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Tattooing New York City by Michael McCabe
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Mar 18, 08

Recommended to Daniel by: eric eaton, i thank him
Read in January, 2008

schiffer puts out all types of great tattoo books - or has, throughout the 1990s. they've been the gatekeepers of this underground folk artform up until its recent pop-culture explosion of interest. this book chronicles all the old dudes (and dudettes) from nyc that totally paved the way for the all the hipster tattoo parlors scattered all over manhattan and brooklyn. tattooing was illegal in nyc up until the 1990s, hence making these founding fathers even more important to recognize within tattoo history - they did it the hard way. the stories are there, as are the defining elements of a style that influenced the entire east coast (see: philly) and counterpointed the stylistic developments of northern and southern cali. pics are the bomb - total late 80s lookin' vibe - bad-ass boys and girls who did it out of love or desperation or pure urban, provincial circumstance.

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