Photo - Anne Laurent

2010/10/20

Art Godoy - 1988 footage - Shackle Me Not...


Here is Art in 1988.... this clip is from a video called Shackle Me Not.. by H-Street skateboards.

2010/09/29

Remember This? Guinness Prime Time 1996



This was an episode of Guinness Prime Time on which I appeared. It has been shown world wide since we appeared on it in about 1996. Julia's facial tattoos are way brighter then than they are now. She has been undergoing laser treatments to lighten and remove some of the work so that she can re do and re design her facial tattoos.

This show went world wide. A few years after the show aired in the U.S. and North America, I received a letter (not even an email, a paper letter!) from a friend in South Africa who said he saw it! Another in Australia... it had been translated into several languages and shown world wide!

Wanna say thanks to Daniel for forwarding me the link to this show!!

2010/09/04

TATTOO MACHINES & THEIR SECRETS - OUT SOON!!



Probably the most important industry text book any professional tattoo artist should own.
The cover art was done by Mark Lankin of Funhouse Tattooing in Vancouver and was written by Art & Steve Godoy.

The function of the tattoo machine is everything. It controls the force at which the needles penetrate the skin. Understanding this function, in detail, will enable any artist of any skill level to reach artistic goals which weren't possible with an un tuned machine.

These days, the tattoo industry is making money. The silly t.v. shows have glamorized the industry so much that everybody and their brother wants to become a tattoo artist. Elevating their status from fry cook to "tattoo artist" has created the backyard scribbler. Now he has "star status"... he can get his "sleeves", meet chicks... be recognized anywhere and work in his unregulated and unsterile environment! Though through the decades, there have always been backyard scribblers, there are more now than ever before! Some suppliers, without ethics, sell to anybody... why? because they are motivated by money.

The tattoo industry is making money, suppliers are making the most money. They are buying cheap and selling high. Most of the machines they sell are manufactured in China and sold for as little as $20.00 a machine. It's really become a throw away world! And why not?? the price is right... if your machine runs like sh*t, throw it away and get another $20.00 machine. Maybe the supplier may even have a sale... you can get it for $15.00!

A good artist should be able to diagnose problems, repair and tune his/her machines. That artist should understand the function of that machine in association with artistic technique. This is the difference between real professionals and amateurs. The difference between gliding through a 1 hour tattoo as opposed to suffering for 2 or 3 hours using a machine which it not tuned.

The machine can't be bought (usually) and expected to perform, right out of the box. Unless it was built by artists/builders who UNDERSTAND what that machine needs, in order to achieve certain results.

This book is the only definitive industry text book of it's kind. This book provides a complete dissection of the electomagnetic tattoo machine, the function of each and every component and it's role in a fully funcitoning well tuned tool. It will be available by September 30. $140 dollars is nothing to pay for 25+ years of tattooing experience. It is a soft cover with full color images, machine gallery, artist gallery and information you will find only in this book. Educate yourselves and you won't have to feel taken advantage of... see why it has been the most downloaded bootlegged book in the industry...

If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail.

2010/08/23

THE FUTURE IS NOW...



The Godoy Machines V3. The first of it's kind! It has been in production for 2 years, and testing a year prior. It's technology is unique it's function superb, used by the best artists the world over.

BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION.

In order to be a solution, there has to be a problem. Sometimes, nobody sees the problem. It could also be denial that there even is one. Some people know that there is a problem, and want to help but don't take any sides because there seems to be no side that offers a valid solution. That's what's going on in the industry today.

Just because a product comes out on the market, a tattoo machine for example, does not mean that anyone has license to copy or replicate it! People often bring up this complaint in reference to Chinese business practices... when someone claims to want to "build the best American made products" and STEALS, without license, they are behaving in the same way.

Patent protection is the only way to legally protect your intellectual property. WE don't make a move until we have our patent process underway. This is our standard protocol. We design, prototype and test all of our products before committing to a patent. Any infringers will be notified, and subject to any penalties as a result of their actions. Infringers include ANY distributor or purchaser of the said invention.

