Meteoric flash

Belatedly, today’s NYT pays tribute to Michael Malone, perhaps better known to many as Rollo Banks (April 30; byline Dennis Hevesi; sign-in may be required). This piece differs from the one in the local daily and the several remembrances in the Chron in that it sheds more light on his role as an innovator in both the art and the business of personal adornment via the tattoo. Somebody will know for certain, but I’d guess that the client for whom he created a “nearly-full-body tattoo” described in today’s article is Prince, of Austin’s peerless Atomic City.

Update: Former Austinite Ed Ward’s reminiscence reports that the fabulous adornment described was created for Prince.

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