The tattoo flash and other items presented in this book come from Nick Ackman's personal collection of Percy Waters memorabilia that was put together from various sources. The designs were originally printed in the 1920s during the early years of Waters’ supply business while he was in Detroit. Nearly 100 years have passed since these designs were first printed for tattooers to use. Now they are being brought to you in this book,Designed by Percy Waters.
7 x 5 full color, soft cover, 240 pages featuring a brief introduction from Nick Ackman.
Ancient As Time: Acetates From the Collection of Lyle Tuttle
This volume contains hundreds of designs from the early days of electric tattooing through the 1970's, featuring many, rare and never before seen designs from tattooing’s past.
Proudly printed and bound in the USA with a durable, screen printed leatherette cover
(50) 8.5x11 pages on a premium quality high-gloss 100lb paper
Lay-flat book perfect for copying and tracing
Hand-picked acetate designs from the collection of Lyle Tuttle
Forward from Lyle Tuttle
Limited edition printing
Percy Waters Catalog
Royal Art Books has spent many hours retouching, enhancing and enlarging this extremely rare 1930's mail-order flash catalog from the tattoo supply legend, Percy Waters. The sheets in this book contain designs that have not been accessible to the every day tattooer due to the rarity of original Percy Waters production design sheets. These sheets have been enlarged to 16 times their original size and can now be easily re-worked for the purposes of tattooing. They are very excited to help bring these designs back into the language of Western-Americana and folk art through this book.
* please note that this book will be printed differently than first pressing.
Second Pressing (July 2017).
Proudly printed and bound in the USA with quality PUR binding
50-8 x 10 pages on a premium quality matte 100lb paper
Over 700 designs- more than enough for a whole career of traditional tattooing.
Full size reproduction catalog page included with every order
In Memory Of: The Story of W.R. King
Wilbur Raymond King was born in New Albany Indiana in 1894. King began tattooing in 1912 after attending the Indiana school for the Deaf. He tattooed on America’s carnival/circus circuit before settling down in central Kentucky and finding a home with his wife Fannie in the early 40’s. Despite King’s hearing impairment, he made a living for himself as a tradesman, farmer, tattoo artist and sign painter up until his death in 1969.
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80-12" x 8" offset printed pages on a premium quality matte 100lb paper with flexible lay-flat stitch binding with a embossed fabric cover.
Over 40 sheets containing hundreds of King’s beautifully executed tattoo flash designs.
A full biography, family photos of Wilbur, photos of Wilbur’s machines.
Photos of Wilbur's tattoos.
Harry Allen Warren: American Tattooer
This book contains a collection of tattoo flash painted in 1934-1935 by tattooer Harry Allen Warren of Los Angeles California. His painting style is very similar to other Los Angeles Area tattooers of the time like Owen Jensen and Harry Lawson. Warren was mostly based in California but also traveled the west coast working with circus and carnival shows. The classic tattoo images presented in this book represent an era of Americana that is a time passed.
8 ¼ x 5 ¼ full color, soft cover, 110 pages with an introduction by the book's creator, tattooer Nick Ackman.
Ralph Ashwell Book
Yellow Beak Press is excited to announce their latest book about Harrisburg, PA tattooer, Ralph Ashwell! Born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania in 1901, Ashwell was a tattooer from the 1930s through the early 1960s. Working as a trade laborer who held various positions while also tattooing, he was a hidden gem amongst the other practitioners of his day. His flash embodies the functional, technical, and artistic aspects that defined a multifaceted, visually oriented craft. With a career that spanned the Great Depression, at least two wars, and the accompanying waves of servicemen, Ashwell always had something to offer everyone – from roses and banners to military insignia and pop culture imagery. Despite a somewhat elusive history, he holds a place among America’s twentieth century tattoo artists. This book will contain over 100 never-before seen full-color flash sheets beautifully painted by Ashwell, spanning the late 30s to early 60s, along with a biography written and researched by Carmen Forquer Nyssen.
9" x 12"
Heavy Hardcover Format
116 Full-Color Pages
Old Glory Book
Yellow Beak Press is excited to announce their latest book, Old Glory! This new release is a collection of Quincy Lee Cooper flash, line drawings, and acetate rubbings that were once owned by Cooper that feature designs from legendary tattooers such as Jack Orr, Bert Grimm, Tex Howard, Sailor Jack Wills, Cap Coleman, E.D. Horton, Percy Waters, and Colorado Nick Wisner. With over 1,200 designs included in this collection, it is a reference gold mine.
9" x 11.5"
Heavy Hardcover Format
176 Full-Color Pages
Yours Truly, Milt Zeis
Royal Art Books spent many hours re-touching and enlarging the production flash sheets featured in this 1940's Zeis Studio Catalog. These images have been enlarged to 30x their original size and can now be easily re-worked for the purpose of tattooing. This book features historic advertisements, featuring other tattoo items offered by the Zeis Studio. They are excited to bring these images back to life inYours Truly, Milt Zeis.
Proudly printed and bound in the USA
72-12" x 8" pages on a premium quality matte 100lb paper with flexible PUR binding.
Over 500 designs - including chest & back pieces - more than enough for a whole career of traditional tattooing.
Full size reproduction catalog page included with every order.
A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to the Zeis family and their work at ZeisStudio.com.
Chicago Tattoo Supply House
Presented in this book are objects Nick Ackman has collected that came from the Chicago tattoo supply house. Made in the 1930s and 1940s they allow us to look into the past – at what tattooing was like this period. Self-billed as the “World’s largest manufacturers of tattooing supplies” for all purposes, CTSH promoted products in an array of eye-catching flyers and attractive catalogs filled with photos and illustrations, useful information, and numerous design sheets. CTSH supplied tattooers with quality products for nearly two decades.
5 ¼ x 8 ¼ full color, soft cover, 150 pages with an introduction by the book’s creator, tattooer Nick Ackman.
Bob Shaw Book - Private Collection
Over 150 Shaw designs from a private collection
120 page count
6" x 9" Landscape view
Coated cardstock cover
Electric Tattooing, Experienced Work: Fred Marquand
Fred Marquand’s life is one of the most authentic representations of an American folk artist during the 1900s. The art displayed in this book represents some of the beautiful creations he left behind for the world to admire.
6 x 8 full color, soft cover, 270 pages with a biography on Marquand written by the book’s creator, tattooer Nick Ackman.
Terry's Black Plum
Terry's Black Plum is a stunning eyeliner color that can be packed in black or shaded out to a subtle plum.