New Artist at Big River Tattoo

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We are so excited to welcome Michael Gary to Big River Tattoo! He is working here full time and we couldn’t be happier to have him! Check out his work on his page (http://bigrivertattoo.com/michael-gary/) and his instagram. Come in for some tattoos!

Email bigrivertattoonj@gmail.com for an appointment.

Standing Rock Benefit

Tuesday, December 13th, starting at 12:00pm, Big River Tattoo will be hosting a Standing Rock benefit! Rich Cahill, Tom Aversa, and John Patrick Conrad will be here all day tattooing. Tattoos will be $50! Sizes may vary within reason.

From 2:00pm-6:00 pm Catherine Lent and Maia Pearl will be doing henna for $25.

Everything is first come, first serve! 100% of the proceeds will be going directly to Standing Rock!

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Officially Open!

Big River Tattoo is officially open at our new location at 29 Race Street, 2nd Floor, Frenchtown, NJ! We take walk ins and appointments. Open Tuesday-Saturday 12:00pm-8:00pm, Sunday 12:00-6:00pm. We’re looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and new ones too. We’re all excited to work out of the new shop. Email changfreely@gmail.com or bigrivertattoonj@gmail.com to book an appointment.

 

New Shop, New Location!

The new home of Big River Tattoo! Second floor of 29 Race Street Frenchtown, New Jersey 08825

The new home of Big River Tattoo! Second floor of 29 Race Street Frenchtown, New Jersey 08825

We are almost done working on the new location! All of us are really excited about the move and the brand new space. We’ve been working hard to make it our own and there are only a couple things left to do before we can move in. Our new location is just down the road on the second floor of 29 Race Street Frenchtown, New Jersey 08825. It is right next the National Hotel and the sculpture garden, featuring sculptures by Christopher Hiltey from the Merge Gallery. There are a lot of cool galleries, shops, and things happening on that side of town! We can’t wait to be apart of it!

We will be in the new space November 1st, 2016. 

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Welcome!

Fresh paint and a newly tiled floor.

Fresh paint and a newly tiled floor.

Danny Boy at Big River Tattoo

This April Danny Boy from Rising Tide Tattoo in Colorado will be a guest artist at the shop. He’s been tattooing professionally for over 12 years and has tattooed all over the country. His specialty is bold, colorful traditional tattoos. We’re excited for him to be tattooing at Big River Tattoo April 15th and April 16th! Email BigRiverTattooNJ@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.

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More examples of Danny Boy’s work:

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Tattoos from February

February was a great month here at the shop! We were very busy and had some cool people come through our doors. Thanks to everyone who came in and got tattooed!

 Here are just a few the tattoos that were done this month:

Finished this Oniwakamaru sleeve on Doug

Finished this Oniwakamaru sleeve on Doug

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Vintage micro tattoo done on Kelsey

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Fun micro of a French bulldog on Georgia

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Finished these sleeves on my good friend, Russ.

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A mandala with a dotwork fox on Rachel



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I finished a couple big tattoos this month and this was one of them. Finished sleeve on Joe.

Dave Shoemaker

Big River Tattoo is in full swing! Our doors are open and we have new artists on board.

We are very proud and excited to welcome Dave Shoemaker to the shop! Dave has been tattooing for over 25 years. While Dave is diverse in style, he brings something very new to the shop: Polynesian tattoos. His Polynesian tribal tattoos are rich and clean as he pays close attention to how the designs contour the body. Dave has said that he wants his tattoos to “be grounded in the past, enabling them to stand up to the test of time”.

He will be here every Friday.

Email changfreely@gmail.com to schedule an appointment with Dave!

Dave Shoemaker's full body work.

Dave Shoemaker’s full body work.

Dave Shoemaker's Polynesian tribal work.

Dave Shoemaker’s Polynesian tribal work.

Big Fish Boat Float

On July 25th 2015 teams of four gathered along the Delaware River in Frenchtown, New Jersey to parade handmade boats for a charitable cause.

The rules were simple: boats must be handmade without any preexisting boat parts.

Four teams entered the float.  They spent half of the summer working on their boats and preparing for the the reveal. Some groups carved and sanded, while others used found objects to keep their creations afloat. Wood, plastic drums, and piping were just some the materials used.

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All of the groups!

Elizabeth Gilbert contributed $1000 towards donations to the charities chosen by the participants. Cap Roberts donated another $1000 towards the selected charities.

Trophies were made for the coolest boats selected by a panel of judges.

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 Team Steinbeiser hand-carved a canoe from a solid piece of white pine, paying tribute to the Native Americans that once traveled the Delaware. Hours of chiseling the wood with bare hands resulted in a beautiful creation.  These skilled craftsmen’s streamline canoe helped to raise money for the Frenchtown Food Pantry.

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Team Steinbeiser

The Farm Boys celebrated their agricultural background with their farm themed boat. Reminiscent of a paddle steamer, the boys created their own paddle wheel from a plastic drum, small metal sheets, and a bike on a pulley system to propel their boat through the water. The Farm Boys chose to have their share of the charity money go to the JPS Memorial Fund, which funds scholarships and assistance to pediatric cancer patients.

The Farm Boys

The Farm Boys

The Penetrators took a different approach for their boat and created something similar to kayak with a stabilizer.  Using six plastic drums, pool noodles as arm rests, and piping to stabilize the weight, the Penetrators made their way down the river. They crafted their own beautiful and hand-painted paddles and came in Hawaiian themed wear. The Penetrators chose to have their portion of the charity fund go to The Upper Black Eddy Fire Company. 

The Penetrators

The Penetrators

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Rift Raft created a raft. Using a bike and a wooden paddle wheel, the team peddled their raft along the Delaware. Homemade pontoons were used to keep their wooden frame afloat. Everything in the boat was 100% recycled materials. Rift Raft chose to donate to The Frenchtown Food Pantry.

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Rift Raft

This first year event was a great success. It was fun creating the boats, getting everyone together, and doing something for a great cause!

If anyone is interested in participating next year, please shoot us an email at changfreely@gmail.com . We’re going to have prizes, more boats, and the best thing of all is that it’s fun!

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Tebori Tattoos

I am happy to announce that I have been studying and working in the art of Tebori, a traditional Japanese method of tattooing. Tebori, a form of hand tattooing, uses a long steel needle instead of standard tattoo machine. The insertion of the steel needle creates a dense richness in color, as well as allowing for a wide gradation of colors. Following tradition, I handcrafted my needle tool. Outside of Japan, Tebori is rarely practiced. I’m so excited to bring this ancient experience to New Jersey!

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