After two years of gathering and selecting many old and recent drawings, my book is finally here. Printing suffered some unexpected delays due to technical problems but we made it in the end!
This book contains 128 pages of sketches, tattoo line drawings and preparatory illustrations. My intention was to mix up a personal selection of work that has driven me through 14 years of tattooing experience. A lot has happened during this time and it’s been really funny to search and find old stuff that I was able to link with my most recent work. Somehow, noticing a technical evolution but remaining the same in many creative ways. In those pages, old timers are alongside new comers…precisely for this purpose.
This project has seen the light under the production of Okulus Bookshop and Publishing . I’m really happy to contribute to their own catalogue after many years of beign a client and sharing with them a lot of international conventions. I still think that this kind of close collaboration with your local book dealer is extremely important if you want to keep bookstore culture alive. In this case, as Okulus is maybe the best tattoo specialized bookstore in Europe (and maybe one of the best in the world), the choice goes beyond friendship. As a distributor, Okulus will make sure the book is represented in some countries and not only in the internet, so maybe you’ll have a chance of taking a look at it at some tattoo convention or bookstore before buying it. That’s priceless in the amazon era. Thanks Lorenzo and Javi for supporting my work over the years, it means a lot.
I have also wanted to put up an special edition of this book, consisting in 15 selected packs that include the cover illustration as a print and also a limited edition embroidered patch. I hope it will be interesting enough to those collectors out there! All 15 books will come signed and with some extra too that only buyers will know once the sealed packs are open. For this special edition I’ve worked again with Artplus for the screenprinting and La Frivé for the packaging. Every print inside comes with it’s own folder as you can see in the pictures. Lettering on the book cover and the packaging has been done by the master Ivan Castro…thanks again for your art! Finally, the final tuning and overall book design is a work by Terry Sucrana at Black Bible Books. I want to give thanks to all of them for putting their best into these pages and pack.
The list of professionals involved and their area of work for those interested :
Okulus Bookshop and Publishing
Publishing and distribution
Screen prints and packaging printing
Packaging and print folders
First printing tests
You can buy the book, the collector’s pack or both the patch and the prints by separate through our online store or directly at Eclipse Tattoo Barcelona. It’s been a hell of a way to see the end of this project, but really funny too. I can tell you I’ve put all my energy, mind and heart to make it happen. Thanks again for keeping an eye to my work and remember…griffins lead the way.