By Paul Martone
Published: December 29, 2012.
A young man returns to Buffalo, New York to confront his past after running out of money and resources in San Francisco. In Buffalo, he reunites with his childhood friend, Snyder, who’s working as a tattoo artist in a slummy neighborhood and dreams of opening his own studio out west. A gritty story about tattoo culture, friendship, and loss, Sacred Ink was a finalist for the John Steinbeck Award.