Let's get this out of the way: many of my friends have said that
this publication simply is one of the best tattoo books published
a long time. I agree.
Herbert Hoffmann was attracted to tattooed people very early
in his life. Luckily, for our community, he did his utmost to be-
come friends with those men and women, winning their trust,
and (in many cases years later!) gaining permission to take
pictures of them. Bear in mind that in the early 20th century,
tattooing was seen as something for low-lifes and criminals
only, so this was quite an achievement!
One of the most refreshing things here is the fact that none of
the pics were taken in a studio (unlike today's "norm"), but
the subjects' natural surroundings.
it at the time, put together an ethnographic record of
man working class in the last century!
Thanks to Memoria Pulp for making this collection available!
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Update October 2004: The full length documentary "Flamme-
nd Herz" featuring
Herbert Hoffmann and two of his tattooed
old-timer friends is now showing in parts of Europe. For more
info check the film's
site: www.flammendherz-derfilm.de. I've
had the pleasure of attending one of Hoffmann's lectures -
is such a great story teller, I am sure this film will be very