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      Volume 6 - Tunes To Fold T-Shirts To ~ 2020

      10 sleeps to go. Then, we're done. 2020 will be behind us. 
      I wish I that would spell the end of lockdowns, isolations and Zoom work drinks, but I'm afraid these will all be following us into 2021.
      It's been a shit year for everyone.
      One silver lining is that  2020 has been a far better year for music than I anticipated. Despite the lack of gigs, musicians continued to bring out slapping tunes which something I am mega grateful for.
      As I said this time last year, music keeps me sane whilst folding t-shirts. So, without further ado here is our Fuckeries album of the year and playlist of our standout tunes of 2020.
      RTJ4 was t he clear winner this year. A huge honour for Killer Mike and El-P to take home, I know they'll be super proud to win the Fuckeries Album of the Year.
      For me this album stood head and shoulders above the rest. Its arrival at the beginning of our first lockdown in the UK really helped me get through those first few weeks of isolation. It's just such a good album from start to finish. Killer Mike and El-P take on take on issues like police brutality and the damning political landscape effectively and still create banging tunes. 
      Despite RTJ4 being the clear winner, there were still a few other albums that I really bloody enjoyed this year. Sault not only delivered one fantastic album but two. Fontaines DC last years winner of the prestigious 'Fuckeries Album of the Year' almost backed it up with 'A Hero's Death'. I was also lucky enough to see them live in February and they certainly delivered. 
      Fontaines DC singer Grian Chatten
       
      I'm probably a bit more more in tune with British releases but man there were some goodies. Arlo Parks is fast becoming a Fuckeries favourite. Everything she releases is perfect. Tom Misch, Loyle Carner, and Ghostpoet carried the flag for chilled soul and hip hop. While Shame, Porridge Radio and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs ramped it up with sludgy rock classics. 

       

      Anyway that's enough of my rambling. See for yourself. Or listen for yourself. We've put together a playlist. 20 for 2020. Fold some laundry and crank it up. 

       

       

      Volume 5 - Jacks Watts, Tattoos For Your Enemies

      I was introduced to Jack's work 2 years ago by my good mate Baxter. He had recently been tattooed by Jack and when he rolled up his trouser leg I was blown away. Not only does Baxter have magnificent legs, but Jack's work was like nothing I'd seen before.
      The tattoo was of a smoking rat in a flasher trench coat. It was glorious.
      Straight away I hit up Jack to get tattooed and collaborate on designs for Flaash. Jack designed "Jack the Pooch' which can be found under all neck label tags and 'Calamity Jack' everybody's favourite Cowboy.
      Baxter's magnificent leg. Plus Jacks glorious tattoo
      Jack and I share a love of Tattoos and MMA, plus we both recently got married (To other people, not each other). So it made perfect sense to have a yarn and ask Jack some questions for Flaash Fuckeries.

       

      Where did you grow up and how would you describe it?

      I grew up just outside North London in a town not worth mentioning the name of haha the only part worth mentioning is Dave Vanian  (Singer of The Damned) was born there and used to drive a hearse about.

       

      How did you get into tattooing?

      I got my first tattoos from Martin Clark who learnt from legendary tattooist Lal Hardy. Over time we became friends and I started traveling around getting tattooed by other people like Chad Koeplinger, Deno and Nikki Balls etc mainly at conventions. One day Martin asked me to help out in the shop, from there i started working there as shop boy/desk boy. Being around Martin and hearing about the history of tattooing inspired me and i began to paint flash a lot. After 2.5 years of working there i began tattooing and the moniker ‘tattoos for your enemies’ was born. 

       

      Your style is so unique, what and who inspires you?

       My friend Matt Lodder once described it as traditional tattooing through a carnival mirror and I think thats the best description haha i’m a huge fan of tattoo history so some of the designs are referenced from old flash. But a lot of them are ideas reimagined from antiques, I look for reference everywhere really. I look at the reference briefly then draw it from memory that’s probably why it looks a bit warped!

      The 'Once You Pop You can't Stop' of the tattoo world.Very hard to just get one tattoo from Jack. Stack'em!!

       

      What's your jam at the moment?

      I’ve been listening a lot to Bob Vylans album ‘We Live Here’ which is super fresh sounding. Other than that, podcasts about cage fighting. 

       

      What was for lunch and what would you rate it out of 10?

      For lunch I had Tarka Daahl which was leftovers from last nights dinner. 8/10 id say, hard to rate your own cooking haha

       

      Everyone can agree 2020 has been a shit year for most, but what were the biggest positives for you? 

       It’s been challenging for sure but I’ve tried to make the most of the lockdowns and time off from tattooing. Me and Rosie managed to get married which was still incredibly special despite some hurdles.

