WANNA GO OUT?
ARCHIGRAM NINE [9]
[Typescript Letter to William Levy with Original Watercolor Painting to Verso]
FAC51 - THE HACIENDA [Membership Card to The Hacienda Nightclub]
THE SUPER SNEAKER BOOK
NAKED CITY [Ex-Libris Ralph Ingersoll, Founder of PM Newspaper]
KULCHUR - Vol. 2 No. 5 - Spring 1962
BITMAN: Alternative Society Bible & Survival Manual and Classified Directory for Active Deviants - No. 2 - July 1970
FUCK YOU: A Magazine of the Arts - Number 5, Vol. 4

[Collection of Four Tattooing Publications]

[Tattooing]. RAY, Cindy [Pseud. Bev Nicholas]

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[Australia]: [Cindy Ray], [circa 1960s]. First Edition. Includes EAR RINGS EAR PIERCING. Pamphlet folded in fourths, as issued. measuring 5.25" x 9.5". Illustrated with photograph and drawings in black and white. Light toning. Near fine. [and]: CINDY RAY CATALOGUE No. 2: Photographs of Tattooed People, Earings, Tattoo Pigments, Tattoo Equipment, Tattoo Designs. Wire-bound book in card wraps measuring 6.5" x 9" approx. Light shelf-wear. Near fine. [and]: STORY OF A TATTOOED GIRL. Comb-bound in photographic card wraps measuring approximately 7" x 8" approx. Front wrap detached but present Lightly edge-worn. Touch of toning. Good. [and]: HOW TO DO GOOD TATTOOING. Comb-bound in pictorial wraps measuring 7" x 8" approx. INSCRIBED by Ray at verso of front cover "Best wishes and kind regards./Cindy". Light edgewear, previous owner's stamp inside front and rear cover. Else clean and sound. Very good plus. (Item ID: 16163)

Rare complete set of all of legendary tattoo artist Cindy Ray's books. Ray became an icon of tattoo culture in the early 1960s after responding to an ad for a photographic model willing to shave her eyebrows. The photographer, Harry Bartram, convinced Ray to be tattooed with the promise of fame and fortune as a "tattooed lady." While Ray became a tattoo artist herself, operating a waterfront studio outside Melbourne that catered to sailors, Bartram transformed "Cindy Ray" from a sideshow act into a full-scale brand, selling tattoo guns, piercing tools and rings, instructional guides, and the like. Particularly popular with international audiences were photographs of Ray and other heavily tattooed women. The many examples seen in these volumes show enduring imagery associated with womenís tattoos like swallows, butterflies and fairies along with more traditional Sailor Jerry-inspired and Japanese styles. Ray, now in her seventies and still a practicing tattoo artist, has stated in recent interviews that the Cindy Ray brand was largely managed by Bartram and she was excluded from sharing in any profits. Still, Ray is regarded as a pioneer for female tattoo artists and was inducted into the Lyle Tuttle Museumís Tattoo Hall of Fame in 2005. Ray's books are individually rare, and exceptionally so as a set. OCLC shows only single holdings for each title. Together, a detailed look into body art and modification culture at the earliest stages of its conversion from specialized subculture to the mainstream phenomenon we see today, from one of its most important and pioneering figures.


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