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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Tattoo Mike: The Story Of The Illustrated Man

Welcome to the Crowdsourcing Mornings segment!  Every weekday morning, Geek Alabama talks about and features one crowdsourcing project from crowdsourcing sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and others.  The hope with Crowdsourcing Mornings is to feature and help a project be successful and reach its fundraising goal.  Please enjoy today’s featured project!

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TATTOO MIKE is the biography of queer artist, tattoo icon, and American sideshow legend Michael Wilson. Diagnosed at age 10 with a life threatening disease, this is the story of a man fated to a short life and the choices he made to live those years by rules of his own design. Leaving a mentally abusive and alcoholic home before finishing high school, Michael immersed himself in San Francisco’s gay Castro neighborhood in the 1970s with close ties to the drag performance group the Cockettes.

Moving on to New York he would get his face tattooed and start performing on stage at the newly formed Coney Island Sideshow, a position that would bring with it celebrity on an international level. Michael acted in underground films, modeled for top fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, and Geraldo Rivera wanted to interview him for his daytime talk show. In his time Michael was the most recognizable tattooed person in the world.

Michael’s life is an unwritten oral history. 60 interviews are complete with friends, family, lovers, sideshow performers, and tattoo artists who marked Michael’s body. Conversations with these primary sources have been the essential vehicle to decipher Michael’s biography.


As of March 8th, this project has raised $20,500 of their $20,000 goal. This project has 8 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $35, you will get one t-shirt.  For a pledge of $35, you will get a digital link to the film.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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