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Saw Frame Back

More Saw Frames Coming Soon!

Wow! This month the GreenLion Jewelers Saw Frame was featured in TWO magazines!!  Step by Step Wire Jewelry AND Lapidary Journal!  I am so grateful and excited at the tremendous positive response to my take on this classic tool.  I … Continue reading

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Green Custom Braze-Up!

Its good to be back!  I took some well deserved time off to play with some other art- and now its back to some custom tattoo machine building.  This guy is a braze-up liner with more of my custom embossed … Continue reading

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Welcome to sobaone.com, the website of BJ "SOBA" Johnson. I am a mixed media artist in West Michigan and specialize in designing and building custom tattoo machines. I have been making and building tattoo machines since 1999.

All of my machine frames, hardware and coils are original and custom manufactured from the highest quality materials; they are built to be used by professional tattoo artists and are built to last.

I am passionate about innovating, creating and building. You can view my work here and purchase my machines exclusively through workhorseirons.com. I update my social networks more frequently than my website, so make sure to connect on G+, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram  (but mostly Instagram)!

I do not generally make custom one-off tattoo machines to order, rather I make them as I see fit- using my own color schemes, complimentary hardware, coil art and finishes, then put them up for sale.  I also have regular production models at a more modest price point.  All my machines are built to run the right way- regardless of bells and whistles. So no matter what your budget is- you are guaranteed to get a machine that out performs any in your collection. Thank you for your interest in my work- feel free to drop me a line with any questions you might have. I will respond to your emails- but perhaps not in a super timely manner…. your patience is appreciated!  Have a great day….

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