens first two tattoos healed. Dragon and Koi, we are bringing them down to three quarter sleeves next month. I’ll post the photos as we work.

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Got to make this for Izzy, not only a great guy, but one of the lessor talked about engines that fuel tattooing as much as tattooers, the avid collector. Neither one of us work without the other. It’s a great continuum to be involved in.

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I never shy away from working life advice into tattoo designs

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One sitting away from being done with this back piece

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creature from the black lagoon action for Ron, we are going to be working on a series of classic creeps for his arm in the next few months.

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One for my friend Dave

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Lastly, some masks I brought home from Mexico this month, if I could only paint flash as good as these guys made masks I’d be in business.

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Thanks for looking!

The news of March 2014

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2014 by jasonphillipstattoo

Preview of a graphic I put together for John over at TeamPrint Shop here in Oakland, print shop extrondiare, we are doing a short run of skateboard decks based on this classic photo of Andy Warhol. I think I have seven decks left that are unspoken for so If you’re interested drop me a line. It’s going to be a one time run. And the irony that I am designing a skateboard deck that if I were to ride I would die, or at least suffer a broken back is not lost on me, but I had a great time making it and I hope to have some other designs forthcoming.

Here is their shop webstore:

I had originally put this together for a pork chop sheet for my friend Izzy but it ended up as a tattoo so I will keep working on that sheet that I promised him last year. Slow and steady wins the race.

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I’m trying to get my chops back in order, after being out of commission for a minute, to paint that sheet for Izzy and I am working on a pork chop sheet of dragon designs first, this being one of the first ones that I laid down.
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I have the good fortune of having a friend in Jersey City named Dave, he is a hell of a frontman for a band I really enjoy called Wyldlife, and he was very generous in taking the time to put together an interview for me on the Swallows and Daggers website. Heres the link

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and if you enjoy the blending of unending hooks and clever clever wordplay, as I am a sucker for, check them out! Rock and Roll is not dead! It just took a little breather.

Death from Above!
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Two tattoos on a very long time client of mine, a gentleman I much enjoy talking to because his travels make me feel novice. He asked for a heaven and hell scene, I’m not sure what he had in mind, but this is what I had in mind, and I’m glad he digs it . An Enma and a Tennin. Im really happy with how they are turning out in juxtaposition to one another.
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This is one of my all time favorite tattoo designs, from the endless stable of Picture Machine west coast 70s classic. I love these designs and am honored to lend my hand to them any chance I get

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And, lastly, for all tattooers, there is always that person that passed the torch along to you, with grave warning that it’s a shit show, fraught with the roller coaster perils of ups and downs. For FTW that recipient after thirteen years is Joe Gettler, who is, if you are familiar with the shop, one of the most hard working and capable human beings on every front, it was epic to watch him make his first tattoo at the shop this week. I am anxious to see what the future holds for his talents and if you are an interested party you should call the shop and make some time with him. 510. 595.0389. He is the first and only apprentice of FTW and I think he is going to go super nova with his intentions rooted in doing the best by tattooing for the sake of making good tattoos.
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and thats the news for March. Thanks for looking!


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