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VINTAGE TATTOO FLASH: 100 YEARS OF TRADITIONAL TATTOOS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JONATHAN SHAW. PowerHouse Books, Brooklyn, 2016. Distributed by Penguin Random House LLC, New York. 256 pp. with 202 ills. (197 col.). 28 x 32 cm. ISBN 9781576877692 In English.
Publisher's description: Vintage Tattoo Flash is a one-of-a-kind visual exploration of the history and evolution of tattooing in America. A luscious, offset-printed, hardcover tome -- a beautiful and serious addition to the understanding of one of the world's oldest and most popular art forms. 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 "traditional tattooing" 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 smooth 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.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Drawing and Watercolor
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 170880
Hardcover $60.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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