Found out this morning that another friend of mine passed away- Tommy Painter. I met Tommy through Jamie, and now they're both gone- this year has really sucked. Tommy was the owner of Body Art Tattoos in Berryville, Va. I met Tommy some time around 96 or 97, at a convention (I don't even remember which one). I was going to the convention and Jamie told me that his friend Tommy was gonna be there and I should say hello. As soon as I told Tommy that I was friends with Jamie it was like Tommy and I had been friends for years. He was one of, if not THE nicest guy in this business. Every time I saw Tommy he would give me a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. I learned a lot from Tommy about machine building, and any time Tommy was around, his good cheer was infectious. It had been a couple of years since I had spoken to Tommy- mostly because I stopped working tattoo conventions. I heard that Tommy was especially upset when he heard about Jamie's death, and I had been meaning to call him ever since, I just never got around to it- now it's too late. I am not a religious person- I consider myself an Agnostic, so I really don't have any beliefs as far as some big fancy afterlife is concerned, but if there is something else, I know that Jamie and Tommy are laughing (probably at our expense) right now. RIP Tommy Painter, you will be missed by many many people.