Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos, a Social History of the Tattoo With Gangs, Sailors and Street-Corner Punks, (1950-1965)

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Samuel M. Steward, Ph.D
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In the early 1950s, when tattoos were the indelible mark of a lowlife, a professor of English 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 many thousands of people, from youthful sailors who flaunted their tattoos as a rite of manhood, to executives who tried to hide their passion for well-ornamented flesh. 

Published in 1990 by the Haworth Press, Inc. 
6 x 8½ Softcover 
204 pages