“A regular contributor to the magazine was a local gay artist who went by the name of Bud. His work occupied thirteen of the first fourteen covers and after we went to color appeared regularly inside. I had seen his work in the gay S/M magazine Drummer. How we actually met and connected, I’ve forgotten. I do remember that he did some tattoo designs for some clients of Cliff Raven, a T&P group regular. Bud’s imaginative pen and ink drawings show the strong influence of both comic and early fantasy and sci-fi art.”
-Jim Ward. 1
Cliff Raven 2 3 was known primarily for large scale Japanese influenced tattoo designs but was quite adept at “black graphic” (proto-tribal) and illustrative work like this Bud Larsen designed backpiece on Viking Navaro.
As a regular of Doug Malloy’s T&P Parties- tattoo and piercing- he was one of the go-to artists for the nascent body art scene that was forming in Southern California in the 1970s. He was an out gay man in a time/industry where homophobia was common, yet had the respect of his peers and was awarded “Tattoo Artist of the Year” at the First International Tattoo Convention in 1976.
- http://runningthegauntlet-book.com/BME/jimward/20041024.html ↩
- (b. Cliff Ingram, 1932-2001) ↩
- “I went to Indiana University and studied art. I did a little bit of commercial art, art studio kind of work, freelance art, etc. I wanted to learn tattooing. I got to know Phil Sparrow, learned tattooing and started tattooing in Chicago. I opened a little shop in Chicago (Old Town Tattoo Studio, 1953 North Larrabee) in the mid 1960’s”. https://www.tattooarchive.com/history/raven_cliff.php ↩