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

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Michael McCabe

New York City Tattoo, History of an Urban Art was first published by Hardy Marks in 1997. This classic book consists of in-depth, illustrated interviews with the primary tattooers working in New York City prior to the ban on tattooing that went into effect in 1961 and lasted for 36 years. Cultural historian Michael McCabe gained the confidence of the small community of people working in the “wild old days” when tattooing was a marginalized practice. This is a passionate, personal record full of amazing rough and tumble stories from a distant era, light years away from tattooing’s current popularity and acceptance. New York City Tattoo has been republished and expanded to 144 pages, with more stunning visuals, a revised author’s forward, and added text about where the tattooers are now. 


This book is out of print.


 Published in 2013 by Hardy Marks Publications  
11 x 8½, Softcover, New copy
144 pages