Set against a backdrop of New York City in the grungy, glittering 1980s, Get Off is a memoir about desperate living, hidden promise, double lives, and the danger of getting too much too soon. This eloquent, entertaining, sometimes absurdly hilarious book is a tale of how an anxious theater nerd from Long Island created and ultimately emerged from a hell of his own making.
Written as a testament for his young son, Scott Alderman's account of his wasted youth and hard-earned manhood will resonate with and inspire anyone who has been lost and struggled to find their way back.
"This is the voice of a natch'l born raconteur with the courage to venture to the darkest spaces of the human heart with uncanny compassion and deep honesty."
- Oliver Trager, Author of Dig Infinity!
NEW BOOK COMING IN 2021
The True Story of the First, Last, and Only Tattoo the Earth Tour
Scott Alderman had the idea for Tattoo the Earth on November 13, 1998 at 3:45 pm as he was getting a tattoo in New York City. It came at him like a vision: a giant music festival celebrating tattooing and body art, like a super freaky Woodstock for the new millennium. Scott had been out of the music business for over ten years, and had barely been to a concert during that time, but he embarked undaunted on an eighteen-month odyssey that culminated with the 2000 US tour. Slipknot, Slayer, Sepultura, Sevendust, and a dozen other metal bands were on the tour, plus some of the world’s best tattoo artists; Metallica played the Giants Stadium show.
Launching the tour was a tale of persistence, guerrilla marketing and madness. Scott Alderman attended hundreds of concerts; had pitch meetings with Irving Azoff, Don Kirshner, and Jack Utisick; traveled throughout Europe with Cypress Hill; and bribed his way out of jail in Memphis. He battled Sharon Osbourne, CAA, Clear Channel, bikers, tattoo artists, and wayward set designers. Half the tour dates were pulled in retribution for going up against Ozzfest and Warped Tour, so the routing of the tour was a disaster (most of the shows were at alternative venues like rodeos, parking lots, and racetracks). The tour's agent constantly worked against it, and no one knew what bands would show up at the first show, or where the tour would finish until it was half over.
Dubbed "the caravan of pain," Tattoo the Earth lived up to its billing and more; every show was like Spinal Tap on GHB. Communities harassed it because of the bands; health departments harassed it because of the tattooing; the pyro display almost burned the stage down in Kansas; Slipknot got into a brawl with the owner of the venue in Wisconsin; a haboob almost blew the stage to smithereens in Arizona; a bust in Texas almost derailed the entire tour; and it got banned in Boston (the best show), and Des Moines (Slipknot's hometown). Scott Alderman co-produced and emceed the shows (like Colonel Kurtz going airborne at 40 years old), and it was pure luck the tour finished without a catastrophe.
Despite being a moderate success, and releasing a live album, Clear Channel and CAA used all their power to keep Tattoo the Earth off the road in 2001, and it never toured again. In 2002, it was retooled as a tattoo convention to some success, but the team behind the tour had lost its momentum, and it folded soon after.
Caravan of Pain is a rip-roaring music business underdog tale: insane, hysterical, and compelling. With its unique look inside the music and tattoo industries, this book is a nice diversion from our current fucked up times.
Tattoo the Earth 2000 Tour Promo Video
All Photos by Fran Strine