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Tattoos for the True Believers — Bryan Kienlen of The Bouncing Souls

Tattoos for the True Believers — Bryan Kienlen of The Bouncing Souls

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Kienlen, the bass player for the Bouncing Souls and tattoo artist specializing in American Traditional, talks to us about his dual passions.

Welcome to Tattoodo's Punk Rock Week! We're celebrating everything punk this week — from some scary dudes in New Jersey to heartbroken nerds from SoCal, and everything in between. We bitched about how being a NOFX fan used to be fun and weird, but now it's just problematic. We sniffed glue with The Ramonesdove headfirst into a New York Hardcore circle pit, and went down to DC to pay homage to the progenitors of Straight Edge. Now we're wrapping it all up by talking to tattoo artist and bass player for the Bouncing Souls, Bryan Kienlen.

Bryan Kienlen (on the left) and his bandmates in the Bouncing Souls. #bouncingsouls
Bryan Kienlen (on the left) and his bandmates in the Bouncing Souls. #bouncingsouls


A bunch of tour tattoos celebrating the current tour with The Bouncing Souls, Dropkick Murphys and Rancid. (Via IG - bryan_kienlen)

How does it feel to place a band logo that you designed onto someone’s skin forever?  
Pretty good, as I believe in the Bouncing Souls and all that we represent and stand for. For a lot of people it represents a period of their life, being young, friendships or even a specific experience. Sometimes it's fun to tweak the Souls art and personalize it to the individual getting the tattoo.

What else is coming up for the Souls? And do you have any tattoo related projects coming up?
I think I'm gonna be doing some tour tats tomorrow, in a bus no less, to commemorate this historic run. (See above)  As soon as I get home I have to compete a painting for an art show, as my boss Patrick Dean just opened a new art gallery called "Trident Arts" in Long Branch, New Jersey, and we have a big art show coming up in September. I really want to paint more but have been booked a month out for so long there hasn't been a gap long enough to get any done. Monday to Friday it's appointment life and then weekends have been busy band-guy life. On that note, come see me for some ink at Neptune Tattoo! Anyone can reach me to book on Instagram, @bryan_kienlen.


Charlie Connell
Written byCharlie Connell

Likes: writing, baseball, dumplings, American Traditional tattoos, punk rock. Dislikes: kale, things that look like kale and words that rhyme with kale. Managing Editor @tattoodo

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