I figure an introduction is in order!
My name is Coyote and I’m a new author for Modblog! You might remember me from These old Modblog entries, or as the old creator of the IAM: Bodies forum. I’m also a professional piercer of three years. My ultimate goal is to be a good torch carrier and continue the amazing legacy left by previous authors. Here is a bit more on why I wanted to write for Modblog.
This logo changed my life, just as it did for many of you reading this. I am 23 years old but when I first discovered BME and Modblog as a young teen it was earth shattering. At the time I wasn’t friends with anyone in the modification community and I lived in a small town in Pennsylvania. I never really thought a place like BME existed in my wildest dreams and probably learned more about myself in three hours of reading blog entries than I did the last three years of my life. Not everything posted was exactly my cup of tea but I understood the drive behind it. I learned that body modification encompasses a lot of different things, and I tried to be the best student I could.
I believe in BMEzine and in this community and I also believe Modblog is an invaluable resource for young people in similar situations as I was once in to learn and grow. I feel that I am emotionally and spiritually obligated to contribute and give back what I have been given for so many years. One can only hope to be able to inspire the same sense of wonder and passion in someone that the previous contributors did for me.
I’m extremely excited to be a part of Modblog, and I’d like to thank everyone for having me here!
I am pleased to announce that I will be coming back to Modblog as a full time contributor in the very near future.
I was motivated to do so by the recent Stay Calm event in Philly. That weekend truly renewed my passion for this community and, apparently, I was not alone in that feeling. Since then, I have seen a huge resurgence of BME events and interest. There have been talks of a big BME Fest reunion, several smaller events have already been planned, Shawn Porter has started writing for Modblog again and overall this community of ours has really started to come back together. We are no longer purely reminiscing over the good old days, we are beginning to move forward as well.
Me and the infamous Todd Bertrang at Stay Calm.
Shannon’s death was felt by our entire community a community which he, moreso than anyone else, brought together. In honor of our fallen friend I say we do our best to keep this site of his, and the community which it spawned, going well into the future. So please submit images, stories and videos to [email protected]. Or, if you prefer, you can submit stuff directly to Modblog on the Facebook fan page I created by tagging it as the Modblog page, posting to the page’s wall, messaging me through that account or emailing me at [email protected]
Keep on keeping on, my friends.
Well in true ModBlog fashion, I’m posting a birthday announcement a day late. So help me out by wishing BME’s own Sean Phillips a very happy (and belated) birthday!
This handsome devil has been writing for ModBlog since last December, but his contributions to the community go well beyond his posts here. Recently Sean has taken his “What Would Sean Do?” act on the road and is taking questions from all comers. So if you’ve ever found yourself stuck in a situation that you just can’t figure out the answer to, there’s really only one thing to ask yourself: What would Sean do?
In fact, since Sean is in the spotlight today, why don’t we use the comments to not only wish Sean a happy 33rd birthday, but also ask him a question that needs answering. I’m sure he’ll be happy to help out.
Greetings Modblog, I’m Jen. I’ve been managing BME’s customer support for over 5 years now but this is my first ModBlog post. I hear you can be a tough crowd but I’m going to try my best to keep you happy. For my inaugural post, I thought I’d shine the spotlight on a member of our community with a little Q&A. We often feature practitioners (and they certainly deserve it) but I thought it would be nice to see what other folks are up to. That said, allow me to introduce you to Rachel.
Steve Soto from Goodfellas Tattoo showed us around the shop and his loyal crew of artists. Soto specializes in black and gray smooth shading, gradually perfecting his realism techniques.
What started out as an art gallery quickly became a tattoo shop for Revolution Tattoo. Each of the tattoo artists has their own unique style. And when the shop’s not tattooing, it turns into an art gallery, showcasing amazing local artwork.
Miya Bailey from City of Ink likes to inspire and be inspired; he’s constantly surrounding himself with art and creative minds. He’s also been featured in Inked Magazine, Urban Ink, Blackmen Magazine, The Source, and many others.
City of Ink Tattoo Shop and Art Gallery
Castleberry Hill District
323 Walker Street
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 525-4INK 
Mark Mahoney is no stranger in the tattoo community. With 30-plus years of experience under his belt, he is truly old school and a living legend. Check him out in this video as he talks about his history and about his shop, Shamrock Tattoo.
9026 W. Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90069
VIMBY was at Canvas LA for one of their blow-out shows called “Send Lawyers, Guns and Money…”, a group show by MSK x AWR to raise money for a good cause. The gallery featured work by Revok, Augor, Ewok, Risk, and many other amazing graffiti artists.
Ewok on VIMBY
Risk on VIMBY
Hang out behind set with Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes as he talks about how he started tattooing and his influences, as he and the boys do a photo shoot for Inked Magazine.