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I was saddened to learn from Hi Fructose on Monday that the "Lord of Lowbrow"  "The Pizz" (born Stephen Pizzurro) had just passed (at only 57 years old). As noted by Hi Fructose, works by The Pizz "are considered as one of the original sources of 'cartoon expressionism'" and have graced various mediums -- from album covers to comics to boards to billboards to bodies...

The Pizz, heavily influenced by cartoonist Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, worked for Roth's Rat Fink comics early in his career. [Rat Fink-inspired tattoos are especially popular among California's Kustom Kulture crews.] He then rose to fame in fine art circles, showing in galleries like La Luz De Jesus (the "birthplace of pop surrealism").

In a recent August 21st interview with, The Pizz talks about his work and influences. Here's a bit from that:

You're a huge part of the Kustom Kulture, surf, skateboarding, tattoo and tiki community. Do you surf and or skateboard or do any tattooing? And or do you prefer to create awesome art that represents these movements?

Let's not forget hot rods and bikes! Mutually feeding off each other. I tattoo, it's fun. It's very, very, focused. I like something that I have to pay really close attention to, like driving really fast at night or using sharp or high-speed tools. Or flames. I'm a washout with surfing, I just flail as a swimmer. My eye to hand doesn't translate to athletics. Most artists I know spent all their early years cooped-up, developing their craft. Yes, I've designed a few skateboards, some surfboards, even skis and skipoles. I like seeing my stuff in print, whatever the surface, and I like the challenge of really odd fields, like skis. Tattoos are such a challenge, just from where they go on the body, how they fit into the topography. I gotta great coupla pals showing me what they know, like Opie Ortiz or Jack Rudy. Working on a skin canvas that grimaces and bleeds is far and away completely different than just making lines on paper...

Do the stories you tell with your art come straight out of your head or life experiences, or a bit of both?
Usually I'm working with a form of life experience, and it might be torqued-out and flavored with other stuff, like any good fiction. The best stuff is unmediated. You don't wanna overthink it. One of my ways to tunnel-in to that inner conscious is to crank up some music. If I'm just drawing, and there isn't a steady stream of verbiage counter-acting the flow, then it just pops outta nowhere. Music is excellent for creativity, talk-radio is good for nuts and bolts activity. Put on a record to get an idea, sketch it out. Talk on the phone while you're editing it, revising, clarifying. Talk radio for the mundane aspects of laying in colors...

Learn more about "The Pizz" on and Hi Fructose. Tributes to him, such as the tattoo below, can be found via #thepizz on Instagram.

The Pizz tattoo.pngTattoo tribute for The PIzz on Opie Ortiz's Instagram.
08:37 AM
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Update: Black Tattoo Art Volume I is now sold out but the Black Tattoo Art II and Color Tattoo Art are still available (for now).
"Black Friday" is a term that represents gross commerce in the name of holiday cheer, so I figured I'd take over that name and add a bit of beauty by making it Black TATTOO Friday, and offer the few remaining author copies of some of my books at a significantly reduced rate. The books on sale are:

   * Black Tattoo Art Volume 1 (my first baby) on sale for $120 + shipping, SOLD OUT
   * Black Tattoo Art Volume 2 (my latest baby) on sale for $120 + shipping, and
   * Color Tattoo Art (my new school/cartoon/comics monster) on sale for $99 + shipping.

Buy them online here.

Along with the books, I'll throw in stickers and condoms for free! And a love note!

The book sale kicks off our holiday guide, so we'll be featuring lots of other products to knock off your shopping list without ever having to enter a Walmart.

Here are some sample pics from the books below. See more pics on Flickr: Black Tattoo Art I, Black Tattoo Art II, and Color Tattoo Art.

blackwork tattoo Vincent.jpgTattoo above by Vincent Hocquet (Black Tattoo Art I).

leon lam black tattoo.jpgTattoo above by Leon Lam (Black Tattoo Art II)

comic tattoo.jpgTattoo above by Genko (Color Tattoo Art).
03:27 PM
As I get into a car with two lawyers to see a play in Philadelphia about the effects of the Holocaust in Poland (yes, this is actually my life and, no, it's not nearly as interesting as it sounds), I would be loath to miss posting about this spectacular nerd-boner.  While I've long given up comic collecting for a more permanent hobby that doesn't require acid-free backing boards or plastic jackets, this is a great post for a man who lit a candle the day that John Buscema died.

Thanks to Nick Schonberger for pointing out the Complex History of Tattooed Comic Book Characters.

06:24 PM
Dragons mutated and infused with psychedelic colors in trippy tableaus. Preening pin-ups with the luscious, highly exaggerated proportions of adolescent fantasy. Creepy cute children inhabiting dark freakscapes. Political satire played out in anthropomorphic caricature. Kittens and rainbows.

They're all in Color Tattoo Art: Cartoon. Comics. Pin-Up. Manga. New School.

Yup, we've given birth to another monster in the series of large format, too-heavy-to-carry hardcovers for Edition Reuss Publishing. This time it's an ode to color bombs -- 496 pages filled with them. I'm honored to have worked with 42 exceptional artists from around the world (they are listed below), selecting 580 images of their stellar tattoo and fine art, as well as interviewing a number of them for thoughts on tattooing (and some personal gossip). It was a helluvalotta fun.

For a sneak peak into the book, check out the Color Tattoo Art Flickr set.
Genko_tattoo_LOW.jpgTattoo by Genko

Color Tattoo Art: Cartoon. Comics. Pin-Up. Manga. New School. It's a highly literal title to describe a book dedicated to graphic, animated tattoos as well as the paintings and drawings of tattooists. Were this book to be published in the 80s and early 90s, it may have simply been called New School -- a label often used to describe art that didn't fit into traditional tattoo categories like Americana, Tribal, & Japanese. But today, with styles blurring and evolving at a great pace, these highly saturated works are moving in different directions, defying easy classification with a catchy title. I briefly discuss this movement in my introduction and in the artist interviews, but we've largely let the work speak for itself on these full-color pages.

Joe_Capobianco_tattoo_low.jpg Tattoo by Joe Capobianco

In the book, you'll find the awesomeness of these international artists featured:

Joe Capobianco, Tony Ciavarro, Genko, Gunnar, Kristel Oreto, Jime Litwalk, Kowhey, Fred Laverne, Ed Perdomo, Jee, Joako, Eva Schatz, Ulrich Krammer, King Rat, Leo, Sean Herman, Bammer, Daveee, Woodpecker, Josh Woods, Steph D., Jason Stephan, Dimitri, Broda, Slawek, May,  Tiraf, Holly Azzara, Naoki, Fide, Electric Pick, Leah Moule, Jesse Smith, Morof, Kozuru, Ivana, Dave Fox, Gerrit Termaat, Peter Bobek, Scott Olive, Kosei, Olivier. [Olivier's work is featured on the cover.]


BOOK RELEASE PARTY: I hope you'll join us Saturday, June 25th, from 8-10PM at Sacred Gallery NYC in SoHo to celebrate the release of Color Tattoo Art. Copies of the book will be on sale for the discounted rate. [As well as discounted copies of Black & Grey Tattoo.] More info on the party to come.

Gunnar_art_low.jpg Fine art by Gunnar
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