Do you folks remember that time that Yellow Beak Press put out two of the best tattoo books in recent memory?
2012 saw the release of the mammoth tome chronicling the life and times of Milton Zeis; tracing his roots, reprinting classic supply ads and featuring Zeis supply original flash sheets side by side with repaints by 95 of the world’s best tattooers while 2013 gave us Born Weird- a collection of truly trashy, offensive, subversive and downright hilarious 11×14 sheets supplied by a host of demented souls who should be sorry for what they unleashed onto the world.
Scott of Yellow Beak has announced 2014′s project: LOST LOVE, a 9×12 book featuring classic flash, stencils, sketches and photos from Cap Coleman, Paul Rogers, Sailor Jerry, Stoney St Clair, Duke Kaufman and many more. Folow the book’s progress instagram @lostlovebook
Yellow Beak has set a high standard for tattoo publications, and I’m very excited to see what comes next!
I wonder if the world of tattooing will ever have genuine characters like Stoney St. Claire again?
Not a twentysomething with pomade in his hair who loves boxing with (insert exotic animal here) while waxing his mustache, but honest to god hillbilly carnies like Stoney.
Sadly, probably not.
That said, Stoney’s legacy left us with so many amazing stories and anecdotes- some of which can be seen in the film by Alan Govenar with even more in the classic Stoney Knows How book.
This painting came to me recently as a gift from my good friend Wayde Dunn; an Australian living in Canada. Like myself, Wayde can’t get enough of Stoney, and this painting is a little reminder of an accent paying off- something I’m sure Mr. Dunn can relate to.
I’ve found myself working on Christmas Eve, sitting and listening to Ratt (Hang the DJ comes to mind) enjoying Stoney St. Claire in the classic Alan Govenar film ‘Stoney knows how’.
I hadn’t watched it through in quite some time, and I forgot what a charming character Stoney was.
Since I don’t have anything queued up for tonight I’ll leave you with Stoney.
“I LEONARD “STONEY” ST. CLAIR, AM IN THE BUSINESS OF RENDERING A SERVICE TO THIS COMMUNITY FOR THE SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO HAVE THEIR BODIES DECORATED IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER…
I CHOOSE TO PURSUE MY PROFESSION WITH INTELLIGENCE AND SKILL, WISHING NOT TO OFFEN ANYONE, BUT INSTEAD WITH MY LOVE OF MANKIND, DO WHAT GOOD I CAN DO BEFORE I DIE.
EONARD L. “STONEY” ST. CLAIR
TATTOOIST OF THE OLD SCHOOL *** SINCE 1928.