Stoney Knows How (1981)

Stoney Knows How is a visit with a master of the Oldest Art In The World – Tattooing. Disabled by arthritis since the age of four, confined to a wheelchair, his growth stunted, Stoney St. Clair joined the circus at 15 as a sword-swallower. A year later, he took up tattooing, and traveled with circuses and carnivals for 50 years. As we watch him at work, we see the determination which led Stoney to use his crippled hands in an art where mistakes are permanent, and we realize Stoney has overcome his handicap to heal himself and others with the magic of symbols. The film ends with a visit by New Age tattoo master Don Ed Hardy to Stoney, who gives him a souvenir tattoo.

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Subject: I think I’m going to get more, though, later on…

Stoney: Oh, you are. I’m putting Comeback in it. I drop a little two drops of it in there, you know, you come back. No, Stoney’s not crazy. Must be something to him. All of them old coondogs, and all of them keep coming back and sending me people: Cousineau, all of them.






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