If you plan to buy a patent, it is important to check the validity of that patent. Not all examiners at the patent office are equally as thorough during the examination process and sometimes patents slide through for approval without any office actions!!! We were offered a couple of patents for purchase which we had to reject due to their questionable validity.

OUR STANCE.

We do not license any of our patents for the simple reason that we believe and have always believed that reputation is earned by merit and contribution, not by false claims or by purchasing the rights to an invention, or by copying an invention. In other words, "do your own f*cking work".

We will continue to keep this manifesto because everything comes clean in the wash and the laundry was just put into the washer.

THE FUTURE IS NOW.

While everyone is raising their glasses to an obsolete generation and being complacent and satisfied with a directionless industry, there are those of us striving to improve technology and the industry as a whole through innovation and education. For some, the complacency is fine, for us and others like us, it means falling behind.

Buy by brand, believe the hype, fall behind. Support education, innovation, function and direction and you won't ever have to wonder.

In an industry full of false claims and dead end paths, you can only trust yourselves. Learn, don't be led by bullshitters.

2010/07/02

Memoir 1981 - Skateboarding in Mexico City



This pool was in Mexico City in around 1981. This was around the time when Cherry Hill Skatepark was still around. At the time, we were living in PA, so we used to go to Cherry Hill NJ to skate their park when ever we could get there.

Our dad lived in Mexico City in those years and we would travel to see him frequently. Cherry Hill was considered the best park in the world. It had 4 pools - 2 kidney pools, one keyhole and an egg bowl that was like 12" or 13" deep, a long half pipe which went into a 3/4 pipe, there were banks in the shape of an elbow and a slalom run... It was indoors and it was pretty perfect except for the keyhole.


There were 2 major parks in the city at the time - this one called "Dog Town skatepark" and another in a suburb called Satelite called "Skatorama". Though there were others scattered throughout the city, there 2 were the best.

In the back ground, you can see a gigantic 1/2 pipe with the word Roller painted on it. That thing had close to 5 feet of vertical and NO flat bottom. You can also see that in this pool, the tiles were the vert. The walls were almost to vert and then you hit the tiles.. .and then the HUGE coping!!!

That's Art (me) in the picture on a Duane Peters deck with Independent 169's and bones cubic wheels.

There were 2 brothers there who were locals - Enrique and Memo Ceniceros. Those guys ripped the place harder than anyone else. Real long board slides, elguerials, inverts... advanced for sure. There were a few others too who stood out, one guy named Cacha.. he was doing stuff nobody else could understand.

Will try and find more pics.

2010/06/07

THIS IS A TATTOO!!!



















This woman had cancer and both breasts were removed and reformed with implants. The problem was that during the operation they even remove the nipples! She came in asking about having the nipples tattooed on, she had seen it done in photos at her doctor's office but the work was VERY BASIC - not much more than a pink circle. Since her niece was a client at the Funhouse, she asked her about us and if we could do the job. She came down to consult and I told her that on the day of the appointment, to bring in pictures of what she'd like. Size and shape are crucial!!

A few weeks went by and the day of the appointment had arrived. I got to the shop early and started to set up the privacy area. She arrived on time and I asked "Are you ready?" and then told her the usual "this is going to be f*cking great!" She was a little nervous, and understandably so! When she took her shirt off it was as if she was sexless... what I mean to say was that she didn't seem to feel any modesty or embarrassment, she was totally expressionless. There was no effort to cover up or hesitation to show herself in front of a stranger. It wasn't as if she was an exhibitionist, more like she had no nipples to identify her as a woman so she didn't feel like a woman, and didn't feel that it was offensive to expose herself to anyone. She layed down and I drew the nipples on with a pen, centering them exactly where she liked them to be and started to work.

Her sister was there for support and as the first one was finished, I noticed the look on her sister's face. I finished the first one and gave her a quick look and moved on to the second one. In total, I think the job took 1.5 hours. When I finished, I asked her to go to the stand up mirror and check herself out. She got up, NOT COVERING HERSELF UP in any way (as she was used to this), and when she saw herself in the mirror, her hands immediately and instinctively raised up to cover herself! What she saw was not the sexless torso that the cancer had left her with... she had tears in her eyes!!

