Russel and I were both amazed at the lack of good designs for military Tattoos as far as contemporary flash is concerned, but when you look back at the old stuff it's a whole different story. By-and-large, early American Tattooing was entrenched in military culture, with most of the now legendary shops positioned strategically just outside of bases across the U.S. Russel's new Tattoo- a U.S.M.C. Devildog- is a custom design in the vein of the hand-painted flash that decorated those old Parlours. In my opinion, this is how a Tattoo looks best, and anyone who wants a military Tattoo should consider having it done in this style. Beyond the obvious merits- the lasting power of the bold lines, the steadfast legibility of the bright colors, the elegance of simplicity, etc.- Tattoos like these have an unspoken history to them, and are an example of art that is originally American. Not CocaCola-bullshit -American flag magnet on your car- American, real deal- Rock and Roll- get up and do it- American.