Paul Sayce’s 1001 Tattoo Facts: 341-360—Angelina Jolie, Ricky Hatton and David Beckham
1001 Tattoo Facts: Numbers 341-360
By Paul Sayce
341. In September, 1957, the Bristol Tattoo Club held its annual show at the Cornish Mount public house, Pennywell Road, Bristol. Also at this meeting was German born Hans Ebensten (living in London at the time), author of the tattoo history book “Pierced Hearts And True Love,” plus sixty-seven club members.
342. Saturday the 8th of October, 1960, the ‘Bristol Tattoo Club really took on an International flavor with American’s Al Schiefley and tattoo legend Huck Spaulding (1928-2013) making the trip across the pond. The club meeting was once again held at the Cornish Mount public house, and Miss Pam Nash was awarded the title of “Britain’s most tattooed girl” for the third year running. After the show, Spaulding went on a tour of Great Britain’s tattooing studios selling and promoting his Spaulding and Rogers tattooing Supply Company.
343. During the forthcoming years, the Bristol Tattoo Club was proud to boast that the club had over 500 members which included the likes of Leslie Burchett, Jimmy Thompson, Rich Mingins, Bob Maddison, Paul Rogers, Huck Spaulding and Al Schiefley. to name a few.
344. In the 1980 movie “Tattoo,” its star Bruce Dern used a Shaw/National swing gate tattoo machine when we saw Karl Kinsky (Dern) for the first time tattooing in his studio. But when he tattooed Madie (Maude Adams), the machine used in the scene was custom made and I couldn’t make out whom it was made by. Bruce Dern did indeed spend quite a lot of time with tattoo artist Cliff Raven before the film was made and it showed in the way Carl (Dern) defended tattooing at every opportunity, which was probably due to Raven’s input. The studio used in the film was just about right in every detail and looked better in design then many of the real life tattooing studios of the day.
345. One of the big things that had been said about the film “Tattoo” over the years and has in a way become the stuff of legend is that many film-goers and even some of the crew of the film believed that Dern and Adams did make love for real at the end of it. And, to tell the truth, I couldn’t tell if they did or did not and, believe me, I have watched this movie more than once or twice in my time.
346. Lal Hardy and Paul Sayce (1960-) once had a sideline in selling T-shirts together with all sorts of tattooed-related designs and slogans written on them, things like “Tattooed People Cum In Colour,” for example. The one and only time that we sold T-shirts together was at the Newcastle tattoo convention that Lionel Titchener (1953-) of the Tattoo Club Of Great Britain put on in 1985.
347. Juli McCauley drew the first ever cover for Tattoo Life (March 1979), not to be confused with the magazine of the same name that is in the shops today magazine. A subscription newsletter for tattoo artists and fans alike, it had the motto, “If it weren’t for the fans, where would the artists be?”
348. (Crazy) Eddie Funk (1936-) opened his tattoo museum at 3126 Kingston Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the 26th of April, 1987, which included five hand-painted manikins by Red Donohue, walls full of design sheets and photographs looking down on showcases containing many antique tattooing machines largely donated by Bob Shaw. At the museum’s opening, Shotsie Gorman (1951-), Pat Walsh, Andy Capp (1961-), Tom and Juli Beasley, Gene Spiers, Alex Herman (1965-), Fip Buchanan (1957-), Patty Kelley (1961-) and Tattoo Stiggy (1937-) who held the world record for the having the most tattoos at the time, were just a few of the attendees that helped to make the opening such a success.
349. Kari Barba (nee Johnson), who was born on the 10th of July (1960-), started to tattoo professionally in 1982, prompted by her (then) husband Mike (whom she did her first tattoo on – at the couple’s Minneapolis home in Minnesota in 1980) and their friend, tattoo artist Neil Grant (1956-2007). When Kari started tattooing professionally, she worked at ‘Fat George’s Tattoo Shop’ in La Puente and ‘Fat Mike’s’ in San Bernardino for a short while before she and Mike moved and opened their Twilight Fantasy Tattoo studio in Anaheim, California on April the 1st, 1983. Before this, in 1982, Kari did her first tattoo in public at the ’82 Tattoo Expo held on the RMS Queen Mary, in Long Beach, California, on the 12th, 13th and 14th of November of that year. But it was at Twilight where Kari really started make a name for herself with the fantastic tattooing she is now known for throughout the tattooing world. 1985 saw another milestone for Kari when she tattooed the late, great Paul Rogers at the Seattle Tattoo Convention, which must have been quite nerve-racking considering that the eighty-year-old Paul had surgery the week before, having had a pacemaker fitted. Japanese tattoo master Horiyoshi II stood and watched over her while she was doing the tattoo of a cat playing with a goldfish bowl on the right-hand side of Paul’s chest. Since those days, Kari has gone onto greater things and has taken out a multitude of awards for her outstanding tattooing at shows all over the globe, as well as being the mother of two children and the owner of four Outer Limits tattoo studios, plus Bert Grimm’s legendary tattoo studio on the Pike in Long Beach, California, making five in all (2006) and employing some twenty-seven staffers along the way. Kari is without doubt a tattoo artist up there with the very best. She is also a first class person and a great credit to the tattooing profession.
