Stoney Knows How

June 01, 2012


A 1981 documentary about the life of circus tattoo artist Stoney St. Claire. When he was 15 years old he joined the sideshow in the Cole Brothers Circus as a sword swallower. In 1928, when the circus was in Norfolk, Virginia, he went downtown and there he saw a tattoo shop and guy tattooing an eagle on this fellas back. He looked at the eagle and knew that he could do a better job, later he became arguably one of the greatest tattoo artists to grace this green earth.