Tattoos are great. They do alot for people... wether it's a portrait of a friend...


















or these fairies like on Tammy's arm, from her favorite book...























Anything is possible you'll know when you find it and you know where to go when you do!

2010/06/01

Transworld Skateboarding Magazine/ Now and then...





This appeared in the new Trans World Skateboarding Magazine. This is the June 2010 issue.
I was at the grocery store buying some sh*t and picked it up, started flipping through it and on page 60 there it was. It was so great to have a mention like this, especially to be on the same page as Steve and Micke Alba and the Pappas brothers, all of which are friends of ours.

Skateboarding really does have a colorful history. It's so mainstream now, more than it has ever been and people don't realize what it took for it to be so accepted! The obstacles, we all had to go through. Sometimes surviving on small paychecks, unlike now, where there are million dollar shoe and clothing endorsements!




Thanks to people like Danny Way who pioneered the Mega ramp, people like Tony Hawk who was so advanced in his early days, blowing away all the established pros of that era and continued to do so for decades... thanks also to Duane Peters who set a standard for attitude and resilience - bouncing back from serious injuries and DEATH!!... we never thought about why we did what we did, it just came naturally - tattooing, punk and skateboarding and now, most of top professionals are tattooed! That was no accident! People take if for granted but there is a reason for the evolution!



We were all kids who loved to skate and for us, it has kept us young. It has done so much for us as people... Unlike team sports, skateboarding promoted individuality, self esteem, physical fitness and creativity... you didn't have to worry about losing the game FOR THE WHOLE TEAM because you didn't catch the ball, and then have to face ridicule from the rest of the jocks!! You could progress at your own pace or you could strive to be like your skate heroes and learn the tricks they did. Your goal could be to get as crazy at the Upland Pipeline skatepark as Steve and Micke Alba did...



you could learn layback roll outs like Duane Peters !!!

T-Bone Photo.

This was from our generation... we were kids looking up to them before we turned pro in 1985!!


Wanna say thanks to Mackenzie Eisenhour for the write up! Let's do an interview!!!

2010/05/28

TODAY, WE MADE IT ON MSNBC!!!!


Today, an article appeared on MSNBC. It was about Julia Gnuse, our good friend and BEST client ever. We tattooed her EXCLUSIVELY from head to toe. Before any of you start judging, READ HER STORY. The story is pretty brief, but accurate. One of the details the story left out was the failure of the medical community to help her with her condition - cutaneous porpherya. There were prescriptions for experimental medications which cause blindness as a side effect, dermabrasions and chemical peels that were supposed to make the skin more resistant to blistering, which also failed. I (Art) started tattooing her from about 1991 to 1998, 2 times a week for 7 years. Steve took over after I moved to open Funhouse Tattooing in Vancouver British Columbia. We have appeared in lots of magazines and TV ("Guiness Prime Time", "You Asked for it", "Larry King Live", "Pro Sieben" - Germany, "Fuera de Serie" - Latin America"... and more) over the years and things had quieted down in the last 6 years until recently. Julia has been appearing all over the world!! Italy, New York, the midwestern USA with plans to do London in September...


Godoy Client: World's Most Tattooed Woman: Julia Gnuse



Buck Wolf, AOL


Many addicts eventually admit to having a monkey on their back. Julia Gnuse actually has two chimpanzees. They're embracing on her left shoulder, just above a vintage rendering of the Three Stooges along with an image of the famous chocolate factory scene from "I Love Lucy."

"I like to honor anything that makes me happy with a spot on my body," says the 55-year-old California woman who has at least 400 tattoos that collide into one another in an immense collage, covering 95 percent of this jigsaw puzzle of a body.

"There are parts I can't show you," she says, mentioning that the only areas not tattooed are below her ankles. Still, she doesn't leave much to the imagination.

"I have a great cast scene in my buttocks area of the TV show 'Bewitched.' I have Samantha flying on the broomstick in the cartoon sequence at the beginning, as well as each character, including my favorite, Gladys Kravitz."

