Welcome to BOLINMACHINE. This site is a collection of my work including tattoos, paintings, and custom handmade tattoo machines. I will update the site with new photos and machines for sale frequently, so check back often. Thank you. -Bolin
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
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.
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.
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!