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PostSubject: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:16 pm

I was just reading through some of the posts on the forum when up came the name Dennis Cockell
and its hard to believe that the very same man who did my tattoos when I was just a lad would one day tattoo some one like the stray cats who have been my heroes since they started back in the late 70's. I suppose this is my only claim to anything famous but I just love it. I have had a tattoo of the stray cats head on my right leg in the last couple of years but not by anyone as famous as Dennis Cockell. Still cant get my head around the straycats playing a farewell concert as I have never had the chance to get to see them live. Iv'e got to see them this time if they do the UK as We probably wont get the chance again Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:37 pm

Dennis did mine as well, a "copy" of Slim Jim`s Shark".

Since had it recoloured by a guy called Jon Nott, it had faded dreadfully, despite only being 2 years in !!

Then Jon did my Wild Cat on my back a few years back, and now i`m thinking of what to have next !!

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:28 pm

How about posting some pics of your tattoo's by Dennis Cockell? I'm sure we'd all like to see them Cool

Hey Dave, I remember reading an article in Skin Deep magazine a few years ago about someone who got the same Slim Jim Shark and then had it re coloured - that wasnt you by any chance was it Question

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:39 pm

Hey Paul, yes it WAS me - i wrote in with a "before" and "after " picture, and it appeared on the letters page. I still have the magazine !!!

I`ve since had Jim`s autograph under the shark and some of the tail "movement" lines darkened to beef it up a bit...

Fancy someone remembering that !! To be honest, the new artist wasn`t too complementary about the original work fading so quickly....but, hey ho, it looks ok now - not as good as Jim`s, his has a bit more life in it, but i like it !!!

If you go to Jim`s site and my fan photo page you can see both my Tattoos....

http://www.slimjimphantom.com/FansDaveMoffatt.htm

Dave


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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:46 pm

I just spoke to Dennis last week. He's alive and well and tattooing like the mad man he's always been. I'll tell him about this thread. I'm sure he'll get a kick out of it!

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:23 pm

I went up to his temporary shop a few times, and had a pint with him in the "Rat and Parrot" - really nice guy, with plenty of tales to tell about the Cats !

Glad to hear he is still working, last saw him at Brixton Academy after the Stray Cats gig in 2004.

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:11 pm

Yeah Dave, "The Rat & Parrot" in West Hampstead. Near the old Decca Studios (now the Royal Ballet). I almost forgot when Dennis was down the road on Broadwell Terrace, was it? Great times.
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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:41 pm

Yep, that`s the place. Out the tube, turn left, left again at the R & P, down the road on the right...

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:49 pm

I dont have any tatoo's. But if i was to get the famous cats head,i'd want Dennis to do it,for me

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:18 am

That's GREAT NEWS to know that Dennis is still going strong.He tattooed all my mates as well when we were young. I am trying to upload some pic's but havent got the hang of it yet.
We all used to go over to his shop on our motorbikes. He's just a real nice bloke from what I can remember about him. Ive got 10 tattoo's on my arms that were done by him and as I said they are 35 years old now but I can remember having them done like it was yesterday.Every time you had one you just had to go and get another or your mate would have something that you liked so you would get Dennis to do you the same but alter it a bit. This of course was before the Stray Cat days , but it was great when I read on one of there album covers (vinyl) that Dennis did their Tattoo's as I have been a fan since the stray cats first started and love rockabilly.
The only bad thing now is that I'm 50 and bald as a koot (no big hair for me no more) affraid
but still love the music and all that goes with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:32 am

[quote="TommyM"]I just spoke to Dennis last week. He's alive and well and tattooing like the mad man he's always been. I'll tell him about this thread. I'm sure he'll get a kick out of it!



Well Dennis if you are reading this thread..... How are you and your wife? The last time I seen you . You gave me a ride to the Stray Cats show in England. Do you still have that picture of Debbie & I ? I hope to see you soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:02 am

TommyM wrote:
I just spoke to Dennis last week. He's alive and well and tattooing like the mad man he's always been. I'll tell him about this thread. I'm sure he'll get a kick out of it!

