Book of Drawings

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 books 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

Terry Sucrana
Graphic design

Ivan Castro
Cover lettering

Artplus
Screen prints and packaging printing

La Frivé
Packaging and print folders

Flaix Ofset
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.

New Old Ways by El Carlo

book 1
This book is the second compilation of line drawings and stencils by my friend El Carlo, comprising the most interesting works from 2013 to 2015. Some of You ( lucky ones) may have the first sketchbook he put up when we were working at Aloha Tattoos Barcelona some years ago. Well, this one is a whole new world! Same spirit but with a professional edition thanks to Okulus Bookshop (former Freaks Books Barcelona) and the inner design work by Terry Sucrana from Black Bible Books. Cover design is done by Ana Revuelto with an old Carlo’s linocut piece.

As you can see in the pictures, this is not the standard kind of sketchbook we are used to. Carlo’s choice for a powerful and wild composition of elements, in collaboration with Terry Sucrana, has been great. Not boring. Not usual. Still full of info and very easy to manage due to the measures of the book. For all these reasons we are very happy at Eclipse because this is our first collaboration with Okulus Bookshop and Publishing and the result is great. For all of You who already know Carlo and his work, you’ll also find it familiar in some way, the book itself it’s a good reflection of his attitude towards tattooing. Out of the mainstream tattoo trends, this compilation speaks for it self and shows a wide experience by the author in treating with the old icons and his own aesthetic proposals.
It’s been a privilege for me to see the early stages of this project and all the work involved in it. I know I’m not the hardest critic too! But trust me, give it a try if you already have a sketchbook collection or you want to start it someday. You can check the book out at Okulus Bookshop in Barcelona or at any of the tattoo conventions they attend during the year. I know that USA distribution has already begun. Next events where you can find it will be the Florence and Brussels tattoo conventions this next November. You can buy it online through proyectoeclipse.bigcartel.com .

New Old Ways
by El Carlo
176 pages
soft cover
50 €

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