Gnuse dropped her robe and flaunted her colorful body of work at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, where Guinness World Records honored her as the World's Most Tattooed Woman -- a distinction she officially shares with Krystyne Kolorful, a Canadian exotic dancer.

"I saw a picture of Krystyne 25 years ago, when I was in Las Vegas," Gnuse says. "I didn't even have one tattoo back then. I didn't even dream at the time that we'd share this record."

In her mid 30s, this Missouri native developed porphyria, a skin disorder similar to lupus. Exposure to sunlight leaves her body scarred.

"It can look sometimes like I have third-degree burns," Gnuse says.

"So in 1991, I went to a tattoo artist named Art Godoy, and I got my octopus. That covered up one scar. Then I kept going."

Soon, she admits, she became an ink-aholic, visiting Godoy's parlor every week for more than 20 years, painting her body with a collage of images from TV shows, movies and pop culture -- all that meant something to her.

The Beatles, her favorite band, soon took a place on her right ankle. Considering that Ringo sang "Octopus's Garden," that must have kept her original tattoo happy. Naturally, all these critters needed to live happily in a yellow submarine, which Gnuse soon added.

Travel north on this living canvas and you'll find Noah's Ark and the Seven Dwarfs on her left thigh, Winnie the Pooh, Fred Flintstone and Popeye on her right.

Up a little more, and you'll find a Guinness World Records logo.

Gnuse holds Lisa and Marge Simpson close to her heart, just above her breasts. She once had a boyfriend tattooed in that region, too. But they had a falling out, and Godoy did some reinking and turned the ex-beau into Rodney Dangerfield.

"Rodney might be gone," Gnuse says, "but he still makes me laugh."

Only one other tattoo has been inked over, and that is a picture of Elvis, which was turned several years ago into Mickey Mouse. There has yet to be another Elvis sighting, at least on this woman's body.

Other pop culture icons elbowing for attention on her arms: Betty Boop, Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Cookie Monster, Tweety Bird and Elmer Fudd.

Groucho Marx -- who famously sang the novelty hit "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady" -- is proudly featured on the breast of another woman, tattooed on Gnuse's shoulder.

In other words, Groucho is a tattoo on a tattoo on the world's most tattooed woman.

Godoy and his twin brother are responsible for all of the work on this wearable masterpiece, which will be shown off extensively in the 2011 Guinness World Records book.

Gnuse estimates that she has spent more than $70,000 on her one-of-a-kind makeover. And after working as a courier and a cookie seller, among other jobs, she's now developing a business making personal appearances.

She's not always able to be such an extrovert. While she's quick to parade in a bikini for reporters at a photo op, her condition prevents her from flashing a lot of flesh on a sunny day, and that keeps her covered up much of the time.

"The tattoos have helped me appreciate my body," she says. "When I was younger, I was a pimple picker. It was just pick-pick-pick, and I thought, 'Well, if I put a beautiful art scene on my face ... that would help me not to pick at my blisters and scar myself even more."

In Groucho's song, Lydia leaves the circus after sweeping an admiral off his feet. "The ships on her hips made his heart skip a beat," as the lyric goes.

In real life, Gnuse has a longstanding romance with a musician, while sharing her home with her beloved cats.

"My guy doesn't have tattoos," she says, "but he appreciates mine."

See her photos HERE

When Art moved to Canada his twin Steve finished the art on Julia.

Read More: Ink Up! Meet the World's Most Tattooed Woman MSNBC.COM

2010/05/24

GODOYS, PUNK ROCK, SKATEBOARDING, TATTOOING AND THE MC5




For us, liking punk was like someone who's 10 years older than we are liking the bands from their era... so it's understandable that the music happening now, is only "good" to the young of today. Our first exposure to the MC5 was the cover version of "Looking at you" by the Damned on the Machine Gun Etiquette LP.



Though we had heard of them before that... that was the song which made us decide to listen to them. So... influences are roots... people who influenced the MC5 did not sound like them. I can' t think of ANY band before them who even came close! But then again, people get forgotten about. I tattooed a kid the other day, 20 years old who didn't know who the Clash was!! Imagine that.

