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Yates, Bud Bud Yates - Colorado Springs Gazette – August 20, 2006 - “Uncle" Bud Yates, Local business owner of Pikes Peak Tattoo, passed away August 14, 2006 after a tragic motorcycle accident in Roswell, N.M. while doing what he loved. Bud was born January 18, 1960 in Chicago Heights, IL., to Bud and Marie Porter Yates. Bud is survived by his "Beautiful Bride" Brinda Marie (Pennington) Yates; his beloved Bugzy Malone Yates; his mother, Marie Porter Sloan; his loving step-father, Doyle J. Sloan; his two brothers: Snake (Jackie) Yates of Colorado Springs and Daniel J. (Sherry) Yates of Canon City; and by three sisters: Carolyn (David) Cummings of Colorado Springs, Donna Kay (Tim) Smith of Oklahoma and Lori (Ken) Taylor of Colorado Springs. Uncle Bud is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; along with those who adopted Bud as their uncle, and so many friends that they cannot be counted. Bud attended Manheim All American High School in Germany from 1975-1977 and graduated from Lawton High School, Lawton OK in 1978. Bud began his tattoo career in 1978 and opened his first tattoo studio at 729 ½ West Colorado Avenue in Colorado Springs CO. Bud later opened three tattoo studios that were his livelihood and passion. The original Pikes Peak Tattoo at 519 South Nevada in 1987, which was later, moved in June 1997 to the current 902 North Circle Location, one at 2924 Wood Avenue established in July 2000, and Steel City Tattoo at 1322 East Hwy 50 Bypass in Pueblo established 1996. In addition to his beloved tattoo career, Uncle Bud was an entrepreneur under Yates Enterprises, with a variety of ventures he delved in. Uncle Bud was an active member in our community and touched many lives. Just a few of the many organizations he was affiliated with include The National Tattoo Association and is their current President, The Iron Butt Association, Harley Owners Group, Corvette Club, The Gold Wing Club and Honda Touring Club. Bud and Brinda were married August 26, 1984 in Manitou Springs, Colorado at the Eastern Star Masonic Temple with just a few friends and family. There will be a private family gathering at Swan Law Funeral Directors, with a Celebration of Remembrance held following the family gathering at a future date to be announced on the "MeM" website (www.mem.com). Friends may go on line to www.mem.com to leave messages or tributes for the family that will be displayed later at the Celebration of Remembrance. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the "Uncle Bud Memorial Scholarship Fund" sent to the National Tattoo Association, 485 Business Park Lane, Allentown, PA 18109 or online at www.nationaltattooassociation.com.

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            BIG BUD YATES 
    OLD SCHOOL TATTOOIST
         AMARILLO, TEXAStext.
I made a Road Trip to Texas in March of '84 to work alone side Big Bud Yates in Amarillo, Texas. Big Bud was an Old School Tattooer from Kentucky that had worked all over the country from Kentucky to Colorado to Texas from what he told me. He owned a small Construction Company and operated a Tattoo Studio he built onto his house.  He was some what of a Drinking Man, loved his Lord Calvert. Working out of a nice little studio he had built onto his house that had two work stations that raised up off the main floor just a little.  I can still see Big Bud sitting there with his glass of Lord Calvert in one hand, shirt unbuttoned down the front, that big Rattle Snake Tattoo on his big pot belly that never really covered up the home made Tattoo that said "Big Bud".  I'm sure that Tattoo was done by one of his sons to cover up the old one. Big Bud had a real bad case of dibetes and the Doctors where wanting to remove his legs to save his life, but he wouldn't let them. At the time I was there he was having a on going name calling fight with another Tattooer in Amarillo by the name of Ziggie or something like that. I tried to stay out of it, but being his friend I always saw it the way he did. I Never met that Ziggie fellow, but I still think like Big Bud, and when he said the man was a bum, I believed him. He told me that one of his sons was just about to be released from prison and might be coming down to work with us. But I had to return to Tennessee after a little run in with the Law, before I got to meet him. I contacted his son about ten years ago and told him about working for his father. In the summer of 2004 Uncle Bud Yates had been visiting his family in Kentucky when he stopped by my studio on his way back home to Colorado ,to visit with me. It was amazing how much he looked and talked like his father. We had a nice long talk about his Dad and my time spent working for him.  I was shocked to here a few years later that Uncle Bud was killed in a motorcycle crash out West. After telling my wife all these old stories of my years of traveling and working in shops from St. Louis to New Orleans, all over Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee   Texas, Colorado. She told me that I just may be the best kept secret in the World of Tattooing.  And that got me to thinking about setting the record straight. After owning over 7 different Tattoo Studios in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and many years of running the roads. I gave up the life of a gyspy tattooer and settled down in Humboldt, Tenn. If your ever in my neck of the woods stop by my shop and here my story first hand         ........                 Look For The Book I Plan To Write!             .......
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FMA Free Song of the Day, 2/15/11: “Tattoo” by Grass Widow Humane Society Pet of the Day: Perry The Yates Family Tattoo Legacy By Noel Black On February 15, 2011 · 5 Comments · In A Big Something, Art!, Interviews, Local History, Tattoos

Our intern, Ruby Kimberly, produced this fantastic slide show about the Yates Family and their enormous influence on tattoo culture in Colorado Springs.

Anyone who lives in Colorado Springs has probably noticed the seemingly disproportionate number of tattoo shops scattered throughout the city. So when I heard a statistic that Colorado Springs has one of the highest number of tattoo shops per capita in the United States, I decided to look into the phenomenon. When I spoke with locals in the industry about their opinions on the matter, many suggested that the city’s military presence creates a huge demand. But most agreed that the market was, in fact, over saturated. They explained how many shops are open for only a short period of time before having to close their doors for good, and some feel the strain of too much competition. However, despite the less-than-stable market, one pioneering family of tattoo artists has thrived in Colorado Springs for close to 70 years.

