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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789318245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789318244
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It seems like everyone and their mother has been inked. Carol Clerk’s new tome, Vintage Tattoos, The Book of Old-School Skin Art, tracks the evolution of old-school pin-up girl pieces…as well as classic floral, nautical, death memorials and heart designs.” ~Nylon Magazine

“We’ve read our fill about tattooed circus acts and indigenous people, but we’ll always make time for the scalawags who revolutionized tattoo art. The best chapters in Carol Clerk’s Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old-School Skin Art detail the history of nautical and patriotic tattoos and their superstitions.” ~Inked Magazine

"The lavishly displayed wealth of brightly colored old-school flash is the heart of Vintage Tattoos, and the main reason you’ll find yourself flipping through it again and again. (Clerk's) ruminations on these designs and their cryptic meanings are enlightening." ~Playboy.com

"Vintage Tattoos
is as much a tat history for tat lovers as it is for anyone into pop culture and art. Gems of tattoo lore transport us to the traveling circuses of the turn of the century (which kick-started America’s tattoo fascination) and hidden backroom parlors which popped up once state governments started banning tattooing in the 1960s. It’s a history lesson worth its ink." ~ModernTonic.com

"Vintage Tattoos...is 256 pages of art and anecdotes. Salty stories of tattoo times when shotguns, not art school degrees, hung on the walls behind the parlor counter. When tattooists traveled with the circus, not metal bands. And when the art went underground because of tattoo bans." ~Needled.com

"...an entertaining and informative title that should be in every tattoo enthusiast's book collection." ~Skin Art Magazine

“Somehow quaint and sexy at once, this opus of the epidermis will stimulate smiles, winces, and perhaps more.” ~Passport Magazine




About the Author

Carol Clerk is a veteran music writer and author who has written for a number of underground newspapers and ‘zines like the weekly Melody Maker.

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She was really thrilled.
George
Really liked the book, if your in to old school tattoos or looking for some ideas for vintage flash I recommend it.
Taylor
Nice balance of historic photos, flash and text, and well organized thematically.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Palazzo on October 4, 2009
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Vintage Tattoos is an impressive compilation of true Americana. Exploring ink life from the carnival to the navy and throughout a century of beauty, icons, and curiosity, Carol Clerk brings an unbiased voyage of truly personal art and obsession.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bombina on May 24, 2009
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There is no shortage of tattoo books coming out these days.I liked this one because it dealt with old school flash which is my preference.A lot of interesting information and well illustrated.Quite a bit on George Burchett and his work which I found especially good.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Buster Paris on September 28, 2010
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This is a great book. It's that simple. If you're at all interested in classic or vintage tattoos then let this be your first book on the subject, or if you have other tattoo topic books, then you need to add this to that collection.

I was interested in a book on old school or vintage tattoos. My main purpose was to learn a little bit more about Sailor Jerry Collins and his influences. I thought maybe there would be some other interesting tidbits of information on the history of what we now consider "vintage tattoos" and maybe some cool pictures - what I got was an amazing surprise.

There is so much fantastic and detailed information - none of it boring. The book takes you on an incredible journey through time, style, artists and even equipment.

Even if you don't know how to read, the pictures and old flash of these vintage tattoos are worth the price of admission ... ok, the price of the book, but you get the point.

Whether you're looking for tattoo ideas, a tattoo history lesson or want to have a unique perspective on vintage tattoos - this is a must add to your bookshelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Torres on December 14, 2010
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Pretty classy looking book. Nice history of tattooing and the pictures are a great collection for anyone into the classic/historical tattoo narrative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betta Dayz on November 10, 2010
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This book is awesome...plenty of "olde tyme" tattoo flash for reference. People talk about "old school" all the time and don't really know what they're talking about...this book is entirely compiled of the original old school style flash and not awkward modern reinterpretations of it.

The drawings contained in this book were created by self-taught untrained artists who only had a limited range of subject matter to emulate and execute. Many of the drawings may seem a bit rough and primitive but remember the art of tattoo has only recently been adopted by the fine arts community and this book represents the traditional artwork of tattooists in the early part of the twentieth century...in it's completely unadulterated form without the self consciousness of modern art. This book is a must for the serious collector or general enthusiast of classical European/American tattoo traditions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PFC Witcher on September 14, 2010
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I bought this book after getting my first tattoo, while looking through it I relized how beautiful the old school designs are. Before Kat Von D you had the masters like sailor Jerry Collins, Jack Dracula, and Bert Grimm. If you want a look at what tattoo art should look like i suggest buying this book
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By a tattooed researcher on January 3, 2011
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Nice collection of vintage tattoo images & flash, but like many other "tattoo history" books, light on the facts. More repeats of the same old fictions about tattoo artists that have been repeated everywhere. Enjoy for the nice collection of images of vintage/classic flash, but look elsewhere for actual history.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Collins on April 27, 2010
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I thought it would be more flash. Still interesting book. Good buy if you enjoy Traditional tattoos
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