Nick Ackman started tattooing in 1999. His curiosity for the history of tattooing led to a large collection of information and tattoo memorabilia, and in 2013 Nick launched Blue Letter Books to share the art, history, and stories he accumulated.

Focusing his research on the makers of the items he acquires, Nick combines images from his collection with historical information in the form of books. The goal of these books is to keep the history of the great craft of tattooing alive, while at the same time providing a look at images and objects from tattooing’s past.

The photos below show Nick painting the Blue Letter Books Logo for the timelapse animation featured at the beginning of our book trailers.