One of the highlights of Beyond the Streets' Brookyln exhibition was the interactive back-porch style tattoo parlor Magic Touch with Bert Krak on the tattoos and Alexis Ross on the structure. Krak was able to knock out over 100 tattoos over the summer, and much of that documentation is now part of the new book of the same name, Magic Touch, available at BTS. 

Here's the breakdown: 

Magic Touch is an artistic expression that celebrates the creative follies of Canarsie homeowners from the late 20th century – a sort of shade-tree tattoo parlor that might exist on your cousin Carmine’s back porch from a time when Cadillac was king and you picked your tattoo design off the wall. In this installation, celebrated New York tattoo artist Bert Krak has reproduced sheets of flash inspired by his late friend and mentor Tony Polito, while Alexis Ross has continued to secure his footing as the consummate shill, who is neither tattoo man nor street art man.

This book compiles Magic Touch’s unique moments from the build, events, visitors, tattoos, meals and candid moments – plus over 50 full size sheets of hand panted vintage tattoo flash that were on display. It’s pretty much the best thing to being there. 

Tattooers featured include: Bert Krak, Eli Quinters, Frank William, Kane Gordon, Steve Boltz, Chad Koeplinger, Mario Desa, Mike Wilson & Rich Fie.

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