All tattooing is folk art.
Vice.com has finally begun airing the Thom DeVita arc of their ‘Tattoo Age’ series, with episode 1 currently streaming.
You can check it out here.
The first episode features Ed Hardy, Nick Bubash, Clayton Patterson, Scott Harrison, Angelo Scotto, John Wyatt, Robert Ryan, Bubba Reeves and of course Thom. If you use the Freddy Corbin arc of season 1 as a yardstick for quality, it’s really hard to imaging it getting any better. But seeing the enthusiasm that other people have for Thom and his work wins you over. Harrison’s face lights up when he talks about his ‘bad’ DeVita tattoos. These episodes- five in total- will end up being a once in a lifetime view into the life of an iconic artist.
Check it out.
Another ‘Colored People Invade San Diego’ installment.
This clip features:
Krystyne the Kolorful. Krystyne was an exotic dancer from Alberta, Canada who had approximately 95% coverage and was a famous ‘tattooed lady’ of the 1980s. No audio with her.
Ed Hardy. Ed gives a brief rundown of his history with tattooing; stuff that’s already been covered in other videos, but it’s always nice to hear Ed talk like a beatnik.
Henk ‘Hanky Panky’ Schiffmacher talking about the (late 1980s) state of European tattooing.
I still hold Henk’s Amsterdam Tattoo Convention (I went in 1995- have the video just don’t have an 8mm player to convert it!) as one of the most impressive conventions I’ve ever been to and his contribution to the tattoo world (with documenting and with his Amsterdam Tattoo Museum) has been legendary but not nearly as celebrated as it should be.
This tape is showing wear and the audio is slightly unsynched. I had a complete backup of it but the entire thing was off; so I’ve been slowly recapturing scenes (versus the entire movie) and redoing the audio. It’s taking a while, but at least the clips are preserved on the internet.
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.
More from Tattooing Reality (thanks to my friends at Avail) with better quality.
In this excerpt, Ed Hardy talks about the roots of Realistic Tattoo; featuring Greg Irons, Bill Salmon and Dan Thome.
While Leo Zulueta had a major impact on the popularity of ‘tribal’ tattooing, Thome is an under looked figure in the evolution of graphic abstract and traditional Polynesian tattooing. His work laid the way for artists like Thomas Hooper, Jondix, ThomasThomas, Xed et all. So strange to think of him working by hand in a major shop in 1985.