Eagles, Two Maidens and a Tiger

This article is by Chuck Eldridge at the Tattoo Archives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Reprinted here by his kind permission. Mr. Eldridge is a tattooist, and an acknowledged historian on the subject of tattoo history. If there is anything you want to know about the Tattoo World, Mr. Eldridge is your man. http://www.tattooarchive.com/ George Burchett Read more about Eagles, Two Maidens and a Tiger[…]

Pigtals no more when tattoos was tattoos: by Bob Crutch Crutchfield

Happy New Year , here are some pics from former crew members off my favorite Diesel Sub , these fellas sailed on her late 50s early 60s ,me late 60s early 70s….You can see Tats here in actual service at sea aboard,before Tats were considered K@@L haha,…one crewman with Swallows on chest another young crewman Read more about Pigtals no more when tattoos was tattoos: by Bob Crutch Crutchfield[…]

Yes Yes, And Furthermore…

Here’s something we know. This sheet was done by Dusty Rhodes aka Professor Manley.  It’s signed.  The dude’s full name was Manley Raymond “Dusty” Rhodes (1890-1962.)  Our professional research team at LTP confirms: The hand that wrought this had nothing at all to do with the big framed panel that hung in his studio.  Compare Read more about Yes Yes, And Furthermore…[…]

Dusty Rhodes

The old tea china gently rattled as he walked down hand hewn wood stairs, fire cold dead now but for smoky remains. As he latched the door and walked the cobbled streets to work early morning sunlight streamed over mermaid shaped clouds. Shades of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Prof. Manley slowly became Dusty the Tattooist. Read more about Dusty Rhodes[…]

Tales of the Sea by Crutch

This is the first in a series of recollections and stories by a gentleman named Crutch. He was kind enough to sell us an illustrated man. It looks like it might have been used in the window of a tattoo shop in the 1920’s. It’s a circus carving though. “I am an older fellow. I Read more about Tales of the Sea by Crutch[…]

Sailor Jerry Master Draughtsman

These old tattoo guys were good. Try this at home. Copy freehand (no cheating by tracing) a Sailor Jerry dragon. Or anything else by one of the great masters like him. Not so easy. Now, try to get it down on somebody’s back at midnight in tight quarters with a large group of servicemen watching Read more about Sailor Jerry Master Draughtsman[…]

Here There Be Dragons.

Like an inscription written in the turbulent sea-ed corner of an antique map of the old world these dragons speak of horrors in unchartered seas. Rolling in and out of waves. Think of these guys and you’ll be sure to crush your collarbone body surfing the Wedge in Newport. Not to be trifled with matey, Read more about Here There Be Dragons.[…]

Swinging on a Star

Irene Woodward, born 1862, signed and incsribed  “Age 20…”  on this carte de viste. Probably for sale to adoring fans at the circus. That’s if we can believe she was 20 when she signed the the back of the card.  My other job is working in a liquor store so I’ve gotten pretty good at Read more about Swinging on a Star[…]

Dainty Dotty and Owen Jensen

Owen Jensen and Dainty Dotty: Owen Jensen was born in 1891 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. As a young man he worked in the railroad shop in Ogden, Utah. Jensen has said that in 1911 he walked 12 miles to Provo to see the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and that was where he saw his Read more about Dainty Dotty and Owen Jensen[…]

We get questions…

Q. What does the term “flash” mean again?   A.  Comes from the carnival world. It means an attraction, a dazzler, an eyeful designed to catch the “marks” attention as he walks through the state fair, seaport, circus, rodeo or strolls down the carnival midway.   Flash is the bright design, the purple dog on Read more about We get questions…[…]