“The Boondock Saints” (www.boondocksaints.com) Writer/Director, Troy Duffy, will host a bevy of the movies’ fans, friends, cast and crew, on Thursday, October 13, 2011, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM, as he celebrates the reveal of his brand new, “LA Speed Shop” (www.laspeedshop.com) custom-built “Boondock-Saints”-themed motorcycle. The event, officially named “Boondock Saints Bike Reveal Benefitting Los Angeles Regional Foodbank/Feeding America”, will be housed in Mat Joseph’s Melrose Avenue art venue “Tuff Sissy & Co.” (www.tuffsissy.com) and his neighboring “Freak Chic Tattoo”(www.freakchictattoo.com), and will benefit said local charity (www.lafoodbank.org).
Fans of The Boondock Saints franchise have been following LA Speed Shop’s progress on-line, as owner Chris Richardson and his crew constructed Mr. Duffy’s bike. This event will serve as the official reveal of the completed machine, as well as a fan meet and greetfor a portion of the movie franchise’s more than 4.5 million fans. The event will also feature a Boondock Saints movie memorabilia auction and raffle, and a portion of the sales proceeds will benefit Los Angeles Regional Foodbank.
Guests at the October 13 event will enjoy a hosted rum bar courtesy of Sailor Jerry (www.sailorjerry.com/the-rum); complimentary O.N.E. Coconut Water (www.onedrinks.com); and snacks from soon-to-open Marcona Restaurant (www.marconarestaurant.com), scheduled to open mid-October, directly across Melrose Avenue from Tuff Sissy & Co./Freak Chic Tattoo. Inked Magazine (www.inkedmag.com) has joined the event as a media partner, and due to the tattoo-heavy presence featured in The Boondock Saints movies, Freak Chic Tattoo will be giving a special discount on limited-edition, hand-drawn Boondock Saints-themed tattoos, in the days leading up to the October 13 event’s start. Recipients of these exclusive tattoos will be automatically entered into the event’s raffle.
“We’re thrilled that Melrose Avenue mainstays like Freak Chic Tattoo and Tuff Sissy & Co. will be opening up their doors to our loyal fan base, cast and crew, for this charity event. I support the work of the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, and as excited as I am to see the fans’ reaction to my new Boondock Saints-themed LA Speed Shop bike, I’m equally as excited to see so many businesses and friends coming together to support this very worthy cause,” says Mr. Duffy.
Tuff Sissy & Co. and Freak Chic Tattoo are located at 7367 and 7365 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90046 (between Fuller and Martel Avenues). Tattoo appointments at Freak Chic can be made by calling 323.951.1501. For more information or to RSVP for theOctober 13 “Boondock Saints” charity event, please call Anna Ferguson at 1.877.327.2656, or email email@example.com.
About “The Boondock Saints” Franchise
Boondock Saints, LLC is the official marketing, promotion and communication arm for all things “Boondock.” The company creates and produces special events for the growing community of Boondock Saints fans worldwide, manages media inquiries and requests for personal appearances and operates two websites, www.boondocksaints.com and www.boondockstore.com, to provide the public with a dynamic, interactive forum for discussion and user-generated content, along with instant access to updated information about the films (“The Boondock Saints” and “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day”), related music, merchandise and a variety of other creative developments in progress. Follow The Boondock Saints on Facebook: www.facebook.com/boondocksaintsfans.
About “Tuff Sissy & Co.”
New Melrose Avenue art venue, Tuff Sissy & Co., was created by neighboring Freak Chic Tattoo owner, Mat Joseph, and is meant to serve as a gallery and artist’s lair – a place for local tattoo artists and other artists to showcase their work, as well as mingle and share. Joseph’s motivation for the venue was to revive the Melrose art community and support both the local art movement as well as other community businesses, both old and new.
About Mat Joseph / “Freak Chic Tattoo”
Mat Joseph’s pioneering spirit has kept him on the forefront of the piercing, tattoo and art worlds. Joseph started piercing in 1987, and first entered the Melrose community in 1992, when he became the first piercer on the street. In 1994, Joseph opened his own piercing operation, “House of Freaks”, on the upper floor of the building that sits on the northwest corner of Melrose and Fuller Avenues.
House of Freaks dominated the Los Angeles piercing scene for 14 years, before shuttering in the fall of 2008 when, in pursuit of expansion, growth and reinvention, Joseph joined forces with local tattoo artist partners to open Freak Chic Tattoo, thus providing both tattoo and piercing services to his already loyal customer base.
Freak Chic Tattoo filled a void in the Melrose Avenue tattoo realm by providing a higher-end, upscale – yet comfortable – tattoo shop environment for more discerning clients. The classy space has a ‘30s deco, lounge-y vibe, featuring dark wood fixtures and Joseph’s carefully-curated decor elements, also mirrored in Tuff Sissy & Co.’s design. This year, Joseph plans to add two private VIP tattoo/piercing stations in completely separate rooms, within steps of Freak Chic’s private, back entrance.
Joseph and his award-winning tattoo artists and piercers have fan bases that run the gamut from TV soap stars (such as one of the Days of our Lives cast); to NBA players; to celebrity wives; to musicians (e.g., Phillip “Fish” Fisher, drummer for Fishbone, and singer and record producer, Arnold McCuller). Joseph’s talented staff and/or their work has been featured in numerous media outlets includingTattoo:Savage Magazine, International Tattoo Art Magazine, Skin Art Magazine, Tattoo Flash, and Inked Magazine.
About “LA Speed Shop”
LA Speed Shop specializes in vintage choppers and bobbers with a bare-bones style. Every bike that owner Chris Richardson builds, reflects his out-of-the-box thinking and amazing attention to detail. Richardson has earned the respect of his customers and peers as a “quality guy” who does quality work. Having his bikes featured on the covers of Easyriders, American Cycle, Street Chopper, Iron Works, Iron Horse, Dice, Cycle Source, Kustom and Powerglide, and after earning countless awards at motorcycle shows, Richardson is recognized as a leading innovative builder in the industry.