Tattoo Prints from Unbreakable Tattoo

June 10th, 2014 by Kevin -

       

Everyone knows and loves the Unbreakable Tattoo crew, and now you can have it hanging in your abode. Head over to Tat Soul. Prints are available from Jeff Meyer, Jim Sylvia, and Julian Zeff.

If these don’t strike your fancy, check out the other prints available here.

Tattoo Prints from Unbreakable Tattoo

The Tattooed Lady: A History

June 2nd, 2014 by Kevin -

       

There’s a new book coming out by Amelia Klem Osterud called The Tattooed Lady: A History. It features tattooed females like Artoria Gibbons (pictured below,) who paved the way for not only tattooed females – but tattooed individuals. Now it’s released until November, but it’s available for preorder on Amazon now. Still unsure? Keep reading, and be prepared to add another book to your collection.

Living in a time when it was scandalous even to show a bit of ankle, a small number of courageous women covered their bodies in tattoos and traveled the country, performing nearly nude on carnival stages. These gutsy women spun amazing stories for captivated audiences about abductions and forced tattooing at the hands of savages, but little has been shared of their real lives. Though they spawned a cultural movement—almost a quarter of Americans now have tattoos—these women have largely faded into history. The Tattooed Lady uncovers the true stories behind these women, bringing them out of the sideshow realm and into their working class realities. Combining thorough research with more than a hundred historical photos, this updated second edition explores tattoo origins, women’s history, circus lore, and includes even more personal and professional details from modern tattooed ladies. A fascinating read, The Tattooed Lady pays tribute to a group of unique and amazing women whose legacy lives on.

Artoria Gibbons

There is no Conspiracy. The Interview.

April 29th, 2014 by Kevin -

       

I recently participated in the Conspiracy Instagram contest to win a handful of their new shirts, but unfortunately I didn’t win. The whole reason I entered the contest was because I liked the shirts, and I dig what the company is doing. I actually dig it so much that I fired off a couple questions to them and asked for details about who they are, what they’re doing, and what else they have lined up. Click below to read more.

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Russian Criminal Tattoo Postcards

January 14th, 2014 by Kevin -

       

The Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia series have been out for as long as I can remember. I would feel confident to calling them legendary. We’ve seen videos, we’ve seen shops having theme days around these, but I don’t think we’ve ever seen postcards. I don’t know if I get it. Would you buy these? I guess you could buy them and use them for decorating, but what else would you do with them?

If you’re interested in purchasing them, they are available.

Let’s talk about Lost Love

December 2nd, 2013 by Julene Huffman -

       

If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably seen mention of the release of Lost Love. If not, here’s some insight from Scott Boyer and Kayla Gronseth, founders of Yellow Beak Press:

Lost Love is a collection of vintage tattoo flash presented in a 200 page 9×12 hardcover format. This book represents a handful of private collections and is full of never before published sheets of antique flash along with acetates, sketches, and photos.

The images in this unique collection were selected to embody the rich and diverse history of tattooing–from folky to fancy. This book will contain unsigned flash sheets as well as images from Cap Coleman, Paul Rogers, Sailor Jerry, Stoney St Clair, Percy Waters, Milton Zeis, and many more.

The first 200 pre-orders will receive a limited print of vintage flash and hand silk-screened packaging!

If you need more convincing, check out more work from the book on IG: @lostlovebook and then pre-order Love Lost from Yellow Beak Press.

Romain Jerome and Mo Coppoletta release the Tattoo-DNA watch

November 4th, 2013 by Kevin -

       

Back in September, Romain Jerome announced that he would be working with Mo Coppoletta of The Family Business Tattoo in London. Jerome and Coopoletta released four watches called the Tattoo-DNA collection. In total 100 watches will be produced, 25 of each of the four styles. The chrome model, pictured below, has a strap that will actually be tattooed by Coppoletta himself.

You can pick one of these watches up for a measly $18,450, or purchase the whole collection for $73,800. If you’re spending that kind of money on a watch, you’ll most likely want to know more specifics, which can be found here.

Below this gorgeous watch is the commercial release by Romain Jerome to advertise the newest addition to the DNA Collection. Even if you’re not interested in the watch, I would encourage you to watch the commercial. It’s well produced, and we can all appreciate a beautiful product and admire from afar.

The Romain Jerome Tattoo-DNA Watch

#FlashbackFriday: Vintage Tattoos

October 18th, 2013 by Julene Huffman -

       

As much as I enjoy seeing updates from every artist, shop and convention on Instagram, I also really enjoy all the accounts offering historic tattoo information — and photos. I’ve included something from each of my three favorite ‘old’ tattoo accounts. If you know of any others, feel free to leave them in the comments.

1.) Then & now photos of tattoos done by  J.C. Fly in the 1970′s

 

2.) Rusty Field and Bill Skuse

 

3.) Railwayman’s winged wheel wearing a crown (Riecke, 1925)