Picking up where Jonathan Shaw's critically-acclaimed Scab Vendor: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist left off, Homeward Bound resumes the story of Cigano, the tattoo man. Cigano continues his full-body tattoo work on a young acolyte, Jaco, who eagerly soaks up his tales. Homeward Bound continues... more
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Picking up where Jonathan Shaw's critically-acclaimed Scab Vendor: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist left off, Homeward Bound resumes the story of Cigano, the tattoo man. Cigano continues his full-body tattoo work on a young acolyte, Jaco, who eagerly soaks up his tales. Homeward Bound continues charting the amazing course of a life measured in extremes and all the singular people, exotic places, and outrageous events that shaped it into a survivor's tale of epic proportions. In its pages, Shaw takes the reader deeper than ever before, not only into the bizarre recesses of his extraordinary mind and incredible adventures, but also into the strange and magical process of memoir writing itself.
Homeward Bound is proof positive that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. As Shaw's old friend and literary mentor Charles Bukowski once told him, most of this book would have to be lived before it could be written. In that sense, Homeward Bound is much more than a compelling, page-turning chronicle of a popular working-class hero's creative evolution. It is a multicolored, cinematic modern-day Odyssey, written in blood, ink and tears - a kaleidoscopic, visionary roadmap to the journey of the human soul.
You might know of Jonathan Shaw as the first tattoo artist to ever appear on The Tonight Show with David Letterman. Or maybe you’ve seen his likeness depicted by Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Art...more
Jonathan Shaw had to go out to the world to find himself... The things that damaged him have also informed him... [Homeward Bound embodies] the art of Latin America, cinema, Magical Realism in literature...Jim Jarmusch
I don't know who else does that. Obviously Che Guevara could not do that.Eugene Hutz, Gogol Bordello
This is the story of the people who believed in magic, and survived... Jonathan Shaw needs to tell the story because he is the story... This is crawling in the streets of alphabet city with your knees bleeding.Kelly Cutrone, New York Times Bestselling Author
Jonathan Shaw was there way before tattooing became trendy with fucking hipsters with tattoos up their fucking eyeballs.John Joseph, Cro-Mags
Jonathan was pretty crazy, a kind of bohemian, carny type... Whenever customers came in [for tattoos] he would be like: watch this!Chris Garver, Miami Ink
Jonathan Shaw has always been a wild character.Oliver Peck, Ink Master
The tattoo world was too limiting to him...Jonathan Shaw is a storyteller... His books are works of art.Joe Coleman
Shaw's writing is authentic and unapologetic. He is not afraid.Mark Gottlieb, Literary Agent - Trident Media Group