We are excited to announce our latest book about Harrisburg, PA tattooer, Ralph Ashwell! Born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania in 1901, Ashwell was a tattooer from the 1930s through the early 1960s. Working as a trade laborer who held various positions while also tattooing, he was a hidden gem amongst the other practitioners of his day. His flash embodies the functional, technical, and artistic aspects that defined a multifaceted, visually oriented craft. With a career that spanned the Great Depression, at least two wars, and the accompanying waves of servicemen, Ashwell always had something to offer everyone – from roses and banners to military insignia and pop culture imagery. Despite a somewhat elusive history, he holds a place among America’s twentieth century tattoo artists. This book will contain over 100 never-before seen full-color flash sheets beautifully painted by Ashwell, spanning the late 30s to early 60s, along with a biography written and researched by Carmen Forquer Nyssen.
Pre-orders for the Ralph Ashwell book are happening now! If you are within the first 300 orders, your pre-order will include a sticker pack featuring Ashwell designs, a flash print, a bookmark, a print of a Ralph Ashwell portrait by John Glessner, and more surprise extras! We will also once again be using limited hand silk-screened mailers, featuring a Ralph Ashwell design, as packaging for pre-orders. This project contains the history of a great man, an amazing set of flash and more. We can't wait to share this book with all of you!