When I first started reading Tattoo Magazines in the late 1980s/early 1990s, you could almost guarantee that the entire back cover would be a Spaulding supplier ad. As I got more familiar with the tattoo scene, I learned that there was a lot of hostility towards supplier ads and the companies that ran them, and Huck’s name was thrown around quite often. On the other side of the equation however was his reputation as a tattooer and as a machine builder. Depending on who you talked to you got a different side.
Regardless of your thoughts on his supply company, you have to appreciate his history as a tattooer; the artists he apprenticed, the tattooers who got their start with Spaulding machines and ended up leaving their mark on the industry. He seemed like he was a hell of a guy, and that one way or the other he touched the lives of a lot of people. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
Darwin ‘Huck’ Spaulding, RIP.
Spaulding, Darwin “Huck” VOORHEESVILE Darwin “Huck” Spaulding, 84, died peacefully on Friday, February 1, 2013 at Albany Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born December 5, 1928, Huck lived in the Voor heesville area for many years. He was a veteran of the US Merchant Marines and the US Army. He started Spaulding and Rogers Mfg. in the late 1950’s, and was the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of tattooing equipment. Huck enjoyed hunting, trapping, and stock car racing in his younger years. He traveled the world, and became an award winning big game hunter and a classic car enthusiast in later years. He was a big man who lived a big life, but the thing he was most proud of was his family. Huck is survived by his wife of 63 years, Josephine.