It recently came to our attention that tiny details are missing in a few designs in our new publication Sailor Jerry Flash, Volume 3. In the initial posting on our website last week we thought this might have occurred at the printer. However, after careful scrutiny we’ve concluded that this was due to a completely baffling technical error within the scanning process. Neither our layout designer nor myself realized that the mysterious erasure of seven small elements (nipples and nostrils) on six different design sheets were present before the scans were sent to the printer.
We have consulted many people about this and there is no logical answer. I can only chalk it up to “the curse of Sailor Jerry”— a variety of negative and frustrating events relating to his life and legacy that seem to carry on his relentless practical joking and trouble-making while alive.
Hardy Marks is very happy about the enthusiastic response to this book and all the previous books on Jerry’s work. As this first edition is sold out, we will reprint soon, with corrected scans. The original edition, containing the errata, will be a collector’s item.
We will continue to print books of classic flash, including collections by people who Jerry looked up to and with whom he communicated—including Brooklyn Joe Lieber, Ben Corday, Owen Jensen, and others. Hardy Marks was the first to bring accurate tattoo history to the public since 1982 and will continue to do so.
-Ed Hardy, April 2010