Magic Touch - The Book


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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.”


  • First Edition print of 2,000 copies
  • Durable and elegant hardcover binding
  • 50 sheets of hand-painted vintage tattoo flash
  • 24-page tattoo log 3.5″ x 5″ insert
  • 124 pages compiling the unique story of Magic Touch
  • 11.5″ x 14″
  • Published by BEYOND THE STREETS 2021

"The first incarnation of Magic Touch debuted at BEYOND THE STREETS in Brooklyn New York in 2019. An impressive lineup of tattooers organized by Bert Krak put in hard work through the summer on well over 100 visitors.

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-painted 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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