King and Queen of the Badlands Book Cover

A New Book Documents
Roy Boy Cooper's Unbelievable Life in Rare Photographs

- A LIMITED PRINTING -

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ABOUT
TIM SVETLY, AUTHOR

A few years ago Tim Svetly walked into Debra Cooper's tattoo shop and it changed his life forever.  Stories of tigers, jet cars, speedboats, and, of course, motorcycles -- and this was just the beginning. Tim reflects the story of a tattooed legend, doing whatever the hell he wanted, out of Gary, Indiana.

 Tim writes: "Roy Boy lived a life that few do or can, and for that reason he has been misunderstood. In this photographic story,
Roy Boy will live on, the way he would have wanted to be remembered."


Background photos: Tim Svetley (left); Tim's backpiece pays homage to Roy Boy and Debra (right)

 
 
 

TATTOO CELEBRITIES

 

PRESS & EVENTS

PAUL BOOTH, MASTER OF DARK SURREALISM 

Paul is the owner of Last Rites Tattoo New York City

TIM SVETLY MEETS HANNAH AITCHISON 

Hannah is a prolific tattoo artist. She has starred on the reality television show LA Ink and has been a Judge on Best ink.

TIM SVETLY ON BOOK TOUR IN ITALY  

Tim presented a copy of his book to the Rome Tattoo Museum on a recent trip to Italy.

LYLE TUTTLE FLIPS FOR NUDE PIX OF DEBRA COOPER

Lyle is a legendary figure who gave his first tattoo in 1949. In his heyday he tattooed Janis Joplin, Cher, the Allman Brothers and many other notable musicians and celebrities, and was on the October 1970 cover of Rolling Stone.

MEET & GREET at the BOOK SIGNING MARCH 3 2018
6pm to 10pm at Botti Studio in Evanston IL, 1555 Maple Street 60201

Tim Svetly the author will be there signing books, along with Debra Cooper, The Tattooed Lady herself, with her full line of DVDs and limited edition T-shirts.  
Roy Boy Museum artifacts will be on display.

Chicago Tribune: New book uncages mystique behind Roy Boy Cooper and The Badlands
Roy Boy Cooper took a break from pumping iron to catch his breath inside the stuffy basement of his infamous Badlands tattoo shop.

"If I knew I'd be around this long, I would have done things differently," he told me after lowering his bulky dumbbells during a visit 15 years ago.

Radio Interview with WLTH AM 1370 Larry Jenkins, Prime Minister of The Blues
Larry, hanging out with the author Mr. Tim Svetly and his wife Lisa of the book "King and Queen of The Badlands: Roy Boy & Debra The Tattooed Lady" 

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Debra Cooper

If you want to get tattooed by Debra Cooper at The Badlands in Gary, Indiana, give her a call at 219-765-2041. 

 

A few copies of my book are still available. Call my friend tilt at 217-766-4182

-Tim
 

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