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Dave Waugh: Happy Birthday “Rollo”

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By Dave Waugh Yesterday was the birthday of one of my biggest early influences in tattooing. His name was Mike Malone, his friends called him Rollo… I called him, Mr. Malone…  Read More »

INKED Magazine: Keith Underwood

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Courtesy of Inked Magazine: Story by Charlie Connell. Photography by Sarah Lim For centuries people have said that idle hands are the devil’s workshop, meaning that when people are left with nothing to do they turn to vice. When the phrase was coined in medieval England, no one imagined that tattooing could be the virtue in such a situation, but that is the case in the life of Keith Underwood. After the passing of his friend and mentor Mike “Rollo Banks” Malone, Underwood fell into a deep addiction and has come out of it realizing that he needs to stay busy to escape those demons. “The worst thing to happen to me was to have my friend die, get a bunch of money I didn’t earn, and develop a drug problem with no job and nothing to do,” Underwood explains. “The best thing is for me to stay busy.”  Read More »

Rollo & Me Comic #11

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The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist. Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page] Read More »

Rollo & Me Comic #10

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The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist. Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page] Read More »

Rollo & Me Comic #9

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The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist. Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page] Read More »

Rollo & Me Comic #8

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The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist. Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page] Read More »

Rollo & Me Comic #7

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The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist. Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page] Read More »

Rollo & Me Comic #6

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The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist. Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page] Read More »

Rollo & Me Comic #4

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The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist. Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page] Read More »

Rollo & Me Comic #3

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The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist. Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page] Read More »

Rollo & Me Comic #2

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The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist. Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page] Read More »

R.I.P. “Rollo”/Mike Malone Memorial Video: TAM

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In the city of Chicago, mid-2007 at the memorial celebration for legendary tattoo artist Mike “Rollo Banks” Malone upwards of 25 tattoo artists, family and friends concluded the day by getting tattooed with an ink batch containing a spoonful Malone’s ashes. It was a loving act of tribute to the man perhaps most responsible for the gigantic growth of modern tattooing in the mid to late 20th century, both inside the craft of tattooing and in the larger public perception of tattooing itself. Mike changed the world, (our world, anyway), even co-curating New York’s very first exhibit of tattoo-based art and history, represented as a true form of American Folk Art. That was Mike’s introduction to the tattoo world, by the way. The rest is history. Chase LIsbon filmed and photographed for all of us that day and created this touching 3 min video to commemorate our ongoing celebration of Rollo, his art and his legacy. For us and for posterity. To this day, it’s hard to get through this video without an uprising of tears in my eyes. Tears of sadness, yes, but also tears of joy. – Long Live ROLLO BANKS!! – Teacher. Friend. And Mentor..to so many. Tattooing would not be what it is today without you, Mike. (Neither would I.) Thank you. -Crash [Video edited by Chase Lisbon] Read this touching account of Rollo by famed artist Dave Waugh- “Happy Birthday, Rollo”    *LIMITED QUANTITY- We have uncovered perhaps the last few copies of TAM #6, Mike Malone’s issue!! ... Read More »

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