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For the first time in book form, tattoo artist Spider Webb shares one of his crowning artistic achievements, presenting 100 examples of patriotic American Eagle tattoo flash in a dizzying variety of arrangements, with striking elements from both classic and modern eras. In this collection that includes nautical, psychedelic, and old-school themes, every striking piece honors American individuality and sacrifice in a unique way. Spider combined his gifts for tattooing and conceptual art to create the original work of art upon which this compilation is based, a 500-foot strip of 200 flash sheets depicting the most recognized national symbol of strength and independence. Reproduced in this highly collectible volume is the first half of this project, which was exhibited in its entirety at the Coney Island Museum in 2008. A vibrant and exciting aesthetic experience, this stimulating peek into the American tattooing tradition is ideal for fans of tattoo design and 20th-century American pop art.
Size: 9″ x 12″ | 214 color illustrations | 224 pp
ISBN13: 9780764349607 | Binding: hard cover
Spider Webb studied at the Art Students League of New York and the American Art School in New York City, received his bachelor’s of fine arts from the School of Visual Arts, also in New York, and his MFA from the Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico. Besides drawing, painting, sculpture, and performance art, he leads the Electric Crutch Band and manufactures one-of-a-kind chess sets and tattoo machines. The author of more than twenty-five books, he has shown his work in galleries and museums around the world, including New York’s Museum of Natural History, the Asheville Museum of Art, the Coney Island Museum (2008), and most recently, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico (2010). His art work is in many public and private collections, including the H. R. Giger Museum, Switzerland. He swims with Coney Island Polar Bears, is an accomplished synchronized swimmer, and he also did the world’s first 3-D tattoo.