20 August, 2013
You may remember a few weeks ago that I won a tattoo voucher at Frankie & Ivy's Benefit Auction? Well a couple of weeks ago I went and saw Mark AKA Suicide at Voodoo Tattoo at Loganholme to cash it in. I had a few ideas floating around including finishing off my left sleeve but given that what it needs is mostly filler, I thought Mark would have more fun doing something else. There's something I've been wanting for a little while now, the beginnings of which were inspired a while ago by artwork that used to hang in Mark's old shop. When I walked into his new shop and saw that very same artwork hanging behind him, I knew that's what I had to get. I present to you, a rockabilly-fied big bad wolf...arooooooo!
Now you may be asking 'why the wolf?'. Well, the short and simple answer is I just like him! The artwork that was in Mark's shop first planted the seed in my mind years ago and it's been rolling around in my brain ever since. But the true origins of this guy go waaay back and they're quite amusing. You may vaguely remember a cartoon wolf who was a sucker for the ladies and used to howl and pant with his eyes bugging out when he saw a hottie? That's where my first exposure to this character came from, the old cartoons. But he is actually a character created by Tex Avery, an American cartoonist who worked for Warner Bros and MGM in the 40s and 50s during the Golden Age of Hollywood animation and is responsible for creating some of the most famous characters of all time including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Where does the wolf come in though? Well, he was created for a 1943 cartoon called Red Hot Riding Hood, which has since been voted 7 out of the 50 greatest cartoons of all time.
I love this cartoon! It's an absolute hoot and you may notice similarities between it and the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit or even more recently, the 1994 film The Mask. It's certainly an enduring theme and The Wolf himself has been a highly referenced character in popular culture ever since. Sadly Tex Avery is no longer with us but with the anniversary of his death in just 6 days, this tattoo is a rather timely tribute to his amazing legacy that has continued to live on in generation after generation of childhoods. And with that, I'll leave you with one of my favourite songs by 60s rock n roll group Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs.