“I wanted to rework the lettering on the Wand, and give it my own font. The colorway is reminiscent of a sunset and sunrise — the end of the day and the beginning of a new day.”
— BJ Betts
BJ Betts’ career has been as eclectic and diverse as his art. And every element of his career — from doing hip hop to being an Operations Specialist in the US Navy, from typography to tattooing — has had an impact on his art.
Our experience with BJ has shown him to be an amazing and humble person - and we can imagine that, as a kid mesmerized by graffiti art and the penmanship of his grandparents’ letters, he would never have guessed that one day many would consider him to be the king of lettering.
So many artists have asked him for advice on how he creates such intricate, clean, and beautiful script, that BJ — wanting to help as many as possible — ended up writing a five-volume guide that is now the ultimate reference for black and gray script tattooers.
BJ Betts was among the first group of artists that Franco requested to use the Liner Wand in its testing phase. His genuine love and appreciation for this awesome machine, along with our desire to celebrate his beautiful work & passion for his craft, is what led to the BJ Betts x Bishop Wand.
BJ is a dear friend and member of the Bishop Pro-Team – and we are truly honored to release an Artist Series Bishop Wand in collaboration with him. Only 150 units of this limited-edition machine will be made, like the other Artist Series Machines – and will not be repeated.
Working with BJ is an honor, and we’re grateful to do it – and to continue learning about lettering from the best in the game!