Greg James and David James are joining Tattoos Cure Cancer again in helping to find a cure for cancer. On November 16, 2014, you can join Greg and David in fighting cancer one tattoo at a time. A percentage of the proceeds go to cancer research and the other parts go to individuals and their families who are fighting cancer, which could not afford treatment otherwise. Come on by Eternal Art Tattoo located at 18436 Sierra Hwy #5 SCV, CA 91351. They will be tattooing from 8am to 8pm! Swing on by to visit and get tattooed or donate by purchasing merchandise. The price range is from $50 to $100. For more information check out tattooscurecancer.com and follow them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/tattooscurecancer; Twitter, bleedforacure; and Instagram, tattooscurecancer.
A message from Greg:
Almost everyone you know has been touched by cancer in some way. If you like tattoos then this is a way to pay it forward and support a good cause you can just stop by and see all the fun and talk to other people that share you love for tattoos. Or you can come and get a cool T shirt or other things and support it that way. All the money goes to children’s hospital and other charities. Adam and everyone donates the time and effort for free as do our sponsors.
“My brother Dave started me out building needles and drawing flash until one day when he wasn’t around I grabbed his machine and did a rose on my leg”. Greg comments in arecent magazine named Tattoo Flash Bookazine One. In this edition called Tattoo Masters, Greg was mentioned as one of 48 amazing artists from all over the globe. It’s no surprise to us all that he was mentioned. As friends and clients of Greg we can all appreciate his style of Japanese tattooing. Which Greg gives much recognition to his mentors and influences, Sailor Jerry Collins, Don Nolan, Zeke Owens, Cliff Raven, Robert Benedetti, and Ed Hardy who helped guide him in creating his own unique style of Japanese tattooing. Greg has had an amazing career so far, accomplishing so much while leaving his mark in the tattoo community. He hopes to continue doing so by tattooing more amazing pieces on clients.
We want to offer our clients something special. When you Check-in with us on Yelp and Facebook while getting tattooed or scheduling an appointment, you will get a Free T-shirt!! Who doesn’t want free stuff! You only have to check into two places when you come see us! Don’t forget to leave a review on yelp about your experience! We love hearing what everyone thinks!!
Once you have checked in show your tattoo artist you have on your phone and they will let you select which shirt you would like. Pictures of the T-shirts are below.
This weeks Tattoo Artist is about Noah Baxter. He wrote this himself so Enjoy!
I have always been interested in tattoos. When my older brother Riley first came home, at 16, with a skull tattoo on his forearm, I thought it was rad. I couldn’t believe he wasn’t in more trouble for it. I was eleven at the time and was fascinated while I watched over the next few years as his collection grew. Then my sister Holly started getting tattooed, followed by my oldest brother Jesse. By the time I was 17, my entire group of friends (including my sister and most of her friends) were tattooed. At this point both of my brothers were tattooing professionally. I would go and visit them at Body Electric on Melrose Avenue. That was the place to be, there was always something cool and exciting going on. Machine building, tattooing, drawing, painting, and tattoo artists sharing their personal stories and experiences. It was by far the coolest place I could be. I was going from job to job then, trying to figure out what I was passionate about. I had gotten my High School Equivalency Certificate and finished school at 16. Naturally, my mother gave me the option of continuing my education or getting a job. So aside from getting a job at a fast food restaurant, I also enrolled at Valley College. I began taking art classes such as Drawing 101, as well as whatever other academic classes looked fun. I always kept art on the back burner, as a hobby. Painting at home, doodling on whatever surfaces I could, but not taking it very seriously. Since both of my older brothers were tattooing, I felt like what I was doing wasn’t as polished or professional as what they were doing. They had more experience, practice and a daily regimen of drawing to their advantage and I was intimidated even though I was interested in art and tattooing. So I tried different jobs, still searching for what I really wanted to do. In 1996, I found a job working in Hollywood photo lab. Five years of working in the photo lab gave me plenty of experience. Unfortunately, an overbearing boss, stressful workload and hellish commute was cause for my unhappiness. When one day I was scribbling a drawing on the back of some photo paper at work, my boss came up to me and said, “I don’t pay you to draw.” I was glad she did. That was when I realized that I should be getting paid to draw. So I quit.