We got into punk at 11 years old, the same year we got into skateboarding. We lived in Pennsylvania at the time and all the new music would come from England to New York and then down to us. Our favorite record store "Stan's Records" would get all the stuff... tons of singles  and LP's. You could go there anytime and get great sh*t. All the excitement a couple of 11 year old kids could want - Music and being active in a sport which, like "punk" music, put you outside the "Norm" which was disco, arena rock and team sports. This lifestyle reflected our personal attitudes and feelings toward the place we lived.

If we had this type of weaponry then... look out all you hicks...

Some years later, when punk started to evolve into Oi!, there came a band called the Cockney Rejects. When we got the "Power and the Glory" LP and saw the tattoos these guys had on them, that's when we went "Holy sh*t!!" spiky hair and safety pins in ripped clothes made a great statement but what better way to say "f*ck you!" to the world than tattoos!!  



This is a feeling shared by the fans of so many revolutionary bands... like the MC5. So there is a parallel between all of this. Some of the Stooges and MC5 fans are older than we are but they can't tell me that they can't relate to this feeling. You must choose wether you are gonna be the problem or wether you are gonna be the solution. What the MC5 saw as the solution could have been seen by the mainstream as a major problem! Same as punk... same as tattooing. 

This attitude affected us later as we became professional skateboarders. The time period was not ready to accept who we were and the image we projected. Tattooed, punk, skateboarders. If any of you remember the 80's, you CAN'T OVERLOOK the lame colors and styles, both musically and fashionably.

Imagine...your kid saying "Mom, dad, I have something to tell you...I wanna look like that!" 
Sooooo bad. So fruity. Really, that era was marked with horrible music, horrible hair cuts and horrible clothing. How can anyone be involved in such a radical sport and wear that pink clothing, bleach your long bangs and listen to INXS!! It just doesn't mix!!!  How about that!!  In an industry controlled by NON skateboarding businessmen, who did market research to find that the boards were being bought for their 14 year old kids by their mommies... and realized that WE WERE TOO RADICAL for their taste, even though we didn't smoke, drink or do any drugs.


Ok.. see this ad? Look at these shorts...GAY! OK,  OK, we wore the sh*t ONCE!!! ONCE!!!  Were homeless in Dallas, and got a message through the skate shop next to this ramp, that we would be paid to actually WEAR these clothes AND these pads... we agreed. The ad appeared in Transworld Skateboarding Magazine. And guess what? WE NEVER GOT PAID!!! F*CK!
 
We were blacklisted for years! We did get a spread in Thrasher on tattoos... that was 1990, February I think. We had asked a certain photographer who worked for  one of the 3 magazines happening at the time why our "coverage" was so sporadic...if not rare, and he said "if you guys were to appear in a magazine 2 months in a row, it would be too much exposure." Not sure what that meant. Maybe we were real memorable. Nobody who was in the mainstream skate industry realized that we had our own network of "skate hoodlums" all over the world which lived the same way. Though they are older, (and still younger than we are) most of these guys are now tattooers and still skate! Guaranteed. We know this because we get correspondence from tons of skateboard fans from those days.

Godoys, Argentina 2008.

It's funny to look at the skateboard industry now. Most of the professionals in the magazines are tattooed. This cross over can be seen in the Bart Saric film "Skinned Alive". 



We started tattooing in 1985-86. Working on each other and on our friends. It was not what people think, that we skated professionally and then decided to tattoo. It wasn't like that. We were tattooing while we skated and when our skateboarding careers were over (at 23 years old) and the new generation came in, we had a career to fall back on - Tattooing. 

For us, the connection between all of these lifestyles is what has kept us on the same path for all these years. We have devoted our whole lives to 3 things - Skateboarding, tattooing and punk rock. We have gotten notariety in ALL of these. Pro skateboarders, we hold 2 patents on tattoo machines - have exclusively tattooed the Guiness Book's most tattooed woman Julia Gnuse, and our bands have become relatively known in punk circles and have played with musicians from our favorite bands!!!



