Is This What You Wanted, Dave?

New Blue Tattoo logo concept.  Dave suggested this at the Motorhead show (no idea how I heard him…seriously, that was the loudest thing I’ve ever experienced).  I think he suggested the “Blue” on top and the “Tattoo” on bottom, but I tried that and the curve of the horns made it look really weird, so I went with this.



…and here’s one in a nice black/metal work-up…




Thoughts and/or feelings?

Well That’s Upsetting…

Thanks to this post, the number one search-term used to find my blog last week was “porno movie dwarf.”




EDIT: To expand on that…that means that more people Googled “porno movie dwarf” than Googled “Derek Brink” and they found ME instead of what they were looking for.  My own NAME doesn’t attract people to my blog, but porno dwarfs do.  If anyone needs me, I’ll just be in the corner, farting to myself.

I’m Probably Nuts…

UPDATE: Dave thinks I’m nuts.


If I’m nuts on this, please feel free to tell me I’m nuts.  Especially Dave—sorry I forgot to mention that you also went to the show last night and saw Motorhead and met The Rev, by the way.


Y’all know Blue Tattoo, right?  …and y’all know that logo we use?  The one adorning the print-copies of our “Logan County EP?”  (Also available as a FREE download at our website…)


This one:




…am I nuts to think we should just cop to it and cover “Ace of Spades?”


I’m probably nuts…

…………WHAT?!??? ………..WHAT???!?



Motorhead was loud.


But I’m getting ahead of myself…


I knew I was in for a weird night when Nashville Pussy hit the stage and I actually kind of liked the first three songs.  As I said before, they’re a sucky bunch of sucks who suck…but they do know how to open up a set.  Got bored quickly…but I’ll give them slightly more credit than I was at first prepared to.


The Rev hit the stage next.  Weird set.  I’ve seen Heat a few times, and usually he’s started with “Big Sky/Baddest of the Bad.”  He started tonight with a song I can’t remember the name of off the top of my head.  Did four of his new tunes…from his COUNTRY record (that took HUGE BALLS!).  Then kicked into the hard stuff that he should’ve opened with.  All in all, really enjoyable and he at one point or another won over everyone…but if you want to see the Reverend Horton Heat, go to a show the band’s headlining.  …or just hang out in the merch-room after their set’s over.  Sooner or later, the Rev wanders into the room and shakes your hand.  (That happened tonight.  I met the Rev.  Thanked him for what he does and told him I bought my Gretsch because I saw him play in ’07.  Nice guy!)


Okay…I was in the merch room and missed the first few songs of Motorhead’s set while I was meeting The Rev…then I wandered into the entryway and it was loud THERE (with thick doors separating us from the band).  Walking in physically hurt.  It was the loudest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life (and I’ve even seen Motorhead before!).  My God…  A lot of you know that I’m deaf in my left ear…but I’m pretty sure I could hear the band in it tonight.  They were so loud that you could feel it in your chest between songs when Lemmy just SPOKE.  They were so loud that both Dave and I had to break out ear-plugs (probably the first time Dave’s done that in like 15 years).  They were so loud, that I hit “record” on my phone just to see what I’d pick up.  The microphone on my phone couldn’t process the information.  It just sounded like a screeching jet.  Loud.  Motorhead was f*cking LOUD.


…and awesome.  Worth every penny.


Here are some blurry pics from my cell-phone-telephone…


The stage before anyone went on. Kinda dig shots like this...the anticipation...the...blueish lighting...


The tiny man to the far left is Jim "The Reverend Horton Heat" Heath. He seemed really excited to meet me later.


Motorhead. Lemmy was right in front of me. When he yelled at the balcony to stand up, I'm pretty sure he looked right at me. I was paralyzed with fear...and I stayed seated. 🙂

T-Minus Whatever…

It’s about 2 a.m.  I’m going to the Motorhead/Reverend Horton Heat show in St. Louis tonight.  I should probably go to bed before that.


Nashville Pussy is opening.  That part will suck.  They’re a sucky bunch of sucks who suck.


Then The Rev takes the stage.  I’m looking forward to seeing the band on a decent sized stage for once!  Normally, they play at Pop’s in Sauget, IL but this time they’re playing at the Pageant in St. Louis.  That should be awesome.  I’ve never seen The Rev have room to move before!  (Of course, he’s now in his 40s and doesn’t move as much as he used to…but whatever…still cool.)  I’m really looking forward to this set.  The Rev’s the reason I bought my Gretsch.  Before I saw him in concert, I hadn’t even considered it, but I went to a show and bought one the following week.  The band has a promo-sticker that reads, “I Was a Sinner Until I Saw The Reverend Horton Heat.”  Yeah.  That’s about right.  ‘Cept for the actual concept of salvation and whatnot…but whatever.


Then the main event.  Okay…I’m only a casual fan…but come on.  It’s Motorhead.  Lemmy is somehow still alive and still as functional as he’s ever been.  This is a man who could not receive a blood transfusion because his blood was so toxic that normal blood would have shocked his system and killed him.  (True story.)  Most metal fans think he’s God.  How could I not love this?  The Rev is opening for God [sic]…  It’s going to be awesome—even if there is a fill-in drummer because the regular guy’s off filming a reality show right now (sigh…).  But Matt Sorum is more than competent, and I’m sure it’ll be fine.  Bet they even play “Ace of Spades.”  🙂


So…yeah…pumped about that.  I’m sure I’ll update later, hopefully with a few pictures from my cell-phone telephone.


There…I blogged.


