Stoney Knows How is a visit with a master of the Oldest Art In The World - Tattooing. Disabled by arthritis since the age of four, confined to a wheelchair, his growth stunted, Stoney St. Clair joined the circus at 15 as a sword-swallower. A year later he took up tattooing and traveled with circuses and carnivals for 50 years. As we watch him at work we see the determination which led Stoney to use his crippled hands in an art where mistakes are permanent, and we realize Stoney has overcome his handicap to heal himself and others with the magic of symbols. The film ends with a visit by Don Ed Hardy to Stoney, who gives Hardy a souvenir tattoo. Camera by Les Blank.
A film by Alan Govenar & Bruce "Pacho" Lane, 1984
29 min, Color
DVD Region - Multi