In the first half of Crazy Philadelphia Eddie’s books, his life story began with his wild youth, continued into his twenties where he established himself in Chinatown, Philadelphia, and covered the seminal years of the National Tattoo Association during his thirties. Even if Eddie expected his life to become more tranquil as he matured, the insane world around him made that impossible.
Volume Four of Crazy Philadelphia Eddie’s series is a flurry of midlife adventures including the rise of the National Tattoo Association and its conventions, the pitfalls of heavily gambling, the opening and managing of several tattoo shops, the fallout of a wedding engagement and a turbulent romance, the tragic murder of a good friend, and the trials and tribulations of raising and employing his eldest daughter and teenage sons.
Shortly after finishing this volume, Eddie was in a bar drinking screwdrivers with his ghostwriter, Eric Foemmel, who asked Eddie to sum up the fourth volume of Tattooing: The Life and Times of Crazy Philadelphia Eddie, My Vida Loca. Eddie did so with two words: “Holy Shit!”
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I was never a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, but Eddie has convinced me otherwise. Sometimes, you might not like the outcome, but their is a reason it happened. In this clip, Eddie tells about the disappearance of another tattooer.
I am pretty sure Eddie has met more than a million people in his life, and he rarely forgets a person. In Kentucky, there were two tattooers he remembers as stand-up gentlemen: Jay Ray Smith and Charlie Wheeler.
Stoney St. Clair is another Southern gentleman tattooer that Eddie met in his travels, and he always good things to say about this man. Eddie feels like he knew this man before he met him.
This is another great story about one of Eddie’s card games. In this clip he tells about the good fortune that follows when he held several wild cards in his hand. That night, justice was served!