Own an authentic piece of early American tattoo history with his original
hand-painted flash sheet by early tattoo pioneer ACE HARLYN.
Painted in the mid-1900s, this one-of-a-kind original flash sheet from one of
tattoo history's important figures comes from the extensive collection of world
famous tattoo artist, Jonathan Shaw. A rare example of early innovative tattoo
design, it was acquired by Shaw with a large collection of antique tattoo
designs from New York's infamous Bowery tattoo studios - where Ace Harlyn
worked side by side with such legendary tattoo notables as Charlie Wagner and
Ed Smith. This priceless slice of early American history is part of the
renowned archives of classic tattoo artwork featured in Shaw's ongoing book
series, Vintage Tattoo Flash, published on Powerhouse Books.
Signed copies of Jonathan Shaw's VINTAGE TATTOO FLASH books can be ordered
This priceless slice of early American history is part of the renowned
archives of classic tattoo artwork featured in Shaw's ongoing book series,
Vintage Tattoo Flash, published on Powerhouse Books.
Signed copies of Jonathan Shaw's VINTAGE TATTOO FLASH books can be ordered on
Ebay. Read more about the Jonathan Shaw Collection of Vintage Tattoo Flash
This classic original ACE HARLYN flash sheet measures aprox. 11" x 10" and
comes with a hand-written letter of authenticity from Shaw. The name ACE HARLYN
is blacked out on some of his older sheets, probably by another rival tattoo
artist who acquired it and put it on display - often by an artist named "Indio"
from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where much of this old Bowery flash ended up and
was eventually acquired by Shaw back in the late 1980s. This sort of tattoo
piracy" was a fairly common practice among old school tattoo artists back in
the day. But the name ACE HARLYN is still clearly visible under the black ink
when these pirated sheets are seen in the right light.
NOTE: Original antique tattoo flash sheets like the one shown here have been
increasing in value at an extraordinary rate over the last 10 years. And with
the growing interest in tattoo art in the mainstream art world, there is no end
in sight - making this a very solid investment for the forward-thinking
collector. Bottom line: there's only so much of this kind of priceless artwork
in existence - and they ain't making no more! Soon enough they will all be
unobtainable and sitting in museums.
All reasonable offers will be considered and promptly responded to. Thank you!