I went to my oldest brother, Jesse, for an apprenticeship. He turned me down, he was willing to give me some drawing pointers, but that tattooing was a hard job with no benefits and that there were easier ways to make money with art. I was determined and decided to scour Hollywood for an apprenticeship and began going shop-to-shop trying to find a place to start. I had no luck. Meanwhile, my father had just become Editor-in-Chief of Skin & Ink, a popular tattoo magazine. During a meeting with the magazines’ executives there was an issue with Director of Advertising and his lack of experience and knowledge of the tattoo industry. My father off handedly mentioned that I could do a better job and the executives decided to take him literally. Next thing I knew I was the Advertising Director for the international tattoo magazine. Again, my dream of tattooing was put on the back burner while I set up my new office in Pasadena. This job entailed my father and I traveling together to tattoo conventions and other events. I was introduced to the big names of the tattoo industry and put a face to many of the names I had heard about from my brothers and their friends while growing up. I was having a great time and learning all about different artists and even different tattoo cultures but I couldn’t fight the feeling that I was simply making money off of the tattoo industry and not contributing to it. Not being creative.
I was at the grand opening party at Tabu Tattoo early in 1998 when my brother Riley approached me. He had heard that I was looking around and offered to have me apprentice for him. I was enthusiastic and accepted his offer. It was a good apprenticeship in some ways but not in others. It only lasted 6 months. I learned about sterilization, Blood Bourne Pathogens, made needles, traced flash, cleaned the shop and was a typical lackey. It was a good time, but most days I was just hanging out while my brother did his thing. Until one day when I got an unexpected call from my oldest brother, Jesse. He was set up in San Francisco, working at 222 Tattoo. He told me that the shops owner was looking for an apprentice and that my name was at the top of the list. Despite the fact that I was already in an apprenticeship I knew it was a great opportunity and that I should take it. I knew that 222 was an extremely successful shop and what I would be learning there would be valuable. This all sounded great, so I sold everything I could to get up to San Francisco, burning a few bridges with Riley and the owners of Tabu tattoo at the time Bob and Dot. The deal was that I would go there for a year, be a slave, and in return the owner would teach me everything he could about tattooing. When I got there I worked at the shop 13 hours a day, 7 days a week, cleaning, scheduling, and doing whatever I was told. I soon realized that the owner was a bit of a “knowledge hoarder” with no intention of ever teaching me anything. I was being extremely patient but when most of the year had gone by and the owner hadn’t taught me much of anything I approached him about it. The other artists had been helpful in teaching me what they could but with a month left to go in my apprenticeship, I hadn’t even held a machine. I asked my boss when he might start teaching me to tattoo, his response was something to the effect of, “I don’t know how long I’m gonna keep you here.” That was when I knew I had to leave and go back home to Los Angeles. Apparently, the apprentice after me didn’t learn much either so I didn’t feel too bad.
After that I almost gave up on tattooing all together. Soon after, I got a phone call from Dave Rothberg the owner of Body and Soul Tattoo. He offered me a job. He said that he had heard about my “apprenticeships” and that I just needed some practical experience. He allowed me to tattoo under his watchful eye on my friends first and when he decided I was ready I would start on customers. Within a month I had done well enough to earn a percentage of the income and continued to work there for over five years. In 2005 I ran into JoJo Ackerman at a tattoo convention in Guadalajara. I was tattooing at the convention, accompanied by my dad, which was not going very well. JoJo saved the trip and introduced me to Mike Pike another legendary tattooer. A few months later Mike Pike contacted me and asked me to keep his shop open while he and his staff attended another convention. It was the best professional decision I could have made. When they returned they were impressed by the great job I did, he suggested I work there for one day a week so that my tattooing could improve. Since I had basically been teaching myself for almost six years the instruction was very much appreciated. Shortly, one day a week was not enough so I left Body and Soul for Psycho City in Lancaster, CA.
Working with Mike, JoJo and Doughboy helped me drastically improve my tattooing skills. That shop changed my life, but soon driving to and from Lancaster everyday took its toll on my personal life and I had to move shop back to the valley. Although I didn’t want to leave Psycho City, my marriage was falling apart and I wasn’t having any time to see my kids. After almost two years at Psycho City I started working at Studio City, which was drastically different. There were nine artists for four stations, virtually no drawing area and plenty of drama. This was not a good fit for me so after two years I ended up at Subculture Tattoo working for Eric Blair.
