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Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos: A Social History of the Tattoo with Gangs, Sailors, and Street-Corner Punks, 1950-1965 (Haworth Series in Gay & Lesbian Studies)

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Publisher Comments:

Explore the dark subculture of 1950s tattoos In the early 1950s, when tattoos were the indelible mark of a lowlife, an erudite professor of English--a friend of Gertrude Stein, Thomas Mann, Andre Gide, and Thornton Wilder--abandoned his job to become a tattoo artist (and incidentally a researcher for Alfred Kinsey). Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos tells the story of his years working in a squalid arcade on Chicago's tough State Street. During that time he left his mark on a hundred thousand people, from youthful sailors who flaunted their tattoos as a rite of manhood to executives who had to hide their passion for well-ornamented flesh. Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos is anything but politically correct. The gritty, film-noir details of Skid Row life are rendered with unflinching honesty and furtive tenderness. His lascivious relish for the young sailors swaggering or staggering in for a new tattoo does not blind him to the sordidness of the world they inhabited. From studly nineteen-year-olds who traded blow jobs for tattoos to hard-bitten dykes who scared the sailors out of the shop, the clientele was seedy at best: sailors, con men, drunks, hustlers, and Hells Angels. These days, when tattoo art is sported by millionaires and the middle class as well as by gang members and punk rockers, the sheer squalor of Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos is a revelation. However much tattoo culture has changed, the advice and information is still sound: how to select a good tattoo artist what to expect during a tattooing session how to ensure the artist uses sterile needles and other safety precautions how to care for a new tattoo why people get tattoos--25 sexual motivations for body artMore than a history of the art or a roster of famous--and infamous--tattoo customers and artists, Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos is a raunchy, provocative look at a forgotten subculture.

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Subtitled A social history of the tattoo with gangs, sailors, and street-corner punks, 1950-1965. Nearly 40 years ago, the author gave up his career as an English professor to become a tattoo artist. At the urging of his friend Dr. Alfred Kinsey, he kept a daily journal for many years about his experiences, from which this anecdotal analysis is derived.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-198) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780918393760
Designed:
Steward, Samuel M.
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Steward, Samuel M.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Tattooing
Subject:
Tattooing -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Tattoo artists.
Subject:
Steward, Samuel M
Subject:
Sociology - General
Series:
Haworth Series in Gay & Lesbian Studies
Series Volume:
9311, 9381
Publication Date:
19900631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
214
Dimensions:
8.46x6.28x.54 in. .73 lbs.

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