Military Flash

Perforated pages allow you to remove pages and hang them on the wall of your studio. Hundreds of anchors, angry daggers, exotic dancers, and patriotic decorations are shown that adorned the flesh of veterans returning from the world wars. This collection of historic flash boards is a tribute to those who served their countries; a sentimental look at body art available in the early 20th Century; and an exciting examination of bold designs that have stood the test of time.

This book invites you to peruse an exhibition wartime art from the turn of the century through World War II; art that is enjoying increasing popularity on today's young crop of skin canvas.

Historic Flash

Hundreds of historic and colorful tattoo designs are presented--many to a sheet--to be separated from the book and hung up for frequent reference. The classic designs include patriotic, humorous, romantic, naughty, nostalgic, bird, religious, animal, military, floral, and beautiful images from throughout the twentieth century.

Schiffer Publishing. Artists will want these for inspiration and graphic historians for authenticity. They reflect a counter culture that has strong impact on society today.

Classic Flash in 5 Bold Colors

Schiffer Publishing. Traditional American tattooing has a rich, extensive heritage. Over 640 individual flash designs are reproduced in color as a celebration of the tradition and the hope that it will continue as folk art. Often under appreciated, loves, the desires, encompassing design motifs and themes that are expressions of the heart, it represents a true folk art, and ambitions of the artists and those who wear their artworks.

Besides classic designs by the author, the images here include collaborative work with other tattoo designers. After carefully studying work by renowned American tattoo artists including Paul Rogers, Leonard "Stoney" St. Clair, percy waters, owen james and others the author distilled it into five component colors: black, red, and brown, George Burchett, yellow, green, August "Cap" Coleman, and developed a new interpretation of their classic styles.


Sailor Jerry's Tattoo Stencils

The value of the stencils is included, along with descriptions of stencils and their usage and a glossary of tattoo terminology. In their original condition, most carry residual charcoal dust from their last use. Here is a sizeable portion of sailor jerry's stencils, spanning his tattoo career, the newest tattoo collectible, from the 1940s to the early 1970s.

. All are signed by Jerry with one of his several distinctive signatures. American tattoo master sailor jerry Collins of Hawaii is best known for his remarkable tattoo designs, blending the fluidity of Asian motifs into classic American tattoo imagery. They are, in the best sense, permanent tattoos carved in plastic, enduring through time.

The stencils themselves were handcut in celluloid, vinyl or acetate sheets by the master himself for use during his day-to-day thriving tattoo trade in downtown Honolulu. Schiffer Publishing. Schiffer Publishing. Until now, most of sailor jerry's work has been controlled by a handful of collectors, seen only at museum or art gallery exhibitions or in short-run, self-published books.

This is the only book of its kind--a workbook for artists, and a design catalog for folk art historians. The basic line work of hundreds of his staple and surprisingly beautiful designs--pin-ups, hearts, roses, and banners, bluebirds, and Jerry's infamous military/political cartoons.

Classic Flash 2: In 5 Bold Colors

Using the five classic bold colors black, yellow, red, green and brown, the flash in this second volume continues to explore the importance of the origin and essential foundations of tattooing while making its own mark on the visual history of this folk art. Schiffer Publishing. Offering a broad range of themes, this is an ideal flash book for anyone in the tattoo industry.

Schiffer Publishing. In more than 100 pieces of contemporary flash, "Tilt" and his collaborators celebrate the lineage of tattoo artists who have paved the way while looking forward to the future of tattooing. Schiffer Publishing.

Sailor Jerry's Tattoo Stencils II

Now, in a second volume, more of his great stencils are reproduced. Schiffer Publishing. Hand-cut, hundreds of basic line works are printed here for the first time. Schiffer Publishing. Fat round roses, plump pin-ups, and scathing military/political cartoons. The pages are perforated to make it easier for today's tattoo artist to display the work of this master.

His best-known contributions are the now classic designs. Schiffer Publishing. Sailor jerry" collins of honolulu, Hawaii, is arguably the greatest tattoo artist of the 21st Century.

