Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos: A Social History of the Tattoo with Gangs, Sailors, and Street-Corner Punks, 1950-1965

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    First Edition.

    21.5cm x 15cm. [x], 204 pages. Lettered wrappers.

    The Writer, under the name of Phil Sparrow, left his career as a university professor of English to become a tattoo artist. At the urging of his friend Dr. Alfred Kinsey, he kept a daily journal to try to discover the sexual motivations for getting tattooed. Foreword by Wardell B. Pomeroy, co-author of the Kinsey Reports.

    Foxing to edges and first and last few pages. Previous owner’s stamp. Good Condition.