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Jonathan Shaw's Scab Vendor: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist is a surreal, multigenerational roller-coaster ride through the underbelly of modern culture, charting the course of a life measured by extremes and all the people, places, and events that shaped that life into a survivor's tale of epic proportions. In it, Shaw takes the listener deep, not only into the recesses of his extraordinary mind and adventures but also into the strange and magical process of memoir-writing itself.

If truth is indeed stranger than fiction, then, as Shaw's friend and literary mentor Charles Bukowski once told him, much of this book would have to be lived before it could be written. In that sense, Scab Vendor: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist is much more than a fascinating chronicle of a popular outlaw artist's creative evolution. It is a multicolored, cinematic, modern-day Odyssey, written in blood, ink, and tears - a kaleidoscopic, visionary road map to the journey of the human soul.

©2017 Jonathan Shaw (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Oh boy....

It’s clear this guy fancy himself as a Hunter S. Thompson. It’s just a bunch of babbling nonsense. I really tried to give a chance and usually no matter how bad I always give a book a chance and stick it through to the end. I couldn’t even make past chapter 6. This book. Its not good

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too many note

I believe the movie Amadeus said it best, "Too many notes."

Perhaps the fault lies within me. I wanted to love this book, but i get lost in the grandiose speech and sentence structure.

An extra star tho, for the tenacity it takes to accomplish writing a book.

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not worth it.

this book was very hard to listen to. I understand the author wanting to narrate it himself, but he did not have a good reading voice nor was the story that good to begin with.

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Laughable vanity project

Self-absorbed gibberish and fantasy. Cheap imitation of Charles Bukowski. Total waste. Keep moving.You’re welcome.

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Don’t waste your time

Barely a mention about tattoos.
A long and dreary and depressing story about alcoholic junkies .

I give zero stars because I couldn’t finish. I forced myself to listen to all but the last two hours hoping it would get better but didn’t happen.

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Good Writing...

This book encapsulates much more than usual considering the majority of memoirs. I'd read the book twice, listening to the author reading this surreal story is incredible because many times in this book he tells us things that are possibly hard to him to think about, it's not a fairy tale , it's not normal stuff you've got here. these are confessions of failures, deceptions, moments where he probably felt defeated by life. Is a true confession in all senses...

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Very hard to follow

I appreciate creative verbiage but this book was obviously written under the influence of some serious drugs. That makes it hard to follow. However, someone else might find this book entertaining. It wasn’t for me.

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