Bulleit’s Bottle Got a Portland-Style Makeover, Thanks to a Local Tattoo Artist
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Bulleit’s Bottle Got a Portland-Style Makeover, Thanks to a Local Tattoo Artist

Tattoo artist Jason Kundell may hail from the Pacific Northwest, but his design style is inspired by a place halfway around the world — the Far East. Though Kundell, owner of Art Work Rebels tattoo shop in Portland, Oregon, grew up in the LA suburbs, since getting hooked on ink as a skateboarding teenager, he’s been obsessed with Japanese-style tattooing. “I’ve done judo, even before I started tattooing… [so] I’ve always had a little bit of a martial arts background and there’s just something that jumped out at me about the Japanese stuff,” says Kundell, who’s worked as a tattoo artist for 23 years. “In my 20s, I used to go to Japan and work out there quite a bit, soak up the culture. There was just something about the Japanese style — the layout, design quality, the roots in history.” He’s lived in Portland since 2009, and like most Portlandians, spends much of his free time out in nature. So when Bulleit approached Kundell to create a design to represent his city for a new limited collection of tattooed Bulleit Bourbon bottles, he again turned to the great outdoors for inspiration. “I wanted to do something nature-esque that […]

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