Vintage Tattoo Flash
100 Years of Traditional Tattoos From the Collection of Jonathan ShawBook - 2016 | First edition.
"Electric tattooing as we know it today was invented in New York City at the turn of the 19th century. In the first days of American tattooing, tattoos were primarily worn by sailors and soldiers, outlaws and outsiders. The visual language of what came to be known as otraditional tattooingo was developed in those early days on the Bowery and catered to the interests of the clientele. Common imagery that soon became canon included sailing ships, women, hearts, roses, daggers, eagles, dragons, wolves, panthers, skulls, crosses, and popular cartoon characters of the era. The first tattooists also figured out that using bold outlines, complimented by solid color and hard shading, was the proper technique for creating art on a body that would stand the test of time. In the over 100 years since then, techniques and styles have evolved, and the customer base has expanded, but the core subject matter and philosophy developed at the dawn of electric tattooing has persisted as perennial favorites through the modern era. While most tattoos are inherently ephemeral, transported on skin until the death of the collector, a visual record exists in the form of tattoo flash- the hand-painted sheet
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : powerHouse Books, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Branch Call Number: Oversize 391.650973
Characteristics: 252 pages : color illustrations ; 28 x 32 cm.