Buzz-buzz,
Tommy (26 Cockell tattooes and counting)

Tommy

did Dennis ever get a computer???? Or are ya gonna have to print this thread and send it to him?

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Wed Feb 20, 2008 6:17 am

Mikey wrote:
did Dennis ever get a computer???? Or are ya gonna have to print this thread and send it to him?

No and Yes.

lol!!

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:12 am

Tommy, could Dennis do a kinda new tattoo for us cats for the tour.

Think i should,get over the fear and get one!
Whats the tube sation that,its near?

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:35 pm

wee mark wrote:
Tommy, could Dennis do a kinda new tattoo for us cats for the tour.

Think i should,get over the fear and get one!
Whats the tube sation that,its near?

Mark.

Now thats a great idea, Id be up for it!!
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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:03 am

Hey there lads!
Just got off the phone with Dennis Cockell. He is astounded that we're all talking about him on this thread and asked me to tell you all that he's going to fill everyone in on his whereabouts in an interview that he wants to do with me very soon. Dennis' tattoo shop in Finchley Road (London UK) was practically the first place Stray Cats went when they arrived in London in June 1980. Besides tattooing Brian and Jim extensively, Dennis was (and is) still a friend of the band. He played a significant part in the Cats' history and he's got some really cool stories about those early days.

Here's an idea. If you guys have some questions for Dennis, post them here and I'll include them in the interview that I do with Dennis.

Gotta say, it's great being back in touch with Dennis. To the folks that know him, I can assure you....he's the same ole Dennis and maybe even a little crazier than ever!

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:05 pm

Tommy,
my question is simply, what about a new tattoo for the tour,based around the famous cat?

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:33 pm

wee mark wrote:
Tommy,
my question is simply, what about a new tattoo for the tour,based around the famous cat?


Wow, T... It looks like Wee Mark really wants to make a fight with you!!! I'd be a little a scared gettin' off the plane in Scotland!!

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:40 pm

Budgie.........look at me once...........look at me twice..............look at me again..............there's gonna be a haggis,fly'in throw the air Laughing

Hey, i just need to stay in Tommys good books,i need to meet up before the gig in Glasgow,got a bottle o malt for Brian.

That ok,my Big brother. lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:54 pm

TommyM wrote:
Hey there lads!

Here's an idea. If you guys have some questions for Dennis, post them here and I'll include them in the interview that I do with Dennis.

Buzz buzz,
Tommy



Yeah! I gotta question for Dennis... When are we heading back to Jim Thorpe inkman? And to both of you guys.... a promise is a promise Tommy... i'm waiting for Mr Maguire to design me an original tat and Dennis to ink it... not happened in the last decade, but i ain't into getting tattoo's that have already been done before... I was once busking in Camden Lock with the Highliners, and a guy was inked identical to Brian.. it did look cool, but, it was all Brians tattoo's. I've copied playing his sings, but.... that's my limit. So Tom/Den Where's my Mikey original - lol????

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:40 pm

[b]Question

How many cathead have you made over the years?
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PostSubject: Dennis Cockell did my tattoos 35 years ago   Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:49 pm

Just a quick one, if Dennis is still tattooing where on earth is he doing it as no one seems to have seen him since he dissappeared from West Hampstead?
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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:40 pm

Dennis was most recently seen in Switzerland. From what he's told me, he should be visiting Philly USA very soon........

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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:53 pm

Hi Tommy
I know it's not a question we should ask?BUT how old is Dennis now? Embarassed Embarassed Shocked
I can remember Dennis being an adult when I had my first tattoo at the ripe old age of 16 and I am 50 now.( I know it should have been 18 to have a tattoo , but things were easier back in the 70's) so he must be getting on in years.Sorry Dennis if you read this,but it catches up with us all!!
Do you know Tommy? Razz Razz Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Dennis Cockel did my tattoos 35 years ago   Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:22 pm

Dennis isn't a young man anymore, bu he sure ain't old either. Dennis is like the Cats' first LP. Timeless. I saw a photo of a tattoo he did last month and I can also say that his tattooing is better than ever. I should know, he's tattooed ME over 50 times. Got nothing but love for Dennis.
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