Category Archives: Merv Chapman



I’m procrastinating. I have an article I’m overdue on for a friend’s magazine and I’m just hopelessly blocked. I know the direction I want the piece to go but I’m having trouble getting there. I was scanning photos from a 1986 tattoo convention (Knoxville, TN) to accompany the text I haven’t gotten around writing and I found this snapshot of Merv Chapman (left) and Jack Yount (right). The woman in the middle’s name is escaping me, I’ve seen her in quite a few photos from the 80s so I’m hoping I come across it on another print.

Jack loved going to tattoo conventions, shooting video and photos and hosting hotel parties for fans of heavier modifications who were often stigmatized in the tattoo community.