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

Michael McCabe

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ISBN 10: 0945367201 / ISBN 13: 9780945367208
Published by Hardy Marks Publications, 1997
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Title: New York City Tattoo : The Oral History of ...

Publisher: Hardy Marks Publications

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Paperback

Edition: First edition.

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New York City Tattoo documents the lively, humorous and often violent history of the art from the early years of the 20th century, in the words of the men who "pushed the pins" in places like Coney Island and the Bowery. Tattooing at the time evoked the dangerous fringes of society, and for over a decade Michael McCabe assiduously gained the confidence of the few surviving practitioners of this vanished era. These highly-charged interviews provide a privileged look into a clannish world of honor, respect, and jealously guarded trade secrets. They reveal facets of New York social history and a volatile, misunderstood and secretive art form.

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Michael McCabe is a tattooer and cultural anthropologist who lives and works in New York City. For the past 30 years, he has written and lectured extensively about the history of tattooing.

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