2010/05/18

LIKE SPoiMS DYING ON A HOT STREET...

We have been so lucky in our lives to have gotten to play with people we have admired as kids getting in to punk. Everything we set out to do, we do. We are doers. Steve has been drumming for Gary Lammin (for the last few weeks on tour) who was in Cock Sparrer... the bass player was in CHelsea!!!... Steve has toured with the Vibrators for 6 weeks in the U.S. , We have and still do play with Deniz Tek... RADIO BIRDMAN is STILL our favorite band after all these years... just something about the energy of the music, the stealthness of the symbol... not to mention, they are ALL cool friends of ours now.

















Steve and the Vibrators.

One thing we did, was a Visitors reunion tour in Australia. There were few dates but it was successful. We got into the Visitors in about 1986. We had been learning about the Radio Birdman off shoot/family tree bands, as well as bands which were influenced by them. First, it was the New Race!!! Holy Sh*t, that record didn't leave the turn table for months...

















The excitement of finding and buying these records was putting us in the poor house!!! We couldn't get enough. Sh*t, when we found the Visitors LP, and saw that it had a version of Haunted Road on it, we couldn't drive fast enough to get to the house to listen to it!! We devoured all the information... band members, song titles, lyrics.. we even had a business card with the album's statues on it!! Who knew that we would be in the reformation line-up!!
















The history is so long... and it's so mind blowing to be part of the family tree!! You know who's the best? Pip.. that guy is the funniest. It was so great to meet him... when we would watch old birdman footage where pip explains the difference between assertiveness and aggression, approximately 3:16 into this footage....



So great... Pip rules. We couldn't wait to play "Disperse" in the rehearsal room... f*ck, it was the greatest. Here's Pip live...

































Another character is Mark Sisto... we had met him years before this date, when he was in California in 1996. He stayed at the house in Orange, the same house we did the Deniz Tek Jalisco tours... check him out, sneaking up on me in Deniz's back yard...

















The guy is a genius. Listen to the lyrics on the Visitors record. "I left Paris on a midnight train, I was bound for Northern Spain when I spied a miracle creature, I couldn't talk so I sang to the wind and trees and country rolling out the window outside..." or how about "like spoims on a hot street dying with no target to meet she laughs at my death in pleasure..." everyone feels like that sometimes... like a spoim drying and dying on a hot street.

















Me and Mark Sisto.

Here's Deniz dispersing during "DISPERSE" ...check the snake shoes... so smooooooth, just like the feedback coming outa that Marshall.












































Here's Steve behind the drums at the Gaelic Club show... great lighting, cool logo on the front of the drum!! Guess what??? we have coming up?? Never mind, we'll share it next time.. you'll just have to wait...

2010/05/05

Steve Godoy drumming for Gary Lammin (Cock Sparrer) on tour NOW.

May 5th Denver,CO. 3 Kings Tavern
May 6th Omaha,NE. The Hole
May 7th Minneapolis,MN. Honey's
May 8th Chicago,IL. Rockbox
May 9th Milwaukee,WI. The Rave/Legion Hall
May 10th Detroit MI. Corktown
May 11th Grand Rapids,MI Jukes Bar
May 12th Indianapolis,IN E.S Jungle
May 13th Fort Wayne, IN The Brass Rail
May 14th Louisville,KY. Skull Alley
May 15th Indianapolis,IN. Melody Inn
May 16th Bloomington,IN. Bears PLace
May 17th Knoxville,TN. Long Branch Saloon
May 18th
May 19th Austin,TX. The Palor North
May 20th
May 21st Scottsdale,AZ. Rogue Bar East
May 22nd Las Vegas,NV Boomers Bar

2010/04/02

EXPLODING FUCK DOLLS ORIGINAL MEMBERS PLAYING O.C. PUNK ROCK PICNIC

After almost 20 years, the most important line up of the Exploding Fuck Dolls has top billing at the O.C. Punk Rock Picnic. The original founders of the most successful incatnation of the band will be playing songs from the Dolls days including U.S. Bombs and Hunns tunes. DUANE PETERS, ART & STEVE GODOY, TROY ZAK (Bass) AND ROB MILUCKY (on second guitar).Duane called us this week and asked if we were down. We agreed... I (Art) was in Mexico and changed my flight back to Canada, to a flight to L.A. The gig is APRIL 10.. FOR MORE INFO GO TO: http://www.ocpunkrockpicnic.com/
Some of the set will include :
American Bomb
Rumble Beach
Let´s Go
The Wrench
Radio Birdman´s "Breaks my heart"
and more...

