We are happy to have met Ben, a nice chap from London who moved to Helsinki after a lady of course. He´s very talented guy and can draw and paint pretty much anything from true traditional style to fine portraits. We at Legacy Tattoo are very proud to have Ben or Gypsy-Ben as we call the geezer, as our shop bitch…mmm, apprentice would sound nicer I guess. Anyways, He is the first one in years who´s walked thru that door and showed that burning desire and what it takes to become a tattooer. When I first tattooed and talked to the guy I just knew that this is the apprentice we should have if we ever gonna have one. He already knows  a lot about the history of our trade, who´s who in the past and the present and he´s very interested in the machine building, he scrubs them tubes and toilets, makes needles (most kids would just buy them pre-made ones and they´re not really into putting some blood, sweat and tears to this) does all the shit work with a smile and he constantly paints flash, very important.

We get requests from people to get an apprenticeship here all the time, please do not call. WE ASK a person to become ONE if we see there´s right potential, most of you don´t have it. If you want to be a tattooer you have to commit your life to it totally, so for the first few years you can have nothing else just tattoo 24/7.

Well, here´s few traditional style paintings, remakes in respect of the old masters, the Gypsy just did. He´s already been tattooing friends for almost a year and it´s looking pretty good so if you´re interested to get a very cheap tattoo swing by the shop and he´ll give you one (a design that we choose for him to tattoo on you, just kidding. Kanjis, small tribals, scripts, lady bugs, butterflies, flowers, any tattooable design is much appreciated)

Click the image to enlarge. Enjoy! (Ben get on your knees)

It was a good East-Coast trip and was nice to see my friends. After 32 hours without sleep bouncing around different airports thanks to fucking Finnair´s strike it feels good to be back home. The airline just brought my missing suitcases, now I can finally go wrap some coils up. I bought a bunch of nice old timey flash too so drop in and check em out maybe you´ll find a real tattoo for yerself. I´ll post some more travel photos in few days. I tattooed this yesterday. I hope it guided him back to Oulu safe.

shitty mobile photo.

I want a tattoo

December 11, 2010

Check this out: http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7509401

So funny but so sad and true!

Farewell Maestro

December 9, 2010

Kari Tapio 22.11.1945-07.12.2010 R.I.P.

Copper Beehive

December 8, 2010

Mikko got tattooed by Bailey Hunter Robinson at his secret location in Brooklyn. Bailey is a nice feller and great tattooer.We hope to see him at Legacy someday soon. Check out Bailey´s blog Copper Beehive

Banned in DC

December 8, 2010

December 5, 2010

Shut Up Punk

December 3, 2010

Sheer Terror was great! I finally got to see them.
Here’s a crappy show photo

Webster Hall, NYC 28.11.10.

Greetings from Pennsylvania

December 3, 2010

State College was fun again as always. Timmy and Justin are the best. I love you guys, thanks for everything. Was great to see Big’ups again too.

Tim started my backpiece last night. It felt horrible but I’m very happy we got so much done. Next session in May when he comes over…