RIP Huck Spaulding
Another tattoo legend has passed: Huck Spaulding, whom many know -- not just for his tattoos -- but for having one of the first international tattoo supply companies, Spaulding & Rogers, which still going strong today. Huck also published what many deem the "tattoo bible," Tattooing A to Z: A Guide to Successful Tattooing.
Early this morning, this message appeared on the Facebook page of the Tom Spaulding Tattoo Studio:
We are all deeply saddened to let you know of the death of Tom's dad, Huck Spaulding. He was a pioneer in the tattoo industry. His innovations brought tattooing out of the back alleys, and into mainstream America, as well as around the world. He was the first worldwide distributor of quality tattoo equipment. He was at the forefront of tattoo safety, with disposable needles and autoclavable machine parts. He was a big man who lived a big life. He was a trapper, a stock car racer, a big game hunter, and a classic car enthusiast. He was a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was so proud of his wonderful family. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.RIP Huck.