Do you have a tattoo? One in five American adults do. It seems there are tattoo parlors everywhere. What’s most popular? Quotes from great works of literature. "So it goes."
Walter Moskowitz is a tattoo legend. Before he passed away in 2007, he ran the first commercial tattoo parlor on Long Island.
Walter Moskowitz learned tattooing from his father William, who did tattoos from the basement of his barbershop called Willy’s. In bruising Bowery fashion, the shop offered a unique service.
Nothing stops a bullet like a job.
Walter’s shop was a hot spot for military men going off to fight in the second world war. Their pin-up girl tattoos are legend. But popular designs change and change. And change again.
Cynthia Woodland’s tattoo has a story. It’s about being a young single mom. It’s about faith. It’s about Tyler.
Getting words, quotes, even lines of verse inked under the skin is more common that you think. There’s even a name for it: Literary Tattoos
One more story from Walter Moskowitz, the last of the Bowery Scab Merchants. Walter tattoos 80 men in a day.
Legendary tattoo artist Walter Moskowitz learned how to tattoo from his father and passed on the art to his son, Marvin. Before Walter passed away in 2007, his other son, Doug, recorded his dad’s stories.
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