Miss Cindy Ray ~ Catalogue No. 2
Cindy Ray, born in 1942 as Bev Robinson, was Australia’s first homegrown tattooed pin-up girl and a prominent tattooist. In 1959 she answered a newspaper advertisement from Harry Bartram who was looking for models to shave their eyebrows. At the time, she had no interest in tattooing but Bertram convinced her to get tattooed by promising her fame and fortune, along with paying for her coverage. She soon became an icon of the early 1960s tattoo culture, with her name on books, tattoo machines and jewelry kits. By the end of her career she had become one of the most famous and influential personalities in the modern history of tattooing. This is her second catalogue, featuring "photographs of tattooed people, earings, tattoo pigments, tattoo equipment (and) tattoo designs."
Victoria, Australia: Miss Cindy Ray, [n.d.]. First Edition. Original spiral comb-bound with laminated pictorial card wrappers. 38 numbered pages interspersed with black and white photographs and advertisements (60 pages total). In fair to good condition. This formerly belonged to a working tattoo shop, as such there is some scattered tattoo ink to the covers and the first and last page, general wear and creasing to wraps with a spot of abrasion to rear wrap. Internally quite clean and complete.