To the Best of Our Knowledge: Under Your Skin - Jim Fleming

To the Best of Our Knowledge: Under Your Skin

By Jim Fleming

  • Release Date: 2012-04-14
  • Genre: Arts & Entertainment
  • © 2012 Wisconsin Public Radio (To the Best of Our Knowledge)

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In this hour, Walter Moskowitz is a tattoo legend. Before he passed away in 2007, he ran the first commercial tattoo parlor on Long Island. He learned his trade, his art, from his father William. And passed it on to his son Marvin - who now runs the family business.

Next, 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.

Then, nothing stops a bullet like a job. That's the slogan of Homeboy Industries in LA. It helps young men leave behind gang life. When Father Gregory Boyle started Homeboy, 25 years ago, he had no idea its largest service would be tattoo removal. Volunteer doctors erase some 800 tattoo a month.

After that, 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.

Following that, Cynthia Woodland's tattoo has a story. It's about being a young single mom. It's about faith. It's about Tyler.

Next, 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.

Then, one more story from Walter Moskowitz, the last of the Bowery Scab Merchants. Walter tattoos 80 men in a day.

Finally, 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. [Broadcast Date: October 17, 2012]

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