This rare signed original flash sheet by the late, legendary Canadian tattoo
artist Dave Shore was given to world famous tattooist Jonathan Shaw by Shore at
the legendary Hanky Panky tattoo studio in Amsterdam, Holland.
Dave Shore, a contemporary of Sailor Jerry Collins, a longtime associate and
friend to Zeke Owen and many other great tattoo artists of the day, is another
great legend of modern tattoo history. A character of mythical proportions,
stories of his days in Texas, Hawaii and Europe are from an era in tattooing
few of us got to witness.
Over the decades of his legendary career, Dave worked under the banner of such
great tattooists as Mike Malone, Zeke Owens and Henk (Hanky Panky)
Schiffmacher, and alongside Ed Hardy, Horiyoshi, Luke Atkinson, Corey Miller,
Paul Jefferies and many more. Dave was bigger than life and always left a great
impression wherever he went. As a Canadian, he was perhaps the greatest
ambassador for the craft. He established tattooing's credibility alongside guys
like Paul Jefferies and John the Dutchman. His adventures and associations with
other legendary characters of the past is a link to a colorful history all
modern tattooists owe a debt of gratitude to. Without guys like Dave Shore,
tattooing may never have seen such great progression as it enjoys today. At a
time when very few people were actually pushing the craft in a new direction,
Dave was on the vanguard, expanding people's ideas on what tattooing could be.
His passion for art and the potential he saw for tattooing always motivated him
Shore's clean, distinctive tattoo flash painting style has served as an
inspiration to generations of world-class tattooists. This piece with its crisp
line work is in pristine condition and looks as if it was painted yesterday -
despite being near 30 years old.
Painted in the early 90s, this one-of-a-kind original flash sheet by one of
tattoo history's most important pioneers comes from the collection of world
famous tattoo artist, Jonathan Shaw. It is part of the renowned archives of
classic tattoo artwork featured in Shaw's ongoing book series Vintage Tattoo
Flash published on Powerhouse Books. It measures aprox. 15" x 20" and comes
with a hand-written Certificate of Authenticity from Shaw upon request.
Read more about the Jonathan Shaw Collection of Vintage Tattoo Flash online.
Signed copies of Jonathan Shaw's VINTAGE TATTOO FLASH books can be ordered
NOTE: Original antique tattoo flash sheets like the one shown here have been
increasing in value at an extraordinary rate over the last decade. 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.
Feel free to make an offer. All reasonable offers will be considered and
promptly responded to. Thank you!