One of the greatest injustices in the history of 20th century cinema is that Hal Needham is not a household name. Given this month marks the 40th anniversary of Needham’s most famous work, Smokey and the Bandit, we decided to rectify this. Assembling a tattoo salute to this titan of stunt work would prove to be no easy task, but we went the extra mile for Needham.
Needham was a long time stunt double for Burt Reynolds, and the two quickly became best friends. Despite being the highest paid stuntman in Hollywood, Needham spent 12 years living in Reynolds’ guest house. During this time, he penned his first screenplay, a light-hearted car chase romp called Smokey and the Bandit. Reynolds read the script and famously told Needham that it was the worst screenplay he had ever read, but he still wanted to make the film.
We here at Tattoodo all salute the life and work of Hal Needham. If you feel similarly, we implore you to pony up and get yourself a sweet Hal Needham tattoo. Someone seriously needs to step up to the plate and give this auteur the tattoo love he deserves.