Vaudevisuals interview with Ethan Hill ~ ‘Tattoo Mike’. A new film about Michael Wilson.

“The Illustrated Man: Michael Wilson – A Sideshow Performer’s Extraordinary Tattoo Journey“.

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting Ethan Hill, a successful photographer turned filmmaker, through Coney Island’s very own Adam Realman. Little did I know, Ethan had embarked on a new path to create a documentary about an individual who had inspired him for years – the incredible Michael Wilson, known as “The Illustrated Man.”

Setting the Scene: The iconic Coney Island USA served as the perfect backdrop for our interview. It was within these legendary grounds that Michael Wilson had spent countless years mesmerizing audiences with his extraordinary performances in the Coney Island USA Sideshow.

A Controversial Topic: Tattooing: In Ethan’s compelling film, he delves into the captivating world of tattooing, featuring interviews with individuals deeply connected to this special community. Among them, Michael Wilson stood out as one of the most extensively tattooed individuals in the United States, if not the entire world.

Ethan’s Motivation and Michael Wilson’s Tattoo Legacy: In our conversation, Ethan passionately discusses his motivation for undertaking this documentary project and sheds light on the significant historical context surrounding Michael Wilson’s prominent place in the realm of tattooing. As you listen in, prepare to be captivated by the fascinating journey of “The Illustrated Man” and the impact he has had on the world of body art.

Stay tuned for the full documentary, where you’ll witness the enthralling life story of Michael Wilson unfold, revealing the intricate details of his tattooed existence and the profound inspiration he continues to provide.

Tattoo Mike Teaser

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Michael Wilson’s artwork.

Michael Wilson’s full-body illustration of tattoos.


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Not Just Another Freak Show: Farewell to the Illustrated Man – The New York Times

Michael Wilson’s NY Times Obit.

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Jim R. Moore


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