Book Review: With the Light of Truth – Straight Edge

Review by Christina Diaz

Author: Dan Smith

With the Light of Truth is a 256-page hardcover book published this past September by tattooist and singer Dan Smith.  Tattooing for 10 years or so, Dan decided publish a book of two things that have impacted his life forever: tattoos and his straight edge lifestyle. Directly stemming from the 80’s hardcore punk scene, the straight edge way of life consists of refraining from the use alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs. Straight edge was a direct reaction to the sexual revolution, hedonism, and excess associated with punk rock. The term was coined by the 1980’s hardcore punk band Minor Threat in their song “Straight Edge.” However with one glance at Smith’s book, the collection of work will inspire those beyond the drug and alcohol free community.

Smith says, “[the book is] the thing I’ve worked the hardest on in the last couple of years. It’s basically sixty straight edge tattoo artists. It’s a kind of super intensive book and I’m really stoked on it. Basically, it’s one sheet of original artwork and then a few questions and answers, then 2 pages of pictures per artist. I wanted to represent my friends as well as something that I care a lot about.”

The book is released by Memento Publishing and available for purchase via

Book Review: With the Light of Truth – Straight Edge