Recently a biography on Samuel Steward came out and in addition to being one of Alfred Kinsey's more infamous research subjects, Steward was also a bang-up tattoo artist mentoring the likes of Cliff Raven, and yes, Ed Hardy. We mention this bit of tattoo history because of all the shops in Austin, Triple Crown keeps traditional tattoo designs at the fore. Tradition can be a nasty word, especially in cultures who are in the vanguard … like tattooists. Yet there's something to be said for tradition, its keeping, its relevance, and its meaning in all who get inked at this venerable institution. Sam Steward, in many ways was a progenitor of U.S. tattoo tradition, and the guy was a pervert, professor dropout, sexpot, and an erotic literary genius. Those are some big shoes, Triple Crown, and you … fill them nicely.
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