By Dave Allen
Dave Shore passed away suddenly this year, the very day his shop was scheduled to close. He worked almost daily right up to the end. It is his legacy that we wish to honor! A character of mythical proportions… Stories of his days in Texas, Hawaii and Europe are from an era in tattooing few of us got to witness. Dave worked under the banner of such great tattooists as Mike Malone, Zeke Owens and Henk (Hanky Panky) Schiffmacher and alongside Ed Hardy, Horiyoshi, Luke Atkinson, Corey Miller, Paul Jefferies and many more. Dave was bigger than life and left a great impression wherever he went…
As a Canadian he was perhaps our greatest ambassador for our craft. He established our credibility alongside guys like Paul Jefferies and John the Dutchman. His adventures and associations with other legendary characters of our past is a link to a past history we all owe a debt of gratitude too. Without guys like Dave Shore we may never have seen such great progression as we enjoy today. At a time when very few people were actually pushing our craft into a new direction, Dave was on the vanguard learning what he could and expanding people’s ideas on what tattooing could be. His passion for art and the potential he saw for tattooing always motivated him to progress.
To many of us, he was more than just a historic figure, he was a mentor and friend. If he saw truth in your approach to tattooing there were no secrets with him. He was, at the same time, encouraging and humble. He would share stories of his past, but you always felt he was trying to pass on some wisdom. Gratefully, his legacy lives on in young tattooers that he inspired. His links from the old school through the renaissance to present day gave him great perspective on our craft and his contributions need to be honored.
This years Vancouver Tattoo and Culture Show was held in Dave’s honor. There was a great turn out of impressive tattooists old and new. In a room full of hard-working and talented artists it was a privilege to host an art show that paid tribute to one of our own. Over 115 pieces of art were donated by tattooists the world over. Old friends of Dave’s; Corey Miller, Henning, Luke Atkinson, Filip Leu, and The Dutchman donated incredible pieces to be displayed and auctioned off along with many pieces by accomplished tattooists like Steve Moore, James Tex, Dave Cummings, Aaron Bell, Kore Flatmo, Dustin Bones, Rob Hope, Jesse Young, Matt Deverson, Horimasa, Hori Shin and so many more!
The show turned out to be an overwhelming success. The diversity in a single themed show was impressive. As Dave Shore’s shop was called Dragon Tattoo, so themed was the show. Hard to believe over 100 pieces of the same subject could be interpreted so differently. Dave, surely, would have been proud!
Please follow the links below to the online auction of all these wonderful paintings/drawings. All proceeds are going to Dave’s widow, Gemma. Support this great cause and give back to the craft that Dave worked so hard to elevate.
The auction is up and running! It ends on May 21st @ 6PM EST. Bid high, and bid often!
As of today the auction has already raised over $44,000!!! It’s a great thing that so many people can work together to achieve the same selfless end. In an industry plagued with egos and selfish interlopers, it’s nice to see a community acting as one to give back to those that came before us.
Want to give back? Support this auction and buy some incredible art!