Own an authentic piece of early American tattoo history with his original
hand-painted flash sheet. This beautiful original vintage tattoo flash sheet is
a beautiful one-of-a-kind example of classic early American tattoo art. Painted
in the 1920s, probably somewhere on New York City's Bowery -- the birthplace of
American Tattooing -- this beautiful one-of-a-kind original flash sheet from
one of tattoo history's most important venues comes from the extensive
collection of world famous tattoo artist, Jonathan Shaw.
While we have been unable to ascertain the name of its artist, or any other
specific information as to its exact origins, we do know that it was acquired
by Shaw together with a large collection of antique tattoo designs from New
York's infamous Bowery tattoo studios.
Judging by the Union Jack and other British themes seen on other sheets by the
same artist, this artist possibly came from somewhere in the British empire.
Many of the original Bowery tattoo artists were European, and specifically
British, immigrants, and there was a lot of traveling the 7 seas going on with
tattooists back in the day - as evidenced by the fact that this sheet appears
to have been taken from a traveling tattooist's portable catalogue book.
It's also easy for the trained eye to spot the unmistakable influence of the
legendary British tattoo-master, George Burchett, leading us to speculate that
this sheet and others like it may have been produced by one of Burchett's
apprentices, or a close associate. Born in Victorian England, Burchett was
famous for tattooing sailors, soldiers, famous carnival sideshow performers of
the day, and distinguished members of European royalty during his career. which
spanned the turbulent years between the reign of Queen Victoria to the
ascendancy of Queen Elizabeth. His distinctive talents and widespread
popularity, combined with his enthusiastic interest in the cultural history of
his profession was instrumental in propelling tattooing through the 20th
century to where it is today.
This extraordinary sheet, and others like it by the same hand, also seems to
have possibly originated in Denmark, judging by a rubber stamp seen on the back
of other sheets by the same artist - eventually ending up in one of New York
City's many rough-and-tumble Bowery tattoo parlors.
This classic original flash sheet measures aprox. 11" x 10" and comes with a
hand-written letter of authenticity from Shaw upon request. It is part of the
renowned archives of classic tattoo artwork featured in Shaw's ongoing book
series Vintage Tattoo Flash published on Powerhouse Books. Signed copies of
Jonathan Shaw's VINTAGE TATTOO FLASH books can be ordered here:
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NOTE: Original antique tattoo flash sheets like the one shown here have been
increasing in value at an extraordinary rate over the last 10 years. And with
the growing interest in tattoo art in the mainstream art world, there is no end
in sight - making this a very solid investment for the forward-thinking
collector. Bottom line: there's only so much of this kind of priceless artwork
in existence - and they ain't making no more! Soon enough they will all be
unobtainable and sitting in museums.
All reasonable offers will be considered and promptly responded to. Thank you!