Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New machines now available......

There's some great new stuff available now in the "Available Machines" gallery.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Gotta update more often.........

Ok, it's been a really long time since I've updated this thing.  Things get busy and time flies by.  I dropped off the map late last year and early this year.  Some friends and I got together and built a new shop called Black Eye Tattoo here in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.  A lot of great people pitched in and helped us get it done in three and a half weeks.  We had our inspection at noon on the fourth of January and by 2:00pm we were tattooing appointments.

We weren't quite fully decorated yet in these pics....

I've been doing a lot more tattooing lately now with the new shop up and running, leaving less time available in the workshop. And then came the orders........lol.  I had quite a few orders stacking up while the shop was being built, and it took me a while to get them all done.  While filling those orders, more came in.  (I know, it sounds like I'm complaining,....lol)  I was able to keep up with the orders but in doing so, I never had a chance to make some nice custom stuff to have available if someone just wanted to pick one up quick.

The Jonesy project went well.  I had a lot of fun doing them and learned so much in the process.  I will continue to occasionally do small runs of different tribute machines here and there.  Up next is a short run of Milton Zeis Super Electrics, so keep an eye out for those.

Now, that catches us up....lol.  I've got some new stuff in the works and with the fall season coming, the weather and the slower business at the shop will allow me to spend much more time in the workshop.  New frames, new casts and some great classics coming too.  Thanks for checking back and stay tuned.   -Andy

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

T-Top Tribute

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.

Monday, August 27, 2012

It's been a while

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

Percy Waters Sidewheeler Replica

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

Limited Owen Jensen Special Replicas

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

Lucas Ford Cast Iron Frame

My thanks go out to Lucas Ford for giving me this killer frame.  Sold

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Been painting again.......

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.

I did this little number for my customers at Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field.

Some old, some new.  A bit of an odd random mix.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sweet Set

This set of machines was built as a gift for Seth Ciferri.

This set of machines was built as a gift for Seth Ciferri.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thanks Luis Campos!

This killer painting was done by Luis Campos of New Life Tattoo in Champaign, Illinois.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

New Workshop Is Up And Running!

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!

Thursday, December 2, 2010