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Posted in Book Reviews, Gallery by misterroadtripper on August 24, 2010

Checker Demon


One of my favorite all-time tattoo books is Taschen’s 1001 Tattoos by Henk Schiffmacher. Available in America in 1996, Hanky Panky’s 7½ x 5½ book is two inches thick and full to the brim with some of the most delectable tattoo images ever complied. With its 18-page introduction, there are sections on ethnographic tattoos, classical tattoo designs, tattoos from the early days to the 1980s, Japanese tattoos and contemporary tattoo art—each photos is printed full page—all meticulously selected by Henk himself. Included are works by Doc Forbes, Les Skuse, Filip Leu, Brian Everett, Freddy Corbin, Marcus Pacheco, Alex Binnie, Horiyoshi III and a raft of others, including the famous Last Supper with frogs backpiece by the legendary Dave Lum. The book was so popular that it was immediately and enthusiastically accepted into libraries of tattoo shops and collectors worldwide. In fact, when the Taschen salesman brought in a preview copy to Body Electric Tattoo in Hollywood, Pote Seyler, Jesse Tuesday and the others ordered 70 copies! Following are some of my favorite photos. If you already have this book, perhaps you will enjoy looking back at some of these memorable images. I know I sound like a broken record, but don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge them.

Filip Leu

Filip Leu

Filip Leu

Les Skuse

Doc Forbes

Member of Bristol Tattoo Club


Dave Lum

Traditional Japanese Print

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  1. Tim said, on August 30, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Yep – I bought that when it came out. Still one of my faves.

    I was in Amsterdam in the early 90s, and visited Henk’s tattoo museum (is that still going?). I also got a small tattoo there as a souvenir more than anything else, I guess. Having trouble remembering what else I got up to that weekend…

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