350. C.W. (Charles Walter) Eldridge, better known in the tattoo world as “Chuck” Eldridge, has, apart from tattooing, another great love of his life, and that is the bicycle, and not only the riding of them as Chuck also makes custom bike (bicycle) frames in his spare time. And spare time is the right word, when one considers all the other things Chuck packs into his busy life. With running a very successful tattoo studio in Winston Salem, North Carolina, writing magazine articles on the history of tattooing for just about every tattooing publication that has ever hit the market as well as keeping a tattoo archive that is more like a museum then a (tattooing) studio, and a place where Chuck catalogues and sells tattoo-related items to a mass of fans and tattoo artists throughout the world. Chuck saw service as in the U.S. Navy, gaining the first of his many tattoos while doing his overseas duty and becoming a tattoo artist himself after being taught the art by Don Ed Hardy and Bob Roberts, who both saw Chuck’s potential as an artist as well as his love for tattoo art. Later, Chuck also progressed and gained a lot of experience working in Calgary, Canada, with Paul Jeffries and with Dean Dennis and Henry Goldfield in their San Francisco tattoo studios before going to work in at Hardy’s Tattoo City in the Mission District of San Francisco, in 1977. Unluckily for Chuck, this only lasted a year, as an arson attack in the hotel above Tattoo City by a disgruntled lover of one of the hotel’s occupants destroyed much of the back part of the studio and damaged many of the designs and equipment. It also took care of much of Chunk’s belongings and beloved bicycle collection. Luckily, Chuck was not around at the time, but not so for five people in the building above, who died in the fire. In 1980, Chuck started the “Archive File” quarterly newsletter and in 1984 opened his own studio in Berkeley, California, and along with Don Ed Hardy, Henk Schiffmacher (a.k.a. “Hanky Panky”) and Alan Govenar, Set up the Paul Rogers Research Center in 1993. And today in 2006 Chuck still writes articles on the history of tattooing and can be found at a number of American tattooing conventions selling his historic tattoo items as well as having the tattoo work from about thirty-five different tattoo artists worldwide on his body.
351, The Daily Mirror’s Bill Borrows called British pop star Robbie Williams “a tattooed-dwarf”in his column in the paper on Saturday the 19th of November, 2005.
352. Multi-million selling author of the world’s best-selling book of 2003, Brazilian Paulo Coelho has an angel tattoo on his left forearm. Coelho is second only to John Grisham in biggest selling author list, with his books having sold over 60 million copies worldwide (as of 2005).
353. Ipswich Hospital in Suffolk, England (2005) has what is called a nipple service, which came about after senior nurse and mother of three Julie Calcluth became so concerned by the look of breast-shaped implants after non-cosmetic surgery (breast cancer, etc., etc.) that left patients without nipples that she learned how to cut a nipple-shaped mound from the recipient’s skin and tattoo color into the area, getting the pigmentation right, hence giving the new breast more of a natural look.
354. The News Of The World Sunday newspaper dated the 21st of August 2005 reported that David Beckham was to have his tattoos digitally removed, so has to not upset anybody when he appeared on a calendar in the USA. Apparently, the firm making the calendar wanted a cleaner image. It’s a pity Mr. B didn’t tell them where to slick it.
355. Boxer Ricky Hatton has a splendid lions head tattooed above a crown and a fighting British Bulldog complete with boxing gloves tattooed on the top of his right arm. He also has a pair of hanging boxing gloves with his son’s name (Campbell) tattooed on the top of his left arm. Ricky, who many said didn’t have a chance in his fight against the Russian born Australian Kostya Tszyu, won the welterweight world championship when Tszyu’s corner pulled their man from the fight at the end of the 11th round, a fight seen by many as 2005’s Fight of the Year. Ricky’s trainer (at the time) and friend Billy Graham also sports a number of tattoos.
356. A cartoon by Bill Caldwell in The Sun of August the 3, 2005, had David Beckham showing his wife Victoria a tattoo on his arm and saying, “And that one say’s: If he wants any more tattoos they’ll have to on his xxxx.”
357. May 22, 2004, had The Sun newspaper devoting two whole pages to David Beckham’s tattoos, entitled “Whatever Necks Becks” (he recently had a cross on the back on his neck). With fashion editor Erica Davies telling our hero, “David, that really is a load of tat.” Starting her piece with ‘Tat’s not the way to do it,’ shagging off David’s ninth tattoo (on neck) but redeeming herself by stating that one or two tattoos can give a certain amount of sex appeal (think Robbie, Simon from Blue (pop group) and Justin Timberlake).
358. Angelina Jolie looked absolutely wonderful in a seductive pose for the June issue of Vanity Fair magazine of 2005, which was just one of a number of beautifully shot photographs of the Hollywood actress. And in one, we see Ms. Jolie posing on a bed, where you could see the tiger tattoo on her lower back and a new tattoo of tribal wording (talisman) on her left shoulder blade.
359. Mohawk Waneek Horn-Miller has a (Native American) tribal whale tattooed on her left breast. This tattoo could be seen on the cover of the Canadian edition of Time magazine on the 11th of September, 2000. Waneek Horn-Miller was the co-captain and water polo player of the Canadian Olympic team in Sydney 2000, as well as being one of only a handful of Native Americans ever to have represented their country at the games.
360. The Times newspaper of the 4th of September, 2005, had in “The Funday Times” segment a cartoon of the very popular TV show “The Simpsons,” where the piece entitled “Laugh Free Or Die” saw Bart getting a tattoo in the hope of making him the toughest kid in school. After getting his tattoo, he goes about showing his arm off to the impressed girls and frightened teachers and boys. That is, of course, until we find out that the tattoo is only a fake and Bart only had it done to get some respect from his father, Homer. Apart from this, the tattoo also has the name Freddy on it, of which shouldn’t have been there in the first place. I bet the audience loved this little bit of fun from the (film) guys at Twentieth Century Fox.