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A Treasure Trove of Antique Tattoo Flash is Found in Corpus Christi

By Craig Hlavaty

Source: http://www.blog.chron.com

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Long before tattoos were the subject of reality show after reality show and people like Justin Bieber sported ink, tattoos were the milieu of sailors, soldiers, Marines, and maybe circus folk.

This weekend, Peveto Art Gallery will display 20 sheets of historic tattoo flash art that were recently found in an abandoned house in Corpus Christi. According to gallery owner Scott Peveto, the flash looks to be over 100 years old. The items were rescued from a Dumpster by a man who cleans out houses that are tagged to be torn down.

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“I’ve spent enough time with them to know they are real,” said Peveto. The sheets are water and nicotine-stained and more than likely were originally displayed on the walls of a tattoo shop for customers to choose pieces from.

The art is on heavy illustration board and shows  signs of wear from push pins. Artist names are included on most.

“The majority of them are by the same artist,” said Peveto. You can really pinpoint the ones that don’t quite go with the others.

Peveto is looking to sell half the lot at a public unveiling of the exhibit  Saturday night at his Montrose gallery. He said he is going to ask around $2,000 per sheet. The exhibit opens at 6 p.m.

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Peveto said the work predates the art of  Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, who made his name tattooing sailors, rebels, and rogues. Sailor Jerry’s name is now on rum bottles, art galleries, dorm posters, baby clothes, and his artwork can be found re-imagined on skin all over the world.

A friend of Peveto’s who is a longtime sailor noticed that one piece looked particularly familiar.

“He said that the one piece of flash looks very much like Teddy Roosevelt’s ‘Great White Fleet’ that circumnavigated the globe from 1907 to 1909,” said Peveto. That could mean that the artist had drawn up the design for customers who had been aboard the ships. Or it just looked cool.

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Corpus would have been a convenient spot for sailors to get tattoo work done given its proximity to the Gulf. Today, the city maintains a thriving tattoo scene with hotspots like Shipwreck Tattoo.

Bruce Morgan out at Shipwreck and his colleagues aren’t so sure the flash is the work of a homegrown Texas artist. They think it’s more of an East Coast-style. Texas tattoo flash from this era would probably have more Texicana involved, like state flag, cowboy, or yellow rose imagery, Morgan said.

“It could have been someone’s collection from their travels,” said Morgan. Even still he’s very curious about the collection’s  lineage. He’d like a fellow tattoo artist to acquire them for their own collection.

“We tattooers try our best to keep tattoo-related history in our own family,” he said.

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Paul Dobleman: Psychedelic Stories from the Road

Psychedelic s for webBy Paul Dobleman: Due to the fact I’ve been on the road, I haven’t had the chance to do a proper psychedelic story, so you are going to just have to hear one of mine… (more…)


Paul Dobleman: Psychedelic Stories March’s WINNER!

Psychedelic s for webBy Paul Dobleman: 

Here is the Psychedelic Stories winner for March, thanks to everyone who participated…  (more…)


Paul Dobleman: Psychedelic Stories February’s WINNER!

Psychedelic s for webBy Paul Dobleman: 
So it begins! We got a little bit of a late start… So here is February’s Winner!

A big thanks to everyone who wrote in… (more…)


Paul Dobleman: Psychedelic Stories Contest 2013

By Paul Dobleman: 
So I’ve been tattooing assholes for the last year, I’m over it and moving on. As much as I’d like to blog about my opinions I think that’s all fucking bullshit and no one cares. I’m all about having a good time and this is more my speed. As tattooers a lot of us have been through some weird stuff, drugs especially… (more…)


Paul Dobleman: December’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman: 
I’d like to thank everyone who participated and sent in an asshole story, it’s been a fun year tattooing you assholes. Cheers to everyone who reads these, hope you like next year’s project… Psychedelic Stories!

The last asshole… December’s asshole of the month is Stuart…  (more…)


Paul Dobleman: November’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman: Assholes keep comin’ here is the November Asshole of the month… (more…)


Paul Dobleman: October’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman: Once again! Yes you know… Assholes happen! Here is the winner for October!!! (more…)


Paul Dobleman: September’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman: Once again, Assholes!!! Here is the September Asshole of the Month…  (more…)


Paul Dobleman: August’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman:  Once again, assholes are everywhere! Here is the asshole of the month for August… (more…)


Paul Dobleman: July’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman: 
Assholes happen as always, here is the asshole of the month for July! Once again, thanks to everyone who participated!  (more…)


Paul Dobleman: June’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman: 
Once again, assholes happen! Thanks to everyone who participated. Here is the winner for June’s Asshole of the Month… (more…)


Paul Dobleman: May’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman: 
Asshole of the month for May! Once again everyone, thank you for participating in the contest! May’s winner is Colin Banks… (more…)


Paul Dobleman: April’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman: 
Once again, more ass! April’s winner is Hollywood Nelson! I chose this story because it was written so well. Congratulations! Hollywood Nelson, you’re an asshole! She chose the griffin donkey for her collection… (more…)


Paul Dobleman: March’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman:
There have been some assholes, but this is just fucking awesome! Travez you killed it!!!

Travez chose the donkey Pegasus for his collection… Here is the March asshole of the month… (more…)


Paul Dobleman: February’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman:
Once again, many great stories. I chose this one because of its random simplicity and it was original compared to “I spit in my bosses face” type stories. So this asshole also wanted no photo of herself and to remain candid we will call her “Alex” Asshole of the month… (more…)


Paul Dobleman: January’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman:
There were a lot of good ones but this is the winner for January and the first asshole of the year! Due to the nature of the story this person wanted to remain candid so we’ll just call him, James. This is James’s story…

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Paul Dobleman: Asshole of the Month

By Paul Dobleman
Send me a story via letter or e-mail of why you are the asshole of the month! If your story gets chosen, you win a free donkey tattoo from the asshole of the month flash page. This will be for 2012 only and each winners story that was chosen proving them to be the asshole of the month will be posted on Tattoo Artist Magazine’s blog, along with a picture of themself and the donkey tattoo they chose.

GOOD LUCK!!! (more…)


VICE Magazine: Tattoo Age, Episodes Two & Three

[Episode 3 and more info on expanded page]

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Wrath: The Weekly Flash

By Wrath
I was honored when Crash asked me to do this blog. I’ve never blogged before so I tried to get him to tell me what to do but he left it up to me. Thanks a lot Crash… Well, he did tell me what I can’t do. No cursing or shit talking…

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Richard Stell Prints

Pork Chops Sheet: 31”/42” 300.00 plus shipping but price changes at the end of the month of April or May to cover the paper cost going up… it will be 450.00 when he gets the last run at the price we are getting them for currently….

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Milano Tattoo Convention: Original/Rare Memorabilia Available at the Tattoo Artist Magazine Booth

Original Bert Grimm Flash Sheet

Every year Tattoo Artist Magazine (TAM) makes the journey half way across the globe to partake in the festivities at the Milano Tattoo Convention. This year TAM has sweetened the deal and brought with it some very rare and collectible tattoo memorabilia that will be for sale at the TAM booth.  (more…)


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