It is What it is: Tattooing the Brooklyn Way.pdf

It is What it is: Tattooing the Brooklyn Way.pdf


Trace the evolution of the Brooklyn tattooing scene's iconographic status with this rare look into the borough's gritty history. Long before hipsters called Brooklyn home, tattoo legends like Tony Polito, Mikey Perfetto, Marcus Pacheco, and Ronnie DellAquila set long-lasting trends from the '50s on, and gave young artists hope in this often unforgiving town. Peter Caruso visits over a dozen owners, artists, and customers, relating Brooklyn's 20th-century tattoo history through biographies of gritty, no-nonsense tattoo artists. Here, they get the attention they deserve as they focus on events that shaped their craft and style and what inspired them, as teenagers, to follow the path of this often thankless profession in New York's toughest borough. "Back in the day", artists did not apprentice, but, like the men in this book, learned the ropes in basements and worked out of kitchens, sometimes experimenting with Asian and tribal styles, but always returning to the colourful, traditional, American tattooing Brooklyn is known for.

Peter Caruso was born and raised and currently resides in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He got his first tattoo when he was 15. After managing and apprenticing in Paul Raffello's shop for three years, he began his tattooing career.


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