RAY, Cindy. How to do Good Tattooing.

(Victoria, Australia): Cindy Ray, no date (c.1964).  First edition. Octavo.  85 pages plus 22 pages of images.  Rare tattoo instructional manual by Australia’s first homegrown tattooed (and tattooist) pin-up girl.  Until 1959 Cindy Ray was plain Bev Nichols, Cindy Ray was the creation of eccentric Melbourne photographer Harry Bartram, who convinced her to get tattooed with the promise of fame and fortune.  She started to tattoo shortly after when her tattoo artist boyfriend broke his hand in a pub brawl.  She worked out of a shop on the waterfront in Williamstown, outside of Melbourne, where in the 1960s and ’70s there was an endless supply of sailors to tattoo.  This is a detailed step-by-step guide to tattooing beginning with the picking of the design through to aftercare.  The volume also includes notes on the mixing of pigments, making up needle bars, and contemporary tattoo machines.  The volume is illustrated with 22 photographic plates.  A very good copy in spiral bound wrappers.  A nice copy of this important work.


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