If you’re in the UK, come check out the London Tattoo Convention this September. A few other artists from NYA and I will be there! Follow me @rich_cahill on Instagram for new tattoos and updates during my time in London.
If you’re interested in booking a session with Riccardo for the Frenchtown studio, please email CHANGFREELY@GMAIL.COM immediately, as space is very limited.
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Happy to announce that I’ll be attending a second tattoo convention this year, this time in London!
Check out the convention website here:
My artist page is also now live on the site:
Only a few spots are left for July, but bookings are still open for August. Get in touch via email@example.com if you want an appointment for a tattoo!
If you’re digging the micro tattoos, a bunch of short sessions are still open for the summer.
I got a call from my friend Brennen. He told me to come check out a punk show in Kathmandu. He gave me the address and told me it started at 3pm. Addresses in Kathmandu are weird. Even the locals have a hard time understanding them. I showed the taxi driver with some help from the front desk manager. (I think he knew how to get there.) The taxi driver was real old, and we chugged along over in third gear all the way there, which was really only a few blocks from the hotel anyway. I saw a couple of crust punks outside–this must be the place.
The club is called House of Music. I walk up and payed maybe 500 or 1000 rupees to enter. The place was nice compared to punk clubs in the States. It didn’t smell like beer and piss, and no one tried to stab me outside. The band had already started. The PA system sounded good and the sound guy had a good handle on the room. It was loud, but no too loud. The first band, Squirt Guns, was a good kind of Rancid-sounding band in more of the pop punk ska genre. Pretty sure they where all Nepali kids. The crowd liked them, dancing and skanking to the rhythms they pumped out of a thirty minute set. The next band really caught my attention–Social Nerve, a trio with a female guitar player. As soon as they started I noticed they where different. Billed as “psychedelic punk,” they had a mix of the old DC sound and Minutemen. They rattled off complex rhythms and very creative guitar riffs. The drummer played and sang and held it down. I was a fan immediately. After them the band And We Came was the third spot on the bill, a death core band from Nepal. The drummer was warming up his double kick chops before the set. I’m not a big metal fan, but these kids could play.
The last band, Youth Unite, was definitely the crowd favorite. They blasted out fast riffs and grinding vocals. The place erupted into full-on moshing. Very polite moshing–after all, it is Nepal. I sat by the side and drank my Gorka beer as the band played each song and in between preached their brand of anarchy and anti-establishment rhetoric. It felt like home.