In Volume One of Tattooing: The Life and Times of Crazy Philadelphia Eddie, My Vida Loca, Mr. Eddie Funk quickly established his place amongst the tattooers at Coney Island, extensively traveled the United States meeting many characters, and tattooed in several cities. Through those adventures, Eddie became a seasoned tattoo man and earned the nickname, Crazy Eddie.
In his second volume, after opening a few tattoo shops in Philadelphia, Eddie developed friendships with several tattooers, and he started personal wars with a few tattooers. Wrapped up in tumultuous love affairs, and tattooing in a neglected part of the city—Chinatown—Eddie claimed this neighborhood as his territory. He quickly became, Crazy Philadelphia Eddie.
As he continues his stories in this third volume, Eddie finds himself traveling between California and Pennsylvania and again visiting foreign shores. Opening more tattoo shops, dealing with turf wars and fierce competitors, and coping with the loss of loved ones, Crazy Philadelphia Eddie finds himself at a pivotal time where he begins to heavily influence, shape and equip the tattoo industry.
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In this clip, Eddie talks about the “body painting” shop he opened in North Carolina. It was a hit with the Marines, but it was a target for the local law enforcement.
In this second clip from Volume 3, Eddie continues his telling about his adventures with the neighborhood tough guy, Goergie Cheety. Trouble and drunken brawls always followed this man.
In this third clip, Eddie explains how you can use bricks to influence people and make friends. It just takes a little finessing, but it can be done.
Eddie is a man who loved to play cards, and it is always important to garner the respect of the other players at the table. Even if you don’t have the winning cards in your hand, you can still the psyche the other players out and have them in your pocket by the end of the night.