Subculture Tattoo was a great shop but lacked the one thing that I really needed, which was “walk in” clientele. I found a position at Think Ink in Woodland Hills. After two years there my ex wife (who had majority of time with our kids) let me know she was moving to Georgia with her boyfriend who was stationed at Fort Benning in the Army. I moved with them in order to be able to continue seeing my children on a consistent basis. My girlfriend (at the time) moved with me and due to my ex wife breaking up with her boyfriend we ended up in a house with my kids full time while she moved back to California. I found a job at Above All Tattoo and worked there for a year until we were able to move back to California. Once we were back in CA I decided to try to get a job at Subculture Tattoo since I had worked there before and was familiar with the area, people, and shop. Eventually, Eric decided to sell the shop to Greg James who turned it into Tattoos Deluxe. I am pleased to say that the moves I have made in my career have led me to come full circle at this wonderful shop. I have found myself in the very fortunate position of working for a tattoo master and legend who teaches me new things everyday, is constantly improving the shop and I finally feel like I have found a stable environment to continue growing as an artist. I like working in all styles, but I really enjoy the challenge of realism, as well as the subtle feeling of black and grey, and the bold color and style of Japanese. I can be found here at Tattoos Deluxe four days a week and anytime by appointment!
The other day I was on YouTube. I decided to search for Greg James name and see what I could find. Well I was pleasantly surprised to see two videos that show a young Greg and the present Greg. I figured for all of us that love Greg, we would love to see a video of what he is most passionate about. Here are two videos of Greg tattooing or speaking about tattooing. I hope you enjoy! Leave a comment below if you would like to see more videos of the Tattoo Deluxe Crew tattooing.
(Sorry about the sound in the first video but it is old.)
Here is this weeks Tattoo Artist Spotlight of Chris Bass, or CBass for short, which was written by Chris himself! Enjoy!
As a young kid, drawing always came first and school came last. Through high school I never had any career plans. When I was 16, I was really into punk rock and a lot of my older friends had tattoos. During this time my parents enrolled me into military school, where I would live for the next 6 months. While there I attempted to hand poke my first tattoo on myself that never did stay. I graduated the program with my GED When I was 17.
In the late 90’s, by the time I was 19 I had collected a few crappy punk rock tattoos. A junkie in a motel room did my first tattoo and the rest were not much better. I got my first professional tattoo in my 20’s. I was in a band with my buddy Matthew Verseput, also known as Dr. Claw, he was going through an apprenticeship at the time in our hometown, Lancaster Ca. at Psycho City Tattoo. It was there that Matt did some of his first and did some of my first professional tattoos, which eventually lead to an award winning back piece that I display. During that time I really gained a lot of appreciation for the art that surrounded me every time I stepped into that shop.
In my mid 20’s I attended the Art Institute, where I studied computer animation and received Dean’s Honor roll. I eventually decided this was not for me. My interest was in more traditional forms of art made by hand and not computers.
I started going to a few good tattoo conventions where I met people who truly inspired me and entered my back piece into competitions. At this time my interest in tattooing grew enough for me to look into an apprenticeship and get my foot in the door of a shop. I stuck with it a few years and later a new door of my tattoo life opened up. I got an apprenticeship under Greg James, who I have currently been working for since he opened Tattoos Deluxe in 2011.
I have an appreciation for and enjoy doing all styles of tattooing from black and grey, traditional to Japanese. Diversity is very important to me as I enjoy the differences in subject matter and technique.
Also, I want to help anyone who walks into our shop with any requests they may have. My main focus is that the client gets a good tattoo that they can be proud to wear for the rest of their life, and that they leave the shop having had a good memorable experience that they can always look back on.
My goals in tattooing are always to push ahead and continue to grow as an artist and craftsman, while delivering my very best. My favorite tattoos are the ones that I can put my creative freedom into, which fit and flow with the body and leave a smile on the clients face. Tattooing really came together for me through hard work when I received the opportunity to apprentice under and work for Greg James. It has opened up a new chapter in my life that I will be forever grateful for. I really enjoy working with a hard working and knowledgeable group of artists that continuously inspire me in so many ways.
Here is this weeks Tattoo Artist Spotlight of David James, which was written by David himself! Enjoy!
