The book provides a historical view of an American Journey of my tattoo travels across the US with my trusted companion and partner Dana, a Pure Vixen as we travel across the US from Laguna Beach CA to VA Beach, VA in a Van called the Gray Ghost, a total tattoo shop on wheels, read about the journey along the way as we go from state to state tattooing. Then an expose’ our journey into the Hoodz to complete the Urban project on Dark Skin Tattooing from Mansions to Projects.
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The book begins with a short Biography of the Author Randy Dragon Holder, a historically look at who the author is and what has formed his character. This will present the reader with a clear view of the many complexities of the events and the relationships dynamics those events that develop throughout the book.
“Ink In The Hood” is very significant on its merits as Tattoo References Book and as the first worldwide published pictorial release for Dark Skin Tattooing, is a must have references resources for all tattoo studios or anyone looking to get an Urban tattoo.
The book is the results of an exclusive 4 years of field research and development into dark skin tattooing techniques and the cultural urban art movement by the author and artist Dragon Randy Holder.
"Ink In The Hood" really breaks ground in the tattoo industry as being one of the first American outlaw tattoo artist Biography published, it includes an historical glimpse of the industry from a nontraditional American tattoo artist who has been tattooing since the 67’s who followed his own path like men before who were pioneers in tattooing, exploring, traveling, living amongst the tribes.
The book provides a historical view of an American Journey of my tattoo travels across the US with his trusted companion and partner Dana, a Pure Vixen as they travel across the US from Laguna Beach CA to VA Beach, VA in a Van called the Gray Ghost, a total tattoo shop on wheels, read about the journey along the way as we go from state to state tattooing.
Then an expose’ on the journey into the Hoodz to complete the Urban project on Dark Skin Tattooing from Mansions to Projects.
Then an expose’ about on our journey into the Hoodz to complete the Urban project on Dark Skin Tattooing, which therein produces the first Picture book references on dark skin tattooing that demonstrate many combinations of color and shading on all depths of dark skin.
I believe there something for everyone in my book, for the artist, for the collector for the reader and even for the hater here is a chance for a glimpse into my world without the danger; its pact full of suspense, intrigue, tragedy, faith, art culture and much more.
“I am not part of someone’s private tattoo club nor do I adhere to someone rules, unless they are based on Human Rights or the laws of the State or the Federal Government. I am child of the 1960s & 70s Hard Rock, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Hot Rodders, In Your Face Type, Outlaw Tattooist. I belong to the When I Wanted, Who I Wanted, What I Wanted, Where I Wanted crowd” (Ink in the Hood)
"I consider myself a real biker, when I say biker there is simple way to understand that, “Live to Ride, Ride to Live.” I took it a major step further and wore MC club colors for many years." (Ink in the Hood)
"There were drinks, pills, buds being smoked, and many people willing to take their shirts off to be attacked by the artistic needle."(Ink in the Hood)
"The police officer said in a very western sheriff kind of way, “Here’s the way it’s going to be as he stands there with his hand on his GUN. “Here are your choices the handcuffs, you go to jail, your van goes to impound. OR leave town by midnight tonight."(Ink in the Hood
“As fate would have it, we lost our jobs and decided to do an art study on African American tattooing, which took us on a journey into the African American culture, into the tattoo underground, doing tattoo parties in low income Housing Projects in Virginia, the “HOODZ,” some of the most dangerous communities in Virginia.” (Ink in the Hood)
"But out of this difficulty, I faced the adversity born of my decisions and was able to still create something I believe to be very special, the first book about the Black American tattoo movement." (Ink in the Hood)
“From an artist’s prospective, in the tattoo industry there is a term called “artistic range,” wherein we push the edges of our art and technical abilities to meet different style challenges in tattoo art.” (Ink in the Hood
"BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM" I am cornered! I stand up and turn towards the window. I open the window and start out the window when I hear Dana running up the stairs yelling, “Dragon! Dragon! He tried to rob me!” (Ink in the Hood)
"Nelson Mandela “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." (Ink in the Hood)
"This Urban art form on dark skin is an approach of sciences and art, which combines the skin tones, art and culture to create collaborative body art form."(Ink in the Hood)
"Do not go Gently into that good night, rage, raged at the dying of the light. I was raised up so I am called to account for my blessing My life strength has comes from my adversity in life it is my salt."(Ink in the Hood)
"The Urban Art is a notable evolution of changing in style for the subculture of African Americans;
“As a community they are transforming, evolving, empowering with each other and embracing a new vision of their culture.” (Ink in the Hood)
"Tattooing has become a central part of their social anthropology, when before this community was looking for social acceptance through conformity, now it has evolved into trend setting. New values and social patterns are being embraced as their culture comes of age. (Ink in the Hood)