Archive for March, 2011

” Hey, you know, I have had it with you guys and your “cancer” and your “emphysema” and your “heart disease.” The bottom line is smoking is cool and you know it.” Chandler

Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2011 by barrelrider

“All that is not perfect down to the smallest detail is doomed to perish.” Gustav Mahler

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I did this skull and snake on my buddy Ryan when i first started tattooing. It was pretty haggard so I did what I could for it and then we added the cross and flowers.


Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2011 by barrelrider

“I have a face like the behind of an elephant.” Charles Laughton

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Ryan came in to get his arm worked on and fill in his elbow. his arm is almost finished.

“The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic and a killer” D.H. Lawrence

Posted in tattoos with tags , , on March 18, 2011 by barrelrider

Stephen has been doing a great job getting our new room looking sick. After getting more of the flash up we knocked this puppy out.


Posted in Uncategorized on March 14, 2011 by barrelrider

The Devine Street Tattoo family has stuff in the Columbia Museum of Art this month. We may continue to do monthly installations. Here is this months. Go check it out for your self.

“Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:28

Posted in tattoos with tags , , , , on March 14, 2011 by barrelrider

Tattoos and the people of Christianity have been at odds for quite some time, especially here in the south. Leviticus 19:28 is the number 1 verse in the bible people love to quote to condemn tattoos. I always find this humorous because chapter 19 also says this:

19 “‘Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed.

“‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.


26 “‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it.

Leviticus is full of all kinds of commands that Christians do not follow, But Leviticus is not there for us. It was for the Jews to follow. The laws were there awaiting Christ. Romans 10:4 clearly states “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.” This verse is in reference to Christ being the fulfillment of the law.

verse 27 says “27 “‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.” but every single person who has ever quoted verse 28 to me has had short hair and no beard. Funny how that works. People love to pick and choose and/or take things out of context.

Well there is one sect of christianity that has used tattoos to mark their faith in their flesh. Mark, the author of the oldest canonical Gospel, brought Christianity to Egypt during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero in the first century, a dozen of years after the Lord’s ascension. This was the birth of the Coptic Church. The tattoos are said to have begun in the eighth century by monks but is suspected by some to date further back.

Though for many of you it may seem common place to see people with cross tattoos but for many people it could mean death. For many  it also provided a new level of community and commitment.  It is still common practice for ethiopian Christians to adorn their bodies with Crosses and other symbols to publicly display their faith.