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Place Published: Winchester, VA
Publisher: S.i.
Date Published: 1980-1989
Book Id: 3499


95 issues in 88 quarto volumes (28cm); earliest issues comprised of photocopied sheets with color xerox covers, corner or side-stapled; later issues offset printed, stapled wrappers. Publication sequence as follows: Vol.2, Nos.4-6, 8, 10-12; Vol.3, Nos.2-3, 5-12; Vol.4, Nos.1-5; Vol.5, Nos.1, 4, 5-11; Vol.6, Nos.1-9, 11; Vol.7, Nos.1-12; Vol.8, Nos.1-12; Vol.9, Nos.1-12; Vol.10, Nos.1-3, 5, 6-12; Vol.11, Nos.1-6, 9-10. Light wear to extremities, occasional oxidation to staples, else Near Fine overall, with numerous posters and flyers folded and laid in.


Lengthy, sequential run of the official newsletter for the Tattoo Club of the Confederacy. Tattoo Life was published from Bob "Grandpa Groovy" MacMahan's tattoo parlor on Indian Alley in Winchester, VA; the first issue was published in March, 1979. The newsletter would become one of the most important and longest-running publications in the tattoo industry, promoting the highest standards of professionalism in the trade, with articles on health, safety, education, and legislation. MacMahan solicited articles from prominent tattoo artists from within the United States, and as far away as Australia, Japan, and Europe, discussing different techniques to use, modification of equipment, cultural practices, etc. He was instrumental in getting tattoo legislation passed in the State of Virginia, and in promoting the Tattoo Expo held in Knoxville, TN - at the time of inception, the largest tattoo convention in the South, and among the largest in the country. Substantial runs are rare, the present group assembled over time by a single collector. OCLC notes a few scattered holdings at 2 institutions (Virginia Historical Society, University of Queensland).

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