Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hart And Huntington

The Palms Casino, made famous by MTV's Real World, is now home to the Hart & Harrington Tattoo Company. The shop opened with performances by Good Charlotte and Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys. The event was earmarked by a fashion show featuring designs from Jaime Pressly. This is the first time a Las Vegas casino has housed a tattoo parlor and is the first official location of Hart & Huntington.

Who are Hart & Huntington anyway? Well the idea falls to a masterminding venture with Palms owner, George Maloof and a couple guys with the last names of Hart and Huntington. Carey Hart is an extreme sports freestyle motocross legend and John Huntington is one of the country's premier nightclub promoters. Huntington is responsible for creating big parties, including two of the largest in the country - Club Rubber and the Pimp ?n Ho Costume Ball.

Behind the scenes, the tattoo company has three state-of-the-art tattoo stations. Guests are free to choose from the "flash" (pre-drawn artwork on the walls) or they can customize their own designs to fit their personalities. A private guest station for VIPs is also available. The entire place feels like a lounge complete with antique leather-covered walls, a custom surround sound stereo system and luxurious seating. Djs are regularly featured in the shop as are some of the countries premier tattoo artists.

Casino banker's hours that is. You can get a Hart & Huntington tat between the hours of noon and midnight Sunday through Wednesday. Noon and 3 AM, Thursday through Saturday.

The Palms Casino is heralded as one of Las Vegas' hippest resorts. A 95,000 square foot casino, spa, salon and 14-theatre Cineplex are just part of the $265 million dollar resort. A lavish, "Mad Max - Beyond Thunderdome" styled night club dubbed, Rain in the Desert or just Rain for those in the know, boasts a dance floor with shooting fire. The Skin Pool Lounge gives you more than one reason to take a break from the gambling and the Ghostbar on the roof will give you the swankiest view Las Vegas has to offer.


At the ripe age of 20, Thomas Pendelton began an apprenticeship with the world famous, Bert Grimm?s tattoo parlor under the wing of well known artist, Rick Walters. From their he as worked in several of the most popular and respected shops in the industry, including - Kari Barba's Outer Limits and Erick Maaske's Classic Tattoo.

Ben Corn has been doing this for more than seven years now, he got his start apprenticing with Roger Blankenship at Almost Brothers Tattoo shop. Since then he has been with Big Bear Tattoo and Body Graphics. He specializes in bold Japanese tattoos and has had the privilege of tattooing several celebrities and professional athletes with taste for his style.

Clark has been through some tough times during his career, in the space of about three weeks his mother passed away and he lost his left eye. Emerging from the trauma with gray hair he is now continuing his life long art of decorating the body's largest organism with intricate style and design.

Eric Pele is Big E. He's known for his bold tattoos, both in color and black and grey. His ready made designs, known as "flash" are extremely popular choices. His melting Superman logo is sure to gain you some attention. If you're looking for something cool, then Big E is your guy.

"Art is a very personal thing. It's ultimately up to each individual to express his or her personality on their body, I just help bring what's in someone's mind out for the world to see!" - Eric Pele

Dejah studied with Jason Grant at Trust Tattoo in Arizona and has been at this for over half a decade. She's worked for O.C. Ink, Sick & Twisted and Skinworks. Certified to do permanent cosmetics under Susan Church, Dejah is also a master in color and realism with her work.

Even though her mother and grandmother are both artists, 28 year old Lacey came into tattooing more from the lifestyle cultural angle. It was a kind of retaliation and liberation from her stodgy upbringing in a small Utah town. For her tattooing is a creative and holistic endeavor. As she says, "A blending of some physical pain with the desire of your soul to be permanently marked, along with some mental control, makes you feel very alive".

AE now runs a hidden camera at the shop, called "Ink'd". A reality show that records conversations between the customers and artists as well as documenting the ongoing dramas with the staff operating Hart & Harrington Tattoo Company.

PS: Interviews with Cary Hart in Volume 36 of the Tattoo Video Magazine. Coming Soon!

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