Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mama, I'm coming home!

It's long overdue. I'm finally taking a trip back to Sweden for Christmas and New Years to see my family and good friends, and indulge in nostalgia and endless cups of coffee...

I will also be tattooing while over there, so make sure you contact me a.s.a.p. for an appointment as I'm booking up quickly!

I'll be tattooing in Gothenburg at Goteborg Classic Tattooing on December 28th-30th and January 3rd.
I'll also be tattooing in Malmo at Old Bones Tattoo from January 5th-7th and 10th-11th.

Email me for info on bookings:

I will be back in San Francisco on January 14th, I am accepting appointments for when I get back.
God Jul & Gott nytt ar!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Lighthouse Tattoo

After 6 months as a guest artist in residence at Idle Hand Tattoo, I have found a more permanent home in San Francisco.

Starting today I am working at Lighthouse Tattoo, with Clifton Carter Jr., Jason Storey, Joe Caiazza, and soon to join the crew is also my good friend and co-worker from East River Tattoo in Brooklyn NY, Mark Cross!

I will be working Mon-Friday noon-8pm for now, weekends by appointment only. Please email me to make an appointment,, or come by the shop and say hello.

Lighthouse Tattoo
3402 Geary Boulevard (@ Stanyan)
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 742-4467

Email for more info:

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(Artwork by Jason Storey)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Last day at Idle Hand

Since April the crew at Idle Hand Tattoo have been so incredibly hospitable, have made me a part of their family and have let me extend what started out as a brief guest spot to half a year.
But the time has come for me to move on, so this past Monday was my last day tattooing at Idle Hand. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with every single person there and I am so very grateful for being given this start in San Francisco. It's not goodbye, it's see you later...

I have big plans for the future and some big projects and jobs brewing, and as soon as things are official they will be posted here! Stay tuned...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

East Coast Bound

I will be doing a little North East tour in October:
I will be in NYC tattooing at East River Tattoo between Oct. 15-17.

And then in Portland ME at Squid & Whale Tattoo from Oct. 18-25. I still have some availabilities but they are booking up fast! Email me for info at

Monday, September 13, 2010



Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.

-Edward Abbey

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Wednesday Muse

Wednesday tattoo

My submission for the Idle Hand Tattoo Art Show.
Inspired by my muse, constant companion and endless source of entertainment, 10 year old Boston Terrier/Pug mix Wednesday.

9"x11", ink & watercolor on hotpress paper. Prints for sale, email for info:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Idle Hand Art Show

Idle Hand Art Show @ Molotov's, S.F.
(Click on image for full view)

The crew at Idle Hand Tattoo have invited me to join them in a group show at Molotov's, 582 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA.
Join us for the opening tomorrow night, Friday Sept. 10, 2010, from 8-11 pm.

Bring your friends! You don't want to miss this one...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Birds, Bears & Battle Axes

Cali Bear
I wish I got to do tattoos like this every day! A new take on the California state flag.

Monocle Skull
Andrew keeps coming in for more fun stuff! Little filler monocle skull and web.

Riley's Rooster
Riley's been wanting a rooster tattoo for years, I had a ton of fun drawing this and can't wait to finish it!

Bear Cub
For her first tattoo ever, Brittany got something a bit different from my usual work. She wanted a piece inspired by 1940's Golden Books children's illustrations, and this is what we came up with.

Rose and Swallows chest piece
Jackie sat like a champ and got this chest piece dedicated to her two sisters. (Click on image for full view)

Miss Nina
First session on the ever lovely Miss Mardi who came all the way from Melbourne, Australia! This tattoo is inspired by Mardi's amazing Devon Rex cat Nina. Doesn't she remind you of Kiki's cat Jiji in Hayao Miyazaki's Kiki's Delivery Service?
Healed Art Deco
I met Mardi last year when she came out to get this Art Deco inspired tattoo. It's always a pleasure to see her, unfortunately we didn't have nearly enough time for fun hang out! Next time maybe I'll be seeing her Down Under...?

Finally, last sunday I did this little guy four different times on a group of San Francisco boys. Good times and buddy tattoos!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Lost In Greenpoint

After a busy weekend with One Trip Pass, painting room 408 at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan, I crossed the bridge to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, for some long overdue girl-time with two of my oldest dearest friends in the U.S., Janis and Sue.

An adventure walk along the East River with Sue just as the thunder rolled in over the city. As a Bay Area transplant I never get thunder anymore, and I do miss the epic late summer thunderstorms in the North East. The smell of the heavy rain on the hot streets is unmistakable.

Sue works at East River Tattoo in Greenpoint. Before meeting up at the shop I had some time to explore the area, a great little neighborhood with cute boutiques, antique stores, restaurants and coffee shops, tucked away just north of Williamsburg.
(More after the jump:)








The lovely Sue and the East River

East River Tattoo, just as the rain started

Seeing how the three of us have been friends for over 10 years, since I was fresh off the boat from Sweden, we decided to commemorate the occasion with some late night spur of the moment matching tattoos.

Janis had never done a tattoo before...

...but for a first timer she did pretty damn good!

There's nothing quite like 3 am tattoos.

I will hopefully be back in Greenpoint by early to mid October, and will be doing a guest stint at East River Tattoo. If you're interested in making an appointment, email me at for more info.

Setting Free The Bears

Sneak peek: Work in progress for upcoming art project for the fall.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Room 408

Kapten Hanna + One Trip Pass + The Ace Hotel NYC = One epic weekend!

Take a look at the video One Trip Pass made of the collaboration. More photos of the finished project will be posted soon...

No. 408 from Jay Carroll on Vimeo.


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

More roadtripping: Avenue of Giants

So, to follow up on the last post, here's yet another exploration of the Northern California coast. Yet again with One Trip Pass, and also our good friends Mister Mort and Lou.

This time it's our journey to Takilma, OR, up Rt. 101 on the Avenue of Giants. It took place earlier this spring and is one of my favorite trips to date. Truly magical millennium Redwoods, napping on the banks of the Russian River, sleep overs in treeforts, driftwood and wild packs of chihuahuas. Northern California is treating me well...

Mine is the third photo installment of this trip, so visit One Trip Pass and Mister Mort to see their captures of the journey.

(Click on images to see larger view)


Up Town




Drum Circle


Tree House

Tiny door

Russian River

California Poppy




Lady Liberty



The original Curly
Curly's Motel was built from a single Redwood tree in the 50's. This is a photo of the original tree.


Wild dogs

Off Road



Pair A Dice

Takilma OR


Tree Houses