Here’s a post I wrote the majority of during tonight’s Emmy Awards.  It’s a little more cynical and judgemental than I was hoping for…but whatever…  It works.  Kind of random, so I’m bullet-ing it.  Enjoy!


  • Neil Patrick Harris — Best part of “How I Met Your Mother.”  Not amazing on the Emmys.  Certainly pulled it off, but you could see his nervousness.  Still, I’m sure this kid will be big someday.  “Doogie Howser” big.  (Seriously, though…super-impressive opening number outta that guy, wasn’t it?)
  • I dug how all of the “backstage” stuff was on stage…like the band and the booth and whatnot.  That was a really cool idea.
  • Screw Vanessa Williams for not going along with the “let’s all wear funny glasses” schtick—even shaking her head at it.  Maybe that’s why she didn’t win…maybe she’s not willing or able to get over herself and just do something funny or clever.  Also…who the hell is she?
  • Enjoyed the speech of the guy (I forget his name) who thanked the lady who was his kidney donor several years ago.  That was pretty cool.
  • Glad “24” didn’t take home too much stuff…I get what people like about it, but isn’t it kind of “been-there-done-that” by now?
  • Speaking of which…  I think the volume of Kanye jokes on this show officially made me stop thinking that whole bit is funny.  Okay…so Kanye’s a jackass (I dare you to say Obama’s wrong on that one).  We get it.  Let’s move on…and yes, I’m saying that even though I put up the graphic of a couple of days ago…
  • I kind of dug the recurring “best seat in the house” gag.  Mostly, I just liked how much Neil Patrick Harris knew it wasn’t funny, but committed to it anyway.  That’s actually my favorite kind of joke.
  • I liked the comedy-voiceover-guy…but it got a little wearing.  I think even HE got a little worn out on it.
  • Nice to see “Dr. Horrible” show up.  I’m sure that went over the heads of about 95% of the viewers (when they “hacked” the show).  Also one of my favorite kinds of jokes.
  • Big surprise…they awarded “The Daily Show” with several awards…again…sigh…
  • …so the Oscars won an Emmy?  How do you award an award show at an award show?  What the hell?
  • Okay, I’m ready to say it.  Ricky Gervais…  Just.  Not.  Funny.
  • Michael Emerson DESERVED that Emmy.  The guy’s been AMAZING on “Lost” for the past couple of years.  I can’t think of any actor on television who’s brought it to the table like Emerson has in recent days.  WELL deserved.
  • Attention Emmys: MICHAEL JACKSON WAS NOT A TV ACTOR.  What the hell was he doing in your tribute to the people who died this year???  Cheapened it, IMO.
  • …which reminds me…  Rest in peace, Henry Gibson.  Super-sorry that we were so obsessed with Swayze that most of us missed you.  We didn’t forget…we just weren’t told.  Also, you were awesome in “The ‘Burbs.”
  • All things considered, Michael J. Fox looked pretty good.  I could tell that he was focusing HARD on controlling his symptoms, but he managed to do it to the extent that someone who hasn’t SEEN Parkinsons probably didn’t know, and he looked dignified.  Good for him.  And on behalf of that—once again—f*ck that fat, drug-addled, deaf piece of crap Rush Limbaugh.
  • Well, I’ll admit that my obsession with “House” doesn’t in an of itself mean that Hugh Laurie should have won in his category…but come on…Brian Cranston?!?  The guy that played Tim Watley?  The guy from “Malcom Should’ve Been Cancelled?”  Ugh…
  • Good to see Bob Newhart.  Got the jowls of a Bassetthound…but good to see him. 🙂
  • “Mad Men” got “Best Drama” again. I have yet to see it and I probably never will…but when you’re up against “House” and “Lost” and you beat them BOTH…only one word comes to mind. Rigged. 😉

All in all, not a great show…but passable. I’m a little tired of award shows being used to promote new stuff rather than award the old stuff that actually worked really hard to become what it is…but in all, the show was watchable.

Playing, Recording, etc…

So I’ve just gotten home from playing some six-string over at Mike Feldman’s house. 


As many of you will recall, I was a regular in Mike’s band for like 6 or 7 years.  In the last year, I’ve bowed out mainly because I didn’t want to work quite as frequently as he did playing cover songs.  He’s got a new guy in there now.  And he’s good.  I took in a show they did a couple of weeks ago, and they sounded pretty good.  But, anyway…just because we’re not working together, that doesn’t mean we’re not friends.  We both had a Sunday afternoon free, so we sat down and swapped songs and stories.  (I always like doing that.)


In November, I’ll be engineering a new record for Mike.  I’m probably going to end up doing some background vocals and maybe some harmonica playing on it, too…but mostly, I’ll be the engineer.  Should be fun.  It’s pretty easy to mix something that’s really guitar driven.  You focus on the guitar and the vocals and the rest falls into place pretty easily.  (By “pretty easily,” I mean it takes about 20 hours of work…whereas the Blue Tattoo CD, which does not really have one featured instrument, takes significantly longer.)  Looking forward to that.


In the weeks leading up to it, I’m going to FINALLY properly soundproof the basement of my house.  It’s going to be a lot of work, but it’s been pretty needed for a long time.  I’m not starting this week…probably more like the start of October.  Should go pretty quickly once I get going.  The difficult bit will be the pre-soundproofing clean-up.  I’ve got a lot of crap down there.  Gotta do something about it…so that’ll probably start before I buy all the sound tiles.  Maybe this week, if I can manage to get some SLEEP before going to work in the morning(s).


So…yeah…that’s what’s going on.  That, plus I’m going to the Reverend Horton Heat/Motorhead show in St. Louis on Wednesday…more on that later, I’m sure.


Okay.  That’s it for now.