      I painted lots of new designs and explored new ideas with them, including a new mental health sheet which was import to me to complete. I’ve tried to not fight something I can’t change too much, attempted to remain a positive mindset about the situation and see the best in it. 

      Jack has loads of PMA tattoos. This one is a belter.

       

      What's your favourite item in your wardrobe?

      I have a vintage blanket vest which is incredible its around 90 years old. 

       

      What's your favourite instagram account to follow?

      Smith St Tattoo, the greatest shop in the world. 

      Photos at Smith Street Tattoo Parlour - Carroll Gardens - Brooklyn, NYSmith St, Brooklyn NY. @smithstreettattooparlour. There is an awesome documentary on YouTube about them. Search for Tattoo Age - Dan Santoro

      Do you have a tattoo you're most proud of? ( Either one your've done or one you've got)

      Thats a hard question. The most special tattoo is my throat done by a master of Sak Yant tattooing from Thailand. It was the most spiritual tattoo experience I have ever had and the tattoo was applied freehand using the traditional method of hand poking with bamboo. It’s healed perfectly and I feel a special connection with it that’s different to the others. 

      An Example of Sak Yant

       

      Lastly what are your goals for the rest of the year and into 2021?

       Try to keep up a positive mindset carry that energy into 2021. Hopefully return to tattooing after lockdown 2.0 to work on some fun projects and continue ones i’ve already started. I feel very fortunate to have such amazing clients with great ideas, long may that continue! One day i want to be the guy who tattoos in the back of the ventriloquist doll shop, thats the dream. 

       

      You can find Jack at Sang Bleu London, once shops open back up and follow him on Insta @tattoosforyourenemies.

       

      Volume 4 - Bold Will Hold

      Well, that was a much longer hiatus than originally planned! The world is so weird at the minute but Flaash Fuckeries is back.

       2020 definitely has been a year of reflection for us, and like most has included many ups and downs. The ‘Zoom Pub Quiz’ kept us occupied for a while but then got stale real quick. Like Tesco cheese sandwich fast. So we gave up on quizzing and put our extra time into shaping the future of Flaash.

       When I first started Flaash my number 1 goal was to collaborate with my favourite tattoo artists and print those designs on to good quality tees. All along, the quality of the garments was just as important to me as the artists we were working with. As the range grew this was always something that was focused on

       There is a saying in tattoo world that ‘Bold Will Hold,’ this applies to the bold designs that are popular in the American Traditional style.  Big tough bold designs that haven’t changed since the 50s because they look awesome and age well.

       

      We apply this “Bold Will Hold’ idea to our garments. Heavy duty tees that don’t lose shape after one wash, Fleecy thick hoodies that stay warm for more than one winter. Slow fashion clothes that are built to last.

       The other goal we’re really working on is using eco friendly fabrics and being more aware of who is making our garments. The summer ‘Slow Down’ range features Organic Tees, Sweats and Totes. We’re now working with UK Manufacturers for our upcoming winter range and we continue to try and use less plastic in our packaging.

       I realise this all sounds a bit eco warrior, green washing mumbo jumbo but it is something we do take seriously. I hate nothing more than clothes that fall apart. So this is our pledge in writing. To continue to make good quality garms that are responsibly made and of course more collabs with fucking rad designers.

       Fuck Fast Fashion.

      Volume 3 - Tunes to Fold T-Shirts to ~ 2019


      With December upon us the joys of Christmas are here! Good food, good drinks, fancy lights and far too many hangovers.

      Yes, the hangovers are pretty bad, but there's something worse... Christmas music.

      My original post was supposed to be a collection of Christmas music that isn't cheesy and cringe. I searched high and low. Run DMC do a pretty good song, as do Motorhead and The Ramones. But to be honest they're all pretty bad. I couldn't do it. I failed. Christmas music blows. 

       

       

      We had to come up with a new mission. Thankfully this one was much easier. 

      2019 has been such a sweet year for music and I've hardly scratched the surface. But what I have discovered has been pretty damn good. Most of my evenings are spent folding and packing t-shirts. In order to keep me sane I need good music. So I've put together a little collection of my favourite releases of 2019.

       

       

      For me there were two standout albums this year. The biggest has got to be Tyler's IGOR.  I've thrashed this album since it was released. I can't even pick a favourite song from it, but the opening track is a killer. 

      While IGOR was the biggest, the best for me was Fontaines D.C and their debut album Dogrel. So many good tunes. Catchy, raw and powerful. I can only imagine how good these guys would be live. If I don't catch them next year I'll be pissed.

