May201020
The First Ever Book on Legend Bob Roberts
11:24 AM
bob roberts book.jpgIn 1973, Bob Roberts began his life in tattooing at The Pike in Long Beach, a waterfront amusement park that was home to many tattoo legends--legends like Bob Shaw and Col. Bill Todd who taught Bob the craft. It was an apprenticeship where one learned to be equally adept at removing a drunk from the shop as well as putting on a solid tattoo. Bob went on to work with Cliff Raven and Ed Hardy, who pushed tattooing to an even greater level of artistry.

With this education, he took off for NYC and opened his Spotlight Tattoo studio, and after three years, he returned to LA where Spotlight has established its place as a tattoo landmark, where top tattooing continues to be the mainstay.

In these past 37 years, Bob has garnered underground cred and mainstream popularity for his tattooing and paintings. In this time, he's also racked up a lot of stories. Yet these stories and artwork have never before been published in one volume.

To ensure this important part of tattoo history is not lost, State of Grace Publishing has created the very first book ever on the tattoo legend:

Bob Roberts: In a World of Compromise...I Don't. 
 
The 304-page hardcover (10" by 13") will include never before seen tattoo and painting photos, an extensive interview with Bob Roberts with a foreword by Don Ed Hardy.

The first edition will only be a 1,000 copies, with a hardcover sleeve, signed and numbered. The pre-sale will be at the Ink-n-Iron show in Long Beach (June 11-13) and the All American Tattoo Fest in Sacramento (June 18-20).  Then in late June, you'll be able to purchase the book on the State of Grace online store via PayPal for $300 US/$325 world. The book will ship out in August. 

With a limited print-run for a book this rare (and rumored to be the best volume State of Grace has ever done), it's almost a certainty that the book will sell out in pre-sale so put it on your calendars. I'll also post a reminder next month. If you miss it, however, the softcover will be released next year.

Another must-have for your tattoo library.
2 Comments

my parents got tattooed at the pike by bob...it was nice for me to years later go to bob on melrose and get the same thing my dad has on his back tattooed behind my ear (smaller obviously).

nice to keep family traditions alive!



Without hyperbole, I can safely say that this will be one of the most important books on tattooing to come out this or any other year. Bob's influence looms large on all of American tattooing and I'm very, very happy to see that he's getting his due with this book. Thanks, Taki!





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