“It seems like everyone and their mother has been inked. Carol Clerk’s new tome, "Vintage Tattoos, The Book of Old-School Skin Art," tracks the evolution of old-school pin-up girl pieces…as well as classic floral, nautical, death memorials and heart designs.” "Nylon Magazine
"“We’ve read our fill about tattooed circus acts and indigenous people, but we’ll always make time for the scalawags who revolutionized tattoo art. The best chapters in Carol Clerk’s "Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old-School Skin Art" detail the history of nautical and patriotic tattoos and their superstitions.”" Inked Magazine
""The lavishly displayed wealth of brightly colored old-school flash is the heart of "Vintage Tattoos," and the main reason you’ll find yourself flipping through it again and again. (Clerk's) ruminations on these designs and their cryptic meanings are enlightening." Playboy.com"
"Vintage Tattoos" is as much
With its nautical symbolism, hearts and daggers, ribbon banners and scantily clad women, old-school tattoo designs represent the history of the art form as well as a fascinating subculture. Showcasing the artistry inherent in authentic and historical 'flash' art, Vintage Tattoos explores the bold, colourful and enduringly popular designs that were perfected across two World Wars, explains their history, symbolism and social significance, and delves into the colourful lives of the era's most famous practitioners.
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