Dainty Dotty

Dainty Dotty

Dainty Dotty was the Fat Lady in the Ringling Bros circus in the 1930s and 40s. She married tattoo artist, Owen Jensen, who taught her the art of tattooing. They eventually opened a successful tattoo supply business.  It’s believed she was the largest female tattoo artist ever, weighing in at around 600 pounds. Jensen is also…

Tattoo-Ole

Tattoo-Ole is often referred to as the world’s oldest operating tattoo studio.  The building on Nyhavn 17 is historically saved by the Copenhagen Museum. This shop lasted through many rough times but survived tattooing ladies of the night,  sailors on shore leave, and even the King of Norway. The tattoo style evolved to a clean,…

Duke Kaufman

Duke spent many years away for a bank robbery conviction.  His pieces are notable for the classic shading employing a core and cast shadow style.  Like the cloud around the cowgirl and the babies curls.

Chris Nelson

Not much was known about him, but he worked on The Pike in Long Beach, CA along with Bert Grim. According to Jim LePorte, Chris Nelson and Ed Hardy were the two best spit shaders in the business. Jim LePorte said, “I didn’t work with Nelson, he was before my time. I was on the…

August ‘Cap’ Coleman

August ‘Cap’ Coleman (1884-1973) was born in 1884 near Cincinnati, Ohio. Coleman settled in Norfolk, VA around 1918 and quickly became a living legend in the tattoo business. Many of Coleman’s tattoos, which included the large eagle, the flag chest piece, the ship on the stomach, the sun designs on the kneecaps, and the fancy socks…

Horiyoshi III (Yoshihito Nakano)

Born Yoshihito Nakano, Horiyoshi III (b. 1946) received his current title from the late tebori master Yoshitsugu Muramatsu, also known as Shodai Horiyoshi of Yokohama. Sailor Jerry visited and studied Horiyoshi II’s work in Japan as did Don Hardy. Horiyoshi III started at age 16 and served as Shodai Horiyoshi’s apprentice for ten years. By age twenty-eight Horiyoshi III’s…