Long after the price is forgotten… you still have your tattoo. -Doc Webb, San Diego.
It’s easy to romanticize the ‘old days’ of American tattoo shop culture when you hear guys like Doc Webb talking about it. Before it was a ‘gallery’ it was a parlor and if your tattooer had an artschool background he kept it to himself. Even when he’s talking about the Sailors being drunks and raisin’ hell he’s got a smile on his face.
This is from a 1984 documentary called ‘Signatures of the Soul’ hosted by Peter Fonda. It featured a good cross section of tattoo culture, despite being hosted by “the bad guy from the Nicholas Cage Ghost Rider movie”.