Archive for Jason Kelly

3rd Time’s A Charm

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 20, 2012 by Miguel Olascuaga

I am very happy to announce that I am now working at “Live Free Tattoo”. Located in Grant Park and owned by good friend and all around bad ass, Jason Kelly. The shop is in transition as well as an overhaul from the previous owners, Phil Colvin (Memorial Tattoo,ATL) and Shay Cannon (Liberty Tattoo, ATL.) The change of hands has been a great addition to the Atlanta tattoo scene. I am happy and proud, as well as honored to be working with such great artists. So many things about  this new studio has got my head buzzing. I will keep this page updated and for anybody who is interested in checking it out, you can do so at:

If you have an instagram, you can find us there as well- Livefreetattoo@instagram

I am in a place where I am finding another kind of happiness. Thank you Phil Colvin for bringing me to Atlanta, thank you Jason Kelly for surrounding me with positive vibes and believing in me, and for giving me a spot in your life, and studio.

I also have to thank my friends  Brett Pundt, Jason Smalley, Cori James, Tad Coleman, Kaki Cannon, Shay Cannon, and The Liberty Crew as well as The Memorial Crew for being by my side and being my strength in times when I thought the dark would stay forever, I love you guys.

Most importantly, I could have never moved forward in my life as an artist, or anything else without my loving family’s support. Thank you Melissa and Stiletto


Sweating Like A Whore In Church

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2012 by Miguel Olascuaga

It has been a little bit since last I posted anything, a lot has happened in the last few months to say the least.

Someone told me that, “Good Things Come From Chaos”. I hope this is true. I have been doing a little traveling to ease the tension and frustration that my situation has produced. I am lucky enough to have a family that supports my recent decisions even though it affects they’re surroundings and comfort zone. I feel like I have truck sitting on my chest when I lay down for sleep. My travels have produced great opinions regarding my situation and future endeavors. Life is great in its grand scheme to destroy and rebuild. I am humbled by the experiences and as any human being, also exhausted and a little jaded at times. I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by so many great tattooers and exchanging tattoos with them as well. When I start to feel a little doomed, I look at what the last 2 years have produced for my family and I, and then I feel extremely grateful and blessed. You can not make everybody happy all of the time, and some will just never be happy no matter what. I am learning to become my own person for my family, and myself. The move to Georgia was one of the best things I could have done for my tattooing and reputation. It has opened many a door for me and I am grateful to those who have helped me open them. The next journey is uncertain, but many ideas have been put in to motion for the next milestone. Here are some picture from my trip to Livewire Tattoo in Jax. Beach,Fl. An incredible amount of respect for this shop.

I did this tattoo (above) on a gentleman that was traveling from South Africa, he wanted all of these elements to describe his travels and situation. I had a great time with him, very polite and easy to please.

Below is a tattoo that I did on my good buddy Justin’s girlfriend. Her grandmother used to work for the Jacksonville Paper and loved Cardinals. She had an idea for typewriter, I listened to her other ideas and put them together. This girl had some nice tattoos from Inksmith & Rogers and I felt lucky to put one next to them.

I have been so lucky to do so many fun tattoos lately, I recently started a full torso piece. I have started the outline to the center, and this week I will be outlining the sides and bottom. Below is what I have started.

Recently my girlfriend’s best friend, Tera came to visit with her boyfriend Justin.  She wanted to get a gramophone tattooed on her foot, I have done a few of these tattoos and trying to change them up a little different each time can be a little challenging. It was really fun and I was glad that I got to do it for her.

This next tattoo was done on my good buddy Jake, he is a body piercer at Liberty Tattoo in Atlanta.

Below you will see the beginning of a stomach tattoo I did on our apprentice, Cori.

She didn’t even flinch a muscle. Tough cookie that girl is.

I am excited to get all these projects finished.

This next tattoo is on my good friend, fellow tattooer, and inquisitor of transcendence and science brother, Ugly Tom Michael. Tom tattoos in Charlotte, NC.

He asked me to tattoo something in the way of science, death, and transcendence. These are my favorite things!

Tom and I traded tattoos of the same related subject matter. This is what I did on him.

Tom brought one of his good friends Adam with him to get tattooed by Jason Kelly, another great tattooer and good friend. Jason was booked up so he decided to let me have the thrill of doing a fun tattoo on Adam. He asked for a panther with a dagger going through the head, Adam.., don’t ever shave yourself again.

Below is tattoo I did on Mr. Brett Pundt. Brett works with me at the shop and is an incredible tattooer. We traded tattoos recently, he asked me for an eagle. I had a blast doing this tattoo, I really enjoy tattooing eagles.

here as some little jammers below..

And Another…

And below are some Magnolias I did. I enjoy black & grey, even though I don’t do it much, I still enjoy the opportunity.

Below is a tattoo I did on one of Greg Christain’s clients. Greg was nice enough to share his client with me while I was tattooing at Tattoo Faction- Cleveland,Ohio. Wouldn’t you know it, he asked for a round flower! There is a whole history behind these flowers, in a short explanation, they are to symbolize protection.

And here is another one I did as a slap over(cover-up) on a good friend and great tattooer, Ben Thomas. Ben and I traded tattoos, tons of fun. Ben Thomas works at Liberty Tattoo in Atlanta.