2010/02/23

EXPLODING F*CK DOLLS RECORDING 1991/92



The line-up in the photo is the line up following the one in the recording below. Duane Peters (center) was brought in as bassist originally, to replace our old bassist, Kevin died and Duane replaced him. Left to Right - Paddy, Steve, Duane, Art and Goatman. The original F*ck Dolls was sort of glam/punk. Kevin and Devin looked like chicks... song below is called "It'll be Alright" was the first song the Exploding F*ck Dolls ever wrote. It was recorded on a 4 track in 1991, among 7 others, in the back room @ "Shackster", our house in Encinitas. The bathroom was he vocal booth, the bed room was cleared out, drums were set up and mic'd...That 4 track only had 3 working tracks... so there was alot of bouncing of tracks to get what you are listening to here.

There was an album worth of material from this literally "home recording session" which we have ready to release. Kevin (the singer) died, before we had a chance to record in REAL studio. In fact, we were all slumming it pretty hard and didn't have money to record. Kevin's dad was a millionaire, he wrote a check for $475.00, gave it to us to give to a club in Solana Beach called "The Belly Up Tavern". (Incidentally, Deniz used to frequent this place when he was working in San Diego at the Naval hospital) this was where we were gonna do the recording of these demos, live/studio feel, on a stage in an empty bar. The sound would have been crazy.
Kevin died a week before the recording date.
Will post more songs soon

2010/02/22

HOW DO WE DO IT???

Deniz and engineer Mike Gittens at "the Hive", Vancouver working on "Ride"

HOW DO WE DO IT??????
STEVE- FACT-we all live far apart...Danny and me (Steve) are room mates in California, Art lives near Troy in western Canada and Deniz drifts from middle America to Australia...so as far as the "normal" function of this band...heres how it goes:
RECORDING- well, we exchange demos...Art, Deniz and Troy write the music...Danny
writes the words I just play the drums...we do individual practices & its rare that we ever get to practice together as a band...only a day or two before shows or before recording do we practice together....so we really NEVER get to hear what any of the other members are playing until they lay down their tracks in the recording studio...which is SO RAD cuz then we really see what this band is made of.
When we recorded 'Ride', (which was a total surprise by the way, due to the fact that many songs were modified from the original formats that we each practiced with on the demos!!!...changing tempo, arrangements & backing vocals-all last minute, with only one practice together before diving right in to record!!!)...we were all impressed with not just the outcome but it proved to us that this band is not an amateur band...it proved that our formula and our chemistry is definately something that hardly any "normal" bands could ever manage to achieve even practicing 2-3 times a week!!!
FACT- we all work for a living...we arent funded by any labels...nobody pays for our recording time...so we gotta be quick, precise and focused...listen to 'Ride' and see for yourselves. The first CD 'Nowhere is Safe' was the same way...this long distance arrangement is truly a way to separate the amateurs from the experienced...from the Golden Breed recordings to tours with Deniz to the Bad Men's CDs and touring...it all has been done this way...and of course it brings out the best in all of us and even more excitement to live shows cuz its not all rehearsed and predictable.

ART- Steve normally gets all the drums down in one or 2 takes... Danny does lots of tracks and filters through em when we mix, he's very particular on what he sings and how he sings it.. as for Troy, he's as solid a bass player as they come, when we were recording the "Ride"record, he was in and out doing his parts. Deniz is always great... he doesn't always have to be rehearsed, and most of the time
the stuff is off the top of his head. People picture Deniz as precise.. but in reality, when playing with him, it's about "loose tightness", the improvisation is what makes things special... Personally, I love going in the studio with this band because it's always a surprise. The ingredients everyone brings to the table individually, really blends into amazing results. BELOW: Troy and Steve, the Last of the Bad Men live in Harrisburg PA.

