Thomas Page McBee is the author of the memoir Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness, and Becoming a Man (City Lights). He writes the columns "Self Made Man" for the Rumpus and "The American Man" for the Pacific Standard, and his journalism and essays appear in the New York Times, the Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Vice, and more. He lives in New York, where he is at work on a new book about modern masculinity.
What could be more homosocial and primal, a perfect testing ground for male bonding, than guys-only day at an East Village institution?
Our constant exploration for a sense of belonging is just about the only thing that could bring Brooklyn hipsters, queers, and a Christian couple from California all together for tattoos in the middle of a full-moon night. That and the $13 price tag.