Right below is a matching tattoo I did on best friends.

I have been trading out paintings to artist that I admire in hopes that I will have something to pass to my son besides my own. This is a painting I did this for Ben Rorke, Ben is one of my favorite tattooers right now. He works Brisbane, Australia.

As I mentioned earlier above, I don’t really do much black & grey, but here is another one.

Below is a tattoo I did on another really good friend and great tattooer, Lana Gooding.

Lana is a resident and tattoo maker in Texas.

and last but not least in my great friend Jason Kelly. Jason is a tattooer in Atlanta. Jason and I decided we were gonna trade butterfly tattoos. Jason is an incredible tattooer and one of my many favorites. He doesn’t have much room, but I am glad to have had a clean piece.

There you have it, its been awhile.. thank you for looking!!

19th. Annual Richmond Tattoo Arts Festival 2011

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 27, 2011 by Miguel Olascuaga

I will be working with Phil Colvin, and Jason Kelly Nov. 18th.-20th at this glorious event. Set up an appointment with me via my email. I am ready!!

A Little Gin, A Little Bantering, Some Good Stories, And A Few Paints Later..

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 2, 2011 by Miguel Olascuaga

Yesterday was pretty rough here at the Tattoo shop with a crap load of disrespectful customers, and drama. By the end of the evening I was ready for a drink and some laughter with good friends. I met up with Jason Kelly, and his buddy Anthony Sharpe who happened to be in town for a few days. After deciding on some food and a little grub, we proceeded to go back to Jason’s for a little Gin, and some painting. It’s great meeting other artists in the industry that are free-spirited, and can actually laugh at themselves. Anthony Sharpe is definitely one of those guys. It was a great ending to an otherwise terrible day. I ended up painting this at Jason’s house and having a good time going over each other’s life’s experiences. Do yourself a favor and take a look at Anthony Sharpe’s portfolio online. Andy is going nomad right now and he may pop up in your area, if he does, give this guy your trust and let him create an awesome piece of art for you.

A little of this, a little of that, a few steps closer, but still swimmin’ in crap

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2011 by Miguel Olascuaga

It has been a very long last couple of weeks! From one day to the next, it seems like a year apart and yet a second away. The upsides are worth more than downsides, or at least that’s what I have to keep reminding myself. I recently worked that Atlanta Tattoo Convention with Mikie Webb, Jason Kelly, and Jason Smalley worked a day as well. I can’t even express how grateful or excited I was to be welcomed by such talented artists, thank you Phil Colvin for being such a great boss and friend.

While at the Atlanta Convention, I met this cool kat by the name of Raymond Wallace. Raymond works at an awesome studio in Denver Colorado by the name of “Thick As Thieves Tattoo”. Mr. Wallace and I bartered to trade Devil heads before the convention was over. It has been a hot minute since I have been tattooed. Below is what I tattooed on him.

I was a little nervous tattooing another fellow tattooer.  These types of tattoos are fun, and an honor as well.

Below is what Raymond Wallace Tattooed on me

I really like the tattoo that he did on me and I didn’t even bitch while I got tattooed. Below are some pic of Raymond getting a little payback on me

What a great time. I will be looking forward to working with this gentleman again.

So, while at the convention our new shop t-shirts were delivered to our booth. I designed the t-shirt for the studio and was pretty pleased with the results.

They are $20.00 each+$5.00 for shipping. Hit me up on Facebook if your are interested. We have some smooth trucker hats as well with the “Forever Yours  Tattoo Gallery” logo drawn by Chris Stewart. The hats are $10.00

I have been starting a few larger tattoos and do not really have much small tattoos to show off, but here a few..

This Tomahawk was awesome to do. This  is Michael, he collects antiques and trades them to tattooers in the Atlanta area for a little cash,but mostly for tattoo credit. He always has something cool.

Above is a  little globe action. The first of many sessions for this arm.

I can’t even tell you how incredibly respectful and kind this client was to tattoo. His brother was taken from him, and his family fighting for our country. This gentleman was proud to wear this memorial in honor of his brother, and I was even more proud that I had the honor of doing it.

Above is a little add-on to an existing mermaid that was started at the Cinco De Mayo party at “Memorial Tattoo” in Atl, Ga. Very fun indeed!

Above is a picture of a tattoo I did for my good buddy Geo.

A little clipper that I have started, it is on my good friend Ian. He was a trooper I must admit.

So now to re-cap the week before…..our band “Hellalujah”, played a breast cancer benefit in Atlanta called “Ink 4 Pink”. Artists from abroad donated paintings, prizes and musical talent. Our soul mate, and kindred spirit, “The Blue Ribbon Healers” played the show with us as well. Blood, sweat, and booze I tell ya! Here is the painting that I submitted to the show

If you would like to see something just as disturbing, check my brother from another mother, Darren Anderson. You can find him diggin’ a hole and decorating his plot over at:: That man has one foot in the grave I tell ya..

I must say that living in Georgia has been a growing experience. My family and I are struggling a little, but making ground in the concrete jungle. I miss my friends back home in PCB, as I hope they miss us too. I am still positive about the move, and the artists I have met here are quickly becoming great friends. Every day we are becoming more like family to the people who surround us.