GUESS SONG AND BAND WHO PLAYED IT AND WIN CD AND SHIRT

"ONLY KNOW YOUR VIEWS ARE WRONG, YOUR FLOWERS AND YOUR HIPPY SONGS, IT'S UP TO THE BOMB WHO'S LIVES ARE LOST, SPARE AND NOT WANT OR IT'S HOLLOCAUST..."

2010/02/18

THE LAST OF THE BAD MEN LIVE


We did a midwestern tour when Nowhere is Safe was released, Deniz couldn't make all of the shows, due to work scheduling at the hospital but we played anyway. It was a great show, we were on! This gig was in Ohio. Most of the crowd was at the back of the club, only the brave came to the front. Despite taunting and threats and violent encouragement to come up front, they remained in the back playing pool... lame...that's what college does to kids! If we were the Jonas Brothers, maybe they'd be up front.

DENIZ TEK SIGNATURE GUITAR

DENIZ TEK SIGNATURE GUITAR



I was f**king around at the tattoo shop, between appointments and came up with this guitar idea. I don't understand why nobody has made a Deniz Tek guitar yet. I mean, how does he get into the top 100 guitar players (according to Rolling Stone), get into the Rock n Roll hall of fame, be part of a LEGENDARY band, who in my opinion, are to Australia, what the the Sex Pistols are to England, and as far as their contribution and influence on TONS of bands...


He has collaborated with members of the MC5, Sonic's Rendezvous Band and many others.. has kept working musically ever since Radio Birdman... Look at this guitar, it's ureal!!! Imagine the tone...all the pickups ON all the time, and controlling the tone by blending the volume knobs. The toggle switch, has it's own job to do... it's a secret. I'm working on it...Who's gonna step up and make it?


Art Godoy

2010/02/09

BAD MEN TOUR...

As a band, we get along great, I mean, we're a unit. So connected and determined. We feel the sense of urgency to get the message out, to get the music out there! Having to hold down jobs makes it hard to be out the mandatory 6-8 weeks, so we toured 2 weeks at at time... we never did a month long tour with the bad men because the climate was never right. Stating with a deadbeat label who offered little or NO support, not even in the form of sending posters to any retailer contacts they had. It has been all DIY for us. But despite it all, we toured both records, same cities repeatedly - Chicago, Milwaukee, Racine, Detroit, Cleveland, Athens Ohio, Columbus Ohio, Washington DC, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Long Beach, Vancouver, Victoria Banff, & Calgary.... and it was always a good time. In this photo, we were booked to play in New York at the Trash Bar. The club looked cool, but there was no promotion on the part of the promoter so we didn't play this was prior to 2 sold out nights in Harrisburg PA and Cleveland Ohio! Fuck face, our driver, got us city to city in half the time, speeding tickets and all.. when asked "do you know how fast you were going?" he says "dunno? how fast" the cop goes "120, may I ask why?" he goes " It's embarrassing but I have to take a shit!" the cop goes "you passed 14 rest stops, 14 opportunities to shit... I'm giving you a ticket" ha ha ha ha. Fuck... too funny. We had just barely reached the border of Pennsylvania and Ohio! In New York, we went to Manitobas, and then to the wall which was painted in memory of Joe Strummer...L. to R. - Fuck face, Troy, Art, Steve and Danny.

2010/02/04

SO. CALIFORNIA GIGS PLANNED FOR MAY 2010

We are planning to record in Aril / May, and to do some Souther California gigs as well...
We have been in contact with Loren Molinare and it looks like we may be doing a few gigs with the Detroit Dogs... great band...here's the link: www.myspace.com/thedetroitdogs

2010/02/03

NEW RECORD IN THE WORKS

The Last of the Bad Men are currently writing for the new record.... as usual mp3's of the demos will be exchanged, a studio will be chosen, a date will be set... we will get together to work out the kinks and then go for it.