Dear Pulse, Where Did You Go?

Hello from Pulse. We are still here and we have been really busy. After our last post on this blog, we took a holiday on July 4th, ate some hotdogs, drank some beer and shot off some fire works. We also realized that our website was non-Google Chrome compliant and that many of our clients were trying to place orders via their smart phones and iPads. It was time for an overhaul.

So we decided to get to work on a state of the art website. We assembled a great team and got to deconstructing each part of our site and rebuilding it and to make it great. We have added some new partners and some new products as well as retiring some other things.

The new site has been in the works for the last six months and it is finally up at www.pulsetattoo.com  .We have added many new features to make it easier to get around and place an order. We did have to let our database go because it was not going to work with our new site, so you will have to re-sign up for your account and we are sorry for the inconvenience. Your new account though will have better features along with an order history and up to date shipping info. It will also make you eligible for some special "Customer Only" deals and products.

The new site will also open on just about any platform iPhones to desktops. We have added a new Workshop area and we now take PayPal! Also our Pulse Blog is back and built right into our new site, check it out here - Pulse Blog

Also check out our redesigned logo up top, we wanted something to reflect our old logo, but with a new twist. Pulse now has many projects in the works for 2013, our new website is just the begining. We have enjoyed this blog and thank everyone who has followed us over the last couple years here. The blog will stay up as an archive and we hope everyone will move over to the new blog.  Welcome to Pulse 2.0!


Happy Birthday America

Happy Birthday America. To celebrate the 4th of July we put together a one of a kind combo of our Belmont liner and Solution shader. Our new stars and stripes coils adorn these celebratory versions of these machines. We also built them with all brass hardware. The best thing about this combo, is the price. The combo is a flat $500 and we are going to throw in a free all new Martin LaCasse Pulse T. How is that for a Birthday gift, combo is limited, in face we just have one set, so don't wait. Enjoy and be careful with the fireworks. UPDATE: SOLD

New Pulse Gear for Summer

 Just in time for Summer we have two new T-shirts and a heat wave ready trucker. Our Pulse eagle shirt was done by the one and only Martin LaCasse. All shirts are available in S/M/L/XL/2X/3X. The trucker is one size fits all. Show your pride. NEW PULSE T's Available Now


Instagram Love from Chad Gilbert...

We were very excited to see musician Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory) share our new book with his social network via Instagram.
Back in 2004 Gunnar did all of the artwork for New Found Glory's record CATALYST. We thought the stuff was pretty cool...

So, if you haven't picked it up yet, here's a LINK to purchase "In the Beginning" by Gunnar


NEW! A Sketchbook from Gunnar...

"In the Beginning" is a new sketchbook featuring work from our friend, the very talented artist and tattooer, Gunnar.  If you're a fan of Gunnar's art or tattoos, you must see where they all begin...

"In the Beginning" is AVAILABLE NOW!  It's only $32.00!  For more information or to order just click HERE

You can also order by phone.  Give us a call 888-824-5529 we're available Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm Eastern Standard Time.  Ask your customer service rep about shipping with USPS to save some money on shipping! 


Corey Scoolidge Loves EST...

Corey Scoolidge has been using EST. aka Established ink for a little while now, and so far he seems to like it. A lot. Thanks, Corey!

Want to see more of Corey's work and/or life? Find him everywhere...






And if you're on Instagram he's @CoreyScoolidgeCC


Gunnar Loves EST...

We're very happy to have Gunnar on Team EST. He's been using our Established Brand inks for a little while now, and so far things are looking VERY good. See for yourselves below...


Cool Rigs

Two of our old friends hit us up this week with a couple of great customs we thought we would share. First up was this sideways backward set up from artist Jes Aristoy. He crafted this from an aluminum Pulse corsair prototype he had gotten from us years ago. Interesting idea for sure, he told us it was a good light liner. Oh yeah and the Force is strong with it, so how can you go wrong.
We also got an email from an old school friend Nick Mascola. Nick has always made these beautiful one of a kind machines. Everything always has great lines and a ton of hand work. I have always been a fan of Nick's machines and if you own one consider yourself lucky he has only produced a small number and each one is special. Good to see people still creating!


