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Next week, Solid State Publishing--an enterprise of Solid State Tattoo in Milwaukee--is releasing These Old Blue Arms: The Life and Work of Amund Dietzel. The preview page they've got up looks fantastic and at over 200 pages and a mere $50, you'd be crazy not to order this bad boy.
Marisa will have a full review coming up after she tears through her copy.
The March issue of Inked Mag is out now and, as Marisa has previously pointed out, along with featuring beautiful heavily tattooed women in lesser and lesser states of undress, there are occasionally some righteous articles written by some or one of these here contributors on N+S.
This month, I got to speak with living legend "Bowery" Stan Moskowitz. And while I was nervous that he'd somehow be able to reach through the phone to break my face and toss me down a flight of stairs, I managed to get through the interview in one piece.
Here's a little preview of why you didn't -- and don't -- fuck with Bowery Stan.
There are a lot of rough stories from [the Bowery] days.
...You didn't know who the hell was comin' through the doorway. One time this guy comes in and he punches me in the stomach. See, I have to remember that 'cause no one ever did that before. And he says to me, "You do a good job, kid," and here he punched me in the stomach, the fuck. I picked up a ball-peen hammer I had and I hit him right in the head with it. Right in the forehead! Holy shit, it starts to bleed like a bastard!
And then you tattooed him anyway.
Yeah, I tattooed him. Well, my father saw the guy bleeding and he was spurtin' blood everywhere. He had a hot towel he put on him and he put this here blood-stopper on, and finally it stopped. So then my old man sat him down and I tattooed him! He gave me a tip and said he was sorry. [Laughs.] You know, it's laughable. It wasn't laughable then. Jesus Christ, now that I think of it--it's a good thing I wasn't older.
That's right, I used the word tat, but in all fairness it goes really well with the word zappin'. Let me preface this post by explaining something about dudes and tattoos and barber shops. Nothing beats a good haircut, especially when you've got a great barber and especially when that barber is a great old guy from Sicily named Gaspare. His father owned a barber shop there and he started helping out by shaving customers at age seven. With a straight razor. When Gaspare was still a kid in Sicily, barber shops in New York City were sharing space with tattooers like Charlie Wagner and Jack Redcloud, and some barbers also tattooed on the side, like Willie Moskowitz.
Yesterday, after literally months of rescheduling, myself and a couple friends finally got to do a day of haircuts and tattoos. (No buzz-cuts, though. That also just sounded good.) Put down the Lame Whistle; I understand we can't recreate the days of the down and dirty Bowery -- besides, I'm pretty sure I'd get my ass kicked real quick in those days -- but the least we could do is have a good time while giving a slight nod to tattooing's roots.
We got to the barber shop around noon and lined up for haircuts. Andy got a shave, too, and we all left Gaspare's feeling like a hundred dollars. I first met Andy Perez a couple years ago around the time I'd heard he had started tattooing. Currently, he's working out of Jersey City Tattoo Co. with tattooers Adam Paterson and Chuck Daly, but since he's only there a few days a week, we headed back to his place and got set up.
Quick disclaimer: neither myself nor Needles and Sins promotes sketchy, kitchen table tattooing. Luckily, Andy's setup is all above board: sterile needles, disposable tubes, madacide, etc.
And hey, if Marisa can handle getting tattooed in a hotel lobby, I can handle a rumbly apartment off the BQE. It should also be noted that I'm not one to go around posting every time I get a new tattoo, but I figured this is okay because it's a little different.
Ryan went first and writhed through some serious script on his collar bone. He made it out alive, if not a little exhausted, and I chose a pretty righteous skull from Andy's latest set of flash. He opted to stick with just black, red and yellow, leaving out the bits of blue from the original design. He knocked it out in no time and now I've got a sweet and clean daggered skull just below the knee pit. It's even got a gold tooth, so it's legit.
Check out Andy's blog and if you can't make it out to Jersey City, it's possible he'll make a private appointment. Getting haircuts is also recommended.
Let's just all assume that Marisa's new Black Tattoo Art book is already on everybody's list -- and it should be, since it's the kind of book that I imagine will be one of those much sought after publications fifty years from now. Anyway, history is important, books are good, here's three you can still get and should be reading or purchasing immediately. We'll go reverse chronologically.
Underway is the Only Way
This is the one that prompted me to make this little list, and while you can still snag a copy on Book Mistress, it's not currently in print. So go get a copy now and read the rest of this later. A joint effort between Grime and Horitaka, Underway is all interviews with current tattooers, both old vets and younger guys, and they run the gamut: Jack Rudy, Marcus Pacheco, Filip Leu, Corey Miller and a Chris O'Donnell/Mike Rubendall conversation where beer is spilled at least four times. It's a really fantastic look at how a lot of tattooers came up, but what's even better is that the conversations are long; which means they get in to some great topics, instead of just bitching about TV shows. There's also Guy Aitchison, Aaron Cain, Troy Denning...
New York City Tattoo
I got this book a few years ago and it's always a fun one to come back to. Sam O'Reilly got the ball rolling in Chinatown in 1875 and New York City Tattoo picks up with tattooers like Brooklyn Blackie, Huck Spaulding and the Moskowitz brothers. It's all oral interviews and full of stories about grungy, closet-sized spaces and serious bare-knuckle brawls before the ban in 1964. This was real deal tattooing and if it doesn't make you respect the trade and its rough-and-tumble western roots, then I'm sending a certain fiery redhead your way that I'm sure can sort you out. There's also some amazing old photos and some great old flash.
Tattoo: Secrets of a Strange Art
Originally published by Simon and Schuster in 1933, Dover re-printed Albert Parry's work in 2006. Pretty sure someone mentioned this on N+S, or maybe it was the old Needled, but it's definitely worth a look -- they've got Charlie Wagner in here! It gives you the 1930s perspective, which can be pretty hilarious but also surprisingly similar to the current state of affairs here in 2009. Take, for example, tattooers throwing a fit when they started making ladies pajamas with tattoo designs on them. Parry does a good job of talking to folks and trying to get to the bottom of why so many different types of people seem to love tattoos: ladies, kids, criminals, hookers, circus folks. Also has some photos and flash designs, but they aren't the focus.
Now, there are a few books I failed to mention. Here's another quick list of books we've covered on here (in varying depth) that you should also check out, and, of course, the Shige book has already become one of those much sought after publications...so we assume it's assumed. But:
* The Art of Shige
* Tattoo Machines: Tall Tales, True Stories & My Life in Ink
* John Reardon's The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting a Tattoo
* The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olivia Oatman
* Tattoo in Japan
Also, Lal Hardy's Mammoth Book of Tattoos is worth a look, too, for some great current work and Vintage Tattoos is fun for some classic designs. Ok, so this was what, three lists? Two and a half? Feel free to add!