I guess, I'm famous now

After almost 20 years of tattooing, it finally happened. I, NYARTMAN, have successfully tattooed my first celebrity.  Lead guitarist for Daughtry, Josh Steely, stormed into town performing with the band to sold out concerts and on daytime talk shows like Live! With Regis and Kelly.Josh steely's whirling dervish tattoo When Josh told me he was the guitarist for Daughtry, I asked him to spell the band's name for me so I could check them out.  He asked me, "So you haven't heard of us?" and I was like "Uuuuh, no".  Then he told me about the connection with American Idol and the Grammys won.  I've never even seen American Idol.  What do you expect, I'm a 24 hour workaholic, tattooing nerd.  I don't even own a TV and the only music I listen to is Jazz, Metal, Blues and Goth/Industrial in about equal parts.  I guess it's safe to say that I'm pretty out of touch with main stream America.

Josh had me work on a couple of pieces for him.  One was a design that he put together of an abstract whirling dervish image with a quote from Rumi's writings: "Why should I seek? I am the same as He. His essence speaks through me. I have been looking for myself!" The other was a lightning fast two and an half hour touch up job on a Buddha piece he had previously done on his forearm.   This piece was really bothering him but I, NYARTMAN, using my superior  meditational  skills on that schmutzed up Buddha was able to bring Josh from samsara to nirvana.  (see below).  If I only had more time, perhaps I could have transformed Josh into the "Tattooed Buddha".  Maybe one day after touring like a mad man he will revisit NYARTMAN, the Tattooing Master of Gotham, for a custom tattoo transformation.

Anyway, I asked Josh, who by the way really is a genuinely nice guy, if he would mind taking a butthole buddies photo with me, which he kindly obliged.  Proof of this monumental occasion had to be documented.  This is the day that, NYARTMAN, King of Gotham City's underground art world became... "Tattoo Artist of the Stars". josh steely of Daughtry and NYARTMANSo watch out Kat Von D, Don Ed Hardy, and Paul Booth I'm coming for ya.  I'm famous now, damn it.  Ya'll best recognize!

"I recently visited NYC for just a day and really wanted to get a tattoo. Being in a touring rock band gives me very little time to find a great artist. After calling a few shops I could find no one interested until I called Jeremy the NYARTMAN! As soon as we spoke I knew he is an artist who cares about his craft. After visiting his website and seeing his credentials I felt honored that he juggled his schedule to help me get the piece I was hoping for. His professionalism and demeanor are at the top of the bar. His artwork is world class, and the prices very reasonable. No longer will I search for an artist on the east coast again!"

- Josh Steely (guitarist from Daughtry)

Since I had the opportunity of tattooing Josh, I've done my homework and now I know... Daughtry kicks ass! Thanks Josh for the confidence you placed in me and for all the kind words.  NYARTMAN wishes you guys the absolute best, knock em dead!

Josh Steely of Daughtry Buddha fix up tattoo.