Dave Shoemaker

Big River Tattoo is in full swing! Our doors are open and we have new artists on board.

We are very proud and excited to welcome Dave Shoemaker to the shop! Dave has been tattooing for over 25 years. While Dave is diverse in style, he brings something very new to the shop: Polynesian tattoos. His Polynesian tribal tattoos are rich and clean as he pays close attention to how the designs contour the body. Dave has said that he wants his tattoos to “be grounded in the past, enabling them to stand up to the test of time”.

He will be here every Friday.

Email changfreely@gmail.com to schedule an appointment with Dave!

Dave Shoemaker's full body work.

Dave Shoemaker’s full body work.

Dave Shoemaker's Polynesian tribal work.

Dave Shoemaker’s Polynesian tribal work.



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Big River Tattoo!

Big River Tattoo

Rich Cahill Studio is officially Big River Tattoo!

We’ve turned the studio into a shop. The walls have been repainted, we’ve got flash framed and hanging on the walls. Art from friends and from around the world have been matted and hung. New lights, new stations, new artists.

Tom Aversa and I will tattooing every week.
My long time friend, Dave Shoemaker will be in every Friday starting January 15th.
JP Conrad is here every Tuesday doing stick and poke tattoos.
Guest artists are on the way!

Shoot me an email at changfreely@gmail.com or bigrivertattoonj@gmail.com to make an appointment.

Rich Cahill

Japanese Tiger tattoo by Rich Cahill

Tom Aversa

Cowgirl by Tom Aversa

JP Conrad

Stick and poke tattoo by JP Conrad

Dave Shoemaker

Tribal sleeves by Dave Shoemaker

 

 



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London was great! Had fun hanging out and tattooing with my good friends,  Guy Sahar and David Kafri.

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Guy

Guy and his baby twin

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I went to the London Tattoo convention while I was there.

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Got tattooed by Alexandria Wilkey while at Love Hate Social Club London.

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Also got tattooed by Emily Johnson at legendary UK shop, Into You Tattoo.

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Ended the adventure with The Body Suits Scrolls Exhibition art show at Seven Door Tattoos.

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I’m already looking forward to getting back to London again next Spring.



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I went to my first Montreux Tattoo Convention this past September. I spent the convention with my good friends Nico and Marnie Cennamo from One Love Tattoo and Water Spirit Tattoo. The convention was great!  It was well organized and everyone involved was wonderful. Awesome staff, awesome artists! I had a blast and am looking forward to going again next year!

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Be sure to check it out. September 16th, 17th, 18th 2016!

 

 

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Rocking out with little Cayo!

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Nico’s band The Trap.

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Big Fish Boat Float

On July 25th 2015 teams of four gathered along the Delaware River in Frenchtown, New Jersey to parade handmade boats for a charitable cause.

The rules were simple: boats must be handmade without any preexisting boat parts.

Four teams entered the float.  They spent half of the summer working on their boats and preparing for the the reveal. Some groups carved and sanded, while others used found objects to keep their creations afloat. Wood, plastic drums, and piping were just some the materials used.

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All of the groups!

Elizabeth Gilbert contributed $1000 towards donations to the charities chosen by the participants. Cap Roberts donated another $1000 towards the selected charities.

Trophies were made for the coolest boats selected by a panel of judges.

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 Team Steinbeiser hand-carved a canoe from a solid piece of white pine, paying tribute to the Native Americans that once traveled the Delaware. Hours of chiseling the wood with bare hands resulted in a beautiful creation.  These skilled craftsmen’s streamline canoe helped to raise money for the Frenchtown Food Pantry.

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Team Steinbeiser

The Farm Boys celebrated their agricultural background with their farm themed boat. Reminiscent of a paddle steamer, the boys created their own paddle wheel from a plastic drum, small metal sheets, and a bike on a pulley system to propel their boat through the water. The Farm Boys chose to have their share of the charity money go to the JPS Memorial Fund, which funds scholarships and assistance to pediatric cancer patients.

The Farm Boys

The Farm Boys

The Penetrators took a different approach for their boat and created something similar to kayak with a stabilizer.  Using six plastic drums, pool noodles as arm rests, and piping to stabilize the weight, the Penetrators made their way down the river. They crafted their own beautiful and hand-painted paddles and came in Hawaiian themed wear. The Penetrators chose to have their portion of the charity fund go to The Upper Black Eddy Fire Company. 

The Penetrators

The Penetrators

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Rift Raft created a raft. Using a bike and a wooden paddle wheel, the team peddled their raft along the Delaware. Homemade pontoons were used to keep their wooden frame afloat. Everything in the boat was 100% recycled materials. Rift Raft chose to donate to The Frenchtown Food Pantry.

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Rift Raft

This first year event was a great success. It was fun creating the boats, getting everyone together, and doing something for a great cause!

If anyone is interested in participating next year, please shoot us an email at changfreely@gmail.com . We’re going to have prizes, more boats, and the best thing of all is that it’s fun!

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Pagoda City Tattoo Fest

 

Pagoda City Tattoo Fest

August 7th, 8th and 9th 2015 Crowne Plaza 1741 Paper Mill Rd. Wyomissing Pennsylvania 

 

 I will be joining fellow artists at Pagoda City Tattoo Fest the first weekend in August! It will be fun catching up with old friends I haven’t seen in a long time and I’m looking forward to making new ones. I will have an assortment of my rotary machines on hand. There will be tattooing, seminars, and contests throughout the event. Come on out, get tattooed, and enjoy!

I’m taking appointments for the show and walk ups too.

Email changfreely@gmail.com if you’d like to schedule an appointment during the festival.

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Hey guys! My buddy Riccardo Martinelli will be in town in August! He’s coming all the way from Italy and will be here at my studio from August 16th – 18th! If you want some sweet dot work tattoos from him, shoot me an email at changfreely@gmail.com!

Check out his work!

Book an appointment!

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