Author(s): Cliff White
The unearthing of authentic celluloid acetate stencils, a project undertaken by Long Island tattoo shop owner and memorabilia collector Cliff White, continues. In this compilation, thousands more artefacts emerge from "deeper inside the trunk" and expose a sprawling collection from the late '50s and early '60s. These facsimiles, represented in their original colour and tone, include timeless designs such as anchors and panthers; famous cartoon characters; wizards, unicorns, and leprechauns; cultural and historical symbols, from Marine Corps logos to Asian designs; and hundreds of other styles too numerous to mention here. Marks of original artists shine through in the leaves of this volume, revealing the etchings of rough craftsmen of a half century ago and evoking stories of weathered sailors and hardscrabble New Yorkers that veteran and young tattooists will appreciate. Fans of scrimshaw, folk art, and engraving will also consider this book a massive source of inspiration and awe.
Cliff White is a biologist with Parks Canada, based in Banff, Alberta. A fourth-generation Banffite, he has a PhD in forest ecology from the University of British Columbia.