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New York City Tattoo: The Oral History of an Urban Art

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With tattooing newly relegalized in New York after more than three decades underground, New York City Tattoo: The Oral History of an Urban Art Michael McCabe is a timely chronicle of the classic body artists of the pre-ban ’50s and early ’60s. Hailing from Brooklyn, Queens, and midtown Manhattan, the rough-and-tumble artists interviewed here remember a Coney Island tattoo scene so busy one shop hired a bouncer; a health department official who found one tattooist using his sterilizing equipment to bake clams; and the Moskowitz brothers, who were known to handcuff their own customers. Although the book can come across as too specialized for the average reader, New York City Tattoo does unearth and preserve an alluringly gritty chunk of postwar, pre-hippie New York history. B+

New York City Tattoo: The Oral History of an Urban Art
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  • Book
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  • Michael McCabe

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