The late Big Bud Yates began tattooing in Colorado Spring in the 1940s, working as an artist here and in Texas for nearly his entire adult life. Big Bud subsequently trained his eldest son, Snake Yates, in the art form. In 1972 Snake opened a shop of his own, Snake’s Tattoo. Snake’s youngest brother, also Bud Yates (aka Uncle Bud), quickly followed in the family footsteps, working under Snake for a number of years until he founded Pikes Peak Tattoo in 1982. At the time of Uncle Bud’s untimely death in 2006, he and his wife Brinda were operating three shops and working extensively to improve government health regulation in the industry. Brinda continues efforts in this area while also working as an artist and running their shop located on Circle Drive. Snake’s shop, located on East Platte Avenue, is now the oldest in the city, and, along with Snake himself, well known amongst the entire Colorado Springs tattoo community. In order to get the details on how it all got started and why they’ve lasted so long, I spoke with Snake, Brinda, and “Scary,” one of Uncle Bud’s proteges and a long-time Pikes Peak Tattoo employee.

—Ruby Kimberly

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   Mary Ellen says:
   February 15, 2011 at 10:17 am
   AMAZING! Great insight into a subculture & family.
   elizabeth osborne says:
   February 15, 2011 at 11:53 am
   nice to see pics of uncle bud and snake .brings back memories thanks for the good work bud.r.i.p.
   Tiffany Freeman says:
   February 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm
   Funny, Uncle Bud aka Bud was my neighbor growing up. Didn’t realize until I walked into his tat shop at 18, what a legend he was in this city. Loved that guy and his wife too.
   Susan Mjurphy says:
   February 16, 2011 at 11:26 am
   Gave me a different perspective on tatoos and the tatooers. Ruby Kimberly did a nice job in putting this story together.
   Diane Dale says:
   May 18, 2011 at 10:15 am
   That was amazing to watch, Uncle bud did all my tattoo’s, including my first one ever and I was so scared and he was amazing, and all he talked about was his amazing wife, I loved it. I went back 3 years later and he remembered me.. was sad to find out when I was going to visit the springs again I was going to get another one and I heard he had passed.. I don’t live in Co Springs any more but I can imagine he is missed there!

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RSS Biography THE DATE FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE PARTY WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 16TH 4PM - 8PM AT THE NORRIS - PENROSE EVENT CENTER @ 1045 WEST RIO GRANDE - (off 8TH St)

“Uncle” Bud Yates, Local business owner of Pikes Peak Tattoo, passed away August 14, 2006 after a tragic motorcycle accident in Roswell, New Mexico while doing what he loved.

Bud was born January 18, 1960 in Chicago Heights, Illinois to Bud and Marie Porter Yates.

Bud is survived by his “Beautiful Bride” Brinda Marie (Pennington) Yates, his beloved Bugzy Malone Yates, his Mother Marie Porter Sloan, his loving Step-father Doyle J. Sloan, his two brothers: Snake (Jackie) Yates of Colorado Springs, Daniel J. (Sherry) Yates of Canyon City, and by three sisters: Carolyn (David) Cummings of Colorado Springs, Donna Kay (Tim) Smith of Oklahoma, and Lori (Ken) Taylor of Colorado Springs. Uncle Bud is also survived by many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, nieces and nephews along with those who adopted Bud as their Uncle, and so many friends that they cannot be counted.

Bud attended Manheim All American High School in Germany from 1975-1977 and Graduated from Lawton High School, Lawton Oklahoma in 1978.

Bud began his Tattoo career in 1978 and opened his first Tattoo Studio at 729 ½ West Colorado Avenue in Colorado Springs CO. Bud later opened three Tattoo Studios that were his livelihood and passion. The original Pikes Peak Tattoo at 519 South Nevada in 1987, which was later, moved in June 1997 to the current 902 North Circle Location, one at 2924 Wood Avenue established in July 2000, and Steel City Tattoo at 1322 East Hwy 50 Bypass in Pueblo established 1996. In addition to his beloved Tattoo career, Uncle Bud was an entrepreneur under Yates Enterprises, with a variety of ventures he delved in.

Uncle Bud was an active member in our community and touched many lives. Just a few of the many organizations he was affiliated with include The National Tattoo Association and is their current President, The Iron Butt Association, Harley Owners Group, Corvette Club, The Gold Wing Club and Honda Touring Club.

Bud and Brinda were married August 26, 1984 in Manitou Springs, Colorado at the Eastern Star Masonic Temple with just a few friends and family.

Bud loved spending time with his wife/partner "Aunt Brinda" (26 years), having fun with their "child" Bugzy Malone (a Miniature Chihuahua), riding motorcycles (especially with his wife), traveling and attending tattoo conventions, spending time with family and friends. Bud traveled through all 50 states and much of Mexico.

There will be a private family gathering at Swan Law Funeral Directors, with a CELEBRATION OF LIFE PARTY SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH 2006 4PM - 8PM @ THE NORRIS - PENROSE EVENT CENTER 1045 WEST RIO GRANDE.

Friends may go on line to www.mem.com to leave messages or tributes for the family that will be displayed later at the Celebration of Remembrance.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the “Uncle Bud Memorial Scholarship Fund” sent to the National Tattoo Association, 485 Business Park Lane, Allentown, PA 18109 or online at www.nationaltattooassociation.com "Uncle" Bud Yates "Uncle" Bud Yates

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