"Lew the Jew" - Early 20th Century Tattoo Drawings

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Albert "Lew the Jew" Kurzman
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The original creator of tattoo "flash" was largely unknown. Now a private collection of works by this Jewish tattooer from New York, "Lew the Jew" Alberts, has come to light. Around 1905 he was the first to make these design sheets commercially available, as well as developing the electric tattoo machine. His previously unpublished and rare original tattoo artwork is being published as a tattoo flash collection for the first time.

Albert Kurzman (1880-1954)— aka “Lew the Jew”—was one of America’s most influential tattoo artists at the beginning of the 20th century. Operating primarily on New York’s Bowery, Lew constructed some of the earliest electric tattoo machines, and was the first to design and market printed design sheets to other tattooers. His artwork in these “flash” displays codified the repertoire of American tattooing, and many are still in use today.

This book is out of print.

Published in 2015 by Hardy Marks Publications
15 x 11, Softcover 
72 pages