Stoney was an incredible old school tattoo artist who supported himself tattooing from the age of 15 to old age all the while a crippled dwarf in a wheelchair he worked the circus shows all over the country opened and closed short shops also all over and finally settled in his shop in columbus ohio. Stoney knows how life as a sideshow tattoo artist by alan govenar images alan b govenar transcribed and edited stoneys oral autobiography and it is clear from the narrative that stoney was indeed a teacher of the art much of the value of this book is in the obvious expressions of personal and cultural valuesit is a very good . This is a fantastic book if you like the short documentary stoney knows how then youll enjoy this book very in depth lots of good pictures just overall a great book if you are into tattoo history and the fantastic character that was stoney st claire. Note citations are based on reference standards however formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study the specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher classroom teacher institution or organization should be applied. Oral tradition folklore dictated by a tattooist of the old school balanced by a thoroughly sourced introduction on the history of tattooing be sure the check out the short documentary of the same name too
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