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)

Tattoo History: Mid-90′s Pittsburgh Convention Photos

September 12th, 2013 by Julene Huffman -


A while back, someone sent us a link to this Flickr album full of photos from a tattoo convention at the Hilton Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA in the mid-90′s. It’s kind of crazy to see how much tattooing — and conventions — have changed in 20 years. At least we know some things never go out of style… like fanny packs and wolf t-shirts.

(Photos copyright “Maryland Male“)

Save the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum – Buy this scraperboard!

December 13th, 2012 by Kevin -


You’ve all ready about the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum situation, and here’s another way you can help. Sven Rayen has made a very generous contribution, and he’s selling this original, custom framed, scraperboard drawing. All proceeds will go to the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum, and bids will be taken until December 16th on Sven’s Facebook page.

The Rebel Reprints Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Benefit

December 4th, 2012 by Kevin -


The duo of Rebel Reprints and Thomas Asher have teamed up to help out with the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum situation with the print below. This print is Asher’s rendition of Amsterdam, and will be available until December 26th on the Rebel Reprints online store. All the proceeds will be going to the museum to help them with their legal costs. As always Rebel Reprints prints are on textured hahnemuhle fine art paper, with the highest quality archival inks. The print is 20×28 including the 1/2″ inch white border.