Monday, December 5, 2011

Dream Team

Earlier this year my good friend and very talented artist Pacolli asked if I'd be interested in participating in a group show called Dream Team she was curating in her hometown of Sao Paolo, Brazil. Needless to say it was kind of a no-brainer, and in October the show went up! The line-up is impressive to say the least with artists such as Pacolli herself, Mildred, Mats?!, Esther Pearl Watson, LL COOL JO, Mark Todd, just to mention a few...

Mildred wrote a piece for Fecalface on the opening of the show:
Dream Team in Sao Paulo - Part 1
Dream Team in Sao Paulo - Part 2

I'll post pictures of my paintings soon...

Pacolli & Mildred collab


Michael Hsiung

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Last Few Months...

I've been terrible with updating lately, so here's a pile of new tattoo work I've done recently at Idle Hand and on my travels:

Pest in peace True. She passed just a few weeks after this tattoo was done on my good friend Steve, at Mooncusser Tattoo in Provincetown, MA.

Another dog done at Mooncusser Tattoo in Provincetown, MA.

Fun add-on to the existing lamp, done at 4 Star Tattoo in Santa Fe, NM.

Tangled Up In Blue 2

Oregon farm 2
Oregon farm


Wolf + moon


146 Skull146 Skull
The 146 crew keeps growing.

"Gone to the moon, BRB"
"Gone To The Moon, BRB"


Wolf Lady
Super fun


Sylvia Plath
Sometimes I get fancy. Sylvia Plath quote.

Dead rabbit

Skull + dagger

Tiny ship
Teeny tiny ship

SF Hot Stuff
SF travel hot stuff on Daniel from Swahili Bob's Tattoo in Stockholm, Sweden.

In progress on the lovely Nicole Cross. Super fun!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Gypsy Life

Once again the wanderlust strikes and I venture east.

This time I'm going to Provincetown, a sanctuary at the furthest tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A few good days of sun, ocean, bonfires, 4x4's, drag queen karaoke, and mostly some good tattooing. I'll be doing a guest spot with my good friends Khristian and Andrea at Mooncusser Tattoo.
I will be there from July 11th - July 16th, call the shop or email me to schedule an appointment, as this will be my ONLY tattoo stint on the East coast for a while...

Mooncusser Tattoo
3 Standish Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
(508) 487-7769

I will be making a brief stop in Portland, ME, after P-Town, but I will NOT be tattooing at Squid & Whale on this trip, quality time with friends is priority this time.
Again, to anyone in the Northeast interested in getting tattooed while I'm out there, contact me or Mooncusser Tattoo for an appointment. It's an easy drive or bus ride from Boston, or an even easier ferry ride. Contact the shop for directions.

Next stop on my travels is Santa Fe, NM, for some desert magic, and possibly some tattooing at 4 Star Tattoo with my good friend and incredible tattooer Mr. Eric Jones, who is doing some traveling of his own. Follow his journey and enlightened musings on his blog.
I will be in Santa Fe July 19th - July 25th. Contact me or 4 Star if you want to get tattooed while I'm around.

4 Star Tattoo
825 Topeka Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 984-9

I should be back in the bay by July 26th, I still have a few openings left before I leave...

Vaya con Dios.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Work

Long overdue, here are some tattoos I've been doing recently at Idle Hand:

Medusa on Marissa


Bombs away
White trash Bomber

Virgen de Guadalupe

Small cover-up before
Cover-up before
Small cover-up after
Cover-up after

Gravenstein apple
Gravenstein apple

Fox on Anna

Naughty Nan
"Naughty Nan", for Tosh's grandfather, after his WWII bomber plane

Spider on Adrian from Fy Fan from Sweden

Obitrap boxing baby
Orbitrap boxing baby
(Note: NOT a cult banger. It's what he wanted, but I refused. This is the revised version)

Fun reaper done at Goteborg Classic Tattoo

Squirrel done at Goteborg Classic Tattoo

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sketch Tuesdays @ 111 Minna Gallery

I've been chosen to participate in the 111 Minna Gallery's Sketch Tuesdays this month in San Francisco, CA. It's a fun event with about 20 artists creating whatever they feel like and the art will be immediately available for the public to purchase right there at the event, directly from the artist...

This month it's Tuesday June 28th from 6pm-10pm at 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street (@ 2ndStreet), San Francisco, CA.

Come by, get a drink, listen to some tunes, buy some art!

Friday, April 1, 2011

It's not Get What You Want, it's Get What You Get

Come celebrate Idle Hand's 7 year anniversary tonight with us during the Lower Haight Artwalk!

Two bands, Young Offenders and Airfix Kits, will be playing on the roof, and we will be doing our famous $60 "Get What You Get" tattoos all night long!

For more info, visit the Idle Hand blog...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cut N' Color: The Reception

So the reception for the Cut N' Color" show at the Pretty Pretty Collective was insane!
Over 500 people came out, and the caliber of tattooers participating was some of the best I've ever seen!

This is the piece I entered:
Cut N Color
"Untitled", 11"x14", 2011
Ink & concentrated watercolors

It's for sale at the show, which will be up for another 6 weeks, and if it doesn't sell I will be making prints...

Here's a few iphone snaps from the reception:
Cut N Color Reception
Cut N Color Reception
Cut N Color Reception
Cut N Color Reception
Cut N Color Reception
Piece by my good friend and amazing tattooer Uncle Allan
Cut N Color Reception

White Lines & Black Dogs

White Lines & Black Dogs

My good friend and talented tattooer Jason Kelly of Memorial Tattoo in Atlanta GA curated an amazing show at Youngblood Gallery in ATL and asked me to participate.

This was my contribution to the show,
thank you Jason for including me!
Varg Moder
"Varg Moder", 2011
Ink & concentrated watercolors

Prints are available, contact me for info