Dime Stories PRE-oRDER Campaign

This summer, we're publishing acclaimed artist Tony Fitzpatrick's Dime Stories, a collection of the columns he's written for Newcity since 2012, paired with full-color images of his etchings, paintings, and collages. Longtime followers of the column will find all of the very best here—Fitzpatrick's accounts of getting tattoos, selling museum-collected art, and walking his dog Chooch, alongside poignant tributes to Lou Reed and Studs Terkel, his take on the ever-shifting art world, and his sharp-tongued takedowns of Chicago's most corrupt politicians. The collection, too, marks a journey; Fitzpatrick shifts his stance on gun ownership, discovers community in unexpected places, and mourns the loss of dear friends. And after years of considering leaving Chicago for New Orleans, Fitzpatrick decides to stay. Dime Stories is a story of an artist falling back in love with his city. 

View an exclusive preview of DIME STORIES.

To celebrate the release of Dime Stories, we've worked with Fitzpatrick to offer you unique opportunities to collect this artist's work and commemorate the release of the book.


Tony Fitzpatrick is a Chicago-based artist best known for his multimedia collages, printmaking, paintings, and drawings. Fitzpatrick’s works are inspired by Chicago street culture, cities he has traveled to, children’s books, tattoo designs, and folk art. Fitzpatrick has authored or illustrated eight books of art and poetry, and, for the last two years, has written a column for Newcity. Fitzpatrick’s art appears in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington DC. The Neville Brothers’ album Yellow Moon and Steve Earle’s albums El Corazónand The Revolution Starts Now also feature Fitzpatrick’s art. In 1992, Fitzpatrick opened a Chicago-based printmaking studio, Big Cat Press, which exists today as the artist exhibition space Firecat Projects. Before making a living as an artist, Fitzpatrick worked as a radio host, bartender, boxer, construction worker, and film and stage actor.




"This brilliant view into the wild world of Tony Fitzpatrick will move you. His art is astounding and relevant, his writing gutsy, funny, and unafraid. In the tradition of the the great Chicago and Illinois icons—Terkel, Twain, Royko, and Sandberg—Tony Fitzpatrick takes on the phonies and con men and elevates the humanity in us all. From beautiful birds to bar room brawls, Dime Stories exemplifies the work of a true renaissance man. Grab this book and cherish it."
—Andrew Davis, director of The Fugitive, Code of Silence, and Holes

"I am one of the lucky ones. I have sat at the feet of John Lee Hooker while he played guitar. I have stared in stunned silence not five feet away from Picasso’s "Guernica" and I have sat at a table, with a medium-rare porterhouse in front of me, across from Tony Fitzpatrick as he’s told stories. Art takes many forms and you, my friend, are about to read one of the masters."
—Danny Bland, musician and author of In Case We Die

"For the one of you not yet familiar with Tony Fitzpatrick's work, you can go right ahead and judge this book by its cover. There are not enough adjectives to describe Tony's Dime Stories: honest (sometimes brutally so), funny (see previous paren), heartbreaking, gorgeous, poetic, profane and necessary are but a few; make those all superlative and you're moving in the right direction. The guy was born to tell stories, whether they hurt or make you laugh or both at the same time. And he makes a pretty sweet-ass picture too." 
—Elizabeth Crane, author of We Only Know So Much

"Beholden to no one, Tony Fitzpatrick writes columns that are fearless and funny. He's an old school literary pugilist who still thinks we can stick up for the little guy. Writing this provocative is not pretty. It’s beautiful."
—Lin Brehmer, WXRT

"[Fitzpatrick's collages] can win you over with their emotion and erudition, both illuminating the greatness of Chicago, as well as with their physical solidity. They are best seen as highly disciplined exercises in nostalgia; their specificity reveals something new about the time and place they yearn for, as well as the medium they use."
—The New York Times

"It's hard to think of a truer Chicago character than Tony Fitzpatrick. He has been a figure in the Chicago art scene for decades: a renowned collage artist, a poet and author, a former radio host, an actor, and a playwright."
—The Huffington Post