“GILL MONTIE’S WORLD FAMOUS TATTOOMANIA TAKES OVER STURGIS AS OFFICIAL TATTOO SHOP OF BOTH BROKEN SPOKE SALOON LOCATIONS”
STURGIS, SD—JULY 23, 2010–GILL MONTIE AND THE CREW FROM THE WORLD FAMOUS TATTOOMANIA IN BEAUMONT, TEXAS WILL BE TAKING CENTER STAGE AT BOTH BROKEN SPOKE LOCATIONS. WITH GILL “THE DRILL” HOLDING THE REINS, THE TATTOOMANIA MAYHEM IS SURE TO GET EVERYONE’S ATTENTION THIS YEAR AT STURGIS FOR THOSE THAT EXPECT MORE FROM A TATTOO SHOP THAN JUST LINES ON SKIN. TATTOOMANIA IS COMPOSED OF ONLY THE BEST ARTISTS WHO HAVE ALL TRAINED UNDER THEIR MENTOR, GILL MONTIE, WHO IS A LIVING LEGEND IN THE TATTOO INDUSTRY.
ORIGINALLY SETTING UP SHOP IN HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, GILL BECAME AN INSTANT CELEBRITY HIMSELF AND WAS NOT ONLY TATTOOING THE WHO’S WHO STARS IN HOLLYWOOD, BUT APPEARED IN MANY OF THEIR MOVIES, MUSIC VIDEOS, AND EVEN TOURED WITH SOME BANDS DOING SECURITY. GILL IS CURRENTLY INVOLVED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ONE AND ONLY TATTOO HALL OF FAME WHERE NOT ONLY WILL HE BE THE ONE OF THE FIRST INDUCTEE, BUT HAS BEEN ASKED TO SET UP SHOP AND WORK OUT OF THE HALL OF FAME LOCATION. KNOWN FOR HIS SKULL TATTOOS, GILL HAS CREATED A TOP NOTCH TEAM OF ONLY THE BEST ARTISTS IN THE COUNTRY AND YOU WILL GET A ONCE IN A LIFETIME CHANCE TO BE INKED BY TATTOO ROYALTY. THIS YEAR PROMISES TO BRING NOT ONLY THE BEST ARTWORK IN THE AREA, BUT SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES FROM OTHER WELL-KNOWN TATTOO ARTISTS AND CELEBRITIES THAT WILL BE STOPPING BY TO PAY HOMAGE TO THEIR FRIEND AND FAVORITE INK SLINGER.
THE BROKEN SPOKE SALOON DOWNTOWN WILL HAVE TWO FANTASTIC ARTISTS INCLUDING GILL’S SON, SHANE MONTIE AND MATT WASDYKE WHO IS FLYING IN FROM ALASKA TO JOIN THE CREW AND WILL BE OPEN STARTING AUGUST 3RD FROM NOON TIL 2AM WHEN THE BAR CLOSES. OUT AT BROKEN SPOKE CAMPGROUND/STURGIS COUNTY LINE YOU CAN MEET GILL HIMSELF AND FIVE OTHER AMAZING ARTISTS WHO HAVE ALL TAKEN NOTES FROM THE MAN. THE ALL-STAR LINE-UP INCLUDES: THE AMAZING MATT BROWN, JOHNNY JOHNO, FRANK BALL, WAYLON HART, AND GILL’S DAUGHTER SHEILA ROSE MONTIE WHO SPECIALIZES IN COSMETIC TATTOO MAKEUP. THE CAMPGROUND SHOP WILL BE OPEN STARTING AUGUST 3RD FROM NOON UNTIL 2AM AT CLOSING TIME.
TATTOO COMPETITIONS ARE HELD DAILY AT BOTH LOCATIONS AND ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT BOTH SHOPS COME TOGETHER FOR THE BEST OVERALL TATTOOS FOR BOTH MALE AND FEMALE WITH CASH PRIZES AND TROPHIES INCLUDED. “IT’S BEEN TAKEN FOR GRANTED THE QUALITY AND CARE OF TATTOOS AND IT’S ABOUT TIME WE HAD SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO THAT PART OF THE STURGIS EXPERIENCE. PEOPLE GET TATTOOS IN STURIGS TO REMEMBER THIS AMAZING RIDE AND ITS NICE TO KNOW YOU CAN GET IT DONE THE RIGHT WAY BY TATTOOS ARTISTS THAT ARE THIS TALENTED AND CARE ENOUGH TO CREATE CUSTOM PIECES THAT FIT YOUR VISIONS,” SAYS GILL MONTIE.
YOU CAN FIND UP-TO-DATE NEWS ABOUT WHATS HAPPENING AT TATTOOMANIA AT THE BROKEN SPOKE SALOON WEBSITE COMPLETE WITH THE ARTISTS PROFILES AND PORTFOLIOS SO YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST AND SET UP YOUR APPOINTMENT. THIS YEAR PROMISES TO BE AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE AND GILL WOULD LIKE TO INVITE EVERYONE TO CELEBRATE THIS YEAR’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY TATTOOMANIA STYLE. “WITH OVER 40 YEARS OF LIFE EXPERIENCE, STURGIS IS A PART OF MY LIFE AND MY FAMILY’S LIFE. COME AND LET US TATTOO YOUR SOUL,” SAYS MONTIE.
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Gill Montie’s World Famous Tattoo Mania (Shop)
Tattoo Mania exploded on the scene in West Hollywood in 1990. The brainchild of world famous tattoo artist, Gill “The Drill” Montie, quickly became a household name in the tattoo industry becoming synonymous with cutting edge quality and tattoo culture decadence. Tattoo Mania set the standard for modern day tattooing introducing legendary artists like Paul Booth, Mark Mahoney, and Bob Tyrell to the tattoo industry. Tattoo Mania list of clients reads like a who’s who in Hollywood featuring stars like Roseanne Barr, Ringo Starr, Poison, Motley Crew, Billy Bob Thornton, Shaquille O’Neil, and Tupac earning a reputation for expert tattooing with a hell of a story to tell at no extra charge. Today Tattoo Mania continues to blaze a trail for others to follow and remains one of the most famous and respected names in the industry. Bigger, badder, and better than ever, Tattoo Mania is bringing the party to Sturgis by teaming up with the Broken Spoke Saloon and is taking tattooing in Sturgis to a whole new level.
Gill “The Drill” Montie (Owner and World Famous Tattoo Artist)
Born in Traverse City, MI on December 18, 1954, Gill “The Drill” Montie has traveled all over the United States since the beginning of his tattooing career in 1974.
“I grew up between Detroit, Chicago, and Southern California. I became interested in tattoos in 1969 and began poking them in by hand. I joined the Marine Corps in 1971 and got out in 1973. I started an apprenticeship in 1974 in Southern California with Doc Dog and never turned back. I’ve tattooed all over the world the last 35 years.”
Tattoo Mania originated in Hollywood, California in 1990 and relocated to Beaumont, Texas in 2001. Tattoo Mania is a shop that takes pride in its work and is a great place to get a quality tattoo or become a tattooer.