The latest tribute out of the Bolinmachine workshop is this beautiful nickel plated Zeis "T-Top" Malleable model. Check out the Available Machine gallery for more info.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
It's been a while since I've updated this page so, here goes......
I've been playing around quite a bit with brass frames lately.
Over the years I have felt a growing a desire to throw myself back into the earlier years
of machine building. Forcing myself to build these cast brass or bronze
frames in the same fashion as my early predecessors, I have grown to
appreciate what these men had to do (or pay someone else to do...lol) to
produce a tattoo machine.
I've been given and traded some great raw frames to play with, from
friends and fellow builders.
These beautiful model "A" frames were given to me by
Dino Casarin of Ironfactory in Italy.
Each one drilled, hand filed and shaped, then polished for nickel plating.
Built this one up as a replica.
This Owen Jensen Perfection tribute was built on a raw casting
given to me by Jay Brown. It now resides in the Northwest Tattoo Museum.
Hand filed, sanded, shaped and polished for nickel plating. Replica binders
and coils. The capacitor was removed and replica springs were added.
Photo courtesy of Jay Brown
Monday, February 6, 2012
This Sidewheeler replica was built on a rough sand-casting from an original sidewheeler. All and filed, shaped, and sanded. A worn nickel plated finish was added for some "history". Replica brass nickel plated binders and vintage screws complement the vintage replica coils.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
These beautifully detailed Owen Jensen Special replicas are hand made
three piece brazed steel frames, sculpted to match the originals as
close as possible. Heavy nickel plated frames and brass replica binders,
and hand wound replica coils. All built to be shaders. Minor modifications
and improvements to the original geometry make these great running
daily driver machines with a beautiful vintage look that pays
tribute to an important figures in our tattoo lineage.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
It's been a while since I've sat down with a couple brushes and practiced making some tattoos. I kinda forgot that it's an important part of what I do. I also forgot how much fun it can be. Hopefully I keep the pace and continue to hone my skills and offer up some fresh images for the clients. I look back on the days when it was the tattooers responsibility to fill his walls with images that would earn the dime. Back when it was the tattooers responsibility to make everything necessary to fulfill the the task of tattooing. Needles, pigments, acetates, and the best, most efficient flash possible. I hope to carry on some of these traditions and strive to never forget where we came from and the importance of self-sufficiency and hard work. Painting a couple sheets of flash is only a small step, but hopefully the first of many steps toward personal growth and better understanding of our craft and how to ensure it's positive future.
Some old, some new. A bit of an odd random mix.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I have now re-located to Ft. Walton Beach, FL and after a long break from machine building, the new workshop is up and running! Thanks to the help of some great friends I will now be able to resume work and fill orders. Thank you for being patient during this time. Let the bloody knuckles begin!