The Father of American Tattooing by Franklin Paul Rogers is an all new volume based on the original book. The original book was published in 1990 by Don Lucas and Paul. They had worked together on the book and Don had done multiple interviews and taped many conversations with Paul about his life with the intention of publishing his story. While working on the book Paul had a stroke and was in a nursing home for about a year before he passed away. Don was able to finish the book and published a limited edition that sold out in the early 1990's.
Paul's life in tattooing is the quintessential archetype for the story of tattooing. From his start in the cotton mills to the traveling carnival tattooing to starting Spaulding and Rogers Supply, Paul narrates his own story. When you travel back down the history of tattooing, Paul Rogers is one of the most influential individuals, and his story is connected to everyone in this business.
Not only does the book contain Paul's story, but it is packed with some really incredible photos and memorabilia from Paul's personal collection.
This all new volume came about though Don Lucas's desire to republish the book and work with historian C.W. Eldridge from the Tattoo Archive. Don provided the original text and C.W. Eldridge provides all these great vignette's about locations Paul lived and worked, historical info, and bio's about other old school artists that Paul was connected with.
C.W. Eldridge is also on the board of the Paul Rogers Research Center. The Center is the conservator of Paul's estate and collection and they were able to provide many of the articles that appear in the new book along with tons of never before seen photos.
With the original text from Don and all new text from C.W. Eldridge and the new material from the Paul Rogers Research Center and the Tattoo Archive they just needed someone to put it all together. As fate would have it C.W. got in touch with Presto Art Publishing about a book designer and they suggested me. So now you know that my whole pitch for the book is a bit bias because I designed the book.
I think the book came out great, not because of my part in it, but because the material was rich, and so well researched. Reading the book feels like traveling through a museum of Paul's life. If you make your bones tattooing you owe it to yourself to read this book, it's an easy read with tons to look at. Paul was important to tattooing and you can see one man's journey in tattooing from the beginning to the end, it will give you some perspective and some insight into you own journey, I promise.
Over the last couple days the Pulse site has been on and off. We're sorry for the inconvenience. It seems our host had migrated us to another server and we thought that was causing the problem. Turns out that we have been taking on waves of attacks from multiple botnets. Not us personally but our host. Seems a hacker will Trojan a botnet into tons of unwitting systems and then call them up and turn them into an army of dark minions to attack thousands of computers at the hands of a spammer who has paid the hacker. They can be very resistant to anti-mal software.
The whole thing sounds pretty cool, but not when it interrupts our site, point that shit at some people who deserve it like TMZ or the DMV. So with that said, "All hail underground basement hacker guy who botneted our host". Now get your ass outside and get a girlfriend. That yellow ball of fire in the sky, it's the sun.
After a long wait our Lucky 13 Black Elastics are back in stock. These are the perfect size elastics for your machine. We spent years trying to find just the right size that would create the right amount of tension. We never did find them, so we had them made for us. The bags contain a 1/4 pound of elastics and come in the ever so fashionable black.
We also had a new logo designed by the infamous Hydro74. If you are not familiar with this guys work you have to check it out, he has amazing prints and shirts. Time to stock up.