Cliff Rave

Raven 82

Professor Bud Huizinga (the spelling could be off; I’ve seen it several ways) had quite a few amazing tattoos from Cliff Raven, including this avian piece that was completed sometime around 1982.

Cliff was an interesting figure in the history of Tattooing; an educated man (with a B.A. in Fine Arts) as well as being openly gay, Cliff pushed boundaries on a variety of fronts and left a lasting legacy that has influenced generations after his retirement. As such, I really hope that the ‘Cliff Raven licensing’ thing ends up flopping. Jeans. Wine. Bottled water. While Ed Hardy is still around to balance out the negative (at least by some of our standards) effects of Christian Audigier’s douchebaggery, the commercialization of Raven will end up being a soulless cashgrab with no positives.