full episode of tattoo nightmares!check us out
Spike TV to Premiere TATTOO NIGHTMARES, 10/16
Real people with really bad tattoos seek the help of some of the best cover-up artists in the business to fix them in the new Spike original series, TATTOO NIGHTMARES that debuts on Tuesday, October 16 at 11:00 PM, ET/PT.
With more than 40 million Americans having at least one tattoo somewhere on their body, you are bound to come across bad permanent ink, ranging from hilarious tattoos to ones that are just downright disturbing pieces. The stakes are high as regretful clients go under the tattoo gun a second time to see if one of the three expert artists at Tattoo Nightmares (Big Gus, Tommy Helm and Jasmine Rodriguez) can work a miracle and turn their disaster pieces into masterpieces. Through re-enactments, clients reveal the stories behind how their dreadful ink came to be.
"I always look at people and wonder how the hell they ended up with a certain crazy tattoo," said SallyAnn Salsano, executive producer of ‘Tattoo Nightmares’ and president, 495 Productions. "This show answers that question, and brings you the insane stories behind the screw-up, whether it was a lousy artist, a drunken night or a lost love. "
In the premiere episode, Big Gus tackles a horrible LA skyline tattoo that looks like it was done by a child, but the pain becomes too much for his client. Meanwhile, Tommy covers a giant pot leaf that’s ruining a guy’s job prospects, and Jasmine tries to give her client his swag back by attempting to transform his ex’s portrait, that’s ruining his game with the ladies, into a ferocious tiger.
Fans are invited to join in the conversation on social media by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and use the hashtags #tattoonightmares and #tattoosday.
"Tattoo Nightmares" is produced by 495 Productions ("Jersey Shore," "Friend Zone," "Nail Files," "Pauly D Project," "Repo Games," "Snooki & JWOWW"). SallyAnn Salsano serves as Executive Producer. Tim Duffy is Spike TV’s Senior Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki and is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike TV and oversees production of "Tattoo Nightmares."
About 495 Productions
Since its launch in 2006, 495 Productions has emerged as one of the television industry’s foremost production powerhouses. The company specializes in developing innovative, character driven non-fiction programming for network and cable. Veteran producer, SallyAnn Salsano is the founder and creative force behind 495 Productions. 495 became a globally recognized brand with the blockbuster hit series “Jersey Shore” - the highest rated series in MTV history. Additionally, the company currently produces “Friend Zone” (MTV), “Mamma Drama” (VH1), “Nail Files” (TV Guide Network), “Pauly D Project” (MTV), “Repo Games” (SPIKE TV), “Snooki & JWOWW” (MTV), and “Tanisha Getting Married” (Oxygen) among other projects.
About Spike TV
Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com.
Alright, this year’s trip to Paradise Tattoo Gathering was super cool, and I also had a chance to go to Off The Map Tattoo and guest-spot the week of the show.
Let’s just say that the name Off The Map is fitting! It’s in small town USA where nobody locks their doors or cars, which seemed weird to me because back home in L.A. we lock up everything, including the dogs…
My first and only tattoo at Off The Map was some chicano-style tattoo. It was a great idea… This guy asked me to do almost his whole front torso in just two days! I said, “Wow, you sure about that homes?” He was sure. He wanted an Aztec warrior and snake pits with an Aztec calander in the background. I got my reference together, slapped it on, and off I went.
I wish I had progress shots, but I don’t. Sorry, I’m new at this blog thing… Here is the finished piece. It took two days, about 20 hours or so to finish.
After a long night we were off to the Paradise Tattoo Gathering, which is about two hours away. I was super hungover… Hey, what can I say? I was enjoying Springfield, MA the night before with the crew, Max and Bill. Thanks for showing me around!
Once we got there, got set up, and met up with some friends, I headed down to do the opening discussion panel with some great guys, Bob Tyrrell, Jeff Gougé, Shawn Barber, Chris Dingwell and Durb. It was based on ‘What It Takes’ to be an artist at our level. Hmmm… Our level? I just love to draw all the time! But the panel turned out great.
The whole weekend, I did celebrity D.O.D style tattoos. One of Maxumi Max and the other of Jessica Alba. Each took about 6 -8 hours.
That Sunday was one of the greatest moments in my tattoo career. I taught a seminar with my good friend Bob tyrrell and also tattooed somebody at the same time with him, man what a daydream-moment that was!
So… I get to tattoo somebody with BOB TYRRELL, and guess what? We didn’t even get a picture! The kid was so excited, he ran off to enter Tattoo of the Day, and the dude never came back! What the hell?
All in all, it was a fun weekend. I won some awards, stayed up late drawing with good friends, saw tons of great art, and met some new artist that kick ass! Thanks Gabe, Max, Ben and the rest of the Off The Map crew for a great show and awesome guest spot. ‘Til next time, homies!
(Big Gus is a tattooer and contributing blogger for Tattoo Artist Magazine.)
Gus can be found at:
Phone: (760) 947-5538
While I was in Brooklyn New York I decided to cruz on over to downtown new york visit Pearls Art Supply.I love that place 6 levels of art supplys “WHAT”…!Got some paint and a canvas.Wanted to do something for my boy JAZZ and the homies at Greene Ave Tattoo.Painted this piece with acrylics and liquid acrylics all brushed.
So I needed to finish my new piece for my new Sullen * BIG GUS collaboration.I worked on this with all graphite pencils here are the steps I went through from start to finish took about 40 hours total to complete.ENJOY
One of some very few color pieces I get to do,did this on a client in portland at the tattoo show.Also did this as a painting as well so it was cool to finally get to do both painting and tattoo think im going to start doing this as often as i can.