I came into tattooing at a different time. My beginning has been reset many times. It’s been a metaphor, repeating and ever reminding me that you must learn to crawl before you can learn to walk. I grew up in a tattoo shop, spent countless hours watching, and listening. From an early age I’ve been spoon fed advice. In nature of the Master and Apprentice, I have progressed, regressed, and well a few times had to just start over. Sometimes it can be hard to learn to do something like tattooing and to able to do it to the best of your ability. This is my story, here are some of my thoughts and experiences. These things have motivated me to try my best and put my heart and soul into the legacy that is David James Tattooing.
It was 1987…. The Sunset Strip was a different place than it is today, and I am Seven years old hanging out with my tattoo artist dad. I remember one night this woman came in wearing Daisy Duke style cut off overalls. As she was looking around she asked questions about getting a rose tattoo. When she was asked where she wanted to put this little rose, her answer was to unbuckle and drop her shorts down to her cowboy boots and point. I was astounded, I drew a conclusion, instead of drawing little cartoon wars on paper I should draw that little rose. I remember getting into trouble in school for throwing the pencil and screaming, “Fuck this handwriting Bullshit.” I was struggling, like in geometry, I didn’t feel it had any practical use in my life. After the parent conference my dad rolled up his shirtsleeve and showed me my name that was tattooed on his arm. He then explained to me that people pay him hundreds of dollars to hand write the names of their loved ones. He also impressed upon me that anything can be done with practice, hard work and a good investment of time.
By 1989 the National Tattoo Convention was in Anaheim, CA. I still only knew that my dad tattooed for a living and that Disneyland was just across the street, I was having way more fun at this convention. The Hyatt hotel was completely packed with tattooing and tattoo people. Even though there were many artists with their families I felt like I was the only kid, like the original Vegas, it was an adult thing. I remember that it was so packed the hotel ran out of food. I watched this guy get his camera smashed and picked up off his feet and thrown out because he did not ask to take a photo of a tattoo. As I sat in the audience watching the judging for the best overall male tattoo competition I took notice that this one person stood out, his tattoos were more of a suit he was wearing. I asked my step mom why the color was so bright and she said, “Ya know, your dad is a really good tattoo artist.” That was Gary Stuer; he was a Marine and a Kung Fu master. He’d even given me a couple Kung Fu lessons. The images he had tattooed on him told a story with a Crane, monkey, snake, tiger, and an awesome Yip Kai man.
As a few more years passed, I discovered Ice Hockey. I had also moved away from my dad to a place where tattooing was rather frowned upon. So much so that when some man came into my 6th grade class to speak about gangs and drugs (Ala scared straight ) he took his shirt off to reveal all these tattoos that were obvious to everyone that he must have been an ex Cholo Gang Banger. His message to us was that we did not want to look or end up like him. Suddenly he got in my face because I contradicted him when I said that the tattoos did not make him a Cholo his Choice to get Cholo Tattoos made him look the part. I was punished because even the principal refused to understand that very concept that I was trying to explain.
When I moved back with my dad. Hockey was all I was really interested in. I had developed a more warrior code way of thinking. My Dad had taught me how to make Tattoo needles, it was part of my black and white means to an end. I made needles he bought me skates. Come to think of it, at that time the only real creativity I expressed was in my writing. High School as we all know is a cruel rat race of alliances, you make choices to be with clicks and have to tune your way of thinking. I ended up in Honors classes with a give up attitude fueled by any criticism, though I aced my classes.
As I was about to graduate, I had no real idea what I wanted to do. Since I have a good knack to teach what I have learned I decided to become a teacher. College however was finically out of reach and I was not willing to go in debt like the rest of my graduating class. My Friends suggested an apprenticeship in tattooing. In 1998 you could tattoo an armband in an hour and make a whole days pay. Sounded just right plus the schedule was flexible enough to work and go to school. I started my apprenticeship right out of High School.
When I started tattooing at that time there were no “artists” trying to ignite the industry with their individualized changes. Nobody believed they were the second coming of Christ because they redesigned a Tasmanian devil. There was an understanding that a tattoo, at the very least, was hanging in the shop. It was called Flash and when people came into the shop that is where they picked their tattoo. People wanting custom tattoos went to custom shops with artist specializing in what they were looking for and were willing to pay for the artist’s specialty. Sometimes you had to educate someone on the reality of their idea. The artwork from a CD cover with sperm swimming through space inside an eyeball iris that was originally a oil painting on 4×8 canvas could not be duplicated as a tattoo, even if you were a body builder with 28 inch biceps it couldn’t hold that kind of detail in a tattoo. It would basically turn out to be three pounds of crap stuffed into a two-pound bag.