Classic Flash 3: Japanese Style

Schiffer Publishing. Schiffer Publishing. Schiffer Publishing. Theartists applied themes and characters from Japanese mythology, such as yōkai, to their traditional American aesthetic. Divided into three sections, and one with flash created collaboratively, the book features designs that havegradually more complicated backgrounds, one each for designs by the artists individually, or filler.

Japanese folklore and modern american tattooing cometogether in this book of more than 100 sheets of tattoo flash designed to be drawnon the body in a single session. Exploring the rich history of Japanese inkdrawings and making readily tattooable images were the priorities of this thirdbook in the Classic Flash series.

Tattoo collectors andenthusiasts with an appreciation for Manga, will revel in this colorful, who may be intimidated by extremelycomplex Japanese tattoo designs, whimsicalcollection of flash.

Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old-School Skin Art

They are enjoying a renaissance, with graphic designers and artists creating specialty tattoos for a growing audience, unleashing a revival of interest in the bawdy vintage tattoo. Originally embraced by rebels, sailors, these tattoos—broken hearts, floral motifs, and gangsters, naked girls, and maritime emblems—are now showing up on the fashion runway and in music videos.

Schiffer Publishing. Tattoos have gone from badges of rebellion to fashion statements fully absorbed into mainstream culture. Schiffer Publishing. This book chronicles vintage motifs in thematic chapters interspersed with profiles of influential tattoo artists and their distinctive designs: Sailor Jerry Collins, Japan’s Horiyoshi III, Bert Grimm, Mike "Rollo Banks" Malone, Don Ed Hardy "the Godfather of Tattoos", and Shanghai’s Pinky Yun.

Old school tattoos are being rediscovered sometimes ironically, sometimes not by a new generation. Universe Publishing NY. Schiffer Publishing.

Vintage Tattoo Flash Volume 2

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. Schiffer Publishing. Schiffer Publishing. Comprised entirely of previously unseen and unpublished work,  Volume 2 picks up where the first volume left off—contributing a new and important body of work to the historical record of this outsider art form.

Electric tattooing as we know it today was invented in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. In the over 100 years since then, and the customer base has expanded, techniques and styles have evolved, 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 sheets of designs posted in tattoo shops for customers to select from. Vintage tattoo flash: volume 2 represents a selection of over 100 pieces of flash from one of the largest private collections in existence and spans the first roughly 75 years of American tattooing from the 1900s Bowery, through the Pike in the 60s and the development of the first black and grey, to 50s Texas, single-needle tattooing in LA in the 70s.

The book lovingly reproduces entirely unpublished sheets of original flash from the likes of Bob Shaw, and many, Ted Inman, the Moskowitz brothers, Paul Rogers, Zeke Owen, Tex Rowe, Ed Smith, Ace Harlyn, many others relatively known and unknown. 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.

Common imagery that soon became canon included sailing ships, wolves, roses, dragons, daggers, panthers, skulls, hearts, eagles, women, crosses, and popular cartoon characters of the era.

Vintage Tattoo Flash: 100 Years of Traditional Tattoos from the Collection of Jonathan Shaw

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. 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 sheets of designs posted in tattoo shops for customers to select from.

Common imagery that soon became canon included sailing ships, roses, hearts,  women,  panthers, crosses, skulls, daggers, eagles, wolves, dragons, and popular cartoon characters of the era. Painted and repainted, traded, these sheets are passed between artists through one channel or another, stolen, bought and sold, often having multiple useful lives in a variety of shops scattered across time and geography.

Powerhouse. The utility of these original pieces of painted art has made it so that original examples can still be found in use or up for grabs if you know where to look. Electric tattooing as we know it today was invented in New York City at the turn of the 19th century. 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.

Universe Publishing NY. 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.

Traditional American Tattoo Design: Where It Came from and Its Evolution

Individual artists are listed, along with others who altered designs. Changes in tattoo art over the years is shown as well as the trend today to return to earlier designs. Universe Publishing NY. Powerhouse. Military, religious, figural, animal, and nature themes are displayed among the many hundred designs.

Schiffer Publishing. The evolution of tattoo art in america is spread before you in 265 impressive original tattoo flash sheets and insightful text written by a tattoo artist who has designed on his own since 1960 Schiffer Publishing. Schiffer Publishing. Schiffer Publishing. This book will be an endless source of inspiration, for those who are passionate about tattoo art.