Please check out the images of the Milton Zeis tattoo machine shown below. Someone recently reached out to ask if anyone knows who may have stamped a “W” into the tattoo machine frames. If you have any idea please comment below.
It’s been a long wait, but well worth it as the NEW The Zeis Studio shirts have arrived!
Blood Shed: Snake vs. Eagle vs. Dragon
Original graphics. Limited Run. About 5 t-shirts per size. Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, and 2X
These badass RED t-shirts have a screen print of fight between a dragon, snake, and eagle. Who would win?
They are high quality American Apparel t-shirts made with 50% cotton and 50% polyester. Made in USA. The back is blank and there is a TZS logo on the left arm sleeve.
As you know I don’t put out new things very often, but I’m trying. If you have suggestions on what you’d like to see I’m open to hear them.
The Zeis Studio Logo on the left arm
And just in case you needed a visual, here’s the back:
You can find them on the Shop page. If you are not familiar with Etsy, you will find them on Ebay in a short time under “Zeis Studio”.
‘Tattooing the World Over’ 1st Edition was written and put together by Milton Zeis in 1947. This publication includes information on the “successful method of removing tattooes”, pictures of tattooed Native Indians and Japanese people, tattooing permanent make-up, tattooing animals, use of stencils, and more. It’s 17 pages long and is 8.5inches by 11 inches. In 1947 the book cost $1.00 – in today’s dollars with inflation it would cost roughly $10.13. It’s obviously worth way more than that, but then again I’m biased. 😉
Recently a fan, Jeff M., asked me the differences between the original publication and any reprints. I unfortunately do not own a reprint/replication. Does anyone know any differences between the two? I was hoping someone in the community could help us out. If you have any information please share it in the comments below.
If you have questions about Zeis memorabilia or would like to share your knowledge/expertise contact me- info AT thezeisstudio.com
“Hi, this is Delicious Ink Tattoo.” My tattoo research began in the yellow pages of the phone book. I began calling tattoo shops in my area to see if anyone knew of Milton Zeis. It only took my second phone call to find a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable tattooer. His name is Tim Atwell.
Tim has helped to support me and The Zeis Studio from its re-inception in 2007. He helped me to understand the tattoo community, the lingo, and of course tattoo history. When Tim went to tattoo conventions he allowed me to join him at his booth. Without him I wouldn’t have been able to share with all of you.
So today, I just wanted to say thank you, Tim, for all of your hard work and helping me to understand my family history and getting to know tattoo artists and their world. We’ve had a lot of great memories over the years and I am grateful for that. Cheers to many more years to come!
Every year, at the beginning of the year, I like to reflect on the previous year and plan for the following year. In 2012, The Zeis Studio got its own website and blog, which I am very happy about. We also had an exciting time out in Denver, Colorado for the book release, “Tattooing as You Like It: The Legacy of Milton Zeis.” The Zeis Studio also acquired back more original artwork and the collection became ever more intact. Overall, it was a positive year and I look forward to 2013.
While I am sad and apologetic that more was not accomplished in 2012, I am excited for future collaborations and plans in 2013. I remind myself that The Zeis Studio is a hobby of mine and in remembrance of my great-grandfather, Milton Zeis. So in 2013, I plan to archive the memorabilia left behind by Mr. Zeis and the tattoo community and share my progress with all of you. I would appreciate your support and feel free to nudge me along in the process. Sometimes I get caught up in my “busy” life and could use some help getting back on track. Also, I would like to be in another tattoo convention. Do you have any suggestions on conventions that would be good to go to (let me know in the comments below)? Any suggestions on what you’d like to see from The Zeis Studio in 2013?
How about you? What do you see yourself accomplishing in 2013?
The Zeis Studio is in need of some new shirts! Help me decide what designs to put on the new shirts by commenting below(must comment to enter). Tell me what your favorite tattoo designs are whether it be the Hawaiian girl, a dragon, vintage tattoo machine, deck of cards, dagger, eagle with cannons, or any other vintage, Milton Zeis design. 5 lucky people will be chosen at random to receive one new t-shirt. 1 comment per person. If you tweet or like the post be sure to tell me in your comment, this gives you an additional entry. Make sure you enter your name and email address so I can identify you later.
There are just so many designs! It’s hard for me to choose one!
In June of this year I was privileged enough to take a trip to Denver, Colorado for the book release party for Tattooing As You Like It: The Legacy of Milton Zeis. It was my second time meeting Scott Boyer, author of the book, and his fiancee, Kayla Gronseth. The party was located at the Denver Press Club and very much suited the era of Milton’s work. Many came out for the party and I was pleased with the turnout. I had a great time viewing the book for the first time, socializing, and of course dancing! (See pictures here)
Scott and Kayla put in a lot of time and energy into doing research and putting the book together. Tattooing As You Like It is a 291 page book that compiles Milton Zeis’s personal and professional life. It shares his legendary story and how he impacted the tattooing community. The book contains information on where it all began, how he grew the business, and how it all concluded. There are also nice pictures of The Zeis Studio catalogs and advertisements, as well as design sheets. It also shares some of Zeis’s School lessons, correspondence, and marketing. At the end of Tattooing As You Like It, 100 tattooers were asked to replicate Milton’s flash sheets into their own artwork. I enjoyed seeing how so many people interpreted these designs differently. I want to personally thank Scott and Kayla for their hard work. It means a lot to me that Milton’s story lives on.
To purchase the book, go here
“Tattooing?…Great-Grandpa?…What was that all about?” Believe it or not, Great-Grandpa Milton and The Zeis Studio were not mentioned much while I was growing up. After Milton passed away in 1972 my grand-parents kept the business going for Lorena (Milton’s second wife) for another 10 years or so. They filled the orders as best they could, but they were not experts in the industry and my grand-father wanted very little to do with the tattoo industry. It wasn’t until my college years that I began to research(see ‘About Me‘ section) and dig deep into the greatness that is Milton Zeis and The Zeis Studio.
Many individuals considered Milton to be one of the forefathers in the industry. So, I have started up The Zeis Studio once more in hopes that it helps to keep Milton and tattoo history alive. I have started this blog to help me capture my journey with The Zeis Studio, and archiving its collection. I want to share with you the proper techniques in the archiving process, tattoo history and how it relates today, and hopefully we are able to bounce questions and answers off of each other. This means a lot to me, so anything you can share whether it is criticism, opinions, or stories, I’d love to hear it. Please recognize that I am a very busy girl and sometimes I fail at responding promptly, my apologizes in advance. I also appreciate R-E-S-P-E-C-T (you’ve got to sing it like Aretha) and as long that is followed feel free to comment under postings or send an email to info(AT)thezeisstudio(DOT)com.
Thanks for your support,