Little Ale’Inn and the Black mailbox

After our ghost town adventure in Ballarat, we began our grand detour and made our way to Rachel, Nevada. We arrived at the Little Ale’Inn later that afternoon, with no further delays or road closures. The Little Ale’Inn  offers free tent camping on their property as well as several RV hook ups and a few mobile guest trailers that they rent out daily. This was my third time camping there whilst road tripping. I had the pleasure of chatting with an old timer Marine who had a Pharaoh’s horses tattoo he had gotten from Singapore Slim in Anchorage, Alaska  in 1961.

We witnessed no UFO activity coming from the base while camping that night 😦 . The following morning, we packed up camp, had a good breakfast at the Inn, then headed 20 miles further down Route 375 to the Black mailbox.

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The Pharaohs Horses by Singapore Slim, Anchorage Alaska, 1961

The Pharaohs Horses by Singapore Slim, Anchorage Alaska, 1961

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The Black mailbox

The Black mailbox

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Next stop – Crater Lake, Oregon…….and beyond

Okay, moving onward. It’s still September.  After I left Portland, I made my way down to Crater Lake, also in Oregon. I had to meet my buddy in Las Vegas in a few days and had some time to kill, and whats better to kill time than riding to a big crater filled with water. Actually, it was pretty amazing. From there, I rode down into California and over into Nevada.  Enjoy!

Random bar bathroom in Portland

Random bar bathroom in Portland

Mt Hood

Mt Hood

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Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Chiloquin, Oregon

Chiloquin, Oregon

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Motel I stayed at in Carson City, Nevada

Motel I stayed at in Carson City, Nevada

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Nevada

Nevada

gas stop in middle of nowhere, Nevada

gas stop in middle of nowhere, Nevada

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just goes to show ya, even in the middle of nowhere, you can't escape road construction traffic

just goes to show ya, even in the middle of nowhere, you can’t escape road construction traffic

my motel in Las Vegas.....swanky

my motel in Las Vegas…..swanky

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cool tattoo shop signage on the Vegas strip. Too bad it was vacant

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my super awesome motel tv, circa 1978 perhaps?

my super awesome motel tv, circa 1978 perhaps?

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year, folks! I’m back, after a long blogging hiatus. I have a lot of photos to share. My last post was while I was at Classic Tattoo in Red Deer, Alberta. I have since continued my ride around the US and am once again back home in sunny Florida. I have tons of photos, so I’m going to break them up into several posts. I’m thinking of doing one per day…..or per week, heheh. I’m going to start off this post with the rest of my Stay in Red Deer. Thanks for your patience and enjoy!

Some black and grey flowers, done at Classic Tattoo in Red Deer.

Some black and grey flowers, done at Classic Tattoo in Red Deer.

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some cover up action

some cover up action

My campsite during my 2 week stay in the Deer

My campsite during my 2 week stay in the Deer

I like fire.

I like fire.

Time for some new rubber, i think

Time for some new rubber, i think

Pappa got some new shoes!

Pappa got a new pair’o shoes!

Morning coffee

Morning coffee

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More stuff from Saskatoon

Here’s some more pics of my stay in Saskatoon. Enjoy!

Panthagon

Panthagon

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He wanted to get a tattoo, but had no money. His friends said they would pay for one, but he had to get whatever they picked.....which was all of their names, hahaha

He wanted to get a tattoo, but had no money. His friends said they would pay for one, but he had to get whatever they picked…..which was all of their names, hahaha

My girlfriend flew up to Saskatoon from Florida for my birthday :)

My Babycakes flew up to Saskatoon from Florida for my birthday 🙂

On our way to the casino!

On our way to the casino!

out for an afternoon ride

out for an afternoon ride

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finished up some flash

finished up some flash

On the road to Kelowna for the Okanagan Tattoo show

On the road to Kelowna for the Okanagan Tattoo show

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Cruisin to the show

Cruisin to the show

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9/11 tribute piece

9/11 tribute piece

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Sunrise, on the Road back to Saskatoon

Sunrise, on the Road back to Saskatoon

Dragon chest panel/ half sleeve finished

Dragon chest panel/ half sleeve finished

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A kick ass game of darts

A kick ass game of darts

and built this little dandy

and built this little dandy

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Steveston, BC!

My next stop was a guest spot at Steveston Tattoo co with my good bro, Ryan Halter, in Steveston, BC. Part of my visit was to get another session on my back piece done, that Ryan started last year. It was a fun week of tattoos and riding. Enjoy! Next stop- Freaks and Geeks Tattoo, Portland Oregon!

On the road from Salmon Arm to Steveston

On the road from Salmon Arm to Steveston

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Mr Halter gettin busy on me.

Mr Halter gettin busy on me.

One more session to go :)

One more session to go 🙂

Ryan, getting his bike ready for a rip.

Ryan, getting his bike ready for a rip.

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madman

madman

Cohen, going for a ride

Cohen, going for a ride

this was a real bummer

this was a real bummer

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The harbor in Steveston, down the street from the shop

The harbor in Steveston, down the street from the shop

Did this on a friend of mine while I was there

Did this on a friend of mine while I was there

Another one I did

Another one I did

 

Rotterdam update!!

Well, it has been about 5 weeks since arriving back in the Netherlands, and it’s been great! I have a ton of photos. So many, if fact, I’m probably going to break this update into 2 posts. I attended the Rotterdam Tattoo Convention a few weeks ago and will be at the Den Bosch convention next weekend.

On April 14th, I leave Rotterdam for Barcelona to work with Javi Costano for a week and then to Carnivale Tattoo in Palma for a week, then back to Rotterdam. I will be using my buddy’s motorcycle for the trip, which should be pretty awesome. I will be posting the journey on here as it unfolds, so stay tuned. In the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy some pics.

Cheers                                                                                                                                                                  Vincent

Luka, from Italy, rockin the greatest shirt on the planet! lol

Dragon 3/4 sleeve in progress

Rotterdam Convention

 done at convention

done at convention

Tattoo Peter- Amsterdam

Me, Bill Loika, Tony

Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

Some drinks at the Watering Hole with Isnard, Tony, Manolo, Luka and myself

The bike I will be riding to Spain

more drinks