In the summer of 1952, Mr. Eddie Funk was fifteen-years-old and about to begin his life as a young man. Drawn to the excitement of Coney Island, fascinated with the art of tattooing, and intrigued with the lifestyles of the Coney Island tattooers, he knew his place was among these veteran tattoo artists. With his affable personality, his ability to tattoo, his fists, a hammer, and a gaff hook, he quickly established his place in the tattoo industry and was dubbed Crazy Eddie.
During his travels from New York to Denmark to Chicago to Hawaii, he always demonstrated why he earned this moniker. After reading this first volume of Eddie’s unique, reckless, and good-hearted approach to life and tattooing, you will agree that Crazy Eddie is fucking crazy! It is almost certain that you will also view him as a likable and generous man who inherited a rich, cultural practice from the founding fathers of American tattooing.
The stories in this first volume chronicle the life and times of a young tattoo artist who will eventually become one of the godfathers of American tattooing.
$30/$50 with CD
Please listen to the four audio clips from this volume. These are the recordings ghostwriter, Eric Foemmel used to write this oral history. An audio CD is available for each volume. The disk contains eight MP3 tracks, and each track is approximately forty-five-minutes long. Due to the large files, the CDs are meant to be loaded onto your Itunes, or other MP3 player on your computer.
Eddie gets his equipment:
Eddie describes what a tattoo shop was like in the 1950s:
Eddie meets his good friend, Tattoo Lou Rubino:
Eddie recounts a night in Chicago working for Louie Argo on State Street