Category Archives: Adventures

Roosevelt Island

I decided to stop and finally check out Roosevelt Island on my way home from Regan International in DC around 7 this morning. I have heard a lot about it’s trails, but never had been there, this morning was my chance to check it out.
I love finding and exploring remote parts of any city, and at 7 this morning this park was a ghost town. I took some cool pictures of the swamp area, a towering statue of one of my favorite American historical figures, and managed to hike up the an old trail on the Potomac and found a small fleet of fishermen.
I am still blown away by the fact that all the beauty of this island is hidden within this huge city; my gps said I was less than 2 miles from the airport.
Anyway it was an awesome way to start my day, even complete with coffee and random cigarette breaks. Now in less then an hour I commence a very full and hectic tattoo day. Wish me luck.

The World Isn’t Ready Yet

I just spent half of my evening tonight going over a very awesome projected travel schedule with my dudes. I am very excited to be traveling again and am even more excited to have good friends to go with. I will be seeing the world with amazing painters, artists, piercers, tattooists and basically anyone crazy enough to take the risk to travel with me this summer and can’t wait for the adventures to begin. I guarantee it will be the time of your lives.

May 14-15 NYC Tattoo Convention
June 24-26 TattooLaPalooza Miami
July 5-11 APP Vegas
Aug 26-28 Hell City PHX
Sept 23-25 London Convention
Sept 27-? Guest spots in London and surrounding area.
October ? I want a guest spot in the Netherlands. Help find me somewhere to work friends who are there!!

There it is though, my projected travel schedule, if you would like for me to come to your city, please drop me an email at bobbyrotten13@gmail.com and I will definitely consider it.

One Day

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I just got home from the Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention and I am totally and thoroughly exhausted, however I decided to randomly upload all the pictures that I had taken using my cell phone from this Wednesday.
This day wasn’t especially exciting for any particular reason, especially not after the time I had this weekend in Baltimore, but it was a fun day in my book. I did some tattoo work on a friend, helped some co-workers with a photo shoot, played around with a green screen, got really drunk some of my favorite people and managed to crawl back to my bed before 5 am.
I will be tattooing today at 3pm in Germantown, however I will make every attempt to upload the pictures from the Baltimore convention today at some point after I get some sleep, so be sure to check back today sometime.
I’m going to bed, I’ve essentially been awake since Friday and I really can’t believe I actually just wrote this.

Motorized Bicycle of Death

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I just randomly bought this moped last night, I love anything with some speed, danger and a motor and this definitely falls into that catagory.
After letting a few friends ride it and taking it for a long ride last night we have become convinced that this is the sketchiest fun that you can have on 2 wheels without a drivers license. In fact it was affectionately dubbed “the motorized bike of death.”
The guy I bought this from built it himself, it tops out at about 50 mph and has manual brakes so you can imagine how much fun this thing is.. no really, it’s a blast. I spent a few hours last night flying around the dark streets of Germantown, no headlights yet, just dark open roads, lit cigarettes and the sounds of The Exploited coming from my headphones dangling from around my neck. I am all about the good time had on a sketchy bike and I can’t wait to take it into the city.

Bone Collector

I pretty much wake up everyday and seriously think to myself, “what can I do today the a normal everyday person would probably never do or even see the beauty in? Where can I find beauty, where normally there is none?”
I can see the beauty of art in anything and everything, and today all I wanted to do was grab some paint pens, head to the tracks and work on some graffiti and then spend the day wandering along this creek in the woods, searching for the skull of this raccoon I saw a few weeks before that I had wanted to draw.
The moment I stepped outside to head to the tracks, I could feel this day had the makings of an adventure. As I hiked down the tracks to “the spot” I felt a deja vu of sorts taking me back to when I was child, growing up with my huge family in the rural farmlands of Ohioville, PA, and pretty much living outdoors, no matter the weather.
My brother and sisters and I would literally go outside to play in the woods and fields at 9 am and not come home until dusk, unless it was to eat or go to the bathroom, sometimes not even then.
I was never considered a “normal” kid, that’s why I am so okay with being considered so different now, even though I see myself as a perfectly normal guy living in a flawed society.
I never did well with authority, I established this as a child, and thus I was home schooled from 5th grade on. Everything that I have learned from fifth grade on I essentially taught myself, or have learned through observation/apprenticeships. I observe, I read, I listen, and I challenge myself daily and I’ve done this since I was a child; this is how I learn.
Ever since I was a child I have had this obsession with collecting things from nature or things that I have come across in my life that I deemed an oddity.
I have been scoping out this dead beaver I had found weeks earlier laying next to the creek. I was waiting for it to decay all the way so I could grab it’s skull and use it as an art reference. Sure, it might be strange to some bringing skulls of dead animals home, but there is nothing like drawing from the real thing and I clean them thoroughly.
When I got to the spot where the beaver had been it appeared that some animal had run off with the carcass, bummed out I decided that I would just walk further into the woods and see if I could find a road to head home.
I finally got to the tracks, where the tracks and lo’ and behold, a fully decayed bleached skeleton of a deer, laying right next to the tracks.
Score. I totally grabbed a few cool bones and the skull and threw them in a bag in my backpack, stay tuned for the awesome sketches I’m gonna come up with after I clean them up.
What I’m trying to say is, I’m glad that I can still entertain myself the same way that I did 13 years ago. Sure I might have grown physically, but it’s nice to know that after all I have been through in my life, I am still the same kid I was when I was 13 spending his days drawing and wandering around in the woods.

I took some cool pictures during the day, including these random bike frames I found in the middle of nowhere, someone would’ve had to rode these 20 minutes into the woods and left them, so strange.

At the Filming of Transformers 3

One night while adventuring out in the dark alleys of DC, smoking blunts with the homeless and passing out fliers to people who looked they would appreciate a good tattoo,  I happened across a huge film crew shooting a few scenes for the upcoming Transformers 3 movie.

These are a few of the pictures that I managed to get while I was there before the drones of obnoxious fans filed in to catch a glimpse of the action. Next thing you know, DC police and crew security are in full effect enforcing a strict no photography policy, I stuck around for a few more minutes but soon headed back to aimlessly wandering the streets.

DIY til I Die

Winter is right around the corner, unfortunately. And every tattoo artist knows what happens in the winter… absolutely nothing.
It’s the “dry season” for tattooing and in resolve not be forced to get a part-time job selling my semen to lesbian couples wishing pregnancy, I have been hitting the street old-school DIY punk fashion.
I’m not gonna starve this winter, nope, not me. I made thousands of flyers and plan on hitting the streets of this beautiful district and spreading the news of good tattoo work.
I spent a good six hours Thursday out in the streets of DC with my friend passing out business cards, flyers and stickers. We had a ton of fun, met a ton of cool people and actually made some appointments to do some awesome pieces that I have been dying to do.

That being said I am now taking appointment for the winter season and I do all my larger portfolio tattoos during the winter at a discounted price, especially for my friends, local artists, musicians, and people I just think are over-all cool people (this is all subject to what I think haha).
If you’d like to make an appointment to get a tattoo, please give me a call at 240-498-6527.