So, another tattooer friend of mine has passed away. Why do I have to keep writing this same damn blog entry over and over this year? I've known Paul for 17 or 18 years, and have lived pretty much around the corner from him for the last 10. He also had a shop about a mile down the road from me. Paul was definitely what one would call 'cantankerous'- an old school, biker tattooer. On various occasions he told me, "I'm gonna out-gottdamn-live you, I'll be dancin' on your gottdamn grave." Paul was a cool old guy- there were a lot of people that didn't quite get along with Paul, but there were plenty that did. Paul had been tattooing for 40 or so years in the Atlanta area. There were periods where Paul quit tattooing for a couple of years, fed up with the business he'd say that he was done with tattooing, but he always ended up being dragged back in. When he closed 'Painless Paul's Skin and Ink Tattoos', he came into my shop with a 'Welcome' sign from his shop and gave it to me saying, "You want this gottdamn thing, ain't nobody fuckin' welcome in my shop no more." I still have that sign hanging in my shop, hell, it was painted by Paul. I also have a 'Pay in Advance' sign that Paul painted. Paul was definitely the 'Old Man' of Atlanta tattooing- even if you didn't have any tattoos, you had probably heard of Painless Paul Nelson. He was an old school tattooer in every way, and we would have long talks about our mutual hatred of the Gwinnett County Health Department (I guess from now on I'll have to give them enough shit for both Me and Paul). Rest in peace Paul.