Some EST. In the Skin - Jay Langer

Artist Jay Langer just sent us these great looking shots of some work he's been doing using our new Established pigments. The proof is in the skin, this work looks great. Jay can be found at the Ink Factory Tattoo in WI.

The Great Socket Head Cap Screw Change Over.

Since the day we started building machines we had made the decision that we loved the way the button head cap screw looked. It had a very nice aesthetic and fit in with kind of look we were going for. Though the years we have had to defend ourselves against those who were unlucky enough to strip the button head screw. Trust me when I tell you, no one stripped more button heads than us, right here at Pulse. We became experts at dremel slicing them out. Recently it came to our attention again that we should consider going to a socket head on the rear deck, well we tried it out and liked how it performed.
So we have finally made the decision to change it over. We like the way it looks, but we love the way it performs. It is quicker and easier to get to the back spring with the socket head.
The wrench is so much easier to use and fit in quickly.
Also as you can see, you won't be stripping out the head anytime soon. So to all those who told us to make the move for years, we apologize - you were right the socket head screw is a better performer and we are on board, socket heads for all our decks!
We also have some fresh new looks in our machine boxes. Nice.


NEW -"De Nada" The Art of Jeral Tidwell

This all new hardbound edition features hundreds of works from Jeral. It covers everything from rock posters, to skate decks, radiators, to prints, along with process pics, sketches, and drawings. This book is a real treasure trove of art for anyone who likes, hot rods, pin striping, tattoos, graffiti, rock and roll, comics, and pop art. 176 pages / Hardcover / 9" x 9"/ Foreword by Frank Kozik. Available Here -"DeNada" $34.99


HELLO Kitty!

Sometimes even production machines go custom and one off...Our friend Dean Brockert (yes, this machine was for a man!) from Body Graphics Tattoo stopped by with this Fairfield he had powder coated in Pepto Bismol pink. Pulse's own Josh Grden is a fellow manly lover of pink and got right to work on Dean's new dream machine. I think the result was pretty awesome.


The Process (Archers)...

I spent a little time down in the machine shop last week, and I am always amazed by what they do there. There were some Archer frames coming off one of the machines, so I took a couple pictures. Our frames start their life as a solid block of steel. So cool!


Quick and Painless

This fall our friends from the Hope Gallery along with the Baroness, To Die For and Pulse International put on a really cool event entitled "Quick and Painful". They had flash designed for the event from a slew of amazing contemporary artists and designers including, Alex Pardee, Amanda Visell, Brandt Peters, Camilla D’Errico, David Horvath, Devilrobots, Frank Kozik, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Huck Gee, Joe Ledbetter, Junko Mizuno, Kathie Olivas, Pete Fowler, Ron English, Sam Flores, Shawn “Shawnimals” Smith, TADO, Tara McPherson, and Tokidoki co-founder and Creative Director Simone Legno.They then hosted the show in Los Angeles, Chicago, New Haven, and Miami. At each stop along the way the gallery packed in a ton of talented tattoo artists, including, Dan Smith, Jennifer Trok, Heath Rave, Sean Adams, Patrick Cornolo, Jime Litwalk, Tim Harris, Phil Young, Julio Rodriguez, Scott White, Christian Perez, Eric Merrill, and Joe Capobianco. These artists did tattoos from the flash on a first come first serve basis at just $40 each!
Every venue was a sell out with lines around the block to get these collector tattoos. The limited edition flash sets from the shows are still available through the Hope Gallery.We were happy to be a sponsor of such cool events with such creative people. Sometimes it's good for the soul to sponsor events like this. Thanks to everyone who came out and to the other sponsors for making this event happen.

Quick and Painful from The Beast Brothers on Vimeo.