Magic Touch (Hardcover)
Artist Alexis Ross along with Tattooist Bert Krak created a special installation as part of the massive Beyond The Streets exhibition. Alexis Ross designed and art directed the installation, described on-site as follows: "Magic Touch is the name of this artistic expression celebrating the creative follies of Canarsie homeowners from the late 20th century - a sort of shade-tree tattoo parlor that might exist on your cousin Carmine's back porch from a time when Cadillac was king and you picked your tattoo design off the wall." Krak's real world business, Smith Street Tattoo Parlour supplied the magnetism, world-wide notoriety and talented tattooists. They made a splash on-site as they mugged with fans and tattooed real life flesh and blood right from "flash" on the wall. Known as a standard bearer of neo-classical tattoo, Bert Krak draws enthusiasts of the style from near and far, and Magic Touch provides a cross section of the scene. This book documents hundreds of tattoos inscribed on site, 50 pages of tattoo "flash" art and atmospheric shots from the installation itself. Includes 24 page mini booklet.