’Our future won’t be defined by the crisis but by our response to it. Do we adapt, come together, and innovate to create a new and brighter future? That’s how the Great Depression and WW2 led to a manufacturing renaissance and the greatest middle class in the history of the world.‘

You are needed by your community. Unprecedented social and societal disruption has wrenched us from our routines. Covid 19 has turned out the lights on our plans, visions of the future, and our ability to carry out the lives we were working so hard to improve.

Uncertainty has become the constant, change is the “new normal”. For some, it’s been an inconvenience. For most, it’s been an opportunity to adapt to change. For others it has been disorienting and terrifying. We are screaming from our dark caves into the only portal we’ve got left to interact with each other and it’s not going well for us…(hint, you’re staring at it now).

Race, gender, politics, ecology, economy. Is there any facet of life that has not been impacted? Is there anything left to argue about? To divide us against ourselves?

This is not a claim to have answers to these larger societal issues. I believe it is time to form a response that includes the best and brightest from our community – engaged to create a baseline for growth in all these areas of conflict. Idealistic? Maybe – but we have to start somewhere.

“In the midst of a deep crisis brought on by COVID-19, our nation is once again facing an inflection point in its history — just as it did in the aftermath of the Great Depression in the 1930’s.”

Rep. Tim Ryan – (D) Ohio

A maker community provides proof of critical mass of culture and vitality within our local community:

  • We are here to turn the lights on.
  • We are here to be beacons of hope.
  • It’s our turn to shine.

A makerspace addresses three primary social concerns:

  • Communities need leaders who are engaged and active in supporting innovation, creativity, and constructive social response in times of crisis.
  • Individuals need access to a community whose primary goal is support of their mental wellness and their ability to self-motivate, become empowered, and seek to overcome their own problems or limitations.
  • Children and young adults need mentors, guidance, and most of all support from surrogate role models who look like them and understand their needs.

Here’s how it works:

  • Individually, we are makers.
  • Together, we form a maker community.
  • As a community, we establish a space.
  • In that space, we create a response.

“ If the government response is Plan A and industry response is Plan B, then Plan C is the civic response. Plan C is made up of individuals and self-organizing groups, collaborating online to develop DIY designs for medical equipment and protective gear. They are addressing the breakdown of the manufacturing supply chain by making parts themselves in garages, barns, and makerspaces.”

Dale Dougherty – Founder of Make: Magazine,

Calling All College Students, Retirees, Unemployed, K12 Teachers, Informal Educators, Hairstylists, Science Center Staff, Sports Reporters, Personal Fitness Trainers, Pre-school Teachers, Audio/Video Producers, Roboticists, Repair Technicians, Social Media Mavens, Engineers, Hobbyists, Community Organizers, Community Center staffers, Librarians, Waiters, Baristas, Data Scientists, At-home Parents, and Many Others Whose Lives Have Been Disrupted.

The civic response needs YOU. Even though there is no formal organization called the Civic Response Corps, YOU can act on your own as part of the civic response to the COVID-19 crisis. The one thing to realize is that today’s civic response is self-organizing and we have all the tools we need to do the work. Although not everyone is trained in using these tools, the tools themselves are widely available.


A makerspace is a democratized collection of tools and experience organized for the purpose of developing entrepreneurs, tinkerers, creatives and leaders. It is more than just a shop class. It is a space devoted to the process of conditioning you to find your best self and connect with those around you.

What we think, we become.

YOU need to use whatever skills you possess at any skill level. YOU don’t need a technical or medical background to get started. Problem solvers, producers of all kinds, community organizers and coordinators are needed. What matters most is your ability to learn to do new things and act alongside your fellow citizens. We can #maketogether the solutions, although not physically side-by-side. We have to act with resolve as a community of shared purpose. The immediate problem is the the shortage of medical supplies and equipment. But there are other problems that face us to recover from this crisis. That’s the magnitude of the challenge requiring this community-wide civic response, not just in the US but everywhere.

Dale Dougherty

Here are a few ways to get involved:

  • First and foremost, follow guidelines for shelter-in-place, social distancing, and face mask use to protect yourself, your family and others in your community.
  • Look for efforts in your local area to join
  • Reach out to makerspaces in your area to see what they are doing and how you can help
  • Let us know about your civic response efforts. You can email me at
  • #DoWhatYouCan #maketogether #planc #civicresponse

Sorry for the interruption.