After my apprenticeship, I worked for my uncle Tenn. Dave at the original West Coast Tattoo. It was located in Downtown Los Angeles on 5th and Main Street (the nickel). Commercial tattooing at its finest, you tattooed a name on someone Monday and covered it up on Friday. Once I did a name on a guy’s arm and 45 minutes later he came back to cover it up with a rose. I also did a tour in East LA on Whittier Blvd. In East LA the tattooing looked like it was always hand drawn by an inmate on letter paper and all I had to do was reproduce it 90% of the time. I had confidence in knowing that I was going to make it a better tattoo just cause I had better tools to work with (like a shader needle) When my dad asked if I liked doing them gangster Cholo tattoos I replied yeah just because they were so easy for me to reproduce. The prices were cheap then so no one ever complained. I was working seven days a week at either shop. My Uncle had me getting supplies and trusted me with the money. It made me feel like I was getting experience being a shop manager. I felt that I was paying my dues by working these shops which for me was just the start. I was feeling that my dedication had made me ready for a move to where I really wanted to be.
In late 1999 I got hired at Sunset Strip Tattoo. Cliff Raven, one of the great masters of western style Japanese Tattooing, founded sunset Strip Tattoo. Robert Benedetti now owns the shop. I was working there at the time with Michael Lures, Eric Blair and Greg James. The name Sunset Strip at that time was synonymous with world-wide reputation for great tattooing and fair pricing for the work to be done. The shop was a custom tattoo studio and they also did walk-ins. The hourly rate was $100 an hour.
In late 2000 Sunset Strip Tattoo had lost their lease and had to relocate. Between the move and an overall crash in business it became a dark time for me. I was not happy with the way tattooing was changing. Everyone had a friend who tattooed, so things that were a staple in tattooing, like old English lettering, nautical stars roses, butterflies, and your average tattoo, got devalued. This was the bread and butter for tattooers. A lot of Scratchers were opening up shops all around us and it was becoming harder to make a living. The pie was getting cut up smaller and smaller. Doing good craft just wasn’t enough. The professionalism of the tattoo experience was replaced with time and money compromises.
I decided to stop tattooing for a wile to make a living as a parts salesman for a Mercedes Benz Dealer. I then started tattooing for myself only wanting to do what I wanted to do with tattooing and only on my friends and people that I was interested in tattooing. If I was not interested I did not do it. I was talking to Robert Benedetti, the owner of Sunset Strip Tattoo who is a great friend and mentor, about what I was doing with tattooing. He decided to give me the opportunity to tattoo out of his shop again. This made it more professional for me and I didn’t want to be some scratcher working out of the house or somewhere.
The years ticked off and I continued to grow and became better at accepting the changes in the industry. My dad would take the time and draw with me, which helped hone my craftsmanship. I was having a full life and being a part time tattooer. I continued to be very interested in tattooing and I was waiting to find what would really motivate me to take it to another level. When my little sister turned 18 she wanted to get her first tattoo, which is when I had to really look in the mirror and ask if I was up for the challenge. Tattooing her and putting the time and effort to produce the best I could, enabled me to face the hurtles of my passion to create and bring my tattoos to life.
In October of 2012, I started tattooing full time at Tattoos Deluxe. My dad, Greg James, bought Subculture Tattoo from his friend Eric Blair and after making the shop his own has renamed: Tattoos Deluxe.
I have had to accept that there is a lot riding on each and every tattoo because of the Internet, social media and the diversity of human opinion. My gratification is that my clients will be pleased and that they will be happy to give me their hard earned money in exchange for my service. Also that they will carry it with them for the rest of there lives. It all starts with your ideas and the importance of understanding of what that is to be your tattoo. Although times change the only thing that stays the same is what makes a good tattoo. I always try to inform my clients of what can and should be done for a tattoo to be successful. I never want to compromise my work.