       

       

      Other favourite albums for folding t-shirts this year has been UK standouts from Slow Thai, Sleaford Mods, Little Sims, Michael Kiwanuka and Murder Capital. 

      So find our little playlist below and please let us know who we missed! AND if anyone can change my mind and name 3 really good Christmas songs there will be prize! 

       

      Volume 2 - Sonny Joe Williamson

      It was a gloomy November day back in 2017 and we were shooting for our latest Winter Collection. I had been following @sonnyjoetattooer on Instagram and was a big fan of his tattoos. Not only this but he was a handsome bastard too so I'd asked him to model for us.

      The shoot went super well and since then he's designed t-shirts, pins and patches  for us and tattooed me twice. The guys a legend, so naturally he was the first person I thought of to interview for Flaash Fuckeries.

       

      Handsome Sonny

       

      Sonny mate, where did you grow up and how would you describe it?

      I grew up down south in a City called Plymouth. It's actually a beautiful place, right by the ocean with some pretty amazing beaches. I have some amazing memories growing up down there! Mainly playing football and finding high buildings we could jump off into the ocean.

      I ended up leaving Plymouth at age 14 and moving to a small town up North called Hartlepool. This is where I felt like I properly 'grew up'. Probably because I developed into the person I am today whilst living there. Hartlepool isn't the prettiest of places but the people there definitely make up for it. There's some crazy characters along with some of the best people I've ever met, nothing but love for the north! 

      Sonny got his first tattoo in Plymouth

       

      What and Who inspires you?

      I find that I get inspired by almost everything and anything at all. Lately I've been getting really inspired by other people's mindsets. I recently listened to a podcast with a guy called David Goggins, he's been my latest inspiration. I won't give you his life story but he really pushes boundaries with himself both mentally and physically. Hearing about what he's achieved in his life makes you realise how we could always be doing more. 

      What's your jam at the moment?

      Oooohh my jam at the moment is definitely Sam Fenders debut album Hypersonic Missiles! If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard yet then definitely go check it out. He's kinda resorted the little bit of faith I had left on the music industry. I've also been listening to a lot of Anderson Paak, Bruce Springsteen and Richard Ashcroft. Richard Ashcroft actually has this new live album on Spotify from the Chris Evans show and it's fucking great. I've listened to it every day for well over a month now. 

      A moody looking Sam Fenders

       

      I'm a big fan of lunch. What did you have  for lunch and what would you rate it out of 10?

      I actually ate like a king today so I'm quite proud of this answer. I had some honey roasted salmon with chillies, kale, cabbage and rice. I was working late tonight so I treated myself to a big lunch, I give it a solid 8/10. 

      (This answer definitely kicked the ass out of my packet pasta)

       

      What's your favourite and least favourite thing about tattooing?

      I love nearly everything about tattooing! I love that I have so much freedom, I can draw what I like, sometimes tattoo whatever I like, work whenever and wherever I want. I've had the pleasure of meeting so many great people that I would definitely call best mates. Sometimes I'll be in the middle of tattooing a Panther licking a planet or something crazy and I'll get overwhelmed with gratitude and think how much I love my job. 

      Okay so one major thing that I hate in tattooing is that I see a lot of shops churning out apprentice after apprentice. It's simply watering down the industry with people who shouldn't be tattooing. 

      I also hate it when people own tattoo studios who have never had anything to do with tattooing and know nothing about the industry. I've worked and had good mates work in shops that were owned and ran by a person who was just looking to make money. Those types of people are not good for the industry. 

       

       

      What's your favourite instagram account follow?

      Britney Spears Instagram account is always a good laugh. 

       

       

      If you could be any person in the world for a day who would it be and why?

      Probably Eben Briton purely because he gets to hang out with Mike Tyson every day whilst getting super high. Would be hilarious and super scary at the same time being high around Mike Tyson listening to him tell crazy stories. 

       

       

      Do you have a tattoo you're most proud of?

      I managed to get tattooed off Doc Price at London tattoo convention. He's the oldest working tattooist in the U.K. At the age of 87. He's also from Plymouth and has tattooed both my parents and even my Grandad! I got a couple of his classic swallows with banners saying Mum and Dad. 

      The Legendary Doc Price

       

      Lastly what are your goals for 2020?

      I only have a few simple goals for next year! I would like to work at a few more conventions, see a few more countries, start regularly competing in amateur boxing and just have an all round good time! 

       

      Insane Piece from Sonny

       I really wish Sonny the best for 2020. He has helped us a load, but I'm also super keen to see him punched in that handsome mug !

      You can find Sonny on instagram @sonnyjoetattooer and he's currently splitting his time working at Gypsy Blood in London and Four Daggers in Middlesborough.