Tattooing and the art of Tattooing has a deep and rich history in the United States, tattooing as an art, career and social convention has come very far since the early days of sailors home on leave getting a tattoo.

Starting as a teenager on Coney Island, Crazy Philadelphia Eddie has been a part of the transition of this art form from its early days, first as a social taboo, then subject to prohibition, up until today, where we find tattooing as a legitimate form self expression and art. Crazy Philadelphia Eddie has been there practicing his art, fighting for the legitimacy of tattooing as an art form and industry. This is the story of his life and times, and the story of Tattooing in America, and what it took for us as a society to get from there to here.

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