Greg James love for tattoos began at a young age when he started drawing flash tattoos for his brother, Tennessee Dave. He was only fourteen at the time. His drawings turned into an apprenticeship in 1976. During the following nine years he worked on honing his craft. Greg had done it all from single-needle black-and-grey to classic Americana tattoos and large custom Japanese artwork, which he has become famous for.
Greg wanted to do superlative work and decided that he had two options either quit tattooing or try to work for Cliff Raven at Sunset Strip Tattoo. Well, I think we all know how that turned out! Greg joined Sunset Strip Tattoo in 1985 and worked closely with Cliff Raven to hone his Japanese style tattoo, since Cliff was a pioneer of that style. Greg contributed in building the legacy of the legendary Sunset Strip Studio while he was there for over twenty-five years. He became the real star of Sunset Strip, the tattoo artist’s tattooer.
In September 2012, Greg decided to open his own shop, which we have all come to know and love, Tattoos Deluxe in Sherman Oaks, CA. Greg is known worldwide and is at the top of the tattoo industry but has not lost sight of staying down to earth. Clients have said that he is modest, understated, a genuinely nice guy, and his work is truly amazing.
In Greg’s eyes tattooing is a personal thing between two people, not so much about the art, the craft, or being a cool guy. A tattoo should look like it has always been there, like its part of your body. He says that tattoo artists really put a lot of effort, time, and communication into what they do. Tattoos are permanent; they can’t just be torn up and thrown away when the tattoo artist is done with it. Greg says that all the tattoos he has done over his thirty years are carried around in his head with him.
Greg has apprenticed numerous tattoo artists, including Eric Blair of Subculture Tattoo and Dollar Bill of Sunset Strip Tattoo. He is also know for tattooing celebrities like Sarah
Michelle Geller, Denise Richards, Charlie Sheen, Motley Crue, Jesse James, Joan Jett, Ozzy Osbourne. He has also worked on tattoo artists, like Kirk Alley, owner of Eleven Eleven Tattoo; Johnny Hollywood, owner of 13 Roses Tattoo Parlour; and Chris Cashmore, owner of Tattoo Power in Canberra, Australia.
Over the next few weeks we will be spotlighting the Incredible Tattoo Artists of Tattoos Deluxe. We want to share with you some of the amazing stories about the tattoo artists that work here. The experience of getting a tattoo will last a lifetime, developing a friendship with the tattoo artists creating the artwork will help make it even more memorable.
We will be showcasing one tattoo artist every week. We will share their experiences, what got them started, greatest tattoos, fondest memories, funny stories, and anything else they want to share with you. As well as show pictures of some of their favorite pieces. You can see their work on our Artists page and our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TattoosDeluxe. Their newer pieces will be posted to Facebook, so be sure to check our page regularly to keep updated. If there is anything you would like to know about the artists please leave a comment below and we will try to answer it in up coming blogs.
In honor of the Mötley Crüe Final Tour, we thought we would take a trip down memory lane, back to when Greg tattooed the band. He began tattooing Nikki when he was at Sunset Strip Tattoo, but completed the majority of Nikki’s left arm in Vancouver, BC. On some occasions when he was flown up there, Greg would turn the hotel room into a tattoo shop. Besides tattooing Nikki’s left arm along with several other pieces, Greg also tattooed a Koi Fish and water on Tommy Lee’s left arm. . A memorable tattoo of Greg’s was a Cherub/Angel with Nikki’s wife’s name in the ribbon. Funny story about this tattoo, Greg spelt Brandi’s name, Nikki’s wife, with a “Y” instead of an “I”. Quite the easy fix for Greg of course, but it always brings a smile to his face when he thinks back. During one of Greg’s sessions, he set up shop at Nikki’s house. Greg brought his son David with him, who spent most of his time playing in the pool with the Sixx kids. Meanwhile as Greg was tattooing a dragonfly on Nikki, Nikki’s daughter Stormy drew a design of a heart . Which of course Nikki asked Greg to tattoo on his leg. In doing so it stole Greg’s heart becoming his favorite tattoo on Nikki. Greg has very fond memories of tattooing Nikki. On one occasion Nikki even tattooed Greg! During this moment in time, it was all tattooing the band “without booze, chicks, drugs, and whatever, just Tattooing, Music and some Good Times!” Check out more from the interview with Greg about Mötley Crüe: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~cruekiss/gregjames.htm