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Vintage Tattoo Flash

100 Years of Traditional Tattoos from the Collection of Jonathan Shaw

By Jonathan Shaw

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Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 14 April 2016
Vintage Tattoo Flash draws from the personal collection of Jonathan Shaw - renowned outlaw tattooist and author - and represents a selection of over 300 pieces of flash from one of the largest private collections in existence. Vintage Tattoo Flash spans the first roughly 75 years of American tattooing from the 1900s Bowery, to 50s Texas, through the Pike in the 60s and the development of the first black and grey, single-needle tattooing in LA in the 70s. This is a beautiful and serious addition to the understanding of tattoo art.

About the Author

Jonathan Shaw is a world traveling outlaw artist, novelist, blogger, head doctor, anti-folk hero, whorehouse philosopher, legendary tattoo master, and notorious innovator and creator of underground art. Shaw was born in NY to big band legend Artie Shaw and movie star Doris Dowling, and was raised in LA where he learned to tattoo on the legendary Pike boardwalk from old-school California masters. After running with the likes of Jim Morrison, the Manson Family, and Charles Bukowski, he fell prey to heroin addiction and a life of crime. He finally left 1970s Hollywood to travel the world and founded Fun City, the first street tattoo shop in NYC since tattooing was decriminalized in the 1960s.

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"Few have dipped so deeply or functioned so extensively in the cultural underbelly of our world than the notorious artist and adventurer, Jonathan Shaw." -Robert Williams "Ranks with the best." -Johnny Depp "A living example of human indestructibility that is hard to surpass." -Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello) "Bold and striking images." -Kat Von D. "An American classic, a traditionalist discarding history." -JUXTAPOZ "Jonathan Shaw is an acknowledged master craftsman of the present era." -SECONDS "Jonathan Shaw (is) a subversive and criminal inhabitant of the world of human expression." -Jim Jarmusch ''Jonathan Shaw is a shameless evildoer.'' -Marilyn Manson ''Jonathan Shaw is the great nightmare anti-hero of the new age.'' -Iggy Pop "The images in the book, much like the bodies of those whose skin they adorned, read like a history of the cultural concerns of the time--from early nautical and military themes of patriotism and seafaring to the popular cartoon characters of a given era and our ever-shifting views on death, birth, and sex." --Esquire"The pieces in Vintage Tattoo Flash come from the last century, but the highest concentration of work is from the 1900s to the 1960s. They represent much of the familiar iconography of American tattooing: ships, half-dressed women, birds of prey, panthers, daggers, roses, and, yes, hearts emblazoned with mom. What's fascinating to see, by leafing through Shaw's collection, is how the art form has evolved in the last hundred years. By the 1950s and '60s, the Sailor Jerry-esque American traditional designs begin to shift into different territory, influenced by other styles of tattooing: a touch of traditional Japanese here, a hint of realism there." --Men's Journal As seen on: The GuardianGraphics LA WeeklyPonyboy Magazine

EAN: 9781576877692
ISBN: 1576877698
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Dimensions: 26.92 x 31.24 x 3.3 centimetres (1.60 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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