Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo

He has published a book titled “Lew the Jew" Alberts: Early 20th Century Tattoo Drawings, and this exhibition is inspired by that book. “Lew the Jew,” born Albert Morton Kurzman (1880–1954), was a New Yorker at the turn of the last century who had fought in the Spanish American War, and learned tattooing in the Philippines.…

Tattoo legend "Lew the Jew" Alberts rediscovered at CJM ...

Jul 30, 2018 · “Lew the Jew” Alberts, photographer unknown “He was really a terrific draftsman, and he invented some of these designs,” Hardy said. “He was enterprising in that he was one of the first people to produce commercially printed flash sheets to sell to other tattoers, so he established kind of an image bank that became central to what American tattooing looked like.”…