Tattoo by Alan Oversby; 1970s. Scanned from the original print.
A few weeks ago I was tagged by multiple friends in a Facebook post from a tattooer who’s been doing male pin-ups; archetypal poses gender swapped with big bearded beefcake. The comments ranged from amused to aggrieved with almost everyone agreeing that it was ‘about time’ that someone was doing them.
Of course, there’s really nothing new under the sun. Male pin-ups, particularly homoerotic ones, have been around for a lot longer than social media. Cliff Raven, Sailor Sid, Phil Sparrow, Alan Oversby… anyone who was tattooing a clientele that appreciated the sexuality of tattoo culture was likely to have done one.
Though they weren’t always as explicit as this amazing piece by Sebastian. It dates back to the late 70s and still packs a punch.
Sacred Debris Sandbox members should check out the FB group for a much raunchier part of the design!
I could be wrong, but I think that the heavily tattooed gentleman in this (amazingly candid and charming) photo is Rufus from Rochester who’s made a few appearances here on SD. It’s hard to tell. Either way, the black graphic back piece blast-over caught my attention and put the print on the fast track to the Sacred Debris update queue. Continue reading →
This footage is a re-capture of previously imported video; shot in the 1970s on 8mm film and converted to VHS in the late 1980s it features Sailor Sid Diller and Ken Meyers tattooing at Ken’s Kissimmee, Florida studio. Since my original import for BME/News there have been major advancements in capture/compression technologies and while the VHS master was still viable (though rapidly degrading) I made a higher resolution scan.
This edit is the ‘safe for work’ version; the atmosphere at Ken’s studio during the filming was casual and very sex positive; most of the participants client and artist were fully naked during the tattooing sessions and the longer cut will reflect that.