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It was about 15 years ago when I began my journey into the tattoo world. I can remember the first tattoo shop opening up a few blocks from my house in late 1997 on Staten Island, NYC. At that time I was fresh out of Art College, and trying to land a gig as a comic book penciler. I had always been fascinated by tattoos, but comics were my first passion.
Eric Iovino - Tattoo Artist
Eric Iovino – Tattoo Artist
Yet ever since I was very young, the fascination for tattoos grew. One time I was at a public pool on Staten Island, and could’t be more than 6 or 7 years old. I asked my mother for some change to but a box of cracker jacks. Now I HATED cracker jacks growing up, but there was always the off chance that I would SCORE big time and land a sweet book of temporary tattoos! That’s the only reason I EVER bought cracker jacks. So I walked over to the concession stand ALONE with the pocket change my mom gave me. (that’s right back then you could walk 300 feet without your mom attached to you, AND buy a box of cracker jacks with a couple of quarters). I distinctly remember being disappointed with the crappy plastic prize that I did get in that particular box. My recollection of the Cracker Jack prize options were as follows: a- Tattoos or b- every other useless piece of plastic passed off as a “prize”. When I got back from the concession stand, my mom and sister asked where the Box of Cracker Jacks was, I just stared blankly.
I proceeded to tell them that I had simply thrown it away. Like I said I HATED Cracker Jacks. Well I get an earful about how I was wasting money… blah blah blah… All I could think of was how disappointed I was that I DIDN’T get those tattoos as a prize! “What a Rip Off” I thought! Anyway, tattoos were pretty awesome to me as a kid, and back then they were very rare. Whether they were real tattoos, or fake ones, tattoos were hard to come by back then. And being from a city where they were tattoo shops were illegal, I didn’t know much about them. All of this mystery about tattoos added to my curiosity as an aspiring artist.
And of course growing up in the 70′s and 80′s, I was a child of a CRAZY generation. Back then only bikers, sailors, and a few truckers had tattoos. My parents were hippies through and through. As a result, I got to meet some interesting people with tattoos. Two people I can recall at a very early age which had some really wicked tattoos for the time were friends of my dad’s.
My dad was young, 20 when he had me and so with that came some very “fun times” during the seventies. Let’s just say he had some colorful friends, as did my mom. And their professions were quite interesting as well. That aside, one of their friends went by the name of Dave. He was a typical biker looking character, a little older, maybe 50 or so. He had a long grey beard, and a HUGE tattoo of an Indian head across his chest. That was just the coolest thing to a 6 year old in 1979! He also had multiple pin-up tattoos, and other various tattoos on his body and legs.
The other person was my Dad’s friend Mikey. This guy was much younger, and was a frail character. But I will never forget the day he came to our apartment showing off a brand new eagle tattoo on his fore arm. I remember telling my dad how cool I thought the tattoo was! It was maybe days or weeks old, so the colors in the tattoo were still vibrant.
There were also various female friends which came to visit who also had several tattoos. The butterfly tattoo on the shoulder seemed to be a popular tattoo back then.
So by the time tattoos became legal in NYC, some 20 years later, I had already created this concept and fascination of tattoos and what they meant to me. Needless to say, walking into my first tattoo shop was a very intriguing experience. It was the fall of 97, and I thought I could leave some flyers advertising custom tattoo designs. When I walked in, an older gentleman stopped me and asked if I had ever drawn tattoo flash. I said no, and spoke to him briefly. Then I left, and didn’t go back into the tattoo shop for several months. When I did make it back, a woman named Virginia was working there as a tattoo artist. It was Virginia who took the time out to teach me about tattoo flash, and how I could make money selling it. When it clicked, and I realized I could make color copies of my work and sell it for $10 to $12 a page, I knew it was something I needed to try. I loved the freedom of tattoo art, because there were no taboo subjects for tattoo designs. I went home and began drawing tattoo designs until my fingers fell off! Less than 2 weeks later, I came up with 10 sheets of tattoo flash, as per Virginia’s instructions. She also told me how I should make the tattoo design as easy as possible for the tattooist to reproduce. That day, the same day I completed my artwork, I made color copies and began selling them at the local tattoo shops. I sold $200 worth of tattoo flash that day. When I went back to the original tattoo shop that evening, a tattoo artist was already tattooing a design someone picked from my tatt
Eric Iovino Flash Sets
Eric Iovino Flash Sets
oo flash set! That was really exciting moment for me as an artist! From that day on, I was all about drawing tattoo flash! I went on to draw another 40 sheets of tattoo flash that year, and began to sell and market my tattoo art online.
Little did I know, until years later that the very first tattoo artist I met, which was the first day I stepped foot in that tattoo shop a year earlier, was Coney Island Freddy, a tattoo artist who was a pioneer of the tatt
oo trade, tattooing over 40 years at that point.So I kept drawing tattoo flash, and eventually began several tattoo flash and tattoo design companies as a result. The site you are on is one of them! But that is a LONG story, so we will wait to tell it another time!
Tattoos and Tattoo flash books
July 11, 2013 | Category: Tattoo Flash BooksTags: books, flash, flash books, Tattoo Flash |
At the slight mention of the word “tattoo flash”, alarm bells would ring in an instant. Conservatives find them appalling. Parents would throw a tantrum when they see tattoos plastered all over their children’s bodies. Tattoos have no doubt created polarizing opinions since its existence. But what is it really with tattoos that easily make most people tick? For one, conservatives see them as a destruction of one’s body. Tattoo fanatics love to plaster their bodies with the most common tattoo designs such as flowers (roses in particular), crosses, animals, phrases, and even the names of people who hold a special place in their heart.
tattoo flash books
Tattoos, for those unaware, are more than just art pieces that are seen in a person’s body. It modifies the body by the insertion of indelible ink right into the skin’s dermis layer for pigment transformation. The application of tattoos has been practiced for centuries by people coming from a wide range of cultures and races. The tattoos were originally a Eurasian practice since the times of the Neolithic. The first person known to have the first set of tattoos was a man named Ȍtzi the Iceman, who had 57 carbon tattoos that consisted of simple dots and lines located behind his left knee, on his right ankle and on his lower spine. Be of the placement of these tattoos, they were thought to be a form of healing and they happened to be similar with another popular form of healing – acupuncture.
Soon, tattoos gradually evolve into what they are in today’s times and now there are some people that can be seen with tattoos everywhere they go. Tattoos can only be obtained over at tattoo parlors or even “street shops” mostly found near the sidewalks. Flash tattoos that are displayed on walls or spreadsheets of tattoo parlors and “street shops” respectively indicate that these are places where one can have a tattoo. Flash tattoos are tattoo designs that are either drawn or printed on cardboard or paper. These flash tattoos are drawn by the tattoo artist either for display and utilization in his parlor or can be sold or traded amongst other tattoo fanatics.
Some, if not most, tattoo artists like to keep the designs for themselves. If they are financially stable, they can publish these designs in book form and make a fortune out of them. Because of the intricacy and complexity of some designs, there are certain tattoo flash books that would come at very steep prices. If you are seeking for cheaper and affordable flash books and sets, www.bullseyetattoos.com has got you covered. They have a wide range of flash books for you to choose from and cater to all tattoo lovers who have different tastes when it comes to the tattoo designs that they are fond of.
Bottom line, tattoos will forever remain in existence, as far as tattoo fanatics are concerned. Whether the conservatives like it or not, no matter how much they want to try and stop those who love tattoos with all their heart, they can never suppress their desire to do so.