JEFF JOHNSON, TATTOO MACHINE

Though Jeff Johnson, who co-owns Portland's oldest tattoo parlor, Sea Tramp Tattoo Company, tries too hard to sell readers on his badass persona, that doesn't make his alcohol-and blood-soaked memoir of needles, counterculture misfits, and sometimes ill-conceived inkwork any less entertaining.

Tattoo Machine by Jeff Johnson [Spiegel & Grau, $25]

Though Jeff Johnson, who co-owns Portland's oldest tattoo parlor, Sea Tramp Tattoo Company, tries too hard to sell readers on his badass persona, that doesn't make his alcohol-and blood-soaked memoir of needles, counterculture misfits, and sometimes ill-conceived inkwork any less entertaining. Timothy Hodler

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