I am working to keep all existing appointments moving forward. If you were affected by the schedule interruption caused by the fire on April 1, 2019.

Thanks to the generous offers from just about every shop in Central IL, I have multiple options for booth space to work out of, and I intend to create a rotation between them.

I will email those affected and work to reschedule as soon as possible.

Thanks for your patience and again for the generosity of our tattoo comunity.


Ebb and Flow

My books are closed to new projects for a little bit.  If you have a piece in progress, I’ll be sending an email including the new scheduling passphrase early next week to the address you provided while scheduling your previous appointments.

Thanks for your continued support and encouragement – and check in with me as often as you like.  I plan to be improving the website content and releasing some merchandise (FINALLY!) in the next month.


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“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

End of ’18. Added availability.


I’ve added more available appointment dates for 2019 for those of you who have been looking to get a new tattoo.   The current password for anyone who doesn’t already have it is holdfast“.  Thanks for the continued support and patience.  Life is full and exciting and I’m looking forward to finishing some big projects, as well as starting some awesome new stuff.

See you soon,


Dates added

“Believe it or not, they’re pajamas!”

I’m getting back into a groove here and thought I’d let some folks know I’ve opened up a bunch of new dates for tattoo appointments. Thanks!


Now booking for Fall

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After some much needed R&R, I’m finally caught up with current projects (well, close enough) to start taking on new tattoos.  I’m going to open up availability over time so as to not overcrowd my schedule and allow for some time to draw and paint for pleasure, which is something I’ve missed being able to do.  Check back often, as I’ll be adding dates regularly.

I’ve simplified the booking process by eliminating the options for different session lengths, opting for a more universal appointment length.

The password for booking HAS been updated, so if you have work in progress you can submit an email to for the new password and I’ll respond as quickly as possible.

Please make all NEW TATTOO requests using the form below, using the comment section to describe the tattoo you’re interested in getting:

Thanks everyone!




Summer Update


Hey everyone, I just wanted to drop a quick note to say that I appreciate your patience with my limited availability this summer.  The treehouse project is taking shape and I’ve really enjoyed being able to spend extra time with my kids.  I’m happy to say that despite the challenges of throttling down a steady workload, it’s been worth it by far —

It has been thanks to people like you that I am capable of doing this;

By checking in occasionally to catch an infrequent, sometimes unnecessarily cryptic update and being patient with me.

I appreciate it more than I can express.

Thank you.

As soon as I have a plan for returning to a full-time schedule I will post it here.  I will be updating/changing the booking password when I switch to keep booking restricted to active clients but I will also be taking new requests, to which the new password may be given.


Thank you, again, from the bottom of my heart!

Have a great summer – be safe and stay close to your loved ones.

We think this is a mouse resort.


First pages and a clue.

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Lucky Strike means fine tobacco

Summer schedule is underway. I’ll be hit and miss at the shop. Booking is closed for new tattoos barring any cancellation or added dates. Thanks for all of your support, I’m thrilled with how things are shaping up. Lots and LOTS of new adventures in the works! Check back soon for more frequent updates.

New News and old news

OLD NEWS (… new news about old news)

I recently found a stack of old newspapers from the 40’s and 50’s…

which I found to be very interesting. Notice the Camel cigarette ad in the funny pages? Yeah.

So I thought I’d post little snippets of it as I go through it and share the news from this time capsule. Maybe some other person will find it as interesting as I do.

I’m chipping away at several nagging remodel jobs this week in hopes to be back in full force tattooing next week. Sorry for any communication lapses. I’ve been doing my best to at least get a response out to any messages I receive. Thanks for the amazing support, praise, and patience!

Thanks for looking!


Now scheduling – current clients.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in scheduling an appointment for a tattoo. At this time I booking for new clients is closed.


If you:

  • are currently in the process of getting a tattoo
  • have recently begun or resumed working on a large project or sleeve
  • have had a recent consultation

– please contact me for a password to gain access the appointment app.

I’ve temporarily suspend scheduling any new tattoo projects due to an overwhelming number of requests.

This is necessary in order for me to give the best effort toward each tattoo I do and never compromise just to make a buck.

If you have messaged me in any social media app or via email, please be patient. I am responding to messages in the order recieved as quickly as I can.

Scheduling new clients will resume as early as April, so check back for updates.

I believe this is the best way to guarantee the highest possible quality of my work.

To those who understand,

Thank you.